A Taste of the Danube - Vienna to Budapest

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8 Days from £1,585
Departures available from :
29th Apr - 19th Oct
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Introduction

Discover the fascinating and scenic Danube with its charming small towns and exciting cities on this river cruise holiday. Begin with a guided sightseeing tour and a 2-night city stay in Vienna, the "City of Music." Savor Sachertorte in a local café, spend time in one of the many marvellous museums, shop along the Kärntnerstrasse, or stroll along the historic streets. Then, board your ship and begin exploring the natural beauty of Austria's Wachau Valley. Enjoy the serene atmosphere as you glid...

“I would give the experience overall 10 out of 10. It could not be bettered”

I would give the experience overall 10 out of 10. It could not be bettered
Firstly I would like to say what a wonderful experience our Avalon river cruise was. We were delighted with our cabin, the marvellous food, the onboard facilities, the included trips and excursions and the economic pricing of the alcoholic drinks. The staff on board were extremely helpful and always ready to exchange a few pleasantries with ready smiles. We particularly appreciated the attention given to our needs from Lubos in the bar area as he always saw to it that we had our chosen regular tipple as soon as we put in an appearance. As two ladies travelling together we were very happy with this high level of service. In addition we also found both Ivo and Barbara similarly helpful but Lubos was just too quick for them! Our Cruise Director Andrzej Sanakiewicz was extremely well informed and readily available if needed. The included trips were very efficiently organised and of just the right duration. Also admission fees were included and we were not asked to pay more as often happens on Ocean Cruises. There were no photographers constantly taking pictures and attempting to sell them back to us! The bathroom contained high quality toiletries including hair and body shampoo, conditioner, liquid handwash and body lotion. Everywhere was sparkling and pristine clean. The shower cubicle contained an extremely efficient shower with oodles of hot water. All taps were lever type, a bonus as I have arthritis in my hands. The beds were fantastically comfortable with two large square pillows, one soft and one firm. I used both at once and slept like a log as the ship's engine was so quiet it could barely be heard. Our meals were delightful. The buffet breakfast catered for all nationalities from the full English breakfast to individually cooked omelettes etc. fruit, fish, cold platter, cereals, porridge, pancakes, toast with lots of different spread options to mention just some of the delights on offer. All different juices were available along with iced tea and a choice of different teas and coffee. The experience at lunchtime was similar but with different fare on offer. Freshly cooked meat options served by the chef with hot vegetables or an extensive salad bar with lots of salad dressings. A vegetarian option was also available as were a choice of soups and a cheese board. Desserts included at least two flavours of ice cream with fruit sauces and fresh fruit salad, cakes and a local dessert each day. Dinner was fantastic. The variety of choice suited every palate and the food was well cooked, excellently presented and tasted fantastic. Wine flowed freely and was served until desserts were on the table… and sometimes until the desserts were finished! After dinner a musician who was extremely versatile played music on not just the keyboard but the trombone, cornet and accordion. We could easily dance to his music and he was also on duty before dinner in the lounge. The crew show on the penultimate night was a great laugh and the violinist on the last evening was world class… what a superb entertainer. Well done Andrzej for organising this. Communication and information onboard was excellent. A Daily Newsletter set out the activities for the day and our Cruise Director occasionally reminded us over the loudspeaker system. Maps of each port of call were provided as was information about the operation of the locks. The views from our cabin and from the Sky Deck were constantly changing and we enjoyed cruising along looking at the sights and being given information about them by Andrzej. Our disembarkation was equally as efficient and trouble free as was our taxi transfer to the airport in Vienna which was organised by Andrzej. Our flights back went to plan and our free transfer, was the final luxurious touch! David was professional, smart and very communicative but knew instinctively when to let us snooze! Our grateful thanks to him for a smooth and quick transfer home. I would give the experience overall 10 out of 10. It could not be bettered and exceeded our expectations. Roll on our next river cruise!
Dawn Ball and Christine Mallard

The Avalon experience

Included Highlights

  • VIENNA Guided sightseeing
  • MELK Guided visit of the Benedictine Abbey
  • DÜRNSTEIN See the Stiftskirche
  • BRATISLAVA Guided sightseeing, visit St Martin's Cathedral
  • BUDAPEST Guided sightseeing; see Fishermen's Bastion and Heroes' Square
  • CAPTAIN'S RECEPTION, WELCOME AND FAREWELL DINNERS

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.

