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Taste the delightful street treats of Prague, such as trdelnik, or chimney cakes

Active & Discovery on the Danube with a trip in Prague

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Experience each destination along the Danube River with different excursions which can be selected based on personal preference. Start by exploring Budapest, the city’s people and places on an exceptional guided tour. Attend a Medieval Knights Tournament at a Visegrád castle, or see Gustave Klimt’s renowned “Kiss” painting in Vienna. Browse the art collection of the Habsburg Empire, sip local vintages at an Austrian wine tasting, or join a canoe excursion. Disembark and take a morning visit to the picturesque Bohemian town of Český Krumlov prior to arrival in Prague. 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Budapest, Hungary
Day 2 : Budapest, Hungary | Embark | Danube Bend
Day 3 : Visegrád
Day 4 : Vienna
Day 5 : Vienna
Day 6 : Krems
Day 7 : Grein | Mauthausen | Linz
Day 8 : Engelhartszell | Schlogen Oxbow
Day 9 : Linz | Disembark | Cesky Krumlov
Day 10 : Prague
Day 11 : Prague

Highlights

  • See Habsburg private art collection and the Italian or Dutch masters works
  • Mingle with the locals in Linz and go through sample local libations
  • See the iconic sights in Budapest while on a tour
  • Join a guided walk of Grein, including its historic theater
  • Take a tour exploring the city of Prague

Ship

Avalon Illumination

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Explore Prague's colorful streets Taste the delightful street treats of Prague, such as trdelnik, or chimney cakes Wander the grounds of Belvedere Palace, Vienna Enjoy time in the cultural hub of Vienna Budapest, the capital city of Hungary Admire the artistry of Linz

Day 1 Budapest, Hungary

Welcome to Budapest, Hungary’s Captivating Capital. The day is free to relax and enjoy Eastern Europe’s shining city on the Danube.

Day 2 Budapest, Hungary | Embark | Danube Bend

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
strong>Active: See the sights from a different perspective by joining a guided bike tour along the bike paths and pedestrian areas of the city

Discovery: Enjoy a guided walking tour combing the sights of Budapest with “Fungarian” instruction of useful local words and phrases

Classic: Take a guided walking tour of Budapest to see the city’s most iconic sites.

Spend free time shopping for Hungarian paprika or handcrafted souvenirs, or savor a piece of cream cake in one of the many cafés. Enjoy a Hungarian Dinner on board during a scenic cruise through the Danube Bend. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.

 

Day 3 Visegrád

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
strong>Active: Take a castle visit and scenic hiking tour to Count Dracula’s prison tower in Visegrád.

Active: Take part in a canoe excursion through the picturesque bend region of the Danube for a truly unique perspective of one of the river’s most beautiful stretches.

Discovery: Join a guided visit to the Medieval Knights Tournament at Visegrád’s Lower Castle, featuring targeting and fighting demonstrations by members of the St. George Knightly Order.

Spend free time after selected activities to explore Palotaház, where stonemasons, smiths, potters and paper-makers produce their traditional items using age-old techniques.

Day 4 Vienna

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
strong>Active: Take a guided bike tour along the famed Ringstrasse and pedestrian avenues of Vienna to see the city’s highlights from a unique perspective.

Active: Join a guided jogging tour of the city of music to see highlights of the gilded architecture along the way.

Discovery: Take an insider’s tour of Vienna to get behind the scenes of her sights and attractions. Meet locals, have the chance to prepare some food and enjoy other surprises.

Classic: Take a guided sightseeing tour of Vienna, including a tour of Belvedere Palace to see Gustave Klimt’s renowned “Kiss” painting.

Spend free time this afternoon strolling through the pedestrian Kärntnerstrasse then take a break for a piece of Sachertorte. This evening, consider joining and optional excursion to attend Royal Waltz Concert in an elegant hall.

Day 5 Vienna

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
strong>Discovery: Enjoy a morning guided walking tour to see the city in her best light, along with breakfast at a Viennese café.

Classic: Dive into one of the world’s most important museums with a guided tour of the Habsburg family’s private art collection at the Museum of Fine Arts, and enjoy Italian or Dutch master work.

Classic: Take a guided tour of the Museum of Fine Arts, followed by the Military Museum, commemorating the past of the Habsburg Empire.

Day 6 Krems

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
strong>Active: Paddle a canoe on a guided tour to see the Austrian waterways and shoreline scenery from a unique perspective.

Active: Take a guided bike tour from Krems to Spitz, enjoy a stop in Dürnstein to see the mesmerizing blue Stiftskirche and to sample local specialties.

Discovery: Join an interactive Wine World Experience with wine tasting. 

Discovery: Enjoy a guided visit that showcases production of regional fruits, vegetables, wine or other products.

Relax on board this afternoon to enjoy the picturesque Wachau Valley scenery as the ship cruises to Grein.

GREIN
Discovery: 
See Burg Clam on a guided visit and meet the Count of Clam during the tour.

Day 7 Grein | Mauthausen | Linz

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
strong>Classic: Take a guided walk of Grein, including its historic theater, the oldest in Austria still holding regular performances.

