Whether you are an art lover, a foodie, a history buff or a lover of adventure, the Active & Discovery Danube River Cruise offers you activities and excursions to suit your interests. With Avalon Choice inclusions, you can select the perfect experiences, in line with your preferences and suited to your pace. By choosing from the included excursions Classic, Active or Discovery, you can explore and experience each destination in your own way. Start by exploring Budapest, the capital of Hungary, your way: stroll its streets on a classic city tour accompanied by an expert local guide or opt for a bike ride to get to know the city from a different perspective, or join Kinga Tittel, famous author of "Fabulous Budapest", and experience the people and places of the city through her guide. At the Visegrád castle, you will be the spectator of a medieval knights tournament; in Vienna admire the famous painting by Gustav Klimt "The Kiss". With Avalon Choice, every day is yours to experience according to your tastes. Whether you prefer to explore the art collection of the Hapsburg Empire, join a tasting to sip local vintage wines or join a canoe excursion, your Active & Discovery cruise is packed with inclusions for every interest in every location where we go. Sample the cheese and beer produced by Trappist monks and explore the abbey gardens; take part in an excursion to the tower of Count Dracula's prison; or visit the Mauthausen concentration camp, one of the most famous sites of World War II. The choice is yours, from an unparalleled variety of day trips included. Your Danube River Cruise Active & Discovery can be active, adventure and discovery or just relaxing, just your way!
EMBARKATION BUDAPEST / DISEMBARK LINZ
August 24, 2021
Welcome to Hungary!
Budapest: the fascinating capital of Hungary. A day dedicated to discovering the glittering eastern European city of the Danube.
Overnight at 4 * Intercontinental Hotel or similar.
After the boarding procedures, you can join a guided bicycle tour along the cycle paths and pedestrian areas of the city or you can join the author of the book "Fabulous Budapest" for an unforgettable introduction to the people, the places and the traditions that make Budapest so special.
Alternatively, it is possible to take a guided walking tour of Budapest to see the most iconic sites of the city.
Lunch on board and in the afternoon you can spend your free time buying Hungarian paprika or handmade souvenirs or enjoy a slice of cream cake in one of the many cafes.
Typical Hungarian dinner on board. During the panoramic navigation through the Danube bend. After dinner enjoy live entertainment on board as you sail to VISEGRÁD.
After breakfast you can visit Count Dracula's prison tower with our specialized guides or you can choose a canoe excursion through the picturesque Danube Bend region for a truly unique perspective of one of the most beautiful stretches of the river.
Alternatively, you can join a guided tour of the lower Visegrád castle and witness a reenactment of a medieval knight tournament, with shooting and fighting demonstrations by members of the Knightly Order of St. George. There will also be free time to explore Palotaház, where stonemasons, blacksmiths, potters and paper mills produce their traditional items using ancient techniques.
Back on board for afternoon sailing to Vienna.
After breakfast you can set off on a guided bike tour along Vienna's famous Ringstrasse and pedestrianized boulevards to see the city's highlights from a unique perspective. If you want, you can join an insider tour of Vienna to discover the behind the scenes of its sights and attractions. You will have the opportunity to meet local people, prepare typical dishes of the city and enjoy other fantastic surprises.
Alternatively you can choose a guided sightseeing tour of Vienna, including a visit to the Belvedere Palace to admire the famous painting "Kiss" by Gustave Klimt.
There will be free time in the afternoon strolling down the pedestrian Kärntnerstrasse, and being able to take a break and taste a piece of Sachertorte.
In the evening you can consider joining an optional excursion and attend a Royal Waltz concert in an elegant hall or enjoy the evening on board moored in Vienna.
After breakfast, you can choose a morning guided walking tour to see the city in its best light and test the typical Viennese breakfast in a historic café.
If you want you can dive into one of the most important museums in the world with a guided tour of the private art collection of the Habsburg family at the Museum of Fine Arts and admire the Italian or Dutch masterpieces.
Alternatively, you can choose a guided tour of the Museum of Fine Arts and the Military Museum, which commemorates the past of the Hapsburg Empire.
Dinner sailing to Krems.
After breakfast, enjoy a guided canoe tour to see the Austrian waterways and coastal scenery from a unique perspective.
Alternatively you can join a guided bike tour from Krems to Spitz and enjoy a stop in Dürnstein to see the charming blue and white bell tower taste local specialties or for food and wine lovers you can join an experience interactive world of wine with wine tasting. Also with a guided tour you can discover the production of fruit, vegetables, wine or other regional products.
Time for relaxation in the early afternoon to enjoy the picturesque scenery of the Wachau Valley as you sail to Grein.
Arrival and guided tour to see Clam Castle and meet Count Clam during the tour.
Dinner on board moored in Grein.
After breakfast, departure for a guided tour of Grein, its historic theater, the oldest in Austria which still offers regular shows.
Mid-morning navigation to Mauthausen.
Upon arrival you can choose a guided bike tour along the Danube and discover how fertile this area is. We will stop at a local farm to find out more about agricultural life and production.
For those who want a classic itinerary, it is possible to visit the monastery of San Floriano of the 9th century, the largest monastery in Upper Austria and home to the Augustinian monks or for those who want a suggestive guided tour of the concentration camp of Mauthausen, one of the largest and most brutal Nazi camps of the Second World War.
In the afternoon we set sail for Linz arriving in the evening.
Dinner and entertainment on board while sailing to ENGELHARTSZELL.
After breakfast, depart for a guided tour of the "House by the brook" (Haus am Strom) and cross the Danube Jochenstein power station or you can visit the splendid Rococo-style Engelszell Abbey and explore its sensory garden , complete with a stone labyrinth, herb garden and vineyard. You will also have the chance to taste the beer produced by the Trappist monks who still reside within it.
In the afternoon you can enjoy a panoramic guided hike along the Schlögen Oxbow, a beautiful bend in the Danube. During the walk you will enjoy beautiful panoramic views.
Or, if you prefer a more relaxing alternative, you can admire this incredible horseshoe-shaped bend of the Danube directly from the Sky Deck, while in the afternoon you sail towards Linz.
Dinner moored in Linz.
After breakfast, disembarkation and transfer to the chosen airport.
End of the cruise.
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