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Danube Dreams - Westbound
11 Nights/ 12 Days from Budapest to Prague

2 Nights Hotel Accommodations in Budapest, 7-Night Cruise Budapest to Passau, 2 Nights Hotel Accommodations in Prague

Avalon Capitals of Central Europe

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2017 Departure Dates & Pricing

Budapest to Prague (WBP) - 12 days

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Ship - Vista, Passion, Impression, Expression, Illumination

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Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive in Budapest, Hungary

Welcome to Budapest, Hungary’s lively capital. The remainder of the day is free to start exploring Eastern Europe’s most cosmopolitan metropolis.

Day 2: Budapest

Spanning the banks of the Danube, Budapest is one of Eastern Europe’s liveliest cities. Whether you’re seeing the sights, shopping for handcrafted embroidery or Herend porcelain, or basking in the coffee house culture over a rich cream cake in the renowned Gerbeaud Café, Budapest’s unique energy is positively palatable. On your GUIDED TOUR of the city, see Heroes’ Square as well as the massive hilltop castle complex with its remarkable Fishermen’s Bastion and 11th-century Matthias Church, the coronation spot of several Hungarian monarchs. Be sure to take note of the city’s eight bridges—many famous sights in and of themselves—which connect ancient Buda on the right bank with Pest on the left. You may even want to walk across Chain Bridge, built in 1849 and a symbol of Budapest. During your free time this afternoon, perhaps visit St. Stephen’s Basilica, with marvelous views of the city from its viewing platform, or stroll along Váci utca, the main shopping street. (B)

Day 3: Budapest (Embarkation Day)

Today you can explore this vibrant city at your own pace. Shop at the Great Market Hall and purchase paprika or embroidery at one of its 180 vendor stalls, or wander around the Royal Palace grounds. In the afternoon, transfer to your river cruise vessel and meet your crew at a welcome reception. (B,D)

Day 4: Bratislava, Slovakia

This morning, enjoy the beautiful scenery on both banks of the Danube. As you cruise upriver, Hungary is on your left and Slovakia is on your right. The two countries share the Danube for a 58-mile stretch, with the border in the middle of the river. At the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains is Bratislava, the dynamic capital of Slovakia, which you reach in mid-morning. Join a LOCAL GUIDE to explore its fascinating Old Town, where winding cobblestone streets and narrow alleyways twist and turn to reveal the Town Hall, one of the oldest stone buildings in the city; and gothic ST. MARTIN’S CATHEDRAL, coronation church for the Kingdom of Hungary from the 16th to 19th centuries. (B,L,D)

Day 5: Vienna, Austria

A morning of cruising allows you to relax on board before reaching Vienna around lunchtime. Known as the “City of Music,” Vienna inspired the creative genius of Mozart, Beethoven, and Strauss. Once the center of the mighty Habsburg Empire, Austria’s magical capital on the blue Danube is a showcase of gilded architecture. This is home to the lavish Hofburg Imperial Palace complex with its Vienna Boys’ Choir and dazzling Lipizzaner stallions; the neo-renaissance Vienna Opera House; and awe-inspiring St. Stephen’s Cathedral—plus, countless other sights you’ll see on your GUIDED SIGHTSEEING TOUR. Stroll through the pedestrian Kärntnerstrasse, and be sure to take a break and enjoy a piece of decadent Sachertorte or Apfelstrudel in a neighborhood café. An optional concert is available tonight. (B,L,D)

Day 6: Vienna

This morning, the choice is yours with “VIENNA A LA CARTE.” Choose to visit one of a number of museums, such as the Kunsthistorisches Museum (Museum of Fine Arts), or the Schatzkammer (Treasury). Your Cruise Director will give you details of what’s on offer. The afternoon is at leisure. (B,L,D)

Day 7: Weissenkirchen– Melk

This morning, sail into the picturesque Wachau Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Pass the magnificent baroque Stiftskirche with its blue façade, the landmark of Dürnstein, before arriving in Weissenkirchen (White Church). Join a GUIDED WALK to learn more about this pretty little Wachau valley town, then, reboard your ship and sail to Melk. An afternoon GUIDED VISIT of the magnificent BENEDICTINE ABBEY acquaints you with one of Europe’s largest monasteries. The abbey houses an ornate library with over 80,000 printed books and 2,000 manuscripts. Words cannot describe the splendor of the church with its frescoed ceilings, stunning high altar, marble statues, and 210-foot-high cupola. This evening, you’ll be able to sample some of the FAMOUS WINES. (B,L,D)

Day 8: Grein – Linz

This morning, arrive in the attractive country resort of Grein, nestled at the foot of a bluff in the shadow of its castle. After breakfast, take a GUIDED WALK through the town and visit its unique historical THEATER, the oldest in Austria still holding regular performances. A behind-the-scenes peek to learn about some of the curiosities of this Rococo-style, 167-seat theater will certainly tell you much about life as it was—and as it now is in this small town. Then, spend a lazy afternoon on board the ship, watching the peaceful views of the passing riverscapes from the comfort of the Sky Deck on your way to Linz. Austria’s third-largest city, Linz is an important river port where culture plays a significant role in everyday life. Composer Anton Bruckner lived here, and Mozart’s Linzer Symphony was composed in the city. There is free time to explore Linz on your own. See the 13th-century Hauptplatz, Austria’s largest medieval square, and the Trinity Column, built in 1723 as thanks for the city escaping the ravages of the plague, war, and fire. Perhaps wander around the old castle grounds and take in the beautiful views of the river, or visit the neo-gothic New Cathedral, Austria’s largest church, with capacity for 20,000 visitors. (B,L,D)

