A Taste of the Danube (Westbound)

4 Day River Cruise Budapest to Vienna

Vacation Overview

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.

Itinerary

 

Day 1BUDAPEST, 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


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Day 2BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA

Castles, 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 Grab Nordic walking sticks and follow your Avalon Adventure Host on a hike to Bratislava Castle.

Alternatively, take a bicycle and a picnic from the ship to explore the local sights along the Danube on your own. Later, enjoy onboard entertainment by local musicians.

AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MELK

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Day 3MELK, AUSTRIA—WACHAU VALLEY

Ornate 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 Dürnstein.

DÜRNSTEIN
Idyllic Vistas and Vineyards Beyond the Blue Stiftskirche

ACTIVE Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a hike up the hillside to castle ruins for breathtaking views.

Spend free time at your leisure, perhaps biking through the vineyards in the Wachau Valley.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIENNA

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Day 4VIENNA (DISEMBARKATION)

Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning.

Flights should not leave Vienna airport before 8 am.

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Vacation Highlights

Day 1 Budapest (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception

Day 2 Bratislava: guided sightseeing, visit St. Martin’s Cathedral; hike to the castle

Day 3 Melk—Wachau Valley—Dürnstein: guided tour of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk; scenic cruise through the Wachau Valley; hike up the hillside to castle ruins in Dürnstein

Day 4 Vienna (Disembarkation): your cruise ends this morning

  • In the event of technical or water level issues, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or alter the program, including hotel overnight when necessary.
  • 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.

Hotels


Melk
Packages

Melk

Melk

Wachau Valley Flightseeing with Castle Picnic

Wachau Valley Flightseeing with Castle Picnic

Take a memorable helicopter flightseeing ride for a bird¿s-eye view of Austria¿s stunning Wachau Valley, then land at Grafenegg Castle for a delightful picnic lunch in its beautiful gardens.

Price Range: $$$$

Wachau Valley Flightseeing

Wachau Valley Flightseeing

Take a memorable helicopter flightseeing ride for a bird¿s-eye view of Austria¿s stunning Wachau Valley.

Price Range: $$$$

Packages

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: $$$$

Dates and Prices

Find the vacation dates that work for you, click "Reserve Now" for a vacation quote. You'll be able to select the number of people traveling, add Travel Protection, and also get an air-inclusive vacation price. You'll find we offer competitive and hassle-free air-inclusive vacations where you receive free airport transfers and flights coordinated with vacation dates.

The price listed does not include your airfare, taxes or fees. Once you click "Reserve Now", you will be able to receive an air quote and a final cruise quote.



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05/08/20 05/11/20 00508 Envision $1,599
$1,449
$2,092
$1,942
$2,542
$2,392
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07/10/20 07/13/20 00710 Visionary $1,599
$1,449
$2,092
$1,942
$2,542
$2,392
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09/08/20 09/11/20 00908 Visionary $1,599
$1,449
$2,092
$1,942
$2,542
$2,392
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10/15/20 10/18/20 01015 Envision $1,299
$1,049
$1,792
$1,542
$2,242
$1,992
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11/11/20 11/14/20 01111 Imagery II $1,099
$849
$1,592
$1,342
$2,042
$1,792
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11/24/20 11/27/20 01124 Passion $1,249
$999
$1,742
$1,492
$2,192
$1,942
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11/30/20 12/03/20 01130 Passion $1,299
$1,149
$1,792
$1,642
$2,242
$2,092
Special Interest
Prices shown are "starting at" prices and do not include airfare.
Port charges:
$78

Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included.

Avalon offers the opportunity for solo travelers to sail with no single supplement (subject to availability).

Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.

Extra nights are not available.

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 / $86
B / Sapphire Deck / $493
A / Sapphire Deck / $514
P / Royal Deck / $557
Royal Suite / Royal Deck / $943

NOTE:
Special Interest Cruises: Festive November 27 & November 30




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Important Notes

  • Vacation departures, itineraries and prices are subject to change.
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Booking your Vacation with Air
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