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Festive Season on the Blue Danube Discovery 2019

12 days with Avalon Waterways  Rating: Deluxe

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River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
Welcome to Budapest—Hungary’s Captivating Capital

The day is yours to relax and enjoy Eastern Europe’s shining city on the Danube.

Day 2 BUDAPEST
The Pearl of the Danube in the Heart of Europe

CLASSIC Enjoy a Guided City Sightseeing, 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 cafés and pubs, and Don’t miss the unique Christmas markets that Budapest hosts every year during the Festive season. (B)

Day 3 BUDAPEST (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. Enjoy the Christmas the warmth and glow of Christmas tradition before boarding your Suite Ship®.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIENNA (B,D)

Day 4 VIENNA, AUSTRIA
Vienna Waltzes and the Beautiful Blue Danube

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.

DISCOVERY Enjoy an Austrian Cookie Tasting while sailing to Vienna.

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 5 VIENNA
Royal Collections, Amusing Attractions, and Culinary Confections

CLASSIC Take a Guided Tour of Vienna to see the Imperial Palace complex—the winter residence of the Imperial family, OR:

DISCOVERY Join a Guided Culinary Tour of Vienna’s magical Christmas Advent Markets to sample Sachertorte and Apfelstrudel.

Join a Guided Optional Excursion to Schönbrunn Palace—a Habsburg Empire summer home for 300 years.

Spend free time on your own to enjoy the Christkindlesmarkt, or relax by the fire’s glow in a Viennese café this evening.

Later, relax on board with live entertainment.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO KREMS (B,L,D)

Day 6 KREMS
Christmas Markets in the Austria’s Wine Country

CLASSIC Join a Guided Walk to explore this small valley town, seemingly untouched by the new world.

In your free time perhaps try some roasted chestnuts, one of the most popular treats at the Christmas market.

During lunchtime sail through the picturesque Wachau Valley to Melk.

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 7 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,” OR:

Join a full day Guided Optional Excursion to Salzburg—the city of Mozart and learn how Austrians celebrate Christmas.

Meet your ship back in Passau after your selected activities for sailing.

EVENING/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.

DISCOVERY Enjoy a Christmas Traditions Lecture on board while sailing this afternoon.

DISCOVERY Later, indulge in a Beer Tasting on board.

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

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

Day 9 NUREMBERG
Living Heritage and History Lessons

CLASSIC Choose a Guided Sightseeing 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.

Spend free time on your own to browse the spruce stalls of the Christmas Markets of Nuremberg (7 Dec departure only). Sample favorite Bavarian fare—from dozens of bratwurst varieties, gingerbread, mulled blueberry wine, and countless other culinary delights of the Christkindlmarkt.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN NUREMBERG (B,L,D)

Day 10 NUREMBERG (DISEMBARKATION)—PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
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. (B)

Day 11 PRAGUE
Gothic Cathedrals, Grand Castles, and Great Cuisine

CLASSIC Take a Guided City Walk, and visit the Hradcany Castle Grounds; see St. Vitus Cathedral, and Old Town’s Astronomical Clock.

Spend the afternoon on your own to browse the exquisite Christmas Markets of Prague. Stroll through the brightly colored wooden stalls for ornaments and handmade toys and handicrafts.

Tonight, you may decide to join us for an Optional Folklore Dinner Show, sampling traditional Czech cuisine in an authentic Prague setting. (B)

Day 12 PRAGUE
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
Tour Map
River Cruise Highlights
  • Budapest: welcome to Budapest!
  • Budapest: guided sightseeing, see Heroes’ Square; Christmas markets
  • Budapest (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception
  • Budapest—Vienna: cruising, Austrian cookie tasting on board
  • Vienna: choice of guided sightseeing, or culinary tour at Christmas market
  • Krems—Wachau Valley—Melk: guided walk in Krems; scenic cruising through the Wachau Valley; guided visit of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk; wine tasting on board
  • Passau: guided walk
  • Regensburg: guided walk; Christmas markets; onboard lecture, beer tasting
  • Nuremberg: choice of guided sightseeing, or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour; Christmas markets
  • Nuremberg (Disembarkation)—Prague: transfer to Prague
  • Prague: guided sightseeing, see the Astronomical Clock and visit Hradcany Castle Grounds; Christmas markets
  • Prague: your vacation ends this morning
All This Included
Your festive cruise begins in Budapest where you’ll embark on the Danube to discover enchanting Christmas markets and traditions. Take photographs on the Royal Palace grounds, and enjoy the glow of Christmas traditions in the “Pearl of the Danube” before an evening cruise to Vienna. You’ll sail through the miles shared by Hungary and Slovakia on your way to Vienna, and see the Imperial Palace Complex, magical Christmas Advent Market, and shining Christkindlesmarkt stalls. In Krems, you’ll find a small valley village seemingly untouched by the modern world, and visit its charming Christmas market before sailing through the wonderful Wachau Valley on your way to Melk. Take a guided tour of the magnificent Benedictine Abbey, and enjoy a wine tasting on board your ship.

