Blue Water Holidays
Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
Experts in River and Small Ship Cruising Holidays since 2002
01756 706500 +44 1756 706500
Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

Danube Symphony 2019

Your European river cruise adventure begins in romantic and exciting Vienna, the capital of Austria, and ends with two nights in Munich, the Bavarian capital known for its centuries-old buildings and Oktoberfest.

River Cruise Holiday
  • Neuschwanstein Castle
  • Durnstein
  • Vienna

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Your European river cruise adventure begins in romantic and exciting Vienna, the capital of Austria, and ends with two nights in Munich, the Bavarian capital known for its centuries-old buildings and Oktoberfest.

Known as the “City of Music.” Vienna inspired the creative genius of Beethoven, Mozart and Strauss. Join your local guide for a tour that takes you to the lavish Hofburg Palace complex, the neo-renaissance Vienna Opera, and much more! In your free time, stroll along the pedestrian Kärntnerstrasse or try a piece of Apfelstrudel in an elegant Viennese café. Cruise along the Danube River to Dürnstein, located in the heart of the Wachau Valley, and famous for its baroque Stiftskirche, with its luminous blue façade. In Melk, visit Austria’s majestic Benedictine Abbey, one of Europe’s largest monasteries, and taste some of the region’s renowned wines. In Grein, visit the oldest theatre in Austria.

For a change of pace, travel by coach to Munich, capital of Bavaria, where a Local Guide shows you the famous attractions. Step into a fairytale on an excursion to one of the most dream-like castles in all of Europe—Neuschwanstein Castle—said to have inspired the tales of Walt Disney. And the magic of the day continues as you travel to Oberammergau, an idyllic village known for its once-a-decade performance of the Passion Play and typical Bavarian houses painted with scenes from fairytales. Find magic, musical history, and beautiful scenery like no other on your European river cruise of a lifetime.

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Vienna to Munich

Day 1 - UK - Vienna (Austria)

Fly from the UK to Vienna and embark your ship. (D)

Day 2 - Vienna

Visit Austria’s largest art museum, the Kunsthistorisches Museum, including the Kuntskammer’s remarkable collection of more than 2,100 valuable objects, which were collected through the centuries by the emperors and archdukes of Habsburg, or venture into the Habsburg empire with a morning Guided City Tour of Vienna’s gilded landmarks. See the Imperial Palace complex— the winter residence of the Imperial Family, the historic Vienna Opera House and stunning St. Stephen’s Cathedral. You may decide to take a guided optional excursion to opulent Schönbrunn Palace—the former imperial summer home and vast gardens with a history spanning 300 years of the Habsburg monarchy. Enjoy a free afternoon by strolling through Kärntnerstrasse—the most famous shopping avenue in central Vienna. Take a bike ride through the city and stop in a local café to enjoy authentic Austrian confections of Sachertorte or Apfelstrudel. Later this evening, you may choose to attend an Optional Royal Waltz Concert to hear quintessential Viennese music in an elegant concert hall. Cruise overnight to Durnstein. (B,L,D)

Day 3 - Durnstein

Join a guided walking tour, and hear the legendary tale of King Richard the Lionheart—who was imprisoned during the Crusades in the castle above the village, or join your Avalon adventure host and hike up to the castle ruins to take in the spectacular view of the village, the Danube, and the Wachau Valley below. You may stretch out on the Sky Deck as you sail through the Wachau Valley past vineyards, castles, and charming villages on your way to Melk. Join a guided sightseeing tour of Melk’s 11th-century Benedictine Abbey. Explore its frescoes, statues, library, and spectacular pipe organ in the monastery’s lofty perch above the Danube. Enjoy the flavours of the Wachau Valley at a wine tasting this afternoon. After dinner enjoy live entertainment on board. Dock overnight in Melk. (B,L,D)

Day 4 - Grein

Take a guided walking tour of Grein, see its historical theatre—the oldest in Austria still holding performances today. Alternatively, take a full-day guided optional excursion to Salzburg—the city of Mozart—or to the picturesque Bohemian town of Český Krumlov. Cruise to Linz this afternoon or meet your ship after your excursion. Enjoy the afternoon with coffee and a piece of authentic linzer torte. Dock overnight in Linz. (B,L,D)

Day 5 - Passau

Sail through the Schlögener Schlinge—named the Natural Wonder of Austria, carved by the power of the river into a dramatic landscape. Join a guided city walk in Passau to learn more about this beautiful “City of Three Rivers” where the Danube, Inn, and Ilz Rivers meet, or take a Nordic Walk with your Avalon adventure host. Later, in your free time, enjoy a bike ride by the Danube or a stroll through the delightful village of Passau. Dock overnight in Passau (B,L,D)

Day 6 - Passau - Munich

Disembark after breakfast and transfer to the hotel for a two-night stay. Enjoy a guided city tour which will show you the highlights of fascinating Munich. See Nymphenburg Palace—a former residence of Bavarian monarchs, along with the Old and New Town Halls of Marienplatz. Take some free time today to stroll this pedestrian and bike-friendly city to see the famous Glockenspiel, outdoor cafés, or a Bavarian Biergärten for authentic brews. (B)

Day 7 - Munich

Take a guided excursion to the garden landscape of the Bavarian Alps to visit Neuschwanstein Castle—the historic home of King Ludwig. Continue on to Oberammergau—the storybook Bavarian village famous for its once-a-decade Passion Play. (B)

Day 8 - Munich - UK

Transfer to the airport after breakfast and fly back to the UK. (B)

Key: B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner

Price Includes

  • 5-night full board cruise
  • 2-night hotel stay in Munich
  • Return flights from the UK
  • Overseas transfers
  • Private VIP home pick-up service within 100 miles
  • Guided shore excursions
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on board ship
  • Complimentary tea and coffee on board ship
  • Daily afternoon tea on board ship
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board ship
  • All tipping and gratuities
  • Port and airport taxes
  • Onboard local entertainment on board ship
  • Services of a professional Cruise Director
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