River Cruise: Magical Danube & Poland!

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  • 12 Days | 21 Meals
  • Jul 20 - Jul 31
  • $4,899

Our Most Comprehensive Visit to a Spectacular Corner of North America!

River Cruise: Magical Danube & Poland!

Cruise Through the Heart of Europe

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Aug 13 - Aug 21, 2023
9 days | 8 nights

Come discover four capital cities in five countries, several UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and wonderful scenic, cultural, and culinary experiences too numerous to count. Spend your days marveling at Europe’s most beautiful landscapes, and evenings docked so you can take in the nightlife of its magnificent cities - including two nights in Budapest.

Aboard the MS Amadeus

We have chartered the whole ship with our world-class partner, Amadeus. Their sleek, modern ships offer amazing views with 100% outward facing staterooms ship-wide and loaded with amenities – from spa and fitness facilities, sun deck and viewing platforms, evening entertainment, gourmet meals, and wine/beer/soda with dinner. From our ship, you’ll enjoy breathtaking views of dreamy landscapes and romantic villages as you travel with first-class service through the heart of Europe.

  • Cruise the blue Danube in luxury
  • aboard the MS Amadeus Cara
  • Pre-Cruise option, including a day
  • tour to Auschwitz-Birkenau
  • Sightseeing tours of Budapest,
  • Vienna, and Passau
  • Experience UNESCO sites
  • such as the Wachau Valley,
  • Heroes’ Square, and more

DAYS 1-2: MS CARA/FOLKLORE SHOW

Welcome to Hungry following our included overnight flights! A real “WOW” moment strikes as we board our home for the next 7 nights: the MS Amadeus Cara. Enjoy a festive welcome dinner this evening. Next, we invite a traditional Hungarian folklore group aboard while cruising past the brilliantly illuminated architecture in Budapest. B, L, D

DAY 3: HEROES’ SQUARE/BUDAPEST TOUR

Today we travel to Hösök tere (Heroes’ Square) for views of the Millennium Memorial, a 36m-high pillar topped by the golden Archangel Gabriel. Next, experience the history of Budapest with a tour starting in Pest and ending in Buda’s Castle District. Our expedition will include a guided tour of Matthias church before our visit to Fishermen’s Bastion. In the afternoon, we set sail for Bratislava. B, L, D

DAY 4: BRATISLAVA/VIENNA

This morning brings excellent views on our route to Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. We’ll see sites including the Presidential Palace, Eurovea (the modern city center), the National Theatre, and more. We’ll end at Bratislava Castle, where the frontiers of Austria, Hungary and Slovakia meet. This evening, we dock in Vienna where a Viennese Quartet boards to perform a recital exclusively for us. B, L, D

DAY 5: VIENNA

Ah, Vienna!—the city of music! The day starts off with a wonderful city tour. St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the Imperial Palace, and the Ringstrasse beckon! After being introduced to its most important sites by our local guide, you can explore this historic city on your own or join our optional tour to Schönbrunn Palace, the former imperial 1,441-room Rococo summer residence. B, L, D

Option—Schönbrunn Palace With its glorious parklands and gardens, Maria Theresa’s former imperial residence is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Vienna’s most beautiful locations. Price: $49 per person.

Option—Sound of Vienna Concert This evening, in the very place where Johann Strauss directed his orchestra from his position as first violin, the true essence of Vienna’s classical music can once again be heard. The “Salonorchester Alt Wien”, one of the best-known interpreters of classical Viennese music, presents an evening of operetta and piano concert melodies. Price: $59 per person.

DAY 6: DÜRNSTEIN/WACHAU VALLEY/MELK OPTION

We start today in picturesque Dürnstein, noted for its breathtaking scenery, traditional architecture, superb wines, and storied places. It was here in the Kuenringer Castle that the English King Richard Lionheart was imprisoned. Then, sit back deckside awed as we cruise through the stunning Wachau Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage region to our docking point near Melk Abbey. B, L, D

Option—Melk Abbey Set on a rocky outcrop above Melk, this Benedictine abbey dates back to 1089, and contains tombs and remains of many saints and royals. Price: $49 per person.

