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The Blue Danube Discovery

From Budapest to Nuremberg, sail down the Danube on a unique 8-day Avalon Waterways River Cruise through three countries.

Explore cathedrals, valleys, museums, monasteries and more on a show-stopping itinerary designed by our Avalon Waterways’ team.

Relax aboard one of our luxurious Danube River Cruise fleet ships – complete with modern amenities and lush decor.

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  • Cruise Line: Avalon Waterways
  • Ship: Avalon View + 3 more
  • Duration: 7 Nights
  • Departure: Jun - Dec
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The Blue Danube Discovery Cruise Itinerary

Embark on a hand-crafted itinerary designed to conduct you on an informative adventure down the Danube. Via your Adventure Host, you’ll gain access to a range of Active, Discovery and Classic excursions.

Day 1

Budapest (EMBARK)

Welcome to Hungary. Relax in the city and board your suite ship by 5pm.

Day 2


Today, you’ll experience scenic sailing down the Danube.
This evening in Vienna, we offer an optional excursion to a Royal Waltz Concert.

Day 3


To explore Vienna, choose between a bike ride, guided city tour (with Vienna Opera House, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and Imperial Palace complex) or walking tour through the legendary Kunsthistorisches Museum.

Day 4

Durnstein / Wachau Valley / Melk

In Durnstein, opt to join a guided walk for tales about King Richard the LionHeart or a bike ride along the Danube’s cycle path.
Enjoy a small break on an afternoon scenic cruise through the picturesque Wachau Valley.
After your arrival in Melk, embark on a guided tour or relax on board with an organised Wine Tasting.

Day 5


Today, you’ll join a guided city walk to learn more about the “City of Three Rivers”. Alternatively, embark on an optional full-day excursion to Salzburg or Cesky Krumlov.

Day 6


Either explore Walhalla by bike with your Adventure Host or join a city walk to the Old Town Hall. You may also choose to join an optional excursion to Weltenburg to visit the Benedictine Monastery.

Day 7

Roth (excursion to Nuremberg)

Enjoy an on-board lecture discussing the Main-Danube canal, explore Roth’s Lauter Valley alongside your Adventure Host, embark on a guided sight-seeing tour of Roth or take a guided tour of the Nuremberg Rally Grounds.

Day 8

Nuremberg (DISEMBARK)

Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning, after which you’ll begin your journey home.

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7 Nights
Jun Dec

The Blue Danube Discovery

  • Budapest (EMBARK)
  • Vienna
  • Durnstein / Wachau Valley / Melk
  • Passau
  • Regensburg
  • Roth (excursion to Nuremberg)
  • Nuremberg (DISEMBARK)
£1,650pp Est. Price per person
  • Avalon View + 3more

The Blue Danube Discovery Cruise Review

“100% certified by yours truly. A really lovely experience with tons of opportunities to explore and relax.”

Daniel Fridre, Bradford

The Blue Danube Discovery FAQ

Find answers to some of the most common questions about river cruising here.

What will my cabin look like?

Suites aboard our Danube fleet feature spacious living areas, open-air balconies and large bathrooms with glass doors.

What kinds of activities are available?

Avalon Waterways offers a blend of Active, Discovery and Classic excursions which will be made available through your on-board Adventure Host.

Does this holiday cruise through Wachau Valley?

On Day 4, you’ll spend the afternoon cruising through the scenic Wachau Valley on the way to Melk.

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