The Legendary Danube

From the beauty and charm of Prague to the elegant grandeur of Budapest, you'll treasure every moment of this memorable Danube River cruise. Get to know Prague over three nights and visit the Hradcany Castle grounds and the Jewish Quarter. Tuck into authentic Czech dumplings and shop for hand-cut crystal; then drive to Nuremberg and set sail for medieval Regensburg and Passau. Enjoy guided sightseeing, music and art in Vienna and the historic sights of Budapest

Your cruise at a glance

  • Prague
    • See its best-known treasures on a guided walking tour, including the Old Town's astronomical clock and Hradcany Castle.
  • Vienna
    • Home to the lavish Hofburg Imperial Palace complex, the impressive neo-Renaissance Vienna Opera House and St Stephen's Cathedral.
  • Budapest
    • A guided city tour which takes in the massive hilltop castle complex, Fisherman's Bastion and Matthias Church.

Budapest

Itinerary

Multiple itineraries are available:

Day 1

Prague

Meals included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Travel to Prague where you will be met and transferred to your hotel for a three night stay at the Intercontinental Prague, Hilton Prague or Andel's by Vienna House Prague (or similar).

Day 2

Prague

Meals included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Included today: Guided sightseeing, see the Astronomical Clock and visit Hradcany Castle grounds. Prague is a 1,200-year-old city preserved in time, and, unlike other central European capitals, it was not bombed during the 20th-century wars. A local guide will show you its best-known treasures, such as the Old Town’s Astronomical Clock, built in 1410 and once the envy of all of Europe; Hradcany Castle Grounds; St. Vitus Cathedral; and the Charles Bridge, the oldest bridge in Prague. Browse the shops for hand-cut crystal or art books and stroll through the Christmas markets. Rows of brightly decorated wooden huts sell Christmas tree ornaments, wooden toys, and Czech handicrafts. Get a little inner warmth with a cup of svarene vino (hot mulled wine) and a traditional hot sausage from one of the stalls. The beautifully decorated tree in the Old Town is an impressive sight.

Day 3

Prague

Meals included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Enjoy a free day to explore at your own pace and visit the Christmas markets. Perhaps visit the Communist Museum, sample local plum dumplings and Pilsner, or stroll along the Vltava River. Your Cruise Director will have suggestions for things to do.

Hotels

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
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
Hilton Prague

Andel's by Vienna House Prague

Located in the fashionable 'Andel' district of Prague, the hotel features contemporary design and 231 modern rooms, topped off with a warm welcome. The hotel is surrounded by trendy shops, boutique stores and restaurants, and the Old Town is within walking distance. Official rating: 4 stars.

  • Location
    • Situated in the business district of Smichov, opposite Nový Smíchov shopping centre.

  • Facilities
    • Spa and fitness facilities
    • Free WiFi
    • Bar/brasserie

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

Prices & cabin details

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Staterooms available

Price per person

Hotels

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

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
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
Hilton Prague

Andel's by Vienna House Prague

Located in the fashionable 'Andel' district of Prague, the hotel features contemporary design and 231 modern rooms, topped off with a warm welcome. The hotel is surrounded by trendy shops, boutique stores and restaurants, and the Old Town is within walking distance. Official rating: 4 stars.

  • Location

    Situated in the business district of Smichov, opposite Nový Smíchov shopping centre.

  • Facilities

    • Spa and fitness facilities
    • Free WiFi
    • Bar/brasserie

Reviews

"They were very professional and quick to answer queries...."

15th November 2017 - Trusted Customer

"Not enough attention to offering inclusive drinks to all guests. Always having to ask..."

20th October 2017 - Trusted Customer

"Everything was outstanding except for the 'Pick up from Home' and the return journey. On Pick-up..."

