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From Budapest to Prague
Sept. 26: Depart Toronto
Sept. 27: Arrive in Budapest
Sept. 28: Budapest, Hungary
Sept. 29: Budapest
Sept. 30: Bratlslava, Slovakia
Oct. 1: Vienna, Austria
Oct. 2: Vienna
Oct. 3: Krems-Melk
Oct. 4: Greln-Linz
Oct. 5: Link-Passau, Germany
Oct. 6: Arrive in Prague
Oct. 7: Prague
Oct. 8: Depart
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The capitals of Central Europe with Vanessa Lee and the Avalon Vista
As publisher and CEO of Cruise and Travel Lifestyles, and president of Cruise Strategies, Vanessa Lee is one of the foremost cruise experts in the industry. Her expert hand will help guide the ultimate cruise through the capitals of Central Europe, from the baroque meets art nouveau flavour of Budapest to the musical genius of Vienna.
A comparatively new fleet of deluxe cruising ships, the Avalon line is devoted to continually moving forward and forging new expectations for European cruising and its entailments. A new ship that set sail in 2012, the Avalon Vista adds to the cruise line's unique host of Suite Ships, offering two full decks of suites that feature wall-to-wall panoramic windows. Guests can also enjoy the amazing riverside vistas of Hungary, Slovakia and Austria from the ship's Sky Deck or open-air bistro.
Explore the capitals of Central Europe
In Budapest you'll have the assistance of an English-speaking guide while you traverse this amazing city that straddles both banks of the Danube River. You'll explore the Fisherman's Bastion and Matthias Church before settling in for a pre-cruise night in your five-star accommodations. From Budapest you'll cruise to Slovenia, where the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains house the country's dynamic capital and its gothic-style St. Martin's Cathedral.
From there venture towards the lyrical city of Vienna, once the centre of the mighty Habsburg Empire, and a continual draw for music enthusiasts and fans of all things artistic. Gaze upon the lavish Hofburg Palace, the Vienna Opera House and St. Stephen's Cathedral (try to sneak in some strudel from a neighbourhood cafe) before you take your Austrian experience to the next level with an optional concert. Make sure to sample some wine in Krems, located in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Wachau Valley, known for its world class wine production. While sailing through this impressive valley you'll see the town of Durnsteing and the ruins that once imprisoned King Richard the Lionheart.
Further down the Wachau Valley you'll happen upon Melk and its grand Benedictine Abbey before visiting the oldest theatre in Austria. Afterwards you'll pass through to Germany, noting the graceful arcades and world famous church organ housed in Linz. Your tour will end with a full day city tour of Prague where you'll explore this 1,000-year-old city and its Hradcany Castle grounds and famous Charles Bridge and spend two nights in a five-star hotel.