Day 1: BERLIN, GERMANY.
Willkommen in Berlin! Enjoy free time to rest or explore Germany's capital city.
Day 2: BERLIN.
Today's sightseeing with a local expert includes the city's notable sights. Visit the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, see the restored Reichstag building and the elegant avenue of Kurfurstendamm. You'll also see the powerful Holocaust Memorial, as well as the historic Brandenburg Gate. The afternoon is free. (B)
Day 3: BERLIN-DRESDEN-PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC.
Take a morning trip to Dresden to see its post-WWII restored baroque architecture; visit the courtyard of Zwinger Palace, and see the magnificent 1841 Semperoper, Dresden's opera house standing restored after being destroyed by both fire and war. You'll also marvel at the glorious Dresden Frauenkirche before enjoying free time for lunch in the city before setting out for a late afternoon arrival in Prague. (B)
Day 4: 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 5: 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 6: 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. AFTERNOON CRUISE TO LINZ (B,L,D)
Day 7: 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 8: 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 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 sail. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIENNA (B,L,D)
Day 9: VIENNA.
Strauss, Schnitzel, Strudel, and Sachertorte.
DISCOVERY - Join us for a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Vienna, including the Kuntskammer's remarkable collection of more than 2,100 valuable objects, which were collected through the centuries by the emperors and archdukes of Habsburg.
CLASSIC - Later, choose a complimentary ticket for a local Viennese Museum Visit, or continue exploring with additional Guided Sightseeing.
You may decide to take a Guided Optional Excursion to Schonbrunn Palace-the former imperial summer home and vast gardens with a history spanning 300 years of the Habsburg monarchy. In your free time why not stroll through pedestrian Karntnerstrasse-the most famous shopping avenue in central Vienna. Take a bike ride through the city and stop in a local cafe to enjoy authentic Austrian confections of Sachertorte or Apfelstrudel. 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 10: BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA.
Classic and Contemporary-from Cathedrals and Castle Walls to Art Gallery Halls Start the day with a Morning Stretch with your Avalon Adventure Host.
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. Be our guest at a Farewell Dinner before cruising to Budapest. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BUDAPEST (B,L,D)
Day 11: BUDAPEST, HUNGARY.
The Pearl of the Danube in the Heart of Europe.
CLASSIC - Enjoy a Guided City Sightseeing, including the iconic Hers' Square.
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. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN BUDAPEST (B,L,D)
Day 12: BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (DISEMBARKATION).
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)