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Grand Danube Cruise
3 Nights Hotel Accommodations in Prague, 13-Night Cruise from Nuremberg to Oltenita, 1 Night Hotel Accommodation in Bucharest (or reverse)

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2017 Departure Dates & Pricing

Prague to Bucharest (WNO) - 18 days

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Bucharest to Prague (WON) - 18 days

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Detailed Itinerary: Prague to Bucharest - Eastbound (WNO)

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Day 1: Arrive in Prague, Czech Republic

Welcome to Prague, capital of the Czech Republic. The city straddles the Vltava River with domes, cupolas, spires and pinnacles highlighting its skyline.

Day 2: 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 3: 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 4: Prague – Nuremberg, Germany (Embarkation)

After lunch, drive to Nuremberg, where your river cruise vessel is docked. Before dinner, meet your crew at a welcome reception. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 5: 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. Nuremberg’s traditions include its famous Lebkuchen, toy making, and metal working. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6: Regensburg

Regensburg is one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities. Architectural highlights included on your tour are the Old Town Hall and the Pretoria - gates to an ancient Roman fort built in 179 AD. Before dinner we’ll introduce you to some of Germany’s FAMOUS BEERS. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7: Passau - Linz, Austria

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

Day 8: Melk-Vienna

Melk’s magnificent BENEDICTINE ABBEY dominates the town from its commanding hill site and is one of Europe’s largest monasteries. This evening, arrive in Vienna, known as the “City of Music,” which inspired the creative genius of Mozart, Beethoven, and Strauss. An optional concert is available tonight. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 9: Vienna

Once the center of the mighty Habsburg Empire, Austria’s capital has much to offer: lavish Hofburg Palace, the impressive Vienna Opera House, the majestic Ringstrasse, and awe-inspiring St. Stephen’s Cathedral, to name just a few of the sights you will enjoy during your city tour. Shop in the Kärntnerstrasse and enjoy Sachertorte or Apfelstrudel in a neighborhood café. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Days 10-11: Budapest, Hungary

Spanning the banks of the Danube, Budapest is Eastern Europe’s liveliest and most cosmopolitan metropolis. Eight bridges, including the famous Chain and Elisabeth Bridges, connect 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 Certified Local Guide will show you. Not far from the city and an integral part of Hungarian rural life is the PUSZTA, the vast grasslands where the country’s beloved fiery horses are reared. (B,L,D daily)

Day 12: Kalocsa - Pecs

Kalocsa was founded by St. Stephen in 1009 as an archbishopric and has a most turbulent history. This quiet town, which is best known for paprika and folklore art, is dominated by the Archbishop’s Palace and Kalocsa Cathedral. Here, enjoy an ORGAN CONCERT before continuing to Pecs, Hungary’s fifth-largest city and the richest in terms of Turkish architecture. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 13: Belgrade, Serbia

The capital of Serbia is situated at the confluence of the Danube and Sava Rivers. A local expert will be proud to show you its main sights, which include the city’s principal landmark, KALEMEGDAN FORTRESS; St. Sava, the world’s largest Orthodox church; and Marshal Tito’s tomb and monument. The city center has a lively pedestrian area and charming outdoor cafés. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 14: Iron Gates

The Serbian fortresses of Smederevo and Golubac and the Trajan Table marking the Roman conquest of Dacia are impressive sights on the right bank of the Danube. The most spectacular scenery must surely be the dramatic gorge of the IRON GATES, a narrow and formerly very dangerous passage dividing Europe’s Alps in the northwest from the Carpathians in the southeast and forming a natural border between Serbia and Romania. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 15: Vidin, Bulgaria. Excursion to Belogradchik

Vidin is an important Danube port, situated in northwestern Bulgaria. Its medieval FORTRESS, known as “Baba Vidin,” is the town’s primary landmark. It served as Vidin’s main defensive installation during the course of the Middle Ages and is the only entirely preserved medieval fortress in the country. It is now a fortress museum and has been restored to its former appearance. In the afternoon, drive to nearby Belogradchik to view the eclectic group of ROCK FORMATIONS on the western slopes of the Balkan Mountains. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 16: Svistov, Bulgaria. Excursion to Veliko Târnovo & Arbanassi - Rousse

