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Avalon Waterways Active & Discovery On The Danube With 3 Nights In Salzburg Area (Eastbound) (WLBM)

12 Day River Cruise Munich to Budapest 
Spend three nights in stunning Salzburg before embarking on your Avalon Suite Ship for your Active Discovery cruise on the Danube River. You’ll arrive in Munich, Germany, and travel to Salzburg—birthplace of Mozart. Here enjoy a guided visit of the Hallein Salt Mine. The following day, immerse yourself in Salzburg on a guided walking tour to see the beloved sights from “The Sound of Music,” the Old Town, and lovely Mirabell Gardens. Travel from Salzburg to Linz to embark on your Avalon Suite Ship for an unforgettable cruise on the Danube River to Budapest. Whether you’re an art lover, a foodie, a history buff, or an energetic adventurer, Avalon Choice includes experiences that are perfect for your preference and pace—from Active to Discovery to Classic.

Your Active Discovery cruise is packed with Avalon Choice inclusions for every pace in every place we go. Browse the art collection of the Habsburg Empire, sample cheese and beer made by Trappist monks, or choose an insider’s tour of Vienna. Attend a wine tasting in Krems or join a hike to Count Dracula’s prison tower, visit Belvedere Palace in Vienna to see Klimt’s renowned “Kiss,” or attend a Medieval Knights Tournament at a Visegrád castle. With Active Discovery river cruises, the choice is always yours. Stroll the streets of Budapest on a classic sightseeing tour or take a bike ride through town for a different perspective, or join Kinga Tittel, renowned author of “Fabulous Budapest,” and experience the city’s people and places on an exceptional guided tour. Your Active Discovery Danube River cruise can be as active or leisurely as you like!

Ships: Illumination
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  • Single supplement waived on the cruise portion of select 2020 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
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Avalon Highlights & Sightseeing

Day 1 Munich—Salzburg: transfer to Salzburg

Day 2 Salzburg: guided tour

Day 3 Salzburg: Hallein Salt Mine excursion

Day 4 Salzburg—Linz (Embarkation): transfer to Linz; choice of guided city walk, or hike up Mt. Pöstlingberg; onboard welcome reception

Day 5 Engelhartszell—Schlögen Schlinge—Linz: choice of visit to Jochenstein power station, or visit to Engelszell Abbey, or guided hike along the Danube trails; scenic cruising around the Schlögen Oxbow

Day 6 Linz—Mauthausen–Grein: in Mauthausen, choice of visit to St. Florian Monastery, or guided tour of Mauthausen Concentration Camp, or guided bike tour; guided tour in Grein, visit to the historical theater and Clam Castle to meet the owner

Day 7 Spitz—Vienna: choice of canoe tour down the Danube; bike tour from Spitz to Krems with a stop in Dürnstein to sample local specialties; or Wine World Experience with tasting; or local encounter showcasing regional products

Day 8 Vienna: choice of bike tour, or jogging tour, or guided tour, visit to Belvedere Palace to see Klimt’s Kiss; or Vienna Experimental experience, to meet with local people

Day 9 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 Military Museum

Day 10 Visegrád—Danube Bend: in Visegrád, choice of medieval knights tournament, or guided hike in Danube-Ipoly National Park, or canoe tour; scenic cruising around the Danube Bend

Day 11 Budapest (Disembarkation): choice of guided tour with travel writer Kinga Tittel, or guided bike tour, or guided tour

Day 12 Budapest: your vacation ends this morning

Related Avalon Tours

WLBE - Active & Discovery on the Danube (Eastbound)
WLBM - With 3 Nights in Salzburg Area
WLBP - With 3 Nights in Prague
WBLQ - Active & Discovery on the Danube (Westbound)

Itinerary (2020)

Day 1MUNICH, GERMANY—SALZBURG, AUSTRIA
 Welcome to Munich. Transfer to Salzburg to start your vacation.

Flights into Munich must arrive by Noon.
Day 2SALZBURG
 During an included guided walk of the city, see sights immortalized in The Sound of Music; as well as the Old Town and lovely Mirabell Gardens.

(B)
Day 3SALZBURG
 Enjoy a guided visit of the Hallein Salt Mine. Enter this mesmerizing subterranean world and wander through a portion of the 65 kilometers (40 miles) of tunnels.

(B)
Day 4SALZBURG—LINZ (EMBARKATION)
 Transfer to Linz and before embarkation choose your activity: a Guided Tour of Linz or a hike to Mt. Pöstlinberg.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ENGELHARTSZELL

(B,D)
Day 5ENGELHARTSZELL—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.

ACTIVE This afternoon, enjoy a scenic Guided Hike along the Danube’s Schlögen Oxbow bend that cuts a dramatic landscape made by centuries of natural elements.

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 6LINZ—MAUTHAUSEN
 History Lessons and Monastic Life in Austria

ACTIVE Take a Guided Bike Tour along the Danube and discover how fertile this area is. Stop at a local farm and learn more about farming life and flood protection, 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 on a Guided Visit, and meet the Count of Clam during your tour.

EVENING CRUISE TO SPITZ

(B,L,D)
Day 7SPITZ
 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.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN VIENNA

(B,L,D)
Day 8VIENNA
 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 scenes 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, take a break for a piece of Sachertorte.

This evening consider joining an Optional Excursion to attend Royal Waltz Concert in an elegant hall.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN VIENNA

(B,L,D)
Day 9VIENNA
 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 one of the world’s most important museums with a Guided Tour of the Habsburg family’s private art collection at the Museum of Fine Arts, and enjoy Italian or Dutch master works, OR:

CLASSIC Take a Guided Tour of the Museum of Fine Arts, followed by the Military Museum, commemorating the past of the Habsburg Empire.


This evening, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VISEGRÁD

(B,L,D)
Day 10VISEGRÁD, HUNGARY
 Jousting Tournaments and Dracula’s Tower

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.


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 11BUDAPEST (DISEMBARKATION)
 
ACTIVE See the sights from a different perspective by joining a Guided Bike Tour along the bike paths of the city, OR:

DISCOVERY Join the author of “Fabulous Budapest” for an unforgettable introduction to the local people, places, and experiences that makes Budapest so special, 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 one of the many cafés.

(B)
Day 12BUDAPEST
 Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

(B)

Avalon Pricing Details

Port charges:
$182

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 Munich:
in single room from $348 to $728, in twin room from $204 to $394

Extra nights per person in Budapest:
in single room from $276 to $361, in twin room from $161 to $217

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 / $1,149
A / Sapphire Deck / $1,199
P / Royal Deck / $1,299
Avalon Suite / Royal Deck / $2,199

Avalon Notes

  • In the event of technical or water level issues, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or alter the program, including hotel overnight when necessary.
  • 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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