Avalon Waterways Danube Dreams River Cruises 2019
See the sights of some of Europe’s splendid capitals on this inspiring cruise holiday. Explore Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna and Prague, and many of the small towns that dot the landscape along the way. Shop for paprika in Budapest, visit St. Martin's Cathedral in Bratislava, savour a Sachertorte in Vienna, and explore the grounds of majestic Hradcany Castle in Prague.
Travel to Budapest where you will be met and transferred to your ship. The day is yours to relax and enjoy the city with time for photographs, cafés and confections.
Take in the beauty of Budapest while enjoying a free afternoon exploring such famous sights as the Chain Bridge. Get to know the city’s cafés and pubs, or take a hike through the hills above the Danube.
Classic Excusion: Enjoy a guided city sightseeing, including the iconic Heroes’ Square.
Enjoy live entertainment on board.
Classic Excursion: Take a guided city walk, including the quaint streets of Old Town, Town Hall and fantastic St. Martin’s Cathedral. Enjoy some free time to take Nordic walking sticks from the ship and hike to Bratislava Castle.
You may decide to take a guided optional excursion to Schönbrunn Palace - the former imperial summer home and vast gardens with a history spanning 300 years of the Habsburg monarchy. In your free time why not stroll through pedestrian Kärntnerstrasse - the most famous shopping avenue in central Vienna. Take a bike ride through the city and stop in a local café to enjoy authentic Austrian confections of Sachertorte or Apfelstrudel. Later this evening, you may choose to attend an optional excursion to a Royal Waltz Concert for an unforgettable evening of music in an elegant hall.
Classic Excursion: Later, choose a complimentary ticket for a local Viennese Museum Visit, or continue exploring with additional guided sightseeing.
Discovery Ecrusion: Join a guided sightseeing tour of Vienna, including the Kuntskammer’s remarkable collection of more than 2,100 valuable objects, which were collected through the centuries by the emperors and archdukes of Habsburg.
Classic Excursion: Join a guided walk and hear the legendary tale of King Richard the Lionheart - who was imprisoned in the castle during the Crusades.
Active Excursion: Join a guided hike up to the castle ruins to take in the spectacular view of the village, Danube and the Wachau Valley below.
Classic Excursion: Take a guided tour of Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey to marvel at its frescoed ceilings, statues, incredible library and ornate pipe organ.
Later, stretch out on the sky deck as you sail through the Wachau Valley past vineyards, castles and charming villages on your way to Melk.
Consider a full-day guided optional excursion to Salzburg, the city of Mozart, or visit the picturesque Bohemian town of Cesky Krumlov. Feel free to enjoy the afternoon on your own to bike along the banks of the Danube with a picnic from the ship, or hike through Linz’s beautiful nature trails to Pöstlingberg for a bird’s-eye view of the city and river below.
Classic Excursion: Take a guided walk through the city’s historic and beautiful sites along the shore of the Danube and see Hauptplatz - Austria’s largest medieval square - and the towering white-marble Trinity Column.
Go for baroque in Passau - where the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers meet. Spend a little free time before sailing to Deggendorf to walk the cobblestone streets and galleries of Artists’ Alley or peek into St. Stephen’s Cathedral to possibly catch a concert rehearsal. This morning, cruise through the Schlögen Oxbow, a particularly beautiful horseshoe-shaped bend of the river.
Classic Excursion: Join a guided city walk to learn more about this beautiful “City of Three Rivers.”
Active Excursion: Follow your Avalon Adventure host for hiking from Oberhaus along a trail down to the valley and along the Ilz River.
Classic Excursion: Join a guided city walk in Regensburg and see Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) and Porta Pretoria – built in 179 AD as the entrance to Castra Regina fortress.
Take free time to enjoy a hearty lunch and a local beer, then step back in time through historic lanes and squares of today’s modern and vibrant Regensburg. Continue on to the Golden City of Prague.
Later, you may join a guided optional excursion to reveal the secrets of Prague as your expert local guide takes you to Charles Bridge and Mala Strana - two of Prague’s most romantic and picturesque spots. Consider sampling delicious plum dumplings and traditional Pilsner lager beside the Vltava River. Mingle with the locals and be mesmerized by street performers in Wenceslas Square, or browse the market stalls at Charles Bridge. In the evening, you might like to join an optional folklore dinner show, sampling traditional Czech cuisine in an authentic Prague setting.
Classic Excursion: Take a guided city walk to visit Hradčany Castle Grounds; see St. Vitus Cathedral and Old Town’s Astronomical Clock.
Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.
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|08 October 2019||Cat D Deluxe Stateroom||CALL|
|Cat B Panorama Suite||CALL|
- Complimentary Private Door-to-Door Home Pick-Up Service - Included on all sailings!†
- 2 nights at the InterContinental, Prague
- 7 nights deluxe accommodation in a spacious stateroom with Avalon's exclusive Comfort Collection® style beds, en-suite facilities and river views
- Return Flights from London. Regional Flights are also available but a supplement may apply. Ask the team for more information
- 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 in Prague hotel
- 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)