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Active & Discovery on the Danube

9 days

Active & Discovery on the Danube

Your overall experience

Whether you’re an art lover, a foodie, a history buff, or an energetic adventurer, your Active & Discovery cruise on the Danube River invites you to experience culture and cuisine in creative ways that are perfect for you. With Avalon Choice, you can select the experiences that are perfect for your interests and pace—from Active to Discovery to Classic. Avalon Choice gives you a choice of included excursions in each port—from Linz to Budapest. 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. With Avalon Choice included excursions, you can choose an insider’s tour of Vienna, or decide to join a canoe excursion—your Active & Discovery river cruise has something for every pace in every place we go. From a wine tasting to a hike to Count Dracula’s prison tower, you’ll find the per-fect outing you’ll prefer. One day, visit Belvedere Palace in Vienna to see Klimt’s renowned “Kiss,” and anoth-er day you may attend a Medieval Knights Tournament at a Visegrád castle. With Active & Discovery river cruises, the choice is always yours.

Explore 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 lei-surely walking tour to discover a few local Hungarian phrases. Your Active & Discovery Danube River cruise can be as active or leisurely as you like! Join us on this Active & Discovery river cruise and experience the 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 let you enjoy each destination your way.

*Cruise also runs in reverse from Budapest to Linz

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: LINZ, AUSTRIA (EMBARKATION) Welcome to Austria. Your Suite Ship is Ready for Boarding. Flights into Linz must arrive by 3:30 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm. Enjoy any free time today by shopping, exploring on your own, or stop in a cafe for Austria's world-famous pastries. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ENGELHARTSZELL (D)
  • DAY 2: ENGELHARTSZELL-SCHLOGEN OXBOW Memories and Beer in the Making DISCOVERY - 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 Schlogen Oxbow bend that cuts a dramatic landscape made by centuries of natural elements. Enjoy free time on the Sky Deck this afternoon while you sail through the amazing horseshoe bend of the Danube's Schlogen Oxbow on your way back to Linz. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LINZ (B,L,D)
  • DAY 3: LINZ-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 camps of WWII. In the afternoon sail to Grein. GREIN Theater History and Modern-Day Castles CLASSIC - Take a Guided Walk of Grein, including its historic theater, the oldest in Austria still holding regular performances. DISCOVERY - See Burg Clam (Greinburg Castle) on a Guided Visit, and meet the Count of Clam during your tour. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO SPITZ (B,L,D)
  • DAY 4: SPITZ Take a Hike, a Canoe, or a Bike to Explore 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 Spitz to Krems, and enjoy a stop in Durnstein 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 Tour that showcases the production of regional fruits, vegetables, wine, or other products. Relax this afternoon as you cruise toward Vienna. This evening, perhaps join a Guided Optional Hike through the vineyards outside Vienna, with a wine tasting and dinner at a local Viennese Heurigen (Wine Tavern). OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN VIENNA (B,L,D)
  • DAY 5: VIENNA 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 - Get 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 - Enjoy 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 Karntnerstrasse then take a break for a piece of Sachertorte. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN VIENNA (B,L,D)
  • DAY 6: 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 cafe, 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 the 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. This evening, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VISEGRAD (B,L,D)
  • DAY 7: VISEGRAD, HUNGARY Jousting Tournaments and Dracula's Tower DISCOVERY - Join a Guided Excursion to the Medieval Knights Tournament at Visegrad's Lower Castle, featuring targeting and fighting demonstrations by members of the St. George Knightly Order, OR: ACTIVE - Take a Castle visit and scenic Hiking Tour to Count Dracula's prison tower in Visegrad, 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. This afternoon, relax on the Sky Deck while sailing into Budapest and enjoy magnificent views of the beautiful Parliament Building BUDAPEST The Pearl of the Danube Take some free time this afternoon to explore the vibrant and stunning city of Budapest. Enjoy a Farewell Dinner on board your ship this evening. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN BUDAPEST (B,L,D)
  • DAY 8: BUDAPEST (DISEMBARKATION) Bike, Walk, and Talk in Budapest ACTIVE - See the sights from a different perspective by joining a Guided Bike Tour along the bike paths of the city, OR: DISCOVERY - Enjoy a Guided Walking Tour combining 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 cafes. (B)
  • DAY 9: BUDAPEST Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (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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