Danube River Cruise

Danube River Cruise Danube River Cruise

Avalon Waterways presents a limited offer to give you the chance to take along a near and dear one to experience Europe in a different way - where you cruise through quaint villages, experience the wonderful cities, marvel at romantic castles along the way, while enjoying delectable continental cuisine from the comfort of a beautiful cruise ship. With luxurious staterooms - most with panoramic floor to ceiling windows - included first class land excursions and crew to pamper you, you'll explore the world from the intimate perspective that only a river cruise with Avalon Waterways can offer you!

We have listed the details of two short Danube River Cruises that we believe are ideally suited to sample a luxury river cruise holiday.

 

A Taste of the Danube:

Budapest to Vienna on Avalon Visionary / Luminary


Tour includes: 2 nights stay in Budapest, 3 nights cruise in an outside stateroom with hotel-style beds and 2 nights stay in Vienna
Discover the fascinating Danube with its charming small towns and exciting cities on this river cruise. From Budapest, board your river cruise vessel and begin exploring the Danube, from Slovakia’s vibrant capital of Bratislava to the natural beauty of Austria’s Wachau Valley. Your vacation ends in Vienna, the “City of Music.”

DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY ON THE DANUBE RIVER CRUISE:


Day 1 - Arrive In Budapest, Hungary
Welcome to Budapest, Hungary’s lively capital. The remainder of the day is free to start exploring this exciting city.

Day 2 - Budapest
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 SIGHTSEEING TOUR, see the massive hilltop castle complex with its remarkable Fishermen’s Bastion—for spectacular views of the city—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, a symbol of Budapest built in 1849. During your free time this afternoon, perhaps visit St. Stephen’s Basilica, or stroll along Váci utca, the main shopping street. (Breakfast)

Day 3 - Budapest (Embarkation)
This morning you can explore this vibrant city at your own pace. Shop at the Great Market Hall and purchase paprika or embroidery at one of its 180 vendor stalls, or wander around the Royal Palace grounds. In the afternoon, transfer to your ship and meet your crew at a welcome reception. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 4 - Bratislava, Slovakia
Relax on board this morning and marvel at the 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. Join your LOCAL GUIDE to explore 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5 - Dürnstein, Austria–Melk
This morning our first stop is 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. Then, grab a drink and relax on your ship’s Sky Deck as you witness beautiful scenery on the way to Melk. Enjoy a guided tour of Melk’s 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, marvelous 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! (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6 - Vienna (Disembarkation)
Once the center of the mighty Habsburg Empire, Austria’s magical capital on the blue Danube is a showcase of gilded architecture. This is home to the lavish Hofburg Imperial Palace complex with its Vienna Boy’s Choir and dazzling Lipizzaner stallions; the neo-renaissance Vienna Opera House; and awe-inspiring St. Stephen’s Cathedral—plus, countless other sights you’ll see during your GUIDED CITY TOUR. Stroll through the pedestrian Kärntnerstrasse, and be sure to take a break and enjoy a piece of decadent Sachertorte or Apfelstrudel in one of the classic Viennese coffee houses, historic institutions that helped shape Viennese culture! (Breakfast)

Day 7 - Vienna
Enjoy a full day at leisure in this fascinating city! Perhaps visit one of the many magnificent museums or opt for one an optional outing to the Vienna Woods. (Breakfast)

Day 8 - Vienna
Your vacation ends this morning. (Breakfast)

8 days Tour cost: US$ 1839 per person

 

Cruise ONLY cost includes:
 

  • Deluxe 3-night cruise from Budapest to Vienna in an outside stateroom with hotel-style beds
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary
  • Guided sightseeing, visit St. Martin’s Cathedral in Bratislava
  • Guided visit of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk
  • Services of a professional Cruise Director
  • Complimentary coffee & tea available throughout the day
  • Complimentary wine, beer or soft drinks will be included on all onboard dinners
  • Onboard lectures, activities & nightly piano music

Cruise Cost excludes:

 
  • Cruise taxes, fees, fares and port charges
  • Any services not mentioned in "package includes".

Sailing dates in 2016:
 

  • 8 days from Budapest to Vienna:
  • 20 Apr 2016 - 27 Apr 2016 on Visionary
  • 25 Oct 2016 - 01 Nov 2016 on Luminary
 

A Taste of the Danube:
Vienna to Budapest on Avalon Visionary / Panorama


Tour includes: 2 nights stay in Vienna, 3 nights cruise in an outside stateroom with hotel-style beds and 2 nights stay in Budapest
Discover the fascinating Danube with its charming small towns and exciting cities on this river cruise vacation. From Vienna, the “City of Music,” embark on your Danube River cruise and begin exploring the natural beauty of Austria’s Wachau Valley, Slovakia’s capital of Bratislava, and the vibrant Hungarian city of Budapest.

DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY  ON THE DANUBE RIVER CRUISE


Day 1 - Arrive In Vienna, Austria
Welcome to Vienna, Austria’s capital, known as the “City of Music” and which 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, Austria’s magical capital on the blue Danube is a showcase of gilded architecture. This is home to the lavish Hofburg Imperial Palace complex with its Vienna Boy’s Choir and dazzling Lipizzaner stallions; the neo-renaissance Vienna Opera House; and awe-inspiring St. Stephen’s Cathedral—plus, countless other sights your Certified Local Guide will show you during an included CITY SIGHTSEEING TOUR. In your free time, perhaps visit one of the many magnificent museums or browse through the Naschmarkt, Vienna’s main outdoor produce market for over 80 years. An optional concert is available during your stay. (Breakfast)

Day 3 - Vienna (Embarkation)
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. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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. This morning, 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6 - Budapest, Hungary (Disembarkation)
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 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, a symbol of Budapest built in 1849. 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. (Breakfast)

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. (Breakfast)

Day 8 - Budapest
Your vacation ends this morning. (Breakfast)

8 days Tour cost: US$ 2039 per person

Cruise ONLY cost includes:

 
  • Deluxe 3-night cruise from Vienna to Budapest in an outside stateroom with hotel-style beds
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary
  • Guided sightseeing, visit St. Martin’s Cathedral in Bratislava
  • Guided visit of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk
  • Services of a professional Cruise Director
  • Complimentary coffee & tea available throughout the day
  • Complimentary wine, beer or soft drinks will be included on all onboard dinners
  • Onboard lectures, activities & nightly piano music

Cruise Cost excludes:

 
  • Cruise taxes, fees, fares and port charges
  • Any services not mentioned in “package includes”

Sailing dates in 2016:

  • 8 days from Vienna to Budapest:
  • 02 Jul 2016 – 09 Jul 2016 on Visionary
  • 29 Aug 2016 – 05 Sep 2016 on Panorama
 

Avalon Visionary

2012 ushered in another exciting Suite Ship cruising along Europe's glorious rivers. The Avalon Visionary delivers an intimate setting, along with two full decks of suites featuring Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows that transform the living space into a unique Open-Air Balcony. With 200 square feet, Panorama Suites are more than 30% larger than the industry standard, giving you the rare opportunity to wake each morning to the enchanting scenery and fresh breezes. Onboard amenities include a complimentary Internet Corner and Wi-Fi access, an expanded Fitness Center, and a spacious Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs, shade system, whirlpool, and the delightful Sky Bistro.

Avalon Luminary

Cruising on the Avalon Luminary is the ideal way to experience the majesty, extensive history and fascinating culture of some of Europe's oldest cities along its legendary rivers. Built in 2010, the Avalon Luminary holds a maximum of just 138 passengers. Visit multiple countries and cities and unpack only once, so you spend your time experiencing and enjoying Europe rather than dealing with the logistics of travel. Enjoy a highly personalized cruise experience, spacious deluxe staterooms and suites, contemporary décor, and popular onboard amenities, including a large Sky Deck with whirlpool and Sky Bistro, lounge and a bar serving premium spirits, a complimentary Internet Corner and free Wi-Fi throughout the ship, Fitness Center with state-of-the-art equipment, hair salon, and elevator.


Avalon Panorama

A brand new kind of ship, the Avalon Panorama set sail in 2011, taking inspired design to a whole new level. A unique Suite Ship, the Avalon Panorama was the first of its kind in the industry with two full decks of suites featuring a Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Window that transforms the living space into a unique Open-Air Balcony. As you cruise along Europe's finest rivers, enjoy the fresh breeze and enchanting scenery from the comfort of your suite. With 200 square feet, the Panorama Suite is more than 30% larger than the industry standard, and it gives you the unparalleled opportunity to wake up each morning facing the magnificent passing scenery. Exciting onboard amenities include a complimentary Internet Corner and Wi-Fi access, a well-stocked library, an expanded Fitness Center, and a spacious Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs, shade system, whirlpool, and delightful Sky Bistro. There's no better way to cruise in Europe than in the spacious comfort offered on the Avalon Panorama.