Be first to book your space on this ACTIVE & DISCOVERY river cruise through HUNGARY, AUSTRIA AND GERMANY

    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 preference and pace. From Classic to Active to Discovery inclusions, you can explore and experience each destination your way. Start by exploring 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. Attend a Medieval Knights Tournament at a Visegrád castle; see Gustav Klimt’s renowned “The Kiss” painting in Vienna. 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 cruise is packed with included excursions for every pace in every place we go. Sample cheese and beer made by Trappist monks and explore their Abbey gardens; take a hike to Count Dracula’s prison tower; or tour Mauthausen Concentration Camp, one of WWII’s most notorious sites. Join us on this Active & Discovery cruise and experience the Blue Danube to discover each destination your way. Your Active & Discovery Danube River cruise can be as active or leisurely as you like! FEATURED CRUISE DEAL

    Day 1


    • Welcome to Budapest—Hungary’s Captivating Capital

      The day is yours to relax and enjoy Eastern Europe’s shining city on the Danube.

       Day 2


      • The Pearl of the Danube

        Visit the Adventure Center for today’s activities with your Adventure Host.
      • Active
        See the sights from a different perspective by joining a Guided Bike Tour along the bike paths and pedestrian areas of the city, OR:
      • Discovery
        Join the author of “Fabulous Budapest” for an unforgettable introduction to the local people, places, and experiences that makes Budapest so special, OR:
      • Classic
        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 one of the many cafés.

        Enjoy a Hungarian Dinner on board during a scenic cruise through the Danube Bend.

        Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.
        Breakfast Dinner included 

        Day 3


      • Jousting Tournaments and Dracula’s Tower
      • Active
        Visit Count Dracula’s prison tower on a Hiking Tour, OR:
      • Active
        Take part in a Canoe Excursion through the picturesque Bend Region of the Danube for a truly unique perspective of one of the river’s most beautiful stretches, OR:
      • Discovery
        Join a Guided Visit to the Medieval Knights Tournament at Visegrád’s Lower Castle, featuring targeting and fighting demonstrations by members of the St. George Knightly Order.
      • Spend free time after your selected activities to explore Palotaház, where stonemasons, smiths, potters, and paper-makers produce their traditional items using age-old techniques.
         Breakfast Lunch Dinner  included 

        Day 4


        • Strauss, Schnitzel, Strudel and SachertorteViennese Waltzes on the Blue Danube
        • Active
          Take a Guided Bike Tour along the famed Ringstrasse and pedestrian avenues of Vienna to see the city’s highlights from a unique perspective, OR:
        • Discovery
          Take an Insider’s Tour of Vienna to get behind the scenes of her sights and attractions. You will meet locals, have the chance to prepare some food, and enjoy other surprises, OR:
        • Classic
          Take 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.

          This evening consider joining an Optional Excursion to attend a Royal Waltz Concert in an elegant hall.
          Breakfast Lunch Dinner included 

          Day 5


        • A Feast for the Soul
        • Discovery
          Enjoy a morning Guided Walking Tour to see the city in her best light, along with breakfast at a Viennese café, OR:
        • Classic
          Dive into one of the world’s most important museums with a Guided Tour of the Habsburg family’s private art collection at the Museum of Fine Arts, and enjoy Italian or Dutch master works, OR:
        • Classic
          Take a Guided Tour of the Museum of Fine Arts, followed by the Military Museum, commemorating the past of the Habsburg Empire.
          Breakfast Lunch Dinner included

          Day 6

          KREMS - GREIN

          • Take a Canoe or a Bike through Austria’s Wine Country

            Join your Adventure Host for today’s special activities.
          • Active
            Paddle a canoe on a Guided Tour to see the Austrian waterways and shoreline scenery from a unique perspective, OR:
          • Active
            Take a Guided Bike Tour from Krems to Spitz, and enjoy a stop in Dürnstein to see the mesmerizing blue Stiftskirche, and to sample local specialties, OR:
          • Discovery
            Join an interactive Wine World Experience with wine tasting, OR:
          • Discovery
            Enjoy a Guided Visit that showcases production of regional fruits, vegetables, wine, or other products.
          • Relax on board this afternoon to enjoy the picturesque Wachau Valley scenery as you cruise to Grein.
          • GREIN
          • A Modern-Day Castle and the Count
          • Discovery
            See Burg Clam on a Guided Visit, and meet the Count of Clam during your tour.
            Breakfast Lunch Dinner included  

            Day 7


          • Theater History...Alive and Well in Grein
          • Classic
            Take a Guided Walk of Grein, including its historic theater, the oldest in Austria still holding regular performances.
          • Take a mid-morning cruise to Mauthausen.
          • MAUTHAUSEN

          • History Lessons and Monastic Life
          • Active
            Take a Guided Bike Tour along the Danube and discover how fertile this area is. Stop at a local farm and learn more about farming life and flood protection, OR:
          • Classic
            Visit the 9th-century St. Florian Monastery—the largest monastery in upper Austria and home to Augustine monks, OR:
          • Classic
            Join a sobering Guided Tour of Mauthausen Concentration Camp, one of the largest and most brutal Nazi camp of WWII.
          • This afternoon sail to Linz arriving this evening.
          • LINZ
          • Legendary, Lovely Linz

            Tonight, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship.
             Breakfast Lunch Dinner included

            Day 8


            • Memories and Beer in the Making
            • Active
              Bike your way to a local trappist monastery in Engelhartszell with your Adventure Host, OR:
            • Discovery
              Join a Guided Tour to the “House by the stream” (Haus am Strom) and walk across the Danube Power-Station Jochenstein, OR:
            • Classic
              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.
            • Active
              This afternoon, enjoy a scenic Guided Hike along the Danube’s Schlögen Oxbow, a dramatic bend carved by centuries.
            • Or, as a relaxing option, 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 return to Deggendorf.
              Breakfast Lunch Dinner included 

              Day 9


            • Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning

              Flights should not leave Munich airport before Noon.
              • Breakfast included