Grand Danube Cruise 2019

Grand Danube Cruise 2019

Operator: Avalon Waterways
Ship: Passion
Starts: Prague, Czech Republic on Tue, Aug 13, 2019
Ends: Bucharest, Romania on Thu, Aug 29, 2019

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Itinerary

Rivers Visited

Danube

River Cruise Itinerary

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 Hradčany 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.

Day 1 (Tue, Aug 13, 2019): 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.

Day 2 (Wed, Aug 14, 2019): PRAGUE

Bridges, Books, Crystal, and Chocolate—Simple Pleasures and Grand Surprises Around Every Corner

CLASSIC Take a Guided City Walk to visit Hradčany 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.

(B)

Day 3 (Thu, Aug 15, 2019): 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,D)

Day 4 (Fri, Aug 16, 2019): PASSAU–SCHLÖGEN OXBOW

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.”

ACTIVE 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 Schlögen Oxbow, a particularly beautiful horseshoe-shaped bend of the river. Later, enjoy Live Entertainment on board.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LINZ

(B,L,D)

Day 5 (Sat, Aug 17, 2019): LINZ, AUSTRIA

Fall in Love with Linz–Legendary Art, Music, and the Linzer Torte!

CLASSIC 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 Český 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 Pöstlingberg for a bird’s-eye view of the city and river below.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MELK

(B,L,D)

Day 6 (Sun, Aug 18, 2019): MELK–WACHAU VALLEY

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.

Later, stretch out on the Sky Deck as you sail through the Wachau Valley past vineyards, castles, and charming villages on your way to Dürnstein.

DURNSTEIN

Fairytale Castles, Kings, and Cobblestones

CLASSIC 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:

ACTIVE 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)

Day 7 (Mon, Aug 19, 2019): VIENNA

Strauss, Schnitzel, Strudel, and Sachertorte

DISCOVERY Visit Austria’s largest art museum, the Kunsthistorisches Museum, including the Kuntskammer’s centuries-old Habsburg collection, OR:

CLASSIC Venture into the Habsburg empire with a morning 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.

You may, instead, prefer to take a Guided Optional Excursion to Schönbrunn 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)

Day 8 (Tue, Aug 20, 2019): BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA

Classic and Contemporary—from Cathedrals and Castle Walls to Art Gallery Halls

CLASSIC 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)

Day 9 (Wed, Aug 21, 2019): BUDAPEST, HUNGARY

The Pearl of the Danube in the Heart of Europe

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

Enjoy a free afternoon exploring such famous sights as the Chain Bridge, cafés, pubs, or hiking trails.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN BUDAPEST

(B,L,D)

Day 10 (Thu, Aug 22, 2019): BUDAPEST

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

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MOHÁCS

(B,D)

Day 11 (Fri, Aug 23, 2019): MOHÁCS

Archaeology, Architecture, and an Ancient Watermill

CLASSIC Join a morning Guided Tour of nearby Mohács—the quiet Danube harbor town with its historical memorial parks, statues, and distinctive churches. Tour the remarkable medieval St. Nicholas Watermill, OR:

CLASSIC Take a Guided Tour of nearby Pécs 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)

Day 12 (Sat, Aug 24, 2019): BELGRADE, SERBIA

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.

CLASSIC 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 cafés, 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)

Day 13 (Sun, Aug 25, 2019): DONJI MILANOVAC. EXCURSION TO LEPENSKI VIR–IRON GATES GORGE

Ancient Art, Archaeological Artifacts, and Gauntlet of the Iron Gates

CLASSIC 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)

Day 14 (Mon, Aug 26, 2019): CETATE, ROMANIA

A Bygone Era and New Mountains to Climb

ACTIVE Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Jog along the river bank.

CLASSIC 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.

VIDIN, BULGARIA

Rocks and Ruins—Things of Beauty in Bulgaria

CLASSIC 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)

Day 15 (Tue, Aug 27, 2019): NIKOPOL. EXCURSION TO VELIKO TÂRNOVO & ARBANASSI

Cliffside Dwellings and Castle Ruins of Bulgarian Kings

CLASSIC Join a full-day Guided Tour to the former Bulgarian capital of Veliko Târnovo—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.

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.

CLASSIC Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour to Bulgaria’s largest inland port and visit its impressive Holy Trinity Church, OR:

ACTIVE Join an afternoon Jog through the park with your Avalon Adventure Host.

Later, enjoy live entertainment on board with a Bulgarian folklore show.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO OLTENITA

(B,L,D)

Day 16 (Wed, Aug 28, 2019): OLTENITA (DISEMBARKATION)–BUCHAREST

A Night in Bucharest—the “Paris of the East”

CLASSIC 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, cafés, museums, beautiful homes, and churches along Victory Avenue.

(B)

Day 17 (Thu, Aug 29, 2019): BUCHAREST

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

(B)

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Inclusions

  • 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.

Sightseeing & Activities:

Day 1 Prague: welcome to Prague

Day 2 Prague: guided sightseeing, see the Astronomical Clock and visit Hradčany 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 Târnovo 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

Meals:





Accommodation Information

Port charges:
$338

Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included.

Avalon offers the opportunity for solo travelers to sail with no single supplement (subject to availability).

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.

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Ship Information

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Questions & Answers

Question: Will the day-by-day itinerary change?

Yes, the river cruise itineraries may change due to reasons such as inclement weather or unforeseen events. Your safety is the number one concern aboard and all precautions necessary will be taken in order to ensure passenger safety, including changing itineraries. Please note that when itineraries do change, the ship staff will do their best to substitute any missed port with an alternative destination.

Question: In what language is the river cruise conducted?

The river cruise will be conducted in English only.


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