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DANUBE DREAMS CRUISE
8 DAY RIVER CRUISE BUDAPEST TO VILSHOFEN FROM $2,799 US
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Rome Cruise along the peaceful Danube River through Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, and Germany-discovering some of Central Europe's most splendid capitals and charming towns along the way. Begin this timeless European river cruise in Budapest, where guided sightseeing acquaints you with the highlights of the vibrant capital of Hungary. Set sail on the Danube, take pictures of the impressive Parliament Building as you leave Budapest, and head for Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. Here, enjoy a guided walk through the delightful Old Town and visit the Gothic-style St. Martin's Cathedral. Vienna, Austria, the "City of Music," makes an immediate impression with its lavish Habsburg Imperial Palace and neo-renaissance Vienna Opera House.

Enjoy the magnificent views as your river cruise takes you through the picturesque wine region of the Wachau Valley, with stops for a guided walk in Durnstein and a visit of the impressive Benedictine Abbey of Melk. In Linz, walk around the Hauptplatz- Austria's largest medieval square, which forms the center of the city, and be sure to photograph the splendid Trinity Column. Passau, Germany, the "City of Three Rivers," is uniquely located where the Inn, Ilz, and Danube rivers converge. See its maze of narrow cobblestone streets lined with beautiful Patrician houses, and marvel at St. Stephen's Cathedral, a masterpiece of Baroque architecture. A memorable conclusion to this delightful Danube River cruise!

Day 1: Arrive in Budapest, Hungary
Welcome to Hungary. Your Suite Ship is Ready for Boarding. Flights into Budapest must arrive by 3:30 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm. The day is yours to relax and enjoy the city with time for photographs, cafes, and confections.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN BUDAPEST - (D)


Map Day 2: Budapest
The Pearl of the Danube in the Heart of Europe. Visit the Adventure Center for today's activities with your Adventure Host.

Active Excursion
Hike up to a magnificent viewpoint in Budapest with your Adventure Host, OR:
Classic Excursion
Enjoy a Guided City Sightseeing, including the iconic Heroes' Square.

This afternoon choose among a wide selection of Optional Guided Excursions or take in the beauty of Budapest while enjoying some free time exploring such famous sights as the Chain Bridge. Get to know the city's cafes and pubs, or take a hike through the hills above the Danube.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BRATISLAVA - (B,L,D)

While we include your choice of many excursions on your trip, you may wish to explore other options for your free time. Below is a selection of excursions that may be available for purchase on your cruise.

Option - Bites & Highlights of Budapest
Experience some of Budapest's most famous sights and most delectable foods on this unique guided foodie tour! 3h 30m

Option - Art & Architecture of Budapest
Travel back to the Golden Age of Budapest's Belle Epoque on this captivating guided excursion featuring Andrassy Avenue where you will visit the crown jewel of Budapest: the incomparable Hungarian State Opera House! 3h 0m


Day 3: Bratislavia
Cathedral Coronations and a Crowning Castle

Active Excursion
Follow your Avalon Adventure Host on a hike to lofty Bratislava Castle, OR:
Classic Excursion
Take a Guided City Walk, including the quaint streets of Old Town, Town Hall, and the sight of royal coronations at St. Martin's Cathedral.

This afternoon, enjoy free time to discover on your own Bratislava, the beautiful capital of Slovakia, rich in history and culture, but also a green city with its forests and parks just a hop away from the city center.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIENNA - (B,L,D)


Day 4: Vienna
Strauss, Schnitzel, Strudel, and Sachertorte

Active Excursion
Explore Vienna's Danube Island by bike with your Adventure Host, OR:
Classic Excursion
Explore the Habsburg empire with a morning Guided City Tour of Vienna's gilded landmarks. See the Imperial Palace complex-Winter residence of the Imperial Family, the iconic Vienna Opera House and stunning St. Stephen's Cathedral, OR:
Classic Excursion
After a short walk of Vienna, join a Guided Visit of Austria's largest museum, the legendary Kunsthistorisches Museum (Museum of Fine Arts).

