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ACTIVE DISCOVERY ON THE DANUBE - CATEGORY E - 2019

Whether you’re an art lover, a foodie, a history buff, or an energetic adventurer, your Active Discovery cruise on the Danube River invites you to experience culture and cuisine in creative ways that are perfect for you. With Avalon Choice, you can select the experiences that are perfect for your interests and pace—from Active to Discovery to Classic. Avalon Choice gives you a choice of included excursions in each port—from Linz to Budapest. 

Whether you prefer browsing the art collection of the Habsburg Empire, sipping local vintages at an Austrian wine-tasting, or joining a can excursion, your Active Discovery cruise is packed with Avalon Choice inclusions for every pace in every place we go. Sample cheese and beer made by Trappist monks and explore their Abbey gardens. With Avalon Choice included excursions, you can choose an insider’s tour of Vienna, or decide to join a can excursion—your Active Discovery river cruise has something for every pace in every place we go. From a wine tasting in Krems to a hike to Count Dracula’s prison tower, you’ll find the perfect outing you’ll prefer. One day, visit Belvedere Palace in Vienna to see Klimt’s renowned “Kiss,” and another day you may attend a Medieval Knights Tournament at a Visegrád castle. With Active Discovery river cruises, the choice is always yours. Explore Budapest your way—stroll its streets for classic sightseeing with a local guide or take a bike ride through town for a different perspective, or learn something new with a leisurely walking tour to discover a few local Hungarian phrases.

Your Active Discovery Danube River cruise can be as active or leisurely as you like! Join us on this Active Discovery river cruise and experience the Danube your way. No matter how you choose to explore new locales—from paddling cans to picnic views—Avalon Choice includes the excursions and activities to let you enjoy each destination your way.

