2020 Danube Dreams with Jim Cuddy

2020 Danube Dreams with Jim Cuddy

Trip to Budapest, Hungary · Wed, Nov 04, 2020
Travel Expert Travis Stewart

Be among the few to sail the Danube River with Jim Cuddy, Anne Lindsay, Devin Cuddy, and Sam Polley in November 2020 on this tour hosted by Stewart Travel Group.

2020 Danube Dreams

with Jim Cuddy

and special guests Anne Lindsay, Devin Cuddy, & Sam Polley

NOVEMBER 4 - 11, 2020

Budapest, Hungary to Nuremberg, Germany


Be among the few guests to sail the Danube River with Jim Cuddy, Anne Lindsay, Devin Cuddy, and Sam Polley in November 2020. On this exclusive experience, you’ll hear live on-board performances by award-winning Canadian musicians, have the opportunity to explore Europe by bike on a tour with Jim Cuddy, and support PEI’s Stars for Life Foundation for Autism at an intimate fundraising dinner with these top Canadian musicians. You'll be well-taken care of on this tour hosted by Stewart Travel Group.

Special On-Board Guests

About Jim Cuddy (Guitar, Vocals)

As one half of one of Blue Rodeo’s song-writing partnership, Jim Cuddy has one of the most recognizable voices in Canadian music thanks to omnipresent hits such as “Try,” “5 Days In May,” and “Bad Timing.” As a group, Blue Rodeo has sold over 5 million records world-wide, won countless JUNO Awards, been inducted in to the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, received a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame, and Jim (along with song-writing partner Greg Keelor) was invested as Officers of the Order of Canada.

In 1998, in between Blue Rodeo projects, Jim released his first solo album All In Time and hit the road with the eponymous The Jim Cuddy Band, featuring Anne Lindsay (fiddle), among others. Since that first release, Jim has recorded four more solo albums, including his latest, Countrywide Soul (2019), a celebration of music and the musicians who join him on stage each night.

Countrywide Soul was recorded live on the top floor of Jim’s barn and kept as natural as possible to retain the woody sound of the barn board room and the energy that only comes from playing together live. To achieve his goal on this album, Jim re-worked a number of songs previously recorded for his solo career and with Blue Rodeo. To round out the record, he wrote two new songs and included a couple of favourite covers. Hear these and long-time Canadian favourites live on-board during our voyage.

About Anne Lindsay (Fiddle, Violin, Vocals)

A master of wealth and diverse styles, Anne is an award-winning fiddler, violinist, and vocalist. She is an exuberant fireplug of a player whose skills have graced many a stage around the world. She has played on hundreds of recordings and is a featured performer with The Jim Cuddy Band. Her discography includes three award winning records, as well as her latest album, Soloworks, a masterful blend of toe-tapping fiddle tunes and lyrical ballads.

About Devin Cuddy (Piano, Vocals)

Born the same week as Blue Rodeo began recording its 1987 debut album Outskirts, country rock has been the soundtrack to Devin Cuddy’s entire life. The most important lesson Devin learned from his father – one of Canada’s most beloved singer/songwriters, Jim Cuddy - was that the way a musician truly develops their craft is in front of audiences. Having carved his own path, Devin is now pursuing the large audiences he deserves as the lead performer in The Devin Cuddy Band. Experience Devin’s musical dexterity and unique lyrical approach throughout our sailing.

About Sam Polley (Guitar, Vocals)

Being the youngest member of a musical family, Sam Polley grew up in the music industry, but took his own time to join the family business, forming Sam Polley and The Old Tomorrows in downtown Toronto in 2017. Drawing their sound from 50’s and 60’s rockabilly licks, old country twang, and Motown swing, blending genres to create an upbeat boogie with groovy hooks, the band’s newest album is sure to get everyone up and dancing.

Our Voyage

Day 1. Make your way to the vibrant city of Budapest, where our journey will begin. Join Jim Cuddy, Anne Lindsay, Devin Cuddy, and Sam Polley at a meet and greet as we set sail, admiring the spectacular Hungarian Parliament buildings en route to Vienna.

Enjoy this spectacular view of the Hungarian Parliament as you depart Budapest.

Day 2. Enjoy a relaxing day on board as you cruise towards Bratislava, and the red rooftops of this capital city of Slovakia. Today, join fiddler Anne Lindsay for a masterful solo performance. After a spectacular meal, you may choose to join an optional excursion to attend a Royal Waltz Concert in Vienna.

