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20 Day Germany with Danube River Cruise 2018

20 days with Gate 1  Rating: Deluxe

River Cruise Itinerary

DAY 1, Thursday - Depart for Germany
Depart for Frankfurt, Germany.

DAY 2, Friday - Arrive in Frankfurt
Welcome to Frankfurt, home of the European Central Bank and financial heart of Germany. The remainder of the day is at leisure to rest, or perhaps stroll through the medieval Romerplatz, Frankfurt's central square with its 14th century architecture. Tonight, meet your Tour Manager and fellow travelers for a briefing on the delightful journey that lies ahead, followed by a Welcome Drink and Dinner. (Dinner)

DAY 3, Saturday - Rhine River Cruise, Heidelberg City Tour
The day begins with a leisurely cruise on the picturesque Rhine River past exquisite landscapes of hilltop castles, steep terraced vineyards and tiny villages of timber-framed houses. View the mighty Lorelei rock rising vertically from the waters named for the mermaid "Lorelei" who bewitched sailors passing by. This afternoon continue to Heidelberg, nestled along the picturesque River Neckar and home of the oldest university in Germany. Visit the imposing red sandstone ruins of 12th century Heidelberg Castle, a hilltop Gothic masterpiece. Return to Frankfurt in the late afternoon. (Breakfast)

DAY 4, Sunday - Walking Tour in Cologne
Depart for dynamic Cologne, with its 2000 year-old history, often called the capital of the Rhineland. Enjoy a walking tour of the city, most famous for its Roman origins. Linger at the striking 13th century Cologne Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its soaring twin spires. Tonight, perhaps a visit to the beer halls of the Altstadt (Old Town), center of the city's lively nightlife. (Breakfast)

DAY 5, Monday - Tour of Hamburg
Today, head to Hamburg, the largest port city on the Elbe River, known as the country’s "gateway to the world." In the afternoon, explore Alster Lake in the heart of the city, with its well-used Outer and Inner walkways and elegant waterside villas owned by Hamburg’s wealthiest merchants. View the Landing Bridge of St. Pauli, the largest in the harbor and baroque-style Michel Church, bearing the largest tower clock in Germany. Continue to the impressive Renaissance Town Hall (Rathaus). After dinner, leisure time to perhaps visit Planten un Blomen Park, a leafy oasis in the heart of the city with its summer fountains and gorgeous floral displays. Dinner tonight is at the hotel. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 6, Tuesday - Berlin City Tour
History comes to life today as you head east, crossing the former "Iron Curtain" to Germany’s magnificent capital city of Berlin, a mecca for art, culture and fashion. During your sightseeing tour on arrival, marvel at the landmarks of the old East and West sections of Berlin, including the Brandenburg Gate, symbol of the reunification, the glass-dome Reichstag Building and “Checkpoint Charlie,” the last remaining mark of the formerly divided city. Drive along Unter den Linden Boulevard past the State Opera House and the imposing Cathedral. End the day in the shopping and entertainment district of Kurfürstendamm with its rows of boutiques, cafes and non-stop activity. Tonight, see illuminated Berlin on the optional Night Tour that includes a delectable dinner. (Breakfast)

Optional:Berlin by Night with Dinner (PM)

DAY 7, Wednesday - Full Day in Berlin
A glorious day at leisure in this capital city. Visit the Pergamon Museum, Charlottenburg Palace, Holocaust Museum or ascend the huge Berlin TV Tower to see the incredible 360° views of the city. Shop to your heart’s content at an endless array of designer stores highlighting some of Europe’s top fashion. There’ll be opportunity to participate in optional tours to discover Berlin’s hidden past, or travel to nearby Potsdam, the historic "City of Palaces". (Breakfast)

Optional:Berlin's Hidden Past (AM)
Optional:Potsdam Tour (PM)

DAY 8, Thursday - Tour of Dresden
Cross Saxony to the baroque art city of Dresden, titled the "Florence on the Elbe." Discover this astonishing Renaissance city that has emerged from its wartime destruction to a luxurious splendor. Stop at the ornate Zwinger Palace, once a setting for court festivities, and the world-famous Semper Opera House. Continue to the Frauenkirche Church, symbol of reconstruction with its magnificent baroque dome. A highlight of the day is a fascinating visit to the renowned Green Vault to admire the jewels and treasures of Saxon kings. The rest of the day is yours to explore independently. Discover Altmarkt Square and the Prager Strasse area with its lovely shops and sidewalk cafes. Dinner together at the hotel. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 9, Friday - Nuremberg City Tour
Today you head to Nuremberg, an energetic city with a visible history of almost one thousand years. View the historic Palace of Justice where the War Crimes Tribunal met in 1946 and the chilling Nazi Rally Grounds where mass events were held to fuel the party propaganda. End the day at lively Market Square in the Old Town. Later, enjoy dinner with your travel companions. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 10, Saturday - Rothenburg City Tour
This morning travel to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, the preserved walled city where time has stood still. Step back in time as this town, untouched by the ravages of war, charms you with its cobble streets, ramparts, and centuries old houses. In the late afternoon, arrive in Munich, the pride of Bavaria, with its festive fun-loving spirit. This evening perhaps join the optional Bavarian Evening with dinner. (Breakfast)

Optional:Bavarian Evening with dinner (PM)

