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

8 days from 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 Hofburg Palace, the Vienna Opera House, and much more. In your free time, be sure to stop in a Viennese café to taste a piece of decadent Apfelstrudel or Sachertorte. 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 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, and offering at least 1,300 listed buildings of historic interest. 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: Illumination - Expression - Impression - Visionary - Luminary - Panorama - Vista - Passion
Special Offer/Promotion

Avalon Waterways Promotions & Special Offers

  • Single supplement waived on the cruise portion of select 2017 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
  • Save $500 per couple on select 2017 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
  • Save $2,000 per couple on select 2018 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 05/11/18, 06/05/18, 06/15/18, 08/10/18, 08/17/18, 08/24/18, 08/27/18, 08/28/18, 11/01/18
  • Save $1,000 per couple on select 2018 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 06/19/18, 06/22/18, 07/03/18, 07/31/18, 09/07/18, 09/11/18, 09/25/18, 09/28/18, 09/30/18, 10/05/18
  • Save $500 per couple on select 2018 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 07/13/18, 07/20/18, 07/31/18
  • Single supplement waived on the cruise portion of select 2018 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
  • $299 air from select cities on select 2018 Avalon Waterways Europe cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 05/04/18, 05/16/18, 05/18/18, 05/27/18, 06/01/18, 06/08/18, 06/27/18, 06/29/18, 10/09/18, 10/12/18, 10/14/18, 05/11/18, 06/05/18, 06/15/18, 08/10/18, 08/17/18, 08/24/18, 08/27/18, 08/28/18, 11/01/18, 10/19/18, 10/26/18
  • Save $1,500 per couple on select 2018 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 06/19/18, 06/22/18, 07/03/18, 08/31/18, 09/07/18, 09/11/18, 09/25/18, 09/28/18, 09/30/18, 10/05/18
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Avalon Highlights & Sightseeing

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

Day 2 Budapest–Vienna: cruising

Day 3 Vienna: guided sightseeing

Day 4 Dürnstein–Melk: guided walk in Dürnstein, see the Stiftskirche; guided visit of the Benedictine Abbey and wine tasting

Day 5 Passau: guided walk

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

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

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

Special Interest Departures

11/29/2017 - Festive Time on the Blue Danube Discovery – Cruise Only
12/13/2017 - Festive Time on the Blue Danube Discovery – Cruise Only
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

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Itinerary (2018)

Day 1Arrive in Budapest, Hungary (Embarkation).
 Welcome to Budapest, Hungary’s lively capital spanning the banks of the Danube. The remainder of the day is free to start exploring Eastern Europe’s most cosmopolitan metropolis. This afternoon, board your river cruise vessel and meet your crew at a welcome reception. (D)
Day 2Budapest–Vienna, Austria.
 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. This evening, arrive in Vienna, Austria’s capital. Known as the “City of Music,” it inspired the creative genius of Mozart, Beethoven, and Strauss. An optional concert is available during your stay. (B,L,D)
Day 3Vienna.
 Once the center 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, and 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! (B,L,D)
Day 4Dürnstein–Melk.
 Dürnstein, known for the 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 England’s 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 splendor 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. (B,L,D)
Day 5Passau, Germany.
 Today, you might wish to choose from a couple of full-day optional excursions: to Salzburg, taking in some of "The Sound of Music" sights or to medieval Český Krumlov in the Czech Republic, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Alternatively, you may choose to stay on the ship and relax as you cruise to Passau, uniquely located where the Inn, Ilz, and Danube Rivers converge. Passau is a maze of narrow cobblestone streets lined with beautiful patrician houses and dominated by St. Stephen’s Cathedral, a masterpiece of Italian baroque architecture. Take in the highlights on the included GUIDED WALK. (B,L,D)
Day 6Regensburg.
 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 WWII, 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, and many still remain today. 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. Before dinner, we’ll introduce you to some of Germany’s FAMOUS BEERS. (B,L,D)
Day 7Nuremberg.
 Although 90% of Nuremberg’s Old Town suffered extensive damage during WWII, much of it has been restored to the glory it once knew as the unofficial capital of the Holy Roman Empire. This afternoon, choose a GUIDED SIGHTSEEING TOUR and marvel at this thousand-year-old city’s medieval fortifications, extraordinary gothic churches, and the Kaiserburg (Imperial Castle), or join a more specialized “NUREMBERG RALLY GROUNDS” tour. (B,L,D)
Day 8Nuremberg.
 Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Avalon Pricing Details

Port charges:
$168

Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included.

Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.

Extra nights are not available.

Prices shown above include cruise in Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom on Indigo Deck.

To upgrade to a higher category, add per person:

Luminary
Category / Decks / Price
B / Sapphire Deck / $649
A / Sapphire Deck / $699
P / Royal Deck / $799
Avalon Suite / Royal Deck / $1,499

Expression/Illumination/Impression/Vista/Panorama/Visionary//Passion
Category / Decks / Price
D / Indigo Deck / $199
B / Sapphire Deck / $1,149
A / Sapphire Deck / $1,199
P / Royal Deck / $1,299
Royal Suite / Royal Deck / $1,999

NOTES:
  • Departure July 17 is offered as an exclusive Golf Cruise, including special lectures and features at no additional cost. Get teed up for an amazing Avalon Golf Cruise! You’ll enjoy golf outings as a local golf enthusiast arranges tee times on select courses. Non-golfers can enjoy the regular program as per our brochure text.
  • Departure August 14 is offered as an exclusive Jewish Heritage Cruise, including special lectures and features at no additional cost. Explore sites important to Jewish history, like the world’s second-largest synagogue in Budapest, the WWII Terezin ghetto, Prague’s Jewish Museum & Cemetery, Regensburg’s Document Museum, and more.
  • Departure November 2 is offered as an exclusive Wine Appreciation Cruise, including special lectures and features at no additional cost. Your palate will applaud as you learn what to look for in a good wine. A distinguished wine authority will teach you the ropes as you visit a wine village and attend tastings to test your newfound talent.
  • Departures November 30 and December 14 are offered as exclusive Festive Time Cruises, including special lectures and features at no additional cost. Experience the holiday season the European way! Enjoy the jolly atmosphere on your festively decorated ship as you delight in the sights, smells, and tastes of local customs and traditions.

Avalon Notes

  • Departure July 17 is offered as an exclusive Golf Cruise, including special lectures and features at no additional cost. Get teed up for an amazing Avalon Golf Cruise! You’ll enjoy golf outings as a local golf enthusiast arranges tee times on select courses. Non-golfers can enjoy the regular program as per our brochure text.
  • Departure August 14 is offered as an exclusive Jewish Heritage Cruise, including special lectures and features at no additional cost. Explore sites important to Jewish history, like the world’s second-largest synagogue in Budapest, the WWII Terezin ghetto, Prague’s Jewish Museum & Cemetery, Regensburg’s Document Museum, and more.
  • Departure November 2 is offered as an exclusive Wine Appreciation Cruise, including special lectures and features at no additional cost. Your palate will applaud as you learn what to look for in a good wine. A distinguished wine authority will teach you the ropes as you visit a wine village and attend tastings to test your newfound talent.
  • Departures November 30 and December 14 are offered as exclusive Festive Time Cruises, including special lectures and features at no additional cost. Experience the holiday season the European way! Enjoy the jolly atmosphere on your festively decorated ship as you delight in the sights, smells, and tastes of local customs and traditions.
  • 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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Tour Land StartAvalon RetailRequest Quote
*11/29/2017 $2,199.00
*12/13/2017 $2,199.00
05/04/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $3,049.00
05/11/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $3,149.00
05/16/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $3,149.00
05/18/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $3,149.00
05/27/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $3,149.00
06/01/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $3,099.00
06/05/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $3,099.00
06/08/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $3,099.00
06/15/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $3,099.00
06/19/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $3,099.00
06/22/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $3,099.00
06/27/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $3,049.00
06/29/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $2,999.00
07/03/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $2,999.00
07/13/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $2,999.00
*07/17/2018 $2,999.00
07/20/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $2,999.00
07/31/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $2,999.00
08/10/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $2,999.00
*08/14/2018 $2,999.00
08/17/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $2,999.00
08/24/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $3,099.00
08/27/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $3,199.00
08/28/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $3,199.00
08/31/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $3,299.00
09/07/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $3,399.00
09/11/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $3,399.00
09/25/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $3,299.00
09/28/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $3,199.00
09/30/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $3,199.00
10/05/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $3,099.00
10/09/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $3,099.00
10/12/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $2,999.00
10/14/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $2,999.00
10/19/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $2,899.00
10/26/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $2,799.00
11/01/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $2,499.00
*11/02/2018 $2,499.00
*11/30/2018 $2,399.00
*12/14/2018 $2,399.00
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