Active Discovery on the Danube - Budapest to Linz

Price per person
from £2,456

Price based on
London Stansted
23rd Jun 2018 departure

Key inclusions

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • 9 days

  • Hungary

  • River cruise

An exciting and active cruise holiday that introduces you to the people and places along the Danube from Budapest to Linz. Take your pick from a wealth of interesting and inspiring excursions and activities. Learn a little Hungarian in Budapest and attend a medieval knights' tournament in Visegrad; paddle a canoe or visit a local produce grower in the Wachau Valley; meet a count in his castle or taste locally produced cheese and beer brewed by Trappist monks near Linz: the choice is yours.

At a glance


Budapest Explore the city on a guided walk, by guided bike tour, or on a city sightseeing tour.
Visegrad Choose between a Medieval Knights Tournament at the castle or a guided hiking tour.
Wachua Valley Paddle a canoe on a guided tour, take a bike tour from Spitz to Krems or join an interactive Wine World Experience.

What's included

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a cruise director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Wine & beer with lunch and dinner
  • Excursions
  • Gratuities on cruise
  • All airport and port taxes

Overview

Total meals included:

  • 8 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners

Budapest

Day
1

Welcome to Budapest, the beautiful 'Pearl of the Danube'. This evening, join your Cruise Director for a welcome cocktail and brief chat about how you can enjoy the city to the fullest!

No meals included

Budapest (Embarkation)

Day
2

One 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 bicycle on a guided cycling tour along the bike paths and car-free areas for a safe and enjoyable way to see the city's most fantastic sights.

* See the best of Budapest on a city sightseeing tour featuring Heroes' Square, Fisherman's Bastion, Matthias Church, and an inside visit of the Opera House.

Afterwards, you have free time to shop for Hungarian paprika or hand crafted souvenirs, to savour a piece of cream cake in the world-famous Gerbeaud Café, or to join an optional tour of Budapest's limestone cave system or to play nine holes of golf. This afternoon, transfer to the Avalon Luminary for embarkation. After a mandatory safety exercise, meet your friendly crew and fellow shipmates at a welcome reception. As your ship pulls away from the dock, be sure to have your camera ready for an unforgettable view of the beautifully illuminated Parliament. At dinner, your ship's chef will delight your taste buds with Hungarian specialities. Later, as scenic panoramas of the Danube Bend drift by, consider toasting your adventure with a cocktail on the Sky Deck. Your ship docks for the night near Visegrad.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Visegrad

Day
3

Another exciting day is on tap. After breakfast, choose your activity:

* Cheer your favourite champion at a Mediieval Knights Tournament at Visegrad's Lower Castle.

* Spend your day on a guided walk through Danube-Ipoly National Park, home to eagles, falcons, bats, fire salamanders and other wildlife. 

This afternoon, your ship passes by the mighty Esztergom Basilica, coronation church of Hungary's monarchs. Relax on board as we sail upstream towards Austria. After a delectable dinner of Viennese specialities, experience the first of 10 locks your ship will pass through on this cruise.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Vienna

Day
4

Once the centre of the mighty Habsburg Empire, this 'City of Music' inspired the creative genius of Mozart, Beethoven, and Strauss. Waltz ashore and choose your activity:

* Enjoy a cycling tour that takes in the sights along the famed Ringstrasse and areas of Vienna inaccessible to buses and cars.

* Slip on your trainers 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.

*  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.

Afterwards, you have free time to explore on your own. Maybe stroll through the pedestrian Kärntnerstrasse, take a break for a piece of decadent Sachertorte, or join an optional excursion. Tonight's onboard dinner pays tribute to the former Austrian-Hungarian Empire.  

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Vienna

Day
5

A 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 café 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, that includes time in the Italian and Dutch Masters Gallery.

 * 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.

