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Danube Dreams for Wine Lovers with trip in Prague and Berlin

Eastbound - Example 12 Day Cruise aboard Avalon Envision
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Begin this journey on a two-night trip in Berlin and another 2 nights in Prague. Transfer to Deggendorf to start sailing towards Passau and explore its city. See Austria’s largest medieval square, the Hauptplatz in Linz. Enjoy magnificent views through the picturesque wine region of Wachau Valley. In Dürnstein, see the famous blue and white Stiftskirche. In Vienna, visit the lavish Hofburg Imperial Palace and neo-renaissance Vienna Opera House. Take a guided walk that glances through the delightful Old Town of Bratislava then conclude the journey in Budapest. 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Berlin, Germany
Day 2 : Berlin
Day 3 : Berlin | Dresden | Prague
Day 4 : Prague
Day 5 : Regensburg | Deggendorf | Embark
Day 6 : Passau | Schlögen Oxbow.
Day 7 : Linz
Day 8 : Melk | Wachau Valley | Dürnstein
Day 9 : Vienna
Day 10 : Bratislava
Day 11 : Budapest
Day 12 : Budapest | Disembark

Highlights

  • Visit the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church in Berlin
  • Take a guided walk to visit Hradčany Castle Grounds in Prague
  • Visit the Altes Rathaus and Porta Pretoria in Regensburg
  • Explore Passau's cobblestone streets and galleries of Artists’ Alley
  • Join the the tour of Vienna's gilded landmarks such as the Imperial Palace

Ship

Avalon Envision

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Admire the ornate decoration of the Berlin Cathedral Enjoy the energy of Berlin's nightlife Cross the Vltava via the famed Charles Bridge Wander the grounds of Belvedere Palace, Vienna Hungary's Parliament building in Budapest Admire the artistry of Linz
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Day 1 Berlin, Germany

Enjoy free time to rest or explore Germany’s capital city.

Day 2 Berlin

  • 1 Breakfast
Today’s sightseeing with a local expert includes the city’s notable sights. Visit the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, see the restored Reichstag building and the elegant avenue of Kurfurstendamm. Also see the powerful Holocaust Memorial, as well as the historic Brandenburg Gate. The afternoon is free to explore. 

Day 3 Berlin | Dresden | Prague

  • 1 Breakfast
Take a morning trip to Dresden to see its post-WWII restored baroque architecture, visit the courtyard of Zwinger Palace and see the magnificent 1841 Semperoper, Dresden’s opera house standing restored after being destroyed by both fire and war. Marvel at the glorious Dresden Frauenkirche before enjoying free time for lunch in the city before setting out for a late afternoon arrival in Prague.

Day 4 Prague

  • 1 Breakfast
Classic: Take a guided city walk to visit Hradčany Castle Grounds; see St. Vitus Cathedral and Old Town’s Astronomical Clock.

Discovery: Join a guided tour to the village of Melnik, located in one of the northern-most vinicultural areas of Europe, the largest in Bohemia. Also, be invited to a special Bohemian wine tasting with local cheese.

Consider sampling delicious plum dumplings and traditional Pilsner lager beside the Vltava River.

Day 5 Regensburg | Deggendorf | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
Classic: Join a guided city walk in Regensburg and see 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 the Avalon Suite Ship for a welcome reception. 

Day 6 Passau | Schlögen Oxbow.

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Classic: Join a guided city walk to learn more about this beautiful “City of Three Rivers,” 

Active: Follow an Avalon Adventure Host for Hiking from Oberhaus along a trail down to the valley and along Ilz River.

Before sailing to Linz, take a little free time to explore Passau's cobblestone streets and galleries of Artists’ Alley. Maybe stop at St. Stephen’s Cathedral to catch a concert rehearsal.

Discovery: Join an onboard lecture hosted by a master of wine while sailing to Linz.

This afternoon, cruise to Linz through the Danube's dramatic horseshoe bend called Schlögen Oxbow. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.

Day 7 Linz

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit the Adventure Center for today’s activities with an Adventure Host.

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.

Otherwise spend the afternoon on a biking picnic along the banks of the Danube or hike through Linz’s beautiful nature trails to Pöstlingberg for a bird’s-eye view of the city and river below.

Discovery: Onboard food and wine pairing dinner hosted by your master of wine.

Day 8 Melk | Wachau Valley | Dürnstein

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 the ship sails through the Wachau Valley past vineyards, castles and charming villages on the way to Dürnstein.

DÜRNSTEIN
Classic: 
Join a guided walk and hear the legendary tale of King Richard the Lionheart who was imprisoned in the castle during the Crusades.

Active: Join a guided hike up to the castle ruins to take in the spectacular view of the village, the Danube and the Wachau Valley below. 

Discovery: Discover the fascinating world of wine within a labyrinth underneath the surface, which is about 900 years old. While sipping a selection of different wines, learn how the wine production developed over the centuries till nowadays.

Later, enjoy live entertainment on board the ship. 

Day 9 Vienna

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Classic: Explore the Habsburg empire with a morning guided city tour of Vienna’s gilded landmarks. See the Imperial Palace complex—winter residence of the Imperial Family, the grand Vienna Opera House and stunning St. Stephen’s Cathedral.

Also decide to take a guided optional excursion to Schönbrunn Palace, the former imperial summer home of the Habsburg monarchy.

In some 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 Sachertorte or Apfelstrudel.

Later this evening, choose to attend an optional excursion to a Royal Waltz Concert for an unforgettable evening of music in an elegant hall.

Day 10 Bratislava

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Join an Adventure Host for today’s special activities.

Discovery: Enjoy a leisurely morning sail to Bratislava and a wine tasting hosted by the master of wine.

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.

Day 11 Budapest

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Discovery: Enjoy a guided city sightseeing, including the iconic Heroes’ Square and a visit to a unique wine cellar system and taste Hungarian wines in a very special way.

This afternoon, choose among a wide offer of optional guided excursions or take in the beauty of Budapest while enjoying some free time 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.

Day 12 Budapest | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
The vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
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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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