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Danube Symphony River Cruise - Passau to Vienna - 6 Days - BUY ONE GET ONE FREE!

Danube Symphony River Cruise - Passau to Vienna - 6 Days - BUY ONE GET ONE FREE!

Vienna, Austria

From: R 18,490.00
  • Prices

    From: R 18,490.00
  • Trip Reference

  • Flights

    No Flights Included
  • Duration

    6 Days
  • Valid From

    15th of October 2018 (Monday)
  • Valid To

    21st of October 2018 (Sunday)
  • Need Visa's

    South Africa: Yes
    British: Yes
    European Union: No
    American: No
Quick Holiday Overview


Set departure date: 16 OCT 2 018. *** Book & pay by 24 JUL 2 018 & SAVE R15 380 per person - discount already included in the price ***

Discover the incredible wonders of the Danube! Set departure 16 October 2018.

Your Danube river cruise adventure begins in Passau, Germany, and ends in romantic Vienna, the capital of Austria and the “City of Music”—known to have inspired the creative genius of Mozart, Beethoven, and Strauss. After guided sightseeing, stroll along the pedestrian walkway of Kärntnerstrasse, or try a piece of Apfelstrudel in an elegant Viennese café as a perfect ending to your river cruise adventure.

River Cruising s quickly becoming one of the most intimate ways to explore destinations.  Many towns were built along the waterways, so you can only imagine the rich history in these small towns.  As a niche of cruising, river and canal cruises are an increasingly popular option, particularly for travelers who enjoy the comforts and variety of cruising, but want to see more of the heartland of destinations like Europe, Asia, Egypt South America.

Five good reaso:ns to take a River Cruise

  1. River cruising offers great vacation value, with meals, entertainment (think Austrian string quartet), tours and, often, local wines with dinner included in the fares. 
  2. Shore tours included, some are traditional city and village walks, while others feature active or experiential options (meals in private homes, cycling tours, wine tastings). One big plus: They use technology that makes it easy for you to follow along. Avalon issue passengers personal headsets, which plug into wireless receivers so that all can hear their guides, perfectly clearly, no matter the distance or venue.
  3. Daytime cruising offers scenic vistas. Riverboats don't spend full days out on the rivers, but when passing through particularly beautiful stretches like the Danube's Wachau Valley and the Rhine's River Gorge, cruise lines feature daytime cruising and often fun, themed meals and entertainment.
  4. You can sightsee by bicycle, cyclists are given great respect in Western Europe, with huge, tree-lined paths and smoothly paved lanes set aside just for them. Bikes can be taken out (at no charge) in port if you're eager for a more active option than the typic
About the Holiday

Cruise Itinerary

Starts in Passau and ends in Vienna

Day 1

Passau (Embarkation)
Board the ship in the afternoon.  Meet your crew at a welcome reception this evening. (B,D)

Day 2

Passau - Linz, Austria
Passau is a maze of narrow cobblestone streets lined with beautiful patrician houses, and dominated by St. Stephen's Cathedral, a masterpiece of Italian baroque architecture. Join your Local Guide for a WALKING TOUR through this charming town, and find out much more about the "City of Three Rivers." (B,L,D)

Day 3

Linz - Grein
Linz is Austria's third-largest city and an important river port where culture plays a significant role in everyday life. A guided tour of the city shows you the 13th-century Hauptplatz, Austria's largest medieval square, and the Trinity Column, built in 1723 as thanks for the city escaping the ravages of the plague, war, and fire. Perhaps wander around the old castle grounds and take in the beautiful views of the river, or visit the neo-gothic New Cathedral, Austria's largest church, with capacity for 20,000 visitors. This afternoon relax on board enjoying the views of the peaceful riverscapes from the comfort of the Sky Deck or join an optional excursion. In the late afternoon arrive in the attractive country resort of Grein, nestled at the foot of a bluff in the shadow of its castle. Time here to explore on your own. (B,L,D)

Day 4

Melk - Durnstein
A day of charming towns and magical scenery awaits you today! Join a GUIDED VISIT of the magnificent 11th-century BENEDICTINE ABBEY of Melk, one of Europe's largest monasteries. Melk's abbey towers over the town and its church houses stunning frescoed ceilings and an ornate library with a large collection of medieval manuscripts. Next, head into the heart of the Wachau wine region to Durnstein known for its magnificent baroque Stiftskirche with its blue facade, - and join a Certified Local Guide for a GUIDED WALK. This evening enjoy a TASTING of some of the region's famous wines. (B,L,D)

