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13 Day Avalon River Cruise from Budapest to Mainz 2020

13 Day Avalon River Cruise from Budapest to Mainz

Heart of the Danube (Westbound) River Cruise (WBF)

Starting from $6,090
Ship(s): Avalon Artistry II, Avalon Imagery II

River Cruise Description

This 13-day Avalon river cruise from Budapest to Mainz 2020 tours Hungary, Austria, and Germany. The journey begins in the Hungarian capital of Budapest and then sails to Vienna—the “City of Music.” You’ll marvel at the sights with a guided city tour of Vienna’s gilded landmarks—including the Imperial Palace, the world-famous opera house, and stunning St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Sail to Dürnstein to walk in the steps of Richard the Lionheart. You may choose a guided hike to the castle where he was held during the Crusades, and behold the brilliant view of Austria’s Wachau Valley from above. Next, the magnificent Benedictine Abbey of Melk awaits, with its frescoed ceilings, sculptures, library, and ornate pipe organ. Join us on board for a wine tasting of Wachau Valley vintages.

You’ll then travel to Passau for a guided walking tour of Germany’s “City of Three Rivers” during the 13-day Avalon river cruise from Budapest to Mainz 2020. Visit the Bavarian town of Regensburg to see medieval sights, and join us for a beer tasting on board. In Roth, take a guided tour of the town; guided sightseeing in Nuremberg, or a tour of the notorious Nuremberg Rally Grounds. Join a guided excursion and tour of Munich to see Nymphenburg Palace—former home of the German monarchs. In Bamberg, enter a world where imperial dynasties lived with a guided tour of its Romanesque cathedral amid the seven hills crowned with churches. Enjoy a beer tasting on board before sailing for the quaint Bavarian town of Volkach. During this German river cruise, visit Kitzingen in Bavaria’s largest wine-producing area to hear the legend of the town’s beginnings. Würzburg will delight you along the famed Romantic Road, followed by a visit to a Bavarian Main River Village. Your Danube River cruise concludes in Mainz.

River Cruise Promos

FLY FREE AIR from Select US cities

*Book a select 2020 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruise to receive free round-trip economy class trans-Atlantic air from ATL, BOS, BWI, CHS, CLE, CLT, DEN, DFW, DTW, EWR, IAD, IAH, JFK, LAX, MCI, MIA, MCO, MSP, OKC, 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 1, 2019 - March 9, 2020. 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. 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 Travel Terms 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. PRMYFX

FREE AIR + $500 Off per couple

*Book a select 2020 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruise to receive free round-trip economy class trans-Atlantic air from ATL, BOS, BWI, CHS, CLE, CLT, DEN, DFW, DTW, EWR, IAD, IAH, JFK, LAX, MCI, MIA, MCO, MSP, OKC, 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 1, 2019 - March 9, 2020. 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 $250pp 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 Travel Terms 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. PRMYFYFY
(Promotion price shown is per person, double occupancy.)
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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

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Day 1 Budapest, Hungary (Embarkation)

Welcome to Hungary. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding

Welcome to Budapest—Hungary’s Captivating Capital. Use this day to rest or explore at your leisure to delight in this gleaming Eastern European city on the Danube. Flights into Budapest must arrive by 2 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.

(Dinner)

Day 2 Vienna, Austria

Vienna Waltzes and the Beautiful Blue Danube

You might like to start the day with a Morning Stretch with your Avalon Adventure Host. Sit back and relax as you sail the Danube, which shares dozens of miles with Hungary and Slovakia. Take in the views from the Sky Deck and witness the rolling landscape and red-rooftops of the Slovakian capital of Bratislava.  You’ll spend the evening in Vienna, where you may choose to attend an Optional Excursion to a Royal Waltz Concert for an unforgettable evening of music in an elegant hall.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 3 Vienna

Royal Collections, and Amusing Attractions
Classic
Venture into the Habsburg empire this morning on a 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 you may opt to join a Guided Excursion to Schönbrunn Palace—a Habsburg Empire summer home for 300 years. Enjoy free time in the afternoon to take a tram to visit Austria’s Prater amusement park or one of the many museums nearby. Or consider borrowing a bike from the ship to explore the streets and squares of Vienna, or ride along the banks of the Danube on your own.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4 DÜRNSTEIN

Fairytale Castles, Kings, and Cobblestones of Delightful Dürnstein
Classic
Join a Guided Walk, and hear the legendary tale of King Richard the Lionheart—who was imprisoned in the castle above the village during the Crusades, OR:
Active
Join a Hike up to the castle ruins with your Adventure Host for a spectacular view of the village, Danube, and the Wachau Valley below.

