7 Nights From $3,5491 Per Person Cruise Only, Category E (fixed window stateroom)
Samantha Brown, host of “Samantha Brown’s Place to Love” on PBS, offers a fun-loving style that has made her a revered and engaging television personality whose approach is less expert, less host and more a person you would want to travel with.
Framed by rolling hillsides, lush vineyards, and medieval castles, the Danube River has captivated musicians, artists and poets throughout the centuries. Travel into the heart of the continent where empires were built, kings and queens were crowned, and world-famous music was composed and performed by the likes of Mozart and Beethoven. Discover legendary destinations on this 7-night cruise from Vilshofen, Germany to Budapest, Hungary. Explore a 2,000-year-old city, savor Wachau Valley wines, experience the timeless beauty and fascinating history of Vienna and Budapest. Be romanced by the Danube with all her splendor.
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DAY TO DAY ITINERARY:
DAY 1: EMBARKATION – VILSHOFEN Embark your cruise in Vilshofen, Germany. Meet your fellow passengers on board. (D)
DAY 2: 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)
DAY 3: 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 options 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,Ceský Krumlov, located just over the Czech-Austrian border. (B,L,D)
DAY 4: 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, hike up to the fortress where Richard the Lionheart was once held. As an alternative excursion, visit a local apricot grower, where you’ll enjoy the regions 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)
DAY 5: 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)
DAY 6: 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)
DAY 7: 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)
DAY 8: BUDAPEST – DISEMBARKATION This morning say farewell to Samantha Brown and your fellow travelers. Disembark the ship as you prepare for your flight home. (B)
B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner
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