Monsignors Danube Pilgrimage 2023

Monsignors Danube River Map

Budapest (2 Nts)

Danube River Cruise on Avalon Envision (7 Nts)

Depart USA: Saturday, September 30, 2023

Arrive in Budapest, Land tour begins Sunday, October 1, 2023

River Cruise Embarks Tuesday October 3, 2023 in Budapest

Disembark/Return from Munich Tuesday, October 10, 2023

Budapest and Cruise Package: Land and river cruise 10 day/9 night package, with 2 nights in Budapest and 7 night cruise, including all gratuities throughout trip, two days sightseeing in Budapest and beyond, excursions each day of cruise, all transfers, and more, starting at $4,398 per person for Deluxe staterooms, $5,448 for Panorama staterooms, and $6,698 for Royal Suites, based on per person, double occupancy.

Highlights

Highlights


  • Explore Budapest, Hungary's vibrant capital with its impressive Parliament Building
  • Cruise along the peaceful Danube River through Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, and Germany—discovering some of Central Europe’s most splendid capitals and charming towns along the way. 
  • Guided walk in Dürnstein and a visit of the impressive Benedictine Abbey of Melk
  • Cruise leisurely through the captivating Wachau Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Explore Vienna, the "City of Music" and one of Europe's most elegant and romantic cultural capitals
  • In Linz, walk around the Hauptplatz— Austria’s largest medieval square, which forms the center of the city, and be sure to photograph the splendid Trinity Column
  • Enjoy a guided walk through the delightful Old Town Slovakia and visit the Gothic-style St. Martin’s Cathedral.
  • Passau, Germany, the “City of Three Rivers,” is uniquely located where the Inn, Ilz, and Danube rivers converge. See its maze of narrow cobblestone streets lined with beautiful Patrician houses, and marvel at St. Stephen’s Cathedral, a masterpiece of Baroque architecture. 

Inclusions

Inclusions


TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS

  • Fully hosted by on-site Recess 4 Grownups event staff
  • Transport by luxury motorcoach in Budapest
  • Hotel accommodation based on double occupancy with private bath for 3 nights
    • Budapest (2 nights): Intercontinental Budapest Hotel (5-star), Classic Rooms with Danube River View
  • 7 night Danube River Cruise on Avalon Envision
    • Visit ports of Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna, Dürnstein, Wachau Valley, Melk, Ybbs, Linz, Passau
    • Choice of Deluxe Stateroom, Panoramic Suite, Royal Suite
  • All gratuities throughout land tour in Budapest
  • Gratuities on board the Avalon Envision for the week
  • Transfer from Budapest airport to Intercontinental Budapest Hotel at arrival
  • Transfer from Intercontinental Budapest Hotel to cruise port
  • Transfer from Vilshofen to Munich Airport on morning of disembarkation.
  • Porterage of one piece of luggage at arrival and departure of hotels
  • Port fees

DINING

  • Budapest 2 Night Pre-Cruise Land Tour
    • Breakfasts (2)
    • Lunch (1) Private lunch at Benedictine Pannonhalma Archabbey
    • Dinners (2), Specialty private wine pairing tasting dinner and Hungarian traditional cuisine dinner
  • 8 Day River Cruise Budapest to Vilshofen
    • All meals on board, your choice of dining rooms
      • Avalon FlexDining® for more venue and seating options, including flexible seating times in our Panorama Dining Room
      • Avalon Fresh® healthy cuisine options at every meal
      • Daily a la carte breakfast with full range of classic breakfast items, healthy Avalon Fresh® options and daily specials
      • 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 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.
    • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with every lunch and dinner
    • Daily happy hour offering complementary house beer, wine and a featured cocktail of the day during the hour before dinner
    • 24/7 Club Lounge featuring self service station with complimentary cappuccinos, lattes, tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees, as well as treats throughout the day
    • Eco-friendly water stations to fill your reusable water bottle with an array of beWell™ Essences like Green Hope, Herb Happinez, and Pink Positive nutrient-infused H2O.
    • Fresh fruit available throughout the day

