melodiesdanube

Melodies of the Danube  |  Multiple Dates  |  9 Day - Cruise Only or 12 Day - Cruise & Munich Tour

As you journey along the Danube through four European countries, you will see first hand why this fabled river has inspired generations of artists, poets, and musicians. Explore the vibrant streets of Budapest and Bratislava and elegant avenues of Vienna, known to music lovers as the birthplace of the waltz. Cruise through the scenic Wachau Valley, home to picturesque vineyards, charming hamlets, and spectacular 900-year-old Benedictine abbey. Conclude your cruise in Munich, with an excursion to the 19th century palace built by "Mad King Ludwig" of Bavaria, the inspiration for Walt Disney's Sleeping Beauty Castle.

Date

Can be booked for various departures between March 29 and December 25, 2015.

Highlights

- Luxurious cruise accommodations in an outside statement - most with French balconies (twin balconies on select vessels)
- Fine dining including complimentary wine, beer & soft drinks at lunch and dinner
- State-of-the-art "Infotainment" System featuring free in room direct Internet access, free Hollywood movies, and more
- Life-enriching tours and daily excursions with personal headset included
- Special highlights including lectures, theme dinners, cooking demonstrations, onboard music performances and live piano every afternoon and evening
- Complimentary bicycles and guided bike tours (Note: guided bike tours are capacity controlled)

Itinerary

Day 1: Depart Halifax
Overnight flight to Budapest

Day 2: Arrival in Budapest
Arrive in Budapest and embark your luxurious river cruise ship. This evening, meet your fellow travelers at the Welcome Dinner. (D)

Day 3: Budapest
This morning, your sightseeing tour takes you to historic Buda Castle, where you will enjoy a splendid view of the twin cities of Buda and Pest. Your tour also includes Fisherman's Bastion, the Royal Palace, St. Stephen's Basilica, Heroes' Square and more. The afternoon is free to explore on your own. (B, L, D)

Day 4: Bratislava
Wake up this morning in Bratislava, capital of Slovakia. You have your choice of two tours today. The first option is a walking tour of the city's  top sights, including the Old Town Hall, Mirbach Palace and St. Martin's Cathedral. As as alternative, choose the "Communist History" tour that includes landmarks such as the Radio Building, Liberty Square, and the Soviet War Memorial. Later, you will have some free time before the ship cruises to Vienna, the music capital of the world. After dinner, experience a traditional "Viennese Wine and Music" evening in a rustic wine tavern outside the city, where you can enjoy a glass of newly pressed, locally grown wine and Austrian music and hospitality. (B, L, D)

Day 5: Vienna
Savor the Baroque elegance of romantic Vienna during your panoramic city tour, which will include the Opera House, the Ringstrasse and St. Stephen Cathedral. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. Perhaps you will stroll along the boutique lined Karntnerstrasse, sample Vienna's famous pastries, or visit a museum. Or, if you prefer, join an optional excursion to Schonbrunn Palace. This evening, you will have the opportunity to attend an optional Mozart and Strauss concert. (B, L, D)

Day 6: Durnstein
We arrive in Durnstein this morning, where you will have a walking tour along the town's cobblestone streets and see the magnificent blue tower of the local Stiftskirche (abbey church). Look for the castle ruins high on a hill where Richard the Lionheart was once held for ransom. Return to the ship and continue onwards to Melk via the gorgeous scenery of the Wachau Valley, a UNESCO World Hertiage Site. You will see jewel-encrusted crosses containing religious relics, frescoes, and richly embroidered vestments, as well as the abbey's priceless collection of medieval manuscripts. (B, L, D)

Day 7: Linz
The ship arrives this morning in Linz. Enjoy a walking tour of the second largest city in Austria. Later, you will have a choice of three different excursions. The first option is a visit to the Austria Lake District, the scenic Salzkammergut region, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The second option is an excursion to the Czech town of Cesky Krumlov, a wonderfully preserved medieval town nestled in the hills just over the Austrian-Czech border. The third choice is an excursion to Salzburg, Mozart's birthplace, where you will take a walking tour of the historic center made famous by the "Sound of Music." (B, L, D)

Day 8: Passau and Vilshofen
Early this morning, cruise through Upper Austria to Passau in Germany, where the rivers Inn and Ilz join the Danube. Enjoy a walking tour of this 2,000-year-old city, noted for its Gothic and Italian Baroque architecture, cobblestone streets and St. Stephan’s Cathedral. This afternoon, the ship cruises to the medieval town of Vilshofen,where you will enjoy a festive “Oktoberfest” celebration with local food, beer and Bavarian folk music and dancing. (B,L,D)

Day 9: Disembarkation in Vilshofen
This morning, disembark in Vilshofen and depart for Munich. Stop in Regensburg for a walking tour of one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities. You will have some free time afterwards to explore Regensburg’s Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, before continuing your transfer to Munich. Enjoy the scenic countryside en route to your hotel in Germany’s third-largest city. With a history that dates back to the Middle Ages, Munich is an important industrial, educational and cultural center, renowned for its breweries, beer gardens and boisterous Oktoberfest celebrations. (B)

Day 10: Munich
This morning, enjoy a panoramic tour of Munich followed by a walking tour of the Old Town. You will see such iconic sights as the famous Glockenspiel at Munich’s New Town Hall and the Frauenkirche, the “Cathedral of Our Lady.” The afternoon is free for you to explore Munich on your own. (B)

Day 11: Munich
Today, you will visit the stunning Neuschwanstein Castle, inspiration for Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty Castle. This postcard perfect castle, set amidst the Bavarian Alps, was built in the 19th century by “Mad” King Ludwig II of Bavaria as an elaborate homage to composer Richard Wagner. After a tour of the castle, arrive in Füssen, where you will have free time for lunch on your own before returning to Munich. (B)

Day 12: Depart Munich
Bid farewell to Munich and prepare for your homeward flight. (B)

Rates

Per person rates in US funds:

9 Day cruise portion only from $2,599 US per person based on double occupancy.
12 Day cruise and Munich extension from $3,499 US per person based on double occupancy.

Prices vary depending on the time of year traveling. Cruise prices are per person in a Category E, deluxe outside stateroom with window. Upgrades to a higher category are available, please contact for pricing.

Airfare is additional
Port Charges: $168 US per person
Plus gratuities of $20 per person, per day

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