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A Taste of the Danube - Vienna to Budapest

Cruising between stately Vienna and lively Budapest, Danube river cruise holidays take in the picturesque towns of Dürnstein, Melk and Linz. Begin your holiday with a two-night stay in Vienna, the city that was once the centre of the mighty Habsburg Empire. You’ll then sail an attractive stretch of river 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.

Itinerary

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MELK 

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CHOICE

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.

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.

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.

Prices & cabin details

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Hotels

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

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

Reviews

"Very enjoyable holiday."

7th July 2017 - Trusted Customer

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

28th May 2017 - Trusted Customer

"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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