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A Taste of the Danube
2 Nights Hotel Accommodations in Budapest, 3-Night Danube Cruise, 2 Nights Hotel Accommodations in Vienna

* You can book just the 3-Night Cruise Only *

Avalon Taste of the Danube
Taste of the Danube
2016 Departure Dates & Pricing

Budapest to Vienna (WBV) - 8 days

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Ship - Visionary, Luminary
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Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive in Budapest, Hungary

Welcome to Budapest, Hungary’s lively capital. The remainder of the day is free to start exploring this exciting city.

Day 2: Budapest

Spanning the banks of the Danube, Budapest is one of Eastern Europe’s liveliest cities. Whether you’re seeing the sights, shopping for handcrafted embroidery or Herend porcelain, or basking in the coffee house culture over a rich cream cake in the renowned Gerbeaud Café, Budapest’s unique energy is positively palatable. On your GUIDED SIGHTSEEING TOUR, see the massive hilltop castle complex with its remarkable Fishermen’s Bastion - for spectacular views of the city - and 11th-century Matthias Church, the coronation spot of several Hungarian monarchs. Be sure to take note of the city’s eight bridges - many famous sights in and of themselves - which connect ancient Buda on the right bank with Pest on the left. You may even want to walk across Chain Bridge, a symbol of Budapest built in 1849. During your free time this afternoon, perhaps visit St. Stephen’s Basilica, or stroll along Váci utca, the main shopping street. (B)

Day 3: Budapest (Embarkation Day)

This morning you can explore this vibrant city at your own pace. Shop at the Great Market Hall and purchase paprika or embroidery at one of its 180 vendor stalls, or wander around the Royal Palace grounds. In the afternoon, transfer to your ship and meet your crew at a welcome reception. (B,D)

Day 4: Bratislava, Slovakia

Relax on board this morning and marvel at the scenery on both banks of the Danube. As you cruise upriver, Hungary is on your left and Slovakia is on your right. The two countries share the Danube for a 58-mile stretch, with the border in the middle of the river. At the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains is Bratislava, the dynamic capital of Slovakia. Join your LOCAL GUIDE to explore its fascinating Old Town, where winding cobblestone streets and narrow alleyways twist and turn to reveal the Town Hall, one of the oldest stone buildings in the city. Also visit gothic ST. MARTIN’S CATHEDRAL, coronation church for the Kingdom of Hungary from the 16th to 19th centuries. (B,L,D)

Day 5: Dürnstein, Austria – Melk

This morning our first stop is Dürnstein, situated in the heart of the Wachau wine region and best known for the magnificent baroque Stiftskirche with its blue façade. Above town are the ruins of the castle where England’s King Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned in 1192. Explore this picturesque little town on your own or choose from a number of optional excursions. You may even want to hike up to the castle ruins for magnificent views of the town and river. Then, grab a drink and relax on your ship’s Sky Deck as you witness beautiful scenery on the way to Melk. Enjoy a guided tour of Melk’s magnificent 11th-century BENEDICTINE ABBEY, dominating the town from its commanding hill site and one of Europe’s largest monasteries. The abbey church houses stunning frescoed ceilings, marvelous statues, a large organ, and an ornate library with a large collection of medieval manuscripts. The view from the terrace over the Danube and surrounding countryside is breathtaking! (B,L,D)

Day 6: Vienna (Disembarkation Day)

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 Boy’s Choir and dazzling Lipizzaner stallions; the neo-renaissance Vienna Opera House; and awe-inspiring St. Stephen’s Cathedral - plus, countless other sights you’ll see during your GUIDED CITY TOUR. Stroll through the 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! (B)

Day 7: Vienna

Enjoy a full day at leisure in this fascinating city! Perhaps visit one of the many magnificent museums -or- opt for one an optional outing to the Vienna Woods. (B)

Day 8: Vienna

Your vacation ends this morning. (B)

Departures & Pricing


  • 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.
  • In the event of water level problems on stretches of any river, it may be necessary to operate part of the itinerary by motorcoach.
  • For reasons of navigation and passenger safety, the cruise operator and the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the itinerary of the cruise.
  • Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change is necessary, a substitute will be offered.

2016 Departures

Start City
Rates are in $ USD and are PER PASSENGER sharing twin cabin
From Budapest
Program Start Date
Cruise Embarkation Date

Category E - Lower Deck w/ fixed windows

Category D - Lower Deck aft w/ fixed windows

Category B - Middle Deck aft w/ french balcony
Category A - Middle Deck fwd w/ french balcony
Category P - Upper Deck w/ french balcony
Suite - Upper Deck -w/ french balcony


IMPORTANT: Dates, Prices & Itineraries are subject to change.
Port Charges: Additional $63 per person.
For Single Traveler: Single Supplement applies. Please call to inquire.

For 3 Nights Cruise Only (no 2 nights hotel in Budapest and 2 nights hotel in Vienna): Subtract $840 from above per person fares.

For Cruise Only: Arrive in Budapest Day 3 for Embarkation at 3:00pm. Flights must arrive in Budapest by 2:00pm. Depart Vienna Day 6 upon disembarkation. Flights should not leave Vienna airport before 11:30am.

Transfers at the Start/End of the Program are available for purchase. Please inquire for details.
Daily Afternoon Tea Daily Nigh
Prices Include:
• 3 nights Cruise from Budapest to Vienna at selected cabin category
• Full board meals, including Captain's Welcome and Farewell receptions, Welcome and Farewell dinners
• Daily Afternoon Tea
• Daily Night Fare

• Daily guided sightseeing program outlined on the itinerary conducted by Cetified Local Guides

• 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
• 2 nights Hotel accommodation in Vienna at InterContinental Vienna (or similar; subject to change) with breakfast
• 2 nights Hotel accommodation in Budapest at InterContinental Budapest (or similar; subject to change) with breakfast
• Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers
• Taxes
Prices Do Not Include:
• Individual arrival and departure (airfare; transfers)
• Travel insurance
• Port Charges
• Gratuities to onbaord crew
• Other personal expenses

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