Active & Discovery on The Danube – Westbound (9 Days)

Cruise Line: Avalon Waterways
Budapest, Hungary to Linz, Austria
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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.

Budapest, Hungary

The Pearl of the Danube. Spend free time shopping for Hungarian paprika or handcrafted souvenirs, or savor a piece of cream cake in the world-famous Café Gerbeaud. Enjoy a Hungarian Dinner onboard during a scenic cruise through the Danube Bend. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Visegrád, Hungary

Jousting Tournaments and Artisan Traditions. Spend free time after your selected activities to explore Palotaház, where stonemasons, smiths, potters, and paper-makers produce their traditional items using age-old techniques. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Vienna, Austria

Strauss, Schnitzel, Strudel, and Sachertorte. Spend free time this afternoon strolling through the pedestrian Kärntner Straße, then 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Vienna, Austria

A Feast for the Soul in Vienna. 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 onboard your ship. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Krems, Austria
Grein, Austria

Take a Hike, a Canoe, or a Bike to Explore Austria's Wine Country. 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Grein, Austria
Mauthausen, Austria
Linz, Austria

Theater History on Austria's Oldest Stage. Take a mid-morning cruise to Mauthausen. Mauthausen: History Lessons and Monastic Life in Austria. 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 onboard. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Engelhartszell, Austria, Austria
Schlögener Schlinge, Austria

Memories and Beer in the Making. Or, as a relaxing option, enjoy free time on the Sky Deck this afternoon while you sail through the amazing horseshoe bend of the Danube's Schlögen Oxbow on your return to Linz. Later, enjoy a farewell dinner onboard, followed by live entertainment. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Linz, Austria

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

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What's Included


  • Services of a professional Cruise Director | Onboard lectures | Complimentary Wi-Fi access | Activities & Nightly piano music | Sightseeing with Local Guides | Headsets for all guided shore excursions | Superb dining with all meals on board daily featuring full breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including a welcome reception, Captain's reception, and farewell dinner | Quality wines from Europe's most famous wine regions with every dinner | One sitting with open seating arrangements | Sparkling wine with breakfast | Robes & slippers in every room

Not Included

  • Airfare | Gratuities | Any items of a personal nature | Anything not specifically noted as included

About Us

When designing its new ships, Avalon Waterways started with the traveler instead of the ship. This is a river cruise company that invites innovation, imagination and a relentless desire to create a smart use of space be its guide. The result? More space. Bigger views. More comfort … All thanks to one-of-a-kind Panorama SuitesSM on the industry’s only Suite Ships®. The Suite Ships of Avalon are revolutionizing the river cruise industry. For instance, on these signature vessels, Avalon brings an unprecedented level of thoughtfulness and attention to detail to every aspect of the Panorama Suites, providing travelers an oasis to escape to, not escape from. Even better? Avalon doesn’t offer travelers just a few Panorama Suites on each ship. Instead, 80 percent of the guest rooms on Suite Ships are Panorama Suite (they’re 30 percent larger than the average river cruise room). In designing its ships, Avalon has refused to see space as a barrier. That fact couldn’t be truer when looking at the company’s inspired indoor/outdoor space. For instance, Avalon’s Open-Air Balconies®, a completely new concept, make full use of the intended balcony experience – in any weather condition, in any season – without compromising room space. How? Giant wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling windows with a 7-foot opening. Avalon has considered every detail of the cruise experience. But perhaps it’s what the company hasn’t done that makes it so unique. It hasn’t filled ships to capacity with people. In fact, because the river cruise line made its rooms so spacious, there’s more room for less people. Simply put, Avalon Waterways is built differently

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Step aboard Europe's youngest fleet and you'll find yourself surrounded by the most expansive views, innovative technologies and inspired designs.


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