Blue Danube Discovery

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28th Nov 2018 departure

Key inclusions

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers

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  • 13 days

  • Hungary

  • River cruise

Discover the delightful Danube on a cruise that visits Hungary, Austria and the Czech Republic. Visit the former royal palace in Budapest and explore its famous produce market, the Central Market Hall. Sail westward for classic city sightseeing in magical Vienna and wander medieval Regensburg. Enjoy wine tasting in Melk and explore its 11th-century Benedictine Abbey. Disembark your ship and travel to the 'Golden City' of Prague for a three-night stay. Discover the Hradcany Castle grounds, wander through Prague's Jewish Quarter, shop for hand-cut crystal, and get stuck into some authentic Czech dumplings.

At a glance


Budapest Guided sightseeing of Hungary's cosmopolitan capital including Fisherman's Bastion and Matthias Church.
Vienna See the lavish Hofburg Imperial Palace complex and neo-renaissance Vienna Opera House on a guided sightseeing tour.
Prague Visit the Hradcany Castle grounds and the Old Town's Astronomical Clock.

What's included

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a cruise director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Wine & beer with lunch and dinner
  • Excursions
  • Gratuities on cruise
  • All airport and port taxes
VIP home pick-up service

Our VIP home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

Multiple itineraries are available

This itinerary changes on some dates - select your preferred departure date to see the details.


Overview

Total meals included:

  • 12 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners

Budapest

Day
1

Travel to Budapest where you will be met and transferred to the InterContinental Hotel (or similar) for a two night stay.

No meals included

Budapest

Day
2

Included today: Guided sightseeing. 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 tour, see Heroes’ Square as well as the massive hilltop castle complex with its remarkable Fisherman’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, that connect ancient Buda on the right bank with Pest on the left. You may want to walk across Chain Bridge, built in 1849 and a symbol of Budapest. Don’t miss the unique Christmas markets that Budapest hosts every year.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Budapest (Embarkation)

Day
3

You have time this morning to explore Budapest further. Perhaps visit St. Stephen's Basilica for marvellous views of the city from its viewing platform. This afternoon, board your river cruise ship and meet your crew at a welcome reception.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Budapest - Vienna

Day
4

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. A special onboard Austrian biscuit tasting is offered to give you a warm welcome to the capital of Austria. 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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Vienna

Day
5

Included today: Guided sightseeing. Once the centre 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 guide will show you during an included city sightseeing tour. Alternatively, taste all the best flavours that Austria has to offer at Christmas, during our culinary walking tour. In your free time, 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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Dürnstein - Melk

Day
6

Included today: Guided walk in Dürnstein; guided sightseeing in Melk; wine tasting. Dürnstein, known for its 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 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 splendour 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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Passau

Day
7

Included today: Guided walk in Passau. This morning, relax on board as you gently cruise to Passau, where you arrive after lunch. The city, located where the Inn, Iltz and Danube rivers converge, is a maze of cobblestone streets lined with beautiful patrician houses. At this time of year, the Christkindlmart is located under the backdrop of magnificent St. Stephen’s Cathedral, a masterpiece of Italian and baroque architecture. Take in the highlights on the included guided walk. Alternatively, you may prefer to join an optional full-day excursion to Salzburg to see some of the popular ‘The Sound of Music’ sites. Find out how mice caused the composition of the famous Silent Night carol, and learn how Austrians celebrate Christmas. Rejoin your ship in Passau in the early evening.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Regensburg

Day
8

Included today: Guided sightseeing; beer tasting. 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 World War II, 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 emphasise their status and wealth during the Middle Ages. 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. After dinner, we'll introduce you to some of Germany's beers.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Roth - Nuremberg

Day
9

Included today: Choice of a guided sightseeing of Roth or Nuremberg This morning the choice is yours. You could join a Local Guide for guided sightseeing of nearby Nuremberg, where 90% of its Old Town suffered extensive damage during World War II. Much of it has been restored to the glory it once knew as the unofficial capital of the Holy Roman Empire. Marvel at this thousand-year-old city's medieval fortifications, extraordinary gothic churches, and the Kaiserburg (Imperial Castle). Alternatively, join a Local Expert for guided sightseing of Roth.This delightful Bavarian town, with its half-timbered houses and market square, is also an industrial centre for textile manufacturing. Visit the interesting Industrial Museum and then, in contrast, take pictures of Schloss Ratibor, an ancient hunting lodge built in 1535, with a most picturesque inner courtyard.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Nuremberg (Disembarkation) - Prague

