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19 Day Central Europe with Danube River Cruise 2018

19 days with Gate 1  Rating: Deluxe

River Cruise Itinerary

DAY 1, Saturday - Depart for Germany
Depart for Germany.

DAY 2, Sunday - Cruise Embarkation in Vilshofen
Arrive in the port in Vilshofen. 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 - 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. (Dinner)

DAY 4, Tuesday - 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 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 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 8, Saturday - 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 9, Sunday - Full Day in Budapest
Today disembark the ship and spend the balance of the day at leisure. Discover why they call Budapest the “City of Baths” and relax in one of many Turkish bath houses in the city. Tonight, enjoy a Welcome Drink and orientation with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers followed by dinner at your hotel. (Dinner)

DAY 10, Monday - Full Day in Budapest
Explore the city's wonderful shops and cafes on your own today or, join the optional tour of the splendid interior of the Parliament, St. Stephen's Basilica and the historic Great Market Hall. Tonight perhaps choose the optional Danube Cruise that includes dinner and view Budapest at night. (Breakfast)

Optional: Parliament, St. Stephen’s & Great Market Hall (PM)
Optional: Danube Cruise with Dinner (PM)

DAY 11, Tuesday - Travel to Zagreb & City Tour
After breakfast, depart the Hungarian capital for the tranquil shores of Lake Balaton, a popular area where the locals spend their weekends, continuing into Croatia and its capital, Zagreb. Start the city tour with your local guide in busy Kaptol Square in Upper Town, dominated by the monumental Zagreb Cathedral, with its soaring twin spires, its cobblestone streets and red tile roofed buildings. View St. Mark's Church with its brightly colored roof, the 17th century Jesuit Church of St. Catherine and the Parliament building. Conclude with a walking tour in the winding streets of the Old Town and Ban Jelacic, the main square. Later, take a leisurely stroll along Ilica Street, packed with restaurants, trendy cafes and a vibrant shopping scene. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 12, Wednesday - Tour Ljubljana, Travel to Bled
This morning, cross into Slovenia and head to the flourishing capital, Ljubljana. A local expert will lead you on a sightseeing tour of the city and its monuments. There will be time for lunch on your own, to soak up the laid back atmosphere of this refreshing city. Afterward, view the open-air market, City Hall, Robba Fountain, the Three Bridges, and the Parliament. Continue to the resort town of Bled, where you will explore the tranquil emerald green lake on a boat trip to the Island with the church dedicated to the Assumption of Mary and views of Bled Castle. This beautiful resort lies in the heart of the Julian Alps. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 13, Thursday - Full Day in Lake Bled
A full day at leisure to enjoy this delightful resort. Walk the lovely lakeshore or, perhaps take the optional excursion to see two of the wonders of the country. The renowned, UNESCO listed Postonja caves, a huge network of passages, galleries and chambers, the largest show cave in Europe and the impressive Predjama castle, perched high on a cliff. Tonight, perhaps attend the optional Slovenian Festive Dinner. (Breakfast)

Optional: Postonja Caves and Predjama castle (AM)
Optional: Slovenian Festive Dinner (PM)

DAY 14, Friday - Dolomites, Innsbruck
Travel through the dramatic Dolomite mountain range and venture briefly into Italy en route to the mighty Brenner Pass and Austria’s Tyrol. Upon arrival in Innsbruck, admire fine examples of Imperial splendor. Journey back in time with an array of impressive architectural gems from the Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Neoclassical period. On your orientation tour, stop at the Golden Roof, overlooking a bustling square in the heart of historic Innsbruck and the Wilten Basilica, one of the most splendid churches in Tyrol with its stunning rococo decorations. Innsbruck has also hosted two Olympic Winter Games (1964 and 1976). See the famous ski jump used in the Winter Olympics. Tonight, experience an authentic Tyrolean evening on the optional tour featuring a varied entertainment program including folk music, Tyrolean dances and yodeling. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Optional: Tyrolean Evening with drinks (PM)

