AVALON 2017: Active Discovery on the Danube with Salzburg Area - Eastbound (WLBM)

12 days from Munich to Budapest

This exciting new vacation introduces you to Salzburg and its surrounding area, and people and places along the Danube from Linz to Budapest, in the most active, engaged and fun ways imaginable. Spend 2 nights in Salzburg and enjoy a guided walk of the city, or if you prefer, a self-guided hike. We take you for a day to the Salzkammergut area where a variety of optional excursions are available: visit Emperor Franz Josef's imperial villa in Bad Ischl, or choose from a variety of sporting options. You might even decide to join an excursion up a mountain to an ice cave! Then drive to Linz, via the Austrian Lake District, for one night before boarding your Avalon river cruise ship. The choice is always yours: whether you taste locally produced cheese and beer brewed by Trappist monks near Linz, or hike along an old smugglers' route; bike to an ancient border defense near Mauthausen or visit World War II's largest concentration camp; paddle a canoe or meet with a local produce grower in the Wachau Valley; be introduced to a count in his castle; take a jogging tour around Vienna, or visit the city when it first awakes; attend a medieval knights' tournament in Visegrad and end your vacation with one night in Budapest, and maybe choose to learn some Hungarian? And all the while enjoy the comfort of your Avalon ship, with its delectable meals and warm, personal service. Certainly your home from home while you explore your new surroundings every day.

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Tour Operator
Globus
Duration
12 Days
Escorted
Escorted - Yes
DayDestinationDescription
Day 1MunichTransfer to Salzburg, Austria. Welcome to Munich, Bavaria's capital! This afternoon a comfortable motorcoach ride will take you to Salzburg. For any guests arriving in Salzburg early enough on their own, a guided city walk or a self-guided hike, are available in the early afternoon.

NOTE:
Flights into Munich must arrive by 12 noon. Transfer to Salzburg departs the Meeting point hotel at 2.30 pm).
Day 2SalzburgToday you can spend an entire day in Salzburg doing as you please. Alternatively, you may prefer to join us for the excursion to the Salzkammergut. An early morning start takes you to this region of natural beauty, where this morning you can choose from a variety of optional excursions such as a cable car ride up to Dachstein mountain where you visit an ice cave, or a crash course in either archery or mountain climbing. For a more leisurely activity, we suggest a guided walk up Feuerkogel mountain with a promise of refreshment when you reach the top! In the afternoon CHOOSE YOUR INCLUDED ACTIVITY:

  • Join an easy MOUNTAIN HIKE up the Siriuskogel for a delightful view over the town of Bad Ischl and the Traun River valley
  • Enjoy a GUIDED WALK OF Bad Ischl, including an inside visit of the IMPERIAL VILLA

If you prefer to work off some excess energy, then we have optional suggestions such as canoeing on the river Traun, or guided mountain biking
Day 3LinzAfter yesterday's exertions, a chance to take it easy this morning. Alternatively you may wish to join an optional excursion to the source of Salzburg's beauty and wealth - a visit to a nearby salt mine, or to Hohenwerfen Castle for a guided tour and a demonstration of falconry. This afternoon a comfortable motorcoach ride takes you to Linz, with a stop en route in Mondsee. (B)
Day 4LinzA European Capital of Culture, Linz, Austria's third-largest city welcomes you with open arms and plenty to see and do. This morning CHOOSE YOUR ACTIVITY:

  • Join a GUIDED CITY WALK or
  • A contemporary HISTORY TOUR during which your guide reveals what life was like in the city during WWII and how Linz just managed to escape becoming a divided city like Berlin
  • The more active might enjoy a CASUAL HIKE across to Mount Postlingberg

Then there's free time for shopping, exploring on your own, or joining an optional activity. How about a cooking class so you can dazzle your friends back home with an authentic Linzer Torte, the world's oldest known cake? Or what about a farm visit where you'll learn how to milk a cow, mow grass using a scythe, saw wood, and more? This afternoon, board the AVALON LUMINARY, and after a mandatory safety exercise, meet your friendly crew and fellow shipmates at a WELCOME RECEPTION. (B, D)
Day 5LinzAs you slept, your ship arrived in the pretty market town of Engelhartszell near the German border. Step ashore and CHOOSE YOUR ACTIVITY:

