12 Day Avalon River Cruise from Budapest to Munich – 2019

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Active & Discovery on the Danube - with Salzburg, Westbound River Cruise (WBLM)

Starting from $5,447
Ship(s): Avalon Impression
Avalon Waterways

River Cruise Description

This exciting 2019 12 day Avalon river cruise from Budapest to Munich vacation introduces you to charming Salzburg and its picturesque surrounding area. During your trip you will also get to meet the friendly people and intriguing places along the beautiful Danube. You’ll experience the excitement of bustling Budapest, Hungary to the quaint city of Linz, Austria in the most active, engaged and fun ways conceivable. You’ll begin your fascinating Avalon river cruise vacation in Hungary’s capital city where you embark on your luxurious Avalon ship and set sail for charming Visegrád. On these wonderful cruises just remember that the choice is always yours! You may choose to attend a fascinating medieval knights’ tournament in Visegrád, or enjoy an exhilarating jogging tour around Vienna. Or, you may choose to visit the city when it first awakes; visit with a local produce grower in the sensational Wachau Valley, or paddle a canoe; or have the opportunity to meet an actual count in his majestic castle.

You may choose to get some exercise and ride a bike to a popular ancient border defense site near quaint Mauthausen, or you might decide to visit the World War II’s largest concentration camp for a real historic experience. You’ll also have the option to have a culinary adventure as you try tasting some of the regional specialties, such things as locally produced cheese and popular beer brewed by Trappist monks near Linz. You may also enjoy hiking along the beautiful Danube River for some spectacular views before bidding farewell to your luxurious Avalon cruise ship’s friendly captain and crew as you disembark in quaint Linz. Your 2019 12 day Avalon river cruise from Budapest to Munich is not over!  Next you will travel by way of the gorgeous Austrian Lake district to visit fascinating Salzburg for two fantastic nights of excitement. You’ll enjoy an expertly guided walk through this amazing city, or if you would rather, take a hike to majestic Mt. Pöstlinberg. We will also take you for a day trip to the Salzkammergut area where you can visit the imperial villa of the Emperor Franz Josef in Bad Ischl, or choose a challenging hike up beautiful Siriuskogel. You’ll be able to enjoy a free morning exploring more of Salzburg, and then transfer to Munich for the final night of this sensational European vacation, including the magnificent river cruise with Active Discovery on the Danube.

River Cruise Promos

FREE AIR + $1,000 Off per couple

Book a select 2019 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruise to receive free round-trip economy class trans-Atlantic air from ATL, BOS, BWI, CLE, CLT, DEN, DFW, DTW, EWR, IAD, IAH, JFK, LAX, MCI, MIA, MCO, MSP, ORD, PDX, PHL, PHX, PIT, RDU, SAN, SEA, SFO, SLC, STL, TPA. Other gateway cities available from $200 to $1,075/person additional (inclusive of taxes/fees).

Free air offer is based on lowest-priced economy class Flex airfare available for booking at time of reservation and scheduled to coincide with cruise itinerary; pre-assigned airline seats are limited and may not be available on all air segments. Alternate schedules may be available at an additional cost. Quotes available online or by calling a Travel Professional. Limited to new bookings for US originating travelers and economy class Flex air tickets; must be booked & under deposit between May 24 - November 4, 2019.

A $550 non-refundable deposit is due at time of booking.

Offer does not apply to instant purchase air, Group Air (groups of 10 or more) and group air contracts. Offer is combinable only with the Welcome Back Credit and the $500pp land promo. Promotional discounts do not carry forward on voluntarily changed air bookings; other promotions at time of change may be available. Once ticketed, air reservations subject to change/cancellation penalties of between $300 per ticket and 100% of ticket value. Changes to ticketed air reservations (including itineraries involving free round-trip trans-Atlantic air) also subject to airfare differentials between originally ticketed air itinerary and re-ticketed air itinerary. Additional airline baggage fees may apply; visit www.iflybags.com for details. Air schedules are available approximately 330 days prior to return travel date. Flight schedules, routings and air carriers are at the discretion of Globus family of brands. Additional restrictions apply; see CruiseExperts.com for details. Air tickets are non-commissionable. Offer is capacity controlled and may be withdrawn at any time. Offer available from participating GFOB offices only. CST#2017032-20. PRMYFZ
(Promotion price shown is per person, double occupancy.)
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River Cruise Itinerary

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Day 1 Arrive in Budapest, Hungary

Welcome to bustling Budapest, known as the beautiful “Pearl of the Danube.” This evening, you’ll join your friendly Cruise Director for a casual WELCOME COCKTAIL and brief chat about how you can enjoy the city of Budapest to the fullest!

