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Danube Dreams - Westbound

7-Night Cruise Budapest to Passau, 2 Nights Hotel Accommodations in Prague

Avalon Capitals of Central Europe

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2018 & 2019 Departure Dates & Pricing

Budapest to Prague (WBD) - 10 days

For further assistance call 1-800-526-8539

Ship - Panorama, Passion, Expression, Visionary, Tranquility II, Envision *new ship in 2019*

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Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive in Budapest, Hungary (Embarkation Day)

Welcome to Budapest, Hungary’s lively capital. This afternoon, board your river cruise vessel and meet your crew at an evening welcome reception. (Dinner)

NOTE: Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm

Day 2: Budapest

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 GUIDED TOUR of the city, 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. During your free time this afternoon, perhaps visit St. Stephen’s Basilica, with marvelous views of the city from its viewing platform, or stroll along Váci utca, the main shopping street. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 3: Bratislava, Slovakia

This morning, enjoy the beautiful scenery on both banks of the Danube. As you cruise upriver, Hungary is on your left and Slovakia is on your right. The two countries share the Danube for a 58-mile stretch, with the border in the middle of the river. At the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains is Bratislava, the dynamic capital of Slovakia, which you reach in mid-morning. Join a LOCAL GUIDE to explore 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; and gothic ST. MARTIN’S CATHEDRAL, coronation church for the Kingdom of Hungary from the 16th to 19th centuries. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4: Vienna

Known as the “City of Music,” Vienna 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. The afternoon is at leisure. 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. An optional concert is available tonight. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5: Dürnstein–Melk

Dürnstein, known for the magnificent baroque, Stiftskirche built in the 1700s, is right in the heart of the Wachau wine region. The main street of this small town—with a population of less than 1,000 people—is lined with 16th-century homes and charming cobblestone streets. This morning 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. During lunchtime, sail the picturesque Wachau Valley and arrive in Melk in the early afternoon. Here, enjoy a GUIDED VISIT of the magnificent 11th-century BENEDICTINE ABBEY, one of Europe’s largest monasteries. The abbey houses an ornate library with over 80,000 printed books and 2,000 manuscripts. You’ll be captivated by the splendor of the church with its frescoed ceilings, stunning high altar, marble statues, and 210-foot-high cupola. The view from the terrace over the Danube and surrounding countryside is breathtaking! This evening, sample some of the Wachau Valley’s FAMOUS WINES. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6: Linz

This morning, arrive in Linz, Austria’s third-largest city and enjoy a guided walk which shows you the highlights., Linz is an important river port where culture plays a significant role in everyday life. Composer Anton Bruckner lived here, and Mozart’s Linzer Symphony was composed in the city. 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. Thjs afternoon there is free time to explore on your own. Perhaps 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, you might choose to join a full-day optional excursion to medieval Český Krumlov in the Czech Republic, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; or to Salzburg with its Sound of Music sites. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7: Passau, Germany

This morning, arrive in Passau, located at the confluence of the Rivers Inn, Ilz, and Danube. This is a city of graceful arcades and cobblestone streets dominated by St. Stephen’s Cathedral, a masterpiece of Italian baroque architecture. Join a Local Guide for a WALKING TOUR through this charming town, and find out much more about the “City of Three Rivers.” (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8: Deggendorf (Disembarkation Day) – Regensburg–Prague, Czech Republic

Today, say goodbye to your crew and travel by motorcoach to Regensburg, one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities. Architectural highlights of your GUIDED WALK include the Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) and Porta Pretoria,gates to an ancient Roman fort built in 179 AD. Wander through the city’s lanes and alleys to discover the many mansions with high towers. Wealthy families built these towers to emphasize their status and wealth during the Middle Ages, and many still remain today. Grab a beer and enjoy a SNACK at the Historische Wurstküche (Old Sausage Kitchen), one of Germany’s oldest restaurants. Later continue to Prague, also known as the “Golden City” and capital of the Czech Republic. (Breakfast)

Day 9: 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; HRADCANY 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 Wenceslaus Square, an important meeting point 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 10: Prague

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 and 2019 Departures

Start City
Rates are in $ USD and are PER PASSENGER sharing twin cabin
From Budapest
Program Start Date
Cruise Embarkation Date
Ship

Category E - Lower Deck fwd w/ fixed windows

Category D - Lower Deck aft w/ fixed windows
Category B - Middle Deck aft w/ french balcony
Category A - Middle Deck w/ french balcony
Category P - Upper Deck w/ french balcony
Suite -
Upper Deck w/ french balcony
Oct 24, 2018
Oct 26, 2018
Panorama
$3,219
$3,418
$4,368
$4,418
$4,518
$5,218
Nov 2, 2018
Nov 4, 2018
Expression
$3,118
$3,317
$4,267
$4,317
$4,417
$5,117
Apr 9, 2019
Apr 11, 2019
Envision
$3,169
$3,368
$4.318
$4,368
$4,468
$5,368
May 10, 2019
May 12, 2019
Tranquility II
$3,769
$3,968
$4,918
$4,968
$5,068
$5,968
Jun 13, 2019
Jun 15, 2019
Passion
$3,869
$4,068
$5,018
$5,068
$5,168
$6,068
Jun 21, 2019
Jun 23, 2019
Visionary
$3,869
$4,068
$5,018
$5,068
$5,168
$6,068
Jul 11, 2019
Jul 13, 2019
Passion
$3,769
$3,968
$4,918
$4,968
$5,068
$5,968
Aug 8, 2019
Aug 10, 2019
Passion
$3,769
$3,968
$4,918
$4,968
$5,068
$5,968
Aug 16, 2019
Aug 18, 2019
Tranquility II
$3,769
$3,968
$4,918
$4,968
$5,068
$5,968
Sep 5, 2019
Sep 7, 2019
Passion
$4,169
$4,368
$5,318
$5,368
$5,468

$6,368

Sep 13, 2019
Sep 15, 2019
Visionary
$4,169
$4,368
$5,318
$5,368
$5,468

$6,368

Oct 3, 2019
Oct 5, 2019
Passion
$4,068
$4,267
$5,217
$5,267
$5,367

$6,267

Oct 31, 2019
Nov 2, 2019
Passion
$3,269
$3,468
$4.418
$4,468
$4,568
$5,468
IMPORTANT: Dates, Prices & Itineraries are subject to change.
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:
• 7-night cruise from Budapest to Deggendorf 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
• Transfer via motorcoach from the ship in Deggendorf to the hotel in Prague on Disembarkation Day
• 2 nights hotel accommodations in Prague at Hilton Prague or Hilton Prague Old Town (or similar; subject to change) with daily breakfast; half day sightseeing tour
 
Prices Do Not Include:
• Individual arrival and departure (airfare; transfers)
• Travel insurance
• Port charges
• Gratuities to onboard crew
• Personal expenses

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