2019 : Danube Dreams - Cruise Only Westbound (WBD0) - Visionary
8 Day River Cruise Budapest to Deggendorf
Cruise along the peaceful Danube River through Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, and Germany-stopping at some of Central Europe's most splendid capitals and charming towns along the way.
Begin this timeless European river cruise in Budapest, where guided sightseeing acquaints you with the highlights of the vibrant capital of Hungary. Set sail on the Danube, take pictures of the impressive Parliament Building as you leave Budapest, and head for Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. Here, enjoy a guided walk through the delightful Old Town and visit the gothic St. Martin's Cathedral. Vienna, Austria, the "City of Music," makes an immediate impression with its lavish Habsburg Imperial Palace and neo-renaissance Vienna Opera House. Enjoy the magnificent views as your river cruise takes you through the picturesque wine region of the Wachau Valley, with stops for a guided walk in Durnstein, a visit of the impressive Benedictine Abbey of Melk, and a tasting of some of the renowned local wines. In Linz, walk around the Hauptplatz, Austria's largest medieval square, which forms the center of the city, and be sure to get a photo of the splendid Trinity Column.
Passau, Germany, the "City of Three Rivers," is uniquely located where the Inn, Ilz, and Danube rivers converge. It has a maze of narrow cobblestone streets lined with beautiful Patrician houses, and St. Stephen's Cathedral, a masterpiece of baroque architecture. A memorable last stop on this delightful Danube River cruise vacation!
Day 1 Budapest (Embarkation): Welcome to Budapest; onboard welcome reception
Day 2 Budapest: Guided tour, see Heroes' Square
Day 3 Bratislava: Guided sightseeing, visit St. Martin's Cathedral
Day 4 Vienna: Guided tour, see the Kuntskammer's collection; choice of additional sightseeing, or a complimentary museum ticket
Day 5 Durnstein-Wachau Valley-Melk: Choice of guided walk, or hike up to the castle ruins in Durnstein; scenic cruise through the Wachau Valley; guided visit of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk; wine tasting
Day 6 Linz: Guided walk
Day 7 Passau: Guided walk
Day 8 Deggendorf (Disembarkation): Your vacation ends this morning
You've always forged your own path...with your own distinct perspective of looking at the world. Avalon Waterways presents a river cruise experience with your unique style in mind-offering expansive views and wider perspectives. That's why we've designed a cruise experience that's just a bit different.
Here are just some of the features and amenities you'll experience on board our Avalon ships. See the Ship Amenities Section below for more information about the amenities in our fleet's unique ships.
Throughout the Ship: Complimentary Wi-Fi Panoramic windows Elegant, contemporary design & decorFriendly, English-speaking crew & Cruise DirectorSky Deck with whirlpool, shade awnings, game area and premium loungesCovered Observation LoungeClub Lounge with 24-hour self-serve beverage station with complimentary cappuccinos, lattes, tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees, as well as treats throughout the day
Suites & Staterooms: Comfort Collection BedsSM with choice of mattress firmnessEgyptian super-combed cotton linensBathrobes & slippersPremium L'Occitane bath productsLarge bathroom featuring shower with glass doorFlatscreen satellite TV with free movie channelsIndividual climate control and in-room safeComplimentary bottled water dailyAnd, much more.
Health & Fitness: BikesCanoe, kayak and jogging excursionsMaps for hiking, biking and jogging routesFitness and wellness activitiesFitbitsAll through your Avalon Adventure HostSM
Dining FlexDiningSM for more venue and seating options, including flexible seating times in our main Dining RoomAvalon FreshSM healthy cuisine options at every mealComplimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with every lunch and dinnerEarly and Late Riser breakfast optionsDaily full buffet breakfast with made-to-order egg station, hot and cold menu itemsDaily lunch buffet with pasta or carving stationsAlternative light lunch or Sky Grill on the Sky Deck (weather permitting)Daily Afternoon Tea featuring tea, coffee, sweet treats & sandwichesDaily four-course a la carte dinner in the main Dining Room with choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrees and desserts. Includes selections of regional recipes, Western dishes and vegetarian options.Alternative Panorama Bistro dinner, featuring regional specialties and small plates Captain's welcome & farewell receptions and dinners with sparkling wine and canapesPanorama Lounge featuring premium spirits and Avalon specialty cocktails, along with local entertainment special guestsCocktails available on the Sky DeckFresh fruit available throughout the day
Avalon has designed included activities with a choice of experiences. We invite you to select the tours, activities, and events that interest you most, so you can experience your cruise your way. There are 3 types of included shore excursion on every Europe cruise:Plus independent exploration options and use of our exclusive AvalonGO APP.
Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You'll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites.
We've found inspiring and interactive activities to speak to your interests - from cooking classes, to painting workshops - to immerse yourself in each culture you explore.
