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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

Fly Cruise
7 nights from £1840pp

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

Call us on 01756 706500 (+44 1756 706500) to discuss this holiday

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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 - UK - Budapest (Hungary)

Fly from the UK to Budapest and embark ship. 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. Later, indulge in a Beer Tasting on board. 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 - UK

Disembark ship in Nuremberg and transfer to the airport for the return flight to the UK. (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
  • 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

  • April
    • Apr 6th - Budapest to Nuremberg - Sailing on: Avalon Artistry II From: £3262
      Cat B Panorama Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £3262
  • May
    • May 14th - Budapest to Nuremberg - Sailing on: Avalon Envision From: £2992
      Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat B Panorama Suite Cat A Panorama Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £2992 Blue Water Price from: £3692 Blue Water Price from: £3742
    • May 27th - Budapest to Nuremberg - Sailing on: Avalon Tranquility II From: £2632
      Cat E Deluxe Stateroom Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat P Panorama Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £2632 Blue Water Price from: £2781 Blue Water Price from: £3632
    • May 28th - Budapest to Nuremberg - Sailing on: Avalon Envision From: £3079
      Cat E Deluxe Stateroom Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat P Panorama Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £3079 Blue Water Price from: £3228 Blue Water Price from: £4078
  • June
    • Jun 2nd - Budapest to Nuremberg - Sailing on: Avalon Imagery II From: £2630
      Cat E Deluxe Stateroom Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat A Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £2630 Blue Water Price from: £2779 Blue Water Price from: £3530 Blue Water Price from: £3630
    • Jun 11th - Budapest to Nuremberg - Sailing on: Avalon Envision From: £2947
      Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat B Panorama Suite Cat A Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £2947 Blue Water Price from: £3647 Blue Water Price from: £3697 Blue Water Price from: £3797
    • Jun 12th - Budapest to Nuremberg - Sailing on: Avalon Artistry II From: £2832
      Cat E Deluxe Stateroom Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat P Panorama Suite Cat S Royal Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £2832 Blue Water Price from: £2981 Blue Water Price from: £3832 Blue Water Price from: £4832
    • Jun 25th - Budapest to Nuremberg - Sailing on: Avalon Envision From: £2521
      Cat E Deluxe Stateroom Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat B Panorama Suite Cat A Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £2521 Blue Water Price from: £2670 Blue Water Price from: £3370 Blue Water Price from: £3420 Blue Water Price from: £3520
  • July
    • Jul 1st - Budapest to Nuremberg - Sailing on: Avalon Tranquility II From: £2317
      Cat E Deluxe Stateroom Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat B Panorama Suite Cat A Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £2317 Blue Water Price from: £2466 Blue Water Price from: £3167 Blue Water Price from: £3217 Blue Water Price from: £3316
    • Jul 9th - Budapest to Nuremberg - Sailing on: Avalon Envision From: £2463
      Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat A Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite Cat S Royal Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £2463 Blue Water Price from: £3214 Blue Water Price from: £3313 Blue Water Price from: £4763
    • Jul 16th - Budapest to Nuremberg - Sailing on: Avalon Visionary From: £2204
      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: £2204 Blue Water Price from: £2353 Blue Water Price from: £3054 Blue Water Price from: £3104 Blue Water Price from: £3203 Blue Water Price from: £4903
    • Jul 23rd - Budapest to Nuremberg - Sailing on: Avalon Envision From: £2064
      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: £2064 Blue Water Price from: £2213 Blue Water Price from: £2914 Blue Water Price from: £2964 Blue Water Price from: £3063 Blue Water Price from: £4763
  • August
    • Aug 5th - Budapest to Nuremberg - Sailing on: Avalon Tranquility II From: £1936
      Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat B Panorama Suite Cat A Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite Cat S Royal Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £1936 Blue Water Price from: £2519 Blue Water Price from: £2561 Blue Water Price from: £2644 Blue Water Price from: £4227
    • Aug 6th - Budapest to Nuremberg - Sailing on: Avalon Envision From: £2213
      Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat B Panorama Suite Cat A Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £2213 Blue Water Price from: £2914 Blue Water Price from: £2964 Blue Water Price from: £3063
    • Aug 7th - Budapest to Nuremberg - Sailing on: Avalon Artistry II From: £2213
      Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat B Panorama Suite Cat A Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £2213 Blue Water Price from: £2914 Blue Water Price from: £3024 Blue Water Price from: £3063
    • Aug 20th - Budapest to Nuremberg - Sailing on: Avalon Envision From: £2741
      Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat A Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite Cat S Royal Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £2741 Blue Water Price from: £3494 Blue Water Price from: £3591 Blue Water Price from: £4791
  • September
    • Sep 3rd - Budapest to Nuremberg - Sailing on: Avalon Envision From: £2864
      Cat E Deluxe Stateroom Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat B Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite Cat S Royal Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £2864 Blue Water Price from: £3014 Blue Water Price from: £3715 Blue Water Price from: £3864 Blue Water Price from: £5064
    • Sep 9th - Budapest to Nuremberg - Sailing on: Avalon Tranquility II From: £3140
      Cat E Deluxe Stateroom Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat B Panorama Suite Cat A Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £3140 Blue Water Price from: £3289 Blue Water Price from: £3990 Blue Water Price from: £4040 Blue Water Price from: £4139
    • Sep 14th - Budapest to Nuremberg - Sailing on: Avalon Visionary From: £3065
      Cat E Deluxe Stateroom Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat B Panorama Suite Cat A Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £3065 Blue Water Price from: £3214 Blue Water Price from: £3975 Blue Water Price from: £3965 Blue Water Price from: £4064
    • Sep 17th - Budapest to Nuremberg - Sailing on: Avalon Envision From: £3339
      Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat B Panorama Suite Cat A Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite Cat S Royal Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £3339 Blue Water Price from: £4040 Blue Water Price from: £4090 Blue Water Price from: £4189 Blue Water Price from: £5064
  • October
    • Oct 1st - Budapest to Nuremberg - Sailing on: Avalon Envision From: £2797
      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: £2797 Blue Water Price from: £2946 Blue Water Price from: £3647 Blue Water Price from: £3697 Blue Water Price from: £3797 Blue Water Price from: £4997
    • Oct 14th - Budapest to Nuremberg - Sailing on: Avalon Tranquility II From: £2491
      Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat B Panorama Suite Cat A Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite Cat S Royal Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £2491 Blue Water Price from: £3192 Blue Water Price from: £3242 Blue Water Price from: £3341 Blue Water Price from: £4791
    • Oct 21st - Budapest to Nuremberg - Sailing on: Avalon Envision From: £2023
      Cat E Deluxe Stateroom Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat B Panorama Suite Cat A Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £2023 Blue Water Price from: £2172 Blue Water Price from: £2873 Blue Water Price from: £2923 Blue Water Price from: £3022
  • November
    • Nov 1st - Budapest to Nuremberg - Sailing on: Avalon Artistry II From: £1750
      Cat E Deluxe Stateroom Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat A Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite Cat S Royal Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £1750 Blue Water Price from: £1899 Blue Water Price from: £2710 Blue Water Price from: £2749 Blue Water Price from: £4449
    • Nov 25th - Budapest to Nuremberg - Sailing on: Avalon Imagery II From: £2667
      Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat A Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite Cat S Royal Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £2667 Blue Water Price from: £3417 Blue Water Price from: £3518 Blue Water Price from: £4518

Price Information

  • Please note: Pricing is based on a fluid system so subject to daily change.
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