Danube Cruise

Passau to Budapest (4 countries)
OR
Passau to Vienna


Budapest

10 days/9 nights: Multiple 2013/2014 Dates

Starting at $3699* per person/based on double occupancy
Including Airfare from New York

Budapest

NOTE: There are two different itineraries offered.
The "Budapest" cruise is roundtrip from Passau to Budapest. Blue route on map.
The "Vienna" cruise is roundtrip from Passau to Vienna allowing more time in Vienna. Pink route on map.

2013/2014 Departures/Prices:


Vienna Cruise
Option 1: $3669* - Vienna, departs 10/4/13
Option 2: $4329* - Vienna, departs 4/25/14
Option 3: $4499* - Vienna, departs 5/9/14 or 10/10/14
Option 4: $4499* - Vienna, departs 5/23/14 or 9/26/14
Option 5: $4799* - Vienna, departs 9/12/14
Option 6: $4799* - Vienna, departs 6/6/14, 6/20/14, 7/4/14, 7/18/14, 8/1/14, 8/15/14 or 8/29/14

Budapest Cruise
Option 7: $3699* - Budapest, departs 10/5/13
Option 8: $4499* - Budapest, departs 5/2/14
Option 9: $4499* - Budapest, departs 5/16/14, 5/30/14 or 10/3/14
Option 10: $4799* - Budapest, departs 9/5/14 or 9/19/14
Option 11: $4799* - Budapest, departs 6/13/14, 6/27/14, 7/11/14, 7/25/14, 8/8/14 or 8/22/14

*A surcharge may be required for travel within 14 days of booking due to availability of flights. Specific dates are subject to lodging and airfare availability.

Single Supplement: $495


Vienna Cruise Information (High-lighted in pink)
Budapest Cruise Information (High-lighted in blue)

Budapest Cruise Information

Enjoy Europe's second largest river, the Danube, from the charming Bavarian "three river city" of Passau straight into the heart of the once glorious Imperial and Royal Monarchy. Admire the beauty and culture of three of the most enchanting European capitals: the lively Vienna, the Slovak coronation city of Bratislava at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains, and Budapest, the "Hungarian Danube Queen"! You will discover the stunning natural spectacle of the Schlögener Donauschlinge ("Great Loop"), the legendary Wachau with romantic towns and mighty castles amidst lovely vineyards, the untouched alluvial forests of the Danube National Park, as well as the picturesque Hungarian Danube bend where the important cupola of the basilica in Esztergom salutes from the distance. On board your "floating hotel" you will savor the comfort of a cruise ship and delicious regional specialties!

Budapest Brief Itinerary:

Day 1: Depart US
Day 2: Arrive Munich, Germany, transfer to Passau, Germany (boarding)
Day 3: Great Loop, Austria
Day 4: Hainburg, Austria - Bratislava, Slovakia
Day 5: Budapest, Hungary
Day 6: Danube Bend - Visegrad - Esztergom, Hungary
Day 7: Vienna, Austria
Day 8: Wachau, Austria
Day 9: Passau, Germany (disembarkation)
Day 10: Munich, Germany (depart for home)

Boats:

MS Normandie
MS My Story Oct 5, 2013 departure only



Budapest

Daily Itinerary:

Day 1: Depart New York (JFK)

Meals aloft

Day 2: Passau - Engelhartszell

Arrive Munich, Germany airport, transfer by shared ride to Passau, Germany.

Arrival in the "Three River City" with boarding starting at 5 p.m. Passau attracts many with the world's greatest church organ at the Stephansdom and it's charming Old Town. Departure will be around 6 p.m. Enjoy your first dinner on board and an evening sail to Engelhartszell.

Day 3: Great Loop

The day starts in Engelhartszell (the only Trappist monastery in Austria), where we head towards the "Great Loop" - one of the most beautiful and original sectors of the Danube. After a stop in the charming village of Brandstatt, we will "sail into the night" towards Hainburg.

Optional excursion

  • Bike the route on your own - bike rental fee applies

Day 4: Hainburg - Bratislava

Begin from the medieval town of Hainburg through Austria's "vegetable garden" to the imposing Imperial Palace of Hof beautifully terraced gardens and idyllic manor farm. We cross the green line (the former "Iron Curtain") towards the coronation city of Bratislava at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains.

