Exclusive European Danube River Golf Cruise 2018

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Enjoy a week-long European extravaganza combining this 5-star luxury vessel and top golf courses. Board the Avalon Panorama for a journey along the Danube River, the longest river in Europe. Stops in Germany, Austria, and Hungary.  Golfers will experience top-rated golf courses and everyone will enjoy the cultural tours of iconic European cities with expert local guides.

Whether you are touring Europe’s grand capitals with experienced local guides, attending a private concert in a historic palace, shopping, or exploring on your own, you will savor each day of this unique journey.

Note:  Hosted by Corinne Goodman and Douglas Herbert.

Cruise only:  7 nights –  July 17-24, 2018

Cruise with optional pre and post touring:  12 nights – July 15 – 27, 2018

 


Avalon Panorama on the Danube River in Austria

CABIN AVAILABILITY

 

  • Cabin Category E Panorama:  SOLD OUT
  • Cabin Category D Panorama:  SOLD OUT
  • Cabin Category B Panorama:  SOLD OUT
  • Cabin Category A Panorama:  Available
  • Cabin Category P Panorama:  Available

INCLUSIONS & MEALS

  • Captain’s welcome & farewell receptions with sparkling wine and canapés
  • Welcome dinner
  • Farewell dinner
  • Daily full buffet breakfast with made-to-order egg station, hot and cold menu items
  • Early and Late Riser breakfast
  • Daily lunch buffet with pasta or carving stations
  • Alternative light lunch or (weather permitting) grill fare at the Sky Bistro on the Sky Deck
  • Daily four-course à la carte dinner in the main dining room
  • Alternative dinner of petite portions or regional specialties with wines, in the Panorama Bistro
  • Daily Afternoon Tea
  • Daily Night Fare
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner are included daily on board your vessel

VIRTUAL TOUR OF THE VESSEL – AVALON PANORAMA

VIRTUAL TOUR OF THE ROOMS AND SUITES

 


ITINERARY

Day 1 – July 15, 2018 (Optional pre-cruise*)

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.

Budapest Parliament in Hungary

Day 2 – July 16, 2018 (Optional pre-cruise*)

Budapest, Hungary

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. Be sure to take note of the city’s eight bridges—many famous sights in and of themselves—which connect ancient Buda on the right bank with Pest on the left. You may even want to walk across Chain Bridge, built in 1849 and a symbol of Budapest.

 

Day 3 – July 17, 2018 (Optional touring for pre-cruise prior to boarding*)

Budapest, Hungary – Embarkation

Tour
Spanning the banks of the Danube, Budapest is one of Eastern Europe’s liveliest cities. 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. Walk across Chain Bridge, which was built in 1849 and remains a symbol of Budapest. Perhaps visit St. Stephen’s Basilica; shop at the Great Market Hall and purchase paprika at one of its 180 vendor stalls; wander around the Royal Palace grounds; or stroll along Váci utca, the main shopping street.

This afternoon, board your river cruise vessel and meet your crew at a welcome reception.


Budapest, Hungary

Pending – Golf: Pannonia Golf & Country Club
Pannonia GC is rated as the No. 1 Course in Hungary. Travel into the Hungarian countryside to Pannonia Golf & Country Club, located on a site that was a country home for the Habsburgs over 180 years ago. Nestled in the beautiful Máriavölgy Valley, this course, designed by Doug Carrick, features generous fairways, special bunkers, and imaginatively shaped greens. It is a wonderful closing round to your journey down the Danube.

Pannonia Golf Club in Hungary

 

Day 4 – July 18, 2018

Budapest, Hungary to 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. An optional concert is available during your stay.

 

Day 5 – July 19, 2018

Vienna, Austria

Once the center of the mighty Habsburg Empire, Austria’s magical capital city of Vienna 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, historic institutions that helped shape Viennese culture!

Vienna, Austria

Golf
Today golf enthusiasts will have the chance to enjoy a round at Colony Golf Club Gutenhof or similar.

Adamstal Golf Club

 

Day 6 – July 20, 2018

Dürnstein-Melk, Austria

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. You’ll be captivated by the splendor of the church with its frescoed ceilings, stunning high altar, marble statues, and 210-foot-high cupola. The view from the terrace over the Danube and surrounding countryside is breathtaking! This evening, sample some of the Wachau Valley’s famous wine.

Melk Abbey in Austria

Day 7 – July 21, 2018

Passau, Germany

This morning, dock in Passau. 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.  Rejoin your vessel in the late afternoon.

Pending – Golf: Hartl Golf Resort (Beckenbauer Course)
Enjoy regal golfing pleasure on lush greens and perfect fairways. This championship course created with Bernhard Langer as the architect seems to be one with the meadow landscape, and was already awarded a “world-class” rating the year it opened. It enchants with its attention to detail, such as the stone walls which demarcate the greens and the small stone bridges over ditches and streams. Yet it also presents a challenge to each and every golfer, with its holes distributed over an expansive 80-hectare course. An array of ponds and flood plains on the completely level and easily accessible course require quite an amount of precision.

Hartl Golf Resort – Beckenbauer Course

 

Day 8 – July 22, 2018

Regensburg, Germany

Arrive in Regensburg today.  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. Wander through the city’s lanes and alleys to discover the many mansions with high towers. Wealthy families built these towers to emphasize their status and wealth during the Middle Ages, and many still remain today. Walk across the 12th-century Steinerne Brücke (Stone Bridge), the oldest of its kind in Germany. Grab a beer and enjoy an included snack at the 17th-century Historische Wurstküche (Old Sausage Kitchen), one of Germany’s oldest restaurants. Here—where the locals congregate—feel the vibrant atmosphere and take in the remarkable views along the river. After dinner, we’ll introduce you to some of Germany’s famous beers.

Golf
Today golf lovers will have the chance to enjoy a round at Thiergarten Golf Club or similar.

Regensburg, Germany at sunset

 

Day 9 – July 23, 2018

Nuremberg, Germany

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.

Nuremberg, Germany at dusk

Pending – Golf: Golf Club Am Habsberg (or similar)
Golf Club am Habsberg has been consistently recognized as one of the top courses in Europe, while at the same time remaining largely unknown and undiscovered. The course, designed by Graham Marsh, features large greens surrounded by closely mown approach areas that require players to contemplate their method of approach: chip, pitch, or putt.


Golf Club Am Habsberg

 

Day 10 – July 24, 2018 (Optional post-cruise*)

Nuremberg, Germany (Disembarkation) – Prague, Czech Republic

After breakfast, say goodbye to your crew and travel by motorcoach to Prague, the “Golden City.”

 

Day 11 – July 25, 2018 (Optional post-cruise*)

Prague, Czech Republic

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. Browse the shops for hand-cut crystal or art books. Mix with the locals in Wenceslas Square, an important meeting point where people demonstrated against the communist regime; or watch performers on Charles Bridge.


Summer evening in Prague, Czech Republic

Day 12 – July 26, 2018 (Optional post-cruise*)

Prague, Czech Republic

Enjoy a free day to explore the city at your own pace. Perhaps visit the Communist Museum, sample the local plum dumplings and Pilsner; stroll along the Vltava River. Your Cruise Director will have other suggestions for things to do.

 

Day 13 – July 27, 2018 (Optional post-cruise*)

Prague, Czech Republic

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning!  On to your next adventure in Europe.

European Golf Cruise Route Map

*At additional cost.