2019 : The Blue Danube Discovery for Wine Lovers (WBN-T5) - Illumination

12 Day River Cruise Budapest to Prague

This timeless Europe river cruise vacation begins with two nights in vibrant Budapest, Hungary, then sail 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 and will take you to a secret wine cellar for a tasting. 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 Durnstein, a 16th-century town with charming cobblestone streets and the baroque Stiftskirche with its luminous blue facade. Discover one of Austria's most established and notable wine regions 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 1,000-year-old city of Nuremberg, where you'll marvel at the medieval fortifications, extraordinary gothic churches, and the Imperial Castle.

A Master of Wine will travel with you on this cruise and will hold lectures, tastings and will introduce you to food and wine pairing. 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. You will then learn about the lesser known but still very good Czech wines. A perfect ending to a memorable river cruise vacation!

Cruise at-a-Glance

Day 1 Budapest: Welcome to Budapest!
Day 2 Budapest: Guided tour, see Heroes' Square and visit a wine cellar
Day 3 Budapest (Embarkation): Onboard welcome reception
Day 4 Budapest-Vienna: Cruising; onboard wine lecture
Day 5 Vienna: Guided sightseeing
Day 6 Durnstein-Wachau Valley: Choice of guided tour, or hike up to the castle ruins in Durnstein, or visit a local wine cellar; scenic cruise through the Wachau Valley; wine tasting on board
Day 7 Passau: Guided walk; onboard food & wine pairing dinner
Day 8 Regensburg: Guided walk
Day 9 Nuremberg: Onboard wine lecture; choice of guided sightseeing, or Rally Grounds in Nuremberg, or Roth guided tour
Day 10 Nuremberg (Disembarkation)-Prague: Travel to Prague
Days 11 Prague. Excursion to Melnik: Guided sightseeing, see the Astronomical Clock and visit Hradcany Castle grounds; excursion to Melnik wine area
Day 12 Prague: Your vacation ends this morning

Always Included

You've always forged your own path...with your own distinct perspective of looking at the world. Avalon Waterways presents a river cruise experience with your unique style in mind-offering expansive views and wider perspectives. That's why we've designed a cruise experience that's just a bit different.

Here are just some of the features and amenities you'll experience on board our Avalon ships. See the Ship Amenities Section below for more information about the amenities in our fleet's unique ships.

Throughout the Ship:

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Panoramic windows
  • Elegant, contemporary design & decor
  • Friendly, English-speaking crew & Cruise Director
  • Sky Deck with whirlpool, shade awnings, game area and premium lounges
  • Covered Observation Lounge
  • Club Lounge with 24-hour self-serve beverage station with complimentary cappuccinos, lattes, tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees, as well as treats throughout the day

    Suites & Staterooms:

  • Comfort Collection BedsSM with choice of mattress firmness
  • Egyptian super-combed cotton linens
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • Premium L'Occitane bath products
  • Large bathroom featuring shower with glass door
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with free movie channels
  • Individual climate control and in-room safe
  • Complimentary bottled water daily
  • And, much more.

    Health & Fitness:

  • Bikes
  • Canoe, kayak and jogging excursions
  • Maps for hiking, biking and jogging routes
  • Fitness and wellness activities
  • Fitbits
  • All through your Avalon Adventure HostSM

    Dining

  • FlexDiningSM for more venue and seating options, including flexible seating times in our main Dining Room
  • Avalon FreshSM healthy cuisine options at every meal
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with every lunch and dinner
  • Early and Late Riser breakfast options
  • Daily full buffet breakfast with made-to-order egg station, hot and cold menu items
  • Daily lunch buffet with pasta or carving stations
  • Alternative light lunch or Sky Grill on the Sky Deck (weather permitting)
  • Daily Afternoon Tea featuring tea, coffee, sweet treats & sandwiches
  • Daily four-course a la carte dinner in the main Dining Room with choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrees and desserts. Includes selections of regional recipes, Western dishes and vegetarian options.
  • Alternative Panorama Bistro dinner, featuring regional specialties and small plates
  • Captain's welcome & farewell receptions and dinners with sparkling wine and canapes
  • Panorama Lounge featuring premium spirits and Avalon specialty cocktails, along with local entertainment special guests
  • Cocktails available on the Sky Deck
  • Fresh fruit available throughout the day

    AVALON CHOICE

    Avalon has designed included activities with a choice of experiences. We invite you to select the tours, activities, and events that interest you most, so you can experience your cruise your way. There are 3 types of included shore excursion on every Europe cruise:
    Classic
    Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You'll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites.
    Discovery
    We've found inspiring and interactive activities to speak to your interests - from cooking classes, to painting workshops - to immerse yourself in each culture you explore.
    Active
    Embark on energetic excursions to keep you in motion and on the go - from a guided jogging tour of Amsterdam, to biking, paddling, and hiking your way through scenic locales.

  • Plus independent exploration options and use of our exclusive AvalonGO APP.

    Day-By-Day Itinerary

    (B) = Breakfast (L) = Lunch (D) = Dinner

    Day 1
    BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
    Welcome to Budapest-Hungary's Captivating Capital
    The day is yours to relax and enjoy Eastern Europe's shining city on the Danube.