In your free time, consider joining an optional guided walk through the vineyards outside town, with wine tasting and dinner at a Heurigen wine tavern.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Krems - Wachau Valley

Day
6

Early this morning, arrive in Krems, the eastern gateway to the famed Wachau Valley. After breakfast, choose your activity:

*  Paddle a canoe on a guided trip 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 Krems to Spitz. Enjoy sightseeing in Dürnstein that includes the mesmerizing blue Stiftskirche, and enjoy a break to sample local specialities.

* Join an interactive Wine World Experience with wine tasting.

*  Get a hands-on local encounter that showcases production of regional fruits, vegetables, wine, or other products, depending on the season. A snack and drink are included.

Back on board, enjoy the scenery as you cruise through the picturesque Wachau Valley. Slowly cruise past the stately Benedictine Melk Abbey, and through the stunning Strudengau, popular among climbers and hikers for its enticing geological formations. Arrive in Grein, and visit Greinburh or Clam Castle, where you will meet the owner.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Grein - Mauthausen - Linz

Day
7

This morning, a guided walk through Grein features a visit of its unique historical theatre, the oldest in Austria still holding regular performances. Back on board, relax, enjoy lunch, and bask in the breathtaking scenery. Disembark 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 along the Limes cycle route and follow part of the northern border line of the Roman Empire, which in the 2nd century AD ran from the Dutch botrder all the wat ro the Black sea.

* 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.

* Join a heart-wrenching tour of Mauthausen Concentration Camp, one of World War II's largest and most brutal Nazi work camps.

This evening, optional theatre and music excursions are available, or you can mingle with the locals at a fun pub crawl.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Engelhartszell - Linz

Day
8

As 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. Attend a Tasting of locally produced cheeses and beer brewed by the Trappist monks.

* Join a fun guided walk 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 specialities will leave you energised 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 Schlögen Oxbow, a particularly beautiful horseshoe-shaped curve of the river. Join the ship in Aschach, and prepare for an exquisite Gala Farewell Dinner featuring foods specially paired with just the right area wines or beers.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Linz

Day
9

Transfer to the airport for your return journey to the UK or extend your holiday with a stay in Salzburg or Prague.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hotels

It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.

InterContinental Budapest

You're spoilt for choice when it comes to panoramic views across the River Danube. Admire the Chain Bridge and the former Royal Palace from one of the hotel's beautifully appointed rooms, or treat yourself to a gourmet Hungarian dinner with views of Buda Castle. Official rating: 5 stars.

  • Location

    Just a leisurely stroll away from the historic Castle district, this luxurious hotel sits on the banks of the river Danube in the heart of Budapest. 

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant and bar
    • Gym
    • Spa
    • Indoor heated pool
    • Sauna and steam room
InterContinental Budapest

Sofitel Budapest Chain Bridge

The Sofitel Budapest Chain Bridge hotel has an enviable position overlooking the River Danube and Budapest's famous Chain Bridge, and many of the 357 rooms come with a view of the river. A Swarovski water fountain, luxury spa, original art and a French-Hungarian restaurant make this hotel a special base for your time in Budapest. Official rating: 5 stars.

  • Location

    The hotel boasts a prime location near the River Danube, Hungarian Parliament, Hungarian State Opera and Castle.

  • Facilities

    • Luxury spa
    • Atrium restaurant
    • Bistro restaurant
    • Bar
    • Luxury spa

Avalon Luminary

With just 138 passengers in 69 comfortable, well-equipped staterooms and suites, the Avalon Luminary is smaller than traditional river cruise ships, designed to navigate intricate waterways more easily. As with all of the river cruise ships in the Avalon fleet, Avalon Luminary's staterooms are well-equipped and decorated to hotel room standards, with floor-to-ceiling sliding glass windows and a French balcony, so you never have to miss the ever-changing views. The Sky Deck, with its sun beds and whirlpool bath, is a great place to socialise and meet friends while the rear lounge provides a tranquil oasis in which to unwind and relax. Guests have the use of a lift to access the staterooms.

