8 Day Avalon Waterways River Cruise from Vienna to Budapest 2024

Avalon Waterways River Cruise - Vienna to Budapest

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

Starting from $2,217
Ship(s): Avalon Envision, Avalon Illumination, Avalon View
Avalon Waterways
8 Day Avalon Waterways River Cruise from Vienna to Budapest 2024

River Cruise Description

Arrive in Vienna for a 2-night stay in the legendary "City of Music." Enjoy guided sightseeing, including the Imperial Palace, Vienna Opera House, and stunning St. Stephens Cathedral. You may otherwise choose to take an early morning walk for breakfast at a Viennese café, followed by an exclusive viewing of the Habsburg family's private art collection at Vienna's Museum of Fine Art. You'll also enjoy a free day to leisurely explore the city at your own pace. Enjoy superior hotel accommodations with complimentary breakfast, an expert Local Guide, and courtesy hotel-to-ship transfer.

You'll embark on your Avalon Suite Ship® from Vienna on your way to marvelous Melk for guided sightseeing in Austria's Wachau Valley, including the magnificent Benedictine Abbey perched above the Danube. Dürnstein lies in the heart of the picturesque Wachau Valley and is best known for its beautiful Stiftskirche with its blue façade. You'll sail to the centuries-old Slovakian city of Bratislava and take a guided tour of its cobblestone streets and Gothic cathedral.

Your Danube River cruise concludes in Budapest, where you'll spend two nights in the Hungarian capital city. Enjoy superior hotel accommodations with complimentary breakfast, an expert Local Guide, and courtesy ship-to-hotel transfer. Enjoy guided sightseeing, including Budapest's iconic Heroes Square. An Avalon river cruise on the Danube-with overnight stays in Vienna and Budapest-what a perfect way to experience the legendary Danube's incredible views your way!



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Apr 29, 2024Avalon View$2,342Call Us!
May 31, 2024Avalon Envision$2,217Call Us!
Sep 11, 2024Avalon Illumination$2,342Call 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 VIENNA, AUSTRIA

Welcome to Vienna
Spend free time today by relaxing, exploring, or strolling through the streets of Vienna.

Day 2 VIENNA

Viennese Waltzes on the Blue Danube
Classic
Venture into 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 historic Vienna Opera House and stunning St. Stephen’s Cathedral, OR:
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.
(B)

Day 3 VIENNA (EMBARKATION)

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

Day 4 MELK

Frescoes Above and Vineyards Below
Visit the Adventure Center for today’s activities with your Adventure Host.
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.
DÜRNSTEIN
A King’s Ransom and Castle Ruins
Spend free time at your leisure, perhaps biking through the vineyards in the Wachau Valley, or hiking up the hillside to castle ruins and breathtaking views.
Later, enjoy onboard entertainment by local musicians.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BRATISLAVA
(B,L,D)

Day 5 BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA

Cathedral Coronations and a Crowning Castle
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.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BUDAPEST
(B,L,D)

Day 6 BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (DISEMBARKATION)

Time for Cobblestones, Coffee, and Confections
Classic
Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour to see majestic Heroes’ Square and Budapest’s classic sites.
(B)

Day 7 BUDAPEST

Hungarian Dishes, Healing Waters, and Historic Wonders
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 8 BUDAPEST

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
(B)
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