Budapest • Vienna • Dürnstein • Melk • Passau • Regensburg • Roth • Nuremberg • Prague
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.
In Budapest, Hungary’s lively capital, marvel at the eight bridges spanning the river and enjoy an introduction to the city by a local expert who shows you the must-see sights. Vienna, Austria, offers stunning St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the Habsburg Palace, and the Vienna Opera House. In the heart of the Wachau wine region is Dürnstein, a 16th-century town with charming cobblestone streets and the baroque Stiftskirche with its luminous blue façade.
In the picturesque town of Melk, visit Austria’s majestic Benedictine Abbey, one of Europe’s largest monasteries, and enjoy a tasting of some of the Wachau Valley’s famous wines. You’ll love a guided walk through Passau, with its narrow streets and beautiful Patrician houses. Further up the Danube River, you’ll come to the medieval walls of Regensburg—the only German city not bombed during WWII. Your last stop is the thousand-year-old city of Nuremberg, where you’ll marvel at the medieval fortifications, extraordinary gothic churches, and the Imperial Castle.
Disembark and travel to beautiful Prague, known as the “Golden City.” See the sights with a Local Guide and explore on your own. Stroll across Charles Bridge, mix with the locals on Wenceslaus Square, and shop for hand-cut crystal and art books. A perfect ending to a memorable river cruise vacation!
Cruise: deluxe 7-night cruise in an outside stateroom with Avalon's exclusive Comfort Collection Beds
Captain's welcome & farewell receptions with sparkling wine and canapés
Breakfast, lunch and dinner while on board
Complementary sparkling wine with breakfast; soft drinks with lunch; and wine, beer, or soft drinks with dinner are included daily on board your vessel
Included excursions with Certified Local Guides
Head sets with shore excursions
Budapest: guided sightseeing, see Fishermen's Bastion and Heroes' Square
Vienna: guided sightseeing
Dürnstein • Melk: guided walk in Dürnstein, see the Stiftskirche; guided visit of the Benedictine Abbey and wine tasting
Passau: guided walk
Regensburg: guided walk; enjoy a snack at the Historische Wurstküche; beer tasting
Roth • Nuremberg: choice of guided sightseeing in Roth with visit to the Industrial Museum, or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour
Prague: guided sightseeing, see the Astronomical Clock and visit Hradcany Castle grounds
Welcome to Budapest, Hungary's lively capital spanning the bank of the Danube. The remainder of the day is free to start exploring Eastern Europe's most cosmopolitan metropolis.
CLASSIC: Enjoy a Guided City Sightseeing Tour, including iconic Heros' Square
Whether you are seeing the sights, shopping for handcrafted embroidery or Herend porcelain, or basking in the coffee house culture over rich cream cake in the renowned Gerbeaud Café, Budapest's unique energy is positively palatabel. On your GUIDED SIGHTSEEING TOUR, see the Hero's Square as well as the massive hilltop castle complex with its remarkable Fishermen's Bastion and 11th century Matthias Church, the coronation spot of several Hungarian monarchs. Be sure to take note of the city's eight bridges - many famous sights themselves _ which connect ancient Buda on the right bank and Pest on the left. You may even want to wak across Chain Bridge, built in 1849 and a symbol of Budapest.
You may choose to enjoy Hungarian cuisine in an Optional Wine-and-Dine Dinner this evening.
You have time this morning to explore Budapest further. Perhaps visit St. Stephen's Basilica for marvelous views of the city from its viewing platform. This afternoon, board your river cruise vessel and meet your crew at a welcome reception.
Enjoy a day of relaxation on board and marvel at the beautiful scenery on both banks of the Danube. Hungary is on your left as you cruise upriver and Slovakia is on your right. The two countries share the Danube for a 58-mile stretch, with the border in the middle of the river. This evening, arrive in Vienna, Austria's capital. Known as the "City of Music," it inspired the creative genius of Mozart, Beethoven, and Strauss. An optional concert is available during your stay.
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.
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
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 flavours of the Wachau Valley with a Wine Tasting on board.
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 Česky Krumlov.
Meet your ship back in Passau after your selected activities for sailing.
Magical Regensburg - Bavarias 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 Monestery in Weltenburg.
Spend a free afternoon exploring Regensburg on foot or by bike through its charming streets.
DISCOVER: Later, indulge in a Beer Tasting on board.
This evening enjoy live entertainment aftert dinner as you cruise toward Roth.
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.
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.
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 ina local restaurant.
Tonight, you may decide to join us for an Optional Folklore Dinner Show, sampling traditional Czech cuisine in an authentic Prague setting.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
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