DAY 15, Saturday - Linderhof, Oberammergau & Munich
This morning cross into Germany at the town of Mittenwald and admire the Bavarian mountains as you pass the ski resort of Garmish Partenkirchen in the shadow of Germany’s highest mountain, the Zugspitze. Next, a highlight tour of Mad King Ludwig’s Linderhof Castle built to rival the splendor of Europe’s royal palaces, with an ornate interior. Continue to the fairytale village of Oberammergau with time for lunch amidst the pretty wooden chalets with flower-filled balconies. Finally arrive in Munich, the vibrant German city, famous for its annual Oktoberfest celebration and home to BMW! (Breakfast)

DAY 16, Sunday - Munich City Tour
This morning, drive past the Olympic Stadium situated in the heart of Olympia Park in northern Munich built as the main venue for the 1972 Summer Olympics. Continue for a photo stop at the breathtaking Nymphenburg Palace, once the summer residence of the rulers of Bavaria, decorated with a gorgeous baroque façade. Driving through the city, you see countless museums, galleries, palaces and historic monuments. Arrive at Marienplatz square, a cultural center of the city, dominated by the Gothic New Town Hall housing Munich's world-famous Glockenspiel, which dates back to 1908. This colorful mechanical clock has life-size figures that dance to music. (Breakfast)

DAY 17, Monday - Travel to Prague
Depart Germany and travel to the capital of the Czech Republic, Prague - "The City of a Thousand Spires". Upon arrival, check into your hotel. Balance of the day is at leisure for individual pursuits. Perhaps explore unique galleries, museums and stroll along Parizska street, the city’s famous shopping district. Tonight, try traditional Czech cuisine at one of the many world-class restaurants in Prague. (Breakfast)

DAY 18, Tuesday - Prague City Tour
This morning's sightseeing will include a walking tour of the Lesser Town and the Old Town, viewing the Infant Jesus of Prague Church and the 14th century Charles Bridge, with its 30 baroque statues of various saints. From here, admire the view of Prague Castle. Continue through the Old Town Square to view the famous Old Town Hall Tower & Astronomical Clock*, Municipal House, Powder Tower and the Jewish Quarter. The rest of the day is at leisure or, join the optional afternoon tour to the hilltop Prague Castle complex, former residence of Bohemian kings and to the magnificent St. Vitus Cathedral, where kings were crowned and battles were fought. Experience spectacular vistas of the entire city below. This evening, enjoy a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Optional: Prague Castle & St. Vitus Cathedral (PM)

DAY 19, Wednesday - Depart the Czech Republic
Your vacation ends today after breakfast. (Breakfast)

*The Prague Astronomical Clock and Old Town Hall Tower will be undergoing renovations during the first half of 2018 and may not be able to be viewed during the restoration

Tour Map
River Cruise Highlights
  • 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
  • View Heroes' Square, the largest and most impressive square in Budapest
  • Stop at Fisherman's Bastion, for enthralling panoramic views of Budapest
  • City tour of Zagreb includes Kaptol Square, Cathedral of Zagreb and St Mark’s Church
  • Tour Ljubljana, Slovenia’s capital and view Robba Fountain, City Hall and Parliament
  • View Bled Castle, a beautiful medieval fortress, perched atop a steep cliff above the Lake Bled
  • Stop at the Golden Roof, in the heart of historic Innsbruck
  • Highlight tour of Mad King Ludwig’s Linderhof Castle
  • Tour Bavarian Munich with its world-famous Glockenspiel clock
  • Take a city tour of Prague “The City of a Thousand Spires”
All This Included
  • 17 nights First Class accommodations
  • River port charges of $190 per person
  • Cruise & hotel porterage
  • 36 meals: 17 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 13 dinners
  • Shore excursions per itinerary
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
 
Accommodations on this Tour
Cruising: Monarch Baroness
Budapest: Radisson Blu Beke
Zagreb: Hotel Westin
Bled: Park Hotel
Innsbruck: Austria Trend Hotel Congress Innsbruck or Grauer Baer Hotel or Hotel Ramada Innsbruck Tivoli
Munich: Sheraton Munich Westpark Hotel
Prague: Andel's by Vienna House Prague
Notes
  • Cabin upgrades are available. 
  • Land/Cruise 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.
  • 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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