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AVALON WATERWAYS
10 Days | Danube Dreams
Eastbound (WBD)


BUDAPEST TO PRAGUE

Day 1 | Budapest, Hungary. Embark. Welcome to Budapest—Hungary’s Captivating Capital. 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. (D)

Day 2 | Budapest. The Pearl of the Danube in the Heart of Europe. 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. (B,L,D)

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

Day 3 | Bratislava, Slovakia. Classic and Contemporary—from Cathedrals and Castle Walls to Art Gallery Halls. Enjoy some free time to take Nordic walking sticks from the ship and hike to Bratislava Castle. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board. (B,L,D)

Classic — Take a Guided City Walk, including the quaint streets of Old Town, Town Hall, and fantastic St. Martin’s Cathedral.

Day 4 | Vienna, Austria. Strauss, Schnitzel, Strudel, and Sachertorte. You may decide to take a Guided Optional Excursion to Schönbrunn Palace—the former imperial summer home and vast gardens with a history spanning 300 years of the Habsburg monarchy. In your free time why not stroll through pedestrian Kärntnerstrasse—the most famous shopping avenue in central Vienna. Take a bike ride through the city and stop in a local café to enjoy authentic Austrian confections of Sachertorte or Apfelstrudel. Later this evening, you may choose to attend an Optional Excursion to a Royal Waltz Concert for an unforgettable evening of music in an elegant hall. (B,L,D)

Discovery — Join us for a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Vienna, including the Kuntskammer’s remarkable collection of more than 2,100 valuable objects, which were collected through the centuries by the emperors and archdukes of Habsburg.
Classic — Later, choose a complimentary ticket for a local Viennese Museum Visit, or continue exploring with additional Guided Sightseeing.

Day 5 | Durnstein. Wachau Valley. Fairytale Castles, Kings, and Cobblestones. (B,L,D)

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

Melk. Striking Frescoes and Breathtaking Views of the Wachau Valley. Later, stretch out on the Sky Deck as you sail through the Wachau Valley past vineyards, castles, and charming villages on your way to Melk.

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

Day 6 | Linz. Fall in Love with Linz–Legendary Art, Music, and the Linzer Torte! Consider a full-day Guided Optional Excursion to Salzburg, the city of Mozart, or visit the picturesque Bohemian town of Cesky Krumlov. Feel free to enjoy the afternoon on your own to bike along the banks of the Danube with a picnic from the ship, or hike through Linz’s beautiful nature trails to Pöstlingberg for a bird’s-eye view of the city and river below. (B,L,D)

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.

Day 7 | Schlogen Oxbow. Passau, Germany. Go for Baroque in Passau–Where the Danube, Inn, and Ilz Rivers meet. This morning, cruise through the Schlögen Oxbow, a particularly beautiful horseshoe-shaped bend of the river. Spend a little free time before sailing to Deggendorf to walk the cobblestone streets and galleries of Artists’ Alley or peek into St. Stephen’s Cathedral to possibly catch a concert rehearsal. (B,L,D)

Classic — Join a Guided City Walk to learn more about this beautiful “City of Three Rivers.”
Active — Follow your Avalon Adventure Host for Hiking from Oberhaus along a trail down to the valley and along the Ilz River.

Day 8 | Deggendorf. Disembark. Regensburg. Prague, Czech Republic. Magical Regensburg–Bavaria’s Medieval Miracle. 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. (B)

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.

Day 9 | Prague. Bridges, Books, Crystal & Chocolate–Simple Pleasures and Grand Surprises Around Every Corner. Later, after your Classic Tour, you may join a Guided Optional Excursion to reveal the secrets of Prague as your expert local guide takes you to Charles Bridge and Mala Strana–two of Prague’s most romantic and picturesque spots. Consider sampling delicious plum dumplings and traditional Pilsner lager beside the Vltava River. Mingle with the locals and be mesmerized by street performers in Wenceslas Square, or browse the market stalls at Charles Bridge. In the evening, you might like to join an Optional Folklore Dinner Show, sampling traditional Czech cuisine in an authentic Prague setting. (B,L,D)

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

Day 10 | Prague. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

NOTE: Itinerary is subject to change without notice. For the most up-to-date information, please refer to the itinerary schedule you receive with your final documents.

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WESTBOUND ITINERARY (WBD)
10 DAYS | BUDAPEST TO PRAGUE
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