Your Cruising Itinerary

Day 1: Linz, Austria (embarkation)

Welcome to Austria. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding.
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 café for Austria’s world-famous

Evening/overnight cruise to Engelhartszell.  (D)

Day 2: Engelhartszell - Schlögen Oxbow - memories and beer in the making

  • 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 Schlögen Oxbow on your way back to Linz  Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.

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 Danube and discover how fertile this area is. Stop at
    a local farm and learn more about farming life and flood protection, 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 - 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/overnight 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 unique perspective, OR:
  • Active: Take a Guided Bike Tour from Spitz to Krems, and enjoy a stop in Dürnstein to see the mesmerizing blue Stiftskirche, and to sample local specialties, OR:
  • Discovery: Enjoy a Guided Tour that showcases the production of regional fruits, vegetables, wine, or other products OR
  • Discovery: Join an interactive Wine World Experience with wine tasting

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 to see the city’s highlights from a unique perspective, 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 Kärntnerstrasse then 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: Enjoy a morning Guided Walking Tour to see the city in her best light, along with breakfast at a Viennese café, OR:
  • Classic: Dive into European history and drama with 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.

Evening/overnight cruise to Visegrad. (B,L,D)

Day 7: Visegrad, Hungary - Jousting Tournaments and Dracula’s Tower

  • Discovery: Join a Guided Excursion to the Medieval Knights Tournament at Visegrád’s Lower
    Castle, featuring targeting and fi ghting demonstrations by members of the St. George Knightly Order, OR:
  • Active: Take a Castle Visit and scenic Hiking Tour to Count Dracula’s prison tower in Visegrád, OR:
  • Active: Take part in a Canoe Excursion through the
    picturesque Bend Region of the Danube for a truly unique perspective of one of the river’s most beautiful stretches. 

This afternoon, relax on the Sky Deck while sailing into Budapest and enjoy magnificent views of the beautiful Parliament Building.

Budapest - 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) - bike, walk, and talk in Budapest

  • Active: See the sights from a diff erent perspective by joining a Guided Bike 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 one of the may cafes. (B)

Day 9: Budapest

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

This cruise also operates from Budapest to Linz

Day 1, Budapest (Embarkation); Day 2, Budapest; Day 3, Visegrád; Day 4, Vienna; Day 5, Vienna; Day 6,
Krems—Grein; Day 7, Grein—Mauthausen—Linz; Day 8, Engelhartszell—Linz; Day 9, Linz (Disembarkation), your vacation ends this morning.

Departure dates and prices 2020 - Active Discovery on the Danube : 7% discount on all dates

Avalon brochure price in black from £2374
Travel 55 discount price in red from £2208
Telephone Avalon Waterways reservations on 0330 808 5036 and quote our Travel 55 code TR55A

Linz to Budapest : tour code WLBE - cruise price without flights and transfers
Dates Price from Dates Price from
Apr 9 £2374
Aug 27 £2853
May 7 £2853
Sep 24 £3058
Jun 4 £2853
Oct 22 £2716
July 2, 30 £2785
Budapest to Linz : tour code WBLQ - cruise price without flights and transfers
Apr 29 £2716
Aug 19 £2785
May 27 £2853
Sep 16 £3058
June 24 £2853
Oct 14 £2785
July 22


Prices shown above are for the cruise only. This means you have the freedom to arrange your own flights and transfers to suit your needs. Alternatively we can take care of everything for you. Complete holiday price including flights, transfers and private home pick-up service (within 100 miles) from £3,094pp - based on Apr 9 departure from London Heathrow.
Sailing on Avalon Suite Ship® Illumination. Gratuities to Local Guides & excursion drivers are included. Extra nights before and after your cruise may be available, please call for details and prices. Avalon offers the opportunity for solo travelers to sail with no single supplement (subject to availability). Please call for single accommodation details and prices. Triples not available. Note: responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.Superior Hotels: Budapest InterContinental* (D) or Sofitel Budapest Chain Bridge* (D). *or similar
†From price based on Apr 9 departure. All prices per person based on double occupancy. Cruise price based on Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom on Indigo Deck

Upgrade pricing:

Category/deck - E Indigo nil : D Indigo £149 : B Sapphire £849 :  A Sapphire £899 : P Royal £999 : Royal Suite Royal Deck £1699

In the event of technical or water level issues, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or alter the program, including hotel overnight when necessary. Guided Tours, Optional Excursions, activities, sailing and docking schedules may be contingent on weather conditions or other issues outside of our control and could therefore be subject to change at any time.

