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Avalon Waterways Reviews – 9 Day River Cruise Munich to Vienna

Avalon Waterways Reviews – 9 Day River Cruise Munich to Vienna. Danube Symphony – Eastbound

9 day river cruise Munich to ViennaRiver Cruise Description
Start your wonderful vacation experience in Bavaria’s capital, Munich, and visit the enchanting town of Oberammergau and the fairytale castle of Neuschwanstein. Board your river cruise ship in Passau and sail down the beautiful Danube, stopping to visit magnificent Melk Abbey or Schallaburg Castle, and the small town of Dürnstein in the Wachau Valley.

End your cruise in the “City of Music,” Austria’s capital Vienna, with guided sightseeing and plenty of time to explore this marvelous city on your own.

 

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River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Munich, Germany
Welcome to Munich! The rest of the day is free to start exploring this engaging German city.

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Day 2 Munich
Munich, capital of Bavaria, is a large city offering a small-town feel with its pedestrian- and bike-friendly atmosphere. Munich has plenty of things to see and do. Visit its historical museums, splendid English Garden, traditional cafés, and intriguing shops. A LOCAL GUIDE will show you some of the more intriguing sights in this fascinating city, including Nymphenburg Palace, summer residence of the Bavarian monarchs; MARIENPLATZ with its Old and New Town Halls; and the gothic Frauenkirche, a prominent landmark for Munich. Then, enjoy time on your own to explore deeper into this vibrant city. Watch the famous Glockenspiel, recreating a royal wedding from the 16th century; enjoy the pedestrian zone; linger at an outdoor café; or visit awe-inspiring St. Peter’s, the oldest church in town. Why not visit the Viktualienmarkt with its Maypole that carries figurines featuring the arts and crafts of this region? This large market is extremely popular for fresh produce, meats, cheeses, spices, baked goods, flowers, and much much more. Or, maybe you’ll just relax alongside the locals at one of the Biergarten or breweries to sample some of the Bavarian beer specialties. (Breakfast)

Day 3 Munich. Excursion to Neuschwanstein & Oberammergau
This morning, a full-day outing takes you into the garden-like landscapes of the famous Bavarian Alps and for a visit to King Ludwig’s fairytale NEUSCHWANSTEIN CASTLE, perched high above the village of Hohenschwangau. You will ontinue to Oberammergau, famous for its once-a-decade production of the “Passion Play.” Enjoy your free time in this small town as you walk along the streets and admire the typical Bavarian houses, many beautifully painted with scenes from fairytales. (Breakfast)

Day 4 Munich–Passau (Embarkation)
Enjoy a free morning in Munich, then, in the afternoon, drive to Passau, strategically located at the junction of the Rivers Inn, Ilz, and Danube. Or, you might like to join a full-day optional excursion to Salzburg, which will end in Passau with embarkation onto your ship. Meet your crew at a casual welcome reception this evening. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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Day 5 Passau–Linz, Austria

Passau, known for its maze of narrow cobblestone streets, is lined with beautiful patrician houses. Enjoy the beauty of St. Stephen’s Cathedral, a masterpiece of Italian baroque architecture, which houses one of the world’s largest church organs with 17,774 pipes. Join your Local Guide for a WALKING TOUR through this charming town, and find out much more about the “City of Three Rivers.” (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

European waterways cruises avalon budapestDay 6 Linz
Linz is Austria’s third-largest city and an important river port where culture plays a significant role in everyday life. A guided tour of the city shows you the 13th-century Hauptplatz, Austria’s largest medieval square, and the Trinity Column, built in 1723 as thanks for the city escaping the ravages of the plague, war, and fire. You can choose to stroll around the old castle grounds and take in the beautiful views of the river. Or you can visit the neo-gothic New Cathedral, Austria’s largest church, with capacity for 20,000 visitors. This afternoon relax on board enjoying the views of the peaceful passing riverscapes from the comfort of the spacious Sky Deck or join any number of optional excursions. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7 Melk–Dürnstein
A day of charming towns and magical scenery awaits you today! In Melk, you may choose between a GUIDED VISIT of the magnificent 11th-century BENEDICTINE ABBEY, one of Europe’s largest monasteries, or renaissance SCHALLABURG CASTLE. Melk’s abbey towers over the town and its church houses stunning frescoed ceilings and an ornate library with a large collection of medieval manuscripts. Schallaburg Castle was built as a defensive stronghold 900 years ago, but was later redesigned as an elegant princely home. Next, head into the heart of the Wachau wine region to Dürnstein known for its magnificent baroque Stiftskirche with its distinctive blue façade, and join a Certified Local Guide for a guided walk. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8 Vienna
Wake up this morning in Vienna, known as the “City of Music” and the place that inspired the creative genius of Mozart, Beethoven, and Strauss. Once the center of the mighty Habsburg Empire, Austria’s magical capital on the beautiful blue Danube is a showcase of gilded architecture. This is home to the posh Hofburg Imperial Palace complex with its world-famous 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 you’ll see on your GUIDED SIGHTSEEING TOUR. Stroll through the pedestrian Kärntnerstrasse, and be sure to take a break and enjoy a piece of decadent Sachertorte or Apfelstrudel in a quaint neighborhood café. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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Day 9 Vienna (Disembarkation)
While your vacation ends with breakfast this morning, please make note of the wonderful experiences you’ve enjoyed on your exciting River Cruise. Hopefully you have numerous personal photos and lasting memories of your journey to take home with you. (Breakfast).

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