This timeless Europe river cruise vacation begins with two nights in vibrant Budapest, Hungary, 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.
Travel Best Bets Package Includes
- Round trip airfare to Budapest and return from Prague
- 2 nights hotel in Budapest with breakfast at InterContinental Budapest or similar
- Deluxe 7-night cruise aboard Avalon Waterways Illumination/Imagery II
- 2 nights hotel in Prague with breakfast at Hilton Prague or similar
- All transfers included
- Meals on board: Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner are included daily on board your vessel.
- Special onboard and onshore experiences presented by entertainers, artisans, and experts, designed to enrich your cruise.
- Enjoy a special local treat of sausage, sauerkraut & beer.
- Vacation Highlights
- Budapest: guided tour, see Heroes’ Square
- Vienna: guided sightseeing
- Dürnstein–Wachau Valley–Melk: choice of guided tour, or hike up to the castle ruins in Dürnstein; scenic cruise through the Wachau Valley; guided tour of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk; wine tasting on board
- Passau: guided walk
- Regensburg: guided walk; beer tasting on board
- Nuremberg: choice of guided sightseeing, or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour
- Prague: guided sightseeing, see the Astronomical Clock and visit Hradčany Castle grounds
Exclusive: Book by February 19: Save $600 per person and air from $499!
(savings reflected in price)
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Included for Every Avalon Guest
-Spacious outside Deluxe Stateroom
-Large 3-door closets with ample storage, complete with in-room safe
-Comfort Collection Beds SM with high-quality, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens
-Large desk with convenient power outlets
-Individual climate control
-Well-stocked minibar with complimentary bottled water
-Plush bathrobes and slippers
-Flatscreen TV with English- speaking channels and over 100 free movie options
-L’Occitane ® bath products
-Nightly turndown service
-Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the ship
-Regional wines & beer with every onboard dinner
-Sparkling wine with breakfast
-Fitness room with state-of-the-art equipment
-Included sightseeing accompanied by Certified Local Guide
-Selection of Local Favorites SM to bring the customs, cultures, and tastes of your destination to life
-Your professional Cruise Director and staff to help with requests, suggestions, preferences, and additional excursions
-High-quality cappuccinos, lattes, hot chocolate, and a selection of teas are available throughout the day
Itinerary 2019 Departures
Itinerary 2019 sailings
Day 1 BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
Welcome to Budapest—Hungary’s Captivating Capital. The day is yours to relax and enjoy Eastern Europe’s shining city on the Danube.
Day 2 BUDAPEST
The Pearl of the Danube in the Heart of Europe. CLASSIC Enjoy a Guided City Sightseeing Tour, including the iconic Heroes’ Square.
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.
You may choose to enjoy Hungarian cuisine in an Optional Wine–and–Dine Dinner this evening. (B)
Day 3 BUDAPEST (EMBARKATION)
Time for Coffee and Confections
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®.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIENNA
Day 4 VIENNA, AUSTRIA
Vienna Waltzes and the Beautiful Blue Danube
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.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN VIENNA
Day 5 VIENNA
Royal Collections, Amusing Attractions, and Culinary Confections
CLASSIC 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.
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.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DÜRNSTEIN
Day 6 DÜRNSTEIN
Fairytale Castles, Kings, and Cobblestones of Delightful Dürnstein
CLASSIC Join a Guided Walk, and hear the legendary tale of King Richard the Lionheart–who was imprisoned in the castle above the village during the Crusades, OR:
ACTIVE 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.
Enjoy coffee or a cocktail on the Sky Deck as you sail through the picturesque Wachau Valley to Melk.
Ornate Architecture and Scenic Splendors
CLASSIC Take a Guided Tour of Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey to marvel at its frescoed ceilings, statues, incredible library, and ornate pipe organ.
DISCOVERY Enjoy the flavors of the Wachau Valley with a Wine Tasting on board.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO PASSAU
Day 7 PASSAU, GERMANY
Go for Baroque in Passau–Where the Danube, Inn, and Ilz Rivers meet
CLASSIC 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 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.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO REGENSBURG
Day 8 REGENSBURG
Magical Regensburg–Bavaria’s Medieval Miracle
CLASSIC 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.
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 Later, indulge in a Beer Tasting on board.
This evening, enjoy live entertainment after dinner as you cruise toward Roth.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ROTH
Day 9 ROTH. EXCURSION TO NUREMBERG
Living Heritage and History Lessons
DISCOVERY 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.
CLASSIC Choose a Guided Sightseeing of Nuremberg–with its medieval architecture, gilded fountain, gothic cathedral, and Kaiserburg Castle, OR;
CLASSIC Take a Guided Tour of the historic Nuremberg Rally Grounds–used by the Third Reich.
EVENING CRUISE TO NUREMBERG
Day 10 NUREMBERG (DISEMBARKATION)–PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
Welcome to Prague! Explore the City of 100 Spires
Enjoy free time to explore the Golden City of Prague and its surrounding countryside. Consider sampling delicious plum dumplings and traditional Pilsner lager beside the Vltava River.
Day 11 PRAGUE
Gothic Cathedrals, Grand Castles, and Great Cuisine
CLASSIC Take a Guided City Walk, and visit the Hradčany Castle Grounds; see St. Vitus Cathedral, and Old Town’s Astronomical Clock.
Spend free time hiking the nearby hillsides, or stay in town to stroll the city of Prague to photograph its stunning cityscape. You might catch the entertaining street performers, visit the market stalls at Charles Bridge, and sample Prague’s famous beer varieties in a local restaurant.
Tonight, you may decide to join us for an Optional Folklore Dinner Show, sampling traditional Czech cuisine in an authentic Prague setting.
Day 12 PRAGUE
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
In the event of water level problems or any problems of a technical nature, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or to alter the program.
Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change becomes necessary, a substitute will be offered.
Not Included in the Vacation Price:
Passports; visas and vaccinations; tips to your tour director, tour driver, local city guides; gratuities on ferries, trains and cruise ships; laundry; telephone; mini bar; alcohol, beverages and food not on the regular table d’hôte menu (these extra items will be billed to you before leaving the hotel or restaurant); optional excursions; porterage at airports; travel protection; excess baggage fees; all other items of a personal nature.
River cruising is, quite simply, the best way to see the world’s great cities. Here are the top 5 reasons that your next cruise should be a river cruise:
- Experience world class cities not accessible by ocean cruises.
- Unpack just once, no need to worry about maps or traffic congestion. Better than any bus tour!
- Flat-bottomed shape of river cruise ships ensures a safe and smooth ride without any worries about motion sickness.
- Sail directly to the heart of every destination, walk right off the ship and join the day’s activities.
- A more intimate experience, with only 130 to 300 fellow guests.