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Danube Dreams - Eastbound
2 Nights Hotel in Prague, 7-Night Cruise from Passau to Budapest

Avalon Capitals of Central Europe

Avalon Capitals of Central Europe cruise map
2018 & 2019 Departure Dates & Pricing

Prague to Budapest (WDB) - 10 days

 

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Ship - Panorama, Impression , Passion, Artistry II , Tranquility II , Envision *new ship in 2019*

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Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive in Prague, Czech Republic

Welcome to Prague, capital of the Czech Republic. This fascinating city straddles the Vltava River with domes, cupolas, spires, and pinnacles highlighting its skyline. The remainder of the day is free to start exploring.

Day 2: Prague

Prague is a 1,200-year-old city preserved in time, and, unlike other Central European capitals, it was not bombed during the 20th-century wars. A LOCAL GUIDE will show you its best-known treasures, such as the Old Town’s Astronomical Clock, built in 1410 and once the envy of all of Europe; HRADČANY CASTLE GROUNDS; St. Vitus Cathedral; and the Charles Bridge, the oldest bridge in Prague. Browse the shops for hand-cut crystal or art books. Mix with the locals in Wenceslas Square, an important meeting point and where people demonstrated against the communist regime; watch performers and shop at the market stalls on Charles Bridge; sample the local plum dumplings and Pilsner; stroll along the Vltava River; or wander around Prague’s medieval Old Town, dating from the 10th century. (Breakfast)

Day 3: Prague–Regensburg, Germany–Deggendorf (Embarkation Day)

After breakfast leave Prague and travel by motorcoach to Regensburg, one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities. Established during the Holy Roman Empire and the only German city not bombed during WWII, Regensburg has at least 1,300 listed buildings of “historic interest.” Architectural highlights of your GUIDED WALK include the Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall), built in the 13th century and Porta Pretoria, gates to an ancient Roman fort built in 179 AD. During your free time, grab a beer and enjoy an included SNACK at Historische Wurstküche (Old Sausage Kitchen), one of the Germany’s oldest restaurants. Continue to Deggendorf where you’ll board your river cruise vessel and meet your crew at an evening welcome reception. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 4: Passau

Passau is a maze of narrow cobblestone streets lined with beautiful patrician houses and dominated by St. Stephen’s Cathedral, a masterpiece of Italian baroque architecture. Join your Local Guide for a WALKING TOUR that reveals much more about the “City of Three Rivers.” This afternoon, cruise towards Linz. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5: Linz, Austria

Linz is Austria’s third-largest city and an important river port where culture plays a significant role in everyday life. This morning, join a local expert for a GUIDED TOUR. See the 13th-century Hauptplatz, Austria’s largest medieval square, and the Trinity Column, built in 1723 as thanks for the city escaping the ravages of the plague, war, and fire. On your own, you might like to wander around the old castle grounds and take in the beautiful views of the river, or visit the neo-gothic New Cathedral, Austria’s largest church, with capacity for 20,000 visitors. Alternatively, choose from several full-day excursions. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6: Melk–Dürnstein

This morning, our first stop is Melk. Enjoy a guided tour of the magnificent 11thcentury BENEDICTINE ABBEY, dominating the town from its commanding hill site and one of Europe’s largest monasteries. The abbey church houses stunning frescoed ceilings, marvellous statues, a large organ, and an ornate library with a large collection of medieval manuscripts. The view from the terrace over the Danube and surrounding countryside is breathtaking! Then, grab a drink and relax on your ship’s Sky Deck as you witness beautiful scenery on the way to Dürnstein, situated in the heart of the Wachau wine region and best known for the magnificent baroque Stiftskirche with its blue façade. Your Local Guide will take you on an included WALKING TOUR and tell you the tale of England’s King Richard the Lionheart, who was imprisoned in the castle whose ruins still stand above the town. Before dinner we’ll introduce you to some of the local WACHAU WINES. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7: Vienna

Wake up this morning in Vienna, known as the “City of Music” and the place that inspired the creative genius of Mozart, Beethoven, and Strauss. Once the center of the mighty Habsburg Empire, Austria’s magical capital on the blue Danube is a showcase of gilded architecture. This is home to the lavish Hofburg Imperial Palace complex with its Vienna Boys’ Choir and dazzling Lipizzaner stallions; the neo-renaissance Vienna Opera House; and awe-inspiring St. Stephen’s Cathedral—plus, countless other sights you’ll see on your GUIDED SIGHTSEEING TOUR. Stroll through the pedestrian Kärntnerstrasse, and be sure to take a break and enjoy a piece of decadent Sachertorte or Apfelstrudel in a neighborhood café. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8: Bratislava, Slovakia

At the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains is Bratislava, the dynamic capital of Slovakia. Join your Local Guide for a tour of the city, including a GUIDED WALK of its fascinating Old Town, where winding cobblestone streets and narrow alleyways twist and turn to reveal the Town Hall, one of the oldest stone buildings in the city. Also visit gothic ST. MARTIN’S CATHEDRAL, coronation church for the Kingdom of Hungary from the 16th to 19th centuries. This afternoon is free to explore on your own. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 9: Budapest, Hungary

