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The Blue Danube Discovery

From $3099 $798 taxes

The delightful Danube sets the stage for this incredible journey as you sail through beautiful scenery and quaint towns. Begin in Budapest, Hungary, with two overnights and guided sightseeing. Enjoy Hungarian cuisine, explore its famous produce market—Central Market Hall, wander around the former royal palace grounds, explore its famous churches, or visit one of the many museums. Then, board your river cruise vessel and sail westward, with guided sightseeing in magical Vienna, Passau, and medieval Regensburg. Also take a guided walk in the charming town of Dürnstein and see the baroque Stiftskirche, and visit the awe-inspiring Benedictine Abbey in Melk. Enjoy wine tasting in Melk and beer tasting in fascinating Regensburg. Disembark your ship and travel to the “Golden City” of Prague for a final three overnights, guided sightseeing, and plenty of free time to discover the Hradcany Castle grounds, wander through Prague’s Jewish Quarter, shop for hand-cut crystal, savor authentic Czech dumplings, stand in the square where protestors demonstrated against Communism, or visit one of the many churches. All of this and more await you on this marvelous vacation!

Travel Best Bets Package Includes

  • Round trip airfare to Budapest and return from Prague
  • 2 nights hotel in Budapest with breakfast at InterContinental Budapest or Hotel Sofitel Chain Bridge or similar
  • Deluxe 7-night cruise aboard Avalon Waterways Illumination/Expression/Panorama
  • 3 nights hotel in Prague with breakfast at InterContinental Praha or Hilton Prague or similar
  • All transfers included
  • Meals on board: Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner are included daily on board your vessel.
  • Special onboard and onshore experiences presented by entertainers, artisans, and experts, designed to enrich your cruise.
  • Enjoy a special local treat of sausage, sauerkraut & beer.
  • Vacation Highlights
    Budapest: guided sightseeing, see Fishermen’s Bastion and Heroes’ Square
    Vienna: guided sightseeing
    Dürnstein–Melk: guided walk in Dürnstein, see the Stiftskirche; guided visit of the Benedictine Abbey and wine tasting
    Passau: guided walk
    Regensburg: guided walk; enjoy a snack at the Historische Wurstküche; beer tasting
    Roth–Nuremberg: choice of guided sightseeing in Roth, or guided sightseeing in Nuremberg
    Prague: guided sightseeing, see the Astronomical Clock and visit Hradcany Castle grounds; free time

Book by July 25: Save up to $3000 per couple on the cruise! Book 2018 now and receive special airfare rates! (Price reflects below. Limited space available)

Vancouver Outside French Balcony Taxes & Fees
Oct 24 – Nov 6, 2017 sold out $5449 $798
Nov 26 – Dec 9, 2017*SPECIAL INTEREST sold out $5099 $798
Kelowna, Victoria, Nanaimo add from $300 more per person
Vancouver, Victoria, Calgary, Edmonton
July 10-23, 2018 $3349 $4449 $798
July 14-27, 2018 *SPECIAL INTEREST $3099 $4449 $798
Kelowna add from $75 more per person
Pre-Pay Gratuities add $178 per person

Special Interest Cruise details:

Nov 26 – Festive Time
Your ship will be decorated and dressed up in Christmas colors. You will have free time to explore some of the famous Christmas Markets in Europe where you will find all sorts of gifts to bring home.

July 14 – Danube Discovery for Golfers
And as this is a cruise for golf enthusiasts, you’ll have the possibility to play a round while in Budapest, Vienna, and Nuremberg

Repeat Globus brands passenger receive 5% discount per person
Anyone who has traveled with the Globus family of brands within the past five years is eligible. Whether you traveled with Globus, Cosmos, Monograms, or Avalon Waterways, you can start taking advantage of great perks as soon as you enroll. Click here to enroll.

