Danube Symphony – Cruise Only Eastbound 2019 - 6 days Passau to Vienna
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Danube Symphony – Cruise Only Eastbound 2019

6 days Passau to Vienna

Starting at $2,149


Destinations & Sightseeing
Itinerary and Meals
Accomodations

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Your Danube River cruise adventure begins in picturesque Passau, Germany—the “City of Three Rivers.” Here, where the Danube, Inn, and Ilz Rivers converge, a Local Guide will take you through the town’s narrow cobblestone streets lined with beautiful Patrician houses, and you’ll see St. Stephen’s Cathedral, a masterpiece of Italian baroque architecture. Afterward, you can relax with a glass of wine atop the Sky Deck of your ship as you cruise along the Danube River into Austria. A highlight will be a guided visit to the majestic Benedictine Abbey in Melk, one of Europe’s largest monasteries, which sits high on a bluff overlooking the Danube. In Dürnstein, join a guided walk and see the baroque Stiftskirche, a church from the early 1700s, and one of the most beautiful of its kind because of its luminous blue and white façade. Also, get a taste of some of the renowned wines in the Wachau Valley.

To round out this unforgettable European river cruise, visit Vienna, the “City of Music”—a place that inspired the creative genius of Mozart, Beethoven, and Strauss. After guided sightseeing, stroll along the pedestrian walkway of Kärntnerstrasse or try a piece of Apfelstrudel in an elegant Viennese café as a perfect ending to your river cruise adventure.

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Destination & Sightseeing

Day 1 Passau (Embarkation): welcome to Germany! Onboard welcome reception
Day 2 Passau–Schlögen Oxbow–Linz: guided walk in Passau; scenic cruising through the Schlögen Oxbow
Day 3 Linz–Grein: guided walk in Linz; time at leisure in Grein
Day 4 Melk–Wachau Valley–Dürnstein: guided visit of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk; scenic cruising through the Wachau Valley; guided walk, see the Stiftskirche in Dürnstein; wine tasting on board
Day 5 Vienna: choice of guided sightseeing, or visit of the Kunsthistorisches Museum
Day 6 Vienna (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 PASSAU (EMBARKATION)
Your Avalon Suite Ship® is ready for boarding.OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN PASSAU
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Day 2 PASSAU
Go for Baroque in Passau–with Treasures Both Grand and QuaintCLASSIC Join a Guided City Walk in Passau to learn more about this beautiful “City of Three Rivers” where the Danube, Inn, and Ilz Rivers meet.Sail through the Schlögener Schlinge—named the Natural Wonder of Austria, carved by the power of the river into a dramatic landscape—to Linz.OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LINZ
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Day 3 LINZ, AUSTRIA
Fall in Love with 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 whitemarble Trinity Column.Alternatively, take a full-day Guided Optional Excursion to Salzburg—the city of Mozart—or to the picturesque Bohemian town of Český Krumlov.Cruise to Grein this afternoon or meet your ship after your excursionGREINDramatic Castle Views and the Oldest Theater in AustriaExplore on your own this attractive country resort, nestled at the foot of a bluff in the shadow of its castle.OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN GREIN
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Day 4 MELK
Ornate Architecture and Scenic SplendorsCLASSIC Join a 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.You may stretch out on the Sky Deck as you sail through the Wachau Valley past vineyards, castles, and charming villages on your way to Dürnstein.DÜRNSTEINVistas and Vineyards Beyond the Blue StiftskircheCLASSIC Join a Guided Walking Tour, and hear the legendary tale of King Richard the Lionheart—who was imprisoned during the Crusades in the castle above the village.DISCOVERY Enjoy the flavors of the Wachau Valley at a Wine Tasting this afternoon.After dinner enjoy live entertainment on board.OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN DÜRNSTEIN
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Day 5 VIENNA
Strauss, Schnitzel, Strudel, and SachertorteDISCOVERY Visit Austria’s largest art museum, the Kunsthistorisches Museum, 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, OR: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.You may decide to take a Guided Optional Excursion to opulent Schönbrunn Palace—the former imperial summer home and vast gardens with a history spanning 300 years of the Habsburg monarchy.Enjoy a free afternoon by strolling through 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 Royal Waltz Concert to hear quintessential Viennese music in an elegant concert hall.OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN VIENNA
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Day 6 VIENNA (DISEMBARKATION)
Your vacation ends this morning with breakfast.

Accommodations

Vienna
Intercontinental - Vienna
Superior First-Class

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Johannesgasse 28 Wien Austria

A luxurious 458 room hotel with timeless elegance. Wi-Fi access is available in the lobby and guestrooms subject to a fee (payable locally) and there is also a fitness centre with sauna, steam bath, solarium and 24 hour gym. Traditional Viennese cuisine and Mediterranean favourites can be sampled in the stylish restaurant. Viennese coffee and pastries can be enjoyed in the Café and the opulent American bar has a large selection of cocktails with live piano music.
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