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The Blue Danube - Westbound

Tauck $5990 12 Details


Glide past fairy-tale castles and medieval villages as you cruise the Danube River aboard Tauck's ms Savor or ms Joy. Explore Budapest, Bratislava, Cesky Krumlov, Salzburg, Vienna and Prague - plus the castle-studded Wachau Valley - taking in views of Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic. Attend a private Imperial evening with dinner and music at a palace in Vienna... a wine tasting in Dürnstein... spend a day in Mozart's Salzburg or medieval Cesky Krumlov... take an exclusive private tour of Baroque monastery libraries in Prague... discuss contemporary issues and historic events in Slovakia with a resident expert... and enjoy evenings of cultural entertainment on and off your riverboat. In Vienna, see the Imperial apartments at the Hofburg or tour opulent Schönbrunn Palace. Admire frescoes, stained glass windows, and stunning architecture as you spend two nights each in Budapest and Prague in city-center hotels, checking out remarkable bridges, cathedrals, museums, and grand Habsburg palaces!

The Blue Danube - Eastbound

Tauck $5990 12 Details


Glide past fairy-tale castles and medieval villages on our popular Blue Danube River cruise. Explore Prague, Vienna, Salzburg, Cesky Krumlov, Bratislava and Budapest - plus the castle-studded Wachau Valley - taking in views of the Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, and Hungary. Attend a private Imperial evening with dinner and music at a palace in Vienna... a wine tasting in Dürnstein... spend a day in Mozart's Salzburg or medieval Cesky Krumlov... take an exclusive private tour of Baroque monastery libraries in Prague... discuss contemporary issues and historic events in Slovakia with a resident expert... and enjoy evenings of cultural entertainment on and off your riverboat. In Vienna, see the Imperial apartments at the Hofburg or tour opulent Schönbrunn Palace. Admire frescoes, stained glass windows, and stunning architecture as you spend two nights each in Budapest and Prague in city-center hotels, checking out remarkable bridges, cathedrals, museums, and grand Habsburg palaces... it's a Blue Danube River cruise to remember!

Danube Reflections - Eastbound

Tauck $4690 8 Details


There are no beaten paths when your road is the Blue Danube... on an idyllic 8-day trip featuring a 7-night Munich to Vienna river cruise. Your leisurely riverboat journey unfolds like a dream: dramatic river landscapes, fairy-tale castles, Roman ruins, and romantic villages...the epicurean delights of Wachau Valley, wine tastings... a mountaintop abbey drenched in lavish Baroque art... a mad count's romantic vision of a medieval castle... the quirky, eclectic charms of Bratislava... and the magic of Vienna, capped by a sumptuous evening of dining and music at a Viennese palace. There's much to see and inspire in our Danube Reflections.

Danube Reflections - Westbound

Tauck $4690 8 Details


There are no beaten paths when your road is the Blue Danube... on an idyllic 8-day trip featuring a 7-night Vienna to Munich river cruise. Your leisurely riverboat journey unfolds like a dream: dramatic river landscapes, fairy-tale castles, Roman ruins, and romantic villages... the epicurean delights of Wachau Valley, wine tastings... a mountaintop abbey drenched in lavish Baroque art... a mad count's romantic vision of a medieval castle... the quirky, eclectic charms of Bratislava... and the magic of Vienna, capped by a sumptuous evening of dining and music at a Viennese palace. There's much to see and inspire in our Danube Reflections.

Romantic Danube Budapest To Nuremberg

Viking River Cruises $1999 8 Details

During this 8-day journey, encounter the grand cities and quaint villages along the celebrated Danube River. Explore both sides of Hungary’s capital, traditional, hilly Buda and cosmopolitan Pest. Witness Vienna’s imperial architecture and tour medieval towns in Austria’s Wachau Valley. Savor the tastes of authentic dishes, learn about local legends and understand why Strauss immortalized the “Blue Danube” in his waltz.

Romantic Danube Nuremberg To Budapest

Viking River Cruises $1999 8 Details

During this 8-day journey, encounter the grand cities and quaint villages along the celebrated Danube River. Explore both sides of Hungary’s capital, traditional, hilly Buda and cosmopolitan Pest. Witness Vienna’s imperial architecture and tour medieval towns in Austria’s Wachau Valley. Savor the tastes of authentic dishes, learn about local legends and understand why Strauss immortalized the “Blue Danube” in his waltz.

Danube Waltz Passau To Budapest

Viking River Cruises $1999 8 Details

Sail through Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary. Explore Budapest’s imperial delights, take in Bratislava’s baroque wonders and admire Passau’s ancient fortress. Discover why Austria’s Vienna is the “Waltz Capital” and the spectacular Wachau Valley is a wine lover’s dream. You’ll enjoy an included visit to magnificent Melk Abbey and an included full-day excursion to picturesque Český Krumlov.

Danube Waltz Budapest To Passau

Viking River Cruises $1999 8 Details

Sail through Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary. Explore Budapest’s imperial delights, take in Bratislava’s baroque wonders and admire Passau’s ancient fortress. Discover why Austria’s Vienna is the “Waltz Capital” and the spectacular Wachau Valley is a wine lover’s dream. You’ll enjoy an included visit to magnificent Melk Abbey and an included full-day excursion to picturesque Český Krumlov.

Christmas Markets Along The Danube - Eastbound

Tauck $3190 8 Details


Tauck's river cruise along the Danube from Nürnberg to Vienna aboard ms Savor or ms Joy offers a new approach to discovering the magic of the Christmas Markets in Germany and Austria... a 700-year holiday tradition! Enjoy Tauck's signature sightseeing and exclusive events... gain insights from the personal experiences of your local guides as they recall the Christmas Markets of their childhoods... and celebrate the holidays with special yuletide events on the ship and off! Aboard your riverboat, decorated in holiday style, you can sample glühwein and other seasonal goodies. Attend a holiday baking demonstration... a festive European Christmas dinner with all the fixings... and a performance by alumni of the Regensburger Domspatzen choir! Watch delectable gingerbread being made at Café Simon in Passau... explore the Baroque architecture of 900-year-old Melk Abbey... have lunch at Stiftskeller St. Peter in Salzburg and at the Palais Pallavicini in Vienna, and take a tour of the Thurn und Taxis family's Palace of St. Emmeram in Regensburg, with a visit to its private Christmas Market - one of the Christmas Markets Germany is famous for - and more!

Royal Danube, Berlin & Kraków - Westbound

Tauck $6990 14 Details


Moments of history shape the sights you'll see in the cities featured on this 14-day Danube River Cruise, Berlin and Krakow included. Three nights in Berlin chronicle past political divides with a look back at Iron Curtain curfews, Jewish hardships and wartime woes while cultural narratives in the museums on Museum Island showcase an evolution of art through the ages. Onboard your Tauck riverboat for a 7-night cruise, you'll visit picturesque Bavarian towns like Bayreuth, where composer Richard Wagner lived in 1872; Nuremberg, acclaimed as a leading arts and cultural center in the 15th and 16th centuries, Kehlheim, where the Danube meets the Main-Danube Canal and BMWs race into view; and cobble-stoned Straubing, dating back to 6,000 BC. Crossing into Austria, stop at Linz for a walking tour or boat ride in the nearby Lake District, explore Krems and the Wachau Valley by bicycle and dance the night away in Vienna at a private palace. Poignant pauses in Krakow, Auschwitz and Kazimier pay homage to lives lost during a three-night stay at the Sheraton Grand Krakow, overlooking beautiful Wawel Castle.

Royal Danube, Berlin & Kraków - Eastbound

Tauck $6990 14 Details


Moments of history shape the sights you'll see in the cities featured on this 14-day Danube River Cruise, Berlin and Krakow included. Three nights in Berlin chronicle past political divides with a look back at Iron Curtain curfews, Jewish hardships and wartime woes while cultural narratives in the museums on Museum Island showcase an evolution of art through the ages. Onboard your Tauck riverboat for a 7-night cruise, you'll visit picturesque Bavarian towns like Bayreuth, where composer Richard Wagner lived in 1872; Nuremberg, acclaimed as a leading arts and cultural center in the 15th and 16th centuries, Kehlheim, where the Danube meets the Main-Danube Canal and BMWs race into view; and cobble-stoned Straubing, dating back to 6,000 BC. Crossing into Austria, stop at Linz for a walking tour or boat ride in the nearby Lake District, explore Krems and the Wachau Valley by bicycle and dance the night away in Vienna at a private palace. Poignant pauses in Krakow, Auschwitz and Kazimier pay homage to lives lost during a three-night stay at the Sheraton Grand Krakow, overlooking beautiful Wawel Castle.

Musical Magic Along The Blue Danube

Tauck $7490 12 Details


Cruising the Danube River takes on new meaning when you join Tauck's "maestros" to walk in the footsteps of musical giants like Mozart, Beethoven, Bartók, Schubert, Liszt, Strauss, Haydn and others on a 12-day trip through the heart of Europe including a 7-night cruise aboard one of Tauck's custom-designed riverboats, ms Savor or ms Joy. Explore Prague, Vienna, Salzburg, Bratislava, Budapest and more, visiting homes these musical greats lived and composed in, and concert halls and palaces where they performed... enveloped by their glorious music throughout a magical journey filled with Tauck Exclusives! Along with your Tauck Cruise Director and Tauck Directors, your cruise is accompanied throughout by Tauck's "maestros." Active music scholars and performers, our maestros include current doctoral recipients in music history who are passionate and knowledgeable about European music and the destinations you'll visit. They'll guide your explorations ashore and enrich your onboard experience with interactive music workshops, seminars and performances on this most musical of Danube River tours!

Christmas Markets Along The Danube - Westbound

Tauck $3190 8 Details


Tauck's river cruise along the Danube from Nürnberg to Vienna aboard ms Savor or ms Joy offers a new approach to discovering the magic of the Christmas Markets in Germany and Austria... a 700-year holiday tradition! Enjoy Tauck's signature sightseeing and exclusive events... gain insights from the personal experiences of your local guides as they recall the Christmas Markets of their childhoods... and celebrate the holidays with special yuletide events on the ship and off! Aboard your riverboat, decorated in holiday style, you can sample glühwein and other seasonal goodies. Attend a holiday baking demonstration... a festive European Christmas dinner with all the fixings! Watch delectable gingerbread being made at Café Simon in Passau... explore the Baroque architecture of 900-year-old Melk Abbey... have lunch at Stiftskeller St. Peter in Salzburg and at the Palais Pallavicini in Vienna, and take a tour of the Thurn und Taxis family's Palace of St. Emmeram in Regensburg, with a visit to its private Christmas Market - one of the Christmas Markets Germany is famous for - and more!

Oberammergau & Danube Waltz Oberammergau To Budapest

Viking River Cruises $4699 10 Details

Join Viking for an experience that comes along once every decade. Witness the trial, suffering and death of Christ in The Passion Play in Oberammergau. Cruise the fabled Danube, gazing upon the ecclesiastic artwork and heavenly hilltop setting of Göttweig Abbey, Austria’s revered monastery. Step inside the hushed interiors of Vienna’s St. Stephen’s Cathedral. With medieval towns, grand cities and hallowed sites, this cruisetour is sure to inspire. Limited availability; please reserve today.

From The Danube Delta To Prague – Cruise Only 2019 - 16 Days Bucharest To Prague

Avalon Waterways $6875 16 Details

From Romania, to Germany, this Danube river cruise is an odyssey of new discoveries to treasure.

After embarkation, you’ll sail overnight to St. Gheorghe for an excursion to the Danube Delta at the entrance to the Black Sea. Join a small-boat guided tour of the Danube Delta’s rivers, canals, and marshes. Enjoy a special “Kilometer 0” celebration of the mighty Danube’s 2,845km journey from the Black Forest to the Black Sea.

Sail through the Balkans, and on to the Hungarian capital city of Budapest. Visit Bratislava and vibrant Vienna. Seeing such a variety of landscapes, languages, cultures, and historic sites will be an unmatched treasure not to be missed. We invite you to join us on this great adventure from the Black Sea Delta to Germany.

Grand Danube Cruise With 2 Nights Berlin 2019 - 19 Days Berlin To Bucharest

Avalon Waterways $7632 19 Details

Begin your Grand Danube River cruise with two amazing nights in Berlin. Your local expert will show you the city, including the restored Reichstag building, the famous boulevard of Kurfürstendamm, the Holocaust Memorial, and the Brandenburg Gate. Your stay in Berlin includes a visit to the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church.

From Berlin, travel to Dresden to see its baroque architecture, Zwinger Palace, the Dresden Opera House, and the glorious Frauenkirche. Continue with two nights in the Czech Republic’s Golden City of Prague, before traveling to Regensburg, then to Deggendorf to embark on your Suite Ship®. You’ll sail to Passau, the “City of Three Rivers,” to enjoy a guided city walk where the Danube, Inn, and Ilz Rivers meet.

Your European river cruise takes you through the Danube’s remarkable Schlögen Oxbow curve on your way to Linz. See spectacular Vienna, and step into the Habsburg Empire. Sail to Slovakia to visit the quaint streets of Bratislava and St. Martin’s Cathedral, then on to the Hungarian capital of Budapest. Your adventure continues to Belgrade, and the Danube Gorge region through the Balkans to the beautiful boulevards of Bucharest.

Your vacation package in Germany, and a grand adventure on the Danube River cruise will be hard to match, with visually stunning scenery, historic sites, magnificent architecture, and cultural specialties for mind, body, and spirit.

Blue Danube: Family Riverboat Adventure - Eastbound

Tauck $4790 8 Details


Selected as one of the "10 Best River Cruises" by Fodor's Travel! And a two-time winner of "Top River Cruise Line" for families, as voted by the readers of Travel + Leisure! There is no better way to experience the heart of Europe with your family than on a leisurely Tauck Bridges Danube river cruise aboard one of Tauck's custom-designed riverboats ms Savor or ms Joy. Unpack only once as you travel from Vilshofen, Germany to Austria, Slovakia and finally to Budapest, Hungary, enjoying action-packed shore excursions specially designed for families. Make your own tasty marzipan creation in Passau, Germany. Soar over Vienna on the Riesenrad (giant ferris wheel) in the Prater, the city's famous amusement park. Learn how to make strüdel aboard the riverboat. Visit Schönbrunn Palace, which Empress Maria Theresa and her daughter Marie Antoinette once called home. Go bicycling along the Danube and discover magical secrets - and "The Sound of Music" locations - at Schloss Hellbrunn in Salzburg. Play medieval games on a visit to Devin Castle in Slovakia. End your family's fun Danube River cruise by exploring Budapest, Hungary - once two separate cities divided by the Danube - where you'll disembark your riverboat... and begin sharing memories of your unforgettable family river cruise!

