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A Taste of the Danube - Budapest to Vienna

Discover the Danube’s historic and cultural gems on an inspiring river cruise through Hungary, Austria and Slovakia. Tuck into Hungarian cuisine in Budapest and visit the impressive castle complex overlooking the city. Then, board your ship and discover Slovakia's vibrant capital of Bratislava, visit Melk's 11th century Benedictine abbey, and soak up the scenery of Austria's Wachau Valley. Finish your holiday exploring the elegant neo-classical boulevards of Vienna.

Your cruise at a glance

  • Melk
    • The Baroque Benedictine Abbey was completely rebuilt around 1700 and is one of the most sumptuous on the Danube.
  • Vienna
    • Head to one of the traditional coffee houses for a true Viennese institution. Try an Einspanner or Brauner coffee.
  • Budapest
    • Look over the old cities of Buda and Pest from the Chain Bridge, the first permanent bridge uniting the two in 1849.

Wachau Valley


Day 1

UK - Budapest

Meals included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Fly to Budapest where you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Welcome to Budapest, Hungary’s lively capital. Your Avalon Experience begins today with a two night stay. The remainder of the day is free to start exploring this exciting city.

Day 2


Meals included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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 Sightseeing Tour, 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—famous sights in and of themselves—which 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.

Day 3

Budapest (Embarkation)

Meals included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

This morning, explore at your own pace. Perhaps visit St. Stephen’s Basilica, stroll along Váci utca, or wander around the Royal Palace grounds. In the afternoon, transfer to your ship and meet your crew at a welcome reception.

Prices & cabin details

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Staterooms available

Price per person


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

InterContinental Vienna

The InterContinental Vienna is centrally located opposite the city park. Walking into the hotel's ornate lobby with its wooden panelling and chandeliers, you'll immediately get a sense of the building's history combined with modern facilities. Official rating: 5 stars.

  • Location
    • Situated opposite the city park and just a short walk away from Vienna Hofburg; St Stephens Cathedral; MusuemsQuartier and the famous shopping streets of Kaerntner Strasse and Graben. 

  • Facilities
    • Restaurant and bar; Café bistro; Gym
    • Sauna
    • Solarium
    • Steam bath

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


"Excellent crew and tour guide. Itinerary well planned and facilities on board brilliant...."

31st October 2017 - Mrs Brenda Smith

"the cruise was excellent the only problem was with the flight BA put my mother and myself..."

2nd October 2017 - Ms Clare Sullivan

"A perfect holiday."

25th June 2017 - Trusted Customer

This was our first river cruise. We loved it and would happily recommend it to friends. And we'd definitely consider booking another trip for ourselves. Cruising down the Danube was wonderfully relaxing. The facilities of the boat were excellent. The food was terrific and the staff were helpful and friendly. A perfect holiday.

Very good value. Comfortable accommodation that wasn't cramped.

"Two fine cities and a lovely ship"

26th May 2017 - Mr Michael Cooney

The holiday was well organised - two good hotels, in particular The Intercontinental in Vienna. The food on the Avalon Panorama was excellent. Did not appreciate the long outbound journey caused by having to change aircraft in Munich, and some of the early morning starts. The problem with the ship's steering was unfortunate and meant we lost a days cruising.

Excellent ship with fine food - friendly crew. Two good hotels. Did not like the outbound flight with change of aircraft. Does no -one fly direct from the south of England to Budapest? Not keen on days of a holiday that start at 7.00 a.m.!


26th May 2017 - Mrs Carol Long

Very enjoyable crew very helpful good food

Enjoyed trip would have liked more days on the ship

"first ever river cruise so nothing to compare against..."

29th April 2017 - Mr Jeffrey Dunn

first ever river cruise so nothing to compare against

first river cruise wanted a taster

"Smooth booking service"

26th April 2017 - Trusted Customer

Assuming Customer Experience means the booking process (and not the holiday), I had no problems with this.

"An excellent holiday with high standards in all areas."

26th April 2017 - Trusted Customer

Very well organised with high standards in all areas including excursions. We were particularly impressed with the way luggage was transferred between the hotels and boat. The cabins and the hotel rooms were excellent. We had a lovely view from our hotel in Budapest. Meals and service on the boat were impressive. We thought the whole package was put together very well.

A lovely holiday to remember. Three impressive cities and a luxury cruise all in one package. High standards in all areas and very well organised.

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