The Blue Danube Discovery

8 Day River Cruise from Budapest to Nuremberg with Avalon

Read 18 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Avalon's 8 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 with...read more

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River Cruise Starts In
Starts In
Budapest
River Cruise Ends In
Ends In
Nuremberg
Trip Budget
Budget
Premium
River Ship
Ship Type
River Ship
River Cruise
Trip Style
River Cruise
Scenic / Cultural
Trip Style
Scenic / Cultural
Countries Explored:
Hungary, Austria, Germany, Czech Republic
Trip Operated By:
Avalon
Avalon
448 Reviews
Trip Reviews:
4.3 out of 5
18 Reviews
Trip Code:
WBN

Itinerary

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1 Budapest, Hungary (Embarkation)
Welcome to Hungary. Your Suite Ship is Ready for Boarding. Flights into Budapest must arrive by 2 pm. Guests must be onboard the ship by 5 pm. The day is yours to relax and enjoy the city with time for photographs, cafes, and confections. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIENNA (D)
2 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)
3 Vienna
Royal Collections, and Amusing Attractions 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, enjoy live entertainment on board. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DURNSTEIN (B/L/D)
4 Durnstein
Fairytale Castles, Kings, and 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 Splendors 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 flavors of the Wachau Valley with a Wine Tasting on board. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO PASSAU (B/L/D)
5 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." Alternatively, join a full-day Guided Optional Excursion to Salzburg-the city of Mozart-or to the picturesque Bohemian town of Cesky Krumlov. Meet your ship back in Passau after your full-day selected activity for sailing. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO REGENSBURG (B/L/D)
6 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)
7 Roth. Excursion To Nuremberg
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 - Enjoy a Guided Sightseeing Tour of the Bavarian town of Roth-with its half-timbered houses, market square, and 1535 hunting lodge Schloss Ratibor, OR: 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)
8 Nuremberg (Disembarkation)
Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
1 Budapest, Hungary (Embarkation)
Welcome to Hungary. Your Suite Ship is Ready for Boarding. Flights into Budapest must arrive by 2 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm. The day is yours to relax and enjoy the city with time for photographs, cafes, and confections. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIENNA (D)
2 Vienna, Austria
Vienna Waltzes and the Beautiful Blue Danube Visit the Adventure centre for today's activities with your 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)
3 Vienna
Royal Collections, and Amusing Attractions 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. 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, enjoy live entertainment on board. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DURNSTEIN (B/L/D)
4 Durnstein
Fairytale Castles, Kings, and 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 Splendors 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 flavors of the Wachau Valley with a Wine Tasting on board. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO PASSAU (B/L/D)
5 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." Alternatively, join a full - day Guided Optional Excursion to Salzburg - the city of Mozart - or to the picturesque Bohemian town of Cesky Krumlov. Meet your ship back in Passau after your full - day selected activity for sailing. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO REGENSBURG (B/L/D)
6 Regensburg
Magical Regensburg - Bavaria's Medieval Miracle Join your Adventure Host for today's special activities. 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. Alternatively spend a free afternoon exploring Regensburg on foot or by bike through its charming streets. This evening, enjoy live entertainment after dinner as you cruise toward Roth. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ROTH (B/L/D)
7 Roth. Excursion To Nuremberg
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 - Enjoy a Guided Sightseeing Tour of the Bavarian town of Roth - with its half - timbered houses, market square, and 1535 hunting lodge Schloss Ratibor, OR: 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. Discovery - Later, indulge in a Beer Tasting on board. EVENING CRUISE TO NUREMBERG (B/L/D)
8 Nuremberg (Disembarkation)
Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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Reviews (18)

8 Day The Blue Danube Discovery reviews from past clients of Global Journeys.

“A truncated river cruise”
- NSW , Australia Oct 2018 5 Helpful Votes

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...read more

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“Rive Cruise on the Danube”
- New Zealand Sep 2018 6 Helpful Votes

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,...read more

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“Lovely river cruise on the Danube”
- NSW, Australia Aug 2018 5 Helpful Votes View Photo

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....read more

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“An easy way to enjoy 3 capital cities”
- New Zealand Jun 2018 4 Helpful Votes

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.

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“Wonderful Cruise”
- NSW, Australia May 2017 3 Helpful Votes

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.

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Deck Plans

Ship Profile

Cabin Types

Category E & D Stateroom
Category E & D Stateroom  Category E & D Stateroom  Category E & D Stateroom Layout  

  • 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

Deck Plans

Ship Profile

Cabin Types

Category E & D Stateroom
Category E & D Stateroom  Category E & D Stateroom Layout  
  • 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

