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A Taste of the Danube – Westbound 2017

8 Day River Cruise from Budapest to Vienna

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Fall in love with the Danube—with its charming small towns, scenic beauty, and exciting cities—on this river cruise vacation. Begin your vacation with a 2-night city stay in the vibrant Hungarian city of Budapest, where included city sightseeing acquaints you with all the highlights. There is plenty of time to explore on your own—shop for paprika at the Central Market Hall, explore the massive castle complex, visit its many museums, and savor Hungarian cuisine. Then, board your ship and discover Slovakia’s vibrant capital of Bratislava, explore the quaint town of Dürnstein with its baroque Stiftskirche, visit Melk’s awe-inspiring Benedictine Abbey, and bask in the natural beauty of Austria’s Wachau Valley. Your vacation ends in Vienna, the “City of Music,” where you’ll disembark and spend an additional two nights. In Vienna, why not visit one of the many lavish museums, explore St. Stephen’s Cathedral, or relax in a local café while enjoying a slice of delectable Sachertorte. All of this and more awaits you on this marvelous cruise vacation.


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Highlights & Sightseeing

Cruise: deluxe 3-night cruise in an outside stateroom with Avalon’s exclusive Comfort Collection BedsSM

Day 1 Budapest: welcome to Budapest

Day 2 Budapest: guided sightseeing, see Fishermen’s Bastion and Heroes’ Square

Day 3 Budapest (Embarkation): morning at leisure; onboard welcome reception

Day 4 Bratislava: guided sightseeing, visit St. Martin’s Cathedral

Day 5 Melk–Dürnstein: guided visit of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk; cruise through the Wachau Valley; see the Stiftskirche in Dürnstein

Day 6 Vienna (Disembarkation): guided sightseeing

Day 7 Vienna: day at leisure

Day 8 Vienna: your vacation ends this morning

Special onboard and onshore experiences presented by entertainers, artisans, and experts, designed to enrich your cruise.

Attend an onboard Slovakian & International Music performance.

Meals

  • Captain’s welcome & farewell receptions with sparkling wine and canapés
  • Welcome dinner
  • Farewell dinner
  • Daily full buffet breakfast with made-to-order egg station, hot and cold menu items
  • Early and Late Riser breakfast
  • Daily lunch buffet with pasta or carving stations
  • Alternative light lunch or (weather permitting) grill fare at the Sky Bistro on the Sky Deck
  • Daily four-course à la carte dinner in the main dining room
  • Alternative dinner of petite portions or regional specialties with wines, in the Panorama Bistro
  • Daily Afternoon Tea
  • Daily Night Fare
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner are included daily on board your vessel

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.

Day-By-Day Itinerary

Day 1Arrive in Budapest, Hungary

Welcome to Budapest, Hungary’s lively capital. The remainder of the day is free to start exploring this exciting city.

Day 2Budapest

Spanning the banks of the Danube, Budapest is one of Eastern Europe’s liveliest cities. Whether you’re seeing the sights, shopping for handcrafted embroidery or Herend porcelain, or basking in the coffee house culture over a rich cream cake in the renowned Gerbeaud Café, Budapest’s unique energy is positively palatable. On your GUIDED SIGHTSEEING TOUR, see Heroes’ Square as well as the massive hilltop castle complex with its remarkable Fishermen’s Bastion and 11th-century Matthias Church, the coronation spot of several Hungarian monarchs. Be sure to take note of the city’s eight bridges—many famous sights in and of themselves—which connect ancient Buda on the right bank with Pest on the left. You may even want to walk across Chain Bridge, built in 1849 and a symbol of Budapest. (Breakfast)

Day 3Budapest (Embarkation)

This morning, explore at your own pace. Perhaps visit St. Stephen’s Basilica, stroll along Váci utca, or wander around the Royal Palace grounds. In the afternoon, transfer to your ship and meet your crew at a welcome reception. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 4Bratislava, Slovakia