Day 9: Passau, Germany

This afternoon, arrive in Passau, located at the confluence of the Rivers Inn, Ilz, and Danube. This is a city of graceful arcades and cobblestone streets. St. Stephen’s Cathedral houses one of the world’s largest church organs with more than 17,000 pipes. Join a Local Guide for a WALKING TOUR through this charming town, and find out much more about the “City of Three Rivers.” Alternatively, you might choose to join one of several full-day optional excursions departing from Linz: to medieval Český Krumlov in the Czech Republic, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; to Salzburg with its Sound of Music sites; or the popular “Romantic Austria” tour. Rejoin your ship in the late afternoon in Passau. (B,L,D)

Day 10: Passau (Disembarkation Day) – Prague, Czech Republic

Today, say goodbye to your crew and to Bavaria, then travel by motorcoach to Prague, also known as the “Golden City” and capital of the Czech Republic. (B)

Day 11: Prague

Prague is a 1,200-year-old city preserved in time, and, unlike other Central European capitals, it was not bombed during the 20th-century wars. A LOCAL GUIDE will show you its best-known treasures, such as the Old Town’s Astronomical Clock, built in 1410 and once the envy of all of Europe; HRADCANY CASTLE GROUNDS; St. Vitus Cathedral; and the Charles Bridge, the oldest bridge in Prague. Browse the shops for hand-cut crystal or art books. Mix with the locals in Wenceslaus Square, an important meeting point where people demonstrated against the communist regime; watch performers and shop at the market stalls on Charles Bridge; sample the local plum dumplings and Pilsner; stroll along the Vltava River; or wander around Prague’s medieval Old Town, dating from the 10th century. (B)

Day 12: Prague

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

Departures & Pricing

Advisements:

  • A valid passport is required for travel. Passports must be valid at least 6 months after the last day of travel.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
  • For reasons of navigation and passenger safety, the cruise operator and the Captain of the ship reserve the right to modify the itinerary of the cruise.
  • In the event of water level problems on stretches of any river, it may be necessary to operate part of the itinerary by motorcoach.
  • Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change is necessary, a substitute will be offered.

2017 Departures

Start City
Rates are in $ USD and are PER PASSENGER sharing twin cabin
From Budapest
Program Start Date
Cruise Embarkation Date
Ship

Category E - Lower Deck fwd w/ fixed windows

Category D - Lower Deck aft w/ fixed windows
Category B - Middle Deck aft w/ french balcony
Category A - Middle Deck w/ french balcony
Category P - Upper Deck w/ french balcony
Suite -
Upper Deck w/ french balcony
Apr 16, 2017
Apr 18, 2017
Vista
$3,519
$3,718
$4,668
$4,718
$4,818
$5,418
Apr 25, 2017
Apr 27, 2017
Passion
$3,869
$4,068
$5,018
$5,068
$5,168
$5,768
Apr 26, 2017
Apr 28, 2017
Impression
$3,869
$4,068
$5,018
$5,068
$5,168
$5,768
May 10,2017
May 12,2017
Illumination
$3,869
$4,068
$5,018
$5,068
$5,168
$5,768
Oct 22, 2017
Oct 24, 2017
Expression
$3,369
$3,568
$4,518
$4,568
$4,668
$5,268
IMPORTANT: Dates, Prices & Itineraries are subject to change.
Port charges are additional: Additional $168 per person.
For Single Traveler: Single Supplement applies. Please call to inquire.

For 7 Nights Cruise Only (No 2 Nights Hotel in Budapest & 2 Nights Hotel in Prague): Subtract $870 from WBP rates. Arrive in Budapest Day 3 for embarkation at 3:00pm. Depart Passau Day 10 upon disembarkation.

Transfers at Start/End of Program are available for purchase. Inquire for details.

2 Nights
Prices Include:
• 2 nights hotel acommodations in Budapest at the Hotel Sofitel Chain Bridge (or similar; subject to change) with daily breakfast; half day guided sightseeing tour, see Fisherman's Bastion; transfer from the hotel to the ship on Embarkation Day
• 7-night cruise from Budapest to Passau in selected cabin category
• Full board meals, including Captain's Welcome and Farewell receptions, Welcome and Farewell dinners
• Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; soft drinks with lunch; and regional wine, beer, or soft drinks with dinner are included daily on board your vessel
• Daily Afternoon Tea
• Daily Night Fare
• Daily guided sightseeing program conducted by Certified Local Guides
• Special onboard and onshore experiences presented by entertainers, artisans and experts, designed to enrich your cruise
• Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers
• Taxes
• Transfer via motorcoach from the ship in Passau to Prague hotel on Disembarkation Day
• 2 nights hotel accommodations in Prague at Hilton Prague or Hilton Prague Old Town (or similar; subject to change) with daily breakfast; half day sightseeing tour
 
Prices Do Not Include:
• Individual arrival and departure (airfare; transfers)
• Travel insurance
• Port charges
• Gratuities to onboard crew
• Personal expenses

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