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Thursday 03 Sep 2020 Thursday 10 Sep 2020 5,433 per person 250 per person 5,183 per person Enquire
Wednesday 09 Sep 2020 Wednesday 16 Sep 2020 5,433 per person 250 per person 5,183 per person Enquire
Monday 14 Sep 2020 Monday 21 Sep 2020 5,433 per person 250 per person 5,183 per person Enquire
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Wednesday 21 Oct 2020 Wednesday 28 Oct 2020 4,792 per person 218 per person 4,574 per person Enquire
Sunday 01 Nov 2020 Sunday 08 Nov 2020 4,278 per person 192 per person 4,086 per person Enquire
Thursday 03 Sep 2020 Thursday 10 Sep 2020 8,186 per person 388 solo traveller 7,798 solo traveller Enquire
Wednesday 09 Sep 2020 Wednesday 16 Sep 2020 8,186 per person 388 solo traveller 7,798 solo traveller Enquire
Monday 14 Sep 2020 Monday 21 Sep 2020 8,186 per person 388 solo traveller 7,798 solo traveller Enquire
Thursday 17 Sep 2020 Thursday 24 Sep 2020 8,186 per person 388 solo traveller 7,798 solo traveller Enquire
Thursday 01 Oct 2020 Thursday 08 Oct 2020 7,987 per person 378 solo traveller 7,609 solo traveller Enquire
Wednesday 14 Oct 2020 Wednesday 21 Oct 2020 7,391 per person 348 solo traveller 7,043 solo traveller Enquire
Wednesday 21 Oct 2020 Wednesday 28 Oct 2020 7,192 per person 338 solo traveller 6,854 solo traveller Enquire
Sunday 01 Nov 2020 Sunday 08 Nov 2020 6,395 per person 298 solo traveller 6,097 solo traveller Enquire
Friday 07 May 2021 Friday 14 May 2021 5,288 per person 241 per person 5,047 per person Enquire
Friday 14 May 2021 Friday 21 May 2021 5,288 per person 241 per person 5,047 per person Enquire
Friday 21 May 2021 Friday 28 May 2021 5,288 per person 241 per person 5,047 per person Enquire
Tuesday 15 Jun 2021 Tuesday 22 Jun 2021 5,222 per person 237 per person 4,985 per person Enquire
Sunday 04 Jul 2021 Sunday 11 Jul 2021 5,090 per person 231 per person 4,859 per person Enquire
Friday 23 Jul 2021 Friday 30 Jul 2021 5,090 per person 231 per person 4,859 per person Enquire
Monday 23 Aug 2021 Monday 30 Aug 2021 5,090 per person 231 per person 4,859 per person Enquire
Monday 30 Aug 2021 Monday 06 Sep 2021 5,222 per person 237 per person 4,985 per person Enquire
Wednesday 15 Sep 2021 Wednesday 22 Sep 2021 5,618 per person 257 per person 5,361 per person Enquire
Wednesday 22 Sep 2021 Wednesday 29 Sep 2021 5,618 per person 257 per person 5,361 per person Enquire
Monday 27 Sep 2021 Monday 04 Oct 2021 5,618 per person 257 per person 5,361 per person Enquire
Friday 15 Oct 2021 Friday 22 Oct 2021 5,222 per person 237 per person 4,985 per person Enquire
Wednesday 20 Oct 2021 Wednesday 27 Oct 2021 4,958 per person 224 per person 4,734 per person Enquire
Monday 25 Oct 2021 Monday 01 Nov 2021 4,695 per person 211 per person 4,484 per person Enquire
Friday 07 May 2021 Friday 14 May 2021 7,937 per person 373 solo traveller 7,564 solo traveller Enquire
Friday 14 May 2021 Friday 21 May 2021 7,937 per person 373 solo traveller 7,564 solo traveller Enquire
Friday 21 May 2021 Friday 28 May 2021 7,937 per person 373 solo traveller 7,564 solo traveller Enquire
Tuesday 15 Jun 2021 Tuesday 22 Jun 2021 7,834 per person 368 solo traveller 7,466 solo traveller Enquire
Sunday 04 Jul 2021 Sunday 11 Jul 2021 7,630 per person 358 solo traveller 7,272 solo traveller Enquire
Friday 23 Jul 2021 Friday 30 Jul 2021 7,630 per person 358 solo traveller 7,272 solo traveller Enquire
Monday 23 Aug 2021 Monday 30 Aug 2021 7,630 per person 358 solo traveller 7,272 solo traveller Enquire
Monday 30 Aug 2021 Monday 06 Sep 2021 7,834 per person 368 solo traveller 7,466 solo traveller Enquire
Wednesday 15 Sep 2021 Wednesday 22 Sep 2021 8,448 per person 399 solo traveller 8,049 solo traveller Enquire
Wednesday 22 Sep 2021 Wednesday 29 Sep 2021 8,448 per person 399 solo traveller 8,049 solo traveller Enquire
Monday 27 Sep 2021 Monday 04 Oct 2021 8,448 per person 399 solo traveller 8,049 solo traveller Enquire
Friday 15 Oct 2021 Friday 22 Oct 2021 7,834 per person 368 solo traveller 7,466 solo traveller Enquire
Wednesday 20 Oct 2021 Wednesday 27 Oct 2021 7,425 per person 348 solo traveller 7,077 solo traveller Enquire
Monday 25 Oct 2021 Monday 01 Nov 2021 7,018 per person 327 solo traveller 6,691 solo traveller Enquire
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