Blue Danube Discovery

  • 13 Days

  • Hungary

Discover the delightful Danube on a cruise that visits Hungary, Austria and the Czech Republic. Visit the former royal palace in Budapest and explore its famous produce market, the Central Market Hall. Sail westward for classic city sightseeing in magical Vienna and wander medieval Regensburg. Enjoy wine tasting in Melk and explore its 11th-century Benedictine Abbey. Disembark your ship and travel to the 'Golden City' of Prague for a three-night stay. Discover the Hradcany Castle grounds, wander through Prague's Jewish Quarter, shop for hand-cut crystal, and get stuck into some authentic Czech dumplings.

Your journey starts here

Highlights

VIP private home pick-up service
Flights
Transfers
Services of a cruise director
Accommodation
Selected meals
Wine & beer with lunch and dinner
Excursions
Gratuities on cruise
All airport and port taxes
  • Overview

  • Day 1

  • Day 2

  • Day 3

  • Day 4

  • Day 5

  • Day 6

  • Day 7

  • Day 8

  • Day 9

  • Day 10

  • Day 11

  • Day 12

  • Day 13

of 13 days

Your detailed itinerary

Cruise departing on 11th December 2017

Meals included: 12 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners

Overview

At a glance

Budapest Guided sightseeing of Hungary's cosmopolitan capital including Fisherman's Bastion and Matthias Church.
Vienna See the lavish Hofburg Imperial Palace complex and neo-renaissance Vienna Opera House on a guided sightseeing tour.
Prague Visit the Hraadcany Castle grounds and the Old Town's Astronomical Clock.

Day 1

Budapest

Travel to Budapest where you will be met and transferred to the InterContinental Hotel (or similar) for a two night stay.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2

Budapest

Included today: Guided sightseeing. Whether you're seeing the sights, shopping for handcrafted embroidery or Herend porcelain, or basking in the coffee house culture over a rich cream cake in the renowned Gerbeaud Café, Budapest's unique energy is positively palatable. On your guided sightseeing tour, see Heroes' Square as well as the massive hilltop castle complex with its remarkable Fisherman's Bastion and 11th-century Matthias Church, the coronation spot of several Hungarian monarchs. Be sure to take note of the city's eight bridges, famous sights in themselves, that connect ancient Buda on the right bank with Pest on the left. You may even want to walk across Chain Bridge, built in 1849 and a symbol of Budapest. Don't miss the Christmas Markets that Budapest hosts each year.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

Budapest (Embarkation)

You have time this morning to explore Budapest further. Perhaps visit St. Stephen's Basilica for marvellous views of the city from its viewing platform. This afternoon, board your river cruise ship and meet your crew at a welcome reception.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

Budapest - Vienna

Enjoy a day of relaxation on board and marvel at the beautiful scenery on both banks of the Danube. Hungary is on your left as you cruise upriver and Slovakia is on your right. The two countries share the Danube for a 58-mile stretch, with the border in the middle of the river. A special onboard Austrian biscuit baking demonstration is offered to give you a warm welcome to the capital of Austria, Vienna where you will arrive this evening. Known as the ‘City of Music’, it inspired the creative genius of Mozart, Beethoven, and Strauss. An optional concert is available during your stay.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

Vienna

Included today: Guided sightseeing. Once the centre of the mighty Habsburg Empire, Austria’s magical capital on the blue Danube is a showcase of gilded architecture. This is home to the lavish Hofburg Imperial Palace complex with its Vienna Boys’ Choir and dazzling Lipizzaner stallions; the neo-renaissance Vienna Opera House; and awe-inspiring St. Stephen’s Cathedral, plus, countless other sights your local guide will show you during an included city sightseeing tour. Stroll through the delightful pedestrian Kärntnerstrasse. We will offer you a special culinary tour of the Viennese Christmas markets where you can taste all the best flavours that Austria has to offer at Christmas time. Be sure to take a break and enjoy a piece of decadent Sachertorte or Apfelstrudel in one of the classic Viennese coffee houses, historic institutions that helped shape Viennese culture.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

