Active & Discovery on the Danube with 3 Nights in Salzburg Area (Eastbound)

12 Day River Cruise Munich to Budapest

Vacation Overview

Spend three nights in stunning Salzburg before embarking on your Avalon Suite Ship for your Active & Discovery cruise on the Danube River. You’ll arrive in Munich, Germany, and travel to Salzburg—birthplace of Mozart. Here enjoy a guided visit of the Hallein Salt Mine. The following day, immerse yourself in Salzburg on a guided walking tour to see the beloved sights from “The Sound of Music,” the Old Town, and lovely Mirabell Gardens.

Travel from Salzburg to Linz to embark on your Avalon Suite Ship for an unforgettable cruise on the Danube River to Budapest. Whether you’re an art lover, a foodie, a history buff, or an energetic adventurer, Avalon Choice includes experiences that are perfect for your preference and pace—from Active to Discovery to Classic.

Your Active & Discovery cruise is packed with Avalon Choice inclusions for every pace in every place we go. Browse the art collection of the Habsburg Empire, sample cheese and beer made by Trappist monks, or choose an insider’s tour of Vienna. Attend a wine tasting in Krems or join a hike to Count Dracula’s prison tower, visit Belvedere Palace in Vienna to see Klimt’s renowned “Kiss,” or attend a Medieval Knights Tournament at a Visegrád castle. With Active & Discovery river cruises, the choice is always yours. Stroll the streets of Budapest on a classic sightseeing tour or take a bike ride through town for a different perspective, or learn a few local Hungarian phrases on a walking tour! Your Active & Discovery Danube River cruise can be as active or leisurely as you like!

Itinerary

 

Day 1MUNICH, GERMANY—SALZBURG, AUSTRIA

Welcome to Munich. Transfer to Salzburg to start your vacation.

Flights into Munich must arrive by Noon.

Day 2SALZBURG

Enjoy a guided visit of the Hallein Salt Mine. Enter this mesmerizing subterranean world and wander through a portion of the 65 kilometers (40 miles) of tunnels.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3SALZBURG

During an included guided walk of the city, see sights immortalized in The Sound of Music; as well as the Old Town and lovely Mirabell Gardens.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 4SALZBURG—LINZ (EMBARKATION)

Transfer to Linz and before embarkation choose your activity: a Guided Tour of Linz, or a more contemporary History Tour, or a hike to Mt. Pöstlinberg.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ENGELHARTSZELL

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Day 5ENGELHARTSZELL—SCHLÖGEN 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 Schlögen Oxbow on your way back to Linz.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LINZ

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Day 6LINZ—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 on a Guided Visit, and meet the Count of Clam during your tour.

EVENING CRUISE TO SPITZ

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Day 7SPITZ

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 Dürnstein 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

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Day 8VIENNA

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 Kärntnerstrasse, take a break for a piece of Sachertorte.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN VIENNA

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Day 9VIENNA

A 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 café, OR:

CLASSIC Dive into Europe 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.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VISEGRÁD

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Day 10VISEGRÁD, HUNGARY

Jousting Tournaments and Dracula’s Tower

DISCOVERY Join a Guided Excursion to the Medieval Knights Tournament at Visegrád’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 Visegrád. 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.


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

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Day 11BUDAPEST (DISEMBARKATION)


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 combing 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 one of the many cafés.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 12BUDAPEST

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast Breakfast

Vacation Highlights

Day 1 Munich—Salzburg: transfer to Salzburg

Day 2 Salzburg: Hallein Salt Mine excursion

Day 3 Salzburg: guided tour

Day 4 Salzburg—Linz (Embarkation): transfer to Linz; choice of guided city walk, or contemporary history tour, or hike up Mt. Pöstlingberg; onboard welcome reception

Day 5 Engelhartszell—Schlögen Schlinge—Linz: choice of visit to Jochenstein power station, or visit to Engelszell Abbey; scenic cruising around the Schlögen Oxbow

Day 6 Linz—Mauthausen–Grein: in Mauthausen, choice of visit to St. Florian Monastery, or guided tour of Mauthausen Concentration Camp, or guided bike tour; guided tour in Grein, visit to the historical theater and Clam Castle to meet the owner

Day 7 Spitz—Vienna: choice of canoe tour down the Danube; bike tour from Spitz to Krems with a stop in Dürnstein to sample local specialties; or Wine World Experience with tasting; or local encounter showcasing regional products

Day 8 Vienna: choice of bike tour, or jogging tour, or guided tour, visit to Belvedere Palace to see Klimt’s Kiss; or Vienna Experimental experience, to meet with local people

Day 9 Vienna: choice of early risers guided tour, with breakfast at a Viennese café; 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 Military Museum

Day 10 Visegrád—Danube Bend: in Visegrád, choice of medieval knights tournament, or guided hike in Danube-Ipoly National Park, or canoe tour; scenic cruising around the Danube Bend

Day 11 Budapest (Disembarkation): choice of guided tour with funny language lesson, or guided bike tour, or guided tour

Day 12 Budapest: your vacation 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

Munich

Sofitel Munich Bayerpost

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Deluxe

This city's former Royal Post Office has been reimagined as an ultra modern 396-room hotel with impressive architectural elegance offering free Wi-Fi throughout. A diversely rich breakfast buffet is served daily in the hotel's speciality breakfast restaurant, light French cuisine can be found in the Parisian style Brasserie with open kitchen and the swanky lounge Bar has an outside terrace and library where drinks and snacks can be enjoyed. Spa facilities include an indoor swimming pool, steam bath, sauna, and state-of-the-art gym.

