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.

Departure dates and prices 2021 The Blue Danube Discovery : 7% discount on all dates

Prices shown exclude flights and transfers, call Avalon to add flights

Avalon brochure price in black from £1877

Travel 55 discount price in red from £1746

Telephone Avalon on 0330 0588 237 and quote the code TRAVEL55

Cruise Budapest to Nuremberg : tour code WBN - cruise price without flights and transfers
Dates Royal Suite Panorama Suite Delux Stateroom
May 7 £3547
May 14
SOLD OUT £2748
May 18
May 21
SOLD OUT £2748
July 4
SOLD OUT £2646
July 23
SOLD OUT £3020
August 23 SOLD OUT SOLD OUT £2270
September 15 SOLD OUT £3393
September 22 £4143
SOLD OUT £2394
September 27 £3718
October 20
SOLD OUT £2776
October 25 £3240

Prices include daily excursions, full-board dining and gratuities but exclude flights. Book your flights with us and we'll also include overseas transfers and ATOL protection. 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

Avalon Waterways
The Blue Danube Discovery

8 days Danube cruise

2021 discount prices from only £1746

Begin this timeless European river cruise vacation in vibrant Budapest, Hungary, sail along the Danube River with exciting stops in Austria and Germany, and conclude in historic Nuremberg, Germany. As you leave Budapest, you’ll sail past the splendid Parliament Building and, along the Danube River, you’ll see Hungary on your left and Slovakia on your right as a 58-mile stretch of the river runs between both countries. Enjoy an amazing view of the landscapes of Bratislava while sailing. Vienna, Austria, offers stunning St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the Habsburg Palace, the Vienna Opera House, and much more. In the heart of the Wachau Valley wine region is Dürnstein, a 16th-century town with charming cobblestone streets and the baroque Stiftskirche with its luminous blue façade. In 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. Join in a guided walk through Passau, with its narrow streets, beautiful Patrician houses, and baroque architecture. Sail further up the Danube River to discover the medieval walls of Regensburg—the only German city not bombed during WWII. Here, you can become acquainted with 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. Take free time to make a wish at the striking fountain on the Hauptmarkt (Main Square)—a perfect ending to a memorable Danube River cruise vacation!

This eight day Blue Danube Discovery cruise comes with a 7% discount when you book direct with Avalon Waterways on 0330 0588 237quote the code TRAVEL55

Travel 55 in association with Avalon Waterways. To book a luxury cruise call direct on 0330 0588 237 and quote the code TRAVEL55 you will then receive a 7% discount from the Avalon brochure price. 

Your Ship - Avalon Impression

Part of Avalon's award-winning fleet of Suite Ships®, the Avalon Impression features two full decks of Panorama SuitesSM with wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows that transform the living space into river cruising's only Open-Air BalconySM. With 200 square feet, Panorama SuitesSM are more than 30% larger than the industry standard, affording you the incomparable opportunity to wake each morning to splendid passing scenery from your window-facing bed. Stretch out on your Comfort CollectionSM bed and cruise with the world at your feet. Onboard amenities include an alternative light dining option in the Panorama Bistro, a Fitness Center, complimentary Wi-Fi access, and a spacious Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs, whirlpool, and light al fresco lunches at the Sky Bistro on the Sky Deck. You're sure to be impressed with the relaxed luxury and unequaled amenities of the Avalon Impression!

Avalon Impression

Book your cruise with or without flights

Cruise prices are shown without flights included in case you wish to book them separately, or aren't ready to return home when you disembark! Or we can book your flights for you from most UK airports, with overseas transfers and ATOL protection included. The choice is yours!

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.




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