Dürnstein - Melk

Included today: Guided walk in Dürnstein; guided sightseeing in Melk; wine tasting. Dürnstein, known for its magnificent Baroque blue Stiftskirche built in the 1700s, is right in the heart of the Wachau wine region. The main street of this small town , with a population of less than 1,000 people, is lined with 16th-century homes and charming cobblestone streets. This morning your local guide will take you on an included walking tour and tell you the tale of King Richard the Lionheart, who was imprisoned in the castle whose ruins still stand above the town. During lunchtime, sail the picturesque Wachau Valley and arrive in Melk in the early afternoon. Here, enjoy a guided visit of the magnificent 11th-century Benedictine Abbey, one of Europe's largest monasteries. The abbey houses an ornate library with over 80,000 printed books and 2,000 manuscripts. You'll be captivated by the splendour of the church with its frescoed ceilings, stunning high altar, marble statues, and 210-foot-high cupola. The view from the terrace over the Danube and surrounding countryside is breathtaking. This evening, sample some of the Wachau Valley's famous wines.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

Passau

Included today: Guided walk in Passau. This morning, you may wish to join an optional full-day excursion to Salzburg to see some of the popular Sound of Music sites, find out how mice caused the composition of the famous Silent Night carol, and learn how Austrians celebrate Christmas. Rejoin your ship in Passau in the early evening or stay on board and relax as you cruise to Passau, located where the Inn, Ilz, and Danube Rivers converge. Passau is a maze of cobblestone streets, lined with beautiful patrician houses. St. Stephen’s Cathedral, a masterpiece of Italian baroque architecture, houses one of the world’s largest church organs with 17,774 pipes. Take in the highlights on the included guided walk.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

Regensburg

Included today: Guided sightseeing; beer tasting. Dating back to the time of the Celts around 500 BC, Regensburg is one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities. Established during the Holy Roman Empire and the only German city not bombed during World War II, Regensburg has at least 1,300 listed buildings of historic interest. Architectural highlights of your guided walk include the Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall), built in the 13th century, and Porta Pretoria, gates to an ancient Roman fort built in 179 AD. Wander through the city’s lanes and alleys to discover the many mansions with high towers. Wealthy families built these towers to emphasize their status and wealth during the Middle Ages. Walk across the 12th-century Steinerne Brücke (Stone Bridge), the oldest of its kind in Germany. Grab a beer and enjoy an included snack at the 17th-century Historische Wurstküche (Old Sausage Kitchen), one of Germany’s oldest restaurants. Here, where the locals congregate, feel the vibrant atmosphere and take in the remarkable views along the river. This afternoon is free to explore on your own or to visit the Regensburg Christmas markets, including the ones hosted by Thurn und Taxis Palace. The tempting aromas of mulled wine, sausage, roasted almonds, and gingerbread create a memorable atmosphere. After dinner, we’ll introduce you to some of Germany’s famous beers.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 9

Roth - Nuremberg

Included today: Choice of a guided sightseeing of Roth or Nuremberg This afternoon the choice is yours; join a local guide for sightseeing in nearby Nuremberg. Although 90% of Nuremberg’s Old Town suffered extensive damage during World War II, much of it has been restored to the glory it once knew as the unofficial capital of the Holy Roman Empire. Marvel at this thousand-year-old city’s medieval fortifications, extraordinary gothic churches, and the Kaiserburg (Imperial Castle) or join a Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour. The Old Town is illuminated with festive lights, and the Christmas market is one of the biggest in Germany, featuring 200 stalls selling traditional wares and foods. After your free time at the Christmas Market, a shuttle bus service will be at your disposal to take you back to the ship.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 10

Nuremberg (Disembarkation) - Prague

After breakfast, say goodbye to your crew and travel by coach to Prague, the 'Golden City'.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 11

Prague

Included today: Guided sightseeing. Prague is a 1,200-year-old city preserved in time, and, unlike other Central European capitals, it was not bombed during the 20th-century wars. A local guide shows you its best-known treasures, such as the Old Town’s Astronomical Clock, built in 1410 and once the envy of all of Europe; Hradcany Castle Grounds; St. Vitus Cathedral; and the Charles Bridge, the oldest bridge in Prague Browse the Christmas market’s brightly decorated wooden huts, that sell Christmas ornaments and decorations, handcrafted wooden toys, and other Czech crafts. Get a little inner warmth with a cup of svarene vino (hot mulled wine) and a traditional hot sausage. The beautifully decorated Christmas tree in the Old Town is an impressive sight.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 12

Prague

Enjoy a free day to explore the city at your own pace. Perhaps visit the Communist Museum, sample the local plum dumplings and Pilsner or stroll along the Vltava River. Your Cruise Director will have other suggestions for things to do.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 13

Prague

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Notes

Your ship

Avalon Vista

Accommodating 166 passengers, Avalon Vista delivers a river cruising experience like no other. As one of Avalon Waterways' innovatively designed Suite Ships, Avalon Vista offers two full decks of Panorama Suites each with wall-to-wall panoramic windows that open to create unique open-air balconies. Designed with comfort in mind and with upgrades and enhancements throughout, Avalon Vista offers impeccable personal service and attention to detail as well as elegant dining and sleek, contemporary decor. Every suite provides the very best in size, views and design. Even the placement of the bed allows you to wake up and retire to bed each day facing the magnificent river views.

