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A Taste of the Danube with 2 Nights in Budapest & 2 Nights in Vienna 2020 (Westbound)

8 days with Avalon Waterways  Rating: Deluxe

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River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
Two Nights in Beautiful Budapest! A Day to Discover, Dine, and Unwind in Historic Hungary’s Captivating Capital.

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 Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a scenic walk to Bratislava. Castle.

Alternatively take a bicycle and a picnic from the ship to explore the local sights along the Danube.

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.

DÜRNSTEIN 

Idyllic Vistas and Vineyards Beyond the Blue Stiftskirche

ACTIVE Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a scenic walk up the hillside to castle ruins for breathtaking views.

Spend free time at your leisure, perhaps biking through the vineyards in the Wachau Valley. Later, enjoy onboard entertainment by local musicians.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIENNA (B,L,D)

Day 6 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 7 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 8 VIENNA 
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
Tour Map
River Cruise Highlights
  • Day 1 Budapest: welcome to Budapest
  • Day 2 Budapest: guided tour, see Heroes’ Square
  • Day 3 Budapest (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception
  • Day 4 Bratislava: guided sightseeing, visit St. Martin’s Cathedral
  • Day 5 Melk—Wachau Valley—Dürnstein: guided visit of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk; scenic cruise through the Wachau Valley
  • Day 6 Vienna (Disembarkation): choice of early guided tour, with breakfast at a Viennese café, or guided sightseeing
  • Day 7 Vienna: day at leisure
  • Day 8 Vienna: your vacation ends this morning
All This Included
The best way to experience history, art, music, and outstanding views on your European cruise on the Danube River is your way! Before your Avalon YourWay river cruise, begin 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 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.

Disembark your Avalon YourWay cruise in Vienna 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 with Avalon YourWay!
  • Ship Amenities - Avalon Envision:
    • 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
    • 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 Envision:
    • 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 Envision, Avalon Imagery II, Avalon Passion, Avalon Visionary
Budapest: Hotel Sofitel Chain Bridge, Budapest Marriott, InterContinental Budapest or Hilton 
Vienna: Hilton Vienna Am Stadtpark
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

Extra nights per person in Vienna:
in single room from $218 to $237, in twin room from $130 to $149
Notes
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • In the event of technical or water level issues, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or alter the program, including hotel overnight when necessary.
  • 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: $78
  • Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included.
  • Please call for single accommodation price. 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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