Blue Danube Cruise
When: June 22, 2017 - July 01, 2017 (iCal)
“…a nice mix of sightseeing and activities both on and off the river boat.”
Aboard the M.S. AMADEUS BRILLIANT, our journey through the Danube River Valley includes performances of the classical and folk music prized by Europe and its composers, including Mozart and Beethoven, and an array of expert lectures and guided excursions. The five country visits to the cultural centers that inspired the great masters, include the Benedictine Melk Abbey in Austria, imperial Vienna, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and medieval Bratislava, Slovakia. We will have three nights in Prague’s historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage site, with stops at both Staré Mˇesto and Josefov, the Jewish Quarter. Cruising for five nights on the legendary Blue Danube from Passau, Germany, to Budapest, Hungary, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and then through the stunning Wachau Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage site are the highlights of this program. Berlin pre-program and Budapest post-program options are available.
Activity Level: Moderately Active
Price From: $4,695
Price From: $3,695 (if booked by March 10, 2017)
Includes land and cruise only; per person, based on double occupancy.
Itinerary and price are tentative and subject to change.
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Days 1 & 2: U.S./Prague, Czech Republic
Depart the U.S. for Prague, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the “City of a Thousand Spires.” Upon arrival, check into the INTERCONTINENTAL PRAHA HOTEL and attend the Welcome Reception this evening at the hotel.
Days 3 & 4: Prague
In Prague’s Staré Mˇesto (Old Town) we will visit the Orloj, astronomical clock of the Old Town Hall; see the Charles Bridge; and attend a brief private performance of Mozart’s music followed by a specially arranged private tour of the Estates Theatre, where the opera Don Giovanni premiered. In Josefov, destinations include the Old-New Synagogue, Europe’s oldest extant Jewish house of worship, and the Old Jewish Cemetery; the former residence of Bohemian royalty, the Hradˇcany complex of castles, churches, and museums; and the family-owned Lobkowicz Palace for a viewing of original Beethoven manuscripts and a private string quartet concert. We will also visit the St. Vitus Cathedral, Royal Mausoleum, and the magnificent St. Wenceslas Chapel, followed by a walk through the “Golden Lane.” On the former site of the Bohemian Kingdom’s Royal Court, a private tour of the Municipal House will bring us to the Smetana Hall, where an independent Czechoslovakia was declared.
Day 5: Prague/Passau, Germany
Today we travel through the Czech and German countryside to Passau, where the Danube, Ilz, and Inn Rivers meet. Lunch is in a traditional German restaurant, followed by a walking tour of Altstadt, Passau’s Old Town. We will visit St. Stephan’s Cathedral and see the largest pipe organ in Europe. After, we embark M.S. AMADEUS BRILLIANT for the Captain’s Welcome Reception, and, following dinner, we can attend a short concert by the ship’s musicians.
Day 6: Melk, Austria/Dürnstein
In the riverside town of Melk, we’ll visit the Benedictine Abbey, which showcases Austrian architecture, relics, and ceiling frescoes; in the abbey’s Stiftskirche (church) is the altarpiece by “Danube School” master Jörg Breu the Elder. A prestigious center of scholarship throughout the Middle Ages, the abbey’s library houses medieval manuscripts. Returning to the ship for lunch, we dock this afternoon in the medieval village of Dürnstein. A walk through the village to the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Abbey Church will be followed by a short, private organ concert inside the Stiftskirche Dürnstein. This evening we cruise past the vineyards and medieval castle ruins of Wachau Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Day 7: Vienna
The former seat of the Habsburg Empire, Vienna’s historic center is an open-air museum of Baroque architecture and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Our visits here include St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Sala Terrena, Vienna’s oldest concert hall and where Mozart performed. A private performance of Mozart’s music has been specially arranged for us. After lunch on board, the afternoon is at leisure for exploring Vienna on our own.
Day 8: Vienna/Bratislava, Slovakia
This morning in Vienna is free, or join an optional excursion to the UNESCO World Heritage-designated Schönbrunn Palace and Gardens. It was in one of the salons here that a six-year-old Mozart first performed for Empress Maria Theresa and the future Queen of France Marie Antoinette. Lunch is on the ship. This afternoon, en route to Bratislava, we will cruise through Austria’s scenic Donau-Auen National Park, which preserves the last remaining major wetlands in central Europe. Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia and beautifully restored since the end of the Cold War, showcases life amidst history. In the Old Town, visits include the Cathedral of St. Martin, the Primatial Palace, and St. Michael’s Gate, Bratislava’s oldest preserved medieval fortification. Dinner is on board.
Day 9: Budapest, Hungary
Buda and Pest (the centuries-old twin cities), the embankments along this storied river, and the Buda Castle Quarter collectively are a UNESCO World Heritage site. We begin in Pest with the limestone Parliament Building, and then proceed through Heroes’ Square honoring the Magyar chiefs who conquered Hungary. At the Hungarian State Opera House, a beautiful performing arts venue, an opera singer will perform an aria for us in a private, specially arranged performance. Lunch is on the ship. At Castle Hill, we’ll visit the stately Fisherman’s Bastion and the St. Matthias Church. This evening, the Captain’s Farewell Reception and Dinner are followed by a traditional Hungarian folklore performance.
Day 10: Budapest/U.S.
Transfer to the airport for return flights to the U.S. or continue on the Budapest Post-Program Option.
*Price and Itinerary are tentative and subject to change