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September 2017 Cruising the Blue Danube

Cruising the Blue Danube – September 21-29, 2017

hungary2One of the best ways to see Europe is by boat on a luxurious river cruise.  Sit back and relax on the Danube river as you sail through the picturesque countryside of Austria, Slovakia and Hungary.  The beauty of a river cruise is that the ship is small and intimate with only 180 guests and all of your food and most drinks on the ship are included! If you have ever wanted to do a river cruise, this one is very affordable for an incredible itinerary!

Itinerary:

September 21 – Travel to Los Angeles and board a non-stop flight to Vienna, Austria!

danube3September 22 – Vienna – Arrive in the City of Music – beautiful Vienna. Transfer to your river cruise ship and get ready for a relaxing and wonderful river cruise. Get settled on the ship and enjoy a tasty welcome dinner. A short night tour of Vienna is scheduled tonight. Sail during the night to Melk. (Cruise Meals)

September 23 – Melk – Excursion to the abbey of Melk. Created in 1089, it hosts Benedictine monks for more than 900 years. Its impressive library room has a remarkable marble room, and frescoes by Paul Troger, and stunning views on the Danube River. Cruise to Dürnstein, through the beautiful Wachau Valley. In the middle of the afternoon, arrival in Dürnstein. Discovery of this charming village with our accompanist. Situated at the foot of the ruins of the castle, famous for its legend of Richard Lion Heart. Return on board in the end of the afternoon. Cruise toward Bratislava. (Cruise Meals)

hungarySeptember 24 – Bratislava – Excursion to the capital of Slovakia. The charm of Bratislava lies in its old city, with splendid baroque palaces, churches, and pleasant squares. Afternoon spend sailing to Kalocsa. (Cruise Meals)

September 25 – Kalocsa – Excursion to the Puzsta, including a horse show. Also named the Great Plain, in the 19th century, this huge grassland was considered the wild west of Hungary. Afternoon spend sailing to Budapest, the “pearl of the Danube”. Arrival during the night. (Cruise Meals)

September 26 – Budapest – Guided tour of the city. Separated by the Danube River, Buda, cultural and ancient town, and Pest, popular and lively part of the capital, the two parts are joined by nine bridges, including the famous Bridge of Chains. Free afternoon. Traditional show in Budapest. Sailing during the night to Esztergom. (Cruise Meals)

austriaSeptember 27 – Budapest to Esztergom – Free time in Esztergom, one of the most ancient Hungarian town, dominated by its basilica, the biggest one of central Europe. Afternoon spent sailing to Vienna. Gala evening. Sailing during the night. (Cruise Meals)

September 28 – Vienna – Guided visit of Vienna and Schönbrunn Palace. Guided tour of the Hofburg Palace, former residence of the Habsburgs during six centuries. Possibility to attend a concert of Viennese music (optional and subject to availability). Overnight. (Cruise Meals)

September 29 – Take a quick transfer to the airport for your non-stop flight back to Los Angeles. Arrive back in the USA early afternoon on the 29th.

 

beethovenYour Ship: Croisi MS Beethoven

Built in 2004 and refurbished in 2010, the MS Beethoven is a beautiful river cruise ship. With just 90 cabins, the experience on board is intimate with excellent service at every turn.

 

 

 

Alan McKayYour Host: Alan McKay

Alan started guiding tours when he was a senior in high school. Since that time, he has traveled with hundreds of groups all over the world, including tours to England, Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Peru, Guatemala, Mexico, China, and Thailand. His degree in history from Utah State University adds richness to the tours that he leads. He and his wife, Ida Mae, live in Ogden, Utah and are the proud parents of four sons.  Alan’s love in life is to see the world with incredible people and to share his knowledge of travel with all of his groups. Come and become one of his “travel groupies” today.

 

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Lower Deck Cruise Cabins with airfare from Los Angeles – Double Occupancy – $3499 per person (includes cruise, airfare and taxes)

Middle Deck Cabin – additional $200 per person

Upper Deck Cabin – additional $400 per person – SOLD OUT

Single supplement for solo travelers – additional $650

Cruise Shore Excursions and Cruise Transfers – Included

Credit Card Fee – 3.5% (only applies to final payment – pay by check to avoid it)

Deposit Required: $500 per person

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*Trip cancellation and emergency protection available
*Passports are required
*Full payment due 90 days before departure.
*Cancellation charges: non-refundable after deposit and final payment is made
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