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Heart of the Danube
12-Night Cruise from Budapest to Mainz (or reverse)

Avalon Jewels of Central Europe

Budapest to Mainz - Westbound (WBF) - 13 days

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Mainz to Budapest - Eastbound (WFB) - 13 days

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Ship - Artistry II, Imagery II

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Detailed Itinerary: Budapest to Mainz - Westbound (WBF)

Skip to Mainz to Budapest itinerary

Day 1: Budapest, Hungary (Embarkation)

Flights into Budapest must arrive by 2 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm. The day is yours to relax and enjoy the city with time for photographs, cafés, and confections.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIENNA (D)

Day 2: Vienna, Austria

Vienna Waltzes and the Beautiful Blue Danube

Start the day with a Morning Stretch with your 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.

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 3: Vienna

Royal Collections, and Amusing Attractions

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 an OPTIONAL Guided Excursion to Schönbrunn 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, enjoy live entertainment on board.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DÜRNSTEIN (B, L, D)

Day 4: Dürnstein - Melk

Fairytale Castles, Kings, and Cobblestones of Delightful Dürnstein

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.

Enjoy coffee or a cocktail on the Sky Deck as you sail through the picturesque Wachau Valley to Melk.

In Melk:

Ornate Architecture and Scenic Splendors

CLASSIC: Take a Guided Tour of Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey to marvel at its frescoed ceilings, statues, incredible library, and ornate pipe organ.

DISCOVERY: Enjoy the flavors of the Wachau Valley with a Wine Tasting on board.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO PASSAU (B, L, D)

Day 5: 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, join a full-day OPTIONAL Guided 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 (B, L, D)

Day 6: Regensburg

Magical Regensburg—Bavaria’s Medieval Miracle

CLASSIC: Join a Guided City Walk and see the Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) and Porta Pretoria—built in 179 AD as the entrance to Castra Regina fortress.

You may choose to join an OPTIONAL Guided Excursion to visit the Benedictine Monastery in Weltenburg.

Spend a free afternoon exploring Regensburg on foot or by bike through its charming streets.

DISCOVERY Later, indulge in a Beer Tasting on board.

This evening, enjoy live entertainment after dinner as you cruise toward Roth.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ROTH (B,L, D)

Day 7: Roth

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.

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

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CLASSIC: Choose a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Nuremberg—with its medieval architecture, gilded fountain, gothic cathedral, and Kaiserburg Castle

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CLASSIC: Take a Guided Tour of the historic Nuremberg Rally Grounds—used by the Third Reich.

EVENING CRUISE TO NUREMBERG (B, L, D)

Day 8: Nuremberg

A King’s Palace and Town Halls in Modern Munich

CLASSIC: Take a full-day Guided Tour of the highlights of fascinating Munich. See Nymphenburg Palace—a former residence of German monarchs, along with the old and new Town Halls of Marienplatz.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BAMBERG (B, L, D)

Day 9: Bamberg

One Thousand Years of History in the City of Seven Hills.

CLASSIC: Take a Guided Walking Tour of the former home to imperial dynasties, and see its Romanesque cathedral, Old Town Hall, and seven hills crowned with churches.

Enjoy free time this afternoon strolling through the city.

DISCOVERY: Later, indulge in a Beer Tasting on board.

This evening, enjoy live entertainment on board.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VOLKACH (B, L, D)

Day 10: Volkach - Kitzengen

Bavarian Beauty on the Main River

CLASSIC:Join a Walking Tour of the quaint town of Volkach with its half-timbered houses and cobblestoned streets.

During lunch enjoy a relaxing cruise to Kitzingen.

In Kitzengen:
Bavarian Wines, Legends, and Myths

CLASSIC: Enjoy a Guided Sightseeing Tour and hear the legend of a Countess, a shepherd, and a monastery. Explore Bavaria’s largest wine-producing area.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO WÜRZBURG (B, L, D)

Day 11: Würzburg

A Pearl of a Day on the Romantic Road

CLASSIC: Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Würzburg with its Old Main Bridge, towering fortress, and baroque Bishop’s Residenz—with the largest known ceiling fresco.

