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Avalon Waterways Active Discovery on the Danube – Cruise Only Eastbound (WLB0)

8 days Linz to Budapest 
Your Avalon Suite Ship is ready for boarding in lovely Linz, Austria, with a myriad of possibilities to discover the Danube on your way to Budapest. Whether you’re an art lover, a foodie, a history buff, or an energetic adventurer, your Active Discovery cruise on the Danube River invites you to experience culture and cuisine in creative ways that are perfect for you. With Avalon Choice, you can select the experiences that are perfect for your interests and pace—from Active to Discovery to Classic. Avalon Choice gives you a choice of in-cluded excursions in each port—from Linz to Budapest.

Whether you prefer browsing the art collection of the Habsburg Empire, sipping local vintages at an Austrian wine-tasting, or joining a canoe excursion, your Active Discovery cruise is packed with Avalon Choice inclu-sions for every pace in every place we go. Sample cheese and beer made by Trappist monks and explore their Abbey gardens. With Avalon Choice included excursions, you can choose an insider’s tour of Vienna, or decide to join a canoe excursion—your Active Discovery river cruise has something for every pace in every place we go. From a wine tasting in Krems to a hike to Count Dracula’s prison tower, you’ll find the perfect outing you’ll prefer. One day, visit Belvedere Palace in Vienna to see Klimt’s renowned “Kiss,” and another day you may attend a Medieval Knights Tournament at a Visegrád castle. With Active Discovery river cruis-es, the choice is always yours.

Your Active Discovery Danube River cruise can be as active or leisurely as you like! Join us on this Active Discovery river cruise and experience the Danube your way. No matter how you choose to explore new lo-cales—from paddling canoes to picnic views—Avalon Choice includes the excursions and activities to let you enjoy each destination your way.

Ships: Luminary - Panorama - Impression
Special Offer/Promotion

Avalon Waterways Promotions & Special Offers

  • Save $500 per couple on select 2018 air-inclusive Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 09/23/18, 09/09/18
  • 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, 09/10/19, 10/08/19, 10/22/19
  • Save $2,000 per couple on select 2019 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, 09/10/19, 10/08/19, 10/22/19
  • Single supplement waived on the cruise portion of select 2019 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 04/06/19, 06/04/19, 07/02/19, 07/30/19, 08/27/19, 10/08/19, 10/22/19
  • Save $500 per couple on select 2018 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 09/09/18, 09/23/18
  • 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 , or canoe tour

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

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WLB - Take this cruise with land stays

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
 Memory 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, following part of the northern border line of the Roman Empire, OR:

CLASSIC Take a step back in time with a visit to the 9th-century St. Florian Monastery—the largest monastery in upper Austria and home to Augustine monks, OR:

CLASSIC Pay homage to a pivotal time in human history with a 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 unique 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 local Viennese 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 to see the city’s highlights from a unique perspective, 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 get behind the scene of her sights and 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 Enjoy a morning Guided Walking Tour to see the city in her best light, along with breakfast at a Viennese café, OR:

CLASSIC Dive into European history and drama with 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.

EVENING/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 Take a Castle visit and scenic Hiking Tour to Count Dracula’s prison tower in Visegrád, OR:

ACTIVE Take part in a canoe excursion through the picturesque Bend Region of the Danube for a truly unique perspective of one of the river’s most beautiful stretches.

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)
 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

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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*09/09/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $3,649.00
*09/23/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $3,649.00
*04/06/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $3,199.00
*05/06/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $3,649.00
*06/04/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $3,749.00
*07/02/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $3,649.00
*07/30/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $3,649.00
*08/27/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $3,749.00
*09/10/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $4,049.00
*10/08/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $3,749.00
*10/22/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $3,549.00
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