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About Hungary, Slovakia, Germany, Austria, and Czech Republic

Hungary uses the Forint; Slovakia, Germany and Austria use the Euro, and the Czech Republic uses the Koruna. Check for current rates.
Hungarian is spoken in Hungary, Slovak is spoken in Slovakia, German is spoken in Germany and Austria, and Czech is spoken in the Czech Republic. However English is widely spoken in all five countries.
  • July 1 – Saturday – Arrive in Budapest, Hungary
  • July 2 – Sunday – Bratislava, Slovakia
  • July 3 – Monday – Vienna, Austria (overnight)
  • July 4 – Tuesday – Vienna
  • July 5 – Wednesday – Weissenkirchen-Melk
  • July 6 – Thursday – Grein-Linz
  • July 7 – Friday - Passau, Germany
  • July 8 – Saturday - Passau (disembark) Prague, Czech Republic (overnight)
  • July 9 – Sunday - Prague (overnight)
  • July 10 – Monday – Prague (overnight)
  • July 11 – Tuesday– Prague – Return home

Vacation Stretchers

We are offering a one- and two-night Pre in Budapest. Please check our stretchers tab for more information.

Before Your Trip

What's Included and What's Not
What is included?
  • Accommodations for 8 days/7 nights on board the beautifully designed ms Luminary
  • Accommodations for 3-nights at a 4-star hotel in Prague July 8, 9 and 10.
  • All meals while on board the ship, beginning with dinner on July 1, and breakfast on July 8.
  • Breakfast while at Prague hotel the mornings of July 9, 10 and 11
  • Wine, beer and soft drinks with dinner on board the ship only.
  • Soft drinks during lunch
  • Coffee, tea, juices during all meals
  • Bottled water replenished in ship cabins daily
  • Wireless internet in public areas of ship
  • Olivia entertainment and programming
  • Included sightseeing tours in each port
  • Headsets for guided tours provided
  • Gratuities to ships staff
  • Welcome cocktail reception
  • Olivia Staff assistance throughout
  • Transfer to Prague from Passau
What’s not included?
  • Transfer from the Budapest airport to the ship
  • 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 local guides on daily tours
  • Tips to bellman and housekeeping staff at Prague Hotel
  • Phone/Fax/Internet (wireless is additional at hotel, but included on board)
  • Salon services
Activity level
Our included tours in each port are mostly walking tours, covering between 1 ½ -2 miles/day on uneven cobblestone streets with some stairs. Expect to stand in one place up to 45 minutes with few areas to sit while on tour. Each riverboat adventure will include a gentle walkers group for those who need to take it a little slower.
While we would love for everyone to experience an Olivia river cruise, we regret that we cannot provide individual assistance for guests with special needs, including (but not limited to): mobility and hearing impairment. A qualified and able bodied passenger must accompany travelers who require assistance.
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.
If you are a U.S. Citizen, you DO NOT need a visa for travel to Hungary, Slovakia, Germany, Austria or the Czech Republic. 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.
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 and Prevention’s website at Just click on “Traveler’s Health” and then “Vaccinations."
Cancellation Policy
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

2017 Budapest to Prague Riverboat Cruise








Cancellation Fee 270 days or more prior to trip date



$500 per person

Cancellation Fee 210-269 days or more prior to trip date



25% of trip cost

Cancellation Fee 150-209 days or more prior to trip date



50% of trip cost

Cancellation Fee 120-149 days or more prior to trip date



75% of trip cost

Cancellation Fee 0-119 days or more prior to trip date



100% of trip cost

Travel insurance
Olivia recommends that you purchase a travel protection plan to protect yourself and your trip investment from the unexpected. Now more than ever it’s extremely important to think about the unexpected. It is important to purchase the travel protection within 15 days of your initial invoice date in order to receive the most comprehensive coverage. Consider travel protection for Trip Cancellation/Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay and more.
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 consultant.
Joining the trip group or Facebook Group.
If you’d like to chat with people who are going on the trip, sign up for the official trip group, official Olivia trip group on our connect page. You can also join our Facebook group Budapest to Prague Riverboat Facebook Group.
Olivia Honeymoons and Celebrations
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Travel and arrival

Air Travel
Where to fly into/out of
You will need to fly into Budapest International Airport (BUD) and out of Prague (PRG) International Airport. We encourage all passengers to extend their trip with our pre-trip stretchers to enjoy all Budapest have to offer, as well as to avoid the stress of unexpected delays.
Suggested arrival/departure times
Trip date begins July 1, 2017
You should arrive in Budapest (BUD) no later than 3:30PM on July 1, 2017. Please note that ship embarkation begins at 4:00pm. If you arrive in the morning hours, you can store your luggage where the ship is located and 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 itinerary tab for details.)

