2019 : Active Discovery on the Danube - Eastbound (WLB) - Panorama

9 Day River Cruise Linz to Budapest

This exciting 9-day vacation introduces you to the people and places along your Danube River cruise from Linz to Budapest. Travel and explore in the most active, engaged and fun ways imaginable. With Active Discovery, the choice is always yours: whether you taste locally produced cheese and beer brewed by Trappist monks near Linz, or hike on the trails along the Danube for spectacular views; bike to an ancient border defense near Mauthausen or visit World War II's largest concentration camp.

You can paddle a canoe or meet with a local produce grower in the Wachau Valley-the choice is up to you and your interests. Be introduced to a count in his castle; take a jogging tour around Vienna, or visit the city when it first awakes. Attend a medieval knights' tournament in Visegrad and end your vacation with one night in magnificent Budapest-with the chance to learn some Hungarian as part of your stay.

You'll feel at home away from home on your Avalon Suite Ship with the attention to service, warmth, and exceptional dining options. Explore the Active Discovery cruise experience with new discoveries and active adventures around every corner.

Cruise at-a-Glance

Day 1 Linz (Embarkation): Onboard welcome reception
Day 2 Engelhartszell-Schlogener Schlinge-Linz: Choice of visit to Engelszell Abbey, or visit Jochenstein Power-Station; choice of scenic cruising around the Schlogen Oxbow or guided hike on the Danube Trail
Day 3 Linz-Mauthausen-Grein: In Mauthausen, choice of visit to St. Florian Monastery, or guided tour of Mauthausen Concentration Camp, or guided bike tour; guided walk in Grein, visit the historical theater and Greinburg Castle to meet the owner
Day 4 Spitz-Vienna: Choice of canoe tour, or bike tour from Spitz to Krems; or Wine World Experience with tasting, or local encounter showcasing regional products
Day 5 Vienna: Choice of bike tour, or jogging tour, or meet with local people, or guided tour, visit to Belvedere Palace
Day 6 Vienna: Choice of early risers guided tour, with breakfast at a Viennese cafe, or guided tour, see Habsburg private art collection and the Italian and Dutch Masters Gallery, or guided tour, see Habsburg private art collection and the World Museum
Day 7 Visegrad-Budapest:In Visegrad, choice of medieval knights tournament, or guided hike in Danube-Ipoly National Park
Day 8 Budapest (Disembarkation): Choice of walking tour with language lesson, or guided bike tour, or city sightseeing tour
Day 9 Budapest:Your vacation ends this morning

Always Included

You've always forged your own path...with your own distinct perspective of looking at the world. Avalon Waterways presents a river cruise experience with your unique style in mind-offering expansive views and wider perspectives. That's why we've designed a cruise experience that's just a bit different.

Here are just some of the features and amenities you'll experience on board our Avalon ships. See the Ship Amenities Section below for more information about the amenities in our fleet's unique ships.

Throughout the Ship:

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Panoramic windows
  • Elegant, contemporary design & decor
  • Friendly, English-speaking crew & Cruise Director
  • Sky Deck with whirlpool, shade awnings, game area and premium lounges
  • Covered Observation Lounge
  • Club Lounge with 24-hour self-serve beverage station with complimentary cappuccinos, lattes, tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees, as well as treats throughout the day

    Suites & Staterooms:

  • Comfort Collection BedsSM with choice of mattress firmness
  • Egyptian super-combed cotton linens
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • Premium L'Occitane bath products
  • Large bathroom featuring shower with glass door
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with free movie channels
  • Individual climate control and in-room safe
  • Complimentary bottled water daily
  • And, much more.

    Health & Fitness:

  • Bikes
  • Canoe, kayak and jogging excursions
  • Maps for hiking, biking and jogging routes
  • Fitness and wellness activities
  • Fitbits
  • All through your Avalon Adventure HostSM

    Dining

  • FlexDiningSM for more venue and seating options, including flexible seating times in our main Dining Room
  • Avalon FreshSM healthy cuisine options at every meal
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with every lunch and dinner
  • Early and Late Riser breakfast options
  • Daily full buffet breakfast with made-to-order egg station, hot and cold menu items
  • Daily lunch buffet with pasta or carving stations
  • Alternative light lunch or Sky Grill on the Sky Deck (weather permitting)
  • Daily Afternoon Tea featuring tea, coffee, sweet treats & sandwiches
  • Daily four-course a la carte dinner in the main Dining Room with choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrees and desserts. Includes selections of regional recipes, Western dishes and vegetarian options.
  • Alternative Panorama Bistro dinner, featuring regional specialties and small plates
  • Captain's welcome & farewell receptions and dinners with sparkling wine and canapes
  • Panorama Lounge featuring premium spirits and Avalon specialty cocktails, along with local entertainment special guests
  • Cocktails available on the Sky Deck
  • Fresh fruit available throughout the day

    AVALON CHOICE

    Avalon has designed included activities with a choice of experiences. We invite you to select the tours, activities, and events that interest you most, so you can experience your cruise your way. There are 3 types of included shore excursion on every Europe cruise:
    Classic
    Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You'll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites.
    Discovery
    We've found inspiring and interactive activities to speak to your interests - from cooking classes, to painting workshops - to immerse yourself in each culture you explore.
    Active
    Embark on energetic excursions to keep you in motion and on the go - from a guided jogging tour of Amsterdam, to biking, paddling, and hiking your way through scenic locales.

