Blue Danube Wine Discovery River Cruise

002018 - W18

The delightful Danube sets the stage for this incredible journey as you sail through beautiful scenery and quaint towns from Budapest to Prague.

Highlights
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Itinerary
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Highlights
  • Visit a wine cellar and enjoy a wine tasting
  • On-board wine tasting
  • Lectures by Master of Wine
  • Special on-board food and wine pairing dinner
  • Visit to Loisium wine museum in Langenlois
Details

2018 Departures:
October: 31

As availability on travel programs changes frequently, please contact us for the most up to date availability on this departure.

2018 Pricing:
Category E – $4,237
Category D –  $4,703
Category B – $5,582
Category A – $5,640
Category P – $5,757
Royal Suite – $6,576
Taxes – $224

Prices are shown per person in CA$ based on two people sharing a twin or double cabin. Single pricing is available on request. No triple cabins are offered. Pricing may vary depending on cabin availability or any special offers. Please ask for updated pricing.

Tour Code:
002018 - W18

Itinerary
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Day 1 – Arrive In Budapest, Hungary (Embarkation)

Welcome to Budapest, Hungary’s lively capital spanning the banks of the Danube, Eastern Europe’s most cosmopolitan metropolis. Whether you’re seeing the sights, shopping for handcrafted embroidery or Herend porcelain, or basking in the coffee house culture over a rich cream cake in the renowned Gerbeaud Café, Budapest’s unique energy is positively palatable. You can explore Heroes’ Square as well as the massive hilltop castle complex with its remarkable Fishermen’s Bastion and 11th-century Matthias Church, the coronation spot of several Hungarian monarchs. Be sure to take note of the city’s eight bridges—many famous sights in and of themselves—which connect ancient Buda on the right bank with Pest on the left. You may even want to walk across Chain Bridge, built in 1849 and a symbol of Budapest. Want more time in Budapest? We can arrange for you to arrive a day or two prior to your cruise departure to give you lots of time to explore.

This afternoon board your river cruise vessel and meet your crew at a welcome reception.
(Dinner)

Day 2 – Budapest-Vienna, Austria

Enjoy a day of relaxation on board and marvel at the beautiful scenery on both banks of the Danube. Hungary is on your left as you cruise upriver and Slovakia is on your right. The two countries share the Danube for a 58-mile stretch, with the border in the middle of the river. This evening, arrive in Vienna, Austria’s capital. Known as the “City of Music,” it inspired the creative genius of Mozart, Beethoven, and Strauss. An optional concert is available during your stay.
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 3 – Vienna

Once the center of the mighty Habsburg Empire, Austria’s magical capital on the blue Danube is a showcase of gilded architecture. This is home to the lavish Hofburg Imperial Palace complex with its Vienna Boys’ Choir and dazzling Lipizzaner stallions; the neo-renaissance Vienna Opera House; and awe-inspiring St. Stephen’s Cathedral—plus, countless other sights your local guide will show you during an included city sightseeing tour. Stroll through the delightful pedestrian Kärntnerstrasse, and be sure to take a break and enjoy a piece of decadent Sachertorte or Apfelstrudel in one of the classic Viennese coffee houses, historic institutions that helped shape Viennese culture!
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4 – Dürnstein–Melk

Dürnstein, known for the magnificent baroque, blue Stiftskirche built in the 1700s, is right in the heart of the Wachau wine region. The main street of this small town—with a population of less than 1,000 people—is lined with 16th-century homes and charming cobblestone streets. This morning your Local Guide will take you on an included walking tour and tell you the tale of England’s King Richard the Lionheart, who was imprisoned in the castle whose ruins still stand above the town. During lunchtime, sail the picturesque Wachau Valley and arrive in Melk in the early afternoon. Here, enjoy a guided visit of the magnificent 11th-century Benedictine Abbey, one of Europe’s largest monasteries. The abbey houses an ornate library with over 80,000 printed books and 2,000 manuscripts. You’ll be captivated by the splendour of the church with its frescoed ceilings, stunning high altar, marble statues, and 210-foot-high cupola. The view from the terrace over the Danube and surrounding countryside is breathtaking! This evening, sample some of the Wachau Valley’s famous wines.
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5 – Passau, Germany