CRUISE AMENITIES

  • Welcome & farewell cocktails with sparkling wine and canapés
  • Panoramic windows
  • Elegant, contemporary design & décor
  • Friendly, English-speaking crew & Cruise Director
  • Sky Deck with whirlpool, shade awnings, game area and premium lounges
  • Covered Observation Lounge
  • Complimentary in-room Wi-Fi
  • Complimentary room service
  • Bicycles available on board for use in select ports
  • Avalon Go Beyond device featuring a Wi-Fi hotspot for Internet access anywhere you go—from guided tours to free time activities. Say goodbye to expensive phone bills.
  • AvalonGO mobile app with itinerary information before and during your cruise, including schedules, transfer details, daily itineraries, GPS, and dining and entertainment options
  • On-board fitness center
  • Avalon Adventure Host for yoga sessions on the Sky Deck and planning cycling and hiking
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SPIRITUAL ENRICHMENT, TOURS, ENTERTAINMENT

  • Daily Mass in beautiful churches in Budapest and at each port
  • Personalized audio system to hear every word your guide says, even from a distance
  • Complementary excursions available in each port
  • Visits and access during Budapest pre-cruise land tour
    • Private tour of Benedictine Archabbey of Pannonhalma
    • Archabbey herb garden tour
    • Archabbey Fragrance Center and chocolate tasting
    • Archabbey herb garden tour
    • Buda Castle
    • Matthias Church
    • Self-service laundry onboard ship
  • Optional shore excursions available in some ports (additional cost)

Itinerary

Itinerary

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30: DEPART US TO BUDAPEST, HUNGARY

Depart your hometown and take an overnight flight to Budapest. Enjoy in-flight entertainment and meal service on board.


SUNDAY, OCTOBER 1: ARRIVE IN BUDAPEST, HUNGARY

Arrive in Budapest. After completing customs and immigration formalities, you will be met and transferred to the Intercontinental Budapest Hotel.

At 4:00pm meet in the lobby, and the group proceeds to St. Stephens Basilica, one of the most beautiful and significant churches and touristic attractions of the country. This is partly due to its historical heritage, of being dedicated to the holy king St Stephen who was also the founder of the Hungarian state, and partly to the architectural and artistic value of the building itself.

We'll celebrate Mass in the Basilica's chapel and have a guided tour of the church and treasury.

This evening enjoy authentic Hungarian cuisine in the heart of the city at a favorite bistro. Try local favorites such as langos, hortobágyi, goulash, and chicken paprikash in this quaint hidden gem. (Dinner)

OVERNIGHT: Classic Room with Danube River View, Intercontinental Budapest Hotel, Budapest


MONDAY, OCTOBER 2: BENEDICTINE ARCHABBEY OF PANNONHALMA

This morning we'll depart Budapest to explore a beautiful region and a UNESCO World Heritage Abbey.

Visit the Benedictine Archabbey of Pannonhalma, a medieval religious complex, one of the oldest historical monuments in Hungary, founded in the 10th century and the second largest territorial abbey in the world. The main attraction is the basilica built in the 13th century, recently restored by British star architect John Pawson, the cloisters, the monumental library with 360000 volumes, the baroque refectory, and the art collection. With its Natural Environment the Archabbey is part of the UNESCO World Heritage. Today there are about 50 monks living in the monastery. We'll celebrate Mass at the Archabbey.

In Pannonhalma the Benedictine order operates schools, farms, a restaurant, a winery, a brewery and a distillery of fine herbs and lavender. These businesses provide a stable economic background for more than a millennia. We'll visit the herb garden and taste samples of their products.

We'll have a private lunch at the Abbey, which is a rare treat to eat in one of the historic rooms in the Abbey.

After our visit in Pannonhalma, we'll return to Budapest late afternoon.

This evening we depart for a special dinner. Experience the delicious foods and drinks that make Hungary’s food culture so unique at our exclusive event at a charming wine cellar located in a historic 19th-century palace in Budapest's Palace District. Our private chef will create a multi-course wine dinner, with each menu item selected to pair with a curated selection of wines, and our sommelier will present the wines in an engaging and educational way.  (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

OVERNIGHT: Classic Room with Danube River View, Intercontinental Budapest Hotel, Budapest


TUESDAY, OCTOBER 3: BUDAPEST AND CRUISE EMBARKATION

This morning we check out and board our motorcoach for a morning tour before embarking our river cruise ship. We head to the Castle District, which entails the Matthias Church, Fisherman Bastion, the National Gallery and several museums. We will celebrate Mass and tour in Matthias Church, formally named The Church of the Assumption of the Buda Castle, which has a long history from 1015 as a coronation church, a mosque, and restoration back to Catholic Church again.

