Heart of the Danube with 2 Nights in Budapest (Westbound) 2020 - 15 Day River Cruise Budapest to Frankfurt
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Heart of the Danube with 2 Nights in Budapest (Westbound) 2020

15 Day River Cruise Budapest to Frankfurt

Starting at $5,628


Destinations & Sightseeing
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Board your Avalon Suite Ship® in Budapest after enjoying two nights in the “Pearl of the Danube.” Before sailing, you’ll enjoy a guided city sightseeing tour of the Hungarian capital city to see Budapest’s iconic sights, including Heroes’ Square. Visit vibrant Vienna and picturesque Krems, and sail through the rich wine-growing region of Austria’s Wachau Valley.

Your Danube River cruise continues to Melk, with its magnificent Benedictine Abbey—complete with its fantastic frescoes, statues, library, and ornate pipe organ. While sailing hear an onboard lecture about Christmas traditions in Europe. In Nuremberg, choose from two guided excursions—a classic sightseeing tour, or a tour of the historic Nuremberg Rally Grounds of WWII notoriety.

Continue your Festive European vacation to enjoy Christmas in the Heart of Germany, including Bamberg—complete with dozens of nativity scenes of every size. Würzburg is the next stop on your European Christmas cruise Savor the sights, sounds, and confections of Würzburg’s warm Christmas markets before sailing to visit a picturesque Main River Village.

Your Danube and Main River cruise vacation concludes in Wiesbaden with wonderful experiences and memories of old-fashioned Christmas markets, scenic splendors, and inspiring discoveries to treasure always.



Destination & Sightseeing

Day 1 Budapest: welcome to Budapest!
Day 2 Budapest: guided tour
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
Day 9 Roth: lecture on board; choice of guided sightseeing in Nuremberg or Roth, or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour; beer tasting on board
Day 10 Nuremberg. Excursion to Munich: guided sightseeing in Munich, see the Marienplatz
Day 11 Bamberg: guided tour, see the Old Town Hall; beer tasting on board
Day 12 Volkach–Kitzingen: guided tours
Day 13 Würzburg: choice of guided tour, visit the Bishop’s Residenz, or guided hike
Day 14 Main river village: guided walk
Day 15 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
ACTIVE 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

Day 2
CLASSIC Join a Guided City Walk to learn more about this beautiful “City of Three Rivers”

Day 3
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

Day 4
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

Day 5
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

Day 6
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:

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CLASSIC Join a Guided Walking Tour of a picturesque Bavarian village

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DISCOVERY Later, indulge in a Beer Tasting on board

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Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. Flights should not leave Frankfurt airport before 10 am

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VIENNA, AUSTRIA

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PASSAU, GERMANY

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REGENSBURG

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ROTH. EXCURSION TO NUREMBERG

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WÜRZBURG

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MAIN RIVER VILLAGE

Day 24
FRANKFURT (DISEMBARKATION)

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OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN VIENNA

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EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO REGENSBURG

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EVENING CRUISE TO NUREMBERG

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Day 46 BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
Welcome to Budapest—Hungary’s Captivating Capital The day is yours to relax and enjoy the city with time for photographs, cafés, and confections

Day 47 BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
The Pearl of the Danube in the Heart of Europe CLASSIC Enjoy a Guided City Sightseeing, including the iconic Heroes’ Square. 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)
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Day 48 BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (EMBARKATION)
Your Avalon Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding. With a free day to explore before your cruise, take time to take photographs on the Royal Palace grounds in this treasure trove of historical architecture. Try Budapest’s famous thermal bath spas, then lunch in a garden or rooftop eatery before boarding your Suite Ship® Enjoy your first dinner on board while sailing. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIENNA
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Day 49 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 50 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 51 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 52 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 53 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 54 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 55 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 56 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 57 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 58 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: Enjoy incredible views over the northern Bavaria city of Wurzburg on a hike up to mighty hilltop Marienberg Castle. ACTIVE 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 59 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 60 FRANKFURT (DISEMBARKATION)
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. Flights should not leave Frankfurt airport before 10 am.

Accommodations

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Hess Andras Ter 1-3 Budapest Hungary

Unwind at Hilton Budapest hotel, which boasts the beautiful Baroque façade of a 16th century Jesuit College and a 13th century Dominican Churchyard. Take in captivating views across historic Budapest - the Hungarian Parliament and River Danube - re-energize in the 24-hour fitness center, or keep fit on the jogging track. Luxuriate with a massage or unwind in the sauna. Marvel at ancient relics, situated in the hotel's restored Dominican cloister. Lounge in the lobby bar and admire breathtaking views, or savor authentic Hungarian and Mediterranean flavors in ICON Restaurant.
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