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Avalon Waterways The Blue Danube Discovery – Cruise Only (WBN0)

8 days Budapest to Nuremberg 
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. 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 the beautiful town of 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!

Ships: Luminary - Illumination - Panorama - Impression - Visionary - Expression - Vista - Passion - Imagery II - Envision - Artistry II
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Avalon Waterways Promotions & Special Offers

  • Save $500 per couple on select 2019 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 09/10/19, 09/24/19, 09/26/19, 09/28/19
  • Save $2,000 per couple on select 2019 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 04/11/19
  • Save $1,500 per couple on select 2019 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 04/18/19, 04/23/19, 07/04/19, 07/09/19, 07/16/19, 07/25/19, 07/30/19
  • Save $1,000 per couple on select 2019 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 05/07/19, 05/16/19, 05/21/19, 05/23/19, 06/11/19, 07/02/19, 08/04/19, 08/06/19, 08/13/19, 08/27/19, 10/08/19, 10/17/19
  • Single supplement waived on the cruise portion of select 2019 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 04/11/19, 04/18/19, 05/07/19, 05/16/19, 05/23/19, 07/02/19, 07/04/19, 07/09/19, 07/16/19, 07/25/19, 07/30/19, 08/04/19, 08/06/19, 08/13/19, 08/27/19, 09/10/19, 09/24/19, 09/26/19, 10/08/19, 10/17/19
  • Save $1,500 per couple on select 2018 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 06/19/18, 06/22/18, 06/29/18, 07/03/18, 10/19/18, 10/26/18
  • Save $2,000 per couple on select 2018 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 11/01/18
  • Save $1,000 per couple on select 2018 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 06/27/18, 08/10/18, 08/24/18, 08/27/18, 08/28/18, 08/31/18, 09/30/18, 10/09/18, 10/12/18, 10/14/18
  • Save $500 per couple on select 2018 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 05/27/18, 06/01/18, 06/05/18, 06/08/18, 06/15/18, 07/13/18, 07/20/18, 07/31/18, 08/17/18, 09/07/18, 09/11/18, 09/25/18, 09/28/18, 10/05/18
  • Single supplement waived on the cruise portion of select 2018 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 06/13/18, 06/29/18, 07/20/18, 08/27/18, 08/31/18, 10/19/18, 11/01/18
Restrictions May Apply

Avalon Highlights & Sightseeing

Day 1 Budapest, Hungary (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception

Day 2 Budapest–Vienna: cruising

Day 3 Vienna: guided sightseeing

Day 4 Dürnstein–Wachau Valley–Melk: choice of guided walktour, see the Stiftskirche; or hike up to the castle ruins in Dürnstein; scenic cruiseing through the Wachau Valley, see the Stiftskirche; guided visitguided tour of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk; and wine tasting on board

Day 5 Passau: guided walk

Day 6 Regensburg: guided walk; enjoy a snack at the Historische Wurstküche; beer tasting on board

Day 7 Nuremberg: choice of guided sightseeing, or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour

Day 8 Nuremberg (Disembarkation): your vacation ends this morning

Special Interest Departures

07/17/2018 - The Blue Danube Discovery for Golfers - Cruise Only
08/14/2018 - The Blue Danube Discovery & Jewish Heritage - Cruise Only
11/02/2018 - The Blue Danube Discovery for Wine Lovers - Cruise Only
11/30/2018 - Festive Time on the Blue Danube Discovery - Cruise Only
12/14/2018 - Festive Time on the Blue Danube Discovery - Cruise Only
05/02/2019 - The Blue Danube Discovery for Wine Lovers – Cruise Only
07/06/2019 - The Blue Danube Discovery for Golfers - Cruise Only
08/15/2019 - The Blue Danube Discovery & Jewish Heritage - Cruise Only
10/31/2019 - The Blue Danube Discovery for Wine Lovers – Cruise Only
12/04/2019 - Festive Season on the Blue Danube Discovery - Cruise Only

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Itinerary (2019)

Day 1BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
 Welcome to Budapest—Hungary’s Captivating Capital

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

(D)
Day 2VIENNA, 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.

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, 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 Dürnstein.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DÜRNSTEIN

(B,L,D)
Day 4DÜRNSTEIN
 Fairytale Castles, Kings, and Cobblestones of Delightful Dürnstein

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

Ornate Architecture and Scenic Splendors

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
 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 Český Krumlov.

Meet your ship back in Passau after your selected activities for sailing.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO REGENSBURG

(B,L,D)
Day 6REGENSBURG
 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.

DISCOVERY Later, indulge in a Beer Tasting on board.

This evening, enjoy live entertainment after dinner as you cruise toward Roth.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ROTH

(B,L,D)
Day 7ROTH. 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.

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

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

(B)

Avalon Pricing Details

Port charges:
$182

Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included.

Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.

Extra nights are not available.

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

NOTES:
  • Special Interest Cruises: Wine Appreciation April 30 & October 29, Jann Arden June 16, Golf July 4, Jewish Heritage August 13, Festive December 2

Avalon 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.

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