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Active Discovery on the Danube with Salzburg 2018
(Budapest to Munich)

12 days with Avalon Waterways  Rating: Deluxe

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River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 Arrive in Budapest, Hungary
Welcome to Budapest, the beautiful “Pearl of the Danube.” This evening, join your Cruise Director for a WELCOME COCKTAIL and brief chat about how you can enjoy the city to the fullest!
 
Day 2 Budapest (Embarkation) -- Scenic Cruising Around the Danube Bend-Visegrad
One of Eastern Europe’s most dynamic cities, Hungary’s capital practically begs you to get out and explore! Awaken refreshed and dig in to a hearty breakfast before making the day your own. CHOOSE YOUR ACTIVITY:
  • take an enjoyable 2-hour WALKING TOUR with some “Fungarian” instruction of useful local words and phrases;
  • ride a new-model, 24-gear bicycle on a GUIDED BIKE TOUR along the bike paths and car-free areas for a safe and enjoyable way to see the city’s most fantastic sights, or;
  • see the best of Budapest on a CITY SIGHTSEEING TOUR featuring Heroes’ Square, Fishermen’s Bastion, Matthias Church, and an inside visit of the OPERA HOUSE.
Afterward, you have free time to shop for Hungarian paprika or handcrafted souvenirs, to savor a piece of cream cake in the worldfamous Gerbeaud Café, or to join an optional tour of Budapest’s limestone cave system or to play nine holes of golf. This afternoon, transfer to the AVALON LUMINARY for embarkation. After a mandatory safety exercise, meet your friendly crew and fellow shipmates at a WELCOME RECEPTION. As your ship pulls away from the dock, be sure to have your camera ready for an unforgettable view of the beautifully illuminated Parliament. At dinner, your ship’s chef will delight your tastebuds with Hungarian specialties. Later, as scenic panoramas of the Danube Bend drift by, consider toasting your adventure with a cocktail on the Sky Deck. Your ship docks for the night near Visegrad. (B,D)
                    
Day 3 Visegrad
Another exciting day is on tap. After breakfast, CHOOSE YOUR ACTIVITY:
  • cheer your favorite champion at a MEDIEVAL KNIGHTS TOURNAMENT at Visegrad’s Lower Castle, featuring targeting and fighting demonstrations by members of the St. George Knightly Order. During free time here, be sure to explore Palotaház, where stonemasons, smiths, potters, and paper-makers produce their traditional items using age-old techniques, or; ACTIVE DISCOVERY ON THE DANUBE CRUISE WBL 9 DAYS FROM BUDAPEST TO LINZ©
  • spend your day in the great outdoors on a GUIDED HIKE through Danube-Ipoly National Park, home to eagles, falcons, bats, terrapins, fire salamanders, and other wildlife.
This afternoon, your ship passes by the mighty Esztergom Basilica, coronation church of Hungary’s monarchs. Relax on board as we sail upstream towards Austria. After a delectable dinner of Viennese specialties, experience the first of 10 locks your ship will pass through on this cruise. (B,L,D)

Day 4 Vienna, Austria
Once the center of the mighty Habsburg Empire, this “City of Music” inspired the creative genius of Mozart, Beethoven, and Strauss—and will inspire you, as well! Waltz ashore and CHOOSE YOUR ACTIVITY:
  • enjoy a BIKE TOUR that takes in the sights along the famed Ringstrasse and areas of Vienna inaccessible to buses and cars;
  • slip on your sneakers and join a JOGGING TOUR that shows you the highlights as you run between sites;
  • take a unique INSIDERS TOUR that features something different every day. It could be anything, from a visit to a musical instrument maker to a crash course on etiquette and protocol at diplomatic gatherings. You will meet locals, have the chance to prepare some food at a cooking class, and will enjoy other surprises as well, or;
  • get a proper introduction to Vienna during a CITY SIGHTSEEING TOUR that includes an inside visit of Belvedere Palace to see Klimt’s celebrated Kiss.
Afterward, you have free time to explore on your own. Maybe stroll through the pedestrian Kärntnerstrasse, take a break for a piece of decadent Sachertorte, or join an optional excursion. Tonight’s onboard dinner pays a delicious tribute to the former Austrian-Hungarian Empire. (B,L,D)