Bratislava is the capital of Slovakia and the country's largest city. It is in southwestern Slovakia on both banks of the Danube River and on the left bank of Morava river.
Bordering Austria and Hungary, it is the only national capital that borders two independent countries.
Bratislava has a very pleasant medieval inner city with narrow, winding streets, a hill-top castle next to the river Danube, and many historic churches and buildings.
The old town is centered on two squares, Hlavne namestie and Hviezdoslavovo namestie. One can find some impressive communist-era buildings in the modern parts of the city.

Optional excursion

  • There are many options available for tours around Bratislava (extra charge)
  • Bike the route on your own - bike rental fee applies

Day 5: Budapest

In the morning, you enjoy the panoramic view of the Danube's gorgeous landscape on the Sundeck. The gateway to Budapest is overwhelming, as many of the famous tourist features are situated directly next to the river bank. Budapest is the capital and the largest city of Hungary. Due to its cultural and architectural significance it has been named a UNESCO World Heritage site. Its nickname, "Paris of the East," refers to its exceedingly scenic setting, and its architecture. A romantic city at night, be sure to experience a beautiful illuminated Budapest.

Optional excursion

  • There are many options available for tours in Budapest (extra charge)
  • Bike the route on your own - bike rental fee applies

Day 6: Danube Bend - Visegrad - Esztergom

The Danube bend is definitely one of most delightful and attractive parts and is called the Hungarian Wachau. Today's we start at Visegrad with its famous fortress and the ruins of the former palace and end in Esztergom, with its gorgeous basilica - Hungary's largest Catholic Church - overlooking the village

Optional excursion

  • Bike the route on your own - bike rental fee applies

Day 7: Vienna (day of rest)

The day is at your leisure. Be sure to see the gorgeous boulevard "Ringstraße" with the Burgtheater, the State Opera House and the town hall takes you back to the past. You can end the evening with a Waltz and Operetta concert and a glass of wine at a Viennese wine tavern or at the Imperial Palace (optional, not included).

Optional excursion

  • There are many options available for tours (extra charge)
  • Bike the route on your own - bike rental fee applies

Day 8: Wachau - Rossatz - Melk

Your last day is a special highlight! Amidst small dreamy villages, apricot trees, vineyards, castles, monasteries and ruins, this gentle hilly landscape enchants everybody. A powerful ruin looms above the small Baroque town of Dürnstein, while the blue tower of the monastery church is a landmark of Wachau. After a ceremonial gala dinner, lots of fun and entertainment can be experienced during a crew show.

Optional excursion

  • Bike the route on your own - bike rental fee applies

Day 9: Passau - End of Cruise

Every journey comes to an end. Once again you enjoy on deck the first sunbeams and the peaceful silence of the Danube Valley. Take a last sight at the Schlögener Schlinge ("Great Loop") before you arrive relaxed at Passau. Disembarkation approx. 12:30 PM.

Transfer by shared ride to a Munich, Germany airport hotel

Day 10: Munich - Departure

Return flight to US.

Included:

  • Round trip airfare New York (JFK)/Munich
  • Shared ride transfer Munich airport to Passau
  • Shared ride transfer Passau to Munich airport hotel
  • 7 nights cruise with private facilities and air conditioning*
  • 1 night lodging at a Munich airport hotel
  • Captains greeting and Welcome Cocktail
  • Daily cabin cleaning, towels and bedding
  • Full meals: breakfast, lunch on board (non cyclists) or packed lunch for cyclists, afternoon coffee break, dinner
  • Gala Dinner with farewell cocktail
  • Farewell Crew Show
  • Daily Live Music
  • Information pack with route book (bikers, one per cabin)
  • Port charges
  • Airline taxes
  • Hotel taxes
*MS My Story base cabin: main deck 2 beds front and back;

Not Included:

  • Gratuities for service staff
  • Any expenses of a personal nature like alcoholic beverages, mini bar in rooms, laundry and telephone bills etc. and anything not specifically mentioned as "included"
  • Beverages where not included
  • Entrance fees and extras where not included
  • Bike rental - $95, E-bikes - $195
  • Helmets for bikers - Required for some bike days
  • Travel insurance

Upgrades


MS Normandie Cabin upgrades
  • $175 per person to upgrade decks

Biking Ability level 1:

For those who choose to ride a bike - the cycle route is completely flat, at times on a gentle downhill slope, and is ideal for bikers with less experience, leisure cyclists and children.