All holidays subject to Avalon Waterways Holidays Terms & Conditions

Please check tour details with the operator at time of booking as Cennet Ltd cannot be held responsible for any errors showing on it’s website

Avalon Waterways
Active and Discovery on the Danube

9 days

Your discount prices start from only £2208 - 7% discount

This Avalon Waterways holiday is an exciting new type of cruise that introduces you to the people and places along the Danube from Linz to Budapest in an active, engaged and fun way. The choice is always yours: cycle, hike and paddle along the Danube; taste locally produced cheese, take a guided bike tour along the fames Rinstrasse of Vienna.. Every port gives you a world of possibilities all the while enjoying the comfort of your Avalon ship, with its delectable meals and warm, personal service.

A reverse course operates for this cruise.

Call Avalon Waterways direct on 0330 808 5036 and quote the Travel 55 code TR55A to book this delightful 9 day Active Discovery on the Danube cruise. All departure dates come with a 7% discount saving when you book direct. 

Travel 55 in association with Avalon Waterways. To book a luxury cruise call direct on 0330 0588 237 and quote the code TRAVEL55 you will then receive a 7% discount from the Avalon brochure price. 

Included for every Avalon guest

  • Spacious outside deluxe accommodations with enhanced soundproofing and Avalon’s exclusive Comfort Collection BedsSM for a great night’s sleep. (See deck plans for additional stateroom amenities.)
  • Large private bathroom featuring full shower with glass door, hairdryer & premium L’Occitane® bath products
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner on board daily indicated by breakfast (B), lunch (L), and dinner (D) on the itinerary pages
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner are included daily on board your vessel
  • A professional Cruise Director who delivers educational commentary as you travel through interesting landscapes, and who assists with requests and additional excursions 
  • An Avalon Adventure Host available as your guide for fitness activities and active excursions
  • Friendly, English-speaking staff who deliver consummate personal service throughout your journey
  • Complimentary regional wine, beer, and soft drinks at lunch and dinner on board 
  • Onboard meals, including daily four-course à la carte dinners with choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrées, desserts, and Avalon Fresh® healthy cuisine options
  • Included sightseeing with headsets and expert local guides
  • Complimentary bicycles available for use on shore
  • Onboard local entertainment
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the ship

Onboard dining offerings and choices

Welcome and farewell cocktails with sparkling wine and canapes

Daily full breakfast buffet with made-to-order egg station, hot and cold menu items, and complimentary sparkling wine and juices

Choice of daily early-riser and late-riser continental breakfasts

Daily lunch buffet with pasta & carving stations and complimentary beer, wine, and soft drinks

Choice of alternative fare at the Sky Grill on the Sky Deck (weather permitting) or light lunch in the Panorama Lounge

Enjoy our Panorama Bistro for a casual dinner option with a buffet of select dishes and beverages

Daily Afternoon Tea featuring tea, coffee, sweet treats and sandwiches

Daily four-course à la carte dinners in the main dining room with choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrées, desserts or cheese, after-dinner premium coffees or tea, and complimentary wine (including from the region), beer, and soft drinks

Your choice

Avalon knows there is more than one way to explore new destinations.

In addition to included Active, Discovery, and Classic excursions and activities, they offer Guided Optional Excursions designed to personalize your experience even more. And they are there with plenty of free-time suggestions to help you get the most out of every adventure.


  • Paddle a canoe on the Danube past spectacular shores of Austria.
  • Join a Guided Optional Hike through the vineyards outside Vienna, with a wine tasting and dinner in a local tavern.
  • Spend some free time strolling through the shops in a local village.

Cruise options

Add Salzburg

Include 3 nights accomodation in Salzburg area, sightseeing in Salzburg and Linz, guided visit to Hallein Salt Mine, and transfer to or from ship.

  • Begin your adventure in Salzburg area (3 nights in Salzburg) Cruise : 12 days from Salzburg to Budapest
  • Continue your adventure in Salzburg area (2 nights in Salzburg and 1 night in Munich) Cruise Reverse Course: 12 days from Budapest to Munich

Add Prague

  • Include 3 nights accomodation in Prague, sightseeing in Prague, guided visit to Český Krumlov, and transfer to or from ship. 
  • Begin your adventure in Prague Cruise : 12 days from Prague to Budapest 
  • Continue your adventure in Prague Cruise Reverse Course: 12 days from Budapest to Prague

Private home pick up service

Your Avalon experience begins long before you reach the ship. Fom the moment you close your front door, their private pick-up service will arrive to take you to the airport (within 100 miles) in air-conditioned comfort in plenty of time for your flight.

Your driver will load and unload your luggage for you, so you can make your way to the departure lounge feeling relaxed. And when you return, a driver will be waiting for you in arrivals, ready to load your bags and take you back home again.


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