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Avalon Waterways Danube Symphony – Cruise Only Westbound (WVP0)

6 days Vienna to Passau 
Your European river cruise adventure begins in romantic and exciting Vienna, the capital of Austria, and ends in Passau, Germany, the “City of Three Rivers” because of its unique location where the Inn, Ilz, and Danube rivers converge.

Known as the “City of Music,” Vienna inspired the creative genius of Beethoven, Mozart, and Strauss. Join your Local Guide for a tour of the city that offers the lavish Hofburg Palace complex with its Vienna Boys’ Choir and dazzling Lipizzaner horses, the neo-renaissance Vienna Opera House, and much more! In your free time, stroll along pedestrian Kärntnerstrasse with its many shops, or try a piece of Apfelstrudel in an elegant Viennese café.

Cruise along the Danube River to Dürnstein, located in the heart of the Wachau Valley and famous for its baroque Stiftskirche, a church from the early 1700s, and one of the most beautiful of its kind because of its luminous blue façade. In Melk, visit Austria’s majestic Benedictine Abbey, one of Europe’s largest monasteries, and taste some of the region’s renowned wines. In Grein, visit the oldest theater in Austria that still gives regular performances. Explore Passau, the “City of Three Rivers,” with its narrow cobblestone streets lined with beautiful Patrician houses and dominated by St. Stephen’s Cathedral, a masterpiece of Italian baroque architecture. A fitting last stop to end this delightful Danube River cruise!

Ships: Expression - Artistry II - Impression - Visionary
Special Offer/Promotion

Avalon Waterways Promotions & Special Offers

  • Save $500 per couple on select 2019 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 05/16/19, 06/09/19, 09/01/19
  • Single supplement waived on the cruise portion of select 2019 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 05/16/19, 06/09/19, 09/01/19
  • Save $1,500 per couple on select 2018 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 04/16/18
  • Save $1,000 per couple on select 2018 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
  • Save $500 per couple on select 2018 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 09/18/18
  • Single supplement waived on the cruise portion of select 2018 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 05/15/18
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Avalon Highlights & Sightseeing

Day 1 Vienna (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception

Day 2 Vienna: guided tour, see the Kuntskammer collection; choice of additional sightseeing, or a complimentary museum ticket

Day 3 Dürnstein–Wachau Valley–Melk: guided walk, see the Stiftskirche in Dürnstein; scenic cruising through the Wachau Valley; guided tour of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk; wine tasting on board

Day 4 Grein–Linz: guided walk of Grein, visit the historical theatre; time at leisure in Linz

Day 5 Linz–Schögener Schlinge–Passau: guided tour in Passau; scenic cruising through the Schlögener Schlinge

Day 6 Passau (Disembarkation): your vacation ends this morning

Special Interest Departures

07/17/2018 - A Culinary Experience on the Danube Symphony - Cruise Only

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WVP - Take this cruise with land stays

Itinerary (2019)

 A Feast for the Soul in Vienna.

Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding.

Flights into Vienna must arrive by 3:30 pm.

Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.

Spend free time today by relaxing, exploring, or strolling through the streets of Vienna.


  Strauss, Schnitzel, Strudel, and Sachertorte

DISCOVERY Join us for a Guided Tour of the Kuntskammer’s remarkable collection of more than 2,100 artifacts collected for centuries by the Habsburg Empire.

CLASSIC Later, choose a complimentary ticket to a local Viennese museum or continue exploring joining our Guided Sightseeing.

You may decide to take a Guided Optional Excursion to opulent Schönbrunn Palace—the former imperial summer home and vast gardens with a history spanning 300 years of the Habsburg monarchy.

Enjoy a free afternoon by strolling through Kärntnerstrasse—the most famous shopping avenue in central Vienna. Take a bike ride through the city and stop in a local café to enjoy authentic Austrian confections of Sachertorte or Apfelstrudel.

Later this evening, you may choose to attend an Optional Royal Waltz Concert to hear quintessential Viennese music in an elegant concert hall.


 Vistas and Vineyards Beyond the Blue Stiftskirche

CLASSIC Join a Guided Walking Tour, and hear the legendary tale of King Richard the Lionheart—who was imprisoned during the Crusades in the castle above the village, OR:

ACTIVE Join your Avalon Adventure Host and hike up to the castle ruins to take in the spectacular view of the village, the Danube, and the Wachau Valley below.

You may stretch out on the Sky Deck as you sail through the Wachau Valley past vineyards, castles, and charming villages on your way to Melk.


Ornate Architecture and Scenic Splendors

CLASSIC Join a 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.

DISCOVERY Enjoy the flavors of the Wachau Valley at a Wine Tasting this afternoon.

After dinner enjoy live entertainment on board.


 Dramatic Castle Views and the Oldest Theater in Austria

CLASSIC Take a Guided Walking Tour of Grein, see its historical theater—the oldest in Austria still holding performances today.

Alternatively, take a full-day Guided Optional Excursion to Salzburg—the city of Mozart—or to the picturesque Bohemian town of Český Krumlov.

Cruise to Linz this afternoon or meet your ship after your excursion.


Fall in Love with Legendary Art, Music, and the Linzer Torte!

Enjoy the afternoon with coffee and a piece of authentic Linzer Torte.


  Go for Baroque in Passau–with Treasures Both Grand and Quaint

Sail through the Schlögener Schlinge—named the Natural Wonder of Austria, carved by the power of the river into a dramatic landscape.

CLASSIC Join a Guided City Walk in Passau to learn more about this beautiful “City of Three Rivers” where the Danube, Inn, and Ilz Rivers meet, OR:

ACTIVE Take a Nordic Walk with your Avalon Adventure Host.

Later, in your free time, enjoy a bike ride by the Danube or a stroll through the delightful village of Passau.


 Your vacation ends this morning with breakfast.


Avalon Pricing Details

Port charges:

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

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 / $142
B / Sapphire Deck / $821
A / Sapphire Deck / $856
P / Royal Deck / $928
Avalon Suite / Royal Deck / $1571

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 is necessary, a substitute will be offered.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.

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04/16/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $1,999.00
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