Receive $499 airfare PLUS save $1200 per couple with Avalon Waterways

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Cruise down the Danube in this 12-Day cruise made especially for wine lovers!

Save on select 2019 Avalon Waterways river cruises

ALL IN PRICE: $3,982 CAD* Based on the October 29, 2019 departure date in cabin category E

*Featured price is per person, land/cruise only, based on double occupancy, on the departure date indicated and includes all taxes and fees (port charges) and the Avalon $600 CAD per person discount. $499 CAD airfare includes flights from YYZ, YUL, YOW, YVR, YYC. Other gateways available for a $100 CAD to $150 CAD surcharge.

(The Blue Danube Discovery for Wine Lovers tour)

This timeless Europe river cruise vacation begins with two nights in vibrant Budapest, Hungary, then sail along the Danube River with exciting stops in Austria and Germany, and end with two nights in Prague - the capital of the Czech Republic.

SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE: 

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Panoramic windows
  • Elegant, contemporary design and 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

(Enjoy wine tasting on board)

HURRY, OFFER ENDS MARCH 7, 2019!

*Book a select 2019 Avalon Europe river cruise to qualify for $499/person round-trip economy class trans-Atlantic air from YYZ, YUL, YOW, YVR & YYC. Other gateway cities available from $100 to $150/person additional (inclusive of taxes/fees). $499 air will be based on the lowest available priced itinerary at the time of air booking. Alternate schedules may be available at an additional cost. Does not apply to intra-vacation air. Combinable with Repeat Traveller benefit and select $600pp land promo only. Not applicable on Royal Suites. Limited to new bookings for Canada originating travellers and economy class Flex air tickets; must be booked & under land and air deposit between December 19, 2018 and March 7, 2019 for travel on select cruise departures in 2019.*Book a select 2019 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruise to receive $600 off per person on the cruise/land or cruise only price. Booking must be made, under deposit, and discount applied between December 19, 2018 and March 7, 2019 for travel at select times in 2019. Not applicable to custom tours. Not applicable to groups. Not applicable on TBA space. Offer reliant on space availability at time of booking and may be withdrawn at any time. Combinable with $499 Airfare promotion and Repeat Traveller promotion only. Pre-assigned seating is limited and may not be available on all desired travel dates. Offer does not apply to instant purchase air or Custom Tours. Not applicable to groups. Once ticketed, air reservations subject to change/cancellation penalties of between $300 per ticket and 100% of ticket value. Changes to air reservations (including itineraries involving $499 round-trip trans-Atlantic air) subject to airfare differentials between originally booked airline fare and re-booked air itinerary. Airline baggage fees may apply; visit www.iflybags.com for details. Air schedules are available approximately 330 days prior to last travel date. Flight schedules, routings and air carriers are at the discretion of Globus family of brands. Pre-assigned seating may not be available on all air segments. Additional restrictions apply; see Travel Terms for details. Air tickets are non-commissionable. Offer may be withdrawn at any time. Offer available from participating GFOB offices only.

Itinerary

Day 1: Budapest, Hungary

Welcome to Budapest—Hungary’s Captivating Capital. The day is yours to relax and enjoy Eastern Europe’s shining city on the Danube.

Day 2: Budapest

The Pearl of the Danube in the Heart of Europe 

DISCOVERY Enjoy a Guided City Sightseeing, including the iconic Heroes’ Square and a visit to a unique wine cellar system where you can taste Hungarian wines in a very special way.

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.

You may choose to enjoy Hungarian cuisine in an Optional Wine-and-Dine Dinner this evening.

Breakfast

Day 3: Budapest (Embarkation)

Time for Coffee and Confections

With a free day to explore before your cruise, take time to take photographs on the Royal Palace grounds in this treasure trove of historical architecture. Try Budapest’s famous thermal bath spas, then lunch in a garden or rooftop eatery before boarding your Suite Ship®. 

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIENNA

Breakfast & Dinner

Day 4: Vienna, Austria

Vienna Waltzes and the Beautiful Blue Danube 

Start the day with a Morning Stretch with your Avalon Adventure Host.

Enjoy sailing the Danube, which shares dozens of miles with Hungary and Slovakia. Relax on the Sky Deck to see the rolling landscape and red-rooftops of the Slovakian capital of Bratislava come into view.

