Blue Danube Discovery

Great Savings on selected departures
Great savings on 28 Apr, 19 May 06 Aug departures, see prices above. Offers are subject to availability and for new bookings only.
13 Days from £1,893
Departures available from :
28th Apr - 27th Oct
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Introduction

Delightful Danube river cruises set the stage for incredible cruise holidays between Budapest and Nuremberg. Enjoy guided sightseeing in Budapest, Regensburg, Passau and Vienna, see the baroque Stiftskirche in Dürnstein, enjoy wine tasting in Melk and beer tasting in Nuremberg, and spend three nights in the spectacular 'Golden City' of Prague.

“Words cannot express the holiday we had with you. Everything was perfect”

Words cannot express the holiday we had with you. Everything was perfect
May I thank you most sincerely for the letter of “Welcome Home” which I received the other day after returning home from my friend and mine’s most wonderful River Cruise on the Danube. Words cannot express the holiday we had with you. Everything was perfect – food (5 star), Stateroom (5 star) and staff, especially the Restaurant Manager and Cruise Director. I would like to say in addition that I have taken many river cruises, with different companies, with my late husband and latterly with my friend, Mrs G. Driver, and without a doubt the accommodation and service that you offer far surpasses the others. I will certainly most certainly recommend you to any of my friends.
Mrs Frankie Gratton

The Avalon experience

Included Highlights

  • BUDAPEST Guided sightseeing, visit Fisherman's Bastion
  • VIENNA Guided sightseeing
  • DÜRNSTEIN Guided walk, Stiftskirche
  • MELK Guided visit of the Benedictine Abbey; wine tasting
  • PASSAU Guided walk
  • REGENSBURG Guided sightseeing; beer tasting
  • MAIN-DANUBE CANAL Cruise on the canal
  • NUREMBERG Guided sightseeing or Nuremberg Trials Tour
  • PRAGUE Guided sightseeing, Astronomical Clock; visit Hradcany Castle grounds
  • CAPTAIN'S RECEPTION, WELCOME AND FAREWELL DINNERS

Included in the price

  • Private door-to-door home pick-up service by executive car for you and your travelling companions

  • Flights from London Heathrow with British Airways; regional flights at a supplement

  • 7 nights deluxe accommodation in a spacious stateroom with hotel-style beds, ensuite facilities and river views. Floor to ceiling sliding glass doors and a French balcony in most staterooms. 2 nights at the InterContinental Hotel, Budapest and 3 nights at the Hilton Hotel, Prague.

  • All meals on board including full breakfast, buffet lunch and waiter service dinner with quality wines from Europe's most famous wine regions; afternoon tea with cakes and sweet treats; a choice of teas and coffees throughout the day. Buffet breakfast (B) in Budapest and Prague

  • Included excursions and sightseeing trips with Local Guides and a choice of optional tours; headsets provided on excursions

  • Services of an experienced Cruise Director

  • Gratuities for Cruise Director and crew

  • On board lectures, activities and nightly piano music

  • Captain's Welcome Reception, Welcome Dinner and Farewell Gala Dinner

  • All transfers, local port charges and airport taxes

  • A choice of pre- or post- holiday extensions

Itinerary

Day 1 Budapest. Fly to Budapest where you will be met and transferred to the InterContinental Hotel for two nights.
Day 2 Budapest. Included today: Guided sightseeing. 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 why not visit St Stephen's Basilica for fantastic city views, or stroll along Vací Utca main shopping street? (B)
Day 3 Budapest. This morning is free for you to enjoy Hungary's exciting capital. Visit one of the many museums, take a walk to see some of the remaining statues from the communist era, shop at the Great Market Hall to purchase paprika and embroidery, or stroll along Vací Utca main shopping street. Later, transfer to your cruise ship for four nights and meet your crew at a welcome reception. (B, D)
Day 4 Budapest - Vienna. Relax on board this morning and marvel at the beautiful scenery on both banks of the Danube. As you cruise upriver, Hungary is on your left 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. This evening, arrive in Vienna, Austria's capital. Known as the 'City of Music', it inspired the creative genius of Mozart, Beethoven, and Strauss. (B, L, D)
Day 5 Vienna. Included today: Guided sightseeing. Once the centre of the mighty Habsburg Empire, Vienna has much to offer. 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 city tour with a local guide. Stroll on the Kärntnerstrasse and enjoy Sachertorte or Apfelstrüdel in a classic Viennese coffee house. An optional concert is available during your stay. (B, L, D)
Day 6 Dürnstein - Melk. Included today: Guided walk in Dürnstein; guided sightseeing in Melk; wine tasting. This morning your first stop is Dürnstein, set right in the heart of the romantic Wachau Valley wine region and known for its pretty baroque blue Stiftskirche. Explore this picturesque town with a Local Guide and learn about the castle ruins overlooking the town, where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned in 1192. Later, cruise to Melk for a guided tour of the magnificent Benedictine Abbey, which dominates the town from its commanding hilltop site and is one of Europe's largest monasteries. The abbey houses an ornate library with over 80,000 printed books and 2,000 manuscripts. The splendour of the church with its frescoed ceilings, stunning high altar, marble statues, and 210-foot-high cupola is inspiring and the view from the abbey terrace across the Danube and surrounding countryside is breathtaking. This evening, sample some of the Wachau Valley's famous wines. (B, L, D)
Day 7 Linz - Passau. Included today: Guided walk in Passau. Reaching Linz, perhaps join an optional full-day excursion to either Salzburg, to take in the popular 'Sound of Music' sights, or Cesky Krumlov, a UNESCO town in the Czech Republic. This afternoon, cruise to Passau, ideally located at the confluence of the Rivers Inn, Ilz and Danube and a city of graceful arcades and cobblestone streets lined with beautiful patrician houses. Explore the highlights on a guided walk. St Stephen's Cathedral, a masterpiece of Italian Baroque architecture, houses one of the world's largest church organs with more than 17,000 pipes. (B, L, D)
Day 8 Regensburg. Included today: Guided sightseeing; beer tasting. Regensburg dates back to the time of the Celts around 500 BC and 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 on your guided walk this afternoon include the Old Town Hall and the Porta Pretoria - gates to the Roman fort built in 179AD. Enjoy an included snack at Germany's oldest restaurant, the 12th century Historische Wurstküche (Old Sausage Kitchen). After dinner, sample some of Germany's famous beers. (B, L, D)
Day 9 Nuremberg. Included today: Guided sightseeing or Nuremberg Trials tour This morning, learn more about the fascinating Main-Danube Canal at our included on board lecture as you cruise towards Nuremberg. Although Nuremberg suffered extensive damage during World War II, much of it has been restored to its original style. Marvel at this historic city with its fabulous Gothic churches, Kaiserburg Imperial Castle and elegant patrician houses on an included guided sightseeing tour or perhaps join the more specialised 'Nuremberg Trials' tour. (B, L, D)
Day 10 Nuremberg - Prague. After breakfast, disembark and drive, via the Czech border in the Bohemian Forest, to Prague, the 'Golden City' for three nights at the InterContinental Hotel, Prague. (B)
Day 11 Prague. Included today: Guided sightseeing. 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 Wenceslaus Square, an important meeting point and the site of famous demonstrations against the communist regime, or watch performers on Charles Bridge. (B)
Day 12 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. (B)
Day 13 Prague. Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK. (B)

