DANUBE DREAMS (WESTBOUND)

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Danube 9th Apr 2021
Budapest 7 nights
Avalon £1,537.00

DANUBE DREAMS (WESTBOUND)

Cruise along the peaceful Danube River through Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, and Germany—discovering some of Central Europe’s most splendid capitals and charming towns along the way. Begin this timeless European river cruise in Budapest, where guided sightseeing acquaints you with the highlights of the vibrant capital of Hungary. Set sail on the Danube, take pictures of the impressive Parliament Building as you leave Budapest, and head for Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. Here, enjoy a guided walk through the delightful Old Town and visit the Gothic St. Martin’s Cathedral. Vienna, Austria, the “City of Music,” makes an immediate impression with its lavish Habsburg Imperial Palace and neo-renaissance Vienna Opera House. Enjoy the magnificent views as your river cruise takes you through the picturesque wine region of the Wachau Valley, with stops for a guided walk in Dürnstein, a visit of the impressive Benedictine Abbey of Melk, and a tasting of renowned local wines. In Linz, walk around the Hauptplatz— Austria’s largest medieval square, which forms the center of the city, and be sure to photograph the splendid Trinity Column. Passau, Germany, the “City of Three Rivers,” is uniquely located where the Inn, Ilz, and Danube rivers converge. See its maze of narrow cobblestone streets lined with beautiful Patrician houses, and marvel at St. Stephen’s Cathedral, a masterpiece of baroque architecture. A memorable last stop on this delightful Danube River cruise vacation!

 

 

 

 

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. There are three types of included shore excursion on every Europe
cruise:

CLASSIC

Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You’ll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites.

ACTIVE

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

DISCOVERY

We’ve found inspiring and interactive activities to speak to your interests – from cooking classes, to painting workshops – to immerse yourself in each culture you explore.

 

 

DAY 1 BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (EMBARKATION)

  • Meals included:
  • Dinner

Welcome to Hungary. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding.
Flights into Budapest must arrive by 3:30 pm.
Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.
The day is yours to relax and enjoy the city with time for photographs, cafés, and confections.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN BUDAPEST


DAY 2 BUDAPEST

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The Pearl of the Danube in the Heart of Europe
Visit the Adventure Center for today’s activities with your Adventure Host

CLASSIC

Enjoy a Guided City Sightseeing, including the iconic Heroes’ Square.

This afternoon choose among a wide offer of Optional Guided Excursions or take in the beauty of Budapest while enjoying some free time exploring such famous sights as the Chain Bridge. Get to know the city’s cafés and pubs, or take a hike through the hills above the Danube.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BRATISLAVA

DAY 3 BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Classic and Contemporary—from Cathedrals to Castles

CLASSIC

Take a Guided City Walk, including the quaint streets of Old Town, Town Hall, and fantastic St. Martin’s Cathedral.

Enjoy some free time to take Nordic walking sticks from the ship and hike to Bratislava Castle.
Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIENNA

DAY 4 VIENNA

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Strauss, Schnitzel, Strudel, and Sachertorte

CLASSIC

Venture into the Habsburg empire with a morning guided City tour of Vienna’s gilded landmarks. See the Imperial Palace complex-Winter residence of the Imperial Family, the historic Vienna Opera House and stunning St. Stephen’s Cathedral.

You may decide to take a Guided Optional Excursion to Schönbrunn Palace—the former imperial summer home and vast gardens with a history spanning 300 years of the Habsburg monarchy.
In your free time why not stroll through pedestrian Kärntnerstrasse—the most famous shopping avenue in central Vienna, or take a bike ride through the city and stop in a local café to enjoy authentic Austrian confections of Sachertorte or Apfelstrudel.
Later this evening, you may choose to attend an Optional Excursion to a Royal Waltz Concert for an unforgettable evening of music in an elegant hall.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DÜRNSTEIN

DAY 5 DÜRNSTEIN–WACHAU VALLEY

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Fairytale Castles, Kings, and Cobblestones

CLASSIC

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

ACTIVE

Join a Guided Hike up to the castle ruins to take in the spectacular view of the village, Danube, and the Wachau Valley below.

Later, stretch out on the Sky Deck as you sail through the Wachau Valley past vineyards, castles, and charming villages on your way to Melk.

MELK

Striking Frescoes and Breathtaking Views of the Wachau Valley

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 at a Wine Tasting on board.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO LINZ

DAY 6 LINZ

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Fall in Love with Linz–Legendary Art, Music, and the Linzer Torte
Ask about today’s energizing or relaxing Adventure Host activities.

CLASSIC

Take a Guided Walk through the city’s historic and beautiful sites along the shore of the Danube and see Hauptplatz—Austria’s largest medieval square—and the towering white-marble Trinity Column.

Consider a full-day Guided Optional Excursion to Salzburg—the city of Mozart—or to the picturesque Bohemian town of Cesky Krumlov.
Feel free to enjoy the afternoon on your own to bike along the banks of the Danube with a picnic from the ship, or hike through Linz’s beautiful nature trails to Pöstlingberg for a bird’s-eye view of the city and river below.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LINZ

DAY 7 SCHLÖGEN OXBOW–PASSAU

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Go for Baroque in Passau–Where the Danube, Inn, and Ilz Rivers Meet
This morning, cruise through the Schlögen Oxbow, a particularly beautiful horseshoe-shaped bend of the river.

CLASSIC

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

ACTIVE

Follow your Avalon Adventure Host for Hiking from Oberhaus along a trail down to the valley and along Ilz River.

Spend a little free time before sailing to Deggendorf to walk the cobblestone streets and galleries of Artists’ Alley or peek into St. Stephen’s Cathedral to possibly catch a concert rehearsal.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DEGGENDORF

DAY 8 DEGGENDORF (DISEMBARKATION)

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast

 

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