Embark on energetic excursions to keep you in motion and on the go - from a guided jogging tour of Amsterdam, to biking, paddling, and hiking your way through scenic locales.
(B) = Breakfast (L) = Lunch (D) = Dinner
BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (EMBARKATION)
Welcome to Budapest-Hungary's Captivating Capital
Flights into Budapest must arrive by 3:30 pm.
Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.
The day is yours to relax and enjoy the city with time for photographs, cafes, and confections.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN BUDAPEST
(B, L, D)
The Pearl of the Danube in the Heart of Europe
Enjoy a Guided City Sightseeing, including the iconic Heroes' Square.
Take in the beauty of Budapest while enjoying a free afternoon exploring such famous sights as the Chain Bridge. Get to know the city's cafes and pubs, or take a hike through the hills above the Danube.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BRATISLAVA
(B, L, D)
Classic and Contemporary-from Cathedrals and Castle Walls to Art Gallery Halls
Take a Guided City Walk, including the quaint streets of Old Town, Town Hall, and fantastic St. Martin's Cathedral.
Enjoy some free time to take Nordic walking sticks from the ship and hike to Bratislava Castle. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIENNA
(B, L, D)
Strauss, Schnitzel, Strudel, and Sachertorte
Join us for a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Vienna, including the Kuntskammer's remarkable collection of more than 2,100 valuable objects, which were collected through the centuries by the emperors and archdukes of Habsburg.
Later, choose a complimentary ticket for a local Viennese Museum Visit, or continue exploring with additional Guided Sightseeing.
You may decide to take a Guided Optional Excursion to Schonbrunn Palace-the former imperial summer home and vast gardens with a history spanning 300 years of the Habsburg monarchy.
In your free time why not stroll through pedestrian Karntnerstrasse-the most famous shopping avenue in central Vienna. Take a bike ride through the city and stop in a local cafe to enjoy authentic Austrian confections of Sachertorte or Apfelstrudel.
Later this evening, you may choose to attend an Optional Excursion to a Royal Waltz Concert for an unforgettable evening of music in an elegant hall.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DURNSTEIN
(B, L, D)
Fairytale Castles, Kings, and Cobblestones
CLASSIC Join a Guided Walk, and hear the legendary tale of King Richard the Lionheart-who was imprisoned in the castle during the Crusades, OR:
ACTIVE Join a Guided Hike up to the castle ruins to take in the spectacular view of the village, Danube, and the Wachau Valley below.
Later, stretch out on the Sky Deck as you sail through the Wachau Valley past vineyards, castles, and charming villages on your way to Melk.
MELK Striking Frescoes and Breathtaking Views of the Wachau Valley
CLASSIC Take a Guided Tour of Melk's magnificent Benedictine Abbey to marvel at its frescoed ceilings, statues, incredible library, and ornate pipe organ.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO LINZ
(B, L, D)
Fall in Love with Linz-Legendary Art, Music, and the Linzer Torte!
Take a Guided Walk through the city's historic and beautiful sites along the shore of the Danube and see Hauptplatz-Austria's largest medieval square-and the towering white-marble Trinity Column.
Consider a full-day Guided Optional Excursion to Salzburg, the city of Mozart, or visit the picturesque Bohemian town of Cesky Krumlov.
Feel free to enjoy the afternoon on your own to bike along the banks of the Danube with a picnic from the ship, or hike through Linz's beautiful nature trails to Postlingberg for a bird's-eye view of the city and river below.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN MELK
(B, L, D)
Go for Baroque in Passau-Where the Danube, Inn, and Ilz Rivers meet This morning, cruise through the Schlogen Oxbow, a particularly beautiful horseshoe-shaped bend of the river.
Join a Guided City Walk to learn more about this beautiful "City of Three Rivers."
ACTIVE Follow your Avalon Adventure Host for Hiking from Oberhaus along a trail down to the valley and along the Ilz River.
Spend a little free time before sailing to Deggendorf to walk the cobblestone streets and galleries of Artists' Alley or peek into St. Stephen's Cathedral to possibly catch a concert rehearsal.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DEGGENDORF
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
NotesIn 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 is necessary, a substitute will be offered.Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
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Port charges:Special Interest Cruise: Habsburg & Royalty July 11
Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included.
Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.
Extra nights per person in Budapest:
in single room from $233 to $276, in twin room from $138 to $161
All prices per person based on double occupancy. Cruise price based on Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom on Indigo Deck. See below for upgrade pricing.
To upgrade to a higher category, add per person:
Category / Decks / Price
D Indigo Deck / $199
B Sapphire Deck / $1149
A Sapphire Deck / $1199
P Royal Deck / $1299
Royal Suite / Royal Deck / $2199
Prices shown are "starting at" prices and do not include airfare.
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