12 Day Avalon River Cruise from Munich to Budapest – 2019


Active & Discovery on the Danube - with Salzburg, Eastbound River Cruise (WLBM)

Starting from $4,555
Ship(s): Avalon Impression
Avalon Waterways

River Cruise Description

This fabulous new 2019 12 day Avalon river cruise from Munich to Budapest vacation introduces you to beautiful Salzburg and to the fascinating people and places you’ll discover along the legendary Danube River.

You’ll enjoy the most active, engaged and fun ways possible as you marvel at three wonderful nights in bustling Salzburg and enjoy an expertly guided walk of this historic city. We will take you for an amazing day to the picturesque Salzkammergut area: visit historic Emperor Franz Josef’s imperial villa in Bad Ischl, or join a an expertly guided hike up to Siriuskogel Mountain, if you are one who loves the natural beauty of the outdoors and don’t mind sweating a little. Then you’ll drive to quaint city of Linz, by way of the picturesque Austrian Lake District, where you will embark on your lavish Avalon river cruise ship.

You will have a wide variety of excursions to choose from during your Europe river cruise adventure. You don’t want to miss this wonderful opportunity. You can choose to taste the fabulous locally produced cheese and beer brewed by the historic Trappist monks near Linz or be adventuresome and hike along the beautiful Danube trails for sensational views. You might decide to bike to an ancient historic border defense near Mauthausen, or if you are in the mood, you can visit World War II’s largest and most famous concentration camp. You might love the tranquility of paddling a canoe or meet with a friendly local produce farmer in the sensational Wachau Valley.

You’ll have an opportunity to meet an actual Count and tour his castle; or perhaps you’ll opt for an energetic jogging tour around fabulous Vienna, the “City of Music.” or if you’re an early riser you can visit Vienna when the bustling city first awakes. If you are in for sports, attend a medieval knights’ tournament in quaint Visegrád and end your European river cruise vacation with an exciting one night in bustling Budapest, and you might choose to learn how to speak some Hungarian! All of this is yours to discover on your Active Discovery river cruise, while enjoying the comfort of your luxurious Avalon Waterways river ship, with its fabulous meals and friendly, warm, personal service. Certainly you’ll enjoy your home-away-from-home while you explore your majestic surroundings, active adventures, and new discoveries each day during this exciting 2019 12 day Avalon river cruise from Munich to Budapest.

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


Day 1 Arrive in Munich Germany

You’ll transfer to fascinating Salzburg, Austria. Welcome to fabulous Munich, Bavaria’s bustling capital city! This afternoon a comfortable motor coach ride will take you to Salzburg. For any travelers arriving in Salzburg early enough on their own, can take advantage of a guided city walk or a self-guided hike. These options are available in the early afternoon. *NOTE: Flights into Munich must arrive by 12 noon. Transfer to Salzburg departs the meeting point hotel at 2.30 pm).

Day 2 Salzburg. Excursion to the Salzkammergut area

Today you can 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. You’ll need an early morning start, which takes you to this region of natural beauty, where you can choose from a variety of optional excursions such as a cable car ride up to majestic Dachstein mountain where you visit an alluring ice cave, or take a crash course in either archery or mountain climbing. For a more leisurely activity, we suggest a guided walk up beautiful Feuerkogel mountain with a promise of refreshment when you reach the top! during the afternoon CHOOSE YOUR INCLUDED ACTIVITY: You’ll join an easy and relaxing MOUNTAIN HIKE up the fascinating Siriuskogel for a delightful view over the town of Bad Ischl and the picturesque Traun River valley. Enjoy a GUIDED WALK OF Bad Ischl, including an inside visit of the extravagant IMPERIAL VILLA. If you prefer to work off some excess energy, then we have option of canoeing on the river Traun, or guided mountain biking.

