AUGUST 17-29, 2022
Cruise along the peaceful Danube River through Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, and Germany discovering some of Central Europe’s most splendid capitals and charming towns along the way. You’ll also be our guest in the Bavarian village of Oberammergau for the once-a-decade performance season of the world-renowned “Passion Play”. Begin this timeless European river cruise in Budapest, where guided sightseeing acquaints you with the highlights of the vibrant capital of Hungary. Set sail on the Danube, take pictures of the impressive Parliament Building as you leave Budapest, and head for Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. Here, enjoy a guided walk through the delightful Old Town and visit the Gothic St. Martin’s Cathedral. Vienna, Austria, the “City of Music,” makes an immediate impression with its lavish Habsburg Imperial Palace and neo-renaissance Vienna Opera House. Enjoy the magnificent views as your river cruise takes you through the picturesque wine region of the Wachau Valley, with stops for a guided walk in Dürnstein, a visit of the impressive Benedictine Abbey of Melk, and a tasting of renowned local wines. In Linz, walk around the Hauptplatz, Austria’s largest medieval square, which forms the center of the city, and be sure to photograph the splendid Trinity Column. Passau, Germany, the “City of Three Rivers,” is uniquely located where the Inn, Ilz, and Danube rivers converge. See its maze of narrow cobblestone streets lined with beautiful Patrician houses, and marvel at St. Stephen’s Cathedral, a masterpiece of baroque architecture.
Continue your Central European guided vacation on shore for a guided tour of Austria and Germany, starting with Neuschwanstein Castle, and St. James and Hofkirche Cathedrals in Innsbruck. The highlight is the visit to the idyllic Bavarian village of Oberammergau in Germany for the “Passion Play”. Performed once every ten years, the “Passion Play” is a stunning theatrical event with a history dating back to 1634. Enjoy seating and accommodations in the heart of Oberammergau for the “Passion Play”. Enjoy guided sightseeing in Munich, including Nymphenburg Palace, the Marienplatz, and gothic Frauenkirche. Sample Munich’s Biergärtens and cafés, and see the famous Glockenspiel. The perfect blend of adventure, relaxation, and inspiration—your Avalon Danube River cruise with the once-a decade performance of Oberammergau’s “Passion Play”—is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
• Airport meals, 3 Lunches, 2 dinner
• Gratuities (Tour Manager, Local Guide, Driver)
• Optional Traveler’s Insurance
• First-Class accommodations
• Specialized Small group tour
• Locally sourced meals and paired wines at each port
• Fully escorted from Burlington, Vermont (or Other airport preference)
• All-inclusive, choice excursions in: Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, and Germany
• Premium reserved seats for the original Oberammergau “Passion Play”, which is * Performed only once a decade by the residents of the village since 1634
DAY 0 - DEPART BURLINGTON VT - Wednesday August 17, 2022
DAY 1 - BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (EMBARKATION) - Thursday August 18, 2022
The day is yours to relax and enjoy the city with time for photographs, cafés, and confections. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN BUDAPEST (Dinner)
DAY 2 - BUDAPEST - Day 2, Friday August 19, 2022
The Pearl of the Danube in the Heart of Europe. Visit the Adventure Center for today's activities with your Adventure Host. Enjoy a Guided City Sightseeing, including the iconic Heroes’ Square. This afternoon choose among a wide selection of Optional Guided Excursions or take in the beauty of Budapest while enjoying some time exploring such famous sights as the Chain Bridge. Get to know the city’s cafés and pubs, or take a hike through the hills above the Danube. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BRATISLAVA (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 3 - BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA - Saturday August 20, 2022
Cathedral Coronations and a Crowing Castle CLASSIC Take a Guided City Walk, including the quaint streets of Old Town, Town Hall, and the sight of royal coronations at St. Martin’s Cathedral. During lunchtime enjoy a short sailing to Hainburg. HAINBURG, AUSTRIA Enjoy some free time in the village of Hainburg or take a Guided Optional Excursion to discover the natural beauties of this area. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIENNA (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) )
DAY 4 - VIENNA - Sunday August 21, 2022
