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01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

The Blue Danube Discovery 2019

This timeless Europe river cruise holiday begins with two nights in vibrant Budapest in Hungary, then sails along the Danube River with exciting stops in Austria and Germany, and end with two nights in Prague - the capital of the Czech Republic.

Fly Cruise
11 nights from £2502pp

River Cruise Holiday
  • Budapest
  • Vienna
  • Melk
  • Nuremberg
  • Prague

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This timeless Europe river cruise holiday begins with two nights in vibrant Budapest in Hungary, then sails 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 holiday!

Festive Cruise: Your festive cruise begins in Budapest where you’ll embark on the Danube to discover enchanting Christmas markets and traditions. Take photographs on the Royal Palace grounds, and enjoy the glow of Christmas traditions in the “Pearl of the Danube” before an evening cruise to Vienna. You’ll sail through the miles shared by Hungary and Slovakia on your way to Vienna, and see the Imperial Palace Complex, magical Christmas Advent Market, and shining Christkindlesmarkt stalls. In Krems, you’ll find a small valley village seemingly untouched by the modern world, and visit its charming Christmas market before sailing through the wonderful Wachau Valley on your way to Melk. Take a guided tour of the magnificent Benedictine Abbey, and enjoy a wine tasting on board your ship. You’ll cruise to Passau, Germany, the “City of Three Rivers,” where the Danube, Inn, and Ilz Rivers meet, and sail for Regensburg to enjoy a guided tour of Old Town and Porta Pretoria. Enjoy German beer tasting on board your ship, and sail for Nuremberg with an overnight cruise. You’ll see the living heritage and history of Nuremberg with guided sightseeing, including its medieval architecture, cathedral, Kaiserburg Castle, or historic WWII Third Reich Rally Grounds. Browse the spruce stalls of Nuremberg’s Christmas markets, and try any number of specialities in Bavarian fare—from bratwurst to blueberry wine. Complete your festive Danube River cruise with a night in the Golden City of Prague, Czech Republic. Here you’ll take a guided sightseeing tour of the iconic city sites, including the Astronomical Clock and the Hradčany Castle Grounds. You’ll love the glistening Christmas markets of Prague, with delightful culinary treats, gifts, and warmth of the season you’ll long remember.

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Standard Itinerary

Day 1 - UK - Budapest (Hungary)

Fly from the UK to Budapest and transfer to your hotel for a two-night stay.

Day 2 - Budapest

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

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. (B,D)

Day 4 - 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 5 - 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, relax on board with live entertainment as you sail to Dürnstein. (B,L,D)

Day 6 - Dürnstein - Melk

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 flavours of the Wachau Valley with a Wine Tasting on board. (B,L,D)

Day 7 - Passau (Germany)

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. (B,L,D)

Day 8 - 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 9 - Roth

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. Choose a Guided Sightseeing 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. (B,L,D)

Day 10 - Nuremberg - Prague, Czech Republic

Disembark and transfer to Prague for a two-night hotel stay. 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. (B)

Day 11 - Prague

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. (B)

Day 12 - Prague - UK

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK (B)

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

Festive Season - 28 Nov & 2nd Dec

Day 1 - UK - Budapest (Hungary)

Fly from the UK to Budapest and transfer to the hotel for a two-night stay.

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, and Don’t miss the unique Christmas markets that Budapest hosts every year during the Festive season. (B)

Day 3 - Budapest

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. Enjoy the Christmas the warmth and glow of Christmas tradition before boarding your Suite Ship. (B,D)

Day 4 - Vienna (Austria)

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. Enjoy an Austrian cookie tasting while sailing to Vienna. 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 5 - Vienna

Take a guided tour of Vienna to see the Imperial Palace complex—the winter residence of the Imperial family, or join a guided culinary tour of Vienna’s magical Christmas Advent Markets to sample Sachertorte and Apfelstrudel. Join a guided optional excursion to Schönbrunn Palace—a Habsburg Empire summer home for 300 years. Spend free time on your own to enjoy the Christkindlesmarkt, or relax by the fire’s glow in a Viennese café this evening. Later, relax on board with live entertainment. (B,L,D)

Day 6 - Krems

Join a guided walk to explore this small valley town, seemingly untouched by the new world. In your free time perhaps try some roasted chestnuts, one of the most popular treats at the Christmas market. During lunchtime 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 flavours of the Wachau Valley with a wine tasting on board. (B,L,D)

Day 7 - Passau (Germany)

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 and learn how Austrians celebrate Christmas. Meet your ship back in Passau after your selected activities for sailing. (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. Enjoy a Christmas traditions lecture on board while sailing this afternoon. Later, indulge in a beer tasting on board. This evening, enjoy live entertainment after dinner as you cruise toward Nuremberg. (B,L,D)

Day 9 - Nuremberg

Choose a guided sightseeing 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. Spend free time on your own to browse the spruce stalls of the Christmas Markets of Nuremberg. Sample favorite Bavarian fare—from dozens of bratwurst varieties, gingerbread, mulled blueberry wine, and countless other culinary delights of the Christkindlmarkt. (B,L,D)

Day 10 - Nuremberg - Prague (Czech Republic)

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. (B)

Day 11 - Prague

Take a guided city walk, and visit the Hradčany Castle Grounds; see St. Vitus Cathedral, and Old Town’s Astronomical Clock. Spend the afternoon on your own to browse the exquisite Christmas Markets of Prague. Stroll through the brightly colored wooden stalls for ornaments and handmade toys and handicrafts. Tonight, you may decide to join us for an optional folklore dinner Show, sampling traditional Czech cuisine in an authentic Prague setting. (B)

Day 12 - Prague

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. (B)

Price Includes

  • 7-night full board cruise
  • 2-night hotel stay in Budapest with selected meals
  • 2-night hotel stay in Prague with selected meals
  • 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
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2019 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • November
    • Nov 28th - Budapest to Prague - Sailing on: Avalon Illumination From: £3145
      Cat A Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £3145 Blue Water Price from: £3187
  • December
    • Dec 2nd - Budapest to Prague - Sailing on: Avalon Imagery II From: £3425
      Cat A Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £3425 Blue Water Price from: £3475

Price Information

  • Please note pricing is fluid so subject to change daily
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