Whether you’re an art lover, a foodie, a history buff, or an energetic adventurer, your Active & Discovery cruise on the Danube River offers just-right included activities and excursions to suit your interests. With Avalon Choice®, you can select the experiences that are perfect for your interests and pace. From Classic to Active to Discovery inclusions, you can explore and experience each destination your way—from Linz to Budapest. Whether you prefer browsing the art collection of the Habsburg Empire, sipping local vintages at an Austrian wine tasting, or joining a canoe excursion, your Active & Discovery Danube River cruise is packed with Avalon Choice® inclusions for every preference and pace in every place we go. Whether you prefer classic sightseeing with an expert Local Guide, an active excursion by bike, hike, or canoe, or a creative experience in culinary or performing arts, you’ll find the perfect way to spend your day.
Sample cheese and beer made by Trappist monks and explore their Abbey gardens. Choose an insider’s tour of Vienna, or join a canoe excursion—your Active & Discovery river cruise has something for every interest. From a wine tasting to a hike to Count Dracula’s prison tower, to a visit to Belvedere Palace in Vienna to see Klimt’s renowned “The Kiss,” to a Medieval Knights Tournament at a Visegrád castle—the adventure is up to you.
With Active Discovery river cruises, the choice is always yours. Explore Budapest your way—stroll its streets for classic sightseeing with a local guide or take a bike ride through town for a different perspective, or join Kinga Tittel, renowned author of “Fabulous Budapest,” and experience the city’s people and places on an exceptional guided tour. Your Active & Discovery Danube River cruise can be as active or leisurely as you like! Join us on this Active & Discovery river cruise and experience the Danube your way.
Day 1 Linz (Embarkation): Onboard welcome reception
Day 2 Engelhartszell-Schlögener Schlinge-Linz: Choice of visit to the Jochenstein power station or visit to Engelszell Abbey; choice of guided hike along the Danube trails or scenic cruising around the Schlögen Oxbow
Day 3 Mauthausen-Grein: In Mauthausen, choice of visit to St. Florian Monastery, or guided tour of Mauthausen Concentration Camp, or guided bike tour; guided tour in Grein, visit the historical theater and Clam Castle to meet its owner the Count
Day 4 Spitz-Vienna: Choice of canoe tour, bike tour from Spitz to Krems, Wine World Experience with tasting, or regional products showcase
Day 5 Vienna: Choice of bike tour, or meet with local people, or guided tour, visit to Belvedere Palace
Day 6 Vienna: Choice of early risers guided tour, with breakfast at a Viennese café, or guided tour, see the Habsburg private art collection and the Italian and Dutch Masters Gallery, or guided tour, see Habsburg private art collection and the Military Museum
Day 7 Visegrád-Budapest: In Visegrád, choice of medieval knights tournament, or guided hike in Danube-Ipoly National Park, or canoe tour
Day 8 Budapest (Disembarkation): Choice of guided tour with travel writer Kinga Tittel, or guided bike tour, or city sightseeing tour
Day 9 Budapest: Your vacation ends this morning
cities and locations
Avalon has designed included activities with a choice of experiences. We invite you to select the tours, activities, and events that interest you most, so you can experience your cruise your way. Plus, we offer independent exploration options and the use of our exclusive AvalonGO APP on most of our cruises.
Below are 3 types of included shore excursions for you to experience.
In the event of technical or water level issues, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or alter the program, including hotel overnight when necessary.
Guided Tours, Optional Excursions, activities, sailing and docking schedules may be contingent on weather conditions or other issues outside of our control and could therefore be subject to change at any time.
Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); the responsibility for obtaining a visa rests with the traveler.
personalize your trip
start sooner, stay longer
Avalon makes it easy to experience vacation your way with seamless extension options before and after your cruise. YouWay offers added nights in a selection of locales. From Budapest to Barcelona, you can spend a little or a lot more time getting to know more on shore with YourWay custom itineraries.
available special interest cruises (3)
Active & Discovery on the Danube (Eastbound)
9 Day River Cruise Linz to Budapest
Active & Discovery on the Danube with 2 Nights in Prague (Eastbound)
11 Day River Cruise Prague to Budapest
Active & Discovery on the Danube with 1 night in Budapest (westbound)
9 Day River Cruise Budapest to Linz
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