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OPTIONAL: 3 NIGHT PRE-CRUISE TOUR IN PRAGUE

Sunday, May 9 – Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Day 1: Sunday, May 9

ARRIVE IN PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC

You will be met on arrival at Prague Airport and transferred to our hotel, located in the center of Prague near Charles Bridge and Wenceslas Square.

OVERNIGHT: Prague Marriott or similar (3 nights)

Day 2: Monday, May 10

PRAGUE SIGHTSEEING

This morning meet your escort in the lobby.Our morning walking tour reveals why Prague, which was never bombed in WWII, is considered one of Europe’s most attractive cities. The historic city center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.Stroll through Old Town, dominated by the twin spires of St. Tyn Church.Stop at the iconic Astronomical Clock, built in 1399, where the saints come marching in, every hour on the hour!Then board our private tram car to Prague Castle and the adjacent Strahov Monastery, a stunning room holding the literary treasures of the Czech Republic. This afternoon is free to explore Prague’s Old Town, Wenceslas Square and charming cafes.Enjoy lunch on your own, with many restaurants and eateries all around. (B)

OPTIONAL TOUR: Take a fun optional excursion to Prague’s own U Flecku Brewery (founded in 1499) with a Pilsner beer tasting and lunch.

Day 3: Tuesday, May 11

PRAGUE / OPTIONAL TOURS

Today is at leisure to explore Prague on your own.Highly recommended is an optional walking tour of Old Town and the Jewish Quarter.Old Town, dominated by the huge spires of St. Tyn’s Church, has been the center of commercial life in Prague since the Middle Ages.Continue into the Jewish Quarter, Europe’s best preserved Jewish ghetto. Your guide will provide commentary about the history and insight about Prague’s history and its dynamic Jewish community. Or there is a more profound morning tour to the Terezin Memorial, a Czech national monument.This Napoleonic military fortress was converted by the Nazis into a WWII concentration camp.Tonight enjoy a special dinner with Moravian wines at the renowned Mlynec Restaurant, overlooking the Vltava River. (B,D) NOTE: Tonight smart casual dress please.

Day 4: Wednesday, May 12

PRAGUE – CESKY KRUMLOV – EMBARKATION – VILSHOFEN

Depart from Prague via motorcoach and enjoy a stop in idyllic Cesky Krumlov, one of the Czech Republic’s most charming and best preserved medieval villages.Stroll through Old Town with its myriad photogenic buildings dating from the 1300’s to the Baroque period.Later this afternoon continue to Vilshofen to board AmaMagna, our luxury cruise ship. Cap the day with a festive Bavarian Oktoberfest celebration in front of the ship. (B,L,D)

Magna on the Danube Cruise

Wednesday, May 12 – Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Day 1: Wednesday, May 12

EMBARKATION – VILSHOFEN, GERMANY

This afternoon board the luxurious AmaMagna approximately 4pm.This evening enjoy a shore side Bavarian Oktoberfest celebration complete with music, beer and sausages.

Day 2: Thursday, May 13

PASSAU, GERMANY

Join a walking tour of this “City of Three Rivers”.Marvel at Passau’s Gothic and Italian Baroque architecture and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Or take a guided hike up to the Veste Oberhaus fortress. Cyclists may ride to Wernstein on a guided bike tour. (B,L,D)

Day 3: Friday, May 14

LINZ, AUSTRIA – GREIN, AUSTRIA

Join a walking tour through the old city center of Linz and by the Mozart House; or bike along the city’s famed “Cultural Mile” and the Danube. For those who love The Sound of Music, enjoy a full-day excursion to Salzburg and tour the historic center, Mirabell Gardens, Residenz Square and the Old Market. En route to Salzburg, stop at Mondsee, home of the Basilica St. Michael, where the famous wedding scene in the movie was filmed. In the afternoon, you can visit the charming Czech mountain town of Český Krumlov. Later in the day, visit Greinburg Castle, the oldest residential castle in Austria. (B,L,D)

Day 4: Saturday, May 15

MELK, AUSTRIA – SPITZ, AUSTRIA

In the morning, you can visit the 900-year-old Melk Abbey situated high atop the granite cliffs of the Danube, or get active and bicycle to Spitz.Return to Melk and the ship for lunch. This afternoon journey to Spitz. There is a guided excursion to charming Dürnstein.Stroll along the cobblestone streets to the Baroque Stiftskirche, with its famed church tower. Those who wish a more active adventure of the area can hike to the historic Dürnstein Fortress, cycle through Spitz or hike around Spitz. In the evening, be treated to an exclusive wine festival to enjoy this regions’ wines of the Wachau Valley. (B,L,D)

