About Our Destination
Hungary uses the Forint; Germany and Austria use the Euro, and the Czech Republic uses the Koruna. For updated exchange rates, go to click here.
Hungarian, German, Austrian, and Czech
The climate will range between 55°F-75°F.
These trips do require a level of mobility, as most of the tours are walking tours (walking on cobblestone streets, some stairs). Though portable wheelchairs and scooters can be brought on board, they cannot be driven to your cabins or other parts of the ship. All light-weight, collapsible scooters and wheelchairs must be carried on and off the ship by an able-bodied traveling companion, and they must be stored in your cabins. The “gangways” for getting on and off the ships are not “drivable” for a scooter or wheelchair. The height of the space under your bed is 12.2". They may only be used on tours, and that can be difficult because of the cobblestone streets, stairwells, and need to lift them up on curbs. If you do have limited mobility, you are required to travel with someone who can assist you. Olivia will provide a “Gentle Walkers” group on included tours whenever possible to accommodate those who need a little more time to get from place to place. Please contact us if you have any questions.
- Tuesday, June 4 — Budapest, Hungary
- Wednesday, June 5 — Budapest—Vienna, Austria
- Thursday, June 6 — Vienna, Austria
- Friday, June 7 — Dürnstein—Melk, Austria
- Saturday, June 8 — Passau, Germany
- Sunday, June 9 — Regensburg, Germany
- Monday, June 10 — Roth-Nuremberg, Germany
- Tuesday, June 11 — Nuremberg—Prague, Czech Republic
- Wednesday, June 12 — Prague, Czech Republic
- Thursday, June 13 — Prague, Czech Republic
Before Your Trip
What’s not included?
- Accommodations for 8 days/7 nights on board a beautifully-designed new ship, to be launched in Fall 2018
- Accommodations for 2-nights at a 4-star hotel in Prague June 11-13
- All meals while on board the ship, beginning with dinner on June 4
- Breakfast while at Prague hotel the mornings of June 12 and 13
- Wine, beer, and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on board the ship
- Coffee, tea, and juices during all meals
- Bottled water replenished in ship cabins daily
- Wi-Fi in public areas of ship
- Olivia entertainment and programming
- Included sightseeing tours in each port
- Headsets for guided tours provided
- Welcome cocktail reception
- Gratuities to all tour guides and bus drivers (covered in NDAs)
- Gratuities to ships staff (covered in NDAs)
- Olivia Staff assistance throughout
- Transfer to Prague from Nuremberg
Travel documentation and identification
You will need a passport that is valid for six months past the date of the trip. If you are not a U.S. citizen, please check with both your country’s consulate and the consulates of the countries we will be visiting to make sure that you do not need an entry visa or other additional documentation.
U.S. citizens DO NOT need to get a visa ahead of time.
Please check with your local Public Health Department or personal physician regarding immunization requirements for all countries on your itinerary. You may also check the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention’s website at: www.cdc.gov. Click on the Travelers’ Health section, then click on the Destinations link and choose your destination in the “For Travelers” pull-down menu.
Unexpected events can cause you to cancel your vacation. Because we are committed to this charter, we must strictly adhere to our cancellation policy as outlined in our Olivia Terms & Conditions.
- Transfer from the Budapest airport to the ship on embarkation day
- Transfer from the Prague hotel to the Prague airport
- Optional tours
- Meals other than breakfast while at hotel in Prague
- Alcoholic beverages, additional bottled water and soft drinks (except where indicated)
- Tips to bellman and housekeeping staff at Prague Hotel
- Phone/Fax/Internet (wireless is additional at hotel, but included on board)
- Salon services
2019 BUDAPEST TO PRAGUE RIVERBOAT
|Cancellation Fee 270 days or more prior to trip date
||$500 per person
|Cancellation Fee 210-269 days prior to trip date
||25% of trip cost
|Cancellation Fee 150-209 days prior to trip date
||50% of trip cost
|Cancellation Fee 120-149 days prior to trip date
||75% of trip cost
Cancellation Fee 0-119 days prior to trip date
||100% of trip cost
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about the unexpected. We recommend you purchase the travel protection within 15 days of your initial invoice date to receive the most comprehensive coverage,
but it is never too late. Consider travel protection for Trip Cancellation/Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay and more.
Please refer to the Policy/Description of Coverage for a summary of the terms, conditions, exclusions and limitations of the applicable Protection Plan.
