A Taste Of The Danube With 2 Nights In Vienna (Westbound)
From the Gypsy violins of Budapest to the romantic sounds of Vienna, the “City of Music,” this European river cruise highlights the natural beauty of Austria’s Wachau Valley, and the fascinating capital cities of Hungary, Slovakia, and Austria. Board your Avalon Suite Ship® and head up river 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 above the breathtaking views of the Danube River and surrounding countryside. Cruise through the picturesque Wachau Valley and spend free time in Dürnstein, known for the striking blue façade of its baroque Stiftskirche below the castle ruins where England’s King Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned in 1192. After your cruise, spend two nights in Vienna, with guided sightseeing selections and free time to explore the capital of Austria at your own pace. Perhaps visit the famous Sacher Hotel for a taste of Sachertorte (a special chocolate cake), and stroll along the famous pedestrian street of Kärntnerstrasse.
Day 1 Budapest (Embarkation): onboard welcome receptionDay 2 Bratislava: choice of a guided sightseeing, visit St. Martin’s Cathedral; or a hike to Bratislava Castle with your Adventure HostDay 3 Melk–Wachau Valley–Dürnstein: guided visit of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk; scenic cruise through the Wachau Valley; free time in DürnsteinDay 4 Vienna (Disembarkation): choice of early guided tour, with breakfast at a Viennese café, or guided sightseeingDay 5 Vienna: day at leisureDay 6 Vienna: your vacation ends this morning
Budapest, Hungary (Embarkation)
Melk, Austria – Wachau Valley