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Avalon Waterways A Taste of the Danube with 2 Nights in Vienna (Eastbound) (WVBQ)

6 Day River Cruise Vienna to Budapest 
Arrive in Vienna to enjoy your Avalon YourWay vacation before your Danube River cruise begins. Start with a 2-night stay in the legendary “City of Music,” and enjoy superior hotel accommodations with complimentary breakfast, an expert Local Guide, and courtesy hotel-to-ship transfer. Join us for guided sightseeing, including the Imperial Palace, Vienna Opera House, and stunning St. Stephens Cathedral. You may otherwise choose to take an early morning walk for breakfast at a Viennese café, followed by an exclusive viewing of the Habsburg family’s private art collection at Vienna’s Museum of Fine Art. You’ll also enjoy a free day to leisurely explore the city at your own pace before boarding your Avalon Suite Ship®.

You’ll first cruise to marvelous Melk for guided sightseeing in Austria’s Wachau Valley, including the magnificent Benedictine Abbey perched above the Danube. In Dürnstein, join a guided hike above the famed blue Stiftskirche steeple for breathtaking views. You’ll sail to the centuries-old Slovakian city of Bratislava. Take a guided tour of its cobblestone streets and Gothic cathedral. Your Danube River cruise delights with gorgeous views, concluding in Budapest, the “Pearl of the Danube.” Your way is the perfect way to experience the Danube’s incredible views along the legendary river with an Avalon YourWay vacation!

Ships: Illumination

Avalon Highlights & Sightseeing

Day 1 Vienna: Welcome to Vienna

Day 2 Vienna: Choice of early risers guided tour, or guided sightseeing

Day 3 Vienna (Embarkation): Morning at leisure; onboard welcome reception

Day 4 Melk–Wachau Valley–Dürnstein: Choice of guided visit of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk or hike with your Adventure Host; scenic cruising through the Wachau Valley; free time in Dürnstein

Day 5 Bratislava: Choice of a guided sightseeing, visit St. Martin's Cathedral or hike to Bratislava Castle with your Adventure Host

Day 6 Budapest (Disembarkation): Your vacation ends this morning

Related Avalon Tours

WVB - A Taste of the Danube (Eastbound)
WVBE - With 2 Nights in Budapest
WVBQ - With 2 Nights in Vienna
WVBY - With 2 Nights in Vienna & 2 Nights in Budapest
WBV - A Taste of the Danube (Westbound)

Itinerary (2024)

Day 1VIENNA, AUSTRIA
 Welcome to Vienna

Spend free time today by relaxing, exploring, or strolling through the streets of Vienna.

Day 2VIENNA
 Viennese Waltzes on the Blue Danube

CLASSIC Venture into the Habsburg empire with a morning Guided City Tour of Vienna’s gilded landmarks. See the Imperial Palace complex—the winter residence of the Imperial Family, the historic Vienna Opera House and stunning St. Stephen’s Cathedral, OR:

DISCOVERY Take an Early Riser Walking Tour that includes breakfast at a Viennese café followed by an exclusive viewing of the Habsburg family’s private art collection at the Museum of Fine Arts—the perfect start to your stay in Vienna.

(B)

Day 3VIENNA (EMBARKATION)
 Vienna Favorites—Sachertorte and Apfelstrudel

Enjoy a free day to explore the city at your own pace before boarding your Avalon Suite Ship®.

Take a tram ride to discover the adventure, tradition, and Viennese charm of The Prater amusement park. You may also consider to visiting one of Vienna’s marvelous museums. Or indulge your sweet tooth with authentic Austrian pastries in a local bakery.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MELK

(B,D)
Day 4MELK
 Frescoes Above and Vineyards Below

Visit the Adventure Center for today’s activities with your Adventure Host.

ACTIVE Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Morning Hike through Melk’s beautiful countryside, OR:

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.

DÜRNSTEIN A King’s Ransom and Castle Ruins

Spend free time at your leisure, perhaps biking through the vineyards in the Wachau Valley, or hiking up the hillside to castle ruins and breathtaking views.

Later, enjoy onboard entertainment by local musicians.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BRATISLAVA

(B,L,D)
Day 5BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA
 Cathedral Coronations and a Crowning Castle

ACTIVE Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a scenic walk to Bratislava Castle, OR:

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.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BUDAPEST

(B,L,D)
Day 6BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (DISEMBARKATION)
 Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Flights should not leave Budapest airport before 10 am.

(B)

Avalon Pricing Details

Port charges:
$90

Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included on Avalon portion only.

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.

Avalon Notes

  • 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.
  • Guided Tours, Optional Excursions, activities, sailing and docking schedules may be contingent on weather conditions or other issues outside of our control and could therefore be subject to change at any time.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); the responsibility for obtaining a visa rests with the traveler.

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*09/11/2024 $2,368.00
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