Do you love the idea of sailing the rivers of Europe with other Seaside FM listeners and a great Seaside FM host?
This exciting new “Active Discovery” river cruise introduces you to the people and places along the Danube from Budapest to Linz. Wander the UNESCO World Heritage Site city of Česky Krumlov and Prague, in the most active, engaged and fun ways imaginable. Better yet, do with with a fun group from Nova Scotia !
Grab your hiking, biking and museum touring partner and join our group on departing Oct 01 – 08 2019.
Prices start at $3439 plus port charges of $238 for all bookings made by Dec 01st ( saving you $1200 a person !!)
Upgrade to a the new Suite Ship Balcony for only $1000 a person.
It doesn’t matter if you’re an art lover, a foodie, a history buff, or an energetic adventurer, your Active Discovery cruise on the Danube River invites you to experience culture and cuisine in creative ways that are perfect for you. With Avalon Choice, you can select the experiences that are perfect for your interests and pace—from Active to Discovery to Classic. Avalon Choice gives you a choice of included excursions in each port as you sail from Budapest to Linz.
Arrive in Budapest where your Avalon Suite Ship is ready for boarding. You’ll cruise the blue Danube to discover Hungary and Austria with a wide variety of included excursions to choose from. With Avalon Choice, each day is yours to spend your way. Select a Medieval Knights Tournament at a Visegrád castle, see Gustave Klimt’s renowned “Kiss” painting in Vienna, or join a canoe excursion for a different view of the Danube. Whether you prefer browsing the art collection of the Habsburg Empire or sipping local vintages at an Austrian wine-tasting, your Active Discovery cruise is packed with Avalon Choice inclusions for every pace in every place we go. Sample cheese and beer made by Trappist monks and explore their Abbey gardens; take a hike to Count Dracula’s prison tower; or tour Mauthausen Concentration Camp, one of WWII’s most notorious sites—selecting from an unmatched variety of included excursions to choose from each day.
Join us on this Active Discovery cruise and experience the Blue Danube your way. No matter how you choose to explore new locales—from paddling canoes to picnic views—Avalon Choice includes the excursions and activities to invite you to discover each destination your way. Your Active Discovery Danube River cruise can be as active or leisurely as you like!
Highlights of this great cruise – look at all of those choices!
Day 1 Budapest (Embarkation)–Danube Bend: Onboard welcome reception; scenic cruising around the Danube Bend
Day 2 Visegrád:Choice of medieval knights tournament, or guided hike in Danube—Ipoly National Park, or canoe tour
Day 3 Vienna: Choice of bike tour, or jogging tour, or meet with local people or guided tour, visit to Belvedere Palace
Day 4 Vienna: Choice of early risers guided tour, with breakfast at a Viennese café, or guided tour, see Habsburg private art collection and the Italian or Dutch masters works, or guided tour, see Habsburg private art collection and the World Museum
Day 5 Krems–Grein: Choice of canoe tour, or bike tour from Krems to Spitz, or Wine World Experience with tasting, or local encounter showcasing regional products; visit Greinburg castle and meet the Count
Day 6 Grein–Mauthausen–Linz: Guided walk in Grein, visit the historical theater; in Mauthausen, choice of visit to St. Florian Monastery, or guided tour of Mauthausen Concentration Camp, or guided bike tour
Day 7 Engelhartszell–Schlögener Schlinge–Linz: Choice of visit to Engelszell Abbey, or visit Jochenstein Power-Station;; choice of scenic cruising around the Schlögener Schlinge, or guided hike along the Danube trails
Day 8 Linz (Disembarkation):Your vacation ends this morning
What is included?
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
Flight from Canada
Additional nights in Budapest, Litz or Salzburg
Gratuities are $145 per person
(B) = Breakfast (L) = Lunch (D) = Dinner
BUDAPEST (EMBARKATION)–DANUBE BEND
Welcome to Budapest. Your Suite Ship® is ready for boarding.Flights into Budapest must arrive before 2 pm.Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.
Enjoy a Hungarian Dinner on board during a scenic cruise through the Danube Bend.
EVENING CRUISE TO VISEGRÁD
(B, L, D)
Jousting Tournaments and Artisan Traditions
Spend free time after your selected activities to explore Palotaház, where stonemasons, smiths, potters, and paper-makers produce their traditional items using age-old techniques.
AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIENNA
(B, L, D)
Strauss, Schnitzel, Strudel, and Sachertorte
Spend free time this afternoon strolling through the pedestrian Kärntnerstrasse, then take a break for a piece of Sachertorte.
This evening, you may choose to attend an Optional Musical Experience to conduct your own orchestra, followed by a classical waltz and operetta concert performance to enjoy.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN VIENNA
(B, L, D)
A Feast for the Soul in Vienna
You might decide to join a Guided Optional Hike this evening to the vineyards surrounding Vienna, and also enjoy an Optional Excursion to a local Viennese Heurigen (Wine Tavern).
Tonight, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO KREMS
(B, L, D)
Take a Hike, a Canoe, or a Bike to Explore Austria’s Wine Country
Relax on board this afternoon to enjoy the picturesque Wachau Valley scenery as you cruise to Grein.
GREINA Modern-Day Castle and the Count of Greinburg
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN GREIN
(B, L, D)
Theater History on Austria’s Oldest Stage
Take a mid-morning cruise to Mauthausen.
MAUTHAUSENHistory Lessons and Monastic Life in Austria
This afternoon sail to Linz arriving this evening.
LINZMeet the Locals in Linz
Join a Guided Optional Pub Crawl through Linz to sample local libations and mingle with the locals. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ENGELHARTSZELL
(B, L, D)
Memories and Beer in the making
Or, as a relaxing option, 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 return to Linz. Later, enjoy a farewell dinner onboard, followed by live entertainment.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LINZ
- 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 is necessary, a substitute will be offered.
- Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.