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From the Gypsy violins of Budapest to the romantic sounds of Vienna, the “City of Music,” this Europe river cruise highlights the natural beauty of Austria’s Wachau Valley, and the fascinating capital cities of Hungary, Slovakia, and Austria.

Enjoy two nights in Budapest, where guided sightseeing shows you the highlights of this vibrant capital. You’ll have plenty of time to explore on your own—take pictures from Fishermen’s Bastion, walk across Chain Bridge, or enjoy a cream cake in the renowned Gerbeaud Café. Board your river cruise vessel and head upriver to Bratislava. For a 58-mile stretch, the middle of the Danube forms the border between Hungary and Slovakia, and guided sightseeing awaits you in Slovakia’s capital.

In Melk, you will visit Austria’s majestic Benedictine Abbey, one of Europe’s largest monasteries, sitting high on a bluff so you can take in the breathtaking views of the Danube River and surrounding countryside. Cruise through the picturesque Wachau Valley and spend free time in Dürnstein, overlooked by the ruins of the castle where England’s King Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned in 1192, and best known for its magnificent baroque Stiftskirche with its blue façade.

To end your river cruise, there’s guided sightseeing in Austria’s capital, Vienna, with time on your own to relax, perhaps visit the famous Sacher Hotel for a taste of Sachertorte (a special chocolate cake), and stroll along the famous pedestrian street of Kärntnerstrasse. Sweet surprises with new experiences along your Danube River cruise are sure to give you more than a taste of the many beautiful discoveries of this legendary river.


7 breakfasts
7 lunches
7 dinners
Tour Provider Avalon Waterways
Number of Days
Price From
AUD $2,951
Start Location
Budapest, Hungary
End Location
Vienna, Hungary
Age Range
Avg. 40+
Group Size
20 to 44
Tour Style
Tour Themes
Small Marine/Cruise
Physical Rating
Easy to Moderate
Tour departure dates
11 May 201918 May 2019OpenAUD $2,951
04 Jun 201911 Jun 2019On RequestAUD $2,951
27 Aug 201903 Sep 2019On RequestAUD $3,069
Two Nights in Beautiful Budapest! Enjoy a free day to discover, dine, and unwind in the captivating capital of historic Hungary.
Hungarian Dishes, Healing Waters, and Historic Wonders. CLASSIC - Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour to see majestic Hers' Square and Budapest's classic sites. With plenty of free time this afternoon, experience the curative waters of Budapest's thermal baths, or set out for a hike to explore the countryside on either side of the Danube. Take time to shop for treasures, including handcrafted embroidery, Herend porcelain, or Budapest's best baked goods. This evening, secure your reservation for an Optional Dinner with a sumptuous Hungarian food-and-wine-pairing. (B)
Time for Cobblestones, Coffee, and Confections. Spend free time strolling the cobblestone streets, browsing art galleries, sipping coffee, and sampling sweets before boarding your Danube cruise for a welcome dinner this evening. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BRATISLAVA (B,D)
Castles, Vineyards, and Cosmopolitan Culture. CLASSIC - Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of the Old Town's cobblestone streets to Town Hall. Visit the gothic halls of St. Martin's Cathedral-Kingdom of Hungary's centuriesold coronation church, OR: ACTIVE - Grab Nordic walking sticks and follow your Avalon Adventure Host on a Hike to Bratislava Castle. Alternatively, in your free time take a bicycle and a picnic from the ship to explore the local sights along the Danube. Later, enjoy onboard entertainment by local musicians. AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MELK (B,L,D)
Ornate Architecture and Scenic Splendours Awaken the Imagination and the Senses. CLASSIC - Join a morning Guided Sightseeing Tour of Melk's 11th-century Benedictine Abbey. Explore its frescs, statues, library, and spectacular pipe organ in the monastery's lofty perch above the Danube. Take a relaxing break on the Sky Deck as you sail through awe-inspiring views through the Wachau Valley and the wine region surrounding Durnstein. DURNSTEIN - Idyllic Vistas and Vineyards Beyond the Blue Stiftskirche. ACTIVE - Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a hike up the hillside to castle ruins for breathtaking views. Spend free time in Durnstein at your leisure, biking through the vineyards in the Wachau Valley, or hiking up the hillside to castle ruins and breathtaking views. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIENNA (B,L,D)
A Feast for the Soul in Vienna-Music, Food, Art, and Architecture. CLASSIC - 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 you may choose to set out earlier as Vienna awakens. DISCOVERY - Take an Early Riser Walking Tour that includes breakfast at a Viennese cafe 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. Optional tours today include a Guided Tour of magnificent Schonbrunn Palace, the former imperial summer residence of Habsburg royalty. You may also choose to attend an Optional Excursion to a Royal Waltz Concert for an unforgettable evening of music in an elegant hall. (B)
Day 7: VIENNA.
Vienna Favourites-Sachertorte and Apfelstrudel. Enjoy a free day to explore the city at your own pace. Choose a Guided Optional Hiking or Biking Tour through the vineyards for an active city and countryside excursion. Spend free time with a tram ride to discover the adventure, tradition, and Viennese charm of The Prater amusement park. Visit one of Vienna's marvellous museums and sample authentic Austrian pastries in a local bakery. (B)
Day 8: VIENNA.
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)