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A Taste of the Danube

4 days

A Taste of the Danube

Your overall experience

Through the natural beauty of Austria’s Wachau Valley, past quaint towns and villages—and stops in charming towns and cities of Slovakia and Austria along the way—you’ll fall in love with this river cruise along the Danube River. Board your ship in Budapest, Hungary, and relax with a glass of wine atop the Sky Deck as you make your way upriver. Glide through the middle of two countries for a 58-mile stretch as the border between Hungary and Slovakia is in the center of the Danube River. You’ll come to Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. This dynamic city lies at the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains. Visit the gothic St. Martin’s Cathedral, the coronation church for Hungary during the 16th to 19th centuries. If you’d like, you can even visit its underground crypt with the catacombs of significant historical figures. In Dürnstein, a town situated among terraced vineyards, hike up to the ruins of Dürnstein Castle with your Avalon Adventure Host. And in Melk, you will visit Austria’s majestic Benedictine Abbey, one of Europe’s largest monasteries, where Benedictine monks still stroll amidst the sacred walls. Sitting high on a bluff, it offers the most breathtaking views of the city, the Danube River, and the Austrian countryside all at once. Conclude your beautiful cruise in Vienna, Austria.

*Cruise also runs in reverse from Vienna to Budapest

Inclusions

  • Gourmet cuisine with all meals onboard, including regional wine & beer with lunch & dinner
  • Choice of included daily excursions including Classic, Active & Discovery options
  • Options to customise your cruise experience to suit your style
  • Avalon's renowned onboard service and relaxed luxury
  • Complimentary bicycles for use on shore
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access, port charges & onboard gratuities

Itinerary

  • DAY 1: BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (EMBARKATION)Welcome to Hungary. Your Suite Ship is Ready for Boarding. Flights into Budapest must arrive by 2 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm. Spend free time strolling along the cobblestone streets, browsing art galleries, sipping coffee, and sampling sweets before boarding your Danube cruise for a welcome dinner this evening. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BRATISLAVA (D)
  • DAY 2: BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIACastles, Vineyards, and Cosmopolitan Culture CLASSIC - Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Old Town's cobblestone streets to Town Hall. Visit the gothic halls of St. Martin's Cathedral-Hungary's centuries-old coronation church. ACTIVE - Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a scenic walk to Bratislava Castle. Alternatively, take a bicycle and a picnic from the ship to explore the local sights along the Danube on your own. AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MELK (B,L,D)
  • DAY 3: MELK, AUSTRIA-WACHAU VALLEYOrnate Architecture and Scenic Splendors Awaken the Imagination and the Senses CLASSIC - Join a morning 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. Take a relaxing break on the Sky Deck as you sail through awe-inspiring views of the Wachau Valley and the wine region surrounding Durnstein. DURNSTEIN Idyllic Vistas and Vineyards Beyond the Blue Stiftskirche ACTIVE - Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a scenic walk up the hillside to castle ruins for breathtaking views. Spend free time at your leisure, perhaps biking through the vineyards in the Wachau Valley.Later, enjoy onboard entertainment by local musicians. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIENNA (B,L,D)
  • DAY 4: VIENNA (DISEMBARKATION)Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning. Flights should not leave Vienna airport before 8 am. (B)

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TERMS & CONDITIONS

*Terms and conditions: All care is taken to promote correct pricing at time of printing (28/06/19), is dependent upon availability and will be confirmed at time of reservation. Book a 2020 Europe river cruise and save - save value is dependent on the cruise and departure date booked and will range from $500 – $3450 per person (any deck/cabin category). Applicable cruise savings can be viewed online on cruise itinerary pages. Select dates are not eligible for promotion. Availability will be confirmed at time of booking. Offer valid for new 2020 Europe bookings made from 17/08/19 – 31/10/19, or until sold out. Offer will not be applied to pre-existing bookings. To secure reservation and offer a non-refundable, non-transferable deposit of $500per person/per cruise is required within 7 days of booking (or by 31/10/19; whichever comes first). Offer valid for Singles (single supplement applies). Offer not combinable with any other promotion except the Welcome Back Credit. Offer can be withdrawn or amended at any time without notice. Additional restrictions may apply. Full Avalon 2020 terms & conditions apply, please ensure you read these prior to booking – see the 2020 Avalon Waterways brochure or visit avalonwaterways.co.nz.

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