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16 Day Danube River Cruise with Budapest, Prague, Dresden & Berlin - Budapest to Passau (Sound of Music)


River Cruise Package Includes

  • Flights NYC-Budapest, Berlin-NYC
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 14 nights Deluxe accommodations
    • 2 nights Budapest
    • 7 nights outside cabin aboard an exclusive charter of the Deluxe MS Sound of Music
    • 2 nights Prague
    • 1 night Dresden
    • 2 nights Berlin
  • Hotel & cruise porterage
  • All transfers & port fees
  • 28 meals: 14 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 8 dinners
  • Shore excursions per itinerary
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Wireless audio system for excursions

Special Features

  • Budapest City Tour
  • Vienna City Tour
  • Prague City Tour
  • Berlin City Tour

River Cruise Features & Amenities

  • Captain's Welcome Dinner and Farewell Dinner
  • Unlimited wine and beer with dinners
  • Locally inspired recipes
  • Early riser breakfast in addition to buffet breakfast
  • Bottled water replenished daily in your stateroom
  • Late night snack
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access in public areas
  • Self-serve coffee and tea station
  • Lounge serving premium spirits
  • Daily entertainment including an on-board musician
  • Fitness center
  • Non-smoking ship interior
  • Cruise director for every 40 passengers
  • Shore excursions conducted exclusively in English by licensed guides

DAY 1, Thursday - Depart the USA
Depart the USA for Hungary. Your flight includes meals, drinks, and in-flight entertainment for your journey

DAY 2, Friday - Arrive in Budapest
Arrive and transfer to your hotel. Balance of the day at leisure. This evening, enjoy a welcome drink at your hotel
Overnight: Budapest

DAY 3, Saturday - Budapest City Tour
Your morning tour of Budapest begins in Pest and views such sights as the Parliament, City Park and Heroes Square. Cross the river to Buda to see the Royal Palace, Matthias Church and the graceful medieval architecture that lines the traditional cobbled streets. Explore the city on your own this afternoon
Optional: Dinner & Show in Budapest (PM)
Overnight: Budapest
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Sunday - Embarkation
Enjoy the morning at leisure before transferring to your ship. Embarkation begins at 3 pm. Tonight, enjoy a gala welcome dinner on board
Optional: Budapest Jewish Interest Tour (AM)
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Monday - Budapest City Tour
Today, enjoy time to explore Budapest at leisure. This afternoon, set sail for Bratislava
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Tuesday - Bratislava City Tour
Arrive in Bratislava this morning. Enjoy a guided tour of Bratislava, capital of Slovakia, which ranks among the youngest capital cities of Europe, yet retains a rich history dating back more than 2000 years. Walk through the historic town center, characterized by its Gothic-Baroque architecture, and view such sites as St. Martin’s Cathedral, the Town Hall and the Franciscan church, which dates to the 13th century. This afternoon continue cruising and arrive to Vienna this evening
Optional: Classical Viennese Concert (PM)
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Wednesday - Full day in Vienna
Your morning tour of Vienna begins with a drive along the famed Ringstrasse, Vienna's main boulevard. View the hub of the Hapsburg Empire, and walk the courtyards to view sites such as the Vienna State Opera House, Parliament and St. Stephen's Cathedral. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure
Optional: Schonbrunn Palace Tour (PM)
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Thursday - Melk Abbey
This morning arrive in Durnstein, and enjoy free time to stroll this quintessential village in the heart of the Wachau wine district. Continue cruising late this morning and relax on board as you sail through the scenic Wachau Valley. Later, enjoy a guided tour of the historic Benedictine Abbey in Melk, considered one of the finest examples of Baroque architecture in Europe. On the tour you will have the opportunity to view the abbot's chambers, the Kaiser's walk and the library. Depart this evening just before dinner
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Friday - Daylight Sailing
Early this morning the ship will make a brief technical stop to drop off passengers joining the optional tour to Salzburg. The ship will continue sailing this morning, and arrive to Passau in the afternoon. In the early evening, all passengers will rejoin the ship in Passau for dinner on board
Optional: Full Day Tour of Salzburg
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10, Saturday - Passau & Regensburg City Tours
This morning join a walking tour of Passau. Most well known for St. Stephen's Cathedral and its historic Altstatd, or Old City district, the city boasts many fine examples of Baroque and Gothic architecture. Return to the ship for lunch before departing by coach for Regensburg. This historic city was built by the Romans in 179 BC and today stand proudly as one of the largest and most well preserved cities in Bavaria. The tour includes such sights as the Old Town Hall, the Dom St. Peter, the Roman Gates at Porta Pretoria, and one of the oldest stone bridges over the Danube. This evening return to the ship in Passau for the Captain's farewell dinner
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11, Sunday - Afternoon in Prague
This morning disembark from the ship. Drive to Prague and arrive to your hotel in the early afternoon. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure
Overnight: Prague
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 12, Monday - Prague City Tour
A morning tour of Prague includes a visit to the Royal Hradcany Castle district, 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 famous Astronomical Clock and the Town Hall. Balance of the day at leisure
Optional: Terezin (PM)
Overnight: Prague
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 13, Tuesday - Walking Tour of Dresden
Today cross Saxony to the Baroque art city of Dresden, also known as "the Florence on the Elbe River." Enjoy a walking city tour to view sights including Zwinger Palace, the Semper Opera and the newly rebuilt Frauenkirche. Enjoy the evening at leisure
Overnight: Dresden
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 14, Wednesday - Berlin City Tour
This morning, drive to Berlin. Upon arrival, enjoy a guided tour of Berlin. View the major sights of the city, including the Reichstag building, Brandenburg Gate and Checkpoint Charlie, the remaining symbol of the former Berlin Wall. View the Unter den Linden Street and Kurfurstendam, as well as the State Opera House and the cathedral. Balance of the day at leisure
Overnight: Berlin
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 15, Thursday - Day at leisure
Today, enjoy a full day at leisure in Berlin
Optional: Potsdam Tour (AM)
Overnight: Berlin
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 16, Friday - Depart for the USA
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

