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September 4 – 14, 2018

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Danube River Gay Group Cruise 2018

10 nights from Prague, Czech Republic to Budapest, Hungary

September 4 – 14, 2018
Avalon Waterways Avalon Impression

Danube River Gay Cruise 2018 Join Pied Piper Travel gay group cruise as we bring you our first river cruise on Avalon Waterways Suite Ship Impression. Visit all the highlights of the legendary Danube River on this 11-day gay cruise and land package as we begin in Prague and then cruise the Danube through Germany, Austria and ending in Budapest, Hungary. Explore both sides of Hungary's capital—traditional 'Buda' and more cosmopolitan 'Pest'—and from Fishermen's Bastion, see how the river divides this fascinating city. Experience Vienna's imperial architecture and gracious culture, and tour riverside towns in Austria's Wachau Valley. And in Germany, explore a baroque cathedral and stroll cobbled streets lined with half-timbered houses. Savor the tastes of authentic dishes, learn about local legends, and understand why Strauss immortalized the 'Blue Danube' in his famous melody.

From the splendor of Prague to the Gypsy violins of Budapest, you'll treasure every moment of this memorable Danube River cruise. Enjoy three nights in Prague with guided sightseeing as well as time to explore this marvelous city on your own. Discover the Hradcany Castle grounds, wander through Prague's Jewish Quarter, shop for hand-cut crystal, savor authentic Czech dumplings, stand in Wenceslaus square where protestors demonstrated against Communism, or visit one of the many churches. Then drive to Nuremberg and set sail for medieval Regensburg, Passau, Vienna, and Budapest, with guided sightseeing in each city. Sail through the fascinating Main Danube Canal and witness the scenic beauty as you cruise past quaint towns. Attend a beer tasting, tour Melk's splendid Benedictine Abbey, and experience the music, art, culture, and historical sights in romantic Vienna—a memorable vacation!


Danube River Gay Cruise on Avalon Impression


Avalon Waterways Avalon Impression

The Avalon Impression, built in 2014, features an observation lounge, main dining room with panoramic windows, upscale bar, fitness center, Sky Bistro for grill fare (weather permitting), whirlpool, complimentary wi-fi throughout the ship and a club lounge with 24-hour self-serve beverages. The accommodations aboard the Impression are large and 80% of those are suites of 200 square feet. Deluxe staterooms are a spacious 172 square feet. All suite accommodations have beds that face the large panoramic wall-to-wall windows to create an open-air balcony from the suite.

Ship Amenities
Danube River Gay Cruise on Avalon Impression• Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows
• Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs
• Sky Deck with shade awnings
• Expanded Fitness Center
• Non-smoking interior
• Elevator
• Elegant, contemporary design
• Outside viewing deck
• Headsets for all guided shore excursions in Europe
• Friendly, English-speaking crew
• Sightseeing with Certified Local Guides
• Cruise Director
• Onboard lectures, activities & nightly entertainment
• Revolutionary engineering
• Room service for Continental breakfast & beverages (service fee applies)
• Sky Deck whirlpool
• Internet Corner
• Hair salon (manicures available)
• Complimentary Wi-Fi access
• Onboard movie nights
• Alternate light lunch and dinner in the Panorama Bistro
• Behind-the-scenes ship tourAvalon Impression Sky Deck
• Choice of Leisurely, Traditional or Independent sightseeing options
• Use of Nordic walking sticks
• Local Favorites onboard experiences with local chefs, entertainers, artisans & experts
• English-speaking TV channels with over 100 free movie options
• Onboard assistance is available to recommend, reserve and further personalize your cruise
• Panorama Bistro
• Sky Deck game area
• Self-serve beverage station with complimentary tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees
• Well-stocked library
• Complimentary maps
• Fresh fruit available throughout the day
• Selection of Local Favorites to bring the customs, cultures, and tastes of your destination to life


Avalon Impression Panorama Bistro


Danube River Cruise Itinerary

Discover grand cities and quaint villages on this 11-day journey along the "Blue Danube." Explore both sides of fascinating Budapest, experience Vienna's imperial architecture and gracious culture, and tour riverside towns in Austria's Wachau Valley. In Germany, explore a baroque abbey and stroll cobbled streets lined with half-timbered houses.

