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Avalon Waterways Active Discovery on the Danube – Eastbound (WLB)

9 days Linz to Budapest 
This exciting 9-day vacation introduces you to the people and places along your Danube River cruise from Linz to Budapest. Travel and explore in the most active, engaged and fun ways imaginable. With Active Discovery, the choice is always yours: whether you taste locally produced cheese and beer brewed by Trappist monks near Linz, or hike on the trails along the Danube for spectacular views; bike to an ancient border defense near Mauthausen or visit World War II’s largest concentration camp.

You can paddle a canoe or meet with a local produce grower in the Wachau Valley—the choice is up to you and your interests. Be introduced to a count in his castle; take a jogging tour around Vienna, or visit the city when it first awakes. Attend a medieval knights’ tournament in Visegrád and end your vacation with one night in magnificent Budapest—with the chance to learn some Hungarian as part of your stay.

You’ll feel at home away from home on your Avalon Suite Ship® with the attention to service, warmth, and exceptional dining options. Explore the Active Discovery cruise experience with new discoveries and active adventures around every corner.

Ships: Luminary - Panorama - Impression
Special Offer/Promotion

Avalon Waterways Promotions & Special Offers

  • Save $500 per couple on select 2019 air-inclusive Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 04/06/19, 05/06/19, 06/04/19, 07/02/19, 07/30/19, 08/27/19, 10/08/19, 10/22/19, 09/10/19
  • Save $500 per couple on select 2018 air-inclusive Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 06/17/18, 07/29/18, 09/09/18, 09/23/18
  • Save $500 per couple on select 2019 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 09/10/19
  • Save $1,500 per couple on select 2019 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 04/06/19
  • Save $1,000 per couple on select 2019 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 05/06/19, 06/04/19, 07/02/19, 07/30/19, 08/27/19, 10/08/19, 10/22/19
  • Single supplement waived on the cruise portion of select 2019 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
  • Save $1,500 per couple on select 2018 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 06/17/18, 07/29/18, 09/09/18, 09/23/18
  • Save $500 per couple on select 2018 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
  • Single supplement waived on the cruise portion of select 2018 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
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Avalon Highlights & Sightseeing

Day 1 Linz (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception

Day 2 Engelhartszell—Schlögener Schlinge—Linz:
choice of visit to Engelszell Abbey, or visit Jochenstein Power-Station; choice of scenic cruising around the Schlögen Oxbow or guided hike on the Danube Trail

Day 3 Linz—Mauthausen—Grein:
in Mauthausen, choice of visit to St. Florian Monastery, or guided tour of Mauthausen Concentration Camp, or guided bike tour; guided walk in Grein, visit the historical theater and Greinburg Castle to meet the owner

Day 4 Spitz—Vienna:
choice of canoe tour, or bike tour from Spitz to Krems; or Wine World Experience with tasting, or local encounter showcasing regional products

Day 5 Vienna:
choice of bike tour, or jogging tour, or meet with local people, or guided tour, visit to Belvedere Palace

Day 6 Vienna:
choice of early risers guided tour, with breakfast at a Viennese café, or guided tour, see Habsburg private art collection and the Italian and Dutch Masters Gallery, or guided tour, see Habsburg private art collection and the World Museum

Day 7 Visegrád—Budapest:
in Visegrád, choice of medieval knights tournament, or guided hike in Danube-Ipoly National Park

Day 8 Budapest (Disembarkation):
choice of walking tour with language lesson, or guided bike tour, or city sightseeing tour

Day 9 Budapest:
your vacation ends this morning

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WLB0 - Save with the Cruise-Only Portion
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WBL - Cruise from Budapest to Linz

Itinerary (2019)

Day 1LINZ, AUSTRIA (EMBARKATION)
 Welcome to Austria! Your Suite Ship® Awaits in Linz.

Flights into Linz must arrive by 3:30 pm.

Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.

Enjoy any free time today by shopping, exploring on your own, or stop in a café for Austria’s world-famous pastries.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ENGELHARTSZELL

(D)
Day 2ENGELHARTSZELL—SCHLÖGEN OXBOW
 Memories and Beer in the Making

ACTIVE Join a Guided Tour to the “House by the stream” (Haus am Strom) and walk across The Danube Power-Station Jochenstein, OR:

CLASSIC 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.

Enjoy free time on the Sky Deck this afternoon while you sail through the amazing horseshoe bend of the Danube’s Schlögen Oxbow on your way back to Linz.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LINZ

(B,L,D)
Day 3LINZ—MAUTHAUSEN
 History Lessons and Monastic Life in Austria

ACTIVE 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.

In the afternoon sail to Grein.

GREIN

Theater History and Modern-Day Castles

CLASSIC Take a Guided Walk of Grein, including its historic theater, the oldest in Austria still holding regular performances.

DISCOVERY See Burg Clam (Greinburg Castle) on a Guided Visit, and meet the Count of Clam during your tour.

EVENING CRUISE TO SPITZ

(B,L,D)
Day 4SPITZ
 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 Dürnstein 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 Tour that showcases the production of regional fruits, vegetables, wine, or other products.

Relax this afternoon as you cruise toward Vienna.

This evening, perhaps join a Guided Optional Hike through the vineyards outside Vienna, with a wine tasting and dinner at a Heurigen wine tavern.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN VIENNA

(B,L,D)
Day 5VIENNA
 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:

DISCOVERY Get 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:

CLASSIC Enjoy a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Vienna, including a tour of Belvedere Palace to see Gustave Klimt’s renowned “Kiss” painting.

Spend free time this afternoon strolling through the pedestrian Kärntnerstrasse, then take a break for a piece of Sachertorte.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN VIENNA

(B,L,D)
Day 6VIENNA
 A Feast for the Soul in Vienna

DISCOVERY Take a Guided Walking Tour for early risers this morning—with breakfast at a Viennese café, OR:

CLASSIC Join a Guided Tour of the Habsburg family’s private art collection at the Museum of Fine Arts, and the 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.

This evening, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VISEGRÁD

(B,L,D)
Day 7VISEGRÁD, HUNGARY
 Knights, Castles, and Vampires

DISCOVERY Join a Guided Excursion to the Medieval Knights Tournament at Visegrád’s Lower Castle, featuring targeting and fighting demonstrations by members of the St. George Knightly Order, OR:

ACTIVE Hike to the Castle to visit Count Dracula's prison tower in Visegrád.

Sail to Budapest this afternoon.

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY

The Pearl of the Danube

Take some free time this afternoon to explore the vibrant and stunning city of Budapest. Enjoy a Farewell Dinner on board your ship this evening.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN BUDAPEST

(B,L,D)
Day 8BUDAPEST (DISEMBARKATION)
 ACTIVE Join a Guided Biking Tour along the bike paths 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 Café.

(B)
Day 9BUDAPEST
 Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

(B)

Avalon Pricing Details

Port charges:
$182

Gratuities to Local Guides & excursion drivers are included.

Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.

Extra nights per person in Linz:
in single room $130, in twin room $82

Extra nights per person in Budapest:
in single room from $178 to $446, in twin room from $111 to $243

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

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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Tour Land StartAvalon RetailRequest Quote
06/17/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $3,539.00
07/01/2018 $3,439.00
07/29/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $3,439.00
09/09/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $3,839.00
09/23/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $3,839.00
04/06/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $3,419.00
05/06/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $3,869.00
06/04/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $3,969.00
07/02/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $3,869.00
07/30/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $3,869.00
08/27/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $3,969.00
09/10/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $4,269.00
10/08/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $3,969.00
10/22/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $3,769.00
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