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11 days with Crystal River Cruises  Rating: Deluxe

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River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 Vienna, Austria 
 Layered and elegant, with elements of cozy and grand, musical and visual might be the best way to characterize Vienna—or one of many ways, as this imperial city surely can inspire endless lines of poetic descriptions. Once the capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and forever known for its distinguished roster of composers who either were born or lived and worked here—including Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, both Strausses, Liszt and Brahms—Vienna finds itself at the very center of European culture, even as it sits near the border of the Czech republic, Slovakia and Hungary. Turn to a blank page to memorialize your own impressions of this grand city, remarking on its manicured gardens, ornate architecture—especially that of the famed Ringstrasse—intimate bistro pubs called beisln and a certain flourish that can only be called Vienna.

Day 2 Scenic Wachau Valley - Melk, Austria 
Best known for its fortified baroque Benedictine monastery, Melk Abbey, the town of Melk boasts an assortment of smaller gems. Among them, the city’s riverside location, serene and regal with a ribbon of wooded groves giving way to the lovely village. Cobbled lanes and a petite size make for a pleasant stroll with a chance to discover its 16th-century Town Hall, or Rathaus, in the center of town, and Haus am Stein, or House at the Rock. Built in the 15th century, the vine-covered abode is Melk’s oldest building.

Day 3 & 4 Linz, Austria (Overnight on Day 3)
Named the European Capital of Culture in 2009 and added to the roster of UNESCO Creative Cities as a City of Media Arts in 2014, Linz embraces the present and future, even as it remains reverential to its past. There is much to be proud of: Here on the gentle curve of the Danube, Linz rose to power as a political and economic hub for the Holy Roman Empire. Trade and influence extended in all four directions, from Hungary and Germany to the east and west and Poland and Italy to the north and south. Later, Linz sparkled as a city of the Habsburgs, the last home to German Emperor, Friedrich III. The city’s layout reflects its history, with an ancient medieval center encircled by neoclassical, neo-baroque and neo-Renaissance neighborhoods, a kind of tree-rings of age and architectural styles. Highpoints of old traditions and impressive landmarks include the Linzer torte, dating to 1653 and thought to be the oldest cake in the world, and St. Martin’s church, the oldest church in Austria.

 

Likely all you will hear is the sound of your own gasps of delight as you experience storied locales of movies and emperors. Marvel at the beauty of Salzburg, birthplace of Mozart and filming backdrop of The Sound of Music. The spa town of Bad Ischl was a favorite of royalty and continues to draw visitors with its quaint charms and inspiring mountain setting. Hallstatt, a tiny village shouldered by a wall of mountains, is inched so close to the pretty lake that it looks like its quintessentially Austrian buildings might tip right in. And, simply, wow: The Czech Republic’s Cesky Krumlov unfolds as a picture-perfect medieval town crowned by a castle, embraced by the meandering Vltava River and laced with cobbled lanes. No wonder it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the second most popular travelers’ destination after Prague.

Day 5 Passau, Germany (overnight)
At the confluence of the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers, Passau is also situated at a meeting of cultures. The town began as a Roman settlement, enjoying the rising tide of influence as the largest bishopric in the Holy Roman Empire and enduringly vibrant as a hub for various trade and manufacturing pursuits, including salt, swords and ideas. Experience Passau’s charm as you the wander the cobbled streets of Old Town, gaze upon arched bridges and Italianate manses and encounter magnificent St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the New Bishop’s Residence.

Just southwest of Passau is Munich, one of the most beguiling cites anywhere. This capital of Bavaria embraces both its history and a live-for-today mantra, as witnessed in its fine examples of baroque and rococo architecture and shared in its trendy taverns, where German brew is hoisted in celebration of a quiet (and sometimes rollicking) Oktoberfest that can happen any day of the year.

