Austrian Highlights and Bavaria - Munich to Vienna

  • 9 Days

  • Germany

Start your holiday in Bavaria's capital, Munich, and visit the charming town of Oberammergau and King Ludwig’s fairy-tale castle of Neuschwanstein. Board your river cruise vessel in Passau and sail down the Danube, stopping to visit the magnificent Melk Abbey or Schallaburg Castle, and the small town of Dürnstein in the Wachau Valley. End your voyage in the Austrian capital of Vienna, with guided sightseeing and plenty of time to explore this "City of Music" on your own.

Your journey starts here

Highlights

VIP private home pick-up service
Flights
Transfers
Services of a cruise director
Accommodation
Selected meals
Wine & beer with lunch and dinner
Excursions
Gratuities on cruise
All airport and port taxes
  • Overview

  • Day 1

  • Day 2

  • Day 3

  • Day 4

  • Day 5

  • Day 6

  • Day 7

  • Day 8

  • Day 9

of 9 days

Your detailed itinerary

Cruise departing on 13th October 2018

Meals included: 8 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners

Overview

At a glance

Munich Guided sightseeing of the Marienplatz, plus an excursion to Neuschwanstein Castle and the Oberammergau
Melk and Dürnstein Visit Melk's palatial Benedictine Abbey and taste the region’s exceptional wines
Vienna Guided sightseeing around the former home city of Mozart, Beethoven and Strauss

Day 1

Munich

Fly to Munich where you will be met and transferred to the Sofitel Munich Bayerpost hotel for three nights.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2

Munich

Included today: Guided sightseeing, see the Marienplatz. Munich, capital of Bavaria, offers a small-town feel with its pedestrian and bike-friendly atmosphere. With its historical museums, splendid English Garden, traditional cafés, and delightful shops, there is plenty to see and do. A local guide will show you the highlights of this fascinating city, including Nymphenburg Palace, the summer residence of the Bavarian monarchs; Marienplatz with its Old and New Town Halls; and the gothic Frauenkirche, a prominent landmark for Munich. Then, enjoy time on your own in this vibrant city. Watch the famous Glockenspiel, recreating a royal wedding from the 16th century; enjoy the pedestrian zone; linger at an outdoor café; or visit St. Peter’s, the oldest church in town. Why not visit the Viktualienmarkt with its Maypole that carries figurines featuring the arts and crafts of this region? This large market is popular for fresh produce, meats, cheeses, spices, baked goods, flowers, and more. Or, maybe relax alongside the locals at one of the Biergarten or breweries to sample Bavarian beer specialties.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

Munich

Included today: Excursion to Neuschwanstein and Oberammergau. This morning, a full-day outing takes you into the garden-like landscapes of the Bavarian Alps for a visit to King Ludwig’s fairytale Neuschwanstein Castle, situated high above the village of Hohenschwangau. Continue to Oberammergau, famous for its once-a-decade production of the Passion Play. Enjoy free time in this small town to stroll along the streets and admire the typical Bavarian houses, many beautifully painted with scenes from fairytales.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

Munich - Passau

Enjoy a free morning in Munich, then, in the afternoon, drive to Passau, ideally located at the confluence of the Rivers Inn, Ilz, and Danube. Alternatively, you might like to join a full-day optional excursion to Salzburg, which will end in Passau with embarkation on your ship. Meet your crew at a welcome reception this evening.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

Passau - Linz

Included today: Passau walking tour. Passau is a maze of narrow cobblestone streets lined with beautiful patrician houses. Join your local guide for a walking tour through this charming town, and find out much more about the 'City of Three Rivers'.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

Linz

Included today: Guided walk in Linz. Linz is Austria's third-largest city and an important river port where culture plays a significant role in everyday life. This morning is free to do as you like. A guided tour of the city shows you the 13th-century Hauptplatz, Austria's largest medieval square, and the Trinity Column, built in 1723 as thanks for the city escaping the ravages of the plague, war, and fire. Perhaps wander around the old castle grounds and take in the beautiful views of the river, or visit the neo-gothic New Cathedral, Austria's largest church, with capacity for 20,000 visitors. This afternoon relax on board enjoying the views of the peaceful riverscapes from the comfort of the Sky Deck or join an optional excursion. In the late afternoon arrive in the attractive country resort og Greon, nestled at the foot of a bluff in the shadow of the castle. You'll have time to explore on your own.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

Melk - Durnstein

Included today: Excursion to Melk Abbey; Guided walk in Durnstein; Wine tasting. A day of charming towns and magical scenery awaits you today. Join a guided visit of the magnificent 11th-century Benedictine Abbey of Melk, one of Europe's largest monasteries. The abbey towers over the town and its church houses stunning frescoed ceilings and an ornate library with a large collection of medieval manuscripts. Next, head into the heart of the Wachau wine region to Dürnstein, known for its magnificent baroque Stiftskirche with its blue façade, - and join a Certified Local Guide for a guided walk and wine tasting.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

