Danube Symphony (Westbound) 2019

8 day River Cruise Vienna to Munich

Cruise WVP

Overview

Itinerary

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.

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.

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.

Classic
<p>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.</p>
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.

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.

Day 1 Vienna

  • Meals included:
  • Dinner

Fly to Vienna where you will be met and transferred to your cruise ship for five nights. Meet your crew at a welcome reception.

Day 2 Vienna

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Included today: Guided sightseeing. 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 Boys’ 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 tour. Alternatively, you can join a Vienna culinary walk, during which you will learn about Austrian food culture and taste some local products. The walking tour will be followed by a cooking class at the Wrenkh restuarant, where two famous chefs, the Wrenkh brothers, will teach you how to prepare a famous Viennese dessert. In your free time, stroll through the delightful pedestrian Kärntnerstrasse, and be sure to take a break and enjoy a piece of decadent Sachertorte or Apfelstrudel in one of the classic Viennese coffee houses; historic institutions that helped shape Viennese culture. An optional concert is available tonight.

Day 3 Dürnstein - Melk

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Included today: Guided walk in Dürnstein; visit to Melk's Benedictine Abbey; wine tasting. Dürnstein, known for the magnificent baroque Stiftskirche with its blue façade, lies right in the heart of the Wachau wine region. Above town are the ruins of the castle where England's King Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned in 1192. A local guide will tell you the tale during your guided walk. Those seeking some sporting activity might like to climb up the steep hill to the castle ruins for spectacular views of the town and river. Alternatively, you may just want to stroll through the narrow streets on your own. Then, cruise through the beautiful Wachau Valley to reach Melk after lunch and the magnificent 11th-century Benedictine Abbey. Melk's abbey towers over the town and is one of Europe's largest. It houses an ornate library with over 80,000 printed books and 2,000 manuscripts. Words cannot describe the splendour of its church with its frescoed ceilings, stunning high altar, marble statues, and 210-foot-high cupola. This evening you'll be able to sample some of the region's famous wines and cheese.

Day 4 Grein - Linz

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Included today: Guided walk in Grein. This morning, arrive in the attractive country resort of Grein, which is nestled at the foot of a bluff in the shadow of its castle. Take an included guided walk through the town and visit its unique historical theatre, the oldest in Austria still holding regular performances. A behind-the-scenes peek to learn about some of the curiosities of this rococo-style, 167-seat theatre will certainly tell you much about life as it was and as it now is in this small town. Or, you may prefer to join one of a variety of optional excursions today. Sail to Linz where you dock overnight. This evening, enjoy a special on-board food and wine pairing dinner hosted by our Master of Wine, who has specifically chosen the wines for this occasion.

Day 5 Passau

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Included today: Guided walk in Passau. Today, enjoy a relaxing morning of sailing. This afternoon, arrive in Passau, located at the confluence of the Rivers Inn, Ilz, and Danube. This is a city of graceful arcades and cobblestone streets lined with beautiful patrician houses and dominated by St. Stephen’s Cathedral, a masterpiece of Italian baroque architecture. Join a local guide for a guided walk through this charming town, and find out much more about the ‘City of Three Rivers’. Alternatively, you can join a city tour more focused on the culinary traditions of both Germany and Austria, during which you will taste some local specialties.

Day 6 Passau (Disembark) - Munich

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  • Breakfast

Disembark this morning and drive to Munich, capital of Bavaria, where you will be transferred to the Sofitel Munich Bayerpost for three nights. The afternoon is free to explore at leisure or perhaps join the optional excursion to Salzburg.

Day 7 Munich

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast

Included today: Guided sightseeing, see the Marienplatz. Although a large city, Munich 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 offers 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, which recreates a royal wedding from the 16th century; enjoy the pedestrian zone; linger at an outdoor café; or relax alongside the locals at one of the many Biergärten or breweries to sample one of the Bavarian beer specialties.

Day 8 Munich

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast

Included today: Excursion to Neuschwanstein and Oberammergau. This morning, a full-day outing takes you into the garden-like landscapes of the Bavarian Alps and for a visit to King Ludwig’s fairy-tale Neuschwanstein Castle, high above the village of Hohenschwangau. Continue to Oberammergau, famous for its once-a-decade production of the Passion Play, and enjoy free time here to stroll the streets and admire the typical Bavarian houses, many beautifully painted with scenes from fairy tales.

Day 9 Munich

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

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