You may choose to join an OPTIONAL Guided Excursion to the beautiful Bavarian town of Rothenburg. See the local sights and enjoy the fairytale atmosphere that has inspired artists. Alternatively, you may enjoy free time to take in the charm and culinary specialties of Würzburg.

Enjoy live entertainment on board as you sail.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MAIN RIVER VILLAGE (B, L, D)

Day 12: Main River Village

Hidden Gems and Bavarian Beauty of a Main River Village

CLASSIC: Join a Guided Walking Tour of a picturesque Bavarian village.

This afternoon relax on the Sky Deck while passing along the beautiful villages on the Main River shores.

AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MAINZ (B, L, D)

Day 13: Mainz (Disembarkation Day)

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. Flights should not leave Frankfurt airport before 10 am. (B)

Departures & Pricing

Detailed Itinerary: Mainz to Budapest - Eastbound (WFB)

Skip to Budapest to Mainz itinerary

Day 1: Mainz, Germany (Embarkation)

Welcome to Germany! Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding. Flights into Frankfurt must arrive by 2 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm. Sail to a beautiful Main River village while enjoying dinner on your first night on board.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MAIN RIVER VILLAGE (D)

Day 2: Main River Village

Hidden Gems and Bavarian Beauty of a Main River Village

CLASSIC: Join a Guided Walking Tour of a picturesque Bavarian village

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This afternoon relax on the Sky Deck while passing along the beautiful villages on the Main River shores. Later, enjoy dinner and live entertainment on board.

AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO WÜRZBURG (B, L, D)

Day 3: Würzburg

A Pearl of a Day on the Romantic Road

CLASSIC: Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Würzburg with its Old Main Bridge, towering fortress, and baroque Bishop’s Residenz—with the largest known ceiling fresco.

You may choose to join an OPTIONAL Guided Excursion to the beautiful Bavarian town of Rothenburg. See the local sights and enjoy the fairytale atmosphere that has inspired artists.

Enjoy live entertainment on board as you set sail.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO KITZINGEN (B, L, D)

Day 4: Kitengen - Volkach

Bavarian Wines, Legends, and Myths

CLASSIC: Enjoy a Guided Sightseeing Tour and hear about the legend of a Countess, a shepherd, and a monastery. Explore Bavaria’s largest wine-producing area.

Enjoy a leisurely sailing to Volkach at lunchtime.

In Volkach:

Bavarian Beauty on the Main River

CLASSIC: Join a Walking Tour of the quaint town of Volkach with its half-timbered houses and cobblestoned streets.

DISCOVERY: Later, indulge in a Beer Tasting on board.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BAMBERG (B, L, D)

Day 5: Bamberg

One Thousand Years of History in the City of Seven Hills.

CLASSIC: Take a Guided Walking Tour of the former home to imperial dynasties, and see its Romanesque cathedral, Old Town Hall, and seven hills crowned with churches.

After the tour spend free time with a glass of German-style Rauchbier (smoked beer).

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO NUREMBERG (B, L, D)

Day 6: Nuremberg

A King’s Palace and Town Halls in Modern Munich

CLASSIC: Take a full-day Guided Tour of the highlights of fascinating Munich. See Nymphenburg Palace—a former residence of German monarchs, along with the old and new Town Halls of Marienplatz.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN NUREMBERG (D)

Day 7: Roth

Living Heritage and History Lessons

Start the day with a Morning Stretch with the Avalon Adventure Host, and dock in Roth for a day of fascinating excursions.

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 Tour 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.

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.

Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.

AFTERNOON/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 an OPTIONAL Guided Excursion to visit the Benedictine Monastery in Weltenburg.

Spend a free afternoon exploring Regensburg on foot or by bike through its charming streets.

DISCOVERY: Later, indulge in a Beer Tasting on board.

This evening, enjoy live entertainment after dinner as you cruise toward Passau.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO PASSAU (B,L, D)

Day 9: Passau - Linz, Austria

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”

Join a full-day Guided OPTIONAL Excursion to Salzburg—the city of Mozart—or to the picturesque Bohemian town of Cesky Krumlov.