We'll visit the Great Market Hall, the city's largest market and an iconic place to browse for Hungarian food momentos and souvenirs. The market is a vibrant space with multiple levels filled with stalls selling a variety of foods, including paprika, a must-buy when in Budapest. If the design seems familiar, it's because it was designed by Gustave Eiffel with a similar steel structure.

We proceed to the our cruise ship, the Avalon Envision, to embark and have a light lunch. The afternoon is free to relax on the or head back into Budapest to explore some more - maybe it's time to experience one of the famous ornate thermal baths, or perhaps head over to New York Cafe, described as the most beautiful cafe in the world.

Your Danube Cruise: Cruise along the peaceful Danube River through Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, and Germany-discovering some of Central Europe’s most splendid capitals and charming towns along the way. Begin this timeless European river cruise in Budapest, where guided sightseeing acquaints you with the highlights of the vibrant capital of Hungary. Set sail on the Danube, take pictures of the impressive Parliament Building as you leave Budapest, and head for Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. Here, enjoy a guided walk through the delightful Old Town and visit the Gothic-style St. Martin’s Cathedral. Vienna, Austria, the "City of Music," makes an immediate impression with its lavish Habsburg Imperial Palace and neo-renaissance Vienna Opera House. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

OVERNIGHT: Avalon Envision


WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 4: BUDAPEST, HUNGARY

This morning, visit the Adventure Center for today’s activities with your Adventure Host. You may choose to hike up to a magnificent viewpoint in Budapest with your Adventure Host on Avalon Envision or enjoy a Guided City Sightseeing, including the iconic Heroes’ Square.

This afternoon choose among a wide selection of Optional Guided Excursions or take in the beauty of Budapest while enjoying some free time exploring such famous sights as the Chain Bridge. Get to know the city’s cafés and pubs, or take a hike through the hills above the Danube. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BRATISLAVA: Avalon Envision


THURSDAY, OCTOBER 5: BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA

This morning, hike to lofty Bratislava Castle or take a Guided City Walk, including the quaint streets of Old Town, Town Hall, and the sight of royal coronations at St. Martin’s Cathedral.

This afternoon, enjoy free time to discover on your own Bratislava, the beautiful capital of Slovakia, rich in history and culture, but also a green city with its forests and parks just a hop away from the city center. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIENNA: Avalon Envision


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6: VIENNA, AUSTRIA

This morning we will explore the beautiful city of Vienna. Explore the Habsburg empire with a morning Guided City Tour of Vienna’s gilded landmarks. See the Imperial Palace complex—Winter residence of the Imperial Family, the iconic Vienna Opera House and stunning St. Stephen’s Cathedral.

You may decide to take a Guided Optional Excursion to Schönbrunn Palace—the former imperial summer home of the Habsburg monarchy.

Spend free time strolling in the pedestrian Kärntnerstrasse—the most famous shopping avenue in central Vienna, or take a bike ride through the city and stop in a local café to enjoy of Sachertorte or Apfelstrudel.

This evening, enjoy an unforgettable musical performance with an Optional Excursion to attend a Royal Waltz Concert in an elegant hall. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DÜRNSTEIN: Avalon Envision


SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7: DÜRNSTEIN–WACHAU VALLEY

After breakfast this morning, join a Guided Hike up to the castle ruins to take in the spectacular view of the village, Danube, and the Wachau Valley below or join a Guided Walk, and hear the legendary tale of King Richard the Lionheart—who was imprisoned in the castle during the Crusades.

Later, stretch out on the Sky Deck as you sail through the Wachau Valley past vineyards, castles, and charming villages on your way to Ybbs.

We will visit the Lower Austrian little town of Ybbs. Walk through the doors of Austrian history with a guided sightseeing tour of Artstetten CastleVisit or take a Guided Tour of Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey to marvel at its frescoed ceilings, statues, incredible library, and ornate pipe organ. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO LINZ: Avalon Envision


SUNDAY, OCTOBER 8: LINZ

Take a Guided Walk through the city of Linz's historic and beautiful sites along the shore of the Danube and see Hauptplatz—Austria’s largest medieval square—and the towering white-marble Trinity Column.

You may also want to consider a full-day Guided Optional Excursion to Salzburg—the city of Mozart—or to the picturesque Bohemian town of Cesky Krumlov.

