Active & Discovery on the Danube – Eastbound 2019

9 Day River Cruise Linz to Budapest

2019 Information.

Whether you’re an art lover, a foodie, a history buff, or an energetic adventurer, your Active & Discovery cruise on the Danube River invites you to experience culture and cuisine in creative ways that are perfect for you. With Avalon Choice, you can select the experiences that are perfect for your interests and pace—from Active to Discovery to Classic. Avalon Choice gives you a choice of included excursions in each port—from Linz to Budapest.

Whether you prefer browsing the art collection of the Habsburg Empire, sipping local vintages at an Austrian wine-tasting, or joining a canoe excursion, your Active & Discovery cruise is packed with Avalon Choice inclusions for every pace in every place we go. Sample cheese and beer made by Trappist monks and explore their Abbey gardens. With Avalon Choice included excursions, you can choose an insider’s tour of Vienna, or decide to join a canoe excursion—your Active & Discovery river cruise has something for every pace in eve-ry place we go. From a wine tasting in Krems to a hike to Count Dracula’s prison tower, you’ll find the perfect outing you’ll prefer. One day, visit Belvedere Palace in Vienna to see Klimt’s renowned “Kiss,” and another day you may attend a Medieval Knights Tournament at a Visegrád castle. With Active & Discovery river cruises, the choice is always yours. Explore Budapest your way—stroll its streets for classic sightseeing with a local guide or take a bike ride through town for a different perspective, or learn something new with a lei-surely walking tour to discover a few local Hungarian phrases.

Your Active & Discovery Danube River cruise can be as active or leisurely as you like! Join us on this Active & Discovery river cruise and experience the Danube your way. No matter how you choose to explore new locales—from paddling canoes to picnic views—Avalon Choice includes the excursions and activities to let you enjoy each destination your way.


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Cruise at-a-Glance

Day 1 Linz (Embarkation): Onboard welcome receptionDay 2 Engelhartszell–Schlögener Schlinge–Linz: Choice of visit to Engelszell Abbey, or visit Jochenstein Power-Station; choice of scenic cruising around the Schlögen Oxbow or guided hike on the Danube TrailDay 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 Clam 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 PalaceDay 6 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 World MuseumDay 7 Visegrád–Budapest:In Visegrád, choice of medieval knights tournament, or guided hike in Danube-Ipoly National Park, or canoe tour Day 8 Budapest (Disembarkation): Choice of walking tour with language lesson, or guided bike tour, or city sightseeing tourDay 9 Budapest:Your vacation ends this morning

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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
Suites & Staterooms
Health & Fitness
Dining

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 Panorama 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 Panorama 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 canapés
  • 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 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 café for Austria’s world-famous pastries.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ENGELHARTSZELL

Day 2

(B, L, D)

ENGELHARTSZELL–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

Day 3

(B, L, D)

LINZ–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
Take a step back in time with a visit to the 9th-century St. Florian Monastery—the largest monastery in upper Austria and home to Augustine monks, OR:
Classic
Pay homage to a pivotal time in human history with a 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

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 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

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 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, 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
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 European 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.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VISEGRÁD

Day 7

(B, L, D)

VISEGRÁD, HUNGARY

Knights, Castles, and Vampires

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.

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
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 in the world-famous Gerbeaud Café.

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.


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Active & Discovery on the Danube – Eastbound

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 Optional Excursions

No matter what you’re into: food, wine, history, art, music or anything else, we give you the freedom to personalize your vacation with optional excursions that speak to your interests.

When you book your excursions with us, you can be assured that every optional excursion that we offer coordinates with the free time that you'll have in your destination, so you'll never have conflicts between included and optional activities. Our team of travel experts carefully selects each optional excursion that we offer to ensure that you receive the highest quality at a great value. Our tried-and-true partners have a finger on the pulse of the city in which they operate so they deliver the very best experiences. We offer experiences you cannot create on your own and because you’re booking with us, we coordinate all your transportation and timing needs.

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). Optional excursions are available for purchase on our MyAvalon site 90 days prior to the tour start date.

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
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