This timeless Europe river cruise holiday begins with one night in vibrant Budapest, Hungary, then sail along the Danube River with exciting stops in Austria and Germany, and end with one night 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!
Multiple itineraries are available:
Day 1 UK - Budapest, Hungary
On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel for one night.
Welcome to Budapest - Hungary’s captivating capital
The day is yours to relax and enjoy Eastern Europe’s shining city on the Danube.
You may choose to enjoy Hungarian cuisine in an optional wine-and-dine dinner this evening.
Day 2 Budapest (Embarkation)
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 lunch in a garden or rooftop eatery before boarding your Suite Ship
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIENNA
Day 3 Vienna, Austria
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.
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
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:
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.
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.
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.
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from £2,341 per person
Was from £3,044pp, now from £2,294pp Offer prices based on two sharing and subject to real-time flight price fluctuations Your festive cruise begins in Budapest where you’ll embark on the Danube to discover enchanting Christmas markets and traditions. Take photographs on the Royal Palace grounds, and enjoy the glow of Christmas traditions in the “Pearl of the Danube” before an evening cruise to Vienna. You’ll sail through the miles shared by Hungary and Slovakia on your way to Vienna, and see the Imperial Palace Complex, magical Christmas Advent Market, and shining Christkindlesmarkt stalls. In Krems, you’ll find a small valley village seemingly untouched by the modern world, and visit its charming Christmas market before sailing through the wonderful Wachau Valley on your way to Melk. Take a guided tour of the magnificent Benedictine Abbey, and enjoy a wine tasting on board your ship. You’ll cruise to Passau, Germany, the “City of Three Rivers,” where the Danube, Inn, and Ilz Rivers meet, and sail for Regensburg to enjoy a guided tour of Old Town and Porta Pretoria. Enjoy German beer tasting on board your ship, and sail for Nuremberg with an overnight cruise. You’ll see the living heritage and history of Nuremberg with guided sightseeing, including its medieval architecture, cathedral, Kaiserburg Castle, or historic WWII Third Reich Rally Grounds. Browse the spruce stalls of Nuremberg’s Christmas markets, and try any number of specialities in Bavarian fare—from bratwurst to blueberry wine. Complete your festive Danube River cruise with a night in the Golden City of Prague, Czech Republic. Here you’ll take a guided sightseeing tour of the iconic city sites, including the Astronomical Clock and the Hradčany Castle Grounds. You’ll love the glistening Christmas markets of Prague, with delightful culinary treats, gifts, and warmth of the season you’ll long remember.
from £2,131 per person
Was from £2,881pp, now from £2,131pp Offer prices based on two sharing and subject to real-time flight price fluctuations Cruise along the peaceful Danube River through Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, and Germany—stopping at some of Central Europe’s most splendid capitals and charming towns along the way. Begin in Budapest, where guided sightseeing acquaints you with the highlights of the vibrant capital of Hungary. Heroes Square, Fishermen’s Bastion, Chain Bridge—the famous sights that make this city come to life! Set sail on the Danube, take pictures of the impressive Parliament Building as you leave Budapest, and head for Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. Here, enjoy a guided walk through the delightful Old Town and visit the gothic St. Martin’s Cathedral. Vienna, Austria, makes an immediate impression with its lavish Hofburg Imperial Palace and neo-renaissance Vienna Opera House. Take in the local culture with a stop in a classic Viennese Coffee House and stroll along the pedestrian Kärntnerstrasse. Enjoy the magnificent views as your river cruise takes you through the picturesque wine region of the Wachau Valley. Visit the impressive Benedictine Abbey of Melk and enjoy a tasting of some of the renowned local wines. In Linz, walk around the Hauptplatz, Austria’s largest medieval square, which forms the center of the city. Take a guided walk around Passau, Germany, known for its maze of narrow cobblestone streets and St. Stephen’s Cathedral—a masterpiece of baroque architecture. Guided sightseeing in Regensburg, Germany, shows you the Old Town Hall, Porta Pretoria—gates to an ancient Roman fort built in 179 AD—and mansions with high towers denoting the status and wealth of their early owners. Enjoy some local sausages before heading to beautiful Prague, capital of the Czech Republic. Here, you’ll be amazed at St. Vitus Cathedral and Old Town’s Astronomical Clock, a unique and intricate piece of art unlike anything else in the world.
from £2,047 per person
Was from £2,447pp, now from £2,272pp Offer prices based on two sharing and subject to real-time flight price fluctuations From the Gypsy violins of Budapest to the romantic sounds of Vienna, the “City of Music,” this Europe river cruise highlights the natural beauty of Austria’s Wachau Valley, and the fascinating capital cities of Hungary, Slovakia, and Austria. Enjoy two nights in Budapest, where guided sightseeing shows you the highlights of this vibrant capital. You’ll have plenty of time to explore on your own—take pictures from Fishermen’s Bastion, walk across Chain Bridge, or enjoy a cream cake in the renowned Gerbeaud Café. Board your river cruise vessel and head upriver to Bratislava. For a 58-mile stretch, the middle of the Danube forms the border between Hungary and Slovakia, and guided sightseeing awaits you in Slovakia’s capital. In Melk, you will visit Austria’s majestic Benedictine Abbey, one of Europe’s largest monasteries, sitting high on a bluff so you can take in the breathtaking views of the Danube River and surrounding countryside. Cruise through the picturesque Wachau Valley and spend free time in Dürnstein, overlooked by the ruins of the castle where England’s King Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned in 1192, and best known for its magnificent baroque Stiftskirche with its blue façade. To end your river cruise, there’s guided sightseeing in Austria’s capital, Vienna, with time on your own to relax, perhaps visit the famous Sacher Hotel for a taste of Sachertorte (a special chocolate cake), and stroll along the famous pedestrian street of Kärntnerstrasse. Sweet surprises with new experiences along your Danube River cruise are sure to give you more than a taste of the many beautiful discoveries of this legendary river.