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The Legendary Danube

From Prague to vibrant Budapest, this Danube river cruise holiday takes you to four countries. And the scenic beauty along the way as you cruise past quaint towns can be experienced right from your stateroom or while sipping wine atop the Sky Deck of your ship. Enjoy two nights in Prague, one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. Stand in front of Old Town’s medieval Astronomical Clock, which amazes as an intricate art piece and visualisation of time unlike anything else in the world. Travel to Nuremberg, Germany, to board your river cruise vessel docked on the Main Danube Canal and visit this thousand-year-old city with a Local Guide. Next, reach Regensburg, the only German city not bombed during WWII. Lovers of architecture will enjoy the many listed buildings of historic interest, and Porta Pretoria, gates to an ancient Roman fort built in 179 CE. Passau, known for its narrow, winding streets, offers the magnificent Italian Baroque St. Stephen’s Cathedral. In Melk, you will visit Austria’s majestic Benedictine Abbey, one of Europe’s largest monasteries, which sits high on a bluff. Take in the breathtaking views before continuing through the picturesque Wachau Valley to the romantic sounds of Vienna, the “City of Music.” Your European river cruise holiday ends in Budapest, the capital of Hungary, with guided sightseeing and free time to explore this vibrant city on your own.

Itinerary

Multiple itineraries are available:

Day 1 UK - Prague, Czech Republic


Travel to Prague where you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Welcome to the Golden City of Prague

Explore the City of 100 Spires

Enjoy free time to explore the Golden City and its surrounding countryside. Consider sampling delicious plum dumplings and traditional Pilsner lager beside the Vltava River.

Day 2 Prague

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast

Gothic cathedrals, grand castles and great cuisine

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 city walk to visit Hradčany Castle grounds; see St Vitus Cathedral and Old Town’s astronomical clock.

Take time to mingle with the locals, watch street performers in Wenceslas Square or browse the market stalls at Charles Bridge.

In the evening, you might like to attend an optional folklore dinner show, sampling traditional Czech cuisine in an authentic Prague setting.

Day 3 Prague and Nuremberg (Embarkation)

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

The secret romance of picturesque Prague

The morning is free to explore Prague on your own to enjoy the stunning architectural beauty of the city.

You might choose to join a guided optional excursion to reveal the secrets of Prague as your expert local guide takes you to Charles Bridge and Malá Strana - two of Prague’s most romantic and picturesque spots.

Nuremberg, Germany (Embarkation)

This afternoon, board your Suite Ship in Nuremberg and enjoy a dinner on board.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN NUREMBERG

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Notes

Note: Owing to lock closures and planned maintenance of technical equipment on the Main Danube Canal, this itinerary may be modified slightly on some departures. On 17 April departure, embarkation will be in Passau and the itinerary amended accordingly.

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

Choose departure airport and date for prices

Date

Staterooms available

Price per person

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.

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.

"Efficient"

11th August 2017 - Trusted Customer

Everything went well except too many early starts and not enough time in Vienna and Budapest.

Too many early mornings and not enough time to finish dinner prior to evening excursions,i.e. to classical music concert we had to forego our desserts and coffee even though we sat down at 6.00pm and Budapest evening the trip had to be delayed for the same reason,our feelings were made known to the cruise director but he was not at all sympathetic.

"Level of all services was 5 star, from the cleaning girls to the excursions?..."

11th August 2017 - Mr Richard Lipinski

Level of all services was 5 star, from the cleaning girls to the excursions?

As above! All excursions etc were first class!

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