CRUISETOUR

A Taste of The Danube – Westbound (8 Days)

Cruise Line: Avalon Waterways
Budapest, Hungary to Vienna, Austria
Dates: 28 Sep 2018 - 05 Oct 2018

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DAY 1
28 Sep 2018
Budapest, Hungary

Welcome to Budapest, Hungary's lively capital. The remainder of the day is free to start exploring this exciting city.

DAY 2
29 Sep 2018
Budapest, Hungary

Spanning the banks of the Danube, Budapest is one of Eastern Europe's liveliest cities. Whether you're seeing the sights, shopping for handcrafted embroidery or Herend porcelain, or basking in the coffee house culture over a rich cream cake in the renowned Café Gerbeaud, the unique energy of Budapest is positively palatable. On your guided sightseeing tour, see Heroes' Square as well as the massive hilltop castle complex with its remarkable Fisherman's Bastion and 11th-century Matthias Church, the coronation spot of several Hungarian monarchs. Be sure to take note of the city's eight bridges—many famous sights in and of themselves—which connect ancient Buda on the right bank with Pest on the left. You may even want to walk across Chain Bridge, built in 1849 and a symbol of Budapest. During your free time this afternoon, perhaps visit St. Stephen's Basilica, or stroll along Váci utca, the main shopping street. (Breakfast)

DAY 3
30 Sep 2018
Budapest, Hungary

This morning, explore at your own pace. Shop at the Great Market Hall and purchase paprika or embroidery at one of its 180 vendor stalls, or wander around the Royal Palace grounds. In the afternoon, transfer to your ship and meet your crew at a welcome reception. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 4
01 Oct 2018
Bratislava, Slovakia

Relax onboard this morning and marvel at the scenery on both banks of the Danube. As you cruise upriver, Hungary is on your left and Slovakia is on your right. The two countries share the Danube for a 58-mile stretch, with the border in the middle of the river. At the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains is Bratislava, the dynamic capital of Slovakia. Join your local guide to explore its fascinating Old Town, where winding cobblestone streets and narrow alleyways twist and turn to reveal the Old Town Hall, one of the oldest stone buildings in the city. Also visit Gothic St. Martin's Cathedral, coronation church for the Kingdom of Hungary from the 16th to 19th centuries. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 5
02 Oct 2018
Melk, Austria
Dürnstein, Austria

This morning our first stop is Melk. Enjoy a guided tour of the magnificent 11th-century Benedictine abbey, dominating the town from its commanding hill site and one of Europe's largest monasteries. The abbey church houses stunning frescoed ceilings, marvelous statues, a large organ, and an ornate library with a large collection of medieval manuscripts. The view from the terrace over the Danube and surrounding countryside is breathtaking! Then, grab a drink and relax on your ship's Sky Deck as you witness beautiful scenery on the way to Dürnstein, situated in the heart of the Wachau wine region and best known for the magnificent Baroque Stiftskirche with its blue façade. Above town are the ruins of the castle where England's King Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned in 1192. Explore this picturesque little town on your own or choose from a number of optional excursions. You may even want to hike up to the castle ruins for magnificent views of the town and river. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 6
03 Oct 2018
Vienna, Austria

Once the center of the mighty Habsburg Empire, Austria's magical capital on the blue Danube is a showcase of gilded architecture. This is home to the lavish Hofburg Imperial Palace complex with its Vienna Boys' Choir and dazzling Lipizzaner stallions; the Neo-Renaissance Vienna Opera House; and awe-inspiring St. Stephen's Cathedral—plus, countless other sights you'll see during your guided city tour. Stroll through the pedestrian Kärntner Straße, and be sure to take a break and enjoy a piece of decadent Sachertorte or Apfelstrudel in one of the classic Viennese coffee houses, historic institutions that helped shape Viennese culture! (Breakfast)

DAY 7
04 Oct 2018
Vienna, Austria

Enjoy a full day at leisure in this fascinating city! Perhaps visit one of the many magnificent museums or opt for an optional outing to the Vienna Woods. (Breakfast)

DAY 8
05 Oct 2018
Vienna, Austria

Your vacation ends this morning. (Breakfast)

A Taste of The Danube – Westbound map

What's Included

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

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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Cruise-only fares are per person, based on double occupancy in US dollars, unless otherwise noted. Pricing and itinerary are subject to change without notice. Restrictions may apply.

Cruise-only fares are per person, based on double occupancy in US dollars, unless otherwise noted. Pricing and itinerary are subject to change without notice. Restrictions may apply.

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Vienna, Austria


Offered by: Panorama Tours & Travel - Austria
Location: Vienna, Austria
Length: 3 Nights
Virtuoso Hotel: Hotel Bristol, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Vienna
The City of Vienna

... enjoy Vienna, experience the imperial ambiance at the famous sights, the unique Viennese coffee-house atmosphere and many more


Included services

  • 3 overnights inclusive buffet breakfast at Hotel Bristol Vienna***** 

  • Round trip transfer Vienna Airport - Hotel - Vienna Airport by private car

  • Private Vienna City Tour with English speaking guide and private car inclusive entrance to Schönbrunn Palace

  • Coffee and cake at the famous "Demel" (coffee or tea and 1 piece of cake per person)

  • Dinner & Concert at the famous Kursalon inclusive 4-course dinner in Category A

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