14 Day Danube River Cruise with Warsaw, Krakow & Budapest Monarch Empress

14 Day Danube River Cruise with Warsaw, Krakow & Budapest Monarch Empress

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Ship: MS Monarch Empress
Starts: Warsaw, Poland on Mon, Oct 28, 2019
Ends: Munich, Germany on Sun, Nov 10, 2019

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Itinerary

Countries Visited

Austria, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia

Rivers Visited

Danube

River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 (Mon, Oct 28, 2019): DAY 1, Monday - Depart for Poland

Depart for Poland

Day 2 (Tue, Oct 29, 2019): DAY 2, Tuesday - Arrive in Warsaw

Arrive in Warsaw, Poland's capital and cultural center of the country. Transfer to the hotel; the remainder of the day is at leisure. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Drink and orientation meeting with your tour manager at the hotel at approximately 6pm, followed by a briefing about the journey. We recommend that you select flights which arrive in your destination no later than 4pm on Day 2 or earlier, if possible
Overnight: Warsaw
Meals: Dinner

Day 3 (Wed, Oct 30, 2019): DAY 3, Wednesday - Warsaw City Tour

Today's introduction to the bustling metropolis of Warsaw includes both banks of the Vistula River. Visit glorious Lazienki Park, built in the 17th century, one of the jewels of the city. Here, view the large bronze statue of Frederic Chopin, the famed Polish composer and virtuoso pianist of the Romantic era, born in a small village 29 miles west of Warsaw. Continue along the beautiful Royal Route with its historic monuments and residences. Arrive at the site of the former Warsaw Ghetto; stop at the inspiring Warsaw Ghetto Memorial, commemorating the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising of 1943. Walk through the Old Town with its cobbled streets to the Market Square. View the Cathedral of St. John and the Royal Castle, a former residence of Polish kings, lovingly restored after its destruction during World War II; its decorations feature salvaged works of art from the old castle. Spend the rest of the day at leisure to discover the Old Town on your own, or join the optional to Wilanow Palace. This former residence of the Polish kings is situated outside Warsaw. It was built at the end of the 17th century for King Jan III Sobieski and is considered one of the most important monuments of Polish culture
Optional: Wilanow Palace (PM)
Overnight: Warsaw
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 (Thu, Oct 31, 2019): DAY 4, Thursday - Jasna Gora Monastery

Depart Warsaw and travel south to Czestochowa, known for the famous Pauline monastery of Jasna Gora, home of the Black Madonna painting, a shrine to the Virgin Mary. Every year millions of pilgrims from all over the world come to Czestochowa to visit the shrine as it is said to have miraculous powers. After the visit, continue to Krakow, a former residence of the Polish kings. The afternoon is at leisure, or, join the optional tour to the Wieliczka Salt Mine, one of the oldest in Europe. The mine's historical importance, as well as the amazing works of art carved into the walls by miners, have earned the Wieliczka Salt Mine a place on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage list. Return to the hotel in Krakow for dinner and overnight
Optional: Wieliczka Salt Mine
Overnight: Krakow
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 (Fri, Nov 01, 2019): DAY 5, Friday - Krakow City Tour & Auschwitz

Morning tour of medieval Krakow begins at the historic 16th century Wawel Royal Castle District. Continue to the former Jewish district, with its ancient synagogues and main square of the former ghetto. View the remaining walls of the ghetto and visit the Ghetto Heroes Square to view the Jewish Ghetto Memorial, called "The Lonely Chairs." Continue to the Old Town and to lively Market Square. Stop at stately St. Mary's Church with its tall brick tower overlooking the square and the Renaissance Cloth Hall where traders offer a variety of wares as their predecessors did many generations ago. This afternoon journey to the town of Oswiecim where the Nazis built Auschwitz, their largest concentration and death camp. The stories of those who were sent there, and who perished in this place, emphasize the scope of Hitler's extermination efforts. After an introduction and historic film, the solemn visit includes a guided tour of the Auschwitz Concentration Camp Museum. Stop at the former Birkenau Extermination Camp before returning to Krakow
Overnight: Krakow
Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 (Sat, Nov 02, 2019): DAY 6, Saturday - Scenic Drive to Budapest