Day 2 Budapest (Embarkation)–Scenic Cruising Around the Danube Bend–Visegrad

Budapest, one of Eastern Europe’s most magnificent cities, Hungary’s capital practically begs you to get out and explore! Wake up refreshed and enjoy a wonderful breakfast before making the day your own. CHOOSE YOUR ACTIVITY: take an enjoyable 2-hour WALKING TOUR with some language instruction of useful local Hungarian words and phrases; enjoy riding a fascinating new-model, 24-gear bicycle on a GUIDED BIKE TOUR along the bike paths and car-free areas for a safe and enjoyable way to see the city’s most fantastic must-see sights. Or, you can see the best of Budapest on a CITY SIGHTSEEING TOUR featuring historic Heroes’ Square, impressive Fishermen’s Bastion, elegant Matthias Church, and an inside visit of the world-renowned OPERA HOUSE. Afterward, you have plenty of free time to shop for popular Hungarian paprika or a local craftsman’s handcrafted souvenirs, to savor a piece of cream cake in the world-famous Gerbeaud Café, or to join an optional tour of Budapest’s fascinating limestone cave system or to play nine holes of golf. This afternoon, transfer to the AVALON LUMINARY for embarkation. After a mandatory safety exercise, meet your friendly crew and fellow shipmates at a WELCOME RECEPTION. As your ship pulls away from the dock, be sure to have your camera ready for a remarkable view of the beautifully illuminated Parliament. A fabulous dinner by your ship’s chef will delight your taste buds with Hungarian specialties. Later, as you watch picturesque panoramas of the sensational Danube Bend drift by; consider toasting your adventure with a cocktail on the Sky Deck. Your luxurious cruise ship docks for the night near charming Visegrad. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 3 Visegrad

You’ll enjoy another exciting day on this fascinating river cruise vacation. After a wonderful breakfast, CHOOSE YOUR ACTIVITY: you might choose to cheer your favorite champion at an entertaining MEDIEVAL KNIGHTS TOURNAMENT at Visegrad’s majestic Lower Castle, featuring targeting and fighting demonstrations by members of the historic St. George Knightly Order. During your free time here, be sure to explore fascinating Palotaház, where talented stonemasons, smiths, potters, and paper-makers produce their traditional items using age-old techniques. Or, ACTIVE DISCOVERY ON THE DANUBE CRUISE WBL 9 DAYS FROM BUDAPEST TO LINZ© spend your day in the great outdoors on an exciting GUIDED HIKE through picturesque Danube-Ipoly National Park, home to majestic eagles, falcons, nocturnal bats, terrapins (turtles), fire salamanders, and other wildlife. This afternoon, your ship passes by the mighty Esztergom Basilica, elegant coronation church of Hungary’s monarchs. Relax onboard your cruise ship as we sail upstream toward beautiful Austria. After a wonderful dinner of popular Viennese specialties, you’ll experience the first of 10 locks that your ship will pass through on this adventurous cruise. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4 Vienna, Austria