Day 5: Sunday, May 16

VIENNA, AUSTRIA

Vienna offers a wealth of architecture, music and cultural attractions. Your city tour showcases its regal splendors, including the majestic Opera House and the former Imperial Palace of the Habsburgs. Conclude your tour in Vienna’s historic city center, at St. Stephen’s Cathedral.Cyclists can discover Vienna by bike. During the afternoon visit the Palace of Schönbrunn, an exquisite example of Baroque architecture and opulence. Built as the summer residence of the Habsburg Emperors and spanning an astounding 1,441 rooms, this Rococo palace became one of their favorite homes. Your visit will include a guided tour of the Imperial apartments, the carriage museum and the equally impressive gardens. (B,L,D)

Day 6: Monday, May 17

VIENNA – BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA

Enjoy a morning scenic cruise through the UNESCO-designated Wachau Valley before arriving in Bratislava. Host to the crowning ceremonies of 11 Hungarian kings and queens between 1536 and 1830, Bratislava is called “Coronation City of Kings,” as you’ll discover during your walking tour. This is a city with a great sense of humor, as you’ll see in the many novel statues strategically placed around town.There is also a “Tastes of Slovakia” tour for the culinary minded. For a more active adventure hike to gleaming Bratislava Castle, also called Pressburger Schloss. (B,L,D)

Day 7: Tuesday, May 18

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY

This morning sail to Budapest, passing through the scenic Danube Bend.Here are some of Hungary’s oldest settlements, including Esztergom, Visegrád and Szentendre. At midday arrive in Budapest, a substantial city that offers a fascinating history, culture and tradition. Visit the Great Market Hall before going to both the Buda (hilly) and the Pest (flat) sides of the river. See Heroes’ Square and Castle Hill, home to the Fisherman’s Bastion and beautiful St. Matthias Church. There is also an organized hike up Castle Hill for breathtaking views of the city. (B,L,D)

Day 8: Wednesday, May 19

DISEMBARKATION – BUDAPEST

Disembark the ship as you prepare for your flight home. (B)

OPTIONAL: 2 NIGHT POST-CRUISE BUDAPEST TOUR

Wednesday, May 19 – Friday, May 21, 2021

Day 1: Wednesday, May 19

DISEMBARKATION / ROYAL PALACE OF GODOLLO / LAZAR EQUESTRIAN ESTATE – BUDAPEST DINE AROUND

Disembark the AmaMagna this morning for a sightseeing tour of two superb attractions outside the city. The Royal Palace of Godollo was the summer getaway for Emperor Franz Josef and his beloved queen Elizabeth, fondly called “Sisi” by Hungarians.After a tour of the palace visit the extraordinary Lazar Champions Estate.Here brothers Vilmos and Zoltan Lazar raise Hungary’s finest horses, including the beautiful white Lippinzan breed and the big Hungarian draft horses.Enjoy a phenomenal riding show by Hungarian hussars in traditional costume, followed by refreshments and an authentic and delicious country lunch.(NOTE: great photo opportunities here).This afternoon arrive in Budapest with the evening at leisure.TONIGHT: Stroll down Kazinczy Street and explore the lively Jewish Quarter’s night life. This is Budapest’s version of Bourbon Street with the many “Ruins” bars and night clubs.Each tour member receives $60 to enjoy dinner in any of the many restaurants nearby. (B,L,D)

OVERNIGHT: Kempinski Hotel Corvinus (2 nights)

Day 2: Thursday, May 20

BUDAPEST

Today is at leisure to explore Budapest, arguably central Europe’s most substantive city.Budapest has been a crossroads between Europe and Asia since the time of Genghis Khan.Our tour desk in the hotel will offer optional tours to the Hungarian Parliament and Opera, the Szendtendre Artist Village or an exploration of the city’s many Jewish sites and historical places. Tonight enjoy a farewell Gypsy dinner at the historic Karpatia Restaurant. (B,D)

Day 3: Friday, May 21

BUDAPEST

You will be transferred to Budapest International Airport for your onward flights. (B)

PLEASE NOTE:

A reasonable degree of mobility is required for all passengers on this program. Most of the guided tours provided on your cruise are walking tours. Many historic villages in Europe are located on hilltops, where it is necessary to walk up and down hilly, cobblestone streets that may have narrow passageways. Ships docked in port are often rafted side-by-side to another river ship. Passengers are then required to ascend and descend flights of 12 or more stairs to walk up to observation deck, down to gang planks to enter or exit the rafted ships. To participate in tours and get on and off the ship, travelers must be able to walk unaccompanied.

Disabilities and Wheelchairs
Persons with a walking disability or an injury, or who require a wheelchair/scooter or other mobility device, must have another dedicated person traveling with them to assist/push etc. The ship’s crew and other cruise guests are not available to assist persons with limited mobility. On customized pre or post cruise land programs, the Expanding Horizons tour manager is authorized to remove, or ask to leave from the tour, any traveler incapable of, unwilling to, or impeding the overall movement and progress of the tour group.