2nd October 2017 - Mr Charles Pollard

Everything was outstanding except for the 'Pick up from Home' and the return journey. On Pick-up from home on 16 Sept, despite the directions I had given for the driver to find my house down a track, he had not looked at them and so I went out into the road at 5.30 am and found him just sitting there in the car in the middle of the road 150 metres down the road, seeming helpless! He had'nt a clue on reading my instructions. and said he had not seen them! Then, despite him knowing the Heathrow area well - when finding congestion and trying to take us a back way in (very good) - we then found more congestion just short of the Airport. Because the traffic was hardly moving, my wife and I offered to walk the last bit (we are good walkers) which he said would be fine and take 10 minutes.... except it was impossible to walk to Terminal 3 because, unbeknown to us, it required walking through the Heathrow Tunnel under the Runway, with no footpath! We had to get on a Heathrow Bus on another local road, arriving at Term 3 40 minutes later (but still in time to book in). Basically the Driver had been overtly keen to get us out of his car, no doubt to get his breakfast early, and obviously was not concerned to get his passengers delivered properly to the right Terminal! On the return journey on 26 Sept, the (another) driver was there but waiting in the wrong place - again, he had not bothered to look at the instructions of where the VIP car company usually met Avalon Customers! Neither of these tings were a big deal because of our (the customers) preparedness and planning! But it seems there is a complete mis-communication with the Drivers used!! What is the point of giving guidance to Drivers if they do not read it, even if it is passed on to them by the VIP taxi company!

See note above already completed!

"Customer service was excellent. Your rep Stephanie went out of her way to keep..."

24th September 2017 - Mrs Elizabeth Lee

Customer service was excellent. Your rep Stephanie went out of her way to keep me informed about flights, the cruise and hotels. We couldn't have asked for more. In my opinion sh went above and beyond to make sure we were satisfied, always very pleasant and polite. An asset to you, for sure.

Our first time on a river cruise, we were very impressed with the whole experience.

"Superb service, excellent side trips, well-worth while."

22nd September 2017 - Trusted Customer

An aspect we had not appreciated was that the first three days of the cruise were along the Main-Danube canal, not the Danube. This meant no access to the top deck/sky platform, with attendant loss of views. The Prague stay was excellent. The cruise really should also allow for more time in Budapest, again a magnificent location.

First-rate shore visits and optional extras.

"Above Expectations "

1st September 2017 - Trusted Customer

Everything happen as detailed, very hard working team

Excellent choice very happy with the itinerary and the crew and all the staff absolutely 1st class. The only unexpected downside was having to pay the hotel bellboys money to store the cases awaiting our airport transfer. Now looking at next year brochure to book again. Please thank everyone for an unforgettable holiday

"Best holiday for many years."

22nd August 2017 - Mr Michael Grout

From start to finish Avalon displayed attention to detail, nothing was too much trouble, the cabin was kept spotless, the food was wonderful and having included wine etc was very welcome. My first river cruise will not be my last. Thank you Avalon for a great holiday.

Fantastic value for money, especially as we booked late at a very good discount.

"Up with the best of our experience with seven river cruises."

21st August 2017 - Mr Malcolm Burgess

Good service, good food and good visits.

"Avalon Gone Down "

17th August 2017 - Mr Alexander Straney

Second Cruise and it was less organised then our first. Not very much went well, the people who worked for Avalon try very hard but it was not the experience I had hoped for.

Picked Up was 30 minutes late. Flight left late and had a 5 hour wait in Amsterdam which arrived in Prague at Midnight, 6 hours late with no one to meet us so needed to get a Taxi to the Hotel. The Andel was good but Avalon advertise the Hilton or the Intercontinental, so just a cheap money saving con. Guided Tours were very short compared to extra pay tours.

"The staff on board were very good but the cruise director was not as helpful. We..."

15th August 2017 - Mrs Diana Clue

The staff on board were very good but the cruise director was not as helpful. We had booked an hotel to extend our stay in Budapest only to receive an email that it had been cancelled day before we arrived. We asked the cruise director if he was able to book us at The Intercontinental at Avalon rates but we were advised it would be complicated and not able to help with this and th best thing to do would be to go online and book something else! We did find somewhere else to stay but it was the reception staff who helped to arrange for a taxi to the hotel. We felt somewhat abandon at the end of the trip.

Some excursions were value for money but not others.

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