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Danube Dreams River Cruise with Avalon Waterways for Wine Lovers – Includes Free Air

Set sail with Avalon Waterways on a wonderful adventure as you cruise along the peaceful Danube River through Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, and Germany—discovering some of Central Europe’s most splendid capitals and charming towns along the way. A Master of Wine will travel with you on your cruise to host lectures, tastings, and tips on food-and-wine pairing. Includes roundtrip airfare from Calgary and lots of upgrades!

Danube Dreams River Cruise with Avalon Waterways for Wine Lovers – Includes Free Air

DEPARTS CALGARY ON OCTOBER 20, 2024 - CRUISE STARTS ON OCTOBER 21, 2024
DEPARTURE DATE: October 20, 2024
Countries Visited: Austria, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia
Departure Port:Budapest, Hungary

OVERVIEW

Cruise along the peaceful Danube River through Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, and Germany—discovering some of Central Europe’s most splendid capitals and charming towns along the way. A Master of Wine will travel with you on your cruise to host lectures, tastings, and tips on food-and-wine pairing.

Begin this timeless European river cruise in Budapest, where guided sightseeing acquaints you with the highlights of the vibrant capital of Hungary with a visit to a local wine cellar. Set sail on the Danube, take pictures of the impressive Parliament Building as you leave Budapest, and head for Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. Here, enjoy a guided walk through the delightful Old Town and visit the Gothic St. Martin’s Cathedral. Vienna, Austria, the “City of Music,” makes an immediate impression with its lavish Habsburg Imperial Palace and neo-renaissance Vienna Opera House. Enjoy the magnificent views as your river cruise takes you through the picturesque wine region of the Wachau Valley, with stops for a guided walk in Dürnstein and a visit of the impressive Benedictine Abbey of Melk and taste some of the local wines. In Linz, walk around the Hauptplatz— Austria’s largest medieval square, which forms the center of the city, and be sure to photograph the splendid Trinity Column. Passau, Germany, the “City of Three Rivers,” is uniquely located where the Inn, Ilz, and Danube Rivers converge. See its maze of narrow cobblestone streets lined with beautiful Patrician houses, and marvel at St. Stephen’s Cathedral, a masterpiece of baroque architecture. A memorable last stop on this delightful Danube River cruise vacation!

About Masters of Wine

Seldom do travelers get the chance to learn about wines from a master! Avalon invites you to sail in the company of a Master of Wine (MW) who shares elite experience, unsurpassed knowledge, and personal passion for wines on board your ship. With only 450 Masters of Wine in the world, Avalon Waterways is honored to welcome a Master of Wine on board our Wine-Lovers cruises to share their rigorous training and prestigious expertise recognized globally across the wine industry. A truly exclusive experience for wine lovers!

Travel Dates & Pricing

TRAVEL DATEPRICETYPE
October 20, 2024from $5,601 CADPer Person
October 20, 2024from $8,532 CADSingle Traveler

What's Included

  • FREE roundtrip air from Calgary ( please ask about departures from other cities )
  • 7 night river cruise from Budapest Hungary to Vilshofen Germany
  • Sail in the company of a Master of Wine who shares elite experience, unsurpassed knowledge, and personal passion for wines on board your ship.
  • Regional wine and beer with lunch and dinner
  • Onboard enrichment activities
  • Onshore excursions with Local Guides
  • Special onboard entertainment
  • FlexDiningSM options to give you the freedom to choose when and where you dine on board
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Complimentary computer use in public areas of the ship
  • Complimentary bottled water available daily
  • 24-hour self-serve beverage station offering complimentary cappuccinos, lattes, hot chocolate, and a selection of teas; cookies available throughout the day
  • Taxes and port charges

Onboard Avalon Waterways ship:

  • Fitness Center
  • Avalon Adventure Center
    Your place for active gear* and activities through your Avalon Adventure HostSM, including:
  • Bikes
  • Maps for hiking, biking and jogging routes
  • Canoe and kayak excursions
  • Fitbits®
  • Walking Sticks
  • Binoculars
  • Daypacks
  • Yoga Mats
  • Fitness bands

Dining onboard Avalon:

  • Chef-prepared onboard meals with regional cuisine and familiar favorites
  • Seasonal cuisine featuring the freshest local ingredients
  • Avalon Fresh® healthy cuisine options at every meal
  • Spacious, open-seating Panorama Dining Room
  • Daily breakfast buffet with full range of classic breakfast items, healthy Avalon Fresh® options and daily a la carte specials
  • Complimentary room service for Continental breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Daily lunch buffet featuring regional specialties, classic dishes, healthy Avalon Fresh® options and rotating chef’s features including carving & pasta stations. Alternatively, you may dine al fresco at our Sky Grill on the Sky Deck (weather and itinerary permitting) or enjoy a light lunch in the Panorama Lounge.
  • Afternoon Tea featuring tea, coffee, and sweet treats
  • Four-course dinners with choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrées and desserts or cheese
  • Linger over several selections from the Panorama Bistro's tasting menu for a less formal "sit-down" atmosphere
  • Complimentary wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Avalon FlexDining® flexible dining times with menu & venue options
  • Vegetarian options at every meal, as well as vegan, low calorie, low fat, high fiber, low cholesterol, high energy and allergy-free selections
  • Panorama Lounge & Bar with premium spirits, cozy seating, panoramic windows & dance floor
  • Welcome & farewell cocktails with sparkling wine & canapés
  • New - included Happy Hour every evening featuring house beer, wine, cocktails and a drink of the day
  • Cocktails with a view on the Sky Deck
  • Specialty coffees, espresso drinks and beWell Essence flavored and infused water available throughout each day

ROOM FEATURES:

  • Writing desk and chair
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage
  • Egyptian super-combed cotton linens
  • Elegant, contemporary design
  • Spacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storage
  • Alarm clock
  • One Queen-Sized Bed or Two Twins
  • Soft & firm pillows
  • Full shower with glass door
  • Large mirror in bathroom
  • Direct-dial telephone
  • USB Ports
  • L'Occitane bath products
  • Lighted makeup mirror
  • Bedside tables with reading lamps
  • Choice of bed configuration
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • In-room safe
  • Comfort Collection Beds
  • Well-stocked minibar
  • Luxurious mattress toppers
  • Complimentary filtered water
  • Nightly turn-down service
  • Extra blankets
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • European-style duvets
  • Individual climate control
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with English-speaking channels & over 100 free movie options
  • Premium Hairdryer

Itinerary

DAYDATEPLACE
1Sun Oct 20Depart Calgary
2Mon Oct 21Budapest (Embarkation)-Danube Bend
3Tue Oct 22Budapest, Hungary
4Wed Oct 23Bratislava, Slovakia
5Thu Oct 24Vienna, Austria
6Fri Oct 25Dürnstein–Wachau Valley
7Sat Oct 26Linz, Austria
8Sun Oct 27Schlögen Oxbow–Passau, Germany
9Mon Oct 28Vilshofen (Disembarkation)

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