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The Romantic Danube (Jewish Heritage)

Spend 3 nights in Prague, then enjoy a fascinating cruise from Vilshofen to Budapest
12 Days – Travel to Prague & return from Budapest

OVERVIEW

Framed by rolling hillsides, lush vineyards, and medieval castles, the Danube River has captivated musicians, artists and poets throughout the centuries. Travel to legendary destinations, beginning with a 3-night stay in majestic Prague followed by 7 nights cruising from Vilshofen to Budapest. Explore a 2,000 year-old city, visit Europe’s largest pipe organ, savor Wachau Valley wines, and experience the timeless beauty and fascinating history of Vienna and Budapest.


  • SELECT DIRECTION:
DayDestinationActivities
1Overnight flight to Czech Republic
2PragueHotel check-in
3PragueJewish Heritage Tour
OR city tour
Optional "Folklore Dinner Show"
4PragueFree time
OR optional Terezin excursion
5PragueTransfer to Regensburg
RegensburgJewish Heritage Tour
OR city tour
VilshofenEMBARKATION
"Oktoberfest"
Welcome Dinner
6VilshofenFree Time
PassauWalking tour
OR guided bicycle tour (capacity controlled)
7LinzJewish Heritage Tour
OR walking tour
Gmunden excursion
OR Cesky Krumlov excursion
OR Salzburg excursion
8MelkBenedictine Abbey tour
KremsDürnstein Walking Tour
OR guided bicycle tour (capacity controlled)
Wine tasting at local winery
9ViennaJewish Heritage Tour
OR city tour
Optional Schönbrunn Palace excursion
Optional Mozart and Strauss concert
10BratislavaJewish Heritage Tour
OR walking tour
OR "Communist History Tour"
11BudapestJewish Heritage Tour
OR city tour
Illuminations Cruise
12BudapestDISEMBARKATION
DayDestinationActivities
1VilshofenEMBARKATION
Welcome Dinner
2VilshofenFree Time
PassauWalking tour
OR guided bicycle tour (capacity controlled)
3LinzJewish Heritage Tour
OR walking tour
Gmunden excursion
OR Cesky Krumlov excursion
OR Salzburg excursion
4MelkBenedictine Abbey tour
KremsDürnstein Walking Tour
OR guided bicycle tour (capacity controlled)
Wine tasting at local winery
5ViennaJewish Heritage Tour
OR city tour
Optional Schönbrunn Palace excursion
Optional Mozart and Strauss concert
6BratislavaJewish Heritage Tour
OR walking tour
OR "Communist History Tour"
7BudapestJewish Heritage Tour
OR city tour
Illuminations Cruise
8BudapestDISEMBARKATION

INCLUDED FEATURES

  • 3 nights hotel in Prague at the InterContinental (or similar), including daily Buffet Breakfast
  • Transfer from Prague to the ship in Vilshofen
  • 7 nights deluxe cruise accommodation in an outside stateroom
  • Most staterooms offer French balconies or revolutionary Twin Balconies
  • Life enriching tours and excursions daily
  • “Culinary Delights – Bites & Sights” excursions
  • State-of-the-art Infotainment System in all staterooms featuring free high-speed Internet access, hit Hollywood movies, extensive music library & English language TV stations
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access on board
  • Terry bathrobes and white-on-white plush bedding in all staterooms
  • Gourmet dining with all meals included during your cruise
  • Multiple dining venues on select vessels
  • Free-flowing red & white wines from Europe's great wine regions, beer & soft drinks with every lunch and dinner on board
  • Bottled water in every stateroom replenished daily
  • Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner & Captain's Gala Dinner
  • Special highlights including lectures, cooking demonstration, onboard music performances and piano music
  • Bicycles to explore on your own & guided bicycle tours
  • Services of professional Cruise Manager
  • All English language on board in a non-smoking environment (smoking permitted only on the Sun Deck)
  • All transfers with the purchase of cruise, land & air package
  • All local taxes

