Active Discovery on the Danube – Eastbound 2019
Linz to Budapest
This exciting nine-day vacation introduces you to the people and places along your Danube River cruise from Linz in Austria to Budapest in Hungary! Travel and explore in the most active, engaged and fun ways imaginable. With Active Discovery, the choice is always yours: whether you taste locally produced cheese and beer brewed by Trappist monks near Linz, or hike on the trails along the Danube for spectacular views; bike to an ancient border defense near Mauthausen or visit World War II’s largest concentration camp.
Save up to $2,400 per couple on 2019 Active Discovery River Cruises*
Linz | Engelhartszell | Schlögener Schlinge | Mauthausen | Grein | Vienna | Visegrád | Budapest
• Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily (dinner only day one, and breakfast only day nine)
Related Services Available to Add:
Breakfast incl. (B), Lunch incl. (L), Dinner incl. (D)
DAY 1 | ARRIVE IN LINZ (EMBARK)–ENGELHARTSZELL (D)
Welcome to Austria! Your Suite Ship® Awaits in Linz. Flights into Linz must arrive by 3:30 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.
Enjoy any free time today by shopping, exploring on your own, or stop in a café for Austria’s world-famous pastries.
Evening/Overnight cruise to Engelhartszell
DAY 2 | ENGELHARTSZELL–SCHLÖGEN OXBOW–LINZ (B, L, D)
Join a Guided Tour to the “House by the stream” (Haus am Strom) and walk across The Danube Power-Station Jochenstein, OR:
Visit the stunning rococo-style Engelszell Abbey, and explore its Sensory Garden—complete with stone labyrinth, herb garden, and vineyard. Sample cheese and beer made by the resident Trappist monks.
Enjoy free time on the Sky Deck this afternoon while you sail through the amazing horseshoe bend of the Danube’s Schlögen Oxbow on your way back to Linz.
Overnight docking in Linz
DAY 3 | LINZ–MAUTHAUSENB–SPITZ (B, L, D)
History Lessons and Monastic Life in Austria
Take a Guided Bike Tour along the Limes Cycle Route, and follow part of the northern border line of the Roman Empire, OR:
Visit the 9th-century St. Florian Monastery—the largest monastery in upper Austria and home to Augustine monks, OR:
Join a sobering Guided Tour of Mauthausen Concentration Camp, one of the largest and most brutal Nazi camps of WWII.
In the afternoon sail to Grein.
Theater History and Modern-Day Castles
Take a Guided Walk of Grein, including its historic theater, the oldest in Austria still holding regular performances.
See Burg Clam (Greinburg Castle) on a Guided Visit, and meet the Count of Clam during your tour.
Evening cruise to Spitz
DAY 4 | SPITZ–VIENNA (B, L, D)
Take a Hike, a Canoe, or a Bike to Explore Austria’s Wine Country
Paddle a canoe on a Guided Tour to see the Austrian waterways and shoreline scenery from a different perspective, OR:
Take a Guided Bike Tour from Spitz to Krems, and enjoy a stop in Dürnstein to see the mesmerizing blue Stiftskirche, and to sample local specialties, OR:
Join an interactive Wine World Experience with wine tasting, OR:
Enjoy a Guided Tour that showcases the production of regional fruits, vegetables, wine, or other products.
Relax this afternoon as you cruise toward Vienna.
This evening, perhaps join a Guided Optional Hike through the vineyards outside Vienna, with a wine tasting and dinner at a Heurigen wine tavern.
Overnight docking in Vienna
DAY 5 | VIENNA (B, L, D)
Strauss, Schnitzel, Strudel, and Sachertorte
Take a Guided Bike Tour along the famed Ringstrasse and pedestrian avenues of Vienna, OR:
Join a Guided Jogging Tour of the City of Music to see highlights of the gilded architecture along the way, OR:
Get an Insider’s Tour of Vienna to see special surprise sights, events, or attractions. You will meet locals, have the chance to prepare some food, and enjoy other surprises, OR:
Enjoy a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Vienna, including a tour of Belvedere Palace to see Gustave Klimt’s renowned “Kiss” painting.
Spend free time this afternoon strolling through the pedestrian Kärntnerstrasse, then take a break for a piece of Sachertorte.
Overnight docking in Vienna
DAY 6 | VIENNA–VISEGRÁD (B, L, D)
Feast for the Soul in Vienna
Take a Guided Walking Tour for early risers this morning—with breakfast at a Viennese café, OR:
Join a Guided Tour of the Habsburg family’s private art collection at the Museum of Fine Arts, and the Italian or Dutch master works, OR:
Take a Guided Tour of the Museum of Fine Arts, followed by the World Museum Vienna, commemorating the past of the Habsburg Empire.
This evening, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship.
Evening/Overnight in Visegrád
DAY 7 | VISEGRÁD–BUDAPEST (B, L, D)
Knights, Castles, and Vampires
Join a Guided Excursion to the Medieval Knights Tournament at Visegrád’s Lower Castle, featuring targeting and fighting demonstrations by members of the St. George Knightly Order, OR:
Hike to the Castle to visit Count Dracula's prison tower in Visegrád.
Sail to Budapest this afternoon.
The Pearl of the Danube
Take some free time this afternoon to explore the vibrant and stunning city of Budapest. Enjoy a Farewell Dinner on board your ship this evening.
Overnight docking in Budapest
DAY 8 | BUDAPEST (DISEMBARK) (B)
Join a Guided Biking Tour along the bike paths of the city, OR:
Enjoy a Guided Walking Tour that includes some “Fungarian” instruction of useful local words and phrases, OR:
Take a Guided Walking Tour of Budapest to see the city’s most iconic sites.
Spend free time shopping for Hungarian paprika or handcrafted souvenirs, or savor a piece of cream cake in the world-famous Gerbeaud Café.
DAY 9 | BUDAPEST (B)
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
Operated by Avalon Waterways. *Book a select 2019 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruise to receive $1,200 off per person on the cruise/land or cruise only price. Booking must be made, under deposit and discount applied between February 7 and July 31, 2018 for travel at select times in 2019. Not applicable to custom tours. Not applicable on TBA space. Combinable with Journeys Club Repeat Traveller benefit. Select departures may be combinable with current air promo. Applies to new 2019 bookings only and will not be applied to pre-existing bookings. Offer reliant on space availability at time of booking and may be withdrawn at any time. Full cancellation penalties will apply. Additional restrictions may apply; see Travel Terms & Conditions for details. Offer applies to participating GFOB offices only
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