Blue Danube Revealed 2019 Avalon Waterways River Cruise

This timeless Europe river cruise holiday begins with two nights in vibrant Budapest, then sail along the Danube River with exciting stops in Austria and Germany, and end with two nights in Prague — the capital of the Czech Republic.

Budapest

Itinerary

On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel for two nights. The day is yours to relax and enjoy Eastern Europe’s shining city on the Danube.

With a free day to explore before your cruise, take time to take photographs on the Royal Palace grounds in this treasure trove of historical architecture. Try Budapest’s famous thermal bath spas, then lunch in a garden or rooftop eatery before boarding your Suite Ship.

Start the day with a Morning Stretch with your Avalon Adventure Host. Enjoy sailing the Danube, which shares dozens of miles with Hungary and Slovakia. Relax on the Sky Deck to see the rolling landscape and red–rooftops of the Slovakian capital of Bratislava come into view. This evening in Vienna, you may choose to join an Optional Excursion to attend a Royal Waltz Concert for an unforgettable evening of music in an elegant hall.

Join a guided optional Excursion to Schönbrunn Palace–a Habsburg Empire summer home for 300 years. This afternoon, enjoy free time to take a tram to visit Austria’s Prater amusement park or one of the many museums nearby. You may also decide to borrow a bike from the ship to explore the streets and squares of Vienna, or ride along the banks of the Danube at your leisure. Later, relax on board with live entertainment as you sail to Dürnstein.

Classic Excursion: Venture into the Habsburg empire this morning on a Guided City Tour of Vienna’s gilded landmarks. See the Imperial Palace complex–the winter residence of the Imperial Family, the historic Vienna Opera House and stunning St. Stephen’s Cathedral.

Enjoy coffee or a cocktail on the Sky Deck as you sail through the picturesque Wachau Valley to Melk.

Classic Excursion: Enjoy coffee or a cocktail on the Sky Deck as you sail through the picturesque Wachau Valley to Melk.
Active Excursion: Join a Hike up to the castle ruins with your Adventure Host for a spectacular view of the village, Danube, and the Wachau Valley below.

Discovery Excursion: Enjoy the flavors of the Wachau Valley with a Wine Tasting on board.

Join a full day Guided Optional Excursion to Salzburg–the city of Mozart–or a full day Guided Optional Excursion to the picturesque Bohemian town of Český Krumlov. Meet your ship back in Passau after your selected activities for sailing.

Classic Excursion: Join a Guided City Walk to learn more about this beautiful “City of Three Rivers.

You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to visit the Benedictine Monastery in Weltenburg. Spend a free afternoon exploring Regensburg on foot or by bike through its charming streets.

Classic Excursion: Join a Guided City Walk and see the Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) and Porta Pretoria–built in 179 AD as the entrance to Castra Regina fortress.
Discovery Excursion: Later, indulge in a Beer Tasting on board. This evening, enjoy live entertainment after dinner as you cruise toward Roth.

Classic Excursion: Choose a guided sightseeing of Nuremberg–with its medieval architecture, gilded fountain, gothic cathedral, and Kaiserburg Castle, OR Take a guided tour of the historic Nuremberg Rally Grounds–used by the Third Reich.

Discovery Excursion: Enjoy an Onboard Lecture about the Main–Danube Canal–linking these two rivers to make a vital connection enabling navigation between the North and Black Seas.

After breakfast on board and transfer to your hotel for an overnight stay in Prague

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Price Guide

Date Price (pp)
10 April 2019 £2,869 Cat B Panorama Suite
17 April 2019 £3,019 Cat D Deluxe Stateroom
22 April 2019 £3,185 Cat D Deluxe Stateroom
01 May 2019 £3,215
06 May 2019 £3,279 Cat D Deluxe Stateroom
15 May 2019 £3,349
20 May 2019 £3,319 Cat D Deluxe Stateroom
22 May 2019 £3,289
10 June 2019 £3,239
01 July 2019 £3,245
03 July 2019 £3,449
08 July 2019 £3,289
15 July 2019 £3,329 Cat D Deluxe Stateroom
24 July 2019 £3,289
29 July 2019 £3,329
03 August 2019 £3,329
05 August 2019 £3,289
12 August 2019 £3,245
14 August 2019 £3,449
26 August 2019 £3,315
09 September 2019 £3,519
23 September 2019 £3,575
25 September 2019 £3,575
27 September 2019 £3,505
07 October 2019 £3,369
16 October 2019 £3,389 Cat D Deluxe Stateroom
30 October 2019 £3,165
29 November 2019 £2,809
03 December 2019 £3,805 Cat P Panorama Suite

What's Included

  • Complimentary VIP Private Door-to-Door Home Pick-Up Service by Executive Car - Included on all sailings!†
  • 7 nights deluxe accommodation in a spacious stateroom with Avalon's exclusive Comfort Collection® style beds, en-suite facilities and river views
  • Overnight stay at the InterContinental Hotel (or similar), Budapest
  • Overnight stay at the Hilton Hotel (or similar), Prague.
  • All meals on board including full breakfast, buffet lunch and waiter service dinner with quality wines from Europe's most famous wine regions; afternoon tea with cakes and sweet treats; a choice of teas and coffees throughout the day. Buffet breakfast (B) in Budapest and Prague
  • Included excursions and sightseeing trips with Local Guides and a choice of optional tours; headsets provided on excursions
  • Services of an experienced Cruise Director
  • Gratuities for Cruise Director and crew
  • On board lectures, activities and nightly piano music
  • Captain's Welcome Reception, Welcome Dinner and Farewell Gala Dinner
  • All transfers, local port charges and airport taxes
  • Complimentary Wifi (signal permitting)