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Danube Dreams (Westbound)

3rd Jul 2024 | 7 nights | Avalon | Avalon Imagery II

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Excursions included
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Budapest
Bratislava
Vienna
Wachau Valley
Melk
Linz
Passau
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Itinerary 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. 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-style 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. 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 conclusion to this delightful Danube River cruise!

Day
Date
 
Arrival
Departure
 
1
3rd Jul 2024 Wednesday
Budapest
2
4th Jul 2024 Thursday
Budapest
3
5th Jul 2024 Friday
Bratislava
4
6th Jul 2024 Saturday
Vienna
5
7th Jul 2024 Sunday
Wachau Valley
5
7th Jul 2024 Sunday
Melk
6
8th Jul 2024 Monday
Linz
7
9th Jul 2024 Tuesday
Passau
8
10th Jul 2024 Wednesday
Vilshofen

Avalon Imagery II is one of two "suite ships" to join Avalon Waterways' fleet in Europe in 2016, although the 361-foot vessel is slightly smaller than Passion, so it can access smaller ports and towns in Europe. Here's what you can expect on Avalon Imagery II:

Fifty 200-square-foot Panorama Suites -- or two decks' worth -- have wall-to-wall panoramic windows, which open seven feet to create an open-air balcony of sorts. Two 300-square-foot Royal Suites will offer an even wider view. The remaining 12 cabins are 172 square feet and have picture windows.

Avalon advertises the fact that its cabins are configured so the beds face the floor-to-ceiling windows. It's a clever idea and one that does set the line apart; who doesn't want to wake up to a view? Note that this is only a feature of the suites.

Cabin amenities include a flat-screen satellite TV, radio, mini-bar, safe and hair dryers. Beds can be configured into two twins or one queen and come with choice of firm or soft pillows, duvets and Egyptian cotton linens. Royal suite occupants also get usage of en-suite complimentary iPads.

Avalon Imagery II has four decks, including a sky deck for sunning and relaxing by the whirlpool. The sky deck also boasts an open-air bistro, the Sky Bistro. There are multiple lounges, an open-seating dining room, an alternative restaurant with lighter fare, an Internet corner, a hairdresser and manicurist, and a small fitness centre. Wi-Fi is free throughout the ship. Smoking is not permitted in interior areas. An onboard elevator is available for passenger use, as are Nordic walking sticks.

In addition to meals and accommodations, sightseeing excursions led by local guides, onboard lectures, piano entertainment, and wine with dinners are included in the fare. Avalon Waterways appeals to mostly English-speaking passengers in the 55-plus range.

Sky Deck
Royal Deck
Sapphire Deck
Indigo Deck

Best for...

English-speaking travellers who want to sail the world by river, exploring at their own pace.

Not the best for...

Families with young children or travellers who depend on wheelchairs.

Who goes on Avalon cruise ships?

Avalon caters to English-speaking travellers from North America, the U.K. and Australia/New Zealand. The average age of passengers is mid-50s to 60s, but the mix varies by itinerary, and on four- and five-night cruises, you'll find more 40-something travellers and others trying out river cruises for the first time. Children ages 8 and older are welcome onboard, but there is no formal youth program.


Do I have to dress up on a Avalon cruise?

No, not really. You can't wear shorts at dinner, but, other than that the dress code is casual. At dinner you'll see mostly open-neck shirts and slacks for men; slacks, skirts or dresses for women. Some people op to dress up a bit nicer, though still relatively casual, for the welcome and farewell dinners (only on Europe river cruises).


Is everything free on Avalon cruises?

Exactly what is included varies somewhat with the itineraries. In Europe, Asia and South America, coffee and tea are available free of charge all day long. In Europe a choice of complimentary wine, beer or soft drinks is included with lunch and dinner, and sparkling wine with breakfast. On the Mekong, Ganges and Amazon rivers, select soft drinks and local beer/spirits are available throughout the day and wine is included with lunch and dinner. Wi-Fi is free (except in the Amazon or Galapagos, where it's not available), as is dining (including breakfast in bed and picnic lunches to take on shore) and all onboard entertainment and enrichment. Most shore excursions are complimentary, including the line's Active Adventure options. You'll pay extra for gratuities, salon or spa treatments, laundry, onboard shop purchases and some special excursions.


What are Avalon's most popular activities?

Shore excursions are at the heart of activities on any Avalon sailing. Options can range from active excursions, such as canoeing the Danube or jogging through Amsterdam, to cultural experiences, like following the life of an Austrian worker or taking part in an Amsterdam painting class. Passengers who prefer to explore on their own can use the AvalonGO app loaded with a list of nearby attractions and hours of operation, historical facts, maps and directions as well as local cafes, restaurants, bars and entertainment options. Onboard, most passengers attend enrichment sessions, and the Local Favourites program brings regional performances onboard, as well as classes: tai chi or Mandarin lessons on the Yangtze, culinary demonstrations in France, etc.


  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner on board daily
  • Sky Grill with made-to-order al fresco dining
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner are included daily on board
  • Complimentary happy hour before dinner
  • Complimentary water stations
  • Club Lounge with 24-hour self-serve beverage station with complimentary cappuccinos, lattes, hot chocolate, and a selection of teas; cookies available throughout the day
  • Overseas transfers to and from ship
  • Avalon Adventure Host available as your guide for fitness activities and active excursions
  • Friendly, English-speaking staff delivering consummate personal service
  • Avalon Choice® with your preference of Classic, Active, or Discovery included excursions and sightseeing with Certified Local Guides; and MyAvalonSM Guided Optional Excursions
  • AvalonGO mobile app with itinerary information before and during your cruise, including schedules, transfer details, daily itineraries, GPS, and dining and entertainment options—and social media feature for real-time posts
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the ship
  • Complimentary computer stations
  • State-of-the-art Fitness Centre

Inclusions may differ depending on region. Please check with our team.

Sail Solo & Save

Sail Solo & Save

Set your adventurous spirit free by sailing solo on an Avalon Waterways river cruise. Avalon Waterways celebrates solo cruisers by waiving the single supplement on some Europe departures and select sailings on the Mekong and Ganges in Southeast Asia.

Join other single cruisers, like you, who choose to travel solo and discover diverse destinations while weaving along the world’s wondrous waterways. When you go solo, Avalon Waterways’ Cruise Directors and expert Local Guides will be on-hand to help you turn big dreams into even bigger (and better) memories. And, speaking of dreams, Avalon reserves staterooms for each departure to accommodate solo travellers, including their award-winning Panorama Suites with unmatched views.

Why go solo?

  • Enjoy a room – and all the space you need – all to yourself without paying an additional single supplement fee.
  • Unpack once and settle into one of Avalon's Deluxe Staterooms or Panorama Suites while cruising the world’s inspiring rivers.
  • Sail on a special interest cruise with like-minded enthusiasts - from wine lovers to history buffs.
  • Feel inspired with on-your-own, but never alone, travel – meeting fellow cruisers on your Suite Ship and mingling with locals in each port.
  • Holiday safely and securely with personalised attention by your crew in an intimate, Suite Ship setting.
  • Dine on your time with as few or as many fellow travellers as you’d like with 2-, 4-, 6- or 8-top tables, for your comfort.
  • Indulge in breakfast in bed or dine on the Sky Deck for customisable rest and relaxation.
  • Explore your personal passions with Classic, Active & Discovery excursions and activities that invite you to see, do, and engage your way.
  • Keep fit and fascinated on and off the ship with the company of your Avalon Adventure Host.
  • Stretch your mind, body and soul with onboard yoga and conditioning classes, as well as a state-of-the-art fitness centre.
  • Embark on an Avalon Waterways river cruise and take time for you!

Danube Dreams

Danube Dreams

Embark on the enchanting Danube Dreams cruise, discovering the captivating landscapes and vibrant cultures of Central Europe from two different perspectives. On the westbound journey, commence in Budapest, where guided sightseeing unveils the city's vibrant highlights. Sail along the Danube, capturing the majestic Parliament Building, and continue to Bratislava, Slovakia, for a guided walk through the Old Town and a visit to the Gothic-style St. Martin’s Cathedral. Vienna, charms with its Habsburg Imperial Palace and Vienna Opera House. Traverse the picturesque Wachau Valley, with stops in Dürnstein and the Benedictine Abbey of Melk. Explore Linz's medieval Haupt Platz and conclude in Passau, Germany, where three rivers converge, showcasing Baroque architecture and St. Stephen’s Cathedral.

On the eastbound route, the journey starts in Vilshofen, and from there, cruise through Passau, Germany, Bratislava, Slovakia, and Vienna, Austria. Explore iconic landmarks, glide through the Wachau Valley with stops in Melk and Dürnstein, and visit the Linz Botanical Garden. It offers a peaceful escape with a diverse collection of plants and themed gardens. Conclude with a memorable exploration of Budapest, including a walk along the main shopping street or panoramic views from Fishermen’s Bastion.

These distinct journeys along the Danube River showcase timeless beauty and remarkable destinations, creating unforgettable memories.

Fly-Cruise Packages

2024 Fly-Cruise Holidays with Avalon from £1,799pp

Welcome to Avalon Waterways river cruises, where five-star service comes free from stuffiness, accommodation is spacious, food is top-restaurant quality, gratuities are included and you’ll get a choice of daily excursions, to explore each destination like a local.

Avalon know that planning your dream river cruise should be as effortless as the journey itself. Explore their thoughtfully curated fixed-price packages for their most popular river cruises. Flight-inclusive packages start from only £1,799pp based on London Heathrow. Want to fly from Edinburgh, Manchester or Birmingham? Just add a £90pp supplement!

Book now, this offer is capacity controlled!

Save up to 50% on 2024 River Cruises

Save up to 50% on 2024 river cruises with flights included - from £1,799pp

Look below at some of Avalon's most popular cruises - priced with flights included and incredible savings of up to 50%! Want to fly from Edinburgh, Manchester or Birmingham? Just add a £90pp supplement to the prices you find below.

These prices are available for a limited time, and staterooms are selling fast – call our team today to avoid missing out!


Terms & conditions

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Prices based on:

Deluxe Stateroom - Indigo Deck Aft
Deluxe Stateroom - Indigo Deck Aft

  • One queen-sized bed or two twin Comfort Collection beds with luxurious mattress toppers, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens, European-style duvets and soft & firm pillows
  • Extra blankets
  • Nightly turn-down service
  • Bedside tables with reading lamps & USB ports
  • En-suite with full shower with glass door, large mirror, L'Occitane bath products, bathrobes, slippers & hairdryer
  • Spacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storage
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with English-speaking channels & over 100 free movie options
  • Alarm clock
  • Lighted make-up mirror
  • Direct-dial telephone
  • Well-stocked minibar
  • Complimentary filtered water
  • In-room safe
  • Individual climate control
  • Two windows
  • Writing desk and chair
  • Located on the Indigo Deck
  • 172 sq. ft.

Cabin Grade Cruise
D £1,737 pp
Deluxe Stateroom - Indigo Deck Forward
Deluxe Stateroom - Indigo Deck Forward

  • One queen-sized bed or two twin Comfort Collection beds with luxurious mattress toppers, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens, European-style duvets and soft & firm pillows
  • Extra blankets
  • Nightly turn-down service
  • Bedside tables with reading lamps & USB ports
  • En-suite with full shower with glass door, large mirror, L'Occitane bath products, bathrobes, slippers & hairdryer
  • Spacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storage
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with English-speaking channels & over 100 free movie options
  • Alarm clock
  • Lighted make-up mirror
  • Direct-dial telephone
  • Well-stocked minibar
  • Complimentary filtered water
  • In-room safe
  • Individual climate control
  • Two windows
  • Writing desk and chair
  • Located on the Indigo Deck
  • 172 sq. ft.

Cabin Grade Cruise
E £1,737 pp

Panorama Suite - Sapphire Deck Aft
Panorama Suite - Sapphire Deck Aft

  • One queen-sized bed or two twin Comfort Collection beds with luxurious mattress toppers, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens, European-style duvets and soft & firm pillows
  • Extra blankets
  • Nightly turn-down service
  • Bedside tables with reading lamps & USB ports
  • En-suite with full shower with glass door, large mirror, marble countertops, L'Occitane bath products, bathrobes & slippers & hairdryer
  • Spacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storage
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with English-speaking channels & over 100 free movie options
  • Alarm clock
  • Lighted make-up mirror
  • Direct-dial telephone
  • Well-stocked minibar
  • Complimentary filtered water
  • In-room safe
  • Individual climate control
  • Wall-to-wall panoramic window with open-air balcony
  • 6-person sitting area with sofa & coffee table
  • Writing desk and chair
  • Located on the Sapphire Deck
  • 200 sq. ft.

Cabin Grade Cruise
B £2,267 pp
Panorama Suite - Sapphire Deck Forward
Panorama Suite - Sapphire Deck Forward

  • One queen-sized bed or two twin Comfort Collection beds with luxurious mattress toppers, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens, European-style duvets and soft & firm pillows
  • Extra blankets
  • Nightly turn-down service
  • Bedside tables with reading lamps & USB ports
  • En-suite with full shower with glass door, large mirror, marble countertops, L'Occitane bath products, bathrobes & slippers & hairdryer
  • Spacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storage
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with English-speaking channels & over 100 free movie options
  • Alarm clock
  • Lighted make-up mirror
  • Direct-dial telephone
  • Well-stocked minibar
  • Complimentary filtered water
  • In-room safe
  • Individual climate control
  • Wall-to-wall panoramic window with open-air balcony
  • 6-person sitting area with sofa & coffee table
  • Writing desk and chair
  • Located on the Sapphire Deck
  • 200 sq. ft.

Cabin Grade Cruise
A £2,316 pp
Panorama Suite - Royal Deck
Panorama Suite - Royal Deck

  • One queen-sized bed or two twin Comfort Collection beds with luxurious mattress toppers, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens, European-style duvets and soft & firm pillows
  • Extra blankets
  • Nightly turn-down service
  • Bedside tables with reading lamps & USB ports
  • En-suite with full shower with glass door, large mirror, marble countertops, L'Occitane bath products, bathrobes & slippers & hairdryer
  • Spacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storage
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with English-speaking channels & over 100 free movie options
  • Alarm clock
  • Lighted make-up mirror
  • Direct-dial telephone
  • Well-stocked minibar
  • Complimentary filtered water
  • In-room safe
  • Individual climate control
  • Wall-to-wall panoramic window with open-air balcony
  • 6-person sitting area with sofa & coffee table
  • Writing desk and chair
  • Located on the Royal Deck
  • 200 sq. ft.

Cabin Grade Cruise
P £2,364 pp

Royal Suite
Royal Suite

  • One queen-sized bed or two twin Comfort Collection beds with luxurious mattress toppers, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens, European-style duvets and soft & firm pillows.
  • Extra blankets
  • Nightly turn-down service
  • Bedside tables with reading lamps & USB ports
  • En-suite with full shower with glass door, double sinks, large mirror, marble countertops, L'Occitane bath products, bathrobes & slippers & hairdryer
  • Spacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storage
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with English-speaking channels & over 100 free movie options
  • Alarm clock
  • Lighted make-up mirror
  • Direct-dial telephone
  • Well-stocked minibar
  • Complimentary filtered water
  • In-room safe
  • Individual climate control
  • Two windows
  • 6-person sitting area with sofa & coffee table
  • Writing desk and chair
  • Located on the Royal Deck
  • 300 sq. ft.

Cabin Grade Cruise
S £3,958 pp
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