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Tour Itinerary

From the rich history of Germany to the unique culture of Hungary, this Danube river cruise takes you to three countries, and the scenic beauty as you cruise past quaint towns, can be experienced right from your stateroom or atop the sky deck of your ship. In Nuremberg, Germany, board your river cruise vessel docked on the Main Danube Canal and visit this thousand-year-old city with a Local Guide. Next, reach Regensburg, the only German city not bombed during WWII. Lovers of architecture will enjoy the many listed buildings of historic interest, and Porta Pretoria, gates to an ancient Roman fort built in 179 AD. And here you’ll taste local sausages at one of Germany’s oldest restaurants and we’ll introduce you to some of Germany’s famous beers. Next stop is Passau, known for its narrow winding streets lined with Patrician houses, and the magnificent Italian baroque St. Stephen’s Cathedral. In Melk, you will visit Austria’s majestic Benedictine Abbey, one of Europe’s largest monasteries, which sits high on a bluff. Take in the breathtaking views before continuing through the picturesque Wachau Valley to the romantic sounds of Vienna, the “City of Music.” Your European river cruise vacation ends in Budapest, the capital of Hungary.

Countries Visited

Austria , Germany , Hungary

  1. Day 1
    NUREMBERG, GERMANY (EMBARKATION)
    Welcome to Germany. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding.

    Flights into Nuremberg must arrive by 3:30 pm.

    Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.

    Explore your ship this evening and enjoy dinner on board.

    OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN NUREMBERG

    (D)
    Meals:   Dinner
  2. Day 2
    ROTH. EXCURSION TO NUREMBERG
    Living Heritage and History Lessons

    Visit the Adventure Center for today’s activities with your Adventure Host.

    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 Tour 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 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

    Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.

    AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO REGENSBURG

    (B,L,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  3. Day 3
    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.

    This evening, enjoy live entertainment after dinner as you cruise toward Passau.

    EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO PASSAU

    (B,L,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  4. Day 4
    PASSAU
    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.

    Sail to Linz this afternoon, or join your ship after your selected full-day excursion.

    LINZ, AUSTRIA

    The Linzer Torte and a Legendary Love of Art and Music

    Enjoy a free afternoon to linger in Linz. Take a bicycle from the ship and cycle along the Danube, or follow one of Linz’s many nature trails for a bird’s-eye view of the city and river below.

    OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MELK

    (B,L,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  5. Day 5
    MELK–WACHAU VALLEY
    Striking Frescoes and Breathtaking Views of the Wachau Valley

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

    ACTIVE Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Morning Hike through Melk’s beautiful countryside

    Enjoy a coffee or a cocktail on the Sky Deck as you sail through the picturesque Wachau Valley to Vienna.

    VIENNA

    Vienna Waltzes and the Beautiful Blue Danube

    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.

    OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN VIENNA

    (B,L,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  6. Day 6
    VIENNA
    Royal Collections, and Amusing Attractions

    Ask about today’s energizing or relaxing Adventure Host activities.

    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 Schönbrunn 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 ship to explore the streets and squares of Vienna, or ride along the banks of the Danube at your leisure.

    Later, relax on board with live entertainment as you sail to Budapest.

    EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BUDAPEST

    (B,L,D)

    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  7. Day 7
    BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
    The Pearl of the Danube in the Heart of Europe

    CLASSIC Enjoy a Guided City Sightseeing, including the iconic Heroes’ Square

    This afternoon choose among a wide offer of Optional Guided Excursions or take free time to enjoy Budapest’s famed thermal baths. You can also take a scenic hike in the hills above the Danube. Take time to explore the city’s cafés, pubs, and nightlife at your leisure.

    OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN BUDAPEST

    (B,L,D)

    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  8. Day 8
    BUDAPEST (DISEMBARKATION)
    Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning.

    (B)

    Meals:   Breakfast

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Inclusions

  • In the event of technical or water level issues, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or alter the program, including hotel overnight when necessary.
  • Guided Tours, Optional Excursions, activities, sailing and docking schedules may be contingent on weather conditions or other issues outside of our control and could therefore be subject to change at any time.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
  • July 6 will now embark in Deggendorf. Munich flight window is 6am to 2pm. Please check your itinerary in your Welcome Packet for full details.

Health and Safety Protocols for Globus Tours

Today's world has changed, but what remains certain is Globus' commitment to guest safety, comfort and peace-of-mind while traveling with us. To that end, Globus has established a worldwide Assurance program, with enhanced on-trip protocols and procedures, to ensure the health – and happiness – of guests throughout their travels with us.

It all starts with Globus' Global Health & Safety Team, dedicated to ensuring that cleanliness of all operations exceeds today’s travel standards—from start to finish. The following areas address Globus' commitment to providing a safe and clean environment for guests.