You could also spend the afternoon on a biking picnic along the banks of the Danube or hike through Linz’s beautiful nature trails to Pöstlingberg for a bird’s-eye view of the city and river below. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LINZ: Avalon Envision


MONDAY, OCTOBER 9: SCHLÖGEN OXBOW–PASSAU, GERMANY

This morning, enjoy a leisurely breakfast as we cruise through the Schlögen Oxbow, a particularly beautiful horseshoe-shaped bend of the river.

Join your Avalon Adventure Host for Hiking from Oberhaus along a trail down to the valley and along Ilz River or take a Guided City Walk into Passau, the beautiful “City of Three Rivers.”

Before sailing to Vilshofen, take a little free time to explore Passau’s cobblestone streets and galleries of Artists’ Alley. Maybe stop at St. Stephen’s Cathedral to catch a concert rehearsal. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VILSHOFEN: Avalon Envision


TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10: VILSHOFEN (DISEMBARKATION AND FLIGHT HOME FROM MUNICH)

After breakfast, disembark and proceed to the airport for your return flight. We have included the transfer from the ship to the Munich Airport. (Breakfast)


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What the Tour Price Includes: hotel accommodations based on double occupancy (we will charge an additional fee for any single room accommodations), breakfast each morning (after the first overnight) on the land tour in Budapest, transport by luxury motor coach on tour days, meals as specified in the itinerary, visits and admission fees as described in the itinerary, hotel porterage, gratuities for the land tour and on the cruise, service charges, and taxes, and 7-night Danube River cruise.  Except as expressly provided in this Agreement, the berths being purchased for the Cruise include all meals, entertainment and services normally provided to passengers on a regular river cruise.

Not included: Airfare is not included in the package. Airfare will be purchased separately per the preferences of the participants, and the transfer from the Budapest Airport to the Budapest hotel will be included based on the flight schedule, as well as a transfer from disembarkation in Vislhofen to the Munich Airport.

Other items not included - meals not specifically identified; alcohol with included dinners unless specifically identified;airport transfers for travelers traveling on different dates than the tour dates; optional shore excursions; other personal expenses; and anything not specifically listed in inclusions. During the cruise portion of the tour, the cruise does not include any items of a personal nature, including but not limited to, optional shore excursions, certain alcoholic beverages, specialty restaurants, photographs, gift shop purchases, laundry service, spa or hair salon services or any other expenses for which passengers are normally assessed individual charges during regular cruises.

If you would like to add additional nights to your tour, we would be happy to arrange this at additional cost and subject to availability of accommodations. This list is illustrative and not a complete list of every item not included.

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  • $1,500.00 per person and a completed Guest Reservation Form (“Reservation Form”) are required with this Participant Agreement to reserve space for the Tour.
  • Full payment is due June 30, 2023

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  • If we receive written notice on or before June 30, 2023, we will retain $550.00 per person.
  • If we receive written notice on or after July 1, 2023 but before August 14, 2023, you will incur a cancellation fee of 50% of the Tour/Cruise Price per person.
  • If we receive written notice on or after August 15, 2023, or if you are a no-show, you will incur a cancellation fee equal to 100% of the Tour/Cruise price. If a flight or other delay for any reason prevents you from joining the Tour on the Tour start date, you will be considered a no-show, and we cannot provide a full or partial refund or credit toward a future Tour, but you may join the Tour late if you wish.

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Any cancellation refund will be less credit card fees.

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Accommodations: Guest accommodations during the Tour are double or twin occupancy and will include fully equipped, en-suite bathrooms. We will charge an additional fee for any single room accommodations.  Rooms will be assigned by the respective supplier/s on a run-of-the-house basis, in category/ies as specified in the itinerary. Special requests such as lower floors, connecting rooms and smoking preference, bedding, must be made at the time of booking.  While we will make reasonable efforts to communicate your requests to the supplier, such requests are not guaranteed and are at the discretion of the supplier. There may be additional charges for such requests which will be solely the expense of the guest making the request.

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Responsibility/Liabilities: We act only in the capacity of agent for Avalon Waterways and the other suppliers of the travel services named in the itinerary or otherwise providing services or goods in connection with the Tour (the Suppliers”), such as hotels and other lodging providers, local hosts, sight seeing tour operators, bus lines, car rental companies, driving services, restaurants, and providers of entertainment. We assume no responsibility for any personal injury, property damage, or other loss, accident, delay, inconvenience, or irregularity which may be occasioned either by reason (1) any act or omission of any of the Suppliers or airlines providing flights to or from your Tour, or (2) any matter beyond our exclusive control including but not limited to a delay or cancellation of a flight that causes you to miss any portion of the Tour. We have no special knowledge regarding the financial condition of the Suppliers, unsafe conditions, health hazards, weather hazards, or climate extremes at locations to which you may travel. 

