2019 : Grand Danube Cruise (WDO) - Passion
17 Day River Cruise Prague to Bucharest
Your charming cruise along the grand blue Danube River begins with two nights in the Czech Republic's Golden City of Prague. You'll have time to fully explore and enjoy this exquisite city, and enjoy a guided city walk to see such sights as Hradcany Castle, St. Vitus Cathedral, and the world-famous Astronomical Clock.
Enjoy a guided city walk and the opportunity to hike from Oberhaus along the Ilz River with your Avalon Adventure Host in Passau, the "City of Three Rivers." Your afternoon sailing will take you through the Danube's remarkable Schlogen Oxbow curve on your way to Linz. Cruising into Austria, you'll arrive in Linz, with its beauty and charm, including the Hauptplatz medieval square and white-marble Trinity Column. Your Austrian river cruise then sails to Melk, with its magnificent Benedictine Abbey, then through the wonderful Wachau Valley on your way to Durnstein. Your next port on your Danube River cruise is spectacular Vienna for guided sightseeing. Sail to Slovakia to visit the quaint streets of Bratislava and St. Martin's Cathedral, then on to the Hungarian capital of Budapest.
Your Danube River cruise ventures on to the Balkans, with a fascinating onboard lecture on the rich history and cultures of its states. Sail to Serbia for a tour of the sights of Belgrade, and continue to Cetate, Romania-with a pass through the incredible Iron Gates Gorge.
You'll arrive in Bucharest for a tour of the capital's boulevards, Arc de Triomphe, Royal Palace Square, and historic sites from a dramatic history. Your grand adventure on the Danube River will be hard to match, with its visually stunning scenery, historic sites, magnificent architecture, and cultural specialties for mind, body, and spirit.
Day 1 Prague: Welcome to Prague
Day 2 Prague: Guided sightseeing, see the Astronomical Clock and visit Hradcany Castle grounds
Day 3 Prague-Regensburg, Germany-Deggendorf (Embarkation): Travel by motorcoach to Regensburg, guided sightseeing; transfer to Deggendorf; onboard welcome reception
Day 4 Passau: Guided walk
Day 5 Linz, Austria: Guided sightseeing
Day 6 Melk-Wachau Valley-Durnstein: Guided visit of the Benedectine Abbey in Melk; cruise through the Wachau Valley; choice of guided walk, or hike up to the castle ruins in Durnstein; wine tasting
Day 7 Vienna: Guided tour, see Kunstkammer collection; choice of additional sightseeing, or a complimentary museum ticket
Day 8 Bratislava: Guided sightseeing, visit St. Martin's Cathedral
Day 9 Budapest: Guided tour, see Heroes' Square
Day 10 Budapest: Day at leisure
Day 11 Mohacs. Excursion to Pecs: Choice of guided tour in Pecs, visit the underground tombs, or sightseeing in Mohacs, visit St. Nicolas watermill
Day 12 Belgrade: Lecture on board; guided tour
Day 13 Donji Milanovac-Iron Gates: Visit Lepenski Vir archaeological site; cruise through the dramatic Iron Gates gorge
Day 14 Cetate-Vidin. Excursion to Belogradchik: Visit the cultural port in Cetate; excursion to Belogradchik, see the rock formations
Day 15 Excursion to Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanassi-Rousse: Choice of full day guided sightseeing, visit Tsarevet's Fortress in Veliko Tarnovo and the Ethnographical Museum and Church of the Nativity in Arbanassi; or guided sightseeing of Rousse
Day 16 Oltenita (Disembarkation)-Bucharest: Guided sightseeing in Bucharest
Day 17 Bucharest: Your vacation ends this morning
You've always forged your own path...with your own distinct perspective of looking at the world. Avalon Waterways presents a river cruise experience with your unique style in mind-offering expansive views and wider perspectives. That's why we've designed a cruise experience that's just a bit different.
Here are just some of the features and amenities you'll experience on board our Avalon ships. See the Ship Amenities Section below for more information about the amenities in our fleet's unique ships.
