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A Taste of the Danube Eastbound

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A Taste of the Danube Eastbound

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 day(s)
Group Size: 100 - 166 people
Destination(s): Austria   Hungary  
Specialty Categories: Riber Cruising  
Season: July - October
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 1839 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 2760 US Dollar (USD)

Day 1Arrive 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 2Vienna

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 3Vienna (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 4Melk–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 5Bratislava, 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 6Budapest, 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 7Budapest

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 8Budapest

Your vacation ends this morning. (Breakfast)

Accommodating a maximum of 138 passengers for an intimate cruise experience, the Avalon Affinity set sail in 2009 and reflects the uniqueness of the rivers it cruises - the Rhine, Main, Danube, and Moselle. After a day of exploring some of Europe's most exciting cities, relax in the ship's two lounges, soak in the whirlpool, or unwind in a deck chair atop the Sky Deck. This elegant, contemporary ship features popular amenities such as an Internet corner with Wi-Fi access, a fitness center, hair salon, and elevator. For accommodations, the Avalon Affinity boasts spacious and well-appointed deluxe staterooms and suites. With most staterooms featuring a large floor-to-ceiling sliding-glass door with a French balcony, passengers experience Europe's beauty and history even when on board.

Included Amenities

Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows
Sky Deck with shade awnings
Elevator
Outside Viewing Deck
Sightseeing with a Certified Local Guide
Onboard lectures, activities & nightly entertainment
Room service available featuring Continental breakfast and beverages
Internet Corner
Hair salon (manicures available)
Self-serve beverage station with complimentary tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees
2013 - Biking excursions available in Amsterdam, Breisach and Durnstein
Avalon Choice cruising experience
Choice of excursions - Leisurely, Traditional or Essential Sightseeing options
Culture & Cruise onboard experiences with local chefs, entertainers, artisans and experts
Guest Services is available to recommend, reserve and further personalize your cruise
Sky Deck Game Area
Well-stocked library

Sky Deck with shade system & premium lounge chairs
Non-smoking interior
Elegant, contemporary design throughout
English-speaking crew
Cruise Director
Revolutionary engineering
Sky Deck Whirlpool
Fitness Center
Lounges and upscale bar serving premium spirits
Relax and enjoy onboard movie nights
Alternate dining experience with regional specialties and lighter fare in the Panorama Bistro
Behind-the-scenes ship tour
Complimentary maps and use of Nordic walking sticks
Expanded "on-demand" in-room entertainment
Panorama Bistro
Complimentary Wi-Fi Access

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Prices based on double occupancy land only and vary on departure dates

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