Danube Symphony - Munich to Vienna

Start your holiday in Bavaria's capital, Munich, and visit the charming town of Oberammergau and King Ludwig’s fairy-tale castle of Neuschwanstein. Board your river cruise vessel in Passau and sail down the Danube, stopping to visit the magnificent Melk Abbey or Schallaburg Castle, and the small town of Dürnstein in the Wachau Valley. End your voyage in the Austrian capital of Vienna, with guided sightseeing and plenty of time to explore this "City of Music" on your own.

Your cruise at a glance

  • Munich
    • Guided sightseeing of the Marienplatz, plus an excursion to Neuschwanstein Castle and the Oberammergau
  • Melk and Durnstein
    • Visit Melk's palatial Benedictine Abbey and taste the region’s exceptional wines.
  • Vienna
    • Guided sightseeing around the former home city of Mozart, Beethoven and Strauss.



Multiple itineraries are available:

Day 1 Munich

Welcome to Munich! The rest of the day is free to start exploring.

Day 2 Munich

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast

Munich, capital of Bavaria, offers a small-town feel with its pedestrian and bike-friendly atmosphere. With its historical museums, splendid English Garden, traditional cafés, and delightful shops, Munich has plenty to see and do. A Local Guide will show you the highlights of this fascinating city, including Nymphenburg Palace, summer residence of the Bavarian monarchs; Marienplatz with its Old and New Town Halls; and the gothic Frauenkirche, a prominent landmark for Munich. Then, enjoy time on your own in this vibrant city. Watch the famous Glockenspiel, recreating a royal wedding from the 16th century; enjoy the pedestrian zone; linger at an outdoor café; or visit St. Peter’s, the oldest church in town. Why not visit the Viktualienmarkt with its Maypole that carries figurines featuring the arts and crafts of this region? This large market is popular for fresh produce, meats, cheeses, spices, baked goods, flowers, and more. Or, maybe relax alongside the locals at one of the Biergarten or breweries to sample Bavarian beer specialties.

Day 3 Munich

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast

This morning, a full-day outing takes you into the garden-like landscapes of the Bavarian Alps for a visit to King Ludwig’s fairytale Neuschwanstein Castle, situated high above the village of Hohenschwangau. Continue to Oberammergau, famous for its once-a-decade production of the Passion Play. Enjoy free time in this small town to stroll along the streets and admire the typical Bavarian houses, many beautifully painted with scenes from fairytales.

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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:


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.


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.


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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Staterooms available

Price per person


Sofitel Munich Bayerpost Hotel

This stunning listed building, built in the Wilhelminian style, offers first-class facilities and hospitality. With a convenient central location, the hotel offers architectural elegance mixed with contemporary amenities including two restaurants, a bar and a stylish spa. Official rating: 5 stars.

  • Location
    • Centrally located - 3-minute walk to Munich train station.

  • Facilities
    • Restaurant
    • Bistro
    • Bar
    • Fitness centre
    • Massage
Sofitel Munich Bayerpost

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


"Fantastic trip"

7th August 2017 - Mrs Sandra Hunt

"The crew were excellent, couldn't do enough for us...."

30th July 2017 - Trusted Customer

"excellent tour, excursions,director,ship, yes to both questions..."

15th May 2017 - Trusted Customer

excellent tour, excursions,director,ship, yes to both questions

see above: my previous comments

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