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Classic Danube featuring a 7-night Danube River Cruise tour
Bratislava Budapest Classic Danube featuring a 7-night Danube River Cruise Trip
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Classic Danube featuring a 7-night Danube River Cruise

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Physical Level: All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included. Moderate
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
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Highlights (Bullets)

  • Enjoy unlimited wine and beer with every dinner onboard your cruise ship.
  • Attend the Captain's Gala Dinner.
  • Board a cruise to view Budapest’s stunning night skyline.
  • Partake in a fun-filled Hungarian folklore show.
  • Take a walking tour of Passau, a 2,000-year-old fairy-tale city.
  • Discover Slovakia’s remarkable capital, Bratislava.
  • Take a city tour of Munich, featuring the world-famous Glockenspiel.
  • Explore Regensburg, home of the first stone bridge built over the Danube.

Short Description

Cruise past breathtaking scenery pausing along the way in quaint villages and lively cities on a timeless trip down the Danube River.

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3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Comfort (4*)
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Bratislava Budapest Linz Munich Passau Vienna

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Itinerary

Day 1 Budapest, Hungary - Board Cruise Ship

Unpack for a relaxing 7-night Danube River cruise aboard your lovely ship. This vessel offers the newest technology, a panoramic deck, terrace café, panorama salon and bar, excellent cuisine, outstanding service and unlimited wine and beer with every dinner onboard. After a welcome aboard cocktail reception and dinner, take in the essence of the region during an evening cruise to view Budapest’s stunning night skyline followed by a fun-filled folklore show.

Day 2 Budapest

Embark on a tour of Budapest, Hungary’s lovely capital, featuring the historic Buda Castle area, Fisherman's Bastion and the 500-year-old St. Matthias Church. Enjoy splendid views of the twin cities of Buda and Pest, nestled on opposing banks of the river.

Day 3 Bratislava, Slovakia - Vienna, Austria

Tour Slovakia's remarkable capital, Bratislava, and discover the city’s most celebrated sites including the 13th-century castle, Old Town, St. Martin's Cathedral, Michael's Gate, and the Archbishop's palace. This afternoon, sail towards Vienna, Austria’s beautiful capital city.

Day 4 Vienna

Join a local expert exploring Vienna's Imperial architecture including the lavish Hofburg Palace, the impressive Vienna Opera House, the majestic Ringstrasse, and the awe-inspiring St. Stephen's Cathedral. The afternoon is at leisure to explore Vienna's Baroque elegance, stroll along the Kartner Strasse, or sample some of Vienna's famous pastries. If you wish, you may join an optional excursion to the opulent Schönbrunn Palace, the summer retreat of the Hapsburg dynasty.

Day 6 Linz - Passau, Germany

This morning, enjoy an included walking tour of the charming riverside town of Linz. Next, continue on to Passau which is set at the confluence of the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers. Enjoy a leisurely paced walking tour of this 2,000-year-old fairy-tale city, exploring the ornate Baroque architecture, the quaint cobblestone streets, and St. Stephan’s Cathedral, home to Europe’s largest church organ. Tonight, you are invited to attend the Captain's Gala Dinner with your fellow passengers.

Day 7 Regensburg

A guided walking tour of magnificent Regensburg reveals one of Germany's grand medieval cities with nearly 1,400 historic buildings. Some of the architectural highlights you may view include the first stone bridge built over the Danube, a 1,400-foot-long span built in the 12th century; the old Town Hall; and the Porta Praetoria, one of only two remaining Roman gates in Germany, built in A.D. 179. This afternoon, take a stroll through Old Town. Tonight, partake in a delightful Bavarian evening onboard.

Day 5 Emmersdorf - Wachau Valley

View the picturesque landscape as you cruise to the charming town of Emmersdorf. Relax and enjoy the scenery. This afternoon you continue cruising through the romantic Wachau Valley, dotted with magnificent castles and small riverside towns.

Day 8 Passau - Disembark Ship - Munich - Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Today, disembark your cruise ship and journey to Munich. Feel the energy of this lively and fascinating city during a tour that highlights Olympic Park, the world-famous Glockenspiel,* and Marienplatz, a beautiful square surrounded by shops, restaurants and cafés. After some free time, continue on to the quaint Bavarian ski town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

Day 9 Garmisch-Partenkirchen - Ettal - Oberammergau - Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Travel to Ettal, home of Linderhof Palace. This artistic "Royal Villa" was the only palace King Ludwig II of Bavaria was able to complete in his lifetime. Behind its Baroque façade you will find a world rich in Rococo ornamentation, with many sculptural elements that showcase an incomparable artistry. Later, spend time exploring Oberammergau, renowned for wood carvings and the Passion Play which takes place every ten years.

Day 10 Garmisch-Partenkirchen - Tour Ends

Today your tour comes to an end.

