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- Port Charges
Day 1 Day 1 - Depart USA
Make arrangements to depart the U.S. to arrive in Munich on June 6.
Day 2 Day 2 - VILSHOFEN
Embark you river cruise ship. Tonight meet your fellow passengers at the Welcome Dinner on board. (D)
Day 3 Day 3 - VILSHOFEN – PASSAU
Explore Vilshofen’s beautiful old town before cruising to Passau, known as the “City of Three Rivers.” Join a walking tour, or if you prefer to be more active, hike high into the hills for a visit to the “Veste Oberhaus,” Passau’s Castle Hill; or go on a River Inn bike tour. (B,L,D)
Day 4 Day 4 - LINZ
The ship arrives in Linz where you’ll have several choices of excursions. Opt for a full-day excursion to Salzburg where you’ll tour the historic center, Mirabell Gardens, Residenz Square and the Old Market. En route to Salzburg, stop at Mondsee, home of the famed Basilica St. Michael and site of the wedding scene in The Sound of Music. Alternatively*, you can join a morning walking tour through Linz’s old city center and by the Mozart House; or go on a guided bike tour along the city’s famed “Culture Mile” and the Danube. You can also choose to visit the charming mountain town, Èeský Krumlov, located just over the Czech-Austrian border. (B,L,D) *Note: Not available with full-day Salzburg excursion
Day 5 Day 5 - WEISSENKIRCHEN
Cruise through the Strudengau and Wachau valleys to Weissenkirchen, gateway to Dürnstein. Once here, you can choose to join a walking tour in Dürnstein along its cobblestone streets to the Baroque Stiftskirche, and then visit Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey. For the more active adventurer, you can opt to hike up to the fortress where Richard the Lionheart was once held, or you may take a bike ride along the Danube through the Wachau Valley. As an alternative excursion, visit a local apricot grower, where you will enjoy the region’s finest apricot treats. Later in the evening, enjoy a special wine tasting of locally grown, world-renowned Riesling and Grüner Veltliner in Weissenkirchen. (B,L,D)
Day 6 Day 6 - VIENNA
The “City of Waltzes” offers a treasure trove of gems and your city tour showcases them, including the majestic Opera House and the former Imperial Palace. Your tour concludes in the historic city center with a visit to St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Or if you prefer a more active tour, take a guided bike ride through Vienna. During the afternoon, enjoy leisure time to further explore this iconic city. (B,L,D)
Day 7 Day 7 - BRATISLAVA
Host to the crowning ceremonies of 11 Hungarian kings and queens between 1536 and 1830, Bratislava certainly has earned the title “Coronation City of Kings,” as you will discover during your walking tour. Or join a special “Tastes of Slovakia” tour. For a more active adventure, hike up to Bratislava Castle, offering magnificent views of the city. (B,L,D)
Day 8 Day 8 - BUDAPEST
Your city tour begins at Vajdahunyad Castle, one of the most romantic castles in Budapest. Afterwards, you’ll visit both the Buda (hilly) and Pest (flat) sides of the Danube River. You’ll see the 19th-century Chain Bridge, which connects the Buda district with Pest; and the UNESCO-designated Castle Hill district, which contains some of Budapest’s most important medieval monuments and museums. As an alternative choice, you can hike up to Castle Hill for breathtaking views of the city below. (B,L,D)
Day 9 Day 9 - BUDAPEST – DISEMBARKATION
Disembark the ship as you prepare for your flight home or enjoy an additional two days in Budapest on the optional post tour. (B)
Enhance Your Journey
Oberammergau Passion Play Pre Tour
The capital of Austria’s Tyrol region, Innsbruck is famous as the site of two winter Olympics. Follow your guide on your half-day morning tour through the quaint medieval streets of Old Town and see the sparkling Golden Roof. The glittering sloping roof has been an opulent landmark since the 15th century. You’ll view Maria Theresa’s Imperial Palace, the Triumphal Arch and visit the Hofkirche. Plus, you will have time to explore the medieval city on your own. This afternoon you may opt to take an optional tour to the Stubai Glacier. (B,D)
This morning you will visit the spectacular Ettal Abbey, a Benedictine order populated by 50 monks, which contains a brewery, distillery, bookstore, publishing house, cheese factory and other ventures. You will see jewel-encrusted crosses containing religious relics, frescoes, richly embroidered vestments, as well as the abbey’s priceless collection of medieval manuscripts. Journey to Oberammergau this afternoon. After the Black Plague, that was rampant in Europe, left their small village, the grateful people of Oberammergau promised God that they would show their gratitude by putting on a Passion Play. Over 380 years later you will get to enjoy this one-of-a-kind, six-hour musical and dramatic performance. You will have reserved seats, a guided tour of the town and motor coach transfers to and from the play’s theater. Dinner in Oberammergau is included. (B,D)
Note: exact day of this Passion Play experience is subject to change due to availability of play tickets.
Enjoy a visit to the fairy tale castle of Neuschwanstein that inspired Walt Disney. Then make your way up the steep ramp-way to the drawbridge and enter the beautiful castle. After touring today, transfer to the port of Vilshofen to embark your river cruise ship. Tonight, meet your fellow passengers at the Welcome Dinner on board . (B,D)
Note: The Neuschwanstein tour, while popular with visitors, requires you to be in good physical condition as there are many steep stairs and inclines.
Budapest Post Tour
After disembarking the ship guests participating in the post cruise extension will visit Puszta, the vast flat Great Hungarian Plain which stretches across to the East. Here, you can find Hungarian cowboys still wearing traditional dress and practicing the skills of their Magyar ancestors. You will tour a genuine Hungarian Czarda (farm) run by the carriage drive world-champion brothers, Lazar. Following the tour, you will witness a unique, unforgettable performance of Hungarian horsemanship, a tradition that goes back to the hordes of the Magyar tribes conquering Hungary in the 9th century. Be amazed by the nomad-cavalry fight show, the archery on horse, four-in-hand driving, the virtuosities of herdsmen and many other wonderful riding performances. Experience warm hospitality and enjoy a traditional lunch served with Goulash, and afterwards you will be transferred to your hotel in Budapest for dinner and overnight.
Visit Esztergom, which is the centre of the Roman Catholic Church and archbishopric seat of Hungary. More than 1000 years ago the first king of Hungary (St. Stephen) was born and crowned here later on. Wonder at the largest and most beautiful basilica of Hungary that was built in the middle of the 19th century. The Esztergom Cathedral is considered to be one of the great churches in the world. Travel to Visegrád, the magical fortress on the top of the hill, which was built in the 13th century and has the best panoramic point of the magical Danube bend. You will explore the fortress and visit the historical and wax works exhibitions. Enjoy a 3-course lunch in a Renaissance Restaurant. The foods, cooked on the basis of medieval recipes, are served by waiters in costumes, and the feast is accompanied with period lute music. Your last stop is Szentendre (St. Andrew), the artist village, named after its medieval patron saint. It is a typical Mediterranean village, situated on the slope of a hill, its small and narrow streets running down to the river Danube. Enjoy time to wander the small shops, artists, cafés, restaurants and pubs, before returning to your hotel in Budapest. Dinner is on your own this evening.
Bid farewell to Budapest and prepare for your homeward flight.