Day
10

After breakfast, say goodbye to your crew and travel by coach to Prague, the 'Golden City'.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Prague

Day
11

Included today: Guided sightseeing. 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 will show you its best-known treasures, such as the Old Town’s Astronomical Clock, built in 1410 and once the envy of all of Europe; Hradcany Castle Grounds; St. Vitus Cathedral; and the Charles Bridge, the oldest bridge in Prague. Browse the Christmas market’s brightly decorated wooden huts, which sell Christmas ornaments and decorations, handcrafted wooden toys, and other Czech crafts. Get a little inner warmth with a cup of svarene vino (hot mulled wine) and a traditional hot sausage. The beautifully decorated Christmas tree in the Old Town is an impressive sight.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Prague

Day
12

Enjoy a free day to explore the city at your own pace. Perhaps visit the Communist Museum, sample the local plum dumplings and Pilsner or stroll along the Vltava River. Your Cruise Director will have other suggestions for things to do.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Prague

Day
13

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hotels

It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.

InterContinental Budapest

You're spoilt for choice when it comes to panoramic views across the River Danube. Admire the Chain Bridge and the former Royal Palace from one of the hotel's beautifully appointed rooms, or treat yourself to a gourmet Hungarian dinner with views of Buda Castle. Official rating: 5 stars.

  • Location

    Just a leisurely stroll away from the historic Castle district, this luxurious hotel sits on the banks of the river Danube in the heart of Budapest. 

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant and bar
    • Gym
    • Spa
    • Indoor heated pool
    • Sauna and steam room
InterContinental Budapest

Sofitel Budapest Chain Bridge

The Sofitel Budapest Chain Bridge hotel has an enviable position overlooking the River Danube and Budapest's famous Chain Bridge, and many of the 357 rooms come with a view of the river. A Swarovski water fountain, luxury spa, original art and a French-Hungarian restaurant make this hotel a special base for your time in Budapest. Official rating: 5 stars.

  • Location

    The hotel boasts a prime location near the River Danube, Hungarian Parliament, Hungarian State Opera and Castle.

  • Facilities

    • Luxury spa
    • Atrium restaurant
    • Bistro restaurant
    • Bar
    • Luxury spa

InterContinental Prague

This first class hotel overlooking the Vltava river, is the ideal base to explore Prague’s historic sites. Official rating: 5 stars.

  • Location

    Located on the banks of the Vltava River, the hotel is an easy walk from Old Town, Charles Bridge, the Jewish Quarter and Prague Castle. 

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant
    • Bar
    • Café
    • Health Centre and Fitness Centre
    • Salt water indoor swimming pool
InterContinental Prague

Hilton Prague

This centrally-located hotel is an ideal base from which to enjoy the attractions of the spectacular city of Prague. Three restaurants, two bars and a health club await you after a day's sightseeing. Official rating: 5 stars.

  • Location

    A 15 minute walk from the Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square and close to major attractions. The airport is 25 minutes away.

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant
    • Sky Bar & Lounge
    • Café Bistro
    • Swimming pool
    • Sauna
Hilton Prague

Art Deco Imperial Hotel

Step back in time with a stay at this beautifully appointed Art Deco hotel that dates back to 1914. Notes of historical opulence are entwined with modern technology and home comforts, including marble bathrooms and WiFi. Official rating: 5 stars.

  • Location

    This lavish hotel is a 3-minute walk from Namesti Republiky (line B) metro station and the main train station. The National Gallery is a 13-minute walk away and Prague Castle is 3 km away. 

