Active Discovery on the Danube - Linz to Budapest

Whether 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—from Linz to Budapest.

Whether you prefer browsing the art collection of the Habsburg Empire, sipping local vintages at an Austrian wine-tasting, or joining a canoe excursion, 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. With Avalon Choice included excursions, you can choose an insider’s tour of Vienna, or decide to join a canoe excursion—your Active Discovery river cruise has something for every pace in every place we go. From a wine tasting in Krems to a hike to Count Dracula’s prison tower, you’ll find the perfect outing you’ll prefer. One day, visit Belvedere Palace in Vienna to see Klimt’s renowned “Kiss,” and another day you may attend a Medieval Knights Tournament at a Visegrád castle. With Active Discovery river cruises, the choice is always yours. Explore Budapest your way—stroll its streets for classic sightseeing with a local guide or take a bike ride through town for a different perspective, or learn something new with a leisurely walking tour to discover a few local Hungarian phrases.

Your Active Discovery Danube River cruise can be as active or leisurely as you like! Join us on this Active Discovery river cruise and experience the Danube your way. No matter how you choose to explore new lo-cales—from paddling canoes to picnic views—Avalon Choice includes the excursions and activities to let you enjoy each destination your way.

Your cruise at a glance

  • Budapest
    • Explore the city on a guided walking, cycling or sightseeing tour.
  • Visegrad
    • Choose between a medieval knights tournament at the castle or a guided hiking tour.
  • Wachua Valley
    • Paddle a canoe on a guided tour, take a bike tour from Spitz to Krems or join an interactive Wine World experience.
  • Engelhartszell
    • Choose between a guided hike along a former World War II smuggling route and a visit to an abbey brewery to taste Trappist beers and cheeses.

Danube

Itinerary

Day 1 UK - Linz, Austria (Embarkation)

  • Meals included:
  • Dinner

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

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Memories and beer in the making.

Active

Embark on energetic excursions to keep you in motion and on the go - from a guided jogging tour of Amsterdam, to biking, paddling, and hiking your way through scenic locales.

Join a Guided Tour to the “House by the stream” (Haus am Strom) and walk across The Danube Power-Station Jochenstein, OR:

Classic

Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You’ll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites.

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.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LINZ

Day 3 Linz - Mauthausen

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

History lessons and monastic life in Austria.

Active

Embark on energetic excursions to keep you in motion and on the go - from a guided jogging tour of Amsterdam, to biking, paddling, and hiking your way through scenic locales.

Take a Guided Bike tour along the Limes Cycle Route and follow part of the northern border line of the Roman Empire, OR:

Classic

Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You’ll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites.

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

Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You’ll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites.

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

Theatre history and modern-day castles.

Classic

Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You’ll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites.

Take a Guided Walk of Grein, including its historic theatre, the oldest in Austria still holding regular performances.

Discovery

We’ve found inspiring and interactive activities to speak to your interests - from cooking classes, to painting workshops - to immerse yourself in each culture you explore.

See Burg Clam (Greinburg Castle) on a guided visit and meet the Count of Clam during your tour.

EVENING CRUISE TO SPITZ

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CHOICE

Avalon has designed included activities with a choice of experiences. We invite you to select the tours, activities, and events that interest you most, so you can experience your cruise your way. There are three types of included shore excursion on every Europe cruise:

Classic

Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You’ll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites.

Discovery

We’ve found inspiring and interactive activities to speak to your interests - from cooking classes, to painting workshops - to immerse yourself in each culture you explore.

Active

Embark on energetic excursions to keep you in motion and on the go - from a guided jogging tour of Amsterdam, to biking, paddling, and hiking your way through scenic locales.

Prices & cabin details

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Hotels

InterContinental Budapest

You're spoilt for choice when it comes to panoramic views across the River Danube. Admire the Chain Bridge and the former Royal Palace from one of the hotel's beautifully appointed rooms, or treat yourself to a gourmet Hungarian dinner with views of Buda Castle. Official rating: 5 stars.

  • Location
    • Just a leisurely stroll away from the historic Castle district, this luxurious hotel sits on the banks of the river Danube in the heart of Budapest. 

  • Facilities
    • Restaurant and bar
    • Gym
    • Spa
    • Indoor heated pool
    • Sauna and steam room
InterContinental Budapest

Sofitel Budapest Chain Bridge

The Sofitel Budapest Chain Bridge hotel has an enviable position overlooking the River Danube and Budapest's famous Chain Bridge, and many of the 357 rooms come with a view of the river. A Swarovski water fountain, luxury spa, original art and a French-Hungarian restaurant make this hotel a special base for your time in Budapest. Official rating: 5 stars.

  • Location
    • The hotel boasts a prime location near the River Danube, Hungarian Parliament, Hungarian State Opera and Castle.

  • Facilities
    • Luxury spa
    • Atrium restaurant
    • Bistro restaurant
    • Bar
    • Luxury spa

It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative similar standard hotels to those shown.

Reviews

"Active Discovery with Avalon Cruises"

31st August 2017 - Trusted Customer

"This trip was our first introduction into 'river cruising' - the planning, preparation and execution..."

22nd July 2017 - Mr Martin Banbury

"Excellent service. found my "lost" suitcase within 10 minutes. Excellent cruise director, Sabina. Al the..."

20th July 2017 - Mrs Judith Moffatt

Excellent service. found my "lost" suitcase within 10 minutes. Excellent cruise director, Sabina. Al the on board staff a credit to the company.

We thoroughly enjoyed our holiday. However it was not entirely as active as we were lead to beleive. We expected to be more active, with the described activities lasting all day and involving some effort. For example, we expected the canoe trip to be all day and then rejoin the boat further down stream but in fact it was only a couple of hours on the water. Enjoyable though. Similarly what was described as "spend your day in the great outdoors on a guided hike through the Danube-Ipoly National Park" etc, was a short walk lasting no more than 1.5 hours and we didn't see, or have pointed out to us, the wildlife. Also the bike tour of Vienna was a bit stressful as we managed to lose one of our group due to the amount of traffic inexperience of some members of our group and lack of visibility/identificatiopn of group members. Having said that, the holiday was wonderful, and we would recommend Avalon to other people.

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