Danube Symphony - Westbound 2018

9 Day River Cruise from Vienna to Munich

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Your European river cruise adventure begins in romantic and exciting Vienna, the capital of Austria, and ends with three nights in Munich, the Bavarian capital known for its centuries-old buildings and Oktoberfest.

Known as the “City of Music.” Vienna inspired the creative genius of Beethoven, Mozart and Strauss. Join your Local Guide for a tour that takes you to the lavish Hofburg Palace complex with its Vienna Boys’ Choir and dazzling Lipizzaner horses, the neo-renaissance Vienna Opera, and much more! In your free time, stroll along the pedestrian Kärntnerstrasse or try a piece of Apfelstrudel in an elegant Viennese café. Cruise along the Danube River to Dürnstein, located in the heart of the Wachau Valley, and famous for its baroque Stiftskirche, a church from the early 1700s, and one of the most beautiful due to its luminous blue façade. In Melk, visit Austria’s majestic Benedictine Abbey, one of Europe’s largest monasteries, and taste some of the region’s renowned wines. In Grein, visit the oldest theater in Austria that still gives regular performances.

For a change of pace, travel by motorcoach to Munich, capital of Bavaria, where a Local Guide shows you the famous attractions. Then explore on your own, and be sure to savor a local beer in a traditional stein as you relax alongside the locals at a Biergarten. Step into a fairytale on an excursion to one of the most dream-like castles in all of Europe—Neuschwanstein Castle—said to have inspired the tales of Walt Disney. And the magic of the day continues as you travel to Oberammergau, an idyllic village known for its once-a-decade performance of the Passion Play and typical Bavarian houses painted with scenes from fairytales.


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Highlights & Sightseeing

Day 1 Vienna (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception

Day 2 Vienna: guided sightseeing

Day 3 Dürnstein–Melk: guided walk in Dürnstein; guided visit of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk; wine tasting

Day 4 Grein–Linz: guided walk of Grein, visit the historical theater

Day 5 Linz–Passau: guided walk in Passau

Day 6 Passau (Disembarkation)–Munich: travel by motorcoach to Munich

Day 7 Munich: guided sightseeing, see the Marienplatz

Day 8 Munich. Excursion to Neuschwanstein & Oberammergau: visit Neuschwanstein Castle; free time in Oberammergau

Day 9 Munich: your vacation ends this morning

Meals

  • Welcome & farewell cocktails 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

Day-By-Day Itinerary

(B) = Breakfast   (L) = Lunch   (D) = Dinner

Day 1

(D)

Arrive in Vienna, Austria (Embarkation)

Welcome to Vienna, known as the “City of Music” and a place that inspired the creative genius of Mozart, Beethoven, and Strauss. This afternoon, board your river cruise vessel and meet your crew at an evening welcome reception.

NOTE:
Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.

Day 2

(B, L, D)

Vienna

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 your Local Guide will show you during an included CITY SIGHTSEEING TOUR. Stroll through the delightful 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! An optional concert is available tonight.

Day 3

(B, L, D)

Dürnstein–Melk

Dürnstein, known for the magnificent baroque Stiftskirche with its blue façade, lies right in the heart of the Wachau wine region. Above town are the ruins of the castle where England’s King Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned in 1192. A Local Guide will tell you the tale during your GUIDED WALK. Those seeking some sporting activity might like to climb up the steep hill to the castle ruins for spectacular views of the town and river. Alternatively, you may just want to stroll through the narrow streets on your own. Then, cruise through the beautiful Wachau Valley to reach Melk after lunch and visit the magnificent 11th-century BENEDICTINE ABBEY. Melk’s abbey towers over the town and is one of Europe’s largest. It houses an ornate library with over 80,000 printed books and 2,000 manuscripts. Words cannot describe the splendor of its church with its frescoed ceilings, stunning high altar, marble statues, and 210-foot-high cupola. This evening, you’ll be able to sample some of the region’s FAMOUS WINES.

