9 Day Avalon River Cruise from Budapest to Linz 2020

9 Day Avalon River Cruise from Budapest to Linz 2020

Active & Discovery on the Danube (Westbound) River Cruise (WBLQ)

Starting from $3,629
Ship(s): Avalon Illumination

River Cruise Description

If you’re looking for that special adventure of a lifetime, you’ll love setting sail on Avalon’s Active & Discovery on the picturesque Danube Westbound. This 9 day Avalon river cruise from Budapest to Linz 2020 will let you see beautiful cities and sites along the river.

If you are a lover of food, or merely a fan of America’s fabulous art and history, your exciting Europe river cruise provides you with the opportunity to experience some fantastic cuisine and culture and much more as you cruise from bustling Budapest to charming Linz. You’ll enjoy an energetic adventure as your luxurious Avalon river cruise ship sails peacefully on the beautiful legendary Danube River.

You’ll discover Avalon’s creative ways are superlative. With Avalon Choice, you can pick and choose the excursions that match your interests and pace — from Active to Discovery to Classic. This gives you a choice of which excursions desire as you stop and go ashore each friendly port.

You’ll enjoy exploring bustling Budapest your way. You will marvel as you wander the streets of Budapest for a classic sightseeing experience with a knowledgeable local guide. Or, you might choose to take a wonderful bike ride through town for a completely different perspective. Or you might learn some new things as you stroll leisurely through the city. You might even pick up some local Hungarian phrases.

You could attend an exciting Medieval Knights Tournament at a Visegrád castle and see Gustave Klimt’s world-famous “Kiss” painting while visiting Vienna. You can spend each day on your own terms with Avalon Choice. Whether you prefer Habsburg Empire’s amazing art collection, or would rather enjoy tasting some of the local vintages at a fascinating Austrian wine tasting. Don’t worry, Avalon offers you numerous options. You could decide you’d rather join a canoe excursion; your Europe river cruise is packed with Avalon Choice inclusions for different paces in every port your ship takes you to.

You’ll be able to sample some wonderful cheese and beer made by world-renowned Trappist monks and while there, explore the beautiful Abbey gardens; take an energetic hike to diabolical Count Dracula’s prison tower; or visit Mauthausen Concentration Camp, considered one of WWII’s most infamous sites – you’ll get to choose from an unparalleled selection of fascinating included excursions each day.

Please join us on this incomparable cruise and experience the Blue Danube your way. No matter how you choose to explore new ports – from opportunity to paddle canoes to great picnic views – Avalon Choice includes the excursions and activities, which allure you to discover each venue your way. Remember your 9 day Avalon river cruise from Budapest to Linz 2020, along the Danube River can be as extremely active or as leisurely as you might desire.

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Apr 29, 2020Avalon Illumination$3,629Call Us!
May 27, 2020Avalon Illumination$3,829Call Us!
Jun 24, 2020Avalon Illumination$3,829Call Us!
Jul 22, 2020Avalon Illumination$3,729Call Us!
Aug 19, 2020Avalon Illumination$3,729Call Us!
Sep 16, 2020Avalon Illumination$4,129Call Us!
Oct 14, 2020Avalon IlluminationWaitlistCall 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:

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.
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.
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 Budapest, Hungary

Welcome to Budapest—Hungary’s Captivating Capital

Relax – you have the entire day on your own to explore this amazing city on the Danube River.

Day 2 Budapest (Embarkation)–Danube Bend

See the sights from a different perspective by joining a Guided Bike Tour along the bike paths and pedestrian areas of the city, OR: 
Enjoy a Guided Walking Tour combing the sights of Budapest with “Fungarian” instruction of useful local words and phrases, OR:
Take a Guided Walking Tour of Budapest to see the city’s most iconic sites.

You’ll have free time in the afternoon to shop for famous Hungarian paprika or handcrafted souvenirs, or sit, relax and enjoy a slice of cream cake in one of Budapest’s numerous cafés. Enjoy a traditional Hungarian Dinner on board during a scenic cruise through the Danube Bend. Later, you’ll be treated to live entertainment on board.

(Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 3 Visegrad

Jousting Tournaments and Dracula’s Tower
Take a Castle visit and scenic Hiking Tour to Count Dracula’s prison tower in Visegrád, OR: 
Take part in a canoe excursion through the picturesque Bend Region of the Danube for a truly unique perspective of one of the river’s most beautiful stretches, OR:
Join a Guided Visit to the Medieval Knights Tournament at Visegrád’s Lower Castle, featuring targeting and fighting demonstrations by members of the St. George Knightly Order.

