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Budapest-Nuremberg - Example 8 Day Cruise aboard Avalon Visionary
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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-by-Day Summary

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

Highlights

  • 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

Ship

Avalon Visionary

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Sunset over the red roofs of Nuremberg Budapest Cityscape Evening in Vienna, Austria Melk Abbey, Lower Austria Take a quiet moment in Passau
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Day 1 Budapest, Hungary | Embark

Welcome to Hungary. The suite ship is ready for boarding. Flights into Budapest must arrive by 2 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.

Set sail while enjoying dinner on the first night on board. 

Day 2 Vienna, Austria

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.

Day 3 Vienna

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.


 

Day 4 Dürnstein | Melk

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Classic: Join a guided walk and hear the legendary tale of King Richard the Lionheart who was imprisoned in the castle above the village during the Crusades. 

Active: Join a hike up to the castle ruins with the Adventure Host for a spectacular view of the village, Danube and the Wachau Valley below. 

Enjoy coffee or a cocktail on the Sky Deck as the ship sails through the picturesque Wachau Valley to Melk.

MELK
Classic: Take a guided tour of Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey to marvel at its frescoed ceilings, statues, incredible library and ornate pipe organ. 

Discovery: Enjoy the flavors of the Wachau Valley with a wine tasting on board.

Day 5 Passau, Germany

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.
 

Day 6 Regensburg

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Classic: Join a guided city walk and see Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) and Porta Pretoria–built in 179 AD as the entrance to Castra Regina fortress.

Choose to join a guided optional excursion to visit the Benedictine Monastery in Weltenburg.

Alternatively, spend a free afternoon exploring Regensburg on foot or by bike through its charming streets. This evening, enjoy live entertainment after dinner and cruise toward Roth.
 

Day 7 Nuremberg

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.

Day 8 Nuremberg | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
The cruise 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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Cat. E
Avalon Deluxe Stateroom: 172 SQ. FT. Comfort Collection Beds, Bedside tables with reading lamps, L'Occitane bath products, Under-bed luggage storage, Bathrobes & slippers, Individual climate control, Large mirror in the bathroom, Two windows, Writing desk, Memory foam mattress, European-style duvets, Extra blankets, Nightly turn-down service, Hairdryer, and Spacious 3-door closets with shelves
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Cat. D
Avalon Deluxe Stateroom: 172 SQ. FT. Comfort Collection Beds, Bedside tables with reading lamps, L'Occitane bath products, Under-bed luggage storage, Individual climate control, Large mirror in bathroom, Two windows, Writing desk, Luxurious mattress, European-style duvets, Extra blankets, Nightly turn-down service, Hairdryer, and Spacious 3-door closets with shelves
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Cat. B
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, Marble countertops in the bathroom, Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Window with Open-Air Balcony, Full shower with glass door, Memory foam mattress, and European-style duvets
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Cat. A
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, Marble countertops in the bathroom, Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Window with Open-Air Balcony, Full shower with glass door, Luxurious mattress, and European-style duvets.
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Cat. P
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, Marble countertops in the bathroom, Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Window with Open-Air Balcony, Full shower with glass door, Vanity, Coffee table, Memory foam mattress, and European-style duvets
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Royal Suite
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, In-room safe, Marble countertops in the bathroom, Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Window with Open-Air Balcony, Full shower with glass door, Luxurious mattress, 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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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!
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