Active Discovery on the Danube - Linz to Budapest

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8th Jul - 16th Oct
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Introduction

This exciting new 9-day holiday introduces you to the people and places along the Danube from Linz to Budapest, in the most active, engaged and fun ways imaginable. The choice is always yours: whether you taste locally produced cheese and beer brewed by Trappist monks near Linz, or hike along an old smugglers' route; bike to an ancient border defence near Mauthausen; paddle a canoe or meet with a local produce grower in the Wachau Valley; be introduced to a count in his castle; take a jogging...

“The food & endless glasses of fine wine were amazing”

The food & endless glasses of fine wine were amazing
The food & endless glasses of fine wine were amazing
Tonia & Mike Cain

The Avalon experience

Included Highlights

  • LINZ Embarkation, Welcome reception onboard
  • ENGELHARTSZELL Choose between visiting the Engelhartszell Abbey to tour its brewery and explore its SENSORY GARDEN—complete with stone labyrinth, herb
  • garden, and vineyard—and attend a TASTING of locally produced
  • cheeses and beer brewed by the Trappist monks, or; join a guided hike retracing the same route the smugglers took in World War ll
  • MAUTHAUSEN Choose between taking a GUIDED BIKE TOUR to an ancient Roman border defence
  • fort dating back to the 2nd century AD. Visit the museum dedicated
  • to the site or visit the 9th-century ST. FLORIAN MONASTERY or another option is to join a heart-wrenching tour of MAUTHAUSEN
  • CONCENTRATION CAMP, one of World War II's largest and
  • most brutal Nazi work camps.
  • SPITZ- WACHUA VALLEY Exciting activities
  • abound today! Choose to either PADDLE A CANOE on a guided tour down the Danube; BIKE TOUR from Spitz to Krems or join an interactive WINE WORLD EXPERIENCE with wine tasting or get a hands-on LOCAL ENCOUNTER that showcases
  • production of regional fruits, vegetables, wine, or other
  • products, depending on the season.
  • VIENNA Enjoy a scenic bike tour; slip on your sneakers and join a JOGGING TOUR; visit to a musical
  • instrument maker to a crash course on etiquette and protocol
  • at diplomatic gatherings or City sightseeing
  • VISEGRAD Cheer your favourite champion at a MEDIEVAL KNIGHTS
  • TOURNAMENT at Visegrad's Lower Castle or spend your day in the great outdoors on a GUIDED HIKE through
  • Danube-Ipoly National Park
  • BUDAPEST Disembark and choose out of 3 activities. Either take an enjoyable, 2-hour WALKING TOUR; ride a new-model, 24-gear bicycle on a GUIDED BIKE
  • TOUR or see the best of Budapest on a CITY SIGHTSEEING TOUR

Included in the price

  • Your personal Avalon chauffeur service by executive car for you and your travelling companions to and from your chosen UK departure point (limit 100 miles each way)

  • Flights Prices are based on 2 people sharing a Category E Deluxe Stateroom flying from London. In addition a wide range of flights from UK regional airports are also available.

  • 7 nights deluxe accommodation in a spacious stateroom with Avalon's exclusive Comfort Collection® style beds, ensuite facilities and river views. Floor to ceiling sliding glass doors and a French Balcony in most staterooms 1 nights at the InterContinental Hotel or Sofitel Budapest Chain Bridge (or similar), Budapest

  • All meals on board including full breakfast , buffet lunch and waiter service evening meal; afternoon tea with cakes and sweet treats; midnight snack, choice of premium teas and coffees & soft drinks throughout the day. Wine and beer is included with lunch and dinner. Dinner is included at the Budapest hotel

  • Included excursions and sightseeing trips with Local Guides and a choice of optional tours; headsets provided on excursions

  • Services of an experienced Cruise Director

  • Gratuities for Cruise Director and crew

  • On board lectures, activities and nightly piano music

  • Captain's Welcome Reception, Welcome Dinner and Farewell Gala Dinner

  • A choice of pre- or post- holiday extensions

  • All transfers, local port charges and airport taxes

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Day 1 Arrive in Linz, Austria (Embarkation)

A European Capital of Culture, Linz, Austria's third-largest city, welcomes you today with open arms and plenty to see and do. Depending on your arrival time, there's free time for shopping, exploring on your own, or joining an optional activity. How about a cooking class so you can dazzle your friends back home with an authentic Linzer Torte, the world's oldest known cake? Or what about a farm visit where you'll learn how to milk a cow, mow grass using a scythe, saw wood, and more? This afternoon, board the AVALON LUMINARY, and after a mandatory safety exercise, meet your friendly crew and fellow shipmates at a WELCOME RECEPTION. (D)

Day 2 Engelhartszell - Schlögen Oxbow Scenic Cruising - Linz.