Spanning the banks of the Danube, Budapest is one of Eastern Europe’s liveliest cities. Whether you’re seeing the sights, shopping for handcrafted embroidery or Herend porcelain, or basking in the coffee house culture over a rich cream cake in the renowned Gerbeaud Café, Budapest’s unique energy is positively palatable. On your INCLUDED TOUR, see Heroes’ Square as well as the massive hilltop castle complex with its remarkable Fishermen’s Bastion and 11th-century Matthias Church, the coronation spot of several Hungarian monarchs. Be sure to take note of the city’s eight bridges—many famous sights in and of themselves—which connect ancient Buda on the right bank with Pest on the left. You may even want to walk across Chain Bridge, built in 1849 and a symbol of Budapest. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 10: Budapest (Disembarkation Day)

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

Departures & Pricing

Advisements:

  • A valid passport is required for travel. Passports must be valid at least 6 months after the last day of travel.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
  • For reasons of navigation and passenger safety, the cruise operator and the Captain of the ship reserve the right to modify the itinerary of the cruise.
  • In the event of water level problems on stretches of any river, it may be necessary to operate part of the itinerary by motorcoach.
  • Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change is necessary, a substitute will be offered.

2018 & 2019 Departures

Start City
Rates are in $ USD and are PER PASSENGER sharing twin cabin
From Prague
Program Start Date
Cruise Embarkation Date (in Deggendorf)
Ship

Cat. E - Lower Deck fwd w/ fixed windows

Cat. D - Lower Deck aft w/ fixed windows
Cat. B - Middle Deck aft w/ french balcony
Cat. A - Middle Deck w/ french balcony
Cat. P - Upper Deck w/ french balcony
Suite -
Upper Deck w/ french balcony
May 30, 2018
Jun 1, 2018
Impression
$3,718
$3,917
$4,867
$4,917
$5,017
$5,717
Jul 20,2018
Jul 22,2018
Artistry II
$3,718
$3,917
$4,867
$4,917
$5,017
$5,717
Oct 29, 2018
Oct 31, 2018†
Panorama
$2,919

$3,118

$4,068
$4,118
$4,218
$4,918
Apr 9, 2019
Apr 11, 2019
Passion
$3,269
$3,468
$4,418
$4,468
$4,568
$5,468
Apr 14, 2019
Apr 16, 2019
Envision
$3,369
$3,568
$4,518
$4,568
$4,668
$5,568
May 15, 2019
May 17, 2019
Tranquility II
$3,869
$4,068
$5,018
$5,068
$5,168
$6,068
May 19, 2019
May 21, 2019
Impression
$3,869
$4,068
$5,018
$5,068
$5,168
$6,068
Jun 12,2019
Jun 14,2019
Visionary
$3,869
$4,068
$5,018
$5,068
$5,168
$6,068
Jun 18, 2019
Jun 20, 2019
Passion
$3,869
$4,068
$5,018
$5,068
$5,168
$6,068
Jul 16, 2019
Jul 18, 2019
Passion
$3,769
$3,968
$4,918
$4,968
$5,068
$5,968
Aug 13, 2019
Aug 15, 2019
Passion
$3,769
$3,968
$4,918
$4,968
$5,068
$5,968
Aug 21, 2019
Aug 23, 2019
Tranquility II
$3,769
$3,968
$4,918
$4,968
$5,068
$5,968
Sep 4, 2019
Sep 6, 2019
Visionary
$4,169
$4,368
$5,318
$5,368
$5,468
$6,368
Sep 10, 2019
Sep 12, 2019
Passion
$4,169
$4,368
$5,318
$5,368
$5,468
$6,368
Sep 22, 2019
Sep 24, 2019
Impression
$4,169
$4,368
$5,318
$5,368
$5,468
$6,368
Oct 8, 2019
Oct 10, 2019
Passion
$3,869
$4,068
$5,018
$5,068
$5,168
$6,068
IMPORTANT: Dates, Prices & Itineraries are subject to change.
† Denotes departures offered as Wine Lovers Cruise.
Port charges are additional: Additional $168 per person (2018 departures); Additional $182 per person (2019 departures).
For Single Traveler: Single Supplement applies. Please call to inquire.
Transfers at Start/End of Program are available for purchase. Inquire for details.

2 Nights
Prices Include:
• 2 nights hotel accomodations in Prague at Prague InterContinental (or similar; subject to change) with breakfast; guided half day sight seeing tour; see the Astronomical Clock and visit Hradcany Castle grounds; transfer by motorcoach to ship in Deggendorf on Embarkation Day
• 7-night Cruise in selected cabin category
• Full board meals, including Captain's Welcome and Farewell receptions, Welcome and Farewell dinners
• Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; soft drinks with lunch; and regional wine, beer, or soft drinks with dinner are included daily on board your vessel
• Daily Afternoon Tea
• Daily Night Fare
• Daily guided sightseeing program conducted by Certified Local Guides
• Special onboard and onshore experiences presented by entertainers, artisans and experts, designed to enrich your cruise
• Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers
• Taxes
 
Prices Do Not Include:
• Individual arrival and departure (airfare; transfers)
• Travel insurance
• Port charges
• Gratuities to onboard crew
• Personal expenses

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