The Blue Danube Discovery & Jewish Heritage

8 day River Cruise Budapest to Nuremberg

Cruise WBN

Overview

Explore European Jewish Heritage on board this timeless European river cruise, starting with two nights in vibrant Budapest, Hungary. You’ll sail along the Danube River with stops in Austria and Germany, and conclude your Danube River cruise with two nights in the Golden City of Prague—the capital of the Czech Republic. During your cruise, experts will join us to introduce you to the Jewish culture and its remarkable history in Europe.

In Hungary’s lively capital of Budapest, marvel at the eight bridges spanning the river as a local expert shows you the must-see sights, or take a tour focused on the Jewish heritage of the city. Join a guided tour of Vienna and discover the city’s Jewish life in the last century. 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 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. There, follow the traces of Jewish history from the middle ages. 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.

End your European river cruise with two nights in exquisite Prague. You’ll enjoy guided sightseeing, a Jewish Heritage tour of the fascinating Jewish Quarter, and an included excursion to Terezin Concentration Camp. This unforgettable and enriching European river cruise is an experience to remember for its remarkable history, traditions, and culture of the Jewish heritage found along the Danube.

Explore European Jewish Heritage on board this timeless European river cruise, starting with two nights in vibrant Budapest, Hungary. You’ll sail along the Danube River with stops in Austria and Germany, and conclude your Danube River cruise with two nights in the Golden City of Prague—the capital of the Czech Republic. During your cruise, experts will join us to introduce you to the Jewish culture and its remarkable history in Europe.

In Hungary’s lively capital of Budapest, marvel at the eight bridges spanning the river as a local expert shows you the must-see sights, or take a tour focused on the Jewish heritage of the city. Join a guided tour of Vienna and discover the city’s Jewish life in the last century. 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 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. There, follow the traces of Jewish history from the middle ages. 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.

End your European river cruise with two nights in exquisite Prague. You’ll enjoy guided sightseeing, a Jewish Heritage tour of the fascinating Jewish Quarter, and an included excursion to Terezin Concentration Camp. This unforgettable and enriching European river cruise is an experience to remember for its remarkable history, traditions, and culture of the Jewish heritage found along the Danube.

Itinerary

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.

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.

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.

Classic
<p>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.</p>
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.

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.

Day 1 Budapest, Hungary


—Hungary’s Captivating Capital

The day is yours to relax and enjoy Eastern Europe’s shining city on the Danube.

Day 2 Budapest

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast

The Pearl of the Danube in the Heart of Europe.

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.

Enjoy a guided city sightseeing, see the iconic Heroes’ Square.OR:

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.

Take a Jewish heritage tour in the city with the most populous and active Jewish community in central Europe.

Take in the beauty of Budapest while enjoying some free time; explore famous sights such as the Chain Bridge. Get to know the city’s cafés and pubs, or take a hike through the hills above the Danube.

You may choose to enjoy Hungarian cuisine in an Optional Wine-and-Dine Dinner this evening.

Day 3 Budapest (Embarkation)

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Time for Coffee and Confections

With a free day to explore before your cruise, take time to take photographs on the Royal Palace grounds in this treasure trove of historical architecture. Try Budapest’s famous thermal bath spas, then enjoy lunch in a garden or rooftop eatery before boarding your Suite Ship.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIENNA

Day 4 Vienna, Austria

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Vienna Waltzes and the Beautiful Blue Danube

Start the day with a morning stretch with your Avalon Adventure Host.

Enjoy sailing the Danube, which shares dozens of miles with Hungary and Slovakia. Relax on the Sky Deck to see the rolling landscape and red-rooftops of the Slovakian capital of Bratislava come into view.

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.

Enjoy an onboard lecture about the Jewish communities and life in Eastern Europe.

This evening in Vienna, you may choose to join an optional excursion to attend a Royal Waltz Concert for an unforgettable evening of music in an elegant hall.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN VIENNA

Day 5 Vienna

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Royal Collections, Amusing Attractions, and Culinary Confections

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.

Take a tour about the Jewish history of Vienna, which goes back over 800 years.

