Cruise along the peaceful Danube River through Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, and Germany—stopping at some of Central Europe’s most splendid capitals and charming towns along the way.
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(Photo: Map of Danube Dreams for Wine Lovers)
*Book a select 2020 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruise to receive free round-trip economy class trans-Atlantic air from Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, Quebec City, Regina, Saskatoon, Toronto, Vancouver, Victoria, Winnipeg. Other gateway cities available for $199/person additional (inclusive of taxes/fees). Free air offer is based on lowest-priced economy class Flex airfare available for booking at time of reservation and scheduled to coincide with cruise itinerary; pre-assigned airline seats are limited and may not be available on all air segments. Quotes available online or by calling a Travel Professional. Limited to new bookings for CANADA originating travellers and economy class Flex air tickets; must be booked & under deposit between May 1 - August 27, 2019 for travel in 2020. A $550 non-refundable deposit is due at time of booking. Offer does not apply to instant purchase air and Groups. Offer is combinable only with the Welcome Back Credit (if applicable). Not applicable on Royal Suites. Promotional discounts do not carry forward on voluntarily changed air bookings; other promotions at time of change may be available. Once ticketed, air reservations subject to change/cancellation penalties of between $300 per ticket and 100% of ticket value. Changes to ticketed air reservations (including itineraries involving free round-trip trans-Atlantic air) also subject to airfare differentials between originally ticketed air itinerary and re-ticketed air itinerary. Additional airline baggage fees may apply; visit www.iflybags.com for details. Air schedules are available approximately 330 days prior to return travel date. Flight schedules, routings and air carriers are at the discretion of Globus family of brands. Additional restrictions apply; see Travel Terms for details. Air tickets are non-commissionable.
Day 1: BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (EMBARKATION)
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
(Photo: Avalon river cruise on the Danube in Hungary, Budapest)
Day 2: BUDAPEST
The Pearl of the Danube in the Heart of Europe
DISCOVERY Enjoy a Guided City Sightseeing, including the iconic Heroes’ Square and a visit to a unique wine cellar system where you can taste Hungarian wines in a very special way.
Take in the beauty of Budapest while enjoying a free afternoon 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
Classic and Contemporary—from Cathedrals to Castles
DISCOVERY Join an onboard lecture hosted by your Master of Wine while sailing to Bratislava.
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
(Photo: Avalon wine-themed cruise)
Day 4: VIENNA
Strauss, Schnitzel, Strudel, and Sachertorte
DISCOVERY Visit Austria’s largest art museum, the Kunsthistorisches Museum, including the Kuntskammer’s remarkable collection of more than 2,100 valuable objects, which were collected through the centuries by the emperors and archdukes of Habsburg, OR
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: DURNSTEIN - WACHAU VALLEY
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, OR:
DISCOVERY Discover the fascinating world of wine within a labyrinth underneath the surface which is about 900 years old. While sipping a selection of different wines, you will learn how the wine production developed over the centuries till nowadays.
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.
Day 6: LINZ
Fall in Love with Linz–Legendary Art, Music, and the Linzer Torte!
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.
DISCOVERY Onboard food and wine pairing dinner hosted by your Master of Wine.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LINZ
(Photo: Avalon Panorama Suite)
Day 7: SCHOLOGEN OXBOW - PASSAU
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.
DISCOVERY Enjoy a Wine Tasting on board hosted by your Master of Wine.
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)
Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning.
Flights should not leave Munich airport before Noon.
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.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO LINZ