Enjoy an unforgettable evening of music, starting with an on-board performance by Anne Lindsay and ending with a Royal Waltz Concert in an elegant hall.

Day 3. Explore Vienna on a guided tour. Take in an optional excursion to Schönbrunn Palace. This afternoon enjoy free time: take a tram to Prater amusement park or a local museum or borrow a bike and explore the streets and squares of Vienna or ride along the banks of the Danube. Tonight, take in an intimate concert on board, headlined by Jim Cuddy. Hear old favourites and songs from his newest album, Countrywide Soul as we sail on to Dürnstein.

Find out about the origins of the famous "Schönbrunn Yellow" paint on your visit to the Schönbrunn Palace.

Day 4. Explore the castle where King Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned by taking a guided walk or hiking up to the castle above the village. Then sit back on the Sky Deck to enjoy a cocktail as you sail through the Wachau Valley to Melk. Here, take in a guided tour of the magnificent Benedictine Abbey or enjoy the flavours of Wachu Valley wines during an on-board tasting. Relax as the Avalon Envision sails to Passau overnight.

Look up, waaaaay up, to see the medieval Dürnstein castle, where Richard the Lionheart (King Richard I of England) was held captive during the Third Crusade in 1192.

Day 5. Arrive in Passau and join a guided walk to learn more about this beautiful city or take a full-day optional excursion to Salzburg - the city of Mozart. This evening, enjoy on-board entertainment after dinner. Tonight you will cruise to Regensburg.

The city of Passau - a university town - is also known as the Dreiflüssestadt ("City of Three Rivers") as it is where the Danube, Inn, and Ilz rivers meet.

Day 6. Wake up in magical Regensburg, Bavaria's medieval miracle, and join a guided city walk or join an optional excursion to the Benedictine Monastery in Weltenburg. This afternoon, discovery the town by bike or on foot. Tonight will be the final live concert on-board, hosted by Jim Cuddy.

Visit the city of Regensburg, Germany whose medieval city centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 7. Today in Roth you can enjoy an on-board history lesson about the Main-Danube canal, a marvellous feat of engineering that made navigation from the North Sea to the Black Sea possible. Take guided sightseeing tours of Roth, Nuremberg, or the Nuremberg Rally Grounds used by the Third Reich. Join everyone on board for our farewell reception when a few lucky guests will get to join Jim, Anne, Devin, and Sam for dinner in support of Prince Edward Island's Stars for Life Foundation for Autism.

Day 8. Our cruise ends after breakfast as you make your way to your next destination. Whether it's heading back home or on to other adventures, your hearts will be full and you will take with you memories to last a lifetime.

Your Hosts

Your on-board hosts for this exclusive journey will be Stewart Travel Group’s co-owners Paula and Travis Stewart and Trusted Senior Travel Advisor, Tara Turner.

Paula and Travis Stewart have been hosting European river cruises since 2010. They have hosted numerous trips to destinations in Europe and the Caribbean and have traveled around the world. Today, they own Stewart Travel Group, based in Stratford, PEI, and are well-known as leaders in Canada’s retail travel industry. They pride themselves on customer service and on creating exceptional experiences for their clients.

Tara Turner is a Trusted Senior Travel Advisor with Stewart Travel Group. She has worked in the travel industry for nearly 20 years and has hosted tours and traveled around the world. Tara has participated in three Gold Medal Plates events in Italy and France with Jim Cuddy and is based in Bedford, Nova Scotia.

Questions? Contact any member of the Stewart Travel Group team.
We'd be pleased to assist you!

PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND

Paula Stewart
Trusted Senior Travel Advisor
(902) 894-9389 | 1-844-660-7329
Cell: (902) 388-7511
Travis Stewart
Trusted Senior Travel Advisor
(902) 894-9389 | 1-844-660-7329
Cell: (902) 626-7515
Frances Gertsch & Kelvin Jones
Trusted Travel Advisors
(902) 894-9389 | 1-844-660-7329
Cell: (902) 940-4499
Jessica Chaisson
Trusted Travel Advisor
(902) 894-9389 | 1-844-660-7329
Cell: (902) 314-1591
Julia MacCormack
Trusted Travel Advisor
(902) 894-9389 | 1-844-660-7329
Cell: (902) 598-8231