Relax on board this morning and marvel at the scenery on both banks of the Danube. As you cruise upriver, Hungary is on your left and Slovakia is on your right. The two countries share the Danube for a 58-mile stretch, with the border in the middle of the river. At the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains is Bratislava, the dynamic capital of Slovakia. Join your LOCAL GUIDE to explore its fascinating Old Town, where winding cobblestone streets and narrow alleyways twist and turn to reveal the Town Hall, one of the oldest stone buildings in the city. Also visit gothic ST. MARTIN’S CATHEDRAL, coronation church for the Kingdom of Hungary from the 16th to 19th centuries. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5Melk, Austria–Dürnstein

This morning, our first stop is Melk. Enjoy a guided tour of the magnificent 11th-century BENEDICTINE ABBEY, dominating the town from its commanding hill site and one of Europe’s largest monasteries. The abbey church houses stunning frescoed ceilings, marvelous statues, a large organ, and an ornate library with a large collection of medieval manuscripts. The view from the terrace over the Danube and surrounding countryside is breathtaking! Then, grab a drink and relax on your ship’s Sky Deck as you witness beautiful scenery on the way to Dürnstein, situated in the heart of the Wachau wine region and best known for the magnificent baroque Stiftskirche with its blue façade. Above town are the ruins of the castle where England’s King Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned in 1192. Explore this picturesque little town on your own or choose from a number of optional excursions. You may even want to hike up to the castle ruins for magnificent views of the town and river. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6Vienna (Disembarkation)

Once the center of the mighty Habsburg Empire, Austria’s magical capital on the blue Danube is a showcase of gilded architecture. This is home to the lavish Hofburg Imperial Palace complex with its Vienna Boys’ Choir and dazzling Lipizzaner stallions; the neo-renaissance Vienna Opera House; and awe-inspiring St. Stephen’s Cathedral—plus, countless other sights you’ll see during your GUIDED CITY TOUR. Stroll through the pedestrian Kärntnerstrasse, and be sure to take a break and enjoy a piece of decadent Sachertorte or Apfelstrudel in one of the classic Viennese coffee houses, historic institutions that helped shape Viennese culture! (Breakfast)

Day 7Vienna

Enjoy a full day at leisure in this fascinating city! Perhaps visit one of the many magnificent museums or join an optional outing to the Vienna Woods. (Breakfast)

Day 8Vienna

Your vacation ends this morning. (Breakfast)

Ship Details

Luminary

Luminary

Cruising on the Avalon Luminary is the ideal way to experience the majesty, extensive history and fascinating culture of some of Europe's oldest cities along its legendary rivers. Built in 2010, the Avalon Luminary holds a maximum of just 138 passengers. Visit multiple countries and cities and unpack only once, so you spend your time experiencing and enjoying Europe rather than dealing with the logistics of travel. Enjoy a highly personalized cruise experience, spacious deluxe staterooms and suites, contemporary décor, and popular onboard amenities, including a large Sky Deck with whirlpool and Sky Bistro, lounge and a bar serving premium spirits, complimentary computer use in public areas and free Wi-Fi throughout the ship, Fitness Center with state-of-the-art equipment, hair salon, and elevator.

Included Amenities

  • Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows
  • Non-smoking interior and staterooms
  • Elegant, contemporary design
  • Headsets for guided shore excursions in Europe
  • Sightseeing with Certified Local Guides
  • Room service for Continental breakfast & beverages (service fee applies)
  • Complimentary computer use in public areas
  • Hair salon
  • Self-serve beverage station with complimentary tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees, including decaf options
  • Bicycles available onboard for complimentary check-out
  • Behind-the-scenes galley tour
  • Nordic walking sticks available onboard for complimentary check-out
  • English-speaking TV channels with over 100 free movie options
  • Sky Deck game area
  • Well-stocked library
  • Full-size closet mirror
  • Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs and shade awnings
  • Elevator
  • Outside viewing deck
  • Friendly, English-speaking crew and Cruise Director
  • Onboard lectures, activities & nightly entertainment
  • Sky Deck whirlpool
  • Fitness Center
  • Lounges and upscale bar serving premium spirits
  • Additional biking excursions available in Amsterdam, Breisach and Bernkastel
  • Avalon Choice® cruising experience
  • Choice of Leisurely, Traditional or Independent sightseeing pace options
  • Local FavoritesSM onboard experiences to bring the customs, cultures and tastes of your destinations to life, including local entertainers, artisans & experts
  • Onboard assistance is available to recommend, reserve and further personalize your cruise
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access
  • Fresh fruit available throughout the day

