Active Discovery on the Danube - Budapest to Linz

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9 Days from £2,095
Departures available from :
9th Jun - 15th Sep
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Introduction

This exciting 9-day holiday introduces you to the people and places along the Danube from Budapest to Linz in active, engaged and fun ways. Start your holiday with one night in Hungary's capital before boarding your Avalon ship and heading for Visegrad. The choice is always yours: perhaps learn a little Hungarian in Budapest; attend a medieval knights' tournament in Visegrad; join a jogging tour around Vienna, or visit the city when it first awakes; paddle a canoe or meet with a local produce g...

“This was a fabulous cruise. The "door to the airport and return" transfers were superb.”

This was a fabulous cruise. The "door to the airport and return" transfers were superb.
This was a fabulous cruise. The "door to the airport and return" transfers were superb.
Tonia & Mike Cain

The Avalon experience

Included Highlights

  • BUDAPEST Choose from a choice of a guided walk, a guided bike tour or a city sightseeing tour
  • VISEGRAD Choose between a Medieval Knights Tournament at the Castle or a guided hiking tour
  • VIENNA Choose from a scenic bike tour; a jogging tour or take an insiders tour that features something different every day. The next day choose from an early riser Vienna walking tour; visit the Museum of Fine Arts or alternatively the Habsburg Museum followed by the Military Museum
  • KREMS - WACHUA VALLEY & STRUDENGAU SCENIC CRUISING - GRIEN Choose to either paddle a canoe on a guided tour; a bike tour from Spitz to Krems followed by Durnstein sightseeing; join an interactive Wine World Experience with wine tasting or get a hands-on local encounter that showcases
  • production of regional specialities.
  • GRIEN - MAUTHAUSEN - LINZ Guided walk in Linz, then choose between taking a guided bike tour or visit St. Florian Monastery or join a Mauthausen Concentration camp tour
  • ENGELHARTSZELL - SCHLOGEN OXBOW SCENIC CRUISING Choose between the Engelhartszell Abbey tour, visit the Sensory Garden and attend a tasting or join a guided hike on a WWII smuggler's route. After lunch hike along the Danube

Included in the price

  • Your personal Avalon chauffeur service by executive car for you and your travelling companions to and from your UK departure point (within 100 miles of airport)

  • Flights Prices are based on 2 people sharing a Category E Deluxe Stateroom flying from London. In addition a wide range of flights from UK regional airports are also available.

  • 7 nights deluxe accommodation in a spacious stateroom with Avalon's exclusive Comfort Collection® style beds, ensuite facilities and river views. Floor to ceiling sliding glass doors and a French Balcony in most staterooms 1 nights at the InterContinental Hotel (or similar), Budapest

  • All meals on board including full breakfast , buffet lunch and waiter service evening meal; afternoon tea with cakes and sweet treats; midnight snack, choice of premium teas and coffees & soft drinks throughout the day. Wine and beer is included with lunch and dinner. Buffet breakfast is included at the Budapest hotel

  • Included excursions and sightseeing trips with Local Guides and a choice of optional tours; headsets provided on excursions

  • Services of an experienced Cruise Director

  • Gratuities for Cruise Director and crew

  • On board lectures, activities and nightly piano music

  • Captain's Welcome Reception, Welcome Dinner and Farewell Gala Dinner

  • A choice of pre- or post- holiday extensions

  • All transfers, local port charges and airport taxes

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Day 1 Arrive in Budapest, Hungary.

Welcome to Budapest, the beautiful 'Pearl of the Danube'. This evening, join your Cruise Director for a welcome cocktail and brief chat about how you can enjoy the city to the fullest!

Day 2 Budapest (Embarkation) - Scenic Cruising around the Danube Bend-Visegrad.

One of Eastern Europe's most dynamic cities, Hungary's capital spans the Danube in a majestic way. Awaken refreshed and dig in to a hearty breakfast before disembarking and deciding how you would like to explore. Choose your activity: take an enjoyable, 2-hour walking tour that includes some "Fungarian" instruction of useful local words and phrases; ride a new-model, 24-gear bicycle on a guided bike tour along the bike paths and car-free areas for a safe and enjoyable way to see the city's most fantastic sights, or; see the best of Budapest on a city sightseeing tour featuring Heroes' Square, Fishermen's Bastion, Matthias Church, and an inside visit of the Opera House. Afterwards, you have free time to shop for Hungarian paprika or hand crafted souvenirs, to savour a piece of cream cake in the world-famous Gerbeaud Café, or to join an optional tour of Budapest's limestone cave system or to play nine holes of golf. This afternoon, transfer to the Avalon Luminary for embarkation. After a mandatory safety exercise, meet your friendly crew and fellow shipmates at a welcome reception. As your ship pulls away from the dock, be sure to have your camera ready for an unforgettable view of the beautifully illuminated Parliament. At dinner, your ship's chef will delight your taste buds with Hungarian specialities. Later, as scenic panoramas of the Danube Bend drift by, consider toasting your adventure with a cocktail on the Sky Deck. Your ship docks for the night near Visegrad. (B, D)

Day 3 Visegrad

Another exciting day is on tap. After breakfast, Choose your activity: Either cheer your favourite champion at a Mediieval Knights Tournament at Visegrad's Lower Castle, or spend your day on a guided hike through Danube-Ipoly National Park. This afternoon, your ship passes by the mighty Esztergom Basilica, coronation church of Hungary's monarchs. Relax on board as we sail upstream towards Austria. After a delectable dinner of Viennese specialities, experience the first of 10 locks your ship will pass through on this cruise. (B, L, D)

Day 4 Vienna.