Ship facts

  • Style: Luxury
  • Class: Suite ship
  • Size: Boutique
  • Number of crew: 39
  • Number of cabins: 69
  • Number of wheelchair cabins: 0
  • Number of large cabins: 0
  • Capacity: 138 passengers
  • Main language on board: en
  • Currency on board: EUR
  • Number of decks: 4
  • Length (m): 110
  • Width (m): 11.45
  • Speed in knots: 13
  • Launch year: 2010

Amenities

  • Smoking
  • Adults only
  • Childrens facilities
  • Nursery

Cabins on this ship

Avalon Suites feature floor to ceiling sliding glass doors with French balcony, spacious living area, Comfort Collection Beds, featuring premium mattress covers, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens and European-style duvets, choice of soft or firm pillows, extra blankets, choice of bed configuration - two twin beds or one queen-size bed, nightly turn-down service, bedside tables with reading lamps, large private bathroom featuring full shower with glass door, hairdryer and premium L'Occitane bath amenities, spacious 3-door wardrobes with shelves for ample storage, easy under-bed luggage storage, flatscreen satellite TV with movie channels, alarm clock, writing desk/vanity with mirror and comfortable chair, complimentary Wi-Fi access, direct-dial telephone, bathrobes and slippers, well-stocked minibar, complimentary bottled water, in-room safe, individual climate control, continental breakfast and beverage room service available (service charge applies).

Details

  • 258 square feet
  • Sleeps 2

These staterooms feature floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors with French balcony, flatscreen satellite TV with film channels & radio, comfortable, hotel-style beds, Comfort Collection Beds, featuring premium mattress covers, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens and European-style duvets, choice of soft or firm pillows, extra blankets, choice of bed configuration - two twin beds or one queen-size bed, nightly turn-down service, bedside tables with reading lamps, spacious 3-door wardrobes with shelves for ample storage, writing desk/vanity with mirror and comfortable chair, easy under-bed luggage storage, large private bathroom featuring full shower with glass door, hairdryer and premium L'Occitane bath amenities, bathrobes and slippers, alarm clock, complimentary Wi-Fi access, direct-dial telephone, well-stocked minibar, complimentary bottled water, in-room safe, individual climate control, continental breakfast and beverage room service available (service charge applies).

Details

  • 172 square feet
  • Sleeps 2

These staterooms have Comfort Collection Beds, featuring premium mattress covers, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens and European-style duvets, choice of soft or firm pillows, extra blankets, choice of bed configuration - two twin beds or one queen-size bed, nightly turn-down service, bedside tables with reading lamps, spacious 3-door wardrobes with shelves for ample storage, writing desk/vanity with mirror and comfortable chair, easy under-bed luggage storage, large private bathroom featuring full shower with glass door, hairdryer and premium L'Occitane bath amenities, bathrobes and slippers, alarm clock, complimentary Wi-Fi access, direct-dial telephone, well-stocked minibar, complimentary bottled water, in-room safe, individual climate control, continental breakfast and beverage room service available (service charge applies).

Details

  • 172 square feet
  • Sleeps 2

Life on board

Age Restriction

Avalon Waterways do not accept bookings for children under 8. There are no special arrangements or activities on board for children and they cannot accept bookings from unaccompanied children under 18 years of age and any travellers under this age must share the adult’s accommodation.

Dietary Requirements

Avalon Waterways will try their best to accommodate dietary requirements if they are mentioned at the time of booking.

Disabled Facilities

Passengers must report any disability to Avalon before any reservation is made so that Avalon may advise whether they and/or their suppliers for any particular holiday are able to accommodate the passengers. Avalon may rely on the information provided to them by the passengers regarding the details of any disability in order to make a decision as to whether the passengers can be accommodated. Avalon will make reasonable attempts to accommodate the special need sof disabled passengers, in accordance with the applicable laws.Not all sightseeing stops/sites accommodate wheelchairs and some locations and sightseeing activities require extensive standing, sitting or walking. Avalon is not responsible for any missed activities due to a participant’s inability to participate within a group.All of the ships have lifts, however they do not service the SkyDeck. Additionally most stateroom doors and bathrooms are not wide enough to allow access by standard wheelchairs, and bathrooms and other doorways may be fitted with coamings. For safety reasons passengers cannot be carried on ramps in ports when the ship is docked. In certain circumstances, they may ask that a disabled person or person with reduced mobility be accompanied by another person capable of providing any assistance required.

