Danube Dreams - Prague to Budapest

  • 10 Days

  • Czech Republic

See the sights of some of Europe’s splendid capitals on this inspiring cruise holiday. Explore Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna and Prague, and many of the small towns that dot the landscape along the way. Shop for paprika in Budapest, visit St. Martin's Cathedral in Bratislava, savour a Sachertorte in Vienna, and explore the grounds of majestic Hradcany Castle in Prague.

Your journey starts here

Highlights

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
  • Overview

  • Day 1

  • Day 2

  • Day 3

  • Day 4

  • Day 5

  • Day 6

  • Day 7

  • Day 8

  • Day 9

  • Day 10

of 10 days

Your detailed itinerary

Cruise departing on 4th April 2018

Meals included: 9 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners

Overview

At a glance

Prague Visit the Hradcany Castle grounds and see the Astronomical Clock on a tour of the city.
Vienna Enjoy guided sightseeing in the 'City of Music' – inspiration to Mozart, Beethoven and Strauss.
Budapest Guided sightseeing of Hungary's cosmopolitan capital including Fisherman's Bastion and Matthias Church.

Day 1

Prague

Fly to Prague where you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2

Prague

Included today: Guided sightseeing; see the Astronomical Clock. Visit Hradcany Castle grounds. Prague is a 1,200 year old city preserved in time. See its best-known treasures on a guided sightseeing tour, including the Old Town's astronomical clock, Hradcany Castle grounds, St Vitus Cathedral and the Charles Bridge. Browse the shops for hand-cut crystal or art books, mingle with the locals in Wenceslas Square or stroll alongside the Vltava River. This evening, join your local guide for a pubs of Prague tour.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

Prague - Regensburg - Deggendorf (Embarkation)

Included today: Regensburg guided sightseeing. Travel by coach to Regensburg, where you will have a guided sightseeing tour including the Altes (Old Town Hall), built in the 13th century and Porta Pretoria, gates to an ancient Roman fort built in 179 AD. During your free time grab a beer and enjoy an included snack at Historische Wurstkuche (Old Sausage Kitchen) one of Germany's oldest restaurants. Transfer to Deggendorf for your onboard welcome reception.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

Passau

Included today: Guided walk. 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. Join your Local Guide for a walking tour through this charming town, and find out much more about the 'City of Three Rivers'. Later, joing your local guide to visits Aldersbach Brewery and taste their beers. This afternoon, cruise towards Linz.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

Linz, Austria

Included today: Guided sightseeing. Linz is Austria's third-largest city and an important river port where culture plays a significant role in everyday life. This morning join a local expert for a guided tour. See the 13th-century Hauptplatz, Austria's largest medieval square, and the Trinity Column, built in 1723 as thanks for the city escaping the ravages of the plague, war and fire. On your own you might like to wander around the old castle grounds and take in the beautiful views of the river, or visit the neo-Gothic New Cathedral, Austria's largest church, with capacity for 20,000 visitors. Alternatively, you might choose to join one of several full day optional excursions to medieval Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; to Salzburg with its Sound of Music sites; or the popular 'Romantic Austria' tour. Tonight, enjoy a food and beer pairing dinner hosted by your beer expert.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

Melk - Durnstein

Included today: Guided visit of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk; cruise through the Wachau Valley; guided walk in Durnstein; wine tasting This morning our first stop is Melk. Enjoy a guided tour of the magnificent 11th century Benedictine Abbey, dominating the town from its commanding hill site and 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 overlooking the Danube and surrounding countryside is breathtaking. Sail into the picturesque Wachau Valley. In the afternoon your local guide will take you on an included walking tour of Durnstein where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned in the castle that still stands above the town.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

Vienna

Included today: Guided sightseeing. Also known as the 'City of Music', Vienna inspired the creative genius of Mozart, Beethoven and Strauss and was once the centre of the mighty Habsburg Empire. See the lavish Hofburg Imperial Palace complex, with its Vienna Boys' Choir and Lipizzaner stallions, the impressive neo-Renaissance Vienna Opera House, and awe-inspiring St Stephen's Cathedral on your included guided sightsseing with a local guide. Stroll on the Kärntnerstrasse and enjoy Sachertorte or Apfelstrüdel in a classic Viennese coffee house. Visit the Ottakringer Brewery, a medium-size family business that stands for the successful combination of tradition and innovation in brewing, using only the clearest water from their own spring, the finest hops and solely Austrian barley, This evening, join our beer expert for some beers during a pub visit in Vienna.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