Travel to many parts of the world may involve the risk of a variety of hazards to health and/or safety, including but not limited to disease, crime, terrorism and warfare. Because each guest’s risk tolerance is different, We are not in a position to advise or recommend whether travel to any particular place at any particular time should take place. It is recommended that the guest should refer to objective third-party sources of travel information, such as that maintained by the U.S. Department of State (travel.state.gov). In addition, you should consult with government websites to ensure that you are in compliance with all requirements for admittance into that country as well as understanding local laws that govern travel within a country, such as tracking. Should you choose to travel to a country that has been issued a travel warning or advisory, We will not be liable for damages or losses that result from travel to such destinations. Should you choose to cancel a trip due to a travel advisory or warning our normal cancellation fees will apply.

The Company (and/or the tour operator if applicable) is not responsible for any losses, including missed sightseeing, meals, inclusions, optional excursions, or having to make alternate transportation or lodging arrangements, if you fail to meet the representatives at assigned timings and places/pick-up points while on trip. The Company (on behalf of the tour operator if applicable) will not refund nor cover any cost or expenses incurred, or compensate for any missed inclusions or optional excursions claimed, due to your inability to maintain punctuality.

The Company is not liable for the speed, reliability, or security of Wi-Fi available on transportation provided via The Company. Connectivity is not guaranteed.

You assume full and complete responsibility for checking and verifying all passport and visa requirements of the destinations and for complying with all laws of the country in the itinerary. When traveling abroad, your passport must be valid for at least six months following your visit. For more information, see the US Department of State website information on passports. You are also responsible for respecting the authority and following the directions of the Tour guide during a Tour.

For the safety or our guests, we reserve the right to request health information prior to travel and to exclude any participants we deem unfit for travel at our sole discretion. We may exclude you from participating in all or any part of the Tour if, in our sole discretion, your condition behavior renders you unfit for the Tour or unfit for continuation once the Tour has begun. Unfitness may include, without limitation, any behavior that, regardless of its cause, is inappropriate or offensive or interferes with the delivery of Tour services, or may constitute a hazard or embarrassment. In such case, our liability shall be strictly limited to refund of the recoverable cost of any unused portion of the Tour. Should you decide not to participate in certain parts of the Tour or use certain Goods included in the Tour, no refunds will be made for those unused parts of the Tour or Goods. You must be over the age of 18 to participate in the Tour. You agree to indemnify and hold us harmless from and against any costs, damages, losses, or liabilities arising out of your or your companions’ actions or omissions or (if you checked the box indicating that you are signing or agreeing on behalf of yourself and your traveling companions) arising out of your companions’ claims that you were not authorized to sign or agree.

Docking positions at each port are assigned by local authorities. River cruise companies have no control over where they can dock. This can sometimes result in double-docking when more than one ship is assigned to the same dock and the ships are rafted together, temporarily obstructing the view. When double-docked you might be required to pass through another vessel to embark or disembark. In those cases, you will have to follow the instructions given by the Master or the crew of the vessel you will pass through. The Company (or the tour operator if applicable) will not be responsible for any inconvenience or injury sustained as a consequence of embarking or disembarking not under the direct control of The Company (or the tour operator if applicable) for reasons of such assignment.

Additional risks and dangers may arise including, but not limited to, hazards of travel by train, automobile, motor coach, aircraft and other means of conveyance, animal interactions, swimming, forces of nature, political unrest, other unrest, risks associated with water, food, plants, insects and differing animal regulation, and acts of national and local governments and unrest and acts of others against governments. These risks are not an exhaustive list but are examples of many kinds of risks. You are voluntarily participating in these activities with the knowledge that there may be dangers involved, and you hereby agree to accept any and all risks. As lawful consideration for the agreement with Recess 4 Grownups to participate in such trips and activities you agree you will not make a claim against Recess 4 Grownups, its related companies or its personnel or sue for bodily injury, emotional trauma, death, property loss or damage or other loss, cost or expense, however caused, as a result of or related to your contracting for, traveling to or from, or in any and every other way participating in the trip. You release Recess 4 Grownups, its related companies and its personnel from any and all claims, known or unknown, arising from contracting for, traveling to or from, and in any and every way participating in a trip. This release of liability and assumption of risk agreement is entered into on behalf of you and all members of your family and party, also including minors. This agreement also binds your heirs, legal representatives and assigns.

