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Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

Danube Dreams 2019

Enjoy a 2-night hotel stay in Prague before cruising along the legendary Danube River through the picturesque Wachau Valley

Fly Cruise
9 nights

River Cruise Holiday
  • Prague
  • Regensburg
  • Passau
  • Melk Abbey
  • Durnstein
  • Vienna

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Your European adventure begins with two nights in Prague, capital of the Czech Republic. Guided sightseeing shows you its best-known treasures. See the Astronomical Clock, Hradcany Castle and St. Vitus Cathedral. Regensburg is one of Germany’s best-preserved medieval cities. Guided sightseeing will show you the Old Town Hall, the Porta Pretoria and many mansions with high towers denoting the status and wealth of their early owners. Transfer to Deggendorf where your river cruise journey begins.

Passau, Germany, is called the “City of Three Rivers” as it lies at the confluence of the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers. Explore the city with a local guide and admire the Patrician houses and baroque St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Linz, Austria, offers the Hauptplatz, Austria’s largest medieval square which forms the center of the city.

Enjoy the magnificent views as your river cruise takes you through the picturesque wine region of Wachau Valley. In Dürnstein, see the famous blue and white Stiftskirche and taste some of the local wines. Vienna, the “City of Music,” makes an immediate impression with its lavish Hofburg Imperial Palace and neo-renaissance Vienna Opera House. In Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, a guided walk takes you through the delightful Old Town and to the gothic St. Martin’s Cathedral.

In Budapest, the vibrant capital of Hungary, you’ll see the must-see sights with a local expert; in your free time stroll along the main shopping street of Váci utca, or take pictures from Fishermen’s Bastion, which provides the best panoramic views of Budapest. From the Golden City of Prague to the Pearl of the Danube in Budapest, your European river cruise is an experience not to be missed!

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Prague to Budapest

Day 1 - UK - Prague (Czech Republic)

Fly from the UK to Prague. Transfer to the Hilton Prague or similar for a two night stay.

Day 2 - Prague

Take a guided city walk to visit Hradčany Castle grounds; see St. Vitus Cathedral and Old Town’s Astronomical Clock. 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. (B)

Day 3 - Regensburg (Germany) - Deggendorf

Join a guided city walk in Regensburg and see the 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 Deggendorf to board your Avalon Suite Ship® for a welcome reception. (B,D)

Day 4 - Passau - Linz (Austria)

Join a guided city walk to learn more about this beautiful “City of Three Rivers.” Follow your Avalon adventure host for hiking from Oberhaus along a trail down to the valley and along the Ilz River. Spend a little free time before sailing to Linz to walk the cobblestone streets and galleries of Artists’ Alley or peek into St. Stephen’s Cathedral to possibly catch a concert rehearsal. This afternoon, cruise to Linz through the Schlögen Oxbow, a particularly beautiful horseshoe–shaped bend of the river. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board. (B,L,D)

Day 5 - Linz

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. Consider a full-day guided optional excursion to Salzburg, the city of Mozart, or to 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. (B,L,D)

Day 6 - Melk

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 Dürnstein. In Durnstein, join a guided walk and hear the legendary tale of King Richard the Lionheart - who was imprisoned in the castle during the Crusades, or join a guided hike up to the castle ruins to take in the spectacular view of the village, Danube and the Wachau Valley below. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship. (B,L,D)

Day 7 - Vienna

Visit Austria’s largest art museum, the Kunsthistorisches Museum, 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 or venture into the Habsburg empire with a morning 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. 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. (B,L,D)

Day 8 - Bratislava (Slovakia)

Start the day with a morning stretch with your Avalon Adventure host. 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. Be our guest at a farewell dinner before cruising to Budapest. (B,L,D)

Day 9 - Budapest (Hungary)

Enjoy a guided city sightseeing, 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. (B,L,D)

Day 10 - Budapest - UK

Disembark after breakfast and transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

Key: B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner

Budapest to Prague

Day 1 - UK - Budapest (Hungary)

Fly from the UK to Budapest and embark your ship. (D)

Day 2 - Budapest

Enjoy a guided city sightseeing, 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. (B,L,D)

Day 3 - Bratislava (Slovakia)

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. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board. (B,L,D)

Day 4 - Vienna (Austria)

Visit Austria’s largest art museum, the Kunsthistorisches Museum, 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, or venture into the Habsburg empire with a morning 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. 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. (B,L,D)

Day 5 - Durnstein

Join a guided walk and hear the legendary tale of King Richard the Lionheart - who was imprisoned in the castle during the Crusades, or join a guided hike up to the castle ruins to take in the spectacular view of the village, Danube and the Wachau Valley below. 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. Take a guided tour of Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey to marvel at its frescoed ceilings, statues, incredible library and ornate pipe organ. (B,L,D)

Day 6 - Linz

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. 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.

Day 7 - Passau (Germany)

This morning, cruise through the Schlögen Oxbow, a particularly beautiful horseshoe-shaped bend of the river. Join a guided city walk to learn more about this beautiful “City of Three Rivers.” Follow your Avalon Adventure host for hiking from Oberhaus along a trail down to the valley and along the Ilz River. 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. (B,L,D)

Day 8 - Deggendorf - Regensburg - Prague (Czech Republic)

Disembark and transfer to Prague. 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. (B)

Day 9 - Prague

Take a guided city walk to visit Hradčany Castle Grounds; see St. Vitus Cathedral and Old Town’s Astronomical Clock. 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. (B)

Day 10 - Prague - UK

Transfer to the airport after breakfast. (B)

Key: B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner

Price Includes

  • 7-night full board cruise
  • 2-night hotel stay in Prague
  • Return flights from the UK
  • Overseas transfers
  • Private VIP home pick-up service within 100 miles
  • Guided shore excursions
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner during the cruise
  • Complimentary tea and coffee during the cruise
  • Daily afternoon tea during the cruise
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi during the cruise
  • All tipping and gratuities
  • Port and airport taxes
  • Onboard local entertainment during the cruise
  • Services of a professional Cruise Director
NO PRICES
Map for Danube Dreams 2019