DETAILED ITINERARY


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Day 1DEPART USA/CANADA
Board your overnight flight to Prague, Czech Republic.
Day 2ARRIVE IN PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
Arrive in Prague and check-in to your hotel. The balance of the day is free to start exploring this beautiful city.
Day 3PRAGUE
Today’s Jewish Heritage Tour begins with a tour of Josefov, the former Jewish ghetto, which was the largest and oldest in Europe and now houses the second largest Jewish museum in the world. After a visit to the Old New Synagogue, the world’s oldest active synagogue, you will take a drive to the Jewish Cemetery in Zizkov. This cemetery, established in 1680, is the final resting place of a number of prominent Jews, including many Rabbis, scholars and novelist Franz Kafka. As an alternative, you may join a city tour of Prague featuring a scenic drive and a visit to Prague Castle. Afterwards, walk over Charles Bridge to the Old Town Square. This evening, an optional Folklore Dinner Show provides an opportunity to learn about Czech music, dance and traditions. (B)
Day 4PRAGUE
Today, enjoy a free day in Prague or join an optional tour to Terezin, the infamous Nazi WWII concentration camp, now a memorial to those who perished. Originally the fortress city of Theresenstadt, the Nazi concentration camp of Terezin was first used as a police prison by the Prague Gestapo, and went on to become a ghetto and concentration camp for Jews from all over central Europe. (B)
Day 5PRAGUE – REGENSBURG, GERMANY – EMBARKATION – VILSHOFEN
This morning, depart Prague and stop in Regensburg, one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities, where you will enjoy a walking tour or a Jewish Heritage tour. The Jewish community of Regensburg dates to classical times when the city was known as Ratisbon. Your tour will explore the oldest Jewish ghetto in Germany. A guided tour will show you the site of the Regensburg Synagogue, Jewish Cemetery “Judenau” and Oscar Schindler’s House. The walking tour of Regensburg will include the city’s architectural highlights, such as the Old Town Hall and the Porta Praetoria, gates to a Roman fort built in 179 AD. Marvel at beautiful churches, the famous towers of the wealthy medieval families, and one of the oldest bridges crossing the Danube. Continue your transfer to the charming 1200-year-old Bavarian town of Vilshofen, where you will board your luxurious ship. Afterwards, join your fellow passengers to celebrate “Oktoberfest” in Vilshofen. Relax at long tables and benches and enjoy traditional beers accompanied by Bavarian folk music, songs and dancing. The ship moors overnight. (B,D)
Day 6VILSHOFEN - PASSAU
This morning you are free to explore Vilshofen’s beautiful old town before you cruise to Passau. This afternoon you will have your choice of two different excursions. The first option is to take a walking tour through this 2,000-year-old fairy tale city, noted for its Gothic and Italian Baroque architecture. Walk the cobblestone streets of the Old Town where you will see the city fortifications and St. Stephan’s Cathedral, home to the largest pipe organ in the world. As an alternative, experience this majestic city on a guided bike tour along the Inn River to Weinstein (capacity controlled). The ship departs late tonight for Linz. (B,L,D)
Day 7LINZ, AUSTRIA - GMUNDEN
This morning the ship arrives in Linz, the second largest city in Austria. Your Jewish Heritage excursion begins with a fascinating walking tour that takes you through the bustling Alter Markt. After stopping to see the façade of the New Synagogue, you will have a guided tour of the city’s Jewish Cemetery. As an alternative, you may take a Linz walking tour, which will take you along the Landstrasse to the city’s main square. You will see St. Mary’s Cathedral, the Marian Column, Landestheatre and St. Martin’s, the oldest church in Austria. Later you have the choice of three different excursions. The first option is a visit to the scenic “Salzkammergut” region (the Austrian Lake District), a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the historic town of Gmunden on the shores of Lake Tranusee and visit the Castle Ort. The second option is to join an excursion to the Czech town of Cesky Krumlov, a wonderfully preserved medieval town nestled in the hills just over the Austrian-Czech border. After your city tour, enjoy some free time to explore the historic city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The third choice is an excursion to Salzburg, where you will take a walking tour of the historic center, famous as the setting for the “Sound of Music” and as the birthplace of Mozart. The tour includes a visit to the Mirabell Gardens, Salzburg Cathedral, Mozart’s Square, and much more. Enjoy free time on your own before returning to the ship via a scenic drive through the majestic countryside of Austria’s Lake District. The ship departs late tonight. (B,L,D)