Included for Every Avalon Guests
-Spacious outside Deluxe Stateroom
-Large 3-door closets with ample storage, complete with in-room safe
-Comfort Collection Beds SM with high-quality, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens
-Large desk with convenient power outlets
-Individual climate control
-Well-stocked minibar with complimentary bottled water
-Plush bathrobes and slippers
-Flatscreen TV with English- speaking channels and over 100 free movie options
-L’Occitane ® bath products
-Nightly turndown service
-Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the ship
-Regional wines & beer with every onboard dinner
-Sparkling wine with breakfast
-Fitness room with state-of-the-art equipment
-Included sightseeing accompanied by Certified Local Guide
-Selection of Local Favorites SM to bring the customs, cultures, and tastes of your destination to life
-Your professional Cruise Director and staff to help with requests, suggestions, preferences, and additional excursions
-High-quality cappuccinos, lattes, hot chocolate, and a selection of teas are available throughout the day

 

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Budapest, Hungary
Welcome to Budapest, Hungary’s lively capital spanning the banks of the Danube. The remainder of the day is free to start exploring Eastern Europe’s most cosmopolitan metropolis.

Day 2 Budapest
Whether you’re seeing 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 positively palatable. On your GUIDED SIGHTSEEING TOUR, see Heroes’ Square as well as the massive hilltop castle complex with its remarkable Fishermen’s Bastion and 11th-century Matthias Church, the coronation spot of several Hungarian monarchs. Be sure to take note of the city’s eight bridges—many famous sights in and of themselves—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. (B)

Day 3 Budapest (Embarkation)
You have time this morning to explore Budapest further. Perhaps visit St. Stephen’s Basilica for marvelous views of the city from its viewing platform. This afternoon, board your river cruise vessel and meet your crew at a welcome reception. (B,D)

Day 4 Budapest–Vienna, Austria
Enjoy a day of relaxation on board and marvel at the beautiful scenery on both banks of the Danube. Hungary is on your left as you cruise upriver and Slovakia is on your right. The two countries share the Danube for a 58-mile stretch, with the border in the middle of the river. This evening, arrive in Vienna, Austria’s capital. Known as the “City of Music,” it inspired the creative genius of Mozart, Beethoven, and Strauss. An optional concert is available during your stay. (B,L,D)

Day 5 Vienna
Once the center of the mighty Habsburg Empire, Austria’s magical capital on the blue Danube is a showcase of gilded architecture. This is home to the lavish Hofburg Imperial Palace complex with its Vienna Boys’ Choir and dazzling Lipizzaner stallions; the neo-renaissance Vienna Opera House; and awe-inspiring St. Stephen’s Cathedral—plus, countless other sights your LOCAL GUIDE will show you during an included CITY SIGHTSEEING TOUR. Stroll through the delightful pedestrian Kärntnerstrasse, and be sure to take a break and enjoy a piece of decadent Sachertorte or Apfelstrudel in one of the classic Viennese coffee houses, historic institutions that helped shape Viennese culture! (B,L,D)

Day 6 Dürnstein–Melk
Dürnstein, known for the magnificent baroque, blue Stiftskirche built in the 1700s, is right in the heart of the Wachau wine region. The main street of this small town—with a population of less than 1,000 people—is lined with 16th-century homes and charming cobblestone streets. This morning your Local Guide will take you on an included WALKING TOUR and tell you the tale of England’s King Richard the Lionheart, who was imprisoned in the castle whose ruins still stand above the town. During lunchtime, sail the picturesque Wachau Valley and arrive in Melk in the early afternoon. Here, enjoy a GUIDED VISIT of the 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. You’ll be captivated by the splendor of the church with its frescoed ceilings, stunning high altar, marble statues, and 210-foot-high cupola. The view from the terrace over the Danube and surrounding countryside is breathtaking! This evening, sample some of the Wachau Valley’s FAMOUS WINES. (B,L,D)

