Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna, Melk, Passau
Travel dates: October 27 to November 4, 2020
9 days, 7 nights including cruise, accommodations, all meals, drink and airfare from NYC (All U.S gateways available.
As you cruise along one of Europe’s most romantic rivers, you will sail through history into a world filled with a variety of amazing architecture and breathtaking scenery. Our Budapest to Passau cruise takes you on a journey of discovery into “Old Europe,” uncovering ancient abbeys, beautiful palaces, historic landmarks and stunning vistas. From vibrant and cosmopolitan cities of Budapest, Vienna and Munich, to the villages of Melk & Passau, your trip will highlight iconic sights and bustling city streets. You can look forward to enjoying all this from the deck of a 5* star Ship!
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Included cruise features:
• Round-trip air transportation from the New York area (NYC). Other gateways available. Fuel surcharges and air taxes are included (valid at time of printing).
• 5 STAR LUXURY CRUISING:
- Transfers from airport to the riverboat and from riverboat to the airport, with luggage handling for one checked bag per person. Services of a professional cruise director throughout the program.
- Luxurious accommodations for seven nights on a Scenic “Space Ship” including port charges
- Applicable entrance fees, admission charges according to itinerary and whisper system on all excursions.
- Daily gourmet meals onboard: a rich buffet breakfast, a festive lunch buffet, tea & coffee throughout the day and a multi-course dinner with free complimentary selection of wines, draught beers during meals and at the bar.
- Complimentary Wi-Fi Internet
- Private 5* butler service for all cabins
- Welcome drink upon arrival.
- Onboard entertainment
- Wellness center, massage and hair salon services (extra fee – to be booked onboard only)
- Electronically-assisted bicycles
Included shore excursions:
· Deluxe air-conditioned motor coach transportation for all transfers, tours and guided excursions.
· Daily shore excursion program (outlined and included in the itinerary) during the cruise with local English-speaking guides.
· The use of our Guide System headsets is also included at no additional cost.
· Included excursions to: Budapest, Szentendre, Bratislava, Vienna, Melk Abbey, Linz, Passau.
Optional post tour excursion:
- Optional 3-night POST extension to Prague including transportation and a full day guided tour of the city.
ITINERARY (subject to change / approval from the cruise company)
Day 1: Depart the USA: Depart the U.S. on your overnight flight to Budapest, Hungary.
Day 2: Arrive Budapest. Welcome to Budapest, one of Eastern Europe's most ancient cites. On arrival at the airport, you will be met by a Jet Vacations representative and transferred* to your deluxe Scenic cruise ship in Budapest. Unpack, relax in your room and explore all of the ship’s fantastic facilities. This evening, you have a special invitation to join a Cocktail Reception and Welcome Dinner where you will meet other guests, crew and the captain, and acquaint yourself with life on the river. (D)
Day 3: Budapest. Widely known as one of the continent’s most beautiful and cosmopolitan cities, Budapest is home to many UNESCO World Heritage sites, including the Buda Castle Quarter, Andrássy Avenue, and Heroes’ Square and the Millennium Underground Railway – the second oldest railway in the world. Today, your private guided tour takes you past the Royal Palace of Buda –home to the Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest History Museum, the National Library, Lion Courtyard, Matthias Well, and the statue of the Turul Bird, the mythological bird of the Magyars. The tour then continues to Fisherman’s Bastion, situated on Castle Hill, where you can admire the most breathtaking panoramic views of the city, before moving on to see Matthias Church and the iconic Chain Bridge. As one of Budapest’s most symbolic landmarks, the Chain Bridge, designed by English engineer William Tierney Clark, links Buda and Pest, and was considered one of the world’s engineering marvels at the time of construction. Lunch onboard. In the afternoon, join a tour to Szentendre or you may remain onboard to explore beautiful Budapest. Travel by coach to Szentendre, the small baroque town located at the gateway to the famous Danube Bend. Built on medieval ruins, Szentendre is considered to be an Artists’ Village or Painters’ Town. On arrival, set out on a guided stroll around the historical center and admire the cobblestoned streets, and baroque houses and churches. Stop to try some “langos” (fried Hungarian flat bread), and after your tour, enjoy free time to visit some of Szentendre’s many museums. Free time to explore the famous Margit Kovács Ceramic Museum or the Confectionery Museum, with its marzipan figurines, or opt to go shopping for some typical Hungarian souvenirs. Back on the ship in time for dinner onboard. Tonight, get a glimpse of Budapest’s night lights and illuminated bridges from the top deck as you sail towards Bratislava. Overnight on board. (B, L, D).
