Grand Danube Cruise

06/15/2019 through 10/05/2019
06/15/2019 through 10/24/2019
Avalon Waterways
Avalon Passion

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 Schlögen 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 Dürnstein. 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.

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Day 1 Prague: welcome to Prague

Day 2 Prague: guided sightseeing, see the Astronomical Clock and visit Hradcany Castle grounds

Day 3 Prague–Regensburg–Deggendorf (Embarkation): travel by motorcoach to Regensburg, guided sightseeing transfer to Deggendorf; onboard welcome reception

Day 4 Passau: guided walk

Day 5 Linz: guided sightseeing

Day 6 Melk–Wachau Valley–Dürnstein: 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 Dürnstein; wine tasting

Day 7 Vienna: choice of guided sightseeing, or visit of the Kunsthistorisches Museum

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 Mohács. Excursion to Pécs: choice of guided tour in Pécs, visit the underground tombs, or sightseeing in Mohács, 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 Trnovo 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

Itinerary

Day 1 Prague, Czech Republic
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Day 2 Prague
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Day 3 Regensburg, Germany-deggendorf (Embarkation)
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Day 4 Passau-schlögen Oxbow
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Day 5 Linz, Austria
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Day 6 Melk-wachau Valley
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Day 7 Vienna
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Day 8 Bratislava, Slovakia
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Day 9 Budapest, Hungary
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Day 10 Budapest, Hungary
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Day 11 Mohács
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Day 12 Belgrade, Serbia
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Day 13 Donji Milanovac. Excursion To Lepenski Vir-iron Gates Gorge
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Day 14 Cetate, Romania
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Day 15 Nikopol. Excursion To Veliko Trnovo & Arbanassi
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Day 16 Oltenita (Disembarkation)-bucharest
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Day 17 Bucharest
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