NEW BRUNSWICK
Krista Trecartin
Trusted Senior Travel Advisor
(506) 454-5736 | 1-844-660-7329
Cell: (506) 471-4257
Terri Clarke
Trusted Senior Travel Advisor
(902) 894-9389 | 1-844-660-7329
Cell: (506) 631-7621
Kelley Gowan
Trusted Senior Travel Advisor
(902) 894-9389 | 1-844-660-7329
Cell: (506) 461-4575
Glen Earle
Trusted Senior Travel Advisor
(902) 894-9389 | 1-844-660-7329
Cell: (506) 343-1108
Wendy Doran
Trusted Travel Advisor
(902) 894-9389 | 1-844-660-7329
Cell: (506) 647-4962
NOVA SCOTIA
Tara Turner
Trusted Senior Travel Advisor
(902) 894-9389 | 1-844-660-7329
Cell: (902) 292-7623
Kevin & Michelle Hayward
Trusted Senior Travel Advisors
(902) 543-4948 | 1-844-660-7329
Deposit:

$1,000.00

Pricing Information:
  • Royal Suite – $6,997 CAD per person - Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows with Open Air Balcony (300 sq. ft.) (SOLD OUT)
  • Category P – $5,595 CAD per person – Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows with Open Air Balcony (200 sq. ft) (LIMITED AVAILABILITY)
  • Category A – $5,395 CAD per person – Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows with Open Air Balcony (200 sq. ft) (LIMITED AVAILABILITY)
  • Category B – $5,345 CAD per person – Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows with Open Air Balcony (200 sq. ft) (LIMITED AVAILABILITY)
  • Category D – $4,445 CAD per person - Two fixed windows (172 sq. ft.)
  • Category E – $3,995 CAD per person – Two fixed windows (172 sq. ft.) (SOLD OUT)

Click here for stateroom descriptions and deck plans.

  • All prices are per person, double occupancy.
  • All prices are in Canadian dollars.
  • Prices DO NOT include port charges of $214 CAD per person or on-board gratuities of $166 CAD per person, which will be charged as part of the final payment.
  • Prices are based on availability and subject to change.
  • International flights are additional.
  • Optional airport transfers are available in Budapest from 6 am to 2 pm on November 4 and in Nuremberg from 6 am to 3:30 pm on November 11. Each transfer is $45 CAD per person one way.
  • Staterooms will be assigned by Stewart Travel Group on a first-come, first-served basis. Special requests will be considered but are not guaranteed.

Inclusions

Special Features:

  • On-board performances by Jim Cuddy, Anne Lindsay, Devin Cuddy, and Sam Polley
  • Experienced on-board hosts from Stewart Travel Group

Throughout the Ship:

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Panoramic windows
  • Elegant, contemporary design & decor
  • Friendly, English-speaking crew & Cruise Director
  • Sky Deck with whirlpool, shade awnings, game area and premium lounges
  • Covered Observation Lounge
  • Club Lounge with 24-hour self-serve beverage station with complimentary cappuccinos, lattes, tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees, as well as treats throughout the day

Suites & Staterooms:

  • Comfort Collection Beds with choice of mattress firmness
  • Egyptian super-combed cotton linens
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • Premium L’Occitane bath products
  • Large bathroom featuring shower with glass door
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with free movie channels
  • Individual climate control and in-room safe
  • USB Ports
  • Complimentary bottled water daily
  • And, much more.

Health & Fitness:

  • Bikes
  • Canoe, kayak and jogging excursions
  • Maps for hiking, biking and jogging routes
  • Fitness and wellness activities
  • Fitbits®
  • All through your Avalon Adventure Host

Dining

  • FlexDining® for more venue and seating options, including flexible seating times in our main Dining Room
  • Avalon Fresh® healthy cuisine options at every meal
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with every lunch and dinner
  • Early and Late Riser breakfast options
  • Daily full buffet breakfast with made-to-order egg station, hot and cold menu items
  • Daily lunch buffet with pasta or carving stations
  • Alternative light lunch or Sky Grill on the Sky Deck (weather permitting)
  • Daily Afternoon Tea featuring tea, coffee, sweet treats & sandwiches
  • Daily four-course a la carte dinner in the main Dining Room with choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrees and desserts. Includes selections of regional recipes, Western dishes and vegetarian options.
  • Enjoy a tasting menu with a view in the Panorama Bistro – a less formal “sit-down” atmosphere while mingling over several satisfying selections
  • Captain’s welcome & farewell receptions and dinners with sparkling wine and canapés
  • Panorama Lounge featuring premium spirits and Avalon specialty cocktails, along with local entertainment special guests
  • Cocktails available on the Sky Deck
  • Fresh fruit available throughout the day

IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • In the event of technical or water level issues, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motor coach or alter the program, including hotel overnight when necessary.
  • Included visits and special features – including artists and musical performances – are subject to change. If a change is necessary, a substitute will be offered.
  • This tour program will run despite technical or water level issues or changes to artists or musical performances. There will be no refunds offered as a result of such changes.
  • It is highly recommended that travelers purchase the Premium Protection Plan travel protection (available to travelers under 74 years of age who meet the eligibility requirements) offered by Stewart Travel Group, which offers trip cancellation and trip interruption benefits that can be claimed in case of unexpected and unforeseen circumstances, such as low water or artist cancellation. This coverage must be purchased within 72 hours of booking and making your non-refundable deposit (NO exceptions).
  • All travelers must read and accept the Terms and Conditions for this tour prior to their booking being processed.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
  • This is hosted tour. Travelers will be responsible for making their own way to the embarkation point and from the disembarkation point. Your Trusted Travel Advisor at Stewart Travel Group is available to assist you with these arrangements. On-board, travelers will be hosted by Stewart Travel Group and Avalon Waterways.

Payment Schedule

  • Non-refundable deposit of $1000 CAD per person due upon booking.
  • Non-refundable final payment due May 1, 2020
  • Payment can be made by Visa, Mastercard, or Interac Debit

Terms and Conditions

  • All travelers must read and accept the Terms and Conditions for this tour prior to their booking being processed.

Insurance Information

Travel protection that includes trip cancellation, trip interruption, baggage loss / damage / delay, flight / travel accident, and emergency medical coverage is available and is highly recommended. 

The Premium Protection Plan travel protection (available to travelers under 74 years of age who meet the eligibility requirements) offered by Stewart Travel Group through Manulife will provide a refund in case of low water or artist cancellation as well as other circumstances. Trip cancellation benefits of this type are not typically available through most credit card or all-inclusive insurance plans.

Details about our Premium Protection Plan and other Travel Protection options are available from your Trusted Travel Advisor. 

If you would like to purchase your Travel Protection online, or are located outside of PEIplease visit the “Look & Book” page on our website and click “Travel Insurance” to purchase your travel protection.

By declining insurance, you will waive any liability against your Trusted Travel Advisor or Stewart Travel Group for any costs you incur as a result of your choice not to purchase Travel Insurance Coverage or your selection of the principal sums and / or sums insured of the insurance you purchase. 

VALID CANADIAN PASSPORTS MANDATORY FOR ALL DESTINATIONS
Any exceptions will be noted upon request with Stewart Travel Group and its appointed Agents.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED THAT VALID CANADIAN PASSPORTS BE VALID FOR 6 MONTHS PAST DEPARTURE DATES OF TRAVEL.
For other nationalities please contact your Travel Agent or appropriate Consulate for details.
CANCELLATION AND MEDICAL INSURANCE RECOMMENDED FOR ALL TRAVEL, MANDATORY FOR CUBA AND MEXICO AND PROOF OF SAME IS REQUIRED.

Please, contact the agent to send the information

2020 Danube Dreams

with Jim Cuddy

and special guests Anne Lindsay, Devin Cuddy, & Sam Polley

NOVEMBER 4 – 11, 2020

Budapest, Hungary to Nuremberg, Germany

Full Itinerary

Avalon Choice

Avalon has designed included excursions and onboard activities for 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.

CLASSIC

A local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations and the “must see” sites.

DISCOVERY

Inspiring and interactive hands-on activities designed to speak to your interests – you spend your day immersing yourself in the destination’s unique culture.

ACTIVE

Embark on energetic excursions keeping you in motion and on the go — from a guided jogging tour, to biking, paddling, and hiking your way through scenic locales.

Optional Excursions*

In addition, our selection of optional excursions allows you to personalize your experience to suit your individual interests, passions, and style. Or, enjoy plenty of free-time opportunities for independent adventures. Your Avalon Adventure Host is there to help with suggestions, and our exclusive AvalonGO mobile app brings it all to life.

Pre-Cruise

Fly from Canada to Budapest and transfer to the Avalon Envision.

Day 1: November 4 – Embarkation

Welcome to Hungary. The day is yours to relax and enjoy the city with time for photographs, cafés, and confections. Your Suite Ship® is ready for Boarding. Flights into Budapest must arrive by 2 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm. Meet Jim Cuddy, Anne Lindsay, Devin Cuddy, and Sam Polley during an evening reception as we sail out of Budapest past the magnificent parliament buildings. Evening / overnight cruise to Vienna.