Blue Danube: Family Riverboat Adventure - Westbound

Tauck $4990 8 Details


Selected as one of the "10 Best River Cruises" by Fodor's Travel! And a two-time winner of "Top River Cruise Line" for families, as voted by the readers of Travel + Leisure! There is no better way to experience the heart of Europe with your family than on a leisurely Tauck Bridges Danube river cruise aboard ms Esprit, ms Joy or ms Savor. Unpack only once as you travel from Budapest, Hungary, to Slovakia, Austria and Germany, enjoying action-packed shore excursions specially designed for families. Play medieval games on a visit to Devin Castle in Slovakia. Soar over Vienna on the Riesenrad (giant ferris wheel) in the Prater, the city's famous amusement park. Learn how to make strüdel aboard the riverboat. Visit Schönbrunn Palace, which Empress Maria Theresa and her daughter Marie Antoinette once called home. Go bicycling along the Danube and discover magical secrets - and "The Sound of Music" locations - at Schloss Hellbrunn in Salzburg. End your family's fun Danube River tour in Passau, Germany, where you'll make your own tasty marzipan creation! Disembark your riverboat in Vilshofen.

Grand Danube Cruise With 2 Nights Transylvania 2019 - 19 Days Prague To Bucharest

Avalon Waterways $7590 19 Details

Your picturesque Danube River cruise begins with two nights in the Czech Republic’s Golden City of Prague. You’ll travel to Regensburg, then board your Avalon Suite Ship® in Deggendorf to sail on to Passau. Enjoy Passau, the “City of Three Rivers,” and sail through the Danube’s remarkable Schlögen Oxbow curve on your way to Linz.

Cruising into Austria, you’ll visit Linz, Melk, and Dürnstein. You’ll see spectacular Vienna, and sail to Slovakia to see Bratislava and St. Martin’s Cathedral, then on to the Hungarian capital of Budapest. Your Danube cruise ventures on to the Balkans and sails through the incredible Iron Gates Gorge and a number of extraordinary Balkan destinations, including Serbia, Bulgaria, and Romania.

In Transylvania, visit the mysterious Bran Castle, built in 1377 and legendary home of the Romanian vampire, Dracula. Stay in Brasov before returning to Bucharest for the conclusion of your journey. Your grand adventure on the Danube River, followed with a visit to Transylvania will be hard to match, with its visually stunning scenery, history, and mysterious legends for stories to share for the ages.

European Sojourn Amsterdam To Bucharest

Viking River Cruises $8399 23 Details

In the 8th century, Emperor Charlemagne dreamt of a canal that could unite Europe’s great waterways, but it was not until 1992 that his vision came to pass. Now, the Main-Danube Canal allows ships to travel directly from the North Sea to the Black Sea region, traversing Western, Central and Eastern Europe in a single journey. See the canals of Amsterdam, the castles of the Rhine Valley, great Danube cities like Vienna and Budapest, and many colorful capitals of Eastern Europe on an incredible 23-day cruisetour that includes eight countries on the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers. This itinerary, which combines Grand European Tour with Passage to Eastern Europe, provides the ultimate European sojourn.

European Sojourn Bucharest To Amsterdam

Viking River Cruises $7899 23 Details

In the 8th century, Emperor Charlemagne dreamt of a canal that could unite Europe’s great waterways, but it was not until 1992 that his vision came to pass. Now, the Main-Danube Canal allows ships to travel directly from the North Sea to the Black Sea region, traversing Western, Central and Eastern Europe in a single journey. See the canals of Amsterdam, the castles of the Rhine Valley, great Danube cities like Vienna and Budapest, and many colorful capitals of Eastern Europe on an incredible 23-day cruisetour that includes eight countries on the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers. This itinerary, which combines Grand European Tour with Passage to Eastern Europe, provides the ultimate European sojourn.

The Danube From The Black Sea To Budapest – Cruise Only Westbound 2019 - 9 Days Bucharest To Budapest

Avalon Waterways $3127 9 Details

This deluxe river cruise through Eastern Europe stops in fascinating cities in Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, and Hungary—and offers exciting inland excursions.

Join your river cruise vacation in Bucharest with a transfer to Fetesti where your journey along the Danube River begins. Sail to the mouth of the Danube, where it flows into the Black Sea, and cruise through the serene Danube Delta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There’s guided sightseeing in Constanta and Bulgaria’s ancient capital of Veliko Târnovo. Visit the Ethnographical Museum and Church of the Nativity in Arbanassi, and take pictures of Belogradchik’s eclectic group of rock formations and the spectacular scenery of the Iron Gates. Visit Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, and one of the oldest cities in Europe. Continue your cultural journey on an excursion to Pécs, Hungary. Established by the Romans in the 2nd century, you’ll see underground burial chambers with fascinating murals, another UNESCO World Heritage Site.

This fascinating river cruise through Eastern Europe concludes in Hungary’s capital of Budapest. You’ll disembark from your Suite Ship in this “Pearl of the Danube” with many new experiences to share, and new sights on future adventures to come.

From The Danube Delta To Prague 2019 - 19 Days Bucharest To Prague

Avalon Waterways $7515 19 Details

From the “Paris of the East” in Bucharest, Romania, to the “Golden City” of Prague, in the Czech Republic, this Danube river cruise is an odyssey of new discoveries to treasure. Begin in Bucharest for a tour of the capital’s boulevards, Arc de Triomphe, Royal Palace Square, and historic sites from a dramatic history.

You’ll sail overnight to St. Gheorghe for an excursion to the Danube Delta at the entrance to the Black Sea. Join a small-boat guided tour of the Danube Delta’s rivers, canals, and marshes. Enjoy a special “Kilometer 0” celebration of the mighty Danube’s 2,845km journey from the Black Forest to the Black Sea.

Sail through the Balkans, and on to the Hungarian capital city of Budapest. Visit vibrant Vienna, and explore the exquisite city of Prague. You’ll have time to fully enjoy this “Golden City” on your own, in addition to a guided city walk to see such sights as Hradčany Castle, St. Vitus Cathedral, and the world-famous Astronomical Clock.

Seeing such a variety of landscapes, languages, cultures, and historic sites will be an unmatched treasure not to be missed. We invite you to join us on this great adventure from the Black Sea Delta to the Golden City of Prague.

Grand Danube Cruise 2019 - 17 Days Prague To Bucharest

Avalon Waterways $7008 17 Details

Your charming cruise along the grand blue Danube River begins with two nights in the Czech Republic’s Golden City of Prague. You’ll have time to fully explore and enjoy this exquisite city, and enjoy a guided city walk to see such sights as Hradčany Castle, St. Vitus Cathedral, and the world-famous Astronomical Clock.

Enjoy a guided city walk and the opportunity to hike from Oberhaus along the Ilz River with your Avalon Adventure Host® in Passau, the “City of Three Rivers.” Your afternoon sailing will take you through the Danube’s remarkable Schlögen Oxbow curve on your way to Linz. Cruising into Austria, you’ll arrive in Linz, with its beauty and charm, including the Hauptplatz medieval square and white-marble Trinity Column. Your Austrian river cruise then sails to Melk, with its magnificent Benedictine Abbey, then through the wonderful Wachau Valley on your way to Dürnstein. Your next port on your Danube River cruise is spectacular Vienna for guided sightseeing. Sail to Slovakia to visit the quaint streets of Bratislava and St. Martin’s Cathedral, then on to the Hungarian capital of Budapest.

Your Danube River cruise ventures on to the Balkans, with a fascinating onboard lecture on the rich history and cultures of its states. Sail to Serbia for a tour of the sights of Belgrade, and continue to Cetate, Romania—with a pass through the incredible Iron Gates Gorge.

You’ll arrive in Bucharest for a tour of the capital’s boulevards, Arc de Triomphe, Royal Palace Square, and historic sites from a dramatic history. Your grand adventure on the Danube River will be hard to match, with its visually stunning scenery, historic sites, magnificent architecture, and cultural specialties for mind, body, and spirit.

From The Black Sea To The North Sea – Westbound 2019 - 24 Days Bucharest To Amsterdam

Avalon Waterways $11594 24 Details

This enchanting river cruise from the Danube Delta to Amsterdam is truly an adventure. Glide past quaint towns, beautiful scenery, and historic buildings along the Danube, Main, and Rhine Rivers—with guided sightseeing onshore and plenty of free time to explore.

Romania’s lively capital, Bucharest, is known for its wide, tree-lined boulevards and historical treasures. Travel to Fetesti and set sail for the mouth of the Danube River. Visit the exquisite Delta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and enjoy guided sightseeing in Constanta and Bulgaria’s ancient capital of Veliko Târnovo. Visit the Ethnographical Museum and Church of the Nativity in Arbanassi and take pictures of Belogradchik’s eclectic group of rock formations and the spectacular scenery of the Iron Gates.

Your European river cruise will take you to the capitals of three countries: Budapest, Hungary; Bratislava, Slovakia; and Vienna, Austria, where Local Guides will show you the highlights and you’ll have time to explore on your own. In the heart of the Wachau wine region, go on a guided walk of charming Dürnstein, and later visit Melk’s famous Benedictine Abbey. In Germany, there’s guided sightseeing in Passau, Regensburg, Nuremberg, Bamberg, and Würzburg. Cruise the Main Danube Canal, a true feat of engineering, and pass through the dramatic Rhine Gorge—the most beautiful stretch of the Rhine River.

This river cruise vacation concludes in Holland’s popular, modern capital of Amsterdam where you get a unique perspective of the city on a canal cruise along the elegant Grachten lined with homes dating back to the city’s “Golden Age.” Join an adventure through some of the most breathtaking and intriguing destinations on our Danube, Main, and Rhine River cruise.

Danube Symphony – Cruise Only Eastbound 2019 - 6 Days Passau To Vienna

Avalon Waterways $2149 6 Details

Your Danube River cruise adventure begins in picturesque Passau, Germany—the “City of Three Rivers.” Here, where the Danube, Inn, and Ilz Rivers converge, a Local Guide will take you through the town’s narrow cobblestone streets lined with beautiful Patrician houses, and you’ll see St. Stephen’s Cathedral, a masterpiece of Italian baroque architecture. Afterward, you can relax with a glass of wine atop the Sky Deck of your ship as you cruise along the Danube River into Austria. A highlight will be a guided visit to the majestic Benedictine Abbey in Melk, one of Europe’s largest monasteries, which sits high on a bluff overlooking the Danube. In Dürnstein, join a guided walk and see the baroque Stiftskirche, a church from the early 1700s, and one of the most beautiful of its kind because of its luminous blue and white façade. Also, get a taste of some of the renowned wines in the Wachau Valley.

To round out this unforgettable European river cruise, visit Vienna, the “City of Music”—a place that inspired the creative genius of Mozart, Beethoven, and Strauss. After guided sightseeing, stroll along the pedestrian walkway of Kärntnerstrasse or try a piece of Apfelstrudel in an elegant Viennese café as a perfect ending to your river cruise adventure.

A Taste Of The Danube – Cruise Only Eastbound 2019 - 4 Days Vienna To Budapest

Avalon Waterways $1085 4 Details

Through the natural beauty of Austria’s Wachau Valley, with stops in quaint towns and iconic cities, you’ll fall in love with this river cruise along the Danube River.

Board your ship in Vienna and set sail for Melk, where you will visit Austria’s majestic Benedictine Abbey, one of Europe’s largest, and where Benedictine monks still stroll amidst the sacred walls. From the Abbey’s terrace, you can take in the breathtaking views of the Danube River, and the surrounding countryside. Dürnstein lies in the heart of the picturesque Wachau Valley and is best known for its beautiful Stiftskirche with its blue façade. Above the town are the ruins of the castle where England’s Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned.

Continue your European river cruise to Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. This dynamic city lies at the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains. There’s sightseeing with a local expert and a visit to the gothic St. Martin’s Cathedral, the coronation church for Hungary during the 16th to 19th centuries. Then it’s on to Budapest, Hungary, where your Danube river cruise vacation ends. This Danube River cruise is a must to see Austria’s striking beauty, Budapest’s shining city, and all the splendid spots between on your European river cruise vacation of a lifetime.

Active Discovery On The Danube – Cruise Only Westbound 2019 - 8 Days Budapest To Linz

Avalon Waterways $2649 8 Details

Whether you’re an art lover, a foodie, a history buff, or an energetic adventurer, your Active Discovery cruise on the Danube River invites you to experience culture and cuisine in creative ways that are perfect for you. With Avalon Choice, you can select the experiences that are perfect for your interests and pace—from Active to Discovery to Classic. Avalon Choice gives you a choice of included excursions in each port as you sail from Budapest to Linz.

Arrive in Budapest where your Avalon Suite Ship is ready for boarding. You’ll cruise the blue Danube to discover Hungary and Austria with a wide variety of included excursions to choose from. With Avalon Choice, each day is yours to spend your way. Select a Medieval Knights Tournament at a Visegrád castle, see Gustave Klimt’s renowned “Kiss” painting in Vienna, or join a canoe excursion for a different view of the Danube. Whether you prefer browsing the art collection of the Habsburg Empire or sipping local vintages at an Austrian wine-tasting, your Active Discovery cruise is packed with Avalon Choice inclusions for every pace in every place we go. Sample cheese and beer made by Trappist monks and explore their Abbey gardens; take a hike to Count Dracula’s prison tower; or tour Mauthausen Concentration Camp, one of WWII’s most notorious sites—selecting from an unmatched variety of included excursions to choose from each day.

Join us on this Active Discovery cruise and experience the Blue Danube your way. No matter how you choose to explore new locales—from paddling canoes to picnic views—Avalon Choice includes the excursions and activities to invite you to discover each destination your way. Your Active Discovery Danube River cruise can be as active or leisurely as you like!

Danube Dreams – Cruise Only Westbound 2019 - 8 Days Budapest To Deggendorf

Avalon Waterways $2748 8 Details

Cruise along the peaceful Danube River through Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, and Germany—stopping at some of Central Europe’s most splendid capitals and charming towns along the way.