You may decide to take a Guided Optional Excursion to Schonbrunn Palace-the former imperial summer home of the Habsburg monarchy. Spend free time strolling in the pedestrian Karntnerstrasse-the most famous shopping avenue in central Vienna, or take a bike ride through the city and stop in a local cafe to enjoy of Sachertorte or Apfelstrudel.

This evening, enjoy an unforgettable musical performance with an Optional Excursion to attend a Royal Waltz Concert in an elegant hall.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DURNSTEIN - (B,L,D)

Option - Schonbrunn Palace, Cultural Gem of Austria
Visit magnificent Schonbrunn Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and former summer residence of the Habsburg imperial family. 3h 30m

Option - 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. 2h 45m

Option - Biking in Vienna with your Adventure Host
Explore Vienna's Danube Island by bike with your Adventure Host. 1h 30m


Day 5: Durnstein - Ybbs - Melk
A King's Ransom and Castle Ruins

Active Excursion
Join a Guided Hike up to the castle ruins to take in the spectacular view of the village, Danube, and the Wachau Valley below, OR:
Classic Excursion
Join a Guided Walk, and hear the legendary tale of King Richard the Lionheart-who was imprisoned in the castle during the Crusades.

Later, stretch out on the Sky Deck as you sail through the Wachau Valley past vineyards, castles, and charming villages on your way to Ybbs.

Active Excursion
Alternatively join your Adventure Host for a bike along the river.

YBBS. EXCURSION TO MELK

Frescoes Above and Vineyards Below

Classic Excursion
Visit the Lower Austrian little town of Ybbs. Walk through the doors of Austrian history with a guided sightseeing tour of Artstetten Castle, OR:
Classic Excursion
Take a Guided Tour of Melk's magnificent Benedictine Abbey to marvel at its frescoed ceilings, statues, incredible library, and ornate pipe organ.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO LINZ - (B,L,D)

Option - Biking along the Wachau Valley with your Adventure Host and Picnic Stop
Experience the Wachau Valley from a unique perspective, join your Adventure Host for a bike ride along some of Wachua's bike trails. 3h 0m


Day 6: Linz
Legendary, Lovely Linz

Ask about today's energizing or relaxing Adventure Host activities.
Classic Excursion
Take a Guided Walk through the city's historic and beautiful sites along the shore of the Danube and see Hauptplatz-Austria's largest medieval square-and the towering white-marble Trinity Column. OR:
Active Excursion
Experience Danube's cycle path, follow your Adventure Host for a bike ride around the area of Linz.

Alternatively, consider a full-day Guided Optional Excursion to Salzburg-the city of Mozart-or to the picturesque Bohemian town of Cesky Krumlov.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LINZ - (B,L,D)

Option - Sound of Music Salzburg
From Mozart to "The Sound of Music", this delightful excursion provides an in-depth look at both the city of Salzburg and its majestic surroundings. 10h 0m

Option - Cesky Krumlov - A Sleeping Beauty Awakes
You'll feel like you've stepped right into the Middle Ages on this full-day excursion to Cesky Krumlov, the "Pearl of the Bohemian Forest". 9h 30m

Option - Mauthausen Memorial
Tour the notorious Mauthausen Concentration Camp, one of WWII's largest and most brutal Nazi work camp complexes. 2h 30m

Option - Biking in Linz with your Adventure Host
Experience Danube's cycle path, follow your Adventure Host for a bike ride along the Danube. 1h 0m


Day 7: Linz - Passau
Where the Danube, Inn, and Ilz Rivers Meet

This morning, cruise through the Schlogen Oxbow, a particularly beautiful horseshoe-shaped bend of the river.
Active Excursion
Join your Avalon Adventure Host for Hiking from Oberhaus along a trail down to the valley and along Ilz River, OR:
Classic Excursion
Take a Guided City Walk into Passau, the beautiful "City of Three Rivers."

Before sailing to Vilshofen, take a little free time to explore Passau's cobblestone streets and galleries of Artists' Alley. Maybe stop at St. Stephen's Cathedral to catch a concert rehearsal.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VILSHOFEN - (B,L,D)


Day 8: Rome - Home
Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Flights should not leave Munich airport before 8 am.


Meals
Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners as indicated (B,L,D)


DEPARTURE DATES
April to November

PRICES
From approx $2,799 US  per person double occupancy 


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