Heart Of The Danube (Westbound)

09/14/2019 through 10/29/2020
09/14/2019 through 11/13/2020
Avalon Waterways

This European river cruise through Hungary, Austria, and Germany begins in the Hungarian capital of Budapest and sail to Vienna-the “City of Music.” You’ll marvel at the sights with a guided city tour of Vienna’s gilded landmarks-including the Imperial Palace, the world-famous opera house, and stunning St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Sail to Dürnstein to walk in the steps of Richard the Lionheart. You may choose a guided hike to the castle where he was held during the Crusades, and behold the brilliant view of Austria’s Wachau Valley from above. Next, the magnificent Benedictine Abbey of Melk awaits, with its frescoed ceilings, sculptures, library, and ornate pipe organ. Join us on board for a wine tasting of Wachau Valley vintages.

You’ll cruise to Passau for guided walking tour of Germany’s “City of Three Rivers.” Visit the Bavarian town of Regensburg to see medieval sights, and join us for a beer tasting on board. In Roth, take a guided tour of the town; guided sightseeing in Nuremberg, or a tour of the notorious Nuremberg Rally Grounds. Join a guided excursion and tour of Munich to see Nymphenburg Palace-former home of the German monarchs. In Bamberg, enter a world where imperial dynasties lived with a guided tour of its Romanesque cathedral amid the seven hills crowned with churches. Enjoy a beer tasting on board before sailing for the quaint Bavarian town of Volkach. Visit Kitzingen in Bavaria’s largest wine-producing area to hear the legend of the town’s beginnings. Würzburg will delight you along the famed Romantic Road, followed by a visit to a Bavarian Main River Village. Your Danube River cruise concludes in Mainz.

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Day 1 Budapest (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception

Day 2 Vienna: scenic sailing; pass through Bratislava

Day 3 Vienna: guided sightseeing

Day 4 Dürnstein-Wachau Valley-Melk: choice of guided tour, or hike up to the castle ruins in Dürnstein; scenic cruise through the Wachau Valley; guided tour of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk; wine tasting on board

Day 5 Passau: guided walk

Day 6 Regensburg: guided walk

Day 7 Roth: lecture on board; choice of guided sightseeing in Nuremberg or Roth, or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour; beer tasting on board

Day 8 Nuremberg. Excursion to Munich: guided sightseeing in Munich, see the Marienplatz

Day 9 Bamberg: guided tour, see the Old Town Hall; beer tasting on board

Day 10 Volkach-Kitzingen: guided tours

Day 11 Würzburg: guided tour, visit the Bishop’s Residenz, or guided hike

Day 12 Main river village: guided walk

Day 13 Mainz (Disembarkation): your cruise ends this morning

Itinerary

Day 1 Budapest, Hungary (Embarkation)
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Day 2 Vienna, Austria
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Day 3 Vienna
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Day 4 Dürnstein
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Day 5 Passau, Germany
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Day 6 Regensburg
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Day 7 Roth. Excursion To Nuremberg
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Day 8 Nuremberg. Excursion To Munich
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Day 9 Bamberg
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Day 10 Volkach
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Day 11 Würzburg
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Day 12 Main River Village
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Day 13 Mainz (Disembarkation)
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