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Avalon Waterways A Taste of the Danube – Westbound (WBV)

8 days Budapest to Vienna 
From the Gypsy violins of Budapest to the romantic sounds of Vienna, the “City of Music,” this Europe river cruise highlights the natural beauty of Austria’s Wachau Valley, and the fascinating capital cities of Hungary, Slovakia, and Austria.

Enjoy two nights in Budapest, where guided sightseeing shows you the highlights of this vibrant capital. You’ll have plenty of time to explore on your own—take pictures from Fishermen’s Bastion, walk across Chain Bridge, or enjoy a cream cake in the renowned Gerbeaud Café. Board your river cruise vessel and head upriver to Bratislava. For a 58-mile stretch, the middle of the Danube forms the border between Hungary and Slovakia, and guided sightseeing awaits you in Slovakia’s capital.

In Melk, you will visit Austria’s majestic Benedictine Abbey, one of Europe’s largest monasteries, sitting high on a bluff so you can take in the breathtaking views of the Danube River and surrounding countryside. Cruise through the picturesque Wachau Valley and spend free time in Dürnstein, overlooked by the ruins of the castle where England’s King Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned in 1192, and best known for its magnificent baroque Stiftskirche with its blue façade.

To end your river cruise, there’s guided sightseeing in Austria’s capital, Vienna, with time on your own to relax, perhaps visit the famous Sacher Hotel for a taste of Sachertorte (a special chocolate cake), and stroll along the famous pedestrian street of Kärntnerstrasse. Sweet surprises with new experiences along your Danube River cruise are sure to give you more than a taste of the many beautiful discoveries of this legendary river.

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Special Offer/Promotion

Avalon Waterways Promotions & Special Offers

  • Save $500 per couple on select 2019 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 08/27/19, 08/27/19
  • Save $300 per couple on select 2019 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 05/11/19, 06/04/19, 05/11/19, 06/04/19
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Avalon Highlights & Sightseeing

Day 1 Budapest: welcome to Budapest

Day 2 Budapest: guided tour, see Heroes’ Square

Day 3 Budapest (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception

Day 4 Bratislava:
guided sightseeing, visit St. Martin’s Cathedral

Day 5 Melk–Wachau Valley–Dürnstein: guided visit of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk; cruise through the Wachau Valley

Day 6 Vienna (Disembarkation): choice of early guided tour, with breakfast at a Viennese café, or guided sightseeing

Day 7 Vienna: day at leisure

Day 8 Vienna:
your vacation ends this morning

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Itinerary (2019)

Day 1BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
 Two Nights in Beautiful Budapest!

Enjoy a free day to discover, dine, and unwind in the captivating capital of historic Hungary.
Day 2BUDAPEST
 Hungarian Dishes, Healing Waters, and Historic Wonders

CLASSIC Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour to see majestic Heroes’ Square and Budapest’s classic sites.

With plenty of free time this afternoon, experience the curative waters of Budapest’s thermal baths, or set out for a hike to explore the countryside on either side of the Danube. Take time to shop for treasures, including handcrafted embroidery, Herend porcelain, or Budapest’s best baked goods.

This evening, secure your reservation for an Optional Dinner with a sumptuous Hungarian food–and–wine pairing.

(B)
Day 3BUDAPEST (EMBARKATION)
 Time for Cobblestones, Coffee, and Confections

Spend free time strolling the cobblestone streets, browsing art galleries, sipping coffee, and sampling sweets before boarding your Danube cruise for a welcome dinner this evening.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BRATISLAVA

(B,D)
Day 4BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA
 Castles, Vineyards, and Cosmopolitan Culture

CLASSIC Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Old Town’s cobblestone streets to Town Hall. Visit the gothic halls of St. Martin’s Cathedral–Kingdom of Hungary’s centuries–old coronation church, OR:

ACTIVE Grab Nordic walking sticks and follow your Avalon Adventure Host on a Hike to Bratislava Castle.

Alternatively, in your free time take a bicycle and a picnic from the ship to explore the local sights along the Danube. Later, enjoy onboard entertainment by local musicians.

AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MELK

(B,L,D)
Day 5MELK, AUSTRIA
 Ornate Architecture and Scenic Splendors Awaken the Imagination and the Senses

CLASSIC Join a morning Guided Sightseeing Tour of Melk’s 11th–century Benedictine Abbey. Explore its frescoes, statues, library, and spectacular pipe organ in the monastery’s lofty perch above the Danube.

Take a relaxing break on the Sky Deck as you sail through awe–inspiring views through the Wachau Valley and the wine region surrounding Dürnstein.

DÜRNSTEIN

Idyllic Vistas and Vineyards Beyond the Blue Stiftskirche

ACTIVE Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a hike up the hillside to castle ruins for breathtaking views.

Spend free time in Dürnstein at your leisure or biking through the vineyards in the Wachau Valley.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIENNA

(B,L,D)
Day 6VIENNA (DISEMBARKATION)
 A Feast for the Soul in Vienna–Music, Food, Art, and Architecture

CLASSIC Venture into the Habsburg empire with a morning 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.

Or you may choose to set out earlier as Vienna awakens:

DISCOVERY Take an Early Riser Walking Tour that includes breakfast at a Viennese café followed by an exclusive viewing of the Habsburg family’s private art collection at the Museum of Fine Arts–the perfect start to your stay in Vienna.

Optional tours today include a Guided Tour of magnificent Schönbrunn Palace, the former imperial summer residence of Habsburg royalty. You may also choose to attend an Optional Excursion to a Royal Waltz Concert for an unforgettable evening of music in an elegant hall.

(B)
Day 7VIENNA
 Vienna Favorites—Sachertorte and Apfelstrudel

Enjoy a free day to explore the city at your own pace.

Choose a Guided Optional Hiking or Biking Tour through the vineyards for an active city and countryside excursion.

Spend free time with a tram ride to discover the adventure, tradition, and Viennese charm of The Prater amusement park. Visit one of Vienna’s marvelous museums and sample authentic Austrian pastries in a local bakery.

(B)
Day 8VIENNA
 Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

(B)

Avalon Pricing Details

Port charges:
$78

Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included.

Avalon offers the opportunity for solo travelers to sail with no single supplement (subject to availability).

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 Vienna:
in single room $217, in twin room from $130 to $139

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 / $85
B / Sapphire Deck / $492
A / Sapphire Deck / $541
P / Royal Deck / $557
Royal Suite / Royal Deck / $942

Avalon 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 becomes 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.

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