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    Avalon Gratuities

    No, if I remember correctly, you put in a marked envelop and leave at the front desk. All anonymous.
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    Avalon Amsterdam to Budapest: bike options

    I think that Avalon has bikes on board most of their vessels on this route. From what I saw a couple of years ago, they are pretty good bikes. Have fun.
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    Linz or Cesky Krumlov

    CK is the definite choice. A charming old town with plenty to see, buildings, gardens, river and many places to eat. We really enjoyed our time there even with the long bus ride and even that was interesting.
  4. We took this cruise a couple of years ago. You can read my review here. https://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/memberreview.cfm?EntryID=536622 We did not give much information on the cities and tours but in general we found all the tours included in the cruise to be excellent with very knowledgeable guides. Your best bet is to take the list of tours when you receive it and select the tours that appeal most to you. For example, we selected Cesky Krumlov over Salzburg preferring a small older place to the larger "Sound of Music" City while our friends selected the reverse. We went in late May and the weather ranged from cool to very hot in Budapest. As always, bring clothes that you can wear in layers and wear the number of layers dictated by the day's weather. We had no specific plans for Amsterdam and just walked around and obtained a bit of the atmosphere. The boat cruise with Avalon is very good and gives you a good idea of the layout of Amsterdam. If it is not too late, try and take a couple more days in Budapest. It is a beautiful city with a great deal to see and do. The Parliament Buildings, Castle Hill, Chain Bridge, Fisherman's Bastion, Roch Church and much more. Whatever you decide to do in the towns and on the boat, I am sure you will have a wonderful time.
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    All Things Avalon

    Try the Amsterdam House Hotel Eureka. It is a quirky little place right on a canal and very convenient to all the sites. We stayed a night prior to our cruise and found it clean, different and friendly.
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    Does anyone else feel that river cruises are overpriced?

    Bottom Line If you think river cruising is too expensive for you, stick to Ocean Cruising or Land Based travel. That way you will not regret the expense and can enjoy your vacation. Those that think it is a reasonable expense, Enjoy yourselves!!!
  7. We are taking the Eastbound Avalon Magnificent Europe cruise in May 2016 and wondering if past cruisers on this itinerary can advise if there are any of the excursions that should not be missed and if there are some that should be missed. In the case of the latter, we will opt to do our own thing but don't want to make the mistake of not participating in the best tours. Would be interested in any other advise people may have for this cruise in general. Thanks