Heart of the Danube (Westbound) 2020 - 13 Day River Cruise Budapest to Frankfurt
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Heart of the Danube (Westbound) 2020

13 Day River Cruise Budapest to Frankfurt

Starting at $5,198


Destinations & Sightseeing
Itinerary and Meals
Accomodations

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This European river cruise through Hungary, Austria, and Germany begins in the Hungarian capital of Budapest and 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 for guided walking tour of Germany’s “City of Three Rivers.” Visit the Bavarian town of Regensburg to see medieval sights, and join us for a beer tasting on board. In Roth, take a guided tour of the town; guided sightseeing in Nuremberg, or a tour of the notorious Nuremberg Rally Grounds. Join a guided excursion and tour of Munich to see Nymphenburg Palace—former home of the German monarchs. In Bamberg, enter a world where imperial dynasties lived with a guided tour of its Romanesque cathedral amid the seven hills crowned with churches. Enjoy a beer tasting on board before sailing for the quaint Bavarian town of Volkach. Visit Kitzingen in Bavaria’s largest wine-producing area to hear the legend of the town’s beginnings. Würzburg will delight you along the famed Romantic Road, followed by a visit to a Bavarian Main River Village. Your Danube River cruise concludes in Mainz.

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Map for Heart of the Danube (Westbound) 2020 - 13 Day River Cruise Budapest to Frankfurt


Destination & Sightseeing

Day 1 Budapest (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception
Day 2 Vienna: scenic sailing; pass through Bratislava
Day 3 Vienna: guided sightseeing
Day 4 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 5 Passau: guided walk
Day 6 Regensburg: guided walk
Day 7 Roth: lecture on board; choice of guided sightseeing in Nuremberg or Roth, or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour; beer tasting on board
Day 8 Nuremberg. Excursion to Munich: guided sightseeing in Munich, see the Marienplatz
Day 9 Bamberg: guided tour, see the Old Town Hall; beer tasting on board
Day 10 Volkach–Kitzingen: guided tours
Day 11 Würzburg: guided tour, visit the Bishop’s Residenz, or guided hike
Day 12 Main river village: guided walk
Day 13 Frankfurt (Disembarkation): your cruise ends this morning
Notes:
  • 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.

ITINERARY

Day 1
CLASSIC Join a Guided City Walk to learn more about this beautiful “City of Three Rivers”

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CLASSIC Join a Guided City Walk and see the Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) and Porta Pretoria—built in 179 AD as the entrance to Castra Regina fortress

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CLASSIC Join a Guided Walking Tour of a picturesque Bavarian village

