Details & Costs
We've tried to make this as all-inclusive as possible. The ship serves all meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner. All of our group events and concerts off the ship are included. All beer, soft drinks, coffee, standard bar drinks and house wines, all taxes and port charges are included. We have also prepaid a generous gratuity to be shared among the staff. As always, though, the most important inclusion is the pleasure of being with great folks in beautiful surroundings full of music, fellowship and culture.
Arrival in Budapest
We set sail at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, October 24, and it is possible to arrive in Budapest on the 24th and come directly to the Avalon Panorama. For those of you who choose to arrive a few days early, we have organized daytime activities, concerts and dinner parties in some amazing places during the three days before we sail. So you can fly out of the states on Friday the 20th and we'll pick you up at the airport on the 21st. But feel free to arrive whenever you like. And when you've finalized your travel schedule, you can let us know if you'd like to join these pre-sailing events.
While not endorsing United Airlines, we do note that they offer daily non-stop flights to SFO from both Munich and Frankfurt. United also has good connections to Budapest. So you can fly into Budapest with only one stop and then return from Munich or Frankfurt on a non-stop flight.
Weather and Dress
We picked these dates in order to experience the autumn colors. But it is a time when weather is changing. We could very well have 80-degree days or it could be cool and crisp. Please come prepared. We will be casual during our daytime events and casually elegant at night.
The cost of the trip is $4,950 per person, double occupancy, in a standard stateroom. The "Panorama Suites" with the big sliding doors to the outside are on the top two decks. The supplement for a middle deck suite is $550 per person with a $750 supplement per person for the top deck suites. If you arrive for the full three days of pre trip activities, the cost will be $1,950/person and we can prorate this depending on when you choose to arrive. If you want to join the three days at Mad King Ludwig's Castle after the sailing, the cost will be $2,175. These prices include all transportation, meals, gratuities, taxes and wine and drinks except what you buy yourself at the bar.
Deposits, Reservations & Cancellations
A $500 deposit will hold your place and allow you to reserve a suite while they are still available. This is fully refundable for any reason until we receive your second deposit sometime next year. All payments are fully transferable to someone else at any time. If you need to cancel, you will receive a full refund if you or Castles & Concerts can find a substitute traveler to take your place.