Day 5 Vienna, Austria
A second full day in Vienna presents even more opportunities to immerse yourself in the magic. CHOOSE YOUR ACTIVITY for an experience most meaningful to you:
  • wrap yourself in the peace of the city at sunrise during an EARLY RISER WALKING TOUR that includes breakfast at a Viennese café and an exclusive viewing of the Habsburg family’s private art collections at the Museum of Fine Arts;
  • for a more leisurely start to your morning, skip the walking tour and onshore breakfast and simply join us for the MUSEUM VISIT, which includes time in the ITALIAN & DUTCH MASTERS GALLERY, or;
  • perfect for military history buffs, begin with the MUSEUM VISIT of the Habsburg collection, then explore the MILITARY MUSEUM, commemorating the heroic past of the Habsburg Empire.
In your free time later, consider joining an optional guided hike through the vineyards outside town, with a wine tasting and dinner at a Heurigen wine tavern. (B,L,D)                      

Day 6 Krems–Wachau Valley & Strudengau Scenic Cruising–Grein
Early this morning, arrive in Krems, the eastern gateway to the famed Wachau Valley. After breakfast, CHOOSE YOUR ACTIVITY:
  • PADDLE A CANOE on a guided tour down the Danube and along some of its tributaries, for a completely unique perspective of the river and riverbank villages;
  • bask in the fresh air and incredible views on an easy guided BIKE TOUR from Krems to Spitz. Enjoy sightseeing in Dürnstein that includes the mesmerizing blue Stiftskirche, and enjoy a break to sample local specialties;
  • join an interactive WINE WORLD EXPERIENCE with wine tasting, or;
  • get a hands-on LOCAL ENCOUNTER that showcases production of regional fruits, vegetables, wine, or other products, depending on the season. A snack and beverage are included.
And whatever activity you are enjoying, marvel at today’s SCENIC HIGHLIGHT, the picturesque Wachau Valley. Slowly cruise past the stately Benedictine Melk Abbey, and through the stunning Strudengau, popular among climbers and hikers for its enticing geological formations. Arrive in Grein, and visit GREINBURG or CLAM CASTLE, where you will meet the owner. (B,L,D)

Day 7 Grein-Mauthausen-Linz
This morning, a GUIDED WALK through Grein features a visit of its unique historical THEATER, the oldest in Austria still holding regular performances. Back on board, relax, enjoy lunch, and bask in the breathtaking scenery. Disembark in Mauthausen, with evidence of human habitation dating back to the Neolithic Age. Here, we let you place your own personal stamp on your day as you CHOOSE YOUR ACTIVITY:
  • take a GUIDED BIKE TOUR to an ancient Roman border defense fort dating back to the 2nd century AD. Visit the museum dedicated to the site, with military weaponry, accounts of daily life, ceiling frescoes, sacred art objects, and more;
  • visit the 9th-century ST. FLORIAN MONASTERY, an architectural rival to Melk Abbey. While exploring, you may meet one of the monks (when available) or attend a short music recital, or;
  • join a heart-wrenching tour of MAUTHAUSEN CONCENTRATION CAMP, one of World War II’s largest and most brutal Nazi work camps.
Later, join an onboard TASTING of local specialties on the way to Linz, Austria’s third-largest city. This evening, optional theater and music excursions are available—or you can mingle with the locals at a fun pub crawl! (B,L,D)                     