Once the centre of the mighty Habsburg Empire, this 'City of Music' inspired the creative genius of Mozart, Beethoven, and Strauss—and will inspire you, as well! Waltz ashore and Choose your activity: enjoy a bike tour that takes in the sights along the famed Ringstrasse and areas of Vienna inaccessible to buses and cars; slip on your trainers and join a jogging tour that shows you the highlights as you run between sites; take a unique Insider Tour that features something different every day. It could be anything, from a visit to a musical instrument maker to a crash course on etiquette and protocol at diplomatic gatherings. You will meet locals, have the chance to prepare some food at a cooking class, and will enjoy other surprises as well, or;get a proper introduction to Vienna during a Ccity sightseeing tour that includes an inside visit of Belvedere Palace to see Klimt's celebrated Kiss. Afterwards, you have free time to explore on your own. Maybe stroll through the pedestrian Kärntnerstrasse, take a break for a piece of decadent Sachertorte, or join an optional excursion. In your free later, consider joining an optional guided hike through vineyards outside the city, with wine tasting and dinner at a Heurigen wine tavern. (B, L, D)

Day 5 Vienna

A second full day in Vienna presents even more opportunities to immerse yourself in the magic. Choose your activity for an experience most meaningful to you: wrap yourself in the peace of the city at sunrise during an early riser walking tour that includes breakfast at a Viennese café and an exclusive viewing of the Habsburg family's private art collections at the Museum of Fine Arts; for a more leisurely start to your morning, skip the walking tour and onshore breakfast and simply join us for the museum visit, which includes time in the Italian and Dutch Masters Gallery, or; perfect for military history buffs, begin with the museum visitT of the Habsburg collection, then explore the Military Museum, commemorating the heroic past of the Habsburg Empire. Tonight, enjoy a delectable dinner of Viennese specialities on board. (B, L, D)

Day 6 Krems - Wachau Valley & Strudengau Scenic Cruising - Grein.

Early this morning, arrive in Krems, the eastern gateway to the famed Wachau Valley. After breakfast, Choose your activity: Either paddle a canoeE on a guided tour down the Danube and along some of its tributaries, for a completely unique perspective of the river and riverbank villages. Bask in the fresh air and incredible views on an easy guided bike tour from Krems to Spitz. Enjoy sightseeing in Dürnstein that includes the mesmerizing blue Stiftskirche, and enjoy a break to sample local specialities; join an interactive Wine World Experience with wine tasting, or; get a hands-on local encounter that showcases production of regional fruits, vegetables, wine, or other products, depending on the season. A snack and beverage are included. Back on board, marvel at today's scenic highlight as you cruise through the picturesque Wachau Valley. Slowly cruise past the stately Benedictine Melk Abbey, and through the stunning Strudengau, popular among climbers and hikers for its enticing geological formations. Arrive in Grein, and visit Greinburh or Clam Castle, where you will meet the owner. (B, L, D)

Day 7 Grein - Mauthausen - Linz.

This morning, a guided walk through Grein features a visit of its unique historical theatre, the oldest in Austria still holding regular performances. Back on board, relax, enjoy lunch, and bask in the breathtaking scenery. Disembark in Mauthausen, with evidence of human habitation dating back to the Neolithic Age. Here, we let you place your own personal stamp on your day as you Choose your activity: Either take a guided bike tour to an ancient Roman border defence fort dating back to the 2nd century AD. Visit the museum dedicated to the site, with military weaponry, accounts of daily life, ceiling frescoes, sacred art objects, and more. Visit the 9th-century St. Florian Monastery, an architectural rival to Melk Abbey. While exploring, you may meet one of the monks (when available) or attend a short music recital. Or join a heart-wrenching tour of Mauthausen Concentration Camp, one of WWII's largest and most brutal Nazi work camps. This evening, optional theatre and music excursions are available—or you can mingle with the locals at a fun pub crawl! (B, L, D)

Day 8 Engelhartszell - Schlögen Oxbow Scenic Cruising - Linz.

