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Forging the great rivers of Europe
Day 1-3: Budapest, Hungary
Day 4: Bratislava, Slovakia
Day 5, 6: Vienna, Austria
Day 7: Krems - Melk, Austria
Day 8: Grein - Linz, Austria
Day 9: Linz - Passau, Germany
Day 10: Passau (Disembark)- Prague, Czech Republic
Day 11, 12: Prague
Great views, comfortable accommodations
A comparatively new fleet of deluxe cruising ships, the Avalon line is devoted to continually moving forward and forging new expectations for European cruising and its entailments. Wall-to wall panoramic windows onboard the Tranquility ensure beautiful vistas of medieval castles and quaint European villages as this thoughtfully engineered ship drifts past the Austrian and Hungarian shorelines. WiFi access is available throughout the ship, and deluxe staterooms are outfitted with two windows and plenty of space. Lounges are designed so you can sprawl out during afternoon indulgences afforded by premium bars or self-serve beverage stations, and guests have plenty of dining options available onboard including the Sky Bistro located on the ship's picturesque Sky Deck.
See Europe like a local
Avalon has toiled to ensure that its guests have the best European experiences possible, and offer everything from complimentary maps and walking sticks to certified local guides intent on unlocking the jewels of Europe's best sites. Enjoy guided sightseeing in every city visited; see the neo-Gothic castle Fisherman's Bastion that perches imperiously on the banks of the Danube River in Budapest before entering the sacred and storied world of Slovakia's St. Martin's Cathedral. Wonder at the magnitude of Austria's musical roster during a guided sightseeing excursion of Vienna then enjoy the urban edge of Linz, Austria as you stroll through the city on a guided walk. Avalon also gives guests the freedom to pre-select excursions online before cruise departure.
City highlights you won't want to miss
Straddling both banks of the Danube River with a distinct baroque meets art nouveau flavour, Budapest is often considered the most beautiful city in Central Europe. Make use of your solo time here to recharge at a Turkish-era thermal bath or wander through the entertaining kertek (outdoor gardens. Make sure to meander through the charming Old Town of Bratislava and gaze upon Melk's imposing Benedictine Abbey. You'll enjoy a wine tasting excursion to Austria's Wachau Valley and a visit to its oldest theatre in Grein, but don't forget to salute the musical genius of Vienna's offspring as you stop by Mozarthaus Vienna before indulging in famous schnitzel from Figlmuller. You'll be thankful for multiple days in Prague, when the Mucha Museum and the eerie, romantic beauty of Charles Bridge will be vying for your attention, and you'll be accommodated at the Prague InterContinental hotel.