As you slept, your ship arrived in the pretty market town of Engelhartszell near the German border. Step ashore and CHOOSE YOUR ACTIVITY: Either visit the stunning rococo ENGELSZELL ABBEY to tour its brewery, explore its SENSORY GARDEN—complete with stone labyrinth, herb garden, and vineyard—and attend a TASTING of locally produced cheeses and beer brewed by the Trappist monks. Or; join a fun GUIDED HIKE along the route that smugglers took during World War II, when a tightly controlled border existed between Austria and Germany. Back on your ship, an excellent lunch of Bavarian specialities will leave you energized and ready to join an exhilarating HIKE ALONG THE DANUBE. Fresh air and incredible vistas await as you watch the Avalon Luminary pass through the Schlögen Oxbow, a particularly beautiful horseshoe-shaped curve of the river. In Aschach, rejoin the ship, which returns to Linz for the night. This evening, optional theatre or music excursions are available—or you can mingle with the locals at a fun pub crawl! (B, L, D)

Day 3 Linz - Mauthausen - Grein - Spitz.

Arrive this morning in Mauthausen, with evidence of human habitation dating back to the Neolithic Age. Here, we let you place your own personal stamp on your day as you CHOOSE YOUR ACTIVITY: Either take a GUIDED BIKE TOUR to an ancient Roman border defence fort dating back to the 2nd century AD. Visit the museum dedicated to the site, with military weaponry, accounts of daily life, ceiling frescoes, sacred art objects, and more. Visit the 9th-century ST. FLORIAN MONASTERY, an architectural rival to Melk Abbey. While exploring, you may meet one of the monks (when available) or attend a short music recital. Or; Join a heart-wrenching tour of MAUTHAUSEN CONCENTRATION CAMP, one of World War II's largest and most brutal Nazi work camps. This afternoon, your ship passes through another breathtaking area, the Strudengau, popular among climbers and hikers for its enticing geological formations. Dock in Grein, a pretty country resort in the shadow of its castle. The GUIDED WALK includes a visit of the historic THEATRE, the oldest in Austria still holding regular performances. Then, visit GREINBURG or CLAM CASTLE, where you will meet the owner. After dinner, don't miss the spectacular views as we pass by Melk Abbey, perched high on a cliff above the river. The ship docks late tonight in Spitz. (B, L, D)

Day 4 Spitz - Wachau Valley - Vienna.

Exciting activities abound today! CHOOSE YOUR ACTIVITY: Either PADDLE A CANOE on a guided tour down the Danube and along some of its tributaries, for a completely unique perspective of the river and riverbank villages. Bask in the fresh air and incredible views on an easy guided BIKE TOUR from Spitz to Krems. Enjoy sightseeing in Dürnstein that includes the mesmerizing blue Stiftskirche, and enjoy a break to sample local specialities; join an interactive WINE WORLD EXPERIENCE with wine tasting, or; get a hands-on LOCAL ENCOUNTER that showcases production of regional fruits, vegetables, wine, or other products, depending on the season. A snack and beverage are included. Back on board, marvel at today's SCENIC HIGHLIGHT as you cruise through the picturesque Wachau Valley. Arrive in Vienna, the "City of Music," where you have free time to join an optional guided hike through the vineyards outside town, with a wine tasting and dinner at a Heurigen wine tavern. (B, L, D)

Day 5 Vienna.

Once the centre of the mighty Habsburg Empire, this "City of Music" inspired the creative genius of Mozart, Beethoven, and Strauss—and will inspire you, as well! Waltz ashore and CHOOSE YOUR ACTIVITY: enjoy a BIKE TOUR that takes in the sights along the famed Ringstrasse and areas of Vienna inaccessible to buses and cars. Slip on your trainers and join a JOGGING TOUR that shows you the highlights as you run between sites. Take a unique INSIDERS TOUR that features something different every day. It could be anything, from a visit to a musical instrument maker to a crash course on etiquette and protocol at diplomatic gatherings. You will meet locals, have the chance to prepare some food at a cooking class, and will enjoy other surprises as well. Or get a proper introduction to Vienna during a CITY SIGHTSEEING TOUR that includes an inside visit of Belvedere Palace to see Klimt's celebrated Kiss. Afterwards, you have free time to explore on your own. Maybe stroll through the pedestrian Kärntnerstrasse, take a break for a piece of decadent Sachertorte, or join an optional excursion. Tonight's on-board dinner pays a delicious tribute to the former Austrian-Hungarian Empire. (B, L, D)

Day 6 Vienna.

A second full day in Vienna presents even more opportunities to immerse yourself in the magic. CHOOSE YOUR ACTIVITY for an experience most meaningful to you: wrap yourself in the peace of the city at sunrise during an EARLY RISER WALKING TOUR that includes breakfast at a Viennese café and an exclusive viewing of the Habsburg family's private art collections at the Museum of Fine Arts. For a more leisurely start to your morning, skip the walking tour and onshore breakfast and simply join us for the MUSEUM VISIT, which includes time in the ITALIAN & DUTCH MASTERS GALLERY. Or perfect for military history buffs, begin with the MUSEUM VISIT of the Habsburg collection, then explore the MILITARY MUSEUM, commemorating the heroic past of the Habsburg Empire. Tonight, enjoy a delectable dinner of Viennese specialities on board. (B, L, D)

Day 7 Visegrad, Hungary-Budapest.