Begin this timeless European river cruise in Budapest, where guided sightseeing acquaints you with the highlights of the vibrant capital of Hungary. Set sail on the Danube, take pictures of the impressive Parliament Building as you leave Budapest, and head for Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. Here, enjoy a guided walk through the delightful Old Town and visit the gothic St. Martin’s Cathedral. Vienna, Austria, the “City of Music,” makes an immediate impression with its lavish Habsburg Imperial Palace and neo-renaissance Vienna Opera House. Enjoy the magnificent views as your river cruise takes you through the picturesque wine region of the Wachau Valley, with stops for a guided walk in Dürnstein, a visit of the impressive Benedictine Abbey of Melk, and a tasting of some of the renowned local wines. In Linz, walk around the Hauptplatz, Austria’s largest medieval square, which forms the center of the city, and be sure to get a photo of the splendid Trinity Column.

Passau, Germany, the “City of Three Rivers,” is uniquely located where the Inn, Ilz, and Danube rivers converge. It has a maze of narrow cobblestone streets lined with beautiful Patrician houses, and St. Stephen’s Cathedral, a masterpiece of baroque architecture. A memorable last stop on this delightful Danube River cruise vacation!

Holiday Magic: Danube Family River Cruise - Eastbound

Tauck $4190 8 Details


RESERVE EARLY - Only 2 Sailings! Make the holidays even more magical for your family by joining our 8-day family river cruise departing December 23 (eastbound, from Regensburg) aboard ms Joy. Our weeklong celebration filled with European holiday festivities both onboard and ashore will delight both the young and the young at heart. Your family will discover Europe's 700-year-old holiday markets tradition in historic town centers, decorated, lit up, and brimming with the sights, flavors, scents, and music of the season. Magic's in the air along with the aromas of roasting sausages, gingerbread, cinnamon, hot gluhwein, crackling fires, and evergreens. Sightseeing is designed for all generations to enjoy together - in Oberndorf, home of "Silent Night"... at Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna and magnificent Melk Abbey... in Old Town Bratislava with medieval games and a scavenger hunt... and in Budapest, "the Pearl of the Danube." Your family will toast the season during a Tauck Exclusive evening at a private palace in Vienna with dinner, a performance, and a waltzing lesson!

Holiday Magic: Danube Family River Cruise - Westbound

Tauck $4190 8 Details


RESERVE EARLY - Only 2 Sailings! Make the holidays even more magical for your family by joining our 8-day family river cruise departing December 22, 2019 (westbound, from Vienna) aboard ms Savor. Our weeklong celebration filled with European holiday festivities both onboard and ashore will delight both the young and the young at heart. Your family will discover Europe's 700-year-old holiday markets tradition in historic town centers, decorated, lit up, and brimming with the sights, flavors, scents, and music of the season. Magic's in the air along with the aromas of roasting sausages, gingerbread, cinnamon, hot gluhwein, crackling fires, and evergreens. Sightseeing is designed for all generations to enjoy together - in Oberndorf, home of "Silent Night"... at Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna and magnificent Melk Abbey... in Old Town Bratislava with medieval games and a scavenger hunt... and in Budapest, "the Pearl of the Danube." Your family will toast the season during a Tauck Exclusive evening at a private palace in Vienna with dinner, a performance, and a waltzing lesson!

The Legendary Danube 2019 - 10 Days Prague To Budapest

Avalon Waterways $3019 10 Details

From Prague to vibrant Budapest, this Danube river cruise vacation takes you to four countries. And the scenic beauty along the way as you cruise past quaint towns can be experienced right from your stateroom or while sipping wine atop the Sky Deck of your ship.

Enjoy two nights in Prague, one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. Stand in front of Old Town’s medieval Astronomical Clock, which amazes as an intricate art piece and visualization of time unlike anything else in the world.

Travel to Nuremberg, Germany, to 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. Passau, known for its narrow, winding streets, offers 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, with guided sightseeing and free time to explore this vibrant city on your own.

From The Black Sea To The North Sea – Cruise Only Westbound 2019 - 23 Days Bucharest To Amsterdam

Avalon Waterways $11424 23 Details

This enchanting European river cruise from the Danube Delta to Amsterdam is truly an adventure. Glide past quaint towns, beautiful scenery, and historic buildings along the Danube, Main, and Rhine Rivers—and onshore enjoy guided sightseeing and free time to explore. From Romania’s capital of Bucharest, travel to Fetesti and set sail for the mouth of the Danube River and the exquisite Delta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There’s guided sightseeing in Constanta and Bulgaria’s ancient capital of Veliko Târnovo.

Visit the Ethnographical Museum, Church of the Nativity in Arbanassi, and take pictures of Belogradchik’s eclectic group of rock formations and the spectacular scenery of the Iron Gates. A local expert will introduce you to Serbia’s capital of Belgrade, home of the world’s largest Orthodox Church. In Pecs, Hungary, visit the Underground Tombs, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. On this fabulous river cruise, you’ll visit the capitals of three countries: Budapest, Hungary; Bratislava, Slovakia; and Vienna, Austria.

Located in the heart of the Wachau wine region is charming Dürnstein, where you’ll go on a guided walk, and later visit Melk’s famous Benedictine Abbey. In Germany, there is guided sightseeing in Passau, Regensburg, Nuremberg, Bamberg, and Würzburg. Cruise the Main Danube Canal, and pass through the dramatic Rhine Gorge—the most beautiful stretch of the Rhine River.

This river cruise vacation concludes in Holland’s popular, modern capital of Amsterdam where you get a unique perspective of the city on a canal cruise along the elegant Grachten lined with homes dating back to the city’s “Golden Age.”

Danube Dreams – Cruise Only Eastbound 2019 - 8 Days Deggendorf To Budapest

Avalon Waterways $2799 8 Details

Cruise along the peaceful Danube River through Germany, Austria, Slovakia, and Hungary—stopping at some of Central Europe’s most splendid capitals and charming towns along the way.

Passau, Germany, is called the “City of Three Rivers” as it lies at the confluence of the Danube, Inn, and Ilz rivers. Walk through the city with a Local Guide and admire the Patrician houses and baroque St. Stephen’s Cathedral. In Linz, Austria, walk around the Hauptplatz, Austria’s largest medieval square.

Enjoy the magnificent views as your river cruise takes you through the picturesque wine region of the Wachau Valley. Stop in Melk to visit the magnificent Benedictine Abbey and Dürnstein to see the famous blue and white Stiftskirche and taste some of the local wines. Vienna, the “City of Music,” makes an immediate impression with its lavish Hofburg Imperial Palace and neo-renaissance Vienna Opera House. Enjoy a guided tour of this magical city and then take time to explore on your own. In Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, a guided walk takes you through the delightful Old Town and to the gothic St. Martin’s Cathedral.

In Budapest, the vibrant capital of Hungary, a local expert shows you all the must-see sights. Then to round out this timeless European river cruise, take a stroll along Váci utca—the main shopping street—enjoy a cream cake at the renowned Gerbeaud Café, or take pictures from Fishermen’s Bastion, which provides the best panoramic views of Budapest.” Your Danube River cruise is sure to make your dream a reality and fulfil your wish to experience the Danube’s legendary beauty and remarkable destinations along the way.

The Danube From The Black Sea To Budapest – Westbound 2019 - 12 Days Bucharest To Budapest

Avalon Waterways $3727 12 Details

Begin your exciting vacation with one night in Bucharest, Romania, before embarking on your river cruise along the beautiful Danube River to Budapest, Hungary.

Bucharest is known for its wide, tree-lined boulevards and historical treasures. Here, you’ll see the Arc de Triomphe—built in honor of WWI soldiers—and the historical Royal Palace Square. You’ll take part on an exciting excursion to the serene Danube Delta a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Enjoy guided sightseeing in Constanta and Bulgaria’s ancient capital of Veliko Târnovo. Visit the Ethnographical Museum and Church of the Nativity in Arbanassi, and take pictures of Belogradchik’s eclectic group of rock formations and the spectacular scenery of the Iron Gates. Visit Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, and one of the oldest cities in Europe. Continue your cultural journey on an excursion to Pécs, Hungary, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

There are countless memorable moments on this fascinating river cruise through Eastern Europe, and it doesn’t end until you’ve experienced the unique energy of Budapest. Set along the banks of the Danube River, the capital of Hungary offers an eclectic mix of activities. A local expert introduces you to the must-see sights, such as Heroes’ Square. And with free time to explore on your own, perhaps walk across one or more of the city’s famous bridges, shop for Herend porcelain or handcrafted embroidery, and bask in the coffee house culture with a rich cream cake in the renowned Gerbeaud Café.
From the Black Sea to Budapest, your European river cruise will take your breath away with the spectacular beauty and grace of the legendary Danube River and its stops along the way.

From The Black Sea To The North Sea With 2 Nights Transylvania 2019 - 26 Days Bucharest To Amsterdam

Avalon Waterways $12176 26 Details

This enchanting European river cruise from Bucharest to Amsterdam is truly an adventure. In Transylvania, visit Bran Castle of Dracula fame. Then, enjoy guided sightseeing of Brasov and visit Peles Castle in Sinaia—considered one of the most beautiful in Europe. In Romania’s lively capital, Bucharest, you’ll see the Arc de Triomphe, and the historical Royal Palace Square. Travel to Fetesti and set sail for the mouth of the Danube River.

Visit the exquisite Delta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and enjoy guided sightseeing in Constanta and Bulgaria’s ancient capital of Veliko Târnovo. Visit the Ethnographical Museum and Church of the Nativity in Arbanassi and take pictures of Belogradchik’s eclectic group of rock formations and the spectacular scenery of the Iron Gates.

Your Danube River cruise takes you to the capitals of four countries: Belgrade, Serbia; Budapest, Hungary; Bratislava, Slovakia; and Vienna, Austria, where Local Guides will show you the highlights and you’ll have time to explore on your own. In the heart of the Wachau wine region, go on a guided walk of charming Dürnstein, and later visit Melk’s famous Benedictine Abbey. In Germany, there’s guided sightseeing in Passau, Regensburg, Nuremberg, Bamberg, and Würzburg. Cruise the Main Danube Canal, and pass through the dramatic Rhine Gorge—the most beautiful stretch of the Rhine River where ancient castles stand on cliffs 400 feet above the water.

This river cruise vacation concludes in Holland’s popular, modern capital of Amsterdam where you get a unique perspective of the city on a canal cruise along the elegant Grachten lined with homes dating back to the city’s “Golden Age.” Experience the Danube River like never before, with the special experiences and discoveries awaiting from the Black Sea to the North Sea—beginning with the legendary landscape and stories of mysterious and beautiful Transylvania.

Danube Explorer 2019 - 8 Days From Vienna To Budapest

Cosmos $899 8 Details

The Blue Danube is both the inspiration and the guide for your escorted European tour from Vienna to Budapest. As you follow the river’s path, you’ll discover the elegant beauty of imperial cities along with charming hidden gems of Austria, Slovakia, and Hungary. Your Cosmos Lite independent escorted tour is the perfect way to vacation your way—with à la carte optional excursions and loads of free time. Choose the optional excursions that interest you on MyCosmos, get pointers from your Tour Director, and never lose your way with the CosmosGO app. Step back into the time of imperial splendor in Vienna and the “Pearl of the Danube”—Budapest. We make it easy to see it all with complimentary 24-hour public transport cards in both Vienna and Budapest.

Linger in one of Vienna’s countless museums, visit the royal stables, explore the famous Schönbrunn Palace, or spend some time at the nearby Prater amusement park. Customize your day with your activities or spend leisure time in a Viennese café. Next, stop in the Slovakian city of Bratislava on the banks of the Danube. History buffs can select an optional biking excursion to the Iron Curtain, or take in the incredible views and local libations at a traditional tavern or at Bratislava’s UFO bar. On your way to Budapest, you’ll have the chance to explore the Hungarian towns of Györ, Esztergom, and Szentendre—each with historic, artistic, and natural wonders to explore. Before your trip, check out MyCosmos for your optional activity selections. With your choice of excursions, you can trust the travel details to us each step of your European vacation along the Danube. MyCosmos gives you the freedom to schedule your days as you please—or explore with no schedule at all!

Christmastime Budapest To Wiesbaden – Cruise Only 2019 - 13 Days Budapest To Wiesbaden

Avalon Waterways $6754 13 Details

Board your Avalon Suite Ship® in Budapest, called the “Pearl of the Danube.” Sail on your European river cruise to visit Vienna, picturesque Krems, and the rich wine-growing region of Austria’s Wachau Valley. Your Danube River cruise continues to Melk, where you’ll see its magnificent Benedictine Abbey, with fantastic frescoes, statures, library, and ornate pipe organ.

Your Germany river cruise continues with an excursion to Nuremberg. While sailing, you’ll hear an onboard lecture about Christmas traditions in Europe, and choose from two guided excursions—a classic sightseeing tour of Nuremberg, 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 with a guided sightseeing tour of the glowing Christkindlesmarkt of Bamberg—complete with dozens of nativity scenes of every size. Würzburg is the next stop on your Christmas cruise through Germany. 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 Christmas markets, scenic splendors, and inspiring discoveries to treasure always.

A Taste Of The Danube – Cruise Only Westbound 2019 - 4 Days Budapest To Vienna

Avalon Waterways $1335 4 Details

Through the natural beauty of Austria’s Wachau Valley, past quaint towns and villages—and stops in charming towns and cities of Slovakia and Austria along the way—you’ll fall in love with this river cruise along the Danube River.

Board your ship in Budapest, Hungary, and relax with a glass of wine atop the Sky Deck as you make your way upriver. Glide through the middle of two countries for a 58-mile stretch as the border between Hungary and Slovakia is in the center of the Danube River. You’ll come to Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. This dynamic city lies at the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains. Visit the gothic St. Martin’s Cathedral, the coronation church for Hungary during the 16th to 19th centuries. If you’d like, you can even visit its underground crypt with the catacombs of significant historical figures.

In Dürnstein, a town situated among terraced vineyards, hike up to the ruins of Dürnstein Castle with your Avalon Adventure Host. And in Melk, you will visit Austria’s majestic Benedictine Abbey, one of Europe’s largest monasteries, where Benedictine monks still stroll amidst the sacred walls. Sitting high on a bluff, it offers the most breathtaking views of the city, the Danube River, and the Austrian countryside all at once.

