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.

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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

2019 Departures:
May: 02
October: 31

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

2018 Pricing:
May 02, 2019:
Category E – from $3,657
Category D –  $3,896
Category B – $4,906
Category A – $4,956
Category P – $5,156
Royal Suite – $6,156
Taxes – $238

October 31, 2019:
Category E – from $3,200
Category D –  $3,438
Category B – $4,449
Category A – $4,499
Category P – $4,699
Royal Suite – $5,699
Taxes – $239

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.

You must arrive Budapest by 2pm and be on board your ship by 5pm. Meet the river boat crew at a welcome reception before settling in for dinner and your first evening on board.
(Dinner)

Day 2 – Vienna, Austria

Start the day with an optional Morning Stretch with your host. Enjoy sailing the Danube which shares 58 miles of waterway with Hungary on your left and Slovakia on your right as you sail upriver. The border of the two countries is in the middle of the river. Relax on the Sky Deck to see the rolling landscape and red rooftops of the Slovakian capital of Bratislava come in to view. Join an on board lecture hosted by your Master of Wine while sailing to Vienna.

Known as the “City of Music,” Vienna, Austria’s capital city, inspired the creative genius of Mozart, Beethoven, and Strauss. This evening you may choose to join an optional excursion to attend a Royal Waltz Concert for an unforgettable evening of music in an elegant music hall setting.
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 3 – Vienna

Venture into the Habsburg empire this morning on a Guided City Tour of Vienna’s gilded landmarks. See the Hofburg Imperial Palace complex (home to the Vienna Boys’ Choir and the dazzling Lipizzaner Stallions), the winter residence of the Imperial Family, the historic Vienna Opera House and stunning St. Stephen’s Cathedral. You may also decide to join a guided optional excursion to Schönbrunn Palace—a Habsburg Empire summer home for 300 years.

In the afternoon you have free time to take a tram to Austria’s Prater amusement park or one of the many museums nearby. Or, stroll through the delightful pedestrian Kärntnerstrasse, and take a break to enjoy a piece of decadent Sachertorte or Apfelstrudel in one of the classic Viennese coffee houses, historic institutions that helped shape Viennese culture! You may also decide to borrow a bike from the ship to explore the streets and squares of Vienna or ride along the riverbank of the Danube at your leisure.

Later, relax on board with live entertainment as you sail to Dürnstein.
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4 – Dürnstein-Wachau Valley

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. An active option is offered including a hike up to the castle ruins for a spectacular view of the village, Danube and Wachau Valley below. Or, the discovery tour option allows you to explore the fascinating world of wine within a labyrinth underneath the surface, which is about 900 years old. While sipping a selection of different wines you will learn how the wine production developed over the centuries until present day.

During lunchtime, sail the picturesque Wachau Valley and enjoy the flavours of the area with a Wine Tasting on board hosted by your Master of Wine.
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5 – Passau, Germany

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. Today, join a guided city walk to learn more about this beautiful “City of Three Rivers”. Alternatively, you can choose from a couple of full-day optional excursions: one to Salzburg,the city of Mozart and filming location of The Sound of Music or a second to the picturesque, Bohemian town of Český Krumlov in the Czech Republic, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
(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 Castra Regina fortress, 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 a 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.

You may also choose to join a guided excursion to visit the Benedictine Monastery in Weltenburg.

This evening, enjoy live entertainment after dinner as you cruise towards Roth.
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7 – Roth–Nuremberg

Enjoy an onboard lecture about the Main-Danube Canal, linking these two rivers to make a vital connection enabling navigation between the North and Black Seas. Also offered onboard is a lecture about the German region of Franconia, famous for its wines. Touring-wise today, you can choose between a guided tour of the Bavarian town of Roth, with its half-timbered houses, market square and 1535 hunting lodge, Schloss Ratibor, or a guided tour of Nuremberg with its medieval architecture, gilded fountains, gothic cathedra and Kaiserburg Castle or a guided tour of the Nuremberg Rally Grounds, used by the Third Reich.

This evening you cruise towards Nuremberg.
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

 

Day 8 – Nuremberg (Disembarkation)

After breakfast, say goodbye to your crew and disembark the ship. You have the option to stay on for a day or two in Nuremberg, transfer to the airport for a flight home or on to your next destination. We can also add on a trip to Prague, with a two-night or longer stay in the “Golden City” (see Notes). Ask us for details and a quote for this option.
(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
  • In the event of water level problems or any problems of a technical nature, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or to alter the program.
  • Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change is necessary, a substitute will be offered.

Prague, Czech Republic: You may also choose to add on a visit to this scenic city. 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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