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Classic Danube
(Garmisch to Budapest)

11 days with Collette  Rating: Deluxe

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River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 Overnight Flight
Board your overnight flight to Garmisch, Germany.

Day 2 Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany - Tour Begins
Your tour opens in the quaint Bavarian ski town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen. This evening, gather with your fellow travelers at a welcome dinner. (D)

Day 3 Garmisch-Partenkirchen - Ettal - Oberammergau - Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Travel to Ettal, home of Linderhof Palace. This artistic "Royal Villa" was the only palace King Ludwig II of Bavaria was able to complete in his lifetime. Behind its Baroque façade you will find a world rich in Rococo ornamentation, with many sculptural elements that showcase an incomparable artistry. Later, spend time exploring Oberammergau, renowned for wood carvings and the Passion Play which takes place every ten years. (B,D)

Day 4 Garmisch-Partenkirchen - Munich - Vilshofen - Board Cruise Ship
Journey to Munich. Feel the energy of this lively and fascinating city during a tour that highlights Olympic Park, the world-famous Glockenspiel,* and Marienplatz, a beautiful square surrounded by shops, restaurants and cafés. Enjoy free time before continuing on to Vilshofen to meet your cruise ship. Unpack for a relaxing 7-night Danube River cruise aboard your lovely ship. This vessel offers the newest technology, a panoramic deck, terrace café, panorama salon and bar, excellent cuisine, outstanding service and unlimited wine and beer with every dinner onboard. This evening, enjoy a cocktail reception followed by a welcome aboard dinner. (B,D)

Day 5 Regensburg
A guided walking tour of magnificent Regensburg reveals one of Germany's grand medieval cities with nearly 1,400 historic buildings. Some of the architectural highlights you may view include the first stone bridge built over the Danube, a 1,400-foot-long span built in the 12th century; the old Town Hall; and the Porta Praetoria, one of only two remaining Roman gates in Germany, built in A.D. 179. This afternoon, take a stroll through Old Town. Tonight, partake in a delightful Bavarian evening onboard. Your ship departs for Passau late this evening. (B,L,D)

Day 6 Passau - Linz, Austria
Wake this morning surrounded by scenic valleys and charming riverside towns en route to Passau, set at the confluence of the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers. Enjoy a leisurely paced walking tour of this 2,000-year-old fairy-tale city, exploring the ornate Baroque architecture, the quaint cobblestone streets, and St. Stephan’s Cathedral, home to Europe’s largest church organ. You will have leisure time to independently explore the town. This afternoon, continue on to the charming riverside town of Linz where you will enjoy an included walking tour of the city with a local guide. (B,L,D)

Day 7 Wachau Valley - Emmersdorf - Vienna
View the picturesque landscape as you cruise to the charming town of Emmersdorf. Relax and enjoy the scenery. This afternoon you continue cruising through the romantic Wachau Valley, dotted with magnificent castles and small riverside towns. Arrive in Vienna, Austria's beautiful capital city, in the early evening. (B,L,D)

Day 8 Vienna
Join a local expert and explore Vienna's Imperial architecture including the lavish Hofburg Palace, the impressive Vienna Opera House, the majestic Ringstrasse, and the awe-inspiring St. Stephen's Cathedral. The afternoon is at leisure to explore Vienna's Baroque elegance, stroll along the Karntner Strasse, or sample some of Vienna's famous pastries. If you wish, you may join an optional excursion to the opulent Schönbrunn Palace, the summer retreat of the Hapsburg dynasty. (B,L,D)

Day 9 Vienna - Bratislava, Slovakia
Tour Slovakia's remarkable capital, Bratislava, and discover the city’s most celebrated sites including the 13th-century castle, Old Town, St. Martin's Cathedral, Michael's Gate, and the Archbishop's palace. The afternoon is at leisure. Tonight, you are invited to attend the Captain's Gala Dinner before departing for Hungary. (B,L,D)

Day 10 Budapest, Hungary
Embark on a tour of Budapest, Hungary’s lovely capital, featuring the historic Buda Castle area, Fisherman's Bastion and the 500-year-old St. Matthias Church. Enjoy splendid views of the twin cities of Buda and Pest, nestled on opposing banks of the river. Tonight, gather onboard with your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner. After dinner, take in the essence of the region during an evening cruise to view Budapest’s stunning night skyline followed by a fun-filled folklore show. (B,L,D)

Day 11 Budapest - Disembark Ship - Tour Ends
After breakfast, disembark the ship as your tour comes to an end. (B)
Tour Map
River Cruise Highlights
  • Visit King Ludwig II's ornate Linderhof Palace.
  • Take a walking tour of Passau, a 2,000-year-old fairy-tale city.
  • Board a cruise to view Budapest’s stunning night skyline.
All This Included
Enjoy two nights in the quaint Bavarian ski town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Visit Linderhof Palace, the “Royal Villa” of King Ludwig. Embark on a relaxing cruise along the scenic Danube River. Your lovely state-of-the-art craft offers a special treat – unlimited wine at every dinner. Pause as you go discovering the quaint villages and lively cities with local guides. Discover Vienna’s historic sites as you are immersed in the city’s atmosphere of opulence and elegance. Behold Munich’s many charms including its world-famous Glockenspiel. Drift along the river through the Wachau Valley dotted with castles and small riverside towns on a 7-night cruise.
  • 24 meals
  • Centrally-located hotels provide a home away from home
  • Hotel-to-hotel baggage handling
  • A professional tour manager accompanies you throughout your trip
  • Expert local guides provide insightful, personalized tours
  • Unparalleled sightseeing includes all of the "must-sees"
  • Enriching cultural experiences bring the destination to life
  • Private climate-controlled motorcoach enhances your tour
  • Free round trip sedan service that takes you from your home to the airport when you purchase an air-inclusive Collette tour (within 50 miles of nearest airport gateway)
Accommodations on this Tour
Vilshofen: MS Amadeus Silver II
Notes
  • This tour includes moderate physical activity. The itinerary blends some longer days with shorter days and more leisure time. Walking tours, as well as walking slightly longer distances, up stairs or on uneven walking surfaces should be expected.
  • 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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