Join a guided optional excursion to Schönbrunn Palace—a Habsburg Empire summer home for 300 years.

This afternoon, enjoy free time to take a tram to visit Austria’s Prater amusement park or one of the many museums nearby. You may also decide to borrow a bike from the ship to explore the streets and squares of Vienna, or ride along the banks of the Danube at your leisure.

Later, relax on board with live Klezmer entertainment - a musical tradition of the Jews of Eastern Europe - as you sail to Dürnstein.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DÜRNSTEIN

Day 6 Dürnstein

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Fairytale Castles, Kings, and Cobblestones of Delightful Dürnstein

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.

Join a guided walk, and hear the legendary tale of King Richard the Lionheart—who was imprisoned in the castle above the village during the Crusades, OR:

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.

Join a hike up to the castle ruins with your Adventure Host for a spectacular view of the village, Danube, and the Wachau Valley below.

Enjoy coffee or a cocktail on the Sky Deck as you sail through the picturesque Wachau Valley to Melk.

MELK

Ornate Architecture and Scenic Splendours

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.

Take a guided tour of Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey to marvel at its frescoed ceilings, statues, incredible library, and ornate pipe organ.

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.

Enjoy the flavours of the Wachau Valley with a wine tasting on board.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO PASSAU

Day 7 Passau, Germany

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Go for Baroque in Passau—Where the Danube, Inn, and Ilz Rivers meet.

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.

Join a guided city walk to learn more about this beautiful “City of Three Rivers,” OR:

Join a full day guided optional excursion to Salzburg—the city of Mozart—or a full day guided optional excursion to the picturesque Bohemian town of Český Krumlov.

Meet your ship back in Passau after your selected activities for sailing.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO REGENSBURG.

Day 8 Regensburg

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Magical Regensburg—Bavaria’s Medieval Miracle

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.

Join a guided city walk and see Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) and Porta Pretoria—built in 179 AD as the entrance to Castra Regina fortress. Follow the traces of the oldest Jewish community in Southern Germany.

You may choose to join a guided optional excursion to visit the Benedictine Monastery in Weltenburg.

Spend a free afternoon exploring Regensburg on foot or by bike through its charming streets.

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.

Later, indulge in a beer tasting on board.

This evening, enjoy live entertainment after dinner as you cruise toward Roth.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ROTH

Day 9 Roth. Nuremberg Excursion

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Living Heritage and History Lessons

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.

Enjoy an onboard lecture about the Main-Danube Canal—linking these two rivers to make a vital connection enabling navigation between the North and Black Seas.

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.

Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of the Bavarian town of Roth—with its half-timbered houses, market square, and 1535 hunting lodge,Schloss Ratibor, OR;

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.

Choose a guided sightseeing of Nuremberg—with its medieval architecture, gilded fountain, gothic cathedral, and Kaiserburg Castle, OR;

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.

Take a guided tour of the historic Nuremberg Rally Grounds—used by the Third Reich.

EVENING CRUISE TO NUREMBERG

Day 10 Nuremberg (Disembarkation) - Prague, Czech Republic

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast

Welcome to Prague! Explore the City of 100 Spires

Take a Guided City Walk, and visit the Hradčany Castle Grounds; see St. Vitus Cathedral, and Old Town’s Astronomical Clock.

Day 11 Prague

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast

Gothic Cathedrals, Grand Castles, and Great Cuisine

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.

Take a tour in the Jewish Quarter, former Ghetto, and see the Synagogue and the worldwide famous cemetery.

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.

Join an excursion to Terezin Concentration Camp, a true eye opener on the European history.Tonight, you may decide to join us for an Optional Folklore Dinner Show, sampling traditional Czech cuisine in an authentic Prague setting.

Day 12 Prague

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

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What's included

Cruise only

 

Prefer to book your own flights and transfers? You have the freedom to do that with our Cruise Only holiday option.

  • Services of a cruise director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Wine & beer with lunch and dinner
  • Excursions
  • Gratuities on cruise

Cruise with flights & transfers

 

Let us take care of everything. Our package option includes private home pick-up to your chosen airport, return flights, and overseas transfers to your ship.

  • 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

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