Danube Dreams With 2 Nights In Berlin & 2 Nights In Prague With Habsburg & Royalty (Eastbound)

05/23/2019 through 08/06/2020
05/23/2019 through 08/20/2020
Avalon Waterways

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. 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 or take an excursion to the Austrian lake region where the Habsburg family members used to go.

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” and once centre of the Habsburg empire, 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 or discover the Schönbrunn Palace, main summer residence of the Habsburg Dynasty. 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, or take pictures from Fishermen’s Bastion, which provides the best panoramic views of Budapest. Take a visit to Gödöllo royal palace, beloved by Sissi. 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.

Included Features:

Day 1 Berlin: welcome to Germany

Day 2 Berlin: guided sightseeing, see the Brandenburg Gate, visit Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church

Day 3 Berlin-Dresden-Prague: guided walk in Dresden, visit the courtyard of the Zwinger Palace; motorcoach transfer to Prague

Day 4 Prague: guided sightseeing, see the Astronomical Clock and visit Hradcany Castle grounds

Day 5 Prague-Regensburg-Deggendorf (Embarkation): travel by motorcoach to Regensburg, guided sightseeing; transfer to Deggendorf; onboard welcome reception

Day 6 Passau: guided walk; guided hike; lecture about royal dynasties in Europe

Day 7 Linz: guided sightseeing or full day excursion Romantic Austria

Day 8 Melk-Wachau Valley-Dürnstein: guided visit of the Benedectine Abbey in Melk or visit Arstetten Castle; cruise through the Wachau Valley; choice of guided walk, or hike up to the castle ruins in Dürnstein; wine tasting

Day 9 Vienna: choice of guided sightseeing, or visit of the Kunsthistorisches Museum

Day 10 Bratislava: onboard Waltz lesson; guided sightseeing, visit St. Martin’s Cathedral

Day 11 Budapest: guided tour, see Heroes’ Square; visit Gödöllö Royal Palace

Day 12 Budapest (Disembarkation): your vacation ends this morning

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Day 1 Berlin, Germany
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Day 2 Berlin
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Day 3 Berlin-dresden-prague, Czech Republic
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Day 4 Prague
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Day 5 Regensburg, Germany-deggendorf (Embarkation)
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Day 6 Passau-schlögen Oxbow
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Day 7 Linz, Austria
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Day 8 Melk-wachau Valley
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Day 9 Vienna
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Day 10 Bratislava, Slovakia
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Day 11 Budapest, Hungary
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Day 12 Budapest (Disembarkation)
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