Places Covered: Vienna, Austria , Budapest,Germany
Duration: 10 days
Tour Cost: €5,183
Prague, Czech Republic > Nuremberg, Germany > Regensburg, Germany > Passau, Austria Linz, Austria > Melk, Austria > Vienna, Austria > Budapest, Hungary
Prague. Salzburg. Vienna. Budapest. These are just some of the enchanting cities you will see on our fabulous 11-day riverboat cruise down the Danube. Your vacation begins in the fascinating city of Prague, a city that can only be described as a riot of architecture. Discover the Hradcany Castle grounds, wander through the Jewish Quarter and shop for hand-cut crystal, savor authentic Czech dumplings, or visit one of the many churches throughout the city. After three nights in the Czech Republic, you’ll be transferred to Nuremberg to begin your seven-night journey on board the Avalon Luminary. From there, you’ll experience cities and towns rich in history, architecture, food and culture. You’ll even have the opportunity to take an optional excursion to Salzburg for “The Sound of Music” tour! From Budapest’s enchanting castle district and Vienna’s inspiration—after all, this is the “City of Music” that inspired Mozart, Beethoven and Strauss—to Melk’s world-famous Benedictine abbey and Regensberg’s Roman and medieval architecture, this trip will educate, enlighten and delight you.
16 JUN - 26 JUN, 2015
172 sq ft- Includes picture window, flatscreen tv, radio, minibar, hairdryer and safe. Bedding is Egyptian cotton linens. All rooms are non-smoking. Picture window does not open. (Category: E)
Tue June 16, 2015 - Prague, Czech Republic
Arrive in Prague, capital of the Czech Republic and Bohemia, and the best preserved medieval city in Europe! Prague’s entire city center is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This fascinating city straddles the Vltava River with domes, cupolas, spires, and pinnacles highlighting its skyline. The remainder of the day is free to start exploring.
Our EuroPride 2015 Riga & Stockholm experience begins in the late afternoon when we meet onboard our overnight cruise to Stockholm. You will have the freedom to settle into your A-class cabin and explore the vessel, which boasts shopping, saunas, restaurants, nightclubs and entertainment. That evening we meet together for dinner and special Same Love fun.
June 17, 2015 - Prague, Czech Republic
Prague is a city preserved in time and unlike other Central European capitals, it was not bombed during the 20th-century wars. You’ll see many of its best-known treasures, such as Old Town’s Astronomical Clock, built in 1410; Hradcany Castle; St. Vitus Cathedral; and Charles Bridge, the oldest bridge in Prague. You’ll also have time to browse the shops for hand-cut crystals, drink beer in Wenceslaus Square, (the famous landmark where people demonstrated against the communist regime) or watch performers on Charles Bridge.
June 18, 2015 - Prague, Czech Republic
Enjoy a free day to explore the city at your own pace. Perhaps you’ll visit the Communist Museum, sample the local plum dumplings and Pilsner or stroll along the Vltava River. One of our must-see recommendations is a complete tour of the Municipal House (Obecni dum). It is an Art Nouveau showpiece and an experience you’ll never forget!
June 19, 2015 - Prague – Nuremberg, Germany
After lunch, we’ll drive to Nuremberg, where our riverboat will be waiting! There will be a welcome reception with our crew before we sit down to a fantastic meal.
June 20, 2015 - Nuremburg, Germany
Although 90% of Nuremberg’s Old Town suffered extensive damage during WWII, much of it has been restored to the glory it once knew as the unofficial capital of the Roman Empire. Today, choose from an included guided sightseeing tour and marvel at this thousand-year-old city’s medieval fortifications, extraordinary gothic churches, and the Kaiserburg (ImperialCastle), or join a more specialized “Nuremberg Trials” tour. During free time, be sure to make a wish at the beautiful fountain in Hauprmarkt (main square). Legend says your wish will come true if you turn the gold ring three times. Don’t forget to try the local gingerbread. Then, enjoy a tranquil afternoon of cruising. Take in an interesting onboard lecture about the engineering marvel that is the Main Danube Canal. Before dinner we’ll introduce you to some of Germany’s famous beers!
