Whether you’re an art lover, a foodie, a history buff, or an energetic adventurer, this Active & Discovery cruise on the Danube River invites you to experience culture and cuisine in creative ways that are perfect for you. No matter how you choose to explore, from paddling canoes to picnic views. This Avalon cruise offers the choice of included excursions and activities to let you enjoy each destination your way.
Prices are per person, based on two people sharing a twin cabin. *Included door to door transfers are limited to 100 miles, after which a mileage charge applies.
Fly to Linz where you will be met and transferred to your ship. 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 - Engelhartszell - Schlogen Oxbow
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. You may choose to enjoy Hungarian cuisine in an Optional Wine–and–Dine Dinner this evening. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LINZ
Day 3 - Linz - Mauthausen - Grein
ACTIVE Take a Guided Bike tour along the Danube and discover how fertile the 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 CLASSIC Take a Guided Walk of Grein, including its historic theatre, the oldest in Austria still holding regular performances. DISCOVERY See Burg Clam (Greinburg Castle) on a guided visit and meet the Count of Clam during your tour. EVENING CRUISE TO SPITZ
Day 4 - Spitz
ACTIVE Paddle a canoe on a Guided Tour to see the Austrian waterways and shoreline scenery from a different perspective,OR: CLASSIC Take a Guided Bike tour from Spitz to Krems, and enjoy a stop in Dürnstein to see the mesmerising 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 Heurigen wine tavern. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN VIENNA
Day 5 - Vienna
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: CLASSIC 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 - 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. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VISEGRAD
Day 7 - Visegrád
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 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 - Budapest (Disembarkation)
Bike, Walk and Talk in Budapest 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 - Budapest
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.
The Avalon Suite Ship accommodates 166 passengers and features two full decks of Panorama Suites. With wall-to-wall panoramic windows that transform into a unique open-air balcony, the suites are the ideal setting for stretching out and relaxing or even throwing a private cocktail party for up to six adults in the spacious sitting area. On board, passengers enjoy free Wi-Fi access and complimentary computer use in public areas, a fitness centre, a hair salon, lift, and an expansive Sky Deck with shade system, premium lounge chairs, whirlpool, deck games and the delightful Sky Bistro for al fresco lunches of light grill fare.
* Payable locally.
83 elegantly appointed staterooms and suites range in size from 172-300 ft². On the middle and upper decks, Panorama Suites are 200 ft² and feature Avalon’s trademark extra-wide, 11ft, French balconies with the bed angled towards the windows to really soak up those views. Royal Suites on the upper deck are even larger at 300 ft² and have an extended seating area with a sofa, armchairs and a table a larger bathrooms and separate WC.