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14 Day Danube River Cruise with Warsaw, Krakow & Budapest 2018
(Monarch Empress)

14 days with Gate 1  Rating: Deluxe

River Cruise Itinerary
DAY 1, Monday - Depart for Poland
Depart for Poland.

DAY 2, Tuesday - Arrive in Warsaw
Arrive in Warsaw, Poland's capital and cultural center of the country. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Tonight, join your Tour Manager for a briefing on the fascinating journey that awaits you. Afterward, a Welcome Drink and dinner celebrates your arrival in Warsaw. (Dinner)

DAY 3, Wednesday - Warsaw City Tour
Today’s introduction to the bustling metropolis of Warsaw includes both banks of the Vistula River. Visit glorious Lazienki Park, built in the 17th century, one of the jewels of the city. Here, view the large bronze statue of Frederic Chopin, the famed Polish composer and virtuoso pianist of the Romantic era, born in a small village 29 miles west of Warsaw. Continue along the beautiful Royal Route with its historic monuments and residences. Arrive at the site of the former Warsaw Ghetto; stop at the inspiring Warsaw Ghetto Memorial, commemorating the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising of 1943. Walk through the Old Town with its cobbled streets to the Market Square. View the Cathedral of St. John and the Royal Castle, former residence of Polish kings, lovingly restored after its destruction during World War II; its decorations feature salvaged works of art from the old castle. Spend the rest of the day at leisure to discover the Old Town on your own, or join the optional to Wilanow Palace. This former residence of the Polish kings is situated outside Warsaw. It was built at the end of the 17th century for King Jan III Sobieski and is considered one of the most important monuments of Polish culture. (Breakfast)

Optional: Wilanow Palace (PM).

DAY 4, Thursday - Jasna Gora Monastery
Depart Warsaw and travel south to Czestochowa, known for the famous Pauline monastery of Jasna Gora, home of the Black Madonna painting, a shrine to the Virgin Mary. Every year millions of pilgrims from all over the world come to Czestochowa to visit the shrine as it is said to have miraculous powers. After the visit, continue to Krakow, former residence of the Polish kings. The afternoon is at leisure, or, join the optional tour to the Wieliczka Salt Mine, one of the oldest in Europe. The mine's historical importance, as well as the amazing works of art carved into the walls by miners, have earned the Wieliczka Salt Mine a place on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage list. Return to the hotel in Krakow for dinner and overnight. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Optional: Wieliczka Salt Mine.

DAY 5, Friday - Krakow City Tour & Auschwitz
Morning tour of medieval Krakow begins at the historic 16th century Wawel Royal Castle District. Continue to the former Jewish district, with its ancient synagogues and main square of the former ghetto. View the remaining walls of the ghetto and Oscar Schindler's factory, made famous in the movie Schindler’s List. Continue to the Old Town and to lively Market Square. Stop at stately St. Mary's Church with its tall brick tower overlooking the square and the Renaissance Cloth Hall where traders offer a variety of wares as their predecessors did many generations ago. This afternoon journey to the town of Oswiecim where the Nazis built Auschwitz, their largest concentration and death camp. The stories of those who were sent there, and who perished in this place, emphasize the scope of Hitler’s extermination efforts. After an introduction and historic film, the solemn visit includes a guided tour of the Auschwitz Concentration Camp Museum. Stop at the former Birkenau Extermination Camp before returning to Krakow. (Breakfast)

DAY 6, Saturday - Scenic Drive to Budapest
Today drive through the scenic Tatra Mountains and the wooded countryside of Slovakia before reaching the Danube Valley and the city of Budapest in the late afternoon. Often called “The Paris of the East,” Budapest is one of Europe's most delightful cities. Time to relax before tonight's fun-filled optional tour. Travel to the outskirts of Budapest for a traditional Hungarian dinner in a scenic forested location. While dining, you'll be entertained by colorfully dressed dancers performing a variety of spirited folk dances accompanied by a group playing live gypsy music. (Breakfast)

Optional: Hungarian Dinner and Show (PM).

