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This River Cruise vacation on the Danube River will take you from Vienna to Munich. Enjoy stops in charming Dürnstein, Melk, Grein and Passau.
June 10th, 2013
SHIP: Avalon Affinity
DESTINATION: European Waterways
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Austrian Highlights & Bavaria from Vienna to Munich vacation WVP Itinerary
Day 1: Arrive in Vienna, Austria (Embarkation)
Welcome to Vienna, Austria’s capital, known as the “City of Music” and a place that inspired the creative genius of Mozart, Beethoven, and Strauss. This afternoon, board your river cruise vessel and meet your crew at a welcome reception at 6 pm. (Dinner)
Day 2: Vienna
Once the center of the mighty Habsburg Empire, Austria’s capital has much to offer: lavish Hofburg Palace, the impressive Vienna Opera House, the majestic Ringstrasse, and awe-inspiring St. Stephen’s Cathedral, to name just a few of the sights on your included tour. Shop in the Kärntnerstrasse and enjoy Sachertorte or Apfelstrudel in a neighborhood café. An optional concert is available tonight. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 3: Dürnstein–Melk
Dürnstein, known for the magnificent baroque Stiftskirche with its blue façade, lies right in the heart of the Wachau wine region. Above town are the ruins of the castle where England’s King Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned in 1192. A Certified Local Guide will tell you the tale during your guided walk. Those seeking some sporting activity might like to join an optional bicycle excursion here (weather permitting), or you may just want to take a stroll through the narrow streets on your own. Then, cruise through the beautiful Wachau Valley to reach Melk after lunch. The magnificent BENEDICTINE ABBEY dominates the town from its commanding hill site, and is one of Europe’s largest monasteries. This evening you’ll be able to sample some of the region’s FAMOUS WINES. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 4: Grein–Linz
This morning, arrive in the attractive country resort of Grein, which is nestled at the foot of a bluff in the shadow of its castle. Take a guided walk through the town and visit its unique historical THEATER, the oldest in Austria still holding regular performances. A behind-the-scenes peek to learn about some of the curiosities of this Rococo-style, 167-seat theater will certainly tell you much about life as it was, and as it now is, in this small town. Or, you may prefer to join one of a variety of optional excursions today. This afternoon, arrive in Linz, Austria’s third-largest city and an important river port where culture plays a significant role in every day life. Composer Anton Bruckner lived here, and Mozart’s Linzer Symphony was composed in the city. There is free time to explore on your own. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 5: Linz–Passau, Germany
Today, enjoy a relaxing morning of sailing along this most attractive stretch of the river from Linz. This afternoon, arrive in Passau, located at the confluence of the Rivers Inn, Ilz, and Danube. This is a city of graceful arcades and cobblestone streets. St. Stephen’s Cathedral houses one of the world’s largest church organs with more than 17,000 pipes. Join a Certified Local Guide for a walking tour through this charming town, and find out much more about the “City of Three Rivers.” (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 6: Passau (Disembarkation)–Munich
Say goodbye to your crew this morning and drive to Munich, capital of Bavaria. The afternoon is free for your own explorations or you might like to take an optional excursion to Salzburg, which will bring you to Munich in the late afternoon. (Breakfast)
Day 7: Munich
This morning, a Certified Local Guide will show you the highlights of this fascinating city: Olympic Stadium, the 1,000-foot-high television tower, Nymphenburg Palace, MARIENPLATZ with its Old and New Town Halls, and the gothic Frauenkirche. Then, enjoy time on your own in this vibrant city. Why not visit the Viktualienmarkt with its Maypole that carries figurines featuring the arts and crafts of this region. This large market is popular for fresh produce, meats, cheeses, spices, baked goods, flowers, and more. Or, maybe relax alongside the locals at one of the many Biergartens or breweries to sample one of the Bavarian beer specialties. (Breakfast)
Day 8: Munich. Excursion to Neuschwanstein & Oberammergau
This morning, drive into the garden-like landscapes of the Bavarian Alps and visit King Ludwig’s fairytale NEUSCHWANSTEIN CASTLE, situated high above the village of Hohenschwangau. Continue to the town of Oberammergau, famous for its once-a-decade production of the Passion Play. Enjoy free time here to stroll the streets and admire the typical Bavarian houses, many beautifully painted with scenes from fairytales. End your day with a visit to the smallest of King Ludwig’s three castles—LINDERHOF PALACE, whose style was inspired by the Palace of Versailles outside Paris. (Breakfast)
Day 9: Munich
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)
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