Duration: 6 Days
Board your Avalon Suite Ship in Budapest to embark on an unforgettable 6-day river cruise on the Danube. You’ll begin with a visit to Slovakia’s quaint town of Bratislava for guided sightseeing along the streets of Old Town and St. Martin’s Cathedral. Learn about the Habsburg Empire with guided sightseeing in Vienna to see the Imperial Palace complex, the Opera House, and stunning St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Explore Krems on a guided tour of a town seemingly untouched by the modern world.
Cruise through the Wachau Valley—home of charming villages and Austrian wines from its beautiful vineyards. Visit Ybbs on a guided tour of its romantic old town. Visit the magnificent 9th-century St. Florian Monastery, still home of Augustine Monks, or take a sobering tour of Mauthausen Concentration Camp—one of the largest and most brutal Nazi camps of WWII. In Linz, enjoy free time to sample its famous pastries, and cruise overnight to conclude your river cruise in Deggendorf, Germany. A fantastic combination of history, art, food, and wine on your Danube River cruise.
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)
Castles, Vineyards, and Cosmopolitan Culture Visit the Adventure centre for today's activities with your Adventure Host. 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, OR: ACTIVE - Grab Nordic walking sticks and follow your Avalon Adventure Host on a Hike to Bratislava Castle. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIENNA (B,L,D)
A Feast for the Soul in Vienna CLASSIC - Venture into the Habsburg empire with a Guided City Tour of Vienna's gilded landmarks. See the Imperial Palace complex -the winter residence of the Imperial Family, the historic Vienna Opera House and stunning St. Stephen's Cathedral. Optional tours today include a Guided Tour of magnificent Schonbrunn Palace, the former imperial summer residence of Habsburg royalty. You may also choose to attend an Optional Excursion to a Royal Waltz Concert for an unforgettable evening of music in an elegant hall. Alternatively you can choose to spend your free time strolling through Kartnerstrasse, the most famous shopping avenue in central Vienna; stop in a local cafe to enjoy authentic Austrian confections of Sachertorte or Apfelstrudel. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO KREMS (B,L,D)
An Ancient Village and Vintages of the Wachau Valley Join your Adventure Host for today's special activities. CLASSIC - Join a guided walk to explore this small valley town, seemingly untouched by the new world. Relax on board and enjoy the picturesque Wachau Valley scenery as you cruise to Ybbs. YBBS CLASSIC - Visit the Lower Austrian little town of Ybbs. Admire the fine architecture of the Babenberger and its romantic old town. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN YBBS (B,L,D)
History Lessons and Monastic Life in Austria 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. LINZ Fall in Love with Legendary Art, Music, and the Linzer Torte You may choose to join an Optional Excursion to visit Linz and its medieval square or an Optional Guided Hike. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DEGGENDORF (B,L,D)
Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning. (B)