    Day 2
    (B)
    BUDAPEST
    The Pearl of the Danube in the Heart of Europe
    Discovery
    Enjoy a Guided City Sightseeing, including the iconic Heroes' Square and a visit to a unique wine cellar system where you can taste Hungarian wines in a very special way.
    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 cafes 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.

    Day 3
    (B, D)
    BUDAPEST (EMBARKATION)
    Time for Coffee and Confections
    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.
    EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIENNA

    Day 4
    (B, L, D)
    VIENNA, AUSTRIA
    Vienna Waltzes and the Beautiful Blue Danube
    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.
    Discovery
    Join an onboard lecture hosted by your Master of Wine 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.
    OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN VIENNA

    Day 5
    (B, L, D)
    VIENNA
    Royal Collections, Amusing Attractions, and Culinary Confections
    Classic
    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 Schonbrunn 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 Durnstein.
    OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DURNSTEIN

    Day 6
    (B, L, D)
    DURNSTEIN
    Fairytale Castles, Kings, and Cobblestones of Delightful Durnstein
    Classic
    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:
    ACTIVE 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, OR:
    Discovery
    Discover the fascinating world of wine within a labyrinth underneath the surface which is about 900 years old. While sipping a selection of different wines, you will learn how the wine production developed over the centuries till nowadays.
    Enjoy sailing through the picturesque Wachau Valley.
    Discovery
    Enjoy the flavors of the Wachau Valley with a Wine Tasting on board hosted by your Master of Wine.
    AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO PASSAU

    Day 7
    (B, L, D)
    PASSAU, GERMANY
    Go for Baroque in Passau-Where the Danube, Inn, and Ilz Rivers meet
    Classic
    Join a Guided City Walk to learn more about this beautiful "City of Three Rivers
    .
    Classic
    Alternatively, you may 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 Cesky Krumlov.
    Meet your ship back in Passau after your selected activities for sailing.
    Discovery
    Onboard food and wine pairing dinner hosted by your Master of Wine.
    EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO REGENSBURG

    Day 8
    (B, L, D)
    REGENSBURG
    Magical Regensburg-Bavaria's Medieval Miracle
    CLASSIC 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/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ROTH

    Day 9
    (B, L, D)
    ROTH. NUREMBERG EXCURSION
    Living Heritage and History Lessons
    DISCOVERY 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.
    DISCOVERY Join an Onboard Lecture about the German region of Franconia famous for its wines.CLASSIC 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:
    CLASSIC Choose a Guided Sightseeing of Nuremberg-with its medieval architecture, gilded fountain, gothic cathedral, and Kaiserburg Castle, OR:
    CLASSIC Take a Guided Tour of the historic Nuremberg Rally Grounds-used by the Third Reich.
    EVENING CRUISE TO NUREMBERG

    Day 10
    (B)
    NUREMBERG (DISEMBARKATION)-PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
    Welcome to Prague! Explore the City of 100 Spires
    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.

    Day 11
    (B)
    PRAGUE
    Gothic Cathedrals, Grand Castles, and Great Cuisine
    Classic
    Take a Guided City Walk, and visit the Hradcany Castle Grounds; see St. Vitus Cathedral, and Old Town's Astronomical Clock.
    Discovery
    Join a guided tour to the village of Melnik located in one of the northern-most vinicultural areas of Europe, which are the largest in Bohemia. You are invited to a special Bohemian wine tasting with local cheese.
    Tonight, you may decide to join us for an Optional Folklore Dinner Show, sampling traditional Czech cuisine in an authentic Prague setting.

    Day 12
    (B)
    PRAGUE
    Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

    Notes

  • In the event of water level problems or any problems of a technical nature, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or to alter the program.
  • Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change is necessary, a substitute will be offered.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
  • Call (636) 391-1000 for more information or to book today! Mention code 14029885

    Cruise Line
    Avalon Waterways
    Offer
    Offer valid through 9/30/2018
    Duration
    12 Days
    Cruise Ship
    Illumination

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    DayPortArriveDepart
    Day 1Budapest  
    Day 2Budapest  
    Day 3Budapest  
    Day 4Vienna  
    Day 5Vienna  
    Day 6Wachau Valley  
    Day 7Passau  
    Day 8Regensburg  
    Day 9Nuremberg  
    Day 10Prague  
    Day 11Prague  
    Day 12Prague  
    Dates/Pricing

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    DatePrice / DescriptionQuote
    04/30/2019Quote
    10/29/2019Quote
    Disclaimer

    Port charges:
    $182

    Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included.

    Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.

    Extra nights per person in Budapest:
    in single room from $178 to $446, in twin room from $111 to $243

    Extra nights per person in Prague:
    in single room from $191 to $315, in twin room from $115 to $181

    All prices per person based on double occupancy. Cruise price based on Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom on Indigo Deck. See below for upgrade pricing.

    To upgrade to a higher category, add per person:

    Category / Decks / Price
    D / Indigo Deck / $199
    B / Sapphire Deck / $1149
    A / Sapphire Deck / $1199
    P / Royal Deck / $1299
    Royal Suite / Royal Deck / $2199

    Prices shown are "starting at" prices and do not include airfare.

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