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A Taste of the Danube with trip in Budapest and Vienna

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Begin with spending two nights in Budapest enjoying the highlights of this vibrant capital. Board the Avalon Illumination and head upriver to Bratislava. In Melk, visit Austria’s majestic Benedictine Abbey sitting high above the breathtaking views of the Danube River and surrounding countryside. Cruise through the picturesque Wachau Valley and spend free time in Dürnstein. Disembark the river cruise for two nights in the Austrian capital of Vienna.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Budapest, Hungary
Day 2 : Budapest
Day 3 : Budapest | Embark
Day 4 : Bratislava
Day 5 : Melk | Wachau Valley | Dürnstein
Day 6 : Vienna | Disembark
Day 7 : Vienna
Day 8 : Vienna

Highlights

  • Visit Bratislava's Old Town’s cobblestone streets to Town Hall
  • Join the the tour of Vienna's gilded landmarks such as the Imperial Palace
  • Marvel at the Benedictine Abbey on a tour in Melk
  • Join a sightseeing tour of Budapest's iconic Heroes’ Square

Ship

Avalon Illumination

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Hungarian parliament, Budapest Budapest, the capital city of Hungary Morning view on Bratislava city Melk Abbey, Lower Austria Evening in Vienna, Austria
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Day 1 Budapest, Hungary

Two nights in beautiful Budapest! A day to discover, dine and unwind in historic Hungary’s captivating capital.

Day 2 Budapest

  • 1 Breakfast
Classic: Take a guided sightseeing tour to see majestic Heroes’ Square and Budapest’s classic sites.

With plenty of free time this afternoon, experience the curative waters of Budapest’s thermal baths, or set out for a hike to explore the countryside on either side of the Danube.

Take time to shop for treasures, including handcrafted embroidery, Herend porcelain or Budapest’s best baked goods.

Day 3 Budapest | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
Spend free time strolling along the cobblestone streets, browsing art galleries, sipping coffee and sampling sweets before boarding the Danube cruise for a welcome dinner this evening.

Day 4 Bratislava

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit the Adventure Center for today’s activities with an Adventure Host.

Classic: Join a guided sightseeing tour of Old Town’s cobblestone streets to town hall. Visit the gothic halls of St. Martin’s Cathedral, Hungary’s centuries-old coronation church.

Active: Join an Avalon Adventure Host on a hike to Bratislava castle.

Alternatively, take a bicycle and a picnic from the ship to explore the local sights along the Danube. 

Day 5 Melk | Wachau Valley | Dürnstein

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Classic: Join a morning guided sightseeing tour of Melk’s 11th-century Benedictine Abbey. Explore its frescoes, statues, library and spectacular pipe organ in the monastery’s lofty perch above the Danube.

Take a relaxing break on the Sky Deck as the ship sails through awe-inspiring views of the Wachau Valley and the wine region surrounding Dürnstein.

DÜRNSTEIN
Active: 
Join an Avalon Adventure Host for a scenic walk up the hlllside to castle ruins for breathtaking views. 

Spend free time at leisure, perhaps biking through the vineyards in the Wachau Valley. Later, enjoy on board entertainment by local musicians.

Day 6 Vienna | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Classic: Venture into the Habsburg empire with a morning guided city tour of Vienna’s gilded landmarks. See the Imperial Palace complex, the winter residence of the Imperial Family, the historic Vienna Opera House and stunning St. Stephen’s Cathedral.

Or, choose to set out earlier as Vienna awakens:

Discovery: Take an early riser walking tour that includes breakfast at a Viennese café followed by an exclusive viewing of the Habsburg family’s private art collection at the Museum of Fine Arts, the perfect way to start the stay in Vienna.

Optional tours today include a guided tour of magnificent Schonbrunn Palace, the former imperial summer residence of Habsburg royalty. Also, choose to attend an optional excursion to a Royal Waltz Concert for an unforgettable evening of music in an elegant hall. 

Day 7 Vienna

  • 1 Breakfast
Enjoy a free day to explore the city at a leisurely pace, or perhaps take a tram ride to discover the adventure, tradition and Viennese charm of The Prater amusement park. Also, consider to visiting one of Vienna’s marvelous museums or indulge a sweet tooth with authentic Austrian pastries in a local bakery.

Day 8 Vienna

  • 1 Breakfast
The 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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$2,109
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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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Cat. D
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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