Whether you’re an art lover, a foodie, a history buff, or adventurer, your Active & Discovery Danube River cruise invites you to experience each destination in ways that are perfect for you. With Avalon Choice®, you can select the included excursions that are just right for your preferences and pace—from Active to Discovery to Classic.
You’ll conclude your European vacation with two nights in the golden city of Prague! Start by exploring Budapest your way—stroll its streets for classic sightseeing with a local guide, take a bike ride through town for a different perspective, or join Kinga Tittel, renowned author of “Fabulous Budapest,” and experience the city’s people and places on an exceptional guided tour.
Attend a Medieval Knights Tournament at a Visegrád castle, or see Gustave Klimt’s renowned “The Kiss” painting in Vienna. With Avalon Choice, each day is yours to spend your way. Browse the art collection of the Habsburg Empire, sip local vintages at an Austrianwine tasting, or join a canoe excursion. Your Active & Discovery cruise is packed with Avalon Choice inclusions for every pace in every place we go.
Sample cheese and beer made by Trappist monks; take a hike to Count Dracula’s prison tower; or tour Mauthausen Concentration Camp, one of WWII’s most notorious sites—all included in an unmatched variety of excursions to choose from each day.
Price & Dates
11 Day River Cruise from Budapest to Prague.
Date: July 27 - August 06, 2021.
Price: $5,700 CAD per person based on double occupancy.
Escorted by Melitta Hannon
Book in Category E or D Cabin to save $1,900 Per Couple OR;
Book in Category B, A, and P Cabin to receive free upgrade to panorama suite.
Day by Day Itinerary:
Day: 1 Budapest, Hungary
Welcome to Budapest—Hungary’s Captivating Capital. The day is yours to relax and enjoy Eastern Europe’s shining city on the Danube.
Day 2: Budapest (Embarkation) - Danube Bend
The Pearl of the Danube. Visit the Adventure Center for today’s activities with your Adventure Host. ACTIVE See the sights from a different perspective by joining a Guided Bike Tour along the bike paths and pedestrian areas of the city, OR: DISCOVERY Join the author of “Fabulous Budapest” for an unforgettable introduction to the local people, places, and experiences that makes Budapest so special," OR: CLASSIC Take a Guided Walking Tour of Budapest to see the city’s most iconic sites. Spend free time shopping for Hungarian paprika or handcrafted souvenirs, or savor a piece of cream cake in one of the many cafés. Enjoy a Hungarian Dinner on board during a scenic cruise through the Danube Bend. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board. Evening cruise to Visegrád.
Day 3: Visegrád
Jousting Tournaments and Dracula’s Tower. ACTIVE Visit Count Dracula’s prison tower on a hiking tour, OR: ACTIVE Take 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: DISCOVERY 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. Spend free time after your selected activities to explore Palotaház, where stonemasons, smiths, potters, and paper-makers produce their traditional items using age-old techniques. Afternoon/ overnight cruise to Vienna.
Day 4: Vienna, Austria
Viennese Waltzes on the Blue Danube. ACTIVE 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: DISCOVERY 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: CLASSIC Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Vienna, including a tour of Belvedere Palace to see Gustave Klimt’s renowned “Kiss” painting. Spend free time this afternoon strolling through the pedestrian Kärntnerstrasse then take a break for a piece of Sachertorte. This evening consider joining an Optional Excursion to attend a Royal Waltz Concert in an elegant hall. Overnight docking in Vienna.
Day 5: Vienna
A Feast for the Soul. DISCOVERY Enjoy a morning Guided Walking Tour to see the city in her best light, along with breakfast at a Viennese café, OR: CLASSIC Dive into one of the world’s most important museums with a Guided Tour of the Habsburg family’s private art collection at the Museum of Fine Arts, and enjoy Italian or Dutch master works, OR: CLASSIC Take a Guided Tour of the Museum of Fine Arts, followed by the Military Museum, commemorating the past of the Habsburg Empire. Overnight cruise to Krems.
Day 6: Krems
Take a Canoe or a Bike through Austria’s Wine Country. Join your Adventure Host for today’s special activities. ACTIVE Paddle a canoe on a Guided Tour to see the Austrian waterways and shoreline scenery from a unique perspective, OR: ACTIVE 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: DISCOVERY Join an interactive Wine World Experience with wine tasting, OR: DISCOVERY 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. DISCOVERY See Burg Clam on a Guided Visit, and meet the Count of Clam during your tour. Overnight docking in Grein.
Day 7: Grein
Theater History...Alive and Well in Grein. CLASSIC Take a Guided Walk of Grein, including its historic theater, the oldest in Austria still holding regular performances. Take a mid-morning cruise to Mauthausen.
History Lessons and Monastic Life. ACTIVE 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: CLASSIC Visit the 9th-century St. Florian Monastery—the largest monastery in upper Austria and home to Augustine monks, OR: CLASSIC 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.
Legendary, Lovely Linz. Tonight, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship. Overnight cruise to Engelhartszell.
Day 8: Engelhartzsell-Schlögen Oxbow
Memories and Beer in the Making. DISCOVERY Join a Guided Tour to the “House by the stream” (Haus am Strom) and walk across the Danube Power-Station Jochenstein, OR: CLASSIC 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. ACTIVE This afternoon, enjoy a scenic Guided Hike along the Danube’s Schlögen Oxbow, a dramatic bend carved by centuries. 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. Overnight docking in Linz.
Day 9: Linz - Cesky Krumlov - Prague
Take a morning trip to visit the picturesque Bohemian town of Cesky Krumlov, before setting out for a late afternoon arrival in Prague.
Day 10: Prague
Choose your activity: an active guided urban hike that continues to the Prokopske Valley Nature Reserve, or a guided city sightseeing tour.
Day 11: Prague
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.