Inclusions

8 breakfasts
8 lunches
8 dinners
Tour Provider Avalon Waterways
Number of Days
9
Price From
AUD $4,546
Start Location
Linz, Austria
End Location
Budapest, Austria
Age Range
Avg. 40+
Group Size
20 to 44
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Small Marine/Cruise, Walking
Physical Rating
Easy to Moderate
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
06 Apr 201914 Apr 2019On RequestAUD $4,546
06 May 201914 May 2019On RequestAUD $5,081
04 Jun 201912 Jun 2019On RequestAUD $5,199
02 Jul 201910 Jul 2019OpenAUD $5,081
30 Jul 201907 Aug 2019On RequestAUD $5,081
27 Aug 201904 Sep 2019OpenAUD $5,199
10 Sep 201918 Sep 2019On RequestAUD $5,556
08 Oct 201916 Oct 2019OpenAUD $5,199
22 Oct 201930 Oct 2019OpenAUD $4,962
ItineraryExpand
Day 1: LINZ, AUSTRIA (EMBARKATION).
Welcome to Austria! Your Suite Ship awaits in Linz. Flights into Linz must arrive by 3:30 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm. Enjoy any free time today by shopping, exploring on your own, or stop in a cafe for Austria's world-famous pastries. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ENGELHARTSZELL (D)
Day 2: ENGELHARTSZELL-SCHLOGEN OXBOW.
Memories and Beer in the Making. ACTIVE - Join a Guided Tour to the "House by the stream" (Haus am Strom) and walk across the Danube Power-Station Jochenstein, OR: CLASSIC - Visit the stunning rococo-style Engelszell Abbey, and explore its Sensory Garden-complete with stone labyrinth, herb garden, and vineyard. Sample cheese and beer made by the resident Trappist monks. Enjoy free time on the Sky Deck this afternoon while you sail through the amazing horsesh bend of the Danube's Schlogen Oxbow on your way back to Linz. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LINZ (B,L,D)
Day 3: LINZ-MAUTHAUSEN.
History Lessons and Monastic Life in Austria. ACTIVE - Take a Guided Bike Tour along the Limes Cycle Route, following part of the northern border line of the Roman Empire, OR: CLASSIC - Take a step back in time with a visit to the 9th-century St. Florian Monastery-the largest monastery in upper Austria and home to Augustine monks, OR: CLASSIC - Pay homage to a pivotal time in human history with a Guided Tour of Mauthausen Concentration Camp, one of the largest and most brutal Nazi camps of WWII. In the afternoon sail to Grein. GREIN, AUSTRIA: Theatre, History and Modern-Day Castles. CLASSIC - Take a Guided Walk of Grein, including its historic theatre, the oldest in Austria still holding regular performances. DISCOVERY - See Burg Clam (Greinburg Castle) on a Guided Visit, and meet the Count of Clam during your tour. EVENING CRUISE TO SPITZ (B,L,D)
Day 4: SPITZ.
Take a Hike, a Can, or a Bike to Explore Austria's Wine Country. ACTIVE - Paddle a can on a Guided Tour to see the Austrian waterways and shoreline scenery from a unique perspective, OR: ACTIVE - Take a Guided Bike Tour from Spitz to Krems, and enjoy a stop in Durnstein to see the mesmerising blue Stiftskirche, and to sample local specialties, OR: DISCOVERY - Join an interactive Wine World Experience with wine tasting, OR: DISCOVERY - Enjoy a Guided Tour that showcases the production of regional fruits, vegetables, wine, or other products. Relax this afternoon as you cruise toward Vienna. This evening, perhaps join a Guided Optional Hike through the vineyards outside Vienna, with a wine tasting and dinner at a Heurigen (Wine Tavern). OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN VIENNA (B,L,D)
Day 5: VIENNA.
Strauss, Schnitzel, Strudel and Sachertorte. ACTIVE - Take a Guided Bike Tour along the famed Ringstrasse and pedestrian avenues of Vienna to see the city's highlights from a unique perspective, OR: ACTIVE - Join a Guided Jogging Tour of the City of Music to see highlights of the gilded architecture along the way, OR: DISCOVERY - Take an Insider's Tour of Vienna to get behind the scenes of her sights and attractions. You will meet locals, have the chance to prepare some food, and enjoy other surprises, OR: CLASSIC - Enjoy a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Vienna, including a tour of Belvedere Palace to see Gustave Klimt's renowned "Kiss" painting. Spend free time this afternoon strolling through the pedestrian Karntnerstrasse, take a break for a piece of Sachertorte. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN VIENNA (B,L,D)
Day 6: VIENNA.
A Feast for the Soul in Vienna. DISCOVERY - Enjoy a morning Guided Walking Tour to see the city in her best light, along with breakfast at a Viennese cafe, OR: CLASSIC - Dive into European history and drama with a Guided Tour of the Habsburg family's private art collection at the Museum of Fine Arts, and Italian or Dutch master works, OR: CLASSIC - Take a Guided Tour of the Museum of Fine Arts, followed by the World Museum Vienna, commemorating the past of the Habsburg Empire. This evening, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VISEGRAD (B,L,D)
Day 7: VISEGRAD, HUNGARY.
Jousting Tournaments and Artisan Traditions. DISCOVERY - Join a Guided Excursion to the Medieval Knights Tournament at Visegrad's Lower Castle, featuring targeting and fighting demonstrations by members of the St. George Knightly Order, OR: ACTIVE - Take a Castle visit and scenic Hiking Tour to Count Dracula's prison tower in Visegrad, OR: ACTIVE - Take part in a can excursion through the picturesque Bend Region of the Danube for a truly unique perspective of one of the river's most beautiful stretches. Sail to Budapest this afternoon. BUDAPEST, HUNGARY: The Pearl of the Danube. Take some free time this afternoon to explore the vibrant and stunning city of Budapest. Enjoy a Farewell Dinner on board your ship this evening. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN BUDAPEST (B,L,D)
Day 8: BUDAPEST (DISEMBARKATION).
ACTIVE - See the sights from a different perspective by joining a Guided Bike Tour along the bike paths of the city, OR: DISCOVERY - Enjoy a Guided Walking Tour combing the sights of Budapest with "Fungarian" instruction of useful local words and phrases, OR: CLASSIC - Take a Guided Walking Tour of Budapest to see the city's most iconic sites. Spend free time shopping for Hungarian paprika or handcrafted souvenirs, or savour a piece of cream cake in the world-famous Gerbeaud Cafe. (B)
Day 9: BUDAPEST.
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)