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Blue Danube Discovery

This timeless Europe river cruise holiday begins with two nights in vibrant Budapest in Hungary, then sails along the Danube River with exciting stops in Austria and Germany, and end with two nights in Prague - the capital of the Czech Republic.

In Budapest, Hungary’s lively capital, marvel at the eight bridges spanning the river and enjoy an introduction to the city by a local expert who shows you the must-see sights. Vienna, Austria, offers stunning St Stephen’s Cathedral, the Habsburg Palace and the Vienna Opera House. In the heart of the Wachau wine region is Dürnstein, a 16th-century town with charming cobblestone streets and the baroque Stiftskirche with its luminous blue façade. In the picturesque town of Melk, visit Austria’s majestic Benedictine Abbey, one of Europe’s largest monasteries, and enjoy a tasting of some of the Wachau Valley’s famous wines. You’ll love a guided walk through Passau, with its narrow streets and beautiful Patrician houses.

Further up the Danube River, you’ll come to the medieval walls of Regensburg - the only German city not bombed during WWII. Your last stop is the thousand-year-old city of Nuremberg, where you’ll marvel at the medieval fortifications, extraordinary gothic churches, and the Imperial Castle. Disembark and travel to beautiful Prague, known as the “Golden City.” See the sights with a local guide and explore on your own. Stroll across Charles Bridge, mix with the locals on Wenceslaus Square, and shop for hand-cut crystal and art books. A perfect ending to a memorable river cruise holiday!

Your cruise at a glance

  • Budapest
    • Guided sightseeing including Fisherman's Bastion and Matthias Church in the vast hilltop complex.
  • Vienna
    • See the lavish Hofburg Imperial Palace and neo-renaissance Vienna Opera House on a guided sightseeing tour.
  • Prague
    • Visit the Hraadcany Castle grounds and the Old Town's astronomical clock.

Prague

Itinerary

Multiple itineraries are available:

Day 1 Budapest


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

Day 2 Budapest

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast

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.

Day 3 Budapest (Embarkation)

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

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.

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CHOICE

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 three types of included shore excursion on every Europe cruise:

Classic

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.

Discovery

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.

Active

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.

Prices & cabin details

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Staterooms available

Price per person

Hotels

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
    • Sauna

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 Sauna and whirlpool Gift shop
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 Steam room and jacuzzi Spa
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

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

Reviews

"Lovely cruise"

13th August 2018 - Mr Terry Ransome

"Excellent holiday and really good tour director and crew on board"

31st July 2018 - Mr Paul Hughes

"5* from start to finish."

30th July 2018 - Mrs Deirdre Smith

5* from start to finish

We did the 13 day cruise including Budapest and Prague. We were very well looked after from the minute we left home and we wouldn't hesitate to book another cruise with Avalon.

"Booked online and never had any problems..."

18th June 2018 - Mrs Christine MacGillivray

Booked online and never had any problems

Very enjoyable but a bit too full on for me

"Everything was just as it should be...."

6th June 2018 - Mr Adrian Attwood

Everything was just as it should be.

Yes. And here are the extra 21 characters.

"Wonderful Danube cruise on the Avalon Visionary"

6th September 2017 - Mr Charles Geoffrey Watson

I was reluctant to undertake a cruise but was persuaded to give it a try by my wife. How right she was. The cruise was fantastic overall. The boat was perfect, stateroom fabulous, food utterly delicious and staff truly wonderful to the very last man and woman! The whole experience was completely beyond my initial expectations. Thank you

As above. Top marks all round

"A very happy ship maintaining first class standards of service and dining"

10th August 2017 - Mrs Patricia Colbert

Faultless organization: everything worked well, starting with pick up for the airport. Avalon reps. and team on board couldn't have been more helpful.

"Excellent from start to finish"

3rd August 2017 - Mr Graham Almandras

Every component of the holiday was very good and they were put together very well. This resulted in the best river cruise we have ever had.

Good value for money.....

"City Break and cruise"

3rd August 2017 - Mr Peter Aston

The ship facilities,the room, and most importantly the staff were always attentive. Yes we would recommend Avalon and would use them again ourselves.

"Our river cruise company of choice,Princess for ocean and these for river."

25th July 2017 - Trusted Customer

Everything was excellent,the ship,food,excursions and staff

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