Day 1:BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (EMBARKATION)
Welcome to Hungary. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding. Flights into Budapest must arrive by 3:30 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm. The day is yours to relax and enjoy the city with time for photographs, cafés, and confections.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN BUDAPEST
The Pearl of the Danube in the Heart of Europe
Visit the Adventure Center for today’s activities with your Adventure Host
Enjoy a Guided City Sightseeing, including the iconic Heroes’ Square.
This afternoon choose among a wide selection of Optional Guided Excursions or take in the beauty of Budapest while enjoying some free time exploring such famous sights as the Chain Bridge. Get to know the city’s cafés and pubs, or take a hike through the hills above the Danube.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BRATISLAVA
Day 3:BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA
Cathedral Coronations and a Crowning Castle
Take a Guided City Walk, including the quaint streets of Old Town, Town Hall, and the sight of royal coronations at St. Martin’s Cathedral.
During lunchtime enjoy a short sailing to Hainburg
Enjoy some free time in the village of Hainburg or take a Guided Optional Excursion to discover the natural beauties of this area.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIENNA
Strauss, Schnitzel, Strudel, and Sachertorte
Explore the Habsburg empire with a morning Guided City Tour of Vienna’s gilded landmarks. See the Imperial Palace complex—Winter residence of the Imperial Family, the iconic 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 of the Habsburg monarchy.
Spend free time strolling in the pedestrian Kärntnerstrasse—the most famous shopping avenue in central Vienna, or take a bike ride through the city and stop in a local café to enjoy of Sachertorte or Apfelstrudel.
This evening, enjoy an unforgettable musical performance with an Optional Excursion to attend a Royal Waltz Concert in an elegant hall.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DÜRNSTEIN
Day 5:DÜRNSTEIN–WACHAU VALLEY
A King’s Ransom and Castle Ruins
Join a Guided Walk, and hear the legendary tale of King Richard the Lionheart—who was imprisoned in the castle during the Crusades, OR:
Join a Guided Hike up to the castle ruins to take in the spectacular view of the village, Danube, and the Wachau Valley below.
Later, stretch out on the Sky Deck as you sail through the Wachau Valley past vineyards, castles, and charming villages on your way to Ybbs.
YBBS. EXCURSION TO MELK
Frescoes Above and Vineyards Below
This afternoon, learn more about sweet Austrian pastry. A workshop in a local bakery with an expert chef, will let you create your own pastry, fill it and enjoy it as well, OR:
Visit the Lower Austrian little town of Ybbs. Admire the fine architecture of the Babenberger and its romantic old town, OR:
Take a Guided Tour of Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey to marvel at its frescoed ceilings, statues, incredible library, and ornate pipe organ.
Enjoy the flavors of the Wachau Valley at a Wine Tasting on board.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO LINZ
Legendary, Lovely Linz
Ask about today’s energizing or relaxing Adventure Host activities.
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.
You may otherwise spend the afternoon on a biking picnic along the banks of the Danube or hike through Linz’s beautiful nature trails to Pöstlingberg for a bird’s-eye view of the city and river below.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LINZ
Day 7:SCHLÖGEN OXBOW–PASSAU
Where the Danube, Inn, and Ilz Rivers Meet
This morning, cruise through the Schlögen Oxbow, a particularly beautiful horseshoe-shaped bend of the river.
Take a Guided City Walk into Passau, the beautiful “City of Three Rivers,” OR:
Join your Avalon Adventure Host for Hiking from Oberhaus along a trail down to the valley and along Ilz River.
Before sailing to Deggendorf, take a little free time to explore Passau’s cobblestone streets and galleries of Artists’ Alley. Maybe stop at St. Stephen’s Cathedral to catch a concert rehearsal.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DEGGENDORF
Day 8:DEGGENDORF (DISEMBARKATION)
Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning.
- Luxurious accommodations
- All meals on board
- Wine, beer, and soft drinks at lunch and dinner on board
- Daily sightseeing with headsets and expert local guides
- Onboard entertainment
- Wi-Fi throughout the ship
- Port charges & gratuities
- International air ticket
- Travel insurance & visa
- Safety net protection