For those who may not have an entire week or two to devote to cruising the rivers of Europe, Avalon Waterways has introduced a shorter river cruise experience, a “taste” if you will.
The new A Taste of the Danube river cruises are abbreviated jaunts along the Danube. One is a four-day cruise from Vienna to Budapest, and the other is a five-day cruise back the other way, from Budapest to Vienna.
The cruises include stops in Vienna, Austria’s “city of music;” Melk in Austria, known for its impressive Benedictine Abbey; Bratislava, Slovakia at the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains; and Budapest, the colorful capital of Hungary. “Our Taste of the Danube vacation is phenomenally priced and well-balanced, offering travelers the perfect introduction to river cruising,” says Patrick Clark, managing director of Avalon.
The condensed Danube cruises will run twice monthly from April to September next year. They are priced between $949 and $1,429 per person, not including roundtrip airfare.
The Taste cruises will take place on board the Avalon Tapestry, a 160-passenger river cruise ship, built in 2006. Staterooms are 172 square feet, and the two junior suites are 258 square feet each. There are French balconies on all staterooms but those on the lower deck, flatscreen TVs, full bathrooms and showers and hotel-style beds with European duvets and Egyptian cotton linens. Avalon ships feature contemporary interior design, with a dining room, lounge and sun deck on all Avalon ships. There is also a fitness center and hair salon on board the Tapestry.