Multiple itineraries are available:
Fly to Budapest where you will be met and transferred to the InterContinental Hotel (or similar) for two nights.
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 sightseeing 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, famous sights in themselves, that connect ancient Buda on the right bank with Pest on the left. You may even want to walk across Chain Bridge, built in 1849 and a symbol of Budapest.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The hotel boasts a prime location near the River Danube, Hungarian Parliament, Hungarian State Opera and Castle.
This first class hotel overlooking the Vltava river, is the ideal base to explore Prague’s historic sites. Official rating: 5 stars.
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.
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.
A 15 minute walk from the Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square and close to major attractions. The airport is 25 minutes away.
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.
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.
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"A very happy ship maintaining first class standards of service and dining"
"Excellent from start to finish"
"City Break and cruise"
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."
Everything was excellent,the ship,food,excursions and staff
"Outstanding! Every aspect of the cruise exceeded our expectations"
Our Cruise Director (Roos), Captain (Roland) and every individual crew member in every department ensured our trip was memorable. The ship was immaculate; the food and wine from start to finish plentiful and of excellent quality; the state cabin perfect.
"First class holiday"
Would recommend Avalon and will definitely cruise with them again. Excellent service, great crew. Lots of laughs and happy memories.
Beautiful scenery and many places to explore and tour along the route. Plentiful information given re stopping places and what to do and see. Food and wine on board to compliment the countries visited added to the experience. Altogether first class.
"Standards have slipped since last year"
Housekeeping was good, food mediocre and not as good as our previous trip, dining room service average and seemed understaffed, mean/slow (not sure which) with wine. We felt abandoned during the hotel parts of the trip - tour manager available for only 2 hours a day in Czech republic and Hungary, where we didn't have any experience of the languages.
We wanted cruise only, but were told on booking that this was not possible by UK booking office. However the USA brochure was put in our room during the trip and we found this option was available to Americans. Very annoyed.
Holiday was nothing special and a disappointment after our excellent cruise with Avalon last year.
" Booking & paperwork experience"
For some reason when we booked our holiday with Avalon, they had not entered details of our e-mail address on our booking (although we do distinctly remember being asked for it) & so consequently we didn't receive any information as only means of contact seems to be by e-mail not post.
It was only when I finally managed to speak to someone, in February I think it was, that I was told our e-mail address was not on your records.
We had to print everything off from the computer (shore excursions, baggage labels etc) whereas all the American, Canadian, Australian, N.Z. people we met on the trip, all had 'the blue book'.
Wonderful trip, good weather and the river levels allowed us to enjoy the whole trip on the boat.
"Would recommend and travel with Avalon again..."
Would recommend and travel with Avalon again
Reasonably good value for money
"My service feedback with Avalon Cruises"
Couldn't fault the staff service T all !
Though we couldn't dock in Nuremberg because of low water, excellent effort was made to lay on coaches to get us there from Regensburg and back.
"We can't fault Avalon at all. Everything was perfectly arranged and the ship, the crew…"
We can't fault Avalon at all. Everything was perfectly arranged and the ship, the crew ,and guides were excellent. Akos was the perfect cruise director
The itinerary was excellent. Hotels in Budapest and Prague were very centrally placed, and high quality. The Avalon Expression was a well designed and well crewed ship. Everything was perfect!!
"My service feedback with Avalon Cruises"
Exceeded our expectations, a fabulous time
First class hotels in Budapest and Prague, great location in the town. The cruise ship was excellent, staff were fantastic, a great time