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Active & Discovery on the Danube
(Eastbound)

9 days with Avalon Waterways  Rating: Deluxe

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River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 LINZ, AUSTRIA (EMBARKATION) 
Welcome to Austria! Your Suite Ship® Awaits in Linz.

Flights into Linz must arrive by 3:30 pm.

Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.

Enjoy any free time today by shopping, exploring on your own, or stop in a café for Austria’s world-famous pastries.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ENGELHARTSZELL (D)

Day 2 ENGELHARTSZELL–SCHLÖGEN OXBOW 
Memories and Beer in the Making

ACTIVE Join a Guided Tour to the “House by the stream” (Haus am Strom) and walk across The Danube Power-Station Jochenstein, OR: 

CLASSIC Visit the stunning rococo-style Engelszell Abbey, and explore its Sensory Garden—complete with stone labyrinth, herb garden, and vineyard. Sample cheese and beer made by the resident Trappist monks. 

Enjoy free time on the Sky Deck this afternoon while you sail through the amazing horseshoe bend of the Danube’s Schlögen Oxbow on your way back to Linz.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LINZ (B,L,D)

Day 3 LINZ–MAUTHAUSEN 
History Lessons and Monastic Life in Austria

ACTIVE Take a Guided Bike Tour along the Danube and discover how fertile this area is. Stop at a local farm and learn more about farming life and flood protection, OR: 

CLASSIC Take a step back in time with a visit to the 9th-century St. Florian Monastery—the largest monastery in upper Austria and home to Augustine monks, OR:

CLASSIC Pay homage to a pivotal time in human history with a Guided Tour of Mauthausen Concentration Camp, one of the largest and most brutal Nazi camps of WWII. 

In the afternoon sail to Grein.

GREIN

Theater History and Modern-Day Castles

CLASSIC Take a Guided Walk of Grein, including its historic theater, the oldest in Austria still holding regular performances.

DISCOVERY See Burg Clam on a Guided Visit, and meet the Count of Clam during your tour. 

EVENING CRUISE TO SPITZ (B,L,D)

Day 4 SPITZ 
Take a Hike, a Canoe, or a Bike to Explore Austria’s Wine Country

ACTIVE Paddle a canoe on a Guided Tour to see the Austrian waterways and shoreline scenery from a unique perspective, OR:

ACTIVE Take a Guided Bike Tour from Spitz to Krems, and enjoy a stop in Dürnstein to see the mesmerizing blue Stiftskirche, and to sample local specialties, OR: 

DISCOVERY Join an interactive Wine World Experience with wine tasting, OR:

DISCOVERY Enjoy a Guided Tour that showcases the production of regional fruits, vegetables, wine, or other products. 

Relax this afternoon as you cruise toward Vienna.

This evening, perhaps join a Guided Optional Hike through the vineyards outside Vienna, with a wine tasting and dinner at a local Viennese Heurigen (Wine Tavern).

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN VIENNA (B,L,D)

Day 5 VIENNA 
Strauss, Schnitzel, Strudel, and Sachertorte

ACTIVE Take a Guided Bike Tour along the famed Ringstrasse and pedestrian avenues of Vienna to see the city’s highlights from a unique perspective, OR:

ACTIVE Join a Guided Jogging Tour of the City of Music to see highlights of the gilded architecture along the way, OR: 

DISCOVERY Get an Insider’s Tour of Vienna to get behind the scenes of her sights and attractions. You will meet locals, have the chance to prepare some food, and enjoy other surprises, OR: 

CLASSIC Enjoy a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Vienna, including a tour of Belvedere Palace to see Gustave Klimt’s renowned “Kiss” painting. 

Spend free time this afternoon strolling through the pedestrian Kärntnerstrasse, then take a break for a piece of Sachertorte.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN VIENNA (B,L,D)

Day 6 VIENNA 
A Feast for the Soul in Vienna

DISCOVERY Enjoy a morning Guided Walking Tour to see the city in her best light, along with breakfast at a Viennese café, OR: 

CLASSIC Dive into European history and drama with a Guided Tour of the Habsburg family’s private art collection at the Museum of Fine Arts, and the Italian or Dutch master works, OR:

CLASSIC Take a Guided Tour of the Museum of Fine Arts, followed by the World Museum Vienna, commemorating the past of the Habsburg Empire. 

