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Avalon Waterways The Legendary Danube (WNB)

11 days from Prague to Budapest 
From the splendor of Prague to the Gypsy violins of Budapest, you’ll treasure every moment of this memorable Danube River cruise. Enjoy three nights in Prague with guided sightseeing as well as time to explore this marvelous city on your own. Discover the Hradcany Castle grounds, wander through Prague’s Jewish Quarter, shop for hand-cut crystal, savor authentic Czech dumplings, stand in Wenceslaus square where protestors demonstrated against Communism, or visit one of the many churches. Then drive to Nuremberg and set sail for medieval Regensburg, Passau, Vienna, and Budapest, with guided sightseeing in each city. Sail through the fascinating Main Danube Canal and witness the scenic beauty as you cruise past quaint towns. Attend a beer tasting, tour Melk’s splendid Benedictine Abbey, and experience the music, art, culture, and historical sights in romantic Vienna—a memorable vacation!

Ships: Vista - Luminary - Expression - Illumination - Visionary - Panorama - Passion - Impression
Special Offer/Promotion

Avalon Waterways Promotions & Special Offers

  • Single supplement waived on the cruise portion of select 2017 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
  • Save $2,000 per couple on select 2017 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
  • Save $500 per couple on select 2017 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
  • Save $1,000 per couple on select 2017 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 08/05/17, 08/08/17
  • Save $2,000 per couple on select 2018 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 07/17/18, 07/21/18, 07/24/18, 08/14/18, 08/17/18, 08/18/18, 08/28/18
  • Save $1,000 per couple on select 2018 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 05/08/18, 05/31/18, 06/12/18, 06/26/18, 07/03/18, 09/01/18, 09/11/18, 09/15/18, 09/29/18, 10/02/18, 10/04/18, 10/09/18, 10/16/18
  • Save $500 per couple on select 2018 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 05/06/18, 05/15/18, 05/22/18, 09/04/18
  • 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): 04/17/18, 06/09/18, 06/17/18, 06/19/18, 06/23/18, 08/04/18, 08/21/18, 10/13/18, 10/22/18, 10/23/18, 07/17/18, 07/21/18, 07/24/18, 08/14/18, 08/17/18, 08/18/18, 08/28/18, 07/17/18, 07/21/18, 07/24/18, 08/14/18, 08/17/18, 08/18/18, 08/28/18
  • Save $1,500 per couple on select 2018 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 04/17/18, 06/09/18, 06/17/18, 06/19/18, 06/23/18, 08/04/18, 08/21/18, 10/13/18, 10/22/18, 10/23/18
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Avalon Highlights & Sightseeing

Cruise: deluxe 7-night cruise in an outside stateroom with Avalon’s exclusive Comfort Collection BedsSM

Day 1 Prague: welcome to Prague

Day 2 Prague: guided sightseeing, see the Astronomical Clock and visit Hradcany Castle grounds

Day 3 Prague: full day at leisure

Day 4 Prague–Nuremberg (Embarkation): travel by motorcoach to Nuremberg; onboard welcome reception

Day 5 Nuremberg–Roth: choice of Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour or guided sightseeing in Roth

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

Day 7 Passau: guided walk

Day 8 Melk–Vienna: guided visit of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk

Day 9 Vienna: guided sightseeing

Day 10 Budapest: guided sightseeing, see Fishermen’s Bastion and Heroes Square

Day 11 Budapest (Disembarkation): your vacation ends this morning

Special Interest Departures

10/28/2017 - The Legendary Danube for Wine Lovers
12/03/2017 - Festive Time on the Legendary Danube
11/20/2018 - Festive Time on the Legendary Danube
12/04/2018 - Festive Time on the Legendary Danube

Related Avalon Tours

WNB0 - Save with the Cruise-Only Portion
WBN - Cruise from Budapest to Prague

Itinerary (2017)

