Danube Dreams for Wine Lovers with Avalon Waterways
Price: $3,460CAD Per Person
(*Featured price is per person, land/cruise only, based on double occupancy, in cabin category D, on the departure date indicated, and includes taxes and fees (port charges) and the Avalon $850 per person discount.)
Departure: April 4, 2023
Return: April 11, 2023
Save: Receive $699 airfare plus save $1,700 per couple on select 2023 Avalon Waterways Wine Theme River Cruises*
Photo: Avalon Panorama Suite (category B, A, P)
- Onboard wine lectures
- Onboard food & wine pairing dinners
- Wine-themed excursions
- 7-night cruise in an outside stateroom
- Daily included port excursions
- All meals included while on ship (including Captain's & farewell dinners)
- Complimentary beer and wine with lunch and dinner
Photo: Map from Budapest to Deggendorf tour
Cruise along the peaceful Danube River through Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, and Germany—discovering some of Central Europe’s most splendid capitals and charming towns along the way. A Master of Wine will travel with you on your cruise to host lectures, tastings, and tips on food-and-wine pairing. Begin this timeless European river cruise in Budapest, where guided sightseeing acquaints you with the highlights of the vibrant capital of Hungary with a visit to a local wine cellar. Set sail on the Danube, take pictures of the impressive Parliament Building as you leave Budapest, and head for Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. Here, enjoy a guided walk through the delightful Old Town and visit the Gothic St. Martin’s Cathedral. Vienna, Austria, the “City of Music,” makes an immediate impression with its lavish Habsburg Imperial Palace and neo-renaissance Vienna Opera House.
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.
Day 2: BUDAPEST
The Pearl of the Danube in the Heart of Europe Visit the Adventure Center for today’s activities with your Adventure Host.
Active: Hike up to a magnificent viewpoint in Budapest with your Adventure Host,
Discovery: Enjoy a Guided City Sightseeing, including the iconic Heroes’ Square and a visit to a unique wine cellar system where you can taste Hungarian wines in a very special way.
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.
Day 3: BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA
Cathedral Coronations and a Crowning Castle
Active: Follow your Avalon Adventure Host on a hike to lofty Bratislava Castle.
Classic: 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.
This afternoon, enjoy free time to discover on your own Bratislava, the beautiful capital of Slovakia, rich in history and culture, but also a green city with its forests and parks just a hop away from the city center.
Discovery: In the evening, join onboard a lecture and tasting hosted by your Master of Wine.
Photo: Budapest, Hungary
Day 4: VIENNA
Active: Explore Vienna's Danube Island by bike with your Adventure Host,
Classic: 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.
Day 5: DÜRNSTEIN–WACHAU VALLEY
A King’s Ransom and Castle Ruins
Active: Join a Guided Hike up to the castle ruins to take in the spectacular view of the village, Danube, and the Wachau Valley.
Discovery: Discover the fascinating world of wine within a labyrinth underneath the surface which is about 900 years old. While sipping a selection of different wines, you will learn how the wine production developed over the centuries till nowadays.
Classic: Join a Guided Walk, and hear the legendary tale of King Richard the Lionheart—who was imprisoned in the castle during the Crusades.
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.
Day 6: LINZ
Legendary, Lovely Linz Ask about today’s energizing or relaxing Adventure Host activities.
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.
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.
Discovery: Onboard food and wine pairing dinner hosted by your Master of Wine.
Photo: Linz, Austria
Day 7: SCHLÖGEN OXBOW–PASSAU, GERMANY
Where the Danube, Inn, and Ilz Rivers Meet This morning, cruise through the Schlögen Oxbow, a particularly beautiful horseshoe-shaped bend of the river.
Discovery: Enjoy an onboard chocolate and wine tasting with your Master of Wine while sailing to Passau.
Active: Join your Avalon Adventure Host for Hiking from Oberhaus along a trail down to the valley and along Ilz River.
Classic: Take a Guided City Walk into Passau, the beautiful “City of Three Rivers.”
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.
Discovery: Join an onboard wine tasting hosted by your Master of Wine.
Day 8: DEGGENDORF (DISEMBARKATION)
Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning
Flights should not leave Munich airport before 8 am.