Your Cruising Itinerary

Day 1:  Germany - Deggendorf (Embarkation) 

Welcome to Germany! Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding.

Flights into Munich must arrive by noon. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.

Explore your ship and enjoy dinner on your fi rst evening on board.

Evening cruise to Passau. (B,D)

Day 2: Passau -  Schlögen Oxbow - 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.”
  • Active: Follow your Avalon Adventure Host for Hiking from Oberhaus along a trail down to the valley and along the Ilz River.

Spend a little free time before sailing to Linz to walk the cobblestone streets and galleries of Artists’ Alley or peek into St. Stephen’s Cathedral to possibly catch a concert rehearsal.

This afternoon, cruise to Linz through the Schlögen Oxbow, a particularly beautiful horseshoe-shaped bend of the river. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.

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

Day 3: Linz, Asutria - fall in love with Linz – legendary art, nusic, and the linzer torte! 

  • Classic: Take a Guided Walk through the city’s historic and beautiful sites along the shore of the Danube and see Hauptplatz—Austria’s largest medieval square—and the towering white-marble Trinity Column.

Consider a full-day Guided Optional Excursion to Salzburg, the city of Mozart, or to the picturesque Bohemian town of Český Krumlov. Alternatively, feel free to enjoy the afternoon on your own to bike along the banks of the Danube with a picnic from the ship, or hike through Linz’s beautiful nature trails to Pöstlingberg for a bird’s-eye view of the city and river below.

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

Day 4: Melk - Wachau Valley - striking frescoes and breathtaking views of the Wachau Valley

  • 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.

Later, stretch out on the Sky Deck as you sail through the Wachau Valley past vineyards, castles, and charming villages on your way to Dürnstein.

Durnstein - fairytale castles, kings, and cobblestones

  • Classic: Join a Guided Walk, and hear the legendary tale of King Richard the Lionheart—who was imprisoned in the castle during the Crusades, OR:
  • Actrive: Join a Guided Hike up to the castle ruins to take in the spectacular view of the village, Danube, and the Wachau Valley below.
  • Discovery: Enjoy the fl avors of the Wachau Valley at a Wine Tasting on board.

Later, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship.

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

Day 5: Vienna - Strauss, schnitzel, strudel, and sachertorte 

  • Discovery: Join us for a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Vienna, including the Kuntskammer’s remarkable collection of more than 2,100 valuable objects, which were collected through the centuries by the emperors and archdukes of Habsburg.
  • Classic: Later, choose a complimentary ticket for a local Viennese Museum Visit, or continue exploring with additional Guided Sightseeing.

You may decide to take a Guided Optional Excursion to Schönbrunn Palace—the former imperial summer home and vast gardens with a history spanning 300 years of the Habsburg monarchy.

In your free time why not stroll through pedestrian Kärntnerstrasse—the most famous shopping avenue in central Vienna. Take a bike ride through the city and stop in a local café to enjoy authentic Austrian confections of Sachertorte or Apfelstrudel.

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

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

Day 6: Bratislava, Slovakia - classic and contemporary

Enjoy a leisurely morning sail to Bratislava.

  • Classic: Take a Guided City Walk, including the quaint streets of Old Town, Town Hall, and fantastic St. Martin’s Cathedral.

Enjoy some free time to take Nordic walking sticks from the ship and hike to Bratislava Castle.

Overnight cruise to Budapest. (B,L,D)

Day 7: Budapest, Hungary - the pearl of the Danube in the heart of Europe  

  • Classic: Enjoy a Guided City Sightseeing, including the iconic Heroes’ Square.

Take in the beauty of Budapest while enjoying a free afternoon exploring such famous sights as the Chain Bridge. Get to know the city’s cafés and pubs, or take a hike through the hills above the Danube.

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

Day 8: Budapest (disembarkation)

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

A reverse course is also available on this cruise 

Day 1, Budapest (Embarkation); Day 2, Budapest; Day 3, Bratislava; Day 4, Vienna; Day 5, Dürnstein–Wachau Valley–Melk; Day 6, Linz; Day 7, Passau; Day 8, Deggendorf (Disembarkation), your cruise ends this morning. Add Prague or Prague & Berlin to your cruise.

