Day 1 BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (EMBARKATION)
Welcome to Budapest—Hungary’s Captivating Capital
Flights into Budapest must arrive by 3:30 pm.
Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.
The day is yours to relax and enjoy the city with time for photographs, cafés, and confections.
_OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN BUDAPEST_
Day 2 BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
The Pearl of the Danube in the Heart of Europe
CLASSIC Enjoy a Guided City Sightseeing, including the iconic Heroes’ Square.
Take in the beauty of Budapest while enjoying a free afternoon 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.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BRATISLAVA
Day 3 BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA
Classic and Contemporary—from Cathedrals and Castle Walls to Art Gallery Halls
CLASSIC Take a Guided City Walk, including the quaint streets of Old Town, Town Hall, and fantastic St. Martin’s Cathedral.
Enjoy some free time to take Nordic walking sticks from the ship and hike to Bratislava Castle.
Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIENNA
Day 4 VIENNA
Strauss, Schnitzel, Strudel, and Sachertorte
DISCOVERY Join us for a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Vienna, including the Kuntskammer’s remarkable collection of more than 2,100 valuable objects, which were collected through the centuries by the emperors and archdukes of Habsburg.
CLASSIC Later, choose a complimentary ticket for a local Viennese Museum Visit, or continue exploring with additional Guided Sightseeing.
You may decide to take a Guided Optional Excursion to Schönbrunn Palace—the former imperial summer home and vast gardens with a history spanning 300 years of the Habsburg monarchy.
In your free time why not stroll through 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 authentic Austrian confections of Sachertorte or Apfelstrudel.
Later this evening, you may choose to attend an Optional Excursion to a Royal Waltz Concert for an unforgettable evening of music in an elegant hall.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DÜRNSTEIN
Day 5 DÜRNSTEIN–WACHAU VALLEY
Fairytale Castles, Kings, and Cobblestones
CLASSIC Join a Guided Walk, and hear the legendary tale of King Richard the Lionheart—who was imprisoned in the castle during the Crusades, OR:
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.
Later, stretch out on the Sky Deck as you sail through the Wachau Valley past vineyards, castles, and charming villages on your way to Melk.
Striking Frescoes and Breathtaking Views of the Wachau Valley
CLASSIC Take a Guided Tour of Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey to marvel at its frescoed ceilings, statues, incredible library, and ornate pipe organ.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO LINZ
Day 6 LINZ, AUSTRIA
Fall in Love with Linz–Legendary Art, Music, and the Linzer Torte!
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 visit the picturesque Bohemian town of Cesky Krumlov.
Feel free to enjoy the afternoon on your own to bike along the banks of the Danube with a picnic from the ship, or hike through Linz’s beautiful nature trails to Pöstlingberg for a bird’s-eye view of the city and river below.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN MELK
Day 7 SCHLÖGEN OXBOW–PASSAU
Go for Baroque in Passau–Where the Danube, Inn, and Ilz Rivers meet
This morning, cruise through the Schlögen Oxbow, a particularly beautiful horseshoe-shaped bend of the river.
CLASSIC Join a Guided City Walk to learn more about this beautiful “City of Three Rivers.”
ACTIVE Follow your Avalon Adventure Host for Hiking from Oberhaus along a trail down to the valley and along the Ilz River.
Spend a little free time before sailing to Deggendorf to walk the cobblestone streets and galleries of Artists’ Alley or peek into St. Stephen’s Cathedral to possibly catch a concert rehearsal.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DEGGENDORF
Day 8 DEGGENDORF (DISEMBARKATION)
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.