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The Blue Danube Discovery
In 2018: 2 Nights Hotel Accommodations in Budapest, 7-Night Cruise from Budapest to Nuremberg, 3 Nights Hotel Accommodations in Prague

In 2019: 2 Nights Hotel Accommodations in Budapest, 7-Night Cruise from Budapest to Nuremberg, 2 Nights Hotel Accommodations in Prague

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2018 & 2019 Departure Dates & Pricing

In 2018: Budapest to Prague - 13 days

In 2019: Budapest t Prague: 12 days

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Ship - Panorama, Vista, Expression, Luminary , Illumination, Impression, Visionary, Artistry II , Passion
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2018 Detailed Itinerary:

Click here for 2019 Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Budapest, Hungary

Welcome to Budapest, Hungary’s lively capital. The remainder of the day is free to start exploring Eastern Europe’s most cosmopolitan metropolis.

Day 2: Budapest

Budapest straddles both banks of the Danube, with seven bridges, including the famous Chain and Elisabeth Bridges, connecting ancient Buda on the right bank with Pest on the left. The massive hilltop castle complex with FISHERMEN’S BASTION and the Matthias Church is among the many sights your Local Guide will show you. Shop for renowned peasant embroidery, Herend porcelain, and paprika. (Breakfast)

Day 3: Budapest (Embarkation Day)

This afternoon at 3:00pm, board your river cruise vessel and meet your crew at a welcome reception. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 4: Budapest - Vienna, Austria

A day to relax 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. Vienna, Austria’s capital, is known as the “City of Music” and inspired the creative genius of Mozart, Beethoven, and Strauss. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5: Vienna

Once the center of the mighty Habsburg Empire, Vienna has much to offer: lavish Hofburg Palace, the impressive Vienna Opera House, the majestic Ring Boulevard, and awe-inspiring St. Stephen’s Cathedral, to name just a few of the sights you will enjoy during your city tour. You do not rush through Vienna; you waltz, taking your time to savor each classic sight and sound. Shop in the Kärntnerstrasse and enjoy Sachertorte or Apfelstrudel in a neighborhood café. An optional concert is available during your stay. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6: Dürnstein - Melk

Dürnstein, known for the magnificent baroque Stiftskirche with its blue façade, lying right in the heart of the Wachau wine region. Above town are the ruins of the castle where England’s King Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned in 1192. This afternoon: Melk, whose magnificent BENEDICTINE ABBEY dominates the town from its commanding hill site and is one of Europe’s largest monasteries. The view you have from the terrace over the Danube and surrounding countryside is breathtaking! This evening you’ll be able to sample some of the Wachau Valley’s FAMOUS WINES. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7: Linz - Passau, Germany

Linz, Austria’s third-largest city, lies on both banks of the Danube and is an important industrial town and busy river port. An optional full-day excursion to Salzburg takes in the popular Sound of Music sights. Passau, ideally located at the confluence of the Rivers Inn, Ilz, and Danube, is a city of graceful arcades and cobblestone streets. St. Stephen’s Cathedral houses the world’s largest church organ with more than 17,000 pipes. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8: Regensburg

Regensburg is one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities. Architectural highlights on your guided tour include the Old Town Hall and Porta Pretoria - gates to an ancient Roman fort built in 179 AD. The city is the capital of Upper Palatinate, a bustling university town, and one of Bavaria’s cultural centers. It is here you will find Germany’s oldest restaurant, the 12th-century Historische Wurstküche (Old Sausage Kitchen). (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 9: Nuremberg

Although Nuremberg suffered extensive damage during WWII, much of it was restored to its original style. Marvel at this historic city with its fabulous gothic churches and elegant patrician houses - all explained by a local expert. Nuremberg’s traditions include famous Lebkuchen, toy making, and metal working. After dinner we’ll introduce you to some of Germany’s FAMOUS BEERS. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 10: Nuremberg (Disembarkation Day) – Prague, Czech Republic

Disembarkation after breakfast. Cross the Czech border in the Bohemian Forest and head for Prague, the “Golden City.” (Breakfast)

Day 11: Prague

Prague is a 1,000-year-old city preserved in time. See its best-known treasures such as the Old Town’s Astronomical Clock, once the envy of all of Europe; HRADCANY CASTLE GROUNDS, St. Vitus Cathedral, and the Charles Bridge. Browse the shops for hand-cut crystal or art books. Mix with the locals in Wenceslaus Square or stroll along the Vltava River. (Breakfast)

Day 12: Prague

A free day for you to explore the city at your own pace. Your Cruise Director will have other suggestions for things to do. (Breakfast)

Day 13: Prague

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

Departures & Pricing

2019 Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1: BUDAPEST, HUNGARY

Welcome to Budapest—Hungary’s Captivating Capital. The day is yours to relax and enjoy Eastern Europe’s shining city on the Danube.

