Grand Danube Cruise – Eastbound

About Vienna, Austria

Discover some of the Continent’s best-kept secrets on this river cruise through Central and Eastern Europe, from Prague to Bucharest. Spend three nights in Prague, an overnight in Bucharest, and plenty of leisure time in Budapest and Vienna to explore on your own. Guided sightseeing with Certified Local Guides in each city shows you the highlights, with inside visits of the Hradcany Castle grounds in Prague, Melk’s awe-inspiring Benedictine Abbey, Kalemegdan Fortress in Belgrade, and Patriarch’s Church in Veliko Târnovo. Enjoy beer tasting in Nuremberg, stop in the Puszta for an exhibition of Hungarian horsemanship, and attend an organ concert in Pécs; cruise through the Main Danube Canal and the dramatic Iron Gates gorge, and visit the Lepenski Vir archaeological site. Historical sights, cultural events, splendid scenery, and sumptuous cuisine—this cruise has it all!

City Highlights

Cruise: deluxe 13-night cruise in an outside stateroom with hotel-style beds Days 1-3 Prague: welcome to the Czech Republic; guided sightseeing on Day 2, see the Astronomical Clock and visit Hradcany Castle grounds; free timeDay 4 Prague–Nuremberg (Embarkation): onboard welcome receptionDay 5 Nuremberg: choice of guided sightseeing or Nuremberg Trials tour; onboard lecture; beer tastingDay 6 Regensburg: guided walk; enjoy a snack at the Historische WurstkücheDay 7 Passau–Linz: guided sightseeing in PassauDay 8 Melk–Vienna: guided visit of the Benedictine Abbey in MelkDay 9 Vienna: guided sightseeingDay 10 Budapest: guided sightseeing, see Fishermen’s BastionDay 11 Budapest: Puszta excursion with display of horsemanshipDay 12 Mohács: excursion to Pécs, guided sightseeing; organ concertDay 13 Belgrade: onboard lecture; guided sightseeing in Belgrade, visit Kalemegdan FortressDay 14 Iron Gates: visit Lepenski Vir archaeological site; cruise through the dramatic Iron Gates gorgeDay 15 Vidin–Belogradchik: guided sightseeing to Vidin’s fortress and Belogradchik’s rock formationsDay 16 Svistov–Excursion to Veliko Târnovo & Arbanassi–Rousse: guided sightseeing, visit the Patriarch’s Church in Veliko Târnovo, and the Ethnographical Museum and Church of the Nativity in Arbanassi; or guided sightseeing of RousseDay 17 Oltenita (Disembarkation)–Bucharest: guided sightseeing in Bucharest, see the Parliament Building and visit the National Art MuseumDay 18 Bucharest: your vacation ends this morning

Hotels

Prague InterContinental (D) or Hilton Prague (SF)Bucharest Athénée Palace Hilton (SF)

Meals

Meals are indicated by breakfast (B), lunch (L), and dinner (D) in the day-by-day itineraryCaptain’s welcome & farewell receptions with sparkling wine and canapésWelcome dinnerDaily Afternoon TeaDaily Night FareLocal chef dinnerFarewell dinnerComplimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; soft drinks with lunch; and wine, beer, or soft drinks with dinner are included daily on board your vessel

Notes

NOTES:Departure March 25: due to closure of the Main Danube Canal, this departure will embark the ship in Passau, with modifications to the first part of the itinerary.In the event of water level problems or any problems of a technical nature, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or to alter the program.Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change is necessary, a substitute will be offered.Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.Cruise-Only Available: This vacation can also be taken as a Cruise-Only option starting at the embarkation city and ending at the disembarkation city, and does not include overnight land stays. If you are interested in this option, please contact a Travel Consultant for more information.

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