Winding through 10 scenic countries, the Danube River offers a more encompassing view of the Old World than any other European waterway. With such great depth, this legendary river is just as fitting for the first-time river cruiser as it is for the seasoned and off-the-beaten-path traveller. Offering countless views, one-of-a-kind excursions and unexpected ports of call, no one goes the distance along the Danube like Avalon Waterways.
“The Danube River is not a ‘one-and-done’ destination. It’s just not,” said Pam Hoffee, managing director of Avalon Waterways. “Whether traversing its ports for the first time or the fifth, there are always new places to explore and new experiences to try just around the next river bend. And, with nearly 30 cruise itineraries on the Danube ranging from four to 27 days, as well as Avalon Choice excursions on each and every itinerary, we offer the widest variety of vacations available on this legendary river.”
Avalon Waterways' 'Taste of the Danube' itinerary
Making a Splash for First-Time River Cruisers
Perfect cruising vacations for first-timers include these “short & suite” options:
- Avalon Waterways’ four-day A Taste of the Danube itinerary visits three capitals and three countries in just three nights for as little as CAD$1,140 (excluding airfare), giving first-time or time-crunched river cruisers a tempting opportunity to sample river cruising and several Blue Danube delights without breaking the bank.
- The six-day Danube Symphony vacation sails down the most beautiful stretch of the Danube River, including the Wachau Valley (a World Heritage Site) with its vineyard-clad hillsides and picturesque villages.
Seasoned Travellers Anchor Themselves to the Danube
For those looking to explore more and for longer, Avalon Waterways’ favourite eight- to nine-day Danube itineraries include:
- The Legendary Danube itinerary is a classic Danube cruise visiting Europe’s most historic sites from Nuremberg to Budapest, including ancient Bavarian towns. Along the way, travellers will enjoy regional wine, music and masterpieces in Germany, Austria and Hungary.
- Perfect for travellers who have already traversed the upper Danube, Avalon Waterways’ Balkan Discovery carries travellers from Budapest to Bucharest to discover the beauty and lure of the Balkan States of Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania with thrilling views and experiences along the way.
Avalon Waterways also offers an innovative – and completely customizable – Active & Discovery on the Danube vacation. This itinerary takes travellers to six ports that other cruise lines don’t visit, with a choice of nearly three dozen Active, Discovery and Classic excursions throughout their journey.