DAY 7, Sunday - Budapest City Tour & Embarkation
Enjoy the morning at leisure, or participate in the optional tour that traces the rich Jewish heritage of Budapest. Begin with a visit to the Great Dohany Synagogue, which ranks among one of the major Jewish sights in Budapest. This Moorish-style building is Europe’s largest synagogue and the second largest in the world. View the Jewish Museum, the magnificent Tree of Life and the inspiring Raoul Wallenberg Memorial. Finally, travel across town to explore the chilling Hungarian Holocaust Museum. In the afternoon, the city tour begins in Pest; view the Parliament, Royal Palace and Heroes Square. Cross the Danube over the Elizabeth Bridge to the Buda Hills to see the 13th century Matthias Coronation Church. From Fisherman’s Bastion, enjoy a panoramic view of the city. Then continue to the port to embark your cruise. Tonight, a gala Welcome Dinner sets the mood for your delightful river cruise. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Optional: Budapest Jewish Interest Tour (AM).

DAY 8, Monday - Excursion to Szentendre
Drive from Budapest to the colorful artist's colony of Szentendre in the scenic Danube Bend. This settlement became a creative center for artists to gather in the 1920's. Today, this quaint village is accented by Baroque architecture, galleries, crafts shops and charming boutiques. After the guided tour, time to stroll the winding cobbled streets, visit one of the many museums and contemporary galleries or just sit at an outdoor cafe, sip coffee and people-watch. Return to Budapest in the early afternoon. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 9, Tuesday - Bratislava City Tour
This morning, enjoy the tranquil scenery as the ship sails along the scenic Danube. In the late afternoon, arrive in Bratislava, capital of Slovakia, a mix of modern and Baroque architecture. This capital city is among the youngest in Europe, yet retains a rich history dating back more than 2000 years. Walk along the cobblestone lanes of the historic town center; view St. Martin's Cathedral, coronation site of the Kings of Hungary, the 13th century Old Town Hall and the Franciscan church. Time to explore this colorful city on your own before returning to the ship for dinner. This evening, the ship will set sail to Vienna. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 10, Wednesday - Vienna City Tour
Your morning tour of romantic Vienna introduces you to this Imperial city with its legendary opulence and elegance. Drive along the famed Ringstrasse, Vienna's main boulevard lined with magnificent Baroque palaces, parks and monuments. View the lavish Hofburg Palace, and the impressive Vienna Opera House. Continue to majestic St. Stephen's Cathedral and the Parliament building. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure, or, join the optional tour to the magnificent Schonbrunn Palace, once summer residence of the Hapsburgs. Visit the gorgeous baroque apartments and stroll through the world-famous manicured gardens. Tonight, perhaps take the opportunity to attend an evening of Viennese culture in the "City of Music" at an optional concert performance of the classical masterpieces of Mozart and Strauss, two of Vienna's most famous citizens. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Optional: Schonbrunn Palace Tour (PM)
Optional: Classical Viennese Concert (PM)

DAY 11, Thursday - Melk Abbey
This morning, arrive in the Bavarian village of Durnstein, one of the prettiest towns on the Danube. Free time to stroll this quintessential village in the heart of the Wachau wine district. Walk along medieval cobblestone streets revealing 16th century town houses and wine taverns. Continue cruising late this morning through the scenic Wachau Valley, with lovely storybook views of vineyards, castles, hilltop ruins and monasteries. Later, disembark in Melk for a guided tour of the historic Benedictine Abbey, considered one of the finest examples of Baroque architecture in Europe. View the Abbot's chambers, the Kaiser's walk and the lavish library. The ship will set sail as you dine on board this evening. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 12, Friday - Full Day in Linz
Early this morning cruise into Linz. Founded by the Romans, Linz has cultivated a strong artistic tradition, especially in the field of music. Today is free to explore the city independently, taking in such sites as St. Mary’s Cathedral and Linz Castle, or just relaxing at a café sampling the famous Linzer torte which was named after this quaint city. Alternatively, join the optional full day tour to beautiful Salzburg, birthplace of Mozart and setting for the Sound of Music. The walking tour will include some of Salzburg's most historic sites including the Mirabell Palace, the Abbey, Salzburg Cathedral, and St. Peter's Cemetery. After lunch at a local restaurant, there will be time to discover Salzburg on your own before returning to the ship. In the early evening, all passengers will rejoin the ship and set sail for Passau. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Optional: Full Day Tour of Salzburg