Bratislava

Included today: Guided sightseeing, visit St. Martin's Cathedral This morning, enjoy an on-board lecture presented by the beer expert. At the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains is Bratislava, the dynamic capital of Slovakia. Enjoy guided sightseeing with a local guide who will introduce you to the charming Old Town and its Town Hall, one of the oldest stone buildings in the city. Also visit the Gothic St Martin's Cathedral, coronation church for the Kingdom of Hungary from the 16th to 19th centuries.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 9

Budapest

Included today: Guided sightseeing, see Fisherman's Bastion and Heroes Square Spanning the banks of the Danube, Budapest is one of Eastern Europe's liveliest cities. Today's guided city tour includes Heroes' Square and the massive hilltop castle complex, Fisherman's Bastion and Matthias Church. This afternoon, explore this vibrant city at your own pace, perhaps strolling across the famed Chain Bridge, a symbol of Budapest built in 1849 that connects ancient Buda on the right bank with Pest on the left. Or why not visit St Stephen's Basilica, Hungary's largest church?

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 10

Budapest (Disembarkation)

Disembark and transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Notes

Your ship

Avalon Passion

The Avalon Passion accommodates 166 passengers and features two full decks of Panorama Suites. With wall-to-wall panoramic windows that transform into a unique open-air balcony, the suites are the ideal setting for stretching out and relaxing or even throwing a private cocktail party for up to six adults in the spacious sitting area. On board, passengers enjoy free Wi-Fi access and complimentary computer use in public areas, a fitness centre, a hair salon, lift, and an expansive Sky Deck with shade system, premium lounge chairs, whirlpool, deck games and the delightful Sky Bistro for al fresco lunches of light grill fare.

Amenities
  • Smoking
  • Adults only
  • Childrens facilities
  • Nursery
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: 2016
Available cabins on this cruise
Royal Suite

These suites feature a 6-person sitting area, bathrobes & slippers, choice of bed configuration, Comfort Collection Beds, complimentary Wi-Fi, double sinks, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens, European-style duvets, flatscreen satellite TV with movie channel, hairdryer, in-room safe, L'Occitane bath products, marble countertops in bathroom, nightly turn-down service, soft and firm pillows, vanity, well-stocked minibar, alarm clock, bedside tables with reading lamps, coffee table, complimentary bottled water, direct-dial telephone, easy under-bed luggage storage, elegant, contemporary design, extra blankets, full shower with glass door, individual climate control, large mirror in bathroom, make-up mirror, memory foam mattress toppers, a sofa, spacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storage, wall-to-wall panoramic window with Open-Air Balcony®, and a writing desk.

Details

  • 300 square feet
  • Sleeps 2

Panorama Suite

These suites feature a 6-person sitting area, bathrobes & slippers, choice of bed configuration, Comfort Collection Beds, complimentary Wi-Fi, easy under-bed luggage storage, elegant, a contemporary design, extra blankets, full shower with glass door, individual climate control, large mirror in bathroom, make-up mirror, memory foam mattress toppers, sofa, spacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storage, wall-to-wall panoramic window with Open-Air Balcony®, writing desk, alarm clock, bedside tables with reading lamps, coffee table, complimentary bottled water, direct-dial telephone, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens, European-style duvets, flatscreen satellite TV with movie channel, hairdryer, in-room safe, L'Occitane bath products, marble countertops in bathroom, nightly turn-down service, soft and firm pillows, vanity and a well-stocked minibar.

Details

  • 200 square feet
  • Sleeps 2

Deluxe Stateroom

These staterooms feature an alarm clock, bedside tables with reading lamps, Comfort Collection Beds, complimentary Wi-Fi, easy under-bed luggage storage, an elegant, contemporary design, extra blankets, full shower with glass door, individual climate control, large mirror in bathroom, memory foam mattress toppers, soft and firm pillows, two windows, well-stocked minibar, bathrobes & slippers, choice of bed configuration, complimentary bottled water, direct-dial telephone, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens, European-style duvets, flatscreen satellite TV with movie channel, hairdryer, in-room safe, L'Occitane bath products, nightly turn-down service, spacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storage, vanity and a writing desk.

Details

  • 172 square feet
  • Sleeps 2

Life onboard

The Avalon Passion accommodates 166 passengers and features two full decks of Panorama Suites. With wall-to-wall panoramic windows that transform into a unique open-air balcony, the suites are the ideal setting for stretching out and relaxing or even throwing a private cocktail party for up to six adults in the spacious sitting area. On board, passengers enjoy free Wi-Fi access and complimentary computer use in public areas, a fitness centre, a hair salon, lift, and an expansive Sky Deck with shade system, premium lounge chairs, whirlpool, deck games and the delightful Sky Bistro for al fresco lunches of light grill fare.

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