Vienna, once the center of the mighty Habsburg Empire, this “City of Music” has inspired the creative genius of world-famous composers Mozart, Beethoven, and Strauss – and will undoubtedly inspire you as well! You’ll walk ashore and CHOOSE YOUR ACTIVITY: you’ll enjoy a relaxing BIKE TOUR that takes in the must-see sights along the famous Ringstrasse and areas of Vienna inaccessible to buses and cars; you can slip on your sneakers and join an energetic JOGGING TOUR that shows you the highlights as you run between fascinating sites; take a impressive INSIDERS TOUR that features something different each day. It could be anything, from visiting a craftsman at a musical instrument maker’s shop to a crash course on etiquette and protocol at diplomatic gatherings. You will meet friendly locals, and have the chance to prepare some food at a cooking class, and you’ll surely enjoy other surprises as well. You may choose to have a proper introduction to charming Vienna during a CITY SIGHTSEEING TOUR that includes an inside visit of majestic Belvedere Palace to see Klimt’s celebrated Kiss. Afterward, you have plenty free time to explore more of this fabulous city on your own. Maybe you’ll take a relaxing stroll through the bustling pedestrian Kärntnerstrasse, take a break for a piece of decadent Sachertorte, or join an exciting optional excursion. Tonight’s fantastic onboard dinner pays tribute to the former historic Austrian-Hungarian Empire. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5 Vienna

You’re blessed with a second full day in the “City of Music,” Vienna, which presents even more amazing opportunities to immerse yourself in the magic of this place. CHOOSE YOUR ACTIVITY for an experience most meaningful to you: you may enjoy just resting in the peacefulness and beauty of the city at sunrise during an EARLY RISER WALKING TOUR that includes a wonderful breakfast at a popular Viennese café and an exclusive viewing of the world-famous Habsburg family’s private art collections at the Museum of Fine Arts. For a more leisurely beginning to your morning, skip the walking tour and onshore breakfast and simply join us for the MUSEUM VISIT, which includes time in the famous ITALIAN & DUTCH MASTERS GALLERY. Or, a great excursion for military history buffs, is begin with the MUSEUM VISIT of the Habsburg collection, then explore the MILITARY MUSEUM, commemorating the heroic historic past of the mighty Habsburg Empire. During your free time later, consider joining an optional guided hike through the lush grape vineyards outside town, with a wine tasting and great dinner at a popular Heurigen wine tavern. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6 Krems–Wachau Valley & Strudengau Scenic Cruising–Grein

You’ll arrive early this morning, in charming Krems, the eastern gateway to the sensational Wachau Valley. After breakfast, CHOOSE YOUR ACTIVITY: PADDLE A CANOE on a guided tour down the legendary Danube River and along some of its most beautiful tributaries, for a completely unique perspective of the river and charming riverbank villages; you’ll bask in the fresh air and incredible views on an easy guided BIKE TOUR from Krems to quaint Spitz. Enjoy sightseeing in beautiful Dürnstein that includes the fantastic blue Stiftskirche, and enjoy a break to sample local specialties; join an interactive WINE WORLD EXPERIENCE with wine tasting, or, get a hands-on LOCAL ENCOUNTER that features farm production of regional fruits, vegetables, wine, or other products, depending on the season. A nice snack and beverage are included. And whatever activity you are enjoying, marvel at today’s SCENIC HIGHLIGHT, the sensational Wachau Valley. Slowly cruise past the extravagant Benedictine Melk Abbey, and through the stunning Strudengau, popular among serious climbers and hikers for its alluring geological formations. You’ll arrive in charming Grein, and visit GREINBURG or the majestic CLAM CASTLE, where you will have the opportunity to meet and talk with the actual castle owner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7 Grein–Mauthausen–Linz

This morning, you’ll enjoy a GUIDED WALK through quaint Grein features a visit of its famous historic THEATER, the oldest in Austria still holding regular performances. Back onboard, relax, enjoy a great lunch, and bask in the picturesque scenery. You’ll disembark in beautiful Mauthausen, with evidence of human habitation dating back to the historic Neolithic Age. Here, we let you place your own personal stamp on your day as you CHOOSE YOUR ACTIVITY: you may choose to take a GUIDED BIKE TOUR to an ancient Roman border defense fort dating back to the 2nd century AD. You’ll visit the museum dedicated to the site, with fascinating military weaponry, actual accounts of daily life, stunning ceiling frescoes, sacred art objects, and more; visit the elegant 9th-century ST. FLORIAN MONASTERY, an architectural rival to beautiful Melk Abbey. While exploring, you may meet one of the monks (when available) or attend a short music recital, or; join a heartrending tour of MAUTHAUSEN CONCENTRATION CAMP, one of World War II’s largest and most brutal Nazi labor camps. Later, you’ll join an onboard TASTING of local specialties on the way to bustling Linz, Austria’s third-largest city. This evening, optional theater and music excursions are available – or you can mingle with the locals at a festive pub crawl! (B,L,D)