As you slept, your ship arrived in the pretty market town of Engelhartszell near the German border. Step ashore and Choose your activity: visit the stunning rococo Engelszell Abbey to tour its brewery, explore its Sensory Garden—complete with stone labyrinth, herb garden, and vineyard—and attend a Tasting of locally produced cheeses and beer brewed by the Trappist monks. Or join a fun guided hike along the route that smugglers took during World War II, when a tightly controlled border existed between Austria and Germany. Back on your ship, an excellent lunch of Bavarian specialities will leave you energised and ready to join an exhilarating hike along the Danube. Fresh air and incredible vistas await as you watch the Avalon Luminary pass through the Schlögen Oxbow, a particularly beautiful horseshoe-shaped curve of the river. Join the ship in Aschach, and prepare for an exquisite Gala Farewell Dinner featuring foods specially paired with just the right area wines or beers. (B, L, D)

Day 9 Linz (Disembarkation).

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning! Or you can extend your holiday in Salzburg for 2 nights and 1 night in Munich or choose to extend in Linz for 1 night and 2 nights in Prague. (B)

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Extensions

Add the Salzburg area to then end of your holiday
Spend two nights in Salzburg and one night in Munich on this wonderful
extension. In Salzburg, CHOOSE YOUR ACTIVITY: a GUIDED BIKE RIDE
featuring the famous sights and a visit to HELLBRUNN PALACE, or; a
WALKING TOUR of the city. See sights immortalized in The Sound of Music,
the Old Town, and Mirabell Gardens. Also enjoy Salzkammergut, featuring a
WALKING TOUR that visits the imperial villa, and an easy HIKE up Siriuskogel
mountain for outstanding views.

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Or add Prague to the end of your holiday
Spend a night in Linz and two nights in Prague. In Linz, CHOOSE YOUR
ACTIVITY: a HIKING TOUR up Mount Pöstlingberg; a WWII HISTORY TOUR
of areas not typically open to the public; or a GUIDED WALKING TOUR of the
town's highlights. Enter the Czech Republic and take a GUIDED WALKING
TOUR of medieval Cesky Krumlov. Continue to Prague and CHOOSE YOUR
ACTIVITY: a guided hike in the Prokopske Valley nature reserve, or a GUIDED
CITY SIGHTSEEING TOUR.

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Availability and Guide price

We regularly update our guide prices however frequent airline fare changes means prices can go up or down. Prices are based on two sharing a lead in Deluxe Stateroom. Please refer to the Change Departure point box below to choose your preferred departure airport or Eurostar station.



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June Prices per person based on two sharing
Departure Information Cabin Category
9th Jun 2018 (Sat)
London Heathrow Airport
Avalon Luminaryi
(E)
(B)
(A)
(P)
(Suite)

23rd Jun 2018 (Sat)
London Heathrow Airport
Avalon Luminaryi
(E)
(B)
(A)
(P)
(Suite)

July Prices per person based on two sharing
Departure Information Cabin Category
7th Jul 2018 (Sat)
London Heathrow Airport
Avalon Luminaryi
(E)
(B)
(A)
(P)
(Suite)

21st Jul 2018 (Sat)
London Heathrow Airport
Avalon Luminaryi
(E)
Sold Out
(B)
Sold Out
(A)
Sold Out
(P)
Sold Out
(Suite)
Sold Out
September Prices per person based on two sharing
Departure Information Cabin Category
1st Sep 2018 (Sat)
London Heathrow Airport
Avalon Luminaryi
(E)
(B)
(A)
(P)
(Suite)

15th Sep 2018 (Sat)
London Heathrow Airport
Avalon Luminaryi
(E)
(B)
(A)
(P)
(Suite)
Sold Out

Jun Jul Sep
Avalon Luminary
Cabin Information
CATEGORY
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CATEGORY
B
CATEGORY
A
CATEGORY
P
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Suite
DECK Indigo - Forward Saphire - Aft Saphire - Forward Royal Deck Royal Deck
SIZE 172 sq ft 172 sq ft 172 sq ft 172 sq ft 258 sq ft
WINDOW Window Panoramic window with open air French balcony Panoramic window with open air French balcony Panoramic window with open air French balcony Panoramic window with open air French balcony
BEDS Two twins or a queen size bed Two twins or a queen size bed facing open air French balcony Two twins or a queen size bed facing open air French balcony Two twins or a queen size bed facing open air French balcony Two twins or a queen size bed facing open air French balcony
BATHROOM En-suite bathroom with full shower En-suite bathroom with full shower En-suite bathroom with full shower En-suite bathroom with full shower Larger en-suite bathroom with full shower and separate toilet
SEATING AREA Seating area
Ship Information
Deck plans
Staterooms
Category E
Indigo Deck
Avalon Suite
Royal Deck
Category P
Royal Deck
Category B
Sapphire Deck Aft
Category A
Sapphire Deck Forward
Deck Plan Key:
  1. Navigation Bridge
  2. Whirlpool
  3. Sky Bistro
  4. Premium lounge chairs and shade awnings
  5. Observation Lounge
  6. Panorama Lounge
  7. Bar
  8. Internet centre
  9. Reception/Guest services
  10. Atrium
  11. Lift
  12. Hair Salon
  13. Club Lounge
  14. Kitchen
  15. Dining room
  16. Fitness centre

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