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.
Join a guided walk of Grein, including its historic theater
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 designedincluded activitieswith a choice of experiences.
Initial deposit is $450, and most travelers will call our office and pay the deposit with a credit card.
Final payment is due 100 days prior to departure by check, money order, Visa, MasterCard, Discover/Novus, and American Express. All final payments by credit card may be subject to a surcharge and maximum of $20,000 charge
Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!