10 Day Avalon River Cruise from Prague to Budapest 2019

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The Legendary Danube River Cruise (WNB)

Starting from $3,818
Ship(s): Avalon Artistry II
Avalon Waterways

River Cruise Description

Welcome to beautiful Prague, the “Golden City.” Your Danube River cruise vacation will take you through four picturesque countries – from Prague to bustling Budapest. You’ll discover the awesome natural scenic beauty as you cruise peacefully along the way past charming towns and villages. Actually you can experience breathtaking landscapes from your luxurious Avalon Waterways stateroom, or while enjoying a fine wine while relaxing on the Sky Deck of your cruise ship. You’ll have many options of ways you’d like to enjoy the 2019 10 day Avalon river cruise from Prague to Budapest.

You’ll enjoy two fantastic nights in lively Prague, one of Europe’s most alluring cities. You’ll find yourself standing in front of charming Old Town’s ancient medieval Astronomical Clock, which will astonish you as you see first-hand this sophisticated piece of art and the way it helps you visualize time different than anything else you’ve ever seen.

You’ll travel to historic Nuremberg, Germany, to embark on your river cruise ship docked and awaiting your arrival on the beautiful Main Danube Canal and enjoy a tour of this marvelous thousand-year-old city with a knowledgeable friendly Local Guide. Next, you’ll reach historic city of Regensburg, the only German city not bombed by the allied forces during the horrific battles of WWII. If you’re a lover of architecture you’ll enjoy the many notable buildings of historic significance, and impressive Porta Pretoria, gates to an ancient Roman fort constructed in 179 AD. The beautiful city of Passau, known for its charming narrow, winding streets, provides opportunity to visit the stunningly Italian ornate St. Stephen’s Cathedral.

You’ll arrive in fascinating Melk, where you’ll tour Austria’s marvelous Benedictine Abbey, considered one of Europe’s largest monasteries, which is situated high atop on a bluff with amazing views of the incredible Blue Danube. Take in the breathtaking views before continuing through the sensational Wachau Valley to the romantic sounds of the “City of Music,” Vienna.

Your fabulous European river cruise vacation ends in bustling Budapest, the vibrant capital city of Hungary, where you’ll enjoy wonderful guided sightseeing and plenty of free time to explore and discover more about this city on your own. You’ll hopefully take home many treasured photographs and memories of this magnificent 2019 10 day Avalon river cruise from Prague to Budapest vacation.

River Cruise Promos

FREE AIR + $1,000 Off per couple

Book a select 2019 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruise to receive free round-trip economy class trans-Atlantic air from ATL, BOS, BWI, CLE, CLT, DEN, DFW, DTW, EWR, IAD, IAH, JFK, LAX, MCI, MIA, MCO, MSP, ORD, PDX, PHL, PHX, PIT, RDU, SAN, SEA, SFO, SLC, STL, TPA. Other gateway cities available from $200 to $1,075/person additional (inclusive of taxes/fees).

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. Quotes available online or by calling a Travel Professional. Limited to new bookings for US originating travelers and economy class Flex air tickets; must be booked & under deposit between May 24 - November 4, 2019.

A $550 non-refundable deposit is due at time of booking.

Offer does not apply to instant purchase air, Group Air (groups of 10 or more) and group air contracts. Offer is combinable only with the Welcome Back Credit and the $500pp land promo. Promotional discounts do not carry forward on voluntarily changed air bookings; other promotions at time of change may be available. 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. Air schedules are available approximately 330 days prior to return travel date. Flight schedules, routings and air carriers are at the discretion of Globus family of brands. Additional restrictions apply; see CruiseExperts.com for details. Air tickets are non-commissionable. Offer is capacity controlled and may be withdrawn at any time. Offer available from participating GFOB offices only. CST#2017032-20. PRMYFZ
(Promotion price shown is per person, double occupancy.)
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Oct 22, 2019Avalon Illumination$4,618Call Us!
Oct 29, 2019Avalon Imagery IIWaitlistCall Us!
Nov 5, 2019 FREE AIR + $1,000 Off per coupleAvalon Illumination$4,318$3,818Call Us!
Dec 9, 2019Avalon Artistry II$4,318Call Us!

River Cruise Itinerary

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Day 1 Arrive in Prague, Czech Republic

Greetings from the stunning city of Prague, the Czech Republic’s lively capital. Here you can enjoy an abundance of incredible architecture spanning Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque styling. Today is a free day of exploration; you may want to start with a stroll near the Vltava River where you can see numerous spires, domes, cupolas and magnificent structures that decorate the area’s skyline.

Day 2 Prague

Today you can team up with a local guide who will transport you to the beloved treasures of the area. Prague is a 1,200-year-old city with rich history that gives the appearance that time stopped here long ago. It is unique in its own right as many other Central European cities were heavily bombed in the 20th century wars, except for Prague. Landmarks you can explore today include the noted Prague Astronomical Clock, first installed in 1410. This clock is the third of its kind in the world and the oldest one still in working condition!

Next, prepare to visit the Hradcany Castle, an extensive complex that is home to the President of the Czech Republic. Hradcany continues to hold the title of being the largest ancient castle in the world. It measures 570 meters in length by 130 meters wide. Don’t miss the majestic gardens, monastery, and palaces located in the castle complex. Other favorite spots along today’s tour include St. Vitus Cathedral and the Charles Bridge – the oldest bridge in Prague and a great place to catch a local performer. Your time spent in this city also includes a stop in Wenceslaus Square where you can chat with locals and browse for books, art and souvenirs. (B)

Day 3 Prague-Nuremberg, Germany (Embarkation)

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. This afternoon, board your Suite Ship® in Nuremberg and enjoy a dinner on board. (B)

 

Day 4 Nuremberg – Roth

This morning, it’s all about choice with two fascinating excursions. First, you can choose to join a guided sightseeing tour with a local, certified guide to explore the Nuremberg Rally Grounds. Here you can learn the history and specifics behind the Third Reich, Nazi rallies and more.