Day 6 Passau, Germany - Vilshofen an der Donau, Germany
A skyline graced by the spire of a historic church and the arch of a more modern bridge reveals the essence of Vilshofen’s appeal: A meeting of past and present. The meeting of three rivers—the Vils, the Wolfach and the Danube—deepens that appeal. This small city is as attractive as it is accessible, inviting cycling expeditions on its pretty paths and hikes in the neighboring Bavarian forest. Vilshofen respects its centuries-old past as it preserves old, cobbled lanes and such landmarks as its tower, located on the town square, and the Church of Saint John. A staging of spectacular annual events, including the floating Christmas market and “Donau in Flammen,” or “Danube in Flames,” the exciting fireworks display that bursts over the riverside promenade in July, brings a celebratory spirit to the city. Some would say that a festive spirit persists no matter the season, thanks to not only the calendar of events but the daily chance to experience the city’s parks, museums and eateries. 

Day 7 Passau, Germany
At the confluence of the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers, Passau is also situated at a meeting of cultures. The town began as a Roman settlement, enjoying the rising tide of influence as the largest bishopric in the Holy Roman Empire and enduringly vibrant as a hub for various trade and manufacturing pursuits, including salt, swords and ideas. Experience Passau’s charm as you the wander the cobbled streets of Old Town, gaze upon arched bridges and Italianate manses and encounter magnificent St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the New Bishop’s Residence.

On this Crystal River Cruise, you will not only discover the delights of Passau but also venture to Regensburg, a gem of a city boasting a medieval Old Town that is one of Germany’s best-preserved and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Due west is Munich, a world-class metropolis with a walkable town center and air of celebration and sophistication that whirls and settles in its squares, beer halls and art galleries. 

Day 8 Scenic cruising - Bratislava, Slovakia
Slovakia’s capital city may be the country’s buzzing political and economic center, but it is also a historic gem that stirs the imagination. A maze of narrow, cobblestone streets wind around colorful 18th-century buildings, and shade-covered sidewalk cafes beckon weary—or simply hungry—travelers to linger over a meal and enjoy people watching. Museums, cathedrals and palaces are edifying locales to spend some time, while photography buffs will want to snap images of the medieval castle that looms over the city with a majestic grace. For those looking for more contemporary sights, Bratislava boasts a pulsating modern art scene, as well as some outstanding examples of Communist-era architecture.  

Day 9 & 10 Vienna, Austria (Overnight)
 Layered and elegant, with elements of cozy and grand, musical and visual might be the best way to characterize Vienna—or one of many ways, as this imperial city surely can inspire endless lines of poetic descriptions. Once the capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and forever known for its distinguished roster of composers who either were born or lived and worked here—including Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, both Strausses, Liszt and Brahms—Vienna finds itself at the very center of European culture, even as it sits near the border of the Czech republic, Slovakia and Hungary. Turn to a blank page to memorialize your own impressions of this grand city, remarking on its manicured gardens, ornate architecture—especially that of the famed Ringstrasse—intimate bistro pubs called beisln and a certain flourish that can only be called Vienna.

Day 11 Vienna, Austria - Disembark

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All This Included

Cruising the Danube at the height of the Christmas market season will create memories to last a lifetime. Visit town after town presenting a stunning array of outdoor stalls, culinary specialties, singing and dancing, plus shopping venues found nowhere else in the world. And there’s no better way to enjoy it than aboard luxurious Crystal Mozart.

  • Butler service
  • All meals included, most featuring the culinary excellence of celebrated chefs, with a local flair
  • Unlimited onboard refreshments, including fine wines, champagne, premium spirits and all non-alcoholic beverages such as bottled water, soft drinks and specialty coffees
  • Choice of guidedCrystal Adventures® shore excursion in every port
  • Gratuities for housekeeping, dining and bar staff
  • Complimentary culinary experiences at Michelin-starred or highly renowned local restaurants
  • Interactive TV system with in-suite movies on demand, an extensive
  • music library and Internet access
  • Authentic regional, local and seasonal wine and beer offerings, where available
  • Complimentary airport transfers on days of embarkation and disembarkation
  • 24-hour room service
  • Onboard enrichment programs and entertainment
Accommodations on this Tour
cabin on Crystal Mozart
Notes
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • Port charges of $250 per person are not included in the prices shown above.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions

* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.



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