Today drive through the scenic Tatra Mountains and the wooded countryside of Slovakia before reaching the Danube Valley and the city of Budapest in the late afternoon. Often called "The Paris of the East," Budapest is one of Europe's most delightful cities. Time to relax before tonight's fun-filled optional tour. Travel to the outskirts of Budapest for a traditional Hungarian dinner in a scenic forested location. While dining, you'll be entertained by colorfully dressed dancers performing a variety of spirited folk dances accompanied by a group playing live music
Optional: Hungarian Dinner and Show (PM)
Overnight: Budapest
Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 (Sun, Nov 03, 2019): DAY 7, Sunday - Budapest City Tour & Embarkation

Enjoy the morning at leisure, or participate in the optional tour that traces the rich Jewish heritage of Budapest. Begin with a visit to the Great Dohany Synagogue, which ranks among one of the major Jewish sights in Budapest. This Moorish-style building is Europe's largest synagogue and the second largest in the world. View the Jewish Museum, the magnificent Tree of Life and the inspiring Raoul Wallenberg Memorial. Finally, travel across town to explore the chilling Hungarian Holocaust Museum. In the afternoon, the city tour begins in Pest; view the Parliament, Royal Palace, and Heroes Square. Cross the Danube over the Elizabeth Bridge to the Buda Hills to see the 13th century Matthias Coronation Church. From Fisherman's Bastion, enjoy a panoramic view of the city. Then continue to the port to embark your cruise. Tonight, meet your Cruise Director and enjoy a gala welcome dinner as it sets the mood for your delightful river cruise 
Optional: Budapest Jewish Interest Tour (AM)
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8 (Mon, Nov 04, 2019): DAY 8, Monday - Bratislava City Tour

This morning, enjoy the tranquil scenery as the ship sails along the scenic Danube. In the late afternoon, arrive in Bratislava, capital of Slovakia, a mix of modern and Baroque architecture. This capital city is among the youngest in Europe, yet retains a rich history dating back more than 2000 years. Walk along the cobblestone lanes of the historic town center; view St. Martin's Cathedral, coronation site of the Kings of Hungary, the 13th century Old Town Hall and the Franciscan church. Time to explore this colorful city on your own before returning to the ship for dinner. This evening, the ship will set sail to Vienna
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 (Tue, Nov 05, 2019): DAY 9, Tuesday - Vienna City Tour

Your morning tour of romantic Vienna introduces you to this Imperial city with its legendary opulence and elegance. Drive along the famed Ringstrasse, Vienna's main boulevard lined with magnificent Baroque palaces, parks and monuments. View the lavish Hofburg Palace, and the impressive Vienna Opera House. Continue to majestic St. Stephen's Cathedral and the Parliament building. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure, or, join the optional tour to the magnificent Schonbrunn Palace, once summer residence of the Hapsburgs. Visit the gorgeous baroque apartments and stroll through the world-famous manicured gardens. Tonight, perhaps take the opportunity to attend an evening of Viennese culture in the "City of Music" at an optional concert performance of the classical masterpieces of Mozart and Strauss, two of Vienna's most famous citizens
Optional: Schonbrunn Palace Tour (PM)
Optional: Classical Viennese Concert (PM)
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 (Wed, Nov 06, 2019): DAY 10, Wednesday - Melk Abbey

