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River cruise companies have begun to cut prices and bundle itineraries with airfares for astonishing value. 

Companies like APT, Travelmarvel, Scenic, Evergreen and Avalon Waterways are offering cruisers last minute offers for this year’s river cruise season. 

River Cruise Passenger compared Amsterdam to Budapest  – the itinerary which is most popular with new to cruise river passengers – sailing in 2022 across the brands to help travellers chose a cruise that suits their style and budget.


Luxury APT is one of the higher end brands in river cruising that offer more inclusions like WiFi, beverages and shore excursions. But guests are given options to book additional shore excursions. 

Currently, the cruise line has a fantastic offer on its 15-day Budapest to Amsterdam itinerary for this year which includes flights.

Included in the fare is visits to 14 destinations along the route, butler, room service and laundry in selected suites as well as a journey aboard the Grand Empress steam train to Esztergom. 

The first stop is Andernach, Koblenz on the third day where you can visit the grounds of Namedy Castle for a cocktail party in the grand ballroom. 

Other destinations on the itinerary include Regensburg, Passau Linz, Melk Durnstein and Vienna before going onto Budapest where you will spend a couple of nights before disembarking the ship on the 15th day.

Price: Fares start from $5,995 per person

Special offers: Economy flights are included and save up to $4,000 per couple

Avalon Waterways

Considered a luxury cruise line, Avalon Waterways’ Magnificent Europe 15-day itinerary between Amsterdam to Budapest has also been discounted by $3,000. 

The voyage includes meals and shore excursions, but has additional tours like Bites and Highlights of Vienna, a foodie tour of the capital of Austria as well wine tasting in the Hungarian countryside. 

On day one of the journey, the ship docks overnight so guests can explore Amsterdam. 

During the tulip season, you can take the guided optional excursion to the Keukenhof gardens which have over seven million tulips, daffodils and hyacinths. 

Price: Fares start from $7,089 per person

Special offers: Earn from 36,832 Qantas points per person

Emerald Waterways

The sister line to Scenic, Emerald Waterways has designed its cruises so that you can discover the enchanting beauty of Europe and explore the towns and cities rich in culture and beauty. 

The company also has a special offer, but flights are not included.

Emerald Waterways’ 15-day itinerary from Amsterdam to Budapest includes stops in 14 ports and up to 13 shore excursions. All of your meals are included, including a welcome and farewell reception and dinner. 

The EmeraldPLUS program includes extra special excursions designed just for Emerald cruise guests. This particular itinerary includes an exclusive visit to the Glass Art Museum in Weirthem with a presentation, a Bavarian band performance on board in Regensburg, and home-hosted coffee and cake with a Slovakian family in Bratislava and a traditional Hungarian folklore show on board. 

Price: Prices start at $4,755 per person

Special offers: Save up to $4,000 per couple

If you book 12 months in advance you can save up to $8,580 per couple with Emerald’s Super Earlybird Offers. 


Travelmarvel is the sister line to APT and known for their more affordable options. They too, are offering great deals on their Budapest to Amsterdam sailings in 2022 where guests can save thousands of dollars. 

Included in the voyage is meals, beverages like tea and coffee as well as soft drinks, beer and local wine during lunch and dinner, visits to World Heritage-listed sites and more. 

The 15-day itinerary is similar to the APT itinerary, with you boarding the ship in Amsterdam and then going onto Amsterdam Utrecht, Cologne Bruhl, Rhine Gorge Rudesheim where you will dock and have the option of taking a shore excursion which involves a trip on a Winzerexpress mini-train to Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. 

Price: Prices start at $4,995 per person.

Special offers: Flights are included and you can save up to $4,000 per couple.


Scenic is considered as one of the most luxurious river cruise lines and offers an all-inclusive experience.Guests are given a fully stocked mini-bar and the choice of premium beverages at any time of the day. And Scenic offers white-gloved butler service to its guests.

Also included with the voyage on a 15-day Budapest to Amsterdam cruise in 2022 are 27 Scenic Freechoice activities, meals as well as complimentary WiFi throughout the cruise. 

The journey starts in Amsterdam where you will spend a night before travelling to Cologne where you can go on an included ship tour of the city’s famous cathedral and explore the city’s history from the Roman times to the Jewish heritage. 

Another option for motoring enthusiasts is to take the shore excursion to Motorworld.

Price Prices start from $8,695 per person

Special offers: Flights are included


Viking has a special offer where cruisers can save up to $1,000 per couple. For a limited time only, they have voyages starting from $3,995 which don’t include flights but are amazing value when the inclusions are considered.

The cruise includes 12 guided tours over four countries 

The voyage takes guests through the Rhine Valley to sample food and wine of Austria’s Wachau Valley. The itinerary traces the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers between the windmill-dotted waterways of Holland and the landscapes of Hungary. 

Price: Fares start from $3,995 per person