Your Cruising Itinerary

Day 1: Budapest,Hungary  (embarkation)

Welcome to Hungary. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding
Flights into Budapest must arrive by 2 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.

The day is yours to relax and enjoy the city with time for photographs, cafés, and confections.

Evening/overnight cruise to Vienna. (D)

Day 2: Vienna, Austria - Vienna waltzes and the beautiful Blue Danube 

Start the day with a Morning Stretch with your Avalon Adventure Host.

Enjoy sailing the Danube, which shares dozens of miles with Hungary and Slovakia. Relax on the Sky Deck to see the rolling landscape and red-rooftops of the Slovakian capital of Bratislava come into view.

This evening in Vienna, you may choose to join an Optional Excursion to attend a Royal Waltz Concert for an unforgettable evening of music in an elegant hall.

Overnight docking in Vienna. (B,L,D)

Day 3: Vienna - royal collections, amusing attractions

  • Classic: Venture into the Habsburg empire this morning on a Guided City Tour of Vienna’s gilded landmarks. See the Imperial Palace complex—the winter residence of the Imperial Family, the historic Vienna Opera House and stunning St. Stephen’s Cathedral.

Join a Guided Optional Excursion to Schönbrunn Palace—a Habsburg Empire summer home for 300 years. This afternoon, enjoy free time to take a tram to visit Austria’s Prater amusement park or one of the many museums nearby. You may also decide to borrow a bike from the ship to explore the streets and squares of Vienna, or ride along the banks of the Danube at your leisure. Later enjoy live entertainment on board.

Overnight cruise to Dürnstein. (B,L,D)

Day 4: Dürnstein - fairytale castles, kings, and cobblestones of delightful Dürnstein 

  • Classic: Join a Guided Walk, and hear the legendary tale of King Richard the Lionheart—who was imprisoned in the castle above the village during the Crusades, OR:
  • Active: Join a Hike up to the castle ruins with your Adventure Host for a spectacular view of the village, Danube, and the Wachau Valley below.

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

Melk - ornate architecture and scenic splendours

  • Classic: Take a Guided Tour of Melk’s magnifi cent Benedictine Abbey to marvel at its frescoed ceilings, statues, incredible library, and ornate pipe organ.
  • Discovery: Enjoy the flavours of the Wachau Valley with a Wine Tasting on board.

Evening/overnight cruise to Passau. (B,L,D)

Day 5: Passau, Germany - go for Baroque in Passau – where the Danube, Inn, and Ilz Rivers meet 

  • Classic: Join a Guided City Walk to learn more about this beautiful “City of Three Rivers

Alternatively, join a full-day Guided Optional Excursion to Salzburg—the city of Mozart—or to the picturesque Bohemian town of Ceský Krumlov. Meet your ship back in Passau after your full-day selected activity for sailing.

Evening/overnight cruise to Regensburg. (B,L,D)

Day 6: Regensburg - magical Regensburg — Bavaria’s medieval miracle

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

You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to visit the Benedictine Monastery in Weltenburg. Spend a free afternoon exploring Regensburg on foot or by bike through its charming streets.

  • Discovery: Later, indulge in a Beer Tasting on board.

This evening, enjoy live entertainment after dinner.

Evening/overnight cruise to Roth.

Day 7: Roth. Excursion to Nuremberg - living heritage and history lessons

  • Discovery: Enjoy an Onboard Lecture about the MainDanube Canal—linking these two rivers to make a vital connection enabling navigation between the North and Black Seas.
  • Classic: Enjoy a Guided Sightseeing Tour of the Bavarian town of Roth—with its half-timbered
    houses, market square, and 1535 hunting lodge Schloss Ratibor, OR:
  • Classic: Choose a Guided Sightseeing of Nuremberg—with its medieval architecture, gilded fountain, gothic cathedral, and Kaiserburg Castle, OR:
  • Classic: Take a Guided Tour of the historic Nuremberg Rally Grounds—used by the Third Reich

Evening cruise to Nuremberg. (B,L,D)

Day 8: Nuremberg (disembarkation)

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Special interest cruises - Looking to enrich your adventures while you sail? 

Festive time cruise is available - call for itinerary modifications and inclusions.

In the event of technical or water level issues, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or alter the program, including hotel overnight when necessary. Guided Tours, Optional Excursions, activities, sailing and docking schedules may be contingent on weather conditions or other issues outside of our control and could therefore be subject to change at any time.

Your choice

Avalon knows there is more than one way to explore new destinations.

In addition to included Active, Discovery, and Classic excursions and activities, they offer Guided Optional Excursions designed to personalize your experience even more. And they are there with plenty of free-time suggestions to help you get the most out of every adventure.


Join a Guided City Tour of Vienna to see the Imperial Palace, Vienna Opera House, and spectacular St. Stephen’s Cathedral.

Join a Guided Optional Excursion to discover the Habsburg home and gardens at the spectacular Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna.

Spend free time to sample local dishes, libations, and confections.