This morning, arrive in the Bavarian village of Durnstein, one of the prettiest towns on the Danube. Free time to stroll this quintessential village in the heart of the Wachau wine district. Walk along medieval cobblestone streets revealing 16th century town houses and wine taverns. Continue cruising late this morning through the scenic Wachau Valley, with lovely storybook views of vineyards, castles, hilltop ruins and monasteries. Later, disembark in Melk for a guided tour of the historic Benedictine Abbey, considered one of the finest examples of Baroque architecture in Europe. View the Abbot's chambers, the Kaiser's walk and the lavish library. The ship will set sail as you dine on board this evening
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11 (Thu, Nov 07, 2019): DAY 11, Thursday - Full Day in Linz

Early this morning cruise into Linz. Founded by the Romans, Linz has cultivated a strong artistic tradition, especially in the field of music. Today is free to explore the city independently, taking in such sites as St. Mary's Cathedral and Linz Castle, or just relaxing at a café sampling the famous Linzer torte which was named after this quaint city. Alternatively, join the optional full day excursion to Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic. Travel through the picturesque landscape of Southern Bohemia to Cesky Krumlov, a fairy-tale town with its maze of narrow cobbled streets. Declared by UNESCO a World Heritage Site in 1992, Cesky Krumlov has earned an international reputation for its State Castle and Chateau, one of the largest in Central Europe, superbly furnished with priceless art, tapestries and richly decorated weapons. The guided walk through town is highlighted by Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance houses once mansions of noblemen families
Optional: Full Day Tour of Cesky Krumlov
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12 (Fri, Nov 08, 2019): DAY 12, Friday - Passau City Tour

Dock this morning in 2500-year-old Passau, known for its pastel patrician houses, cafes, cobblestone lanes and riverfront promenade. Passau is a Bavarian town with a mix of Roman, Italian Baroque and Gothic architecture. Alternatively, join the optional full day tour to beautiful Salzburg, birthplace of Mozart and setting for the Sound of Music. The walking tour will include some of Salzburg's most historic sites including the Mirabell Palace, the Abbey, Salzburg Cathedral, and St. Peter's Cemetery. After lunch at a local restaurant, there will be time to discover Salzburg on your own before returning to the ship. In the early evening, all passengers will rejoin the ship and set sail for Regensburg
Optional:Full Day Tour of Salzburg
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13 (Sat, Nov 09, 2019): DAY 13, Saturday - Regensburg City Tour

Today explore Regensburg, one of Germany's largest and best preserved medieval cities, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The guided walking tour highlights the city's stunning architecture as you view the Old Town Hall, Dom St. Peter and the Porta Praetoria, gateway to an ancient Roman fort built in 179 AD. Marvel at beautiful churches and one of the oldest stone bridges crossing the Danube. Tonight, enjoy a lavish gala dinner on board
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14 (Sun, Nov 10, 2019): DAY 14, Sunday - Depart Germany

This morning transfer to the airport in Munich for your departure flight. The Munich airport is approximately a 2 hour drive from the port. Disembarkation will end at 9:30 am
Meals: Breakfast

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Inclusions

Price does not include airfare, departure or arrival transfers, airline taxes and fuel surcharges.

River Cruise Package Includes

  • Flights New York-Warsaw, Munich-New York
    Other departure cities available.
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 12 nights accommodations
  • 2 nights Warsaw
  • 2 nights Krakow
  • 1 night Budapest
  • 7 nights outside cabin aboard the Deluxe or First Class
  • River port charges of $190 per person
  • Cruise & hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 27 meals: 12 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 9 dinners
  • Cruise director & activities host throughout cruise
  • Tour manager in Warsaw, Krakow & Budapest
  • Services of local guides in all major cities
  • Shore excursions per itinerary
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring during excursions
  • Special Features

  • In Warsaw, along the Royal Route, view historic monuments and residences
  • Admire the historic 16th century Wawel Royal Castle in medieval Krakow
  • View Vienna with its magnificent Baroque palaces, parks and monuments
  • Visit Regensburg, one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities
  • River Cruise Features & Amenities