Day 4: Bratislava - Vienna. Spend the whole morning sailing and relaxing, enjoying breakfast and lunch onboard your deluxe cruise ship before arriving in Bratislava early afternoon. In the afternoon, set out on a guided tour of the old town of Bratislava, capital of the Slovak Republic. Highlights will include the including the Old Town Hall, the stunning Mirbach Palace and Gothic St. Martin's Cathedral. Here, you will also find Bratislava’s Town Hall, a complex of three buildings erected in the 14th and 15th centuries, Michael’s Gate, one of the oldest of the town’s structures, and nearby, the narrowest house in Europe. Enjoy dinner onboard the ship and spend more free time exploring Bratislava by night on your own. Later-on in the night, the ship will sail the Danube in route to Vienna. (B, L, D)
Day 5: Saturday October 23, 2021: Vienna. Awake gliding the waters of the blue Danube and arrive early afternoon in beautiful Vienna. Austria’s vibrant city and a fantastic fusion of old and new. Known as ‘The City of Music’ because of its musical legacy, Vienna is also regarded as ‘The City of Dreams’ as it was home to Sigmund Freud, the world’s first psychoanalyst. After lunch onboard, we take you on an icon-filled coach panoramic tour along the Ringstrasse where you will see Vienna’s world-famous Opera House, Burgtheatre, Town Hall. Enjoy a visit of a former home of the Habsburg dynasty, the Hofburg Palace (also known as Vienna Imperial Palace). Dating back to the 13th century, the Hofburg Palace is today the seat of the Austrian president. It houses the Imperial Apartments, the Sisi Museum and the Imperial Silver Collection, all of which you can visit. Admire the ceremonial rooms and residential apartments used by Francis Joseph and Sisi, and discover what life was like at the Vienna Court. Then at the Imperial Silver Collection, be wowed by the impressive array of silver dinnerware that belonged to the imperial family. Dinner onboard. SPECIAL CRUISE FEATURE: This evening, enjoy a Viennese classical concert performance consisting of Opera, dance, and beautiful classical music at the renowned Schönbrunn Palace. The ship will sail later on in the evening. (B, L, D)
Day 6: Dürnstein – Melk Abbey. In the morning, arrive in Dürnstein, where you will have time to explore this lovely town on your own. You will marvel at the magnificent blue façade of the baroque Stiftskirche. Above town you'll spot the ruins of the castle where Richard the Lionheart, King of England, was imprisoned in 1192. Your walking tour through medieval cobblestone streets reveals 16th-century town houses and wine taverns. Afterwards, you will return to the ship for lunch and sail through the great Wachau Valley towards Melk Abbey, the famous 900-year old Benedictine Abbey, one of Europe's largest baroque monasteries, located above the town on a splendid rocky outcrop, overlooking where the Danube joins the picturesque Wachau Valley. Melk Abbey boasts the finest Italian architecture, elaborate gold leaf walls, a 640-foot Imperial Corridor and fabulous fresco ceilings. Return to the ship and evening sailing to Linz. (B, L, D)
Day 7: Linz - Passau. Wake up in Linz, home of the famous “Linzer tort”. This morning, visit the surrounding area. Linz features the largest church in Austria is the Linz Mariendom, which is also called "New Cathedral" church is an integral part of the Linz cityscape, an architectural masterpiece! Onto the Linz Castle, located on a hill above the old town of Linz directly on the Danube which offers a beautiful view of the old town of Linz. Then make your way to the Sankt Florian Abbey is one of the largest and best-known Baroque monasteries in Austria. The magnificent, almost intact preserved baroque buildings with the abbey basilica are simply worth seeing! After lunch, enjoy the rest of the day and evening cruising the Danube towards Passau. Dinner onboard. (B, L, D)
Day 8: Passau. Breakfast onboard your ship in Passau, then disembark for a guided city tour which takes you on an in-depth exploration of this fairy-tale city founded more than 2,000 years ago. Situated at the confluence of the rivers Danube, Inn and llz, Passau is known worldwide as "The Three Rivers City". On this morning’s walking tour, stroll through the cobblestone streets and narrow alleys before emerging to find the perfect view of the hilltop Oberhaus Fortress. Originally designed to serve the Bishop of Passau in 1219, it is today home to a fascinating museum, restaurant and open-air theatre. Lunch onboard. In the afternoon, enjoy some free time to explore Passau. This evening, you have a special invitation to attend the Captain’s Gala Dinner, where you will join your fellow guests. (B, L, D)
Day 9: Departure day:
Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking. Coach transfer back to Munich airport for your flight home. (B) End of our services.