Day 7 Passau, Germany
Today, you might wish to choose from a couple of full-day optional excursions: to Salzburg, taking in some of The Sound of Music sights or to medieval Český Krumlov in the Czech Republic, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Alternatively, you may choose to stay on the ship and relax as you cruise to Passau, uniquely located where the Inn, Ilz, and Danube Rivers converge. 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. Take in the highlights on the included GUIDED WALK. (B,L,D)

Day 8 Regensburg
Dating back to the time of the Celts around 500 BC, 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.” Architectural highlights of your GUIDED WALK include the 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. Wealthy families built these towers to emphasize their status and wealth during the Middle Ages, and many still remain today. Walk across the 12th-century Steinerne Brücke (Stone Bridge), the oldest of its kind in Germany. Grab a beer and enjoy an included SNACK at the 17th-century Historische Wurstküche (Old Sausage Kitchen), one of Germany’s oldest restaurants. Here—where the locals congregate—feel the vibrant atmosphere and take in the remarkable views along the river. After dinner, we’ll introduce you to some of Germany’s FAMOUS BEERS. (B,L,D)

Day 9 Roth–Nuremberg
This morning, the choice is yours—join a Local Guide for GUIDED SIGHTSEEING of nearby Nuremberg. 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 Holy Roman Empire. Marvel at this thousand-year-old city’s medieval fortifications, extraordinary gothic churches, and the Kaiserburg (Imperial Castle). Alternatively, join a Local Expert for a GUIDED SIGHTSEEING of Roth. This delightful Bavarian town, with its half-timbered houses and market square, is also an industrial center for textile manufacturing. Take pictures of Schloss Ratibor, an ancient hunting lodge built in 1535, with a most picturesque inner courtyard. (B,L,D)

Day 10 Nuremberg (Disembarkation)–Prague, Czech Republic
After breakfast, say goodbye to your crew and travel by motorcoach to Prague, the “Golden City.” (B)

Day 11 Prague
Prague is a 1,200-year-old city preserved in time, and, unlike other Central European capitals, it was not bombed during the 20th-century wars. A LOCAL GUIDE shows you its best-known treasures, such as the Old Town’s Astronomical Clock, built in 1410 and once the envy of all of Europe; HRADČANY CASTLE GROUNDS; St. Vitus Cathedral; and the Charles Bridge, the oldest bridge in Prague. Browse the shops for hand-cut crystal or art books. Mix with the locals in Wenceslas Square, an important meeting point where people demonstrated against the communist regime; or watch performers on Charles Bridge.(B)

Day 12 Prague
Enjoy a free day to explore the city at your own pace. Perhaps visit the Communist Museum or take an optional excursion around the Jewish Quarter. Sample the local plum dumplings and Pilsner; stroll along the Vltava River. Your Cruise Director will have other suggestions for things to do. (B)

Day 13 Prague
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner


Notes:
In the event of water level problems or any problems of a technical nature, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or to alter the program.
Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change becomes necessary, a substitute will be offered.

Not Included in the Vacation Price:
Passports; visas and vaccinations; tips to your tour director, tour driver, local city guides; gratuities on ferries, trains and cruise ships; laundry; telephone; mini bar; alcohol, beverages and food not on the regular table d’hôte menu (these extra items will be billed to you before leaving the hotel or restaurant); optional excursions; porterage at airports; travel protection; excess baggage fees; all other items of a personal nature.

 


 

River Cruises
River cruising is, quite simply, the best way to see the world’s great cities. Here are the top 5 reasons that your next cruise should be a river cruise:

  1. Experience world class cities not accessible by ocean cruises.
  2. Unpack just once, no need to worry about maps or traffic congestion. Better than any bus tour!
  3. Flat-bottomed shape of river cruise ships ensures a safe and smooth ride without any worries about motion sickness.
  4. Sail directly to the heart of every destination, walk right off the ship and join the day’s activities.
  5. A more intimate experience, with only 130 to 300 fellow guests.

 

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