Experience each destination along the Danube River with different excursions which you can select based on your preference. Start by exploring Budapest and experience the warmth of its people and the beauty of its places on an exceptional guided tour. Attend a Medieval Knights Tournament at a Visegrád castle, or see Gustave Klimt’s renowned “Kiss” painting in Vienna. Browse the art collection of the Habsburg Empire, sip local vintages at an Austrian wine-tasting, or join a canoe excursion. Disembark and take a morning visit to the picturesque Bohemian town of Český Krumlov prior to your arrival in Prague.
See Habsburg private art collection and the Italian or Dutch masters works
Mingle with the locals in Linz and go through sample local libations
Join a walking tour of Budapest and see its iconic sights
Participate in a guided walk of Grein, including its historic theater
Active: See the sights from a different perspective by joining a guided bike tour along the bike paths and pedestrian areas 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 one of the many cafés. Enjoy a Hungarian Dinner on board during a scenic cruise through the Danube Bend. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.
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: Take 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: Take 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.
Classic: Take a guided walk of Grein, including its historic theater, the oldest in Austria still holding regular performances.
MAUTHAUSEN 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:
Classic: Join a sobering guided tour of Mauthausen Concentration Camp, one of the largest and most brutal Nazi camp of WWII.
Meet the locals in Linz. You may choose to join a guided optional Pub Crawl through Linz to sample local libations and mingle with the locals.
Tonight, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship.
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.
Or, as a relaxing option, enjoy free time on the sky feck this afternoon while you sail through the amazing horseshoe bend of the Danube’s Schlögen Oxbow on your return to Linz.
Day 9: Linz | Disembark | Cesky Krumlov
Take a morning trip to visit the picturesque Bohemian town of Cesky Krumlov, before setting out for a late afternoon arrival in Prague.
Day 10: Prague
Choose your activity: an active guided urban hike that continues to the Prokopske Valley Nature Reserve, or a guided city sightseeing tour.
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
The trip might have been the absolute best of our lifetime (thus far). We particularly want to commend our guide Peter in the Guilin area-he was so incredibly attentive, energetic, enthusiastic-and absolutely dedicated to ensuring that our meals were 100% vegetarian.