Romantic Danube River Cruise  |  September 12, 2018  |  12 Days & 11 Nights

Lined with charming red-roofed villages, steeply terraced vineyards, picturesque churches and the crumbling ruins of medieval castles, the Danube River has captivated writers, musicians, and artists throughout the centuries. Begin your journey in the legendary capital of Prague, followed by Vienna and Budapest. Along the way, savor the world-renowned wines of Austria's Wachau Valley, indulge in local cuisine, and tour a 900-year-old Benedictine abbey in Melk. This adventure will be hosted from Halifax by Atlantic Tours' own Director of Fun, Richard Arnold. 

Included Features

Return airfare - Halifax to Prague, Budapest back to Halifax
Port charges
Onboard gratuities (doesn't include gratuities on shore excursions)
Luxurious cruise accommodations in an outside stateroom
Fine dining including complimentary beer, wine, and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
Daily breakfast buffet during Prague hotel stays
State of the art "Infotainment System" featuring free in-room direct Internet access, free Hollywood movies, and more
Life enriching tours and daily excursions with personal headsets included
Special highlights including lectures, theme dinners, cooking demonstrations, on board music performances, and live piano music
Complimentary bicycles and guided bike tours (capacity controlled)


Wednesday, September 12:
Depart Halifax on an overnight flight to Prague, Czech Republic.

Thursday, September 13: Prague 
Arrive in Prague and check into our hotel

Friday, September 14: Prague
Discover fairytale Prague via a city tour or a hike. Both will reveal why Prague is considered one of Europe's most attractive cities, with a historic city center that's recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See all the key highlights, including the National Museum, Wenceslas Square, the 1000 year old Prague Castle and Old Market Square, home to the astrological clock. (B)

Saturday, September 15: Prague
Spend a day at leisure. Wander through the city admiring its diverse architectural styles: Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo and Art Nouveau. Meander through its colourful local markets or simply relax in a cafe to enjoy many famous Czech beers. (B)

Sunday, September 16: Embarkation 
Check out of your hotel and depart Prague, stopping in Regensburg for a guided walking tour of one of Germany's best preserved medieval cities. Continue on to Vilshofen to board your cruise ship. Later in the day, attend an exclusive Oktoberfest celebration with traditional beer and Bavarian folk music and dancing. (B, D)

Monday, September 17: Passau
Explore Vilshofen's beautiful town before cruising to Passau, known as the "City of Three Rivers." Join a walking tour or if you prefer to be more active, hike high into the hills for a visit to the "Veste Oberhaus," Passau's Castle Hill. (B, L, D)

Tuesday, September 18: Linz
The ship arrives in Linz where you'll have several choices for excursion. Opt for a full day excursion to Salzburg where you'll tour the historic center, Mirabell Gardens, Residenz Square, and the Old Market. En route to Salzburg, stop at Mondsee, home of the famed Basilica St. Michael and site of the wedding scene in "The Sound of Music." Alternatively, you can join a walking tour through Linz's old city center and by the Mozart House; or go on a guided bike tour along the city's famed "Culture Mile" and the Danube. During the afternoon, you have three more options of excursions. Choose a half-day in Salzburg or take a scenic drive through the beautiful Austrian Lake District with a stop in St. Wolfgang. You can also choose to visit the charming mountain town, Cesky Krumlov, located just over the Czech-Austrian border. (B, L, D)

Wednesday, September 19: Weissenkirchen
Cruise to Weissenkirchen, gateway to Durnstein located in the heart of the Wachau Valley. Once here, you can choose to join a walking tour in Durnstein along its cobblestone streets to the Baroque Stiftskirche, Durnstein's famed church tower, and then visit Melk's magnificent Benedictine Abbey. For the more active adventurer, hike up to the fortress where Richard the Lionheart was once held. As an alternative excursion, visit a local apricot grower where you'll enjoy the regions finest apricot treats. Later in the evening, enjoy a specialty wine tasting of locally grown, world renowned Riesling and Gruner Veltliner in Weissenkirchen. (B, L, D)

Thursday, September 20: Vienna
The "City of Waltzes" offers a treasure trove of gems and you have three ways to discover them. Join a city tour showcasing its regal splendors, including the majestic Opera House, St. Stephen's Cathedral, and the former Imperial Palace of the Habsburgs before concluding in Vienna's historic city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For a more active exploration of the area, take a guided bike ride along the Danube. During the afternoon, you can enjoy leisure time or pedal your way to Klosterneuburg Monastery on a guided cycling tour. (B, L, D)

Friday, September 21: Bratislava
Host to the crowning ceremonies of 11 Hungarian kings and queens between 1536 and 1830, Bratislava has earned the title "Coronation City of Kings" as you'll discover during your walking tour. Or join a culinary host to sample Slovakian specialties, as well as learn how to prepare stuffed potato ravioli with an opportunity to taste your own creation. For a more active adventure, hike up to Bratislava Castle, offering magnificent views of the city. (B, L, D)

Saturday, September 22: Budapest
Experience Budapest in one of two ways: on a city tour or hike. Your city tour begins with a visit to the vibrant Great Market Hall brimming with vendors selling everything from food to souvenirs. The remainder of this tour takes you to both the Buda (hilly) and Pest (flat) sides of the river. As an alternative choice, hike up to Castle Hill for breathtaking views of the city below. Spend your last evening on board cruising around the famed parliament buildings as the city turns on all her dazzling lights. (B, L, D)

Sunday, September 23: Return home
Disembark the ship and transfer to the airport for our included flight back to Halifax. (B)


Per person rates in Canadian funds, based on double occupancy:

2018 Rates

E Piano Window $6,974*
D Piano Window $7,347*
CB Violin French Balcony $7,724*
CA Violin & Cello French Balcony $8,097*
BB Cello French & Outside Balcony $8,724*
BA Violin French & Outside Balcony $8,974*
AB Cello French & Outside Balcony $9,224*
SS Violin French & Outside Balcony $11,097*

*Plus $485 port charges and gratuities per person

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