Bikes and Equipment: Rental $95

  • 7-speed-hybrid-bike with coaster brake (included in tour price)
  • 21-speed-hybrid-bike with freewheel (supplement, on request)
  • Electrically assisted bike/pedelec (supplement, limited availability)
  • Child seat, bikes for children, bike trailer or trailer bikes on request
  • All rental bikes are equipped with panniers.
  • Helmets are available for purchase on board (€ 17).
  • Helmets are MANDATORY in Austria for children up to 12 yrs., in Slovakia for every cyclist outside the villages/towns
NOTE: There is limited possibility to bring your own bicycle (only upon request); no liability is accepted for any damages or thefts.




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Vienna Cruise Information

Enjoy Europe's second largest river, the Danube, from the charming Bavarian "three river city" of Passau straight into the heart of the once glorious Imperial and Royal Monarchy. Admire the beauty and culture of the lively Vienna! You will discover the stunning natural spectacle of the Schlögener Donauschlinge ("Great Loop"), the legendary Wachau with romantic towns and mighty castles amidst lovely vineyards, On board your "floating hotel" you will savor the comfort of a cruise ship and delicious regional specialties!

Vienna Brief Itinerary:

Day 1: Depart US
Day 2: Arrive Munich, Germany, transfer to Passau, Germany (boarding)
Day 3: Great Loop, Austria
Day 4: Mauthausen - Grein, Austria
Day 5: Grein - Melk - Tulln, Austria
Day 6: Tulln - Vienna, Austria
Day 7: Vienna, Austria
Day 8: Wachau - Rossatz - Emmersdorf, Austria
Day 9: Passau, Germany (disembarkation)
Day 10: Munich, Germany (depart for home)

Boats:

MS Normandie
MS Theodor Körner Oct 4, 2013 departure only



Budapest

Daily Itinerary:

Day 1: Depart New York (JFK)

Meals aloft

Day 2: Passau - Engelhartszell

Arrive Munich, Germany airport, transfer by shared ride to Passau, Germany.

After arrival in Munich you will be met by our representatives and transferred to Passau where you will meet the boat for your cruise on the Danube

The Episcopal city close to the Bavarian/Austrian border is also known as the "City of three Rivers." Boarding time is at 5 p.m.

In the evening you will enjoy a welcome cocktail and dinner with live music.

Day 3: Passau - "Great loop" - Linz - Mauthausen

Downstream, the way leads you to pretty villages amid natural landscape. Need a boost? Try some of the special cordials and liqueurs in the Trappist monastery in Engelhartszell. Supposedly, they have "special healing power." Relax on the sun deck after a successful day while the ship takes you through the romantic Schlögener loop, where the river makes a very abrupt 180 degree turn. And after dinner, ride on the bright yellow City-Express (optional, not included) and discover Linz, the capital of upper Austria. In the evening shipping to Mauthausen.

Optional excursion

  • Bike the route on your own - bike rental fee applies

Day 4: Mauthausen - Grein

In the morning you have the possibility to visit the memorial-place KZ-Mauthausen. The Celtic town Mitterkirchen gives you an insight of the past. For easy cyclists the tour leads along the Danube, the alternative route, "Clam Castle," through the beautiful back country of the "Strudengau" is slightly hilly, but a fantastic landscape. Grein is the destination of today's stage, place of Austria's oldest city theatre and the Castle of Grein (optional, not included).

Optional excursion

  • Bike the route on your own - bike rental fee applies

Day 5: Grein - Melk - Tulln

Today's stage is marked by a diverse landscape. At the beginning, there is the Strudengau -a narrow point of the Danube which used to be notorious amongst skippers. The valley expands from Persenbeug and the bike tour leads you further to Melk with its gorgeous baroque monastery of the Benedictine brethren. On deck, you enjoy the sunset and the beautiful evening illumination of the Wachau. Today's final destination is Tulln, famous for its numerous market gardens where the famous Art Nouveau artist Egon Schiele was born (museum).