Day 8 Engelhartszell-Schlogen Oxbow Scenic Cruising-Linz
As you slept, your ship arrived in the pretty market town of Engelhartszell near the German border. Step ashore and CHOOSE YOUR ACTIVITY:
  • visit the stunning rococo ENGELSZELL ABBEY to tour its brewery, explore its SENSORY GARDEN—complete with stone labyrinth, herb garden, and vineyard—and attend a TASTING of locally produced cheeses and beer brewed by the Trappist monks, or;
  • join a fun GUIDED HIKE along the route that smugglers took during World War II, when a tightly controlled border existed between Austria and Germany.
Back on your ship, an excellent lunch of Bavarian specialties will leave you energized and ready to join an exhilarating HIKE ALONG THE DANUBE. Fresh air and incredible vistas await as you watch the Avalon Luminary pass through the Schlögen Oxbow, a particularly beautiful horseshoe-shaped curve of the river. Join the ship in Aschach, and prepare for an exquisite GALA FAREWELL DINNER featuring foods specially paired with just the right area wines or beers. (B,L,D)     

Day 9 Linz (Disembarkation)–Salzburg
Say goodbye to your crew after breakfast and drive to Salzburg. This afternoon, CHOOSE YOUR ACTIVITY:
  • Join a casual BIKE RIDE in the company of a Local Guide, to Hellbrunn Palace were you get an inside visit; or
  • Explore the city of Salzburg on a GUIDED WALK that shows you not only the most scenic but also the fastest route from your hotel to the city center. See some of the Sound of Music sites, walk lovely Mirabell Gardens and get lost in the maze of lanes and little streets of Salzburg’s Old Town; or
  • You may prefer to strike out on your own on a SELF GUIDED HIKE – guidance material is available. Start along the river Salzach, up the Mönchsberg Mountain with a great orientation view, before returning via the city center with perhaps a stop in a beer garden?
The evening is free for dinner in town or for independent activities. (B)

Day 10 Salzburg. Excursion to the Salzkammergut area
Today you can spend an entire day in Salzburg doing as you please. Alternatively, you may prefer to join us for the excursion to the Salzkammergut. An early morning start takes you to this region of natural beauty, where this morning you can choose from a variety of optional excursions such as a cable car ride up to Dachstein mountain where you visit an ice cave, or a crash course in either archery or mountain climbing. For a more leisurely activity, we suggest a guided walk up Feuerkogel mountain with a promise of refreshment when you reach the top! In the afternoon CHOOSE YOUR INCLUDED ACTIVITY:
  • Join an easy MOUNTAIN HIKE up the Siriuskogel for a delightful view over the town of Bad Ischl and the Traun River valley
  • Enjoy a GUIDED WALK OF Bad Ischl, including an inside visit of the IMPERIAL VILLA
If you prefer to work off some excess energy, then we have optional suggestions such as canoeing on the river Traun, or guided mountain biking or trekking (good physical fitness is required). (B)            