Throughout the Ship: Complimentary Wi-Fi Panoramic windows Elegant, contemporary design & decor Friendly, English-speaking crew & Cruise Director Sky Deck with whirlpool, shade awnings, game area and premium lounges Covered Observation Lounge Club Lounge with 24-hour self-serve beverage station with complimentary cappuccinos, lattes, tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees, as well as treats throughout the day
Suites & Staterooms: Comfort Collection BedsSM with choice of mattress firmness Egyptian super-combed cotton linens Bathrobes & slippers Premium L'Occitane bath products Large bathroom featuring shower with glass door Flatscreen satellite TV with free movie channels Individual climate control and in-room safe Complimentary bottled water daily And, much more.
Health & Fitness: Bikes Canoe, kayak and jogging excursions Maps for hiking, biking and jogging routes Fitness and wellness activities Fitbits All through your Avalon Adventure HostSM
Dining FlexDiningSM for more venue and seating options, including flexible seating times in our main Dining Room Avalon FreshSM healthy cuisine options at every meal Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with every lunch and dinner Early and Late Riser breakfast options Daily full buffet breakfast with made-to-order egg station, hot and cold menu items Daily lunch buffet with pasta or carving stations Alternative light lunch or Sky Grill on the Sky Deck (weather permitting) Daily Afternoon Tea featuring tea, coffee, sweet treats & sandwiches Daily four-course a la carte dinner in the main Dining Room with choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrees and desserts. Includes selections of regional recipes, Western dishes and vegetarian options. Alternative Panorama Bistro dinner, featuring regional specialties and small plates Captain's welcome & farewell receptions and dinners with sparkling wine and canapes Panorama Lounge featuring premium spirits and Avalon specialty cocktails, along with local entertainment special guests Cocktails available on the Sky Deck Fresh fruit available throughout the day
Avalon has designed included activities with a choice of experiences. We invite you to select the tours, activities, and events that interest you most, so you can experience your cruise your way. There are 3 types of included shore excursion on every Europe cruise:Plus independent exploration options and use of our exclusive AvalonGO APP.
Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You'll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites.
We've found inspiring and interactive activities to speak to your interests - from cooking classes, to painting workshops - to immerse yourself in each culture you explore.
Embark on energetic excursions to keep you in motion and on the go - from a guided jogging tour of Amsterdam, to biking, paddling, and hiking your way through scenic locales.
(B) = Breakfast (L) = Lunch (D) = Dinner
PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
Welcome to the Golden City of Prague-Explore the City of 100 Spires
Enjoy free time to explore the Golden City and its surrounding countryside at your leisure.
Bridges, Books, Crystal, and Chocolate-Simple Pleasures and Grand Surprises Around Every Corner
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 mesmerized 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.
REGENSBURG, GERMANY-DEGGENdORF (EMBARKATION)
Magical Regensburg-Bavaria's Medieval Miracle
CLASSIC Join a Guided City Walk in Regensburg and see the 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, L, D)
Go for Baroque in Passau-Where the Danube, Inn, and Ilz Rivers meet
Join a Guided City Walk to learn more about this beautiful "City of Three Rivers."
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 horseshoe-shaped bend of the river. Later, enjoy Live Entertainment on board.
AFTERNOON CRUISE TO LINZ
(B, L, D)
Fall in Love with Linz-Legendary Art, Music, and the Linzer Torte!
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)
Striking Frescoes and Breathtaking Views of the Wachau Valley
Take a Guided Tour of Melk's magnificent Benedictine Abbey to marvel at its frescoed 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.
Fairytale Castles, Kings, and Cobblestones
Join in a Guided Walk, and hear the legendary tale of King Richard the Lionheart-who was imprisoned in the castle during the Crusades, OR:
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 you sail.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIENNA.
(B, L, D)
Strauss, Schnitzel, Strudel, and Sachertorte
Join us for a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Vienna, including the Kuntskammer's centuries-old Habsburg collection.
CLASSIC Later, take a complimentary ticket for a local Viennese Museum Visit, or join in more Guided Sightseeing of Vienna.
You may, instead, prefer to take a Guided Optional Excursion to Schonbrunn Palace-the former imperial summer home of the Habsburg monarchy.
Take free time to sample Viennese pastries like Apfelstrudel and Sachertorte. 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)
Classic and Contemporary-from Cathedrals and Castle Walls to Art Gallery Halls
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.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BUDAPEST
(B, L, D)
The Pearl of the Danube in the Heart of Europe
Enjoy a Guided City Sightseeing, including the iconic Heroes' Square.
