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The Blue Danube Discovery with 2 nights in Budapest & 2 nights in Prague

September 26, 2023 - October 08, 2023

Escorted by Deb Krebs

Avalon Waterways

Tuesday, Sept. 26: Overnight flight from Washington Dulles (or home city) to Budapest.


Wednesday, Sept. 27: Arrive in Budapest and transfer to hotel. Remainder of the day at your leisure.
Overnight at hotel in Budapest.


Thursday, Sept. 28: BUDAPEST HUNGARY
The Pearl of the Danube in the Heart of Europe.
Enjoy a Guided City Sightseeing tour, including the iconic Heroes’ 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 at hotel in
Budapest. (Breakfast)


Friday, Sept. 29: BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (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 our Suite Ship.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIENNA. (Breakfast, Dinner)


Saturday, Sept. 30: VIENNA, AUSTRIA
Vienna Waltzes on the Beautiful Blue Danube
Visit the Adventure Center for today’s activities with your Adventure Host. Enjoy sailing the Daube,
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. Arrive in Vienna in late
afternoon. 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)


Sunday, Oct. 1: VIENNA, AUSTRIA
Royal Collections and Amusing Attractions
CLASSIC Excursion: Explore 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 iconic
Vienna Opera House and stunning St. Stephen’s Cathedral.
Join a Guided Optional Excursion to Schönbrunn Palace-summer home of the Habsburg Empire.
Enjoy free time this afternoon to take a tram to visit Vienna’s Prater amusement park or one of the
many museums nearby. You may also borrow a bike from the ship to explore Vienna’s square or the
banks of the Danube. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DÜRNSTEIN (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)


Monday, Oct. 2: DÜRNSTEIN, AUSTRIA
A King’s Ransom and Castle Ruins
Classic Excursion: 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 Excursion: 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.
Enjoy coffee or a cocktail on the Sky Deck as you sail through the picturesque Wachau Valley to Melk.
MELK, AUSTRIA
Frescoes Above and Vineyards Below
Classic Excursion: Take a Guided Tour of Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey to marvel at its frescoed
ceilings, statues, incredible library and ornate pipe organ
Discovery Excursion: Enjoy the flavors of the Wachau Valley with a Wine Tasting on board.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO PASSAU. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)


Tuesday, Oct. 3: PASSAU, GERMANY
Where the Danube, Inn and Ilz Rivers Meet
CLASSIC Excursion: Join a Guided City Walk to learn more about this beautiful “City of Three Rivers.”
Alternatively, join a full-day Guided Optional Excursion to Salzburg-the city of Mozart-or to the
picturesque Bohemian town of Cesky Krumlov.
Meet your ship back in Passau after your full-day selected activity for sailing.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO REGENSBURG. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)


Wednesday, Oct. 4: REGENSBURG, GERMANY
Bavaria’s Medieval Miracle
Ask about today’s energizing or relaxing Adventure Host activities.
CLASSIC Excursion: Join a Guided City Walk and Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) and Porta Pretoria-built in
179AD as the entrance to Castra Regina fortress.
You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to visit the Benedictine Monastery in Weltenburg.
Alternatively 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)


Thursday, Oct. 5: ROTH. EXCURSION TO NUREMBERG, GERMANY
Legends and History Lessons
DISCOVERY Excursion: 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.
CLASSIC Excursion: 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 Excursion: Choose a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Nuremberg-with its medieval architecture,
gilded fountain, Gothic cathedral and Kaiserburg Castle
OR:
CLASSIC Excursion: Take a Guided Tour of the historic Nuremberg Rally Grounds-used by the Third Reich
DISCOVERY: Later, indulge in a Beer Tasting on board
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO NUREMBERG. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)


Friday, Oct. 6: NUREMBERG, GERMANY (DISEMBARKATION)-PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
Disembark the ship and take a 3 hour motorcoach ride to Prague. 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. (Breakfast)


Saturday, Oct. 7: PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
Gothic Cathedrals, Grand Castles and Great Cuisine
CLASSIC Excursion: Take a Guided City Walk and visit the Hradcany Castle Grounds: see St. Vitus
Cathedral and Old Town’s Astronomical Clock.
Spend free time hiking the nearby hillsides or stay in town to stroll the city of Prague to photograph its
stunning city scape. You might catch the entertaining street performers, visit the market stalls at
Charles Bridge and sample Prague’s famous beer varieties in a local restaurant. (Breakfast)


Sunday, Oct. 8: PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. You will be transferred to the airport for your flight
home to Washington Dulles or home city. (Breakfast)
 

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