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Danube River Cruise for Golfers

Step onboard the Avalon Panorama and effortlessly explore the golf and travel highlights along one of Europe's legendary rivers

JULY 15 - 27, 2018 13 Days | Budapest to Prague
$4,984 CAD per person

Start this timeless Europe river cruise vacation with two nights in vibrant Budapest, Hungary, sail along the Danube River with exciting stops in Austria and Germany, and end with three nights in Prague, capital of the Czech Republic. And as this is a cruise for golf enthusiasts, you'll have the possibility to play a round while in Vienna and Regensburg.


INCLUDED FEATURES

• Deluxe 7-night cruise onboard the Avalon Panorama in an outside stateroom with hotel-style beds
• 2-nights in Budapest and 3-nights in Prague with Superior Accommodation
• All included guided sightseeing is conducted by a Certified Local Guide and includes personal headsets
• Special onboard and onshore experiences presented by local chefs, entertainers, artisans, and experts, designed to enrich your cruise
• Personalize your experience by choosing from a variety of included or optional excursions, visits & activities
• Captain's welcome & farewell receptions with sparkling wine and canapés
• Daily afternoon tea, night fare and a local chef dinner
• Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner are included
daily on board your vessel

ITINERARY

DAY 1 ARRIVE IN BUDAPEST, HUNGARY. Welcome to Budapest, Hungary's lively capital spanning the banks of the Danube. The remainder of the day is free to start exploring Eastern Europe's most cosmopolitan metropolis.

DAY 2 BUDAPEST. Whether you're seeing the sights, shopping for handcrafted embroidery or Herend porcelain, or basking in the coffee house culture over a rich cream cake in the renowned Gerbeaud Café, Budapest's unique energy is positively palatable. On your GUIDED SIGHTSEEING TOUR, see Heroes' Square as well as the massive hilltop castle complex with its remarkable Fishermen's Bastion and 11th-century Matthias Church, the coronation spot of several Hungarian monarchs. (B)

DAY 3 BUDAPEST (EMBARKATION). You have time this morning to explore Budapest further. Perhaps visit St. Stephen's Basilica for marvelous views of the city from its viewing platform. This afternoon, board your river cruise vessel and meet your crew at a welcome reception. (B, L, D)

DAY 4 BUDAPEST-VIENNA, AUSTRIA. Enjoy a day of relaxation on board and marvel at the beautiful scenery on both banks of the Danube. Hungary is on your left as you cruise upriver and Slovakia is on your right. The two countries share the Danube for a 58-mile stretch, with the border in the middle of the river. This evening, arrive in Vienna, Austria's capital. Known as the "City of Music," it inspired the creative genius of Mozart, Beethoven, and Strauss. (B, L, D)

DAY 5 VIENNA. Once the center of the mighty Habsburg Empire, Austria's magical capital on the blue Danube is a showcase of gilded architecture. This is home to the lavish Hofburg Imperial Palace complex with its Vienna Boys' Choir and dazzling Lipizzaner stallions; the neo-renaissance Vienna Opera House; and awe-inspiring St. Stephen's Cathedral-plus, countless other sights your LOCAL GUIDE will show you during an included CITY SIGHTSEEING TOUR. Stroll through the delightful pedestrian Kärntnerstrasse, and be sure to take a break and enjoy a piece of decadent Sachertorte or Apfelstrudel in one of the classic Viennese coffee houses. Today golf enthusiasts will have the chance to enjoy a round at Colony Golf Club Gutenhof or similar. (B, L, D)

DAY 6 DÜRNSTEIN-MELK. Dürnstein, known for the magnificent baroque, blue Stiftskirche built in the 1700s, is right in the heart of the Wachau wine region. The main street of this small town-with a population of less than 1,000 people-is lined with 16th-century homes and charming cobblestone streets. This morning your Local Guide will take you on an included WALKING TOUR and tell you the tale of England's King Richard the Lionheart, who was imprisoned in the castle whose ruins still stand above the town. During lunchtime, sail the picturesque Wachau Valley and arrive in Melk in the early afternoon. Here, enjoy a GUIDED VISIT of the magnificent 11th-century BENEDICTINE ABBEY, one of Europe's largest monasteries. The abbey houses an ornate library with over 80,000 printed books and 2,000 manuscripts. This evening, sample some of the Wachau Valley's FAMOUS WINES. (B, L, D)

DAY 7 PASSAU, GERMANY. Today, you might wish to choose from a couple of full-day optional excursions: to Salzburg, taking in some of "The Sound of Music" sights, or to medieval Český Krumlov in the Czech Republic, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Alternatively, you may choose to stay on the ship and relax as you cruise to Passau, uniquely located where the Inn, Ilz, and Danube Rivers converge. Passau is a maze of narrow cobblestone streets lined with beautiful patrician houses and dominated by St. Stephen's Cathedral, a masterpiece of Italian baroque architecture. Take in the highlights on the included GUIDED WALK. (B, L, D)

DAY 8 REGENSBURG. Dating back to the time of the Celts around 500 BC, Regensburg is one of Germany's best preserved medieval cities. Established during the Holy Roman Empire and the only German city not bombed during WWII, Regensburg has at least 1,300 listed buildings of "historic interest." Architectural highlights of your GUIDED WALK include the Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall), built in the 13th century, and Porta Pretoria, gates to an ancient Roman fort built in 179 AD.Grab a beer and enjoy an included SNACK at the 17th-century Historische Wurstküche (Old Sausage Kitchen), one of Germany's oldest restaurants. After dinner, we'll introduce you to some of Germany's FAMOUS BEERS. Today golf lovers will have the chance to enjoy a round at Thiergarten Golf Club or similar. (B, L, D)

DAY 9 NUREMBERG. Although 90% of Nuremberg's Old Town suffered extensive damage during WWII, much of it has been restored to the glory it once knew as the unofficial capital of the Holy Roman Empire. This afternoon, choose a GUIDED SIGHTSEEING TOUR and marvel at this thousand-year-old city's medieval fortifications, extraordinary gothic churches, and the Kaiserburg (Imperial Castle), or join a more specialized "NUREMBERG RALLY GROUNDS" tour. (B, L, D)

DAY 10 NUREMBERG (DISEMBARKATION)-PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC. After breakfast, say goodbye to your crew and travel by motorcoach to Prague, the "Golden City." (B)

DAY 11 PRAGUE. Prague is a 1,200-year-old city preserved in time, and, unlike other Central European capitals, it was not bombed during the 20th-century wars. A LOCAL GUIDE shows you its best-known treasures, such as the Old Town's Astronomical Clock, built in 1410 and once the envy of all of Europe; HRADČANY CASTLE GROUNDS; St. Vitus Cathedral; and the Charles Bridge, the oldest bridge in Prague. (B)

DAY 12 PRAGUE. Enjoy a free day to explore the city at your own pace. (B)

DAY 13 PRAGUE. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

*Price based on land/cruise only, category E, double occupancy. Including Port charges. Cabin upgrade, international flights, and insurance are additional, please inquire for more information. Avalon will cover the cost of transportation to and from the golf courses only and passengers must pay all additional fees such as green fees, cart fees and club rentals locally. Prices to be confirmed locally. Please be advised that it is important for passengers to sign up for the golfing excursions prior to travel on the My Avalon website so that golf course bookings can be made accordingly. Booking these excursions onboard is subject to availability so we highly recommend signing up in advance.

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