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Avalon Waterways Danube Dreams – Cruise Only Westbound (WBP0)

8 days from Budapest to Passau 
On this magnificent cruise vacation, enjoy seeing Slovakia and Austria’s splendid capitals— Bratislava and Vienna —as well as many small towns that dot the landscape along the way. Visit St. Martin’s Cathedral in Bratislava, and savor a Sachertorte in Vienna. Visit Austria’s oldest theater in Grein, explore Germany’s Passau, located at the confluence of three rivers, and enjoy free time in Linz, Austria’s third-largest city. Guided sightseeing with Certified Local Guides is sure to heighten your experience.

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Avalon Waterways Promotions & Special Offers

  • Single supplement waived on the cruise portion of select 2017 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
  • Save $500 per couple on select 2017 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
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Avalon Highlights & Sightseeing

Cruise: deluxe 7-night cruise in an outside stateroom with Avalon’s exclusive Comfort Collection BedsSM

Day 1 Budapest (Embarkation): welcome to Budapest; onboard welcome reception

Day 2 Bratislava: guided sightseeing, visit St. Martin’s Cathedral

Day 3 Vienna: museum visit

Day 4 Vienna: guided sightseeing; time at leisure

Day 5 Weissenkirchen–Grein: guided walk in Weissenkirchen; guided walk in Grein, visit the historical theater

Day 6 Mauthausen–Linz: guided walk in Grein, visit the historical theater

Day 7 Passau: guided walk in Passau

Day 8 Passau (Disembarkation): your vacation ends this morning

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Itinerary (2017)

Day 1Arrive in Budapest, Hungary (Embarkation).
 Welcome to Budapest, Hungary’s lively capital. The remainder of the day is free to start exploring this exciting city. In the afternoon, transfer to your river cruise vessel and meet your crew at a welcome reception. (D)
Day 2Bratislava, Slovakia.
 This morning, enjoy the beautiful scenery on both banks of the Danube. As you cruise upriver, Hungary is on your left and Slovakia is on your right. The two countries share the Danube for a 58-mile stretch, with the border in the middle of the river. At the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains is Bratislava, the dynamic capital of Slovakia, which you reach in mid-morning. Join a LOCAL GUIDE to explore its fascinating Old Town, where winding cobblestone streets and narrow alleyways twist and turn to reveal the Town Hall, one of the oldest stone buildings in the city; and gothic ST. MARTIN’S CATHEDRAL, coronation church for the Kingdom of Hungary from the 16th to 19th centuries. (B,L,D)
Day 3Vienna, Austria.
 A morning of cruising allows you to relax on board before reaching Vienna around lunchtime. This afternoon, enjoy an included visit to the KUNSTKAMMER MUSEUM. An optional concert is available tonight. (B,L,D)
Day 4Vienna.
 Known as the “City of Music,” Vienna inspired the creative genius of Mozart, Beethoven, and Strauss. Once the center of the mighty Habsburg Empire, Austria’s magical capital on the blue Danube is a showcase of gilded architecture. This is home to the lavish Hofburg Imperial Palace complex with its Vienna Boys’ Choir and dazzling Lipizzaner stallions; the neo-renaissance Vienna Opera House; and awe-inspiring St. Stephen’s Cathedral—plus, countless other sights you’ll see on your GUIDED SIGHTSEEING TOUR. The afternoon is at leisure. Stroll through the pedestrian Kärntnerstrasse, and be sure to take a break and enjoy a piece of decadent Sachertorte or Apfelstrudel in a neighborhood café. (B,L,D)
Day 5Weissenkirchen–Grein.
 This morning, sail into the picturesque Wachau Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Pass the magnificent baroque Stiftskirche with its blue façade, the landmark of Dürnstein, before arriving in Weissenkirchen (White Church). Join a GUIDED WALK to learn more about this pretty little Wachau valley town, then, reboard your ship and sail to the attractive country resort of Grein, nestled at the foot of a bluff in the shadow of its castle. Take an included GUIDED WALK through town and visit its unique historical THEATER, the oldest in Austria still holding regular performances. A behind-the-scenes peek to learn about some of the curiosities of this rococo-style, 167-seat theater will certainly tell you much about life as it was—and as it now is in this small town. The turreted houses on the main square make excellent photo subjects. (B,L,D)
Day 6Mauthausen–Linz.
 This morning, arrive in Mauthausen and join a local expert for a GUIDED WALK. This afternoon arrive in Linz, Austria’s third-largest city and explore on your own. Linz is an important river port where culture plays a significant role in everyday life. Composer Anton Bruckner lived here, and Mozart’s Linzer Symphony was composed in the city. There is free time to explore Linz on your own. See the 13th-century Hauptplatz, Austria’s largest medieval square, and the Trinity Column, built in 1723 as thanks for the city escaping the ravages of the plague, war, and fire. Perhaps wander around the old castle grounds and take in the beautiful views of the river, or visit the neo-gothic New Cathedral, Austria’s largest church, with capacity for 20,000 visitors. (B,L,D)
Day 7Passau, Germany.
 This afternoon, arrive in Passau, located at the confluence of the Rivers Inn, Ilz, and Danube. This is a city of graceful arcades and cobblestone streets. St. Stephen’s Cathedral houses one of the world’s largest church organs with more than 17,000 pipes. Join a Local Guide for a WALKING TOUR through this charming town, and find out much more about the “City of Three Rivers.” Alternatively, you might choose to join one of several full-day optional excursions: to medieval Český Krumlov in the Czech Republic, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; to Salzburg with its Sound of Music sites; or the popular “Romantic Austria” tour. Rejoin your ship in the late afternoon in Passau. (B,L,D)
Day 8Passau (Disembarkation).
 Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Included Avalon Meals

  • Captain’s welcome & farewell receptions with sparkling wine and canapés
  • Welcome dinner
  • Daily Afternoon Tea
  • Daily Night Fare
  • Farewell dinner
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner are included daily on board your vessel

Avalon Pricing Details

Port charges:
$168

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 $175 to $326, in twin room from $101 to $172

Prices shown above include cruise in Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom on Indigo Deck.

To upgrade to a higher category, add per person:

Luminary
Category / Decks / Price
B / Sapphire Deck / $649
A / Sapphire Deck / $699
P / Royal Deck / $799
Avalon Suite / Royal Deck / $1,399

Vista/Passion/Impression/Illumination/Expression
Category / Decks / Price
D Indigo Deck / $199
B Sapphire Deck / $1,149
A Sapphire Deck / $1,199
P Royal Deck / $1,299
Royal Suite / Royal Deck / $1,899

Avalon Notes

NOTES:
  • In the event of water level problems or any problems of a technical nature, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or to alter the program.
  • Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change is necessary, a substitute will be offered.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); the responsibility for obtaining a visa rests with the traveler.
  • Departure transfers are not included and are not offered for purchase with this cruise-only itinerary.

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