Sail to Linz this afternoon, or join your ship after your selected full-day excursion.

In Linz:

The Linzer Torte and a Legendary Love of Art and Music

Enjoy a free afternoon to linger in Linz. Take a bicycle from the ship and cycle along the Danube, or follow one of Linz’s many nature trails for a bird’s-eye view of the city and river below.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MELK (B, L, D)

Day 10: Melk - Wachau Valley - Vienna

Striking Frescoes and Breathtaking Views of the Wachau Valley

CLASSIC: Take a Guided Tour of Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey to marvel at its frescoed ceilings, statues, incredible library, and ornate pipe organ

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ACTIVE: Join your Adventure Host for a Morning Hike through Melk’s beautiful countryside.

Enjoy a coffee or a cocktail on the Sky Deck as you sail through the picturesque Wachau Valley to Vienna.

In Vienna:

Vienna Waltzes and the Beautiful Blue Danube

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 11: Vienna

Royal Collections, and Amusing Attractions

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 an OPTIONAL Guided Excursion to Schönbrunn 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 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 as you sail to Budapest.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BUDAPEST (B, L, D)

Day 12: Budapest

The Pearl of the Danube in the Heart of Europe

CLASSIC: Enjoy a Guided City Sightseeing, including the iconic Heroes’ Square.

Take free time to enjoy Budapest’s famed thermal baths. You can also take a scenic hike in the hills above the Danube.

Take time to explore the city’s cafés, pubs, and nightlife at your leisure.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN BUDAPEST (B, L, D)

Day 13: Budapest (Disembarkation)

Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Departures & Pricing

Advisements:
  • A valid passport is rquired 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.
  • In the rare event that the high-speed train is unavailable, alternative arrangements will be made.
  • 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.
  • For reasons of navigation and passenger safety, the cruise operator and the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the itinerary of the cruise.

Departure Dates

Start City

Rates are in $ USD and are PER PASSENGER sharing twin cabin.

Cruise fares are capacity controlled and are subject to change at any time without notice.

From Budapest (WBF)

Cruise Start Date

Ship

Category E- Lower Deck 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
Jun 12, 2020
Artistry II
$6,198
$6,540
$8,168
$8,254
$8,425
$9,968
Aug 7, 2020
Artistry II
$5,998
$6,340
$7,968
$8,054
$8,225
$9,768
Nov 1, 2020
Artistry II
$5,198
$5,540
$7,168
$7,254
$7,425
$8,968
Nov 25, 2020
Artistry II
$5,198
$5,540
$7,168
$7,254
$7,425
$8,968
 
From Mainz (WFB)

Cruise Start Date

Ship

Category E- Lower Deck 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
May 15, 2020
Artistry II
$6,098
$6,440
$8,068
$8,154
$8,325
$9,868
May 21, 2020
Imagery II
$6,198
$6,540
$8,168
$8,254
$8,425
$9,968
Jul 26, 2020
Artistry II
$5,998
$6,340
$7,968
$8,054
$8,225
$9,768
Oct 4, 2020
Artistry II
$6,398
$6,740
$8,368
$8,454
$8,625
$10,168
IMPORTANT: Dates, Prices & Itineraries are subject to change.
Denotes departure offered as a "Festive Season" cruise.
Port charges: Additional $312 per passenger.
For Single Passenger: Single Supplement applies. Please call to inquire.
Transfers at the Start/End of the Program are available for purchase. Please call for details.

Prices Include:

• 12 night Cruise from Mainz to Budapest (or reverse) in selected category
• Full board meals, including Captain's Welcome and Farewell receptions, Welcome and Farewell dinners
• Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; regional wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner are included daily on board your vessel
• Special onboard and onshore experiences presented by entertainers, artisans and experts, designed to enrich your cruise
• Daily Afternoon Tea
• Daily Night Fare
• Daily guided sightseeing program with Certified Local Guides
• 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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