Day 1 - September 4, 2018
Arrive in Prague, Czech Republic

Danube  River Gay Cruise - Pragues, Czech RepublicWelcome to Prague, capital of the Czech Republic. This fascinating city straddles the Vltava River with domes, cupolas, spires, and pinnacles highlighting its skyline. The remainder of the day is free to start exploring.
Accommodation: InterContinental Prague Hotel



Day 2 - September 5, 2018
Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, Czech RepublicPrague 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; HRADCANY 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 Wenceslaus Square, an important meeting point and where people demonstrated against the communist regime; or watch performers on Charles Bridge.
Accommodation: InterContinental Prague Hotel


Day 3 - September 6, 2018
Prague, Czech Republic

Prague gay tourEnjoy a free day to explore at your own pace. Perhaps visit the Communist Museum, sample local plum dumplings and Pilsner, or stroll along the Vltava River. Your Cruise Director will have suggestions for things to do.
Accommodation: InterContinental Prague Hotel



Day 4 - September 7, 2018
Prague–Nuremberg, Germany (Embarkation)

Danube  River Gay Cruise - Nuremberg, GermanyAfter lunch, drive to Nuremberg, where your river cruise vessel is docked. Before dinner, meet your crew for a welcome reception.
(Breakfast, Dinner)





Day 5 - September 8, 2018
Nuremberg – Roth

Danube River Gay Cruise - Nuremberg, GermanyThis morning the choice is yours—join a Certified Local Guide for a NUREMBERG RALLY GROUNDS tour, or GUIDED SIGHTSEEING of the nearby town of Roth. This delightful town, with its half-timbered houses and market square, is also an industrial center for textile manufacturing. Visit the interesting INDUSTRIAL MUSEUM and then in contrast, take pictures of Schloss Ratibor, an ancient hunting lodge, built in 1535, with a most picturesque inner courtyard. Roth is also the scene for one of Europe's most important annual triathlons.
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)


Day 6 - September 9, 2018
Regensburg, Germany

Danube River Gay Cruise - Regensburg, GermanyArrive 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 Historische Wurstküche (Old Sausage Kitchen), one of Germany's oldest restaurants. Bask in the vibrant atmosphere and take in the remarkable views along the river. Before dinner we'll introduce you to some of Germany's FAMOUS BEERS!
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)


Day 7 - September 10, 2018
Passau, Germany

Danube River Gay Cruise - Passau, GermanyThis morning, dock in Passau. Uniquely located where the Inn, Ilz, and Danube Rivers converge, Passau is a maze of narrow cobblestone streets lined with beautiful patrician houses. St. Stephen's Cathedral, a masterpiece of Italian baroque architecture, houses one of the world's largest church organs with 17,774 pipes. Take in the highlights on the included GUIDED WALK. Alternatively, choose from several full-day optional excursions while your ship continues to sail into Austria. Rejoin your vessel in the late afternoon.
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)


Day 8 - September 11, 2018
Melk & Vienna, Austria

Danube  River Gay Cruise - MelkThis morning, enjoy an included GUIDED VISIT of Melk's 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! Then, cruise through the picturesque Wachau Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Pass the magnificent baroque Stiftskirche with its blue façade, the landmark of Dürnstein, before arriving in Vienna this evening. Known as the "City of Music," it inspired the creative genius of Mozart, Beethoven, and Strauss. An optional concert is available tonight.
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)


Day 9 - September 12, 2018
Vienna, Austria

Danube River Gay Cruise - Vienna, AustriaOnce the center of the mighty Habsburg Empire, Austria's magical capital on the blue Danube is a showcase of gilded architecture. Vienna 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 shown to you by your LOCAL GUIDE during your included CITY TOUR. Shop in 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! In the late afternoon, leave Vienna for Budapest.
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)


Day 10 - September 13, 2018
Budapest, Hungary

Danube River Gay Cruise - Budapest, HungarySpanning 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, 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. 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.
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)


Day 11 - September 14, 2018
Budapest, Hungary

After breakfast, disembark and proceed to the airport for your return flight. Or, extend your journey with few additional nights in Budapest, giving yourself more time to explore the bustling Hungarian capital.