DAY 13, Saturday - Passau & Regensburg City Tour
Dock this morning in 2500-year-old Passau, known for its pastel patrician houses, cafes, cobblestone lanes and riverfront promenade. Passau is a Bavarian town with a mix of Roman, Italian Baroque and Gothic architecture. Return to the ship for lunch before departing by coach to explore Regensburg, one of Germany's largest and best preserved medieval cities, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The guided walking tour highlights the city's stunning architecture as you view the Old Town Hall, Dom St. Peter and the Porta Praetoria, gateway to an ancient Roman fort built in 179 AD. Marvel at beautiful churches and one of the oldest stone bridges crossing the Danube. Tonight, enjoy a lavish Captain's Dinner on board. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 14, Sunday - Depart Germany
Your vacation ends today after breakfast. The Munich airport is approximately a 2 hour drive from the port. Disembarkation will end at 9:30 am. (Breakfast)

Tour Map
River Cruise Highlights
  • In Warsaw, along the Royal Route, view historic monuments and residences
  • Admire the historic 16th century Wawel Royal Castle in medieval Krakow
  • Enjoy a city tour of Vienna and view Hofburg Palace, Vienna Opera House and St. Stephen’s Cathedral
  • Tour the historic Benedictine Melk Abbey, one of the finest examples of Baroque architecture
  • Visit Regensburg, one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities
All This Included
  • 12 nights Deluxe accommodations
  • River port charges of $190 per person
  • Cruise & hotel porterage
  • 27 meals: 12 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 9 dinners
  • Shore excursions per itinerary
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring during excursions
Accommodations on this Tour
Warsaw: Sofitel Warsaw Victoria
Krakow: Mercure Krakow Stare Miasto or Radisson Blu Hotel Krakow
Budapest: InterContinental Budapest
Cruising: MS Monarch Empress
Notes
  • Cabin upgrades are available. 
  • Land/Cruise only price does not include arrival/departure transfers. Budapest to Vilshofen: Passengers returning from Munich on Day 14 should select flights that depart no earlier than 11:00 am. The Munich airport is approximately a 1.5 hour drive from the Vilshofen port. Due to physical constraints and space limitations, wheelchairs and walkers are not allowed on motor coaches and/or river cruises. The Monarch Empress is equipped with elevator access between the Empress and Countess decks, however passengers will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes while touring. Kindly refer to our Terms for additional information.
  •  European river cruising has gained in popularity for very good reason. It's a relaxing and convenient way to experience Europe while enjoying the comfort of a deluxe ship. However, before making the decision to reserve your vacation, please be aware of potential conditions which may impact your cruise. While most of the time river cruises operate exactly as planned, weather conditions may result in high or low water levels which impact a ship's itinerary and, on occasion, render a ship unable to sail at all. On very rare occasions, other events such as heavy fog, a damaged lock, or an incapacitated vessel blocking the river, may impact a sailing. These events typically occur with little or no notice. In the event that a cruise is partially or completely impacted, the itinerary will be operated by deluxe motor coach, accompanied by a Tour Manager, with overnights in hotels. The itinerary will include as many of the originally scheduled sightseeing features as possible, considering the travel time and distances required, as well as meals. While it is not possible to recreate the more leisurely comforts of sailings, we will endeavor to provide a comparable itinerary. These alternative services will be provided at no additional charge.
  • 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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