  • Gala Welcome Dinner and Farewell Dinner
  • Wine and beer with dinners
  • Locally inspired recipes
  • Early riser breakfast in addition to buffet breakfast
  • Late night snack
  • Complimentary basic Wi-Fi access
  • Self-serve coffee and tea station
  • Lounge serving premium spirits
  • Fitness center
  • Non-smoking ship interior
  • Shore excursions conducted exclusively in English by licensed guides
  • Know Before You Book - High & Low Water

    European river cruising has gained in popularity for very good reason. It's a relaxing and convenient way to experience Europe while enjoying the comfort of a deluxe ship. However, before making the decision to reserve your vacation, please be aware of potential conditions which may impact your cruise. While most of the time river cruises operate exactly as planned, weather conditions may result in high or low water levels which impact a ship's itinerary and, on occasion, render a ship unable to sail at all. On very rare occasions, other events such as heavy fog, a damaged lock, or an incapacitated vessel blocking the river, may impact a sailing. These events typically occur with little or no notice. In the event that a cruise is partially or completely impacted, the itinerary will be operated by deluxe motor coach, accompanied by a Tour Manager, with overnights in hotels. When the option exists, the operator will "swap ships" with another vessel sailing in the opposite direction, retaining the sailing experience. Crew, ship and cabin configuration may differ. The itinerary will include as many of the originally scheduled sightseeing features as possible, considering the travel time and distances required, as well as meals. While it is not possible to recreate the more leisurely comforts of sailings, we will endeavor to provide a comparable itinerary. These alternative services will be provided at no additional charge.

    †Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

    *Not Included:
    Optional shore excursions and gratuities.


    Additional Information:
    Land/Cruise only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.

    Budapest to Regensburg: Passengers returning from Munich on Day 14 should select flights that depart no earlier than 11:00 am. The Munich airport is approximately a 1.5 hour drive from the Regensburg port.

    Due to physical constraints and space limitations, wheelchairs and walkers are not allowed on motor coaches and/or river cruises. Kindly refer to our Terms for additional information.

    While sailing with Monarch Cruises, passengers are subject to the cruise's Terms & Conditions which can be viewed at: .

    Know Before You Book - High & Low Water

    European river cruising has gained in popularity for very good reason. It's a relaxing and convenient way to experience Europe while enjoying the comfort of a deluxe ship. However, before making the decision to reserve your vacation, please be aware of potential conditions which may impact your cruise. While most of the time river cruises operate exactly as planned, weather conditions may result in high or low water levels which impact a ship's itinerary and, on occasion, render a ship unable to sail at all. On very rare occasions, other events such as heavy fog, a damaged lock, or an incapacitated vessel blocking the river, may impact a sailing. These events typically occur with little or no notice. In the event that a cruise is partially or completely impacted, the itinerary will be operated by deluxe motor coach, accompanied by a Tour Manager, with overnights in hotels. When the option exists, the operator will "swap ships" with another vessel sailing in the opposite direction, retaining the sailing experience. Crew, ship and cabin configuration may differ. The itinerary will include as many of the originally scheduled sightseeing features as possible, considering the travel time and distances required, as well as meals. While it is not possible to recreate the more leisurely comforts of sailings, we will endeavor to provide a comparable itinerary. These alternative services will be provided at no additional charge.

    Please note that the following inclusions may contain items that are only applicable when you purchase Land & Air. The brochure prices below are for Land Only - call us for our best deal.

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    Ship Information

    MS Monarch Empress


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    Questions & Answers

    Question: Will the day-by-day itinerary change?

    Yes, the river cruise itineraries may change due to reasons such as inclement weather or unforeseen events. Your safety is the number one concern aboard and all precautions necessary will be taken in order to ensure passenger safety, including changing itineraries. Please note that when itineraries do change, the ship staff will do their best to substitute any missed port with an alternative destination.

    Question: In what language is the river cruise conducted?

    The river cruise will be conducted in English only.


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