Heart Of The Danube (Westbound) 2020
Rivers:
Danube River Cruises, Main River Cruises
Countries:
Austria, Germany, Hungary
Embark:
Disembark:
Ship:
Avalon Artistry II
This European river cruise through Hungary, Austria, and Germany begins in the Hungarian capital of Budapest and sail to Vienna—the “City of Music.” You’ll marvel at the sights with a guided city tour of Vienna’s gilded landmarks—including the Imperial Palace, the world-famous opera house, and stunning St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Sail to Dürnstein to walk in the steps of Richard the Lionheart. You may choose a guided hike to the castle where he was held during the Crusades, and behold the brilliant view of Austria’s Wachau Valley from above. Next, the magnificent Benedictine Abbey of Melk awaits, with its frescoed ceilings, sculptures, library, and ornate pipe organ. Join us on board for a winetasting of Wachau Valley vintages.
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Tour Highlights

Day 1 Budapest (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception

Day 2 Vienna: scenic sailing; pass through Bratislava

Day 3 Vienna: guided sightseeing

Day 4 Dürnstein–Wachau Valley–Melk: choice of guided tour, or hike up to the castle ruins in Dürnstein; scenic cruise through the Wachau Valley; guided tour of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk; wine tasting on board

Day 5 Passau: guided walk

Day 6 Regensburg: guided walk; beer tasting on board

Day 7 Roth: lecture on board; choice of guided sightseeing in Nuremberg or Roth, or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour

Day 8 Nuremberg. Excursion to Munich: guided sightseeing in Munich, see the Marienplatz

Day 9 Bamberg: guided tour, see the Old Town Hall; beer tasting on board

Day 10 Volkach—Kitzingen: guided tours

Day 11 Würzburg: guided tour, visit the Bishop’s Residenz

Day 12 Main river village: guided walk

Day 13 Mainz (Disembarkation): your cruise ends this morning



  • 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.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
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