  • 3 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; 2 nights at the InterContinental Hotel (or similar), Vienna 2 nights at the Sofitel Chain Bridge (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 breakfasts in Vienna and Budapest hotels

  • 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 Vienna.

Fly to Vienna where you will be met and transferred to your hotel for two nights. The rest of the day is yours to start exploring this elegant city.

Day 2 Vienna.

Included today: Guided city tour. Once the centre of the mighty Habsburg Empire, Austria’s magical capital on the blue Danube is a showcase of gilded architecture. This is home to the lavish Hofburg Imperial Palace complex with its Vienna Boy’s Choir and dazzling Lipizzaner stallions; the neo-renaissance Vienna Opera House; and awe-inspiring St. Stephen’s Cathedral plus, countless other sights your local guide will show you during an included city sightseeing. In your free time, perhaps visit one of the many magnificent museums or browse through the Naschmarkt, Vienna’s main outdoor produce market for over 80 years. An optional concert is available during your stay (B)

Day 3 Vienna.

Time to explore on your own today, be sure to enjoy a piece of decadent Sachertorte or Apfelstrudel in one of the classic Viennese coffee houses, historic institutions that helped shape Viennese culture. Perhaps you’d like to take an optional excursion to Schönbrunn Palace or to the Vienna Woods. This afternoon, transfer to your river cruise vessel and meet your crew at a welcome reception. (B, D)

Day 4 Melk - Dürnstein.

Included today: Guided visit of Melk's Benedictine Abbey; see the Stiftskirche in Dürnstein. Today is dedicated to the beautiful and romantic Wachau Valley, where so much of the excellent Austrian wine is grown and produced. Visit the impressive 11th-century Benedictine Abbey, which towers over the town of Melk. The abbey houses an ornate library with over 80,000 printed books and 2,000 manuscripts. Words cannot describe the splendor of the church with its fresco-ed ceilings, stunning high altar, marble statues, and 210 foot high cupola. The view from the terrace of the abbey over the Danube and surrounding countryside is breathtaking. After Melk, lounge on the Sky Deck with a glass of white wine while enjoying the gorgeous scenery as you sail to Dürnstein, best recognised by its baroque blue and white Stiftskirche standing right on the river bank. The main street of this small town with a population of less than 1,000 people is lined with 16th-century residences and charming cobblestone streets. Explore on your own or choose one of the popular optional excursions, if you are fit and fancy some exercise, perhaps a cycling excursion (weather permitting) fits the bill? Situated above town are the ruins of the castle where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned in 1192. If you are feeling adventurous, hike up to the ruins for spectacular views of the town and river. (B, L, D)

Day 5 Bratislava.

Included today: Guided sightseeing. At lunchtime, arrive in Bratislava, the dynamic capital of Slovakia at the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains. Join your Local Guide for a tour of the city, including a guided walk of its fascinating Old Town, where winding cobblestone streets and narrow alleyways twist and turn to reveal the Town Hall, one of the oldest stone buildings in the city. Also visit gothic St. Martin's Cathedral, coronation church for the Kingdom of Hungary from the 16th to 19th centuries. The rest of the afternoon is free to explore on your own. (B, L, D)

Day 6 Budapest (Disembarkation)

Included today: Guided sightseeing. Spanning the banks of the Danube, Budapest is one of Eastern Europe's liveliest cities. Whether you're seeing the sights, shopping for handcrafted embroidery or Herend porcelain, or basking in the coffee house culture over a rich cream cake in the renowned Gerbeaud Café, Budapest's unique energy is positively palatable. On your guided tour of the city, see Heroes Square as well as the massive hilltop castle complex with its remarkable Fishermen's Bastion and 11th-century Matthias Church, the coronation spot of several Hungarian monarchs. Be sure to take note of the city's eight bridges that connect ancient Buda on the right bank with Pest on the left. You may even want to walk across Chain Bridge, built in 1849 and a symbol of Budapest. This afternoon, explore this vibrant city at your own pace. Perhaps visit St. Stephen's Basilica, with marvellous views of the city from its viewing platform, or stroll along Váci utca, the main shopping street. (B)

Day 7 Budapest.

