From Prague to vibrant Budapest, this Danube river cruise holiday takes you to four countries. The scenic beauty along the way as you cruise past quaint towns can be experienced right from your stateroom or while sipping wine atop the Sky Deck of your ship. Enjoy two nights in Prague, before travelling to Nuremberg, to board your river cruise vessel docked on the Main Danube Canal. Over the next 8 days you will cruise the Danube to Budapest, through four countries, and visit 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 CE. Passau, known for its narrow, winding streets, offers 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 holiday ends in Budapest, the capital of Hungary, with guided sightseeing and free time to explore this vibrant city on your own.
Prices are per person, based on two people sharing a twin cabin. *Included door to door transfers are limited to 100 miles, after which a mileage charge applies.
Welcome to the Golden City of Prague Explore the City of 100 Spires Enjoy free time to explore the Golden City and its surrounding countryside. Consider sampling delicious plum dumplings and traditional Pilsner lager beside the Vltava River.
Classic – Guided walk to visit Hradčany Castle grounds; see St Vitus Cathedral and Old Town’s astronomical clock. Take time to mingle with the locals, watch street performers in Wenceslas Square or browse the market stalls at Charles Bridge. In the evening, you might like to attend an optional folklore dinner show, sampling traditional Czech cuisine in an authentic Prague setting.
Day 3 - Prague, Nuremberg
The Secret Romance of Picturesque Prague The morning is free to explore Prague on your own to enjoy the stunning architectural beauty of the city. You might choose to join a guided optional excursion to reveal the secrets of Prague as your expert local guide takes you to Charles Bridge and Malá Strana – two of Prague’s most romantic and picturesque spots. This afternoon, board your Suite Ship in Nuremberg and enjoy a dinner on board. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN NUREMBERG
Day 4 - Roth
Classic – Choose a guided tour of Nuremberg’s 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 – 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. Living Heritage and History Lessons Start the day with a morning stretch with your Avalon Adventure host and dock in Roth for a day of fascinating excursions.
Day 5 - Regensburg
Classic – 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. Discovery – Later, indulge in a beer tasting on board. This evening, enjoy live entertainment after dinner as you cruise toward Passau. Magical Regensburg – Bavaria’s Medieval Miracle. 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.
Day 6 - Passau
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. Go for Baroque in Passau – Where the Danube, Inn and Ilz Rivers meet. Sail to Linz this afternoon, or join your ship after your selected full-day excursion.
Day 7 - Melk - Wachau Valley
Classic – Take a guided tour of Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey to marvel at its frescoed ceilings, statues, incredible library and ornate pipe organ,
Active – Join your Avalon Adventure host for a morning hike through Melk’s beautiful countryside.
Striking Frescoes and Breathtaking Views of the Wachau Valley. Enjoy a coffee or a cocktail on the sky deck as you sail through the picturesque Wachau Valley to Vienna. Vienna Waltzes and the Beautiful Blue Danube – This evening, you may choose to attend an optional excursion to a Royal Waltz concert for an unforgettable.
Day 8 - Vienna
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 Budapest.
Day 10 - Budapest
Classic – Enjoy a guided city sightseeing, including the iconic Heroes’ Square. 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 cafes, pubs and nightlife at your leisure.
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.
The Avalon Suite Ship accommodates 166 passengers and features two full decks of Panorama Suites. With wall-to-wall panoramic windows that transform into a unique open-air balcony, the suites are the ideal setting for stretching out and relaxing or even throwing a private cocktail party for up to six adults in the spacious sitting area. On board, passengers enjoy free Wi-Fi access and complimentary computer use in public areas, a fitness centre, a hair salon, lift, and an expansive Sky Deck with shade system, premium lounge chairs, whirlpool, deck games and the delightful Sky Bistro for al fresco lunches of light grill fare.
* Payable locally.
83 elegantly appointed staterooms and suites range in size from 172-300 ft². On the middle and upper decks, Panorama Suites are 200 ft² and feature Avalon’s trademark extra-wide, 11ft, French balconies with the bed angled towards the windows to really soak up those views. Royal Suites on the upper deck are even larger at 300 ft² and have an extended seating area with a sofa, armchairs and a table a larger bathrooms and separate WC.