For a travel insurance quote, more information or to purchase a protection plan, please call Olivia at 800-631-6277 and select option 1 for a travel
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For assistance in making a reservation, please call Conlin Travel: 888-278-1698 (Monday–Friday: 8:30 am to 5:30 pm EST)
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Joining the Olivia.com and Facebook trip groups
If you'd like to chat with people who are going on the trip, sign up for the official Olivia trip group, Olivia's Budapest to Prague Riverboat Official Trip Group on our connect page. You can also join Olivia’s Budapest to Prague Riverboat 2019 Group on Facebook.
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Travel and arrival
Where to fly into/out of
You will need to fly into Budapest International Airport (BUD) and out of Prague International Airport (PRG). We encourage all passengers to extend their trip with our Vacation Stretchers to enjoy all that Budapest and Prague have to offer (more information available approximately 11 months prior to trip).
Suggested arrival/departure times
Arrival: June 4, 2019
You should arrive in Budapest (BUD) no later than 3:30 pm on June 4. Please note that ship embarkation begins at 4 pm. If you arrive in the morning hours, you can come to the ship early, store your luggage and use the lounge as a resting and hospitality area until your room is ready at embarkation. Or you may choose to explore Budapest until embarkation begins. No programs are planned today. We encourage you to consider arriving into Budapest 1 or 2 days early to explore the city on our pre-trip extenders, as there will not be the opportunity to explore Budapest once you board the ship. (Please refer to the itinerary tab for details.)
Pre-trip extension: June 3-4 or June 2-4, 2019
We are offering a 1-night and 2-night pre-trip extension in Budapest. Please visit our stretchers tab for details. Hotel rooms may not be available for check-in until 3 pm.
Departure: June 13, 2019
After your two nights in Prague for the included land program of your trip, your flights can depart Prague airport at any time on June 13. Transfer to the airport will be on your own. The hotel concierge can assist you with your taxi.
Airfare discountsSave up to 15% on your airfare through our partner airlines. Please visit our airfare discount page for the most up-to-date information.
While there is no luggage limit on the cruise itself, the included bus transfer from Nuremberg to Prague limits luggage to one piece per person, plus a carry-on. Airlines also often restrict (or charge) for excess baggage. Because each airline is different, and the regulations change over time, please check with your airline for baggage allowances.
The exact docking location is not determined until closer in, and sometimes not until the day of landing. We will provide a phone number to call on the day of embarkation in case you need to get directed to the ship.
Embarkation and check-in will be available in the afternoon. For early arriving flights, you can board the ship, drop off your luggage and enjoy the public spaces. You can also venture out on your own to enjoy Budapest. Suites and staterooms will be available to access after 4 pm.
During your trip
Avalon is constructing a brand-new, beautiful, 166-passenger ship in Fall of 2018 for your enjoyment along the Danube! It will feature elegant polished metal and glass throughout, and panoramic picture windows for easy sightseeing. The staterooms and suites are spacious and well-appointed, with wall-to-wall panoramic windows on two decks.
172 sq. ft. Staterooms, 200 sq. ft. Panorama Suites, and 300 sq. ft. Royal Suites are some of the largest on the river
- Entirely non-smoking interiors
- Beautiful bar
- Sun deck
- Air conditioning and laundry service
- Fitness Center
- Panoramic windows throughout the ship
- Elegant, contemporary design throughout
- Included shore excursions with local guide (tips to guides included)
- Headsets for shore excursions
- Complimentary Wi-Fi access
- Space to relax and unwind
- Premium coffees, cappuccinos, and lattes
- Coffee self-serve beverage station
- A lounge serving premium spirits (extra charge)
- Maintain your routine in the Fitness Center
- Comfort Collection Beds
- Premium L'Occitane bath amenities
- Daily early- and late-riser breakfast
- Full buffet breakfast with sparkling wine, with complimentary juices and made-to-order egg station
- Complimentary wine, beer, and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
- Al fresco lunches on the Sky Bistro
- Chef-inspired regional recipes
- Four-course dinners with open seating
- Complimentary regional wines at dinner
- Free soft drinks or beer with dinner
- Night snack served at 10:30 pm
- Remarkable service throughout the cruise
- English-speaking crew
- Non-smoking interior
NEW FOR 2019 AND 2020:
- All Panorama and Royal Suites have wall-to-wall panoramic windows
- In-room safe
- Large bathrooms—showers w/ glass doors
- Flat-screen satellite TV with movie channels
- Spacious 3-door closets for ample storage
- Comfort Collection
- Non-allergenic duvets & pillows
- Deluxe beds with premium memory foam mattress toppers
- Egyptian cotton sheets
- Choice of firm or soft pillows
- Bottled water replenished daily
- Bathrobes and slippers
- Well-stocked mini-bar (billed on consumption)
The fine dining on board offers European cuisine. Breakfast and lunch are served buffet style, and dinner is sit-down menu service. You can even have a champagne breakfast every morning!
