Day 1 BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
Two Nights in Beautiful Budapest!
Enjoy a free day to discover, dine, and unwind in the captivating capital of historic Hungary.
Day 2 BUDAPEST
Hungarian Dishes, Healing Waters, and Historic Wonders
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.
This evening, secure your reservation for an Optional Dinner with a sumptuous Hungarian food–and–wine pairing.
Day 3 BUDAPEST (EMBARKATION)
Time for Cobblestones, Coffee, and Confections
Spend free time strolling the cobblestone streets, browsing art galleries, sipping coffee, and sampling sweets before boarding your Danube cruise for a welcome dinner this evening.
EVENING CRUISE TO BRATISLAVA
Day 4 BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA
Castles, Vineyards, and Cosmopolitan Culture
CLASSIC Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Old Town’s cobblestone streets to Town Hall. Visit the gothic halls of St. Martin’s Cathedral–Kingdom of Hungary’s centuries–old coronation church, OR:
ACTIVE Grab Nordic walking sticks and follow your Avalon Adventure Host on a Hike to Bratislava Castle.
Alternatively, in your free time take a bicycle and a picnic from the ship to explore the local sights along the Danube. Later, enjoy onboard entertainment by local musicians.
AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MELK
Day 5 MELK, AUSTRIA
Ornate Architecture and Scenic Splendors Awaken the Imagination and the Senses
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 you sail through awe–inspiring views through the Wachau Valley and the wine region surrounding Dürnstein.
Idyllic Vistas and Vineyards Beyond the Blue Stiftskirche
ACTIVE Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a hike up the hillside to castle ruins for breathtaking views.
Spend free time in Dürnstein at your leisure or biking through the vineyards in the Wachau Valley.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIENNA
Day 6 VIENNA (DISEMBARKATION)
A Feast for the Soul in Vienna–Music, Food, Art, and Architecture
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 you may 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 your stay in Vienna.
Optional tours today include a Guided Tour of magnificent Schönbrunn Palace, the former imperial summer residence of Habsburg royalty. You may 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
Vienna Favorites—Sachertorte and Apfelstrudel
Enjoy a free day to explore the city at your own pace.
Choose a Guided Optional Hiking or Biking Tour through the vineyards for an active city and countryside excursion.
Spend free time with a tram ride to discover the adventure, tradition, and Viennese charm of The Prater amusement park. Visit one of Vienna’s marvelous museums and sample authentic Austrian pastries in a local bakery.
Day 8 VIENNA
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.