– Dürnstein & Melk
– Luxurious accommodations
– All meals on board
– Beer & wine with lunch and dinner
– Daily sightseeing
– Port charges & gratuities
– Airport transfer
– International air ticket
– Travel insurance & visa
– Safety Net protection
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Cruise along the peaceful Danube River through Germany, Austria, Slovakia, and Hungary—stopping at some of Central Europe’s most splendid capitals and charming towns along the way. Passau, Germany, is called the “City of Three Rivers” as it lies at the confluence of the Danube, Inn, and Ilz rivers. Walk through the city with a Local Guide and admire the Patrician houses and baroque St. Stephen’s Cathedral. In Linz, Austria, walk around the Hauptplatz, Austria’s largest medieval square. Enjoy the magnificent views as your river cruise takes you through the picturesque wine region of the Wachau Valley. Stop in Melk to visit the magnificent Benedictine Abbey and Dürnstein to see the famous blue and white Stiftskirche and taste some of the local wines. Vienna, the “City of Music,” makes an immediate impression with its lavish Hofburg Imperial Palace and neo-renaissance Vienna Opera House. Enjoy a guided tour of this magical city and then take time to explore on your own. In Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, a guided walk takes you through the delightful Old Town and to the gothic St. Martin’s Cathedral. In Budapest, the vibrant capital of Hungary, a local expert shows you all the must-see sights. Then to round out this timeless European river cruise, take a stroll along Váci utca—the main shopping street, or take pictures from Fishermen’s Bastion, which provides the best panoramic views of Budapest.” Your Danube River cruise is sure to make your dream a reality and fulfil your wish to experience the Danube’s legendary beauty and remarkable destinations along the way.
DAY1: DEGGENDORF, GERMANY (EMBARKATION) (D)
Welcome to Germany. Your Suite Ship is Ready for Boarding. Flights into Munich must arrive by Noon. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm. Explore your ship and enjoy dinner on your first evening on board. EVENING CRUISE TO PASSAU
DAY2: PASSAU-SCHLOGEN OXBOW (B,L,D)
Go for Baroque in Passau-Where the Danube, Inn, and Ilz Rivers Meet CLASSIC – Join a Guided City Walk to learn more about this beautiful “City of Three Rivers.” ACTIVE – Follow your Avalon Adventure Host for Hiking from Oberhaus along a trail down to the valley and along Ilz River. Spend a little free time before sailing to Linz to walk the cobblestone streets and galleries of Artists” Alley or peek into St. Stephen”s Cathedral to possibly catch a concert rehearsal. This afternoon, cruise to Linz through the Schlogen Oxbow, a particularly beautiful horseshoe-shaped bend of the river. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LINZ
DAY3: LINZ, AUSTRIA (B,L,D)
Fall in Love with Linz-Legendary Art, Music, and the Linzer Torte CLASSIC – Take a Guided Walk through the city”s historic and beautiful sites along the shore of the Danube and see Hauptplatz-Austria”s largest medieval square-and the towering white-marble Trinity Column. Consider a full-day Guided Optional Excursion to Salzburg-the city of Mozart, or to the picturesque Bohemian town of Cesky Krumlov. Alternatively, feel free to enjoy the afternoon on your own to bike along the banks of the Danube with a picnic from the ship, or hike through Linz”s beautiful nature trails to Postlingberg for a bird”s-eye view of the city and river below. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MELK
DAY4: MELK-WACHAU VALLEY (B,L,D)
Striking Frescoes and Breathtaking Views of the Wachau Valley Take a Guided Tour of Melk”s magnificent Benedictine Abbey to marvel at its frescoed ceilings, statues, incredible library, and ornate pipe organ. Later, stretch out on the Sky Deck as you sail through the Wachau Valley past vineyards, castles, and charming villages on your way to Durnstein. DURNSTEIN Fairytale Castles, Kings, and Cobblestones CLASSIC – Join a Guided Walk, and hear the legendary tale of King Richard the Lionheart-who was imprisoned in the castle during the Crusades, OR: ACTIVE – Join a Guided Hike up to the castle ruins to take in the spectacular view of the village, Danube, and the Wachau Valley below. DISCOVERY – Enjoy the flavors of the Wachau Valley at a Wine Tasting on board. Later, enjoy live entertainment onboard your ship. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIENNA
DAY5: VIENNA (B,L,D)
Strauss, Schnitzel, Strudel, and Sachertorte. DISCOVERY – Visit Austria’s largest art museum, the Kunsthistorisches Museum, including the Kuntskammer’s remarkable collection of more than 2,100 valuable objects, which were collected through the centuries by the emperors and archdukes of Habsburg, OR: CLASSIC – Venture into the Habsburg empire with a morning Guided City Tour of Vienna’s gilded landmarks. See the Imperial Palace complex- the winter residence of the Imperial Family, the historic Vienna Opera House and stunning St. Stephen’s Cathedral. You may decide to take a Guided Optional Excursion to Schönbrunn Palace-the former imperial summer home and vast gardens with a history spanning 300 years of the Habsburg monarchy. In your free time why not stroll through pedestrian Kärntnerstrasse-the most famous shopping avenue in central Vienna. Take a bike ride through the city and stop in a local café to enjoy authentic Austrian confections of Sachertorte or Apfelstrudel. Later this evening, you may choose to attend an Optional Excursion to a Royal Waltz Concert for an unforgettable evening of music in an elegant hall. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN VIENNA
DAY6: BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA (B,L,D)
Classic and Contemporary-from Cathedrals and Castle Enjoy a leisurely morning sail to Bratislava. CLASSIC – Take a Guided City Walk, including the quaint streets of Old Town, Town Hall, and fantastic St. Martin”s Cathedral. Enjoy some free time to take Nordic walking sticks from the ship and hike to Bratislava Castle. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BUDAPEST
DAY7: BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (B,L,D)
The Pearl of the Danube in the Heart of Europe CLASSIC – Enjoy a Guided City Sightseeing, including the iconic Heroes” Square. Take in the beauty of Budapest while enjoying a free afternoon exploring such famous sights as the Chain Bridge. Get to know the city”s cafes and pubs, or take a hike through the hills above the Danube. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN BUDAPEST
DAY8: BUDAPEST (DISEMBARKATION) (B)
Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning.
REVERSE COURSE CRUISE WBD—BUDAPEST TO DEGGENDORF
Day 1, Budapest (Embarkation); Day 2, Budapest; Day 3, Bratislava; Day 4, Vienna; Day 5, Dürnstein–Wachau Valley–Melk; Day 6, Linz; Day 7, Passau; Day 8, Deggendorf (Disembarkation), your cruise ends this morning. Add Prague or Prague & Berlin to your cruise.