2019 : Danube Symphony - Cruise Only Westbound (WVP0) - Impression
6 Day River Cruise Vienna to Passau
Your European river cruise adventure begins in romantic and exciting Vienna, the capital of Austria, and ends in Passau, Germany, the "City of Three Rivers" because of its unique location where the Inn, Ilz, and Danube rivers converge.
Known as the "City of Music," Vienna inspired the creative genius of Beethoven, Mozart, and Strauss. Join your Local Guide for a tour of the city that offers the lavish Hofburg Palace complex with its Vienna Boys' Choir and dazzling Lipizzaner horses, the neo-renaissance Vienna Opera House, and much more! In your free time, stroll along pedestrian Karntnerstrasse with its many shops, or try a piece of Apfelstrudel in an elegant Viennese cafe.
Cruise along the Danube River to Durnstein, located in the heart of the Wachau Valley and famous for its baroque Stiftskirche, a church from the early 1700s, and one of the most beautiful of its kind because of its luminous blue facade. In Melk, visit Austria's majestic Benedictine Abbey, one of Europe's largest monasteries, and taste some of the region's renowned wines. In Grein, visit the oldest theater in Austria that still gives regular performances. Explore Passau, the "City of Three Rivers," with its narrow cobblestone streets lined with beautiful Patrician houses and dominated by St. Stephen's Cathedral, a masterpiece of Italian baroque architecture. A fitting last stop to end this delightful Danube River cruise!
Day 1 Vienna (Embarkation): Onboard welcome reception
Day 2 Vienna: Guided tour, see the Kuntskammer collection; choice of additional sightseeing, or a complimentary museum ticket
Day 3 Durnstein-Wachau Valley-Melk: Guided walk, see the Stiftskirche in Durnstein; scenic cruising through the Wachau Valley; guided tour of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk; wine tasting on board
Day 4 Grein-Linz: Guided walk of Grein, visit the historical theatre; time at leisure in Linz
Day 5 Linz-Schogener Schlinge-Passau: Guided tour in Passau; scenic cruising through the Schlogener Schlinge
Day 6 Passau (Disembarkation): Your vacation ends this morning
You've always forged your own path...with your own distinct perspective of looking at the world. Avalon Waterways presents a river cruise experience with your unique style in mind-offering expansive views and wider perspectives. That's why we've designed a cruise experience that's just a bit different.
Here are just some of the features and amenities you'll experience on board our Avalon ships. See the Ship Amenities Section below for more information about the amenities in our fleet's unique ships.
Throughout the Ship:
Suites & Staterooms:
Health & Fitness:
Avalon has designed included activities with a choice of experiences. We invite you to select the tours, activities, and events that interest you most, so you can experience your cruise your way. There are 3 types of included shore excursion on every Europe cruise:
Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You'll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites.
We've found inspiring and interactive activities to speak to your interests - from cooking classes, to painting workshops - to immerse yourself in each culture you explore.
Embark on energetic excursions to keep you in motion and on the go - from a guided jogging tour of Amsterdam, to biking, paddling, and hiking your way through scenic locales.
(B) = Breakfast (L) = Lunch (D) = Dinner
VIENNA, AUSTRIA (EMBARKATION)
A Feast for the Soul in Vienna.
Your Suite Ship is Ready for Boarding.
Flights into Vienna must arrive by 3:30 pm.
Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.
Spend free time today by relaxing, exploring, or strolling through the streets of Vienna.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN VIENNA
(B, L, D)
Strauss, Schnitzel, Strudel, and Sachertorte
DISCOVERY Join us for a Guided Tour of the Kuntskammer's remarkable collection of more than 2,100 artifacts collected for centuries by the Habsburg Empire.
Later, choose a complimentary ticket to a local Viennese museum or continue exploring joining our Guided Sightseeing.
You may decide to take a Guided Optional Excursion to opulent Schonbrunn Palace-the former imperial summer home and vast gardens with a history spanning 300 years of the Habsburg monarchy.
Enjoy a free afternoon by strolling through Karntnerstrasse-the most famous shopping avenue in central Vienna. Take a bike ride through the city and stop in a local cafe to enjoy authentic Austrian confections of Sachertorte or Apfelstrudel.
Later this evening, you may choose to attend an Optional Royal Waltz Concert to hear quintessential Viennese music in an elegant concert hall.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DURNSTEIN
(B, L, D)
Vistas and Vineyards Beyond the Blue Stiftskirche
CLASSIC Join a Guided Walking Tour, and hear the legendary tale of King Richard the Lionheart-who was imprisoned during the Crusades in the castle above the village, OR:
Join your Avalon Adventure Host and hike up to the castle ruins to take in the spectacular view of the village, the Danube, and the Wachau Valley below.
You may stretch out on the Sky Deck as you sail through the Wachau Valley past vineyards, castles, and charming villages on your way to Melk.
Ornate Architecture and Scenic Splendors
Join a 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.
Enjoy the flavors of the Wachau Valley at a Wine Tasting this afternoon.
