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Austrian Highlights and Bavaria

5-Night Cruise from Vienna to Passau and 3 Nights Hotel Accommodations in Munich

Avalon Austrian Highlights and Bavaria
Taste of the Danube
2017 & 2018 Departure Dates & Pricing

Vienna to Munich (WVP) - 9 days

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Munich to Vienna (WPV) - 9 days

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Ship - Luminary, Panorama , Passion
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Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive in Vienna, Austria (Embarkation Day)

Welcome to Vienna, Austria’s capital, 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 vessel and meet your crew at a welcome reception at 6:00 pm. (D)

NOTE: Guests must be on board ship by 5:00pm for safety drill.

Day 2: Vienna

Once the center of the mighty Habsburg Empire, Austria’s magical capital on the blue Danube is a showcase of gilded architecture. This is home to the lavish Hofburg Imperial Palace complex with its 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. Stroll through the delightful pedestrian Kärntnerstrasse, and be sure to take a break and enjoy a piece of decadent Sachertorte or Apfelstrudel in one of the classic Viennese coffee houses, historic institutions that helped shape Viennese culture! An optional concert is available tonight. (B,L,D)

Day 3: Dürnstein – Melk

Dürnstein, known for the magnificent baroque Stiftskirche with its blue façade, lies right in the heart of the 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 tale during your GUIDED WALK. Those seeking some sporting activity might like to climb up the steep hill to the castle ruins for spectacular views of the town and river. Alternatively, you may just want to stroll through the narrow streets on your own. 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. Melk’s abbey towers over the town and is one of Europe’s largest. It houses an ornate library with over 80,000 printed books and 2,000 manuscripts. Words cannot describe the splendor of its church with its frescoed ceilings, stunning high altar, marble statues, and 210-foot-high cupola. Schallaburg Castle was built as a defensive stronghold 900 years ago, but was later redesigned as a magnificent princely home. This evening you’ll be able to sample some of the region’s FAMOUS WINES. (B,L,D)

Day 4: Grein – Linz

This morning, arrive in the attractive 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. A behind-the-scenes peek to learn about some of the curiosities of this rococo-style, 167-seat theater 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. This afternoon, arrive in Linz, Austria’s third-largest city and an important river port where culture plays a significant role in everyday life. Composer Anton Bruckner lived here, and Mozart’s Linzer Symphony was composed in the city. There is free time to explore on your own. See the 13th-century Hauptplatz, Austria’s largest medieval square, and the Trinity Column, built in 1723 as thanks for the city escaping the ravages of the plague, war, and fire. You may want to wander around the old castle grounds and take in the beautiful views of the river. (B,L,D)

Day 5: Linz – Passau, Germany

Today, enjoy a relaxing morning of sailing. This afternoon, arrive in Passau, located at the confluence of the Rivers Inn, Ilz, and Danube. This is a city of graceful arcades and cobblestone streets lined with beautiful patrician houses. St. Stephen’s Cathedral, a masterpiece of Italian baroque architecture, houses one of the world’s largest church organs with 17,774 pipes. Join a Local Guide for a GUIDED WALK through this charming town, and find out much more about the “City of Three Rivers.” (B,L,D)

Day 6: Passau (Disembarkation Day) – Munich

Say goodbye to your crew this morning and drive to Munich, capital of Bavaria. The afternoon is free to explore on your own, or you might like to take an optional excursion to Salzburg, which will bring you to Munich in the late afternoon. (B)

Day 7: Munich

Although a large city, Munich offers a small-town feel with its pedestrian- and bike-friendly atmosphere. With its historical museums, splendid English Garden, traditional cafés, and delightful shops, Munich offers plenty to see and do. A LOCAL GUIDE will show you the highlights of this fascinating city, including Nymphenburg Palace, summer residence of the Bavarian monarchs; MARIENPLATZ with its Old and New Town Halls; and the gothic Frauenkirche, a prominent landmark for Munich. Then, enjoy time on your own in this vibrant city. Watch the famous Glockenspiel, which recreates a royal wedding from the 16th century; enjoy the pedestrian zone; linger at an outdoor café; or relax alongside the locals at one of the many Biergärten or breweries to sample one of the Bavarian beer specialties. (B)

Day 8: Munich.

