Romantic Danube River Cruise, April 19-26, 2019 with Trinchero Family Estates

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Romantic Danube River Cruise

Friday, April 19 - 26, 2019


Day 1: Friday, April 19th

Embarkation - Vilshofen

Make your way to Vilshofen, where you will board AmaLea, your luxury cruise ship. Cap the day off with an exclusive festive Oktoberfest celebration. (D)

Passau (4)

Day 2: Saturday, April 20th

Vilshofen - Passau

Explore Vilshofen’s beautiful old 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)

Linz (1)

Day 3: Sunday, April 21st

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 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, Český Krumlov, located just over the Czech-Austrian border. (B,L,D)


Day 4: Monday, April 22nd

Weissenkirchen - Durnstein - Vienna

Cruise to Weissenkirchen, gateway to Dürnstein located in the heart of the Wachau Valley. Once here, you can choose to join a walking tour in Dürnstein along its cobblestone streets to the Baroque Stiftskirche, Dürnstein’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 region’s finest apricot treats. Later in the evening, enjoy a special wine tasting of locally grown, world-renowned Riesling and Grüner Veltliner in Weissenkirchen. (B,L,D)


Day 5: Tuesday, April 23rd


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)


Day 6: Wednesday, April 24th

Krems, Austria

*Krems or similar Austrian town will be the destination. Itinerary details TBD. (B,L,D)


Day 7: Thursday, April 25th

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: Friday, April 26th

Budapest - Disembarkation

Your river cruise comes to an end. Disembark the ship for your flight onward or to join the post-cruise tour. (B)

Post Cruise Tour Option - Tojak Wine Country & Budapest

Friday, April 26- Tuesday, April 30, 2019


Day 1: Friday, April 26th

Budapest - Eger - Tarcal Tokaj Wine Country

For those joining our 4 night post-cruise Hungary tour, after breakfast depart by coach two hours to Tarcal, in the heart of Hungarian wine country.  En route enjoy a private tour, tasting and lunch at historic Thummerer Winery, in the village of Eger, followed by a tour of Eger Castle.  This is the region where the golden Royal Tokaji wines (“The Wine of the Czars”) is produced.  Arrive this afternoon at the magnificent Andrassy Residence Wine and Spa, a country manor converted to a 41 room boutique resort.  (B,L)

Overnight: Andrassy Residence Wine & Spa (2 nights) or similar


Day 2: Saturday, April 27th

Tokaj Wine Country

Today enjoy a private cellar tour, tasting, and lunch at Chateau Derezla, one of Hungary’s most prominent and historic vintners.  This winery’s golden Aszu and Eszencia wines consistently rate 94+ points by Wine Spectator.  Later this afternoon enjoy an hour on the Bodrog River.  Tonight enjoy a special dinner in Tarcal.   (B,L,D)


Day 3: Sunday, April 28th

Lazar Equestrian Estate - Budapest

Depart Tarcal for our return to Budapest.   En route visit the 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 (NOTE: great photo opportunities.)   This afternoon arrive in Budapest.  Tonight a special dinner is arranged.  Enjoy traditional Hungarian cuisine, wines and gypsy music at Karpatia, the city’s most famous and historic restaurant. (B,D)

Overnight: Kempinski Hotel Corvinus (2 nights) or similar


Day 4: Monday, April 29th


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.   Optional tours are available to the Hungarian Parliament and Opera, the Szendtendre Artist Village or an exploration of the city’s many Jewish sites and historical places.   (B)


Day 5: Tuesday, April 30th

Depart Budapest

Transfer to Budapest International Airport for your onward flights.  (B)

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A reasonable degree of mobility is required for all passengers on this program. Many of the guided tours provided on your cruise are walking tours.  Guests join an expert guide walking through a village or to (and through) an attraction, like a local winery with a centuries-old wine cellar.  Additionally, 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, must have another dedicated person traveling with them to assist/push etc.  The ship’s crew and other cruise guests cannot be expected 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.