Danube river cruise holidays, between stately Vienna and lively Budapest, take in the picturesque towns of Dürnstein, Melk and Linz. You’ll sail an attractive stretch of river, starting in the Austrian capital and moving on to one of the country’s most celebrated wine regions, Wachau Valley. Visit the palatial Benedictine Abbey in Melk, with its ornate library and frescoed church ceilings. Cruise to Dürnstein, taking in its blue and white Baroque Stiftskirche, before stopping in the Slovakian capital of Bratislava. Explore the old town and Gothic cathedral before setting sail for Budapest, where you’ll end your trip.
Day 1 Vienna (Embarkation)
Fly to Vienna where you will be met and transferred to your cruise ship for three nights and meet your crew at a welcome reception.
Day 2 Melk - Dürnstein
Today is dedicated to the beautiful and romantic Wachau Valley, where many excellent Austrian wines are grown and produced. This morning, visit Melk's magnificent Benedictine Abbey, that dominates the town from its commanding hilltop site and is one of Europe's largest monasteries. The abbey houses an ornate library with over 80,000 printed books and 2,000 manuscripts. The splendour of the church with its frescoed ceilings, stunning high altar, marble statues, and 210-foot-high cupola is inspiring and the view from the abbey terrace across the Danube and surrounding countryside is breathtaking. Later, lounge on the Sky Deck with a glass of white wine as you cruise to Dürnstein, whose blue and white Baroque Stiftskirche stands right on the river bank. Above the town are the ruins of the castle where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned in 1192. Explore on your own or choose from a range of optional excursions.
Day 3 Bratislava
Situated at the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains, Bratislava is the dynamic capital of Slovakia. Sightseeing with a guide will introduce you to the charming Old Town and its Town Hall, one of the oldest stone buildings in the city. Also visit the Gothic St Martin's Cathedral, coronation church for the Kingdom of Hungary from the 16th to 19th centuries.
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.