Begin by spending two nights in Prague, where the tours will show its best-known treasures. Guided sightseeing in Regensburg shows the Old Town Hall, the Porta Pretoria and many mansions with high towers denoting the status and wealth of their early owners. Transfer to Deggendorf, where your river cruise journey begins. Explore the city of Passau with a local guide. Enjoy the magnificent views as your river cruise takes you through the picturesque wine region of Wachau Valley. The cruise continues in Dürnstein for a wine expexperience then move to Vienna and Bratislava for a guided tours before disembarking in Budapest.
Take a guided walk to visit Hradčany Castle Grounds in Prague
Visit the Altes Rathaus and Porta Pretoria in Regensburg
Join a sightseeing tour of Budapest's iconic Heroes’ Square
Marvel at the Benedictine Abbey on a tour in Melk
Explore Passau's cobblestone streets and galleries of Artists’ Alley
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Explore your ship and enjoy dinner on your first evening on board. EVENING CRUISE TO PASSAU
Active: Follow your Avalon Adventure Host for Hiking from Oberhaus along a trail down to the valley and along Ilz River, OR: Classic: Join a Guided City Walk to learn more about this beautiful “City of Three Rivers".
Before sailing to Linz, take a little free time to explore Passau’s cobblestone streets and galleries of Artists’ Alley. Maybe stop at St. Stephen’s Cathedral to catch a concert rehearsal. This afternoon, cruise to Linz through the Danube’s dramatic horseshoe bend called Schlögen Oxbow. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LINZ
Visit the Adventure Center for today’s activities with your Adventure Host.
Classic: Take a Guided Walk through the city’s historic and beautiful sites along the shore of the Danube and see Hauptplatz—Austria’s largest medieval square—and the towering white-marble Trinity Column.
Consider a full-day Guided Optional Excursion to Salzburg—the city of Mozart, or to the picturesque Bohemian town of Cesky Krumlov.
You may otherwise spend the afternoon on a biking picnic along the banks of the Danube or hike through Linz’s beautiful nature trails to Pöstlingberg for a bird’s-eye view of the city and river below. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO YBBS
-Visit the Lower Austrian little town of Ybbs. Walk through the doors of Austrian history with a guided sightseeing tour of Artstetten Castle. OR:
-Take a Guided Tour of Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey to marvel at its frescoed ceilings, statues, incredible library, and ornate pipe organ.
Later, stretch out on the Sky Deck as you sail through the Wachau Valley past vineyards, castles, and charming villages on your way to Dürnstein.
DÜRNSTEIN Active: Join a Guided Hike up to the castle ruins to take in the spectacular view of the village, Danube, and the Wachau Valley below, OR: Classic: Join a Guided Walk, and hear the legendary tale of King Richard the Lionheart—who was imprisoned in the castle here during the Crusades.
Later, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIENNA
Visit the Adventure center for today’s activities with your Adventure host. Active: Explore Vienna's Danube Island by bike with your Adventure Host, OR: Classic: Explore 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 iconic Vienna Opera House and stunning St. Stephen’s Cathedral.
Join a Guided Optional Excursion to Schönbrunn Palace—summer home of the Habsburg monarchy.
Spend free time strolling on the pedestrian Kärntnerstrasse—the most famous shopping avenue in central Vienna. Take a bike ride through the city and stop in a local café to enjoy Sachertorte or Apfelstrudel.
This evening, enjoy an unforgettable musical performance with an Optional Excursion to attend a Royal Waltz Concert in an elegant hall. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN VIENNA
Classic: Take a guided tour of Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey to marvel at its frescoed ceilings, statues, incredible library, and ornate pipe organ.
Later, stretch out on the sky deck as you sail through the Wachau Valley past vineyards, castles, and charming villages on your way to Dürnstein.
Cathedral Coronations and a Crowning Castle
Active: Follow your Avalon Adventure Host on a hike to lofty Bratislava Castle, OR: Classic: Take a Guided City Walk, including the quaint streets of Old Town, Town Hall, and the sight of royal coronations at St. Martin’s Cathedral.
Enjoy free time to discover on your own Bratislava, the beautiful capital of Slovakia, rich in history and culture, but also a green city with its forests and parks just a hop away from the city center. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BUDAPEST
Active: Hike up to a magnificent viewpoint in Budapest with your Adventure Host, OR: Classic: Enjoy a Guided City Sightseeing, including the iconic Heroes’ Square.
This afternoon choose among a wide offer of Optional Guided Excursions or take in the beauty of Budapest while enjoying some free time exploring such famous sights as the Chain Bridge. Get to know the city’s cafés and pubs, or take a hike through the hills above the Danube. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN BUDAPEST
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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.