DAY 11, Sunday - Oberammergau, Neuschwanstein Castle
Leave Munich and drive into the German Alps and onto the Romantic Road for a brief stop in the village of Oberammergau. Home of the world famous "Passion Play," this idyllic village is a picture perfect example of an Alpine village filled with wooden chalets, painted facades and flowering window boxes. Continue to visit Bavaria's "Mad" King Ludwig's fantasy castle of Neuschwanstein perched high above the valley below. This is one of the most visited castles in Germany and a symbol of idealized romantic architecture. Among the castle's finest rooms are two magnificent halls decorated in dazzling gold and blue. Tour the extravagant castle before returning to Munich for an evening at leisure. (Breakfast)

DAY 12, Monday - City Tour of Munich
Begin your morning city tour on a drive through Munich, revealing countless museums, galleries, ornate palaces and historic buildings including the Koenigsplatz and the monument lined Ludwig Strasse. Continue to the Olympic Stadium situated in the heart of Olympia Park, the main venue for the 1972 Summer Olympics. Then, visit the stunning Nymphenburg Palace with its gorgeous baroque facade, once summer residence of Bavarian rulers. The tour ends at Marienplatz Square, cultural center of the city, where you will join the crowds watching the famous glockenspiel clock dating back to 1908 with its colorful mechanical figures dancing the top of the hour. Afternoon is at leisure, to shop for last minute souvenirs or to browse the local produce market. Tonight, a toast to your newfound friends on your last night in Germany as you enjoy a festive Farewell Dinner together at a popular restaurant. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 13, Tuesday - Depart Munich and Transfer to Vilshofen for Cruise Embarkation
Bid farewell to your tour manager in Munich and transfer by bus to Vilshofen. After arrival formalities, meet your Gate 1 cruise directors and relax on board. Tonight, a gala Welcome Dinner sets the mood for your delightful river cruise. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 14, Wednesday - Passau & Regensburg City Tour
This morning cruise into 2500-year-old Passau, a Bavarian town with a mix of Roman, Italian Baroque and Gothic architecture. Tour this small city known for its pastel patrician houses, cafes, cobblestone lanes and riverfront promenade. Return to the ship for lunch before departing by coach to 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 ship this evening and set sail for Austria. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 15, Thursday - Full Day in Linz
Early this morning cruise into Linz. Founded by the Romans, Linz has cultivated a strong artistic tradition, especially in the field of music. Today is free to explore the city independently, taking in such sites as St. Mary’s Cathedral and Linz Castle, or just relaxing at a café sampling the famous Linzer torte which was named after this quaint city. Alternatively, 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. 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 16, Friday - 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 17, Saturday - 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 18, Sunday - Bratislava City Tour
This morning, enjoy the tranquil scenery as the ship 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 19, Monday - Budapest City Tour
Your morning tour begins on the Pest side of the city, 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 20, Tuesday - Depart Hungary
Your vacation ends today after breakfast. Disembarkation will end at 9:30 am. (Breakfast)

Tour Map
River Cruise Highlights
  • Visit the imposing red sandstone ruins of Heidelberg Castle, a Gothic masterpiece
  • Cruise on the scenic Rhine River past exquisite landscapes of castles and villages
  • See the striking 13th century Cologne Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • In Hamburg, view the country's port on the Elbe River, "gateway to the world"
  • History comes to life as you cross the former "Iron Curtain" to Berlin
  • View Checkpoint Charlie, the Reichstag and Brandenberg Gate, symbols of the formerly divided city
  • Cross Saxony to the baroque art city of Dresden, titled the "Florence on the Elbe"
  • In Nuremberg, view the Palace of Justice where the War Crimes Tribunal met in 1946
  • Journey to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, the walled town where time has stood still
  • Travel on the picturesque Romantic Road through medieval towns and villages
  • Visit Nymphenburg Palace, former summer residence of Bavarian rulers
  • Visit Bavaria's "Mad" King Ludwig's fantasy castle of Neuschwanstein perched high above the valley below
  • Visit Regensburg, one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities
  • Tour the historic Benedictine Melk Abbey, one of the finest examples of Baroque architecture
  • Enjoy a city tour of Vienna and view Hofburg Palace, Vienna Opera House and St. Stephen's Cathedral
  • See magnificent panoramic views of Budapest from atop Fisherman's Bastion
All This Included
  • 18 nights First Class accommodations
  • River port charges of $190 per person
  • Cruise & Hotel porterage
  • 36 meals: 18 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 12 dinners with wine
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Shore excursions per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring
River Cruise Features & Amenities
  • 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 Wi-Fi access in public areas
  • 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 & Activities Director throughout
  • Shore excursions conducted exclusively in English by licensed guides
 
Accommodations on this Tour
Cruising: Monarch Princess
Frankfurt: Hilton Frankfurt
Cologne: Maritim Hotel Koln
Hamburg: Steigenberger Hotel Hamburg
Berlin: Maritim proArte Hotel Berlin or Steigenberger Hotel or The Westin Grand Berlin
Dresden: Innside Dresden
Nuremberg: Le Meridien Grand
Munich: Le Meridien Munich
Notes
  • Cabin upgrades are available. 
  • Cruise/Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.
  • Due to physical constraints and space limitations, wheelchairs and walkers are not allowed on motor coaches and/or river cruises. 
  • Oct 4 departure will be accommodated at The Westin Grand Berlin.
  • 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.
  • 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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