A Taste of the Danube with 2 Nights in Vienna 2020 (Westbound)
6 days with Avalon Waterways Rating:
Day 1 BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (EMBARKATION)
Welcome to Hungary. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding.
Flights into Budapest must arrive by 2 pm.
Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.
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 (D)
Day 2 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 on your own. Later, enjoy onboard entertainment by local musicians.
AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MELK (B,L,D)
Day 3 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 4 VIENNA (DISEMBARKATION)
A Feast for the Soul in Vienna—Music, Food, Art, and Architecture
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 you may choose to set out earlier as Vienna awakens:
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.
Optional tours today include a Guided Tour of magnificent Schönbrunn Palace, the former imperial summer residence of Habsburg royalty. 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 5 VIENNA
Vienna Favorites—Sachertorte and Apfelstrudel
Enjoy a free day to explore the city at your own pace.
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. (B)
Day 6 VIENNA
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
All This Included
Your Danube River cruise delights with gorgeous views, beginning in Budapest, the “Pearl of the Danube.” Enjoy guided sightseeing, including the iconic Heroes Square and spectacular architecture. You’ll sail on the Danube River to the centuries-old Slovakian city of Bratislava. Take a guided tour of its cobblestone streets and gothic cathedral, and consider hiking with your Avalon Adventure Host to lofty 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 for a 2-night stay in the legendary “City of Music.” Enjoy guided sightseeing, including the Imperial Palace, Vienna Opera House, and stunning St. Stephens Cathedral. You may otherwise choose to take an early morning walk for breakfast at a Viennese café, followed by an exclusive viewing of the Habsburg family’s private art collection at Vienna’s Museum of Fine Art. You’ll also enjoy a free day to leisurely explore the city at your own pace. Enjoy superior hotel accommodations with complimentary breakfast, an expert Local Guide, and courtesy ship-to-hotel transfer. What a wonderful introduction to the Danube’s sterling sights and incredible views along the legendary river!
Cruising: Cabin onboard Avalon Envision, Avalon Imagery II, Avalon Passion, Avalon Visionary
Vienna: Hilton Vienna Am Stadtpark
Pre and Post Add-ons
Extra nights per person in Vienna:
in single room from $218 to $237, in twin room from $130 to $149
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