This evening, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VISEGRÁD (B,L,D)

Day 7 VISEGRÁD, HUNGARY 
Knights, Castles, and Vampires

DISCOVERY Join a Guided Excursion to the Medieval Knights Tournament at Visegrád’s Lower Castle, featuring targeting and fighting demonstrations by members of the St. George Knightly Order, OR:

ACTIVE Take a Castle visit and scenic Hiking Tour to Count Dracula’s prison tower in Visegrád, OR:

ACTIVE Take part in a canoe excursion through the picturesque Bend Region of the Danube for a truly unique perspective of one of the river’s most beautiful stretches. 

Sail to Budapest this afternoon.

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY

The Pearl of the Danube

Take some free time this afternoon to explore the vibrant and stunning city of Budapest. Enjoy a Farewell Dinner on board your ship this evening.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN BUDAPEST (B,L,D)

Day 8 BUDAPEST (DISEMBARKATION)
ACTIVE See the sights from a different perspective by joining a Guided Bike Tour along the bike paths of the city, OR: 

DISCOVERY Enjoy a Guided Walking Tour combing the sights of Budapest with “Fungarian” instruction of useful local words and phrases, OR: 

CLASSIC Take a Guided Walking Tour of Budapest to see the city’s most iconic sites. 

Spend free time shopping for Hungarian paprika or handcrafted souvenirs, or savor a piece of cream cake in the world-famous Gerbeaud Café. (B)

Day 9 BUDAPEST
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
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River Cruise Highlights
  • Day 1 Linz (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception
  • Day 2 Engelhartszell—Schlögener Schlinge—Linz: choice of visit to Engelszell Abbey, or visit Jochenstein Power-Station; choice of scenic cruising around the Schlögen Oxbow or guided hike on the Danube Trail
  • Day 3 Linz—Mauthausen—Grein: in Mauthausen, choice of visit to St. Florian Monastery, or guided tour of Mauthausen Concentration Camp, or guided bike tour; guided walk in Grein, visit the historical theater and Greinburg Castle to meet the owner
  • Day 4 Spitz—Vienna: choice of canoe tour, or bike tour from Spitz to Krems; or Wine World Experience with tasting, or local encounter showcasing regional products
  • Day 5 Vienna: choice of bike tour, or jogging tour, or meet with local people, or guided tour, visit to Belvedere Palace
  • Day 6 Vienna: choice of early risers guided tour, with breakfast at a Viennese café, or guided tour, see Habsburg private art collection and the Italian and Dutch Masters Gallery, or guided tour, see Habsburg private art collection and the World Museum
  • Day 7 Visegrád—Budapest: in Visegrád, choice of medieval knights tournament, or guided hike in Danube-Ipoly National Park
  • Day 8 Budapest (Disembarkation): choice of walking tour with language lesson, or guided bike tour, or city sightseeing tour
  • Day 9 Budapest: your vacation ends this morning
All This Included
Whether you’re an art lover, a foodie, a history buff, or an energetic adventurer, your Active & Discovery cruise on the Danube River invites you to experience culture and cuisine in creative ways that are perfect for you. With Avalon Choice, you can select the experiences that are perfect for your interests and pace—from Active to Discovery to Classic. Avalon Choice gives you a choice of included excursions in each port—from Linz to Budapest.

Whether you prefer browsing the art collection of the Habsburg Empire, sipping local vintages at an Austrian wine-tasting, or joining a canoe excursion, your Active & Discovery cruise is packed with Avalon Choice inclusions for every pace in every place we go. Sample cheese and beer made by Trappist monks and explore their Abbey gardens. With Avalon Choice included excursions, you can choose an insider’s tour of Vienna, or decide to join a canoe excursion—your Active & Discovery river cruise has something for every pace in eve-ry place we go. From a wine tasting in Krems to a hike to Count Dracula’s prison tower, you’ll find the perfect outing you’ll prefer. One day, visit Belvedere Palace in Vienna to see Klimt’s renowned “Kiss,” and another day you may attend a Medieval Knights Tournament at a Visegrád castle. With Active & Discovery river cruises, the choice is always yours. Explore Budapest your way—stroll its streets for classic sightseeing with a local guide or take a bike ride through town for a different perspective, or learn something new with a lei-surely walking tour to discover a few local Hungarian phrases.