Day 2: November 5 – Vienna Waltzes and the Beautiful Blue Danube

Start the day with a Morning Stretch with your Avalon Adventure Host. Enjoy sailing the Danube, which shares dozens of miles with Hungary and Slovakia. Relax on the Sky Deck to see the rolling landscape and red-rooftops of the Slovakian capital of Bratislava come into view. Enjoy a solo performance by Anne Lindsay. This evening in Vienna, you may choose to join an Optional Excursion* to attend a Royal Waltz Concert for an unforgettable evening of music in an elegant hall. Overnight docked in Vienna.

Day 3: November 6 – Royal Collections, Amusing Attractions

CLASSIC: Venture into the Habsburg empire this morning on a Guided City Tour of Vienna’s gilded landmarks. See the Imperial Palace complex–the winter residence of the Imperial Family, the historic Vienna Opera House and stunning St. Stephen’s Cathedral.

Join a Guided Optional Excursion* to Schönbrunn Palace–a Habsburg Empire summer home for 300 years.

This afternoon, enjoy free time to take a tram to visit Austria’s Prater amusement park or one of the many museums nearby. You may also decide to borrow a bike from the ship to explore the streets and squares of Vienna, or ride along the banks of the Danube at your leisure.

This evening, enjoy an intimate on-board concert headlined by Jim Cuddy, with Anne Lindsay, Devin Cuddy, and Sam Polley.

Overnight cruise to Dürnstein.

Day 4: November 7

Fairytale Castles, Kings, and Cobblestones of Delightful Dürnstein

CLASSIC: Join a Guided Walk, and hear the legendary tale of King Richard the Lionheart–who was imprisoned in the castle above the village during the Crusades, OR:

ACTIVE: Join a Hike up to the castle ruins with your Adventure Host for a spectacular view of the village, Danube, and the Wachau Valley below.

Enjoy coffee or a cocktail on the Sky Deck as you sail through the picturesque Wachau Valley to Melk.

Ornate Architecture and Scenic Splendors in Melk

CLASSIC: Take a Guided Tour of Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey to marvel at its frescoed ceilings, statues, incredible library, and ornate pipe organ.

DISCOVERY: Enjoy the flavors of the Wachau Valley with a Wine Tasting on board.

Evening/overnight cruise to Passau.

Day 5: November 8 – Go for Baroque in Passau–Where the Danube, Inn, and Ilz Rivers meet

CLASSIC: Join a Guided City Walk to learn more about this beautiful “City of Three Rivers.”

Alternatively, join a full-day Guided Optional Excursion* to Salzburg—the city of Mozart—or to the picturesque Bohemian town of Cesky Krumlov.

Meet your ship back in Passau after your full-day selected activity for sailing.

Enjoy evening entertainment on-board.

Evening/overnight cruise to Regensburg.

Day 6: November 9 – Magical Regensburg—Bavaria’s Medieval Miracle

CLASSIC: Join a Guided City Walk and see Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) and Porta Pretoria–built in 179 AD as the entrance to Castra Regina fortress.

You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion* to visit the Benedictine Monastery in Weltenburg.

DISCOVERY: Spend a free afternoon exploring Regensburg on foot or by bike through its charming streets.

Later, indulge in a Beer Tasting on board.

This evening, enjoy your final on-board concert with Jim Cuddy, Anne Lindsay, Devin Cuddy, and Sam Polley after dinner as you cruise toward Roth.

Evening/overnight cruise to Roth.

Day 7: November 10 – Living Heritage and History Lessons

DISCOVERY: Enjoy an Onboard Lecture about the Main-Danube Canal–linking these two rivers to make a vital connection enabling navigation between the North and Black Seas.

CLASSIC: Enjoy a Guided Sightseeing Tour of the Bavarian town of Roth—with its half-timbered houses, market square, and 1535 hunting lodge Schloss Ratibor, OR:

CLASSIC: Choose a Guided Sightseeing of Nuremberg–with its medieval architecture, gilded fountain, gothic cathedral, and Kaiserburg Castle, OR;

CLASSIC: Take a Guided Tour of the historic Nuremberg Rally Grounds–used by the Third Reich.

Before dinner, join us for the final reception of the cruise when we will draw names for participating guests to join Jim Cuddy, Anne Lindsay, Devin Cuddy, and Sam Polley for an intimate fundraising dinner for Prince Edward Island’s Stars for Life Foundation for Autism.

Evening cruise to Nuremberg.

Day 8: November 11 – Disembarkation

Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning.

2020 Danube Dreams with Jim Cuddy

Stewart Travel Group

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