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 2020 - Danube Dreams : 7% discount on all dates

Avalon brochure price in black from £2060
Travel 55 discount price in red from £1916
Telephone Avalon Waterways reservations on 0330 808 5036 and quote our Travel 55 code TR55A

Deggendorf to Budapest : tour code WDB - cruise price without flights and transfers
Dates Price from Dates Price from
Apr 7, 23 £2163
Aug 6, 13*, 20, 25 £2574
May 1, 21 £2608
Sep 10 £2847
Jun 16, 18, 25 £2642
Oct 1, 8, 15, 22 £2505
July 16 £2574
Nov 4 £2232
Budapest to Deggendorf : tour code WBD - cruise price without flights and transfers
Dates Price from Dates Price from
Mar 31 £2060
July 9, 23, 30 £2574
Apr 16, 24, 30* £2266
Aug 6, 13, 18, 25 £2574
May 14, 28 £2642
Sep 3, 17, 24 £2847
Jun 9, 11, 18, 25 £2642
Oct 1, 8, 15, 28, 29* £2232
July 16 £2574

*Special Interest Cruises: Habsburg & Royalty Aug 13; Wine Appreciation Apr 30 & Oct 29 WDB: Gateway city for arrivals is Munich; WBD: Gateway city for departures is Munich. 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 Mar 31 departure from London Gatwick. 
Sailing on Avalon Suite Ships® Envision, Illumination, Imagery II, Impression, Passion, or View. Gratuities to Local Guides & excursion drivers are included. Extra nights before and after your cruise may be available, please call for details and prices. 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, Mar 31 departure. All prices per person based on double occupancy. Cruise price based on Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom on Indigo Deck

Upgrade pricing:

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

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.

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
Danube Dreams

8 days

Your discount prices start from only £1916 - 7% discount

Your 8 day Danube Avalon Waterways embarks  in Deggendorf, bound for Budapest but not before a day of discovery amongst Passau’s maze of cobbled streets. Cruise the Danube, visiting wine-growing regions, tranquil towns and medieval castles perched on the river banks. Explore pretty little Dürnstein in the Wachau Valley or join a tasting of Wachau wines. Visit St Martin’s Cathedral in Bratislava and conclude your holiday in vibrant Budapest.

There is a reverse course option with this cruise - call for itinerary

Call Avalon Waterways direct on 0330 808 5036 and quote the Travel code TR55A to book this delightful 8 day Danube Dreams cruise. All departure dates come with a 7% discount saving when you book direct. 

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

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 Tour in Vienna to see a centuries-old collection of more than 2,100 artifacts belonging to the royalty of Habsburg empire. • Take a Guided Optional Excursion to Salzburg, the city of Mozart. • Spend some active free time going on a local hike or take a bike from the ship to explore the countryside.

Onboard dining offers 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

Cruise options

*Special interest cruises 

Looking to enrich your adventures while you sail? A Habsburg & Royalty cruise and Wine Appreciation cruises are available to help you delve deeper into what you’re passionate about. Call for itinerary modifications and inclusions.

Cruise longer

This cruise itinerary is also offered as part of the following cruise: The Danube from the Black Sea to Germany

Add Prague 

Include 2 nights accommodation in Prague, sightseeing, and transfer to or from ship. 

  • Begin your adventure in Prague Cruise : 10 days from Prague to Budapest
  • Continue your adventure in Prague Cruise Reverse Course: 10 days from Budapest to Prague

Add Berlin and Prague

  • Include 2 nights accommodation in Berlin and 2 nights in Prague, sightseeing, and transfer to or from ship.
  • Begin your adventure in Berlin and Prague Cruise : 12 days from Berlin to Budapest
  • Continue your adventure in Prague and Berlin Cruise : 12 days from Budapest to Berlin

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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