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7-nt European Waterways Avalon Impression

Itinerary

DayPorts of Call
1Budapest, Hungary
2Vienna, Austria
3Vienna, Austria
4Melk, Austria
5Passau, Germany
6Regensburg, Germany
7Nuremberg, Germany
8Nuremberg, Germany

Know Before You Go

  • Pricing includes cruise portion only. For pre and post accommodations, please contact your PERX travel planner.
  • Please be discreet, do not discuss your industry discounts with other guests aboard your sailing.
  • Please ensure that you have your ID available when boarding.
  • We strongly suggest purchasing travel protection to cover medical expenses in the event that medical attention is required.

Begin this timeless Europe river cruise vacation in vibrant Budapest, Hungary, sail along the Danube River with exciting stops in Austria and Germany, and conclude in historical Nuremberg, Germany.

As you leave Budapest, you'll sail past the splendid Parliament Building, and along Danube River, you'll have Hungary on your left and Slovakia on your right as the river runs between both countries for a 58-mile stretch. Vienna, Austria, offers stunning St. Stephen's Cathedral, the Habsburg Palace, the Vienna Opera House, and much more. In the heart of the Wachau wine region is Durnstein, a 16th-century town with charming cobblestone streets and the baroque Stiftskirche with its luminous blue facade.

In the beautiful town of 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. You'll love a guided walk through Passau, with its narrow streets, beautiful Patrician houses, and baroque architecture. Sail further up the Danube River, and you'll come to the medieval walls of Regensburg, the only German city not bombed during WWII. Here, we'll introduce you to 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. And in your free time, be sure to make a wish at the striking fountain on the Hauptmarkt (Main Square)-a perfect ending to a memorable river cruise vacation!

Cruise at-a-Glance

Day 1 Budapest, Hungary (Embarkation): Onboard welcome reception
Day 2 Budapest- Vienna: Cruising
Day 3 Vienna: Guided sightseeing
Day 4 Durnstein-Wachau Valley- Melk: Choice of guided walktour, see the Stiftskirche; or hike up to the castle ruins in Durnstein; scenic cruiseing through the Wachau Valley, see the Stiftskirche; guided visitguided tour of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk; and wine tasting on board
Day 5 Passau: Guided walk
Day 6 Regensburg: Guided walk; enjoy a snack at the Historische Wurstkuche; beer tasting on board
Day 7 Nuremberg: Choice of guided sightseeing, or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour
Day 8 Nuremberg (Disembarkation): Your vacation ends this morning

Always Included

You've always forged your own path...with your own distinct perspective of looking at the world. Avalon Waterways presents a river cruise experience with your unique style in mind-offering expansive views and wider perspectives. That's why we've designed a cruise experience that's just a bit different.

Here are just some of the features and amenities you'll experience on board our Avalon ships. See the Ship Amenities Section below for more information about the amenities in our fleet's unique ships.

Throughout the Ship:

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Panoramic windows
  • Elegant, contemporary design & decor
  • Friendly, English-speaking crew & Cruise Director
  • Sky Deck with whirlpool, shade awnings, game area and premium lounges
  • Covered Observation Lounge
  • Club Lounge with 24-hour self-serve beverage station with complimentary cappuccinos, lattes, tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees, as well as treats throughout the day

    Suites & Staterooms:

  • Comfort Collection BedsSM with choice of mattress firmness
  • Egyptian super-combed cotton linens
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • Premium L'Occitane bath products
  • Large bathroom featuring shower with glass door
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with free movie channels
  • Individual climate control and in-room safe
  • Complimentary bottled water daily
  • And, much more.

    Health & Fitness:

  • Bikes
  • Canoe, kayak and jogging excursions
  • Maps for hiking, biking and jogging routes
  • Fitness and wellness activities
  • Fitbits
  • All through your Avalon Adventure HostSM

    Dining

  • FlexDiningSM for more venue and seating options, including flexible seating times in our main Dining Room
  • Avalon FreshSM healthy cuisine options at every meal
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with every lunch and dinner
  • Early and Late Riser breakfast options
  • Daily full buffet breakfast with made-to-order egg station, hot and cold menu items
  • Daily lunch buffet with pasta or carving stations
  • Alternative light lunch or Sky Grill on the Sky Deck (weather permitting)
  • Daily Afternoon Tea featuring tea, coffee, sweet treats & sandwiches
  • Daily four-course a la carte dinner in the main Dining Room with choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrees and desserts. Includes selections of regional recipes, Western dishes and vegetarian options.
  • Alternative Panorama Bistro dinner, featuring regional specialties and small plates
  • Captain's welcome & farewell receptions and dinners with sparkling wine and canapes
  • Panorama Lounge featuring premium spirits and Avalon specialty cocktails, along with local entertainment special guests
  • Cocktails available on the Sky Deck
  • Fresh fruit available throughout the day

    AVALON CHOICE

    Avalon has designed included activities with a choice of experiences. We invite you to select the tours, activities, and events that interest you most, so you can experience your cruise your way. There are 3 types of included shore excursion on every Europe cruise:
    Classic
    Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You'll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites.
    Discovery
    We've found inspiring and interactive activities to speak to your interests - from cooking classes, to painting workshops - to immerse yourself in each culture you explore.
    Active
    Embark on energetic excursions to keep you in motion and on the go - from a guided jogging tour of Amsterdam, to biking, paddling, and hiking your way through scenic locales.

  • Plus independent exploration options and use of our exclusive AvalonGO APP.
  • Avalon's cutting-edge fleet of Suite Ships grew by three in 2014! In addition to the Avalon Poetry II and Avalon Illumination, the striking Avalon Impression entered the waters of Europe's Rhine, Main, and Danube Rivers. Like its sister ship, the Avalon Expression, the Impression features two full decks of Panorama Suites with Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows that transform the living space into a unique Open-Air Balcony. With 200 square feet, Panorama Suites are more than 30% larger than the industry standard, affording you the incomparable opportunity to wake each morning facing the splendid passing scenery. Onboard amenities include an alternative dining option in the Panorama Bistro, an expanded fitness center, complimentary Wi-Fi access, and a spacious Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs, whirlpool, and light al fresco lunches at the open-air bistro



    Ship Length: 443
    Total Staff: 47
    Guest Capacity: 166

    Highlights & Sightseeing

    Day 1 Budapest, Hungary (Embarkation): Onboard welcome reception
    Day 2 Budapest- Vienna: Cruising
    Day 3 Vienna: Guided sightseeing
    Day 4 Durnstein-Wachau Valley- Melk: Choice of guided walktour, see the Stiftskirche; or hike up to the castle ruins in Durnstein; scenic cruiseing through the Wachau Valley, see the Stiftskirche; guided visitguided tour of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk; and wine tasting on board
    Day 5 Passau: Guided walk
    Day 6 Regensburg: Guided walk; enjoy a snack at the Historische Wurstkuche; beer tasting on board
    Day 7 Nuremberg: Choice of guided sightseeing, or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour
    Day 8 Nuremberg (Disembarkation): Your vacation ends this morning