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Active/Discovery on the Danube

9 Days / 8 Nights

Package Overview

June 4 - 12, 2019

Whether you’re an art lover, a foodie, a history buff, or an energetic adventurer, your Active Discovery cruise on the Danube River invites you to experience culture and cuisine in creative ways that are perfect for you. With Avalon Choice, you can select the experiences that are perfect for your interests and pace—from Active to Discovery to Classic. Avalon Choice gives you a choice of included excursions in each port—from Linz to Budapest.

Whether you prefer browsing the art collection of the Habsburg Empire, sipping local vintages at an Austrian wine-tasting, or joining a canoe excursion, your Active Discovery cruise is packed with Avalon Choice inclu-sions for every pace in every place we go. Sample cheese and beer made by Trappist monks and explore their Abbey gardens. With Avalon Choice included excursions, you can choose an insider’s tour of Vienna, or decide to join a canoe excursion—your Active Discovery river cruise has something for every pace in every place we go. From a wine tasting in Krems to a hike to Count Dracula’s prison tower, you’ll find the perfect outing you’ll prefer. One day, visit Belvedere Palace in Vienna to see Klimt’s renowned “Kiss,” and another day you may attend a Medieval Knights Tournament at a Visegrád castle. With Active Discovery river cruis-es, the choice is always yours. Explore Budapest your way—stroll its streets for classic sightseeing with a lo-cal guide or take a bike ride through town for a different perspective, or learn something new with a leisurely walking tour to discover a few local Hungarian phrases.

Your Active Discovery Danube River cruise can be as active or leisurely as you like! Join us on this Active Discovery river cruise and experience the Danube your way.

Agent Commission Starting At: $396.90

Package Pricing

Package starting at: $3969.00 PP * Prices based on double occupancy. Prices per person in USD.

Travel Itinerary

Day 1

LINZ, AUSTRIA (EMBARKATION) - Welcome to Austria! Your Suite Ship® Awaits in Linz. Flights into Linz must arrive by 3:30 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm. Enjoy any free time today by shopping, exploring on your own, or stop in a café for Austria's world-famous pastries.

Meals included: Dinner

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ENGELHARTSZELL

Day 2

ENGELHARTSZELL-SCHLÖGEN OXBOW - Memories and Beer in the Making

ACTIVE ~ Join a Guided Tour to the "House by the stream" (Haus am Strom) and walk across The Danube Power-Station Jochenstein,

OR: CLASSIC ~ Visit the stunning rococo-style Engelszell Abbey, and explore its Sensory Garden-complete with stone labyrinth, herb garden, and vineyard. Sample cheese and beer made by the resident Trappist monks. Enjoy free time on the Sky Deck this afternoon while you sail through the amazing horseshoe bend of the Danube's Schlögen Oxbow on your way back to Linz.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LINZ

Day 3

LINZ-MAUTHAUSEN - History Lessons and Monastic Life in Austria

ACTIVE ~ Take a Guided Bike Tour along the Limes Cycle Route, and follow part of the northern border line of the Roman Empire,

OR: CLASSIC ~ Visit the 9th-century St. Florian Monastery-the largest monastery in upper Austria and home to Augustine monks,

OR: CLASSIC ~ Join a sobering Guided Tour of Mauthausen Concentration Camp, one of the largest and most brutal Nazi camps of WWII.

In the afternoon sail to Grein.

GREIN - Theater History and Modern-Day Castles

CLASSIC ~ Take a Guided Walk of Grein, including its historic theater, the oldest in Austria still holding regular performances.

DISCOVERY ~ See Burg Clam (Greinburg Castle) on a Guided Visit, and meet the Count of Clam during your tour.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

EVENING CRUISE TO SPITZ

Day 4

SPITZ - Take a Hike, a Canoe, or a Bike to Explore Austria's Wine Country

ACTIVE ~ Paddle a canoe on a Guided Tour to see the Austrian waterways and shoreline scenery from a different perspective,

OR: ACTIVE ~ Take a Guided Bike Tour from Spitz to Krems, and enjoy a stop in Dürnstein to see the mesmerizing blue Stiftskirche, and to sample local specialties,

OR: DISCOVERY ~ Join an interactive Wine World Experience with wine tasting,

OR: DISCOVERY ~ Enjoy a Guided Tour that showcases the production of regional fruits, vegetables, wine, or other products.