Day 8MELK - KREMS - DÜRNSTEIN
Cruise through the narrow Strudengau this morning to Melk. A guided tour will take you to Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey, one of Europe’s largest Baroque monasteries. From here, continue cruising the beautiful Wachau valley to Krems. You will have the choice of two excursions this afternoon. The first is a motor coach ride to Dürnstein, where you will take a walking tour of the town’s medieval cobblestone streets, passing by 16th-century town houses, shops, wine taverns, and the magnificent blue facade of the Baroque Stiftskirche. Look for the ruins of a castle high above town, where Richard the Lionhearted was once held captive. As an alternative, enjoy a guided bike tour from Krems to Dürnstein and back (capacity controlled). Tonight, after dinner on board, enjoy a wine tasting at a local winery. The ship moors overnight. (B,L,D)
Day 9VIENNA
This morning’s Jewish Heritage tour will feature the Jewish Museum, Judenplatz, Sigmund Freud’s House and the Jewish Quarter in Vienna’s 2nd District. As an alternative you may choose the city tour of Vienna, during which you will see the Opera House, the Ringstrasse, and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. This afternoon you are free to stroll through the historic city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or take an optional excursion to Schönbrunn Palace. Tonight, you will have the opportunity to enjoy an optional Mozart and Strauss concert. The ship moors in Vienna overnight. (B,L,D)
Day 10BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA
This morning, enjoy a scenic cruise to Bratislava, where you can choose a Jewish Heritage tour that includes a visit to the tomb of Chatam Sofer, Bratislava’s most famous Rabbi. Another option is a walking tour which includes the Old Town Hall, Mirbach Palace and Gothic St. Martin’s Cathedral. As an alternative, you can take a “Communist History Tour” of Bratislava, which includes architectural landmarks such as the Radio Building, Liberty Square and Soviet War Memorial. The remainder of the day is free to explore on your own. The ship departs late tonight. (B,L,D)
Day 11BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
Your tour begins with a short stop at Sankt Stephan Park to see the statues of Raoul Wallenberg and Gabor Sztehlo, both credited with saving thousands of Hungarian Jews during WWII. Afterwards, you may take a tour of the Jewish District, where you will visit the Dohany St. Synagogue, the Old Jewish Cemetery and the Tree of Life. Or join the Budapest city tour, which features Buda Castle (and a splendid view of the twin cities below), the Fisherman's Bastion, the Royal Palace, St. Stephen's Basilica, Heroes Square and more. Your afternoon is free to explore on your own. After dinner, the ship will sail a special “Illuminations Cruise” past the illuminated river front of Budapest before mooring overnight. (B,L,D)
Day 12BUDAPEST - DISEMBARKATION
Your cruise comes to an end as you prepare for your homeward flight. (B)
Day 1VILSHOFEN - EMBARKATION
This evening meet your fellow passengers on board for the Welcome Dinner.
Day 2VILSHOFEN - PASSAU
This morning you are free to explore Vilshofen’s beautiful old town before you cruise to Passau. This afternoon you will have your choice of two different excursions. The first option is to take a walking tour through this 2,000-year-old fairy tale city, noted for its Gothic and Italian Baroque architecture. Walk the cobblestone streets of the Old Town where you will see the city fortifications and St. Stephan’s Cathedral, home to the largest pipe organ in the world. As an alternative, experience this majestic city on a guided bike tour along the Inn River to Weinstein (capacity controlled). The ship departs late tonight for Linz. (B,L,D)
Day 3LINZ, AUSTRIA - GMUNDEN