Day 2: BUDAPEST

CLASSIC: Enjoy a Guided City Sightseeing Tour, including the iconic Heroes’ Square.

Take in the beauty of Budapest while enjoying a free afternoon exploring such famous sights as the Chain Bridge. Get to know the city’s cafés and pubs, or take a hike through the hills above the Danube. You may choose to enjoy Hungarian cuisine in an Optional Wine–and–Dine Dinner this evening. (Breakfast)

Day 3: BUDAPEST (EMBARKATION DAY)

With a free day to explore before your cruise, take time to take photographs on the Royal Palace grounds in this treasure trove of historical architecture. Try Budapest’s famous thermal bath spas, then lunch in a garden or rooftop eatery before boarding your Suite Ship®. (Breakfast, Dinner)

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIENNA

Day 4: VIENNA, AUSTRIA

Start the day with a Morning Stretch with your Adventure Host.

Enjoy sailing the Danube, which shares dozens of miles with Hungary and Slovakia. Relax on the Sky Deck to see the rolling landscape and red–rooftops of the Slovakian capital of Bratislava come into view.

This evening in Vienna, you may choose to join an Optional Excursion to attend a Royal Waltz Concert for an unforgettable evening of music in an elegant hall.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN VIENNA

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5: VIENNA

CLASSIC: Venture into the Habsburg empire this morning on a Guided City Tour of Vienna’s gilded landmarks. See the Imperial Palace complex–the winter residence of the Imperial Family, the historic Vienna Opera House and stunning St. Stephen’s Cathedral.

Join a Guided Optional Excursion to Schönbrunn Palace–a Habsburg Empire summer home for 300 years.

This afternoon, enjoy free time to take a tram to visit Austria’s Prater amusement park or one of the many museums nearby. You may also decide to borrow a bike from the ship to explore the streets and squares of Vienna, or ride along the banks of the Danube at your leisure.

Later, relax on board with live entertainment as you sail to Dürnstein.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DÜRNSTEIN

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6: DÜRNSTEIN

CLASSIC: Join a Guided Walk, and hear the legendary tale of King Richard the Lionheart–who was imprisoned in the castle above the village during the Crusades, OR:

ACTIVE: Join a Hike up to the castle ruins with your Adventure Host for a spectacular view of the village, Danube, and the Wachau Valley below.

Enjoy coffee or a cocktail on the Sky Deck as you sail through the picturesque Wachau Valley to Melk.

MELK

Ornate Architecture and Scenic Splendors

CLASSIC Take a Guided Tour of Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey to marvel at its frescoed ceilings, statues, incredible library, and ornate pipe organ.

DISCOVERY Enjoy the flavors of the Wachau Valley with a Wine Tasting on board.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO PASSAU

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7: PASSAU, GERMANY

CLASSIC: Join a Guided City Walk to learn more about this beautiful “City of Three Rivers,” OR:

Join a full day Guided Optional Excursion to Salzburg–the city of Mozart–or a full day Guided Optional Excursion to the picturesque Bohemian town of Český Krumlov.

Meet your ship back in Passau after your selected activities for sailing.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO REGENSBURG

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8: REGENSBURG

CLASSIC: Join a Guided City Walk and see the Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) and Porta Pretoria–built in 179 AD as the entrance to Castra Regina fortress.

You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to visit the Benedictine Monastery in Weltenburg.

Spend a free afternoon exploring Regensburg on foot or by bike through its charming streets.

DISCOVERY: Later, indulge in a Beer Tasting on board.

This evening, enjoy live entertainment after dinner as you cruise toward Roth.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ROTH

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 9: ROTH. EXCURSION TO NUREMBERG

DISCOVERY: 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.

CLASSIC: Choose a Guided Sightseeing of Nuremberg–with its medieval architecture, gilded fountain, gothic cathedral, and Kaiserburg Castle, OR;

CLASSIC: Take a Guided Tour of the historic Nuremberg Rally Grounds–used by the Third Reich.

EVENING CRUISE TO NUREMBERG

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 10: NUREMBERG (DISEMBARKATION DAY) – PRAGUE, CZECHIA

Welcome to Prague! Explore the City of 100 Spires

Enjoy free time to explore the Golden City of Prague and its surrounding countryside. Consider sampling delicious plum dumplings and traditional Pilsner lager beside the Vltava River. (Breakfast)

Day 11: PRAGUE

CLASSIC: Take a Guided City Walk, and visit the Hradčany Castle Grounds; see St. Vitus Cathedral, and Old Town’s Astronomical Clock.

