2013: Capitals of Central Europe - Cruise Only from Passau to Budapest (WPB0) - Tranquility
8 days from Passau to Budapest
On this magnificent cruise vacation, enjoy seeing some of Central Europe's splendid capitals-Prague, Vienna, Bratislava, and Budapest-as well as many small towns that dot the landscape along the way. Explore the grounds of majestic Hradcany Castle in Prague, savor a Sachertorte in Vienna, visit St. Martin's Cathedral in Bratislava, and shop for paprika in Budapest. But in addition to these vibrant cities, there's even more...explore Germany's Passau, located at the confluence of three rivers, and Linz, Austria's third-largest city. Visit the quaint historical theater in the resort town of Grein and one of Europe's largest and most spectacular monasteries at Melk. Discover Krems in Austria's Wachau Valley or choose to learn about wine, which is an important part of life in the Wachau region. Guided sightseeing with Certified Local Guides in each city is sure to heighten your experience.
Highlights & Sightseeing
Welcome reception; guided walk
Guided walk, visit the historical theater
Guided visit of the Benedictine Abbey
Choice of guided sightseeing or enjoy a Wachau wine experience
Guided sightseeing, visit St. Martin's Cathedral
Guided sightseeing, see Fishermen's Bastion
B: full buffet breakfast L: lunch D: dinner
Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast, soft drinks with lunch, and wine, beer, or soft drinks with dinner are included on board your vessel.
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Day 1 Passau, Germany (Embarkation)
Your river cruise vessel is docked in Passau, ideally located at the confluence of the Rivers Inn, Ilz, and Danube. Before dinner, meet your crew for a welcome reception. (Dinner)
Day 2 Passau-Linz, Austria
Passau is a city of graceful arcades and cobblestone streets. St. Stephen's Cathedral houses one of the world's largest church organs with more than 17,000 pipes. Join a Certified Local Guide for a walking tour through this charming town, and find out much more about the "City of Three Rivers." During lunchtime, set sail for Linz, where you arrive in the early evening. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 3 Linz-Grein
Linz is Austria's third-largest city, an important river port where culture plays a significant role in everyday life. Composer Anton Bruckner lived here, and Mozart's Linzer Symphony was composed in the city. Today is free to do as you like. Explore Linz on your own or simply spend a relaxing day on board. Once you depart for Grein around Noon, enjoy the views of the peaceful riverscapes from the comfort of the Sky Deck-or, alternatively, choose one of a variety of optional excursions. The choice is yours. In the late afternoon, arrive in the attractive country resort of Grein, nestled at the foot of a bluff in the shadow of its castle. Take a guided walk through town and visit its unique historical THEATER, the oldest in Austria still holding regular performances. A behind-the-scenes peek to learn about some of the curiosities of this Rococo-style, 167-seat theater will certainly tell you much about life as it was, and as it now is, in this small town. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 4 Melk-Krems
Depart Grein in the early morning hours to arrive in Melk after breakfast. The magnificent BENEDICTINE ABBEY dominates the town from its commanding hill site, and is one of Europe's largest monasteries. After your included visit of this impressive baroque edifice this morning, sail into the picturesque Wachau Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Pass the magnificent baroque Stiftskirche with its blue facade, the landmark of Durnstein, before arriving in Krems. Join a Certified Local Guide to learn more about this town situated on the eastern end of the Wachau Valley. Or, you may prefer to join a wine experience to learn firsthand how wine is so much more than just a drink. Wine is life, culture, inspiration, and the result of a lot of hard work. This evening, depart for Vienna. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 5 Vienna
Wake up this morning in Vienna, known as the "City of Music" and the place that inspired the creative genius of Mozart, Beethoven, and Strauss. Once the center of the mighty Habsburg Empire, Austria's capital has much to offer: lavish Hofburg Palace, the impressive Vienna Opera House, the majestic Ringstrasse, and awe-inspiring St. Stephen's Cathedral, to name just a few of the sights you will enjoy during your city tour. You do not rush through Vienna-you waltz, taking your time to savor each classic sight and sound. Shop in the Karntnerstrasse and enjoy Sachertorte or Apfelstrudel in a neighborhood cafe. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 6 Bratislava, Slovakia
Situated at the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains, Bratislava is the dynamic capital of Slovakia. The charming Old Town, with its Town Hall, Mirbach Palace, and gothic ST. MARTIN'S CATHEDRAL, should not be missed. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 7 Budapest, Hungary
Budapest, spanning the banks of the Danube, is Eastern Europe's liveliest and most cosmopolitan metropolis. Eight bridges connect ancient Buda on the right bank with Pest on the left. The massive hilltop castle complex with Fishermen's Bastion and the Matthias Church is among the impressive sights you'll see on your included tour. Shop for renowned peasant embroidery, Herend porcelain, and paprika. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 8 Budapest (Disembarkation)
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)
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- Avalon Waterways
- 8 Days
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Prices shown are "starting at" prices and do not include airfare.
Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.
Extra nights per person in Budapest:
Departures April 13-June 1, September 29-October 20: in single room $252, in twin room $140
Departures August 1 & 8: in single room $203, in twin room $112
Prices shown above include cruise in Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom on Indigo Deck.
To upgrade to a higher category, add per person:
Category / Decks / Price
B / Sapphire Deck / $549
A / Sapphire Deck / $599
P / Royal Deck / $749
Avalon Suite / Royal Deck / $1,299
Category / Decks / Price
D / Indigo Deck / $149
B / Sapphire Deck / $799
A / Sapphire Deck / $849
P / Royal Deck / $999
Royal Suite / Royal Deck / $1,699