Dress Code

The dress code for dinner is casual and comfortable. The Welcome and Farewell Dinners give you a chance to dress up but are not formal.

Smoking Policy

Smoking is not permitted on transportation that is exclusively provided by Avalon. On European river cruise ships smoking is allowed only in specific outside areas where ash trays are available.

Deck Games Area

Relax after a long day and play a game with your fellow guests at the game area towards the rear of the deck.

Fitness Centre

The ship is fitted with a fully equipped Fitness Centre for you to release some tension.

Hairdressing Salon

You might like to take advantage of the onboard hairdresser to indulge in a manicure or hair styling.

Sky Deck & Whirlpool

The Sky Deck has a shade system, with premium loungers for luxurious relation. The warm Whirlpool is situated along side for when guests fancy a quick dip

Club Lounge

Enjoy a quiet moment in the Club Lounge whilst enjoying a cappuccino.

Library

Guests will find a small Library onboard and guests may check out books from the ship's library free of charge. 

Observation Lounge

The Observation Lounge on the Royal Deck, gives guests a prime view to enjoy the premium spirits.

Sky Lounge

On the Sun deck you will find the Sky Lounge, where you can relax and catch the sun's rays whilst enjoying a drink or snack from the nearby Sky Bistro. 

Internet Centre

Complimentary Wi-Fi access and free use of computers or laptops is available to help you stay in touch with friends and family.

Shore Excursions

On shore, Avalon includes a great range of comprehensive sightseeing excursions led by knowledgable Certified Local Guides. They also provide individual personal audio headsets to ensure you still have the freedom to roam through some of Europe's most famous attractions without missing a moment of fascinating commentary.

If you'd like to experience something slightly off the beaten track, they offer unique alternative excursions in select destinations. In many cities they also give you a choice of sightseeing pace: 'Traditional' to see all the major sights, 'Leisurely' available on walking tours when you want to take it slower, and 'Independent' allowing you to explore on your own. Have a chat with your Cruise Director to learn about the available options.

They even provide Nordic walking sticks to put that extra spring in your step!

Dining Room

The ship’s main dining venue is the Dining Room situated on the Sapphire deck. With an elegantly simple design, you can enjoy a full buffet breakfast or lunch with special options for those who wish to eat lightly, and delicious four-course dinners in the evening. 

Panorama Bistro & Lounge

The Panorama Lounge & Bistro, with floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows for a stunning view, offers a casual atmosphere for guests to enjoy a variety of regional and tapas-style dishes, hand-paired with local wines.

Room Service

Room service for Continental breakfast & beverages 

Sky Bistro

On a sunny day, enjoy hand carved meats and expansive buffets including fresh salads and amazing homemade soups, all a view courtesy of the Sky Bistro.

Deck Plans

Deck 1

  • Fitness Centre
  • Deluxe Staterooms (Cat E)

Deck 2

  • Observation Lounge
  • Panorama Bistro
  • Panorama Lounge
  • Upscale Bar
  • Internet Centre
  • Reception
  • Atrium
  • Hairdressing Salon
  • Club Lounge
  • Avalon Suites
  • Deluxe Staterooms (Cat P)

Deck 3

  • Dining Room
  • Deluxe Staterooms (Cat A & B)

Deck 4

  • Sky Lounge
  • Navigation Bridge
  • Sky Bistro
  • Whirlpool
  • Premium Lounge Chairs and Shade Awnings
  • Deck Game Area

Why book with Archers Holidays?