Pre-Trip Extension June 29-July 1 and June 30-July 1, 2017
We are offering a 1-night and 2-night pre-trip extension in Budapest. Please visit our stretchers tab for details. Rooms may not be available for check-in until 3:00pm.

End of Cruise Departure out of Prague, July 11, 2017
After your three nights in Prague for the included land program of your trip, your flights can depart Prague airport at any time on July 11. Transfer to the airport will be on your own. The hotel concierge can assist you with your taxi.
We are proud to partner with Delta Airlines. The Delta Airlines discount is good for up to 10% off and applies to flights into Budapest, Hungary (BUD) and out of Prague, (PRG). Airfare can be booked no earlier than 11 months before the trip. Please visit our Airfare Deals for more information and discount codes. This link is updated as discount codes are obtained.
We are proud to partner with Air Canada. The Air Canada discount code UE9AY781 is good for up to a 15% off. This reservation can be booked by visiting (no booking fee), or calling (888) 247-2262 (booking fees may apply). Not all fares are eligible for use with this discount code. Fare rules will determine eligibility. The booking is to be made to the following city: Budapest, BUD (EU) and Prague (PRG). Book your flight to Budapest and return via Prague (PRG). The travel period begins Saturday, June 24, 2017 and ends Saturday, July 15, 2017.
Luggage allowances
While there is no luggage limit on the cruise itself, airlines 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. For travel in Europe, we recommend no more than one large piece and a smaller carry-on for ease of travel.

Transfers and Meeting up with Olivia

Getting to the ship
The Budapest airport is about a $30-$35USD cab ride to the ship. The ride should take approximately 25-30 minutes, and they do prefer you pay with Hungarian Forints. Information on ship location will be in your final documents.
Your Ship
The beautifully designed ms Luminary features sliding glass doors in almost every stateroom. The staterooms and suites are well-appointed and are amongst the largest on the river. Some of the features and amenities you’ll enjoy on board:
  • Entirely non-smoking interiors
  • Lounge
  • Beautiful bar
  • Library
  • Sun deck
  • Air conditioning and laundry service
  • Fitness center
  • Panoramic windows throughout every ship
  • Elegant, contemporary design throughout
  • Included shore excursions with Local Guide
  • Headsets for shore excursions
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access
  • Space to relax & 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
  • The 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 soft drinks with lunch
  • 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 10:30pm
  • Remarkable service through the cruise
  • English-speaking crew
Cabin amenities
172 sq. ft. Staterooms, some of the largest on the river
  • Most with sliding glass doors
  • Air conditioning
  • Safe
  • Large bathrooms - showers w/ glass doors
  • Flat-screen satellite TV with movie channels
  • Spacious 3-door closets for ample storage
  • Non-allergenic duvets & pillows
  • Pillow-top hotel beds
  • Egyptian cotton sheets
  • Bottled water replenished daily
If you have any medical, mobility needs, or specific dietary requirements that you have not already advised your travel consultant about, please visit the travel preferences page to update your personal needs information. Please advise us of this information as soon as possible but no less than 90 days prior to the trip.
The cabins have 110 and 220 volt electricity. Adapters should be 2-round prongs.
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.
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 €60. These tours do not conflict with the included tours. We will designate a group on each included tour 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. A sample of one can be found here, but they have several styles to choose from.
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 not included for the local guides. Below is a suggested guideline:
Local Guide: ½ day - €2-€3 or full day €4-€5
Bus driver: €1
Internet / e-mail / fax
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 dry cleaning
Laundry and pressing service is available. Check on board for pricing. Dry cleaning is not available on the ship, but will be available in the Budapest and Prague hotels.
Medical Services
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.
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.
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.
Smoking Policy
The ms Luminary has entirely non-smoking interiors. Smoking is not permitted in your cabins or on french balconies. A smoking area will be designated on an outdoor deck.
Salon Services
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.
Solo Travelers
We will have a solos program on board led by a solos coordinator who will ensure you have a great time.

After Your Trip

We will be disembarking the ship in Passau between 8:00am and 10:00am on July 8, 2017 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-$35 US, paid in local currency. It is approximately 25-30 minutes to the Prague airport (PRG).
Vacation Stretchers
We have an optional 1-night and 2-night pre-package in Budapest to extend your pre-trip visit. Please visit Vacation Stretchers for more information.
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