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GRAND DANUBE CRUISE - CATEGORY E - 2019

Your charming cruise along the grand blue Danube River begins with two nights in the Czech Republic’s Golden City of Prague. You’ll have time to fully explore and enjoy this exquisite city, and enjoy a guided city walk to see such sights as Hradcany Castle, St. Vitus Cathedral, and the world-famous Astronomical Clock.

Enjoy a guided city walk and the opportunity to hike from Oberhaus along the Ilz River with your Avalon Adventure Host® in Passau, the “City of Three Rivers.” Your afternoon sailing will take you through the Danube’s remarkable Schlögen Oxbow curve on your way to Linz. Cruising into Austria, you’ll arrive in Linz, with its beauty and charm, including the Hauptplatz medieval square and white-marble Trinity Column. Your Austrian river cruise then sails to Melk, with its magnificent Benedictine Abbey, then through the wonderful Wachau Valley on your way to Dürnstein. Your next port on your Danube River cruise is spectacular Vienna for guided sightseeing. Sail to Slovakia to visit the quaint streets of Bratislava and St. Martin’s Cathedral, then on to the Hungarian capital of Budapest.

Your Danube River cruise ventures on to the Balkans, with a fascinating onboard lecture on the rich history and cultures of its states. Sail to Serbia for a tour of the sights of Belgrade, and continue to Cetate, Romania—with a pass through the incredible Iron Gates Gorge.

You’ll arrive in Bucharest for a tour of the capital’s boulevards, Arc de Triomphe, Royal Palace Square, and historic sites from a dramatic history. Your grand adventure on the Danube River will be hard to match, with its visually stunning scenery, historic sites, magnificent architecture, and cultural specialties for mind, body, and spirit.

