A Taste of the Danube - Budapest to Vienna

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Introduction

Fall in love with the Danube—with its charming small towns, scenic beauty, and exciting cities—on this river cruise. Begin your holiday with a 2-night city stay in the vibrant Hungarian city of Budapest, where included city sightseeing acquaints you with all the highlights. There is plenty of time to explore on your own—shop for paprika at the Central Market Hall, explore the massive castle complex, visit its many museums, and savor Hungarian cuisine. Then, board your ship and discover Slovakia...

“I would give the experience overall 10 out of 10. It could not be bettered”

I would give the experience overall 10 out of 10. It could not be bettered
Firstly I would like to say what a wonderful experience our Avalon river cruise was. We were delighted with our cabin, the marvellous food, the onboard facilities, the included trips and excursions and the economic pricing of the alcoholic drinks. The staff on board were extremely helpful and always ready to exchange a few pleasantries with ready smiles. We particularly appreciated the attention given to our needs from Lubos in the bar area as he always saw to it that we had our chosen regular tipple as soon as we put in an appearance. As two ladies travelling together we were very happy with this high level of service. In addition we also found both Ivo and Barbara similarly helpful but Lubos was just too quick for them! Our Cruise Director Andrzej Sanakiewicz was extremely well informed and readily available if needed. The included trips were very efficiently organised and of just the right duration. Also admission fees were included and we were not asked to pay more as often happens on Ocean Cruises. There were no photographers constantly taking pictures and attempting to sell them back to us! The bathroom contained high quality toiletries including hair and body shampoo, conditioner, liquid handwash and body lotion. Everywhere was sparkling and pristine clean. The shower cubicle contained an extremely efficient shower with oodles of hot water. All taps were lever type, a bonus as I have arthritis in my hands. The beds were fantastically comfortable with two large square pillows, one soft and one firm. I used both at once and slept like a log as the ship’s engine was so quiet it could barely be heard. Our meals were delightful. The buffet breakfast catered for all nationalities from the full English breakfast to individually cooked omelettes etc. fruit, fish, cold platter, cereals, porridge, pancakes, toast with lots of different spread options to mention just some of the delights on offer. All different juices were available along with iced tea and a choice of different teas and coffee. The experience at lunchtime was similar but with different fare on offer. Freshly cooked meat options served by the chef with hot vegetables or an extensive salad bar with lots of salad dressings. A vegetarian option was also available as were a choice of soups and a cheese board. Desserts included at least two flavours of ice cream with fruit sauces and fresh fruit salad, cakes and a local dessert each day. Dinner was fantastic. The variety of choice suited every palate and the food was well cooked, excellently presented and tasted fantastic. Wine flowed freely and was served until desserts were on the table… and sometimes until the desserts were finished! After dinner a musician who was extremely versatile played music on not just the keyboard but the trombone, cornet and accordion. We could easily dance to his music and he was also on duty before dinner in the lounge. The crew show on the penultimate night was a great laugh and the violinist on the last evening was world class… what a superb entertainer. Well done Andrzej for organising this. Communication and information onboard was excellent. A Daily Newsletter set out the activities for the day and our Cruise Director occasionally reminded us over the loudspeaker system. Maps of each port of call were provided as was information about the operation of the locks. The views from our cabin and from the Sky Deck were constantly changing and we enjoyed cruising along looking at the sights and being given information about them by Andrzej. Our disembarkation was equally as efficient and trouble free as was our taxi transfer to the airport in Vienna which was organised by Andrzej. Our flights back went to plan and our free transfer, was the final luxurious touch! David was professional, smart and very communicative but knew instinctively when to let us snooze! Our grateful thanks to him for a smooth and quick transfer home. I would give the experience overall 10 out of 10. It could not be bettered and exceeded our expectations. Roll on our next river cruise!
Dawn Ball and Christine Mallard

The Avalon experience

Included Highlights

  • BUDAPEST Guided sightseeing; see Fisherman's Bastion
  • BRATISLAVA Guided sightseeing, visit St Martin's Cathedral
  • DÜRNSTEIN See the Stiftskirche
  • MELK Guided visit of the Benedictine Abbey; cruise through the Wachau Valley; see the Stiftskirche in Dürnstein
  • VIENNA Guided sightseeing
  • CAPTAIN'S RECEPTION, WELCOME AND FAREWELL DINNERS

Included in the price

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

  • FlightsPrices 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.

