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Avalon Waterways

The Blue Danube Discovery Cruise for Wine Lovers

River Cruise Westbound: Budapest to Prague

13 Days: Monday, October 28–Saturday, November 9, 2019

Book by December 14 and receive Free Airfare from Boston!*

Call 617-338-1111 for immediate booking!

This timeless Europe river cruise vacation begins with two nights in vibrant Budapest, Hungary, then sail along the Danube River with exciting stops in Austria and Germany, and end with two nights 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 and will take you to a secret wine cellar for a tasting. 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. Discover one of Austria's most established and notable wine regions 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 1,000-year-old city of Nuremberg, where you’ll marvel at the medieval fortifications, extraordinary gothic churches, and the Imperial Castle. A Master of Wine will travel with you on this cruise and will hold lectures, tastings and will introduce you to food and wine pairing. 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. You will then learn about the lesser known but still very good Czech wines. A perfect ending to a memorable river cruise vacation!

RESERVE BY : December 14, 2018
*After deadline, call 617.338.1111 for availability

  • Includes
    • Round-trip airport/hotel/cruise ship transfers
    • FlexDining® for more venue and seating options, including flexible seating times in our main Dining Room
    • Avalon Fresh® healthy cuisine options at every meal
    • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with every lunch and dinner
    • Early and Late Riser breakfast options
    • Daily full buffet breakfast with made-to-order egg station, hot and cold menu items
    • Daily lunch buffet with pasta or carving stations
    • Alternative light lunch or Sky Grill on the Sky Deck (weather permitting)
    • Daily Afternoon Tea featuring tea, coffee, sweet treats & sandwiches
    • Daily four-course a la carte dinner in the main Dining Room with choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrees and desserts. Includes selections of regional recipes, Western dishes and vegetarian options.
    • Enjoy a tasting menu with a view in the Panorama Bistro - a less formal "sit-down" atmosphere while mingling over several satisfying selections
    • Captain’s welcome & farewell receptions and dinners with sparkling wine and canapés
    • Panorama Lounge featuring premium spirits and Avalon specialty cocktails, along with local entertainment special guests
    • Cocktails available on the Sky Deck
    • Fresh fruit available throughout the day
    • Complimentary bottled water daily
  • Day-By-Day Itinerary
    • DAY 1 Overnight flight from Boston
    • DAY 2 Arrive Budapest, transfer to hotel
    • DAY 3 Budapest
    • DAY 4 Embarkation
    • DAY 5 Budapest–Vienna
    • DAY 6 Vienna
    • DAY 7 Dürnstein–Wachau Valley
    • DAY 8 Passau
    • DAY 9 Regensburg
    • DAY 10 Nuremberg
    • DAY 11 Disembarkation transfer to Prague
    • DAY 12 Prague
    • DAY 13 Return flight to Boston
  • Highlights
    • Budapest: two nights' hotel accommodations
    • Deluxe 7-night cruise in outside staterooms with Avalon's exclusive Comfort Collection Beds℠
    • Prague: two night's hotel accommodations
    • Budapest: guided city tour & wine cellar visit; day at leisure
    • Vienna: wine lecture, guided city tour
    • Dürnstein: guided walking tour, wine experience
    • Passau: guided walking tour
    • Regensburg: guided walking tour
    • Roth: guided tour of Roth or Nuremberg
    • Prague: guided walking tour
    • Complimentary Wi-Fi
    • Panoramic windows
    • English-speaking crew & Cruise Director
    • Covered Observation Lounge
    • Club Lounge with 24-hour self-serve beverage station with complimentary cappuccinos, lattes, tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees, as well as treats throughout the day
    • Elevator
  • Avalon Illumination
    Avalon Illumination Cruise Ship

    Part of Avalon's cutting-edge fleet of Suite Ships®, the Avalon Illumination came onto the river cruising scene with a bang. This gorgeous ship features two full decks of Panorama Suites℠ with Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows that transform the living space into a unique Open-Air Balcony℠. With 200 square feet, Panorama Suites℠ are more than 30% larger than the industry standard, affording you the incomparable opportunity to wake each morning facing the splendid passing scenery. Onboard amenities include an alternative light dining option in the Panorama Bistro, a Fitness Center, complimentary Wi-Fi access, and a spacious Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs, whirlpool, and light al fresco lunches at the Sky Bistro on the Sky Deck.

  • Avalon Choice

    Avalon Choice Logo

    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 3 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.

  • Route Map

    Avalon Blue Danube Cruise Route Map

    Avalon Blue Danube Cruise Route Map

  • Weather

    Average Minimum and Maximum Temperatures in Budapest, Hungary

    Average min and max temperatures in Budapest, Hungary

    (clicking on image will send you to the weather data website)

  • *Pricing and Deposit

    From $4,372 per person double occupancy Category E
    Cabin upgrades available: additional $199-$2,199 pp/do
    Includes cruise taxes and port charges, pre-paid cruise gratuities and Avalon insurance.
    *AVALON PROMOTION: Book a select 2019 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruise to receive free round-trip economy class trans-Atlantic air from Boston.

    Free air offer is based on lowest-priced economy class Flex airfare available for booking at time of reservation and scheduled to coincide with cruise itinerary; pre-assigned airline seats are limited and may not be available on all air segments. Alternate schedules may be available at an additional cost. Limited to new bookings for US originating travelers and economy class Flex air tickets; must be booked & under deposit between by December 14, 2018. A non-refundable deposit is due at time of booking. Not applicable on Royal Suites. Once ticketed, air reservations subject to change/cancellation penalties of between $300 per ticket and 100% of ticket value. Changes to ticketed air reservations (including itineraries involving free round-trip trans-Atlantic air) also subject to airfare differentials between originally ticketed air itinerary and re-ticketed air itinerary. Additional airline baggage fees may apply; visit www.iflybags.com for details.


Last updated 11/1/2018 12:19:47 PM


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