Excursion to Neuschwanstein & Oberammergau

This morning, a full-day outing takes you into the garden-like landscapes of the Bavarian Alps and for a visit to King Ludwig’s fairytale NEUSCHWANSTEIN CASTLE, high above the village of Hohenschwangau. Continue to Oberammergau, famous for its once-a-decade production of the Passion Play, and enjoy free time here to stroll the streets and admire the typical Bavarian houses, many beautifully painted with scenes from fairytales. (B)

Day 9: Munich

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

Advisements:
  • A valid passport is required for travel. Passports must be valid at least 6 months after the last day of travel.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
  • For reasons of navigation and passenger safety, the cruise operator and the Captain of the ship reserve the right to modify the itinerary of the cruise.
  • In the event of water level problems on stretches of any river, it may be necessary to operate part of the itinerary by motorcoach.
  • Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change is necessary, a substitute will be offered.

2017 Departure Dates

Start City
Rates are in $ USD and are PER PASSENGER sharing twin cabin
From Vienna (WVP)

Program Start Date

Ship

Category E - Lower Deck fwd w/ fixed windows

Category D - Lower deck aft w/ fixed windows
Category B - Middle Deck w/ french balcony
Category A - Middle Deck w/ french balcony
Category P - Upper Deck w/ french balcony
Suite - Upper Deck w/ french balcony
Apr 21 , 2017
Panorama
$2,989
$3,131
$3,810
$3,845
$3,917
$4,345
Sep 27, 2017
Luminary
$3,039
-
$3,503
$3,538
$3,610
$4,038
Oct 26, 2017
Luminary
$2,989
-
$3,453
$3,488
$3,560
$3,988
Apr 16, 2018
Expression
$2,989
$3,131
$3,810
$3,845
$3,917
$4,417
May 15, 2018
Artistry II
$3,089
$3,231
$3,910
$3,945
$4,017
$4,517
Jul 17, 2018
Artistry II
$3,039
$3,181
$3,860
$3,895
$3,967
$4,467
Sep 18, 2018
Artristry II
$3,139
$3,281
$3,960
$3,995
$4,067
$4,567
From Munich (WPV)

Program Start Date

Ship

Category E - Lower Deck fwd w/ fixed windows

Category D - Lower deck aft w/ fixed windows
Category. B - Middle Deck w/ french balcony
Category A - Middle Deck w/ french balcony
Category P - Upper Deck w/ french balcony
Suite - Upper Deck w/ french balcony
May 1, 2017
Passion
$3,039
$3,181
$3,860
$3,895
$3,967
$4,395
July 19, 2017
Luminary
$2,989
-
$3,453
$3,488
$3,560
$3,988
Oct 13, 2018
Panorama
$2,989
$3,131
$3,810
$3,845
$3,917
$4,417
IMPORTANT: Dates, Prices & Itineraries are subject to change.
Port Charges: Additional $120 per passenger.
Denotes Special Interest Cruise: Culinary Cruise.
For Single Traveler: Single Supplement applies. Please call to inquire.
For 5 Nights Cruise Only (no 3 Nights in Munich): Subtract $990 from above prices. For Cruise Only (WVP): Arrive Vienna Day 1 for embarkation at 3:30pm. Depart Passau Day 6 upon disembarkation. // Cruise Only (WPV): Arrive in Passau Day 4 for embarkation between 4pm and 5 pm. Depart Vienna Day 9 upon disembarkation.
Transfers at Start/End of Program are available for purchase. Please inquire for details.
Daily
Prices Include:
• 5-night cruise from Vienna to Passau in selected cabin category
• 3 nights Hotel accommodation in Munich at Sofitel Munich Bayerpost -or- The Westin Grand (or similar; subject to change) with breakfast
• Full board meals, including Captain's Welcome and Farewell receptions, Welcome and Farewell dinners
• Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; soft drinks with lunch; and regional wine, beer, or soft drinks with dinner are included daily on board your vessel
• Daily Afternoon Tea
• Daily Night Fare
• Daily guided sightseeing program conducted by Certified Local Guides
• Special onboard and onshore experiences presented by entertainers, artisans and experts, designed to enrich your cruise.
• Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers
• Taxes
 
Prices Do Not Include:
• Individual arrival and departure (airfare; transfers)
• Travel insurance
• Port Charges
• Gratuities to onboard crew
• Other personal expenses

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