Avalon – Tour Details 2018-11-14T21:48:21+00:00

Active Discovery on the Danube – Cruise Only Westbound 2019

8 days Budapest to Linz

Starting at $2,649

Destinations & Sightseeing
Itinerary and Meals
Accomodations

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Whether you’re an art lover, a foodie, a history buff, or an energetic adventurer, your Active Discovery cruise on the Danube River invites you to experience culture and cuisine in creative ways that are perfect for you. With Avalon Choice, you can select the experiences that are perfect for your interests and pace—from Active to Discovery to Classic. Avalon Choice gives you a choice of included excursions in each port as you sail from Budapest to Linz.

Arrive in Budapest where your Avalon Suite Ship is ready for boarding. You’ll cruise the blue Danube to discover Hungary and Austria with a wide variety of included excursions to choose from. With Avalon Choice, each day is yours to spend your way. Select a Medieval Knights Tournament at a Visegrád castle, see Gustave Klimt’s renowned “Kiss” painting in Vienna, or join a canoe excursion for a different view of the Danube. Whether you prefer browsing the art collection of the Habsburg Empire or sipping local vintages at an Austrian wine-tasting, your Active Discovery cruise is packed with Avalon Choice inclusions for every pace in every place we go. Sample cheese and beer made by Trappist monks and explore their Abbey gardens; take a hike to Count Dracula’s prison tower; or tour Mauthausen Concentration Camp, one of WWII’s most notorious sites—selecting from an unmatched variety of included excursions to choose from each day.

Join us on this Active Discovery cruise and experience the Blue Danube your way. No matter how you choose to explore new locales—from paddling canoes to picnic views—Avalon Choice includes the excursions and activities to invite you to discover each destination your way. Your Active Discovery Danube River cruise can be as active or leisurely as you like!


Destination & Sightseeing

Day 1 Budapest (Embarkation)–Danube Bend: onboard welcome reception; scenic cruising around the Danube Bend
Day 2 Visegrád: choice of medieval knights tournament, or guided hike in Danube—Ipoly National Park, or canoe tour
Day 3 Vienna: choice of bike tour, or jogging tour, or meet with local people or guided tour, visit to Belvedere Palace
Day 4 Vienna: choice of early risers guided tour, with breakfast at a Viennese café, or guided tour, see Habsburg private art collection and the Italian or Dutch masters works, or guided tour, see Habsburg private art collection and the World Museum
Day 5 Krems–Grein: choice of canoe tour, or bike tour from Krems to Spitz, or Wine World Experience with tasting, or local encounter showcasing regional products; visit Greinburg castle and meet the Count

Day 6 Grein–Mauthausen–Linz:
guided walk in Grein, visit the historical theater; in Mauthausen, choice of visit to St. Florian Monastery, or guided tour of Mauthausen Concentration Camp, or guided bike tour

Day 7 Engelhartszell–Schlögener Schlinge–Linz:
choice of visit to Engelszell Abbey, or visit Jochenstein Power-Station;; choice of scenic cruising around the Schlögener Schlinge, or guided hike along the Danube trails
Day 8 Linz (Disembarkation): your vacation ends this morning
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.

ITINERARY

Day 1 BUDAPEST (EMBARKATION)–DANUBE BEND
Welcome to Budapest. Your Suite Ship® is ready for boarding. Flights into Budapest must arrive before 2 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm. Enjoy a Hungarian Dinner on board during a scenic cruise through the Danube Bend. EVENING CRUISE TO VISEGRÁD
Dinner

Day 2 VISEGRÁD
Jousting Tournaments and Artisan Traditions DISCOVERY Join a Guided Visit to the Medieval Knights Tournament at Visegrád’s Lower Castle, featuring targeting and fighting demonstrations by members of the St. George Knightly Order, OR: ACTIVE Take a Castle visit and scenic Hiking Tour to Count Dracula’s prison tower in Visegrád, OR: Active Take part in a canoe excursion through the picturesque Bend Region of the Danube for a truly unique perspective of one of the river’s most beautiful stretches. Spend free time after your selected activities to explore Palotaház, where stonemasons, smiths, potters, and paper-makers produce their traditional items using age-old techniques. AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIENNA
BreakfastLunch Dinner

