Day 1 Arrive in Vienna, Austria (Embarkation)
Welcome to Vienna, known as the “City of Music” and a place that inspired the creative genius of Mozart, Beethoven, and Strauss. This afternoon, board your river cruise vessel and meet your crew at an evening welcome reception. (Dinner)
NOTE: Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.
Day 2 Vienna
Once the center of the mighty Habsburg Empire, Austria’s magical capital on the blue Danube is a showcase of gilded architecture. This is home to the lavish Hofburg Imperial Palace complex with its Vienna Boys’ Choir and dazzling Lipizzaner stallions; the neo-renaissance Vienna Opera House; and awe-inspiring St. Stephen’s Cathedral—plus, countless other sights your Local Guide will show you during an included CITY SIGHTSEEING TOUR. Alternatively, you can join a Vienna culinary walk, during which you will learn about Austrian food culture and taste some local products. The walking tour will be followed by a cooking class at the “Wrenkh” restaurant, where two famous chefs, the Wrenkh brothers, will teach you how to prepare a famous Viennese dessert. In your free time, stroll through the delightful pedestrian Kärntnerstrasse, and be sure to take a break and enjoy a piece of decadent Sachertorte or Apfelstrudel in one of the classic Viennese coffee houses, historic institutions that helped shape Viennese culture! An optional concert is available tonight. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 3 Dürnstein–Melk
Dürnstein, known for the magnificent baroque Stiftskirche with its blue façade, lies right in the heart of the Wachau wine region. Above town are the ruins of the castle where England’s King Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned in 1192. A Local Guide will tell you the tale during your GUIDED WALK. Those seeking some sporting activity might like to climb up the steep hill to the castle ruins for spectacular views of the town and river. Alternatively, you may just want to stroll through the narrow streets on your own. A Master of Wine will join you on board and will introduce you to some of Austria’s famous wines. Cruise through the beautiful Wachau Valley to reach Melk after lunch and visit the magnificent 11th-century BENEDICTINE ABBEY. Melk’s abbey towers over the town and is one of Europe’s largest. It houses an ornate library with over 80,000 printed books and 2,000 manuscripts. Words cannot describe the splendor of its church with its frescoed ceilings, stunning high altar, marble statues, and 210-foot-high cupola. This evening, you’ll be able to sample some of the region’s FAMOUS WINES paired with cheese during an on board TASTING presented by our Master of Wine. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 4 Grein–Linz
This morning, arrive in the attractive country resort of Grein, which is nestled at the foot of a bluff in the shadow of its castle. Take an included GUIDED WALK through the town and visit its unique historical THEATER, the oldest in Austria still holding regular performances. A behind-the-scenes peek to learn about some of the curiosities of this rococo-style, 167-seat theater will certainly tell you much about life as it was—and as it now is in this small town. Or, you may prefer to join one of a variety of optional excursions today. Sail to Linz where you dock overnight. This evening enjoy a special on board FOOD AND WINE PAIRING DINNER hosted by our Master of Wine, who has specifically chosen the wines for this occasion.(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 5 Linz–Passau, Germany
Today, enjoy a relaxing morning of sailing. This afternoon, arrive in Passau, located at the confluence of the Rivers Inn, Ilz, and Danube. This is a city of graceful arcades and cobblestone streets lined with beautiful patrician houses and dominated by St. Stephen’s Cathedral, a masterpiece of Italian baroque architecture. Join a Local Guide for a GUIDED WALK through this charming town, and find out much more about the “City of Three Rivers.” Alternatively, you can join a city tour more focused on the culinary traditions of both Germany and Austria, during which you will taste some local specialties.(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 6 Passau (Disembarkation)
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)
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!
Captain’s welcome & farewell receptions with sparkling wine and canapés; Welcome dinner; Daily Afternoon Tea; Daily Night Fare; Farewell dinner; Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; soft drinks with lunch; and wine, beer, or soft drinks with dinner are included daily on board your vessel
Deluxe cruise in an outside stateroom with Avalon’s exclusive Comfort Collection Beds
Included excursions with Certified Local Guide.
Sightseeing as outlined in the day by-day itinerary.
Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE.
Headsets for shore excursions.
Special onboard and onshore experiences presented by entertainers, artisans, and experts, designed to enrich your cruise.
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. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.