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Danube Dreams for Wine Lovers (Westbound)

9th Apr 2024 | 7 nights | Avalon | Avalon Impression

Special Interest Wine Cruise
Excursions included
Free wi-fi
Drinks included with meals
Budapest
Bratislava
Vienna
Wachau Valley
Melk
Linz
Passau
Special Interest Wine Cruise
Excursions included
Free wi-fi
Drinks included with meals

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
9th Apr 2024 Tuesday
Budapest
2
10th Apr 2024 Wednesday
Budapest
3
11th Apr 2024 Thursday
Bratislava
4
12th Apr 2024 Friday
Vienna
5
13th Apr 2024 Saturday
Wachau Valley
5
13th Apr 2024 Saturday
Melk
6
14th Apr 2024 Sunday
Linz
7
15th Apr 2024 Monday
Passau
8
16th Apr 2024 Tuesday
Vilshofen

Part of Avalon's award-winning fleet of Suite Ships, the Avalon Impression features two full decks of Panorama Suites with wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows that transform the living space into river cruising's only Open-Air Balcony. With 200 square feet, Panorama Suites are more than 30% larger than the industry standard, affording you the incomparable opportunity to wake each morning to splendid passing scenery from your window-facing bed. Stretch out on your Comfort Collection bed and cruise with the world at your feet. Onboard amenities include an alternative light dining option in the Panorama Bistro, a Fitness Center, complimentary Wi-Fi access, and a spacious Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs, whirlpool, and light al fresco lunches at the Sky Bistro on the Sky Deck. You're sure to be impressed with the relaxed luxury and unequalled amenities of the Avalon Impression!

The ship has three lounges, with the covered Sky Lounge situated forward on the Sky Deck; the larger Panorama Lounge, with a bar, in the same position on the Royal Deck; and the smaller, quieter Club Lounge located aft on the Royal Deck. There is also a whirlpool and games area on the Sun Deck. Other onboard amenities include a fitness centre, Internet room, hair salon and lift.

Dining options aboard the vessel are the main restaurant on the Sapphire Deck, which operates an open-seating system, and the indoor Panorama Bistro, which serves lighter meals on the Sky Deck. In addition, lunch is served in the alfresco Sky Bistro during summer. Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks are served with lunch and dinner. There is also a free 24-hour tea and coffee station.

Avalon Impression has 83 cabins -- 65 Panorama Suites, 16 Deluxe Staterooms and 2 Royal Suites -- across six categories. The majority of cabins measure 200 square feet and have queen-sized beds that can be configured as twins. There are king-sized beds in the two 300-square-foot Royal Suites. Cabins on the lower Indigo Deck have fixed high-level windows, and all the other suites on the Sapphire and Royal Decks have the aforementioned French balconies. 

Standard cabin amenities include flat-screen TVs, complimentary Wi-Fi, bathrobes and slippers, L'Occitane bath products, in-room safes, minibars, air-conditioning and complimentary bottled water. Continental breakfast and beverage room service are available on request.

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.

River Cruises for Wine Lovers

River Cruises for Wine Lovers

Sail from £848

Welcome to the epitome of luxury, relaxation, and exploration—a European River Wine Cruise, where every moment is an enchanting journey into the heart of Europe's finest wine regions. Embark on a captivating adventure that combines the serene beauty of cruising along iconic rivers with the indulgence of savouring exquisite wines and savouring the rich cultural tapestry of the continent.

Cruise Itinerary:

Imagine yourself gliding gently along the romantic Rhine, the majestic Danube, or the scenic Douro, embraced by picturesque landscapes, charming villages, and historic cities. Each day brings a new destination, a new story, and a new wine experience.

Wine Tastings:

Prepare your palate for an unforgettable gastronomic journey. Onboard and during shore excursions, you'll be treated to expert-led wine tastings in renowned vineyards and cellars. Immerse yourself in the intricate art of winemaking, from the lush vineyards to the barrel rooms where vintages mature to perfection. Learn from passionate local winemakers who will guide you through the nuances of each sip.

Gourmet Dining:

Savour the synergy of wine and cuisine with exquisite onboard dining experiences. Gourmet meals thoughtfully paired with regional wines will transport you into a realm of sensory delight. Indulge in flavors that harmonise with the landscape you're passing through, from hearty German dishes along the Rhine to delicate Portuguese creations along the Douro.

Cultural Immersion:

Beyond the vineyards, explore enchanting villages and cities rich with history and culture. From exploring fairy-tale castles and medieval towns to wandering through lively markets, your journey will reveal the soul of Europe. Engage with locals, learn their traditions, and immerse yourself in the beauty of diversity.

Luxury Accommodations:

Unwind in elegant, spacious staterooms with panoramic views. Modern comforts seamlessly blend with classic European style, ensuring that your cruise experience is one of pure relaxation.

Personalised Service:

Dedicated staff are committed to ensuring your comfort and satisfaction. From attentive service to curated activities, your every need will be met, allowing you to focus solely on creating cherished memories.

Wellness and Relaxation:

Indulge in wellness activities and relaxation amenities on board. Whether it's a soothing massage or a dip in the pool overlooking the river, you'll find tranquillity in every moment.

Timeless Memories:

A European River Wine Cruise is more than a holiday; it's a transformative experience that will leave you with timeless memories. The friendships forged, the landscapes admired, the wines savoured - they all come together to create a symphony of experiences that will linger in your heart long after you've returned home.

Intrigued? Allow us to craft an enchanting journey that caters to your desires, immersing you in the enchanting world of European wines, culture, and landscapes. Prepare to raise your glass to the adventure of a lifetime on a European River Wine Cruise. Cheers to exploration, relaxation, and the finer things in life!

Special Interest Wine Cruises

Avalon Waterways Wine Cruises

A jug of wine, a loaf of bread, and thou! Avalon has the wine and menus, so all you need to do is join them on a wine-lovers European river cruise!

Whether you have a nose for the perfect Burgundy, or if everything you know about wine could fit in a thimbleful of Chardonnay, you’re invited to sniff, swirl, and sip your way through Europe’s legendary and picturesque vineyards. Enter the hallowed halls of the ancient cellars where winemakers still press the perfect grape into the nectar of the gods.

Cruise with a certified Master of Wine who gives a new meaning to the phrase “wine and dine.” Learn to perfectly pair wines with dinner, cheeses, and chocolates with a choice of itinerary destinations ranging from Prague to Provence, from Burgundy to Budapest. Sample regional vintages and visit legendary cellars on these Danube, Rhône, Rhine, Moselle, and Saône River cruises.

In vino veritas!

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.

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 £1,447 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 £2,074 pp
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