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THE BLUE DANUBE DISCOVERY - CATEGORY E (WINE THEMED CRUISE) - 2019

This timeless Europe river cruise holiday 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 thousand-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 holiday!

Inclusions

11 breakfasts
11 lunches
11 dinners
Tour Provider Avalon Waterways
Number of Days
12
Price From
AUD $5,461
Start Location
Budapest, Hungary
End Location
Prague, Hungary
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
30 Apr 201911 May 2019On RequestAUD $5,461
29 Oct 201909 Nov 2019On RequestAUD $4,986
ItineraryExpand
Day 1: BUDAPEST, HUNGARY.
Welcome to Budapest-Hungary's Captivating Capital. The day is yours to relax and enjoy Eastern Europe's shining city on the Danube.
Day 2: BUDAPEST.
The Pearl of the Danube in the Heart of Europe. DISCOVERY - Enjoy a Guided City Sightseeing, including the iconic Hers' Square and a visit to a unique wine cellar system where you can taste Hungarian wines in a very special way. Take in the beauty of Budapest while enjoying a free afternoon exploring such famous sights as the Chain Bridge. Get to know the city's cafes and pubs, or take a hike through the hills above the Danube. You may choose to enjoy Hungarian cuisine in an Optional Wine-and-Dine Dinner this evening. (B)
Day 3: BUDAPEST (EMBARKATION).
Time for Coffee, and Confections. With a free day to explore before your cruise, take time to take photographs on the Royal Palace grounds in this treasure trove of historical architecture. Try Budapest's famous thermal bath spas, then lunch in a garden or rooftop eatery before boarding your Suite Ship . EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIENNA (B,D)
Day 4: VIENNA, AUSTRIA.
Vienna Waltzes and the Beautiful Blue Danube. Start the day with a Morning Stretch with your Avalon Adventure Host. Enjoy sailing the Danube, which shares dozens of miles with Hungary and Slovakia. Relax on the Sky Deck to see the rolling landscape and red-rooftops of the Slovakian capital of Bratislava come into view. DISCOVERY - Join an onboard lecture hosted by your Master of Wine while sailing to Vienna. This evening in Vienna, you may choose to join an Optional Excursion to attend a Royal Waltz Concert for an unforgettable evening of music in an elegant hall. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN VIENNA (B,L,D)
Day 5: VIENNA.
Royal Collections, Amusing Attractions, and Culinary Confections. CLASSIC - Venture into the Habsburg empire this morning on a Guided City Tour of Vienna's gilded landmarks. See the Imperial Palace complex-the winter residence of the Imperial Family, the historic Vienna Opera House and stunning St. Stephen's Cathedral. Join a Guided Optional Excursion to Schonbrunn Palace-a Habsburg Empire summer home for 300 years. This afternoon, enjoy free time to take a tram to visit Austria's Prater amusement park or one of the many museums nearby. You may also decide to borrow a bike from the ship to explore the streets and squares of Vienna, or ride along the banks of the Danube at your leisure. Later, relax on board with live entertainment before sailing to Durnstein. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DURNSTEIN (B,L,D)
Day 6: DURNSTEIN.
Fairytale Castles, Kings, Cobblestones of Delightful Durnstein. CLASSIC - Join a Guided Walk, and hear the legendary tale of King Richard the Lionheart-who was imprisoned in the castle above the village during the Crusades, OR: ACTIVE - Join a Hike up to the castle ruins with your Adventure Host for a spectacular view of the village, Danube, and the Wachau Valley below, OR: DISCOVERY - Discover the fascinating world of wine within a labyrinth underneath the surface which is about 900 years old. While sipping a selection of different wines, you will learn how the wine production developed over the centuries till nowadays. Enjoy sailing through the picturesque Wachau Valley. DISCOVERY - Enjoy the flavours of the Wachau Valley with a Wine Tasting on board hosted by your Master of Wine. AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO PASSAU (B,L,D)
Day 7: PASSAU, GERMANY.
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," Alternatively, you may join a full day Guided Optional Excursion to Salzburg-the city of Mozart-or a full day Guided Optional Excursion to the picturesque Bohemian town of Cesky Krumlov. Meet your ship back in Passau after your selected activities for sailing. DISCOVERY - Onboard food and wine pairing dinner hosted by your Master of Wine. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO REGENSBURG (B,L,D)
Day 8: REGENSBURG.
Magical Regensburg-Bavaria's Medieval Miracle. CLASSIC - Join a Guided City Walk and see Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) and Porta Pretoria-built in 179 AD as the entrance to Castra Regina fortress. You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to visit the Benedictine Monastery in Weltenburg. Spend a free afternoon exploring Regensburg on foot or by bike through its charming streets. This evening, enjoy live entertainment after dinner as you cruise toward Roth. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ROTH (B,L,D)
Day 9: ROTH. EXCURSION TO NUREMBERG.
Living Heritage and History Lessons. DISCOVERY - Enjoy an Onboard Lecture about the Main-Danube Canal-linking these two rivers to make a vital connection enabling navigation between the North and Black Seas. DISCOVERY - Join an Onboard Lecture about the German region of Franconia famous for its wines. CLASSIC - Enjoy a Guided Sightseeing Tour of the Bavarian town of Roth-with its half-timbered houses, market square, and 1535 hunting lodge,Schloss Ratibor, OR; CLASSIC - Choose a Guided Sightseeing of Nuremberg-with its medieval architecture, gilded fountain, gothic cathedral, and Kaiserburg Castle, OR; CLASSIC - Take a Guided Tour of the historic Nuremberg Rally Grounds-used by the Third Reich. EVENING CRUISE TO NUREMBERG (B,L,D)
Day 10: NUREMBERG (DISEMBARKATION)-PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC.
Welcome to Prague! Explore the City of 100 Spires. Enjoy free time to explore the Golden City of Prague and its surrounding countryside. Consider sampling delicious plum dumplings and traditional Pilsner lager beside the Vltava River. (B)
Day 11: PRAGUE.
Gothic Cathedrals, Grand Castles, and Great Cuisine. CLASSIC - Take a Guided City Walk, and visit the Hradcany Castle Grounds; see St. Vitus Cathedral, and Old Town's Astronomical Clock. Join a guided tour to the village of Melnik located in one of the northern-most vinicultural areas of Europe, which are the largest in Bohemia. You are invited to a special Bohemian wine tasting with local cheese. Tonight, you may decide to join us for an Optional Folklore Dinner Show, sampling traditional Czech cuisine in an authentic Prague setting. (B)
Day 12: PRAGUE.
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)