Day 1: VIENNA, AUSTRIA (EMBARKATION).
A Feast for the Soul in Vienna.
Your Suite Ship is Ready for Boarding. Flights into Vienna must arrive by 3:30pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5pm. Spend free time today by relaxing, exploring, or strolling through the streets of Vienna. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN VIENNA. (D)
Day 2: VIENNA.
Strauss, Schnitzel, Strudel, and Sachertorte.
DISCOVERY - Join us for a Guided Tour of the Kuntskammer's remarkable collection of more than 2,100 artifacts collected for centuries by the Habsburg Empire.
CLASSIC - Later, choose a complimentary ticket to a local Viennese museum or continue exploring joining our Guided Sightseeing.
You may decide to take a Guided Optional Excursion to opulent Schonbrunn Palace-the former imperial summer home and vast gardens with a history spanning 300 years of the Habsburg monarchy. Enjoy a free afternoon by strolling through Karntnerstrasse-the most famous shopping avenue in central Vienna. Take a bike ride through the city and stop in a local cafe to enjoy authentic Austrian confections of Sachertorte or Apfelstrudel. Later this evening, you may choose to attend an Optional Royal Waltz Concert to hear quintessential Viennese music in an elegant concert hall. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DURNSTEIN (B,L,D)
Day 3: DURNSTEIN.
Vistas and Vineyards Beyond the Blue Stiftskirche.
CLASSIC - Join a Guided Walking Tour, and hear the legendary tale of King Richard the Lionheart-who was imprisoned during the Crusades in the castle above the village, OR:
ACTIVE - Join your Avalon Adventure Host and hike up to the castle ruins to take in the spectacular view of the village, the Danube, and the Wachau Valley below.
You may stretch out on the Sky Deck as you sail through the Wachau Valley past vineyards, castles, and charming villages on your way to Melk.
MELK: Ornate Architecture and Scenic Splendours.
CLASSIC - Join a 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.
DISCOVERY - Enjoy the flavours of the Wachau Valley at a Wine Tasting this afternoon.
After dinner enjoy live entertainment on board. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN MELK (B,L,D)
Day 4: GREIN.
Dramatic Castle Views and the Oldest Theatre in Austria.
CLASSIC - Take a Guided Walking Tour of Grein, see its historical theatre-the oldest in Austria still holding performances today.
Alternatively, take a full-day Guided Optional Excursion to Salzburg-the city of Mozart-or to the picturesque Bohemian town of Cesky Krumlov.
Cruise to Linz this afternoon or meet your ship after your excursion.
LINZ: Fall in Love with Legendary Art, Music, and the Linzer Torte!
Enjoy the afternoon with coffee and a piece of authentic Linzer Torte. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LINZ (B,L,D)
Day 5: PASSAU.
Go for Baroque in Passau-with Treasures Both Grand and Quaint.
Sail through the Schlogener Schlinge-named the Natural Wonder of Austria, carved by the power of the river into a dramatic landscape.
CLASSIC - Join a Guided City Walk in Passau to learn more about this beautiful "City of Three Rivers" where the Danube, Inn, and Ilz Rivers meet, OR:
ACTIVE - Take a Nordic Walk with your Avalon Adventure Host.
Later, in your free time, enjoy a bike ride by the Danube or a stroll through the delightful village of Passau. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN PASSAU (B,L,D)
Day 6: PASSAU (DISEMBARKATION)-MUNICH.
Modern Metropolis and Alpine Monarchs.
CLASSIC - Enjoy a Guided City Tour which will show you the highlights of fascinating Munich. See Nymphenburg Palace-a former residence of Bavarian monarchs, along with the Old and New Town Halls of Marienplatz.
Take some free time today to stroll this pedestrian and bike-friendly city to see the famous Glockenspiel, outdoor cafes, or a Bavarian Biergarten for authentic brews. (B)
Day 7: MUNICH.
Storybook Villages and Fairytale Castles.
CLASSIC - Take a Guided Excursion to the garden landscape of the Bavarian Alps to visit Neuschwanstein Castle-the historic home of King Ludwig.
Continue on to Oberammergau-the storybook Bavarian village famous for its once-a-decade Passion Play. (B)
Day 8: MUNICH.
Your holiday ends this morning with breakfast. (B)