7 Night Cruise sailing from Linz to Budapest aboard Avalon Impression. Hotel stay post-cruise in Budapest.
DAY 1 LINZ, AUSTRIA (EMBARKATION).
Welcome to Austria! Your Suite Ship awaits in Linz. Flights into Linz must arrive by 3:30 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm. Enjoy any free time today by shopping, exploring on your own, or stop in a cafe for Austria's world-famous pastries. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ENGELHARTSZELL (D)
DAY 2 ENGELHARTSZELL-SCHLOGEN OXBOW.
History and Beer in the Making. ACTIVE - Join a Guided Tour to the "House by the stream" (Haus am Strom) and walk across the Danube Power-Station Jochenstein, OR: CLASSIC - Visit the stunning rococo-style Engelszell Abbey, and explore its Sensory Garden-complete with stone labyrinth, herb garden, and vineyard. Sample cheese and beer made by the resident Trappist monks. Enjoy free time on the Sky Deck this afternoon while you sail through the amazing horseshoe bend of the Danube's Schlogen Oxbow on your way back to Linz. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LINZ (B,L,D)
DAY 3 LINZ-MAUTHAUSEN.
History Lessons and Monastic Life in Austria. ACTIVE - Take a Guided Bike Tour along the Limes Cycle Route, and follow part of the northern border line of the Roman Empire, OR: CLASSIC - Visit the 9th-century St. Florian Monastery-the largest monastery in upper Austria and home to Augustine monks, OR: CLASSIC - Join a sobering Guided Tour of Mauthausen Concentration Camp, one of the largest and most brutal Nazi camps of WWII. In the afternoon sail to Grein. GREIN, AUSTRIA: Theatre History and Modern-Day Castles. CLASSIC - Take a Guided Walk of Grein, including its historic theatre, the oldest in Austria still holding regular performances. DISCOVERY - See Burg Clam (Greinburg Castle) on a Guided Visit, and meet the Count of Clam during your tour. EVENING CRUISE TO SPITZ (B,L,D)
DAY 4 SPITZ.
Take a Hike, a Canoe, or a Bike to Explore Austria's Wine Country. ACTIVE - Paddle a canoe on a Guided Tour to see the Austrian waterways and shoreline scenery from a different perspective, OR: ACTIVE - Take a Guided Bike Tour from Spitz to Krems, and enjoy a stop in Durnstein to see the mesmerising blue Stiftskirche, and to sample local specialties, OR: DISCOVERY - Join an interactive Wine World Experience with wine tasting, OR: DISCOVERY - Enjoy a Guided Tour that showcases the production of regional fruits, vegetables, wine, or other products. Relax this afternoon as you cruise toward Vienna. This evening, perhaps join a Guided Optional Hike through the vineyards outside Vienna, with a wine tasting and dinner at a Heurigen wine tavern. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN VIENNA (B,L,D)
DAY 5 VIENNA.
Strauss, Schnitzel, Strudel and Sachertorte. ACTIVE - Take a Guided Bike Tour along the famed Ringstrasse and pedestrian avenues of Vienna, OR: ACTIVE - Join a Guided Jogging Tour of the City of Music to see highlights of the gilded architecture along the way, OR: DISCOVERY - Get an Insider's Tour of Vienna to see special surprise sights, events, or attractions. You will meet locals, have the chance to prepare some food, and enjoy other surprises, OR: CLASSIC - Enjoy a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Vienna, including a tour of Belvedere Palace to see Gustave Klimt's renowned "Kiss" painting. Spend free time this afternoon strolling through the pedestrian Karntnerstrasse, take a break for a piece of Sachertorte. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN VIENNA (B,L,D)
DAY 6 VIENNA.
A Feast for the Soul in Vienna. DISCOVERY - Take a Guided Walking Tour for early risers this morning-with breakfast at a Viennese cafe, OR: CLASSIC - Join a Guided Tour of the Habsburg family's private art collection at the Museum of Fine Arts, and the Italian or Dutch master works, OR: CLASSIC - Take a Guided Tour of the Museum of Fine Arts, followed by the World Museum Vienna, commemorating the past of the Habsburg Empire. This evening, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VISEGRAD (B,L,D)
DAY 7 VISEGRAD, HUNGARY.
Jousting Tournaments and Artisan Traditions. DISCOVERY - Join a Guided Excursion to the Medieval Knights Tournament at Visegrad's Lower Castle, featuring targeting and fighting demonstrations by members of the St. George Knightly Order, OR: ACTIVE - Take a Castle visit and Hike Tour to Count Dracula's prison tower in Visegrad. Sail to Budapest this afternoon. BUDAPEST, HUNGARY: The Pearl of the Danube. Take some free time this afternoon to explore the vibrant and stunning city of Budapest. Enjoy a Farewell Dinner on board your ship this evening. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN BUDAPEST (B,L,D)
DAY 8 BUDAPEST (DISEMBARKATION).
ACTIVE - Join a Guided Biking Tour along the bike paths of the city, OR: DISCOVERY - Enjoy a Guided Walking Tour that includes some "Fungarian" instruction of useful local words and phrases, OR: CLASSIC - Take a Guided Walking Tour of Budapest to see the city's most iconic sites. Spend free time shopping for Hungarian paprika or handcrafted souvenirs, or savour a piece of cream cake in the world-famous Gerbeaud Cafe. (B)
DAY 9 BUDAPEST.
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
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