By land and by ship, we’ll discover four capital cities in five countries, several UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and wonderful scenic, cultural, rural 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, a Sunrise and Country Travel Discoveries exclusive!
- Visit four capital cities in five countries including Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary
- Join CTD President Steve Uelner on this luxurious, modern ship chartered special exclusively for CTD travelers
- Board the spectacular Amadeus Silver III in Passau, Germany which sits at the confluence of three rivers, the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers
- Included sightseeing tours of: Budapest, Vienna, Bratislava, Esztergom-Szentendre, Passau, and Prague
- Two nights in Prague, with tour of its Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, known for its millennium-old marketplace, famous Astronomical Clock, Jewish Quarter and more. In the Castle District, see St, Vitus Cathedral, St. George's Basilica, and the Old Royal Palace.
- Visit the the beautiful Wachau wine-growing region, another UNESCO World Heritage Site, with an optional tour of the Benedictine Abbey of Melk
- Onboard folklore, culinary demonstrations, cultural entertainment including an exclusive Viennese Quartet recital
- Major sites of Bratislava including the Presidential Palace, modern Eurovea, and more
DAYS 1-2–UNITED STATES/WELCOME TO PRAGUE
Upon arriving in the Czech Republic, we’ll be greeted by our professional, English-speaking Tour Director, then enjoy an orientation tour of Prague, our home for the next two evenings. D
DAY 3–PRAGUE CASTLE DISTRICT
With our local guide narrating through wireless headsets, we explore Prague today by foot, starting from the Strahov Monastery, offering a gorgeous view of Prague castle and the river. We’ll see St. Vitus Cathedral, St. George’s Basilica, the Old Royal Palace, Old Town, Town Hall and the famous Astronomical Clock. Tonight’s dinner is in one of Prague’s historical beer halls, featuring delicious local fare. B, D
DAY 4–PRAGUE/CESKE BUDEJOVICE/AMADEUS SILVER III
Experience the unique medieval flavor of Cesky dating back to 1265 and known for its well preserved architecture...we’ll enjoy lunch in a local restaurant. Later, our scenic drive into Germany’s Passau ends in a real “WOW” moment as we board our home for the next 7 nights: the Amadeus Silver III. Your week-long cruise on the blue Danube is underway! B, L, D
Today, we dock at Linz and drive into the countryside to visit the family farm of Norbert Pankratzhofer, cultivator of Simmental cattle and producer of award winning must, a type of fruit cider, as well as juices, cuvees, sparkling wines and liqueurs. You can also enjoy free time to explore the city of Linz, a cultural hub in the region. Some will take the Pöstlingberg railway, which rises 255 meters in 20 minutes to the landmark mountain of Linz. B, L, D
DAY 6–MELK/WACHAU VALLEY/VIENNA
This morning we coach through the beautiful Wachau wine-growing region to the Benedictine Abbey of Melk. Then, on to picturesque Dürnstein, noted for breathtaking scenery, traditional architecture, superb wines and storied places. It was in the Kuenringer Castle here that the English King Richard Lionheart was imprisoned. This afternoon, sit back deckside and watch the vibrant Wachau valley drift by as we continue toward Vienna. You may enjoy the onboard Apple Strudel and Viennese Coffee demonstration. Tonight in Vienna, a classic Viennese Quartet comes aboard to perform a recital exclusively for us. B, L, D
Ah! – the city of music and joie de vivre, sachertorte and heuriger (new wine), St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Imperial Palace! 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
This morning brings excellent views en route to Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. We’ll tour sites including the Presidential Palace, Eurovea (the modern city center), the National Theatre, and others. We’ll end at Bratislava Castle, overlooking the countryside where the frontiers of Austria, Hungary and Slovakia meet. B, L, D
