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Avalon Waterways A Taste of the Danube – Eastbound (WVB)

8 days Vienna to Budapest 
Discover the fascinating and scenic Danube with its charming small towns and exciting cities on this European river cruise vacation. Begin with a guided sightseeing tour and a 2-night city stay in Vienna, the “City of Music.” Savor Sachertorte in a local café, spend time in one of the many marvelous museums, shop along the Kärntnerstrasse, or stroll along the historic streets.

You’ll board your ship and begin exploring the natural beauty of Austria’s Wachau Valley. Enjoy the serene atmosphere as you glide along the river, passing quaint villages and scenic beauty of your Danube River cruise.

Visit Melk’s impressive and breathtaking Benedictine Abbey, see Dürnstein’s baroque Stiftskirche, and enjoy guided sightseeing in Slovakia’s vibrant capital of Bratislava. Your journey concludes with two overnights in exciting Budapest, including guided sightseeing and time to explore on your own. Enjoy Hungarian cuisine, explore the famous produce market—Central Market Hall, wander around the former Royal Palace grounds, explore Budapest's famous churches, or just sit back and relax. It’s all available on this grand vacation!

Ships: Expression - Panorama - Illumination - Visionary
Special Offer/Promotion

Avalon Waterways Promotions & Special Offers

  • Save $500 per couple on select 2019 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 04/13/19, 07/01/19, 09/23/19
  • Single supplement waived on the cruise portion of select 2019 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
  • 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.*
Restrictions May Apply

Avalon Highlights & Sightseeing

Day 1 Vienna: welcome to Vienna

Day 2 Vienna:
choice of early risers guided tour, or guided sightseeing

Day 3 Vienna (Embarkation):
morning at leisure; onboard welcome reception

Day 4 Melk—Wachau Valley—Dürnstein:
guided visit of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk; scenic cruising through the Wachau Valley; free time in Dürnstein

Day 5 Bratislava:
guided sightseeing, visit St. Martin’s Cathedral

Day 6 Budapest (Disembarkation):
guided tour, see Heroes’ Square

Day 7 Budapest:
day at leisure

Day 8 Budapest:
your vacation ends this morning

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Itinerary (2019)

Day 1VIENNA
 Welcome to Vienna

Spend free time today by relaxing, exploring, or strolling through the streets of Vienna.
Day 2VIENNA
 A Feast for the Soul in Vienna

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

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.

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 3VIENNA (EMBARKATION)
 Vienna Favorites—Sachertorte and Apfelstrudel

Enjoy a free day to explore the city at your own pace before boarding your Avalon Suite Ship®

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

Or perhaps take a tram ride to discover the adventure, tradition, and Viennese charm of The Prater amusement park. You may also consider to visiting one of Vienna’s marvelous museums. Or indulge your sweet tooth with authentic Austrian pastries in a local bakery.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MELK

(B,D)
Day 4MELK
 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

Spend free time in Dürnstein at your leisure, biking through the vineyards in the Wachau Valley, or hiking up the hillside to castle ruins and breathtaking views

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BRATISLAVA

(B,L,D)
Day 5BRATISLAVA, 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—Hungary’s centuries-old coronation church.

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.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BUDAPEST

(B,L,D)
Day 6BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (DISEMBARKATION)
 Time for Cobblestones, Coffee, and Confections

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

(B)
Day 7BUDAPEST
 Hungarian Dishes, Healing Waters, and Historic Wonders

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.

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

(B)

Avalon Pricing Details

Port charges:
$78

Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included.

Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.

Extra nights per person in Vienna:
in single room $217, in twin room from $130 to $139

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 / $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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10/19/2018 $1,739.00
04/13/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $2,059.00
07/01/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $2,209.00
09/23/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $2,109.00
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