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Avalon Waterways The Blue Danube Discovery (WBN)

8 Day River Cruise Budapest to Nuremberg 
Begin this timeless European river cruise vacation in vibrant Budapest, Hungary, sail along the Danube River with exciting stops in Austria and Germany, and conclude in historic Nuremberg, Germany. As you leave Budapest, you’ll sail past the splendid Parliament Building and, along the Danube River, you’ll see Hungary on your left and Slovakia on your right as a 58-mile stretch of the river runs between both countries. 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 Valley 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. Join in a guided walk through Passau, with its narrow streets, beautiful Patrician houses, and baroque architecture. Sail further up the Danube River to discover the medieval walls of Regensburg—the only German city not bombed during WWII. Here, you can become acquainted with 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. Take free time to make a wish at the striking fountain on the Hauptmarkt (Main Square)—a perfect ending to a memorable Danube River cruise vacation!

Ships: Envision - View - Imagery II - Visionary - Impression - Artistry II - Tranquility II
Special Offer/Promotion

Avalon Waterways Promotions & Special Offers

  • Single supplement waived on the cruise portion of select 2021 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 05/07/21, 05/18/21, 09/27/21, 10/15/21, 12/12/21
Restrictions May Apply

Avalon Highlights & Sightseeing

Day 1 Budapest (Embarkation): Onboard welcome reception

Day 2 Vienna: Scenic sailing, pass through Bratislava

Day 3 Vienna: Guided sightseeing

Day 4 Dürnstein-Wachau Valley-Melk: In Dürnstein choice of guided tour, or hike up to the castle ruins with your Adventure Host; scenic cruise through the Wachau Valley; guided tour of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk; on board wine tasting

Day 5 Passau: Guided walk

Day 6 Regensburg: Guided walk, see Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) and Porta Pretoria

Day 7 Roth. Excursion to Nuremberg: Onboard lecture; choice of guided tour in Roth, or guided tour in Nuremberg, or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour; onboard beer tasting

Day 8 Nuremberg (Disembarkation): Your cruise ends this morning

Special Interest Departures

12/12/2021 - Festive Season on The Blue Danube Discovery

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Itinerary (2022)

Day 1BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (EMBARKATION)
 Welcome to Hungary. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding.

Flights into Budapest must arrive by 2 pm.

Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.

The day is yours to relax and enjoy the city with time for photographs, cafés, and confections.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIENNA

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Day 2VIENNA, AUSTRIA
 Vienna Waltzes on the Beautiful Blue Danube

Visit the Adventure Center for today’s activities with your 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.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN VIENNA

(B,L,D)
Day 3VIENNA
 Royal Collections and Amusing Attractions

CLASSIC Explore 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 iconic Vienna Opera House and stunning St. Stephen’s Cathedral.

Join a Guided Optional Excursion to Schönbrunn Palace— summer home of the Habsburg Empire.

Enjoy free time this afternoon to take a tram to visit Vienna’s Prater amusement park or one of the many museums nearby. You may also borrow a bike from the ship to explore Vienna’s square or the banks of the Danube.

Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DÜRNSTEIN

(B,L,D)
Day 4DÜRNSTEIN
 A King’s Ransom and Castle Ruins

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.

Enjoy coffee or a cocktail on the Sky Deck as you sail through the picturesque Wachau Valley to Melk.

MELK

Frescoes Above and Vineyards Below

CLASSIC Take a Guided Tour of Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey to marvel at its frescoed ceilings, statues, incredible library, and ornate pipe organ.

DISCOVERY Enjoy the flavors of the Wachau Valley with a Wine Tasting on board.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO PASSAU

(B,L,D)
Day 5PASSAU, GERMANY
 Where the Danube, Inn, and Ilz Rivers Meet

CLASSIC Join a Guided City Walk to learn more about this beautiful “City of Three Rivers.”

Alternatively, 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/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO REGENSBURG

(B,L,D)
Day 6REGENSBURG
 Bavaria’s Medieval Miracle

Join your Adventure Host for today’s special activities.

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.

Alternatively spend a free afternoon exploring Regensburg on foot or by bike through its charming streets.

This evening, enjoy live entertainment after dinner.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ROTH

(B,L,D)
Day 7ROTH. EXCURSION TO NUREMBERG
 Legends 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.

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.

DISCOVERY Later, indulge in a Beer Tasting on board.

EVENING CRUISE TO NUREMBERG

(B,L,D)
Day 8NUREMBERG (DISEMBARKATION)
 Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning.

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Avalon Pricing Details

Port charges:
$196

Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included.

Avalon offers the opportunity for solo travelers to sail with no single supplement (subject to availability).

Please call for single accommodation details and prices. Triples not available.

Avalon Notes

  • In the event of technical or water level issues, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or alter the program, including hotel overnight when necessary.
  • Guided Tours, Optional Excursions, activities, sailing and docking schedules may be contingent on weather conditions or other issues outside of our control and could therefore be subject to change at any time.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.

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Avalon Tour Dates

Tour Land StartAvalon RetailRequest Quote
05/07/2021 Special Offer/Promotion $3,649.00
05/14/2021 $3,649.00
05/18/2021 Special Offer/Promotion $3,649.00
05/21/2021 $3,649.00
07/04/2021 $3,499.00
07/23/2021 $3,499.00
08/23/2021 $3,499.00
09/15/2021 $3,899.00
09/22/2021 $3,899.00
09/27/2021 Special Offer/Promotion $3,899.00
10/20/2021 $3,399.00
10/25/2021 $3,199.00
*12/12/2021 Special Offer/Promotion $3,149.00
04/15/2022 $2,899.00
05/04/2022 $3,549.00
05/19/2022 $3,649.00
07/17/2022 $3,499.00
07/30/2022 $3,499.00
08/27/2022 $3,799.00
09/12/2022 $3,899.00
10/22/2022 $3,199.00
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