This morning, the Avalon Luminary passes by mighty Esztergom Basilica, coronation church of Hungary's monarchs. Later, arrive in Visegrad, where another exciting day is on tap. CHOOSE YOUR ACTIVITY: cheer your favourite champion at a MEDIEVAL KNIGHTS TOURNAMENT at Visegrad's Lower Castle, featuring targeting and fighting demonstrations by members of the St. George Knightly Order. During free time here, be sure to explore Palotaház, where stonemasons, smiths, potters, and paper-makers produce their traditional items using age-old techniques. Or spend your day in the great outdoors on a GUIDED HIKE through the Danube-Ipoly National Park, home to eagles, falcons, bats, terrapins, fire salamanders, and other wildlife. Later this afternoon, your ship arrives in Budapest, affording magnificent views of the beautifully illuminated Parliament. Prepare for an exquisite GALA FAREWELL DINNER featuring foods specially paired with just the right area wines or beers. (B, L, D)

Day 8 Budapest (Disembarkation).

One of Eastern Europe's most dynamic cities, Hungary's capital spans the Danube in a majestic way. Awaken refreshed and dig in to a hearty breakfast before disembarking and deciding how you would like to explore. CHOOSE YOUR ACTIVITY: take an enjoyable, 2-hour WALKING TOUR that includes some "Fungarian" instruction of useful local words and phrases. Ride a new-model, 24-gear bicycle on a GUIDED BIKE TOUR along the bike paths and car-free areas for a safe and enjoyable way to see the city's most fantastic sights. Or see the best of Budapest on a CITY SIGHTSEEING TOUR featuring Heroes' Square, Fishermen's Bastion, Matthias Church, and an inside visit of the OPERA HOUSE. Afterwards, you have free time to shop for Hungarian paprika or hand crafted souvenirs, to savour a piece of cream cake in the world-famous Gerbeaud Café, or to join an optional tour of Budapest's limestone cave system or to play nine holes of golf. (B)

Day 9 Budapest.

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning! (B)

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Extensions

Add the Salzburg area to the beginning of your holiday
Arrive in Munich and transfer to Salzburg for two memorable nights. CHOOSE
YOUR ACTIVITY: a BIKE RIDE featuring the city's most famous sights and an inside
visit to HELLBRUNN PALACE, or; a GUIDED WALKING TOUR of the city. See sights
immortalized in The Sound of Music, as well as the Old Town and lovely Mirabell
Gardens. Also enjoy time at Salzkammergut, featuring a WALKING TOUR that
visits the imperial villa, and an easy HIKE up Siriuskogel mountain for outstanding
views of the fairytale area below. Then, travel via the Austrian lake district to Linz
for one night.

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Or add Prague to the beginning of your holiday
Spend two unforgettable nights in the “Golden City” of Prague, and one night in
Linz. In Prague, CHOOSE YOUR ACTIVITY: a GUIDED URBAN HIKE that continues
to the Prokopske Valley Nature Reserve, or a GUIDED CITY SIGHTSEEING TOUR.
En route to Linz, take a GUIDED WALKING TOUR of medieval Český Krumlov.

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We regularly update our guide prices however frequent airline fare changes means prices can go up or down. Prices are based on two sharing a lead in Deluxe Stateroom. Please refer to the Change Departure point box below to choose your preferred departure airport or Eurostar station.

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July Prices per person based on two sharing
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London Heathrow Airport
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Suite
DECK Indigo - Forward Saphire - Aft Saphire - Forward Royal Deck Royal Deck
SIZE 172 sq ft 172 sq ft 172 sq ft 172 sq ft 258 sq ft
WINDOW Window Panoramic window with open air French balcony Panoramic window with open air French balcony Panoramic window with open air French balcony Panoramic window with open air French balcony
BEDS Two twins or a queen size bed Two twins or a queen size bed facing open air French balcony Two twins or a queen size bed facing open air French balcony Two twins or a queen size bed facing open air French balcony Two twins or a queen size bed facing open air French balcony
BATHROOM En-suite bathroom with full shower En-suite bathroom with full shower En-suite bathroom with full shower En-suite bathroom with full shower Larger en-suite bathroom with full shower and separate toilet
SEATING AREA Seating area
Ship Information
Deck plans
Staterooms
Category E
Indigo Deck
Avalon Suite
Royal Deck
Category P
Royal Deck
Category B
Sapphire Deck Aft
Category A
Sapphire Deck Forward
Deck Plan Key:
  1. Navigation Bridge
  2. Whirlpool
  3. Sky Bistro
  4. Premium lounge chairs and shade awnings
  5. Observation Lounge
  6. Panorama Lounge
  7. Bar
  8. Internet centre
  9. Reception/Guest services
  10. Atrium
  11. Lift
  12. Hair Salon
  13. Club Lounge
  14. Kitchen
  15. Dining room
  16. Fitness centre

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