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11 Day Danube River Cruise with Budapest
(Monarch Empress, Regensburg to Budapest)

11 days with Gate 1  Rating: Deluxe

River Cruise Itinerary
DAY 1, Saturday - Depart for Germany
Depart for Germany.

DAY 2, Sunday - Embark in Regensburg

Arrive in Munich and transfer independently to the port in Regensburg. The group transfer will operate at approximately 12:00 pm and 3:00 pm. The port is a 1.5 hour drive from the Munich airport. Embarkation begins at 3 pm. After arrival formalities, time to relax on board. Tonight, a gala Welcome Dinner sets the mood for your delightful river cruise. (Dinner)

DAY 3, Monday - Regensburg City Tour

This morning, explore Regensburg, one of Germany's largest and best preserved medieval cities, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The guided walking tour highlights the city's stunning architecture as you view the Old Town Hall, Dom St. Peter and the Porta Praetoria, gateway to an ancient Roman fort built in 179 AD. Marvel at beautiful churches and one of the oldest stone bridges crossing the Danube. Return to the boat for lunch or spend the afternoon at leisure discovering the delights of Regensburg on your own. At 3:00 pm, the ship will set sail for Passau. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 4, Tuesday - Morning in Passau

Dock this morning in 2500-year-old Passau, known for its pastel patrician houses, cafes, cobblestone lanes and riverfront promenade. Passau is a Bavarian town with a mix of Roman, Italian Baroque and Gothic architecture. Explore Passau independently in the morning, or, join the optional full day tour to picturesque Salzburg, birthplace of Mozart and setting for the Sound of Music. The walking tour will include some of Salzburg's most historic sites including the Mirabell Palace, the Abbey, Salzburg Cathedral, and St. Peter's Cemetery. After lunch at a local restaurant, there will be time to discover Salzburg on your own before returning to the ship. If you choose to remain on the boat, continue sailing during lunch and relax on board this afternoon. In the early evening, all passengers will rejoin the ship and continue sailing for Melk. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Optional: Full Day Tour of Salzburg

DAY 5, Wednesday - Melk Abbey

Disembark in Melk this morning for a guided tour of the historic Benedictine Abbey, considered one of the finest examples of Baroque architecture in Europe. View the Abbot's chambers, the Kaiser's walk and the lavish library. Then, return to the ship and continue cruising through the scenic Wachau Valley on the way to Vienna, the Imperial city legendary for its opulence and elegance. Tonight, perhaps take the opportunity to attend an evening of Viennese culture in the "City of Music" at an optional concert performance of the classical masterpieces of Mozart and Strauss, two of Vienna's most famous citizens. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Optional: Classical Viennese Concert (PM)

DAY 6, Thursday - Vienna City Tour

This sparkling city on the Danube has captivated travelers for years with its elegant shops, world-class museums, and beautiful gardens. Drive along the famed Ringstrasse, Vienna's main boulevard lined with magnificent Baroque palaces, parks and monuments. View the lavish Hofburg Palace, and the impressive Vienna Opera House. Continue to majestic St. Stephen's Cathedral and the Parliament building. Enjoy the afternoon at a café sampling the famous Viennese Sacher Torte, or, join the optional afternoon tour to the Imperial Schonbrunn Palace, once summer residence of the Hapsburgs. Visit the opulent baroque apartments and stroll through the world-famous manicured gardens. Set sail for Bratislava this evening. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Optional: Schonbrunn Palace Tour (PM)

DAY 7, Friday - Bratislava City Tour

This morning, enjoy the tranquil scenery as the boat sails along the scenic Danube. At noon, arrive in Bratislava, capital of Slovakia, a mix of modern and Baroque architecture. This capital city is among the youngest in Europe, yet retains a rich history dating back more than 2000 years. Walk along the cobblestone lanes of the historic town center; view St. Martin's Cathedral, coronation site of the Kings of Hungary, the 13th century Old Town Hall and the Franciscan church. Time to explore this colorful city on your own before returning to the ship for dinner as you sail for stunning Budapest. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 8, Saturday - Budapest City Tour

Your morning tour begins on the Pest side of the river; view the Parliament, City Park and Heroes Square. Cross to Buda to see the Royal Palace, Matthias Church and the graceful medieval architecture along the cobbled streets. Explore the city's wonderful shops and cafes this afternoon on your own. Tonight, enjoy a lavish Captain's Dinner on board. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 9, Sunday - Full Day in Budapest