DAY 7: FARM & ORCHARD/LINZ

Today, we dock at Linz and drive into the countryside to visit the family farm of Norbert Pankratzhofer, a cultivator of Simmental cattle and producer of award-winning must, a type of fruit cider. You can also enjoy free time to explore the city of Linz, a cultural hub in the region. Some may even take the Pöstlingberg railway, which rises 255 meters in 20 minutes to the landmark mountain of Linz. B, L, D

DAY 8: PASSAU/BAVARIAN EVENING

Join us on a gorgeous walk through the old city of Passau where winding streets lead to the heart of Old Town and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. High above Old Town sits one of the largest fortress complexes in all of Europe—the Veste Oberhaus, which can be discovered on your own. On-board tonight, a local Bavarian group festively entertains us. B, L, D

DAY 9: TRAVEL HOME

After breakfast, disembark in Passau to catch your flight home. B, L, D


POLAND PRE CRUISE OPTION:

DAYS 1-2: WELCOME TO POLAND!

Following our included overnight flights, we meet our Tour Director and enjoy a short bus tour of Krakow, the capital of Poland. We’ll settle in at our hotel for the next 3 nights before continuing our exploration of Krakow with a walking tour followed by dinner together! L, D

DAY 3: WIELICZKA SALT MINE/SCHINDLER’S MUSEUM

After breakfast, enjoy free time to sightsee around Krakow or choose one (or both) of our unique excursion options below. Tonight’s dinner will be at a local Polish eatery. B, D

Morning Option—Wieliczka Salt Mine Dating back to the Middle Ages, the Wieliczka Salt Mine is the oldest salt enterprise on Polish land. This stunning UNESCO World Heritage Site hosts labyrinthine passageways, four chapels, crystal chandeliers, and numerous statues carved by miners out of the rock salt. Price: $X per person. (Moderate to extensive walking is required to full enjoy this option.)

Afternoon Option—Schindler’s Factory Museum You may know Oskar Schindler’s story best by the popular Steven Spielberg movie, Shindler’s List. This afternoon, tour the famous Schindler’s Factory Museum that showcases the gripping history of Krakow during World War II and Schindler’s efforts in saving over 1,000 Jews. Price: $X per person.

DAY 4: KAZIMIERZ/AUSCHWITZ-BIRKENAU

Today, you’ll choose from either a whole day excursion to Auschwitz-Birkenau, or a half day excursion to Kazimierz, the Jewish quarter of Krakow. Tonight’s dinner will be at an authentic restaurant with festive local music. B, D

Full Day Option—Auschwitz-Birkenau This humbling experience begins at Auschwitz I and continues to Auschwitz II-Birkenau as we remember and honor the victims of the Nazis’ genocide. Our tour of these camps will provide the somber details behind Germany’s mass extermination of approximately 1million Jews. Price: $X per person. (Please note that moderate to extensive walking is required to full enjoy this option.)

Half Day Option—Kazimierz Explore the Jewish quarter of Kazimierz by foot to see this important cultural region of the Krakow. For many centuries, Kazimierz was a place where ethnic Polish and Jewish cultures coexisted. However, in 1941, the Jews were forcibly relocated by the German occupying forces into the ghetto and most did not survive the war. After this historical tour, return back to your hotel or enjoy free time in the area. Price: $Xper person.

DAY 5: ZAKOPANE/HIGH TATRAS/NORTHERN SLOVAKIA

Travel this morning to Zakopane, where we’ll discover the area on a scenic walking tour. Then, head to Zdiar in Northern Slovakia for lunch together in a local restaurant before settling into our High Tatras hotel. Refresh at the hotel or explore around before our evening dinner together. B, L, D

Dates:

  • Departure Date: Aug 13, 2023
  • Return Date: Aug 21, 2023

Pre-Cruise - Aug 9-14, 2023

Pricing:

  • Haydn (lower deck): $3747
  • Strauss (middle deck): $4497
  • Mozart (top deck): $4797
  • Suite (top deck): $5547

Pre-Cruise: $1497

*Per person rates (includes early booking discount, must be booked before March 31st, 2023)

*Included airfare from STL or MCI

Booking Information:

  • Booking requires a valid passport
  • $300 per person deposit required
  • Please call for single rates
  • Please call for a detailed brochure including ship layout and registration form
  • Includes airfare from St. Louis or Kansas City (call for other gateway cities)

Luggage:

Orange luggage tags are provided and are to be placed on your “checked luggage” (large bag). You do not need a tag for your carry-on bag, for which you will be responsible for taking on and off the coach. There is limited space in the cabin of the coach, so unless you require your carry-on bag while traveling, we will stow it in the luggage compartment.

Terms and Conditions:

Please refer to our policies HERE for more information on our terms and conditions.

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