Enjoy a free afternoon exploring such famous sights as the Chain Bridge, cafes, pubs, or hiking trails.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN BUDAPEST
(B, L, D)
The day is yours to relax and enjoy Eastern Europe's shining city on the Danube.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MOHACS
(B, L, D)
Archaeology, Architecture, and an Ancient Watermill
Join a morning Guided Tour of nearby Mohacs-the quiet Danube harbor town with its historical memorial parks, statues, and distinctive churches. Tour the remarkable medieval St. Nicholas Watermill, OR:
Take a Guided Tour of nearby Pecs to see its 4th-century Christian underground tombs, with fascinating murals, as well as Turkish architecture. You'll also enjoy an organ concert on your tour.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BELGRADE
(B, L, D)
Fortresses and Folklore of Serbia Past and Present
DISCOVERY Attend an onboard Lecture to learn about the rich history, destinations, and culture of the Balkan states.
Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Belgrade-where the Danube and Sava Rivers converge-and see the city's many fascinating sites, including Saint Sava-one of the world's largest Orthodox churches.
Spend your free time exploring the city on your own this afternoon. Discover Knez Mihailova Street-Belgrade's central pedestrian thoroughfare with many lively cafes, shops, and cultural spots. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship before dinner.
This evening, you might like to join an Optional typical Bohemian Dinner in the Quarter of Skadarlija.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DONJI MILANOVAC
(B, L, D)
DONJI MILANOVAC. EXCURSION TO LEPENSKI VIR-IRON GATES GORGE
Ancient Art, Archaeological Artifacts, and Gauntlet of the Iron Gates
Join a Guided Tour of Lepenski Vir-an important Mesolithic archaeological site chronicling prehistoric cultures, settlements, and art. Marvel at the ancient discoveries and artifacts, as well as the unique views the site affords of the Danube Gorge.
After lunch on board, you'll sail through the spectacular and narrow Iron Gates Gorge-a natural border between Serbia and Romania.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO CETATE
(B, L, D)
A Bygone Era and New Mountains to Climb
Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Run along the river bank.
Visit the Danube's old grain-shipping port on a Guided Tour of Cetate, including a tasting of local wines.
Sail to Vidin this afternoon.
Rocks and Ruins-Things of Beauty in Bulgaria
Join a Guided Tour to Belogradchik to see the remarkable rock formations on the western slopes of the Balkan Mountains.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO NIKOPOL
(B, L, D)
NIKOPOL. EXCURSION TO VELIKO TARNOVO & ARBANASSI
Cliffside Dwellings and Castle Ruins of Bulgarian Kings
Join a full-day Guided Tour to the former Bulgarian capital of Veliko Tarnovo-with its ancient stone houses clinging to the cliffs above the Yantra River, and the 15th-century town of Arbanassi.
As an alternative, sail with your ship to Rousse.
Fortresses and Fountains in Bulgaria's "Little Vienna"
You may choose to stay with your ship today on its way to Rousse-dubbed "Little Vienna" for its baroque and neoclassical buildings.
Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour to Bulgaria's largest inland port and visit its impressive Holy Trinity Church, OR:
Join an afternoon Run through the park with your Avalon Adventure Host.
Later, enjoy live entertainment on board with a Bulgarian folklore show.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO OLTENITA
A Night in Bucharest-the "Paris of the East"
Take a Guided Tour of the Romanian capital city of Bucharest with its tree-lined boulevards and Arc de Triomphe-honoring WWI Romanian soldiers. See the Royal Palace Square-the scene of the city's 1989 riots to overthrow the communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu.
Spend some free time exploring this fascinating city on your own to discover its trendy shops, cafes, museums, beautiful homes, and churches along Victory Avenue.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
Notes In the event of water level problems or any problems of a technical nature, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or to alter the program. Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change is necessary, a substitute will be offered. Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
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Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included.
Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.
Extra nights per person in Prague:
in single room from $191 to $315, in twin room from $115 to $181
Extra nights per person in Bucharest:
in single room from $153 to $240, in twin room from $82 to $139
All prices per person based on double occupancy. Cruise price based on Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom on Indigo Deck. See below for upgrade pricing.
To upgrade to a higher category, add per person:
Category / Decks / Price
D / Indigo Deck / $370
B / Sapphire Deck / $2134
A / Sapphire Deck / $2227
P / Royal Deck / $2412
Royal Suite / Royal Deck / $4084
Prices shown are "starting at" prices and do not include airfare.
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