This morning disembark the ship and transfer to the hotel in Budapest. The remainder of the day is at leisure to discover this elegant city with its wealth of historic monuments linked by eight graceful bridges. Or, join the optional morning tour that traces the rich Jewish heritage of Budapest. Begin with a visit to the magnificent Dohany Synagogue, which ranks among the major Jewish sights in Europe. This Moorish-style building is the largest in Europe and the second largest in the world. View the Jewish Museum, the magnificent Tree of Life and the inspiring Raoul Wallenberg Memorial. Finally, travel across town to explore the chilling Hungarian Holocaust Museum. Tonight, an optional dinner and show in Budapest. Travel to the outskirts of Budapest for a traditional Hungarian dinner in a scenic forested location. While dining, you'll be entertained by colorfully dressed dancers performing a variety of spirited folk dances accompanied by a group playing live gypsy music. (Breakfast)

Optional: Jewish Interest Tour (AM)
Optional: Dinner & Show in Budapest (PM)

DAY 10, Monday - Excursion to Szentendre

Drive from Budapest to the colorful artist's colony of Szentendre in the scenic Danube Bend. This settlement became a creative center for artists to gather in the 1920's. Today, this quaint village is accented by Baroque architecture, galleries, crafts shops and charming boutiques. After the guided tour, time to stroll the winding cobbled streets, visit one of the many museums and contemporary galleries or just sit at an outdoor cafe, sip coffee and people-watch. Return to Budapest in the early afternoon. Tonight is at leisure to try one of Budapest's award-winning restaurants or take a stroll to marvel at the spectacular view of this illuminated city from the Chain Bridge. (Breakfast)

DAY 11, Tuesday - Depart Hungary

Your vacation ends after breakfast. (Breakfast)
Tour Map
River Cruise Highlights
  • During your Budapest City Tour, see the Parliament, Heroes Square, Royal Palace and Matthias Church
  • Tour romantic Vienna with its legendary opulence and elegance
  • In Melk, join a guided tour of the historic Benedictine Abbey
  • Marvel at the beautiful churches and ancient stone bridges in Regensburg
All This Included
  • 9 nights Deluxe accommodations
  • Cruise porterage
  • 22 meals: 9 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Shore excursions per itinerary
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring during excursions
  • Captain's Welcome Dinner and Farewell Dinner
  • Unlimited wine and beer with dinners
  • Locally inspired recipes
  • Early riser breakfast in addition to buffet breakfast
  • Complimentary bottled water replenished daily in your stateroom
  • Late night snack
  • Complimentary basic Wi-Fi access
  • Self-serve coffee and tea station
  • Lounge serving premium spirits
  • Daily entertainment including an on-board musician
  • Fitness center
  • Non-smoking ship interior
  • Cruise Director & Tour Managers throughout
  • Shore excursions conducted exclusively in English by licensed guides
Accommodations on this Tour
Cruising: Cabin onboard MS Monarch Empress
Budapest: Hilton Budapest City
Notes
  • Land/Cruise only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • Passengers arriving to Munich on Day 2 should select flights that arrive no later than 2:00 pm. Transfers to Regensburg will depart at approximately 12:00 pm and 3:00 pm. The port is approximately a 1.5 hour drive from the Munich airport. Embarkation will begin at 3:00 pm.
  • Due to physical constraints and space limitations, wheelchairs and walkers are not allowed on motor coaches and/or river cruises. The Monarch Empress is equipped with elevator access between the Empress and Countess decks, however passengers will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes while touring.
  • European river cruising has gained in popularity for very good reason. It's a relaxing and convenient way to experience Europe while enjoying the comfort of a deluxe ship. However, before making the decision to reserve your vacation, please be aware of potential conditions which may impact your cruise. While most of the time river cruises operate exactly as planned, weather conditions may result in high or low water levels which impact a ship's itinerary and, on occasion, render a ship unable to sail at all. On very rare occasions, other events such as heavy fog, a damaged lock, or an incapacitated vessel blocking the river, may impact a sailing. These events typically occur with little or no notice. In the event that a cruise is partially or completely impacted, the itinerary will be operated by deluxe motor coach, accompanied by a Tour Manager, with overnights in hotels. The itinerary will include as many of the originally scheduled sightseeing features as possible, considering the travel time and distances required, as well as meals. While it is not possible to recreate the more leisurely comforts of sailings, we will endeavor to provide a comparable itinerary. These alternative services will be provided at no additional charge.
  • Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary.
  • This moderately active trip covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking every touring day. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. There is a potential for a small number of sailings to be impacted by river water levels, or other factors which may impact safe navigation. This may cause part or all of the cruise itinerary to be operated by motor coach and may also involve hotel accommodations.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions

* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.



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