- Avalon Waterways
Avalon Waterways Hosted Danube Discovery
CruisePlus Hosted Journey
Budapest to Linz
June 24, 2020
Avalon Waterways Illumination
Join the Vancouver Island Symphony’s very own conductor, Pierre Simard, as your host on this epic discovery of the Danube River with Avalon Waterways! Immerse yourself in the art, food, history and the incredible music that has defined this inviting area of Europe. Walk among Vienna’s vineyards, delve into Budapest on a guided bike tour, or relax onboard as you dine on regional specialties and enjoy local music.* BONUS: a portion of all sales will go directly back to support your Vancouver Island Symphony!
- 2-nights in Budapest
- 8-day cruise of the beautiful Danube
- Pre-paid gratuities
- Welcome & farewell dinners, complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner are included daily onboard
- Taxes and more!
Additional Options may Include:
- Wine and Food Tasting in Linz
- Exclusive talks and cocktail parties with Pierre in the Club Lounge
- Potential to join Pierre in private tour and performance at the Budapest Opera House
- Walking tours of Vienna as Pierre discusses the city’s vibrant musical history
*This is just a sample of what may be included. Not all items may be available. Price may increase with additional options
ACTIVE & DISCOVERY ON THE DANUBE (WESTBOUND) 2020 9 DAY RIVER CRUISE BUDAPEST TO LINZ DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY(B) = Breakfast (L) = Lunch (D) = Dinner
DAY 1 BUDAPEST, HUNGARYWelcome to Budapest—Hungary’s Captivating Capital The day is yours to relax and enjoy Eastern Europe’s shining city on the Danube.
DAY 2 (B, D) BUDAPEST (EMBARKATION)—DANUBE BENDACTIVE See the sights from a different perspective by joining a Guided Bike Tour along the bike paths and pedestrian areas of the city, OR: DISCOVERY Enjoy a Guided Walking Tour combing the sights of Budapest with “Fungarian” instruction of useful local words and phrases, OR: CLASSIC Take a Guided Walking Tour of Budapest to see the city’s most iconic sites. Spend free time shopping for Hungarian paprika or handcrafted souvenirs, or savor a piece of cream cake in one of the many cafés. Enjoy a Hungarian Dinner on board during a scenic cruise through the Danube Bend. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board. EVENING CRUISE TO VISEGRÁD
DAY 3 (B, L, D) VISEGRÁDJousting Tournaments and Dracula’s Tower 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, OR: 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. 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
DAY 4 (B, L, D) VIENNA, AUSTRIAStrauss, 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 Gustave 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
DAY 5 (B, L, D) VIENNAA 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
DAY 6 (B, L, D) KREMSTake a Canoe or a Bike through 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 DISCOVERY See Burg Clam on a Guided Visit, and meet the Count of Clam during your tour. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN GREIN
DAY 7 (B, L, D) GREINTheatre History...Alive and Well in Grein 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 Danube and discover how fertile this area is. Stop at a local farm and learn more about farming life and flood protection, OR: CLASSIC Visit the 9th-century St. Florian Monastery—the largest monastery in upper Austria and home to Augustine monks, OR: CLASSIC Join a sobering Guided Tour of Mauthausen Concentration Camp, one of the largest and most brutal Nazi camp of WWII. This afternoon sail to Linz arriving this evening. LINZ Meet the Locals in Linz You may choose to join a Guided Optional Pub Crawl through Linz to sample local libations and mingle with the locals. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ENGELHARTSZELL
DAY 8 (B, L, D) ENGELHARTSZELL—SCHLÖGEN OXBOWMemories 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. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LINZ
DAY 9 (B) LINZ (DISEMBARKATION)Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
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What can you expect with your Avalon Waterways adventure?
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- Open-Air Balconies in suites that offer unprecedented views with wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling windows that open to the world
- Suites that are 30% larger than the average stateroom
- Undefinable yet ever present luxury
- Exquisite dining that features local ingredients prepared by world class master chefs
- A variety of dining options that includes special events tailored to your itinerary, a la carte meals and multiple venues aboard the ship
- Incredible itineraries to exciting and exotic locales that will leave you virtually speechless yearning to return for more