Featuring a 7-night Danube River Cruise
Explore Regensburg, home of the first stone bridge built over the Danube; board a cruise to view Budapest’s stunning night skyline; and visit King Ludwig II’s ornate Linderhof Palace. Take a city tour of Munich, featuring the world-famous Glockenspiel*; enjoy unlimited wine with every dinner on board your cruise ship; and attend the Captain’s Gala Dinner. Take a walking tour of Passau, a 2,000-year-old fairy-tale city; and discover Slovakia’s remarkable capital, Bratislava.
October 15-25, 2021
Highlights include a 7-night Danube River Cruise, Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna, Wachau Valley, Linz, Passau, Regensburg, Munich, Seefeld, Linderhof Palace, Oberammergau, and more. 11 days, 24 meals, hotel, cruise, airfare, port charges, and taxes; passport required**. Lower Outside Double $5,249, Middle Outside Double $5,749, Upper Outside Double $6,249, Suite Double $8049. ($400 discount if booked before February 17, 2021)
Day 1: Overnight flight
Day 2-8: MS Amadeus Brilliant, Amsterdam
Day 9-10: Seelos Hotel- NIKO Hotels, Seefeld, Tyrol
Day 1: Friday, October 15, 2021: On a timeless trip down the Danube River, sail past breathtaking scenery and pause in quaint villages and lively cities. Your tour begins with an overnight flight to Europe.
Day 2: Saturday, October 16, 2021: Say hello to Budapest, Hungary’s lovely capital, and board your ship. Your home for the next seven nights, this beautifully appointed vessel has all the modern amenities you could need, such as the newest technology, panoramic deck, panorama bar, outstanding service, excellent cuisine, and unlimited wine and beer with every dinner on board. After a cocktail reception and welcome dinner, take in the city skyline on an evening cruise along Budapest’s stunning shores. Our day ends with a fun-filled folklore show. (D)
Day 3: Sunday, October 17, 2021: Embark on a tour of Budapest and experience the historic Buda Castle area, Fisherman’s Bastion, and the 500-year-old St. Matthias Church. Enjoy incomparable views of the twin cities Buda and Pest, nestled on opposing banks of the river. (B, L, D)
Day 4: Monday, October 18, 2021: Enter into Slovakia and tour Bratislava, the former imperial capital of the Habsburg Empire. Discover sites such as the 13th-century castle, Old Town, St. Martin’s Cathedral, Michael’s Gate, and the Archbishop’s palace. Your journey continues toward Vienna, Austria’s capital city. (B, L, D)
Day 5: Tuesday, October 19, 2021: Join a local expert and explore Vienna’s architecture, including Hofburg Palace, the Vienna Opera House, the Ringstrasse, and the awe-inspiring St. Stephen’s Cathedral. The afternoon is yours. Perhaps you’ll join an optional excursion to Schönbrunn Palace, the Habsburgs’ summer retreat.
(B, L, D)
Day 6: Wednesday, October 20, 2021: Cruise to the quaint town of Emmersdorf. Relax and take in the scenery of this picturesque area and enjoy free time to explore. Your journey takes you through the Wachau Valley, dotted with castles and hillside houses. (B, L, D)
Day 7: Thursday, October 21, 2021: Start your morning with a walking tour of Linz, a charming town that straddles the Danube River. Cross the border into Germany and spend time in Passau, situated at the meeting point of the Danube, Inn, and Ilz rivers. Enjoy a leisurely paced walking tour of this 2,000-year-old fairy-tale city and take in the ornate Baroque architecture, the cobblestone streets, and St. Stephan’s Cathedral, home to Europe’s largest church organ. Back on board, celebrate at the Captain’s Gala Dinner with your fellow passengers. (B, L, D)
Day 8: Friday, October 22, 2021: With an expert guide, discover Regensburg, one of Germany’s best-preserved medieval cities. See the first stone bridge built over the Danube and the Porta Praetoria – a Roman gate built in A.D. 179. Stroll through Old Town and uncover more of this historic city. Tonight, partake in a delightful Bavarian evening. (B, L, D)
Day 9: Saturday, October 23, 2021: Disembark your cruise ship and journey to Munich. Feel the energy of this lively city during a tour that highlights Olympic Park, the world-famous Glockenspiel*, and Marienplatz, a beautiful square surrounded by shops, restaurants and cafés. After some free time, continue on to the quaint Alpine town of Seefeld. (B, D)
Day 10: Sunday, October 24, 2021: Travel to Ettal, home of Linderhof Palace. Feel like a royal when you venture into the palace, finding a world rich in Rococo ornamentation and unparalleled artistry. You’ll also spend time exploring nearby Oberammergau, renowned for wood carvings and the Passion Play which takes place every ten years. (B, D)
Day 11: Monday, October 25, 2021: Wish Europe goodbye as your tour comes to an end. (B
Experience it! Danube River Cruise
The Danube River is the second largest river in Europe. At 1,770 miles in length, this mighty waterway carves its way through a total of ten European countries. Like any extensive body of water, the Danube offers travelers a plethora of splendid vistas. Join us as we take you on a lovely cruise along the Wachau Valley region, the most breathtaking area of the Danube. You’ll see a dramatic shoreline complete with lofty hills, hilltop castles, and charming villages nestled between flourishing vineyards. Schönbühel Castle, built to protect the entrance to the Wachau Valley, is as impressive today as it was when it was constructed several hundred years ago. Experience the vineyard region of the Wachau from the water and see some of Austria’s most breathtaking landscapes.
*Due to unforeseen schedule changes, witnessing the performance of the Glockenspiel might not be possible.
**The overall activity level of this tour is a level 1. This means you’re a leisurely traveler. You like to discover the energy of a new place, but typically take it easy. You can handle at least one flight of stairs, board a coach, and walk for 15-30 minutes at a time with little difficulty.
Effective for travel after January 2021, all visitors who do not need a visa to enter Europe will be expected to apply for an ETIAS travel authorization, for a fee, when visiting a Schengen Area Country. To identify Schengen Area Countries and to complete the ETIAS application, please visit https://www.etiasvisa.com/