2019 : The Legendary Danube (WNB) - Visionary
10 Day River Cruise Prague to Budapest
From Prague to vibrant Budapest, this Danube river cruise vacation takes you to four countries. And the scenic beauty along the way as you cruise past quaint towns can be experienced right from your stateroom or while sipping wine atop the Sky Deck of your ship.
Enjoy two nights in Prague, one of Europe's most beautiful cities. Stand in front of Old Town's medieval Astronomical Clock, which amazes as an intricate art piece and visualization of time unlike anything else in the world.
Travel to Nuremberg, Germany, to board your river cruise vessel docked on the Main Danube Canal and visit this thousand-year-old city with a Local Guide. Next, reach Regensburg, the only German city not bombed during WWII. Lovers of architecture will enjoy the many listed buildings of historic interest, and Porta Pretoria, gates to an ancient Roman fort built in 179 AD. Passau, known for its narrow, winding streets, offers the magnificent Italian baroque St. Stephen's Cathedral.
In Melk, you will visit Austria's majestic Benedictine Abbey, one of Europe's largest monasteries, which sits high on a bluff. Take in the breathtaking views before continuing through the picturesque Wachau Valley to the romantic sounds of Vienna, the "City of Music."
Your European river cruise vacation ends in Budapest, the capital of Hungary, with guided sightseeing and free time to explore this vibrant city on your own.
Day 1 Prague: Welcome to Prague
Day 2 Prague: Guided sightseeing, see the Astronomical Clock and visit Hradcany Castle grounds
Day 3 Prague-Nuremberg (Embarkation): Travel by motorcoach to Nuremberg; onboard welcome reception
Day 4 Roth. Excursion to Nuremberg: Choice of Nuremberg guided tour, or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour; lecture on board
Day 5 Regensburg: Guided walk; beer tasting on board
Day 6 Passau: Guided walk
Day 7 Melk-Wachau Valley-Vienna: Guided tour of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk; scenic cruising through the Wachau Valley
Day 8 Vienna: Guided sightseeing
Day 9 Budapest: Guided tour, see Heroes' Square
Day 10 Budapest (Disembarkation): Your vacation ends this morning
You've always forged your own path...with your own distinct perspective of looking at the world. Avalon Waterways presents a river cruise experience with your unique style in mind-offering expansive views and wider perspectives. That's why we've designed a cruise experience that's just a bit different.
Here are just some of the features and amenities you'll experience on board our Avalon ships. See the Ship Amenities Section below for more information about the amenities in our fleet's unique ships.
Throughout the Ship: Complimentary Wi-Fi Panoramic windows Elegant, contemporary design & decorFriendly, English-speaking crew & Cruise DirectorSky Deck with whirlpool, shade awnings, game area and premium loungesCovered Observation LoungeClub Lounge with 24-hour self-serve beverage station with complimentary cappuccinos, lattes, tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees, as well as treats throughout the day
Suites & Staterooms: Comfort Collection BedsSM with choice of mattress firmnessEgyptian super-combed cotton linensBathrobes & slippersPremium L'Occitane bath productsLarge bathroom featuring shower with glass doorFlatscreen satellite TV with free movie channelsIndividual climate control and in-room safeComplimentary bottled water dailyAnd, much more.
Health & Fitness: BikesCanoe, kayak and jogging excursionsMaps for hiking, biking and jogging routesFitness and wellness activitiesFitbitsAll through your Avalon Adventure HostSM
Dining FlexDiningSM for more venue and seating options, including flexible seating times in our main Dining RoomAvalon FreshSM healthy cuisine options at every mealComplimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with every lunch and dinnerEarly and Late Riser breakfast optionsDaily full buffet breakfast with made-to-order egg station, hot and cold menu itemsDaily lunch buffet with pasta or carving stationsAlternative light lunch or Sky Grill on the Sky Deck (weather permitting)Daily Afternoon Tea featuring tea, coffee, sweet treats & sandwichesDaily four-course a la carte dinner in the main Dining Room with choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrees and desserts. Includes selections of regional recipes, Western dishes and vegetarian options.Alternative Panorama Bistro dinner, featuring regional specialties and small plates Captain's welcome & farewell receptions and dinners with sparkling wine and canapesPanorama Lounge featuring premium spirits and Avalon specialty cocktails, along with local entertainment special guestsCocktails available on the Sky DeckFresh fruit available throughout the day
Avalon has designed included activities with a choice of experiences. We invite you to select the tours, activities, and events that interest you most, so you can experience your cruise your way. There are 3 types of included shore excursion on every Europe cruise:Plus independent exploration options and use of our exclusive AvalonGO APP.
Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You'll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites.
We've found inspiring and interactive activities to speak to your interests - from cooking classes, to painting workshops - to immerse yourself in each culture you explore.
Embark on energetic excursions to keep you in motion and on the go - from a guided jogging tour of Amsterdam, to biking, paddling, and hiking your way through scenic locales.
(B) = Breakfast (L) = Lunch (D) = Dinner
PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
Welcome to the Golden City of Prague-Explore the City of 100 Spires
Enjoy free time to explore the Golden City and its surrounding countryside. Consider sampling delicious plum dumplings and traditional Pilsner lager beside the Vltava River.
Gothic Cathedrals, Grand Castles, and Great Cuisine
Take a Guided City Walk to visit Hradcany Castle Grounds; see St. Vitus Cathedral, and Old Town's Astronomical Clock.
Take time to mingle with the locals, watch street performers in Wenceslas Square, or browse the market stalls at Charles Bridge.
In the evening, you might like to attend an Optional Folklore Dinner Show, sampling traditional Czech cuisine in an authentic Prague setting.
PRAGUE-NUREMBERG, GERMANY (EMBARKATION)
The Secret Romance of Picturesque Prague
The morning is free to explore Prague on your own to enjoy the stunning architectural beauty of the city.
You might choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to reveal the secrets of Prague as your expert local guide takes you to Charles Bridge and Mala Strana-two of Prague's most romantic and picturesque spots.
This afternoon, board your Suite Ship in Nuremberg and enjoy a dinner on board.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN NUREMBERG
(B, L, D)
ROTH. EXCURSION TO NUREMBERG
Living Heritage and History Lessons
Start the day with a Morning Stretch with the Avalon Adventure Host, and dock in Roth for a day of fascinating excursions.
Choose a Guided Tour of Nuremberg's 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 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.
AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO REGENSBURG
(B, L, D)
Magical Regensburg-Bavaria's Medieval Miracle
Join a Guided City Walk of Old Town to see the 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.
Later, indulge in a Beer Tasting on board.
This evening, enjoy live entertainment after dinner as you cruise toward Passau.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO PASSAU
(B, L, D)
Go for Baroque in Passau-Where the Danube, Inn, and Ilz Rivers meet
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 Cesky Krumlov.
Sail to Linz this afternoon, or join your ship after your selected full-day excursion.
The Linzer Torte and a Legendary Love of Art and Music
Enjoy a free afternoon to linger in Linz. Take a bicycle from the ship and cycle along the Danube, or follow one of Linz's many nature trails for a bird's-eye view of the city and river below.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MELK
(B, L, D)
Striking Frescoes and Breathtaking Views of the Wachau Valley
Take a Guided Tour of Melk's magnificent Benedictine Abbey to marvel at its frescoed ceilings, statues, incredible library, and ornate pipe organ, OR:
Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Morning Hike through Melk's beautiful countryside.
Enjoy a coffee or a cocktail on the Sky Deck as you sail through the picturesque Wachau Valley to Vienna.VIENNA
Vienna Waltzes and the Beautiful Blue Danube
This evening, you may choose to attend an Optional Excursion to a Royal Waltz Concert for an unforgettable evening of music in an elegant hall.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN VIENNA
(B, L, D)
Royal Collections, Amusing Attractions, and Culinary Confections
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 Schonbrunn 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 Budapest.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BUDAPEST
(B, L, D)
The Pearl of the Danube in the Heart of Europe
Enjoy a Guided City Sightseeing, including the iconic Heroes' Square.
Take free time to enjoy Budapest's famed thermal baths. You can also take a scenic hike in the hills above the Danube. Take time to explore the city's cafes, pubs, and nightlife at your leisure.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN BUDAPEST
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
NotesIn 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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Port charges:Special Interest Cruise: Festive December 9
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 $191 to $315, in twin room from $115 to $181
Extra nights per person in Budapest:
in single room from $178 to $446, in twin room from $111 to $243
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
Prices shown are "starting at" prices and do not include airfare.
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Booking your Vacation with Air
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