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Price & dates

All prices and supplements are per person. The prices and departure dates listed in the table below do not show live availability therefore may not be up-to-date. To find out the latest availability please call us on 0800 688 1802 for information.

Departure Date Booking Code Your Ship Price  
28 Apr 2014 WBN Avalon Vista £1956 Last Few Left
05 May 2014 WBN1 Avalon Impression £3012
19 May 2014 WBN2 Avalon Expression £2029
23 May 2014 WBN3 Avalon Poetry II £2939
26 May 2014 WBN4 Avalon Panorama £2945
28 May 2014 WBN5 Avalon Luminary £2994
09 Jun 2014 WBN Avalon Vista £2012 Last Few Left
16 Jun 2014 WBN1 Avalon Impression £2965
18 Jun 2014 WBN6 Avalon Illumination £1893
30 Jun 2014 WBN2 Avalon Expression £2865
04 Jul 2014 WBN3 Avalon Poetry II £2904 Last Few Left
07 Jul 2014 WBN4 Avalon Panorama £2859 Last Few Left
14 Jul 2014 WBN2 Avalon Expression £2897 Wellness Cruise
21 Jul 2014 WBN Avalon Vista £2859
28 Jul 2014 WBN1 Avalon Impression £2898
06 Aug 2014 WBN5 Avalon Luminary £2807
11 Aug 2014 WBN1 Avalon Impression £2883
15 Aug 2014 WBN3 Avalon Poetry II £2906 Last Few Left
18 Aug 2014 WBN4 Avalon Panorama £2747 Last Few Left
25 Aug 2014 WBN2 Avalon Expression £2914
01 Sep 2014 WBN Avalon Vista £2955
15 Sep 2014 WBN Avalon Vista £2981
24 Sep 2014 WBN6 Avalon Illumination £2883
26 Sep 2014 WBN3 Avalon Poetry II £2918 Last Few Left
29 Sep 2014 WBN4 Avalon Panorama £2846
06 Oct 2014 WBN2 Avalon Expression £2753 SOLD OUT
13 Oct 2014 WBN4 Avalon Panorama £2701
15 Oct 2014 WBN5 Avalon Luminary £2709 Last Few Left
27 Oct 2014 WBN Avalon Vista £2543 Wine Appreciation Cruise - Sold Out

Great savings on 28 Apr, 19 May 06 Aug departures, see prices above. Offers are subject to availability and for new bookings only.

* Availability can change at any time so if a departure date appears to be sold out, it may become available again. If you are interested in a SOLD OUT departure, please check our website regularly for new availability. Alternatively, register your interest with our specialist Avalon Waterways Sales team on 0800 668 1802 and they will contact you as a priority if your chosen departure date becomes available.

Upgrade supplements

CategoryDeckLuminary

Panorama
Impression
Vista, Illumination
Expression, Poetry II

D Indigo - - - £95
B Sapphire £345 £499
A Sapphire £375 £535
P Royal £469 £625
Suite Royal £815 £1065
 

Travel Options

Prices are based on flights from Heathrow with British Airways. Flights are also available at a supplement from Aberdeen, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Durham Teesside, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Humberside, Leeds Bradford, Manchester, Newcastle and Norwich.

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Prices are based on 2 people sharing a Category E Deluxe Stateroom flying with British Airways from London Heathrow.

Sole occupancy
Sole occupancy prices from £3650 in a Category E Stateroom.

Make your own way
If you would like to make your own travel arrangements to the first hotel, prices are from £2290 per person.

Cruise only
If you would like to just enjoy the cruise portion, please call for a quote.


Extra nights
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