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A Taste of the Danube - Eastbound

2 Nights Hotel Accommodations in Vienna, 3-Night Danube river cruise, 2 Nights Hotel Accommodations in Budapest

*You can book just the 3-Night Cruise Only*

Avalon Taste of the Danube
Taste of the Danube
2017 Departure Dates & Pricing

Vienna to Budapest (WVB) - 8 days

For further assistance call 1-800-526-8539
Ship - Panorama, Luminary, Passion, Artistry II
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Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1 : Arrive in Vienna, Austria

Welcome to Vienna, Austria’s capital, which is known as the “City of Music” and inspired the creative genius of Mozart, Beethoven, and Strauss. The remainder of the day is yours to start exploring this elegant city.

Day 2: Vienna

Once the center of the mighty Habsburg Empire, Vienna has much to offer: the lavish Hofburg Palace, the impressive Vienna Opera House, the majestic Ringstrasse, and awe-inspiring St. Stephen’s Cathedral, to name just a few of the sights you will enjoy during your included tour. You do not rush through Vienna - you waltz, taking your time to savor each classic sight and sound. An optional concert is available during your stay. (B)

Day 3: Vienna (Embarkation Day)

Time to explore on your own today—be sure to enjoy a piece of decadent Sachertorte or Apfelstrudel in one of the classic Viennese coffee houses, historic institutions that helped shape Viennese culture! Perhaps you’d like to take an optional excursion to Schönbrunn Palace or to the Vienna Woods. This afternoon, transfer to your river cruise vessel and meet your crew at a welcome reception. (B,D)

Day 4: Melk – Dürnstein

Today is dedicated to the beautiful and romantic Wachau Valley, where so much of the excellent Austrian wine is grown and produced. Visit the impressive 11th-century BENEDICTINE ABBEY, which towers over the town of Melk. The abbey houses an ornate library with over 80,000 printed books and 2,000 manuscripts. Words cannot describe the splendor of the church with its frescoed ceilings, stunning high altar, marble statues, and 210-foot-high cupola. The view from the terrace of the abbey over the Danube and surrounding countryside is breathtaking! After Melk, lounge on the Sky Deck with a glass of white wine while enjoying the gorgeous scenery as you sail to Dürnstein, best recognized by its baroque blue and white Stiftskirche standing right on the river bank. The main street of this small town—with a population of less than 1,000 people—is lined with 16th-century residences and charming cobblestone streets. Explore on your own or choose one of the popular optional excursions. Situated above town are the ruins of the castle where England’s King Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned in 1192. If you are feeling adventurous, hike up to the ruins for spectacular views of the town and river. (B,L,D)

Day 5: Bratislava, Slovakia

This morning, arrive in Bratislava, the dynamic capital of Slovakia at the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains. Join your Local Guide for a tour of the city, including a GUIDED WALK of its fascinating Old Town, where winding cobblestone streets and narrow alleyways twist and turn to reveal the Town Hall, one of the oldest stone buildings in the city. Also visit gothic ST. MARTIN’S CATHEDRAL, coronation church for the Kingdom of Hungary from the 16th to 19th centuries. This afternoon is free to explore on your own. (B,L,D)

Day 6:Budapest, Hungary (Disembarkation Day)

Spanning the banks of the Danube, Budapest is one of Eastern Europe’s liveliest cities. Whether you’re seeing the sights, shopping for handcrafted embroidery or Herend porcelain, or basking in the coffee house culture over a rich cream cake in the renowned Gerbeaud Café, Budapest’s unique energy is positively palatable. On your GUIDED TOUR of the city, see Heroes Square as well as the massive hilltop castle complex with its remarkable Fishermen’s Bastion and 11th-century Matthias Church, the coronation spot of several Hungarian monarchs. Be sure to take note of the city’s eight bridges—many famous sights in and of themselves—which connect ancient Buda on the right bank with Pest on the left. You may even want to walk across Chain Bridge, built in 1849 and a symbol of Budapest. This afternoon, explore this vibrant city at your own pace. Perhaps visit St. Stephen’s Basilica, with marvelous views of the city from its viewing platform, or stroll along Váci utca, the main shopping street. (B)

Day 7: Budapest

Enjoy a free day to explore Hungary’s exciting capital. Visit one of the many exciting museums, take a walk to see some of the remaining communist statues, shop at the Great Market Hall to purchase paprika and embroidery at one of its 180 vendor stalls, or wander around the Royal Palace grounds. Your Cruise Director will have suggestions for many things to do. (B)

Day 8: Budapest

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

Departures & Pricing

Advisements:

  • A valid passport is required for travel. Passports must be valid at least 6 months after the last day of travel.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
  • In the event of water level problems on stretches of any river, it may be necessary to operate part of the itinerary by motorcoach.
  • Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change is necessary, a substitute will be offered.
  • For reasons of navigation and passenger safety, the cruise operator and the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the itinerary of the cruise.

2017 Departures

Start City
Rates are in $ USD and are PER PASSENGER sharing a twin cabin
From Vienna
Program Start Date
Cruise Embarkation Day
Ship

Category E - Lower Deck w/ fixed windows

Category D - Lower Deck w/ fixed windows

Category B - Middle Deck aft w/ french balcony
Category A - Middle Deck fwd w/ french balcony
Category P - Upper Deck w/ french balcony
Suite - Upper Deck w/ french balcony
May 7, 2017
May 9,2017
Passion
$2,039
$2,124
$2,531
$2,553
$2,596
$2,853
May 18, 2017
May 20, 2017
Panorama
$2,039
$2,124
$2,531
$2,553
$2,596
$2,853
May 29, 2017
May 31, 2017
Artistry II
$2,039
$2,124
$2,531
$2,553
$2,596
$2,853
Jun 26, 2017
Jun 28, 2017
Luminary
$2,039
-
$2,317
$2,339
$2,381
$2,639
Jul 25, 2017
Jul 27, 2017
Luminary
$1,939
-
$2,217
$2,239
$2,281
$2,539
IMPORTANT: Dates, Prices & Itineraries are subject to change.
Port Charges: Additional $72 per person.
For Single Traveler: Single Supplement applies. Please call to inquire.

For 3 Nights Cruise Only (no 2 nights hotel in Vienna and 2 nights hotel Budapest): Subtract $840 from above per person fares. For Cruise Only: Arrive in Vienna Day 3 for Embarkation at 3:30pm. Flights must arrive in Vienna by 5:00pm. Depart Budapest Day 6 upon disembarkation. Flights should not leave Budapest airport before Noon.

Transfers at the Start/End of program are available for purchase. Please inquire for details.
Daily Afternoon Tea Special onboard
Prices Include:
• 3 nights Cruise from Vienna to Budapest in selected cabin category
• 2 nights Hotel accommodation in Vienna at InterContinental Vienna (or similar; subject to change) and 2 nights Hotel accommodation in Budapest at InterContinental Budapest (or similar; subject to change) with daily buffet breakfast
• Full board meals, including Captain's Welcome and Farewell receptions, Welcome and Farewell dinners
• Daily Afternoon Tea
• Daily Night Fare
• Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; soft drinks with lunch; and regional wine, beer, or soft drinks with dinner are included daily on board your vessel
• Complimentary coffee and tea available throughout the day
• Daily guided sightseeing program conducted by Certified Local Guides
• Special onboard and onshore experiences presented by entertainers, artisans and experts, designed to enrich your cruise.
• Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers
• Taxes
 
Prices Do Not Include:
• Individual arrival and departure (airfare; transfers)
• Travel insurance
• Port Charges
• Gratuities to onboard crew
• Other personal expenses

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