  • Facilities

    • Sauna
    • Steam bath
    • Cafe Imperial restaurant
    • Bar

Avalon Vista

Accommodating 166 passengers, Avalon Vista delivers a river cruising experience like no other. As one of Avalon Waterways' innovatively designed Suite Ships, Avalon Vista offers two full decks of Panorama Suites each with wall-to-wall panoramic windows that open to create unique open-air balconies. Designed with comfort in mind and with upgrades and enhancements throughout, Avalon Vista offers impeccable personal service and attention to detail as well as elegant dining and sleek, contemporary decor. Every suite provides the very best in size, views and design. Even the placement of the bed allows you to wake up and retire to bed each day facing the magnificent river views.

Ship facts

  • Style: Luxury
  • Class: Suite ship
  • Size: Boutique
  • Number of crew: 47
  • Number of cabins: 83
  • Number of wheelchair cabins: 0
  • Number of large cabins: 0
  • Capacity: 166 passengers
  • Main language on board: en
  • Currency on board: EUR
  • Number of decks: 4
  • Length (m): 135
  • Width (m): 11.45
  • Speed in knots: 13
  • Launch year: 2012

Amenities

  • Smoking
  • Adults only
  • Childrens facilities
  • Nursery

Cabins on this ship

The Royal Suites feature a wall-to-wall panoramic window measuring 11ft- 50% wider than the industry standard, the wall-to-wall panoramic window opens to transform the living space into a large Open-Air Balcony, Open-Air Balcony with spacious seating area, Comfort Collection Beds featuring premium mattress covers, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens and European-style duvets, choice of soft or firm pillows, extra blankets, choice of bed configuration - two twin beds, one queen-size bed or one king-size bed (Royal Suites only), nightly turn-down service, bedside tables with reading lamps, large private bathroom featuring full shower with glass door, hairdryer and premium L'Occitane bath amenities, spacious 3-door wardrobes with shelves for ample storage, easy under-bed luggage storage, flatscreen satellite TV with movie channels, alarm clock, writing desk/vanity with mirror and comfortable chair, complimentary Wi-Fi access, direct-dial telephone, bathrobes and slippers, well-stocked minibar, complimentary bottled water, in-room safe, individual climate control, continental breakfast and beverage room service available (service charge applies).

Details

  • 300 square feet
  • Sleeps 2

Panorama Suites feature a wall-to-wall panoramic window measuring 11ft — 50% wider than the industry standard, the wall-to-wall panoramic window opens to transform the living space into a large Open-Air Balcony, Open-Air Balcony with spacious seating area, Comfort Collection Beds featuring premium mattress covers, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens and European-style duvets, choice of soft or firm pillows, extra blankets, choice of bed configuration - two twin beds or one queen-size bed, nightly turn-down service, bedside tables with reading lamps, large private bathroom featuring full shower with glass door, hairdryer and premium L'Occitane bath amenities, spacious 3-door wardrobes with shelves for ample storage, easy under-bed luggage storage, flatscreen satellite TV with movie channels, alarm clock, writing desk/vanity with mirror and comfortable chair, complimentary Wi-Fi access, direct-dial telephone, bathrobes and slippers, well-stocked minibar, complimentary bottled water, in-room safe, individual climate control, continental breakfast and beverage room service available (service charge applies).

Details

  • 200 square feet
  • Sleeps 2

Deluxe Staterooms feature Comfort Collection Beds with premium mattress covers, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens and European-style duvets, choice of soft or firm pillows, extra blankets, choice of bed configuration - two twin beds or one queen-size bed, nightly turn-down service, bedside tables with reading lamps, large private bathroom featuring full shower with glass door, hairdryer and premium L'Occitane bath amenities, spacious 3-door wardrobes with shelves for ample storage, easy under-bed luggage storage, flatscreen satellite TV with movie channels, alarm clock, writing desk/vanity with mirror and comfortable chair, complimentary Wi-Fi access, direct-dial telephone, bathrobes and slippers, well-stocked minibar, complimentary bottled water, in-room safe, individual climate control, continental breakfast and beverage room service available (service charge applies).

Details

  • 172 square feet
  • Sleeps 2

Life on board

Age Restriction

Avalon Waterways do not accept bookings for children under 8. There are no special arrangements or activities on board for children and they cannot accept bookings from unaccompanied children under 18 years of age and any travellers under this age must share the adult’s accommodation.