Enjoy a free day to explore Hungary’s exciting capital. Visit one of the many exciting museums, take a walk to see some of the remaining communist statues, shop at the Great Market Hall to purchase paprika and embroidery at one of its 180 vendor stalls, or wander around the Royal Palace grounds. Your Cruise Director will have suggestions for many things to do. (B)

Day 8 Budapest.

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK. (B)

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April Prices per person based on two sharing
Departure Information Cabin Category
29th Apr 2018 (Sun)
London Gatwick Airport
Avalon Expressioni
(E)
(D)
(B)
(A)
(P)
(Suite)

October Prices per person based on two sharing
Departure Information Cabin Category
19th Oct 2018 (Fri)
London Heathrow Airport
Avalon Panoramai
(E)
Sold Out
(D)
(B)
(A)
(P)
(Suite)
Sold Out

Apr Oct
Avalon Expression
Cabin Information
CATEGORY
E
CATEGORY
D
CATEGORY
B
CATEGORY
A
CATEGORY
P
CATEGORY
Suite
DECK Indigo - Forward Indigo - Aft Saphire - Aft Saphire - Forward Royal Deck Royal Deck
SIZE 172 sq ft 172 sq ft 200 sq ft 200 sq ft 200 sq ft 300 sq ft
WINDOW 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 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 Larger en-suite bathroom with full shower Larger en-suite bathroom with full shower Larger en-suite bathroom with full shower Larger en-suite bathroom with full shower and separate toilet
SEATING AREA Seating area Seating area Seating area Larger seating area
Ship Information
Deck plans
Staterooms
Category D
Indigo Deck Aft
Category E
Indigo Deck Forward
Royal Suite
Royal Deck
Category P
Royal Deck
Category B
Sapphire Deck Aft
Category A
Sapphire Deck Forward
Deck Plan Key:
  1. Sky Lounge
  2. Navigation Bridge
  3. Sky Bistro
  4. Whirlpool
  5. Premium lounge chairs and shade awnings
  6. Deck Game area
  7. Observation Lounge
  8. Panorama Bistro
  9. Panorama Lounge
  10. Bar
  11. Internet corner
  12. Reception/Guest services
  13. Lift
  14. Atrium
  15. Hairdresser
  16. Club Lounge
  17. Kitchen
  18. Dining room
  19. Fitness centre
Avalon Panorama
Cabin Information
CATEGORY
E
CATEGORY
D
CATEGORY
B
CATEGORY
A
CATEGORY
P
CATEGORY
Suite
DECK Indigo - Forward Indigo - Aft Saphire - Aft Saphire - Forward Royal Deck Royal Deck
SIZE 172 sq ft 172 sq ft 200 sq ft 200 sq ft 200 sq ft 300 sq ft
WINDOW 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 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 Larger en-suite bathroom with full shower Larger en-suite bathroom with full shower Larger en-suite bathroom with full shower Larger en-suite bathroom with full shower and separate toilet
SEATING AREA Seating area Seating area Seating area Larger seating area
Ship Information
Deck plans
Staterooms
Category D
Deluxe Stateroom - Indigo Deck Aft
Category E
Deluxe stateroom - Indigo Deck Forward
Category P
Panorama Suite - Royal Deck
Category B
Panorama Suite - Sapphire Deck Aft
Category A
Panorama Suite - Sapphire Deck Forward
Royal Suite
Royal Deck
Deck Plan Key:
  1. Sky Lounge
  2. Navigation Bridge
  3. Sky Bistro
  4. Whirlpool
  5. Premium lounge chairs and shade awnings
  6. Deck Game area
  7. Observation Lounge
  8. Panorama Bistro
  9. Panorama Lounge
  10. Bar
  11. Internet centre
  12. Reception/Guest services
  13. Lift
  14. Atrium
  15. Hair Salon
  16. Club Lounge
  17. Kitchen
  18. Dining room
  19. Fitness centre

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