Danube River Cruise with Budapest & Prague

  • Saturday, March 28, 2020
  • Friday, April 10, 2020
  • Budapest, Bratislava,Vienna, Melk, Durnstein, Linz, Passau and Prague
  • 18

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14 Day Danube River Cruise with Budapest & Prague

March 28th - April 10th, 2020

Explore the abundant treasures of Austria and Hungary on a unique cruise to discover the secrets of the Danube. Admire the colorful alleys of Bratislava that twist around each other like in a fairy-tale village, and the Puszta, the true soul and heart of Hungary. Visit the Gellert baths, which are full of a wide range of balneotherapy services, but also the Sisi Museum, which puts in comparison myth and truth. There, you will be able to contemplate many personal effects as well as the most famous portraits of the legendary Empress.

Arrive in Budapest to discover Buda and Pest in this elegant city with its wealth of historic monuments linked by eight graceful bridges.

Your morning tour begins on the Pest side of the city; view the Parliament, City Park and Heroes Square. Cross to Buda to see the Royal Palace, Matthias Church and the graceful medieval architecture along the cobbled streets. Explore the city's wonderful shops and cafes this afternoon on your own. Tonight, an optional dinner and show in Budapest. 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.

We will then travel to the charming village of Holloko (meaning raven-stone) hidden in the Cserhát hills in northeastern Hungary. Take a walking tour of the historic village, a fine example of a preserved traditional settlement and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Experience the typical rural life of the Palóc people and see craftsmen at work. Spend free time in the village and perhaps try some Palóc dishes for lunch before heading back to Budapest. We will transfer to the port to embark on our cruise. A gala Welcome Dinner sets the mood for our delightful river cruise as we set sail to Bratislava.

We’ll enjoy the tranquil scenery as the ship sails along the scenic Danube. In the late afternoon, arrive in Bratislava, the 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.

We’ll start out the morning by touring romantic Vienna, which will introduce us 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.

We’ll arrive in the 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 we dine on board this evening.

We’ll 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, the 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.

We’ll dock in 2500-year old Passau, known for its pastel patrician houses, cafés, cobblestone lanes and riverfront promenade. Passau is a town with a mix of Roman, Italian Baroque and Gothic architecture. Tonight, we’ll enjoy a lavish Captain's Dinner on board.

We’ll disembark from the river cruise and drive to the "Golden City" of Prague. This is a free day to explore Prague on your own. Perhaps visit the museums, galleries or wander along the banks of the Vltava River. You can mix with the locals at Wenceslas Square, shop for local handicrafts, enjoy one of the many charming cafes or dine at a world-class restaurant.

The morning tour of Prague includes a visit to the 1000-year-old Hradcany Castle grounds, former residence of the Bohemian Kings. Enjoy magnificent views of the Charles Bridge and Lesser Town below and see the elegant courtyards, St. George Basilica and the St. Vitus Cathedral. Continue to the Jewish Quarter, and the Old Town Square to view the world-famous Astronomical Clock and the Town Hall. The rest of the day is at leisure to visit the museums, galleries or wander along the banks of the Vltava River. Or, join the optional afternoon tour to Terezin, the infamous Nazi WWII concentration camp, now a memorial to those who perished.

Our last day will be free to further explore Prague, this beautiful city independently. Visit the museums, galleries or stroll along Parizska Street, the city's famous shopping district. In the evening, perhaps try traditional Czech cuisine at a popular restaurant. Remember to sample Prague's national treasure - its world-renowned beer.

River Cruise Package Includes:

  • Flights Orlando-Budapest, Prague-Orlando or vice versa
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 12 nights accommodations
    • 2 nights Budapest
    • 7 nights outside cabin
    • 3 nights Prague
  • River port charges
  • Cruise & hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with group airfare travel
  • 25 meals: 12 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Cruise director & activities host throughout cruise
  • Local host in Budapest & Prague
  • Services of local guides in all major cities
  • Shore excursions per itinerary
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring during excursions

River Cruise Features & Amenities:

  • Gala Welcome Dinner and Farewell Dinner
  • Wine and beer with dinners
  • Locally inspired recipes
  • Early riser breakfast in addition to buffet breakfast
  • Late night snack
  • Complimentary basic Wi-Fi access
  • Self-serve coffee and tea station
  • Lounge serving premium spirits
  • Fitness center
  • Non-smoking ship interior
  • Shore excursions conducted exclusively in English by licensed guides

Special Features:

  • View Vienna with its magnificent Baroque palaces, parks and monuments
  • Guided tour of the historic Benedictine Melk Abbey
  • City tour of Prague "The City of a Thousand Spires"

Optional Tours:

  • Half Day Terezin Tour                $71
  • Tour of Salzburg                       $108
  • Classical Viennese Concert         $66
  • Schonbrunn Palace Tour            $52
  • Dinner & Show in Budapest       $61
  • Half Day Taste of Budapest        $48

Pricing is Per Person Two Adults Sharing a Cabin (all cabins 172 sq ft):

Cabin C - Sapphire Deck French Balcony                 $4,865

Cabin B - Royal Deck French Balcony                      $5,065

Cabin A - Royal Deck French Balcony                      $5,265


**Final Price May Be Adjusted do to Airfare and/or Currency Exchange

RESERVE A SPACE: 

$800 per person deposit will reserve your spot.  No space is held without a deposit.


PAYMENT SCHEDULE: 

Initial Deposit: $800 per person

Payment 1: $1,400 per person: Due by August 1st

Payment 2: $1,400 per person: Due by October 1st

Final Payment Due:  Due by December 1st

* IMPORTANT NOTE REGARDING CANCELLATION:
Once you submit your initial deposit and trip application, a minimum of $375 per person cancellation penalty will apply regardless of when you cancel. This is due to the non-refundable deposit made to the hotels, tour operators and airlines once space is booked. Additional penalties will apply at 180 days out or less.

TRIP INSURANCE:  May be obtained here at Trip Insurance

* PASSPORTS:  Must be valid 6 months BEYOND the date of our return, October 10, 2020.

*Additional Information:

Due to physical constraints and space limitations, wheelchairs and walkers are not allowed on motor coaches and/or river cruises.  There are no elevators or chair lifts on board. 

Make checks payable to Space Coast Ski & Travel Club and mail with your completed trip application and a copy of your passport picture page to:

Pam Kaercher
144 Island View Drive
Indian Harbour Beach, FL 32937

If you have any questions please contact Pam

Trip Leader:




Pam Kaercher

(321) 298-7086

Email: PAM


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