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Day 29 BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (EMBARKATION)
Welcome to Hungary. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding. Flights into Budapest must arrive by 2 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. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIENNA
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Day 30 VIENNA, AUSTRIA
Vienna Waltzes and the Beautiful Blue Danube Start the day with a Morning Stretch with your Avalon Adventure Host. Enjoy sailing the Danube, which shares dozens of miles with Hungary and Slovakia. Relax on the Sky Deck to see the rolling landscape and red-rooftops of the Slovakian capital of Bratislava come into view. This evening in Vienna, you may choose to join an Optional Excursion to attend a Royal Waltz Concert for an unforgettable evening of music in an elegant hall. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN VIENNA
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Day 31 VIENNA
Royal Collections, and Amusing Attractions 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 the ship to explore the streets and squares of Vienna, or ride along the banks of the Danube at your leisure. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DÜRNSTEIN
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Day 32 DÜRNSTEIN
Fairytale Castles, Kings, and Cobblestones of Delightful Dürnstein CLASSIC Join a Guided Walk, and hear the legendary tale of King Richard the Lionheart—who was imprisoned in the castle above the village during the Crusades, OR: ACTIVE Join a Hike up to the castle ruins with your Adventure Host for a spectacular view of the village, Danube, and the Wachau Valley below. Enjoy coffee or a cocktail on the Sky Deck as you sail through the picturesque Wachau Valley to Melk. MELK Ornate Architecture and Scenic Splendors CLASSIC Take a Guided Tour of Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey to marvel at its frescoed ceilings, statues, incredible library, and ornate pipe organ. DISCOVERY Enjoy the flavors of the Wachau Valley with a Wine Tasting on board. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO PASSAU
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Day 33 PASSAU, GERMANY
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. Meet your ship back in Passau after your full-day selected activity for sailing. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO REGENSBURG
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Day 34 REGENSBURG
Magical Regensburg—Bavaria’s Medieval Miracle CLASSIC Join a Guided City Walk and see the 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. Alternatively 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 Roth. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ROTH
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Day 35 ROTH. EXCURSION TO NUREMBERG
Living Heritage and History Lessons 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. 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 Sightseeing 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 Later, indulge in a Beer Tasting on board. EVENING CRUISE TO NUREMBERG
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Day 36 NUREMBERG. EXCURSION TO MUNICH
A King’s Palace and Town Halls in Modern Munich CLASSIC Take a full-day Guided Tour of the highlights of fascinating Munich. See Nymphenburg Palace—a former residence of German monarchs, along with the old and new Town Halls of Marienplatz. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BAMBERG
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Day 37 BAMBERG
One Thousand Years of History in the City of Seven Hills. CLASSIC Take a Guided Walking Tour of the former home to imperial dynasties, and see its Romanesque cathedral, Old Town Hall, and seven hills crowned with churches. Enjoy free time this afternoon strolling through the city. DISCOVERY Later, indulge in a Beer Tasting on board. This evening, enjoy live entertainment on board. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VOLKACH
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Day 38 VOLKACH
Bavarian Beauty on the Main River CLASSIC Join a Walking Tour of the quaint town of Volkach with its half-timbered houses and cobblestoned streets. During lunch enjoy a relaxing cruise to Kitzingen. KITZINGEN Bavarian Wines, Legends, and Myths CLASSIC Enjoy a Guided Sightseeing Tour and hear the legend of a Countess, a shepherd, and a monastery. Explore Bavaria’s largest wine-producing area. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO WÜRZBURG
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Day 39 WÜRZBURG
A Pearl of a Day on the Romantic Road CLASSIC Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Würzburg with its Old Main Bridge, towering fortress, and baroque Bishop’s Residenz—with the largest known ceiling fresco, OR: ACTIVE Enjoy incredible views over the northern Bavaria city of Wurzburg on a hike up to mighty hilltop Marienberg Castle. You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to the beautiful Bavarian town of Rothenburg. See the local sights and enjoy the fairytale atmosphere that has inspired artists. Alternatively, you may enjoy free time to take in the charm and culinary specialties of Würzburg. Enjoy live entertainment on board as you sail. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN WÜRZBURG
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Day 40 MAIN RIVER VILLAGE
Hidden Gems and Bavarian Beauty of a Main River Village CLASSIC Join a Guided Walking Tour of a picturesque Bavarian village. This afternoon relax on the Sky Deck while passing along the beautiful villages on the Main River shores. AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO FRANKFURT
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Day 41 FRANKFURT (DISEMBARKATION)
Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning. Flights should not leave Frankfurt airport before 10 am.

Accommodations

Frankfurt
Hilton Frankfurt City Centre
Deluxe

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Hochstrasse 4 Frankfurt Germany

This stylish 342-room hotel boasts an ideal location in the heart of Frankfurt city center, next to the Stock Exchange and just minutes away from the Old Opera House and historic Römer Square. Enjoy fine local and international cuisine in the hotel's restaurant or dine outdoors on the spacious terrace with beautiful park views. Unwind with an American whiskey or cocktail at the sophisticated American-style bar, or simply enjoy a Cuban coffee and delicious bites in the bar and lounge. The health club offers a half Olympic-size indoor pool, fitness equipment, a whirlpool, steam room, and sauna. Free Wi-Fi internet access is available throughout the property.
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