Danube Dreams – Westbound 2019 - 10 Days Budapest To Prague

Avalon Waterways $3218 10 Details

Cruise along the peaceful Danube River through Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, and Germany—stopping at some of Central Europe’s most splendid capitals and charming towns along the way.

Begin in Budapest, where guided sightseeing acquaints you with the highlights of the vibrant capital of Hungary. Heroes Square, Fishermen’s Bastion, Chain Bridge—the famous sights that make this city come to life! Set sail on the Danube, take pictures of the impressive Parliament Building as you leave Budapest, and head for Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. Here, enjoy a guided walk through the delightful Old Town and visit the gothic St. Martin’s Cathedral. Vienna, Austria, makes an immediate impression with its lavish Hofburg Imperial Palace and neo-renaissance Vienna Opera House. Take in the local culture with a stop in a classic Viennese Coffee House and stroll along the pedestrian Kärntnerstrasse. Enjoy the magnificent views as your river cruise takes you through the picturesque wine region of the Wachau Valley. Visit the impressive Benedictine Abbey of Melk and enjoy a tasting of some of the renowned local wines. In Linz, walk around the Hauptplatz, Austria’s largest medieval square, which forms the center of the city. Take a guided walk around Passau, Germany, known for its maze of narrow cobblestone streets and St. Stephen’s Cathedral—a masterpiece of baroque architecture.

Guided sightseeing in Regensburg, Germany, shows you the Old Town Hall, Porta Pretoria—gates to an ancient Roman fort built in 179 AD—and mansions with high towers denoting the status and wealth of their early owners. Enjoy some local sausages before heading to beautiful Prague, capital of the Czech Republic. Here, you’ll be amazed at St. Vitus Cathedral and Old Town’s Astronomical Clock, a unique and intricate piece of art unlike anything else in the world.

The Blue Danube Discovery 2019 - 12 Days Budapest To Prague

Avalon Waterways $3599 12 Details

This timeless Europe river cruise vacation begins with two nights in vibrant Budapest, Hungary, then sail along the Danube River with exciting stops in Austria and Germany, and end with two nights in Prague—the capital of the Czech Republic.

In Budapest, Hungary’s lively capital, marvel at the eight bridges spanning the river and enjoy an introduction to the city by a local expert who shows you the must-see sights. Vienna, Austria, offers stunning St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the Habsburg Palace, and the Vienna Opera House. In the heart of the Wachau wine region is Dürnstein, a 16th-century town with charming cobblestone streets and the baroque Stiftskirche with its luminous blue façade.
In the picturesque town of Melk, visit Austria’s majestic Benedictine Abbey, one of Europe’s largest monasteries, and enjoy a tasting of some of the Wachau Valley’s famous wines. You’ll love a guided walk through Passau, with its narrow streets and beautiful Patrician houses. Further up the Danube River, you’ll come to the medieval walls of Regensburg—the only German city not bombed during WWII. Your last stop is the thousand-year-old city of Nuremberg, where you’ll marvel at the medieval fortifications, extraordinary gothic churches, and the Imperial Castle.

Disembark and travel to beautiful Prague, known as the “Golden City.” See the sights with a Local Guide and explore on your own. Stroll across Charles Bridge, mix with the locals on Wenceslaus Square, and shop for hand-cut crystal and art books. A perfect ending to a memorable river cruise vacation!

A Taste Of The Danube – Westbound 2019 - 8 Days Budapest To Vienna

Avalon Waterways $2145 8 Details

From the Gypsy violins of Budapest to the romantic sounds of Vienna, the “City of Music,” this Europe river cruise highlights the natural beauty of Austria’s Wachau Valley, and the fascinating capital cities of Hungary, Slovakia, and Austria.

Enjoy two nights in Budapest, where guided sightseeing shows you the highlights of this vibrant capital. You’ll have plenty of time to explore on your own—take pictures from Fishermen’s Bastion, walk across Chain Bridge, or enjoy a cream cake in the renowned Gerbeaud Café. Board your river cruise vessel and head upriver to Bratislava. For a 58-mile stretch, the middle of the Danube forms the border between Hungary and Slovakia, and guided sightseeing awaits you in Slovakia’s capital.

In Melk, you will visit Austria’s majestic Benedictine Abbey, one of Europe’s largest monasteries, sitting high on a bluff so you can take in the breathtaking views of the Danube River and surrounding countryside. Cruise through the picturesque Wachau Valley and spend free time in Dürnstein, overlooked by the ruins of the castle where England’s King Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned in 1192, and best known for its magnificent baroque Stiftskirche with its blue façade.

To end your river cruise, there’s guided sightseeing in Austria’s capital, Vienna, with time on your own to relax, perhaps visit the famous Sacher Hotel for a taste of Sachertorte (a special chocolate cake), and stroll along the famous pedestrian street of Kärntnerstrasse. Sweet surprises with new experiences along your Danube River cruise are sure to give you more than a taste of the many beautiful discoveries of this legendary river.

Danube Dreams – Eastbound 2019 - 10 Days Prague To Budapest

Avalon Waterways $3269 10 Details

Your European adventure begins with two nights in Prague, capital of the Czech Republic. Guided sightseeing shows you its best-known treasures. See the Astronomical Clock, Hradcany Castle, and St. Vitus Cathedral.

Regensburg is one of Germany’s best-preserved medieval cities. Guided sightseeing will show you the Old Town Hall, the Porta Pretoria and many mansions with high towers denoting the status and wealth of their early owners. Transfer to Deggendorf where your river cruise journey begins.

Passau, Germany, is called the “City of Three Rivers” as it lies at the confluence of the Danube, Inn, and Ilz rivers. Explore the city with a Local Guide and admire the Patrician houses and baroque St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Linz, Austria, offers the Hauptplatz, Austria’s largest medieval square which forms the center of the city.
Enjoy the magnificent views as your river cruise takes you through the picturesque wine region of Wachau Valley. In Dürnstein, see the famous blue and white Stiftskirche and taste some of the local wines. Vienna, the “City of Music,” makes an immediate impression with its lavish Hofburg Imperial Palace and neo-renaissance Vienna Opera House. In Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, a guided walk takes you through the delightful Old Town and to the gothic St. Martin’s Cathedral.

In Budapest, the vibrant capital of Hungary, you’ll see the must-see sights with a local expert; in your free time stroll along the main shopping street of Váci utca, or take pictures from Fishermen’s Bastion, which provides the best panoramic views of Budapest.
From the Golden City of Prague to the Pearl of the Danube in Budapest, your European river cruise is an experience not to be missed!

Christmastime On The Danube – Eastbound 2019 - 9 Days Prague To Vienna

Avalon Waterways $2550 9 Details

This festive European river cruise vacation begins in Prague, the beautiful capital of the Czech Republic. See famous sights like Old Town’s Astronomical Clock and the Charles Bridge, but also get the unique chance to stroll through the Christmas markets. It’s a treat to see the rows of brightly decorated wooden huts that sell Christmas tree ornaments, wooden toys, and Czech handicrafts. Explore to your heart’s content with a warm cup of svarene vino (hot mulled wine).

Board your river cruise vessel in Nuremberg, Germany, with its medieval fortifications, gothic churches, and palaces. The Old Town is illuminated with festive lights and decorations and the Christmas market, one of the most famous in the world, has dozens of stalls offering traditional wares, such as Lebkuchen (spiced gingerbread), Glühwein (hot mulled wine), and unique decorations and ornaments. Learn about local Christmas traditions, as you cruise to historical Regensburg, the only German city not bombed during WWII. After a guided tour, savor local sausages at Historiche Wurstküche (Old Sausage Kitchen), one of Germany’s oldest restaurants, and enjoy a tasting of German beers. Experience Passau’s charming Christmas market set against the breathtaking backdrop of St. Stephen’s Cathedral—a masterpiece of baroque architecture.

Arrive in Melk, Austria, and tour the magnificent 11th century Benedictine Abbey—one of Europe’s largest monasteries. As you cruise through the wintery landscape of the picturesque Wachau Valley, enjoy a tasting of traditional Austrian cookies. This Christmas river cruise ends in Austria’s magical capital of Vienna, home to the sounds of Mozart and Strauss, the Vienna Boys’ Choir, and the Spanish Riding School. See the famous sights with a Local Guide, or opt to go on a culinary tour through the Christmas markets to get a taste of all the best flavors Austria offers during this time of year.

Danube Symphony – Eastbound 2019 - 8 Days Munich To Vienna

Avalon Waterways $2809 8 Details

Your Danube river cruise adventure begins with two nights in the magnificent city of Munich, capital of Bavaria, Germany, and ends in romantic Vienna, the capital of Austria.

An excursion takes you to the most dream-like castles in all of Europe—Neuschwanstein Castle—said to have inspired the tales of Walt Disney. And the magic of the day continues as you travel to Oberammergau, an idyllic village known for its once-a-decade performance of the Passion Play, and its typical Bavarian houses painted with scenes from fairytales.

While in Munich, a Local Guide will show you all the famous attractions. Then, travel by motorcoach to Passau, the “City of Three Rivers,” and explore its narrow cobblestone streets. Afterward, you can relax with a glass of wine atop the Sky Deck of your ship as you cruise along the Danube River into Austria. A highlight will be a guided visit to the majestic Benedictine Abbey in Melk, one of Europe’s largest monasteries, which sits high on a bluff overlooking the Danube. In Dürnstein, enjoy a guided walk and see the baroque Stiftskirche, with its luminous blue and white façade.

To round out this unforgettable European river cruise, visit Vienna, the “City of Music”—known to have inspired the creative genius of Mozart, Beethoven, and Strauss. After guided sightseeing, stroll along the pedestrian walkway of Kärntnerstrasse, or try a piece of Apfelstrudel in an elegant Viennese café as a perfect ending to your river cruise adventure.

A Taste Of The Danube – Eastbound 2019 - 8 Days Vienna To Budapest

Avalon Waterways $1895 8 Details

Discover the fascinating and scenic Danube with its charming small towns and exciting cities on this European river cruise vacation. Begin with a guided sightseeing tour and a 2-night city stay in Vienna, the “City of Music.” Savor Sachertorte in a local café, spend time in one of the many marvelous museums, shop along the Kärntnerstrasse, or stroll along the historic streets.

You’ll board your ship and begin exploring the natural beauty of Austria’s Wachau Valley. Enjoy the serene atmosphere as you glide along the river, passing quaint villages and scenic beauty of your Danube River cruise.

Visit Melk’s impressive and breathtaking Benedictine Abbey, see Dürnstein’s baroque Stiftskirche, and enjoy guided sightseeing in Slovakia’s vibrant capital of Bratislava. Your journey concludes with two overnights in exciting Budapest, including guided sightseeing and time to explore on your own. Enjoy Hungarian cuisine, explore the famous produce market—Central Market Hall, wander around the former Royal Palace grounds, explore Budapest's famous churches, or just sit back and relax. It’s all available on this grand vacation!

Christmastime On The Danube – Westbound 2019 - 9 Days Vienna To Prague

Avalon Waterways $2300 9 Details

This Christmastime river cruise begins in Austria’s magical capital of Vienna, home to the sounds of Mozart and Strauss, the Vienna Boys’ Choir, and the Spanish Riding School. See the famous sights with a Local Guide, or opt to go on a culinary tour through the Christmas markets to get a taste of all the best flavors Austria offers during this time of year. Cruise through the wintery landscape of the picturesque Wachau Valley to Melk. Here, you’ll tour the magnificent 11th century Benedictine Abbey—one of Europe’s largest monasteries—where monks still stroll amidst the sacred walls.

Arrive in Passau, Germany, and visit the city’s charming Christmas market set against the breathtaking backdrop of St. Stephen’s Cathedral, a masterpiece of baroque architecture. In Regensburg, after a guided tour of the city, savor traditional sausages at Historiche Wurstküche (Old Sausage Kitchen), one of Germany’s oldest restaurants and enjoy a tasting of German beers. Learn about Christmas traditions as you cruise to Nuremberg, the thousand-year-old city with its medieval fortifications and gothic churches. The Old Town is illuminated with festive lights and decorations, and the Christmas market has dozens of stalls offering traditional wares, such as Lebkuchen (spicy gingerbread) and unique decorations and ornaments. Then, make your way to Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic—one of Europe’s most beautiful cities.

In Prague’s Old Town, see the magical Astronomical Clock, built in 1410, and once the envy of all Europe. The Christmas markets offer an array of Christmas tree ornaments, wooden toys, and Czech handicrafts. Explore to your heart’s content with a warm cup of svarene vino (hot mulled wine) among the rows of brightly decorated wooden huts, and be sure to see the beautifully decorated tree in Old Town to end this perfect, seasonal river cruise.

Danube Symphony – Westbound 2019 - 8 Days Vienna To Munich

Avalon Waterways $2409 8 Details

Your European river cruise adventure begins in romantic and exciting Vienna, the capital of Austria, and ends with two nights in Munich, the Bavarian capital known for its centuries-old buildings and Oktoberfest.

Known as the “City of Music.” Vienna inspired the creative genius of Beethoven, Mozart and Strauss. Join your Local Guide for a tour that takes you to the lavish Hofburg Palace complex, the neo-renaissance Vienna Opera, and much more! In your free time, stroll along the pedestrian Kärntnerstrasse or try a piece of Apfelstrudel in an elegant Viennese café. Cruise along the Danube River to Dürnstein, located in the heart of the Wachau Valley, and famous for its baroque Stiftskirche, with its luminous blue façade. In Melk, visit Austria’s majestic Benedictine Abbey, one of Europe’s largest monasteries, and taste some of the region’s renowned wines. In Grein, visit the oldest theater in Austria.

For a change of pace, travel by motorcoach to Munich, capital of Bavaria, where a Local Guide shows you the famous attractions. Step into a fairytale on an excursion to one of the most dream-like castles in all of Europe—Neuschwanstein Castle—said to have inspired the tales of Walt Disney. And the magic of the day continues as you travel to Oberammergau, an idyllic village known for its once-a-decade performance of the Passion Play and typical Bavarian houses painted with scenes from fairytales. Find magic, musical history, and beautiful scenery like no other on your European river cruise of a lifetime.