Day 8 Engelhartszell–Schlögen Oxbow Scenic Cruising–Linz

As you got a good night’s sleep, your cruise ship arrived in the beautiful market town of Engelhartszell near the German border. You’ll go ashore and CHOOSE YOUR ACTIVITY: visit the stunning rococo ENGELSZELL ABBEY to tour its brewery, explore its SENSORY GARDEN – complete with stone labyrinth, impressive herb garden, and lush grape vineyard – and attend a TASTING of locally produced cheeses and beer brewed by the Trappist monks, or; join a fantastic GUIDED HIKE along the route that smugglers once took during World War II, when a tightly controlled border existed between Austria and Germany. Back on your cruise ship, an excellent lunch of Bavarian specialties will leave you energized and ready to join an exhilarating HIKE ALONG THE DANUBE. You’ll enjoy fresh air and remarkable vistas as you watch the luxurious Avalon Luminary pass through the sensational Schlögen Oxbow, a particularly beautiful horseshoe-shaped curve of the river. Join the ship in charming Aschach, and prepare for an exquisite GALA FAREWELL DINNER featuring foods specially paired with just the right area wines or beers. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 9 Linz (Disembarkation)–Salzburg

Say goodbye to your friendly crew after a wonderful breakfast and drive to beautiful Salzburg. This afternoon, CHOOSE YOUR ACTIVITY: Join a casual BIKE RIDE in the company of a Local Guide, to majestic Hellbrunn Palace where you get an inside visit; or Explore the fascinating city of Salzburg on a GUIDED WALK that shows you not only the most scenic but also the fastest route from your hotel to the city center. See some of the sites used in the popular movie, “Sound of Music,” and walk through the lovely Mirabell Gardens and get lost in the maze of lanes and little streets of Salzburg’s bustling Old Town; or You may prefer to strike out on your own on a SELF GUIDED HIKE – guidance material is available. Start along the river Salzach, up the massive Mönchsberg Mountain with a great orientation view, before returning via the city center with perhaps a stop in a beer garden? The evening is free for dinner in town or for independent activities. (Breakfast)

Day 10 Salzburg. Excursion to the Salzkammergut area

Today you’ll spend an entire day in fabulous Salzburg doing as you please. Or, you may prefer to join us for the excursion to the impressive Salzkammergut. An early morning start takes you to this region of natural beauty, where this morning you can choose from a variety of optional excursions such as a cable car ride up to beautiful Dachstein mountain where you visit an ice cave, or a crash course in either archery or mountain climbing. For a more leisurely activity, we suggest a guided walk up Feuerkogel mountain with a promise of refreshment when you reach the top! In the afternoon CHOOSE YOUR INCLUDED ACTIVITY: Join an easy MOUNTAIN HIKE up the impressive Siriuskogel for a delightful panoramic view over the town of Bad Ischl and the Traun River valley Enjoy a GUIDED WALK OF Bad Ischl, including an inside visit of the IMPERIAL VILLA If you prefer to work off some excess energy, then we have optional suggestions such as canoeing on the river Traun, or guided mountain biking or trekking (good physical fitness is required). (Breakfast)

Day 11 Salzburg–Munich, Germany

After yesterday’s exciting exertions, you have an opportunity to take it easy this morning. Or, you may wish to join an optional excursion to the source of Salzburg’s beauty and wealth – a visit to a nearby salt mine, or to majestic Hohenwerfen Castle for a guided tour and a falconry demonstration. This afternoon a comfortable motor coach ride takes you to Bavaria’s charming capital city of Munich, where you might wish to celebrate the final exciting night of this marvelous vacation with a final visit to one of the famous beer halls. (Breakfast)

Day 12 Munich

Your vacation ends with a wonderful breakfast today. (Breakfast)

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