2019 : Active Discovery on the Danube - Westbound (WBL) - Impression
9 Day River Cruise Budapest to Linz
This exciting 9-day vacation introduces you to the people and places along the Danube from Budapest to Linz in the most active, engaged and fun ways imaginable. Start your vacation with one night in Hungary's capital city before boarding your Avalon ship and heading for Visegrad.
With Active Discovery river cruises, the choice is always yours. You might like to learn a little Hungarian in Budapest; attend a medieval knights' tournament in Visegrad; take a jogging tour around Vienna, or visit the city when it first awakes.
Meet with a local produce grower in the Wachau Valley, paddle a canoe; or be introduced to a count in his castle. Bike to an ancient border defense near Mauthausen or visit World War II's largest concentration camp; taste locally produced cheese and beer brewed by Trappist monks near Linz, or hike along the Danube for spectacular views. And all the while enjoy the comfort of your Avalon ship, with its delectable meals and warm, personal service. Certainly your home from home while you explore your new surroundings every day with something new to discover.
Day 1 Budapest: Welcome to Hungary
Day 2 Budapest (Embarkation)-Danube Bend- Visegrad: Choice of walking tour with funny language lesson, or guided bike tour, or city sightseeing tour in Budapest; onboard welcome reception; scenic cruising around the Danube Bend
Day 3 Visegrad: Choice of medieval knights tournament, or guided hike in the Danube-Ipoly National Park
Day 4 Vienna: Choice of bike tour, or jogging tour, or meet with local people, or guided tour, visit to Belvedere Palace
Day 5 Vienna: Choice of early risers walking tour with breakfast at a Viennese cafe, or guided tour, see Habsburg private art collection and the Italian or Dutch masters works, or guided tour, see Habsburg private art collection and the World Museum
Day 6 Krems- Grein: Choice of canoe tour, or bike tour from Krems to Spitz, or Wine World Experience with tasting, or local encounter showcasing regional products; visit Greinburg castle and meet the Count
Day 7 Grein- Mauthausen- Linz: Guided walk in Grein, visit the historical theater; in Mauthausen, choice of visit to St. Florian Monastery, or guided tour of Mauthausen Concentration Camp, or guided bike tour
Day 8 Engelhartszell-Schlogener Schlinge- Linz: Choice of visit to Engelszell Abbey , or , or visit Jochenstein Power-Station; choice of scenic cruising around the Schlogener Schlinge, or guided hike along the Danube trails
Day 9 Linz (Disembarkation): Your vacation ends this morning
You've always forged your own path...with your own distinct perspective of looking at the world. Avalon Waterways presents a river cruise experience with your unique style in mind-offering expansive views and wider perspectives. That's why we've designed a cruise experience that's just a bit different.
Here are just some of the features and amenities you'll experience on board our Avalon ships. See the Ship Amenities Section below for more information about the amenities in our fleet's unique ships.
Throughout the Ship:
Suites & Staterooms:
Health & Fitness:
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 3 types of included shore excursion on every Europe cruise:
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.
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.
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.
(B) = Breakfast (L) = Lunch (D) = Dinner
Welcome to Budapest-Hungary's Captivating Capital
The day is yours to relax and enjoy Eastern Europe's shining city on the Danube.
BUDAPEST (EMBARKATION)-DANUBE BEND
The Pearl of the Danube
ACTIVE Join a Guided Biking Tour along the bike paths and pedestrian areas of the city, OR:
DISCOVERY Enjoy a Guided Walking Tour that includes some "Fungarian" instruction of useful local words and phrases, OR:
CLASSIC Take a Guided Walking Tour of Budapest to see the city's most iconic sites.
Spend free time shopping for Hungarian paprika or handcrafted souvenirs, or savor a piece of cream cake in the world-famous Gerbeaud Cafe.
Enjoy a Hungarian Dinner on board during a scenic cruise through the Danube Bend.
EVENING CRUISE TO VISEGRAD
(B, L, D)
Jousting Tournaments and Artisan Traditions
DISCOVERY Join a Guided Visit to the Medieval Knights Tournament at Visegrad's Lower Castle, featuring targeting and fighting demonstrations by members of the St. George Knightly Order, OR:
ACTIVE Take a Castle visit and Hike Tour to Count Dracula's prison tower in Visegrad.
Spend free time after your selected activities to explore Palotahaz, where stonemasons, smiths, potters, and paper-makers produce their traditional items using age-old techniques.
AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIENNA
(B, L, D)
Strauss, Schnitzel, Strudel, and Sachertorte
ACTIVE Take a Guided Bike Tour along the famed Ringstrasse and pedestrian avenues of Vienna, OR:
ACTIVE Join a Guided Jogging Tour of the City of Music to see highlights of the gilded architecture along the way, OR:
Take an Insider's Tour of Vienna to see special surprise sights, events, or attractions. You will meet locals, have the chance to prepare some food, and enjoy other surprises, OR:
Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Vienna, including a tour of Belvedere Palace to see Gustav Klimt's renowned "Kiss" painting.
Spend free time this afternoon strolling through the pedestrian Karntnerstrasse, then take a break for a piece of Sachertorte.
This evening, you may choose to attend an Optional Musical Experience to conduct your own orchestra, followed by a classical waltz and operetta concert performance to enjoy.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN VIENNA
(B, L, D)
A Feast for the Soul in Vienna
Take a Guided Walking Tour for early risers this morning-with breakfast at a Viennese cafe, OR:
CLASSIC Join a Guided Tour of the Habsburg family's private art collection at the Museum of Fine Arts, and Italian or Dutch master works, OR:
CLASSIC Take a Guided Tour of the Museum of Fine Arts, followed by the World Museum Vienna, commemorating the past of the Habsburg Empire. You might decide to join a Guided Optional Hike this evening to the vineyards surrounding Vienna, and also enjoy an Optional Excursion to a local Viennese Heurigen (Wine Tavern).
