Grand Danube River Cruise

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Why Book With Us?

  • Optional rail transfers from anywhere in Europe
  • Luxury River Cruise Boat
  • Choice of Bedrooms
  • Full-board
  • Activities and excursions included
  • ABTA, IPP and tour operator protection


How Do I Book?

  • Book online or over the phone with a 10% Deposit
  • Pay the remainder balance by 90 days before departure

Tour Details

Route: Budapest Bratislava Dürnstein Welk Vienna

Duration: 4 days

Age Range: The average is between 40 and 70 and popular with couples or solo travellers.

Transport: You’ll travel on the 443ft long Avalon Impression River Cruise Ship 

Transfers: We can arrange you train travel to the start city and back from the end city. Please Enquire. 

Activities: There’s plenty of included activities along the way, and lots more of optional activities to choose from should you opt for even more!

Meals: Full board

Flexibility: Enquire to add extra nights of accommodation at the start and end of your trip.

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Tour Style

Discover the very best of the River Danube on this 4-day river cruise tour, as you take a scenic route along the River, sampling some of Europe’s most cultural and facinating cities, as well as nature-beauty spots.

Popular with more experienced travellers of 55 and above, this tour is perfect for anyone wanting an alternative way to travel, whilst maintaining luxurious elements and a true ‘holiday’ feel.

You’ll be joined on your trip by experts, on hand to guide you through each destination and uncover the legends and history to each stop on your tour. There will be plenty of chance to take part in activities and excursions, whilst you are away, with something to appeal to all interests – from cooking class, to painting workshops; all giving you the chance to mingle with like-mind people.

We take all the stress out of travelling so that you’re free to relax and enjoy your trip! With Euroventure, we can also arrange first-class train travel and hotels before and after your cruise to get you there and back. 

Tour Description

Embark on a luxurious journey on the Avalon Suite Ship in Budapest, cruising through Austria’s picturesque Wachau Valley while stopping in charming towns and cities of Slovakia and Austria. As you sail through a 58-mile stretch of the Danube shared by Hungary and Slovakia, explore Slovakia’s capital city, Bratislava, located at the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains. Visit the Gothic-style St. Martin’s Cathedral, which served as Hungary’s coronation church during the 16th to 19th centuries. In picturesque Melk, visit the impressive Benedictine Abbey, one of Europe’s largest monasteries, famous for breathtaking views of the Danube River and the Austrian countryside. Finally, your journey concludes in Vienna, Austria, after witnessing unparalleled natural beauty, architecture, and myriad wonders along the Danube River.

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What's Included?

  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with every lunch and dinner
  • Peace of mind with alternative travel included if there is a strike or similar disruption
  • An experienced and local Tour Director to travel with you throughout
  • Daily a la carte breakfast with full range of classic breakfast items, healthy Avalon Fresh® options and daily specials
  • Daily lunch buffet featuring regional specialties, classic dishes, healthy Avalon Fresh® options and rotating chef’s features including carving & pasta stations.
  • Daily Afternoon Tea featuring tea, coffee, sweet treats & sandwiches
  • Welcome & farewell cocktails with sparkling wine and canapés
  • Fresh fruit available throughout the day
  • Canoe, kayak and jogging excursions
  • Fitness and wellness activities
Itinerary

Day 1 - Budapest

Welcome to Slovakia! Your Suite Ship is ready and awaiting your arrival. Please note that flights into Budapest should arrive no later than 2pm. You won’t want to miss a thing, so make sure to be on board the ship by 5 pm.

During your free time, you’ll be able to take a leisurely stroll along the cobblestone streets, browsing through the art galleries, sipping coffee, and sampling sweet treats before boarding your Danube cruise for a delectable welcome dinner tonight. A perfect way to spend the day taking in local pastimes, indulging in amazing cuisine, and taking in exquisite views along the way.

Overnight Cruise to Bratislava

Day 2 - Bratislava

Step into the first of many adventures, as you head to Bratislava Castle with your Adventure Host. Enjoy the lovely views on the short hike up to the castle. Alternatively, join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of the cobblestone streets in Old Town, taking time to visit the Gothic halls of St. Martin’s Cathedral – Hungary’s stunning coronation church located in this historic area. For a more leisurely experience, take a bicycle and a picnic from the ship and ride peacefully while exploring the local sights along the Danube.

Overnight Cruise to Melk

Day 3 - Durnstein

Experience the captivating beauty of the Danube river and Melk. Take a leisurely stroll through the charming town and along the river, or opt for a guided tour of the 11th-century Benedictine Abbey. Marvel at the frescoes, statues, library and the monastery’s spectacular pipe organ. Continue your journey while relaxing on the Sky Deck and take in the awe-inspiring views of the Wachau Valley, surrounded by vineyards and the town of Dürnstein. Spend free time at your leisure, perhaps biking through the vineyards for a closer look at the King’s Ransom and Castle Ruins.

The evening entertainment comes from the gifted local musicians on board as you set off on your last journey of the trip.

Overnight Cruise to Vienna

Day 4 - Vienna

Vienna marks the end of your cruise where you’ll disembark after breakfast this morning. We hope you have had a great time sailing with us and taking in all the beautiful sights along the way.

Get in touch with us if you’d like to extend your stay (on land) in Vienna, or if you’d like us to arrange overland transport to elsewhere in Europe!

Optional Train Transfers

 

Euroventure are experts in European travel and can organise your travel from anywhere in Europe to the start city of your cruise and back again from the last city. With Euroventure you have the option to turn your river cruise into a bigger holiday with first class European rail travel.

