Avalon Waterways Active Discovery on the Danube River Cruise 2019

This Active & Discovery cruise experiences 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!

Start by exploring Budapest your way—stroll its streets for classic sightseeing with a local guide or take a bike ride through town for a different perspective, or learn something new with a leisurely walking tour to discover a few local Hungarian phrases. Attend a Medieval Knights Tournament at a Visegrád castle, see Gustave Klimt’s renowned “Kiss” painting in Vienna. With Avalon Choice, each day is yours to spend your way. Whether you prefer browsing the art collection of the Habsburg Empire, sipping local vintages at an Austrian wine-tasting, or joining a canoe excursion, 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.

Budapest

Itinerary

The day is yours to relax and enjoy Eastern Europe’s shining city on the Danube.

Spend free time shopping for Hungarian paprika or handcrafted souvenirs, or savour a piece of cream cake in the world-famous Gerbeaud Café. Enjoy a Hungarian Dinner on board during a scenic cruise through the Danube Bend.

Active Excursion: 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 Excursion: Enjoy a Guided Walking Tour combing the sights of Budapest with “Fungarian” instruction of useful local words and phrases, OR:
Classic Excursion: Take a Guided Walking Tour of Budapest to see the city’s most iconic sites.

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.

Active Excursion: Take a Castle visit and scenic Hiking Tour to Count Dracula’s prison tower in Visegrád, OR 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.
Discovery Excursion: 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 this afternoon strolling through the pedestrian Kärntnerstrasse, 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.

Active Excursion: 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: Join a Guided Jogging Tour of the City of Music to see highlights of the gilded architecture along the way, OR:
Discovery Excursion: 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 Excursion: Take a guided sightseeing tour of Vienna, including a tour of Belvedere Palace to see Gustave Klimt’s renowned “Kiss” painting.

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.

Discovery Excursion: Enjoy a morning Guided Walking Tour to see the city in her best light, along with breakfast at a Viennese café, OR:
Classic Excursion: 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 Take a Guided Tour of the Museum of Fine Arts, followed by the World Museum Vienna, commemorating the past of the Habsburg Empire.

See Burg Clam on a Guided Visit, and meet the Count of Clam during your tour.

Active Excursion: Paddle a canoe on a Guided Tour to see the Austrian waterways and shoreline scenery from a unique perspective, OR 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 Excursion: Join an interactive Wine World Experience with wine tasting, OR 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.

Take a mid-morning cruise to Mauthausen. This afternoon sail to Linz arriving this evening. Join a guided optional pub crawl through Linz to sample local libations and mingle with the locals. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.

Active Excursion: 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 Excursion: Take a guided walk of Grein, including its historic theater, the oldest in Austria still holding regular performances OR Visit the 9th-century St. Florian Monastery - the largest monastery in upper Austria and home to Augustine monks, OR Join a sobering guided tour of Mauthausen Concentration Camp, one of the largest and most brutal Nazi camps of WWII.

Active Excursion: Join a Guided Tour to the “House by the stream” (Haus am Strom) and walk across the Danube Power-Station Jochenstein, OR:
Classic Excursion: 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 Excursion: 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.

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. Transfer to the airport for your return journey to the UK or extend your holiday with a stay in Salzburg or Prague.

Price Guide

Date Price (pp)
28 October 2019 CALL

What's Included

  • Complimentary Private Door-to-Door Home Pick-Up Service†
  • 8 nights deluxe accommodation in a spacious stateroom
  • Return Flights from London, regional flights are available but may carry a supplement
  • All meals on board including full breakfast, buffet lunch and waiter service evening meal
  • Wine and beer is included with lunch and dinner
  • Afternoon tea with cakes and sweet treats; midnight snack, choice of premium teas and coffees & soft drinks throughout the day
  • Dinner is included at the Budapest hotel
  • Included excursions and sightseeing trips with local guides and a choice of optional tours; headsets provided on excursions
  • Services of an experienced Cruise Director
  • Gratuities for Cruise Director and crew
  • On board lectures, activities and nightly piano music
  • Captain's Welcome Reception, Welcome Dinner and Farewell Gala Dinner
  • All transfers, local port charges and airport taxes
  • Complimentary Wifi (signal permitting)