2022 Season

Danube Dreams with Chef Vikram Vij with 2 Nights in Prague (Eastbound)


cruise: WDBQ-T1 10 Day River Cruise Prague to Budapest
Wind and bend your way through Chef Vikram Vij’s roots and Danube Dreams

Foodies throughout Canada know him as a Dragon (“Dragon’s Den”), cookbook author and internationally recognized, Indian-born Canadian chef. But when Chef Vikram Vij arrived on Austrian soil in the 1980s, his dream was to learn the art of cooking from European chefs. The tricks and techniques he cultivated then have inspired his award-winning creations today – from using regional specialties to infuse international flavours into his Indian dishes to their creative and colourful presentation. Now, he’s inviting like-minded travellers to join him as he returns to the Danube’s shores to revisit his Danube Dreams of becoming an internationally renowned chef on an aptly named cruise.

On this special Danube Dreams departure with Chef Vikram Vij, foodies and travellers driven by wanderlust will cruise along the legendary Danube River through Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary – stopping at some of Central Europe’s most splendid capitals and charming towns. Along the way, you will have the opportunity to enjoy inspirational gatherings with Chef Vikram, including learning about his start in Austria, enjoying a book-signing and partaking in a cooking demonstration in Europe – the place where his foodie journey began.

In addition, as part of the Danube Dreams itinerary, enjoy a visit to Passau, Germany—called the “City of Three Rivers” at the confluence of the Danube, Inn, and Ilz rivers. Take a guided walking tour to admire the Patrician houses and baroque St. Stephen’s Cathedral. In Linz, Austria, walk around the Hauptplatz, Austria’s largest medieval square. Enjoy the magnificent views as your Danube River cruise takes you through the picturesque wine region of the Wachau Valley. Stops include Melk to visit the magnificent Benedictine Abbey and Dürnstein to see the famous blue and white Stiftskirche and taste some of the local wines. Vienna, the “City of Music,” makes an immediate impression with its lavish Hofburg Imperial Palace and neo-renaissance Vienna Opera House. Enjoy a guided tour of this magical city and take time to explore on your own. In Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, take a guided walk through the delightful Old Town and to the Gothic St. Martin’s Cathedral. In Budapest, the vibrant capital of Hungary, a local expert shows you all the must-see sights. Then to round out this timeless European river cruise, take a stroll along Váci utca—the main shopping street, or take pictures from Fishermen’s Bastion for the best panoramic views of Budapest. This Danube River cruise explores the legendary beauty and remarkable destinations you’ll never forget.
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Day 1 Prague: Welcome to Prague

Day 2 Prague: Guided sightseeing, see the Astronomical Clock and visit Hradcany Castle grounds

Day 3 Prague-Regensburg, Germany-Deggendorf (Embarkation): Travel by motorcoach to Regensburg, guided sightseeing; transfer to Deggendorf; onboard welcome reception

Day 4 Passau: Choice of guided walk or hike with your Adventure Host; Schlögen Oxbow scenic cruising

Day 5 Linz: Guided sightseeing, see Hauptplatz and the Trinity Column

Day 6 Ybbs. Excursion to Melk-Wachau Valley-Dürnstein: Choice of guided visit of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk or guided tour in Ybbs; cruise through the Wachau Valley; choice of guided walk, or hike up to the castle ruins in Dürnstein

Day 7 Vienna: Choice of guided sightseeing or bike with your Adventure Host

Day 8 Hainburg-Bratislava: Free time in Hainburg; choice of guided sightseeing in Bratislava, visit St. Martin’s Cathedral or hike to Bratislava Castle with your Adventure Host

Day 9 Budapest: Scenic cruising into Budapest; choice of guided tour, see Heroes’ Square or hike with your Adventure Host

Day 10 Budapest (Disembarkation): Your vacation ends this morning
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Avalon Choice

Avalon has designed included activities with a choice of experiences. We invite you to select the tours, activities, and events that interest you most, so you can experience your cruise your way. Plus, we offer independent exploration options and the use of our exclusive AvalonGO APP on most of our cruises. 

Below are 3 types of included shore excursions for you to experience.

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  • In the event of technical or water level issues, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or alter the program, including hotel overnight when necessary.
  • Guided Tours, Optional Excursions, activities, sailing and docking schedules may be contingent on weather conditions or other issues outside of our control and could therefore be subject to change at any time.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
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