Relax this afternoon as you cruise toward Vienna. This evening, perhaps join a Guided Optional Hike through the vineyards outside Vienna, with a wine tasting and dinner at a Heurigen wine tavern.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN VIENNA

Day 5

VIENNA - Strauss, Schnitzel, Strudel, and Sachertorte

ACTIVE ~ Take a Guided Bike Tour along the famed Ringstrasse and pedestrian avenues of Vienna,

OR: ACTIVE ~ Join a Guided Jogging Tour of the City of Music to see highlights of the gilded architecture along the way,

OR: DISCOVERY ~ Get an Insider's Tour of Vienna to see special surprise sights, events, or attractions. You will meet locals, have the chance to prepare some food, and enjoy other surprises,

OR: CLASSIC ~ Enjoy a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Vienna, including a tour of Belvedere Palace to see Gustave Klimt's renowned "Kiss" painting.

Spend free time this afternoon strolling through the pedestrian Kärntnerstrasse, then take a break for a piece of Sachertorte.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6

VIENNA - A Feast for the Soul in Vienna

DISCOVERY ~ Take a Guided Walking Tour for early risers this morning-with breakfast at a Viennese café,

OR: CLASSIC ~ Join a Guided Tour of the Habsburg family's private art collection at the Museum of Fine Arts, and the Italian or Dutch master works,

OR: CLASSIC ~ Take a Guided Tour of the Museum of Fine Arts, followed by the World Museum Vienna, commemorating the past of the Habsburg Empire.

This evening, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VISEGRÁD

Day 7

VISEGRÁD, HUNGARY - Knights, Castles, and Vampires

DISCOVERY ~ Join a Guided Excursion to the Medieval Knights Tournament at Visegrád's Lower Castle, featuring targeting and fighting demonstrations by members of the St. George Knightly Order,

OR: ACTIVE ~ Hike to the Castle to visit Count Dracula's prison tower in Visegrád.

Sail to Budapest this afternoon.

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - The Pearl of the Danube

Take some free time this afternoon to explore the vibrant and stunning city of Budapest. Enjoy a Farewell Dinner on board your ship this evening.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN BUDAPEST

Day 8

BUDAPEST (DISEMBARKATION)

ACTIVE ~ Join a Guided Biking Tour along the bike paths of the city,

OR: DISCOVERY ~ Enjoy a Guided Walking Tour that includes some "Fungarian" instruction of useful local words and phrases,

OR: CLASSIC~ Take a Guided Walking Tour of Budapest to see the city's most iconic sites.

Spend free time shopping for Hungarian paprika or handcrafted souvenirs, or savor a piece of cream cake in the world-famous Gerbeaud Café.

Meals included: Breakfast

Overnight at InterContinental Budapest

Day 9

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included: Breakfast

Additional Package Information

 Package Includes

  • Meals on board ship
  • Daily tours
  • Price of $3969 per person, is based on two sharing in an E Stateroom. Port taxes of $182 and prepaid gratuities included.

 Package Does Not Include

  • International airfare
  • Pre/post nights accommodations
  • Port taxes and fees subject to change
  • Pier transfers
  • Travel protection

 Package Notes

  • Save $1000 per person if booked and deposited before July 24, 2018
  • Call for single rate
  • Add 3 days in Prague for $1215 per person in twin accommodations.
  • To prevent any loss due to cancellation, travel protection is recommended.
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Points of Interest

  • Engelszell Abbey
  • St. Florian Monastery
  • Austria's Wine Country
  • Vienna
  • Museum of Fine Arts
  • Visegrad, Hungary
  • Budapest