MAUTHAUSEN
Active: 
Take a guided bike tour along the Danube and discover how fertile this area is. Stop at a local farm and learn more about farming life and flood protection.

Classic: Visit the 9th-century St. Florian Monastery, the largest monastery in upper Austria and home to Augustine monks.

Classic: Join a sobering guided tour of Mauthausen Concentration Camp, one of the largest and most brutal Nazi camp of WWII.

LINZ
Meet the locals in Linz. Choose to join a guided optional Pub Crawl through Linz to sample local libations and mingle with the locals.
Tonight, enjoy live entertainment on board the ship.

Day 8 Engelhartszell | Schlogen Oxbow

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
strong>Discovery: Join a guided tour to the “House by the stream” (Haus am Strom) and walk across the Danube Power-Station Jochenstein.

Classic: Visit the stunning rococo-style Engelszell Abbey and its Sensory Garden, complete with stone labyrinth, herb garden and vineyard. Sample cheese and beer made by the resident Trappist monks.

Active: This afternoon, enjoy a scenic guided hike along the Danube’s Schlögen Oxbow bend that cuts a dramatic landscape made by centuries of natural elements.

Or, as a relaxing option, enjoy free time on the Sky Deck this afternoon while the ship sails through the amazing horseshoe bend of the Danube’s Schlögen Oxbow on the way back to Linz. 

Day 9 Linz | Disembark | Cesky Krumlov

  • 1 Breakfast
Take a morning trip to visit the picturesque Bohemian town of Cesky Krumlov, before setting out for a late afternoon arrival in Prague.

Day 10 Prague

  • 1 Breakfast
Choose an activity: an active guided urban hike that continues to the Prokopske Valley Nature Reserve, or a guided city sightseeing tour.

Day 11 Prague

  • 1 Breakfast
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

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Flexible Rebooking Policy
Travelers currently booked on departures from March 14-June 30, 2020 can rebook to any voyage departing before December 31, 2022, with no rebooking fees. Plus, receive a travel credit of $200 per person redeemable for future travel. 
Applies to all departures up to Dec 31, 2020

Flexible New Booking Policy
For new reservations made from March 24, 2020, forward travelers have the option to cancel their trip up to three days prior to departure and normal cancellation penalties will be waived. Deposits remain non-refundable. Some restrictions may apply. Contact us for more details.
Applies to all departures up to Dec 31, 2020

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Avalon Deluxe Stateroom: 172 SQ. FT. Comfort Collection Beds, Bedside tables with reading lamps, L'Occitane bath products, Under-bed luggage storage, Complimentary bottled water, Individual climate control, Mirror in the bathroom, Full shower with glass door, Vanity, Memory foam mattress, European-style duvets.
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Avalon Deluxe Stateroom: 172 SQ. FT. Comfort Collection Beds, Bedside tables with reading lamps, L'Occitane bath products, Under-bed luggage storage, Complimentary bottled water, Individual climate control, Mirror in the bathroom, Full shower with glass door, Vanity, Luxurious mattress, European-style duvets.
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Panorama Suite: 200 SQ. FT. Comfort Collection Beds, Bedside tables with reading lamps, L'Occitane bath products, Under-bed luggage storage, Telephone, In-room safe, Contemporary design, Marble countertops in the bathroom, 6-person sitting area, Writing desk, Sofa, Memory foam mattress, European-style duvets.
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Panorama Suite: 200 SQ. FT. Comfort Collection Beds, Bedside tables with reading lamps, L'Occitane bath products, Under-bed luggage storage, Telephone, In-room safe, contemporary design, Marble countertops in the bathroom, 6-person sitting area, Writing desk, Sofa, Luxurious mattress, European-style duvets.
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Panorama Suite: 200 SQ. FT. Comfort Collection Beds, Bedside tables with reading lamps, L'Occitane bath products, Under-bed luggage storage, Telephone, Well-stocked minibar, In-room safe, Contemporary design, Marble countertops in the bathroom, 6-person sitting area, Writing desk, Sofa, Memory foam mattress, European-style duvets
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Royal Suite: 300 SQ. FT. Comfort Collection Beds, Bedside tables with reading lamps, L'Occitane bath products, Under-bed luggage storage, Telephone, Well-stocked minibar, Marble countertops in the bathroom, Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Window with Open-Air Balcony, Full shower with glass door, Luxurious mattress toppers, European-style duvets.

Notes

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 Beds with choice of mattress firmness
  • Egyptian super-combed cotton linens
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • Premium L'Occitane bath products
  • Large bathroom featuring a shower with glass door
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with free movie channels
  • Individual climate control and in-room safe
  • USB Ports
  • 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 Host
Dining:
  • FlexDining for more venue and seating options, including flexible seating times in our Panorama Dining Room
  • Avalon Fresh 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 at 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 Panorama Dining Room with choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrees, and desserts. Includes selections of regional recipes, Western dishes, and vegetarian options.
  • Enjoy a tasting menu with a view in the Panorama Bistro - a less formal "sit-down" atmosphere while lingering over several satisfying selections
  • Captain’s welcome & farewell receptions and dinners with sparkling wine and canapés
  • 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
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.
  • Avalon has designed included activities with a choice of experiences.
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