8 Day Avalon Waterways River Cruise from Budapest to Vienna 2024

Avalon Waterways River Cruise - Budapest to Vienna

A Taste of the Danube with 2 Nights in Budapest & 2 Nights in Vienna (Westbound)

Starting from $2,167
Ship(s): Avalon Envision, Avalon Illumination, Avalon View
Avalon Waterways
8 Day Avalon Waterways River Cruise from Budapest to Vienna 2024

River Cruise Description

From the Gypsy violins of Budapest to the romantic sounds of Vienna, the "City of Music," this European river cruise highlights the natural beauty of Austria's Wachau Valley, and the fascinating capital cities of Hungary, Slovakia, and Austria. Before your cruise, spend two nights in Budapest, where guided sightseeing shows you the highlights of this vibrant capital. Also, enjoy plenty of time to explore Budapest on your own. Take pictures from Fishermen's Bastion, walk across Chain Bridge, or enjoy a cream cake in the renowned Gerbeaud Café.

Board your Avalon Suite Ship® and head upriver to Bratislava. For a 58-mile stretch, the middle of the Danube forms the border between Hungary and Slovakia, and guided sightseeing awaits you in Slovakia's capital. In Melk, you will visit Austria's majestic Benedictine Abbey, one of Europe's largest monasteries, sitting high above the breathtaking views of the Danube River and surrounding countryside. Cruise through the picturesque Wachau Valley and spend free time in Dürnstein, known for the striking blue façade of its baroque Stiftskirche below the castle ruins where England's King Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned in 1192. Disembark your river cruise for two nights in the Austrian capital of Vienna. Enjoy guided sightseeing as well as free time on your own to relax, perhaps visit the famous Sacher Hotel for a taste of Sachertorte (a special chocolate cake), and stroll along the famous pedestrian street of Kärntnerstrasse.



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Apr 26, 2024Avalon View$2,167Call Us!
May 28, 2024Avalon Envision$2,217Call Us!
Sep 8, 2024Avalon Illumination$2,442Call Us!
Avalon Choice

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. There are 3 types of included shore excursion on every Europe cruise:

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.
  • Plus independent exploration options and use of Avalon's exclusive AvalonGO APP.

River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 BUDAPEST, HUNGARY

Two Nights in Beautiful Budapest! A Day to Discover, Dine, and Unwind in Historic Hungary’s Captivating Capital.

Day 2 BUDAPEST

War Heroes and Hot Water
Classic
Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour to see majestic Heroes’ Square and Budapest’s classic sites.
With plenty of free time this afternoon, experience the curative waters of Budapest’s thermal baths, or set out for a hike to explore the countryside on either side of the Danube. Take time to shop for treasures, including handcrafted embroidery, Herend porcelain, or Budapest’s best-baked goods.
(B)

Day 3 BUDAPEST (EMBARKATION)

Time for Cobblestones, Coffee, and Confections
Spend free time strolling along the cobblestone streets, browsing art galleries, sipping coffee, and sampling sweets before boarding your Danube cruise for a welcome dinner this evening.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BRATISLAVA
(B,D)

Day 4 BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA

Cathedral Coronations and a Crowning Castle
Visit the Adventure Center for today’s activities with your Adventure Host.
Active
Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a scenic walk to Bratislava Castle, OR:
Classic
Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Old Town’s cobblestone streets to Town Hall. Visit the Gothic halls of St. Martin’s Cathedral—Hungary’s centuries-old coronation church.
Alternatively take a bicycle and a picnic from the ship to explore the local sights along the Danube.
AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MELK
(B,L,D)

Day 5 MELK, AUSTRIA–WACHAU VALLEY

Frescoes Above and Vineyards Below
Active
Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Morning Hike through Melk’s beautiful countryside, OR:
Classic
Join a morning Guided Sightseeing Tour of Melk’s 11th-century Benedictine Abbey. Explore its frescoes, statues, library, and spectacular pipe organ in the monastery’s lofty perch above the Danube.
Take a relaxing break on the Sky Deck as you sail through awe-inspiring views of the Wachau Valley and the wine region surrounding Dürnstein.
DÜRNSTEIN
A King’s Ransom and Castle Ruins
Spend free time at your leisure, perhaps biking through the vineyards in the Wachau Valley.
Later, enjoy on board entertainment by local musicians.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIENNA
(B,L,D)

Day 6 VIENNA (DISEMBARKATION)

Viennese Waltzes on the Blue Danube
Discovery
Take an Early Riser Walking Tour that includes breakfast at a Viennese café followed by an exclusive viewing of the Habsburg family’s private art collection at the Museum of Fine Arts—the perfect start to your stay in Vienna, OR:
Classic
Explore the Habsburg empire with a morning Guided City Tour of Vienna’s gilded landmarks. See the Imperial Palace complex—the winter residence of the Imperial Family, the iconic Vienna Opera House and stunning St. Stephen’s Cathedral.
(B)

Day 7 VIENNA

Vienna Favorites—Sachertorte and Apfelstrudel
Enjoy a free day to explore the city at your own pace.
Take a tram ride to discover the adventure, tradition, and Viennese charm of The Prater amusement park. You may also consider visiting one of Vienna’s marvelous museums. Or indulge your sweet tooth with authentic Austrian pastries in a local bakery.
(B)

Day 8 VIENNA

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
(B)
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