2018 : A Taste of the Danube - Eastbound (WVB) - Expression
8 Day River Cruise from Vienna to Budapest
From the romantic sounds of Vienna, the "City of Music," to the Gypsy violins of Budapest, this European river cruise takes you through the natural beauty of Austria's Wachau Valley, past quaint towns and villages, and to the intriguing capitals of Austria, Slovakia, and Hungary.
Enjoy two nights in Vienna before you embark on your river cruise. Guided sightseeing shows you the city's highlights and there's free time to savor Sachertorte (a special chocolate cake) in a classic Viennese cafe and stroll along the famous pedestrian street of Karntnerstrasse. In Melk, you will visit Austria's majestic Benedictine Abbey, one of Europe's largest monasteries, where Benedictine monks still stroll amidst the sacred walls. From the Abbey's terrace you can take in the breathtaking views of the Danube River and the surrounding countryside. Cruise through the picturesque Wachau Valley and spend free time in Durnstein, overlooked by the ruins of the castle where England's King Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned in 1191, and best known for its blue baroque Stiftskirche. Then, head downriver to Slovakia's capital of Bratislava where you'll go on a guided visit of the city, including the gothic St. Martin's Cathedral, coronation church for the Kingdom of Hungary from the 16th to the 19th centuries.
To end your river cruise vacation, spend two nights in Budapest, the vibrant capital of Hungary, with guided sightseeing and free time to explore.
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Highlights & Sightseeing
Day 1 Vienna: welcome to Vienna, Austria's capital
Day 2 Vienna: guided sightseeing
Day 3 Vienna (Embarkation): morning at leisure; onboard welcome reception
Day 4 Melk-Durnstein: guided visit of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk; see the Stiftskirche in Durnstein
Day 5 Bratislava: guided sightseeing, visit St. Martin's Cathedral
Day 6 Budapest (Disembarkation): guided sightseeing, see Fishermen's Bastion and Heroes Square
Day 7 Budapest: day at leisure
Day 8 Budapest: your vacation ends this morning
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.
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)
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 Schonbrunn Palace or to the Vienna Woods. This afternoon, transfer to your river cruise vessel and meet your crew at a welcome reception. (Breakfast, Dinner)
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 Durnstein, 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 - if you are fit and fancy some exercise, perhaps a biking excursion (weather permitting) fits the bill? 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)
At lunchtime, 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. The rest of the afternoon is free to explore on your own. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
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 Cafe, 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 Vaci utca, the main shopping street. (Breakfast)
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)
Your vacation ends this morning. (Breakfast)
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- Avalon Waterways
- Offer valid through 9/30/2017
- 8 Days
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Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included.
Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.
Extra nights per person in Vienna:
in single room $225, in twin room from $125 to $135
Extra nights per person in Budapest:
in single room from $180 to $300, in twin room from $105 to $160
Prices shown include cruise in Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom on Indigo Deck.
To upgrade to a higher category, add per person:
Category / Decks / Price
D / Indigo Deck / $85
B / Sapphire Deck / $492
A / Sapphire Deck / $514
P / Royal Deck / $557
Royal Suite / Royal Deck / $857
Prices shown are "starting at" prices and do not include airfare.
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