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Active and Discovery on the Danube (Eastbound)

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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. 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Linz | Embark
Day 2 : Engelhartszell | Schlögener Schlinge | Linz
Day 3 : Mauthausen | Grein
Day 4 : Spitz | Vienna
Day 5 : Vienna
Day 6 : Vienna
Day 7 : Visegrád | Budapest
Day 8 : Budapest | Disembark
Day 9 : Budapest

Highlights

  • Visit the stunning rococo-style Engelszell Abbey
  • Take a guided bike tour along the Danube river.
  • Join a guided walk of Grein, including its historic theater
  • Have a Guided Tour of the Museum of Fine Arts

Ship

Avalon Illumination

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Explore Budapest from the serene Danube Fisherman's Bastion in Budapest, Hungary Misty morning skyline of Linz, Austria Explore the charming Austrian town of Linz Explore beautiful Vienna

Day 1 Linz | Embark

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.

Day 2 Engelhartszell | Schlögener Schlinge | Linz

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Memories and Beer in the Making
Discovery: 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.

Active: This afternoon, enjoy a scenic Guided Hike along the Danube’s Schlögen Oxbow bend that cuts a dramatic landscape made by centuries of natural elements.

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. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.

Day 3 Mauthausen | Grein

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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: Visit the 9th-century St. Florian Monastery—the largest monastery in upper Austria and home to Augustine monks, OR: Join a sobering 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.
See Burg Clam on a Guided Visit, and meet the Count of Clam during your tour.

Day 4 Spitz | Vienna

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 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 enjoy a guided tour that showcases the production of regional fruits, vegetables, wine, or other products.

Relax this afternoon as you cruise toward Vienna.

Day 5 Vienna

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 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. This evening, consider joining an Optional Excursion to attend Royal Waltz Concert in an elegant hall.

Day 6 Vienna

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 one of the world’s most important museums with a Guided Tour of the Habsburg family’s private art collection at the Museum of Fine Arts, and enjoy Italian or Dutch masterworks OR take a guided tour of the Museum of Fine Arts, followed by the Military Museum, commemorating the past of the Habsburg Empire.

This evening, enjoy live entertainment onboard your ship.

Day 7 Visegrád | Budapest

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Jousting Tournaments and Dracula’s Tower
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 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.

This afternoon, relax on the Sky Deck while sailing into Budapest and enjoy magnificent views of the beautiful Parliament Building.

BUDAPEST
The Pearl of the Danube

Take some free time this afternoon to explore the vibrant and stunning city of Budapest. Enjoy a farewell dinner onboard your ship this evening.

Day 8 Budapest | Disembark

Bike, Walk and Talk in Budapest
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 combining 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 one of the many cafés.

Day 9 Budapest

  • 1 Breakfast
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

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Flexible Rebooking Policy
Travelers currently booked on departures from March 14-June 30, 2020 can rebook to any voyage departing before December 31, 2022, with no rebooking fees. Plus, receive a travel credit of $200 per person redeemable for future travel. 
Applies to all departures up to Dec 31, 2020

Flexible New Booking Policy
For new reservations made from March 24, 2020, forward travelers have the option to cancel their trip up to three days prior to departure and normal cancellation penalties will be waived. Deposits remain non-refundable. Some restrictions may apply. Contact us for more details.
Applies to all departures up to Dec 31, 2020