Active Discovery On The Danube – Cruise Only Eastbound 2019 - 8 Days Linz To Budapest

Avalon Waterways $2699 8 Details

Your Avalon Suite Ship is ready for boarding in lovely Linz, Austria, with a myriad of possibilities to discover the Danube on your way to Budapest. Whether you’re an art lover, a foodie, a history buff, or an energetic adventurer, your Active Discovery cruise on the Danube River invites you to experience culture and cuisine in creative ways that are perfect for you. With Avalon Choice, you can select the experiences that are perfect for your interests and pace—from Active to Discovery to Classic. Avalon Choice gives you a choice of in-cluded excursions in each port—from Linz to Budapest.

Whether you prefer browsing the art collection of the Habsburg Empire, sipping local vintages at an Austrian wine-tasting, or joining a canoe excursion, your Active Discovery cruise is packed with Avalon Choice inclu-sions for every pace in every place we go. Sample cheese and beer made by Trappist monks and explore their Abbey gardens. With Avalon Choice included excursions, you can choose an insider’s tour of Vienna, or decide to join a canoe excursion—your Active Discovery river cruise has something for every pace in every place we go. From a wine tasting in Krems to a hike to Count Dracula’s prison tower, you’ll find the perfect outing you’ll prefer. One day, visit Belvedere Palace in Vienna to see Klimt’s renowned “Kiss,” and another day you may attend a Medieval Knights Tournament at a Visegrád castle. With Active Discovery river cruis-es, the choice is always yours.

Your Active Discovery Danube River cruise can be as active or leisurely as you like! Join us on this Active Discovery river cruise and experience the Danube your way. No matter how you choose to explore new lo-cales—from paddling canoes to picnic views—Avalon Choice includes the excursions and activities to let you enjoy each destination your way.

Christmastime Budapest To Wiesbaden 2019 - 15 Days Budapest To Wiesbaden

Avalon Waterways $7184 15 Details

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.

Christmastime From Budapest To Basel 2019 - 19 Days Budapest To Basel

Avalon Waterways $9518 19 Details

Board your Avalon Suite Ship® in Budapest—the “Pearl of the Danube”—after enjoying two nights in the “Pearl of the Danube.” Your Danube River trip embarks with an overnight cruise to Vienna to see the historic Vienna Opera House and stunningly beautiful St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Sail through the Wachau Valley, and stop in the beautiful villages along the way.

Continue your Christmas cruise sailing to Nuremberg. Enjoy a guided city sightseeing of Munich and go on with a guided sightseeing tour of the glowing Christkindlesmarkt of Bamberg—complete with dozens of nativity scenes of every size.

Savor the sights, sounds, and confections of Würzburg’s warm Christmas markets before sailing to visit a picturesque Main River Village. Enjoy Heidelberg’s sparkling Christmas markets during your stay, before sailing for the splendid French city of Strasbourg. Your European Christmas market cruise continues to Breisach and the Black Forest of Bavaria, where you’ll experience generations of warm and festive Christmas traditions—from Bavarian bretzels to Black Forest Cake and mulled wine, you’ll feel the Christmas spirit in this idyllic setting in the heart of Germany.

Your winter river cruise will conclude in Basel, Switzerland. With Christmas celebration and special traditions large and small, you’ll keep the visions of your European scenic river cruise in your memory for many Christmases to come.

Enchanted Europe – Westbound 2019 - 18 Days Budapest To Basel

Avalon Waterways $10212 18 Details

Board your Avalon Suite Ship® in Budapest after enjoying two nights in the “Pearl of the Danube.” Your Danube River trip embarks with an overnight cruise to Vienna, and cruise from Austria to Germany as you sail to Passau, then the Bavarian city of Regensburg to see the 12th-century Old Town Hall.

Your Germany vacation continues as you cruise to Nuremberg, where you can choose from two guided excursions—classic city sightseeing, or a tour of the historic Nuremberg Rally Grounds of WWII notoriety.

Your picturesque European river cruise continue to Nuremberg from where you will join a full day excursion to Munich. Sail to Frankfurt for your choice of two included guided tours, and on to Rüdesheim and through the magnificent Rhine Gorge.

Your European river cruise takes you to the splendid Strasbourg, France, with its gothic cathedral towering above its stained-glass and murals, before cruising to the beautiful Breisach, Germany—gateway to the magical Black Forest. Enjoy a day of storybook surroundings, sumptuous bakery specialties (such as Black Forest Cake), and a glimpse into authentic Bavarian life through the generations.

Your river cruise on the Danube, Rhine, and Main Rivers comes to an end in Basel, Switzerland, but your memories of this tremendous adventure through many of Europe’s most beautiful destinations will last a lifetime.

Grand Danube Cruise With 2 Nights Berlin & 2 Nights Transylvania 2019 - 21 Days Berlin To Bucharest

Avalon Waterways $8214 21 Details

Begin your grand Danube river cruise with two amazing nights in Berlin. Your local expert will show you the city, including the unforgettable Holocaust Memorial, the Brandenburg Gate, and a visit to Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. From Berlin, travel to Dresden to see its baroque architecture, and classic sights.

Continue with two nights in the Czech Republic’s Golden City of Prague. You’ll travel to the city of Regensburg to see its Old Town Hall, and sail from Deggendorf to Passau, through the Danube’s remarkable Schlögen Oxbow curve on your way to Linz. Your Austrian river cruise then sails to Melk, with its magnificent Benedictine Abbey, then to delightful Dürnstein.

Visit Vienna and discover the incredible Kuntskammer’s Habsburg collection, then sail to Slovakia, and Budapest. See Belgrade and sail to Romania through the incredible Iron Gates Gorge. Visit the mysterious Bran Castle in Transylvania, built in 1377 and legendary home of the Romanian vampire, Dracula. You’ll spend the night in Brasov for a tour of the Carpathians and Sinaia to visit Peles Castle, before returning to Bucharest for the conclusion of your journey.

Your stay in Berlin and Prague, a scenic river cruise on the Danube, and a guided tour of Romania for a look inside legendary Transylvania will remain a highpoint in your travelogues for many trips to come.

From The Danube Delta To Prague With 2 Nights Berlin & 2 Nights Transylvania 2019 - 23 Days Bucharest To Berlin

Avalon Waterways $8721 23 Details

Your grand European escorted vacation is an adventure from the Danube Delta to the German capital of Berlin. From the legend of Dracula’s castle, to the “Paris of the East” in Bucharest, to the “Golden City” of Prague, in the Czech Republic, you’ll embark on an odyssey of new discoveries to treasure.

You’ll begin in the mysterious landscapes of Romania, with an excursion to Transylvania. You’ll tour Bran Castle, home of legendary Romanian vampire—Dracula. Continue to Brasov for some free time to explore, as well as a sightseeing tour and drive into the soaring Carpathian Mountains to Sinaia to visit Peles Castle.

Back in Bucharest enjoy a guided sightseeing. Next day embark your Avalon ship and sail overnight to St. Gheorghe for an excursion to the Danube Delta at the entrance to the Black Sea. Join a small-boat guided tour of the delta’s rivers, canals, and marshes. Enjoy a special “Kilometer 0” celebration of the mighty Danube’s 2,845km journey from the Black Forest to the Black Sea.

Sail through the Balkans and Budapest to Vienna and Austria, and to the exquisite city of Prague. Continue your grand adventure with a visit to Dresden and Berlin, Germany. In Berlin enjoy a guided sightseeing, see the historic Brandenburg Gate and visit the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church.

From Romania to the Black Sea Delta to the Golden City of Prague, and the Rhineland’s capital city of Berlin, seeing such a variety of landscapes, languages, cultures, and historic sites will be an unmatched treasure not to be missed.

Danube Symphony – Cruise Only Westbound 2019 - 6 Days Vienna To Passau

Avalon Waterways $1749 6 Details

Your European river cruise adventure begins in romantic and exciting Vienna, the capital of Austria, and ends in Passau, Germany, the “City of Three Rivers” because of its unique location where the Inn, Ilz, and Danube rivers converge.

Known as the “City of Music,” Vienna inspired the creative genius of Beethoven, Mozart, and Strauss. Join your Local Guide for a tour of the city that offers the lavish Hofburg Palace complex with its Vienna Boys’ Choir and dazzling Lipizzaner horses, the neo-renaissance Vienna Opera House, and much more! In your free time, stroll along pedestrian Kärntnerstrasse with its many shops, or try a piece of Apfelstrudel in an elegant Viennese café.

Cruise along the Danube River to Dürnstein, located in the heart of the Wachau Valley and famous for its baroque Stiftskirche, a church from the early 1700s, and one of the most beautiful of its kind because of its luminous blue façade. In Melk, visit Austria’s majestic Benedictine Abbey, one of Europe’s largest monasteries, and taste some of the region’s renowned wines. In Grein, visit the oldest theater in Austria that still gives regular performances. Explore Passau, the “City of Three Rivers,” with its narrow cobblestone streets lined with beautiful Patrician houses and dominated by St. Stephen’s Cathedral, a masterpiece of Italian baroque architecture. A fitting last stop to end this delightful Danube River cruise!

Imperial Heritage 2019 - 10 Days From Budapest To Munich

Cosmos $1399 10 Details

Join us for a royal adventure through the historic sites of Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, and Germany! This affordable tour of Europe takes you to some of the continent’s most legendary sites, including a Danube River cruise through Austria’s stunning Wachau Valley. Begin in Budapest—called the “Pearl of the Danube.” Explore the Hungarian capital with its treasure trove of architectural wonders with a guided city tour. You’ll travel through Slovakia, stopping in Old Town Bratislava, on your way to Austria. You’ll spend two glorious days in Vienna, the “City of Music”—with guided sightseeing of its enchanting city center with its iconic sites. You’ll board your boat in Krems for a river cruise along the Danube’s Wachau Valley to Salzburg. Enjoy an orientation in Salzburg, the exquisite city of Mozart’s birth.

You’ll experience more stunning sights on your way to Munich, with a visit to the storybook site of King Ludwig’s Neuschwanstein Castle. You’ll tour the lavish halls inside this inspiration of Disney’s Magic Kingdom, with stories of the King’s descent into madness. Your European vacation ends with two fascinating days in Munich. Tour the Marienplatz (Main Square) catch a Glockenspiel performance on the new Town Hall, or relax in a traditional biergarten for a stein or two of classic German beer. Your value-minded tour of Hungary, Vienna, and Germany through some of Europe’s favorite destinations is a royal experience not to be missed!

Magnificent Europe – Eastbound 2019 - 15 Days Amsterdam To Budapest

Avalon Waterways $5997 15 Details

From Amsterdam to Budapest, and many exciting stops along the way, you’ll be immersed in the culture of Central Europe in a unique way on this timeless European river cruise vacation. Amsterdam is Holland’s lively capital—both historical and modern—and this favorite city features sophisticated architecture and classic squares and canals. You’ll see the treasures of this 700-year-old city from a unique perspective—with a canal cruise along the elegant Grachten.

Then, you’re off to Germany and a guided city walk in Cologne—a 2,000-year-old city known for its gothic architecture. Sail through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, perhaps the most beautiful and breathtaking stretch of the Rhine River, then stop in the charming wine-making town of Rüdesheim. Enjoy guided sightseeing tours in Würzburg, Rothenburg, Bamberg, Nuremberg, and Regensburg, and sail the Main Danube Canal connecting the Main and Danube Rivers.

Your first stop in Austria is Melk, known for its magnificent Benedictine Abbey. You’ll see the fantastic frescoes, library, and pipe organ of this beautiful abbey, before sailing through the picturesque Wachau Valley.

You’ll be introduced to two captivating capital cities—Vienna, Austria, and Budapest, Hungary. Vienna is known as the “City of Music,” and rightly so. You’ll explore the city that inspired works by Mozart, Beethoven, and Strauss.

Known as the “Pearl of the Danube,” Budapest is a gleaming city on the river with a unique energy and countless must-see sites. This truly is a magnificent European river cruise to remember always!

The Blue Danube Discovery – Cruise Only 2019 - 8 Days Budapest To Nuremberg

Avalon Waterways $2699 8 Details

Begin this timeless Europe river cruise vacation in vibrant Budapest, Hungary, sail along the Danube River with exciting stops in Austria and Germany, and conclude in historical Nuremberg, Germany.

As you leave Budapest, you’ll sail past the splendid Parliament Building, and along Danube River, you’ll have Hungary on your left and Slovakia on your right as the river runs between both countries for a 58-mile stretch. Vienna, Austria, offers stunning St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the Habsburg Palace, the Vienna Opera House, and much more. In the heart of the Wachau wine region is Dürnstein, a 16th-century town with charming cobblestone streets and the baroque Stiftskirche with its luminous blue façade.

In the beautiful town of Melk, visit Austria’s majestic Benedictine Abbey, one of Europe’s largest monasteries, and enjoy a tasting of some of the Wachau Valley’s famous wines. You’ll love a guided walk through Passau, with its narrow streets, beautiful Patrician houses, and baroque architecture. Sail further up the Danube River, and you’ll come to the medieval walls of Regensburg, the only German city not bombed during WWII. Here, we’ll introduce you to some of Germany’s famous beers!

The last stop on this memorable river cruise vacation is the thousand-year-old city of Nuremberg. During guided sightseeing, marvel at the medieval fortifications, extraordinary gothic churches, and the Imperial Castle. And in your free time, be sure to make a wish at the striking fountain on the Hauptmarkt (Main Square)—a perfect ending to a memorable river cruise vacation!

From The Danube Delta To Prague With 2 Nights Berlin 2019 - 21 Days Bucharest To Berlin

Avalon Waterways $8139 21 Details

From the “Paris of the East” in Bucharest, Romania, to Germany’s capital city of Berlin, and passing through the Czech Republic’s “Golden City” of Prague, this Danube river cruise is an odyssey of new discoveries to treasure. Begin in Bucharest for a tour of the capital’s boulevards, Arc de Triomphe, Royal Palace Square, and historic sites from a dramatic history.

You’ll sail overnight to St. Gheorghe for an excursion to the Danube Delta at the entrance to the Black Sea. Join a small-boat guided tour of the delta’s rivers, canals, and marshes. Enjoy a special “Kilometer 0” celebration of the mighty Danube’s 2,845km journey from the Black Forest to the Black Sea. Sail through the Balkans and Budapest to Vienna and Austria, and to the exquisite city of Prague.

Seeing such a variety of landscapes, languages, cultures, and historic sites will be an unmatched treasure not to be missed. We invite you to join us on this great adventure from the Black Sea Delta to the Golden City of Prague. Continue your grand adventure to Dresden to see post-WWII restored baroque architecture, the Dresden Opera House, and more.