Day 3 VIENNA, AUSTRIA
Strauss, Schnitzel, Strudel, and Sachertorte ACTIVE Take a Guided Bike Tour along the famed Ringstrasse and pedestrian avenues of Vienna to see the city’s highlights from a unique perspective, OR: ACTIVE Join a Guided Jogging Tour of the City of Music to see highlights of the gilded architecture along the way, OR: DISCOVERY Take an Insider’s Tour of Vienna to get behind the scenes of her sights and attractions. You will meet locals, have the chance to prepare some food, and enjoy other surprises, OR: CLASSIC Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Vienna, including a tour of Belvedere Palace to see Gustav Klimt’s renowned “Kiss” painting. Spend free time this afternoon strolling through the pedestrian Kärntnerstrasse, then take a break for a piece of Sachertorte. This evening, you may choose to attend an Optional Musical Experience to conduct your own orchestra, followed by a classical waltz and operetta concert performance to enjoy. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN VIENNA
BreakfastLunch Dinner

Day 4 VIENNA
A Feast for the Soul in Vienna DISCOVERY Enjoy a morning Guided Walking Tour to see the city in her best light, along with breakfast at a Viennese café, OR: CLASSIC Dive into European history and drama with a Guided Tour of the Habsburg family’s private art collection at the Museum of Fine Arts, and Italian or Dutch master works, OR: CLASSIC Take a Guided Tour of the Museum of Fine Arts, followed by the World Museum Vienna, commemorating the past of the Habsburg Empire. You might decide to join a Guided Optional Hike this evening to the vineyards surrounding Vienna, and also enjoy an Optional Excursion to a local Viennese Heurigen (Wine Tavern). Tonight, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO KREMS
BreakfastLunch Dinner

Day 5 KREMS
Take a Hike, a Canoe, or a Bike to Explore Austria’s Wine Country ACTIVE Paddle a canoe on a Guided Tour to see the Austrian waterways and shoreline scenery from a unique perspective, OR: ACTIVE Take a Guided Bike Tour from Krems to Spitz, and enjoy a stop in Dürnstein to see the mesmerizing blue Stiftskirche, and to sample local specialties, OR: DISCOVERY Join an interactive Wine World Experience with wine tasting, OR: DISCOVERY Enjoy a Guided Visit that showcases production of regional fruits, vegetables, wine, or other products. Relax on board this afternoon to enjoy the picturesque Wachau Valley scenery as you cruise to Grein. GREIN A Modern-Day Castle and the Count of Greinburg DISCOVERY See Greinburg Castle on a Guided Visit, and meet the Count during your tour. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN GREIN
BreakfastLunch Dinner

Day 6 GREIN
Theater History on Austria's Oldest Stage CLASSIC Take a Guided Walk of Grein, including its historic theater, the oldest in Austria still holding regular performances. Take a mid-morning cruise to Mauthausen. MAUTHAUSEN History Lessons and Monastic Life in Austria ACTIVE Take a Guided Bike Tour along the Limes Cycle Route, following part of the northern border line of the Roman Empire, OR: CLASSIC Take a step back in time with a visit to the 9th-century St. Florian Monastery—the largest monastery in upper Austria and home to Augustine monks, OR: CLASSIC Pay homage to a pivotal time in human history with a Guided Tour of Mauthausen Concentration Camp, one of the largest and most brutal Nazi camps of WWII. This afternoon sail to Linz arriving this evening. LINZ Meet the Locals in Linz Join a Guided Optional Pub Crawl through Linz to sample local libations and mingle with the locals. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ENGELHARTSZELL
BreakfastLunch Dinner

Day 7 ENGELHARTSZELL–SCHLÖGEN OXBOW
Memories and Beer in the making ACTIVE Join a Guided Tour to the “House by the Stream” (Haus am Strom) and walk across the Danube Power-Station Jochenstein, OR: CLASSIC Visit the stunning rococo-style Engelszell Abbey, and explore its Sensory Garden—complete with stone labyrinth, herb garden, and vineyard. Sample cheese and beer made by the resident Trappist monks. ACTIVE This afternoon enjoy a scenic Guided Hike along the Danube’s Schlögen Oxbow bend that cuts a dramatic landscape made by centuries of natural elements. Or, as a relaxing option, enjoy free time on the Sky Deck this afternoon while you sail through the amazing horseshoe bend of the Danube’s Schlögen Oxbow on your return to Linz. Later, enjoy a farewell dinner onboard, followed by live entertainment. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LINZ
BreakfastLunch Dinner

Day 8 LINZ (DISEMBARKATION)
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Accommodations

Linz
Austria Trend Schillerpark
Superior First-Class

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Rainerstraße 2-4/Eingang Schillerplatz, Linz Austria

This modern 111-room centrally located property offers Free Wi-Fi access throughout and has a great choice of dining options. The main restaurant serves a traditional breakfast and a choice of regional dishes for lunch & dinner, the café's speciality is homemade pastries which can also be enjoyed on the outdoor terrace in fair weather and there is a classic bar for drinks and light snacks.
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