A comfortable ride away from the river port of Svistov is the ancient Bulgarian capital of Veliko Târnovo. Situated on three hills surrounding the Yantra River, the city was a natural fortress with ancient stone houses clinging to the steep slopes. The oldest part is Tsarevets Hill, home of the Royal Fortress, palaces, and the PATRIARCH’S CHURCH. The historic village of Arbanassi is best known for its ETHNOGRAPHICAL MUSEUM and the outstanding collection of frescoes in the CHURCH OF THE NATIVITY. Rejoin your ship in Rousse, Bulgaria’s largest inland port. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 17: Oltenita, Romania (Disembarkation) - Bucharest

Bucharest, Romania’s lively capital, is only a short drive from Oltenita. Its wide boulevards and Arc de Triomphe have gained it the name “Paris of the East.” During the included tour this afternoon, see the impressive Parliament Building, the second-largest building in the world after the Pentagon. The former Royal Palace now houses the NATIONAL ART MUSEUM. (Breakfast)

Day 18: Bucharest

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

Departures & Pricing

Detailed Itinerary: Bucharest to Prague - (WON)

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Day 1: Arrive in Bucharest, Romania

Welcome to Bucharest! Its wide boulevards and Arc de Triomphe have gained this city the name “Paris of the East.”

Day 2: Bucharest - Oltenita (Embarkation)

During your included tour of Romania’s capital, see the impressive Parliament Building, the second-largest building in the world after the Pentagon. The former Royal Palace now houses the NATIONAL ART MUSEUM. This afternoon a motorcoach ride takes you to Oltenita, where your river cruise vessel is docked. Before dinner, meet your crew at a welcome reception. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 3: Rousse, Bulgaria. Excursion to Veliko Târnovo & Arbanassi

A comfortable ride from the port city of Rousse is the ancient Bulgarian capital of Veliko Tarnovo. Situated on three hills surrounding the Yantra River, the city was a natural fortress with ancient stone houses clinging to the steep slopes. The oldest part is Tsarevets Hill, home of the Royal Fortress, palaces, and the PATRIARCH’S CHURCH. The historic village of Arbanassi is best known for its ETHNOGRAPHICAL MUSEUM and the outstanding collection of frescoes in the CHURCH OF THE NATIVITY. Rejoin your ship in Svistov. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4: Vidin. Excursion to Belogradchik

Vidin is an important Danube port, situated in northwestern Bulgaria. Its medieval FORTRESS known as “Baba Vidin” and is the town’s primary landmark. It served as Vidin’s main defensive installation during the course of the Middle Ages and is the only entirely preserved medieval fortress in the country. It is now a fortress museum and has been restored to its former appearance. In the afternoon, drive to nearby Belogradchik to view the eclectic group of ROCK FORMATIONS on the western slopes of the Balkan Mountains. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5: Iron Gates

The Trajan Table marking the Roman conquest of Dacia and the Serbian fortresses of Golubac and Smederevo are impressive sights on the left bank of the Danube. The dramatic gorge of the IRON GATES, a narrow and formerly very dangerous passage dividing Europe’s Alps in the northwest from the Carpathians in the southeast, forms a natural border between Serbia and Romania. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6: Belgrade, Serbia

The capital of Serbia is situated at the confluence of the Danube and Sava Rivers. A local expert will be proud to show you its main sights, which include the city’s principal landmark, KALEMEGDAN FORTRESS; St. Sava, the world’s largest Orthodox Church; and Marshal Tito’s tomb and monument. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7: Pecs, Hungary - Kalocsa

Pecs is Hungary’s fifth-largest city and its richest in terms of Turkish architecture. Enjoy an orientation and some free time before proceeding to Kalocsa. Founded by St. Stephen in 1009 as an archbishopric, Kalocsa has a most turbulent history. This quiet town, which is best known for paprika and folklore art, is dominated by the Archbishop’s Palace and Kalocsa Cathedral, where you will be treated to an ORGAN CONCERT. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8: Budapest

Eight bridges, including the famous Chain and Elisabeth Bridges, connect 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. This afternoon is free to explore on your own. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 9: 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. 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 10: Vienna

Once the center of the mighty Habsburg Empire, Vienna has much to offer: lavish Hofburg Palace, the impressive Vienna Opera House, the majestic Ringstrasse, and awe-inspiring St. Stephen’s Cathedral, to name just a few of the sights you will enjoy during your city tour. Shop in the Karntnerstrasse and enjoy Sachertorte or Apfelstrudel in a neighborhood cafe. An optional concert is available during your stay. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 11: Dürnstein - Melk