Day 3 Salzburg–Linz

After yesterday’s exertions, you have a chance 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 an entertaining demonstration of falconry. This afternoon a relaxing motor coach ride takes you to charming Linz, with a stop en route in beautiful Mondsee. (Breakfast)

Day 4 Linz (Embarkation)

Linz, Austria’s third-largest city, is considered the European Capital of Culture. You’ll be welcomed with open arms and plenty of exciting things to see and do. This morning CHOOSE YOUR ACTIVITY: You can join a GUIDED CITY WALK or a contemporary HISTORY TOUR during which your guide reveals what life was really like in the city during WWII and how Linz just managed to escape becoming a divided city like Berlin. The more active travelers might enjoy a CASUAL HIKE across to fascinating Mount Pöstlingberg. Then there’s plenty of free time for shopping, exploring on your own, or joining an optional activity. You might even decide on taking a cooking class so you can impress your friends back home with an authentic Linzer Torte, the world’s oldest known cake! Or, you might choose a visit to a farm where you’ll learn how to milk a cow, mow grass using a scythe, saw wood, and more! This afternoon, you’ll board the luxurious AVALON LUMINARY, and after a mandatory safety exercise, meet your friendly crew and fellow travelers at a casual WELCOME RECEPTION. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 5 Engelhartszell–Schlögen Oxbow Scenic Cruising–Linz

As you enjoyed a good night’s sleep, your cruise ship arrived in the beautiful market town of Engelhartszell near the German border. You’ll step ashore and CHOOSE YOUR ACTIVITY: you may visit the elegant rococo ENGELSZELL ABBEY to tour its fascinating brewery, explore its SENSORY GARDEN – complete with stone labyrinth, wonderful herb garden, and lush grape vineyard – and attend a TASTING of locally produced cheeses and beer brewed by the Trappist monks. You might choose to join an entertaining GUIDED HIKE along the famous route that smugglers took during World War II, when a tightly controlled border existed between Austria and Germany. When you get back on your cruise ship, an excellent lunch of Bavarian specialties will energize you so your ready to join an exhilarating HIKE ALONG THE LEGENDARY DANUBE RIVER. Enjoy the fresh air and remarkable vistas as you watch the Avalon Luminary pass through the stunning Schlögen Oxbow, a particularly beautiful horseshoe-shaped curve of the river. In charming Aschach, you’ll rejoin your cruise ship, which returns to bustling Linz and docks for the night. This evening, you have the option of theater, or music excursions are available – or you can mingle with the friendly locals at an entertaining pub crawl! (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6 Linz–Mauthausen–Grein–Spitz

You’ll arrive in beautiful Mauthausen this morning, 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: take a historic GUIDED BIKE TOUR to an ancient Roman border defense fort, which dates back to the 2nd century AD. You’ll visit the museum dedicated to this fascinating site, with military weaponry, personal accounts of daily life, stunning ceiling frescoes, sacred art objects, and more. ACTIVE DISCOVERY ON THE DANUBE CRUISE WLB 9 DAYS FROM LINZ TO BUDAPEST you’ll visit the elegant 9th-century ST. FLORIAN MONASTERY, an architectural rival to charming Melk Abbey. While exploring, you may meet one of the monks (when available) or enjoy a short music recital, or; join a heartrending tour a place of sad memories –  MAUTHAUSEN CONCENTRATION CAMP – one of World War II’s largest and most brutal Nazi labor camps. This afternoon, your cruise ship passes through another breathtaking area, the Strudengau, popular among serious climbers and hikers for its alluring geological formations. Your ship will dock in charming Grein, a beautiful country resort situated in the shadows of its majestic castle. The GUIDED WALK includes a visit of the historic THEATER, the oldest in Austria still holding regular performances. Then, visit impressive GREINBURG or majestic CLAM CASTLE, where you will get to meet the friendly owner. After dinner, don’t miss the spectacular views as we pass by charming Melk Abbey, perched high on a cliff above the river. Your cruise ship docks late tonight in Spitz. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7 Spitz–Wachau Valley–Vienna

