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ACTIVE DISCOVERY ON THE DANUBE - CATEGORY E - 2019

This exciting 9-day vacation introduces you to the people and places along the Danube from Budapest to Linz in the most active, engaged and fun ways imaginable. Start your vacation with one night in Hungary’s capital city before boarding your Avalon ship and heading for Visegrád.

With Active Discovery river cruises, the choice is always yours. You might like to learn a little Hungarian in Budapest; attend a medieval knights’ tournament in Visegrád; take a jogging tour around Vienna, or visit the city when it first awakes.

Meet with a local produce grower in the Wachau Valley, paddle a can; or 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 the Danube for spectacular views. And all the while enjoy the comfort of your Avalon ship, with its delectable meals and warm, personal service. Certainly your home from home while you explore your new surroundings every day with something new to discover.

Inclusions

8 breakfasts
8 lunches
8 dinners
Tour Provider Avalon Waterways
Number of Days
9
Price From
AUD $4,962
Start Location
Budapest, Hungary
End Location
Linz, Hungary
Age Range
Min :45
Group Size
20 to 44
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Marine/Cruise
Physical Rating
Easy to Moderate
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
28 Apr 201906 May 2019OpenAUD $4,962
27 May 201904 Jun 2019OpenAUD $5,199
24 Jun 201902 Jul 2019OpenAUD $5,199
22 Jul 201930 Jul 2019OpenAUD $5,081
19 Aug 201927 Aug 2019OpenAUD $5,199
02 Sep 201910 Sep 2019OpenAUD $5,437
30 Sep 201908 Oct 2019OpenAUD $5,318
14 Oct 201922 Oct 2019OpenAUD $5,081
28 Oct 201905 Nov 2019OpenAUD $4,487
Itinerary
Day 1: BUDAPEST, HUNGARY.
Welcome to Budapest-Hungary's Captivating Capital. The day is yours to relax and enjoy Eastern Europe's shining city on the Danube.
Day 2: BUDAPEST (EMBARKATION)-DANUBE BEND.
ACTIVE - Join a Guided Biking Tour along the bike paths and pedestrian areas 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 savor a piece of cream cake in the world-famous Gerbeaud Cafe. Enjoy a Hungarian Dinner on board during a scenic cruise through the Danube Bend. EVENING CRUISE TO VISEGRAD (B,L,D)
Day 3: VISEGRAD.
Jousting Tournaments and Artisan Traditions. DISCOVERY - Join a Guided Visit 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. Spend free time after your selected activities to explore Palotahaz, where stonemasons, smiths, potters, and paper-makers produce their traditional items using age-old techniques. AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIENNA (B,L,D)
Day 4: VIENNA, AUSTRIA.
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 - Take 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 - Take 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. This evening, you may choose to attend an Optional Musical Experience to conduct your own orchestra, followed by a classical waltz and operetta concert performance to enjoy. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN VIENNA (B,L,D)
Day 5: 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 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. You might decide to join a Guided Optional Hike this evening to the vineyards surrounding Vienna, and also enjoy an Optional Excursion to a local Viennese Heurigen (Wine Tavern). Tonight, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO KREMS (B,L,D)
Day 6: KREMS.
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 Krems to Spitz, and enjoy a stop in Durnstein to see the mesmerizing blue Stiftskirche, and to sample local specialties, OR: DISCOVERY - Join an interactive Wine World Experience with wine tasting, OR: DISCOVERY - Enjoy a Guided Visit that showcases production of regional fruits, vegetables, wine, or other products. Relax on board this afternoon to enjoy the picturesque Wachau Valley scenery as you cruise to Grein. GREIN: A Modern-Day Castle and the Count of Greinburg. DISCOVERY - See Greinburg Castle on a Guided Visit, and meet the Count during your tour. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN GREIN (B,L,D)
Day 7: GREIN.
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. Take a mid-morning cruise to Mauthausen. MAUTHAUSEN: 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. This afternoon sail to Linz arriving this evening. LINZ: Meet the Locals in Linz. Join a Guided Optional Pub Crawl through Linz to sample local libations and mingle with the locals. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ENGELHARTSZELL (B,L,D)
Day 8: ENGELHARTSZELL-SCHLOGEN OXBOW.
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. ACTIVE - Join an afternoon Guided Hike along the Danube's Schlogen Oxbow bend that cuts a dramatic landscape made by centuries of natural elements. 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 return to Linz. Later, enjoy a farewell dinner onboard, followed by live entertainment. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LINZ (B,L,D)
Day 9: LINZ, AUSTRIA (DISEMBARKATION).
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning (B)

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