  • Plus independent exploration options and use of our exclusive AvalonGO APP.

    Day-By-Day Itinerary

    (B) = Breakfast (L) = Lunch (D) = Dinner

    Day 1
    (D)
    LINZ, AUSTRIA (EMBARKATION)
    Welcome to Austria! Your Suite Ship Awaits in Linz.
    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

    Day 2
    (B, L, D)
    ENGELHARTSZELL-SCHLOGEN 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.
    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.
    OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LINZ

    Day 3
    (B, L, D)
    LINZ-MAUTHAUSEN
    History Lessons and Monastic Life in Austria
    Active
    Take a Guided Bike Tour along the Limes Cycle Route, and follow part of the northern border line of the Roman Empire, 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.
    GREINTheater 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 CRUISE TO SPITZ

    Day 4
    (B, L, D)
    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 different 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 Heurigen wine tavern.
    OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN VIENNA

    Day 5
    (B, L, D)
    VIENNA
    Strauss, Schnitzel, Strudel, and Sachertorte ACTIVE Take a Guided Bike Tour along the famed Ringstrasse and pedestrian avenues of Vienna, 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 see special surprise sights, events, or 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

    Day 6
    (B, L, D)
    VIENNA
    A Feast for the Soul in Vienna
    Discovery
    Take a Guided Walking Tour for early risers this morning-with breakfast at a Viennese cafe, OR:
    CLASSIC Join 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.
    OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VISEGRAD

    Day 7
    (B, L, D)
    VISEGRAD, HUNGARY
    Knights, Castles, and Vampires
    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
    Hike to the Castle to visit Count Dracula's prison tower in Visegrad.
    Sail to Budapest this afternoon.
    BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
    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

    Day 8
    (B)
    BUDAPEST (DISEMBARKATION)
    Active
    Join a Guided Biking Tour along the bike paths of the city, OR:
    Discovery
    Enjoy a Guided Walking Tour that includes some "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 the world-famous Gerbeaud Cafe.

    Day 9
    (B)
    BUDAPEST
    Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

    Notes

  • In the event of water level problems or any problems of a technical nature, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or to alter the program.
  • Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change becomes necessary, a substitute will be offered.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); the responsibility for obtaining a visa rests with the traveler.
  • Call (800) 979-2266 for more information or to book today! Mention code 14157793

    Cruise Line
    Avalon Waterways
    Offer
    Offer valid through 12/31/2018
    Duration
    9 Days
    Cruise Ship
    Panorama

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    DayPortArriveDepart
    Day 1Linz  
    Day 2Linz  
    Day 3Grein  
    Day 4Vienna  
    Day 5Vienna  
    Day 6Vienna  
    Day 7Budapest  
    Day 8Budapest  
    Day 9Budapest  
    Dates/Pricing

    Click Quote or call (800) 979-2266 to get additional information on your chosen travel date. Special offers or competitive pricing may be available!

    DatePrice / DescriptionQuote
    04/06/2019Quote
    Disclaimer

    Port charges:
    $182

    Gratuities to Local Guides & excursion drivers are included.

    Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.

    Extra nights per person in Linz:
    in single room $130, in twin room $82

    Extra nights per person in Budapest:
    in single room from $178 to $446, in twin room from $111 to $243

    All prices per person based on double occupancy. Cruise price based on Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom on Indigo Deck. See below for upgrade pricing.

    To upgrade to a higher category, add per person:

    Category / Decks / Price
    D / Indigo Deck / $199
    B / Sapphire Deck / $1149
    A / Sapphire Deck / $1199
    P / Royal Deck / $1299
    Royal Suite / Royal Deck / $2199

    Prices shown are "starting at" prices and do not include airfare.

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  • Vacation departures, itineraries and prices are subject to change.
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  • The following charges are not included in the land/cruise vacation price unless otherwise noted: airfare to and from the start of your vacation; intra-vacation air, unless specified in the itinerary; airline baggage fees including checked and/or excess baggage fees; Federal inspection fees for the Federal U.S. Customs and Immigrations; International Air Transportation tax; agricultural tax; other per person taxes imposed by government entities; airport taxes and fees, including the September 11th Security fee up to $11.20 per person, passenger facility charges up to $18 per person, Federal domestic flight segment fees up to $4.10 per segment, and U.S. and international arrival and departure and other government-imposed added by the airline and applicable at time of booking; port taxes; passports; visas and vaccinations; tips to your Cruise Director, Local Host, driver, Local Guides, and/or ship's crew; gratuities on ferries, trains, and cruise ships; laundry; telephone; minibar; alcohol, beverages, and food outside of the contracted Avalon menu as presented at a hotel or restaurant or onboard your vessel (these extra items will be billed to you before leaving the hotel, ship, or restaurant); airport transfers on non-qualifying flights; optional excursions; additional activities and excursions purchased online; porterage at airports and train stations; Travel Protection; and all other items of a personal nature.
  • Additional airline-imposed fees for seat assignments may apply and are not included in your total package cost. Please refer to carrier websites for seat assignment policies and applicable pricing.

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