From Prague to vibrant Budapest, this Danube river cruise vacation travels to four countries with WMT's Ron and Pat Gonder. We begin with two nights in Prague, Czech Republic before traveling to Nuremberg, Regensburg and Passau in Germany. We then head to Austria with stops in Linz, Melk and Vienna. Our European river cruise vacation ends in Budapest, the capital of Hungary!
SATURDAY, JULY 24: FLY TO PRAGUE
We begin our trip with an overnight flight to Prague.
SUNDAY, JULY 25: PRAGUE
Arrive in Prague, Czech Republic! Welcome to the Golden City of Prague—Explore the City of 100 Spires. Enjoy free time to explore the Golden City and its surrounding countryside. Consider sampling delicious plum dumplings and traditional Pilsner lager beside the Vltava River.
MONDAY, JULY 26: PRAGUE
Take time to mingle with the locals, watch street performers in Wenceslas Square, or browse the market stalls at Charles Bridge. In the evening, you might like to attend an Optional Folklore Dinner Show, sampling traditional Czech cuisine in an authentic Prague setting. (B)
CLASSIC: Take a Guided City Walk to visit Hradčany Castle Grounds; see St. Vitus Cathedral, and Old Town’s Astronomical Clock.
TUESDAY, JULY 27: PRAGUE-NUREMBERG (Embarkation)
The morning is free to explore Prague on your own to enjoy the stunning architectural beauty of the city. You might choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to reveal the secrets of Prague as your expert local guide takes you to Charles Bridge and Malá Strana—two of Prague’s most romantic and picturesque spots. This afternoon, we board our ship in Nuremberg and enjoy a dinner on board. Overnight docking in Nuremberg. (B, D)
WEDNESDAY, JULY 28: ROTH-EXCURSION TO NUREMBERG
Start the day with a Morning Stretch class, and dock in Roth for a day of fascinating excursions. Afternoon/Overnight cruise to Regensburg. (B, L, D)
CLASSIC: Choose a Guided Tour of Nuremberg’s 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.
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.
THURSDAY, JULY 29: REGENSBURG
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. This evening, enjoy live entertainment after dinner as you cruise toward Passau. (B, L, D)
CLASSIC: Join a Guided City Walk of Old Town to see the Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) and Porta Pretoria—built in 179 AD as the entrance to Castra Regina fortress.
DISCOVERY: Indulge in a Beer Tasting onboard.
FRIDAY, JULY 30: PASSAU—LINZ
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. Sail to Linz this afternoon, or join your ship after your selected full-day excursion. Then enjoy a free afternoon to linger in Linz. Take a bicycle from the ship and cycle along the Danube, or follow one of Linz’s many nature trails for a bird’s-eye view of the city and river below. Overnight cruise to Melk. (B, L, D)
CLASSIC: Join a Guided City Walk to learn more about this beautiful “City of Three Rivers,” or the above Salzburg tour.
SATURDAY, JULY 31: MELK-WACHAU VALLEY-VIENNA
Enjoy a coffee or a cocktail on the Sky Deck as you sail through the picturesque Wachau Valley to Vienna. This evening, you may choose to attend an Optional Excursion to a Royal Waltz Concert for an unforgettable evening of music in an elegant hall. Overnight docking in Vienna. (B,L,D)
CLASSIC: Take a Guided Tour of Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey to marvel at its frescoed ceilings, statues, incredible library, and ornate pipe organ, OR:
ACTIVE: Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Morning Hike through Melk’s beautiful countryside.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 1: VIENNA
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 Budapest. Evening/Overnight cruise to Budapest. (B,L,D)
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.
MONDAY, AUGUST 2: BUDAPEST
Take free time to enjoy Budapest’s famed thermal baths. You can also take a scenic hike in the hills above the Danube. Take time to explore the city’s cafés, pubs, and nightlife at your leisure. Overnight docking in Budapest. (B,L,D)
CLASSIC: Enjoy a Guided City Sightseeing, including the iconic Heroes’ Square.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 3: BUDAPEST (Disembarkation)
The cruise ends with breakfast this morning. We will transfer to the airport and return home after a wonderful cruise along the Danube River! (B)
CUSTOMIZE YOUR TRIP
Select your optional daily excursions from Classic to Active to Discovery— all included in the itinerary!
OPTIONAL GROUP AIRFARE
Group roundtrip airfare will be available in September 2020.
SPECIAL INCLUDED EXPERIENCES:
- Complimentary Wi-Fi onboard the ship
- Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with every lunch and dinner
- Club Lounge with 24-hour self-serve beverage station with complimentary cappuccinos, lattes, tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees, as well as treats throughout the day
- Bikes, Canoes, Kayaks & jogging routes, fitness & wellness activities, Fitbits ®
- Fully Escorted by Travel Leaders/Destinations Unlimited's Lori Nietert and hosted by WMT’s Ron & Pat Gonder
- 9-night accommodations, taxes and luggage handling
- Transfers from airport to hotel, hotel to ship and ship to airport
- Sightseeing and admissions as per the itinerary
- 9 full breakfasts (B), 6 lunches (L) and 7 dinners (D) as specified
- Shipboard gratuities
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