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

The Blue Danube Discovery

Begin this timeless Europe river cruise holiday in vibrant Budapest and sail along the Danube River through Austria and Germany

Cruise Only
7 nights from £1741pp

River Cruise Holiday
  • Budapest
  • Durnstein
  • Nuremberg
  • Passau
  • Regensburg
  • Vienna

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Free Suite Upgrade! Book a Deluxe Stateroom and enjoy a complimentary upgrade to a Panorama Suite. Applies to Aug 2021 departures only. Subject to availability

The Blue Danube Discovery Special Offer

Begin this timeless Europe river cruise vacation in vibrant Budapest, Hungary, sail along the Danube River with exciting stops in Austria and Germany, and conclude in historical Nuremberg, Germany.

As you leave Budapest, you’ll sail past the splendid Parliament Building, and along Danube River, you’ll have Hungary on your left and Slovakia on your right as the river runs between both countries for a 58-mile stretch. Enjoy an amazing view of the landscapes of Bratislava while sailing. Vienna, Austria, offers stunning St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the Habsburg Palace, the Vienna Opera House, and much more. 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 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, beautiful Patrician houses, and baroque architecture. Sail further up the Danube River, and you’ll come to the medieval walls of Regensburg, the only German city not bombed during WWII. Here, we’ll introduce you to some of Germany’s famous beers! The last stop on this memorable river cruise vacation is the thousand-year-old city of Nuremberg. During guided sightseeing, marvel at the medieval fortifications, extraordinary gothic churches, and the Imperial Castle. And in your free time, be sure to make a wish at the striking fountain on the Hauptmarkt (Main Square)—a perfect ending to a memorable river cruise vacation!

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The Blue Danube Discovery Itinerary

Day 1 - Budapest (Hungary)

Embark your ship in Budapest. Evening and overnight cruise to Vienna. (D)

Day 2 - Vienna (Austria)

Perhaps 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. Dock overnight in Vienna. (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 historic Vienna Opera House and stunning St. Stephen’s Cathedral, or 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. Cruise overnight to Durnstein. (B, L, D)

Day 4 - Dürnstein - Melk

Join a guided walk to hear the legendary tale of King Richard the Lionheart who was imprisoned in the castle above the village during the Crusades, or 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. Evening and overnight cruise to Passau. (B, L, D)

Day 5 - 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 to the picturesque Bohemian town of Cesky Krumlov. Meet your ship back in Passau after your full-day selected activity for sailing. Evening and overnight cruise to Regensburg. (B, L, D)

Day 6 - 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. This evening, enjoy live entertainment after dinner as you cruise toward Roth. Evening and overnight cruise to Roth. (B, L, D)

Day 7 - Roth

Enjoy an on-board lecture about the Main-Danube 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 half-timbered 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 Grounds, used by the Third Reich. Evening cruise to Nuremberg. (B, L, D)

Day 8 - Nuremberg

Disembark your ship in Nuremberg. (B)

For navigational reasons the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary. Key: B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner

Price Includes

  • 7-night full board cruise
  • 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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2021 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • August
    • Aug 23rd - Budapest to Nuremberg - Sailing on: Avalon Envision From: £2646
      Cat E Deluxe Stateroom Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat B Panorama Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £2646 Blue Water Price from: £2795 Blue Water Price from: £2646
  • September
    • Sep 22nd - Budapest to Nuremberg - Sailing on: Avalon Envision From: £2569
      Cat E Deluxe Stateroom Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat B Panorama Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £2569 Blue Water Price from: £2718 Blue Water Price from: £3518
    • Sep 27th - Budapest to Nuremberg - Sailing on: Avalon Imagery II From: £2394
      Cat E Deluxe Stateroom Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat B Panorama Suite Cat S Royal Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £2394 Blue Water Price from: £2543 Blue Water Price from: £3393 Blue Water Price from: £4143
  • October
    • Oct 20th - Budapest to Nuremberg - Sailing on: Avalon Impression From: £2227
      Cat E Deluxe Stateroom Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat B Panorama Suite Cat S Royal Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £2227 Blue Water Price from: £2376 Blue Water Price from: £3226 Blue Water Price from: £3976
    • Oct 25th - Budapest to Nuremberg - Sailing on: Avalon Imagery II From: £1741
      Cat E Deluxe Stateroom Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat B Panorama Suite Cat S Royal Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £1741 Blue Water Price from: £1890 Blue Water Price from: £2740 Blue Water Price from: £3490

2022 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • April
    • Apr 15th - Budapest to Nuremberg - Sailing on: Avalon Envision From: £1756
      Cat E Deluxe Stateroom Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat B Panorama Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £1756 Blue Water Price from: £1905 Blue Water Price from: £2755
  • May
    • May 4th - Budapest to Nuremberg - Sailing on: Avalon Artistry II From: £2284
      Cat E Deluxe Stateroom Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat B Panorama Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £2284 Blue Water Price from: £2433 Blue Water Price from: £3283
    • May 19th - Budapest to Nuremberg - Sailing on: Avalon Envision From: £2532
      Cat E Deluxe Stateroom Cat D Deluxe Stateroom
      Blue Water Price from: £2532 Blue Water Price from: £2681
  • June
    • Jun 30th - Budapest to Nuremberg - Sailing on: Avalon Envision From: £2121
      Cat E Deluxe Stateroom Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat B Panorama Suite Cat S Royal Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £2121 Blue Water Price from: £2270 Blue Water Price from: £3120 Blue Water Price from: £3870
  • July
    • Jul 17th - Budapest to Nuremberg - Sailing on: Avalon Tranquility II From: £2048
      Cat E Deluxe Stateroom Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat B Panorama Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £2048 Blue Water Price from: £2197 Blue Water Price from: £3047
    • Jul 30th - Budapest to Nuremberg - Sailing on: Avalon Envision From: £2048
      Cat E Deluxe Stateroom Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat B Panorama Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £2048 Blue Water Price from: £2197 Blue Water Price from: £3047
  • August
    • Aug 27th - Budapest to Nuremberg - Sailing on: Avalon Envision From: £2467
      Cat E Deluxe Stateroom Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat B Panorama Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £2467 Blue Water Price from: £2616 Blue Water Price from: £3466
  • September
    • Sep 12th - Budapest to Nuremberg - Sailing on: Avalon Tranquility II From: £2715
      Cat E Deluxe Stateroom Cat D Deluxe Stateroom
      Blue Water Price from: £2715 Blue Water Price from: £2864
  • October
    • Oct 22nd - Budapest to Nuremberg - Sailing on: Avalon Impression From: £2324
      Cat D Deluxe Stateroom
      Blue Water Price from: £2324

Price Information

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Map for The Blue Danube Discovery