This is an example route from London (but the possibilities across Europe are endless):

Outbound Route: London Eurostar to Amsterdam (2 nights in a hotel) Train to Berlin (2 nights in a hotel) Train to Prague (2 nights in a hotel) Train to Budapest (2 nights in a hotel)

4-Day River Cruise from Budapest to Vienna

Return Route: Vienna (2 nights in a hotel) Train to Munich (2 nights in a hotel)   Train to Paris (2 nights in a hotel)   Eurostar to London

The Ship

The Avalon Impression is the gem among the award-winning fleet of Suite Ships. Offering an exceptional river cruising experience, this stunning ship boasts two entire levels of Panorama Suites with floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows that can transform into an Open-Air Balcony. Imagine waking up each morning to the most splendid views of the passing scenery from your bed, which faces the large windows. And with a whopping 30% more space than the industry average, the Panorama Suites are an absolute treat.

But the perks don’t stop there. The Avalon Impression comes with some of the best amenities you can find on a river cruise. There’s the delightful Panorama Bistro, which offers light dining options for when you want to enjoy a casual meal, as well as the Fitness Centre, where you can keep up with your exercise routine. And when it’s time to relax, head to the expansive Sky Deck, which features premium lounge chairs, a whirlpool, and light meals at the Sky Bistro.

The Avalon Impression promises an unbeatable combination of casual luxury and exceptional amenities, making it an experience that you’ll cherish for a lifetime. Get ready to explore the most picturesque parts of the world in style and comfort, and create unforgettable memories on board this magnificent ship!

Throughout the Ship

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Panoramic windows
  • Elegant, contemporary design & décor
  • Friendly, English-speaking crew & Cruise Director
  • Sky Deck with whirlpool, shade awnings, game area and premium lounges
  • Covered Observation Lounge
  • Club Lounge with 24-hour self-serve beverage station with complimentary cappuccinos, lattes, tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees, as well as treats throughout the day

Dining

  • Avalon FlexDining® for more venue and seating options, including flexible seating times in our Panorama Dining Room
  • Avalon Fresh® healthy cuisine options at every meal
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with every lunch and dinner
  • Daily a la carte breakfast with full range of classic breakfast items, healthy Avalon Fresh® options and daily specials
  • Daily lunch buffet featuring regional specialties, classic dishes, healthy Avalon Fresh® options and rotating chef’s features including carving & pasta stations. Alternatively, you may dine al fresco at our Sky Grill on the Sky Deck (weather and itinerary permitting) or enjoy a light lunch in the Panorama Lounge.
  • Daily Afternoon Tea featuring tea, coffee, sweet treats & sandwiches
  • Daily four-course a la carte dinner in the Panorama Dining Room with choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrees and desserts. Includes selections of regional recipes, Western dishes and vegetarian options.
  • Enjoy a tasting menu with a view in the Panorama Bistro – a less formal “sit-down” atmosphere while lingering over several satisfying selections
  • Welcome & farewell cocktails with sparkling wine and canapés
  • Panorama Lounge featuring premium spirits and Avalon specialty cocktails, along with local entertainment special guests
  • Cocktails available on the Sky Deck
  • Fresh fruit available throughout the day

Health and Fitness

  • Bikes
  • Canoe, kayak and jogging excursions
  • Maps for hiking, biking and jogging routes
  • Fitness and wellness activities

Suites and State Rooms

  • Comfort Collection Beds with choice of mattress firmness
  • Egyptian super-combed cotton linens
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • Premium L’Occitane bath products
  • Large bathroom featuring shower with glass door
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with free movie channels
  • Individual climate control and in-room safe
  • USB Ports
  • And, much more

 

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The Rooms

Avalon have the newest river cruise ships in Europe, with the best layouts, maximising on window space and ensuring comfort regardless of whether you choose a deluxe stateroom, panorama suite or royal suite. 

The Experience

Included Excursions

There are three types of experiences for you to pick and choose from at each destination on your cruise:

CLASSIC: Experience the expertise of a local guide as they lead you on a journey through the history and rich heritage of the local destinations. Prepare to be amazed by the captivating stories, traditions, and remarkable architectural wonders of the iconic and historically significant sites.

DISCOVERY: Unearth engaging and hands-on experiences tailored to your interests. Whether it’s participating in cooking classes or immersing yourself in painting workshops, each activity will allow you to deeply engage with the culture of the places you explore.

ACTIVE: Embark on invigorating adventures that will keep you active and constantly on the move. From a guided jogging tour of Amsterdam to cycling, kayaking, and hiking through breathtaking locations, you’ll experience the thrill of exploration firsthand.

Cuisine

Experience a luxurious cruise while staying true to your healthy lifestyle with our exclusive Avalon Fresh menu. Indulge in a guilt-free culinary journey that caters to your well-being. From revitalizing breakfast juices to meticulously crafted salads for lunch and protein-rich dishes for dinner, Avalon Fresh offers a wide array of options, including vegetarian and vegan specialties. Enjoy creative cuisine that tantalizes your taste buds without compromising on health.

In addition to the delectable menu, we offer a range of dining experiences to enhance your journey. Start your day with breakfast in bed, courtesy of our complimentary room service. Delight in buffet lunches, savour afternoon tea, and indulge in four-course dinners in the panoramic dining room. All your meals are included, and you can complement your dining experience with included wine, beer, and soft drinks.

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