12 Day The Blue Danube Discovery

Avalon River Cruise starting in Budapest and finishing in Prague

Read 18 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Avalon's 12 Day The Blue Danube Discovery. This timeless Europe river cruise vacation begins with two nights in vibrant Budapest, Hungary, then sail along the Danube River with exciting stops in Austria and Germany, and end...read more
Overview
Operator: Avalon
Type: River Cruise (Premium)
Duration: 12 Days
From: Budapest to Prague
Tour Code: WBN
Visits: Hungary, Austria, Germany, Czech Republic
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$ 3,844
Per Person ($AU)
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Budapest, Hungary
Welcome to Budapest-Hungary's Captivating Capital The day is yours to relax and enjoy Eastern Europe's shining city on the Danube.
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Budapest
The Pearl of the Danube in the Heart of Europe. 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 cafes and pubs, or take a hike through the hills above the Danube. You may choose to enjoy Hungarian cuisine in an Optional Wine-and-Dine Dinner this evening. (B)
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Budapest (Embark)
Time for Coffee, and Confections. With a free day to explore before your cruise, take time to take photographs on the Royal Palace grounds in this treasure trove of historical architecture. Try Budapest's famous thermal bath spas, then lunch in a garden or rooftop eatery before boarding your Suite Ship. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIENNA (B/D)
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Vienna, Austria
Vienna Waltzes and the Beautiful Blue Danube. Start the day with a Morning Stretch with your Avalon Adventure Host. Enjoy sailing the Danube, 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. This evening in Vienna, you may choose to join an Optional Excursion to attend a Royal Waltz Concert for an unforgettable evening of music in an elegant hall. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN VIENNA (B/L/D)
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Vienna
Royal Collections, Amusing Attractions, and Culinary Confections. 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 Schonbrunn 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. You may also decide to borrow a bike from the ship to explore the streets and squares of Vienna, or ride along the banks of the Danube at your leisure. Later, relax on board with live entertainment as you sail to Durnstein. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DURNSTEIN (B/L/D)
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Durnstein
Fairytale Castles, Kings, Cobblestones of Delightful Durnstein. 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, OR: Active - Join a Hike up to the castle ruins with your 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 you sail through the picturesque Wachau Valley to Melk. MELK: Ornate Architecture and Scenic Splendours. 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 flavours of the Wachau Valley with a Wine Tasting on board. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO PASSAU (B/L/D)
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Passau, Germany
Go for Baroque in Passau-Where the Danube, Inn, and Ilz Rivers Meet. Classic - Join a Guided City Walk to learn more about this beautiful "City of Three Rivers," OR: Join a full day Guided Optional Excursion to Salzburg-the city of Mozart-or a full day Guided Optional Excursion to the picturesque Bohemian town of Cesky Krumlov. Meet your ship back in Passau after your selected activities for sailing. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO REGENSBURG . (B/L/D)
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Regensburg
Magical Regensburg-Bavaria's Medieval Miracle. 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. You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to visit the Benedictine Monastery in Weltenburg. Spend a free afternoon exploring Regensburg on foot or by bike through its charming streets. Discovery - Later, indulge in a Beer Tasting on board. This evening, enjoy live entertainment after dinner as you cruise toward Roth. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ROTH (B/L/D)
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Roth Nuremberg Excursion
Living Heritage and History Lessons. 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 - Choose a Guided Sightseeing of Nuremberg-with its medieval architecture, gilded fountain, gothic cathedral, and Kaiserburg Castle, OR; Classic - Take a Guided Tour of the historic Nuremberg Rally Grounds-used by the Third Reich. EVENING CRUISE TO NUREMBERG (B/L/D)
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Nuremberg (Disembark) - Prague, Czech Republic
Welcome to Prague! Explore the City of 100 Spires. Enjoy free time to explore the Golden City of Prague and its surrounding countryside. Consider sampling delicious plum dumplings and traditional Pilsner lager beside the Vltava River. (B)
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Prague
Gothic Cathedrals, Grand Castles, and Great Cuisine. Classic - Take a Guided City Walk, and visit the Hradcany Castle Grounds; see St. Vitus Cathedral, and Old Town's Astronomical Clock. Spend free time hiking the nearby hillsides, or stay in town to stroll the city of Prague to photograph its stunning cityscape. You might catch the entertaining street performers, visit the market stalls at Charles Bridge, and sample Prague's famous beer varieties in a local restaurant. Tonight, you may decide to join us for an Optional Folklore Dinner Show, sampling traditional Czech cuisine in an authentic Prague setting. (B)
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Prague
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
Avalon Inclusions
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River Cruise Inclusions
  • Spacious outside deluxe accommodations with enhanced soundproofing and Avalon's exclusive Comfort Collection Beds for a great night's sleep.
  • Large private bathroom featuring full shower with glass door, hairdryer & premium L'Occitane bath products.
  • MEALS: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner on board daily indicated by breakfast (B), lunch (L), and dinner (D) on the itinerary, including daily four-course a la carte dinners with choice of appetisers, soups, salads, mains, desserts, and Avalon Fresh healthy cuisine options.
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner are included daily on board your vessel.
  • Included sightseeing with headsets and expert local guides.
  • Complimentary bicycles available for use on shore.
  • Onboard local entertainment.
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the ship.
  • A professional Cruise Director who delivers educational commentary as you travel through interesting landscapes, and who assists with requests and additional excursions.
  • An Avalon Adventure Host available as your guide for fitness activities and active excursions.
  • Friendly, English-speaking staff who deliver consummate personal service throughout your journey.
  • Gratuities to Cruise Director, Crew, Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included on Avalon portion only.
Included Meals
  • 11 Breakfasts
  • 6 Lunches
  • 7 Dinners
Trip Notes
  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Prices are for land/cruise only. International flights not included.
Reviews (18)
Trip reviews from past clients of Global Journeys who have travelled on The Blue Danube Discovery with Avalon.
NSW , Australia
Oct 2018
4 Trips
“A truncated river cruise”
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It was not the fault of Avalon that there was insufficient water in the Danube to allow us to do the whole cruise we had booked to do. However, Tony, our tour leader and Avalon worked very hard to make our experience enjoyable and memorable. We were able to visit every advertised port, other than Nuremberg, plus we visited Linz and for a fee, a bus excursion to Bratislava was offered, which we did and enjoyed very much. The food provided on our ship was of exceptional quality and the staff serving us more than met our expectations.

