Cruise along the peaceful Danube River through Germany, Austria, Slovakia, and Hungary—stopping at some of Central Europe’s most splendid capitals and charming towns along the way. | Offer expires April 30, 2024

Cruising Elevated with Avalon Waterways

Price: $5,370 CAD Per Person

(Price per person, based on double occupancy, cabin category E.)

Offer: Fly Free Plus Save $700 CAD Per Couple on Select 2024 Avalon Waterways Europe River Cruises

Departure Date: November 4, 2024

Return Date: November 13, 2024

Video: Cruising Elevated – Avalon Waterways

Avalon has designed included activities with a choice of experiences. We invite you to select the tours, activities, and events that interest you most, so you can experience your cruise your way.

Below are 3 types of included shore excursions for you to experience:

  • Classic. Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You’ll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites.
  • Discovery. We’ve found inspiring and interactive activities to speak to your interests - from cooking classes, to painting workshops - to immerse yourself in each culture you explore.
  • Active. Embark on energetic excursions to keep you in motion and on the go - from a guided jogging tour of Amsterdam, to biking, paddling, and hiking your way through scenic locales.

Inclusions: 7-night cruise in an outside stateroom plus 2-night stay in a deluxe hotel in Prague, daily included port excursions, all meals included while on ship (including Captain’s & farewell dinners), complimentary beer and wine with lunch and dinner.

Photo: Map of the itinerary

Day 1: Budapest, Hungary 

Welcome to Hungary. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding. Flights into Budapest must arrive by 3:30 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm. The day is yours to relax and enjoy the city with time for photographs, cafés, and confections.

Day 2: Budapest 

The Pearl of the Danube in the Heart of Europe.

Active: Hike up to a magnificent viewpoint in Budapest with your Adventure Host, OR:

Classic: Enjoy a Guided City Sightseeing, including the iconic Heroes’ Square.

Take in the beauty of Budapest while enjoying a free afternoon 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.

Photo: Parliament in Budapest 

Day 3: Bratislava, Slovakia

Cathedral Coronations and a Crowning Castle.

Active: Follow your Avalon Adventure Host on a hike to lofty Bratislava Castle, OR:

Classic: Take a Guided City Walk, including the quaint streets of Old Town, Town Hall, and the sight of royal coronations at St. Martin’s Cathedral.

This afternoon, enjoy free time to discover on your own Bratislava, the beautiful capital of Slovakia, rich in history and culture, but also a green city with its forests and parks just a hop away from the city center.

Day 4: Vienna 

Strauss, Schnitzel, Strudel, and Sachertorte.

Active: Explore Vienna's Danube Island by bike with your Adventure Host, OR:

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 iconic Vienna Opera House and stunning St. Stephen’s Cathedral, OR:

Classic: After a short walk of Vienna, join a Guided Visit of Austria’s largest museum, the legendary Kunsthistorisches Museum (Museum of Fine Arts).

You may decide to take a Guided Optional Excursion to Schönbrunn Palace—the former imperial summer home of the Habsburg monarchy. Spend free time strolling in the pedestrian Kärntnerstrasse—the most famous shopping avenue in central Vienna, or take a bike ride through the city and stop in a local café to enjoy of Sachertorte or Apfelstrudel. This evening, enjoy an unforgettable musical performance with an Optional Excursion to attend a Royal Waltz Concert in an elegant hall.

Photo: Avalon Panorama Suite

Day 5: Durnstein - Wachau Valley

A King’s Ransom and Castle Ruins.

Active: Join a Guided Hike up to the castle ruins to take in the spectacular view of the village, Danube, and the Wachau Valley below, OR:

Classic: Join a Guided Walk, and hear the legendary tale of King Richard the Lionheart—who was imprisoned in the castle during the Crusades.

Later, stretch out on the Sky Deck as you sail through the Wachau Valley past vineyards, castles, and charming villages on your way to Ybbs.

Active: Alternatively join your Adventure Host for a bike along the river.

Ybbs. Excursion to Melk. Frescoes Above and Vineyards Below

Classic: Visit the Lower Austrian little town of Ybbs. Walk through the doors of Austrian history with a guided sightseeing tour of Artstetten Castle, OR:

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

Photo: Wachau Valley on the Danube

Day 6: Linz

Legendary, Lovely Linz. Ask about today’s energizing or relaxing Adventure Host activities.

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.

Active: Experience Danube's cycle path, follow your Adventure Host for a bike ride around the area of Linz.

Alternatively, consider a full-day Guided Optional Excursion to Salzburg—the city of Mozart—or to the picturesque Bohemian town of Cesky Krumlov.

Day 7: Schlogen Oxbow - Passau, Germany 

Where the Danube, Inn, and Ilz Rivers Meet. This morning, cruise through the Schlögen Oxbow, a particularly beautiful horseshoe-shaped bend of the river.

Active: Join your Avalon Adventure Host for Hiking from Oberhaus along a trail down to the valley and along Ilz River, OR:

Classic: Take a Guided City Walk into Passau, the beautiful “City of Three Rivers,”.

Before sailing to Vilshofen, 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.

Day 8: Vilshofen - Regensburg - Prague, Czech Republic 

Magical Regensburg—Bavaria’s Medieval Miracle.

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 the Golden City of Prague.

Photo: Charles Bridge in Prague

Day 9: Prague 

Gothic Cathedrals, Grand Castles, and Great Cuisine.

Classic: Take a Guided City Walk to visit Hradčany Castle Grounds; see St. Vitus Cathedral and Old Town’s Astronomical Clock.

Consider sampling delicious plum dumplings and traditional Pilsner lager. Mingle with the locals and be mesmerized by street performers in Wenceslas Square, or admire the arches and statues decorating Charles Bridge.

Day 10: Prague 

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

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