A Taste of the Danube with 2 Nights in Budapest 2020 (Westbound)
6 days with Avalon Waterways Rating:
Day 1 BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
Welcome to Budapest—Hungary’s Captivating Capital
The day is yours to relax and enjoy Eastern Europe’s shining city on the Danube.
Day 2 BUDAPEST
Hungarian Dishes, Healing Waters, and Historic Wonders
CLASSIC Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour to see majestic Heroes’ Square and Budapest’s classic sites.
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.
This evening, secure your reservation for an Optional Dinner with a sumptuous Hungarian food-and-wine-pairing. (B)
Day 3 BUDAPEST (EMBARKATION)
Time for Cobblestones, Coffee, and Confections
Spend free time strolling along the cobblestone streets, browsing art galleries, sipping coffee, and sampling sweets before boarding your Danube cruise for a welcome dinner this evening.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BRATISLAVA (B,D)
Day 4 BRATISLAVA, 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
ACTIVE Grab Nordic walking sticks and follow your Avalon Adventure Host on a hike to Bratislava Castle.
Alternatively take a bicycle and a picnic from the ship to explore the local sights along the Danube.
Later, enjoy onboard entertainment by local musicians.
AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MELK (B,L,D)
Day 5 MELK, AUSTRIA—WACHAU VALLEY
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 of the Wachau Valley and the wine region surrounding Dürnstein.
Idyllic Vistas and Vineyards Beyond the Blue Stiftskirche
ACTIVE Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a hike up the hillside to castle ruins for breathtaking views.
Spend free time at your leisure, perhaps biking through the vineyards in the Wachau Valley.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIENNA (B,L,D)
Day 6 VIENNA (DISEMBARKATION)
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
Flights should not leave Vienna airport before 8 am. (B)
All This Included
Experience history, art, music, and outstanding views from your European cruise on the Danube River, beginning first in Budapest—Hungary’s captivating capital city—with a two night stay before your cruise. Enjoy superior hotel accommodations with complimentary breakfast, an expert Local Guide, and courtesy transfer to your Avalon Suite Ship®. Enjoy guided sightseeing, including the iconic Heroes Square and Budapest’s spectacular architecture. Take free time to dine, visit Budapest’s famous thermal baths, and enjoy vibrant night life before embarking on your cruise on the Danube River.
You’ll visit the centuries-old Slovakian city of Bratislava for a guided tour, including sights along its cobblestone streets and gothic cathedral. You may consider hiking with your Avalon Adventure Host to Bratislava Castle. Next, cruise to marvelous Melk for guided sightseeing in Austria’s Wachau Valley, including the magnificent Benedictine Abbey perched above the Danube. In Dürnstein, join a guided hike above the famed blue Stiftskirche steeple for breathtaking views. Arrive in Vienna and disembark your ship to conclude your cruise. What a wonderful introduction to the Danube’s sterling sights and incredible views along the legendary river!
Cabin onboard Avalon Envision, Avalon Imagery II, Avalon Passion, Avalon Visionary
Budapest: Hotel Sofitel Chain Bridge, Budapest Marriott, InterContinental Budapest or Hilton
Pre and Post Add-ons
Extra nights per person in Budapest:
in single room from $252 to $368, in twin room from $153 to $204
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* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines.