The majestic blue Danube—no other river in the world flows through as many countries. By land and by ship, we’ll discover four capital cities in five countries, several UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and delightful scenic, cultural, rural and culinary experiences too numerous to count! Spend days marveling at Europe’s most beautiful landscapes, and evenings docked so you can take in the night life of its magnificent cities—including two nights each in Budapest, Vienna and Prague! We’ll immerse ourselves in the splendor of Budapest (NY Times, Condé Nast Best Places to Go), whose imperial buildings dominate both banks of the Danube. Aboard the deluxe Amadeus SILVER II, we call on the charming rural towns of Szentendre and Esztergom, before visiting the Slovakian capital of Bratislava, with its classic Baroque castles and palaces. We’ll become immersed in the music, culture and imperial legacies of glittering Vienna, then sail through the stunning landscapes of Austria’s Wachau region. The Baroque abbey of Melk awes before a countryside visit outside Linz brings Austrian agriculture to life. Docking in Germany’s historic Passau, we head inland to our crescendo—dazzling Prague, Europe’s best-preserved capital.
- 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 II in Budapest docked along thebrilliantly illuminated architecture of both riverfronts, and beneath the famed Széchenyi Chain Bridge.
- 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 BUDAPEST
Upon arriving in Hungary, we’ll be greeted by our professional, English-speaking Tour Director, then enjoy a traditional local lunch in 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 19th-century buildings, is the administrative and commercial center. After a light orientation tour, we’ll settle in at our 4-star hotel. Tonight, we gather for a relaxed welcome dinner. L, D
DAY 3–BUDAPEST TOUR/TREE OF LIFE/FOLKLORE SHOW
This morning starts with a sightseeing tour in this fascinating capital city where East meets West. After a visit to one of Europe’s largest classic synagogues and its moving Tree of Life WWII memorial, enjoy lunch and free time to explore. Later, a real “WOW” moment strikes as we board our home for the next 7 nights: the Amadeus SILVER II. Your week on the blue Danube is underway! The excitement is palpable as we board to a festive welcome dinner hosted by CTD president Steve Uelner. Next, we invite a traditional Hungarian folklore group aboard, then take an evening cruise past the brilliantly illuminated architecture on both Budapest riverfronts, and beneath the famed Széchenyi Chain Bridge. B, L, D
DAY 4–SMOOTH SAILING/ESZTERGOM-SZENTENDRE
After breakfast, we set sail this morning to one of Hungary’s oldest cities, Esztergom. Disembarking, we’ll first tour the charming small artists’ village of Szentendre. Then, we visit the imposing ruins of Visegrad, with magnificent views of the “knee” of the Danube. Next, we visit Esztergom, the seat of the Roman Catholic Church in Hungary, which is dominated by the country’s largest neo-classical basilica, one of Europe’s largest churches. B, L, D
This morning brings excellent views en route to Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. We’ll see 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. This evening, we dock at the classic Baroque city of Vienna, and after dinner a Viennese Quartet boards to perform a recital exclusively for us. B, L, D
Ah, Vienna!—the city of music and joie de vivre, sachertorte and heuriger (new wine)! The day starts off with a wonderful city tour. St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the Imperial Palace, the Ringstrasse and Giant Ferris Wheel beckon…and 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 sites. Price: $49 per person.
Option—Sound of Vienna Concert This evening, in the very place where Johann Strauss himself 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 waltzes, polkas, arias and duets, as well as operetta and piano concert melodies. Price: $59 per person.
DAY 7–DÜRNSTEIN/WACHAU VALLEY/MELK OPTION
We start today in 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. Then, sit back deck-side awed as we cruise through the stunning Wachau Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage region to our docking point near the Melk Abbey. B, L, D
Option—Melk Abbey Set on a rocky outcrop above Melk, this towering Benedictine abbey dates as far back as 1089, and contains tombs and remains of many saints and royals. Price: $49 per person.
DAY 8–FARM & ORCHARD/LINZ
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
This morning, we sail to Germany’s “City of Three Rivers”, Passau, overlooked by the massive hilltop fortress, Veste Oberhaus. You may enjoy the onboard Apple Strudel and Viennese Coffee demonstration. After a narrated walking tour of this city known for its baroque architecture, enjoy free time to explore Passau. Tonight, we’re treated to special Bavarian entertainment for our last night aboard SILVER II. B, L, D
DAY 10–CESKÝ KRUMLOV/PRAGUE
This morning, we bid farewell to the ship and her wonderful crew and transfer to the beautiful Czech Republic. We’ll experience the unique medieval flavor of Ceský Krumlov, known for its known for its charming pedestrian walkways and stunning castle fortress high above town. Later, our scenic drive ends in Prague. B, L, D
DAY 11–PRAGUE CASTLE DISTRICT
With our local guide narrating through wireless headsets, we explore Prague today. We’ll enjoy a walking tour of the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, noted for its millennium-old marketplace, famous Astronomical Clock, Jewish Quarter and more. In the Castle District, you can see St. Vitus Cathedral, St. George’s Basilica, the Old Royal Palace, and the largest castle complex in the world. There’s also the chance to explore this famously gorgeous “Golden City” at your leisure. Tonight’s festive farewell dinner is at traditional Czech pub. B, D
After breakfast, we head to the airport for your flight back home, filled with lasting memories of our journey and friendships along the Magical Danube! B
Sep 28-Oct 9 LIMITED SPACE
Price Per Person from:
Double $5,197**; Single $5,947
**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
*Special Offer Extended! Book by May 31, 2018 to receive a discount of up to $250.00 per person!
C Window, Stern, Hayden Deck - $5,197
C Window, Forward, Hayden Deck - $5,297
B Drop-Down Panoramic Windows*, Stern, Strauss Deck - $5,697
B Drop-Down Panoramic Windows*, Mid, Strauss Deck - $5,797
B Drop-Down Panoramic Windows*, Forward, Strauss Deck - $5,897
A Drop-Down Panoramic Windows*, Stern, Mozart Deck - $6,097
A Drop-Down Panoramic Windows*, Mid, Mozart Deck - $6,197
Suite, Mid, Mozart Deck - $6,797
Suite, Forward, Mozart Deck - $6,897
Singles, Hayden Deck - $6,197
Pre-/Post-Tour Hotel Night with Free Parking in Chicago
Please call for pricing
DAY 6 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 sites. Price: $49 per person.
This evening, in the very place where Johann Strauss himself 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
waltzes, polkas, arias and duets, as well as operetta and piano concert melodies. Price: $59 per person.
DAY 7 Option—Melk Abbey
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, Swiss Franc
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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