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This exciting 9-day vacation introduces you to the people and places along your Danube River cruise from Linz to Budapest. Travel and explore in the most active, engaged and fun ways imaginable. With Active Discovery, the choice is always yours: whether you taste locally produced cheese and beer brewed by Trappist monks near Linz, or hike on the trails along the Danube for spectacular views; bike to an ancient border defense near Mauthausen or visit World War II’s largest concentration camp.

You can paddle a can or meet with a local produce grower in the Wachau Valley—the choice is up to you and your interests. Be introduced to a count in his castle; take a jogging tour around Vienna, or visit the city when it first awakes. Attend a medieval knights’ tournament in Visegrád and end your vacation with one night in magnificent Budapest—with the chance to learn some Hungarian as part of your stay.

You’ll feel at home away from home on your Avalon Suite Ship® with the attention to service, warmth, and exceptional dining options. Explore the Active Discovery cruise experience with new discoveries and active adventures around every corner.


8 breakfasts
8 lunches
8 dinners
Tour Provider Avalon Waterways
Number of Days
Price From
AUD $4,546
Start Location
Linz, Austria
End Location
Budapest, Austria
Age Range
Min :45
Group Size
20 to 44
Tour Style
Tour Themes
Physical Rating
Easy to Moderate
Tour departure dates
06 Apr 201914 Apr 2019OpenAUD $4,546
06 May 201914 May 2019OpenAUD $5,081
04 Jun 201912 Jun 2019OpenAUD $5,199
02 Jul 201910 Jul 2019OpenAUD $5,081
30 Jul 201907 Aug 2019OpenAUD $5,081
27 Aug 201904 Sep 2019OpenAUD $5,199
10 Sep 201918 Sep 2019OpenAUD $5,556
08 Oct 201916 Oct 2019OpenAUD $5,199
22 Oct 201930 Oct 2019OpenAUD $4,962
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)
History 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)
History Lessons and Monastic Life in Austria. ACTIVE - Take a Guided Bike Tour along the Limes Cycle Route, and follow part of the northern border line of the Roman Empire, OR: CLASSIC - Visit the 9th-century St. Florian Monastery-the largest monastery in upper Austria and home to Augustine monks, OR: CLASSIC - Join a sobering 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 different 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, OR: ACTIVE - Join a Guided Jogging Tour of the City of Music to see highlights of the gilded architecture along the way, OR: DISCOVERY - Get an Insider's Tour of Vienna to see special surprise sights, events, or 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 - Take a Guided Walking Tour for early risers this morning-with breakfast at a Viennese cafe, OR: CLASSIC - Join a Guided Tour of the Habsburg family's private art collection at the Museum of Fine Arts, and the 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. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VISEGRAD (B,L,D)
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 Hike Tour to Count Dracula's prison tower in Visegrad. 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)
ACTIVE - Join a Guided Biking Tour along the bike paths of the city, OR: DISCOVERY - Enjoy a Guided Walking Tour that includes some "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)
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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