DISCOVERY Join an onboard lecture hosted by your Master of Wine while sailing to Vienna.

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

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN VIENNA 

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5: Vienna

Royal Collections, Amusing Attractions, and Culinary Confections 

CLASSIC Venture into the Habsburg empire this morning on a Guided City Tour of Vienna’s gilded landmarks. See the Imperial Palace complex—the winter residence of the Imperial Family, the historic Vienna Opera House and stunning St. Stephen’s Cathedral.

Join a Guided Optional Excursion to Schönbrunn Palace—a Habsburg Empire summer home for 300 years. 

This afternoon, enjoy free time to take a tram to visit Austria’s Prater amusement park or one of the many museums nearby. You may also decide to borrow a bike from the ship to explore the streets and squares of Vienna, or ride along the banks of the Danube at your leisure.

Later, relax on board with live entertainment as you sail to Dürnstein. 

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DÜRNSTEIN

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6: Durnstein

Fairytale Castles, Kings, and Cobblestones of Delightful Dürnstein 

CLASSIC Join a Guided Walk, and hear the legendary tale of King Richard the Lionheart—who was imprisoned in the castle above the village during the Crusades, OR:

ACTIVE Join a Hike up to the castle ruins with your Adventure Host for a spectacular view of the village, Danube, and the Wachau Valley below, OR:

DISCOVERY Discover the fascinating world of wine within a labyrinth underneath the surface which is about 900 years old. While sipping a selection of different wines, you will learn how the wine production developed over the centuries till nowadays. 

Enjoy sailing through the picturesque Wachau Valley. 

DISCOVERY Enjoy the flavors of the Wachau Valley with a Wine Tasting on board hosted by your Master of Wine.

AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO PASSAU

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7: Passau, Germany

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.”

Alternatively, you may join a full day Guided Optional Excursion to Salzburg—the city of Mozart—or a full day Guided Optional Excursion to the picturesque Bohemian town of Český Krumlov.

Meet your ship back in Passau after your selected activities for sailing.

DISCOVERY Onboard food and wine pairing dinner hosted by your Master of Wine.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO REGENSBURG

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 8: Regensburg

Magical Regensburg—Bavaria’s Medieval Miracle

CLASSIC Join a Guided City Walk and see Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) and Porta Pretoria—built in 179 AD as the entrance to Castra Regina fortress. 

You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to visit the Benedictine Monastery in Weltenburg. 

Spend a free afternoon exploring Regensburg on foot or by bike through its charming streets.

This evening, enjoy live entertainment after dinner as you cruise toward Roth. 

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ROTH

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 9: Roth. Nuremberg Excursion

Living Heritage and History Lessons

DISCOVERY Enjoy an Onboard Lecture about the Main-Danube Canal—linking these two rivers to make a vital connection enabling navigation between the North and Black Seas. 

DISCOVERY Join an Onboard Lecture about the German region of Franconia famous for its wines.

CLASSIC Enjoy a Guided Sightseeing Tour of the Bavarian town of Roth—with its half-timbered houses, market square, and 1535 hunting lodge,Schloss Ratibor, OR:

CLASSIC Choose a Guided Sightseeing of Nuremberg—with its medieval architecture, gilded fountain, gothic cathedral, and Kaiserburg Castle, OR:

CLASSIC Take a Guided Tour of the historic Nuremberg Rally Grounds—used by the Third Reich.

EVENING CRUISE TO NUREMBERG

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 10: Nuremberg (Disembarkation) - Prague, Czech Republic

Welcome to Prague! Explore the City of 100 Spires

Enjoy free time to explore the Golden City of Prague and its surrounding countryside. Consider sampling delicious plum dumplings and traditional Pilsner lager beside the Vltava River.

Breakfast

Day 11: Prague

Gothic Cathedrals, Grand Castles, and Great Cuisine

CLASSIC Take a Guided City Walk, and visit the Hradčany Castle Grounds; see St. Vitus Cathedral, and Old Town’s Astronomical Clock. 

DISCOVERY Join a guided tour to the village of Melnik located in one of the northern-most vinicultural areas of Europe, which are the largest in Bohemia. You are invited to a special Bohemian wine tasting with local cheese.

Tonight, you may decide to join us for an Optional Folklore Dinner Show, sampling traditional Czech cuisine in an authentic Prague setting.

Breakfast

Day 12: Prague

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast

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