  • visit the stunning rococo ENGELSZELL ABBEY to tour its brewery, explore its SENSORY GARDEN-complete with stone labyrinth, herb garden, and vineyard-and attend a TASTING of locally produced cheeses and beer brewed by the Trappist monks, or;
  • join a fun GUIDED HIKE along the route that smugglers took during World War II, when a tightly controlled border existed between Austria and Germany.

Back on your ship, an excellent lunch of Bavarian specialties will leave you energized and ready to join an exhilarating HIKE ALONG THE DANUBE. Fresh air and incredible vistas await as you watch the Avalon Luminary pass through the Schlogen Oxbow, a particularly beautiful horseshoe-shaped curve of the river. In Aschach, rejoin the ship, which returns to Linz for the night. This evening, optional theater or music excursions are available-or you can mingle with the locals at a fun pub crawl! (B,L,D)
Day 6SpitzArrive this morning in Mauthausen, with evidence of human habitation dating back to the Neolithic Age. Here, we let you place your own personal stamp on your day as you CHOOSE YOUR ACTIVITY:

  • take a GUIDED BIKE TOUR to an ancient Roman border defense fort dating back to the 2nd century AD. Visit the museum dedicated to the site, with military weaponry, accounts of daily life, ceiling frescoes, sacred art objects, and more; ACTIVE DISCOVERY ON THE DANUBE CRUISE WLB 9 DAYS FROM LINZ TO BUDAPEST
  • visit the 9th-century ST. FLORIAN MONASTERY, an architectural rival to Melk Abbey. While exploring, you may meet one of the monks (when available) or attend a short music recital, or;
  • join a heart-wrenching tour of MAUTHAUSEN CONCENTRATION CAMP, one of World War II's largest and most brutal Nazi work camps.

This afternoon, your ship passes through another breathtaking area, the Strudengau, popular among climbers and hikers for its enticing geological formations. Dock in Grein, a pretty country resort in the shadow of its castle. The GUIDED WALK includes a visit of the historic THEATER, the oldest in Austria still holding regular performances. Then, visit GREINBURG or CLAM CASTLE, where you will meet the owner. After dinner, don't miss the spectacular views as we pass by Melk Abbey, perched high on a cliff above the river. The ship docks late tonight in Spitz. (B,L,D)
Day 7ViennaExciting activities abound today! CHOOSE YOUR ACTIVITY:

  • PADDLE A CANOE on a guided tour down the Danube and along some of its tributaries, for a completely unique perspective of the river and riverbank villages; ¦ bask in the fresh air and incredible views on an easy guided BIKE TOUR from Spitz to Krems. Enjoy sightseeing in Durnstein that includes the mesmerizing blue Stiftskirche, and enjoy a break to sample local specialties;
  • join an interactive WINE WORLD EXPERIENCE with wine tasting, or;
  • get a hands-on LOCAL ENCOUNTER that showcases production of regional fruits, vegetables, wine, or other products, depending on the season. A snack and beverage are included.

And whatever activity you are enjoying, marvel at today's SCENIC HIGHLIGHT, the picturesque Wachau Valley. Arrive in Vienna, the 'City of Music,' where you have free time to join an optional guided hike through the vineyards outside town, with a wine tasting and dinner at a Heurigen wine tavern. (B,L,D)
Day 8ViennaOnce the center of the mighty Habsburg Empire, this 'City of Music' inspired the creative genius of Mozart, Beethoven, and Strauss-and will inspire you, as well! Waltz ashore and CHOOSE YOUR ACTIVITY:

  • enjoy a BIKE TOUR that takes in the sights along the famed Ringstrasse and areas of Vienna inaccessible to buses and cars;
  • slip on your sneakers and join a JOGGING TOUR that shows you the highlights as you run between sites;
  • take a unique INSIDERS TOUR that features something different every day. It could be anything, from a visit to a musical instrument maker to a crash course on etiquette and protocol at diplomatic gatherings. You will meet locals, have the chance to prepare some food at a cooking class, and will enjoy other surprises as well, or;
  • get a proper introduction to Vienna during a CITY SIGHTSEEING TOUR that includes an inside visit of Belvedere Palace to see Klimt's celebrated Kiss.

