Have you ever dreamt of travelling to this fairytale region of the world … settling into your comfortable cabin, and being pampered day and night … while famous scenes and landscapes glide slowly past, right outside your window? Do you fancy enjoying this unique experience in the company of like-minded, fun-loving, young-at-heart Kiwis?

Well, join us in May 2020 when we head off on a magnificent river cruise through Holland, Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary: MIDLIFE MADNESS ON THE RHINE & DANUBE! We’ll be away for 19 days: cruising all the way from Amsterdam to
Budapest aboard a superb Avalon river-boat, exploring glistening waterways, medieval towns, castles and cathedrals … plus (for those who want more) a 6-day optional tour to the famous once-a-decade Oberammergau Passion Play in the Bavarian Alps.

Departing May, 2020








It’s hard to know where to start – because the ‘wow’ moments will just keep coming, day after day,
night after night, highlight after highlight. Like what? Well, like …

  • magical, old, scarred, soothing Amsterdam (Holland) with its ever-present windmills
  • Cologne (Germany) with its 14th-century lacy-spired Cathedral, a World Heritage Site
  • 2000-year-old Coblenz, on the confluence of the Rhine & Moselle rivers
  • the terraced vineyards, narrow streets & wine taverns of Rudesheim
  • Miltenberg with its terraced houses & charming Wertheim with its 12th-century castle
  • the famous Residenz (baroque palace) of Wurzburg, with its great marble staircase
  • gorgeous medieval Bamberg (World Heritage Site) with its specialty ‘smoke beer’
  • the Bavarian city of Nuremberg, filled with Gothic churches, watchtowers & gateways
  • Kelheim & Weltenburg Abbey … plus Regensburg with its 12th-century Old Stone Bridge
  • enchanting Passau with Europe’s largest pipe organ – & Linz, famous for its ‘torte’
  • Durnstein, with its Stiftkirche … & Melk (Austria) home to a 900-year-old abbey
  • Vienna, one-time centre of the Hapsburgs & classical music (Strauss, Beethoven, Mozart),
  • lovingly restored Bratislava (Slovakia), with its centuries-old squares & enormous castle
  • ‘Paris of the East’, Budapest (Hungary), straddling the Danube with its Chain Bridge
  • plus, for those who want it … an extra 6-day optional tour into the beautiful Bavarian Alps to witness the famous once-a-decade Oberammergau Passion Play … this tour to also include Salzburg (birthplace of Mozart & The Sound of Music) and Heidelberg (with its ruined castle)

19-26 Stunning Days

a luxury river cruise on the Rhine & Danube featuring…


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email or phone Glen Armstrong
0800 323 333

  • Amsterdam
  • Cologne
  • Nuremberg
  • Melk
  • Vienna
  • Bratislava
  • Budapest
Vessels in the Avalon Waterways fleet rank amongst the most beautiful ships cruising Europe’s great rivers. Their stylish, elegant vessels have every mod-con you can imagine – boasting premium class luxury with all the comforts you’d expect in a floating hotel.

In short, you’ll be pampered to bits from the moment you step on board! Unlike a coach tour, we won’t waste hours each day on the road. Instead, we’ll sail (mostly during the night) through the very heart of our destination. And with ‘walk-right-off’ access to all of these stunning European locations, we’re promised a totally memorable immerse-yourself experience.


We welcome your waitlist but if your Passion is to see the Passion Play in 2020 – we suggest you make confirmed arrangements with another provider.

Estimated All-Up Price

 – yet to be announced – late 2018

Upgrades and single supplements available

Includes all airfares, transfers, hotels, river cruise, sightseeing, tips and meals included in the final itinerary

Subject to minimum numbers, unexpected increases & currency fluctuations and Terms and Conditions

Have you travelled with us before? We offer past passenger discounts!

We have wonderful memories of another amazing adventure with you lovely people! Nola & John

An amazing trip! Thanks for all the fun and laughter you instigated along the way. You’re amazing! Shirley

Particular thanks for your professionalism, your meticulous attention to detail (both prior to the trip and during it), and your many kindnesses. We will be happy to join you on another occasion. Les & Marion

My absolute best travel experience ever! Anne

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