More exciting activities highlight your day! CHOOSE YOUR ACTIVITY: PADDLE A CANOE on a guided tour down the legencary Danube River and along some of its beautiful tributaries, for a completely unique perspective of the river and charming riverbank villages; you’ll bask in the fresh air and remarkable views on an easy guided BIKE TOUR from quaint Spitz to charming Krems. Enjoy sightseeing in beautiful Dürnstein that includes the captivating blue Stiftskirche, and enjoy a break to sample popular local specialties; you can join an interactive WINE WORLD EXPERIENCE with wine tasting, or, have a hands-on LOCAL ENCOUNTER that features production of fresh 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. You’ll arrive in fabulous Vienna, the “City of Music,” where you have plenty of free time to join an optional guided hike through the lush grape vineyards outside town, with a fine wine tasting and wonderful dinner at a popular Heurigen wine tavern. (Breakfast, Lunch,Dinner)

Day 8 Vienna

Vienna, once the center of the mighty Habsburg Empire, this “City of Music” inspired the creative genius of famous composers Mozart, Beethoven, and Strauss. This visit will inspire you, as well! You can waltz ashore and CHOOSE YOUR ACTIVITY: you’ll enjoy an energetic BIKE TOUR that takes in the must-see sights along the famous Ringstrasse and areas of Vienna inaccessible to buses and cars; or you can slip on your sneakers and join a JOGGING TOUR that shows you the highlights as you run between these fascinating sites. You might choose to take a unique INSIDERS TOUR that features something different every day. It could be anything, from a visit to a talented musical instrument maker to a crash course on etiquette and protocol at diplomatic gatherings. You’ll meet friendly locals, have the chance to prepare some food at a cooking class, and will enjoy other surprises as well, or; receive 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 of free time to explore this fantastic city on your own. Maybe you’ll stroll through the bustling pedestrian Kärntnerstrasse, take a break for a piece of decadent Sachertorte, or join an optional excursion. Tonight’s onboard dinner pays a tribute to the former Austrian-Hungarian Empire. (Breakfast, Lunch,Dinner)

Day 9 Vienna

You’ll enjoy a second full day in charming Vienna, which offers even more opportunities to immerse yourself in the magic of this amazing city. CHOOSE YOUR ACTIVITY for an experience most meaningful to you: you might enjoy sharing in the peace 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 historic Habsburg family’s private art collections at the Museum of Fine Arts; for a more relaxing 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; the perfect excursion for military history buffs, begins with the MUSEUM VISIT of the Habsburg collection, then explore the MILITARY MUSEUM, commemorating the heroic past of the incredible Habsburg Empire. Tonight, you’ll enjoy a fabulous dinner of Viennese specialties onboard your luxurious Avalon river cruise ship. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 10 Visegrad, Hungary–Budapest

This morning, the Avalon Luminary passes by mighty elegant Esztergom Basilica, coronation church of Hungary’s monarchs. Later, you’ll arrive in charming Visegrad, where another exciting day is on tap. CHOOSE YOUR ACTIVITY: 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 impressive Palotaház, where talented stonemasons, smiths, potters, and paper-makers produce their traditional items using age-old techniques, or; you might spend your day in the great outdoors on a GUIDED HIKE through picturesque Danube-Ipoly National Park, home to majestic eagles, falcons, nocturnal bats, terrapins (turtles), fire salamanders, and other wildlife. Later this afternoon, your cruise ship arrives in bustling Budapest, affording magnificent views of the beautifully illuminated Parliament. Prepare for an exquisite GALA FAREWELL DINNER featuring foods specially paired with just the right area wines or beers. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 11 Budapest (Disembarkation)

Budapest, Hungary’s capital is one of Eastern Europe’s most dynamic cities, which spans the legendary Danube River. You’ll wake up refreshed and enjoy a wonderful breakfast before disembarking and deciding how you would like to explore this fascinating place. CHOOSE YOUR ACTIVITY: you can take an enjoyable, 2-hour WALKING TOUR that includes some language instruction of useful local words and phrases; you’ll get to ride a 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 sights, or; 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 famous OPERA HOUSE. Afterward, you have plenty of free time to shop for popular Hungarian paprika or 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. (Breakfast)

Day 12 Budapest

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning! (Breakfast)

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