Active & Discovery on the Danube with 2 Nights Salzburg Area & 1 Night Munich – Westbound 2019

12 Day River Cruise Budapest to Munich

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

Start by exploring 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 join a walking tour to learn a few Hungarian phrases. Attend a Medieval Knights Tournament at a Visegrád castle, or see Gustave Klimt’s renowned “Kiss” painting in Vienna. With Avalon Choice, each day is yours to spend your way. Browse the art collection of the Habsburg Empire, sip local vintages at an Austrian wine-tasting, or join 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; take a hike to Count Dracula’s prison tower; or tour Mauthausen Concentration Camp, one of WWII’s most notorious sites—all included in an unmatched variety of excursions to choose from each day.

Add the beauty of Salzburg and the excitement of Munich to your vacation with even more Avalon Choice excursions that are perfect for you! Take a guided tour of Linz, join a contemporary history tour, or go for adventure with a hike to Mt. Pöstlinberg. Next, travel to Salzburg—the birthplace of Mozart—for a guided city tour or a bike ride to stunning Hellbrunn Palace. Spend two nights in Salzburg with a number of included excursions. During a full-day excursion to the spectacular alpine lake area of Salzkammergut, explore as you please, from a walking tour to visit the imperial villa in Bad Ischl, or a hike up Siriuskogel Mountain for unparalleled picturesque views. You’ll also spend the night in Munich, Germany, with leisure time to dine, stroll, or relax in the vibrant capital of Bavaria. No matter how you choose to explore—from paddling canoes to alpine views—Avalon Choice includes the excursions to invite you to discover each destination your way.


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Cruise at-a-Glance

Day 1 Budapest: Welcome to HungaryDay 2 Budapest (Embarkation)–Danube Bend:Choice of walking tour with funny language lesson, or guided bike tour, or city sightseeing tour in Budapest; onboard welcome reception; scenic cruising around the Danube BendDay 3 Visegrád:Choice of medieval knights tournament, or guided hike in the Danube-Ipoly National Park, or canoe tourDay 4 Vienna: Choice of bike tour, or jogging tour, or meet with local people, or guided tour, visit to Belvedere PalaceDay 5 Vienna: Choice of early risers walking tour with breakfast at a Viennese café, or guided tour, see Habsburg private art collection and the Italian or Dutch masters works, or guided tour, see Habsburg private art collection and the World MuseumDay 6 Krems–Grein: Choice of canoe tour, or bike tour from Krems to Spitz, or Wine World Experience with tasting, or local encounter showcasing regional products; visit Clam castle and meet the CountDay 7 Grein–Mauthausen–Linz: Guided walk in Grein, visit the historical theater; in Mauthausen, choice of visit to St. Florian Monastery, or guided tour of Mauthausen Concentration Camp, or guided bike tour Day 8 Engelhartszell–Schlögener Schlinge–Linz: Choice of visit to Engelszell Abbey , or visit Jochenstein Power-Station; choice of scenic cruising around the Schlögener Schlinge, or guided hike along the Danube trailsDay 9 Linz (Disembarkation)–Salzburg: In Linz choice of guided tour, or contemporary history tour, or hike up the Mt. Pöstlingberg; transfer to Salzburg; in Salzburg, choice of bike tour to Hellbrunn Palace, or guided tourDay 10 Salzburg. Excursion to Salzkammergut area: Choice of guided hike up the Siriuskogel, or guided walking tour of Bad IschlDay 11 Salzburg–Munich: Free time in Salzburg; transfer to MunichDay 12 Munich: 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

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY

Welcome to Budapest—Hungary’s Captivating Capital

The day is yours to relax and enjoy Eastern Europe’s shining city on the Danube.

Day 2

(B, D)

BUDAPEST (EMBARKATION)–DANUBE BEND

Active
See the sights from a different perspective by joining a Guided Bike Tour along the bike paths and pedestrian areas 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.

Enjoy a Hungarian Dinner on board during a scenic cruise through the Danube Bend.

EVENING CRUISE TO VISEGRÁD

Day 3

(B, L, D)

VISEGRÁD

Jousting Tournaments and Artisan Traditions

Discovery
Join a Guided Visit 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.


Spend free time after your selected activities to explore Palotaház, where stonemasons, smiths, potters, and paper-makers produce their traditional items using age-old techniques.

AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIENNA

Day 4

(B, L, D)

VIENNA, AUSTRIA

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
Take 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
Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Vienna, including a tour of Belvedere Palace to see Gustav Klimt’s renowned “Kiss” painting.

Spend free time this afternoon strolling through the pedestrian Kärntnerstrasse, then take a break for a piece of Sachertorte.

This evening, you may choose to attend an Optional Musical Experience to conduct your own orchestra, followed by a classical waltz and operetta concert performance to enjoy.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN VIENNA

Day 5

(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 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.

You might decide to join a Guided Optional Hike this evening to the vineyards surrounding Vienna, and also enjoy an Optional Excursion to a local Viennese Heurigen (Wine Tavern).

Tonight, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship.


OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO KREMS

Day 6

(B, L, D)

KREMS

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 Krems to Spitz, 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 Visit that showcases production of regional fruits, vegetables, wine, or other products.

Relax on board this afternoon to enjoy the picturesque Wachau Valley scenery as you cruise to Grein.

GREIN

A Modern-Day Castle and the Count

Discovery
See Burg Clam on a Guided Visit, and meet the Count of Clam during your tour.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN GREIN

Day 7

(B, L, D)

GREIN

Theater History on Austria's Oldest Stage

Classic
Take a Guided Walk of Grein, including its historic theater, the oldest in Austria still holding regular performances.

Take a mid-morning cruise to Mauthausen.

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.

This afternoon sail to Linz arriving this evening.

LINZ

Meet the Locals in Linz

Join a Guided Optional Pub Crawl through Linz to sample local libations and mingle with the locals. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ENGELHARTSZELL

Day 8

(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.
Active
This afternoon, enjoy a scenic Guided Hike along the Danube’s Schlögen Oxbow bend that cuts a dramatic landscape made by centuries of natural elements.

Or, as a relaxing option, 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 return to Linz. Later, enjoy a farewell dinner onboard, followed by live entertainment.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LINZ

Day 9

(B)

LINZ (DISEMBARKATION)–SALZBURG

Disembark your ship and choose your activity: a Guided Tour of Linz, or a more contemporary History Tour, or a hike to Mt. Pöstlinberg. In the afternoon transfer to Salzburg, where you can choose between a Guided Tour of the city, or a bike tour to Hellbrunn Palace.

Day 10

(B)

SALZBURG

A full-day excursion takes you to the Salzkammergut area, and here choose your activity: a walking tour that visits the imperial villa in the town of Bad Ischl, or, an active hike up Siriuskogel mountain for outstanding views of the fairytale area below.

Day 11

(B)

SALZBURG–MUNICH

This morning enjoy free time in Salzburg, before your transfer to Munich

Day 12

(B)

MUNICH

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 is necessary, a substitute will be offered.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.


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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

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