Vienna

Included today: Guided sightseeing. Wake up this morning in Vienna, known as the ‘City of Music’ and the place that inspired the creative genius of Mozart, Beethoven, and Strauss. Once the centre of the mighty Habsburg Empire, Austria’s magical capital on the blue Danube is a showcase of gilded architecture. This is home to the lavish Hofburg Imperial Palace complex with its Vienna Boys' Choir and dazzling Lipizzaner stallions; the neo-renaissance Vienna Opera House; and awe-inspiring St. Stephen’s Cathedral plus, countless other sights you’ll see on your guided sightseeing tour. Stroll through the pedestrian Kärntnerstrasse, and be sure to take a break and enjoy a piece of decadent Sachertorte or Apfelstrudel in a neighbourhood café.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 9

Vienna

Disembark and transfer to the airport for your flight home to the UK.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Notes

Your ship

Avalon Panorama

Avalon Panorama accommodates 166 passengers. A unique Suite Ship, it was the first of its kind in the industry with two full decks of suites featuring a wall-to-wall panoramic window that transforms the living space into a unique open-air balcony. The suites' full-size seating area is ideal for quiet moments to yourself, or is spacious enough to host a private cocktail party for new found friends. The clever positioning of the bed ensures superb river views when you wake and retire.

Amenities
  • Smoking
  • Adults only
  • Childrens facilities
  • Nursery
Ship facts
  • Style: Luxury
  • Class: Suite ship
  • Size: Boutique
  • Number of crew: 47
  • Number of cabins: 83
  • Number of wheelchair cabins: 0
  • Number of large cabins: 0
  • Capacity: 166 passengers
  • Main language on board: en
  • Currency on board: EUR
  • Number of decks: 4
  • Length (m): 135
  • Width (m): 11.45
  • Speed in knots: 13
  • Launch year: 2011
Available cabins on this cruise
Royal Suite

The Royal Suites feature a wall-to-wall panoramic window measuring 11ft- 50% wider than the industry standard, the wall-to-wall panoramic window opens to transform the living space into a large Open-Air Balcony, Open-Air Balcony with spacious seating area, Comfort Collection Beds featuring premium mattress covers, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens and European-style duvets, choice of soft or firm pillows, extra blankets, choice of bed configuration - two twin beds, one queen-size bed or one king-size bed (Royal Suites only), nightly turn-down service, bedside tables with reading lamps, large private bathroom featuring full shower with glass door, hairdryer and premium L'Occitane bath amenities, spacious 3-door wardrobes with shelves for ample storage, easy under-bed luggage storage, flatscreen satellite TV with movie channels, alarm clock, writing desk/vanity with mirror and comfortable chair, complimentary Wi-Fi access, direct-dial telephone, bathrobes and slippers, well-stocked minibar, complimentary bottled water, in-room safe, individual climate control, continental breakfast and beverage room service available (service charge applies).

Details

  • 300 square feet
  • Sleeps 2

Panorama Suite

Panorama Suites feature a wall-to-wall panoramic window measuring 11ft — 50% wider than the industry standard, the wall-to-wall panoramic window opens to transform the living space into a large Open-Air Balcony, Open-Air Balcony with spacious seating area, Comfort Collection Beds featuring premium mattress covers, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens and European-style duvets, choice of soft or firm pillows, extra blankets, choice of bed configuration - two twin beds or one queen-size bed, nightly turn-down service, bedside tables with reading lamps, large private bathroom featuring full shower with glass door, hairdryer and premium L'Occitane bath amenities, spacious 3-door wardrobes with shelves for ample storage, easy under-bed luggage storage, flatscreen satellite TV with movie channels, alarm clock, writing desk/vanity with mirror and comfortable chair, complimentary Wi-Fi access, direct-dial telephone, bathrobes and slippers, well-stocked minibar, complimentary bottled water, in-room safe, individual climate control, continental breakfast and beverage room service available (service charge applies).

Details

  • 200 square feet
  • Sleeps 2

Deluxe Stateroom

Deluxe Staterooms feature Comfort Collection Beds with premium mattress covers, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens and European-style duvets, choice of soft or firm pillows, extra blankets, choice of bed configuration - two twin beds or one queen-size bed, nightly turn-down service, bedside tables with reading lamps, large private bathroom featuring full shower with glass door, hairdryer and premium L'Occitane bath amenities, spacious 3-door wardrobes with shelves for ample storage, easy under-bed luggage storage, flatscreen satellite TV with movie channels, alarm clock, writing desk/vanity with mirror and comfortable chair, complimentary Wi-Fi access, direct-dial telephone, bathrobes and slippers, well-stocked minibar, complimentary bottled water, in-room safe, individual climate control, continental breakfast and beverage room service available (service charge applies).

Details

  • 172 square feet
  • Sleeps 2

Life onboard

Avalon Panorama accommodates 166 passengers. A unique Suite Ship, it was the first of its kind in the industry with two full decks of suites featuring a wall-to-wall panoramic window that transforms the living space into a unique open-air balcony. The suites' full-size seating area is ideal for quiet moments to yourself, or is spacious enough to host a private cocktail party for new found friends. The clever positioning of the bed ensures superb river views when you wake and retire.

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