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Avalon Waterways Reviews – 12 day River Cruise Budapest to Prague

Avalon Waterways Reviews – 12 day River Cruise Budapest to Prague. Danube Dreams – Westbound.

12 day river cruise Budapest to PragueRiver Cruise Description
On this magnificent river cruise vacation; enjoy seeing some of Central Europe’s splendid capital cities – Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna, and Prague – as well as many small towns and villages that dot the river landscape along the way. You can shop for paprika in Budapest, enjoy the splendor of St. Martin’s Cathedral in Bratislava, savor a Sachertorte in Vienna the “City of Music,” and explore the grounds of awesome Hradcany Castle in Prague. In addition to these amazing and bustling cities, there’s even more… enjoy fine wine tasting in Austria’s Wachau Valley, visit Austria’s oldest theater still holding regular performances in the resort town of Grein, and visit one of Europe’s largest and most spectacular monasteries at Melk. Explore Germany’s Passau, located at the confluence of three rivers, and Linz, Austria’s third-largest city. Outstanding guided sightseeing excursions with Certified Local Guides in each city is sure to enhance your river cruise experience.

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River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Budapest, Hungary
Welcome to Budapest, Hungary’s bustling capital city. The remainder of your day is free for you to start exploring this exciting city.

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Eight ornate bridges – some even famous sights in and of themselves – span the banks of the beautiful Danube, which connect ancient Buda on one bank with Pest on the other. You may even want to walk across Chain Bridge, built in 1849, which is considered a symbol of Budapest, one of Eastern Europe’s most bustling cities. Whether you’re seeing the sights, shopping for handcrafted embroidery or Herend porcelain, or basking in the coffeehouse culture over a rich cream cake in the renowned Gerbeaud Café, Budapest’s unique energy is positively alluring to visitors. On your GUIDED TOUR of the city, see Heroes’ Square as well as the massive hilltop castle complex with its remarkable Fishermen’s Bastion and 11th-century Matthias Church, the coronation spot of several Hungarian monarchs. During your free time this afternoon, perhaps visit St. Stephen’s Basilica, with magnificent views of the city from its viewing platform, or stroll along Váci utca, the main shopping street. (Breakfast)

