May 26 - June 4, 2019
From Prague to vibrant Budapest, this Danube river cruise vacation takes you to four countries. And the scenic beauty along the way, as you cruise past quaint towns, can be experienced right from your stateroom or while sipping wine atop the Sky Deck of your ship. Enjoy two nights in Prague, one of Europe's most beautiful cities. Stand in front of Old Town's medieval Astronomical Clock, which amazes as an intricate art piece and visualization of time unlike anything else in the world.
Travel to Nuremberg, Germany, to board your river cruise vessel docked on the Main Danube Canal and visit this thousand-year-old city with a Local Guide. Next, reach Regensburg, the only German city not bombed during WWII. Lovers of architecture will enjoy the many listed buildings of historic interest, and Porta Pretoria, gates to an ancient Roman fort built in 179 AD. Passau, known for its narrow, winding streets, offers the magnificent Italian baroque St. Stephen's Cathedral .
In Melk, you will visit Austria's majestic Benedictine Abbey, one of Europe's largest monasteries, which sits high on a bluff. Take in the breathtaking views before continuing through the picturesque Wachau Valley to the romantic sounds of Vienna, the 'City of Music.'
Your European river cruise vacation ends in Budapest, the capital of Hungary, with guided sightseeing and free time to explore this vibrant city on your own.
THE RIGHT INCLUSIONS ON BOARD AND ON SHORE.
Regional wine and beer included with lunch and dinner. On board enrichment activities. Onshore excursions with Local Guides. An exclusive experience features all the right inclusions, yet still leaves room for your won preferences. In addition to little luxuries like complementary Wi-Fi, a selection of dining options and venues, and around-the-clock cappuccinos, Avalon gives you the greatest luxury of all - the freedom to customize your cruise for the richest experience possible. We call that a 'just right inclusive.
$4,721 CAD PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY
Price based on land/cruise itinerary, in an entry level cabin category E with port taxes
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*Receive free prepaid gratuities and two free drink vouchers when booking as part of a group of 8 or more.
Airfare, extra hotel nights, transfers, insurance, etc. are extra. Please inquire.
Escorted by Rose-Anne Kupiak with minimum group size required
Day 1 Prague: welcome to Prague
Day 2 Prague: guided sightseeing, see the Astronomical Clock and visit Hradany Castle grounds
Day 3 Prague-Nuremberg (Embarkation): travel by motorcoach to Nuremberg; onboard welcome reception
Day 4 Roth Excursion to Nuremberg: choice of Nuremberg guided tour, or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour; lecture on board
Day 5 Regensburg: guided walk; beer tasting on board
Day 6 Passau: guided walk
Day 7 Melk-Wachau Valley-Vienna: guided tour of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk; scenic cruising through the Wachau Valley
Day 8 Vienna: guided sightseeing
Day 9 Budapest: guided tour, see Heroes' Square
Day 10 Budapest (Disembarkation): your vacation ends this morning
Welcome to the Golden City of Prague-Explore the City of 100 Spires. Enjoy free time to explore the Golden City and its surrounding countryside. Consider sampling delicious plum dumplings and traditional Pilsner lager beside the Vltava River.
Gothic Cathedrals, Grand Castles, and Great Cuisine. CLASSIC Take a Guided City Walk to visit Hradany Castle Grounds; see St. Vitus Cathedral, and Old Town's Astronomical Clock. Take time to mingle with the locals, watch street performers in Wenceslas Square, or browse the market stalls at Charles Bridge.In the evening, you might like to attend an Optional Folklore Dinner Show, sampling traditional Czech cuisine in an authentic Prague setting.
The Secret Romance of Picturesque Prague. The morning is free to explore Prague on your own to enjoy the stunning architectural beauty of the city. You might choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to reveal the secrets of Prague as your expert local guide takes you to Charles Bridge and Malá Strana-two of Prague's most romantic and picturesque spots. This afternoon, board your Suite Ship® in Nuremberg and enjoy a dinner on board. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN NUREMBERG
Roth Excursion to Nuremberg
Living Heritage and History Lessons. Start the day with a Morning Stretch with the Avalon Adventure Host, and dock in Roth for a day of fascinating excursions. CLASSIC Choose a Guided Tour of Nuremberg's 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. 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. AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO REGENSBURG
Magical Regensburg-Bavaria's Medieval Miracle. CLASSIC Join a Guided City Walk of Old Town to 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. DISCOVERY Later, indulge in a Beer Tasting on board. This evening, enjoy live entertainment after dinner as you cruise toward Passau. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO PASSAU
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, 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 esk˝ Krumlov. Sail to Linz this afternoon, or join your ship after your selected full-day excursion. LINZ, AUSTRIA. The Linzer Torte and a Legendary Love of Art and Music 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. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MELK
Striking Frescoes and Breathtaking Views of the Wachau Valley. CLASSIC Take a Guided Tour of Melk's magnificent Benedictine Abbey to marvel at its frescoed ceilings, statues, incredible library, and ornate pipe organ, OR: ACTIVE 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. VIENNA Vienna Waltzes and the Beautiful Blue Danube. 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. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN 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 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 Budapest. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BUDAPEST
The Pearl of the Danube in the Heart of Europe. CLASSIC 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. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN BUDAPEST
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
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