Cruising Elevated - Cruise Along the Danube River with Avalon Waterways
Price: $5,505CAD Per Person
(Price per person, based on double occupancy, cabin category D.)
Offer: Fly Free Plus Save $700CAD Per Couple
Departure Date: September 24, 2023
Return Date: October 1, 2023
Video: More in View. More to Do. Avalon Waterways®
Avalon has designed included activities with a choice of experiences. We invite you to select the tours, activities, and events that interest you most, so you can experience your cruise your way.
Below are 3 types of included shore excursions for you to experience:
- Classic. Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You’ll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites.
- Discovery. We’ve found inspiring and interactive activities to speak to your interests - from cooking classes, to painting workshops - to immerse yourself in each culture you explore.
- Active. Embark on energetic excursions to keep you in motion and on the go - from a guided jogging tour of Amsterdam, to biking, paddling, and hiking your way through scenic locales.
- 7-night cruise in an outside stateroom
- daily included port excursions
- all meals included while on ship (including Captain’s & farewell dinners)
- complimentary beer and wine with lunch and dinner and free local spirits and beer during happy hour
Photo: Map of Active & Discovery on the Danube itinerary
Day 1: Budapest, Hungary (Embarkation) - Danube Bend
Welcome to Hungary. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding. Flights into Budapest must arrive by 3:30 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm. The day is yours to relax and enjoy Eastern Europe’s shining city on the Danube. Enjoy a Hungarian Dinner on board during a scenic cruise through the Danube Bend. Later, enjoy live entertainment onboard.
Day 2: Visegrad
Jousting Tournaments and Dracula’s Tower.
Active: Visit Count Dracula’s prison tower on a Hiking Tour.
Active: Take part in a Canoe Excursion through the picturesque Bend Region of the Danube for a truly unique perspective of one of the river’s most beautiful stretches.
Discovery: Join a Guided Visit to the Medieval Knights Tournament at Visegrád’s Lower Castle, featuring targeting and fighting demonstrations by members of the St. George Knightly Order.
Spend free time after your selected activities to explore Palotaház, where stonemasons, smiths, potters, and paper-makers produce their traditional items using age-old techniques.
Day 3: Vienna, Austria
Strauss, Schnitzel, Strudel and Sachertorte the Blue Danube.
Active: Take a Guided Bike Tour along the famed Ringstrasse and pedestrian avenues of Vienna to see the city’s highlights from a unique perspective.
Discovery: Take an Insider’s Tour of Vienna to get behind the scenes of her sights and attractions. You will meet locals, have the chance to prepare some food, and enjoy other surprises.
Classic: Take 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. This evening consider joining an optional excursion to attend a Royal Waltz Concert in an elegant hall.
Photo: Vienna, Austria
Day 4: Vienna
Feast for the Soul.
Discovery: Enjoy a morning Guided Walking Tour to see the city in her best light, along with breakfast at a Viennese café.
Classic: Dive into one of the world’s most important museums with a Guided Tour of the Habsburg family’s private art collection at the Museum of Fine Arts, and enjoy Italian or Dutch master works.
Classic: Take a Guided Tour of the Museum of Fine Arts, followed by the Military Museum, commemorating the past of the Habsburg Empire.
Day 5: Krems
Take a Canoe or a Bike through Austria’s Wine Country. Join your Adventure Host for today’s special activities.
Active: Paddle a canoe on a Guided Tour to see the Austrian waterways and shoreline scenery from a unique perspective.
Active: Take a Guided Bike Tour from Krems to Spitz, and enjoy a stop in Dürnstein to see the mesmerizing blue Stiftskirche, and to sample local specialties.
Discovery: Join an interactive Wine World Experience with wine tasting.
Discovery: Enjoy a Guided Visit that showcases production of regional fruits, vegetables, wine, or other products.
Relax on board this afternoon to enjoy the picturesque Wachau Valley scenery as you cruise to Grein.
Grein: A Modern-Day Castle and the Count.
Discovery: See Burg Clam on a Guided Visit, and meet the Count of Clam during your tour.
Photo: Wachau Valley along the Danube
Day 6: Grein
Theater History...Alive and Well in Grein.
Classic: Take a Guided Walk of Grein, including its historic theater, the oldest in Austria still holding regular performances.
Take a mid-morning cruise to Mauthausen.
Mauthausen: History Lessons and Monastic Life.
Active: Take a Guided Bike Tour along the Danube and discover how fertile this area is. Stop at a local farm and learn more about farming life and flood protection.
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 camp of WWII.
This afternoon sail to Linz arriving this evening.
Linz. Tonight, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship.
Photo: Avalon Panorama Suite
Day 7: Engelhartszell - Schlogen Oxbow
Memories and Beer in the Making.
Active: Bike your way to a local trappist monastery in Engelhartszell.
Discovery: Join a Guided Tour to the “House by the stream” (Haus am Strom) and walk across the Danube Power-Station Jochenstein.
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.
Active: This afternoon, enjoy a scenic Guided Hike along the Danube’s Schlögen Oxbow, a dramatic bend carved by centuries.
Or, as a relaxing option, 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 to Vilshofen.
Day 8: Vilshofen (Disembarkation)
Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning. Flights should not leave Munich airport before 8 am.