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9 Day Avalon River Cruise from Linz to Budapest 2020

8 Day Avalon River Cruise from Linz to Budapest 2017

Active & Discovery on the Danube (Eastbound) River Cruise (WLBE)

Starting from $2,379
Ship(s): Avalon Illumination

River Cruise Description

Welcome to the charming village of Linz where your adventure on Avalon’s Active & Discovery cruise begins on the legendary Danube River. You’ll enjoy the plethora of fascinating included excursions on this astonishing 9 day Avalon river cruise from Linz to Budapest 2020.

Whether you’re a lover of historic works of art, have an appetite for great-tasting cuisine, fascinating history, or just a dynamic individual who loves exploring adventures. This Active & Discovery river cruise on the picturesque Danube River will tend to allure you to an experience captivating amazing culture and unmatched cuisine in unimaginable ways.

Thanks to the Avalon Choice program, you can choose the experiences, which compliment your personal interests and pace – from Active to Discovery to Classic. Avalon Choice gives you a choice of included excursions in each port from while cruising from charming Linz to bustling Budapest. Whether you prefer browsing the art collections from the Habsburg Empire, sipping world-renowned vintages at a popular local Austrian wine-tasting. Or, you might desire joining a more energetic canoe excursion. You’ll enjoy the fact that our Active & Discovery river cruise is packed with Avalon Choice inclusions for every type of pace in every exciting port your luxurious Avalon river cruise ship visits.

Make sure you sample the wonderful cheese and beer produced by Trappist monks as you explore their stunning Abbey gardens. Avalon Choice includes one of the most popular of excursions, when you choose a fabulous insider’s tour of charming Vienna, or you might choose to join a canoe excursion. Whatever you desire, your Active & Discovery river cruise will have something special for every possible pace you prefer.

You’ll discover your perfect outing from a sensational wine tasting to an exhilarating hike to tour Count Dracula’s infamous prison tower. On one day, you can visit Belvedere Palace in Vienna to see Klimt’s world-famous “Kiss,” and another day you may choose to attend an exciting legendary Medieval Knights Tournament at a majestic Visegrád castle.

The choice is always yours with sensational Active & Discovery river cruises! You can explore beautiful Budapest anyway you desire: enjoy a peaceful walk down its streets for some typical sightseeing with an extremely knowledgeable and friendly local guide; or you might choose to ride a bike through this picturesque town for a completely different perspective; or learn something new with a relaxing walking tour where you can learn to speak a few Hungarian phrases to the friendly locals you meet along the way. Your Danube River cruise can be as busy or as leisurely as you desire!

Join us on this fabulous 9 day Avalon river cruise from Linz to Budapest 2020 and experience the amazing legendary Danube. No matter how you decide to explore new locales – from paddling canoes peacefully along the river or having a picturesque picnic on the riverscapes – Avalon Choice includes the excursions and activities to allow you enjoy each fantastic destination your way.

River Cruise Promos

$2,500 off per couple

Book a select 2020 or 2021 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruise to receive up to $1,250 off per person on the cruise/land or cruise only price. Booking must be made, under deposit and discount applied between November 19, 2019– April 6, 2020 for travel at select times in 2020 and 2021. Not applicable to custom tours. Not applicable on TBA space. Offer combinable only with Welcome Back Credit. Applies to new bookings only and will not be applied to pre-existing bookings. Offer reliant on space availability at time of booking and may be withdrawn at any time. Full cancellation penalties will apply. Additional restrictions may apply.

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 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
(Promotion price shown is per person, double occupancy.)
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Apr 9, 2020 $2,500 off per coupleAvalon Illumination$4,428$3,178Call Us!
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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:

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 Linz, Austria (Embarkation)

Welcome to Austria! Your Suite Ship® Awaits in Linz

Charming Linz, considered a “European Capital of Culture,” is Austria’s third-largest city, which welcomes visitors like you with open arms while offering plenty of exciting things to see and do. Depending on your arrival schedule (flights into Linz must arrive by 3:30pm), there’s free time for fantastic shopping, exploring the city on your own, or you may choose joining one of several optional activity. This afternoon, board your Avalon vessel by 5pm, and after a mandatory safety exercise, you’ll meet your friendly crew and fellow shipmates at a casual Welcome Reception.


Day 2 Engelhartszell–Schlögen Oxbow

Memories and Beer in the Making
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.

Enjoy your free afternoon lounging on the Sky Deck as you sail through the amazing horseshoe bend of the Danube’s Schlögen Oxbow on your way back to Linz. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 3 Linz–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 camps of WWII. In the afternoon sail to Grein. 
Theater History and Modern-Day Castles
Take a Guided Walk of Grein, including its historic theater, the oldest in Austria still holding regular performances.
See Burg Clam on a Guided Visit, and meet the Count of Clam during your tour.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4 Spitz

Take a Hike, a Canoe, or a Bike to Explore 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 Spitz to Krems, 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 Tour that showcases the production of regional fruits, vegetables, wine, or other products.

You’ll have time to relax and enjoy the scenery as you head to Vienna.  Perhaps you’d like to join a Guided Optional Hike this evening through the vineyards outside Vienna, topped off with a wine tasting and dinner at a local Viennese Heurigen (Wine Tavern).

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5 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:
Get 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: 
Enjoy a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Vienna, including a tour of Belvedere Palace to see Gustave Klimt’s renowned “Kiss” painting.

In the afternoon, you’ll have time to walk through the pedestrian Kärntnerstrasse, then possibly stop for a delicious cup of coffee and a slice of Sachertorte.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6 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 the 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.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7 Visegrad, Hungary

Jousting Tournaments and Dracula’s Tower
Join a Guided Excursion to the Medieval Knights Tournament at Visegrád’s Lower Castle, featuring targeting and fighting demonstrations by members of the St. George Knightly Order, OR:
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.
The Pearl of the Danube

You’ll arrive in Budapest in early afternoon, allowing you time to begin exploring this vibrant and stunning Eastern European city. Enjoy a Farewell Dinner on board your ship this evening.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8 Budapest (Disembarkation)

The Pearl of the Danube
See the sights from a different perspective by joining a Guided Bike Tour along the bike paths of the city, OR:
Enjoy a Guided Walking Tour combining 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.


Day 9 Budapest

Your amazing river cruise vacation comes to an end with breakfast.


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