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

Heart of the Danube

This European river cruise through Germany, Austria, and Hungary, embarks on the Rhine River in the German city of Mainz.

Fly Cruise
12 nights from £3158pp

River Cruise Holiday
  • Wurzburg
  • Bamberg
  • Nuremberg
  • Linz
  • Budapest

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This European river cruise through Germany, Austria, and Hungary, embarks on the Rhine River in the German city of Mainz.

Enjoy a guided walk through a Main River village, and visit Kitzingen in Bavaria’s largest wine-producing area, as well as a visit to the quaint town of Volkach. Enjoy beer tasting on board your ship, and take a guided tour of Bamberg, where imperial dynasties lived with a guided tour of its Romanesque cathedral amid the seven hills crowned with churches. From Nuremberg, join a guided excursion and tour of Munich to see Nymphenburg Palace—former home of the German monarchs. In Roth, take a guided tour of the town; guided sightseeing in Nuremberg, or a tour of the notorious Nuremberg Rally Grounds. Visit the Bavarian town of Regensburg to see medieval sights, and join us for a beer tasting on board. You’ll cruise to Passau for guided walking tour of Germany’s “City of Three Rivers.” Next, the magnificent Benedictine Abbey of Melk awaits, with its frescoed ceilings, sculptures, library, and ornate pipe organ.

Sail through the beautiful Wachau Valley to Vienna—the “City of Music.” You’ll marvel at the sights with a guided city tour of Vienna’s gilded landmarks—including the Imperial Palace, the world-famous opera house, and stunning St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Your European river cruise concludes in Budapest for a guided tour of the captivating Hungarian capital, including Heroes’ Square.

V128 Operated by Avalon Waterways

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Mainz to Budapest

Day 1 - UK - Mainz (Germany)

Fly from the UK to Frankfurt and transfer to your ship in Mainz. (D)

Day 2 - Main river village

Join a Guided Walking Tour of a picturesque Bavarian village, or this afternoon relax on the Sky Deck while passing along the beautiful villages on the Main River shores. Later, enjoy dinner and live entertainment on board. (B,L,D)

Day 3 - Würzburg

Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Würzburg with its Old Main Bridge, towering fortress, and baroque Bishop’s Residenz—with the largest known ceiling fresco. You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to the beautiful Bavarian town of Rothenburg. See the local sights and enjoy the fairytale atmosphere that has inspired artists. Enjoy live entertainment on board as you set sail. (B,L,D)

Day 4 - Kitzingen

Enjoy a Guided Sightseeing Tour and hear about the legend of a Countess, a shepherd, and a monastery. Explore Bavaria’s largest wine-producing area. Enjoy a leisurely sailing to Volkach at lunchtime. Join a Walking Tour of the quaint town of Volkach with its half-timbered houses and cobblestoned streets. Later, indulge in a Beer Tasting on board. (B,L,D)

Day 5 - Bamberg

Take a Guided Walking Tour of the former home to imperial dynasties, and see its Romanesque cathedral, Old Town Hall, and seven hills crowned with churches. After the tour spend free time with a glass of German-style Rauchbier (smoked beer). (B,L,D)

Day 6 - Nuremberg

Take a full-day Guided Tour of the highlights of fascinating Munich. See Nymphenburg Palace—a former residence of German monarchs, along with the old and new Town Halls of Marienplatz. (B,L,D)

Day 7 - Roth

Start the day with a Morning Stretch with the Avalon Adventure Host, and dock in Roth for a day of fascinating excursions. 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 choose a Guided Tour of Nuremberg—with its 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. 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. (B,L,D)

Day 8 - Regensburg

Join a Guided City Walk and see 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. Later, indulge in a Beer Tasting on board. This evening, enjoy live entertainment after dinner as you cruise toward Passau. (B,L,D)

Day 9 - Passau

Join a Guided City Walk to learn more about this beautiful “City of Three Rivers”. 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. 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. (B,L,D)

Day 10 - Melk (Austria) - Vienna

Take a Guided Tour of Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey to marvel at its frescoed ceilings, statues, incredible library, and ornate pipe organ, or 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. (B,L,D)

Day 11 - Vienna

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 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. (B,L,D)

Day 12 - Budapest (Hungary)

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 cafés, pubs, and nightlife at your leisure. (B,L,D)

Day 13 - Budapest - UK

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

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

Budapest to Mainz

Day 1 - UK - Budapest (Hungary)

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

Day 2 - Vienna (Austria)

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. (B,L,D)

Day 3 - Vienna

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

Day 4 - Dürnstein

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 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. Take a Guided Tour of Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey to marvel at its frescoed ceilings, statues, incredible library, and ornate pipe organ. Enjoy the flavors of the Wachau Valley with a Wine Tasting on board. (B,L,D)

Day 5 - Passau (Germany)

