Day 1 Prague: Welcome to Prague Day 2 Prague: Guided sightseeing, see the Astronomical Clock and visit Hradčany Castle grounds Day 3 Prague–Regensburg, Germany–Deggendorf (Embarkation): Travel by motorcoach to Regensburg, guided sightseeing; special treat; transfer to Deggendorf; onboard welcome reception Day 4 Passau: Guided walk Day 5 Linz, Austria: Guided sightseeing Day 6 Melk–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: Guided sightseeing, 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 sightseeing, see Heroes’ Square Day 10 Budapest (Disembarkation): Your vacation ends this morning Always Included 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 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. Day-By-Day Itinerary (B) = Breakfast (L) = Lunch (D) = Dinner Day 1 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 (B) 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. Day 3 (B, D) 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 Day 4 (B, L, D) 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 the 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 to Linz through the Schlögen Oxbow, a particularly beautiful horseshoe–shaped bend of the river. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LINZ Day 5 (B, L, D) 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 to 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 Pöstlingberg for a bird’s–eye view of the city and river below. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MELK Day 6 (B, L, D) 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. DÜRNSTEIN Fairytale Castles, Kings, and Cobblestones Classic Join 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 on board your ship. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIENNA Day 7 (B, L, D) VIENNA Strauss, Schnitzel, Strudel, and Sachertorte Discovery Join us for a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Vienna, including the Kuntskammer’s remarkable collection of more than 2,100 valuable objects, which were collected through the centuries by the emperors and archdukes of Habsburg. Classic Later, choose a complimentary ticket for a local Viennese Museum Visit, or continue exploring with additional Guided Sightseeing. You may decide to take a Guided Optional Excursion to Schönbrunn Palace—the former imperial summer home and vast gardens with a history spanning 300 years of the Habsburg monarchy. In your free time why not stroll through pedestrian Kärntnerstrasse—the most famous shopping avenue in central Vienna. Take a bike ride through the city and stop in a local café to enjoy authentic Austrian confections of Sachertorte or Apfelstrudel. 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 Day 8 (B, L, D) BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA Classic and Contemporary–from Cathedrals and Castle Walls to Art Gallery Halls Start the day with a Morning Stretch with your Avalon Adventure Host. 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. Be our guest at a Farewell Dinner before cruising to Budapest. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BUDAPEST Day 9 (B, L, D) BUDAPEST, HUNGARY 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, or take a hike through the hills above the Danube. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN BUDAPEST Day 10 (B) BUDAPEST (DISEMBARKATION) Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
Your European adventure begins with two nights in Prague, capital of the Czech Republic. Guided sightseeing shows you its best-known treasures. See the Astronomical Clock, Hradcany Castle, and St. Vitus Cathedral.
Regensburg is one of Germany’s best-preserved medieval cities. Guided sightseeing will show you the Old Town Hall, the Porta Pretoria and many mansions with high towers denoting the status and wealth of their early owners. Transfer to Deggendorf where your river cruise journey begins.
Passau, Germany, is called the “City of Three Rivers” as it lies at the confluence of the Danube, Inn, and Ilz rivers. Explore the city with a Local Guide and admire the Patrician houses and baroque St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Linz, Austria, offers the Hauptplatz, Austria’s largest medieval square which forms the center of the city.
Enjoy the magnificent views as your river cruise takes you through the picturesque wine region of Wachau Valley. In Dürnstein, see the famous blue and white Stiftskirche and taste some of the local wines. Vienna, the “City of Music,” makes an immediate impression with its lavish Hofburg Imperial Palace and neo-renaissance Vienna Opera House. In Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, a guided walk takes you through the delightful Old Town and to the gothic St. Martin’s Cathedral.
In Budapest, the vibrant capital of Hungary, you’ll see the must-see sights with a local expert; in your free time stroll along the main shopping street of Váci utca, or take pictures from Fishermen’s Bastion, which provides the best panoramic views of Budapest.
