Danube Dreams for Wine Lovers – a Wine Specialty River Cruise

Specialty river cruises for wine aficionados are hosted by several river cruise lines, including AmaWaterways, Avalon Waterways, Uniworld & more. Today, I’m highlighting a wine cruise by Avalon Waterways in honor of National Wine Day!

Taking place in April 2023, this Danube Dreams Cruise is a great first river cruise if you love wine!

Itinerary: 8 Day Budapest to Deggendorf (Westbound)

WBD-T3 2023 Map
Courtesy Avalon Waterways

Day 1 Budapest (Embarkation)

Budapest, including the Banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter and  Andrássy Avenue - UNESCO World Heritage Centre
Budapest, photo courtesy of UNESCO World Heritage Centre

Flights arrived by 3:30pm, onboard by 5pm with onboard welcome reception, and time to relax, enjoy the city, Overnight in Budapest

Day 2 Budapest

Choice of guided tour, see Heroes’ Square and visit a wine cellar or hike with your Adventure Host

Day 3 Bratislava-Hainburg

Tours & Tickets - St. Martin's Cathedral (Dóm Sv. Martina) - Book Now -  Viator
St. Martin’s Cathedral, Courtesy of Viator

Choice of guided sightseeing in Bratislava, visit St. Martin’s Cathedral or hike up to Bratislava Castle with your Adventure Host; free time in Hainburg; onboard lecture on wine and tasting

Day 4 Vienna

From top, left to right: Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna City Hall, St. Stephen's Cathedral, Austrian Parliament Building, and Vienna State Opera
Vienna, photos courtesy of Wikipedia

Choice of guided sightseeing or bike with your Adventure Host

Day 5 Dürnstein-Wachau Valley-Ybbs.

Benedictine Abbey in Melk courtesy Viator

Excursion to Melk: Choice of guided walk or hike up to the castle ruins in Dürnstein or visit a local wine cellar; cruise through the Wachau Valley; choice of guided visit of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk, Ybbs city sightseeing or bakery workshop; onboard wine and cheese tasting

Day 6 Linz


Guided sightseeing, see Hauptplatz and the Trinity Column; onboard food and wine pairing dinner

Day 7 Passau

File:Schlögener Schlinge 2010b.jpg - Wikimedia Commons
Schlögen Oxbow courtesy of Wikipedia Commons

Schlögen Oxbow scenic cruising; onboard wine and chocolate tasting; choice of guided tour or hike with your Adventure Host

Day 8 Deggendorf (Disembarkation)

Alte Rathaus (Old Townhall) courtesy Trip Advisor

Your cruise ends this morning.

What’s included?

  • 8 Days River Cruise Journey + 4 Countries to see & visit (Hungary, Austria, Slovakia, & Germany) + 6 Guided Sightseeing Tours – Your Choice of a few + 1 Onboard Wine & Chocolate Tasting
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi, Panoramic windows, & Elegant, contemporary design & décor plus Friendly, English-speaking crew & Cruise Director
  • Sky Deck with whirlpool, shade awnings, game area and premium lounges, not to mention the covered Observation Lounge, Club Lounge with 24-hour self-serve beverage station with complimentary Cappuccinos, lattes, tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees, as well as treats throughout the day
  • Avalon FlexDining® for more venue and seating options, including flexible seating times in our Panorama Dining Room plus Avalon Fresh® healthy cuisine options at every meal as well as Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with every lunch and dinner
  • Daily a la carte breakfast with full range of classic breakfast items, healthy Avalon Fresh® options and daily specials and Daily lunch buffet featuring regional specialties, classic dishes, healthy Avalon Fresh® options and rotating chef’s features including carving & pasta stations. Alternatively, you may dine al fresco at our Sky Grill on the Sky Deck (weather and itinerary permitting) or enjoy a light lunch in the Panorama Lounge.
  • Daily Afternoon Tea featuring tea, coffee, sweet treats & sandwiches
  • Daily four-course a la carte dinner in the Panorama Dining Room with choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrees and desserts. Includes selections of regional recipes, Western dishes and vegetarian options.
  • Enjoy a tasting menu with a view in the Panorama Bistro – a less formal “sit-down” atmosphere while lingering over several satisfying selections
  • Welcome & farewell cocktails with sparkling wine and canapés
  • Panorama Lounge featuring premium spirits and Avalon specialty cocktails, along with local entertainment special guests
  • Cocktails available on the Sky Deck & Fresh fruit throughout the day
  • Bikes, Canoe, kayak and jogging excursions, Maps for hiking, biking and jogging routes, Fitness and wellness activities, Fitbits, & Avalon Adventure Host
  • Comfort Collection Beds with choice of mattress firmness, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens, Bathrobes & slippers, Premium L’Occitane bath products, Large bathroom featuring shower with glass door, Flatscreen satellite TV with free movie channels, Individual climate control and in-room safe, & USB Ports

Ready to plan your river cruise?

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Envison Panorama Suite courtesy of Avalon Waterways

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