Then travel to Berlin for a free evening in this capital city. You’ll enjoy classic sightseeing and tour to see the historic Brandenburg Gate, and visit the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. Seeing such a variety of landscapes, languages, cultures, and historic sites will be an unmatched treasure not to be missed. We invite you to join us on this great adventure from the Black Sea Delta to the Golden City of Prague, and the Rhineland’s capital city of Berlin.

Active Discovery On The Danube – Westbound 2019 - 9 Days Budapest To Linz

Avalon Waterways $2869 9 Details

Whether you’re an art lover, a foodie, a history buff, or an energetic adventurer, your Active Discovery cruise on the Danube River invites you to experience culture and cuisine in creative ways that are perfect for you. With Avalon Choice, you can select the experiences that are perfect for your interests and pace—from Active to Discovery to Classic. Avalon Choice gives you a choice of included excursions in each port.

Start by exploring Budapest your way—stroll its streets for classic sightseeing with a local guide or take a bike ride through town for a different perspective, or learn something new with a leisurely walking tour to discover a few local Hungarian phrases. Attend a Medieval Knights Tournament at a Visegrád castle, see Gustave Klimt’s renowned “Kiss” painting in Vienna. With Avalon Choice, each day is yours to spend your way. Whether you prefer browsing the art collection of the Habsburg Empire, sipping local vintages at an Austrian wine-tasting, or joining a canoe excursion, your Active Discovery cruise is packed with Avalon Choice inclu-sions for every pace in every place we go. Sample cheese and beer made by Trappist monks and explore their Abbey gardens; take a hike to Count Dracula’s prison tower; or tour Mauthausen Concentration Camp, one of WWII’s most notorious sites—selecting from an unmatched variety of included excursions to choose from each day.

Join us on this Active Discovery cruise and experience the Blue Danube your way. No matter how you choose to explore new locales—from paddling canoes to picnic views—Avalon Choice includes the excur-sions and activities to invite you to discover each destination your way. Your Active Discovery Danube River cruise can be as active or leisurely as you like!

Active Discovery On The Danube – Eastbound 2019 - 9 Days Linz To Budapest

Avalon Waterways $2919 9 Details

This exciting 9-day vacation introduces you to the people and places along your Danube River cruise from Linz to Budapest. Travel and explore in the most active, engaged and fun ways imaginable. With Active Discovery, the choice is always yours: whether you taste locally produced cheese and beer brewed by Trappist monks near Linz, or hike on the trails along the Danube for spectacular views; bike to an ancient border defense near Mauthausen or visit World War II’s largest concentration camp.

You can paddle a canoe or meet with a local produce grower in the Wachau Valley—the choice is up to you and your interests. Be introduced to a count in his castle; take a jogging tour around Vienna, or visit the city when it first awakes. Attend a medieval knights’ tournament in Visegrád and end your vacation with one night in magnificent Budapest—with the chance to learn some Hungarian as part of your stay.

You’ll feel at home away from home on your Avalon Suite Ship® with the attention to service, warmth, and exceptional dining options. Explore the Active Discovery cruise experience with new discoveries and active adventures around every corner.

The Legendary Danube – Cruise Only 2019 - 8 Days Nuremberg To Budapest

Avalon Waterways $2549 8 Details

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, with guided sightseeing and free time to explore this vibrant city on your own.

Iconic Rivers Of Europe – The Rhine, Main & Danube – Eastbound 2019 - 22 Days Amsterdam To Bucharest

Avalon Waterways $9937 22 Details

From Holland to Romania, with a host of exciting stops along the way, this river cruise vacation across Europe is truly an adventure!

Amsterdam, Holland’s lively capital, is set amongst sophisticated architecture and classic squares and canals with countless museums, cafés, shops, and restaurants to explore. See the treasures of this 700-year-old city on a canal cruise along the elegant grachten. On to Germany for a guided city walk in the 2,000-year-old Cologne. Sail through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, the most beautiful stretch of the Rhine River and stop in delightful Rüdesheim. There’s guided sightseeing in Würzburg, Bamberg, Nuremberg, and Regensburg, and you’ll sail the Main Danube Canal connecting the Main and Danube Rivers. In Melk, Austria, visit the magnificent Benedictine Abbey, then sail through the picturesque Wachau wine region to Dürnstein—famous for its blue and white baroque Stiftskirche. Guided sightseeing in each city introduces you to three capitals: Vienna, Austria; Bratislava, Slovakia; and Budapest, Hungary. Continue your river cruise adventure on the Lower Danube with an excursion to 2nd-century Pécs, Hungary, where you’ll visit underground burial chambers now part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stop in Serbia’s Belgrade and cruise through the dramatic Iron Gates Gorge. In Bulgaria, visit Belogradchik’s eclectic rock formations, the ancient capital of Veliko Tarnovo, and Arbanassi—with its Church of the Nativity housing an outstanding collection of frescoes.

To round out this timeless European River Cruise, a stay in Romania’s vibrant capital of Bucharest is a must. Known as the “Paris of the East,” a local expert will show you many of its historical treasures.

Danube Dreams With 2 Nights Berlin – Westbound 2019 - 12 Days Budapest To Berlin

Avalon Waterways $3842 12 Details

Cruise along the peaceful Danube River through Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, and Germany—stopping at some of Central Europe’s most splendid capitals and charming towns along the way.

Begin in Budapest, where guided sightseeing acquaints you with the highlights of the vibrant capital of Hungary. Set sail on the Danube, take pictures of the impressive Parliament Building as you leave Budapest, and head for Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. Here, enjoy a guided walk through the delightful Old Town and visit the gothic St. Martin’s Cathedral. Vienna, Austria, makes an immediate impression with its lavish Hofburg Imperial Palace and neo-renaissance Vienna Opera House.

Enjoy the magnificent views as your river cruise takes you through the picturesque wine region of the Wachau Valley. Visit the impressive Benedictine Abbey of Melk and enjoy a tasting of some of the renowned local wines. In Linz, walk around the Hauptplatz, Austria’s largest medieval square. Take a guided walk around Passau, Germany, known for its maze of narrow cobblestone streets and St. Stephen’s Cathedral—a masterpiece of baroque architecture.

Guided sightseeing in Regensburg, Germany, shows you the Old Town Hall, Porta Pretoria—gates to an ancient Roman fort built in 179 AD—and mansions with high towers denoting the status and wealth of their early owners. In beautiful Prague, capital of the Czech Republic you’ll be amazed at St. Vitus Cathedral and Old Town’s Astronomical Clock. End your Danube River cruise with an added vacation with two special nights in the fascinating city of Berlin!

Active Discovery On The Danube With 3 Nights Prague – Eastbound 2019 - 12 Days Prague To Budapest

Avalon Waterways $3952 12 Details

Start your Danube River vacation with three nights in the exquisite city of Prague. You’ll explore the Czech Republic capital with your choice of included excursions. Explore the Golden City with your choice of a guided sightseeing tour or an urban hike extending to the Prokopske Valley Nature Reserve. Enjoy a day of unhurried free time to explore the beauty, history, and welcoming cafes of Prague. En route to your Avalon Suite Ship, you’ll visit the charming, Bohemian town of Český Krumlov—then embark on your Active Discovery Danube River cruise. Whether you’re an art lover, a foodie, a history buff, or adventurer, your cruise includes Avalon Choice experiences that are perfect for any preference or pace—from Active to Discovery to Classic.

Your Active Discovery cruise is packed with Avalon Choice inclusions for every pace in every place we go. Browse the art collection of the Habsburg Empire, sample cheese and beer made by Trappist monks, or choose an insider’s tour of Vienna. Attend a wine tasting in Krems or join a hike to Count Dracula’s prison tower, visit Belvedere Palace in Vienna to see Klimt’s renowned “Kiss,” or attend a Medieval Knights Tournament at a Visegrád castle. You may decide to visit the notorious Mauthausen Concentration Camp of WWII, or Greinburg Castle in Grein to meet the count who lives there. With Active Discovery river cruises, the choice is always yours. Stroll the streets of Budapest on a classic sightseeing tour or take a bike ride through town for a different perspective, or learn a few local Hungarian phrases on a walking tour! Your Active Discovery Danube River cruise can be as active or leisurely as you like!

Budapest To Amsterdam By Riverboat - Northbound

Tauck $7590 15 Details


Our two-week Budapest to Amsterdam river cruise along the Danube takes you on an amazing journey past grand cathedrals, medieval monasteries, castles and vineyards. Pass through five countries including the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, and Hungary, and explore legendary cities such as Amsterdam, Vienna, Köln, Nürnberg, Bratislava and Budapest. Tauck's all-included private shore excursions take you to many UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the historic districts of Budapest, Vienna, and Bamberg, and the Wachau and Rhine valleys. In Vienna, take your choice of visits to Schönbrunn Palace or the Sisi Museum at the Hofburg, and attend a grand Imperial Evening in a traditional palace. In Amsterdam, tour the famed Rijksmuseum. Visit Köln Cathedral, Melk Abbey, medieval towns like Regensburg, Budapest's Heroes' Square and much more!

Grand European Cruise - Eastbound

Tauck $14090 24 Details


A grand continental crossing, by river - nine countries, one remarkable riverboat cruise. Cruise through Europe's heartland - from the northern Rhine to the eastern Danube with discoveries at every bend - lunch on an Amsterdam canal boat, a trio of Franconian wines, a world of self-playing musical instruments, fairy-tale Rothenburg, medieval Nürnberg, a 15th-century rathaus, Melk's 900-year-old Benedictine abbey, an ultra-extravagant Habsburg palace, frescoes inside a Bulgarian chapel hewn from rock, a Black Sea resort & a lakeside monastery swathed in 18th-century icons.

Iconic Rivers Of Europe – The Rhine, Main & Danube With 2 Nights Transylvania – Eastbound 2019 - 24 Days Amsterdam To Bucharest

Avalon Waterways $10519 24 Details

From Holland to Romania, with a host of exciting stops along the way, this river cruise vacation across Europe is truly an adventure!

Amsterdam, Holland’s lively capital, is set amongst sophisticated architecture and classic squares and canals with countless museums, cafés, shops, and restaurants to explore. See the treasures of this 700-year-old city on a canal cruise along the elegant grachten. In Germany, enjoy a guided city walk in 2,000-year-old Cologne. There’s guided sightseeing in Würzburg, Bamberg, Nuremberg, and Regensburg, and you’ll sail the Main Danube Canal connecting the Main and Danube Rivers. Melk, Austria, offers the magnificent Benedictine Abbey, and then sail through the picturesque Wachau wine region to Dürnstein, famous for its blue and white baroque Stiftskirche. Guided sightseeing introduces you to three capitals: Vienna, Austria; Bratislava, Slovakia; and Budapest, Hungary. Continue your river cruise adventure on the Lower Danube with an excursion to 2nd-century Pécs, Hungary, where you’ll visit underground burial chambers now part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stop in Serbia’s Belgrade and cruise through the dramatic Iron Gates Gorge. In Bulgaria, visit Belogradchik’s eclectic rock formations, the ancient capital of Veliko Tarnovo, and Arbanassi—with its Church of the Nativity housing an outstanding collection of frescoes.

Leave your ship in Oltenita, and head for Romania’s vibrant capital of Bucharest, also known as the “Paris of the East.” A guided tour will show you many of its historical treasures. To round out this fabulous vacation, drive into Transylvania to visit Bran Castle, of Dracula Fame and spend a night in Brasov. Before returning to Bucharest, visit Peles Castle, considered to be one of the most breathtaking castles in Europe.

Active Discovery On The Danube With 3 Nights Salzburg Area – Eastbound 2019 - 12 Days Munich To Budapest

Avalon Waterways $4205 12 Details

Spend three nights in stunning Salzburg before embarking on your Avalon Suite Ship for your Active Discovery cruise on the Danube River. You’ll arrive in Munich, Germany, and travel to Salzburg—birthplace of Mozart. During a full-day excursion to the spectacular alpine lake area of Salzkammergut, explore as you please, from a walking tour to visit the imperial villa in Bad Ischl, or a hike up Siriuskogel Mountain for unparalleled picturesque views. The following day, immerse yourself in Salzburg on a guided walking tour to see the beloved sights from “The Sound of Music,” the Old Town, and lovely Mirabell Gardens.

Travel from Salzburg to Linz to embark on your Avalon Suite Ship for an unforgettable cruise on the Danube River to Budapest. Whether you’re an art lover, a foodie, a history buff, or an energetic adventurer, Avalon Choice includes experiences that are perfect for your preference and pace—from Active to Discovery to Classic.

Your Active Discovery cruise is packed with Avalon Choice inclusions for every pace in every place we go. Browse the art collection of the Habsburg Empire, sample cheese and beer made by Trappist monks, or choose an insider’s tour of Vienna. Attend a wine tasting in Krems or join a hike to Count Dracula’s prison tower, visit Belvedere Palace in Vienna to see Klimt’s renowned “Kiss,” or attend a Medieval Knights Tournament at a Visegrád castle. With Active Discovery river cruises, the choice is always yours. Stroll the streets of Budapest on a classic sightseeing tour or take a bike ride through town for a different perspective, or learn a few local Hungarian phrases on a walking tour! Your Active Discovery Danube River cruise can be as active or leisurely as you like!

Christmastime On The Danube – Cruise Only Eastbound 2019 - 7 Days Nuremberg To Vienna

Avalon Waterways $2170 7 Details

Enter a stunning world of cherished Christmas traditions along the Danube River. Board your Avalon Suite Ship® in Nuremberg, Germany, with its medieval fortifications, gothic churches, and palaces. The Old Town is illuminated with festive lights and decorations and the Christmas market, one of the most famous in the world, has dozens of stalls offering traditional wares, such as Lebkuchen (spiced gingerbread), Glühwein (hot mulled wine), and unique decorations and ornaments. Learn about local Christmas traditions, and cruise to historical Regensburg, the only German city not bombed during WWII. After a guided tour, enjoy a tasting of German beers. Experience Passau’s charming Christmas market set against the breathtaking backdrop of St. Stephen’s Cathedral—a masterpiece of baroque architecture.

Arrive in lovely Melk, Austria, and tour the magnificent 11th century Benedictine Abbey—one of Europe’s largest monasteries. As you cruise through the wintery landscape of the picturesque Wachau Valley, enjoy a tasting of traditional Austrian cookies. This Christmas river cruise ends in Austria’s magical capital of Vienna, home to the sounds of Mozart and Strauss, the Vienna Boys’ Choir, and the Spanish Riding School. See the famous sights with a Local Guide, or opt to go on a culinary tour through the Christmas markets to get a taste of all the best flavors Austria offers during this sparkling time of year on the Danube River.