From the Golden City of Prague to the Pearl of the Danube in Budapest, your European river cruise is an experience not to be missed!
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Budapest is the capital of Hungary. As the largest city of Hungary, it serves as the country's principal political, cultural, commercial, industrial, and transportation centre. In 2010, Budapest had 1,721,556 inhabitants, down from its 1980 peak of 2.06 million. The Budapest Commuter Area is home to 3,271,110 people. The city covers an area of 525 square kilometres (202.7 sq mi) within the city limits. Budapest became a single city occupying both banks of the river Danube with a unification on 17 November 1873 of right (west)-bank Buda and Óbuda with left (east)-bank Pest. Budapest is one of Europe's most delightful and enjoyable cities. Due to its scenic setting and its architecture it is nicknamed "Paris of the East".
Bratislava is the capital of Slovakia and, with a population of about 431,000, also the country's largest city. Bratislava is in southwestern Slovakia on both banks of the Danube River. Bordering Austria and Hungary, it is the only national capital that borders two independent countries. Bratislava and Vienna are two of the closest European national capitals to each other, at less than 37 miles apart. Bratislava is the political, cultural, and economic centre of Slovakia. It is the seat of the Slovak president, the parliament, and the executive branch of the government. It is home to several universities, museums, theatres, galleries and other important cultural and educational institutions.
The Czech Republic, also known as Czechia, is a nation state in Central Europe. Although the country may not be large it has a rich and eventful history. From time immemorial Czechs, Germans, Jews and Slovaks, as well as Italian stonemasons and stucco workers, French tradesmen and deserters from Napoleon’s army have all lived and worked here, all influencing one another. For centuries they jointly cultivated their land, creating works that still command our respect and admiration today. It is thanks to their inventiveness and skill that this small country is graced with hundreds of ancient castles, monasteries and stately mansions, and even entire towns that give the impression of being comprehensive artifacts. The Czech Republic contains a vast of amount of architectural treasure and has beautiful forests and mountains to match.
Misunderstood by many, Germany is one of the most unique and charming countries on the continent. Since reunification Germany has at last gained a higher profile as a place to visit, thanks partly to the remarkable resurgence of its capital, Berlin, one of the most fascinating and exciting cities in Europe. It's no surprise at all that today’s Germany is more diverse and cosmopolitan than old stereotypes suggest; mixing time-honoured nationalism and tradition with multicultural modernism and self-confidence.
Austria is a German-speaking federal republic and a landlocked country of over 8.66 million people in Central Europe. It is characterized by its mountain villages, baroque city architecture, Imperial history and rugged alpine terrain. Vienna, its Danube River capital, is home to the Schonbrunn and Hofburg palaces, and has counted Mozart, Strauss and Sigmund Freud among its residents. The country’s other notable regions include the northern Bohemian Forest, Lake Traun and eastern hillside vineyards.
Prague, is situated on the Vltava River in central Bohemia. It is the capital and largest city of the Czech Republic. The city proper is home to about 1.3 million people, while its metropolitan area is estimated to have a population of over 2.3 million. It has been a political, cultural and economic center of Europe and particularly central Europe for the over 1,100 years of its existence. For centuries, during the Gothic and Renaissance eras, Prague was the permanent seat of two Holy Roman Emperors and thus was also the capital of the Holy Roman Empire. The city played roles in the Protestant Reformation, the Thirty Years' War, and in 20th-century history, both during the two World Wars and during the post-war Communist era.
Slovakia is a central European country known for its dramatic natural landscape and many castles. It is a landlocked country bordered by the Czech Republic and Austria to the west, Poland to the north, Ukraine to the east and Hungary to the south. Slovakia's territory spans about 49,000 square kilometres (19,000 sq mi) and is mostly mountainous. The population is over 5 million and comprises mostly ethnic Slovaks. The capital and largest city is Bratislava. The official language is Slovak, a member of the Slavic language family.