This exciting new 12 day vacation introduces you to the people and places along the Danube from Budapest to Linz, as well as to the UNESCO World Heritage Site city of Česky Krumlov and Prague, in the most active, engaged and fun ways imaginable.
Grab your hiking, biking and touring partner and join our group on departing June 23rd 2018 .
Prices start at $3810 plus port charges of $224 for all bookings made by March 01st ( saving you $1200 a person)
Upgrade to a Balcony for only $760 a person.
Start your vacation with one night in Hungary’s capital city before boarding your Avalon ship and heading for Visegrad. The choice is always yours: you might like to learn a little Hungarian in Budapest; attend a medieval knights’ tournament in Visegrad; take a jogging tour around Vienna, or visit the city when it first awakes; meet with a local produce grower in the Wachau Valley, or paddle a canoe; be introduced to a count in his castle; bike to an ancient border defense near Mauthausen or visit World War II’s largest concentration camp; taste locally produced cheese and beer brewed by Trappist monks near Linz, or hike along an old smugglers’ route. And all the while enjoy the comfort of your Avalon ship, with its delectable meals and warm, personal service. Certainly your home from home while you explore your new surroundings every day. Disembark and spend one night in Linz. Choose from a conventional city tour or a history tour, or a gentle hike to the Pöstlingberg for a fantastic panoramic view of Linz. An optional cooking class is available or the chance to learn more about farming in the region. Then visit beautiful Česky Krumlov en route to Prague. Your vacation ends with two nights in the Czech Republic’s capital, exploring the city in the company of a Local Guide, or during an urban hike or on your own. We also offer a variety of optionals such as a visit to a microbrewery or a cooking school to make sure you never run out of things to do!
Highlights & Sightseeing
Cruise: deluxe 7-night cruise in an outside stateroom with Avalon’s exclusive Comfort Collection BedsSM
Day 1 Budapest: welcome to Hungary
Day 2 Budapest (Embarkation)–Scenic Cruising Around Danube Bend–Visegrád: choice of walking tour with language lesson, guided bike tour, or city sightseeing tour; onboard welcome reception; scenic cruising around the Danube Bend
Day 3 Visegrád: in Visegrád, choice of medieval knights tournament or guided hiking in Danube-Ipoly National Park
Days 4 & 5 Vienna: choice of bike tour, jogging tour, encounter with area business people, or city sightseeing tour with visit of Belvedere Palace to see Klimt’s Kiss; choice of early riser walking tour with breakfast at a Viennese café and entrance to Habsburg private art collection at the Museum of Fine Arts; Habsburg collection entrance with time in the Italian & Dutch Masters Gallery; or Habsburg collection entrance with Military Museum visit
Day 6 Krems–Wachau Valley & Strudengau Scenic Cruising–Grein: choice of canoe tour down the Danube; bike tour from Krems to Spitz with a stop in Dürnstein to sample local specialties; Wine World Experience with tasting; or local encounter showcasing regional products with included snack and beverage; scenic cruising through Wachau Valley, Strudengau, and past Melk Abbey; visit Greinburg or Clam castle in Grein
Day 7 Grein–Mauthausen–Linz: guided walk in Grein, visit the historical theater; in Mauthausen, choice of visit to St. Florian Monastery, guided tour of Mauthausen Concentration Camp, or guided bike tour; onboard tasting of local specialties
Day 8 Engelhartszell–Schlögen Oxbow Scenic Cruising–Linz: choice of visit to Engelszell Abbey to tour its brewery, enjoy a tasting, and explore its sensory garden, or visit a “Trout Circus” and join a short hiking tour;choice of scenic cruising around the Schlögen Oxbow or guided hike on the Danube Trail; onboard gala farewell dinner
Day 9 Linz (Disembarkation): choice of guided city walk, or history tour, or a casual hike across to Mount Pöstlingberg
Day 10 Linz–Česky Krumlov–Prague: guided sightseeing of Česky Krumlov; transfer to Prague
Day 11 Prague: choice of urban hike, or guided city tour including Hradčany Castle grounds and St. Vitus Cathedral; afternoon at leisure
Day 12 Prague: your vacation ends this morning
Captain’s welcome & farewell receptions with sparkling wine and canapés
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