Where the guest occupies a motor coach or other vehicle seat fitted with a safety belt, neither Recess 4 Grownups nor the Operator nor its agents or co-operating organizations or service providers will be liable for any injury, illness or death or for any loss or damages or claims whatsoever arising from any accident or incident, if the safety belt is not being worn at the time of such an accident or incident. This exclusion and limitation of liability shall not be used to imply that the Operator or its agents or affiliated entities are liable in other circumstances.

General: Any dispute related to the Tour shall be governed by Georgia law without regard to conflict of laws principles. The federal or state courts in Georgia shall be the exclusive forum for any lawsuit related to the Tour, and you consent to the personal jurisdiction by said courts. You agree to present any claims against us within 30 days after the Tour ends and to file within six (6) months of the incident, and you acknowledge that this expressly limits the applicable statute of limitations to one year. Guest claims not submitted and received within this time shall be deemed waived and barred.

We are not responsible for typographical or pricing errors. You agree to grant us (and third parties with whom we may engage in joint marketing) a worldwide, royalty-free, fully paid-up license to use your photographic, video, or digital likeness solely for our promotional purposes. For a religious pilgrimage, your name will be shared with other participants prior to the tour; after the tour, you will must notify Change@Recess4Grownups if you do not want your contact details shared with the group members. Facsimile transmission of any signed document shall be deemed delivery of an original. At our request, you shall promptly provide an original document as well. If there are any conflicts between this Participant Agreement, the Reservation Form, and the Itinerary, this Participant Agreement shall apply.

If any provision of these terms and conditions shall be held unenforceable, such provision shall be struck and the remainder shall remain enforceable.

For California Residents: We are a registered Seller of Travel in the State of California (CST 2103869-40). Registration as a Seller of Travel does not constitute approval by the State of California. We are not a participant in the California Travel Consumer Restitution Fund. California law requires certain sellers of travel to have a trust account, and we have a trust account at Bank of America. Upon cancellation of the transportation or travel services, where the guest is not at fault and has not canceled in violation of any terms and conditions previously clearly and conspicuously disclosed and agreed to by the guest, all sums paid to Tour Operator for services not provided will be promptly paid to the guest, unless the guest advises Tour Operator in writing, after cancellation. This provision does not apply where Recess 4 Grownups has remitted the payment to another registered wholesale seller of travel or a carrier, without obtaining a refund, and where the wholesaler or provider defaults in providing the agreed-upon transportation or service. In this situation, Recess 4 Grownups will provide the guest with a written statement accompanied by bank records establishing the disbursement of the payment, and if disbursed to a wholesale seller of travel, proof of current registration of that wholesaler.

For Florida Residents: We are registered with the State of Florida as a Seller of Travel. Registration No. ST- 38287.

FAQ's

Do I need a visa?

No, for United States citizens, no visa is needed. If you passport is from another country, please contact us and we'll determine your visa requirements.

Is there a specific group flight for this trip?

Flights will be booked individually based on your preferred airline and seating class.

Travelers will depart the US on Saturday September 30, and should plan a flight that arrives in Budapest before 2pm on October 1.

Transfers from the Budapest airport to the hotel are included in your package price.

What if I want to arrive a day earlier that the regular travel dates?

For those that would like to arrive a dav earlier (depart September 29 and arrive in Budapest on September 30), an additional hotel night for the evening of September 30 would be $400 for the room, $200 per person for double occupancy. Just let us know and we'll book the pre-tour hotel night for you.

Avalon Envision & Pricing

All prices shown are per person, double occupancy:

Royal Suite, 300sq ft, Royal Deck (highest deck) $6,698 per person [SOLD OUT]

Panorama Suite Category P, 200sq ft, Royal Deck (highest deck) $5,598 per person

Panorama Suite Category A, 200sq ft, Sapphire Deck Forward (middle deck) $5,498 per person

Panorama Suite Category B, 200sq ft, Sapphire Deck Aft (middle deck) $5,448 per person

Deluxe Stateroom Category D, 172sq ft, Indigo Deck Aft (lowest deck) $4,398 per person

All staterooms feature the following amenities (see specific stateroom category for additional amenities):

  • Comfort Collection BedsSM 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
  • Complementary shore excursions in every port
  • And, much more

SHIP DECK PLAN

Deluxe Stateroom

DELUXE STATEROOM - 172 sq. ft.