Staterooms & Suites

Avalon Deluxe Stateroom (Cat. E) - 172 sq. ft.
Features
  • Comfort Collection BedsSM
  • Egyptian super-combed cotton linens
  • Soft & firm pillows
  • Choice of bed configuration
  • Bedside tables with reading lamps
  • L'Occitane bath products
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage
  • Alarm clock
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • Complimentary bottled water
  • Individual climate control
  • Large mirror in bathroom
  • Full shower with glass door
  • Vanity and lighted makeup mirror
  • Luxurious mattress toppers
  • European-style duvets
  • Extra blankets
  • Nightly turn-down service
  • Hairdryer
  • Spacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storage
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with movie channel
  • Direct-dial telephone
  • Well-stocked minibar
  • In-room safe
  • Elegant, contemporary design
  • Two windows
  • Writing desk and chair
Avalon Deluxe Stateroom (Cat. A, B, P) - 172 sq. ft.
Features
  • Comfort Collection BedsSM
  • Egyptian super-combed cotton linens
  • Soft & firm pillows
  • Choice of bed configuration
  • Bedside tables with reading lamps
  • L'Occitane bath products
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage
  • Alarm clock
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • Complimentary bottled water
  • Individual climate control
  • Large mirror in bathroom
  • Full shower with glass door
  • Vanity and lighted makeup mirror
  • Luxurious mattress toppers
  • European-style duvets
  • Extra blankets
  • Nightly turn-down service
  • Hairdryer
  • Spacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storage
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with movie channel
  • Direct-dial telephone
  • Well-stocked minibar
  • In-room safe
  • Elegant, contemporary design
  • Floor-to-ceiling sliding-glass door with French Balcony
  • Writing desk and chair
Avalon Suite - 258 sq. ft.
Features
  • Comfort Collection BedsSM
  • Egyptian super-combed cotton linens
  • Soft & firm pillows
  • Choice of bed configuration
  • Bedside tables with reading lamps
  • L'Occitane bath products
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage
  • Alarm clock
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • Complimentary bottled water
  • Individual climate control
  • Large mirror in bathroom
  • Floor-to-ceiling sliding-glass door with French Balcony
  • Writing desk and chair
  • Sofa
  • Luxurious mattress toppers
  • European-style duvets
  • Extra blankets
  • Nightly turn-down service
  • Hairdryer
  • Spacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storage
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with movie channel
  • Direct-dial telephone
  • Well-stocked minibar
  • In-room safe
  • Elegant, contemporary design
  • Marble countertops in bathroom
  • Full shower with glass door
  • Vanity and lighted makeup mirror
  • Coffee table
DECK PLANS

Hotels

Budapest
Vienna

Budapest

InterContinental Budapest

InterContinental Budapest Apaczai Csere Janos utca 12-14, Budapest,  Hungary Apaczai Csere Janos utca 12-14
Budapest, Hungary

Free WifiFree Wifi

Hotel as shown or similar
Deluxe

Few would argue the InterContinental Budapest is in the city's best location: right on the Danube across from Castle Hill and the Royal Palace. With the Chain Bridge and the Parliament just steps away, there's no shortage of superb sightseeing opportunities. The Váci Utca shopping street, Central Market Hall and the Gellért Baths are also nearby.

Hotel Amenities

Spa Services
Free WiFi
Currency Exchange
Fitness Room
Restaurant On-Site
Business Center
Gift Shop
Beauty Salon
Concierge desk
Pool
Dry Cleaning
ATM
Luggage Storage
Elevator
Parking/Valet
Room Amenities

Iron/Ironing Board
Hair Dryer
Internet Access
Air Conditioning
Climate Control
Television
Room Service
In-Room Safe
Alarm Clock
Phone
Non-smoking Rooms
Coffee Maker
Cable/Satellite
Mini-bar
Smoking Rooms

Hotel Sofitel Chain Bridge

Hotel Sofitel Chain Bridge Szechenyi Istvan ter 2, Budapest,  Hungary Szechenyi Istvan ter 2
Budapest, Hungary

Free WifiFree Wifi

Hotel as shown or similar
Deluxe

This elegant upscale property is located on the left bank of the river Danube, right in the heart of Budapest with Free Wi-Fi internet access throughout the property. The show kitchen restaurant serves refined French-Hungarian cuisine and the vibrant bar offers the chance to sip cocktails overlooking the illuminated Chain Bridge. Leisure facilities include an indoor pool, well-being & fitness center.

