4-DAY'S RIVER CRUISE FROM BUDAPEST TO VIENNA
A TASTE OF DANUBE
From the Gypsy violins of Budapest to the romantic sounds of Vienna, the “City of Music,” this Europe river cruise highlights the natural beauty of Austria’s Wachau Valley, and the fascinating capital cities of Hungary, Slovakia, and Austria.
Enjoy two nights in Budapest, where guided sightseeing shows you the highlights of this vibrant capital. You’ll have plenty of time to explore on your own—take pictures from Fishermen’s Bastion, walk across Chain Bridge, or enjoy a cream cake in the renowned Gerbeaud Café. Board your river cruise vessel and head upriver to Bratislava. For a 58-mile stretch, the middle of the Danube forms the border between Hungary and Slovakia, and guided sightseeing awaits you in Slovakia’s capital.
In Melk, you will visit Austria’s majestic Benedictine Abbey, one of Europe’s largest monasteries, sitting high on a bluff so you can take in the breathtaking views of the Danube River and surrounding countryside. Cruise through the picturesque Wachau Valley and spend free time in Dürnstein, overlooked by the ruins of the castle where England’s King Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned in 1192, and best known for its magnificent baroque Stiftskirche with its blue façade.
To end your river cruise, there’s guided sightseeing in Austria’s capital, Vienna, with time on your own to relax, perhaps visit the famous Sacher Hotel for a taste of Sachertorte (a special chocolate cake), and stroll along the famous pedestrian street of Kärntnerstrasse. Sweet surprises with new experiences along your Danube River cruise are sure to give you more than a taste of the many beautiful discoveries of this legendary river.
4 DAYS - A TASTE OF DANUBE : Starts from RM 9,760
Highlights & Sightseeing
DAY 1: BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (EMBARKATION)
Welcome to Hungary. Your Suite Ship is Ready for Boarding. Flights into Budapest must arrive by 2 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm. Spend free time strolling along the cobblestone streets, browsing art galleries, sipping coffee, and sampling sweets before boarding your Danube cruise for a welcome dinner this evening. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BRATISLAVA (D)
DAY 2: BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA
Castles, Vineyards, and Cosmopolitan Culture CLASSIC - Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Old Town's cobblestone streets to Town Hall. Visit the gothic halls of St. Martin's Cathedral-Hungary's centuries-old coronation church. ACTIVE - Grab Nordic walking sticks and follow your Avalon Adventure Host on a hike to Bratislava Castle. Alternatively, take a bicycle and a picnic from the ship to explore the local sights along the Danube on your own. Later, enjoy onboard entertainment by local musicians. AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MELK (B,L,D)
DAY 3: MELK, AUSTRIA-WACHAU VALLEY
Ornate Architecture and Scenic Splendors Awaken the Imagination and the Senses CLASSIC - Join a morning Guided Sightseeing Tour of Melk's 11th-century Benedictine Abbey. Explore its frescoes, statues, library, and spectacular pipe organ in the monastery's lofty perch above the Danube. Take a relaxing break on the Sky Deck as you sail through awe-inspiring views of the Wachau Valley and the wine region surrounding Durnstein. DURNSTEIN Idyllic Vistas and Vineyards Beyond the Blue Stiftskirche ACTIVE - Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a hike up the hillside to castle ruins for breathtaking views. Spend free time at your leisure, perhaps biking through the vineyards in the Wachau Valley. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIENNA (B,L,D)
DAY 4: VIENNA (DISEMBARKATION)
Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning. Flights should not leave Vienna airport before 8 am. (B)