17 Day Danube River Cruise with Berlin, Dresden, Prague & Budapest 2020
17 days with Gate 1 Rating: Deluxe
River Cruise Itinerary
DAY 1, Wednesday - Depart for Germany Depart for Germany.
DAY 2, Thursday - Arrive Berlin Arrive in Germany's capital city, Berlin. The rest of the day is at leisure. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Drink and orientation meeting with your local host at the hotel at approximately 6pm, followed by a briefing about the journey. We recommend that you select flights which arrive in your destination no later than 4pm on Day 2 or earlier, if possible.
DAY 3, Friday - Berlin City Tour Begin the morning with a guided tour. View the Reichstag building where the German Parliament is housed since 1894. Continue to the famous Brandenburg Gate, that once represented the separation of the city between East and West Berlin. Since the Berlin Wall came down in 1989, it is now a symbol of German unity, along with Checkpoint Charlie, the controversial crossing point. Drive along elegant Unter den Linden Boulevard and the Kurfurstendamm, one of the city's most famous avenues and continue past the German State Opera House and the Baroque Deutscher Dom (German Cathedral) built in the 1700s. Or, join the optional Berlin's Hidden Past tour and delve beneath the surface to see what remains of the city of the latter part of the 20th century - the defeat of the Nazis, the liberation, destruction and division of Germany’s capital by the hated "Berlin Wall" that brought to focus the East/West division of Europe by the Cold War. (Breakfast)
Optional: Berlin's Hidden Past (PM)
DAY 4, Saturday - Walking Tour of Dresden Known for its magnificent art treasures and Baroque architecture, much of this city was destroyed during the war but has been lovingly restored to its former glory, including the Royal Palace and its museum, with treasures dating back to the 1720s. The guided walking tour includes such sites as Zwinger Palace, the Semper Opera and the signature landmark of Dresden, the Frauenkirche, the Church of Our Lady, totally rebuilt from rubble. After dinner, enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure. (Breakfast, Dinner)
DAY 5, Sunday - Afternoon in Prague This morning drive to the "Golden City" of Prague. Upon arrival this afternoon, you are free to explore Prague on your own. Perhaps visit the museums, galleries or wander along the banks of the Vltava River. Tonight, mix with the locals at Wenceslas Square, shop for local handicrafts, enjoy one of the many charming cafes or dine at a world-class restaurant. (Breakfast)
DAY 6, Monday - Prague City Tour Your morning tour of Prague includes a visit to the 1000-year-old Hradcany Castle grounds, former residence of the Bohemian Kings. Enjoy magnificent views of the Charles Bridge and Lesser Town below and see the elegant courtyards, St. George Basilica and the St. Vitus Cathedral. Continue to the Jewish Quarter, and the Old Town Square to view the world-famous Astronomical Clock and the Town Hall. The rest of the day is at leisure to visit the museums, galleries or wander along the banks of the Vltava River. Or, join the optional afternoon tour to Terezin, the infamous Nazi WWII concentration camp, now a memorial to those who perished. (Breakfast)
Optional: Terezin (PM)
DAY 7, Tuesday - Full Day in Prague Today is free to further explore this beautiful city independently. Visit the museums, galleries or stroll along Parizska Street, the city's famous shopping district. This evening, perhaps try traditional Czech cuisine at a popular restaurant. Remember to sample Prague's national treasure - its world-renowned beer. (Breakfast)
DAY 8, Wednesday - Embark in Regensburg Time this morning for last minute sightseeing, or shopping in Prague before the early afternoon departure to Regensburg. After arrival formalities, time to relax on board. Tonight, meet your Cruise Director and enjoy a gala welcome dinner as it sets the mood for your delightful river cruise. (Breakfast, Dinner)
DAY 9, Thursday - 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 ship 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 10, Friday - 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 onboard the ship, continue sailing during lunch and relax 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 11, Saturday - 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 12, Sunday - 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Optional: Schonbrunn Palace Tour (PM)
DAY 13, Monday - Bratislava City Tour This morning, enjoy the tranquil scenery as you sail 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 14, Tuesday - 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 gala dinner on board. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 15, Wednesday - Holloko City Tour This morning, bid farewell to your Cruise Director and meet your local host as you disembark in Budapest and travel to the charming village of Holloko (meaning raven-stone) hidden in the Cserhát hills in northeastern Hungary. Take a walking tour of the historic village, a fine example of a preserved traditional settlement and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Experience the typical rural life of the Palóc people and see craftsmen at work. Spend free time in the village and perhaps try some Palóc dishes for lunch before heading back to Budapest. 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 music. (Breakfast)
Optional: Dinner & Show in Budapest (PM)
DAY 16, Thursday - Full Day in Budapest Today, enjoy the delights of Budapest independently. Immerse yourself in the heritage of the "City of Baths" and visit a traditional Turkish bath house with its thermal pools and spas or, stroll along the Danube Promenade, a walkway along the Danube that goes from the Elisabeth Bridge to Chain Bridge, offering stunning views of the capital. Another option is to head to Margaret Island, a quite getaway within the city, that serves as a recreational park, located in the middle of the Danube River. Perhaps, join the optional half day Taste of Budapest. Explore the local food scene, at the Hold Street Market Hall, while getting introduced to the history of Hungarian cuisine. Taste local cheeses from family farms around Budapest and salami delicacies, along with Hungarian meats and sausages served with fresh bread and mustard. End the tour with a sweet Budapest pastry - local strudel and a cup of coffee. (Breakfast)
Optional: Half Day Taste of Budapest (AM)
DAY 17, Friday - Depart Hungary Your vacation ends today after breakfast. (Breakfast)
River Cruise Highlights
View Checkpoint Charlie, the Reichstag and Brandenberg Gate, symbols of the formerly divided city of Berlin
Cross Saxony to the baroque art city of Dresden, titled the "Florence on the Elbe"
City tour of Prague "The City of a Thousand Spires"
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
Enjoy a guided walking tour of charming Bratislava, capital of Slovakia
During your Budapest City Tour, see the Parliament, Heroes Square, Royal Palace and Matthias Church
View the picturesque village of Holloko with its local craftsmen and restaurants
All This Included
15 nights accommodations
River port charges of $190 per person
Hotel & cruise porterage
29 meals: 15 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 8 dinners
Cruise director & activities host throughout cruise
Tour manager in Berlin & Dresden
Local host in Prague & Budapest
Services of local guides in all major cities
Shore excursions per itinerary
Entrance fees per itinerary
Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring during excursions
River Cruise Features & Amenities
Gala Welcome Dinner and Farewell Dinner
Wine and beer with dinners
Locally inspired recipes
Early riser breakfast in addition to buffet breakfast
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
Non-smoking ship interior
Shore excursions conducted exclusively in English by licensed guides
Accommodations on this Tour
Berlin: Hotel Palace Berlin
Dresden: Hilton Hotel
Prague: Hotel Cosmopolitan or Hotel Imperial
Cruising: Cabin onboard Monarch Princess
Budapest: Hilton Budapest City
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. There are no elevators or chair lifts on board. While sailing with Monarch Cruises, passengers are subject to the cruise's Terms & Conditions.
Know Before You Book - High & Low Water 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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