This morning the ship arrives in Linz, the second largest city in Austria. Your Jewish Heritage excursion begins with a fascinating walking tour that takes you through the bustling Alter Markt. After stopping to see the façade of the New Synagogue, you will have a guided tour of the city’s Jewish Cemetery. As an alternative, you may take a Linz walking tour, which will take you along the Landstrasse to the city’s main square. You will see St. Mary’s Cathedral, the Marian Column, Landestheatre and St. Martin’s, the oldest church in Austria. Later you have the choice of three different excursions. The first option is a visit to the scenic “Salzkammergut” region (the Austrian Lake District), a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the historic town of Gmunden on the shores of Lake Tranusee and visit the Castle Ort. The second option is to join an excursion to the Czech town of Cesky Krumlov, a wonderfully preserved medieval town nestled in the hills just over the Austrian-Czech border. After your city tour, enjoy some free time to explore the historic city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The third choice is an excursion to Salzburg, where you will take a walking tour of the historic center, famous as the setting for the “Sound of Music” and as the birthplace of Mozart. The tour includes a visit to the Mirabell Gardens, Salzburg Cathedral, Mozart’s Square, and much more. Enjoy free time on your own before returning to the ship via a scenic drive through the majestic countryside of Austria’s Lake District. The ship departs late tonight. (B,L,D)
Day 4MELK - KREMS - DÜRNSTEIN
Cruise through the narrow Strudengau this morning to Melk. A guided tour will take you to Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey, one of Europe’s largest Baroque monasteries. From here, continue cruising the beautiful Wachau valley to Krems. You will have the choice of two excursions this afternoon. The first is a motor coach ride to Dürnstein, where you will take a walking tour of the town’s medieval cobblestone streets, passing by 16th-century town houses, shops, wine taverns, and the magnificent blue facade of the Baroque Stiftskirche. Look for the ruins of a castle high above town, where Richard the Lionhearted was once held captive. As an alternative, enjoy a guided bike tour from Krems to Dürnstein and back (capacity controlled). Tonight, after dinner on board, enjoy a wine tasting at a local winery. The ship moors overnight. (B,L,D)
Day 5VIENNA
This morning’s Jewish Heritage tour will feature the Jewish Museum, Judenplatz, Sigmund Freud’s House and the Jewish Quarter in Vienna’s 2nd District. As an alternative you may choose the city tour of Vienna, during which you will see the Opera House, the Ringstrasse, and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. This afternoon you are free to stroll through the historic city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or take an optional excursion to Schönbrunn Palace. Tonight, you will have the opportunity to enjoy an optional Mozart and Strauss concert. The ship moors in Vienna overnight. (B,L,D)
Day 6BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA
This morning, enjoy a scenic cruise to Bratislava, where you can choose a Jewish Heritage tour that includes a visit to the tomb of Chatam Sofer, Bratislava’s most famous Rabbi. Another option is a walking tour which includes the Old Town Hall, Mirbach Palace and Gothic St. Martin’s Cathedral. As an alternative, you can take a “Communist History Tour” of Bratislava, which includes architectural landmarks such as the Radio Building, Liberty Square and Soviet War Memorial. The remainder of the day is free to explore on your own. The ship departs late tonight. (B,L,D)
Day 7BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
Your tour begins with a short stop at Sankt Stephan Park to see the statues of Raoul Wallenberg and Gabor Sztehlo, both credited with saving thousands of Hungarian Jews during WWII. Afterwards, you may take a tour of the Jewish District, where you will visit the Dohany St. Synagogue, the Old Jewish Cemetery and the Tree of Life. Or join the Budapest city tour, which features Buda Castle (and a splendid view of the twin cities below), the Fisherman's Bastion, the Royal Palace, St. Stephen's Basilica, Heroes Square and more. Your afternoon is free to explore on your own. After dinner, the ship will sail a special “Illuminations Cruise” past the illuminated river front of Budapest before mooring overnight. (B,L,D)
Day 8BUDAPEST - DISEMBARKATION
Your cruise comes to an end as you prepare for your homeward flight. (B)

 

 

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Notes:

Important:  Dates, prices & itineraries for 2013 sailings are subject to change.

Port Charges:  $147 per person.

Single Supplement for Cruise:  50% of twin price; Jr. Suites & Suites 100% of twin price.

Single Supplement for Land:  $390 per person

Bedding:  Please select bedding configuration at the time of booking. The Options are: Option A: Two twin beds Option B: One large bed (larger than queen size).

SHIP(S)

AmaDolce

The custom-designed AmaDolce was introduced in 2009 and features spacious staterooms, most with French Balconies, Internet/WiFi access, walking track along our Sun Deck and guided bicycle tours at stops along the river.

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