Avalon Waterways’ most unique and most popular itineraries for 2020
This week, Avalon Waterways is showcasing a new trend in cruising: Untethered river cruises through Europe. The company’s “Active & Discovery” itineraries are driving the trend, inviting travellers to customise every moment of their holiday to suit their interests. Since launching this series of unfettered cruises, Avalon Waterways has expanded its offerings along the Rhine, Rhone and Danube Rivers. The company’s Active & Discovery on the Danube itinerary is its most popular for 2020.
“Our new Avalon Choice program has reinvented the river cruise experience with customisable “Classic,” “Discovery” and “Active” options on every river cruise itinerary,” said Pam Hoffee, managing director of Avalon Waterways. “Avalon’s innovative Active & Discovery itineraries take that concept one giant step further with “Classic,” “Discovery” and “Active” excursions to choose from every day. Our most robust and diverse itinerary is on the Danube River in 2020.”
While all Active & Discovery on the Danube travellers will begin their journey in Budapest and end their cruise in Linz (or the reverse), they have approximately 30 customisable opportunities on this nine-day cruise from which to create the perfect holiday. Even better? The vast majority of these excursions are included, helping guests better experience every day, their way.
Here’s just one way, one cruiser might choose to experience the world on Avalon Waterways popular Active & Discovery on the Danube itinerary:
Day 1 – Budapest: Arrive and navigate the area using the GPS-based, AvalonGO app to see and experience what the city has to offer in terms of restaurants, museums, markets and more!
Day 2 – Budapest: See the sights from a different perspective by joining a bike tour along the city’s bike paths and pedestrian areas. Then, take a cruise through Budapest’s past on a “Retro Tour” via Trabant car. Enjoy a Hungarian dinner onboard while enjoying a scenic cruise through the Danube Bend.
Day 3 – Visegrád: Wake-up with stretching on the Sky Deck with the onboard Adventure Host. Join a guided tour to the Medieval Knights Tournament at Visegrád’s lower castle – an activity that features demonstrations by members of the St. George Knightly Order.
Day 4 – Vienna: Take an Insider’s Tour of Vienna to get behind-the-scenes of its sights and attractions, including meeting locals and preparing Viennese food. Spend the evening at a private concert in this majestic city of music or explore the city on your own and consider an authentic taste of schnitzel or sachertorte.
Day 5 – Vienna: Enjoy a morning guided walking tour of the city in her best light, including breakfast at a Viennese café and VIP access into the Kunsthistorisches Museum (one hour before opening). This evening join a guided hike through the vineyards surrounding the city and get a taste of a Viennese Heurigen (wine tavern) for dinner.
Day 6 – Krems to Grein: Paddle a canoe on a guided tour through Austria’s wine country or take out a complimentary bike for a picnic along the Danube River. Then, in Grein, see Burg Clam on a guided visit and meet the Count of Clam during your tour.
Day 7 – Grein to Mauthausen to Linz: Take a guided walk of Grein, including its historic theatre – the oldest in Austria still holding regular performances. In Mauthausen, join a sobering guided tour of the Mauthausen Concentration Camp, one of the largest and most brutal Nazi camps in WWII. This evening meet the locals in Linz on a pub crawl.
Day 8 – Engelhartszell to Schlögen Oxbow: Visit the stunning rococo-style Engelszell Abbey and sample cheese and beer made by the resident Trappist monks. This afternoon join a scenic guided hike along the Danube’s Schlögen Oxbow.
Day 9 – Linz: Disembark your Suite Ship for your journey home.
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