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2022 Season

Wild & Whimsy on the Water


cruise: WBL-T1
8 days from Budapest to Deggendorf
SUITE SAILING DOWN THE LEGENDARY DANUBE WITH CHERYL STRAYED

Dear Sugars … you’re invited to pin, plot and plan a sweet, Suite Ship sailing from Budapest to Deggendorf with lyrical legend, Cheryl Strayed. Let imagination and improvisation be your guide on this adventure that takes you on a sail through craggy cliffs, terraced vineyards and tradition-rich villages. To actively discover the Old World in new ways and take a walk on the Wild side while enjoying Tiny Beautiful Things if you’re Brave Enough! You will experience two, exclusive on-ship events with your celebrity host, plus you will have the opportunity to share the entire vacation experience with Cheryl Strayed.

Whether you’re an art lover, a foodie, a history buff, or an energetic adventurer, your Active & Discovery cruise on the Danube River offers included activities and excursions to suit your interests. With Avalon Choice®, you can select the experiences that are perfect for your preference and pace. From Classic to Active to Discovery inclusions, you can explore and experience each destination your way. Embark your Avalon Suite Ship® in Budapest and enjoy a scenic sailing through the Danube Bend on your way to Visegrád. Attend a Medieval Knights Tournament at a Visegrád castle; see Gustav Klimt’s renowned “The Kiss” painting in Vienna.

With Avalon Choice®, each day is yours to spend your way. Whether you prefer browsing the art collection of the Habsburg Empire, sipping local vintages at an Austrian wine tasting, or joining a canoe excursion, your Active & Discovery cruise is packed with included excursions for every pace in every place we go. Sample cheese and beer made by Trappist monks and explore their Abbey gardens; take a hike to Count Dracula’s prison tower; or tour Mauthausen Concentration Camp, one of WWII’s most notorious sites, selecting from an unmatched variety of ways to cruise your way. Whichever way you choose to explore new locales—from paddling canoes to picnic views—Avalon Choice includes the excursions and activities to invite you to discover each destination your way. Your Active & Discovery Danube River cruise can be as active or leisurely as you like!

As part of this exclusive, intimate boutique Danube river cruise, you will:

  • Set sail on the legendary Danube River with Cheryl and 150 of her fans, exploring the Old World in new, “you” ways, from Budapest to Deggendorf
  • Enjoy special events onboard, including a book-signing and Q&A session with Cheryl
  • Spend your days your way with your favorite storyteller, enjoying daily, included “Active,” “Discovery” and “Classic” excursions
Cheryl Strayed

Suite Sailing Down the Legendary Danube with Cheryl Strayed

Cheryl Strayed is the bestselling author of the books Wild, Tiny Beautiful Things, Torch, and Brave Enough and the host of the hit podcasts, Dear Sugar and Sugar Calling. She lives in Portland, Oregon. "Travel has long been a source of inspiration and rejuvenation for me and I cannot imagine a better place to seek (and find) both of those things than on the legendary Danube River. I could not be more excited to sail from Budapest to Deggendorf on the Avalon Active & Discovery cruise and I’m especially thrilled to be doing it with group of like-minded travelers. Together we’ll explore, connect, relax, and revel in the wild beauty that every adventure brings."


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Day 1 Budapest (Embarkation)-Danube Bend: Welcome to Hungary; onboard welcome reception; scenic sailing

Day 2 Visegrád: Choice of medieval knights tournament, or guided hike in the Danube-Ipoly National Park, or canoe tour

Day 3 Vienna: Choice of bike tour, or Insider’s tour of Vienna, or guided tour, visit to Belvedere Palace

Day 4 Vienna: Choice of early risers walking tour with breakfast at a Viennese café, or guided tour, see Habsburg private art collection and the Italian or Dutch masters works, or guided tour, see Habsburg private art collection and the Military Museum

Day 5 Krems-Grein: In Krems choice of canoe tour, or bike tour from Krems to Spitz, or Wine World Experience with tasting, or local encounter showcasing regional products; visit Clam castle in Grein and meet the Count

Day 6 Grein-Mauthausen-Linz: Guided walk in Grein, visit the historical theater; in Mauthausen, choice of visit to St. Florian Monastery, or guided tour of Mauthausen Concentration Camp, or guided bike tour. Enjoy an Austrian Product Tasting

Day 7 Engelhartszell-Schlögener Oxbow: Choice of visit to Engelszell Abbey, or visit Jochenstein Power-Station or guided bike tour; choice of scenic cruising around the Schlögener Oxbow, or guided hike along the Danube trails

Day 8 Deggendorf (Disembarkation): Your cruise ends this morning

Avalon has designed included activities with a choice of experiences. We invite you to select the tours, activities, and events that interest you most, so you can experience your cruise your way. Plus, we offer independent exploration options and the use of our exclusive AvalonGO APP on most of our cruises. 

Below are 3 types of included shore excursions for you to experience.

The “Starting at” or listed price is based on the lowest price available to book. Price is per person based on twin occupancy and any applicable port charges, non-commissionable taxes and fees, gratuities  and intra-vacation flight are included in the price shown.   International airfare, however, is not included. If price is crossed out, the new price shown includes a limited time promotional offer(s). Please review current promotions or deals for additional information.