CRUISETOUR

Danube Dreams – Westbound (10 Days)

Cruise Line: Avalon Waterways
Ship: Varies by Departure
Budapest, Hungary to Prague, Czech Republic
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ARRIVE DEPART
DAY 1
Budapest, Hungary

Welcome to Budapest, Hungary's lively capital. This afternoon, board your river cruise vessel and meet your crew at an evening welcome reception. (Dinner); Note: Guests must be onboard ship by 5 pm.

DAY 2
Budapest, Hungary

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 Café Gerbeaud, 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 Fisherman'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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 3
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 Slovakia's dynamic capital, 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 4
Vienna, Austria

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. The afternoon is at leisure. Stroll through the pedestrian Kärntner Straße, 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 5
Dürnstein, Austria
Melk, Austria

Dürnstein, known for the magnificent Baroque Stiftskirche built in the 1700s, is right in the heart of the Wachau wine region. The main street of this small town—with a population of less than 1,000 people—is lined with 16th-century homes and charming cobblestone streets. This morning your local guide will take you on an included walking tour and tell you the tale of England's King Richard the Lionheart, who was imprisoned in the castle whose ruins still stand above the town. During lunchtime, sail the picturesque Wachau Valley and arrive in Melk in the early afternoon. Here, enjoy a guided visit of the magnificent 11th-century Benedictine abbey, one of Europe's largest monasteries. The abbey houses an ornate library with over 80,000 printed books and 2,000 manuscripts. You'll be captivated by the splendor of the church with its frescoed ceilings, stunning high altar, marble statues, and 210-foot-high cupola. The view from the terrace over the Danube and surrounding countryside is breathtaking! This evening, sample some of the Wachau Valley's famous wines. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 6
Linz, Austria

This morning, arrive in Linz, Austria's third-largest city and enjoy a guided walk which shows you the highlights. Linz is an important river port where culture plays a significant role in everyday life. Composer Anton Bruckner lived here, and Mozart's "Linz Symphony" was composed in the city. 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. This afternoon there is free time to explore on your own. 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. Alternatively, you might choose to join a full-day optional excursion to medieval Český Krumlov in the Czech Republic, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; or to Salzburg with its "Sound of Music" sites. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 7
Passau, Germany

This morning, arrive in Passau, located at the confluence of the Rivers Inn, Ilz, and Danube. This is a city of graceful arcades and cobblestone streets dominated by St. Stephan's Cathedral, a masterpiece of Italian Baroque architecture. Join a local guide for a walking tour through this charming town, and find out much more about the "City of Three Rivers". (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 8
Deggendorf, Germany
Regensburg, Germany
Prague, Czech Republic

Today, say goodbye to your crew and travel by motorcoach to Regensburg, one of Germany's best-preserved medieval cities. Architectural highlights of your guided walk include the Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) and Porta Praetoria, a gate to an ancient Roman fort built in 179 AD. Wander through the city's lanes and alleys to discover the many mansions with high towers. Wealthy families built these towers to emphasize their status and wealth during the Middle Ages, and many still remain today. Grab a beer and enjoy a snack at the Historische Wurstküche (Old Sausage Kitchen), one of Germany's oldest restaurants. Later continue to Prague, also known as the "Golden City" and capital of the Czech Republic. (Breakfast)

DAY 9
Prague, Czech Republic

Prague is a 1,200-year-old city preserved in time. 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; Hradčany 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 Wenceslas 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. (Breakfast)

DAY 10
Prague, Czech Republic

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

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When designing its new ships, Avalon Waterways started with the traveler instead of the ship. This is a river cruise company that invites innovation, imagination and a relentless desire to create a smart use of space be its guide. The result? More space. Bigger views. More comfort … All thanks to one-of-a-kind Panorama SuitesSM on the industry’s only Suite Ships®. The Suite Ships of Avalon are revolutionizing the river cruise industry. For instance, on these signature vessels, Avalon brings an unprecedented level of thoughtfulness and attention to detail to every aspect of the Panorama Suites, providing travelers an oasis to escape to, not escape from. Even better? Avalon doesn’t offer travelers just a few Panorama Suites on each ship. Instead, 80 percent of the guest rooms on Suite Ships are Panorama Suite (they’re 30 percent larger than the average river cruise room). In designing its ships, Avalon has refused to see space as a barrier. That fact couldn’t be truer when looking at the company’s inspired indoor/outdoor space. For instance, Avalon’s Open-Air Balconies®, a completely new concept, make full use of the intended balcony experience – in any weather condition, in any season – without compromising room space. How? Giant wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling windows with a 7-foot opening. Avalon has considered every detail of the cruise experience. But perhaps it’s what the company hasn’t done that makes it so unique. It hasn’t filled ships to capacity with people. In fact, because the river cruise line made its rooms so spacious, there’s more room for less people. Simply put, Avalon Waterways is built differently

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