Board the suite ship on the Rhine River in Basel then continue sailing to Breisach to visit the Black Forest. Visit Strasbourg, France, and sail to Rüdesheim and pass through the spectacular Rhine Gorge. The modern and charming city of Frankfurt is also on the route along the Rhine then sail on the Main River to visit an authentic village. Visit Würzburg, and take a guided tour of Bamberg, before reaching Nuremberg. Sail to Regensburg before cruising next to Passau, with its narrow streets and baroque St. Stephen’s Cathedral. In Melk, you will visit Austria’s majestic Benedictine Abbey. Take in the breath-taking views before continuing through the picturesque Wachau Valley to the romantic sights of Vienna, the “City of Music.”
Visit the Altes Rathaus and Porta Pretoria in Regensburg
Visit Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience
Marvel at the Benedictine Abbey on a tour in Melk
Join the the tour of Vienna's gilded landmarks such as the Imperial Palace
Take a tour of Strasbourg and visit the Gothic Cathedral
Discovery: Join a full-day guided tour to the magical Black Forest to experience the Vogtsbauernohf open-air-museum, visit an authentic water mill, and see a traditional butter-making demonstration, OR:
Classic: Visit to Badischer Winzerkeller, the largest German wine producer in Europe. Learn about German wine-making in the vineyards of Baden, and enjoy a wine tasting.
You may choose to join a guided optional excursion to visit the charming village of Colmar in the morning.
Discovery: Enjoy an onboard beer lecture hosted by your beer expert while cruising.
Classic: Join a guided city walk to learn more about this beautiful “City of Three Rivers.”
Alternatively, join a full-day guided optional excursion to Salzburg—the city of Mozart—or to the picturesque Bohemian town of Cesky Krumlov.
Sail to Linz this afternoon, or join your ship after your selected full-day excursion.
Enjoy a free afternoon to linger in Linz. Take a bicycle from the ship and cycle along the Danube, or follow one of Linz’s many nature trails for a bird’s-eye view of the city and river below.
Classic: Explore the Habsburg empire this morning on a 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 Empire.
Enjoy free time this afternoon to take a tram to visit Vienna's Prater amusement park or one of the many museums nearby. You may also borrow a bike from the ship to explore Vienna's square or, the banks of the Danube.
Later, relax on board with live entertainment as you sail to Budapest.
Classic: Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour, including the iconic Heroes’ Square.
This afternoon, select from a variety of guided optional excursions or spend free time soaking in one of Budapest’s famous thermal baths. Consider a scenic hike in the hills above the Danube, or enjoy Budapest's cafés, pubs, and nightlife.
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 designedincluded activitieswith 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.