CRUISE THE IMPERIAL DANUBE
WITH A ROYAL $1250.00 PER PERSON DISCOUNT
JULY 24 – 31, 2018
$2999 OR $3099 FOR OPEN AIR SUITES
July 24 – Nuremberg (Embarkation): welcome to Germany; onboard welcome reception
July 25 – Nuremberg: choice of guided city sightseeing or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour
July 26 – Regensburg: guided walk; enjoy a snack at the Historische Wurstküche; beer tasting
July 27 – Passau: guided walk
July 28 – Melk-Vienna: guided visit of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk
July 29 – Vienna: guided sightseeing
July 30 – Budapest: guided sightseeing, see Fishermen’s Bastion and Heroes Square
July 31 – Budapest (Disembarkation): your vacation ends this morning
Sapphire Cabins (middle deck): $2999 per person dbl occ. (sgl supplement $1199 limited availability)
Royal Cabins (top deck):$3099 per person dbl occ. (sgl supplement $1299 limited availability)
Taxes/Port Charges $168 per person
Trip Protection Insurance $249 per person
**ASK ME ABOUT $299 AIR FROM CHICAGO!!**
Cabin selections are going quickly, $250 deposit and $249 insurance pp reserves your place.
Join our Quaintest Villages of the Alps Tour with the German American Heritage Center July 12 – 24, 2018 before the cruise. Request a tour kit!
Call Linda Meadors at 309-912-4888
THE LEGENDARY DANUBE JULY 24 – JULY 31, 2018
Day 1 Arrive in Nuremberg, Germany (Embarkation)
Welcome to Germany! This afternoon board your river cruise vessel. Before dinner, meet your crew for a welcome reception.
Day 2 Nuremberg
Although 90% of Nuremberg’s Old Town suffered extensive damage during WWII, much of it has been restored to the glory it once knew as the unofficial capital of the Holy Roman Empire. This morning, choose a GUIDED SIGHTSEEING TOUR and marvel at this thousand-year-old city’s medieval fortifications, extraordinary gothic churches, and the Kaiserburg (Imperial Castle), or join a more specialized “NUREMBERG RALLY GROUNDS” tour.
Day 3 Regensburg
Arrive in Regensburg today. 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 Historische Wurstküche (Old Sausage Kitchen), one of Germany’s oldest restaurants. Bask in the vibrant atmosphere and take in the remarkable views along the river. Before dinner, we’ll introduce you to some of Germany’s FAMOUS BEERS!
Day 4 Passau
This morning, dock in Passau. Uniquely located where the Inn, Ilz, and Danube Rivers converge, Passau is a maze of narrow cobblestone streets lined with beautiful patrician houses and dominated by St. Stephen’s Cathedral, a masterpiece of Italian baroque architecture. Take in the highlights on the included GUIDED WALK. Alternatively, choose from several full-day optional excursions while your ship continues to sail into Austria. Rejoin your vessel in the late afternoon.
Day 5 Melk, Austria-Vienna
This morning, enjoy an included GUIDED VISIT of Melk’s 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 splendor 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! Then, cruise through the picturesque Wachau Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Pass the magnificent baroque Stiftskirche with its blue façade, the landmark of Dürnstein, before arriving in Vienna this evening. Known as the “City of Music,” it inspired the creative genius of Mozart, Beethoven, and Strauss. An optional concert is available tonight.
Day 6 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 shown to you by your LOCAL GUIDE during your included CITY TOUR. Shop in 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! In the late afternoon, leave Vienna for Budapest.
Day 7 Budapest, Hungary
Spanning the banks of the Danube, Budapest is one of Eastern Europe’s liveliest cities. 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. On your GUIDED SIGHTSEEING TOUR, see 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-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. Perhaps visit St. Stephen’s Basilica; shop at the Great Market Hall and purchase paprika at one of its 180 vendor stalls; wander around the Royal Palace grounds; or stroll along Váci utca, the main shopping street.
Day 8 Budapest (Disembarkation)
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
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