Danube Symphony - Cruise Only Westbound River Cruise (WVP0)
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River Cruise Description
Your fantastic European Danube River cruise vacation gets underway in romantic city of Vienna, the charming capital of Austria. And this 6-day adventure will end in quaint Passau, Germany, known as the “City of Three Rivers” because of its strategic location where the stunningly beautiful Inn, Ilz, and Danube rivers come together. Get ready for an amazing European adventure with this 2019 6 day Avalon river cruise from Vienna to Passau.
Known as the fascinating “City of Music,” Vienna is said to have inspired the amazing creative genius of world-renowned composers Beethoven, Mozart, and Strauss. You’ll join a friendly Local Guide for an exciting tour of the city that you’ll discover offers so much for travelers as they take in the gorgeous Hofburg Palace complex with its world-famous Vienna Boys’ Choir and the sensational Lipizzaner horses, the ravishing neo-renaissance Vienna Opera House, and much more than you can ever imagine! During your free time, you can choose to get some exercise with a brisk walk along the fabulous pedestrian Kärntnerstrasse with its charming shops, or try a delicious piece of Apfelstrudel in a popular Viennese café.
You’ll be captivated as you cruise along the picturesque Danube River to quaint Dürnstein, situated in the heart of the sensational Wachau Valley, which is famous for its ornate Stiftskirche, a remarkable church dating from the early 1700s, and one of the most beautiful of its kind because of its fascinating luminous blue façade. In charming Melk, you’ll visit Austria’s extravagant Benedictine Abbey, considered one of Europe’s largest monasteries, and while you’re at it, take the opportunity to taste some of the world-renowned region’s famous wines. In quaint Grein, you’ll tour the oldest theater in all of Austria that still provides wonderful performances. You’ll explore the bustling city of Passau, known as the “City of Three Rivers,” with its historic narrow cobblestone streets lined with magnificent Patrician houses and influenced extensively by elegant St. Stephen’s Cathedral, considered a masterpiece of Italian rococo architecture. What a wonderful way to enjoy your last stop on this alluring 2019 6 day Avalon river cruise from Vienna to Passau vacation!
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River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 Arrive in Vienna, Austria (Embarkation)
Welcome to Vienna, known as the “City of Music” and a place that inspired the creative genius of Mozart, Beethoven, and Strauss. This afternoon, board your river cruise ship and meet your crew at a casual evening welcome reception. (Dinner) *NOTE: Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.
Day 2 Vienna, Austria
Austria’s magical capital on the blue Danube, once the center of the glorious Habsburg Empire, is a showcase of gilded architecture. This is home to the elegant Hofburg Imperial Palace complex with its world-famous Vienna Boys’ Choir and dazzling Lipizzaner stallions; the neo-renaissance Vienna Opera House; and awe-inspiring St. Stephen’s Cathedral – plus, countless other sights your Local Guide will show you during an included CITY SIGHTSEEING TOUR. Wander through the enjoyable pedestrian Kärntnerstrasse, and be sure to take a break and enjoy a piece of decadent Sachertorte or Apfelstrudel in one of the classic Viennese coffeehouses, historic institutions that helped shape Viennese culture! For those who love good music an optional concert is available tonight. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 3 Dürnstein–Melk
Dürnstein, known for the magnificent baroque Stiftskirche with its distinctive blue façade, lies right in the heart of the famous Wachau wine region. Above town are the ruins of the castle where England’s King Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned in 1192. A Local Guide will tell you the exciting details of that story during your GUIDED WALK. Those seeking some sporting activity, however, might like to climb up the steep hill to the castle ruins for spectacular views of the town and river. Or, you may just want to wander through the narrow streets at your own pace. Then, cruise through the beautiful Wachau Valley to reach Melk after lunch. This afternoon you may choose to visit either Melk’s 11th-century BENEDICTINE ABBEY, or renaissance SCHALLABURG CASTLE built as a defensive stronghold 900 years ago, it was later redesigned as an majestic princely home. Melk’s beautiful abbey towers over the town and is one of Europe’s largest. It houses an ornate library with more than 80,000 printed books and 2,000 manuscripts. Words cannot describe the splendor of its church with its frescoed ceilings, stunningly high altar, marble statues, and 210-foot-high cupola. This evening you’ll be able to sample some of the region’s FAMOUS WINES. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 4 Grein
This morning, arrive in the glamorous country resort of Grein, which is nestled at the foot of a bluff in the shadow of its castle. Take an included GUIDED WALK through the town and visit its unique historical THEATER, the oldest in Austria still holding regular performances. You might look behind-the-scenes to learn more about some of the curiosities of this rococo-style, 167-seat theater, which will certainly tell you much about life as it was – and as it now is in this small town. Or, you may prefer to join one of a variety of optional excursions today. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 5 Passau, Germany
Today, spend a relaxing morning of sailing and enjoying the beautiful riverscapes as they pass by. This afternoon, arrive in Passau, located at the confluence of the Rivers Inn, Ilz, and Danube. Passau is a city of graceful arcades and cobblestone streets lined with beautiful patrician houses. Visit awe-inspiring St. Stephen’s Cathedral, a masterpiece of Italian baroque architecture, which houses one of the world’s largest church organs with an amazing 17,774 pipes. Join a Local Guide for a GUIDED WALK through this enchanting town, and find out much more about the “City of Three Rivers.” (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 6 Passau (Disembarkation)
While your vacation ends with breakfast this morning, please make note of the wonderful experiences you’ve enjoyed on your exciting River Cruise. Hopefully you have numerous personal photos and lasting memories of your journey to take home with you. (Breakfast)
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