Afterward, you have free time to explore on your own. Maybe stroll through the pedestrian Karntnerstrasse, take a break for a piece of decadent Sachertorte, or join an optional excursion. Tonight's onboard dinner pays a delicious tribute to the former Austrian-Hungarian Empire. (B,L,D)
Day 9ViennaA second full day in Vienna presents even more opportunities to immerse yourself in the magic. CHOOSE YOUR ACTIVITY for an experience most meaningful to you:

  • wrap yourself in the peace of the city at sunrise during an EARLY RISER WALKING TOUR that includes breakfast at a Viennese cafe and an exclusive viewing of the Habsburg family's private art collections at the Museum of Fine Arts;
  • for a more leisurely start to your morning, skip the walking tour and onshore breakfast and simply join us for the MUSEUM VISIT, which includes time in the ITALIAN & DUTCH MASTERS GALLERY, or;
  • perfect for military history buffs, begin with the MUSEUM VISIT of the Habsburg collection, then explore the MILITARY MUSEUM, commemorating the heroic past of the Habsburg Empire.

Tonight, enjoy a delectable dinner of Viennese specialties on board (B,L,D)
Day 10BudapestThis morning, the Avalon Luminary passes by mighty Esztergom Basilica, coronation church of Hungary's monarchs. Later, arrive in Visegrad, where another exciting day is on tap. CHOOSE YOUR ACTIVITY:

  • cheer your favorite champion at a MEDIEVAL KNIGHTS TOURNAMENT at Visegrad's Lower Castle, featuring targeting and fighting demonstrations by members of the St. George Knightly Order. During free time here, be sure to explore Palotahaz, where stonemasons, smiths, potters, and paper-makers produce their traditional items using age-old techniques, or;
  • spend your day in the great outdoors on a GUIDED HIKE through Danube-Ipoly National Park, home to eagles, falcons, bats, terrapins, fire salamanders, and other wildlife.

Later this afternoon, your ship arrives in Budapest, affording magnificent views of the beautifully illuminated Parliament. Prepare for an exquisite GALA FAREWELL DINNER featuring foods specially paired with just the right area wines or beers. (B,L,D)
Day 11BudapestOne of Eastern Europe's most dynamic cities, Hungary's capital spans the Danube in a majestic way. Awaken refreshed and dig in to a hearty breakfast before disembarking and deciding how you would like to explore. CHOOSE YOUR ACTIVITY:

  • take an enjoyable, 2-hour WALKING TOUR that includes some 'Fungarian' instruction of useful local words and phrases;
  • ride a new-model, 24-gear bicycle on a GUIDED BIKE TOUR along the bike paths and car-free areas for a safe and enjoyable way to see the city's most fantastic sights, or;
  • see the best of Budapest on a CITY SIGHTSEEING TOUR featuring Heroes' Square, Fishermen's Bastion, Matthias Church, and an inside visit of the OPERA HOUSE.

Afterward, you have free time to shop for Hungarian paprika or handcrafted souvenirs, to savor a piece of cream cake in the world-famous Gerbeaud Cafe, or to join an optional tour of Budapest's limestone cave system or to play nine holes of golf. (B)
Day 12BudapestYour vacation ends with breakfast this morning! (B)
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Port charges:
$168

Gratuities to Local Guides & excursion drivers are included.

Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.

Extra nights per person in Munich:
in single room from $369 to $756, in twin room from $223 to $397

Extra nights per person in Budapest:
in single room from $175 to $326, in twin room from $101 to $172

Prices shown 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/$649
A/Sapphire Deck/$699
P/Royal Deck/$799
Avalon Suite/Royal Deck/$1,399

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