Spend free time hiking the nearby hillsides, or stay in town to stroll the city of Prague to photograph its stunning cityscape. You might catch the entertaining street performers, visit the market stalls at Charles Bridge, and sample Prague’s famous beer varieties in a local restaurant.

Tonight, you may decide to join us for an Optional Folklore Dinner Show, sampling traditional Czech cuisine in an authentic Prague setting. (Breakfast)

Day 12: PRAGUE

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

Departures & Pricing

Advisements:

  • A valid passport is required for travel. Passports must be valid at least 6 months after the last day of travel.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
  • In the event of water level problems on stretches of any river, it may be necessary to operate part of the itinerary by motorcoach.
  • Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change is necessary, a substitute will be offered.
  • For reasons of navigation and passenger safety, the cruise operator and the Captain of the ship reserve the right to modify the itinerary of the cruise.
2018 and 2019 Departures
Start City
Rates are in $ USD and are PER PASSENGER sharing a twin cabin.
From Budapest
Program Start Date
Cruise Embarkation Day
Ship

Cat. E - Lower Deck fwd w/ fixed windows

Cat. D - Lower Deck aft w/ fixed windows
Cat. B - Middle Deck aft w/ french balcony
Cat. A - Middle Deck fwd w/ french balcony
Cat. P - Upper Deck w/ french balcony
Suite -
Upper Deck
w/ french balcony
Sep 23, 2018
Sep 25, 2018
Panorama
$4,309
$4,508
$5,458
$5,508
$5,608
$6,308
Sep 26, 2018
Sep 28, 2018
Passion
$4,209
$4,408
$5,358
$5,408
$5,508
$6,208
Sep 28, 2018
Sep 30, 2018
Luminary
$4,209
-
$4.858
$4,908
$5,008
$5,708
Oct 3, 2018
Oct 5, 2018
Expression
$4,109
$4,308
$5,258
$5,308
$5,408
$6,108
Oct 7, 2018
Oct 9, 2018
Vista
$4,109
$4,308
$5,258
$5,308
$5,408
$6,108
Oct 10, 2018
Oct 12, 2018
Impression
$4,009
$4,208
$5,158
$5,208
$5,308
$6,008
Oct 12, 2018
Oct 14, 2018
Luminary
$4,009
-
$4,658
$4,708
$4,808
$5,508
Oct 17, 2018
Oct 19, 2018
Expression
$3,909
$4,108
$5,058
$5,108
$5,208
$5,908
Oct 24, 2018
Oct 26, 2018
Passion
$3,809
$4,008
$4,958
$5,008
$5,108
$5,808
Oct 30, 2018
Nov 1, 2018
Visionary
$3,509
$3,708
$4,658
$4,708
$4,808
$5,508
Oct 31, 2018
Nov 2, 2018
Illumination
$3,509
$3,708
$4,658
$4,708
$4,808
$5,508
Nov 28, 2018
Nov 30, 2018
Illumination
$3,409
$3,608
$4,558
$4,608
$4,708
$5,408
Dec 12, 2018
Dec 14, 2018
Illumination
$3,409
$3,608
$4,558
$4,608
$4,708
$5,408
Apr 9, 2019
Apr 11, 2019
Imagery II
$3,699
$3,818
$4,848
$4,898
$4,998
$5,898
Apr 16, 2019
Apr 18, 2019
Illumination
$3,799
$3,918
$4,948
$4,998
$5,098
$5,998
Apr 21, 2019
Apr 23, 2019
Envision
$4,049
$4,168
$5,198
$5,248
$5,348
$6,248
Apr 30, 2019
May 2, 2019
Illumination
$4,099
$4,218
$5,248
$5,298
$5,398
$6,298
May 5, 2019
May 7, 2019
Envision
$4,199
$4,318
$5,348
$5,398
$5,498
$6,398
May 14, 2019
May 16, 2019
Illumination
$4,299
$4,418
$5,448
$5,498
$5,598
$6,498
May 19, 2019
May 21, 2019
Envision
$4,299
$4,418
$5,448
$5,498
$5,598
$6,498
May 21, 2019
May 23, 2019
Imagery II
$4,299
$4,418
$5,448
$5,498
$5,598
$6,498
Jun 2, 2019
Jun 4, 2019
Envision
$4,299
$4,418
$5,448
$5,498
$5,598
$6,498
Jun 9, 2019
Jun 11, 2019
Impression
$4,299
$4,418
$5,448
$5,498
$5,598
$6,498
Jun 16, 2019
Jun 18, 2019
Envision
$4,299
$4,418
$5,448
$5,498
$5,598
$6,498
Jun 30, 2019
Jul 2, 2019
Envision
$4,199
$4,318
$5,348
$5,398
$5,498
$6,398
Jul 2, 2019
Jul 4, 2019
Imagery II
$4,199
$4,318
$5,348
$5,398
$5,498
$6,398
Jul 4, 2019
Jul 6, 2019
Visionary
$4,199
$4,318
$5,348
$5,398
$5,498
$6,398
Jul 7, 2019
Jul 9, 2019
Impression
$4,199
$4,318
$5,348
$5,398
$5,498
$6,398
Jul 14, 2019
Jul 16, 2019
Envision
$4,199
$4,318
$5,348
$5,398
$5,498
$6,398
Jul 23, 2019
Jul 25, 2019
Passion
$4,199
$4,318
$5,348
$5,398
$5,498
$6,398
Jul 28, 2019
Jul 30, 2019
Envision
$4,199
$4,318
$5,348
$5,398
$5,498
$6,398
Aug 2, 2019
Aug 4, 2019
Artistry II
$4,199
$4,318
$5,348
$5,398
$5,498
$6,398
Aug 4, 2019
Aug 6, 2019
Impression
$4,199
$4,318
$5,348
$5,398
$5,498
$6,398
Aug 11, 2019
Aug 13, 2019
Envision
$4,199
$4,318
$5,348
$5,398
$5,498
$6,398
Aug 13, 2019
Aug 15, 2019
Imagery II
$4,199
$4,318
$5,348
$5,398
$5,498
$6,398
Aug 25, 2019
Aug 27, 2019
Envision
$4,299
$4,418
$5,448
$5,498
$5,598
$6,498
Sep 8, 2019
Sep 10, 2019
Envision
$4,599
$4,718
$5,748
$5,798
$5,898
$6,798
Sep 22, 2019
Sep 24, 2019
Envision
$4,599
$4,718
$5,748
$5,798
$5,898
$6,798
Sep 24, 2019
Sep 26, 2019
Imagery II
$4,599
$4,718
$5,748
$5,798
$5,898
$6,798
Sep 26, 2019
Sep 28, 2019
Visionary
$4,499
$4,618
$5,648
$5,698
$5,798
$6,698
Oct 6, 2019
Oct 8, 2019
Envision
$4,299
$4,418
$5,448
$5,498
$5,598
$6,498
Oct 15, 2019
Oct 17, 2019
Illumination
$4,099
$4,218
$5,248
$5,298
$5,398
$6,298
Oct 29, 2019
Oct 31, 2019
Illumination
$3,699
$3,818
$4,848
$4,898
$4,998
$5,898
Dec 2, 2019
Dec 4, 2019
Imagery II
$3,599
$3,718
$4,748
$4,798
$4,898
$5,798
IMPORTANT: Dates, Prices & Itineraries are subject to change.