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Had a river cruise booked for May 2020 on the Danube but unfortunately because of Covid 19 it was cancelled. I had no issues in getting a full refund for my vacation. I will definitely rebook with Collette when things return to normal...
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I do recommend Collette, had two great dream trips to AUSTRALIA/NEW ZEALAND and AFRICA. Was planning to go to MOROCCO this Spring but trip was cancelled. The way they handled the cancellation of the trip did not make me feel like a valued customer. I wanted to keep the reservation and move it to next year. I asked that I receive back the $7000 plus final payment I just made and they could keep the initial payment to hold the trip. Collette basically said I could move the reservation till next year and get no money back or just cancel the trip. They wanted to keep my total payment in order for them to move the trip. They would rather me cancel my trip, with no chance of trying to keep my business, go through the rebooking process, hoping I rebook, then just move it and return all of my final payment. This was a big disappointment from a company I have had a great travel experience with and have recommended to my friends. I want to take many more trips that Collette offers but I am not sure now.
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Optional Activities


Esztergom Szentendre - $70

Bratislava
Esztergom, the former residence of the Hungarian kings and seat of the Archbishop, is one of the highlights of this excursion. Your tour starts with a visit of the vast domed basilica, the largest cathedral in Hungary. Built in the early 19th century, it incorporates an ornate red marble chapel from an earlier church. Continue along the Danube to the imposing ruined fortress of Visegrad for a glorious view of the “knee” of the Danube. Then drive along the banks of the Danube to the artists’ village of Szentendre, a charming little town with two main churches showing signs of Serbian Orthodox influence, and brightly painted Baroque houses in the town center. Szentendre has developed as a center for ceramics, thanks to the influence of the local artist Margit Kovacs, who lived from 1920 to 1977. Continue south to Budapest along the scenic west bank of the River Danube. Duration approximately 5 hour(s). Transportation is included. A minimum of 20 passenger(s) is required to operate this option. The above option is only available until 15 days prior to departure. After this time, the option may be purchased once you are onboard the cruise ship directly from the cruise line. Due to the nature of this option once purchased it will be nonrefundable Please note that the price is subject to change at any time prior to purchase.

The Schonbrunn Palace - $75

Vienna
Travel from the port via motorcoach to one of Vienna’s most beautiful buildings, Schönbrunn Palace. Schönbrunn Palace was modeled after the palace of Versailles, the residence of King Louis XIV (Le Roi Soleil) and was the long time summer residence of the Hapsburgs. You will have the opportunity to view the state apartments and ceremonial rooms, and then take a stroll through the palace’s beautiful gardens. The Schönbrunn Palace is one of Austria's treasures and a sight to be seen! Duration approximately 3.5 hour(s). Transportation is included. A minimum of 20 passenger(s) is required to operate this option. This option is only available until 15 days prior to departure. After this time, it may be purchased once you are onboard the cruise ship directly from the cruise line. Once purchased, this option will be nonrefundable. Please note that the price is subject to change at any time prior to purchase.

Sound of Vienna Concert - $85

Innsbruck
Enjoy an evening full of music. A special orchestra event in a local venue sparks off a unique firework of the most beautiful compositions from the king of waltz, Johann Strauss, as well as beloved Mozart. Excellent musicians, opera singers and magical ballet dancers present an evening full of Viennese charm with beautiful waltzes, polkas and operetta melodies performed at their highest level. Duration approximately 3 hour(s). Transportation is included. A minimum of 20 passenger(s) is required to operate this option. This option is only available until 15 days prior to departure. After this time, the option may be purchased once you are onboard the cruise ship directly from the cruise line. Due to the nature of this option, once purchased it will be nonrefundable. Please note that the price is subject to change at any time prior to purchase.

Excursion to Weltenburg Monastery - $95

Innsbruck
A coach brings you toward Weltenburg, with a brief detour to the “Hall of Liberation,” an historical classical monument upon Mount Michelsberg above the city of Kelheim. This impressive marble building was fashioned after the Parthenon in Athens and towers high above the Danube. Afterward, board an excursion boat, which takes you past the former city of the Wittelsbacher through the nature reserve ”Weltenburger Enge” to the Benedictine abbey of Weltenburg. The monastery, founded by Irish or Scottish monks in about 620 AD, is the oldest monastery in Bavaria. After a short tour of the abbey church you can taste the famous dark beer of Weltenburg, which is brewed on site in the oldest monastery brewery in the world. Duration approximately 5 hour(s). Transportation is included. A minimum of 20 passenger(s) is required to operate this option. This option is only available until 15 days prior to departure. After this time, it may be purchased directly from the cruise line once you are onboard the cruise ship. Due to the nature of this optional item, once purchased it will be nonrefundable. Please note that the price is subject to change at any time prior to purchase.

Wachau Valley including Melk Abby - $80

Innsbruck
This is your opportunity to visit the Benedictine Melk Abbey, which has been home to a school since the 12th century and is home to an extensive medieval manuscript collection. The bluff on which Melk Abbey sits provides visitors with splendid views of the Wachau Valley and the Danube River. Duration approximately 3 hour(s). Transportation is included. A minimum of 20 passenger(s) is required to operate this option. This option is only available until 15 days prior to departure. After this time, the option may be purchased once you are on board the cruise ship directly from the cruise line. Due to the nature of this option, once purchased it will be nonrefundable. Please note that the price is subject to change at any time prior to purchase.

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What's excluded

The land price does not include air travel, airline fees, airport or departure taxes, transfers, visas, customary end-of-trip gratuities for your Tour Manager, driver, local guides, hotel housekeepers, cruise ship waitstaff, and any incidental charges.

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