Departure dates and prices 2020 - The Blue Danube Discovery : 7% discount on all dates

Avalon brochure price in black from £2215
Travel 55 discount price in red from £2060
Telephone Avalon Waterways reservations on 0330 808 5036 and quote our Travel 55 code TR55A

Budapest - Nuremberg : tour code WBN - cruise price without flights and transfers
Dates Price from Dates Price from
Apr 6 £2129
Aug 5, 6, 7, 20 £2608
May 14, 27, 28 £2676
Sep 3, 9, 14, 17 £2881
Jun 2, 11, 12, 25 £2676
Oct 1, 14, 21 £2539
July 1, 9, 16, 23 £2608
Nov 1, 4, 25* £2266

*Special Interest Cruises: Festive Nov 25
Prices shown above are for the cruise only. This means you have the freedom to arrange your own flights and transfers to suit your needs. Alternatively we can take care of everything for you.
Complete holiday price including flights, transfers and private home pick-up service (within 100 miles) from £2,805pp - based on Apr 6 departure from London Heathrow.
Sailing on Avalon Suite Ships® Artistry II, Envision, Imagery II, Tranquility II, Visionary. Gratuities to Local Guides & excursion drivers are included. Avalon offers the opportunity for solo travelers to sail with no single supplement (subject to availability). Please call for single accommodation details and prices. Triples not available. Note: responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.

†From price based on cruise without flights and transfers, Apr 6 departure. All prices per person based on double occupancy. Cruise price based on Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom on Indigo DeckSee below for upgrade pricing.

Upgrade pricing:

Category/deck - E Indigo nil : D Indigo £149 : B Sapphire £849 :  A Sapphire £899 : P Royal £999 : Royal Suite Royal Deck £1699

All holidays subject to Avalon Waterways Holidays Terms & Conditions

Please check tour details with the operator at time of booking as Cennet Ltd cannot be held responsible for any errors showing on it’s website

In the event of technical or water level issues, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or alter the program, including hotel overnight when necessary. Guided Tours, Optional Excursions, activities, sailing and docking schedules may be contingent on weather conditions or other issues outside of our control and could therefore be subject to change at any time.

Avalon Waterways
The Blue Danube Discovery

8 days

Your discount prices start from only £1980 - 7% discount

Your Danube journey begins in Budapest before cruising to Vienna, Durnstein and Melk with a tour of it's magnificent Benedictine Abbey. With visits to Passau, Regensburg, Roth before arriving in Nuremberg. 

This eight day Blue Danube Discovery cruise comes with a 7% discount when you book direct with Avalon Waterways on 0330 808 5036 quote the Travel 55 code TR55A.

Travel 55 in association with Avalon Waterways. To book a luxury cruise call direct on 0330 808 5036  and quote code TR55A you will then receive a 7% discount from the Avalon brochure price. 

Included for every Avalon guest

  • Spacious outside deluxe accommodations with enhanced soundproofing and Avalon’s exclusive Comfort Collection BedsSM for a great night’s sleep. (See deck plans for additional stateroom amenities.)
  • Large private bathroom featuring full shower with glass door, hairdryer & premium L’Occitane® bath products
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner on board daily indicated by breakfast (B), lunch (L), and dinner (D) on the itinerary pages
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner are included daily on board your vessel
  • A professional Cruise Director who delivers educational commentary as you travel through interesting landscapes, and who assists with requests and additional excursions 
  • An Avalon Adventure Host available as your guide for fitness activities and active excursions
  • Friendly, English-speaking staff who deliver consummate personal service throughout your journey
  • Complimentary regional wine, beer, and soft drinks at lunch and dinner on board 
  • Onboard meals, including daily four-course à la carte dinners with choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrées, desserts, and Avalon Fresh® healthy cuisine options
  • Included sightseeing with headsets and expert local guides
  • Complimentary bicycles available for use on shore
  • Onboard local entertainment
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the ship

Cruise options

*Special interest cruises

Looking to enrich your adventures while you sail? A Festive Time cruise is available to help you delve deeper into what you’re passionate about. 

Cruise longer 

This cruise itinerary is also offered as part of the following cruises:
Jewels of Central Europe
Enchanted Europe 
Heart of the Danube
Magnifi cent Rivers of Europe 
From the Black Sea to the North Sea 
The Complete Danube 
European Masterpiece

Add Budapest

Include 2 nights accommodation in Budapest, sightseeing, and transfer to ship.  

Begin your adventure in Budapest Cruise : 10 days from Budapest to Nuremberg

Add Prague with - Include 2 nights accommodation in Prague, sightseeing, and transfer from ship. 

Continue your adventure in Prague - Cruise 10 days from Budapest to Prague

Add Budapest and Prague - Begin your adventure in Budapest and continue in Prague. Cruise 12 days from Budapest to Prague

Call for details.

Onboard dining offerings and choices

Welcome and farewell cocktails with sparkling wine and canapes

Daily full breakfast buffet with made-to-order egg station, hot and cold menu items, and complimentary sparkling wine and juices

Choice of daily early-riser and late-riser continental breakfasts

Daily lunch buffet with pasta & carving stations and complimentary beer, wine, and soft drinks

Choice of alternative fare at the Sky Grill on the Sky Deck (weather permitting) or light lunch in the Panorama Lounge

Enjoy our Panorama Bistro for a casual dinner option with a buffet of select dishes and beverages

Daily Afternoon Tea featuring tea, coffee, sweet treats and sandwiches

Daily four-course à la carte dinners in the main dining room with choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrées, desserts or cheese, after-dinner premium coffees or tea, and complimentary wine (including from the region), beer, and soft drinks

Private home pick up service

Your Avalon experience begins long before you reach the ship. Fom the moment you close your front door, their private pick-up service will arrive to take you to the airport (within 100 miles) in air-conditioned comfort in plenty of time for your flight.

Your driver will load and unload your luggage for you, so you can make your way to the departure lounge feeling relaxed. And when you return, a driver will be waiting for you in arrivals, ready to load your bags and take you back home again.


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