Avalon Waterways The Legendary Danube River Cruise 2020

From the rich history of Germany to the unique culture of Hungary, this Danube river cruise takes you to three countries, and the scenic beauty as you cruise past quaint towns, can be experienced right from your stateroom or atop of the sky deck on your ship. In Nuremberg, Germany, board your river cruise vessel docked on the Main Danube Canal and visit this thousand-year-old city with a Local Guide. Next, reach Regensburg, the only German city not bombed during WWII. Lovers of architecture will enjoy the many listed buildings of historic interest, and Porta Pretoria, gates to an ancient Roman fort built in 179 AD. And here you’ll taste local sausages at one of Germany’s oldest restaurants and you’ll be introduced to some of Germany’s famous beers.

Next stop is Passau, known for its narrow winding streets lined with Patrician houses, and the magnificent Italian baroque St. Stephen’s Cathedral. In Melk, you will visit Austria’s majestic Benedictine Abbey, one of Europe’s largest monasteries, which sits high on a bluff. Take in the breathtaking views before continuing through the picturesque Wachau Valley to the romantic sounds of Vienna, the “City of Music.” Your European river cruise vacation ends in Budapest, the capital of Hungary.

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Itinerary

Welcome to Germany. Your Avalon Waterways River Ship is Ready for Boarding. Explore your ship this evening and enjoy dinner on board.

Start the day with a Morning Stretch with the Avalon Adventure Host, and dock in Roth for a day of fascinating excursions.

Classic Excursion: Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of the Bavarian town of Roth—with its half-timbered houses, market square, and 1535 hunting lodge Schloss Ratibor, OR:

Classic Excursion: Choose a Guided Tour of Nuremberg with its medieval architecture, gilded fountain, gothic cathedral, and Kaiserburg Castle, OR:

Classic Excursion: 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.

Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.

Classic Excursion: Join a Guided City Walk of Old Town to see the Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) and Porta Pretoria—built in 179 AD as the entrance to Castra Regina fortress.

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.

Discovery Excursion: Later, indulge in a Beer Tasting on board.

This evening, enjoy live entertainment after dinner as you cruise toward Passau.

The Linzer Torte and a Legendary Love of Art and Music Enjoy a free afternoon to linger in Linz. Take a bicycle from the ship and cycle along the Danube, or follow one of Linz’s many nature trails for a bird’s-eye view of the city and river below.

Classic Excursion: Join a Guided City Walk to learn more about this beautiful “City of Three Rivers,” OR:
Join a full-day Guided Optional Excursion to Salzburg—the city of Mozart—or to the picturesque Bohemian town of Cesky Krumlov.Sail to Linz this afternoon, or join your ship after your selected full-day excursion.

Striking Frescoes and Breathtaking Views of the Wachau Valley.

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, OR:

Active Excursion: Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Morning Hike through Melk’s beautiful countryside.

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

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.

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 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 Budapest.

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.

Join a Guided Optional Excursion to Schönbrunn Palace—a Habsburg Empire summer home for 300 years.

Take free time to enjoy Budapest’s famed thermal baths. You can also take a scenic hike in the hills above the Danube. Take time to explore the city’s cafés, pubs, and nightlife at your leisure.

Classic Excursion:Enjoy a Guided City Sightseeing, including the iconic Heroes’ Square.

After breakfast on board, disembark and transfer to the airport for yoyr flight home.

Price Guide

Date Price from (pp)
20 May 2020 £3,349
21 May 2020 £3,299
26 May 2020 £3,129
04 June 2020 £3,299
18 June 2020 £3,499
02 July 2020 £3,199
03 July 2020 £3,089
08 July 2020 £3,199
16 July 2020 £3,215
30 July 2020 £3,215
31 July 2020 £3,239
12 August 2020 £3,059
13 August 2020 £3,225
27 August 2020 £3,425
01 September 2020 £3,469
10 September 2020 £3,399
16 September 2020 £3,339
24 September 2020 £3,489
08 October 2020 £3,289
09 October 2020 £3,339
21 October 2020 £3,169
28 October 2020 £2,899
31 October 2020 £2,789

Extend Your Cruise

Extend your stay, pre or post cruise, with these great value cruise extensions! Simply give our award winning team a call for full details on 0800 810 8220

  • 2 Nights pre cruise stay in Prague

What's Included

  • Savings of up to £500pp if booked by 19th December 2019
  • Complimentary Private Door-to-Door Home Pick-Up Service
  • 7 nights deluxe accommodation in a spacious stateroom
  • Return Flights from London. Regional Flights are also available but a supplement may apply.
  • All meals on board including full breakfast, buffet lunch and waiter service evening meal.
  • Wine and beer is included with lunch and dinner.
  • Afternoon tea with cakes and sweet treats
  • Choice of premium teas and coffees & soft drinks throughout the day.
  • 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)