Your Active & Discovery Danube River cruise can be as active or leisurely as you like! Join us on this Active & Discovery river cruise and experience the Danube your way. No matter how you choose to explore new locales—from paddling canoes to picnic views—Avalon Choice includes the excursions and activities to let you enjoy each destination your way.
  • Ship Amenities - Avalon Impression:
    • Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows
    • Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs, whirlpool, shade awnings, & outdoor deck game area
    • State-of-the-art fitness center
    • Non-smoking staterooms & ship interior
    • Convenient Elevator Service
    • Elegant, contemporary design
    • Outside viewing deck
    • Headsets for guided shore excursions
    • English-speaking friendly crew, staff & professional Cruise Director
    • Sightseeing with Expert Local Guides
    • Onboard lectures, activities & entertainment
    • Complimentary room service for Continental breakfast
    • Sky Deck whirlpool
    • Complimentary Wi-Fi access
    • Biking excursions available in Amsterdam and Durnstein
    • Onboard Adventure Center with active gear, bikes, Nordic walking sticks, watercraft & maps
    • Casual dinner in the Panorama Bistro
    • Behind-the-scenes galley tour
    • Choice of Classic, Active or Discovery excursions so that you can experience your cruise your way
    • Nordic walking sticks available onboard for complimentary check-out
    • Onshore & Onboard experiences with regional customs, cultures & tastings with local artisans, experts & entertainers
    • Flatscreen satellite TV with English-speaking channels & over 100 free movie options
    • Onboard assistance is available to recommend, reserve and further personalize your cruise
    • Linger over several selections from the Panorama Bistro's tasting menu for a less formal "sit-down" atmosphere
    • Self-serve beverage station with complimentary tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees, including decaf options
    • Well-stocked library with books, cards, and board games
    • Complimentary bottled water, fresh fruit, and cookies available throughout the day
    • Full-size closet mirror
  • Ship Dining - Avalon Impression:
    • Avalon FreshSM healthy cuisine options at every meal
    • Self-serve beverage station with complimentary tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees, including decaf options
    • Welcome & farewell cocktails with sparkling wine & canapés
    • Spacious, open-seating Panorama Dining Room
    • Daily early-riser breakfast
    • Daily late-riser breakfast
    • Full buffet breakfast with sparkling wine and made-to-order egg station
    • Lunch buffet with carving and pasta stations
    • Al fresco lunch in the Sky Grill
    • Cocktails with a view on the Sky Deck
    • Healthy Corner options including low calorie, low fat, high fiber, low cholesterol, and high energy choices
    • Vegetarian options at every meal, as well as vegan and allergy-free selections
    • Afternoon Tea featuring tea, coffee, and sweet treats
    • Happy Hour every evening including featured drink specials
    • Seasonal cuisine featuring the freshest local ingredients
    • Chef-prepared onboard meals with regional cuisine and familiar favorites
    • Four-course dinners with choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrées and desserts or cheese
    • Complimentary wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner
    • Complimentary room service for Continental breakfast
    • Panorama Lounge & Bar with premium spirits, cozy seating, panoramic windows & dance floor
    • Healthy meal options
    • Casual dinner in the Panorama Bistro
    • Linger over several selections from the Panorama Bistro's tasting menu for a less formal "sit-down" atmosphere
    • Tastings - sample the destination's famous delicacies
    • Coffee or tea after dinner
    • Light lunch in the Panorama Lounge
    • FlexDining flexible dining times with menu & venue options
Accommodations on this Tour
Cruising: Cabin onboard Avalon Impression, Avalon Panorama
Linz: Austria Trend Schillerpark
Budapest: Budapest Marriott or InterContinental Budapest
Pre and Post Add-ons
Extra nights per person in Linz:
in single room $130, in twin room $82

Extra nights per person in Budapest:
in single room from $178 to $446, in twin room from $111 to $243
Notes
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • 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.
  • Port charges: $182
  • Gratuities to Local Guides & excursion drivers are included.
  • Triples not available.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions

* 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.



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