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Active & Discovery on the Danube, Salzburg and Munich

Budapest-Munich - Example 12 Day Cruise aboard Avalon Illumination
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This active discovery cruise begins in Budapest where you can stroll the streets for classic sightseeing with a local guide and experience the city’s people and places on an exceptional guided tour. Attend a Medieval Knights Tournament at a Visegrád castle in Vienna, then tour Mauthausen Concentration Camp, one of WWII’s most notorious sites. Disembark in Linz then dine, stroll or relax while spending the last few days of the cruise in Salzburg and Munich.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Budapest, Hungary
Day 2 : Budapest | Embark | Danube Bend
Day 3 : Visegrád
Day 4 : Vienna
Day 5 : Vienna
Day 6 : Krems
Day 7 : Grein | Mauthausen | Linz
Day 8 : Engelhartszell | Schlogen Oxbow
Day 9 : Linz | Disembark | Salzburg
Day 10 : Salzburg
Day 11 : Salzburg | Munich
Day 12 : Munich

Highlights

  • Join a guided walk of Grein, including its historic theater
  • See Habsburg private art collection and the Italian or Dutch masters works
  • Mingle with the locals in Linz and go through sample local libations
  • See the iconic sights in Budapest while on a tour

Ship

Avalon Illumination

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Budapest, the capital city of Hungary Explore Budapest from the serene Danube Wander the grounds of Belvedere Palace, Vienna Admire the artistry of Linz Marvel at the beauty of Salzburg Enjoy wandering through historic Munich

Day 1 Budapest, Hungary

Welcome to Budapest—Hungary’s Captivating Capital. The day is yours to relax and enjoy Eastern Europe’s shining city on the Danube.

Day 2 Budapest | Embark | Danube Bend

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
strong>Active: See the sights from a different perspective by joining a guided bike tour along the bike paths and pedestrian areas of the city

Discovery: Join the author of “Fabulous Budapest” for an unforgettable introduction to the local people, places and experiences that makes Budapest so special. (Not available on August 19 departure)​

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.

 

Day 3 Visegrád

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
strong>Active: Take a castle visit and scenic hiking tour to Count Dracula’s prison tower in Visegrád.

Active: 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.

Discovery: Join a guided visit to the Medieval Knights Tournament at Visegrád’s Lower Castle, featuring targeting and fighting demonstrations by members of the St. George Knightly Order.

Spend free time after the selected activities to explore Palotaház, where stonemasons, smiths, potters and paper-makers produce their traditional items using age-old techniques.

Day 4 Vienna

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
strong>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.

Active: Join a guided jogging tour of the City of Music to see highlights of the gilded architecture along the way.

Discovery: Take an insider’s tour of Vienna to get behind the scenes of her sights and attractions. Meet locals, have the chance to prepare some food and enjoy other surprises.

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.

Day 5 Vienna

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
strong>Discovery: Enjoy a morning guided walking tour to see the city in her best light, along with breakfast at a Viennese café.

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 master work.

Classic: Take a guided tour of the Museum of Fine Arts, followed by the Military Museum, commemorating the past of the Habsburg Empire.

Day 6 Krems

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Take a canoe or bike ride through Austria's wine country. 

Active: Paddle a canoe on a guided tour to see the Austrian waterways and shoreline scenery from a unique perspective.

Active: Take a guided bike tour from Krems to Spitz, and enjoy a stop in Dürnstein to see the mesmerizing blue Stiftskirche and to sample local specialties

Discovery: Join an interactive Wine World Experience with wine tasting

Discovery: Enjoy a guided visit that showcases production of regional fruits, vegetables, wine, or other products.

Relax on board this afternoon to enjoy the picturesque Wachau Valley scenery as you cruise to Grein.

GREIN
A modern-day castle and the count 

Discovery: See Burg Clam on a guided visit and meet the Count of Clam during the tour.

Day 7 Grein | Mauthausen | Linz

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
strong>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.

Classic: Visit the 9th-century St. Florian Monastery, the largest monastery in upper Austria and home to Augustine monks.

Classic: Join a sobering guided tour of Mauthausen Concentration Camp, one of the largest and most brutal Nazi camp of WWII.

LINZ
Meet the locals in Linz. 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 the ship.

Day 8 Engelhartszell | Schlogen Oxbow

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
strong>Discovery: Join a guided tour to the “House by the stream” (Haus am Strom) and walk across the Danube Power-Station Jochenstein.

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 deck this afternoon while the ship sails through the amazing horseshoe bend of the Danube’s Schlögen Oxbow on your return to Linz.

Day 9 Linz | Disembark | Salzburg

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark the ship and choose an activity: a guided tour of Linz or a hike to Mt. Pöstlinberg. In the afternoon, transfer to Salzburg a guided tour of the city.

Day 10 Salzburg

  • 1 Breakfast
A full-day excursion ends in the Salzkammergut area, and here, choose an activity: a walking tour that visits the imperial villa in the town of Bad Ischl or an active hike up Siriuskogel mountain for outstanding views of the fairytale area below.

Day 11 Salzburg | Munich

  • 1 Breakfast
This morning, enjoy free time in Salzburg, before the transfer to Munich

Day 12 Munich

  • 1 Breakfast
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

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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, 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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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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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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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: 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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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!
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