Hotel Amenities

Pool
Restaurant On-Site
Spa Services
Dry Cleaning
Fitness Room
Bar/Lounge
Business Center
Concierge desk
Elevator
Parking/Valet
Hot Tub
Free WiFi
Luggage Storage
Room Amenities

Iron/Ironing Board
Desk
Smoking Rooms
Internet Access
Complimentary Newspaper
Air Conditioning (Seasonal)
Mini-bar
In-Room Safe
Wake-Up Calls
Voicemail
Room Service
Alarm Clock
Air Conditioning
Coffee Maker
Television
Window Opens
Cable/Satellite
Disabled Access / Rooms
Hair Dryer
Complimentary Toiletries
Phone
Non-smoking Rooms
Climate Control

Vienna

Intercontinental - Vienna

Intercontinental - Vienna Johannesgasse 28, Wien,  Austria Johannesgasse 28
Wien, Austria

Hotel as shown or similar

A luxurious 458 room hotel with timeless elegance. Wi-Fi access is available in the lobby and guestrooms subject to a fee (payable locally) and there is also a fitness centre with sauna, steam bath, solarium and 24 hour gym. Traditional Viennese cuisine and Mediterranean favourites can be sampled in the stylish restaurant. Viennese coffee and pastries can be enjoyed in the Café and the opulent American bar has a large selection of cocktails with live piano music.

Hotel Amenities

Business Center
Dry Cleaning
Elevator
Restaurant On-Site
Gift Shop
Currency Exchange
Spa Services
Concierge desk
Beauty Salon
Fitness Room
Bar/Lounge
Luggage Storage
Room Amenities

Air Conditioning
Wake-Up Calls
Desk
Phone
Mini-bar
Complimentary Toiletries
In-Room Safe
Coffee Maker
Hair Dryer
Cable/Satellite
Internet Access
Television
Room Service
Iron/Ironing Board
Voicemail
Climate Control
Pay Movies
Smoking Rooms
Window Opens

 Optional Excursions

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)


Durnstein
Budapest
Vienna
Packages

Durnstein

Wachau Wine Tasting

Wachau Wine Tasting

The Wachau Valley is one of Austria's most established and notable wine regions, specializing in dry wines made from Riesling and Grüner Veltliner.

Price Range: $

Budapest

Hungarian Dinner

Hungarian Dinner

Enjoy a typical 3-course dinner at a traditional restaurant.

Price Range: $$

Gold and Glamorous

Gold and Glamorous

Travel back to the Golden Era of the Hungarian Capital and visit two of the most prestigious venues of the famous Andrássy Avenue and also a hidden gem of the city, the former home and workshop of the "Hungarian Tiffany", glass painter Miksa Róth.

Price Range: $$

Hungarian Culinary Tour

Hungarian Culinary Tour

There is no better way to explore Budapest than with its food and drinks. Enjoy a cultural walking and tasting tour and discover the city through the eyes of a local.

Price Range: $$

Etyek Wine Tasting

Etyek Wine Tasting

Enjoy a genuine countryside experience only 30 minutes away from the capital. Stroll through the stunning vineyards of Etyek, enjoy the fascinating landscape of the youngest and the fastest developing wine region of Hungary.

Price Range: $$

Vienna

Classical Concert

Classical Concert

Enjoy an unforgettable concert in one of the city's elegant concert halls.

Price Range: $$

Schönbrunn Palace

Schönbrunn Palace

Visit magnificent Schönbrunn Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Price Range: $$

Grinzing

Grinzing

The famous village of Grinzing in the green suburbs of Vienna is dotted with villas, parks, vineyards and of course - Heurigen wine taverns with their famous courtyards and gardens among the linden and chestnuts trees.

Price Range: $$

Packages

Celebration Packages

Celebration Packages

Celebrating a birthday or anniversary while you're cruising? Add an Avalon Celebration Package to your vacation. You can make your special day even more memorable with special touches ranging from flowers to a private cocktail reception.

Price Range: $$

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