Salzburg

Radisson Blu Altstadt

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Moderate Deluxe

Set in a beautifully restored medieval building, dating from 1377, this 62-room property has free Wi-Fi connection throughout and period features which include original wood beam ceilings and stucco decoration. Fine cuisine made with market-fresh ingredients is offered in the elegant river-view restaurant, where al-fresco dining can be enjoyed on the outdoor terrace (weather permitting) and light bites and decadent desserts are served beneath a vaulted ceiling in the sophisticated café.

Budapest

InterContinental Budapest

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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 Sofitel Chain Bridge

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.


Salzburg
Engelhartszell
Krems
Vienna
Budapest
Packages

Salzburg

Salzburg

Ready, Aim, Fire! Archery Class

Ready, Aim, Fire! Archery Class

Discover your inner William Tell on this fun hands-on archery class that teaches you how to relax, breathe, focus, aim, and let the arrows fly!

Price Range: $$$

Salzkammergut Canoe Adventure

Salzkammergut Canoe Adventure

Discover the wonder and serenity of the Salzkammergut on this active 2-hour guided canoeing excursion.

Price Range: $$$

Wonders of the Dachstein Ice Cave

Wonders of the Dachstein Ice Cave

Enter an enchanting underground world of ice sculptures, ice curtains, and an impressive hall of stalactites on this unforgettable guided excursion to Dachstein Ice Cave.

Price Range: $$$

Lake Hallstatt from 5 Fingers: A View from Above

Lake Hallstatt from 5 Fingers: A View from Above

Join us for a guided visit to Five Fingers, one of the most spectacular scenic overlooks in the Alps!

Price Range: $$$

Hohenwerfen Castle & Its Remarkable Birds of Prey

Hohenwerfen Castle & Its Remarkable Birds of Prey

Enjoy a high-altitude encounter with the past during this unforgettable inside visit of medieval Hohenwerfen Castle with its remarkable falconry center.

Price Range: $$

Hallein Salt Mine, Salzburg's White Gold

Hallein Salt Mine, Salzburg's White Gold

Head into the eerie world of winding tunnels, subterranean lakes, mummies, and mining slides on this unforgettable guided visit of the Hallein Salt Mine.

Price Range: $$

Engelhartszell

Engelhartszell

Hit the Trail: Hike through the Danube Steg

Hit the Trail: Hike through the Danube Steg

This guided hike along the Danube's Schlögen Oxbow bend reveals a dramatic landscape created over the centuries.

Price Range: $$

Krems

Krems

Traditional Heurigen Wine Tavern Dinner

Traditional Heurigen Wine Tavern Dinner

Travel into the Grinzing area for a traditional dinner at a Heurigen wine tavern, with music, entertainment, and wine from the latest harvest!

Price Range: $$

Vienna

Vienna

Classical Concert

Classical Concert

Enjoy a spellbinding evening of classical works by Mozart and Johann Strauss, performed brilliantly by professional Salon Orchestra Alt-Wien musicians in one of Europe's prettiest venues.

Price Range: $$

Musical Conductor for a Day

Musical Conductor for a Day

Become a real musical conductor on this unique once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in Vienna, the City of Music!

Price Range: $$$$

Discover the Secret of Absinthe

Discover the Secret of Absinthe

This fascinating excursion features a guided tour of the Old Viennese Schnappsmuseum with a tasting of the once-again-popular spirit Absinthe!

Price Range: $$

Schönbrunn Palace, Crown Jewel of Vienna & Strudel Show

Schönbrunn Palace, Crown Jewel of Vienna & Strudel Show

Visit magnificent Schönbrunn Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and former summer residence of the Habsburg imperial family.

Price Range: $$

Vienna: City of Music & Musicians

Vienna: City of Music & Musicians

On this captivating guided tour, discover how Vienna has influenced the many musical geniuses who lived and worked here, and then visit the innovative House of Music to compose your own waltz or virtually conduct the Viennese Philharmonic!

Price Range: $$

Austrian Chef for a Day: Viennese Specialties

Austrian Chef for a Day: Viennese Specialties

Join an expert chef and learn how to create a lunch of authentic Viennese specialties, then savor the delicious final product afterward!

Price Range: $$$

Budapest

Budapest

Budapest Retro Tour

Budapest Retro Tour

Step behind the Iron Curtain on this unique guided tour to discover what life was like in Hungary from the 1960s to the 1980s during the Communist era-and to explore some of its currently popular retro hot spots.

Price Range: $$$

Budapest Cave-Hiking Adventure

Budapest Cave-Hiking Adventure

Do something truly adventurous on an incredible guided caving tour through Budapest's massive underground cave system!

Price Range: $$

Tastes of Hungary Dinner & Wine Pairing

Tastes of Hungary Dinner & Wine Pairing

Explore the piquant flavors of traditional Hungarian cuisine and learn the best wines to pair with it during this fun and delicious food and wine-pairing dinner!

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: $$$$

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

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Extra nights per person in Munich:
in single room from $348 to $728, in twin room from $204 to $394

Extra nights per person in Budapest:
in single room from $276 to $361, in twin room from $161 to $217

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
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B / Sapphire Deck / $1,149
A / Sapphire Deck / $1,199
P / Royal Deck / $1,299
Avalon Suite / Royal Deck / $2,199



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