June 21, 2015 - Regensburg, Germany
Regensburg is one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities. Established during the Holy Roman Empire (and the only German city not bombed during WWII) Regensburg has at least 1,300 listed buildings of “historic interest.” On our guided walk, we’ll see Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall), built in the 13th century, and Porta Pretoria, gates 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, built in the Middle Ages by wealthy families to show their status and wealth. Walk across the 12th-century Steinerne Brücke (Stone Bridge), the oldest of its kind in Germany or sample some of the country’s finest beers and enjoy a snack at the Historische Wurstküche (Old Sausage Kitchen), one of Germany’s oldest restaurants.
June 22, 2015 - Passau-Linz, Austria
This morning, we’ll dock in Passau. Located at the confluence of the Inn, Ilz, and Danube Rivers, Passau is a maze of narrow cobblestone streets lined with beautiful patrician houses. St. Stephen’s Cathedral, a masterpiece of Italian baroque architecture, houses one of the world’s largest church organs with 17,774 pipes! Then, sail to Linz, Austria’s third-largest town, which lies on both banks of the Danube and is our starting point for an optional excursion to Salzburg for a “Sound of Music” tour!
June 23, 2015 - Melk—Vienna, Austria
This morning, we’ll enjoy an included visit to Melk’s 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. During lunchtime, we’ll cruise through 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 Vienna this evening. Vienna is known as the “City of Music,” inspiring the likes of Mozart, Beethoven, and Strauss. If you’d like, you can take advantage of the optional symphony tonight.
June 24, 2015 - Vienna, Austria
Once the center of the Habsburg Empire, Austria’s magical capital is home to the lavish Hofburg Imperial Palace complex, housing the Vienna Boys’ Choir and dazzling Lipizzaner stallions, as well as the neo-renaissance Vienna Opera House and awe-inspiring St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Shop in the delightful pedestrian Kärntnerstrasse. Be sure to enjoy a piece of decadent Sachertorte or Apfelstrudel in one of the classic Viennese coffee houses, historic institutions that helped shape Viennese culture! In the late afternoon, we’ll depart Vienna for Budapest.
June 25, 2015 - Budapest, Hungary
Spanning the banks of the Danube, Budapest is actually two towns (Buda and Pest) and is one of Eastern Europe’s liveliest cities! Whether you’re viewing 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 something that can only truly be appreciated by experiencing it. Take note of the city’s eight bridges 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. Visit St. Stephen’s Basilica or shop at the Great Market Hall and purchase paprika at one of its 180 vendor stalls. You can also wander around the Royal Palace grounds or stroll along Váci utca, the main shopping street. There is SO much to see and do!
June 26, 2015 - Budapest, Hungary
After breakfast, we’ll depart the ship and either return home or enjoy a post-vacation stretcher in Budapest.
B - Breakfast / L - Lunch / D – Dinner
Travel documentation and identification
You will need a passport that is valid for six months past the date of the trip. If you are not a U.S. citizen, please check with both your country’s consulate and the consulates of the countries we will be visiting to make sure that you do not need an entry visa or other additional documentation.
If you are a U.S. Citizen, you DO NOT need to get a visa for travel to Czech Republic, Germany, Austria or Hungary. If you are not a U.S. citizen, please check with both your country’s consulate and the consulates of the countries we will be visiting to make sure that you do not need an entry visa or other additional documentation.
Please check with your local Public Health Department or personal physician regarding immunization requirements for all countries on your itinerary. You may also check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website at: www.cdc.gov. Just click on "Traveler’s Health" and then "Vaccinations".
Unexpected events can cause you to cancel your vacation. Because we are committed to this charter, we must strictly adhere to our cancellation policy as mentioned below.
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