Monday, March 26, 2012

Are you ready for a Taste of River Cruising?

Short on time but looking to do something spectacular – like taking a European Vacation?

Then you’re ready for a “Taste of” River Cruising!

Visit 3 countries and 7 cities in 5 days while only unpacking once!

Sail aboard the “Suite Ship” Avalon Panorama as she cruises the magnificent River Danube!

Avalon Waterways ~ Taste of the Danube
April 24, 2013, 5-day River Cruise from Budapest to Vienna

Day-by-Day Itinerary

Day 1 ~ Arrive in Budapest, Hungary (Embarkation)
Flights must depart the US on 4/23/2013 to arrive before 2:00pm on 4/24/2013. Welcome to Hungary’s exciting capital! This afternoon, board your river cruise vessel and meet your crew at a welcome reception. (Dinner)

Day 2 ~ Bratislava, Slovakia
A morning to relax on board and marvel at the beautiful scenery on both banks of the Danube. As you cruise upriver, Hungary is on your left and Slovakia is on your right. The two countries share the Danube for a 58-mile stretch, with the border in the middle of the river. Situated at the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains, Bratislava is the dynamic capital of Slovakia. The charming Old Town with its Town Hall and Mirbach Palace as well as gothic ST. MARTIN’S CATHEDRAL should not be missed. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 3 ~ Dürnstein, Austria – Melk, Austria
This morning our first stop is Dürnstein, known for the magnificent baroque Stiftskirche with its blue façade, lying right in the heart of the Wachau wine region. Above town are the ruins of the castle where England’s King Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned in 1192. Explore this picturesque little town on your own or choose from a number of optional excursions. Melk’s magnificent BENEDICTINE ABBEY dominates the town from its commanding hill site, and is one of Europe’s largest monasteries. The view from the terrace over the Danube and surrounding countryside is breathtaking! (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4 ~ Linz, Austria – Grein, Austria
Linz, Austria’s third-largest town, lies on both banks of the Danube and is an important industrial town and busy river port. Culture is an important part of life in Linz. The composer Anton Bruckner lived here and Mozart’s Linzer Symphony was composed in the city. Choose from a variety of optional activities today. In the late afternoon, arrive in the attractive country resort of Grein, which is nestled at the foot of a bluff in the shadow of its castle. Time at leisure to enjoy the small town atmosphere. The turreted houses on the main square make excellent photo material. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5 ~ Vienna, Austria (Disembarkation)
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. Departure flights should not leave before Noon. (Breakfast)

What’s Included?

  • Complimentary Regional Wines, Beer and Soft Drinks with dinner
  • Complimentary Sparkling Wine and Juices with breakfast
  • Complimentary Internet corner and shipwide Wi-Fi access
  • Excursions and/or guided sightseeing, plus some optional excursions available in some ports
  • Deluxe Accommodations including Egyptian cotton linens
  • Premium L’Occitane bath amenities
  • Gourmet Dining with open seating
  • Self-service 24-hour beverage station with complimentary tea, hot cocoa and premium coffees and cappuccinos
  • Fitness Center
  • Complimentary in room bottled water

Amazing Early Booking Prices
Savings of $500 per person over the regular prices!

Sail in a Category B – Panorama Suite ~ 200 square feet with 11 feet of windows and balcony doors that open a full 7 feet.
Only $1306 per person (plus $72 per person for gov’t fees/taxes).
Upgrades to higher categories available.

Not interested in an open-air French balcony and want to save some money?
Cabins available from only $849 per person plus gov’t fees/taxes.

Reserve your cabin now at these great rates!  Deposits are only $250 per person and are refundable until October 24, 2012.  

Need airfare?  Contact us for pricing and availability.

Have a few extra days to add to your 5-day cruise?
Start you trip with a pre-cruise stay in Budapest where you can try and buy famous Hungarian Paprika and shop for locally hand-crafted fine porcelain.   

Got an extra day available?  Follow your cruise with a night or two enjoying the Austrian capital city of Vienna where you can visit the Imperial Schoenbrunn Palace or take in a Mozart/Strauss concert in a historical venue. 

Call for options and prices! ~ 800.345.8190

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