Denotes Special Interest Cruises: Nov 2, 2018 is offered as a Wine Appreciation Cruise and November 30, 2018 and December 14, 2018 are offered as Festive Time Cruises; June 18, 2019 is with Canadian Entertainer Jann Arden; July 6, 2019 is offered as Golf Appreciation Cruise; May 2, 2019 is offered as Wine Appreciation Cruise; August 15, 2019 is offered as a Jewish Heritage Cruise; and December 4, 2019 is offered as Festive Time Cruise. These special interest cruises includes lectures and features at no additional cost.

Port charges: Additional $168 per passenger (2018); Additional $182 per passenger (2019).
For Single Traveler: Single Supplement applies. Please call to inquire.

For 7 Nights Cruise Only (No Budapest and Prague land accommodations): Subtract $1,010 from above rates (2018 departures); Subtract $900 from above rates (2019 departures). Cruise Only WBN0 itinerary: Arrive in Budapest on Day 3 for embarkation at 3:00pm. Depart Nuremberg on Day 10 upon disembarkation.

Transfers at the Start/End of the Program are available for purchase. Please call for details.

Prices Include:

Daily Night Fare Special onboard
• 7-night cruise from Budapest to Nuremberg in selected cabin category
• Full board meals, including Captain's Welcome and Farewell receptions, Welcome and Farewell dinners
• 2 nights deluxe hotel accommodations in Budapest at InterContinental (or similar; hotel subject to change) with daily buffet breakfast
• 2 nights deluxe hotel accommodations in Prague at Hilton or InterContinental (or similar; hotel subject to change) with daily buffet breakfast
• Daily guided sightseeing program conducted by Certified Local Guides
• Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; soft drinks with lunch; and regional wine, beer, or soft drinks with dinner are included daily on board your vessel
• Daily Afternoon Tea
• Daily Night Fare
• Special onboard and onshore experiences presented by entertainers, artisans, and experts, designed to enrich your cruise.
• Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers
• Taxes

Prices Do Not Include:

• Individual arrival and departure (airfare; transfers)
• Travel insurance
• Port Charges
• Gratuities to onboard crew
• Personal expenses

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