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From the Gypsy violins of Budapest to the romantic sounds of Vienna, the “City of Music,” this Europe river cruise highlights the natural beauty of Austria’s Wachau Valley, and the fascinating capital cities of Hungary, Slovakia, and Austria. To end your river cruise, there’s guided sightseeing in Austria’s capital, Vienna, with time on your own to relax, perhaps visit the famous Sacher Hotel for a taste of Sachertorte (a special chocolate cake), and stroll along the famous pedestrian street of Kärntnerstrasse. Sweet surprises with new experiences along your Danube River cruise are sure to give you more than a taste of the many beautiful discoveries of this legendary river.
Day 1 UK – Budapest, Hungary
Fly to Budapest where you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy a free day to discover, dine, and unwind in the captivating capital of historic Hungary.
Day 2 Budapest
Take a guided sightseeing tour to see majestic Heroes’ Square and Budapest’s classic sites. With plenty of free time this afternoon, experience the curative waters of Budapest’s thermal baths or set out for a hike to explore the countryside on either side of the Danube. Take time to shop for treasures, including handcrafted embroidery, Herend porcelain, or Budapest’s best-baked goods.
Day 3 Budapest (Embarkation)
Spend free time strolling the cobblestone streets, browsing art galleries, sipping coffee, and sampling sweets before boarding your Danube cruise for a welcome dinner this evening.
Day 4 Bratislava, Slovakia
Join a guided sightseeing tour of Old Town’s cobblestone streets to Town Hall. Visit the Gothic halls of St Martin’s Cathedral –Kingdom of Hungary’s centuries-old coronation church, OR Grab Nordic walking sticks and follow your Avalon Adventure Host on a Hike to Bratislava Castle.
Alternatively, in your free time take a bicycle and a picnic from the ship to explore the local sights along the Danube. Later, enjoy onboard entertainment by local musicians.
Day 5 Melk, Austria
Join a morning guided sightseeing tour of Melk’s 11th-century Benedictine Abbey. Explore its frescoes, statues, library, and spectacular pipe organ in the monastery’s lofty perch above the Danube. Take a relaxing break on the Sky Deck as you sail through awe-inspiring views through the Wachau Valley and the wine region surrounding Dürnstein.
Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a hike up the hillside to castle ruins for breathtaking views. Spend free time in Dürnstein at your leisure or biking through the vineyards in the Wachau Valley.
Day 6 Vienna (Disembarkation)
Venture into the Habsburg empire with a morning guided city tour of Vienna’s gilded landmarks. See the Imperial Palace complex–the winter residence of the Imperial Family, the historic Vienna Opera House and stunning St. Stephen’s Cathedral.
Or you may choose to set out earlier as Vienna awakens:Take an early riser walking tour that includes breakfast at a Viennese café followed by an exclusive viewing of the Habsburg family’s private art collection at the Museum of Fine Arts–the perfect start to your stay in Vienna.
Day 7 Vienna
Enjoy a free day to explore the city at your own pace.
Choose a guided optional hiking or biking tour through the vineyards for an active city and countryside excursion. Spend free time with a tram ride to discover the adventure, tradition, and Viennese charm of The Prater Amusement Park. Visit one of Vienna’s marvellous museums and sample authentic Austrian pastries in a local bakery.
Day 8 Vienna – UK
Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.
The Avalon Visionary delivers an intimate setting for 128 passengers, 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 changing scenery.
Full-size closet mirror
Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs and shade awnings
Complimentary Wi-Fi access
Room service for breakfast & beverages
Self-serve beverage station with complimentary tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees
Sky Deck game area
Outside viewing deck
Wall-to-wall panoramic windows
Fresh fruit available throughout the day
Sky Deck whirlpool
Complimentary computer use in public areas
Bicycles available onboard for complimentary check-out
You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to panoramic views across the River Danube. Admire the Chain Bridge and the former Royal Palace from one of the hotel’s beautifully appointed rooms, or treat yourself to a gourmet Hungarian dinner with views of Buda Castle. Official rating: 5 stars.
Sofitel Budapest Chain Bridge
The Sofitel Budapest Chain Bridge hotel has an enviable position overlooking the River Danube and Budapest’s famous Chain Bridge, and many of the 357 rooms come with a view of the river. A Swarovski water fountain, luxury spa, original art and a French-Hungarian restaurant make this hotel a special base for your time in Budapest. Official rating: 5 stars.
The InterContinental Vienna is centrally located opposite the city park. Walking into the hotel’s ornate lobby with its wooden panelling and chandeliers, you’ll immediately get a sense of the building’s history combined with modern facilities. Official rating: 5 stars.
Please note, prices listed are guide prices only and are based on 2 people sharing and don’t include any additional supplements. Holiday prices are fluid and dynamic and may be changed at a moment’s notice, prior to booking, at which point they are confirmed. Please call the team free on 0800 707 6229 for more departure dates available and a quote.
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