It was disappointing, to us, that the mix of passengers on the ship was limited with the vast majority being from the US. We like to meet people from many different nations but on this occasion we were limited to mostly the USA, followed by Canada, some from the Philippines, a few from Hong Kong and we made up two of only three Australians on board.
New Zealand
Sep 2018
3 Helpful Votes
1 Trip
“Rive Cruise on the Danube”
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We recently took a river cruise on the Danube with Avalon & Global Journeys. Our much needed break away was everything and more we had hoped for. From beginning to end, we enjoyed professional service in every area, from booking with Global Journeys through to the experienced captain and crew on our cruise. Our Cruise Director, Tony was exceptional and obviously very experienced.

Every detail was attended to above and beyond our expectations. The meals were delicious, with the menu changing daily including local cultural delicacies. There were many 'extras' included in our daily tours and there simply isn't any better way to travel than watching the villages and local landmarks pass before your eyes, sipping on a glass of something special in the warmth of the sunshine as you cruise along the riverways. We can warmly recommend Avalon and Global Journeys river cruises.
NSW, Australia
Aug 2018
1 Helpful Vote
“Lovely river cruise on the Danube”
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We've recently returned from the 13 Day Blue Danube Discovery with Avalon Cruises. All in all the cruise was a great experience even though the waters of the Danube were very low in parts and our ship and itinerary had to be changed. We were unable to visit Nuremburg at all and stayed overnight in Linz and two nights in Passau which differed from the itinerary. Avalon were very kind in offering the Vienna concert to all passengers free of charge due to the changes.

However we still had our 7 nights on the ship which was very pleasant. Food was great; company was excellent and the wine and beer tastings were also fun. We had a singer aboard one evening who was also very good. Our tour director, Robert was very efficient and made us all laugh with his very dry wit! Global Journeys were excellent to deal with and I would certainly book through them again.
New Zealand
Jun 2018
2 Helpful Votes
1 Trip
“An easy way to enjoy 3 capital cities”
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Overall the accommodation was excellent but the Hilton in Prague disappointing due to location, too busy & very noisy due to hotel alterations being done - the noise was such you could not stay in your room during the day. Also the trip to Nuremberg was very disappointing.
NSW, Australia
May 2017
2 Helpful Votes
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“Wonderful Cruise”
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We had travelled with Avalon previously and again found them to be excellent. The included excursions were very good and there was an extensive range of optional excursions offered. Everything was taken care of so we had a wonderful carefree holiday.
Avalon
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River Cruises on Sale: 116
Gratuities: Gratuities Included
Airport Transfers: Available, Not Included
Balconies: French & Private Balcony
Shore Excursions: Included
Drinks: Wine & Beer Included with Meals
Destinations: Asia & Europe
Deck Plans
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Panorama Suite
Royal Suite
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Panorama Suite
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Category E & D Stateroom
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Category E & D Stateroom

  • Deluxe Stateroom (172 sq ft)
  • Twin Windows
  • Comfort Collection Bed with Egyptian super-combed cotton linens, woolen blankets & European style duvets
  • Private bathroom featuring full shower, hairdryer & premium L'Occitane bath amentities
  • Spacious three-door closets and easy under-bed luggage storage
  • Flatscreen satellite with movie channel
  • In-room safe, writing Desk/Vanity & direct-dial telephone
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access
  • Individual thermostat
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • Complimentary bottled water
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Optional cabin upgrades. Upgrades priced per person.
Deluxe Stateroom E $ 0
Deluxe Stateroom D $ 249
Panorama Suite B $ 1,399
Panorama Suite A $ 1,459
Panorama Suite P $ 1,579
Royal Suite S $ 2,659

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