After dinner enjoy live entertainment on board.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN MELK
(B, L, D)
Dramatic Castle Views and the Oldest Theater in Austria
Take a Guided Walking Tour of Grein, see its historical theater-the oldest in Austria still holding performances today.
Alternatively, take a full-day Guided Optional Excursion to Salzburg-the city of Mozart-or to the picturesque Bohemian town of Cesky Krumlov.
Cruise to Linz this afternoon or meet your ship after your excursion.
Fall in Love with Legendary Art, Music, and the Linzer Torte!
Enjoy the afternoon with coffee and a piece of authentic Linzer Torte.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LINZ
(B, L, D)
Go for Baroque in Passau-with Treasures Both Grand and Quaint Sail through the Schlogener Schlinge-named the Natural Wonder of Austria, carved by the power of the river into a dramatic landscape.
CLASSIC Join a Guided City Walk in Passau to learn more about this beautiful "City of Three Rivers" where the Danube, Inn, and Ilz Rivers meet, OR:
Take a Nordic Walk with your Avalon Adventure Host.
Later, in your free time, enjoy a bike ride by the Danube or a stroll through the delightful village of Passau.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN PASSAU
Your vacation ends this morning with breakfast.
Call 1 (800) 658-0869 for more information or to book today! Mention code 14158038
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- Avalon Waterways
- Offer valid through 12/31/2018
- 6 Days
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Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included.
Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.
Extra nights per person in Vienna:
in single room $217, in twin room from $130 to $139
All prices per person based on double occupancy. Cruise price based on Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom on Indigo Deck. See below for upgrade pricing.
To upgrade to a higher category, add per person:
Category / Decks / Price
D / Indigo Deck / $142
B / Sapphire Deck / $821
A / Sapphire Deck / $856
P / Royal Deck / $928
Avalon Suite / Royal Deck / $1571
Prices shown are "starting at" prices and do not include airfare.
Travel Terms & Conditions
The purchase of any travel services offered by Avalon Waterways, constitutes a contractual arrangement between you (the Traveler) and Avalon Waterways, and represents your acceptance of the Terms & Conditions. Please ensure that you read carefully and understand the Terms & Conditions prior to booking. These Terms & Conditions cover Deposit & Final Payment information, Air-Inclusive Deposits & Final Payment, Revisions & Revision Fees, Air Arrangements, Participation, Travelers Who Need Special Assistance, Young Travelers, Smoking, Price Policy, Visas and Passports, Hotels & Accommodations, Baggage Allowance, Travel Documents, Not Included in the Land Price, Refunds, Service Inquires After the Vacation, Holidays, Safety, Photos & Pictures, Optional Excursions, and Responsibility.
- Vacation departures, itineraries and prices are subject to change.
- A non-refundable, non-transferable deposit is required for Avalon Waterways to reserve space for you. View Terms & Conditions for limited exceptions.
- The following charges are not included in the land/cruise vacation price unless otherwise noted: airfare to and from the start of your vacation; intra-vacation air, unless specified in the itinerary; airline baggage fees including checked and/or excess baggage fees; Federal inspection fees for the Federal U.S. Customs and Immigrations; International Air Transportation tax; agricultural tax; other per person taxes imposed by government entities; airport taxes and fees, including the September 11th Security fee up to $11.20 per person, passenger facility charges up to $18 per person, Federal domestic flight segment fees up to $4.10 per segment, and U.S. and international arrival and departure and other government-imposed added by the airline and applicable at time of booking; port taxes; passports; visas and vaccinations; tips to your Cruise Director, Local Host, driver, Local Guides, and/or ship's crew; gratuities on ferries, trains, and cruise ships; laundry; telephone; minibar; alcohol, beverages, and food outside of the contracted Avalon menu as presented at a hotel or restaurant or onboard your vessel (these extra items will be billed to you before leaving the hotel, ship, or restaurant); airport transfers on non-qualifying flights; optional excursions; additional activities and excursions purchased online; porterage at airports and train stations; Travel Protection; and all other items of a personal nature.
- Additional airline-imposed fees for seat assignments may apply and are not included in your total package cost. Please refer to carrier websites for seat assignment policies and applicable pricing.
Booking your Vacation with Air
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Guaranteed air-inclusive prices - air is only available to passengers traveling from the United States and only available when booked in conjunction with a land vacation. An additional non-refundable air deposit of $300 per person is required for Flex Air booked in conjunction with any land vacation (i.e. air-inclusive vacation). Air can only be booked by Avalon in conjunction with a vacation package. Instant Purchase Air requires air payment in full at time of booking (i.e. air-inclusive vacation) plus a non-refundable per person service fee of $30 (North/Central America), $50 (Europe/Middle East) or $80 (all other international destinations). Once booked, Instant Purchase Air is non-refundable, and non-changeable. Some vacations may only offer one Air type option. However, once your airfare is confirmed and Avalon has received your full air and land deposit, your air-inclusive vacation price is guaranteed.
Air-Inclusive Vacations - Applicable Taxes & Fees
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