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$3,629
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Cat. E
Avalon Deluxe Stateroom: 172 SQ. FT. Comfort Collection Beds, Bedside tables with reading lamps, L'Occitane bath products, Under-bed luggage storage, Complimentary bottled water, Individual climate control, Mirror in the bathroom, Full shower with glass door, Vanity, Memory foam mattress, European-style duvets.
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Avalon Deluxe Stateroom: 172 SQ. FT. Comfort Collection Beds, Bedside tables with reading lamps, L'Occitane bath products, Under-bed luggage storage, Complimentary bottled water, Individual climate control, Mirror in the bathroom, Full shower with glass door, Vanity, Luxurious mattress, European-style duvets.
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Cat. B
Panorama Suite: 200 SQ. FT. Comfort Collection Beds, Bedside tables with reading lamps, L'Occitane bath products, Under-bed luggage storage, Telephone, In-room safe, Contemporary design, Marble countertops in the bathroom, 6-person sitting area, Writing desk, Sofa, Memory foam mattress, European-style duvets.
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Cat. A
Panorama Suite: 200 SQ. FT. Comfort Collection Beds, Bedside tables with reading lamps, L'Occitane bath products, Under-bed luggage storage, Telephone, In-room safe, contemporary design, Marble countertops in the bathroom, 6-person sitting area, Writing desk, Sofa, Luxurious mattress, European-style duvets.
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Cat. P
Panorama Suite: 200 SQ. FT. Comfort Collection Beds, Bedside tables with reading lamps, L'Occitane bath products, Under-bed luggage storage, Telephone, Well-stocked minibar, In-room safe, Contemporary design, Marble countertops in the bathroom, 6-person sitting area, Writing desk, Sofa, Memory foam mattress, European-style duvets
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Royal Suite
Royal Suite: 300 SQ. FT. Comfort Collection Beds, Bedside tables with reading lamps, L'Occitane bath products, Under-bed luggage storage, Telephone, Well-stocked minibar, Marble countertops in the bathroom, Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Window with Open-Air Balcony, Full shower with glass door, Luxurious mattress toppers, European-style duvets.

Notes

Throughout the Ship:
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Panoramic windows
  • Elegant, contemporary design & decor
  • Friendly, English-speaking crew & Cruise Director
  • Sky Deck with whirlpool, shade awnings, game area, and premium lounges
  • Covered Observation Lounge
  • Club 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 Beds with choice of mattress firmness
  • Egyptian super-combed cotton linens
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • Premium L'Occitane bath products
  • Large bathroom featuring a shower with glass door
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with free movie channels
  • Individual climate control and in-room safe
  • USB Ports
  • Complimentary bottled water daily
  • And, much more.
Health & Fitness:
  • Bikes
  • Canoe, kayak and jogging excursions
  • Maps for hiking, biking, and jogging routes
  • Fitness and wellness activities
  • Fitbits®
  • All through your Avalon Adventure Host
Dining:
  • FlexDining for more venue and seating options, including flexible seating times in our Panorama Dining Room
  • Avalon Fresh healthy cuisine options at every meal
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with every lunch and dinner
  • Early and Late Riser breakfast options
  • Daily full buffet breakfast with made-to-order egg station, hot and cold menu items
  • Daily lunch buffet with pasta or carving stations
  • Alternative light lunch at Sky Grill on the Sky Deck (weather permitting)
  • Daily Afternoon Tea featuring tea, coffee, sweet treats & sandwiches
  • Daily four-course a la carte dinner in the Panorama Dining Room with choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrees, and desserts. Includes selections of regional recipes, Western dishes, and vegetarian options.
  • Enjoy a tasting menu with a view in the Panorama Bistro - a less formal "sit-down" atmosphere while lingering over several satisfying selections
  • Captain’s welcome & farewell receptions and dinners with sparkling wine and canapés
  • Panorama Lounge featuring premium spirits and Avalon specialty cocktails, along with local entertainment special guests
  • Cocktails available on the Sky Deck
  • Fresh fruit available throughout the day
Notes:
  • 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 is necessary, a substitute will be offered.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
  • Avalon has designed included activities with a choice of experiences.
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The trip was terrific with great planning on your part. Most of the adventures were not mainstream and somewhat off the beaten path which made it especially enjoyable!! We felt taken care of and you all were readily available to respond to questions and issues. I would highly recommend your company and friends have already expressed interest based on our pictures and excitement.
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