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17 Day Danube River Cruise with Germany, Switzerland & Austria - Passau to Budapest (Sound of Music)


River Cruise Package Includes

  • Flights NYC-Frankfurt, Budapest-NYC
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 15 nights accommodations
    • 1 night Mainz
    • 1 night Heidelberg
    • 2 nights Lucerne
    • 1 night Innsbruck
    • 1 night Salzburg
    • 2 nights Munich
    • 7 nights outside cabin aboard an exclusive charter of the Deluxe MS Sound of Music
  • Hotel & cruise porterage
  • All transfers & port fees
  • 31 meals: 15 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 10 dinners
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager & cruise director
  • Shore excursions per itinerary
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Wireless audio system for excursions

Special Features

  • Rhine River Cruise
  • Rhine Falls
  • Golden Roof, Innsbruck
  • Neuschwanstein Castle
  • Lucerne Lion Monument
  • Regensburg City Tour
  • Vienna City Tour
  • Budapest 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, Friday - Depart the USA
Depart the USA for Germany. Your flight includes meals, drinks, and in-flight entertainment for the journey

DAY 2, Saturday - Arrive in Frankfurt
Arrive in Frankfurt and transfer to your hotel in nearby Mainz on the mighty River Rhine. Balance of the day at leisure. This evening, enjoy a welcome drink and orientation with your tour manager followed by dinner at the hotel
Overnight: Mainz
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Sunday - Rhine River Cruise - Heidelberg
Today enjoy a full day excursion that begins with a cruise on the Rhine. Enjoy vistas of ruined hilltop castles, terraced vineyards and villages of timber-framed houses along the course of the river and see the famed Lorelei rock. Continue to the university town of Heidelberg to see the impressive red sandstone castle above the quaint old town on the banks of the River Neckar
Overnight: Heidelberg
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Monday - Black Forest - Rhine Falls
Head south today for a scenic drive through the Black Forest. Continue to view the mighty Rhine Falls at Schaffhausen in Switzerland before arriving in lakeside Lucerne in the midst of the Swiss Alps for two relaxing nights
Overnight: Lucerne
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Tuesday - Full Day Lucerne
Enjoy a full day in the heart of central Switzerland beginning with a brief tour of the Lion Monument, the 14th century Chapel Bridge and the lakeshore drive. Perhaps later shop for chocolate, watches and cuckoo clocks
Optional: Mount Pilatus Tour
Overnight: Lucerne
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Wednesday - Liechtenstein - Innsbruck City Tour
First stop is in the tiny Principality of Liechtenstein and its capital Vaduz, a proud remnant of feudal Europe sandwiched between Switzerland and Austria. Next cross into Austria and journey to the heart of the Tyrol and the mountain encircled Innsbruck. See the ski jump from the winter Olympics, the Wilten Basilica with its stunning rococo decorations and the Hofburg with its Golden Roof and medieval arcaded shops in the old town
Optional: Tyrolean Evening with drinks
Overnight: Innsbruck
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Thursday - Neuschwanstein Castle Visit
Start with a drive through glorious Alpine scenery for a highlight visit to Bavaria's "Mad" King Ludwigs fantasy castle, Neuschwanstein perched high above the valley below. This afternoon, head to elegant Salzburg
Overnight: Salzburg
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Friday - Salzburg City Tour
Enjoy a morning sightseeing of Salzburg. This baroque jewel was the birthplace of the composer Mozart and the guided walking tour will view the house where he was born, as well as the squares and gardens of this delightful city, crowned by the 11th century Hohensalzburg fortress. This is also the city of the movie "The Sound of Music" so be sure to watch out for familiar sights used during filming on location. Late this afternoon, arrive in Munich
Optional: Berchtesgaden & Eagle's Nest Tour (PM)
Overnight: Munich
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9, Saturday - Munich City Tour
This morning's sightseeing tour features the Olympic Stadium and a photo stop at Nymphenburg Palace. Drive among the countless museums, palaces and historic monuments to Konigsplatz, and Marienplatz with its mechanical clock and the neo-gothic city hall. This evening enjoy dinner at a local restaurant
Optional: Linderhof & Oberammergau Tour (PM)
Overnight: Munich
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10, Sunday - Embark in Passau
Enjoy the morning at leisure in Munich. Afterward transfer to your ship. Embarkation begins at 3 pm. Tonight, enjoy a Captain's welcome dinner on board
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Dinner

DAY 11, Monday - Regensburg City Tour
After breakfast, depart for Regensburg by coach where you will join a walking tour of this historic city built by the Romans in 179 BC. Today Regensburg stands 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. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and free time to further explore Regensburg on your own. In the late afternoon, return to the ship in Passau
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12, Tuesday - Morning in Passau
This morning passengers joining the optional tour will depart for Salzburg, while remaining guests will have the opportunity to explore Passau independently. Most known for St. Stephen's Cathedral, the city boasts many fine examples of Baroque and Gothic architecture. Continue sailing during lunch and relax on board this afternoon. In the late afternoon, the ship will make a brief technical stop to pick up passengers rejoining the ship
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 13, Wednesday - Melk Abbey
This morning, 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. Continue cruising and relax on board as you sail through the scenic Wachau Valley to Vienna
Optional: Classical Viennese Concert (PM)
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 14, Thursday - 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. Set sail for Bratislava this evening
Optional: Schonbrunn Palace Tour (PM)
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 15, Friday - Morning 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 sail into Budapest in the late evening
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 16, 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. This evening, enjoy a Captain's farewell dinner on board
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 17, Sunday - Depart for the USA
This morning, disembark and 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.

    Mount Pilatus Tour

    Day #5 01 Mar 2014 - 30 Nov 2014         $97
    Ascend the world's steepest cogwheel railway which winds up through lush meadows carpeted with Alpine flowers, past sparkling mountain streams and fascinating rock faces to Mt. Pilatus. After admiring splendid views of the Bernese Oberland and the snowcapped Swiss peaks from the summit at nearly 7000 feet, descend by aerial cableway and return to Lucerne.

    Tyrolean Evening with drinks

    Day #6 01 Mar 2014 - 31 Dec 2014         $55
    Enjoy a varied entertainment program including authentic folk music, Tyrolean dances and "shoe-slapping" as well as typical Tyrolean songs and "yodeling." Pick-up details to be advised locally.

    Linderhof & Oberammergau Tour

    Day #9 01 Apr 2014 - 30 Nov 2014         $65
    Two of the highlights of southern Bavaria are visited during this excursion to the high Alps. First, admire the artistically decorated castle Linderhof built by "Mad" King Ludwig II along with a guided tour of the palace. Proceed via the Ettal Monastery to Oberammergau, world-famous for its Passion Play, the woodcarvers and the richly painted houses (Lüftl-paintings). Time for sightseeing and shopping before returning to Munich.

    Classical Viennese Concert

    Day #13 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 #14 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

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

    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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