Christmastime On The Danube – Cruise Only Westbound 2019 - 7 Days Vienna To Nuremberg

Avalon Waterways $1920 7 Details

This Christmastime river cruise begins in Austria’s magical capital of Vienna, home to the sounds of Mozart and Strauss, the Vienna Boys’ Choir, and the Spanish Riding School. See the famous sights with a Local Guide, or opt to go on a culinary tour through the Christmas markets to get a taste of all the best flavors Austria offers during this time of year. Cruise through the wintery landscape of the picturesque Wachau Valley to Melk. Here, you’ll tour the magnificent 11th century Benedictine Abbey—one of Europe’s largest monasteries—where monks still stroll amidst the sacred walls.

Arrive in Passau, Germany, and visit the city’s charming Christmas market set against the breathtaking backdrop of St. Stephen’s Cathedral, a masterpiece of baroque architecture. In Regensburg, after a guided tour of the city, savor traditional sausages at Historiche Wurstküche (Old Sausage Kitchen), one of Germany’s oldest restaurants and enjoy a tasting of German beers. Learn about Christmas traditions as you cruise to Nuremberg, the thousand-year-old city with its medieval fortifications and gothic churches. The Old Town is illuminated with festive lights and decorations, and the Christmas market has dozens of stalls offering traditional wares, such as Lebkuchen (spicy gingerbread), Glühwein (mulled wine), and unique decorations and ornaments.

A unique holiday river cruise vacation which offers the chance to savor the sights, smells, and tastes of centuries-old Christmas markets and explore historical medieval sites…a fantastic way to celebrate the holiday season!

Grand European Tour Amsterdam To Budapest

Viking River Cruises $4799 15 Details

From Holland’s windmills and tulip fields to Germany’s fairy-tale castles and the picturesque vineyards of Austria’s Wachau Valley, this 15-day voyage presents the highlights of the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers. Savor a decadent Sachertorte in a Viennese café, enjoy panoramic views of imperial Budapest and appreciate the genius of Mozart. Guests who choose this voyage soon see why it is our most popular itinerary.

Grand European Tour Budapest To Amsterdam

Viking River Cruises $4799 15 Details

From Holland’s windmills and tulip fields to Germany’s fairy-tale castles and the picturesque vineyards of Austria’s Wachau Valley, this 15-day voyage presents the highlights of the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers. Savor a decadent Sachertorte in a Viennese café, enjoy panoramic views of imperial Budapest and appreciate the genius of Mozart. Guests who choose this voyage soon see why it is our most popular itinerary.

Oberammergau, The Passion Play Munich To Budapest

Viking River Cruises $4899 10 Details

Join Viking for a venerable experience. Witness the trial, suffering and death of Christ in The Passion Play in Oberammergau. Cruise the fabled Danube, gazing upon the ecclesiastic artwork and heavenly hilltop setting of Göttweig Abbey, Austria’s revered monastery. Step inside the hushed interiors of Vienna’s St. Stephen’s Cathedral. With medieval towns, grand cities and hallowed sites, this 10-day cruisetour is sure to inspire. Limited availability; please reserve today.

Balkan Discovery 2019 - 10 Days Budapest To Bucharest

Avalon Waterways $3249 10 Details

See the highlights of Eastern Europe on this Balkan river cruise adventure along the Danube River! Enjoy relaxing time on your ship and stops in the most fascinating cities, with free time and guided sightseeing—so you don’t miss a thing!

You’ll begin with two overnights in the lively Hungarian capital of Budapest. This city has a unique energy and offers an eclectic mix of activities. See the iconic statues of Heroes’ Square, and with free time, explore the lovely lookout towers of Fishermen’s Bastion. On an excursion to Pécs, Hungary, you’ll visit underground burial chambers with fascinating murals, now part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, is one of the oldest cities in Europe, where the Sava River meets the Danube. Cruise through the dramatic Iron Gates Gorge and visit the cultural port of Cetate. Visit Bulgaria’s Belogradchik, where you’ll see the fascinating rock formations sculpted by natural elements for over 200 million years. On an excursion to the ancient Bulgarian capital of Veliko Târnovo, you’ll visit Arbanassi’s Church of the Nativity, housing an impressive collection of frescoes.

To round out this timeless Eastern European river cruise, a stay in Romania’s vibrant capital of Bucharest is a must. Known as the “Paris of the East,” a local expert will show you many of its historical treasures, such as the Arc de Triomphe, built in honor of WWI soldiers.

The Danube From The Black Sea To Budapest With 2 Night Transylvania 2019 - 14 Days Bucharest To Budapest

Avalon Waterways $4309 14 Details

Begin your exciting vacation with an excursion from Bucharest to Transylvania where you’ll visit the Bran Castle of Dracula fame, believed to be the home of Romanian vampires. Then, enjoy guided sightseeing of Brasov and visit Peles Castle in Sinaia, considered one of the most beautiful in Europe.

Bucharest, Romania, is known for its wide, tree-lined boulevards and historical treasures. Here, you’ll see the Arc de Triomphe—built in honor of WWI soldiers—and the historical Royal Palace Square. Your river cruise will take you through the serene Danube Delta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There’s guided sightseeing in Constanta and Bulgaria’s ancient capital of Veliko Târnovo. Visit the Ethnographical Museum and Church of the Nativity in Arbanassi, and take pictures of Belogradchik’s rock formations and the spectacular scenery of the Iron Gates. Visit Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, and one of the oldest cities in Europe. Continue your cultural journey on an excursion to Pécs, Hungary, another UNESCO World Heritage Site.

There are countless memorable moments on this fascinating river cruise through Eastern Europe, and it doesn’t end until you’ve experienced the unique energy of Budapest. A local expert introduces you to the must-see sights, such as Heroes’ Square.
From the Danube’s delta at the Black Sea to beautiful Budapest and legendary Transylvania, you’ll long remember the discoveries, delights, and pure enjoyment of your European river cruise.

Oberammergau, Salzburg & Cruise Oberammergau To Budapest

Viking River Cruises $5199 12 Details

Join us for a 12-day cruisetour as you sail the Danube River from Germany, through northern Austria to Hungary. Explore historic Bavaria and the enchanting city of Salzburg—birthplace of Mozart and the filming location for The Sound of Music. Take in a dramatic performance of The Passion Play—a depiction of the trial, suffering and death of Christ. A 400-year-old pledge to God that is celebrated once every ten years, you will witness this time-honored tradition. Limited availability; please reserve today.

Danube Dreams With 2 Nights Berlin – Eastbound 2019 - 12 Days Berlin To Budapest

Avalon Waterways $3893 12 Details

Your European adventure begins with two nights in Berlin, capital of Germany, and two nights in Prague, capital of the Czech Republic. Guided sightseeing shows you its best-known treasures. See the Astronomical Clock, Hradcany Castle, and St. Vitus Cathedral.

Regensburg is one of Germany’s best-preserved medieval cities. Guided sightseeing will show you the Old Town Hall, the Porta Pretoria and many mansions with high towers denoting the status and wealth of their early owners. Transfer to Deggendorf where your river cruise journey begins.

Passau, Germany, is called the “City of Three Rivers” as it lies at the confluence of the Danube, Inn, and Ilz rivers. Explore the city with a Local Guide and admire the Patrician houses and baroque St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Linz, Austria, offers the Hauptplatz, Austria’s largest medieval square.
Enjoy the magnificent views as your river cruise takes you through the picturesque wine region of Wachau Valley. In Dürnstein, see the famous blue and white Stiftskirche and taste some of the local wines. Vienna, the “City of Music,” makes an immediate impression with its lavish Hofburg Imperial Palace and neo-renaissance Vienna Opera House. In Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, a guided walk takes you through the delightful Old Town and to the gothic St. Martin’s Cathedral.

In Budapest, the vibrant capital of Hungary, see the must-see sights with a local expert; in your free time stroll along the main shopping street of Vici utca, or take pictures from Fishermen’s Bastion, which provides the best panoramic views of Budapest. Experience your European vacation with a stay in fascinating Berlin, and relax on your Danube River cruise to discover the beauty and history of its destinations along the way.

The Black Sea To Budapest - Westbound

Tauck $6290 12 Details


A Transylvanian Castle and a People's Palace,
just two of the architectural treasures that inspire discoveries of cultures little known and endlessly fascinating. Cruise through the ages... from modern-day Budapest, graced with architectural monuments, hilltop masterpieces and a legacy of music, arts and local spice... to Croatia, recovering from a turbulent past and poised for a bright future... to Serbia, where a royal welcome with a prince awaits... to lively Bulgarian traditions that dance into your memories of a land lush with history... to Transylvania, mysterious haunt of "Dracula"... and to explore centuries-old traditions in Romania.

Christmastime From Budapest To Basel – Cruise Only 2019 - 17 Days Budapest To Basel

Avalon Waterways $9088 17 Details

Your Danube River cruise embarks from Budapest—Hungary’s “Pearl of the Danube”—with an overnight cruise to Vienna. You’ll also see the historic Vienna Opera House and stunningly beautiful St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Continue to Nuremberg, and Bamberg with its glowing Christkindlesmarkt—complete with dozens of nativity scenes of every size.

Würzburg is the next stop on your Christmas river cruise through Germany. Savor the sights, sounds, and confections of Würzburg’s warm Christmas markets before sailing to visit a picturesque Main River village. You’ll continue your scenic river cruise on the Rhine River to see the shining Christmas markets of Germany, France, and Switzerland. Enjoy Heidelberg’s sparkling Christmas markets during your stay, before sailing for Strasbourg, France.

City sightseeing includes Strasbourg’s stained-glass, gothic cathedral, astronomical clock, and La Petite France district. Take time to browse the French winter markets with festive lights. On to Breisach and the Black Forest of Bavaria to experience generations of warm and festive Christmas traditions. From Bavarian bretzels to Black Forest Cake and mulled wine, you’ll feel the Christmas spirit in the idyllic setting of the Black Forest.

Your Christmastime river cruise will conclude in Basel, Switzerland. With Christmas celebration and special traditions large and small, you’ll keep the visions of your scenic European river cruise in your memory for many Christmases to come.

Balkan Discovery With 2 Nights Transylvania 2019 - 12 Days Budapest To Bucharest

Avalon Waterways $3831 12 Details

See the highlights of Eastern Europe on this Balkan river cruise adventure along the Danube River! This vacation has something for everybody—relaxing time on your ship and stops in the most fascinating cities, with free time and guided sightseeing—so you don’t miss a thing!

You’ll begin with two overnights in the lively Hungarian capital of Budapest. See the iconic statues of Heroes’ Square, and with free time, explore the lovely lookout towers of Fishermen’s Bastion. On an excursion to Pécs, Hungary, you’ll visit underground burial chambers with fascinating murals, now part of a UNESCO World Heritage site. Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, is one of the oldest cities in Europe, where the Sava River meets the Danube. The lively pedestrian boulevard of Knez Mihailova is dotted with historical buildings and charming cafés and you’ll see St. Sava, the world’s largest Orthodox Church. Continue your river cruise through the dramatic Iron Gates Gorge, visit Belogradchik’s fascinating rock formations, and Bulgaria’s ancient capital of Veliko Târnovo. In Arbanassi, visit the Church of the Nativity, housing an impressive collection of frescoes.

To round out this timeless European river cruise, a stay in Romania’s vibrant capital of Bucharest is a must. Known as the “Paris of the East,” a local expert will show you many of its historical treasures, such as the Arc de Triomphe. From Bucharest, take an overnight trip to Transylvania to visit the Bran Castle—of Dracula Fame—the city of Brasov, and beautiful Peles Castle.

Jewels Of Central Europe – Westbound 2019 - 17 Days Budapest To Remich

Avalon Waterways $7526 17 Details

On this Europe river cruise vacation, you’ll sail along the Danube, Main, Rhine, and Moselle Rivers. Start with two nights in vibrant Budapest, Hungary, and then see some of the most intriguing cities of Austria and Germany.

Before you embark on your European river cruise, experience the unique energy of Budapest, the capital of Hungary, on a guided tour of the city and time to explore on your own. Sail past the impressive Parliament Building on the Danube River, to Austria’s elegant capital of Vienna. There’s a guided walk in the quaint village of Dürnstein, in the heart of the Wachau Valley, and a visit to the magnificent Benedictine Abbey of Melk. You’ll be introduced to the treasures of Passau, Regensburg, and Nuremberg, and take an excursion to Bavaria’s capital, Munich.

On the banks of the Main River, you’ll find small towns tucked away behind defensive walls and towered gates. Along the Rhine River, stop in Rüdesheim, a quintessential Rhine Valley town. Later, cruise the wide, peaceful curves of the Moselle River Valley, famous for its picturesque scenery, and arrive in the wine village of Bernkastel. Before you leave, we’ll introduce you to some of the famed Moselle wines. In Trier, Germany, believed to be even older than Rome a Local Guide will show you the sights, including the Porta Nigra, the only surviving fortified gate from the original Roman settlement.

Your European river cruise ends in Remich, Luxembourg, with treasured memories of the Jewels of Europe to take with you until you sail again!

Jewels Of Central Europe – Cruise Only Westbound 2019 - 15 Days Budapest To Remich

Avalon Waterways $7096 15 Details

On this Europe river cruise vacation, you’ll sail along the Danube, Main, Rhine, and Moselle Rivers. Board your ship in vibrant Budapest, Hungary, then see some of the most intriguing cities of Austria and Germany, before ending your cruise in Luxembourg.

Sail out of Budapest, past the impressive Parliament Building on the Danube River, to Austria’s elegant capital of Vienna. There’s a guided walk in the quaint village of Dürnstein, in the heart of the Wachau Valley, and a visit to the magnificent Benedictine Abbey of Melk. You’ll be introduced to the treasures of Passau, Regensburg, and Nuremberg, and take an excursion to Bavaria’s capital, Munich. On the banks of the Main River, you’ll find small towns tucked away behind defensive walls and towered gates. These picturesque Bavarian villages are a photographer's dream.