Today, you might wish to choose from a couple of full-day optional excursions: to Salzburg, taking in some of The Sound of Music sights or to medieval Český Krumlov in the Czech Republic, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Alternatively, you may choose to stay on the ship and relax as you cruise to Passau, uniquely located where the Inn, Ilz, and Danube Rivers converge. Passau is a maze of narrow cobblestone streets lined with beautiful patrician houses. St. Stephen’s Cathedral, a masterpiece of Italian baroque architecture, houses one of the world’s largest church organs with 17,774 pipes. Take in the highlights on the included guided walk.
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6 – Regensburg

Dating back to the time of the Celts around 500 BC, Regensburg is one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities. Established during the Holy Roman Empire and the only German city not bombed during WWII, Regensburg has at least 1,300 listed buildings of “historic interest.” Architectural highlights of your guided walk include the Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall), built in the 13th century, and Porta Pretoria, gates to an ancient Roman fort built in 179 AD. Wander through the city’s lanes and alleys to discover the many mansions with high towers. Wealthy families built these towers to emphasize their status and wealth during the Middle Ages, and many still remain today. Walk across the 12th-century Steinerne Brücke (Stone Bridge), the oldest of its kind in Germany. Grab a beer and enjoy an included snack at the 17th-century Historische Wurstküche (Old Sausage Kitchen), one of Germany’s oldest restaurants. Here—where the locals congregate—feel the vibrant atmosphere and take in the remarkable views along the river. After dinner, we’ll introduce you to some of Germany’s famous beers.
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7 – Roth–Nuremberg

This morning the choice is yours—join a Local Guide for a rally grounds tour in nearby Nuremberg, or a guided sightseeing tour of Roth.This delightful Bavarian town, with its half-timbered houses and market square, is also an industrial center for textile manufacturing. Visit the interesting Industrial Museum and then in contrast, take pictures of Schloss Ratibor, an ancient hunting lodge, built in 1535, with a most picturesque inner courtyard.
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8 – Nuremberg (Disembarkation) – Prague, Czech Republic

After breakfast, say goodbye to your crew and disembark for your trip by motorcoach to Prague, with a two-night stay in the “Golden City”.
(Breakfast)

Day 9 – Prague

Prague is a 1,200-year-old city preserved in time, and, unlike other Central European capitals, it was not bombed during the 20th-century wars. A local guide shows you its best-known treasures, such as the Old Town’s Astronomical Clock, built in 1410 and once the envy of all of Europe; Hradcany Castle grounds; St. Vitus Cathedral; and the Charles Bridge, the oldest bridge in Prague. Browse the shops for hand-cut crystal or art books. Mix with the locals in Wenceslaus Square, an important meeting point where people demonstrated against the communist regime; or watch performers on Charles Bridge.
(Breakfast)

Day 10 – Depart Prague

Your vacation ends this morning after breakfast and check-out.
(Breakfast)

Included
  • Accommodations in your chosen cabin category
  • Included excursions with Certified Local Guides
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the ship
  • 24-hour self-serve beverage station
  • Premium coffees, cappuccinos & lattes
  • Complimentary bottled water daily
  • Sparkling wine and juices with breakfast
  • Soft drinks with lunch
  • Daily breakfast and lunch buffets
  • Four-course dinners with open seating
  • Complimentary wine (including regional) at dinner
  • Complimentary soft drinks or beer with dinner
  • Night Fare served at 10:30 pm
  • Headsets for shore excursions
  • Professional Cruise Director
Not Included
  • Pre/Post Hotels
  • Travel Insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Meals not indicated
  • Beverages not indicated
  • Items of a personal nature
Tour Notes

You may also choose to add on a visit to Prague, Czech Republic. We can arrange for you to travel by motor coach to Prague with a two-night stay in the “Golden City”. Prague is a 1,200-year-old city preserved in time, and, unlike other Central European capitals, it was not bombed during the 20th-century wars. A local guide shows you its best-known treasures, such as the Old Town’s Astronomical Clock, built in 1410 and once the envy of all of Europe; Hradcany Castle grounds; St. Vitus Cathedral; and the Charles Bridge, the oldest bridge in Prague. Browse the shops for hand-cut crystal or art books. Mix with the locals in Wenceslaus Square, an important meeting point where people demonstrated against the communist regime; or watch performers on Charles Bridge. Please inquire for pricing details for this or any other extension to your river cruise.

Disclaimer: We do our utmost to ensure that information posted on our website is correct at the time of publication, however trip details are subject to change without notice by the suppliers and operators involved. We update the information as soon as possible when changes are advised to us, however, we cannot assume responsibility for such changes made by the suppliers and operators.

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