Tonight, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO KREMS
(B, L, D)
Take a Hike, a Canoe, or a Bike to Explore Austria's Wine Country
ACTIVE Paddle a canoe on a Guided Tour to see the Austrian waterways and shoreline scenery from a different perspective, OR:
ACTIVE Take a Guided Bike Tour from Spitz to Krems, and enjoy a stop in Durnstein to see the mesmerizing blue Stiftskirche, and to sample local specialties, OR:
DISCOVERY Join an interactive Wine World Experience with wine tasting, OR:
DISCOVERY Enjoy a Guided Visit that showcases production of regional fruits, vegetables, wine, or other products.
Relax on board this afternoon to enjoy the picturesque Wachau Valley scenery as you cruise to Grein.
A Modern-Day Castle and the Count of Greinburg
DISCOVERY See Greinburg Castle on a Guided Visit, and meet the Count during your tour.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN GREIN
(B, L, D)
Theater History on Austria's Oldest Stage
Take a Guided Walk of Grein, including its historic theater, the oldest in Austria still holding regular performances.
Take a mid-morning cruise to Mauthausen. MAUTHAUSEN
History Lessons and Monastic Life in Austria
Take a Guided Bike Tour along the Limes Cycle Route, and follow part of the northern border line of the Roman Empire, OR:
CLASSIC Visit the 9th-century St. Florian Monastery-the largest monastery in upper Austria and home to Augustine monks, OR:
CLASSIC Join a sobering Guided Tour of Mauthausen Concentration Camp, one of the largest and most brutal Nazi camps of WWII. This afternoon sail to Linz arriving this evening. LINZ
Meet the Locals in Linz
Join a Guided Optional Pub Crawl through Linz to sample local libations and mingle with the locals. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ENGELHARTSZELL
(B, L, D)
Memories and Beer in the making
Join a Guided Tour to the "House by the Stream" (Haus am Strom) and walk across the Danube Power-Station Jochenstein, OR:
Visit the stunning rococo-style Engelszell Abbey, and explore its Sensory Garden-complete with stone labyrinth, herb garden, and vineyard. Sample cheese and beer made by the resident Trappist monks.
Join an afternoon Guided Hike along the Danube's Schlogen Oxbow bend that cuts a dramatic landscape made by centuries of natural elements.
Enjoy free time on the Sky Deck this afternoon while you sail through the amazing horseshoe bend of the Danube's Schlogen Oxbow on your return to Linz. Later, enjoy a farewell dinner onboard, followed by live entertainment.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LINZ
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
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- Avalon Waterways
- Offer valid through 6/30/2019
- 9 Days
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Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included.
Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.
Extra nights per person in Budapest:
in single room from $178 to $446, in twin room from $111 to $243
Extra nights per person in Linz:
in single room $130, in twin room $82
All prices per person based on double occupancy. Cruise price based on Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom on Indigo Deck. See below for upgrade pricing.
To upgrade to a higher category, add per person:
Category / Decks / Price
D / Indigo Deck / $199
B / Sapphire Deck / $1149
A / Sapphire Deck / $1199
P / Royal Deck / $1299
Royal Suite / Royal Deck / $2199
Prices shown are "starting at" prices and do not include airfare.
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- Vacation departures, itineraries and prices are subject to change.
- A non-refundable, non-transferable deposit is required for Avalon Waterways to reserve space for you. View Terms & Conditions for limited exceptions.
- The following charges are not included in the land/cruise vacation price unless otherwise noted: airfare to and from the start of your vacation; intra-vacation air, unless specified in the itinerary; airline baggage fees including checked and/or excess baggage fees; Federal inspection fees for the Federal U.S. Customs and Immigrations; International Air Transportation tax; agricultural tax; other per person taxes imposed by government entities; airport taxes and fees, including the September 11th Security fee up to $11.20 per person, passenger facility charges up to $18 per person, Federal domestic flight segment fees up to $4.10 per segment, and U.S. and international arrival and departure and other government-imposed added by the airline and applicable at time of booking; port taxes; passports; visas and vaccinations; tips to your Cruise Director, Local Host, driver, Local Guides, and/or ship's crew; gratuities on ferries, trains, and cruise ships; laundry; telephone; minibar; alcohol, beverages, and food outside of the contracted Avalon menu as presented at a hotel or restaurant or onboard your vessel (these extra items will be billed to you before leaving the hotel, ship, or restaurant); airport transfers on non-qualifying flights; optional excursions; additional activities and excursions purchased online; porterage at airports and train stations; Travel Protection; and all other items of a personal nature.
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Booking your Vacation with Air
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Guaranteed air-inclusive prices - air is only available to passengers traveling from the United States and only available when booked in conjunction with a land vacation. An additional non-refundable air deposit of $300 per person is required for Flex Air booked in conjunction with any land vacation (i.e. air-inclusive vacation). Air can only be booked by Avalon in conjunction with a vacation package. Instant Purchase Air requires air payment in full at time of booking (i.e. air-inclusive vacation) plus a non-refundable per person service fee of $30 (North/Central America), $50 (Europe/Middle East) or $80 (all other international destinations). Once booked, Instant Purchase Air is non-refundable, and non-changeable. Some vacations may only offer one Air type option. However, once your airfare is confirmed and Avalon has received your full air and land deposit, your air-inclusive vacation price is guaranteed.
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