The Blue Danube Discovery Cruise

April 2020, Escorted by Tony Stone


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Brilliant views of Danube River destinations are waiting on your European river cruise, made even more beautiful with two nights in the Hungarian capital city of Budapest. Before embarking on your cruise through Austria and Germany, enjoy your stay in the “Pearl of the Danube”—Budapest—with an Avalon YourWay vacation. Enjoy superior hotel accommodations with complimentary breakfast, an expert Local Guide, and courtesy hotel-to-ship transfer. You’ll enjoy a guided tour of Budapest, including the iconic Heroes’ Square. You’ll have free time to get to know the city’s cafes, shops, magnificent architecture, and thermal baths!

Beautiful views, marvelous food, and the birthplace of some of the world’s greatest music is in store on your Danube River cruise. Embark in Budapest to sail to Vienna—the City of Music. You’ll marvel at the sights with a guided city tour of Vienna’s gilded landmarks—including the Imperial Palace, the world-famous opera house, and stunning St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Sail to Dürnstein to walk in the steps of Richard the Lionheart. You may choose a guided hike to the castle where he was held during the Crusades, and behold the brilliant view of Austria’s Wachau Valley from above. Next, the magnificent Benedictine Abbey of Melk awaits, with its frescoed ceilings, sculptures, library, and ornate pipe organ. Join us on board for a wine tasting of Wachau Valley vintages. 

You’ll cruise to Passau, Germany, where the Danube meets the Inn and Ilz Rivers, for guided walking tour of the captivating, baroque “City of Three Rivers.” Visit the Bavarian town of Regensburg to see medieval sights, including the Old Town Hall and the fortress entrance built in 179 AD. Later, join us for a beer tasting on board. Once docked in Roth, hear a fascinating onboard lecture of the impact of the Main-Danube, then take your pick of included excursions—a tour of Roth’s medieval houses, streets, and town hall; guided sightseeing in Nuremberg, or a tour of the notorious Nuremberg Rally Grounds of the Third Reich. 

Your European vacation continues with two nights in the Golden City of Prague. Enjoy superior hotel accommodations with complimentary breakfast, an expert Local Guide, and courtesy ship-to-hotel transfer. Guided sightseeing includes Hradcany Castle grounds, St. Vitus Cathedral, and Old Town’s Astronomical Clock. Enjoy free time as well to explore this exquisite city.


See below for detailed itinerary »

Day 1 Budapest:

Welcome to Budapest! 

Day 2 Budapest:

Guided tour, see Heroes' Square

Day 3 Budapest (Embarkation):

Onboard welcome reception

Day 4 Vienna:

Scenic sailing, pass through Bratislava 

Day 5 Vienna:

Guided sightseeing

Day 6 Dürnstein—Wachau Valley—Melk:

Choice of guided tour, or hike up to the castle ruins in Dürnstein; scenic cruise through the Wachau Valley; guided tour of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk; wine tasting on board

Day 7 Passau:

Guided walk

Day 8 Regensburg:

Guided walk; beer tasting on board

Day 9 Nuremberg:

Lecture on board; choice of guided sightseeing in Nuremberg or Roth, or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour

Day 10 Nuremberg (Disembarkation)—Prague:

Travel to Prague

Days 11 Prague:

Guided sightseeing, see the Astronomical Clock and visit Hradčany Castle grounds

Day 12 Prague:

Your vacation ends this morning