Day 4

(B, L, D)

Grein–Linz

This morning, arrive in the attractive country resort of Grein, which is nestled at the foot of a bluff in the shadow of its castle. Take an included GUIDED WALK through the town and visit its unique historical THEATER, the oldest in Austria still holding regular performances. A behind-the-scenes peek to learn about some of the curiosities of this rococo-style, 167-seat theater will certainly tell you much about life as it was—and as it now is in this small town. Or, you may prefer to join one of a variety of optional excursions today. Sail to Linz where you dock overnight.

Day 5

(B, L, D)

Linz–Passau, Germany

Today, enjoy a relaxing morning of sailing. This afternoon, arrive in Passau, located at the confluence of the Rivers Inn, Ilz, and Danube. This is a city of graceful arcades and cobblestone streets lined with beautiful patrician houses and dominated by St. Stephen’s Cathedral, a masterpiece of Italian baroque architecture. Join a Local Guide for a GUIDED WALK through this charming town, and find out much more about the “City of Three Rivers.”

Day 6

(B)

Passau (Disembarkation)–Munich

Say goodbye to your crew this morning and drive to Munich, capital of Bavaria. The afternoon is free to explore on your own, or you might like to take an optional excursion to Salzburg, which will bring you to Munich in the late afternoon.

Day 7

(B)

Munich

Although a large city, Munich offers a small-town feel with its pedestrian and bike-friendly atmosphere. With its historical museums, splendid English Garden, traditional cafés, and delightful shops, Munich offers plenty to see and do. A LOCAL GUIDE will show you the highlights of this fascinating city, including Nymphenburg Palace, summer residence of the Bavarian monarchs; MARIENPLATZ with its Old and New Town Halls; and the gothic Frauenkirche, a prominent landmark for Munich. Then, enjoy time on your own in this vibrant city. Watch the famous Glockenspiel, which recreates a royal wedding from the 16th century; enjoy the pedestrian zone; linger at an outdoor café; or relax alongside the locals at one of the many Biergärten or breweries to sample one of the Bavarian beer specialties.

Day 8

(B)

Munich. Excursion to Neuschwanstein & Oberammergau

This morning, a full-day outing takes you into the garden-like landscapes of the Bavarian Alps and for a visit to King Ludwig’s fairytale NEUSCHWANSTEIN CASTLE, high above the village of Hohenschwangau. Continue to Oberammergau, famous for its once-a-decade production of the Passion Play, and enjoy free time here to stroll the streets and admire the typical Bavarian houses, many beautifully painted with scenes from fairytales.

Day 9

(B)

Munich

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Notes

  • Departure July 17 is offered as an exclusive Culinary Cruise, including special lectures and tastings at no additional cost. Enter the food-lover’s paradise of Europe. At a special dinner, your chef will dazzle you with regional specialties and food preparation tips. During lectures and cooking demonstrations, you will learn more about European culinary traditions!
  • 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.

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Hotels

Vienna
Munich

 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)


Vienna
Packages
Grein
Passau
Munich

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: $$

Schönbrunn Palace, Crown Jewel of Vienna

Schönbrunn Palace, Crown Jewel of Vienna

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

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: $$

Grein

Southern Bohemia

Southern Bohemia

You'll feel like you've stepped right into the Middle Ages on this full-day excursion to Ceský Krumlov, the 'Pearl of the Bohemian Forest'.

Price Range: $$

Passau

Sound of Music Tour

Sound of Music Tour

Follow in the footsteps of Maria von Trapp and 'The Sound of Music' film locations on this unforgettable half-day excursion through Salzburg and its majestic alpine surroundings.

Price Range: $$

Munich

Dachau Concentration Camp

Dachau Concentration Camp

Come face to face with the horrors of Dachau, Germany's first concentration camp and the model for the brutality of the Third Reich, during this moving guided visit of the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site.

Price Range: $$

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