World Tour 2019: Danube

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World Tour 2019: ROMANTIC DANUBE

October 10 – 18, 2019

7-NIGHT EUROPEAN RIVER CRUISE Hosted by WHUR’s Angela Stribling

The romance of Old World Europe | Grand European cities | The beauty of lakes and mountains | Grand abbeys and fortresses perched high above the Danube | Plentiful iconic UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Itinerary:

Day 2

EMBARKATION – VILSHOFEN

Depart from Munich Airport via motorcoach and on to Vilshofen, where you will board your luxury cruise ship.

Day 3

VILSHOFEN – PASSAU

Explore Vilshofen’s beautiful old town before cruising to Passau, known as the “City of Three Rivers.” Join a walking tour or if you prefer to be more active, hike high into the hills for a visit to the “Veste Oberhaus,” Passau’s Castle Hill. (B,L,D)

Shore Excursion Options: •Passau “City of Three Rivers” walking tour OR Passau Castle hike OR Danube Bike tour

Day 4

LINZ, AUSTRIA

The ship arrives in Linz where you’ll have several choices of excursions. Opt for a full-day excursion to Salzburg where you’ll tour the historic center, Mirabell Gardens, Residenz Square and the Old Market. En route to Salzburg, stop at Mondsee, home of the famed Basilica St. Michael and site of the wedding scene in “The Sound of Music.” Alternatively, you can join a morning walking tour through Linz’s old city center and by the Mozart House; or go on a guided bike tour along the city’s famed “Culture Mile” and the Danube. During the afternoon, you have three more choices of excursions. Choose a half-day in Salzburg or take a scenic drive through the beautiful Austrian Lake District with a stop in St. Wolfgang. You can also choose to visit the charming mountain town, Český Krumlov, located just over the Czech-Austrian border. (B,L,D)

Shore Excursion Options: Linz “UNESCO City of Media Arts” walking tour OR Full-day Salzburg excursion “Cultural Mile” bike tour, Half-day Salzburg excursion OR Český Krumlov excursion OR Austrian Lake District excursion

Day 5

WEISSENKIRCHEN

Cruise to Weissenkirchen, gateway to Dürnstein located in the heart of the Wachau Valley. Once here, you can choose to join a walking tour in Dürnstein along its cobblestone streets to the Baroque Stiftskirche, Dürnstein’s famed church tower, and then visit Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey. For the more active adventurer, you can opt to hike up to the fortress where Richard the Lionheart was once held, or take a bike ride along the Danube. As an alternative excursion, visit a local apricot grower, where you’ll enjoy the region’s finest apricot treats. Later in the evening, enjoy a special wine tasting of locally grown, world-renowned Riesling and Grüner Veltliner in Weissenkirchen. (B,L,D)

Shore Excursion Options: Strudengau and Scenic cruising Wachau Valleys Weissenkirchen Dürnstein walking tour and Melk Benedictine Abbey OR Dürnstein Fortress hike OR Apricots and sweets tasting Evening wine tasting at local winery

Day 6

VIENNA

The “City of Waltzes” offers a treasure trove of gems and you have three ways to discover them. Join a city tour showcasing its regal splendors, including the majestic Opera House, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the former Imperial Palace of the Habsburgs before concluding in Vienna’s historic city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For a more active exploration of the area, take a guided bike ride along the Danube. During the afternoon, you can enjoy leisure time or pedal your way to Klosterneuburg Monastery on a guided cycling tour. (B,L,D)

Shore Excursion Options: Vienna “Imperial Vienna” tour OR Alte Donau bike tour Klosterneuburg Abbey bike tour OR Free time

Day 7

BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA

Host to the crowning ceremonies of 11 Hungarian kings and queens between 1536 and 1830, Bratislava certainly has earned the title “Coronation City of Kings” as you’ll discover during your walking tour. Or join a culinary host to sample traditional Slovakian specialties, as well as learn how to prepare stuffed potato ravioli with an opportunity to taste your own creation. For a more active adventure, hike up to Bratislava Castle, offering magnificent views of the city. (B,L,D)

Shore Excursion Options: Bratislava “Coronation City” walking tour OR Tastes of Slovakia OR Bratislava Castle hike

Day 8

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY

Experience Budapest in one of two ways: on a city tour or a hike. Your city tour begins with a visit to the vibrant Great Market Hall brimming with vendors selling everything from food to souvenirs. The remainder of this tour takes you to both the Buda (hilly) and Pest (flat) sides of the river. As an alternative choice, hike up to Castle Hill for breathtaking views of the city below. Spend your last evening on board cruising around the famed Parliament Building as the city turns on all her dazzling lights. (B,L,D)

Shore Excursion Options: Budapest “Queen of the Danube” tour OR Castle Hill hike Illuminations cruise

Day 9

BUDAPEST – DISEMBARKATION

Disembark the ship as you prepare for your flight home. (B)

Includes:

Roundtrip Air from Washington, DC, Airport – Ship Transfers, Cruise Accommodations, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, Shore Excursions, Airline taxes, Cruise port fees, taxes and gratuities, premium drink package.

 

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