Danube Dreams with Habsburg and Royalty and with Oberammergau
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. You 'll discover treasures of Austro-Hungarian royalty. Begin this timeless European river cruise in Budapest, where guided sightseeing acquaints you with the highlights of the vibrant capital of Hungary, including a visit to Gödöllö Royal Palace. You 'll also be our guest in the Bavarian village of Oberammergau for the once-a-decade performance season of the world-renowned “Passion Play.” Begin this timeless European river cruise in Budapest, where guided sightseeing acquaints you with the highlights of the vibrant capital of Hungary. 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, a visit of the impressive Benedictine Abbey of Melk, and a tasting of renowned 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 of 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. Continue your Central European guided vacation on shore for a guided tour of Austria and Germany, starting with Neuschwanstein Castle, and St. James and Hofkirche Cathedrals in Innsbruck. The highlight is the visit to the idyllic Bavarian village of Oberammergau in Germany for the “Passion Play.” Performed once every ten years, the “Passion Play” is a stunning theatrical event with a history dating back to 1634. Enjoy seating and accommodations in the heart of Oberammergau for the “Passion Play.” Enjoy guided sightseeing in Munich, including Nymphenburg Palace, the Marienplatz, and Gothic Frauenkirche. Sample Munich 's Biergärtens and cafés, and see the famous Glockenspiel. The perfect blend of adventure, relaxation, and inspiration—your Avalon Danube River cruise with the once-a decade performance of Oberammergau 's “Passion Play”—is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Day 1 Budapest (Embarkation): Onboard welcome receptionDay 2 Budapest: choice of guided tour, see Heroes ' Square or hike with your Adventure Host; visit Gödöllö Royal PalaceDay 3 Bratislava-Hainburg: onboard lecture about royal dynasties in Europe; choice of guided sightseeing in Bratislava, visit St. Martin 's Cathedral or hike up to Bratislava Castle with your Adventure Host; onboard Waltz lessonDay 4 Vienna: choice of guided sightseeing or bike with your Adventure Host; visit Schönbrunn PalaceDay 5 Dürnstein-Wachau Valley-Ybbs: choice of guided walk, or hike up to the castle ruins in Dürnstein; scenic cruise through the Wachau Valley; choice of guided visit of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk or Ybbs city sightseeing with Arstetten Castle or bak-ery workshop; onboard wine tastingDay 6 Linz: guided sightseeing, see Hauptplatz and the Trinity Column, or Romantic Austria full day excursionDay 7 Passau: Schlögen Oxbow scenic cruising; onboard lecture about royal dynasties in Europe; choice of guided walk or guided hike with your Adventure Host Day 8 Deggendorf (Disembarkation)-Innsbruck: Travel from Deggendorf to Innsbruck, with visit to Neuschwanstein CastleDay 9 Innsbruck: Guided sightseeingDay 10 Innsbruck-Oberammergau: Travel by motorcoach to Oberammergau, attend the Passion PlayDay 11 Oberammergau-Munich: Travel to Munich; guided sightseeingDay 12 Munich: Your vacation ends this morning
Note: Rows highlighted in green below are guaranteed departures