Independent Travel for Munich, Salzburg, Vienna & Prague prior to Avalon Danube Cruise

We will be traveling independently for 9 days prior to our Avalon River Cruise. We are in a group of 4 start traveling to Munich for 3 Nights. Follow by 2 Nights in Salzburg and 3 Nights in Vienna. We will leave Vienna for Prague in joining Avalon - The Legendary Danube - Wine Cruise on November 2, 2014. We all are first timer for both River Cruise and places mentioned above. We would like to seek advices for the followings :
- 3 Days Munich Itinerary
- 2 Days Salzburg Itinerary
- 3 Days Vienna Itinerary
- Best Transportation between Munich, Salzburg, Vienna & Prague
- Any comments & recommendations for Door-to-door Transfer Services for the above places. Any experienced in using Mike Chauffeur & Czech Shuttle. They do offer private door-to-door service for transfer with scenic stops. For example, we may set to stop- over Cesky Krumlov & Hluboka Castle for the transfer from Vienna to Prague.
By the way, anyone of you will be joining this Avalon Danube Wine Cruise (Nov.2 - 12, 2014) ? Welcome to chat with us.


Posted by barbbrad3
1 posts

Sounds like a great time we are also doing an Avalon cruise Vienna to Moscow so since I have been working on our itinerary this is what I found most helpful. Have you checked out tour books Rick Steves and others have great one to three day suggestions. My husband thinks I'm the greatest tour guide as I plan 3 to 4 week vacations my secret? using these books my very favorite is Rick Steves because of the day walk and museum guides and Fodors See It because of the great photos. Vienna I got us Sissi tickets so we can get into both Hofburg Palace and Schonburn Palace without long lines or being turned away due to sold out dates. We will do Rick Steves city walk, enjoy the opera in the open if available if not catch a concert. We also have several days in Munich that Avalon covers well so will just chill and do local museums and parks. Hope this Helps

Posted by Kevin
Rick Steves' Europe
154 posts

You can find a lot of great ideas in Rick's programs on each area and you can watch them for free. I agree that Rick's guidebooks will give you a lot more specifics so that you can better decide what is most important to you. A chauffeur service anywhere will be very expensive but Rick will give recommendations for transportation from airports, train stations, etc. Many places you mentioned are easy to connect with rail and you can find more information at Rick's Rail Page.