Day 3 Budapest (Embarkation)
Today you can explore this dynamic city at your own pace. Shop at the Great Market Hall and purchase paprika or embroidery at one of its 180 merchant stalls, or stroll around the fascinating Royal Palace grounds. In the afternoon, transfer to your river cruise ship and meet your crew at a casual welcome reception. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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Day 4 Bratislava, Slovakia
This morning, enjoy the beautiful scenery on both banks of the lovely Danube River. As you cruise upriver, Hungary is on your left and Slovakia is on your right. The middle of the river is the border between these two countries that share the Danube for a 58-mile stretch. Bratislava, the bustling capital city of Slovakia is nestled in the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains, which you reach in mid-morning. Join a LOCAL GUIDE to explore its intriguing Old Town, where winding cobblestone streets and narrow alleyways twist and turn to reveal the Town Hall, one of the oldest stone buildings in the city; and relish the gothic splendor of ST. MARTIN’S CATHEDRAL, coronation church for the Kingdom of Hungary from the 16th to 19th centuries. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5 Vienna, Austria
A morning of smooth sailing allows you to relax on board before reaching Vienna around lunchtime. Vienna, the “City of Music,” inspired the creative genius of Mozart, Beethoven, and Strauss. Once the center of the mighty Habsburg Empire, Austria’s magical capital on the blue Danube is a showcase of gilded architecture. This is home to the extravagantly lavish Hofburg Imperial Palace complex with its world-famous Vienna Boys’ Choir and dazzling Lipizzaner stallions; the neo-renaissance Vienna Opera House; and awe-inspiring St. Stephen’s Cathedral – plus, countless other sights you’ll see on your GUIDED SIGHTSEEING TOUR. Wander through the pedestrian Kärntnerstrasse, and be sure to take a break and enjoy a piece of decadent Sachertorte or Apfelstrudel in a quaint neighborhood café. An optional concert is available tonight. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6 Vienna
This morning, the choice is yours with “VIENNA A LA CARTE.” You may choose to visit one of a number of outstanding museums, such as the Kunsthistorisches Museum (Museum of Fine Arts), or the Schatzkammer (Treasury). Your River Cruise Director will give you insight and details of what’s available for your sightseeing pleasure. The afternoon is for you to relax enjoy some leisure time. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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Day 7 Weissenkirchen–Melk
This morning, enjoy the scenic beauty as you sail into the picturesque Wachau Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Pass the magnificent baroque Stiftskirche with its blue façade, the landmark of Dürnstein, before arriving in Weissenkirchen (White Church). Join a GUIDED WALK to learn more about this gorgeous little Wachau valley town, then, reboard your ship and sail on to Melk. An afternoon GUIDED VISIT will acquaint you with the magnificent ancient 11th-century BENEDICTINE ABBEY, one of Europe’s largest monasteries. The alluring abbey houses an elegant library with more than 80,000 printed books and 2,000 manuscripts. Words cannot describe the artistic splendor of the church with its frescoed ceilings, stunningly high altar, marble statues, and 210-foot-high cupola. This evening, you’ll be able to sample some of the FAMOUS WINES from the region. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8 Grein–Linzavalon-river-cruises-Austris-Grein-pra4
This morning, arrive in the attractive country resort of Grein, nestled at the foot of a bluff in the shadow of its castle. After breakfast, take a GUIDED WALK through this quaint town and visit its unique historical THEATER, the oldest in Austria still holding regular performances. Take a look behind-the-scenes to learn about some of the curiosities of this Rococo-style, 167-seat theater will certainly tell you much about life as it was – and as it now is in this small Austrian town. Then, spend a lazy afternoon on board the ship, watching the peaceful views of the passing riverscapes from the comfort of your spacious Sky Deck on your way to Linz. Austria’s third-largest city, Linz is an important river port where culture plays a significant role in everyday life. Composer Anton Bruckner lived here, and Mozart’s Linzer Symphony was composed in the city. There is free time to explore Linz on your own. See the 13th-century Hauptplatz, Austria’s largest medieval square, and the Trinity Column, built in 1723 as thanks for the city escaping the ravages of the plague, war, and fire. Perhaps you’ll want to stroll around the old castle grounds and take in the beautiful views of the river, or visit the lovely neo-gothic New Cathedral with a capacity for 20,000 visitors, obviously, Austria’s largest church. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 9 Passau, Germany
This afternoon, arrive in Passau, located where the Rivers Inn, Ilz, and Danube meet. Enjoy this city with its graceful arcades and cobblestone streets lined with beautiful patrician houses. You’ll be in awe of St. Stephen’s Cathedral, which houses one of the world’s largest church organs with some 17,774 pipes. Join a Local Guide for a WALKING TOUR through this alluring town, and find out much more about the “City of Three Rivers.” Or, you might choose to join one of several full-day optional excursions departing from Linz: to medieval Český Krumlov in the Czech Republic, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; to Salzburg with its Sound of Music sites; or the popular “Romantic Austria” tour. Rejoin your ship in the late afternoon in Passau. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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Day 10 Passau (Disembarkation)–Prague, Czech Republic

Today, say goodbye to your crew and to Bavaria, then travel by motor coach to Prague, also known as the “Golden City” and capital of the Czech Republic. (Breakfast)

Day 11 Prague
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; elegant HRADCANY CASTLE GROUNDS; awe-inspiring St. Vitus Cathedral; and the Charles Bridge, the oldest bridge in Prague. Browse the shops for hand-cut crystal or art books. Mix with the locals in friendly Wenceslaus Square, an important meeting point where people demonstrated against the communist regime; watch performers and shop at the market stalls on Charles Bridge; sample the popular local plum dumplings and Pilsner; stroll along the beautiful Vltava River; or explore Prague’s medieval Old Town, which dates back to the 10th century. (Breakfast)

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Day 12 Prague
While your vacation ends with breakfast this morning, please make note of the wonderful experiences you’ve enjoyed on your exciting River Cruise. Hopefully you have numerous personal photos and lasting memories of your journey to take home with you. (Breakfast)

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