Amenities
  • Smoking
  • Adults only
  • Childrens facilities
  • Nursery
Ship facts
  • Style: Luxury
  • Class: Suite ship
  • Size: Boutique
  • Number of crew: 47
  • Number of cabins: 83
  • Number of wheelchair cabins: 0
  • Number of large cabins: 0
  • Capacity: 166 passengers
  • Main language on board: en
  • Currency on board: EUR
  • Number of decks: 4
  • Length (m): 135
  • Width (m): 11.45
  • Speed in knots: 13
  • Launch year: 2012
Available cabins on this cruise
Royal Suite

The Royal Suites feature a wall-to-wall panoramic window measuring 11ft- 50% wider than the industry standard, the wall-to-wall panoramic window opens to transform the living space into a large Open-Air Balcony, Open-Air Balcony with spacious seating area, Comfort Collection Beds featuring premium mattress covers, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens and European-style duvets, choice of soft or firm pillows, extra blankets, choice of bed configuration - two twin beds, one queen-size bed or one king-size bed (Royal Suites only), nightly turn-down service, bedside tables with reading lamps, large private bathroom featuring full shower with glass door, hairdryer and premium L'Occitane bath amenities, spacious 3-door wardrobes with shelves for ample storage, easy under-bed luggage storage, flatscreen satellite TV with movie channels, alarm clock, writing desk/vanity with mirror and comfortable chair, complimentary Wi-Fi access, direct-dial telephone, bathrobes and slippers, well-stocked minibar, complimentary bottled water, in-room safe, individual climate control, continental breakfast and beverage room service available (service charge applies).

Details

  • 300 square feet
  • Sleeps 2

Panorama Suite

Panorama Suites feature a wall-to-wall panoramic window measuring 11ft — 50% wider than the industry standard, the wall-to-wall panoramic window opens to transform the living space into a large Open-Air Balcony, Open-Air Balcony with spacious seating area, Comfort Collection Beds featuring premium mattress covers, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens and European-style duvets, choice of soft or firm pillows, extra blankets, choice of bed configuration - two twin beds or one queen-size bed, nightly turn-down service, bedside tables with reading lamps, large private bathroom featuring full shower with glass door, hairdryer and premium L'Occitane bath amenities, spacious 3-door wardrobes with shelves for ample storage, easy under-bed luggage storage, flatscreen satellite TV with movie channels, alarm clock, writing desk/vanity with mirror and comfortable chair, complimentary Wi-Fi access, direct-dial telephone, bathrobes and slippers, well-stocked minibar, complimentary bottled water, in-room safe, individual climate control, continental breakfast and beverage room service available (service charge applies).

Details

  • 200 square feet
  • Sleeps 2

Deluxe Stateroom

Deluxe Staterooms feature Comfort Collection Beds with premium mattress covers, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens and European-style duvets, choice of soft or firm pillows, extra blankets, choice of bed configuration - two twin beds or one queen-size bed, nightly turn-down service, bedside tables with reading lamps, large private bathroom featuring full shower with glass door, hairdryer and premium L'Occitane bath amenities, spacious 3-door wardrobes with shelves for ample storage, easy under-bed luggage storage, flatscreen satellite TV with movie channels, alarm clock, writing desk/vanity with mirror and comfortable chair, complimentary Wi-Fi access, direct-dial telephone, bathrobes and slippers, well-stocked minibar, complimentary bottled water, in-room safe, individual climate control, continental breakfast and beverage room service available (service charge applies).

Details

  • 172 square feet
  • Sleeps 2

Life onboard

Accommodating 166 passengers, Avalon Vista delivers a river cruising experience like no other. As one of Avalon Waterways' innovatively designed Suite Ships, Avalon Vista offers two full decks of Panorama Suites each with wall-to-wall panoramic windows that open to create unique open-air balconies. Designed with comfort in mind and with upgrades and enhancements throughout, Avalon Vista offers impeccable personal service and attention to detail as well as elegant dining and sleek, contemporary decor. Every suite provides the very best in size, views and design. Even the placement of the bed allows you to wake up and retire to bed each day facing the magnificent river views.

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