DANUBE RIVER CRUISE

Danube River Cruise

& Land Tour

Dates: October 1-13, 2020

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With 1 extra day & night in Budapest plus 3 extra days & nights in Munich;  includes visits to Salzburg, Neuschwanstein Castle, and tour of Munich.

 

An exciting, fun-filled 11 days and nights starting in Budapest and ending in Munich.

 

Our first 7 days and nights will be aboard our river boat as we cruise up the legendary Danube River stopping at small towns as well as touring Vienna and Budapest.  The last three days we will spend in Munich visiting local and nearby sites of interest, including Salzburg, Austria.

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A Personal Comment from Ben Franklin, owner -

River cruising in Europe has become so popular that passenger bookings have tripled over the last 5 years.   Linda and I have been on several river cruises with different cruise lines, and the truth is, they are all wonderful.  They all have beautiful, luxurious ships, very comfortable cabins, great food and on-board entertainment, courteous and helpful staff and crew, and they all visit about the same ports of call.  So, how do you decide which cruise to take.  Certainly, the itinerary and cost are two main factors.  Dream Tours researches all cruise lines looking for the best offer available, resulting in what is probably the best choice for a given cruise.  And, every bit as important, Dream Tours provides you the opportunity to be part of a small, friendly group of people seeking an enjoyable, comfortable, and safe travel experience.

 

 We work very hard to provide you with the best value possible.  Our tours provide more visits to places of interest for the money than anyone else we know.  

ITINERARY

DAY 1  

CHARLOTTE, NC

Board our plane in Charlotte for over- night flight to Budapest.

DAY 2  

BUDAPEST

Arrive in Budapest, check into our hotel, relax a few minutes, take a short walking tour of Budapest followed by dinner and a good night's rest.

 

DAY 3

BUDAPEST

After a full breakfast at our hotel we will board our luxurious river cruise ship.  Free time is available to stroll through Budapest, shop, and enjoy a typical Hungarian pastry.This evening we will meet our fellow travelers at the Welcome Dinner on board our ship.  Tonight we will sail a special illuminations cruise past the capital's littering river front.  Absolutely beautiful!

 

DAY 4

BUDAPEST

Your morning excursion includes sightseeing in the cities of Buda and Pest spread over both banks of the river. You will see famed Heroes’ Square and Castle Hill, home to Fisherman’s Bastion, Matthias Church and spectacular views of the Danube.

DAY 5

BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA –

VIENNA, AUSTRIA

Wake up this morning in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. Enjoy a walking tour of the city’s top sights, including the Old Town Hall, Mirbach Palace and St. Martin’s Cathedral. Later, you will have some free time before the ship cruises to Vienna, the music capital of the world. 

DAY 6

VIENNA

This morning, you will have a chance to savor the Baroque elegance of romantic Vienna through your choice of one of two different excursions. The first option is a panoramic tour of Vienna that guides you past the majestic Opera House, the former Imperial Palace of the Habsburg Emperors, Parliament, Town Hall and Vienna University. Afterwards, you will visit Vienna’s historic city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and see St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Graben and the world famous Spanish Riding School. 

DAY 7 

WEISSENKIRCHEN  – GREIN -  DURNSTEIN

After reaching Weissenkirchen early in the morning, you’ll have a choice of several excursions. Partake in a walking tour in Weissenkirchen, along with a visit to the spectacular Benedictine Abbey in Melk; or go to Dürnstein, known for its Baroque Stiftskirche, its famed blue church tower and then go to the Melk Abbey. That evening be treated to an exclusive excursion to Castle Greinburg, Austria’s oldest residential castle which overlooks the Danube River. Tour the castle followed by a sparkling wine reception and folklore performance.

DAY 8 

LINZ

The ship arrives this morning in Linz where we will enjoy a walking tour of the second largest city in Austria Later,. We will take an excursion to the Czech town of Cesky Krumlov, a wonderfully preserved medieval town nestled in the hills just over the Austrian-Czech border, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

DAY 9 

PASSAU, GERMANY – VILSHOFEN

Discover the 2,000-year-old city of Passau in one of three ways. Enjoy a walking tour and marvel at Gothic and Italian Baroque architecture and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Guests looking for a more active morning can choose between a guided bike tour along the Danube River, or a guided hike up to the Veste Oberhaus Fortress. Later, the ship cruises to Vilshofen, where you will be treated to a festive Oktoberfest celebration with local beer, Bavarian folk music and dancing—an AmaWaterways exclusive

DAY 10

This morning we disembark our ship in Vilshofen and begin our private coach drive through the Bavarian Alps to Salzburg, Austria. We will tour this beautiful, small town where the Sound of Music was filmed and the home of Wolfgang Amadeus

Mozart.  Take a stroll through the same places you saw in one of your favorite movies “The Sound of Music. Thousands of fans come to this city every year to walk in the footsteps of the VonTrapp Family at the original shooting locations. Here you can take pictures of yourself in the Mirabell Gardens, at Maria’s Monastery or running through the Arbor.    
 

DAY 11

Today we will see the many interesting sights of Munich.  Starting with a visit to the old town including  Marienplatz, see the famous Glockenspiel, a stroll through the Viktualienmarkt (Marketplace),  St. Peter's Church, the English Garden, and even the BMW factory museum.  Tonight we will visit (I'm not sure that is the right word) the Munich Hofbrauhaus to enjoy a typical German meal and maybe a stein of beer.  

 

DAY 12

 After a restful night and a great breakfast we are off to the south of Munich to visit Neuschwantein Castle.  This is the castle that Walt Disney copied to use as his  logo and Disneyland centerpiece. ​​Nestled in the foothills of the Alps is this picture-perfect castle; a photographers dream place.  After exploring the castle, on our return to Munich, we willvisit a breath-taking Rococo Church.  We will arrive back Munich about6PM.

DAY 12

Late morning departure from Munich, flying directly to Charlotte, arriving about 4:30 PM.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Round trip airfare originating from Charlotte, NC

While on Board-

  • 7 nights luxury accommodations

  • All meals

  • Internet and Wi-Fi access

  • Unlimited fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner

  • Unlimited sparkling wine and fresh juice with breakfast

  • Tapas, sandwiches, snacks and refreshments served daily in the Main Lounge

  • Immersive tours at every destination

While on Land Tour-

  • 4 nights in first class hotels

  • Full, hot breakfast each morning

  • All ground transportation

  • Entrance fees where applicable

  • Gratuities for local tour guides

 

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

  • Passport

  • Travel protection – quote available upon request. Note, to be covered by pre-existing condition, the full premium payment must be received within 10 days of making your trip deposit payment.

  • Gratuities while on board ship

  • Lunches & dinners on land tour

  • Personal purchases

               $7129.00                          Category CA, per person,                    double occupancy

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