10 Day Avalon Waterways River Cruise from Prague to Budapest 2024

Avalon Waterways River Cruise - Prague to Budapest

A Culinary Experience on Danube Dreams with 2 Nights in Prague (Eastbound)

Starting from $2,738
Ship(s): Avalon Illumination
Avalon Waterways
10 Day Avalon Waterways River Cruise from Prague to Budapest 2024

River Cruise Description

Your European vacation begins with two nights in Prague, capital of the Czech Republic, followed by a peaceful Danube River through Germany, Austria, Slovakia, and Hungary-stopping at some of Central Europe's most splendid capitals and charming towns along the way. Indulge in legendary Central European cuisine on this culinary-focused cruise. With a Master of Wine on board for special culinary highlights throughout your cruise, you'll sample regional specialties with onboard tastings and with a special dinner featuring a wonderful menu created just for you.

In Prague, guided sightseeing shows you its best-known treasures. See the Astronomical Clock, Hrad?any Castle, and St. Vitus Cathe-dral. Regensburg is one of Germany's best-preserved medieval cities. Guided sightseeing will show you the Old Town Hall, the Porta Pretoria and many mansions with high towers denoting the status and wealth of their early owners. Transfer to Deggendorf where your Danube River cruise begins. Passau, Germany, the "City of Three Rivers" lies at the confluence of the Danube, Inn, and Ilz rivers. Take a culinary walking tour to admire the Patrician houses and baroque St. Stephen's Cathedral where authentic German treats and drinks add to the experience. In Linz, Austria, see the Hauptplatz, Austria's largest medieval square that forms the center of the city. Enjoy the magnificent views as your river cruise takes you through the picturesque wine region of Wachau Valley. Stops include Melk to visit the magnificent Benedictine Abbey and Dürnstein to see the famous blue and white Stiftskirche and taste some of the local wines. Vienna, the "City of Music," makes an immediate impression with its lavish Hofburg Imperial Palace and neo-renaissance Vienna Opera House. Enjoy a guided tour of this magical city and take time to explore on your own or sharpen your culinary skills with a special cooking class.In Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, a guided walk takes you through the delightful Old Town and to the Gothic St. Martin's Cathedral. In Budapest, the vibrant capital of Hungary, see the must-see sights during a unique guided foodie tour. From the Golden City of Prague to the Pearl of the Danube in Budapest, your European river cruise is an experience not to be missed!



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Avalon 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 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.
  • Plus independent exploration options and use of Avalon's exclusive AvalonGO APP.

River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC

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 at your leisure.

Day 2 PRAGUE

Gothic Cathedrals, Grand Castles, and Great Cuisine
Classic
Take a Guided City Walk to visit Hradčany Castle Grounds; see St. Vitus Cathedral and Old Town’s Astronomical Clock.
Consider sampling delicious plum dumplings and traditional Pilsner lager beside the Vltava River.
Mingle with the locals and be mesmerized by street performers in Wenceslas Square, or browse the market stalls at Charles Bridge.
(B)

Day 3 REGENSBURG, GERMANY–DEGGENDORF (EMBARKATION)

Bavaria’s Medieval Miracle
Classic
Join a Guided City Walk in Regensburg and see Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) and Porta Pretoria—built in 179 AD as the entrance to Castra Regina fortress.
Take free time to enjoy a hearty lunch and a local beer, then step back in time through historic lanes and squares of today’s modern and vibrant Regensburg.
Continue on to Deggendorf to board your Avalon Suite Ship® for a welcome reception.
EVENING CRUISE TO PASSAU
(B,D)

Day 4 PASSAU–SCHLÖGEN OXBOW

Where the Danube, Inn, and Ilz Rivers Meet
Active
Follow your Avalon Adventure Host for Hiking from Oberhaus along a trail down to the valley and along Ilz River, OR:
Discovery
Explore Passau with a guided walk to enjoy the culinary specialties in the lovely old town where authentic German treats and drinks add to the experience.
Before sailing to Linz, take a little free time to explore Passau’s cobblestone streets and galleries of Artists’ Alley. Maybe stop at St. Stephen’s Cathedral to catch a concert rehearsal.
This afternoon, cruise to Linz through the Danube’s dramatic horseshoe bend called Schlögen Oxbow and experience a German specialties tasting on board.
Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LINZ
(B,L,D)