Day 11 Salzburg–Munich, Germany
After yesterday’s exertions, a chance to take it easy this morning. Alternatively you may wish to join an optional excursion to the source of Salzburg’s beauty and wealth – a visit to a nearby salt mine, or to Hohenwerfen Castle for a guided tour and a demonstration of falconry. This afternoon a comfortable motorcoach ride takes you to Bavaria’s capital, Munich, where you might wish to celebrate the final night of this marvelous vacation with a visit to one of the famous beer halls. (B)                      
Day 12 Munich
Your vacation ends with breakfast today. (B)
Tour Map
River Cruise Highlights
  • Cruise: deluxe 7-night cruise in an outside stateroom with Avalon’s exclusive Comfort Collection BedsSM
  • Budapest (Embarkation)–Scenic Cruising Around Danube Bend–Visegrad: choice of walking tour with language lesson, guided bike tour, or city sightseeing tour; onboard welcome reception; scenic cruising around the Danube Bend
  • Visegrad: in Visegrad, choice of medieval knights tournament or guided hiking in Danube-Ipoly National Park
  • Vienna: choice of bike tour, jogging tour, encounter with area business people, or city sightseeing tour with visit of Belvedere Palace to see Klimt’s Kiss; choice of early riser walking tour with breakfast at a Viennese café and entrance to Habsburg private art collection at the Museum of Fine Arts; Habsburg collection entrance with time in the Italian & Dutch Masters Gallery; or Habsburg collection entrance with Military Museum visit
  • Krems–Wachau Valley & Strudengau Scenic Cruising–Grein: choice of canoe tour down the Danube; bike tour from Spitz to Krems with sightseeing in Dürnstein and chance to sample local specialties; Wine World Experience with tasting; or local encounter showcasing regional products with included snack and beverage; scenic cruising through Wachau Valley, Strudengau, and past Melk Abbey; castle visit in Grein
  • Grein–Mauthausen–Linz: guided walk in Grein, visit the historical theater; in Mauthausen, choice of visit to St. Florian Monastery, guided tour of Mauthausen Concentration Camp, or guided bike tour; onboard tasting of local specialties
  • Engelhartszell–Schlögen Oxbow Scenic Cruising–Linz: choice of visit to Engelszell Abbey to tour its brewery, enjoy a tasting, and explore its sensory garden, or guided hiking tour to retrace the WWII smugglers route; choice of scenic cruising around the Schlögen Oxbow or guided hike on the Danube Trail; onboard gala farewell dinner
  • Linz (Disembarkation)–Salzburg: transfer to Salzburg; choice of bike ride to Hellbrunn Palace, or guided walk of Salzburg including some of the Sound of Music sites, or self-guided hike
  • Salzburg. Excursion to Salzkammergut area: free morning in Salzburg, or travel to Salzkammergut; choice of mountain hike up the Siriuskogel, or guided walk of Bad Ischl including the Imperial Villa
  • Salzburg–Munich: afternoon transfer to Munich by motorcoach
All This Included
This exciting new vacation introduces you to Salzburg and its surrounding area, and people and places along the Danube from Budapest to Linz and to Salzburg, in the most active, engaged and fun ways imaginable. Start your vacation in Hungary’s capital city where you board your Avalon ship and head for Visegrad. The choice is always yours: attend a medieval knights’ tournament in Visegrad; take a jogging tour around Vienna, or visit the city when it first awakes; meet with a local produce grower in the Wachau Valley, or paddle a canoe; be introduced to a count in his castle; bike to an ancient border defense near Mauthausen or visit World War II’s largest concentration camp; taste locally produced cheese and beer brewed by Trappist monks near Linz, or hike along an old smugglers’ route. Say goodbye to your ship and crew in Linz and drive via the Austrian Lake district, to Salzburg for two nights. Enjoy a guided walk of the city, or if you prefer, a self-guided hike. We take you for a day to the Salzkammergut area where a variety of optional excursions are available: visit Emperor Franz Josef’s imperial villa in Bad Ischl, or choose from a variety of sporting options. You might even decide to join an excursion up a mountain to an ice cave! Transfer to Munich for the last night of this memorable vacation.
  • Included excursions with Certified Local Guide; sightseeing as outlined in the day by-day itinerary; inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE.
  • Superb dining with meals on board featuring full breakfast with complimentary sparkling wine, lunch with complimentary soft drinks, and dinner including complimentary wine, beer, or soft drinks; a welcome reception, Captain’s reception, and farewell dinner; one sitting with open seating arrangements
  • Deluxe cruise in an outside stateroom with hotel-style beds
  • Included shore excursions with Local Guide
  • Headsets for shore excursions
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access
  • Personalized room options & excursions
Accommodations on this Tour
Budapest: InterContinental Budapest or Hotel Sofitel Chain Bridge
Cruising: Cabin onboard Avalon Luminary
Salzburg: Sheraton Salzburg
Munich: Sofitel Munich Bayerpost
Pre and Post Add-ons
Extra nights per person in Budapest:
in single room from $175 to $326, in twin room from $101 to $172

Extra nights per person in Munich:
in single room from $369 to $756, in twin room from $223 to $397
Notes
  • Prices and itineraries are subject to change. Final details will be available in April 2017.
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • Port charges: $168.
  • Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.
  • Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included.
  • In the event of water level problems or any problems of a technical nature, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or to alter the program.
  • Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change becomes necessary, a substitute will be offered.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); the responsibility for obtaining a visa rests with the traveler.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions

* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.



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