Dürnstein, known for the magnificent baroque Stiftskirche with its blue facade, is situated 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, a stop in Melk with its splendid BENEDICTINE ABBEY that dominates the town from its commanding hill site and is one of Europe’s largest monasteries. This evening, sample some of the Wachau Valley’s FAMOUS WINES. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 12: Linz - Passau, Germany

Linz, Austria’s third-largest town, 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 one of the world’s largest church organs with more than 17,000 pipes. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 13: 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. It is here you will find Germany’s oldest restaurant, the 12th-century Historische Wurstküche (Old Sausage Kitchen). (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 14: 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 15: Nuremberg (Disembarkation) - Prague, Czech Republic

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

Day 16: Prague

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

Day 17: Prague

A free day to explore the city at your own pace. (Breakfast)

Day 18: 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
  • Due to closure of locks on the Main Danube Canal for maintenance reasons, embarkation for the April 10 departure will be in Passau and there will be some modifications to the itinerary.
  • 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.
  • EXTEND YOUR STAY IN BUCHAREST: "In the Path of Dracula-Transylvania 2- Day Extension". Add this extension for additional $389 per person. Day 18 itinerary: Visit Bran Castle, of Dracula Fame, and the Sinaia Monastery (B, L) Day 19: Day to rest and explore Bucharest at your own pace. (B) Day 20: Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning (B).

2017 Departures

Start City
Rates are in $ USD and are PER PASSENGER sharing a twin cabin
From Prague (WNO)
Program Start Date
Cruise Embarkation Date (in Nuremberg)
Ship

Category E - Lower Deck w/ fixed windows

Category D - Lower deck w/ fixed windows
Category B - Middle Deck aft w/ french balcony
Category A - Middle Deck w/ french balcony
Category P - Upper Deck w/ french balcony
Suite -
Upper Deck w/ french balcony
Jun 27, 2017
Jun 30, 2017
Passion
$6,439
$6,809
$8,573
$8,666
$8,851
$9,966
Sep 5, 2017
Sep 8 2017
Passion
$7,039
$7,409
$9,173
$9,266
$9,451
$10,566
Oct 3, 2017
Oct 6, 2017
Passion
$6,289
$6,659
$8,423
$8,516
$8,701
$9,816
 
From Bucharest (WON)
Program Start Date
Cruise Embarkation Date (in Oltenita)
Ship

Category E - Lower Deck w fixed windows

Category D - Lower deck w/ fixed windows
Category B - Middle Deck aft w/ french balcony
Category A - Middle Deck w/ french balcony
Category P - Upper Deck w/ french balcony
Suite -
Upper Deck w/ french balcony
Jun 14, 2017
Jun 15, 2017
Passion
$7,139
$7,509
$9,601
$9,366
$9,551
$11,208
Jul 26, 2017
Jul 27, 2017
Illumination
$6,989
$7,359
$9,451
$9,216
$9,401
$11,058
Aug 23, 2017
Aug 24, 2017
Passion
$7,339
$9,473
$9,801
$9,566
$9,751
$11,408
Sep 20, 2017
Sep 21, 2017
Passion
$7,339
$9,473
$9,801
$9,566
$9,751
$11,408
IMPORTANT: Dates, Prices & Itineraries are subject to change.
Port charges: Additional $312 per passenger.
For Single Traveler: Single Supplement applies. Please inquire.

For 13 Nights Cruise Only (no 3 nights hotel in Prague and 1 night hotel in Bucharest): Subtract $890 from above rates. Cruise Only WNO itinerary: Nuremberg Day 4 for embarkation between 4pm and 5:30pm. Depart Budapest Day 18 upon transfer from Oltenita. Flights from Bucharest should not depart before 3pm.//Cruise Only WON itinerary: Arrive Bucharest Day 2 for transfer at Noon to Oltenita. Depart Nuremberg Day 16 upon disembarkation.

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

Prices Include:

Daily Night Fare
• 13-night Cruise from Nuremberg to Oltenita (or reverse) in selected cabin category
• Full board meals, including Captain's Welcome and Farewell receptions, Welcome and Farewell dinners
• Daily guided sightseeing program with 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 exeriences presented by entertainers, artisans and experts deisgned to enrich your cruise
• 3 nights Deluxe hotel accommodations in Prague at Hilton or InterContinental (or similar; hotel subject to change) with daily buffet breakfast; Half day sight seeing tour in Prague, transfer to the ship in Nuremberg
• 1 night deluxe hotel accommodation in Bucharest at Anthenee Palace Hilton (or similar; hotel subject to change) with buffet breakfast, transfer to the ship in Oltenita
• 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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