Inclusions

16 breakfasts
16 lunches
16 dinners
Tour Provider Avalon Waterways
Number of Days
17
Price From
AUD $9,411
Start Location
Prague, Romania
End Location
Bucharest, Romania
Age Range
Avg. 40+
Group Size
20 to 44
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Small Marine/Cruise
Physical Rating
Easy to Moderate
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
18 Jun 201904 Jul 2019On RequestAUD $9,411
13 Aug 201929 Aug 2019On RequestAUD $9,292
10 Sep 201926 Sep 2019OpenAUD $10,005
08 Oct 201924 Oct 2019On RequestAUD $9,174
ItineraryExpand
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.
Bridges, Books, Crystal & Chocolate-Simple Pleasures and Grand Surprises Around Every Corner. CLASSIC - Take a Guided City Walk to visit Hradcany Castle Grounds; see St. Vitus Cathedral and Old Town's Astronomical Clock. Later, you may join a Guided Optional Excursion to reveal the secrets of Prague as your expert local guide takes you to Charles Bridge and Mala Strana-two of Prague's most romantic and picturesque spots. Consider sampling delicious plum dumplings and traditional Pilsner lager beside the Vltava River. Mingle with the locals and be mesmerised by street performers in Wenceslas Square, or browse the market stalls at Charles Bridge. In the evening, you might like to join an Optional Folklore Dinner Show, sampling traditional Czech cuisine in an authentic Prague setting. (B)
Day 3: REGENSBURG, GERMANY-DEGGENDORF (EMBARKATION).
Magical Regensburg-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-SCHLOGEN OXBOW.
Go for Baroque in Passau-Where the Danube, Inn, and Ilz Rivers Meet. CLASSIC - Join a Guided City Walk to learn more about this beautiful "City of Three Rivers." ACTIVE - Follow your Avalon Adventure Host for hiking from Oberhaus along a trail down to the valley and along Ilz River. Spend a little free time before sailing to Linz to walk the cobblestone streets and galleries of Artists' Alley or peek into St. Stephen's Cathedral to possibly catch a concert rehearsal. This afternoon, cruise through the Schlogen Oxbow, a particularly beautiful horsesh-shaped bend of the river. Later, enjoy Live Entertainment on board. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LINZ (B,L,D)
Day 5: LINZ, AUSTRIA.
Fall in Love with Linz-Legendary Art, Music, and the Linzer Torte! 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 visit the picturesque bohemian town of Cesky Krumlov. Feel free to enjoy the afternoon on your own to bike along the banks of the Danube with a picnic from the ship, or hike through Linz's beautiful nature trails to Postlingberg for a bird's-eye view of the city and river below. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MELK (B,L,D)
Day 6: MELK-WACHAU VALLEY .
Striking Frescs and Breathtaking Views of the Wachau Valley. CLASSIC - Take a Guided Tour of Melk's magnificent Benedictine Abbey to marvel at its frescd 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 Durnstein. DURNSTEIN: Fairytale Castles, Kings, and Cobblestones. CLASSIC - Join in a Guided Walk, and hear the legendary tale of King Richard the Lionheart-who was imprisoned in the castle during the Crusades, OR: 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. Later, enjoy live entertainment as you sail. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIENNA. (B,L,D)
Day 7: VIENNA.
Strauss, Schnitzel, Strudel, and Sachertorte. DISCOVERY - Join us for a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Vienna, including the Kuntskammer's centuries-old Habsburg collection. CLASSIC - Later, take a complimentary ticket for a local Viennese Museum Visit, or join in more Guided Sightseeing of Vienna. You may, instead, prefer to take a Guided Optional Excursion to Schonbrunn Palace-the former imperial summer home of the Habsburg monarchy. Take free time to sample Viennese pastries like Apfelstrudel and Sachertorte. Later this evening, you may choose to attend an Optional Excursion to a Royal Waltz Concert for an unforgettable evening of music in an elegant hall. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN VIENNA (B,L,D)
Day 8: BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA.
Classic and Contemporary-from Cathedrals and Castle Walls to Art Gallery Halls. CLASSIC - Take a Guided City Walk, including the quaint streets of Old Town, Town Hall, and fantastic St. Martin's Cathedral. Enjoy some free time to take Nordic walking sticks from the ship and hike to Bratislava Castle. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BUDAPEST (B,L,D)
Day 15: NIKOPOL. VELIKO TARNOVO & ARBANASSI EXCURSION.
Cliffside Dwellings and Castle Ruins of Bulgarian Kings. CLASSIC - Join a full-day Guided Tour to the former Bulgarian capital of Veliko Tarnovo-with its ancient stone houses clinging to the cliffs above the Yantra River, and the 15th-century town of Arbanassi. As an alternative, sail with your ship to Rousse. ROUSSE: Fortresses and Fountains in Bulgaria's "Little Vienna". You may choose to stay with your ship today on its way to Rousse-dubbed "Little Vienna" for its baroque and neoclassical buildings. CLASSIC - Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour to Bulgaria's largest inland port and visit its impressive Holy Trinity Church, OR: ACTIVE - Join an afternoon Jog through the park with your Avalon Adventure Host. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board with a Bulgarian folklore show. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO OLTENITA (B,L,D)
Day 14: CETATE, ROMANIA.
A Bygone Era and New Mountains to Climb. ACTIVE - Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Jog along the river bank. CLASSIC - Visit the Danube's old grain-shipping port on a Guided Tour of Cetate, including a tasting of local specialties. Sail to Vidin this afternoon. VIDIN, BULGARIA: Rocks and Ruins-Things of Beauty in Bulgaria. CLASSIC - Join a Guided Tour to Belogradchik to see the remarkable rock formations on the western slopes of the Balkan Mountains. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO NIKOPOL (B,L,D)
Day 13: DONJI MILANOVAC. LEPENSKI VIR EXCURSION. IRON GATES GORGE.
Ancient Art, Archaeological Artifacts, and Gauntlet of the Iron Gates. CLASSIC - Join a Guided Tour of Lepenski Vir-an important Mesolithic archaeological site chronicling prehistoric cultures, settlements, and art. Marvel at the ancient discoveries and artifacts, as well as the unique views the site affords of the Danube Gorge. After lunch on board, you'll sail through the spectacular and narrow Iron Gates Gorge-a natural border between Serbia and Romania. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO CETATE (B,L,D)
Day 9: BUDAPEST, HUNGARY.
The Pearl of the Danube in the Heart of Europe. CLASSIC - Enjoy a Guided City Sightseeing, including the iconic Hers' Square. Enjoy a free afternoon exploring such famous sights as the Chain Bridge, cafes, pubs, or hiking trails. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN BUDAPEST (B,D)
Day 11: MOHACS.
Archaeology, Architecture, and an Ancient Watermill. CLASSIC - Join a morning Guided Tour of nearby Mohacs-the quiet Danube harbour town with its historical memorial parks, statues, and distinctive churches. Tour the remarkable medieval St. Nicholas Watermill, OR: CLASSIC - Take a Guided Tour of nearby Pecs to see its 4th-century Christian underground tombs, with fascinating murals, andas well as Turkish architecture. You'll also enjoy an organ concert on your tour. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BELGRADE (B,L,D)
Day 10: BUDAPEST.
The day is yours to relax and enjoy Eastern Europe's shining city on the Danube. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MOHACS (B,L,D)
Day 16: OLTENITA (DISEMBARKATION)-BUCHAREST.
A Night in Bucharest-the "Paris of the East" CLASSIC - Take a Guided Tour of the Romanian capital city of Bucharest with its tree-lined boulevards and Arc de Triomphe-honouring WWI Romanian soldiers. See the Royal Palace Square-the scene of the city's 1989 riots to overthrow the communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. Spend some free time exploring this fascinating city on your own to discover its trendy shops, cafes, museums, beautiful homes, and churches along Victory Avenue. (B)
Day 12: BELGRADE, SERBIA.
Fortresses and Folklore of Serbia Past and Present. DISCOVERY - Attend an onboard Lecture to learn about the rich history, destinations, and culture of the Balkan states. CLASSIC - Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Belgrade-where the Danube and Sava Rivers converge-and see the city's many fascinating sites, including Saint Sava-one of the world's largest Orthodox Church. Spend your free time exploring the city on your own this afternoon. Discover Knez Mihailova Street-Belgrade's central pedestrian thoroughfare with many lively cafes, shops, and cultural spots. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship before dinner. This evening, you might like to join an Optional typical Bohemian Dinner in the Quarter of Skadarlija. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DONJI MILANOVAC (B,L,D)
Day 17: BUCHAREST.
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)