A SAFE & WARM WELCOME

Globus will enact new tour check-in procedures and pre-trip health screenings to offer guests a safe start to their journey, including adherence to social distancing requirements.

BLENDING CULTURAL PROXIMITY WITH SOCIAL DISTANCE

Globus will ensure safe distances for guests throughout the journey, on coach and during excursions. This includes providing masks for guests use at any time where social proximity could be an issue as well as the possibility of reducing group sizes, if required. And wireless listening technology – including Globus' Go Beyond Devices in Europe – enables safe distances between guests and other travelers on excursions.

FOCUS ON GUEST AND TEAM MEMBER HEALTH

To ensure a healthy environment for team and guests, Globus will conduct regular temperature checks for both guests and team, and when necessary, masks will be worn by Globus' team members when with guests.

TOUCHING HEARTS, NOT HANDS

Traveling with Globus removes many of the “touch points” of travel, including luggage handling, check in/out, expedited entry into attractions and more. Globus are further reducing risk with hands-free service, meaning all self-services replaced by staff, including buffet meals replaced with table service. Globus will also ensure hand sanitizing is available throughout each trip, on coach and in hotels.

COMMITMENT TO CLEAN

As a part of Globus' commitment to clean, Globus is requiring enhanced cleaning procedures with hotel partners, on motorcoaches, vehicles and throughout every trip, including additional daily disinfecting procedures that go above-and-beyond already strict health and safety procedures.

PARTNERS IN DISCOVERY AND IN HEALTH

Globus has strict health and safety protocols, which have been in place for years, focused on ensuring all aspects of operation- from vehicles and equipment used on trip to excursions and hotel procedures. This process will continue with new, elevated health and safety checks, to maintain their promise that each touch-point on tours and cruises are considered in their commitment to guest and team member well-being.

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Accommodations

Port charges:
$196

Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included.

Avalon offers the opportunity for solo travelers to sail with no single supplement (subject to availability).

Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.

Additional accommodations before or after your tour may be available.

All prices per person based on double occupancy. Cruise price based on Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom on Indigo Deck. See below for upgrade pricing

To upgrade to a higher category, add per person:

Category / Decks / Price
D / Indigo Deck / $199
B / Sapphire Deck / $1,249
A / Sapphire Deck / $1,299
P / Royal Deck / $1,399
Royal Suite / Royal Deck / $2,399

NOTE:
Special Interest Cruise: Festive December 5; Jewish Heritage August 13

Budapest: InterContinental Budapest
Few would argue the InterContinental Budapest is in the city's best location: right on the Danube across from Castle Hill and the Royal Palace. With the Chain Bridge and the Parliament just steps away, there's no shortage of superb sightseeing opportunities. The Váci Utca shopping street, Central Market Hall and the Gellért Baths are also nearby.
Address:
Apaczai Csere Janos utca 12-14
Budapest , Hungary

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Questions & Answers

Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.4
Accommodations
4.6
Itinerary
4.2
Professional Staff
4.9
Repeat with Operator
4.3
Value for Money
4.1

Ratings based off 15 reviews - currently showing 4 reviews with comments only

The river cruise was wonderful. Unfortunately the river was too low for us to dock to Nuremberg, Roth and Budapest. Our cruise director Valentin had to make major accomodations for these glitches which he did wonderfully. Avalon Cruise Lines will be refunding some money because of these changes, which was very unexpected but shows what a responsible company they are. Our city tours had knowledgeable and easy to understand guides. .

2nd crusie with Avalon (Rhine/Moselle in late September and Prague to Budapest in late May). For Legendary Danube, recommend sailing from Prague to Budapest rather than reverse direction as it's a better build of experiences - Budapest is wonderful ending to journey. We were on Avalon's newest ship, Envision and like our previous boat,there are numerous public spaces with excellent viewing and cabin/bath size generous compared to competition. Food is very good with the lunch buffet and afternoon tea and cake being highlights. Wait staff is excellent as is the entire crew. We've had very knowledgeable cruise directors on both cruises who handled itinerary changes due to water levels professionally and with a sense of humor. The local guides are some of the best we've experienced in Europe. We will definitely cruise with Avalon again.

I'm glad we did not pay for the balcony room since it was low tide, the ship was docked most of the time. The bad part was the windows in our room (left /port side) was always a foot away from the port wall every time the ship is docked. Something to consider which sides you want to see when docked ,The street (or wall) or the water view . They did not switch sides, we were always on the wall. On Big Cruise Ships, port or starboard side is about the same.

Everything about this trip went smoothly. All the staff whether during booking, at the hotel or on the ship were very helpful, and courteous. This was our third trip booked through Affordable Tours and Globus (Avalon Waterways), and I can foresee another trip next year, possibly Italy? Thanks, to all who helped make this so effortless and enjoyable.

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