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Budapest, Hungary


Wachau Valley, Austria


Budapest, Hungary


Linz, Austria


Bratislava, Slovakia


Passau, Germany


Vienna, Austria


Vilshofen, Germany




  • What are the key dates?
    July 20, 2024 - final payment due October 20 - 27, 2024 - the actual trip
  • What is the name of the ship?
    We will be sailing with Avalon Waterways on the Avalon Impression.
  • When should we arrive to join the ship?
    Travel to Budapest and spend the night on October 19th. On October 20th, join the ladies for breakfast at the hotel. Afterward, proceed to the ship, leave your bags, complete the check-in process, and then venture out for a day of exploration.
  • Where should we fly out of after the cruise and/or land extension?
    Depart from Munich to your next destination, whether it's home or somewhere else. Additionally, there's an option for a 2-night extension in Prague. Inquire about this when making your reservation.
  • What are the included cruise amenities?
    Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the ship Informative, interactive, simple-to-use onboard kiosks with daily cruise details, information, and easy check-in/checkout features at each port. Digital signage keeps you up-todate throughout the day Sky Deck shade system and premium lounge chairs Sky Deck whirlpool or swimming pool on the Avalon AlegriaSM in Portugal Sky Deck game area Panorama Lounge with cozy seating, panoramic windows, and dance floor Club Lounge with 24-hour self-serve beverage station offering complimentary cappuccinos, lattes, hot chocolate, and a selection of teas, cookies, pastries, dried fruits, and nuts available throughout the day Panorama Dining Room with large panoramic windows Observation Lounge Upscale bar serving premium spirits; fresh fruit available throughout the day. Indulge in Avalon’s exclusive cocktails designed by award-winning mixologist, Martin Hudak. The Adventure Center is your source for active gear, including bicycles, maps and more for active pursuits on ship and off Fitness Center with state-of-the-art equipment Club Lounge library with books, cards & board games Elevator Non-smoking interior English-speaking TV channels with 50+ free movie options AvalonGO mobile app keeps you informed and on course before and during your cruise. Find schedules, daily itineraries, GPS, and dining and entertainment options for free time in each destination. Post photos and comments to share with social media friends via real time posts.
  • What is included in the cruise?
    7 nights and 8 days of accommodation All meals Shore excursions WiFi All onboard amenities listed above
  • What are onboard dining offerings?
    • Welcome and farewell cocktails, with sparkling wine and canapés • Daily choices of regional recipes, familiar favorites, and Avalon Fresh® vegetarian and healthy cuisine including fresh, local ingredients at every meal • Daily buffet breakfast with full range of classic hot and cold breakfast items and à la carte daily specials • Daily lunch buffet with a wide choice of items and chef’s pasta and carving stations plus à la carte daily specials and complimentary beer, wine and soft drinks • Choice of alternative fare at the Sky Grill on the Sky Deck (weather permitting) or light lunch in the Panorama Lounge • Enjoy our Panorama Bistro for a casual dinner option with a buffet of select dishes and beverages • Daily afternoon tea, featuring tea, coffee, sweet treats and sandwiches • Daily four-course à la carte dinners in the main Panorama Dining Room with choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrées, desserts or cheese, after-dinner premium coffees or tea, and complimentary wine (including from the region), beer, and soft drinks • Complimentary room service available for Continental breakfast and dinner • FlexDining® with flexible seating-times to better accommodate your schedule, and more options for menu items and venues, including our Panorama Dining Room, Panorama Bistro for a casual select buffet, Sky Grill for al fresco favorites, and complimentary continental breakfast via room service.
  • What is not included?
    Airfare Airport transfers Hotel accommodation before or after the cruise Port taxes (approximately $200pp) Spending money
  • Are there opportunities for a photo shoot?
    Of course you can, and it's super affordable. We will send you some pricing. We recommend doing it in Budapest on arrival. And yes, if you want a floating dress shot you can do that too!
  • What is the VIP phone number for the cruise line and what are the opening hours?
    The VIP phone number is (866) 984-1182. The cruise line will know which trip you are calling for when you use this phone number. Monday – Friday 7:00 am (MST) – 6:00 pm (MST) Saturday 7:00 am (MST) – 3:30 pm (MST)
  • What is the deposit required?
    Only $250 per person If you are sharing a room, only one of you needs to call unless you want to pay your deposit separately. If so, have one person call first, and then give the roommate the confirmation number to call in their deposit on the same day.
  • When should flights be booked?
    Avalon Waterways can manage your flight bookings for you starting 330 days out from our departure. Everyone booked before November 13, 2023, will receive a $599 flight credit. You may use this to upgrade to business or first class. If you do not need a flight credit you can choose to take $750 off the cost of your cabin/suite. If you are booking your own flights you can do that whenever you wish.