Special mobility and dietary needs
If you have special medical or dietary needs, please advise us at the time of booking. Complex food allergies and/or needs must be submitted to the cruise line 30 days prior to the cruise. Guests with diabetic, lean/light, low cholesterol, low sodium, vegetarian, kosher, gluten-free, lactose-free can be accommodated. Please contact Olivia Guest Services at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have not notified us of your dietary needs.
The cabins have 110 and 220-volt electricity. Adapters should be 2-round prongs.
Gratuities are provided for your Avalon Cruise Director, cabin steward, dining room steward, bus person, maître d’, reception, bar staff and other-behind-the-scenes crew members and are included in the cost of the cruise.
Tipping is now included for the local guides. Should you receive exceptional service and wish to tip more, this is completely up to your discretion.
Each cabin has a phone to call cabin-to-cabin and international/local calls. There is an additional fee to use this phone for international or local calls; cost is available on board.
Complimentary Wi-Fi is included on board in public spaces for use on your personal laptops and iPads. There is an onboard Internet center with two desktop computers for guest use. Faxes can be sent from the Reception Desk for a charge.
Laundry and pressing service is available. Dry-cleaning or self-service laundry facilities are not available on board. Check on board for pricing.
The ship is minutes away from hospitals when we are docked and close to local towns along the river. The ship does not have an onboard doctor.
There is an onboard beauty salon. Hair appointments and manicures are available for an additional fee. Massage services and pedicures are not available, but we can make recommendations in some of the ports we visit for these services.
Money: Paying for things on board
The currency used on board is €Euros. All purchases made on the ship will be charged to your onboard account, which you create when you first check in. Cash, Visa, MasterCard and American Express are accepted. Please check with the front office on the ship for further details.
Your ship has entirely non-smoking interiors. Smoking is not permitted in your cabins or on French-style balconies. A smoking area will be designated on an outdoor deck.
We will have a solos program on board, led by a solos coordinator who will ensure you have a great time. You can start to meet other solos and travelers online in the Olivia’s Budapest to Prague Riverboat Group.
Entertainment and programming
We will bring two Olivia entertainers to perform on several evenings, as well as utilize some of the local entertainment along the way.
Narration about the Danube will be given as we sail down the historical areas and go through the many locks, and there will be special talks about the history of the areas we visit.
River cruising is about port destinations. Don’t expect the same ship-activity packed schedule you might find on a big ship! A typical day is a walking tour of a new city, lunch on board, and another walking tour, free time or optional tour to explore. Perhaps you’ll enjoy a fun and informative lecture on the history of the area or take that well-deserved nap. It’s your vacation! In the evenings, we are delighted with local entertainment or one of our two Olivia entertainers. After the shows, enjoy our river-ship version of “Club O” with our talented staff taking turns being a “Guest DJ” to provide dancing music in the main lounge. Or you may choose to get to bed early for your next full day!
A walking and/or city tour is included in each of the ports visited. Optional tours are available to book on board that range from approximately €39 to €79. These tours do not conflict with the included tours.
We will designate a group on each included tour whenever possible as a “gentle walkers” group. This is for those who need a little extra time walking, perhaps have scooters, canes and even for photographers who like to stop and take more photos. For those with mobility issues, we suggest purchasing a cane that can also fold out to be a seat so you can rest while the group stops to listen to the guide.
- Gear & ideas: Bikes & Helmets (16 per ship), binoculars, yoga mats, stretch bands, day packs, fit bits, Nordic walking sticks, bike/hike/jog maps, picnic blankets all available for check-out at no charge
- Avalon Adventure Host—lead fitness activities and active excursions / resource for independent active exploration
After Your Trip
We will be disembarking the ship in Nuremberg between 8 am and 10 am on June 11 for our bus ride to Prague.
Transfers to the airport
Private taxis can be arranged at the hotel. Pre-arranged private taxis will run approximately $30-$40 USD, paid in local currency. It is approximately 25-30 minutes from the hotel to the Prague airport (PRG).
We will be offering a 1-night and 2-night pre-trip extension in Budapest June 3-4, or June 2-4, 2019, and a 1-night extension in Prague June 13-14, 2019. Information on these will be available approximately 11 months in advance of the trip.
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