3 NIGHT PRAGUE POST EXTENSION
Day 10: Munich to Prague: After breakfast, check-out from the hotel in Munich. You will be met by a Jet Vacations representative and transferred to Prague. On the way to Prague, stop in Regensburg Set on the banks of the Danube River, the medieval city of Regensburg made a name for itself as an important trade center in the Middle Ages and now serves as a popular tourist destination for those traveling the Romantic Road. The UNESCO World Heritage listed historic center is one of few German towns not destroyed in the war and retains some fine examples of its heritage. Architectural highlights include the Roman Porta Praetoria Palace; the Herzogshof, once the Palace of the Agilolfingian Dukes; the landmark Dome St Peter, largely regarded as Bavaria’s finest Gothic cathedral dating back to 1260; and the 12th-century Stone Bridge, a crucial river crossing during the Middle Ages and the oldest working bridge in the country. Remnants of the ancient Roman fortress Castra Regina, the grand Old City Hall and the exquisite Rococo style Cathedral Zu unserer lieben Frau, are also all worth a visit. Lunch on your own and continue on by deluxe coach to your Hotel in Prague. In the evening, we will gather for a welcome dinner at the hotel or in a nearby local restaurant. Overnight in Prague. (B, D)
Day 11: Prague: After breakfast at the hotel, meet your local coach and guide and depart for a Prague City Sightseeing Tour - partly by air-conditioned coach, partly on foot. The highlight of the trip is a walk through the fascinating Prague Castlecomplex and a guided tour of the major areas within; admire the grandeur of this royal castle, visit the magnificent Saint Vitus Cathedraland the ancient architecture of the Old Royal Palace, complete with the imperial Vladislav Hall. Not forgetting of course a visit to ST. George Basilica and the Rosenberg Palace. Lunch break on your own. From Prague Castle, walk down to the picturesque Vltava River, then cross over into the Old Town to discover the origins of one of the best-preserved medieval cities. The tour continues at the most famous place of all, the Old Town Square, one of Europe's most beautiful historical sights. Finish your tour with a visit to the church of Our Lady Victorious and of the Prague Infant Jesus, which holds an extraordinary significance not only for its architecture and artistic decoration, but mainly for the fact that the famous statue of the Prague Infant Jesus is kept and venerated within. The extraordinary well-preserved baroque interior is decorated by works of the best artists of the 17th and 18th century. After the tour, free time and transfer back to your hotel for overnight. (B)
Day 12: Prague at leisure or optional tour to Ceske Budejovice / Cesky Krumlov: After breakfast at the hotel enjoy your day at leisure. Explore the Old Town Square and New Town, the Charles Bridge, and the Old Jewish Cemetery with its ancient tombstones dating from the mid 14th to late 17th centuries. You might also visit Hradcany Castle on your own or take an optional tour to Cesky Krumlov. Your factory visit in Ceske Budejovice will show you how beer was brewed and drunk in the past, and how it is brewed and drunk today. You'll visit the museum's collection documenting the brewery's history, and have lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, travel to Cesky Krulov. Known as 'the Pearl of the Renaissance', the State Castle of Cesky Krumlov is one of the most important historic sites in Central Europe. You'll travel by coach from Prague through the beautiful south Bohemian countryside passing picturesque villages and ponds. The whole town of Cesky Krumlov is on the UNESCO heritage list, comprising 300 historic houses, the castle and chateau. Dinner on your own and overnight at your hotel. (B, L)
Day 13: Departure: After breakfast, pick up at your hotel and transfer to the Prague airport for your flight back to the US. (B)
Notes: Onboard currency is the Euro. The ship’s captain reserves the right to modify the cruising itinerary to ensure the safe navigation of the vessel. This cruise is dependent on the sea and tides and arrival, departure and stop over times may be adjusted accordingly. All taxes and fuel surcharges are included and correct at the time of printing, but subject to change. The price does not include beverages except the ones mentioned above, shore excursions that might be offered in addition to our daily included shore excursion program, gratuities/tips for guides/drivers and onboard staff such as maids, waiters, and maitre d’, wellness/spa center, airline luggage overage fees, passports fees, visas as well as items of a personal nature.
*Price is in US$, per person based on double occupancy, in your choice of cabins (Email us for pricing), chartering the vessel with a minimum of 100 passengers on board. Single supplement is an additional 50% of the double occupancy price.
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