Dietary Requirements

Avalon Waterways will try their best to accommodate dietary requirements if they are mentioned at the time of booking.

Disabled Facilities

Passengers must report any disability to Avalon before any reservation is made so that Avalon may advise whether they and/or their suppliers for any particular holiday are able to accommodate the passengers. Avalon may rely on the information provided to them by the passengers regarding the details of any disability in order to make a decision as to whether the passengers can be accommodated. Avalon will make reasonable attempts to accommodate the special needs of disabled passengers, in accordance with the applicable laws. Not all sightseeing stops/sites accommodate wheelchairs and some locations and sightseeing activities require extensive standing, sitting or walking. Avalon is not responsible for any missed activities due to a participant’s inability to participate within a group. All of the ships have lifts, however they do not service the SkyDeck. Additionally most stateroom doors and bathrooms are not wide enough to allow access by standard wheelchairs, and bathrooms and other doorways may be fitted with coamings. For safety reasons passengers cannot be carried on ramps in ports when the ship is docked. In certain circumstances, they may ask that a disabled person or person with reduced mobility be accompanied by another person capable of providing any assistance required.

Dress Code

The dress code for dinner is casual and comfortable. The Welcome and Farewell Dinners give you a chance to dress up but are not formal.

Smoking Policy

Smoking is only allowed on the ships outside decks where ash trays are provided.

Deck Games Area

The Deck Games area is located on the Sky Deck.

Fitness Centre

The Fitness Centre is located on the Indigo deck at your leisure.

Hairdressing Salon

Situated on the Royal Deck you might like to take advantage of the onboard hairdresser to indulge in a manicure or hair styling.

Observation Lounge

The Observation Lounge, up on the Royal Deck is a stylishly furnished upscale bar, with large panoramic windows and nightly live entertainment all whilst serving premium spirits.

Internet Centre

Complimentary Wi-Fi access and free use of computers or laptops is available to help you stay in touch with friends and family while you enjoy a coffee at the Internet Cafe. 

Shore Excursions

On shore, Avalon includes a great range of comprehensive sightseeing excursions led by knowledgable Certified Local Guides. They also provide individual personal audio headsets to ensure you still have the freedom to roam through some of Europe's most famous attractions without missing a moment of fascinating commentary.

If you'd like to experience something slightly off the beaten track, they offer unique alternative excursions in select destinations. In many cities they also give you a choice of sightseeing pace: 'Traditional' to see all the major sights, 'Leisurely' available on walking tours when you want to take it slower, and 'Independent' allowing you to explore on your own. Have a chat with your Cruise Director to learn about the available options.

They even provide Nordic walking sticks to put that extra spring in your step!

Dining Room

A spacious, open-seating dining room; dinners become the perfect complement to a day of discovery. Avalon craft their recipes using high-quality, prime-cut beef, fresh fish, and an accompaniment of hand-picked local fruits, vegetables, and garden greens.

The perfect complement to your day's journey is a choice of regional fare. Every dinner features a specialty dish from your destination as well as a choice of wine, including a special wine of the region, selected by a professional sommelier and always complimentary.

Panorama Bistro

The Panorama Bistro on the Royal Deck, with a casual atmosphere it offers a variety of regional and tapas-style dishes, hand-paired with local wines.

Room Service

Room service is available for Continental breakfast & beverages.

Self Serve Tea Station

Located on the Sapphire Deck along side the Restaurant, the self-serve tea station is available with complimentary tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees 

Sky Bistro & Lounge

On a sunny day, enjoy hand carved meats and expansive buffets including fresh salads and amazing homemade soups- all with view courtesy of the Sky Bistro.

Deck Plans

Deck 1

  • Fitness Centre
  • Deluxe Staterooms

Deck 2

  • Observation Lounge & Bar
  • Panorama Bistro
  • Panorama Lounge
  • Internet Centre
  • Reception
  • Atrium
  • Hairdressing Salon
  • Royal Suites
  • Panorama Suites

Deck 3

  • Dining Room
  • Panorama Suites

Deck 4

  • Navigation Bridge
  • Sky Bistro & Lounge
  • Whirlpool
  • Premium Lounge Chairs and Shade Awnings
  • Deck Game Area

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