You’ll cruise to Passau, Germany, the “City of Three Rivers,” where the Danube, Inn, and Ilz Rivers meet, and sail for Regensburg to enjoy a guided tour of Old Town and Porta Pretoria. Enjoy German beer tasting on board your ship, and sail for Nuremberg with an overnight cruise. You’ll see the living heritage and history of Nuremberg with guided sightseeing, including its medieval architecture, cathedral, Kaiserburg Castle, or historic WWII Third Reich Rally Grounds. Browser the spruce stalls of Nuremberg’s Christmas markets, and tray any number of specialties in Bavarian fare—from bratwurst to blueberry wine.

Complete your festive Danube River cruise with a night in the Golden City of Prague, Czech Republic. Here you’ll take a guided sightseeing tour of the iconic city sites, including the Astronomical Clock and the Hradcany Castle Grounds. You’ll love the glistening Christmas markets of Prague, with delightful culinary treats, gifts, and warmth of the season you’ll long remember.
  • Ship Amenities - Avalon Illumination:
    • Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows
    • Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs, whirlpool, shade awnings, & outdoor deck game area
    • State-of-the-art fitness center
    • Non-smoking staterooms & ship interior
    • Convenient Elevator Service
    • Elegant, contemporary design
    • Outside viewing deck
    • Headsets for guided shore excursions in Europe
    • English-speaking friendly crew, staff & professional Cruise Director
    • Sightseeing with Expert Local Guides
    • Onboard lectures, activities & entertainment
    • Room service for Continental breakfast & beverages (service fee applies)
    • Sky Deck whirlpool
    • Complimentary computer use in public areas
    • Complimentary Wi-Fi access
    • Onboard Adventure Center with active gear, bikes, Nordic walking sticks, watercraft & maps
    • Biking excursions available in Amsterdam and Durnstein
    • Light lunch & casual dinner in the Panorama Bistro
    • Behind-the-scenes galley tour
    • Choice of Leisurely, Traditional or Independent sightseeing pace options
    • Nordic walking sticks available onboard for complimentary check-out
    • Onshore & Onboard experiences with regional customs, cultures & tastings with local artisans, experts & entertainers
    • Flatscreen satellite TV with English-speaking channels & over 100 free movie options
    • Onboard assistance is available to recommend, reserve and further personalize your cruise
    • Linger over several selections from the Panorama Bistro's tasting menu for a less formal "sit-down" atmosphere
    • Sky Deck game area
    • Self-serve beverage station with complimentary tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees, including decaf options
    • Well-stocked library with books, cards, and board games
    • Complimentary bottled water, fresh fruit, and cookies available throughout the day
    • Full-size closet mirror
  • Ship Dining - Avalon Illumination:
    • Avalon FreshSM healthy cuisine options at every meal
    • Self-serve beverage station with complimentary tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees, including decaf options
    • Welcome & farewell cocktails with sparkling wine & canapés
    • Welcome dinner
    • Five-course farewell dinner
    • Spacious, open-seating dining room
    • Daily early-riser breakfast
    • Daily late-riser breakfast
    • Full buffet breakfast with sparkling wine and made-to-order egg station
    • Lunch buffet with carving and pasta stations
    • Al fresco lunch in the Sky Grill
    • Cocktails with a view on the Sky Deck
    • Healthy Corner options including low calorie, low fat, high fiber, low cholesterol, and high energy choices
    • Vegetarian options at every meal, as well as vegan and allergy-free selections
    • Afternoon Tea featuring tea, coffee, and sweet treats
    • Happy Hour every evening including featured drink specials
    • Seasonal cuisine featuring the freshest local ingredients
    • Chef-prepared onboard meals with regional cuisine and familiar favorites
    • Four-course dinners with choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrées and desserts or cheese
    • Complimentary wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner
    • Room service for Continental breakfast & beverages (service fee applies)
    • Panorama Lounge & Bar with premium spirits, cozy seating, panoramic windows & dance floor
    • Night Fare served at 10:30 pm
    • Healthy meal options
    • Light lunch & casual dinner in the Panorama Bistro
    • Linger over several selections from the Panorama Bistro's tasting menu for a less formal "sit-down" atmosphere
    • Tastings - sample the destination's famous delicacies
    • Coffee or tea after dinner
Accommodations on this Tour
Cruising: Cabin onboard Avalon Imagery II
Budapest: InterContinental Budapest or Budapest Marriott 
Prague: InterContinental Praha or Hilton Prague
Pre and Post Add-ons
Extra nights per person in Budapest:
in single room from $178 to $446, in twin room from $111 to $243

Extra nights per person in Prague:
in single room from $191 to $315, in twin room from $115 to $181
Notes
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • 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.
  • Port charges: $182.
  • Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included.
  • Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions

* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.



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