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Danube River Cruise Itinerary




 04 Sep Prague, Czech Republic  
 05 Sep Prague, Czech Republic B
 06 Sep Prague, Czech Republic B
 07 Sep Prague, Czech Republic B, D
 08 Sep Nuremberg, Germany B, L, D
 09 Sep Regensburg, Germany B, L, D
 10 Sep Passau, Germany B, L, D
 11 Sep Melk, Austria B, L, D
 12 Sep Vienna, Austria B, L, D
 13 Sep Budapest, Hungary B, L, D
 14 Sep Budapest, Hungary B

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Cruise features and amenities

You see life differently. While others chase what's popular, you follow your own path. At Avalon, we share your unique point of view. Avalon have used their 85-plus years to design a cruise experience that's just a bit different. Here are some of the features and amenities you'll experience on board Avalon ships.

• Panoramic windows throughout.
• Elegant, contemporary design.
• Remarkable service.
• Included excursions with Certified Local Guides.
• Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the ship.
• 24-hour self-serve beverage station.
• Premium coffees, cappuccinos & lattes.
• Upscale bar serving premium spirits.
• Fitness Center with state-of-the-art equipment.
• Comfort Collection Beds.
• Premium L'Occitane bath products.
• Large bathrooms - showers with glass doors.
• Flatscreen satellite TV with movie channels.
• Spacious 3-door closets for ample storage.
• Complimentary bottled water daily.
• Choice of regional, Western and vegetarian dishes.
• Daily early- and late-riser breakfasts.
• Full buffet breakfast with sparkling wine.
• Complimentary juices with breakfast.
• Made-to-order egg station at breakfast.
• Daily full breakfast buffet with hot/cold menu items.
• Complimentary soft drinks with lunch.
• Daily lunch buffet with pasta and craving stations.
• Alternate grill fare at the Sky Bistro (weather permitting).
• Chef-inspired regional recipes.
• Four-course dinners with open seating.
• Nightly choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrées, desserts or cheese.
• Complimentary wine (including regional) at dinner.
• Complimentary soft drinks or beer with dinner.
• Night Fare served at 10:30 pm.
• Well-stocked library with books, cards and games.
• Headsets for shore excursions.
• Professional Cruise Director.
• Friendly, English-speaking crew.
• Non-smoking interior.
• Light dinners and wines in the Panorama Bistro.
• And, much more.


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(Updated 30.06.18. - Current prices/availability.)
Category E
Deluxe stateroom
Avalon Deluxe Stateroom Avalon Deluxe Stateroom - 172 sq.ft. Indigo Deck Forward $ 3,929
Category D
Deluxe stateroom
Avalon Deluxe Stateroom Avalon Deluxe Stateroom - 172 sq.ft. Indigo Deck Aft $ 4,128
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Avalon Panorama Suite Panorama Suite - 200 sq. ft. Sapphire Deck Aft $ 5,078
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Avalon Panorama Suite Panorama Suite - 200 sq. ft. Sapphire Deck Forward $ 5,128
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Avalon Panorama Suite Panorama Suite - 200 sq. ft. Royal Deck $ 5,228
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All prices are per person and are based on double occupancy.

Port charges are an additional $168 per person.

Minimum deposit of $250.00 per person is required upon booking.

All meals onboard the ship and welcoming cocktail reception are included. Also includes excursions as noted. Wine, beer and soft drinks included with onboard dinner service. Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast and soft drinks lunch at are also included onboard, as is daily afternoon tea. Complimentary bottled water available daily. Complimentary Wi-Fi is also included.

Optional insurance is additional.

Pricing subject to change without advance notice.

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