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 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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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 designed included activities with 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.