Avalon Waterways is showcasing a new trend in cruising: Flexible river cruises through Europe. The company’s “Active & Discovery” itineraries are driving the trend, inviting travellers to customize every moment of their vacation to their interests. Since launching this series of cruises, Avalon Waterways has expanded its offerings along the Rhine, Rhone & Danube Rivers. The company’s Active & Discovery on the Danube itinerary its most popular for 2020.
“Our new Avalon Choice program has reinvented the river cruise experience with customizable ‘Classic,’ ‘Discovery’ and ‘Active’ options on every river cruise itinerary,” said Pam Hoffee, managing director of Avalon Waterways. “Avalon’s innovative Active & Discovery itineraries take that concept one giant step further with ‘Classic,’ ‘Discovery’ and ‘Active’ excursions to choose from every day. Our most robust and diverse itinerary is on the Danube River in 2020.”
While all Active & Discovery on the Danube travellers will begin their journey in Budapest and end their cruise in Linz (or the reverse), they have some 30 customizable opportunities on this nine-day cruise and the vast majority of these excursions are included.
Avalon Waterways has outlined an example of one way a cruiser might choose to experience the world on its popular Active & Discovery on the Danube itinerary:
Day 1 – Budapest: Arrive and get your bearings easily using the GPS-based, AvalonGO app to see and experience what the city has to offer in terms of restaurants, museums, markets and more!
Day 2 – Budapest: See the sights from a different perspective by joining a cycling tour along the city’s bike paths and pedestrian areas. Then, take a cruise through Budapest’s past on a “Retro Tour” in a vintage Trabant car. Enjoy a Hungarian dinner onboard while enjoying a scenic cruise through the Danube Bend.
Day 3 – Visegrád: Wake-up with a stretch class on the Sky Deck with your onboard Adventure Host. Join a guided visit to the Medieval Knights Tournament at Visegrád’s lower castle – an activity that features demonstrations by members of the St. George Knightly Order.
Day 4 – Vienna: Take an Insider’s Tour of Vienna to get behind-the-scenes of her sights and attractions, including meeting locals and preparing Viennese food. Spend the evening at a private concert in this majestic city of music or spend the evening walking the city on your own and consider an authentic taste of schnitzel or Sachertorte.
Day 5 – Vienna: Enjoy a morning guided walking tour of the city in its best light, including breakfast at a Viennese café and VIP access into the Kunsthistorisches Museum (one hour before opening to the public). This evening, join a guided hike through the vineyards surrounding the city and get a taste of a Viennese Heurigen (wine tavern) for dinner.
Day 6 – Krems to Grein: Paddle a canoe on a guided tour through Austria’s wine country or take out one of the ship’s complimentary bike for a picnic along the Danube River. Then, in Grein, see the famed castle Burg Clam on a guided visit and meet the Count of Clam during your tour.
Day 7 – Grein to Mauthausen to Linz: Take a guided walk of Grein, including its historic theatre – the oldest in Austria still holding regular performances. In Mauthausen, join a sobering guided tour of the Mauthausen Concentration Camp, one of the largest and most brutal Nazi camps in WWII. This evening, meet the locals in Linz on a pub crawl.
Day 8 – Engelhartszell to Schlögen Oxbow: Visit the stunning rococo-style Engelszell Abbey and sample cheese and beer made by the resident Trappist monks. This afternoon, join a scenic guided hike along the Danube’s Schlögen Oxbow.
Day 9 – Linz: Disembark your Suite Ship for your journey home.