After breakfast, we port just shy of Hungary’s Esztergom. We’ll start your day ashore at the charming small artists’ village of Szentendre. Next, visit the imposing ruins of Visegrad, with magnificent views of the “knee” of the Danube. Then, see one of Hungary’s oldest cities, Esztergom. The seat of the Roman Catholic Church is here, dominated by the country’s largest neo-classical basilica, one of Europe’s largest churches. Our next stop is the capital city of Budapest, made up of two parts–Buda and Pest–on opposite banks of the Danube. With its cobbled streets and medieval architecture, Buda is the older and more graceful part, while Pest, with its wide avenues and impressive 19thcentury public buildings, is the administrative and commercial center. B, L, D
DAY 10–BUDAPEST/HORSE FARM/FOLKLORE SHOW
This morning, we tour the fascinating city of Budapest, seeing where East meets West. This afternoon is free to explore, you’ll want to definitely visit the Central Market Hall, one of the largest and most vibrant markets of Eastern Europe. B, L, D
After breakfast, we disembark in Budapest and head to the airport for your flight back home, filled with lasting memories of our journey along the magical Danube! B
Oct 4-14, 2022
Price Per Person from:
Double $5,247**; Single $6,247
**Prices vary based on stateroom category. See detailed pricing info and clickable ship map below. Land-Only pricing also available -- PLEASE CALL. This tour is NOT eligible for Travel More, Save More discount pricing. Mandatory port taxes (per person): $165
C Window, Stern, Haydn Deck - $5,247
C Window, Forward, Haydn Deck - $5,347
B Drop-Down Panoramic Windows*, Stern, Strauss Deck - $6,077
B Drop-Down Panoramic Windows*, Mid, Strauss Deck - $6,177
B Drop-Down Panoramic Windows*, Forward, Strauss Deck - $6,277
A Drop-Down Panoramic Windows*, Stern, Mozart Deck - $6,477
A Drop-Down Panoramic Windows*, Mid, Mozart Deck - $6,577
Suite, Mid, Mozart Deck - $7,277
Suite, Forward, Mozart Deck - $7,377
Singles, Haydn Deck - $6,247
Pre-/Post-Tour Hotel Night with Free Parking in Chicago
Please call for pricing
DAY 7—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 sites. Price: $70
DAY 7—Sound of Vienna Concert
Music lovers—don’t miss this evening’s excursion to the Musikverein, home to the Vienna Philharmonic and site of the globally broadcast Vienna New Year’s Concert. Its “Great Hall” is considered among the world’s finest traditional concert halls. Price: $79
high 61°/ low 45° (Budapest)
high 55°/ low 40° (Prague)
+7 hours from Central Time
Available 90 days prior to the tour.
Available 90 days prior to the tour.
Pre/Post Hotel offers complimentary shuttle service.
Free parking is offered during the tour at our hotel in Chicago with a Pre- or Post-tour night booked, only. East coast hotels will be booked on an individual basis.
Moderate to extended walking is required to fully enjoy this tour. Some walking will be on uneven paths.
Euro (Germany, Austria and Slovakia), Koruna (Prague) Forint (Hungary)
Hair dryers, TV/cable, telephone, coffee makers, laundry available at hotels.
Ship Amenities Include
Sun Deck, Two Bars, Large Chess Board on Sun Deck, Gourmet Dining, Fitness Room, Massage, Hairdresser, Lift (except to Sun Deck), Gift Shop. In all rooms: Flat screen TV, Safe, Hair Dryer. All rooms except Haydn Deck have French Balcony. Suites have balcony.
Land Tours begin one day later. Airport transfers not included with Land Only Tours. Air & Land Tours include government imposed taxes, fees and airline fuel surcharges at time of printing.
Further information is mailed upon receipt of your reservation. A total of three mailings are sent to assist you in preparing for your tour…Get Ready, Get Set and Go! Our “Get Ready” packet is sent confirming your reservation. Our “Get Set” packet provides further details approximately 90 days prior to departure with important details regarding making your travel arrangements. Finally, our “Go” packet arrives 2-3 weeks before departure containing all your final documents.
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