  • Are there any benefits to booking early?
    In addition to not missing out, everyone who books before November 13, 2023 will also receive the following… A $599 airline credit OR $750 off the cost of your cabin Gratuities for the whole cruise included
  • What about travel insurance?
    The cruise line will offer you insurance to cover your cruise fare. Should you prefer a comprehensive travel insurance policy that covers more than the cruise fare, we encourage you to explore our partners who work with the biggest insurance companies in the US.
  • Can I explore on my own?
    Of course you can. You can sit in a cafe and people watch, figure out your tours, or just shop all day. If you want to take advantage of up to 20% VAT back on all your designer goods shopping, we will give you the instructions on how to do that as well as guidance on foreign currency.
  • Are the shore excursions an additional cost?
    There are three types of shore exclusions included at every port we visit. Choose the one that suits your interests/travel style or explore at your leisure.
  • What are the shore excursions like?
    There are three types of shore exclusions included at every port we visit. Choose the one that suits your interests/travel style or explore at your leisure. CLASSIC Nothing beats the classics, especially when it comes to traveling back in time to bygone eras. Avalon’s Classic excursions present a colorful collection of guided walking tours through ancient fortresses, capitals, and castles, telling timeless tales to create your own storybook adventure. DISCOVERY An awakening for the senses, Avalon’s Discovery excursions present heartwarming, brain-tingling, hands-on experiences. Pull up a chair to hear a Viennese waltz, roll up your sleeves to paint like Van Gogh, or grab an apron to whip up a local delicacy. ACTIVE If exploring under your own steam is more your style, Avalon’s Active excursions pack the getup-and-go into every cruise. Paddle a kayak, pedal a bike, or put on your hiking shoes to see the world your way with heart-pumping adventures. Personalize your river cruise experience even more with optional excursions that speak to you. Take plenty of free time to explore on your own—without getting lost. The AvalonGO mobile app puts it all at your fingertips.
  • Who are the organizers of the trip?
    The trips are run by McLemore & Co, a private luxury travel club for curious travelers owned and operated by Anthony and Sandra McLemore. McLemore & Co welcome solo travelers, couples and groups of friends on the trips. Select trips are open to children under 18. The couple own Cottam McLemore Inc, a production company, and Travel Marketing & Media, a marketing and media agency in the travel industry. Anthony is an Emmy award-winning television producer and Sandra is a well known travel TV host and news contributor with over 25 years in the travel industry. Sandra has the CEOs of the biggest and best luxury travel brands on speed dial and they are always quick to partner and support her trips and projects. The couple live in Los Angeles with their 4 year old son, Houston.
  • What is the inspiration behind this trip?
    Our decision to offer this particular trip was deeply rooted in personal experience and a profound sense of joy. In March 2022, we embarked on this very itinerary with Sandra's parents, a diverse group with varying travel preferences. To our delight, every single one of us had an extraordinary time onboard. The ports of call held delightful surprises, each more amazing than the last. The hardest part was deciding how to spend our time each day, a testament to the incredible range of activities and excursions available. This journey left such a lasting impression on us that we made a rare vow—to relive it as many times as possible. We were equally determined to share this exceptional experience with fellow luxury travelers, knowing they, too, would find it unforgettable.
  • Why Avalon Waterways?
    We're thrilled to be partnering with Avalon Waterways, an award-winning company known for its dedication to delivering exceptional river cruise experiences. With a reputation built on innovation, luxurious accommodations, and immersive journeys, Avalon Waterways has consistently earned accolades and exceeded travelers' expectations. This partnership ensures that our luxury travelers can look forward to a voyage of unparalleled comfort, enrichment, and exploration. And there's one more thing worth mentioning. When it comes to forging partnerships with luxury travel companies, the decision becomes remarkably straightforward when the most senior leadership team is literally on Sandra's speed dial. In a matter of seconds, they eagerly agreed to relocate a ship to the precise destination and date she envisioned. It's safe to say that they are just as thrilled to host us as we are to set sail with them.


Travel to Budapest and spend the night on October 18th or 19th (depending on how long you would like to have in Budapest before joining the ship).


On October 20th, join the ladies for breakfast at the hotel. 

Afterward, proceed to the ship, leave your bags, complete the check-in process, and then venture out for a day of exploration.



Depart from Munich to your next destination, whether it's home or somewhere else.

Additionally, there's an option for a 2-night extension in Prague. Inquire about this when making your reservation.




For general questions reach out...

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