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Avalon Waterways Hosted Danube Discovery with the Vancouver Island Symphony

Join Vancouver Island Symphony Conductor Pierre Simard on this Epic Danube Discovery
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Avalon Waterways Hosted Danube Discovery with the Vancouver Island Symphony

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!

In addition to your unforgettable cruise, we at CruisePlus & Avalon Waterways will be working directly with Pierre and the Vancouver Island Symphony to customize your hosted Danube Discovery cruise with additional options that may include*:

  • Wine and Food Tasting in Linz
  • Exclusive talks and cocktail parties with Pierre in the Club Lounge
  • Potential to conduct a private symphony in Vienna
  • Walking tours of Vienna as Pierre discusses the city’s vibrant musical history
  • Taxes and more!
Panorama Suite Riverview
Vancouver $5345pp $4046pp

© 2016 HA Photography

*This is just a sample of what may be included. Not all items may be available. Price may increase with additional options

All pricing is per person, based on double occupancy and in CAD

Itinerary

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, HUNGARY
Welcome 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 BEND
ACTIVE
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)
VISEGRÁD
Jousting 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, 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 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)
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

DAY 6
(B, L, D)
KREMS
Take 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)
GREIN
Theater 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 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.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LINZ

DAY 9
(B)
LINZ (DISEMBARKATION)
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

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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

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