Strauss, Schnitzel, Strudel, and Sachertorte. Explore the Habsburg empire with a morning Guided City Tour of Vienna’s gilded landmarks. See the Imperial Palace complex—Winter residence of the Imperial Family, the iconic Vienna Opera House and stunning St. Stephen’s Cathedral. You may decide to take a Guided Optional Excursion to Schönbrunn Palace—the former imperial summer home of the Habsburg monarchy. Spend free time strolling in the pedestrian Kärntnerstrasse—the most famous shopping avenue in central Vienna, or take a bike ride through the city and stop in a local café to enjoy Sachertorte or Apfelstrudel. This evening, enjoy an unforgettable musical performance with an Optional Excursion to attend a Royal Waltz Concert in an elegant hall. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DÜRNSTEIN (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 5 - DÜRNSTEIN–WACHAU VALLEY - Monday August 22, 2022
A King's Ransom and Castle Ruins. Join a Guided Walk, and hear the legendary tale of King Richard the Lionheart—who was imprisoned in the castle during the Crusades, OR: Join a Guided Hike up to the castle ruins to take in the spectacular view of the village, Danube, and the Wachau Valley below. Later, stretch out on the Sky Deck as you sail through the Wachau Valley past vineyards, castles, and charming villages on your way to Ybbs. YBBS. EXCURSION TO MELK Frescoes Above and Vineyards Below. This afternoon, learn more about sweet Austrian pastry. A workshop in a local bakery with an expert chef, will let you create your own pastry, fill it and enjoy it as well, OR: Visit the Lower Austrian little town of Ybbs. Admire the fine architecture of the Babenberger and its romantic old town, OR: Take a Guided Tour of Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey to marvel at its frescoed ceilings, statues, incredible library, and ornate pipe organ. Enjoy the flavors of the Wachau Valley at a Wine Tasting on board. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO LINZ (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 6 - LINZ - Tuesday August 23, 2022
Legendary, Lovely Linz. Ask about today's energizing or relaxing Adventure Host activites. Take a Guided Walk through the city’s historic and beautiful sites along the shore of the Danube and see Hauptplatz—Austria’s largest medieval square—and the towering white-marble Trinity Column. Consider a full-day Guided Optional Excursion to Salzburg—the city of Mozart—or to the picturesque Bohemian town of Cesky Krumlov. You may otherwise spend the afternoon on a biking picnic along the banks of the Danube or hike through Linz’s beautiful nature trails to Pöstlingberg for a bird’s-eye view of the city and river below. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LINZ (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 7 - SCHLÖGEN OXBOW–PASSAU, GERMANY - Wednesday August 24, 2022
Where the Danube, Inn, and Ilz Rivers Meet. This morning, cruise through the Schlögen Oxbow, a particularly beautiful horseshoe-shaped bend of the river. Take a Guided City Walk into Passau, the beautiful “City of Three Rivers”, OR: Join your Avalon Adventure Host for Hiking from Oberhaus along a trail down to the valley and along Ilz River. Before sailing to Deggendorf take a little free time to explore Passau’s cobblestone streets and galleries of Artists’ Alley. Maybe stop at St. Stephen’s Cathedral to catch a concert rehearsal. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DEGGENDORF (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 8 - DEGGENDORF (DISEMBARKATION)–INNSBRUCK, AUSTRIA - Thursday August 25, 2022
This morning bid farewell to your crew after breakfast and take a scenic drive through the Bavarian Alps to Kind Ludwig’s fairytale Neuschwanstein Castle, high above the village of Hohenschwangau. Continue to Innsbruck, capital of the Austrian region of Tyrol, for a 2-night stay. (Breakfast)
DAY 9 - INNSBRUCK - Friday August 26, 2022
Join your local guide for a morning Guided Sightseeing of Innsbruck, visit St. James Cathedral and the Hofkirche. The afternoon is at your leisure to explore Innsbruck on your own, or take an optional excursion to the Swarovski Crystal World in the nearby Wattens. This evening a Tyrolean optional dinner will be on offer. (Breakfast)
DAY 10 - INNSBRUCK–OBERAMMERGAU, GERMANY - Saturday August 27, 2022
This morning a motorcoach transfer will take you to Oberammergau for the highlight of the vacation: the original “Passion Play”, which is performed only once a decade by the residents of the village since 1634. Dinner will be served during intermission. (Breakfast, Dinner)
DAY 11 - OBERAMMERGAU–MUNIC - Sunday August 28, 2022
This morning, depart for Germany’s lively city–Munich. With its historical museums, splendid English Garden, traditional cafés, and delightful shops, Munich offers plenty to see and do. A local guide will show you the highlights of this fascinating city. An evening optional dinner is on offer. (Breakfast)
DAY 12 - MUNICH - Monday August 29, 2022
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)
PRICING PER PERSON
(group of two)
20% deposit per person. Balance due by April 29, 2022
*20% deposit at booking. Balance due June 14, 2019
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