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A Taste of the Danube with 2 Nights in Budapest & 2 Nights in Vienna (Westbound)

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Begin with spending two nights in Budapest enjoying the highlights of this vibrant capital. Board the Avalon View 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.
Budapest, the capital city of HungaryMorning view on Bratislava cityMelk Abbey, Lower AustriaEvening in Vienna, AustriaHungarian parliament, Budapest
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
Activities
Activity Level: Variable
Activity options vary depending on destination and operator. Activity level is determined by the range and intensity of activities you choose to participate in. Discuss with your Trip Planner which options are best for you.
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Day 1: Budapest, Hungary

Have 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
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 start to staying 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 an individual pace, or perhaps take a tram ride to discover the adventure, tradition and Viennese charm of The Prater amusement park. Also, consider visiting one of Vienna’s marvelous museums or indulge sweet tooths with authentic Austrian pastries in a local bakery.

Day 8: Vienna

  • 1 Breakfast
The vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

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Avalon Deluxe StateroomAvalon Deluxe Stateroom
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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, Bathrobes & slippers, Individual climate control, Large mirror in the bathroom, Two windows, Writing desk, Memory foam mattress, European-style duvets, Extra blankets, Nightly turn-down service, Hairdryer, and Spacious 3-door closets with shelves
Avalon Deluxe StateroomAvalon Deluxe Stateroom
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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, Individual climate control, Large mirror in bathroom, Two windows, Writing desk, Luxurious mattress, European-style duvets, Extra blankets, Nightly turn-down service, Hairdryer, and Spacious 3-door closets with shelves
Avalon Panorama Suite LayoutAvalon Panorama Suite
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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, Well-stocked minibar, In-room safe, Marble countertops in the bathroom, Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Window with Open-Air Balcony, Full shower with glass door, Memory foam mattress, and European-style duvets
Avalon Panorama Suite LayoutAvalon Panorama Suite
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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, Well-stocked minibar, In-room safe, Marble countertops in the bathroom, Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Window with Open-Air Balcony, Full shower with glass door, Luxurious mattress, and European-style duvets.
Avalon Panorama Suite LayoutAvalon Panorama Suite
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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, Marble countertops in the bathroom, Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Window with Open-Air Balcony, Full shower with glass door, Vanity, Coffee table, Memory foam mattress, and European-style duvets
Avalon Royal Suite LayoutAvalon Royal Suite
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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, In-room safe, Marble countertops in the bathroom, Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Window with Open-Air Balcony, Full shower with glass door, Luxurious mattress, European-style duvets.
Included
  • 7 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 3 Dinners
  • 3 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Onboard Adventure Center with active gear, bikes, maps, canoe, kayak and jogging excursions
  • Wifi
  • Complimentary fresh fruit available daily
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions
  • 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
  • Panoramic windows
  • Friendly, English-speaking crew & Cruise Director
  • Sky Deck with whirlpool, shade awnings, game area and premium lounges
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with every lunch and dinner
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Alcohol, beverages, and food outside of the contracted menu as presented at a hotel or restaurant or on board your vessel
  • Port Fees
  • Porterage
  • Passport or Visa fees

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