    Book your Optional Tours before you travel and see more, save time, save money, and protect your investment. Tours purchased while traveling may cost an extra 10% or even more! Tours often sell out - avoid disappointment! Save your cash - many countries do not accept credit cards. Travel insurance only covers services purchased prior to departure.

    Dinner & Show in Budapest

    Day #3 01 Apr 2013 - 31 Dec 2014         $89
    Travel this evening to the outskirts of Budapest for a traditional Hungarian dinner in a scenic forested location. While dining, you’ll be energetically entertained by colorfully dressed dancers performing a variety of spirited folk dances accompanied by a group playing live gypsy music.

    Classical Viennese Concert

    Day #6 01 Mar 2014 - 31 Dec 2014         $73
    Experience a delightful evening of Viennese culture in the "City of Music." Attend a concert featuring the classical masterpieces of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Johann Strauss, two of Vienna's most famous citizens. The musicians will bring to life the passionate strains of Mozart, a child prodigy who blossomed into one of history's greatest composers and Strauss, the Waltz King, who composed the Blue Danube, the world's most famous waltz. The chamber orchestra is accompanied by a professional dance performance, recalling the golden age of the 19th-century Viennese ballrooms.

    Schonbrunn Palace Tour

    Day #7 01 Mar 2014 - 31 Dec 2014         $59
    Enjoy an afternoon guided tour of the magnificent Schonbrunn Palace, once the summer residence of the Hapsburg emperors. Visit the gorgeous baroque apartments and stroll through the world-famous manicured and aromatic gardens.

    ***Tours operating from Nov 23 - Dec 26 will include the Schonbrunn Christmas Market

    Tour of Salzburg

    Day #9 01 Mar 2014 - 31 Dec 2014         $105
    Enjoy a full-day excursion to beautiful Salzburg, birthplace of Mozart and setting for the Sound of Music. The walking tour will include some of Salzburg’s most historic sites including Mirabella Palace, the house where Mozart lived, Nonnberg Abbey, Salzburg Cathedral, St. Peter's Cemetery. Lunch is included at a local restaurant, and then there will be time to explore the streets of Salzburg on your own before returning to the boat.

    Half Day Terezin Tour

    Day #12 01 Apr 2013 - 31 Dec 2015         $69
    Afternoon visit to the site of the Nazi concentration camp at Terezin, a place of suffering and inhumanity for over 150,000 prisoners. Upon arrival, walk to the camp’s ghettos where more than 35,000 Jews lost their lives. The tour includes visits to the Memorial of National Martyrdom, the Small Fortress and the Museum of the Ghetto.

    Potsdam Tour

    Day #15 01 Mar 2014 - 30 Nov 2014         $70
    Travel to Potsdam, known as the “City of Palaces,” well known as the meeting place of Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin in 1945 at the Cecilienhof Palace for the Potsdam Conference, and where they created post-World War II Europe. Another stop is made at the Sanssouci Palace, former summer residence of the Prussian kings and German emperors. During a walking tour of the castle grounds, pass the old windmill, explore the lovely gardens and see the burial site of Frederick the Great.

    Book your Optional Tours before you travel and see more, save time, save money, and protect your investment. Tours purchased while traveling may cost an extra 10% or even more! Tours often sell out - avoid disappointment! Save your cash - many countries do not accept credit cards. Travel insurance only covers services purchased prior to departure.

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    *Not Included:
    Optional shore excursions and gratuities.


    Additional Information:
    Land/Cruise only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.

    Passengers arriving to Budapest on Day 2 should select flights that arrive no later than 3:00 pm.

    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. Kindly refer to our Terms for additional information.


    Entry Requirements:
    Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.




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