Visit Würzburg and the impressive Bishop’s Residenz, then sail into the Rhine River and stop in Rüdesheim—a quintessential Rhine Valley town. Later, cruise the wide, peaceful curves of the Moselle River Valley, famous for its picturesque scenery, and arrive in the wine village of Bernkastel surrounded by Germany’s largest expanse of vineyards. Before you leave, we’ll introduce you to some of the famed Moselle wines. In Trier, Germany, believed to be even older than Rome—having been populated over a thousand years before the Romans arrived—a Local Guide will show you the sights, including the Porta Nigra, the only surviving fortified gate from the original Roman settlement.

Disembark in Luxembourg and take home many happy memories of this fascinating European river cruise!

Grand European Cruise - Westbound

Tauck $13090 24 Details


A grand continental crossing, by river - nine countries, one remarkable riverboat cruise. Cruise through Europe's heartland - from the northern Rhine to the eastern Danube with discoveries at every bend - lunch on an Amsterdam canal boat, a trio of Franconian wines, a world of self-playing musical instruments, fairy-tale Rothenburg, medieval Nürnberg, a 15th-century rathaus, Melk's 900-year-old Benedictine abbey, an ultra-extravagant Habsburg palace, frescoes inside a Bulgarian chapel hewn from rock, a Black Sea resort & a lakeside monastery swathed in 18th-century icons.

Oberammergau With Salzburg Munich To Budapest

Viking River Cruises $5199 12 Details

Join us for a 12-day cruisetour as you sail the Danube River from Germany, through northern Austria to Hungary. Explore historic Bavaria and the enchanting city of Salzburg—birthplace of Mozart and the filming location for The Sound of Music. Take in a dramatic performance of The Passion Play—a depiction of the trial, suffering and death of Christ. A 400-year-old pledge to God that is celebrated once every ten years, you will witness this time-honored tradition. With medieval towns, grand cities and stunning scenery, this cruisetour is sure to inspire.

Limited availability; please reserve today.

Active Discovery On The Danube With 3 Nights Prague – Westbound 2019 - 12 Days Budapest To Prague

Avalon Waterways $3623 12 Details

Whether you’re an art lover, a foodie, a history buff, or adventurer, your Active Discovery cruise invites you to experience each destination along the Danube River in ways that are perfect for you. With Avalon Choice, you can select the included excursions that are perfect for your preferences and pace—from Active to Discovery to Classic—with the added delight of three nights in the Golden City of Prague.

Start by exploring Budapest your way—stroll its streets for classic sightseeing with a local guide or take a bike ride through town for a different perspective, or join a walking tour to learn a few Hungarian phrases. Attend a Medieval Knights Tournament at a Visegrád castle, or see Gustave Klimt’s renowned “Kiss” painting in Vienna. With Avalon Choice, each day is yours to spend your way. Browse the art collection of the Habsburg Empire, sip local vintages at an Austrian wine-tasting, or join a canoe excursion. Your Active Discovery cruise is packed with Avalon Choice inclusions for every pace in every place we go. Sample cheese and beer made by Trappist monks; take a hike to Count Dracula’s prison tower; or tour Mauthausen Concentration Camp, one of WWII’s most notorious sites—all included in an unmatched variety of excursions to choose from each day.

Disembark your Avalon Suite Ship and take a morning visit to the picturesque Bohemian town of Český Krumlov prior to your arrival in Prague. Explore the Golden City with your choice of a guided sightseeing tour or an urban hike extending to the Prokopske Valley Nature Reserve. Enjoy two more unhurried days in Prague to soak in the exquisite beauty, cuisine, and people of this stunning city. From paddling canoes to picnic views—Avalon Choice includes the excursions and activities to invite you to discover each destination your way!

From The Danube Delta To Prague With 2 Nights Transylvania 2019 - 21 Days Bucharest To Prague

Avalon Waterways $8097 21 Details

From the legend of Dracula’s castle, to the “Paris of the East” in Bucharest, to the “Golden City” of Prague, in the Czech Republic, you’ll embark on an odyssey of new discoveries to treasure.

You’ll begin in the mysterious landscapes of Romania, with an excursion to Transylvania. You’ll tour Bran Castle, home of legendary Romanian vampire of folklore—Dracula. Continue to Brasov for some free time to explore, as well as a sightseeing tour and drive into the soaring Carpathian Mountains to Sinaia to visit Peles Castle.

Back in Bucharest enjoy a tour of the capital’s boulevards, Arc de Triomphe, Royal Palace Square, and historic sites from a dramatic history before embarking your Avalon ship and sail overnight to St. Gheorghe for an excursion to the Danube Delta. Cruise through the Balkans and Budapest to Vienna and Austria, and to the exquisite city of Prague.

Seeing such a variety of landscapes, languages, cultures, and historic sites will be an unmatched treasure not to be missed. We invite you to join us on this great adventure from Romania to the Black Sea Delta to the Golden City of Prague.

Amsterdam To Budapest By Riverboat - Southbound

Tauck $7590 15 Details


Our two-week Danube, Main and Rhine river cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam takes you on an amazing journey past grand cathedrals, medieval monasteries, castles and vineyards. Pass through five countries including the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, and Hungary, and explore legendary cities such as Amsterdam, Vienna, Köln, Nürnberg, Bratislava and Budapest. Tauck's all-included private shore excursions take you to many UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the historic districts of Budapest, Vienna, and Bamberg, and the Wachau and Rhine valleys. In Vienna, take your choice of visits to Schönbrunn Palace or the Hofburg's Imperial Sisi Museum, and attend a grand Imperial Evening in a traditional palace. In Amsterdam, tour the famed Rijksmuseum. Visit Köln Cathedral and Melk Abbey; medieval Regensburg; romantic Rothenburg or Würzburg; Budapest's Heroes' Square and much more!

Jewels Of Central Europe – Eastbound 2019 - 15 Days Remich To Budapest

Avalon Waterways $6646 15 Details

On this remarkable Europe river cruise vacation, you’ll sail along the Moselle, Rhine, Main, and Danube Rivers.

Board your ship to cruise the wide, peaceful curves of the Moselle River Valley, famous for its picturesque scenery. First stop is Trier, Germany, believed to be even older than Rome and many remnants can still be found, such as imperial baths. The wine village of Bernkastel will fascinate you with its narrow streets and half-timbered houses still standing from the Middle Ages. Continue your European river cruise through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, considered the most beautiful stretch of the Rhine River. See the rock of the Lorelei and ancient castles standing majestically on cliffs 400 feet above the water.

Visit the magnificent Bishop’s Residenz in Würzburg and marvel at medieval Bamberg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy a guided visit of historic Nuremberg and an excursion to Bavaria’s capital, Munich. Along the Danube River is Regensburg, Germany, one of Europe’s best preserved medieval cities, where you can taste some of Germany’s famous beers! Visit Passau with its narrow, winding cobblestone streets, and Melk’s magnificent 11th-century Benedictine Abbey, before arriving in Vienna, the “City of Music” that inspired the genius of Beethoven, Mozart, and Strauss.

There are countless opportunities to be enchanted by the sights on this fascinating Europe river cruise, and it doesn’t end until you’ve experienced the unique energy of Budapest. A local expert will show you the famous sights, and you’ll treasure the gems you discover on your European river cruise and central Europe vacation.

Veneto To Vienna Explorer 2019 - 8 Days From Treviso To Vienna

Cosmos $899 8 Details

This escorted European vacation takes you through the Veneto wine region of Italy, through the Austrian Alps, and the Danube Valley. Find countless ways to explore these fabulous destinations of Italy and Austria with help from your CosmosGO app, and your Tour Director is happy to share expertise on each destination’s highlights and out-of-the-way local spots. With the first à la carte touring approach, Cosmos Lite lets you spend each day, your way.

Begin with an overnight stay in the charming Italian town of Treviso, with its medieval walls and canals. The following day is yours to choose—a complimentary round-trip train ride to Venice, or more time in Treviso’s Prosecco wine region to soak in the authentic Italian countryside. Cross the Alps into the Austrian mountain town of Villach—a sight to see with picturesque shimmering lakes. The options are yours for the choosing—from bike rides to an exhibition in falconry at the lofty Landskron Castle. Then, it’s off to Salzburg. You might recognize the settings where The Sound of Music was filmed in the city of Mozart’s birth. Optional activities and excursions are easy to find on MyCosmos to make the day your own. Join a guided walk from Krems to Mautern a.d. Donau to experience a bit of the Wachau World Heritage Trail along the Danube River. Next, travel to the City of Music, Vienna, where you’ll find a wealth of sights, sounds, and tastes by taking in the many museums, contemporary art galleries, and traditional cafes to sample Sachertorte. Your Tour Director can share lots of suggestions to truly enjoy beautiful Vienna, so you can forget about rigid itinerary schedules. We share wonderful optional excursions to suit every interest and budget on MyCosmos for the ease of having the best experiences without the hassle. Enjoy the expertise of escorted touring of Italy and Austria—your way, every day.

Gems Of The Danube

Scenic Cruises $3995 8 Details

Explore the delights of Europe on a luxury 8 day river cruise from the deck of a Scenic Space-Ship. Cruise along the Danube between Budapest and Nuremberg.
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Iconic Danube

Scenic Cruises $4695 8 Details

Explore the Iconic Danube on an 8 day luxury river cruise from Munich to Budapest. Take a guided hike in Passau & visit Salzburg, the birthplace of Mozart.
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Danube Delights

Emerald Waterways $2795 8 Details

An unforgettable cruise down the iconic Danube & through the heart of old Europe. Walking tours, invitations into the homes of locals & sightseeing excursions showcase the magnificence of yesteryear.
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Danube Explorer

Emerald Waterways $2795 8 Details

Walk the cobblestone streets of Medieval cities, explore Austria’s wine-growing region and marvel at the fusion of old and new in musical Vienna and eclectic Budapest.
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Treasures Of The Danube

Emerald Waterways $7305 16 Details


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Capitals Of The Danube

CroisiEurope $1000 5 Details

Embark on a cruise to the heart of the capitals along the Danube. From Vienna to Budapest via Bratislava, enjoy an impressive journey that will not fail to amaze you. Discover the ancient Habsburg monarchy by visiting the splendid Schoenbrunn Palace, former summer residence of the imperial family, and the Capuchin church which houses the imperial crypt.

The Pearls Of The Danube

CroisiEurope $2149 7 Details

Cruise from Austria to Germany via Hungary and Slovakia. You will discover the historical and cultural treasures of the great capitals along the majestic Danube, from the famous scenes of the Vienna Konzerthaus to the Baroque palaces of Bratislava. Marvel at the vast plains of the traditional Puszta or hike through the small Carpathians to the ruins of Devin Castle. Tremendous landscapes and monuments with undeniable charm will be waiting for you.

Classic Danube

Emerald Waterways $3695 8 Details


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Jewels Of Central Europe With 2 Nights Paris – Westbound 2019 - 19 Days Budapest To Paris

Avalon Waterways $8424 19 Details

On this Europe river cruise vacation, you’ll sail along the Danube, Main, Rhine, and Moselle Rivers. Start with two nights in vibrant Budapest, Hungary, and then see some of the most intriguing cities of Austria and Germany.

Before you embark on your European river cruise, experience the unique energy of Budapest, the capital of Hungary, on a guided tour of the city and time to explore on your own. Sail past the impressive Parliament Building on the Danube River, to Austria’s elegant capital of Vienna. There’s a guided walk in the quaint village of Dürnstein, in the heart of the Wachau Valley, and a visit to the magnificent Benedictine Abbey of Melk. You’ll be introduced to the treasures of Passau, Regensburg, and Nuremberg, and take an excursion to Bavaria’s capital, Munich.

On the banks of the Main River, you’ll find small towns tucked away behind defensive walls and towered gates. Along the Rhine River, stop in Rüdesheim, a quintessential Rhine Valley town. Later, cruise the wide, peaceful curves of the Moselle River Valley, famous for its picturesque scenery, and arrive in the wine village of Bernkastel. Before you leave, we’ll introduce you to some of the famed Moselle wines. In Trier, Germany, believed to be even older than Rome a Local Guide will show you the sights, including the Porta Nigra, the only surviving fortified gate from the original Roman settlement.

Along the enchanting Moselle River, make your way to Remich, Luxembourg to disembark from your Avalon European river cruise, and transfer via high-speed train to Paris for a Monograms vacation. You’ll enjoy VIP sightseeing in “The City of Lights” with an expert guide,driving past the Latin Quarter, Les Invalides, Place de la Concorde, Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, followed by a Seine river cruise, and free time to enjoy with the suggestions and support of your Monograms Local Host®.

Central Europe is yours to remember for its beauty, history, culture, and cuisine. And you’ll soon see why Paris is called the most romantic city in the world!

Jewels Of Central Europe With 2 Nights Paris – Eastbound 2019 - 17 Days Paris To Budapest

Avalon Waterways $7566 17 Details

Savor the experience of Central Europe’s gems along the Rhine, Moselle, Main, and Danube Rivers, and begin your European vacation with a wonderful visit to Paris. See the sights with an expert guide, drive past the Latin Quarter, Les Invalides, Place de la Concorde, Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe and enjoy a Seine river cruise. Your Monograms vacation package includes 2 nights in Paris, VIP sightseeing, and helpful onsite support from your expert Local Host®.

After your stay in Paris, take a high-speed train from Paris to Luxembourg City to board your Avalon Suite Ship® in Remich on the beautiful Moselle River. First stop on your European river cruise is Trier, Germany, believed to be even older than Rome and many remnants can still be found, such as imperial baths. The wine village of Bernkastel will fascinate you with its narrow streets and half-timbered houses still standing from the Middle Ages.

Continue your European river cruise through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, considered the most beautiful stretch of the Rhine River. See the rock of the Lorelei and ancient castles standing majestically on cliffs 400 feet above the water. Visit the magnificent Bishop’s Residenz in Würzburg and marvel at medieval Bamberg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy a guided visit of historic Nuremberg and an excursion to Bavaria’s capital, Munich. Along the Danube River is Regensburg, Germany, one of Europe’s best preserved medieval cities, where you can taste some of Germany’s famous beers! Visit Passau with its narrow, winding cobblestone streets, and Melk’s magnificent 11th-century Benedictine Abbey, before arriving in Vienna, the “City of Music” that inspired the genius of Beethoven, Mozart, and Strauss.

There are countless opportunities to be enchanted by the sights on this fascinating Europe river cruise, and it doesn’t end until you’ve experienced the unique energy of Budapest. A local expert will show you the famous sights.

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