Day 5 LINZ, AUSTRIA

Legendary and Lovely Linz
Visit the Adventure Center for today’s activities with your Adventure Host.
Classic
Take a Guided Walk through the city’s historic and beautiful sites along the shore of the Danube and see Hauptplatz—Austria’s largest medieval square—and the towering white-marble Trinity Column.
Consider a full-day Guided Optional Excursion to Salzburg—the city of Mozart, or to the picturesque Bohemian town of Cesky Krumlov.
You may otherwise spend the afternoon on a biking picnic along the banks of the Danube or hike through Linz’s beautiful nature trails to Pöstlingberg for a bird’s-eye view of the city and river below.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO YBBS
(B,L,D)

Day 6 YBBS. EXCURSION TO MELK–WACHAU VALLEY

Frescoes Above and Vineyards Below
Classic
Visit the Lower Austrian little town of Ybbs. Admire the fine architecture of the Babenberger and its romantic old town, OR:
Classic
Take a Guided Tour of Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey to marvel at its frescoed ceilings, statues, incredible library, and ornate pipe organ.
Later, stretch out on the Sky Deck as you sail through the Wachau Valley past vineyards, castles, and charming villages on your way to Dürnstein.
DÜRNSTEIN
A King’s Ransom and Castle Ruins
Active
Join a Guided Hike up to the castle ruins to take in the spectacular view of the village, Danube, and the Wachau Valley below, OR:
Classic
Join a Guided Walk, and hear the legendary tale of King Richard the Lionheart—who was imprisoned in the castle here during the Crusades.
Discovery
Tonight, your Master of Wine will escort you through a local-cuisine tasting dinner with wine pairing on board.
Later, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIENNA
(B,L,D)

Day 7 VIENNA

Viennese Waltzes on the Blue Danube
Active
Explore Vienna's Danube Island by bike with your Adventure Host, OR:
Classic
Explore the Habsburg empire with a morning Guided City Tour of Vienna’s gilded landmarks. See the Imperial Palace complex—the winter residence of the Imperial Family, the iconic Vienna Opera House and stunning St. Stephen’s Cathedral, OR
Discovery
Sharpen your culinary skills with a special cooking class with Wrenkh Vienna Culinary School owners, brothers Karl and Leo Wrenkh.
Join a Guided Optional Excursion to Schönbrunn Palace—summer home of the Habsburg monarchy.
Spend free time strolling on the pedestrian Kärntnerstrasse—the most famous shopping avenue in central Vienna. Take a bike ride through the city and stop in a local café to enjoy Sachertorte or Apfelstrudel.
This evening, enjoy an unforgettable musical performance with an Optional Excursion to attend a Royal Waltz Concert in an elegant hall.
Upon your return, experience a traditional Hungarian Goulash tasting!
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN VIENNA
(B,L,D)

Day 8 BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA

Cathedral Coronations and a Crowning Castle
Active
Follow your Avalon Adventure Host on a hike to lofty Bratislava Castle, OR:
Classic
Take a Guided City Walk, including the quaint streets of Old Town, Town Hall, and the sight of royal coronations at St. Martin’s Cathedral.
Enjoy free time to discover on your own Bratislava, the beautiful capital of Slovakia, rich in history and culture, but also a green city with its forests and parks just a hop away from the city center.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BUDAPEST
(B,L,D)

Day 9 BUDAPEST, HUNGARY

War Heroes and Hot Water
Active
Hike up to a magnificent viewpoint in Budapest with your Adventure Host, OR:
Discovery
Experience some of Budapest's most famous sights and most delectable foods on this unique guided foodie tour!
This afternoon choose among a wide offer of Optional Guided Excursions or take in the beauty of Budapest while enjoying some free time exploring such famous sights as the Chain Bridge. Get to know the city’s cafés and pubs, or take a hike through the hills above the Danube.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN BUDAPEST
(B,L,D)

Day 10 BUDAPEST (DISEMBARKATION)

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
(B)
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