The Legendary Danube

  • 11 Days

  • Czech Republic

From the beauty and charm of Prague to the elegant grandeur of Budapest, you'll treasure every moment of this memorable Danube River cruise. Get to know Prague over three nights and visit the Hradcany Castle grounds and the Jewish Quarter. Tuck into authentic Czech dumplings and shop for hand-cut crystal; then drive to Nuremberg and set sail for medieval Regensburg and Passau. Enjoy guided sightseeing, music and art in Vienna and the historic sights of Budapest

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

  • Day 11

of 11 days

Your detailed itinerary

Cruise departing on 3rd October 2017

Meals included: 10 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners

Overview

At a glance

Prague See its best-known treasures on a guided walking tour, including the Old Town's astronomical clock and Hradcany Castle.
Vienna Home to the lavish Hofburg Imperial Palace complex, the impressive neo-Renaissance Vienna Opera House and St Stephen's Cathedral.
Budapest A guided city tour which takes in the massive hilltop castle complex, Fisherman's Bastion and Matthias Church.

Day 1

Prague

Travel to Prague where you will be met and transferred to your hotel for a three night stay at the Intercontinental Prague, Hilton Prague or Andel's by Vienna House Prague (or similar).

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2

Prague

Included today: Guided sightseeing, see the Astronomical Clock and visit Hradcany Castle grounds. Prague is a 1,200 year old city preserved in time. See its best-known treasures on a guided walking 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, an important meeting point and the site of famous demonstrations against the communist regime, or watch performers on Charles Bridge.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

Prague

A free day for you to explore the city at leisure. Perhaps visit the Communist Museum; sample the local plum dumplings and Pilsner; stroll along the banks of the Vltava River; discover the Jewish Quarter; or wander around Prague's medieval Old Town, dating from the 10th century. Your Cruise Director will have lots of suggestions for things to do.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

Prague - Nuremberg (Embarkation)

After lunch, drive to Nuremberg, where your cruise ship is docked. Before dinner, meet your crew at a welcome reception.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

Nuremberg - Roth

Included today: Choice of guided sightseeing of Roth or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour. This morning the choice is yours - guided sightseeing of the Nuremberg Rally Grounds or the nearby town of Roth. This delightful town, with its half-timbered houses and market square, is also a centre for textile manufacturing. Take pictures of Schloss Ratibor, an ancient hunting lodge, built in 1535 with a pictureque inner courtyard.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

Regensburg

Included today: Guided walk; beer tasting 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 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 AD179. 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, 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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

Passau

Included today: Guided walk in Passau. This morning, dock in Passau located where the Inn, Ilz, and Danube Rivers converge. Passau is a maze of narrow cobblestone streets lined with beautiful patrician houses dominated by St. Stephen's Cathedral, a masterpiece of Italian Baroque architecture. Take in the highlights on an 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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

Melk - Vienna

Included today: Guided visit to the Benedictine Abbey. 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 splendour of the church with its frescoed ceilings, stunning high altar, marble statues, and 210-foot-high cupola. The view from the terrace of the abbey over the Danube and surrounding countryside is breath-taking! Then, cruise through the picturesque Wachau Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Pass the magnificent baroque Stiftskirche with its blue facade, 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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 9

Vienna

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. It is home to 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 which you will be shown on your included city tour with a local guide. Stroll on the Kärntnerstrasse and enjoy Sachertorte or Apfelstrüdel in a classic Viennese coffee house. This afternoon, set sail for Budapest.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 10

Budapest

Included today: Guided sightseeing, visit Fishermen'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 takes in 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 visit St Stephen's Basilica, shop at the Great Market Hall to purchase paprika and embroidery, or stroll along Vací Utca main shopping street.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 11

Budapest (Disembarkation)

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

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Notes

Note: Owing to lock closures and planned maintenance of technical equipment on the Main Danube Canal, this itinerary may be modified slightly on some departures. On 17 April departure, embarkation will be in Passau and the itinerary amended accordingly.

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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