Optional excursion

  • Bike the route on your own - bike rental fee applies

Day 6: Tulln - Vienna

Right in front of Vienna's entrance, embedded in a breathtaking landscape, the monastery of Klosterneuburg is situated. You can already see the cupola of this 900 year old baroque building from a distance. "Kahlenbergerdorf" with it's wine taverns is only a hop from the shipping pier and definitely worth a visit. After a stroll through the vineyards, you can enjoy the panoramic view over Vienna. During the city tour (optional, not included) by bus in the afternoon, you will pass most of the numerous and famous sights and have a guided walking tour though the old town center (optional, not included)

Optional excursion

  • There are many options available for Vienna tours (extra charge)
  • Bike the route on your own - bike rental fee applies

Day 7: Vienna

The day is at your leisure. Be sure to see the gorgeous boulevard "Ringstraße" with the Burgtheater, the State Opera House and the town hall takes you back to the past. You can end the evening with a Waltz and Operetta concert and a glass of wine at a Viennese wine tavern or at the Imperial Palace (optional, not included).

Optional excursion

  • There are many options available for Vienna tours (extra charge)
  • Bike the route on your own - bike rental fee applies

Day 8: Wachau - Rossatz - Emmersdorf

Your last day is a special highlight! Amidst small dreamy villages, apricot trees, vineyards, castles, monasteries and ruins, this gentle hilly landscape enchants everybody. A powerful ruin looms above the small Baroque town of Dürnstein, while the blue tower of the monastery church is a landmark of Wachau. After a ceremonial gala dinner, lots of fun and entertainment can be experienced during a crew show.

Optional excursion

  • Bike the route on your own - bike rental fee applies

Day 9: Passau - End of Cruise

Every journey comes to an end. Once again you enjoy on deck the first sunbeams and the peaceful silence of the Danube Valley. Take a last sight at the Schlögener Schlinge ("Great Loop") before you arrive relaxed at Passau. Disembarkation approx. 12:30 PM.

Transfer by shared ride to a Munich, Germany airport hotel

Day 10: Munich - Departure

Return flight to US.

Included:

  • Round trip airfare New York (JFK)/Munich
  • Shared ride transfer Munich airport to Passau
  • Shared ride transfer Passau to Munich airport hotel
  • 7 nights cruise with private facilities and air conditioning*
  • 1 night lodging at a Munich airport hotel
  • Captains greeting and Welcome Cocktail
  • Daily cabin cleaning, towels and bedding
  • Full meals: breakfast, lunch on board (non cyclists) or packed lunch for cyclists, afternoon coffee break, dinner
  • Gala Dinner with farewell cocktail
  • Farewell Crew Show
  • Daily Live Music
  • Information pack with route book (bikers, one per cabin)
  • Port charges
  • Airline taxes
  • Hotel taxes
*MS Theodor Körner base cabin: bunk beds.

Not Included:

  • Gratuities for service staff
  • Any expenses of a personal nature like alcoholic beverages, mini bar in rooms, laundry and telephone bills etc. and anything not specifically mentioned as "included"
  • Beverages where not included
  • Entrance fees and extras where not included
  • Bike rental - $95, E-bikes - $195
  • Helmets for bikers - Required for some bike days
  • Travel insurance

Upgrades


MS Normandie Cabin upgrades

  • $175 per person to upgrade decks

Biking Ability level 1:

For those who choose to ride a bike - the cycle route is completely flat, at times on a gentle downhill slope, and is ideal for bikers with less experience, leisure cyclists and children.

Bikes and Equipment: Rental $95

  • 7-speed-hybrid-bike with coaster brake (included in tour price)
  • 21-speed-hybrid-bike with freewheel (supplement, on request)
  • Electrically assisted bike/pedelec (supplement, limited availability)
  • Child seat, bikes for children, bike trailer or trailer bikes on request
  • All rental bikes are equipped with panniers.
  • Helmets are available for purchase on board (€ 17).
  • Helmets are MANDATORY in Austria for children up to 12 yrs., in Slovakia for every cyclist outside the villages/towns
NOTE: There is limited possibility to bring your own bicycle (only upon request); no liability is accepted for any damages or thefts.

Travel Insurance

Our preferred travel insurance provider is Travelex
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Budapest Cruise Information (High-lighted in blue)

Photo Credits
Riesenrad_Wiener_Prater.jpg, Wien_Votivkirche_um_1900.jpg, Naturhistorisches_Museum_Vienna_June_2006_241.jpg , Engelhartszell_1900.jpg, Hainburg_danube_02.jpg, Cumil_orig.jpg, Budapest_panorama01.jpg