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OPTIONAL: 3 NIGHT PRE-CRUISE TOUR IN PRAGUE

Thursday, April 16 – Sunday, April 19, 2020

Day 1: Thursday, April 16

ARRIVE IN PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC

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

OVERNIGHT: Hotel Thalia (3 nights)

Day 2: Friday, April 17

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: Saturday, April 18

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: Sunday, April 19

PRAGUE – REGENSBURG, GERMANY – VILSHOFEN: EMBARKATION

Depart from Prague via motorcoach and enjoy a stop in Regensburg, one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities. Regensburg is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, an interesting and photogenic mixture of ancient Roman walls supporting more modern structures. Discover Regensburg on a guided walking tour showcasing the city’s architectural highlights, including the Old Town Hall and the Porta Praetoria. Later this afternoon continue to Vilshofen, where you will board AmaMagna, your luxury cruise ship. Cap the day off with an exclusive festive Oktoberfest celebration. (B,D)

Romantic Danube River Cruise

Sunday, April 19 – Sunday, April 26, 2020

Day 1: Sunday, April 19

VILSHOFEN: EMBARKATION

Arrive Vilshofen and make your way to the AmaMagna for embarkation on your luxury cruise ship. Cap off the day with an exclusive festive Oktoberfest celebration.

Day 2: Monday, April 20

VILSHOFEN – PASSAU

The morning is spent cruising to Passau, known as the “City of Three Rivers.” This afternoon 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)

Day 3: Tuesday, April 21

LINZ, AUSTRIA

The ship arrives in Linz where you’ll have several choices of excursions. 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 morning 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 choices 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, Český Krumlov, located just over the Czech-Austrian border. (B,L,D)

Day 4: Wednesday, April 22

WEISSENKIRCHEN AND DURNSTEIN

Cruise to Weissenkirchen in the heart of the Wachau Valley. Enjoy a walking tour of this picturesque Austrian village. Weissenkirchen and neighboring Durnstein have been fierce competitors in the wine business since the Middle Ages. The origin of the wine growing tradition in Austria is attributed to medieval period of the Roman settlements. The Vinea Wachau Nobilis Districts date to Leuthold I von Kuenring (1243 – 1313). Vintners here follow accordance of the unique Wachau wine making laws, known as The Six Wachau Commandments. Acclaimed for purity, these wines are labelled under the categories of Steinfeder, Federspiel or Smaragd. Tonight enjoy a private tour and tasting at historic Schloss Gobelsburg, with cellars dating to the 12th century. (BLD)

Tip: Delicious liqueurs made from apricots are a local specialty here.

Day 5: Thursday, April 23

WEISSENKIRCHEN

Cruise to Weissenkirchen in the heart of the Wachau Valley. Enjoy a walking tour of this picturesque Austrian village. Weissenkirchen and neighboring Durnstein have been fierce competitors in the wine business since the Middle Ages. The origin of the wine growing tradition in Austria is attributed to medieval period of the Roman settlements. The Vinea Wachau Nobilis Districts date to Leuthold I von Kuenring (1243 – 1313). Vintners here follow accordance of the unique Wachau wine making laws, known as The Six Wachau Commandments. Acclaimed for purity, these wines are labelled under the categories of Steinfeder, Federspiel or Smaragd. Tonight enjoy a private tour and tasting at historic Schloss Gobelsburg, with cellars dating to the 12th century. (BLD)

Tip: Delicious liqueurs made from apricots are a local specialty here.

Day 6: Friday, April 24

VIENNA, AUSTRIA

Today awaken in the “City of Waltzes. Vienna offers a treasure trove of gems, including the majestic Opera House and the former Imperial Palace. Your morning tour concludes in the historic city center with a visit to St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Or if you prefer a more active tour, take a guided bike ride to the Klosterneuburg Monastery. The afternoon is at leisure to enjoy to further explore Vienna. (B,D)

TIP: Take a taxi or public transport and join one of the hourly walking tours (reservations required) of Vienna’s incredible equestrian institution the Spanish Riding School.

Day 7: Saturday, April 25

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY

Your city tour begins at Budapest’s Great Market Hall, where you’ll discover plenty of delicious food and shopping. Afterwards, you’ll visit both the Buda (hilly) and Pest (flat) sides of the Danube River. You’ll see the 19th-century Chain Bridge, which connects the Buda district with Pest; and the UNESCO designated Castle Hill district, which contains some of Budapest’s most important medieval monuments and museums. As an alternative choice, you can hike up to Castle Hill for breathtaking views of the city below. Spend your last evening on board cruising past the famed Parliament Building as the city turns on all her dazzling lights. (B,L,D)

Day 8: Sunday, April 26

BUDAPEST – DISEMBARKATION

Cruise only passengers disembark the ship for your flight home. (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.