  • 3 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; 2 nights at the InterContinental Hotel (or similar), Budapest; 2 nights at the InterContinental Hotel (or similar), Vienna

  • 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. Buffet breakfasts in Budapest and Vienna hotels.

  • 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 Budapest.

Fly to Budapest where you will be met and transferred to the Sofitel Budapest Chain Bridge (or similar) for two nights. The rest of the day is yours to start exploring this beautiful city.

Day 2 Budapest.

Included today: Guided sightseeing. Spanning the banks of the Danube, Budapest is one of Eastern Europe's liveliest cities. Today's guided city tour takes in the massive hilltop castle complex, Fisherman's Bastion and Matthias Church. This afternoon, explore this vibrant city at your own pace, perhaps strolling across the famed Chain Bridge, a symbol of Budapest built in 1849 that connects ancient Buda on the right bank with Pest on the left. Or why not visit St Stephen's Basilica, Hungary's largest church? (B)

Day 3 Budapest.

This morning is free for you to enjoy Hungary's exciting capital. Visit one of the many museums, take a walk to see some of the remaining statues from the communist era, shop at the Great Market Hall to purchase paprika and embroidery, or stroll along Vací Utca main shopping street. Later, transfer to your cruise ship for three nights and meet your crew at a welcome reception. (B, D)

Day 4 Bratislava.

Included today: Guided sightseeing. Relax on board this morning and marvel at the beautiful 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. Guided sightseeing with a Local Guide will introduce you to the charming Old Town and its Town Hall, one of the oldest stone buildings in the city. Also visit the Gothic St Martin's Cathedral, coronation church for the Kingdom of Hungary from the 16th to 19th centuries. (B, L, D)

Day 5 Melk, Austria - Dürnstein

Included today: Guided sightseeing. 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, marvellous 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. (B, L, D)

Day 6 Vienna.

Included today: Guided sightseeing. Disembark and transfer to the InterContinental Hotel (or similar) for two nights. Also known as the 'City of Music', Vienna inspired the creative genius of Mozart, Beethoven and Strauss and was once the centre of the mighty Habsburg Empire. See the lavish Hofburg Imperial Palace complex, with its Vienna Boys' Choir and Lipizzaner stallions, the impressive neo-Renaissance Vienna Opera House, and awe-inspiring St Stephen's Cathedral on your included city tour with a local guide. Stroll on the Kärntnerstrasse and enjoy Sachertorte or Apfelstrüdel in a classic Viennese coffee house. (B)

Day 7 Vienna.

A full day at leisure in this fascinating city. Perhaps visit one of the magnificent museums, stately Schönbrunn Palace, or opt for an optional outing to the Vienna Woods. (B)

Day 8 Vienna.

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK. (B)

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Suite
DECK Indigo - Forward Indigo - Aft Saphire - Aft Saphire - Forward Royal Deck Royal Deck
SIZE 172 sq ft 172 sq ft 200 sq ft 200 sq ft 200 sq ft 300 sq ft
WINDOW 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 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 Larger en-suite bathroom with full shower Larger en-suite bathroom with full shower Larger en-suite bathroom with full shower Larger en-suite bathroom with full shower and separate toilet
SEATING AREA Seating area Seating area Seating area Larger seating area
Avalon Luminary
Cabin Information
CATEGORY
E
CATEGORY
B
CATEGORY
A
CATEGORY
P
CATEGORY
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
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  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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