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A Taste of the Danube - Vienna to Budapest

Discover the fascinating and scenic Danube with its charming small towns and exciting cities on this European river cruise vacation. Begin with a guided sightseeing tour and a 2-night city stay in Vienna, the “City of Music.” Savor Sachertorte in a local café, spend time in one of the many marvelous museums, shop along the Kärntnerstrasse, or stroll along the historic streets.

You’ll board your ship and begin exploring the natural beauty of Austria’s Wachau Valley. Enjoy the serene atmosphere as you glide along the river, passing quaint villages and scenic beauty of your Danube River cruise.

Visit Melk’s impressive and breathtaking Benedictine Abbey, see Dürnstein’s baroque Stiftskirche, and enjoy guided sightseeing in Slovakia’s vibrant capital of Bratislava. Your journey concludes with two overnights in exciting Budapest, including guided sightseeing and time to explore on your own. Enjoy Hungarian cuisine, explore the famous produce market—Central Market Hall, wander around the former Royal Palace grounds, explore Budapest's famous churches, or just sit back and relax. It’s all available on this grand vacation!


Day 1 UK - Vienna

Welcome to Vienna, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Spend free time today by relaxing, exploring, or strolling through the streets of Vienna.

Day 2 Vienna

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast

A feast for the soul in Vienna.


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.

Venture into the Habsburg empire with a morning guided city tour of Vienna’s gilded landmarks. See the Imperial Palace complex—the winter residence of the Imperial Family, the historic Vienna Opera House and stunning St. Stephen’s Cathedral, OR


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.

Take an Early Riser Walking Tour that includes breakfast at a Viennese café followed by an exclusive viewing of the Habsburg family’s private art collection at the Museum of Fine Arts—the perfect start to your stay in Vienna.

You may also choose to attend an optional excursion to a Royal Waltz Concert for an unforgettable evening of music in an elegant hall. 

Day 3 Vienna (Embarkation)

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Vienna Favorites—Sachertorte and Apfelstrudel.

Enjoy a free day to explore the city at your own pace before boarding your Avalon Suite Ship®

Choose an optional guided hiking or biking tour through the vineyards for an active city and countryside excursion.

Or perhaps take a tram ride to discover the adventure, tradition, and Viennese charm of The Prater amusement park. You may also consider to visiting one of Vienna’s marvelous museums. Or indulge your sweet tooth with authentic Austrian pastries in a local bakery.


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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.

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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

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
    • Sauna

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


"Pretty well most things but the tour leader was exceptional Yes I would recommend Avalon..."

18th May 2018 - Trusted Customer


15th May 2018 - Trusted Customer

"Easy to do and I forgot to book airport transport. It was added easily over..."

11th May 2018 - Mr Clive Sykes

Easy to do and I forgot to book airport transport. It was added easily over the phone

Excellent hotels and boat was clean comfortable with great food. The cruise director was exceptional

"Our Avalon cruise was the perfect way to unwind."

10th May 2018 - Mrs Vivienne Rose

Process was simple and I definitely recommend Avalon to others

Great balance between hotels and the ship. Really well organised. Amazing staff.

"Very enjoyable holiday."

7th July 2017 - Trusted Customer

The service and food were very good and the crew always friendly and helpful.l

Very enjoyable experience.

"The staff were all very friendly and helpful, which is great but we were told..."

28th May 2017 - Trusted Customer

The staff were all very friendly and helpful, which is great but we were told when be bought the cruise and when we first arrived in Vienna that all gratuities were included. However, the second day of the cruise, envelopes were put through our door with notes about how much was recommended to pay for gratuities. I am sure many people felt obliged to pay up. If you have a selling point then that should be it. If people want to give a particular waiter, for instance, an extra tip, that should be between them and them alone!

The trip was enjoyable - we loved the places we visited and the ship was very comfortable and the food of good quality and staff very helpful, as I already said. BUT there were quite a few things that we did not think were as good as we would have expected. We found the whole thing on the cruise part too regimented (we are used to organizing our own holidays), We did not like on the boat that dinner was at 7pm sharp, no leeway. We also found it annoying that we had paid for a room with panoramic views but on most occasions we were moored next to another ship so could see nothing when in dock and had to keep our curtains drawn as we were facing other cabins (also with floor to ceiling windows!). We also felt very rushed on the last day of the cruise part. We had to have our bags outside our cabins at 7.30 sharp. We had to leave the boat at 9 am (so a quick breakfast) and were taken immediately for a tour all morning. BUT when we got to our hotel we still couldn't check in until 3.30pm. The guided tour was a bit of a waste because we could not get orientated as we hadn't even been to our hotel! This did not make us feel like valued guests but just that we needed to be dumped so the next cruise to get underway as quickly as possible. For the amount we paid, I think this last bit was unacceptable. Also when we first arrived at the airport in Vienna, we all had to wait over an hour, just standing, with no refreshment or anything, as the guide was waiting for another flight. Surely the company could afford enough transport to have taken us to our hotel and come back for the others - it was not that far! There was nowhere to sit down, it was hot and tiring and some more elderly people were getting extremely tired! So although there were good parts to the trip and it certainly was well organized (too much for our liking but that is just us), I think there is a lot of room for improvement for a 'luxury' cruise!

"well organised"

28th May 2017 - Trusted Customer

Well organised operation

Overall good, disappointing hotel location in Budapest

"Great holiday spoilt by poor customer services by the hotel."

28th May 2017 - Trusted Customer

The service as a whole was excellent. The cruise director Anjun (sorry for the selling) was outstanding. The crew were amazing. One young lady that stood out was called Kami. She always seemed tone there. Always ready with another drink and really engaging with the passengers. She has a permanent smile which is genuine and a real sense of fun. there were several older ladies on the cruise who were unaccompanied and she went out of her way to involve them, getting them up to dance and have some fun. Really impressed with her. The ONLY negative I have is the arrival at Budapest... We were asked to have our bags outside our staterooms at 07:30 and did not see them again until we could check into the hotel. The hotel was not ready for us until 15:30hrs and we 'wasted' half a day waiting for rooms. Two elderly ladies asked if there was somewhere they could rest and were told but the hole they had a lounge they course use for 69 euros each. This was a very poor display of customer services by the Hilton hotel having kept us waiting for several hours.

Expensive holiday but worth it

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