Day 5

Wake up this morning in Vienna, known as the "City of Music" and the place that inspired the creative genius of Mozart, Beethoven, and Strauss. Once the centre of the mighty Habsburg Empire, Austria's magical capital on the blue Danube is a showcase of gilded architecture. This is home to the lavish Hofburg Imperial Palace complex with its Vienna Boy's Choir and dazzling Lipizzaner stallions; the neo-renaissance Vienna Opera House; and awe-inspiring St. Stephen's Cathedral-plus, countless other sights you'll see on your GUIDED SIGHTSEEING TOUR. Stroll through the pedestrian Karntnerstrasse, and be sure to take a break and enjoy a piece of decadent Sachertorte or Apfelstrudel in a neighborhood cafe. (B,L,D)

Day 6

Vienna (Disembarkation)
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B) 

Set departure date: 16 OCT 2 018. *** Book & pay by 24 JUL 2 018 & SAVE R15 380 per person - discount already included in the price ***

Includes & Excludes


  • 5 nights cruise accommodation in a deluxe stateroom on-board Avalon Waterways
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner daily on-board
  • Captain’s welcome & farewell receptions with sparkling wine & canapés
  • Welcome & Farewell dinner
  • Afternoon tea daily
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch & dinner are included daily on-board
  • Sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • Port charges
  • Gratuities
  • Safety net protection
  • Daily Night Fare
  • Farewell dinner
  • Port Charges and Gratuities
  • International flights
  • Airport to river boat transfers
  • Visas
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Meals not mentioned
Package Conditions:

Set departure for 16 October 2018. Book and pay by 24 July 2018. BUY ONE GET ONE FREE LIMITED AVAILABILITY.
The above package is subject to availability at time of reservation. Price is per person sharing. Prices are subject to change in accordance with currency fluctuations and increased airfares. When making a booking enquiry it is important that you are in possession of the correct documentation to travel i.e. visas, inoculation certificates etc. Please check that all names and surnames are spelt exactly as they appear in the relevant passports. Fares, where indicated, are based on low season rates.

Vienna is the capital of Austria, and also one of the nine States of Austria. Vienna lies in the very east of Austria and is close to the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary.

Founded around 500 BC, Vienna was originally a Celtic settlement. In 15 BC, Vienna became a Roman frontier city ("Vindobona") guarding the Roman Empire against Germanic tribes to the north. During the Middle Ages, Vienna was home of the Babenberg Dynasty and in 1440 became residence city of the Habsburg dynasties from where Vienna eventually grew to become the capital of the Holy Roman Empire.

Vienna is well known for Wiener schnitzel, a cutlet of veal that is pounded flat, coated in flour, egg and breadcrumbs, and fried in clarified butter. It is available in almost every restaurant that serves Viennese cuisine. Vienna has a long tradition of cakes and desserts. These include Apfelstrudel (hot apple strudel), Palatschinken (sweet pancakes), and Kndel (dumplings) often filled with fruit such as apricots.

Vienna, along with Paris and Prague, is one of the few remaining world capital cities with its own vineyards. The wine is served in small Viennese pubs known as Heuriger, which are especially numerous in the wine growing areas of Dbling and Floridsdorf . The wine is often drunk as a spritzer with sparkling water.

Although most major attractions are in the First District, the other inner districts have much to offer. Leopoldstadt (Second District) lies on the eastern side of the Danube Canal, it is here that the massive Prater can be found. Landstrasse (Third District) includes the Schwarzenberg Palace and the Konzerthaus, although the main attraction is the Belvedere Palace.

The most popular cluster of bars is around the Bermuda Dreieck (Bermuda Triangle), the old Jewish Quarter, in the area around Ruprechtskirche. A lot of the best places in Vienna will not be obvious to tourists, as they are strictly marketed at the locals and are not necessarily in the centre of town. Clubs generally stay open until 0200 during the week and 0400 on the weekend, although there is considerable variation. For late, late nights, there are quite a few bars in the First District that are open until 0300, 0400 or even later.
Terms and Conditions

Prices are based on per person sharing.
Due to the volatility in the South African currency and the price of fuel affecting the price of air tickets we cannot ensure the accuracy of the price as mentioned. The price was correct at the time of printing on 03 July 2018.

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