Relax on the Sky Deck, have a cup of coffee or perhaps a cocktail, as you sail through the magnificent Wachau Valley to Melk.

Melk
Ornate Architecture and Scenic Splendors
Classic
Take a Guided Tour of Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey to marvel at its frescoed ceilings, statues, incredible library, and ornate pipe organ.
Discovery
Enjoy the flavors of the Wachau Valley with a Wine Tasting on board.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5 Passau, Germany

Go for Baroque in Passau–Where the Danube, Inn, and Ilz Rivers Meet
Classic
Join a Guided City Walk to learn more about this beautiful “City of Three Rivers”.

Instead, you might prefer to join a full-day Guided Optional Excursion to Salzburg—the city of Mozart—or to the picturesque Bohemian town of Cesky Krumlov. You will meet the ship back in Passau at the end of the day.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6 Regensburg

Magical Regensburg—Bavaria’s Medieval Miracle
Classic
Join a Guided City Walk and see the Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) and Porta Pretoria—built in 179 AD as the entrance to Castra Regina fortress.

Or, optto join a Guided Excursion visiting the Benedictine Monastery in Weltenburg. Explore Regensburg on your own, on foot or by bike through its charming streets.

Discovery
Later, indulge in a Beer Tasting on board..

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7 Roth. Excursion to Nuremberg

Living Heritage and History Lessons
Discovery
Enjoy an Onboard Lecture about the Main-Danube Canal—linking these two rivers to make a vital connection enabling navigation between the North and Black Seas.
Classic
Enjoy a Guided Sightseeing Tour of the Bavarian town of Roth—with its half-timbered houses, market square, and 1535 hunting lodge Schloss Ratibor, OR:
Classic
Choose a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Nuremberg—with its medieval architecture, gilded fountain, gothic cathedral, and Kaiserburg Castle, OR:
Classic
Take a Guided Tour of the historic Nuremberg Rally Grounds—used by the Third Reich.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8 Nuremberg. Excursion to Munich

A King’s Palace and Town Halls in Modern Munich
Classic
Take a full-day Guided Tour of the highlights of fascinating Munich. See Nymphenburg Palace—a former residence of German monarchs, along with the old and new Town Halls of Marienplatz.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 9 Bamberg

One Thousand Years of History in the City of Seven Hills
Classic
Take a Guided Walking Tour of the former home to imperial dynasties, and see its Romanesque cathedral, Old Town Hall, and seven hills crowned with churches.

Take a stroll through the city at your leisure this afternoon.

Discovery
Later, indulge in a Beer Tasting on board.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 10 Volkach

Bavarian Beauty on the Main River
Classic
Join a Walking Tour of the quaint town of Volkach with its half-timbered houses and cobblestoned streets.
KITZINGEN
Bavarian Wines, Legends, and Myths
Classic
Enjoy a Guided Sightseeing Tour and hear the legend of a Countess, a shepherd, and a monastery. Explore Bavaria’s largest wine-producing area.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 11 Würzburg

A Pearl of a Day on the Romantic Road
Classic
Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Würzburg with its Old Main Bridge, towering fortress, and baroque Bishop’s Residenz—with the largest known ceiling fresco.

Or, opt to join a Guided Excursion to Rothenberg, a beautiful Bavarian town, taking in the local sights and enjoying the fairytale atmosphere that has inspired artists. Alternatively, just enjoy your free time by visiting the culinary specialties of Würzburg. Later you’ll be treated to live entertainment on board as you sail.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 12 Main River Village

Hidden Gems and Bavarian Beauty of a Main River Village
Classic
Join a Guided Walking Tour of a picturesque Bavarian village.

Take in the beauty of the Main River on the Sky Deck this afternoon as you sail towards your final destination of Mainz.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 13 Mainz

Your 13 day Avalon river cruise from Budapest to Mainz comes to a close after one last breakfast in the morning. Thank you for allowing us to take you on an unforgettable river cruise adventure.

(Breakfast)

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