Day 1Arrive in Prague, Czech Republic.
 Welcome to Prague, capital of the Czech Republic. This fascinating city straddles the Vltava River with domes, cupolas, spires, and pinnacles highlighting its skyline. The remainder of the day is free to start exploring.
Day 2Prague.
 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; HRADČANY CASTLE GROUNDS; St. Vitus Cathedral; and the Charles Bridge, the oldest bridge in Prague. Browse the shops for hand-cut crystal or art books. Mix with the locals in Wenceslas Square, an important meeting point and where people demonstrated against the communist regime; or watch performers on Charles Bridge. (B)
Day 3Prague.
 Enjoy a free day to explore at your own pace. Perhaps visit the Communist Museum, sample local plum dumplings and Pilsner, or stroll along the Vltava River. Your Cruise Director will have suggestions for things to do. (B)
Day 4Prague–Nuremberg, Germany (Embarkation).
 After lunch, drive to Nuremberg, where your river cruise vessel is docked. Before dinner, meet your crew for a welcome reception. (B,D)
Day 5Nuremberg–Roth.
 This morning the choice is yours—join a Certified Local Guide for a NUREMBERG RALLY GROUNDS tour, or GUIDED SIGHTSEEING of the nearby town of Roth. This delightful town, with its half-timbered houses and market square, is also an industrial center for textile manufacturing. Take pictures of Schloss Ratibor, an ancient hunting lodge, built in 1535, with a most picturesque inner courtyard. Roth is also the scene for one of Europe’s most important annual triathlons. (B,L,D)
Day 6Regensburg.
 Arrive in Regensburg today. 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 Historische Wurstküche (Old Sausage Kitchen), one of Germany’s oldest restaurants. Bask in 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 7Passau.
 This morning, dock in Passau. Uniquely located where the Inn, Ilz, and Danube Rivers converge, Passau is a maze of narrow 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. Alternatively, choose from several full-day optional excursions while your ship continues to sail into Austria. Rejoin your vessel in the late afternoon. (B,L,D)
Day 8Melk, Austria–Vienna.
 This morning, enjoy an included GUIDED VISIT of Melk’s 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! Then, cruise through the picturesque Wachau Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Pass the magnificent baroque Stiftskirche with its blue façade, the landmark of Dürnstein, before arriving in Vienna this evening. Known as the “City of Music,” it inspired the creative genius of Mozart, Beethoven, and Strauss. An optional concert is available tonight. (B,L,D)
Day 9Vienna.
 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 shown to you by your LOCAL GUIDE during your included CITY TOUR. Shop in 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! In the late afternoon, leave Vienna for Budapest. (B,L,D)
Day 10Budapest, Hungary.
 Spanning the banks of the Danube, Budapest is one of Eastern Europe’s liveliest cities. 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 Fishermen’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—many famous sights in and of themselves—which 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. Perhaps visit St. Stephen’s Basilica; shop at the Great Market Hall and purchase paprika at one of its 180 vendor stalls; wander around the Royal Palace grounds; or stroll along Váci utca, the main shopping street. (B,L,D)
Day 11Budapest (Disembarkation).
 Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Included Avalon Meals

  • Captain’s welcome & farewell receptions with sparkling wine and canapés
  • Welcome dinner
  • Daily Afternoon Tea
  • Daily Night Fare
  • Farewell dinner
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner are included daily on board your vessel

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 per person in Prague:
in single room from $179 to $310, in twin room from $99 to $163

Extra nights per person in Budapest:
in single room from $175 to $326, in twin room from $101 to $172

Prices shown 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 / $1,399

Passion/Vista/Expression/Artistry II/Panorama/Illumination/Impression
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 / $1,899

NOTES:
  • Departure October 28 is offered as an exclusive Wine Appreciation Cruise, including special features and tastings 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.
  • Departure December 3 is offered as an exclusive Festive Time Cruise, including special lectures and tastings 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

NOTES:
  • Departure October 28 is offered as an exclusive Wine Appreciation Cruise, including special features and tastings 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.
  • Departure December 3 is offered as an exclusive Festive Time Cruise, including special lectures and tastings 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
09/02/2017 $3,959.00
09/05/2017 $3,959.00
09/09/2017 $3,959.00
09/30/2017 $3,659.00
10/03/2017 $3,559.00
10/17/2017 $3,409.00
*10/28/2017 $2,959.00
10/31/2017 $2,959.00
*12/03/2017 $2,859.00
04/17/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $3,479.00
05/06/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $3,679.00
05/08/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $3,779.00
05/15/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $3,779.00
05/22/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $3,779.00
05/31/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $3,729.00
06/09/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $3,729.00
06/12/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $3,729.00
06/17/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $3,729.00
06/19/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $3,729.00
06/23/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $3,679.00
06/26/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $3,629.00
07/03/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $3,629.00
07/17/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $3,629.00
07/21/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $3,629.00
07/24/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $3,629.00
08/04/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $3,629.00
08/14/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $3,629.00
08/17/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $3,729.00
08/18/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $3,729.00
08/21/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $3,729.00
08/28/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $3,929.00
09/01/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $4,029.00
09/04/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $4,029.00
09/11/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $4,029.00
09/15/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $4,029.00
09/29/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $3,829.00
10/02/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $3,729.00
10/04/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $3,729.00
10/09/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $3,629.00
10/13/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $3,629.00
10/16/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $3,529.00
10/22/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $3,429.00
10/23/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $3,429.00
*11/20/2018 $3,029.00
*12/04/2018 $3,029.00
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