Join a Guided City Walk to learn more about this beautiful “City of Three Rivers”. Alternatively, join a full-day Guided Optional Excursion to Salzburg—the city of Mozart—or to the picturesque Bohemian town of Český Krumlov. Meet your ship back in Passau after your full-day selected activity for sailing. (B,L,D)

Day 6 - Regensburg

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. Later, indulge in a Beer Tasting on board. This evening, enjoy live entertainment after dinner as you cruise toward Roth. (B,L,D)

Day 7 - Roth

Enjoy an Onboard Lecture about the MainDanube Canal—linking these two rivers to make a vital connection enabling navigation between the North and Black Seas. Enjoy a Guided Sightseeing Tour of the Bavarian town of Roth—with its halftimbered houses, market square, and 1535 hunting lodge Schloss Ratibor, or choose a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Nuremberg—with its medieval architecture, gilded fountain, gothic cathedral, and Kaiserburg Castle, or take a Guided Tour of the historic Nuremberg Rally rounds—used by the Third Reich. (B,L,D)

Day 8 - Nuremberg

Take a full-day Guided Tour of the highlights of fascinating Munich. See Nymphenburg Palace—a former residence of German monarchs, along with the old and new Town Halls of Marienplatz. (B,L,D)

Day 9 - Bamberg

Take a Guided Walking Tour of the former home to imperial dynasties, and see its Romanesque cathedral, Old Town Hall, and seven hills crowned with churches. Enjoy free time this afternoon strolling through the city. Later, indulge in a Beer Tasting on board. This evening, enjoy live entertainment on board. (B,L,D)

Day 10 - Volkach

Join a Walking Tour of the quaint town of Volkach with its half-timbered houses and cobblestoned streets. Enjoy a Guided Sightseeing Tour and hear the legend of a Countess, a shepherd, and a monastery. Explore Bavaria’s largest wineproducing area. (B,L,D)

Day 11 - Würzburg

Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Würzburg with its Old Main Bridge, towering fortress, and baroque Bishop’s Residenz—with the largest known ceiling fresco. You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to the beautiful Bavarian town of Rothenburg. See the local sights and enjoy the fairytale atmosphere that has inspired artists. Alternatively, you may enjoy free time to take in the charm and culinary specialties of Würzburg. Enjoy live entertainment on board as you sail. (B,L,D)

Day 12 - Main river village

Join a Guided Walking Tour of a picturesque Bavarian village, or this afternoon relax on the Sky Deck while passing along the beautiful villages on the Main River shores. (B,L,D)

Day 13 - Mainz - UK

Disembark after breakfast and transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK (B)

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

Price Includes

  • 12-night full board cruise
  • 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
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Daily afternoon tea
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • All tipping and gratuities
  • Port and airport taxes
  • Onboard local entertainment
  • Services of a professional Cruise Director
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2020 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • May
    • May 15th - Mainz to Budapest - Sailing on: Avalon Artistry II From: £4285
      Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat A Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite Cat S Royal Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £4285 Blue Water Price from: £5506 Blue Water Price from: £5601 Blue Water Price from: £7184
    • May 21st - Mainz to Budapest - Sailing on: Avalon Imagery II From: £4141
      Cat E Deluxe Stateroom Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat B Panorama Suite Cat A Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite Cat S Royal Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £4141 Blue Water Price from: £4372 Blue Water Price from: £5516 Blue Water Price from: £5595 Blue Water Price from: £5687 Blue Water Price from: £7270
  • June
    • Jun 12th - Budapest to Mainz - Sailing on: Avalon Artistry II From: £4294
      Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat P Panorama Suite Cat S Royal Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £4294 Blue Water Price from: £5650 Blue Water Price from: £7517
  • July
    • Jul 26th - Mainz to Budapest - Sailing on: Avalon Artistry II From: £3320
      Cat E Deluxe Stateroom Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat B Panorama Suite Cat A Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite Cat S Royal Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £3320 Blue Water Price from: £3551 Blue Water Price from: £4694 Blue Water Price from: £4712 Blue Water Price from: £4926 Blue Water Price from: £7200
  • August
    • Aug 7th - Budapest to Mainz - Sailing on: Avalon Artistry II From: £3669
      Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat A Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £3669 Blue Water Price from: £4926 Blue Water Price from: £5024
  • October
    • Oct 4th - Mainz to Budapest - Sailing on: Avalon Artistry II From: £3569
      Cat E Deluxe Stateroom Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat B Panorama Suite Cat A Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £3569 Blue Water Price from: £3800 Blue Water Price from: £4885 Blue Water Price from: £5024 Blue Water Price from: £5116
  • November
    • Nov 1st - Budapest to Mainz - Sailing on: Avalon Artistry II From: £3158
      Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat A Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite Cat S Royal Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £3158 Blue Water Price from: £4415 Blue Water Price from: £4513 Blue Water Price from: £6880
    • Nov 25th - Budapest to Mainz - Sailing on: Avalon Imagery II From: £5274
      Cat P Panorama Suite Cat S Royal Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £5274 Blue Water Price from: £6891

Price Information

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