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Festive Season on a Taste of the Danube with trip in Budapest and Vienna

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Budapest, the capital city of Hungary
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
Trip Type:
  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed
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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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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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Ship/Hotel

Avalon View

Avalon Artistry II Panorama Suite
Avalon Envision Dining Room

Dates & Prices

Per person starting at
$1,728
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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
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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.

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!
Meyer Smolen

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