It is recommended that you spend your free time exploring Palotaház, where stonemasons, smiths, potters, and paper-makers make traditional items using age-old techniques.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4 Vienna

Strauss, Schnitzel, Strudel and Sachertorte 
Take a Guided Bike Tour along the famed Ringstrasse and pedestrian avenues of Vienna to see the city’s highlights from a unique perspective, OR: 
Join a Guided Jogging Tour of the City of Music to see highlights of the gilded architecture along the way, OR:
Take an Insider’s Tour of Vienna to get behind the scenes of her sights and attractions. You will meet locals, have the chance to prepare some food, and enjoy other surprises, OR:
Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Vienna, including a tour of Belvedere Palace to see Gustave Klimt’s renowned “Kiss” painting.

In the afternoon, why not take a stroll through the pedestrian Kärntnerstrasse then enjoy a slice of Sachertorte in of the Vienna’s many cafes. This evening, you have the option to choose to attend an Optional Musical Experience to conduct your own orchestra, followed by a classical waltz and operetta concert performance to enjoy, enjoy more of Vienna on your own, or just relax onboard.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5 Vienna

A Feast for the Soul in Vienna
Enjoy a morning Guided Walking Tour to see the city in her best light, along with breakfast at a Viennese café, OR: 
Dive into European history and drama with a Guided Tour of the Habsburg family’s private art collection at the Museum of Fine Arts, and Italian or Dutch master works, OR:
Take a Guided Tour of the Museum of Fine Arts, followed by the World Museum Vienna, commemorating the past of the Habsburg Empire. 

In the evening, you are invited to join a Guided Optional Hike to the vineyards around the outskirts of Vienna, or enjoy an Optional Excursion to a local Viennese Heurigen (Wine Tavern). Enjoy live entertainment tonight on board your ship.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6 Krems

Take a Canoe or a Bike through Austria’s Wine Country
Paddle a canoe on a Guided Tour to see the Austrian waterways and shoreline scenery from a unique perspective, OR:
Take a Guided Bike Tour from Krems to Spitz, and enjoy a stop in Dürnstein to see the mesmerizing blue Stiftskirche, and to sample local specialties, OR:
Join an interactive Wine World Experience with wine tasting, OR: 
Enjoy a Guided Visit that showcases production of regional fruits, vegetables, wine, or other products. 

Relax on board this afternoon to enjoy the picturesque Wachau Valley scenery as you cruise to Grein.

A Modern-Day Castle and the Count
See Burg Clam on a Guided Visit, and meet the Count of Clam during your tour.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7 Grein

Theater History…Alive and Well in Grein
Take a Guided Walk of Grein, including its historic theater, the oldest in Austria still holding regular performances

Enjoy a mid-morning cruise to Mauthausen.

History Lessons and Monastic Life in Austria 
Take a Guided Bike Tour along the Danube and discover how fertile this area is. Stop at a local farm and learn more about farming life and flood protection, OR:
Visit the 9th-century St. Florian Monastery—the largest monastery in upper Austria and home to Augustine monks, OR: 
Join a sobering Guided Tour of Mauthausen Concentration Camp, one of the largest and most brutal Nazi camp of WWII.

This afternoon sail to Linz arriving this evening.

Meet the Locals in Linz

This evening, why not choose to join a Guided Optional Pub Crawl through Linz to sample local libations and mingle with the locals?

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8 Englehartszell—Schlögen Oxbow

Memories and Beer in the Making
Join a Guided Tour to the “House by the stream” (Haus am Strom) and walk across the Danube Power-Station Jochenstein, OR:
Visit the stunning rococo-style Engelszell Abbey, and explore its Sensory Garden—complete with stone labyrinth, herb garden, and vineyard. Sample cheese and beer made by the resident Trappist monks.
This afternoon, enjoy a scenic Guided Hike along the Danube’s Schlögen Oxbow bend that cuts a dramatic landscape made by centuries of natural elements.

Or, as a relaxing option, enjoy free time on the Sky Deck this afternoon while you sail through the amazing horseshoe bend of the Danube’s Schlögen Oxbow on your return to Linz.

(Breakfast, Lunch Dinner)

Day 9 Linz (Disembarkation)

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.


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