Deluxe Stateroom Category D, 172sq ft, Indigo Deck Aft (lowest deck) $4,398 per person

DELUXE STATEROOM FEATURES

  • Stateroom size: 172 sq. ft
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • USB Ports
  • Lighted makeup mirror
  • One Queen-Sized Bed or Two Twins
  • Two windows
  • Comfort Collection Beds
  • Egyptian super-combed cotton linens
  • European-style duvets
  • Soft & firm pillows
  • Premium Hairdryer
  • Extra blankets
  • Nightly turn-down service
  • Spacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storage
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with English-speaking channels & over 100 free movie options
  • Direct-dial telephone
  • Complimentary filtered water
  • In-room safe
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • Full shower with glass door
  • Writing desk and chair
  • Elegant, contemporary design
  • Luxurious mattress toppers
  • Choice of bed configuration
  • Bedside tables with reading lamps
  • L'Occitane bath products
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage
  • Individual climate control
  • Alarm clock
  • Well-stocked minibar
  • Large mirror in bathroom

Deluxe Stateroom Category D, 172sq ft, Indigo Deck Aft (lowest deck) $4,398 per person

Panorama Suite

PANORAMA SUITE - 200 sq. ft.

Panorama Suite Category P, 200sq ft, Royal Deck (highest deck) $5,598 per person

Panorama Suite Category A, 200sq ft, Sapphire Deck Forward (middle deck) $5,498 per person

Panorama Suite Category B, 200sq ft, Sapphire Deck Aft (middle deck) $5,498 per person

PANORAMA SUITE FEATURES:

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • USB Ports
  • Lighted makeup mirror
  • One Queen-Sized Bed or Two Twins
  • 6-person sitting area
  • Make-up mirror
  • Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Window with Open-Air Balcony
  • Marble countertops in bathroom
  • Coffee table
  • Sofa
  • Comfort Collection Beds
  • Egyptian super-combed cotton linens
  • European-style duvets
  • Soft & firm pillows
  • Premium Hairdryer
  • Extra blankets
  • Nightly turn-down service
  • Spacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storage
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with English-speaking channels & over 100 free movie options
  • Direct-dial telephone
  • Complimentary filtered water
  • In-room safe
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • Full shower with glass door
  • Writing desk and chair
  • Elegant, contemporary design
  • Luxurious mattress toppers
  • Choice of bed configuration
  • Bedside tables with reading lamps
  • L'Occitane bath products
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage
  • Individual climate control
  • Alarm clock
  • Well-stocked minibar
  • Large mirror in bathroom

Panorama Suite Category P, 200sq ft, Royal Deck (highest deck) $5,598 per person

Panorama Suite Category A, 200sq ft, Sapphire Deck Forward (middle deck) $5,498 per person

Panorama Suite Category B, 200sq ft, Sapphire Deck Aft (middle deck) $5,498 per person

Royal Suite

ROYAL SUITE - 300 sq. ft

Royal Suite, 300sq ft, Royal Deck (highest deck) $6,698 per person [SOLD OUT]

ROYAL SUITE FEATURES 

  • Stateroom size: 300 sq ft
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • USB Ports
  • Lighted makeup mirror
  • 6-person sitting area
  • Make-up mirror
  • Double sinks
  • Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Window with Open-Air Balcony
  • Marble countertops in bathroom
  • Coffee table
  • Sofa
  • Comfort Collection Beds
  • Egyptian super-combed cotton linens
  • European-style duvets
  • Soft & firm pillows
  • Premium Hairdryer
  • Extra blankets
  • Nightly turn-down service
  • Spacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storage
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with English-speaking channels & over 100 free movie options
  • Direct-dial telephone
  • Complimentary filtered water
  • In-room safe
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • Full shower with glass door
  • Writing desk and chair
  • Elegant, contemporary design
  • Luxurious mattress toppers
  • Choice of bed configuration
  • Bedside tables with reading lamps
  • L'Occitane bath products
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage
  • Individual climate control
  • Alarm clock
  • Well-stocked minibar
  • Large mirror in bathroom
  • One King-Sized Bed or Two Twins

Royal Suite, 300sq ft, Royal Deck (highest deck) $6,698 per person