Alternatively,  you can choose to join in a guided sightseeing tour of the quaint town of Roth. Located just 15.5. miles south of Nuremberg, Roth is a delight for the eyes, with its half-timbered homes and charming market square. You will learn all about Roth’s history in the textile manufacturing industry as you visit the Museum for Industrial Culture. Next, it will be time to visit the noted Schloss Ratibor, an ancient hunting lodge/castle that was crafted in 1535. The detail and design of the lodge is exquisite and visitors can’t get enough of its breathtaking inner courtyard.With so much beauty, history and charm, you will want your camera nearby when you visit this entire region! (B,L,D)

Day 5 Regensburg

Prepare to get excited as you tour one of Germany’s more visited cities today – Regensburg. Dating back to the time of the Celts around 500 BC, this area is unique because it is considered one of the best preserved medieval cities in the entire region. In fact, Regensburg was the only city not bombed during the battle of WWII. Because of this, the area offers visitors over 1,300 structures of historical significance.

Today you can join in on a guided walk that will transport you to a multitude of architectural highlights. Enjoy the  beauty of Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall), constructed in the 13th century. Next, explore Porta Pretoria, gates that will lead you to an ancient Roman fort that was built in 179 AD. Stretch your legs as you stroll through the city’s scenic streets and lanes, comprised of high towers, mansions and other extravagant structures – all remnants of wealthy families who enjoyed displaying their affluence in the Middle Ages.
Other popular spots on this walking tour include visiting Stone Bridge which was constructed in the 12th century. In addition, grab a local snack and prized beer at Germany’s oldest restaurant Historische Wurstküche (the Old Sausage Kitchen). This famous eating destination is situated in the heart of a vibrant and energetic area, giving you the opportunity to mingle and chat with locals. Enjoy picturesque views over the river before heading back to your river cruise vessel. There you will enjoy a taste test of Germany’s most famous beers before eating dinner! (B,L,D)

Day 6 Passau

This morning you will find yourself in the scenic town of Passau,  a wonderland of cobblestone streets, patrician houses and other elegant structures. Passau is unique in that it is situated at the convergence of the Ilz, Inn and Danube rivers. You can choose to join in an included guided walk today that will take you to numerous area highlights such as St. Stephen’s Cathedral. This breathtaking masterpiece was crafted in Italian-baroque style and holds one of the world’s largest church organs, comprised of almost 18,000 pipes!

If the guided walk through Passau does not interest you today, you will also have the option to choose from optional full-day excursions while your river cruise vessel continues to Austria. Anyone who chooses a full-day excursion will rejoin their vessel in the late afternoon. (B,L,D)

Day 7 Melk, Austria – Vienna

On the eight day of your Avalon river cruise, you will find yourself on an included guided tour of the area’s most exquisite landmark – the 11th century Benedictine Abbey. Still considered one of the largest monasteries in Europe, the Abbey is known for its extravagant library that holds over 80,000 printed books and 2,000 manuscripts. Both architecture and photography buffs will be delighted by the Abbey’s marble statues, frescoed ceiling, altar and 210-foot-high cupola. While at the Abbey, be sure to spend some time on the terrace, as it offers a distinctive and captivating view of the Danube River and countryside – a view you will not want to miss!

Next, it will be time to sail through the mesmerizing scenery of the Wachau Valley, A UNESCO World Heritage Site. As you cruise through this region, you will catch a glimpse of the Stiftskirche, with its famous blue facade and baroque styling. Tonight, you will arrive in Vienna – known as the “City of Music.” Be sure to ask your Cruise Director about scheduling an optional concert and see why this great city fueled the musical genius of Beethoven, Mozart and Strauss!

Day 8 Vienna

Today is a day of exploration around the lively city of Vienna – known for its gilded architecture, rich history and global musical significance. An included city tour and local guide will transport you to top landmarks such as the extravagant Hofburg Imperial Palace, which is home to the renowned Lipizzaner Stallions and Vienna’s Boys’ Choir. From here, you will visit the jaw-dropping St. Stephen’s Cathedral and other noted structures.

While in Vienna, you will not want to miss an opportunity to stop by the Kärntnerstrasse, a pleasant pedestrian marketplace where you can sit, relax and enjoy a piece of Apfelstrudel or Sachertorte. In addition, enjoy the abundance of Vienna’s famed coffee houses that have become a mainstay of the area’s culture and history.

During the late afternoon, you will return to your river cruise vessel to begin sailing towards Budapest. (B,L,D)

Day 9 Budapest, Hungary

Greetings from the energetic city of Budapest. This capital city has an abundance of history and significant structures for visitors to explore. A guided sightseeing tour is available today and will transport you to landmarks such as Heroes’ Square, the Fisherman’s Bastion, and the notable Matthias Church which was built in the 11th century.

Budapest is the largest city within Hungary and a popular destination for travelers. Here you can shop for the region’s famous Herend Porcelain, handcrafted embroidery and rich cakes and baked goods.

Today’s tour will also bring you to some of the city’s famous bridges, such as Chain bridge which was constructed in 1849 and an important symbol in the city. During your free time today, you may want to explore the Royal Palace Grounds, St. Stephen’s Basilica or the Great Market Hall, filled with over 180 vendors. Last, consider a stroll along the Vaci utca before returning to your Avalon river cruise vessel. (B,L,D)

Day 10 Budapest

Your unforgettable 10-day river cruise concludes this morning in Budapest after a delicious breakfast. (B)

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