Begin this timeless Europe river cruise vacation in vibrant Budapest, Hungary, sail along the Danube River with exciting stops in Austria and Germany and conclude in historical Nuremberg, Germany. As you leave Budapest, sail past the splendid Parliament Building and along Danube River, have Hungary on the left and Slovakia on the right as the river runs between both countries for a 58-mile stretch. Enjoy an amazing view of the landscapes of Bratislava while sailing. Vienna, Austria offers stunning St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the Habsburg Palace, the Vienna Opera House and much more.
Day 1 : Budapest, Hungary | Embark Day 2 : Vienna, Austria Day 3 : Vienna Day 4 : Dürnstein | Melk Day 5 : Passau, Germany Day 6 : Regensburg Day 7 : Nuremberg Day 8 : Nuremberg | Disembark
Join a guided tour of Vienna’s gilded landmarks
Enjoy the flavors of the Wachau Valley with a wine tasting on board
Explore Passau and learn more about this beautiful “City of Three Rivers.”
See Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) and Porta Pretoria in Regensburg
Start the day with a morning stretch with an Avalon Adventure Host.
Enjoy the breathtaking view while sailing the Danube River 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.
While in Vienna, choose to join an optional excursion to attend a Royal Waltz Concert for an unforgettable evening of music in an elegant hall.
Classic: Venture into the Habsburg empire this morning on a 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.
Join a guided optional excursion to Schönbrunn Palace–a Habsburg Empire summer home for 300 years.
This afternoon, enjoy free time to take a tram to visit Austria’s Prater amusement park or one of the many museums nearby. Touring with a bike is an option to explore the streets and squares of Vienna, or ride along the banks of the Danube at leisure. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.
Classic: Join a guided city walk to learn more about this beautiful “City of Three Rivers.”
Alternatively, join a full-day guided optional excursion to Salzburg—the city of Mozart, or to the picturesque Bohemian town of Cesky Krumlov. Meet the ship back in Passau after a full-day selected activity for sailing.
Discovery: Enjoy an onboard lecture about the Main-Danube Canal, linking these two rivers to make a vital connection enabling navigation between the North and Black Seas.
Classic: Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of the Bavarian town of Roth with its half-timbered houses, market square and 1535 hunting lodge Schloss Ratibor. Also, join a guided sightseeing of Nuremberg with its medieval architecture, gilded fountain, gothic cathedral and Kaiserburg Castle or take a guided tour of the historic Nuremberg Rally Grounds used by the Third Reich.
Discovery: Later, indulge in a Beer Tasting on board.
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
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 designedincluded activitieswith a choice of experiences.
Initial deposit is $450, and most travelers will call our office and pay the deposit with a credit card.
Final payment is due 100 days prior to departure by check, money order, Visa, MasterCard, Discover/Novus, and American Express. All final payments by credit card may be subject to a surcharge and maximum of $20,000 charge
Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!