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16 Day Classic European River Cruise Budapest to Amsterdam, Monarch Princess

16 Day Classic European River Cruise Budapest to Amsterdam, Monarch Princess

Operator: Gate1
Ship: Monarch Princess
Starts: Budapest, Hungary on Mon, Sep 13, 2021
Ends: Amsterdam, Netherlands on Tue, Sep 28, 2021

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River Cruise Itinerary

  1. Day 1
    DAY 1, Monday - Depart for Hungary
    Mon, Sep 13, 2021
    Depart for Hungary
  2. Day 2
    DAY 2, Tuesday - Arrive in Budapest
    Tue, Sep 14, 2021
    Arrive in Budapest, Hungary and transfer to the port. Embarkation will begin at 2 PM. Tonight, meet your Cruise Director and enjoy a gala Welcome Dinner as it sets the mood for your delightful river cruise
    Overnight: River Cruise
    Meals: Dinner
  3. Day 3
    DAY 3, Wednesday - Budapest City Tour
    Wed, Sep 15, 2021
    Your morning tour begins on the Pest side of the city; view the Parliament, City Park and Heroes Square. Cross to Buda to see the Royal Palace, Matthias Church and the graceful medieval architecture along the cobbled streets. Explore the city's wonderful shops and cafes this afternoon on your own. Today, join the optional tour that will explore the local food scene, while getting introduced to the history of the Hungarian cuisine. Sample local delicacies from Hungarian meats to local Budapest pastries
    Optional: Half Day Taste of Budapest (PM)
    Overnight: River Cruise
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  4. Day 4
    DAY 4, Thursday - Bratislava City Tour
    Thu, Sep 16, 2021
    Relax on board today as you take in the tranquil scenery of the Danube River. In the late afternoon, arrive in Bratislava, the 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. After the tour you will have time to explore this colorful city on your own before returning to the ship for dinner. This evening, the ship will set sail just before midnight
    Overnight: River Cruise
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  5. Day 5
    DAY 5, Friday - Vienna City Tour
    Fri, Sep 17, 2021
    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, the impressive Vienna Opera House, and the Parliament building. On the walking part of the tour view the lavish Hofburg Palace, and finish at the majestic St. Stephen's Cathedral. 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
  6. Day 6
    DAY 6, Saturday - Melk Abbey
    Sat, Sep 18, 2021
    This morning, arrive in the 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 and relax on board as the ship sails 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
  7. Day 7
    DAY 7, Sunday - Afternoon in Passau
    Sun, Sep 19, 2021
    Today presents a wonderful opportunity to 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. If you choose to remain on board, the day is free to explore the 2500-year-old Passau, or to join an included walking tour of Passau. Well known for its pastel patrician houses, cafes, cobblestone lanes and riverfront promenade, Passau is a town with a mix of Roman, Italian Baroque and Gothic architecture. 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
  8. Day 8
    DAY 8, Monday - Regensburg City Tour
    Mon, Sep 20, 2021
    Arrive in Regensburg this morning, 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, the 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. Return to the ship or spend time at leisure discovering the delights of Regensburg on your own before setting sail for Nuremberg mid-afternoon
    Overnight: River Cruise
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  9. Day 9
    DAY 9, Tuesday - Nuremberg City Tour
    Tue, Sep 21, 2021
    This afternoon, explore Nuremberg, an energetic city with a visible history of almost one thousand years. The guided excursion visits the historic Palace of Justice where the War Crimes Tribunal met in 1946 and continues to the vibrant Market Square. Stroll through the shops that fill the Old Town or walk along the fortified walls of Nuremberg Castle. This evening set sail as you dine on board
    Overnight: River Cruise
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  10. Day 10
    DAY 10, Wednesday - Bamberg City Tour
    Wed, Sep 22, 2021
    This morning, dock in historic Bamberg, former residence of one of Germany's most powerful imperial dynasties and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Begin your walk in the medieval city center with its impressive 11th century Romanesque cathedral and gorgeous rose garden. After, view the very unusual City Hall built on a tiny island in the middle of the Regnitz River and Little Venice, an area of colorful fishermen's houses. This afternoon set sail for Wurzburg
    Overnight: River Cruise
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  11. Day 11
    DAY 11, Thursday - Wurzburg City Tour
    Thu, Sep 23, 2021
    Discover Wurzburg, named the "Pearl of the Romantic Road," with its dramatic Marienberg fortress, 15th century bridge and lush vineyards. Your walk takes you to the ornate Bishops' Residenz Palace, a stunning example of Baroque architecture, home to the largest ceiling fresco ever painted, named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This afternoon, explore the town on your own
    Overnight: River Cruise
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  12. Day 12
    DAY 12, Friday - Miltenberg Walking Tour
    Fri, Sep 24, 2021
    This morning, sail to the picturesque village of Miltenberg, a jewel on the banks of the Main River. Discover the Market Square with its Renaissance-era fountain, the Merchant Hall with its stunning Gothic architecture and the unique 14th and 15th century half-timbered houses. After lunch on board, enjoy free time in Miltenberg before the ship sails this evening
    Overnight: River Cruise
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  13. Day 13
    DAY 13, Saturday - Morning Cruising & Afternoon in Koblenz
    Sat, Sep 25, 2021
    Spend a relaxing morning on board, taking in the spectacular vistas as the ship sails past castles perched on lofty cliffs, terraced vineyards and tiny villages. Pass the mighty Lorelei Rock on the eastern bank of the Rhine rising vertically from the waters, named for the siren "Lorelei" who bewitched sailors passing by. This afternoon the ship docks in Koblenz, located at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers. Join an orientation walk with free time to explore the wonders of Koblenz, such as the imposing equestrian statue of Emperor Wilhelm I at the confluence of the Rhine and the Moselle rivers, and the imposing defensive towers of this 2000-year old city. Perhaps join the optional tour to the dramatic Marksburg Castle, the only hill castle on the Rhine that's never been destroyed and has been continuously occupied for over 700 years
    Optional: Marksburg Castle (PM)
    Overnight: River Cruise
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  14. Day 14
    DAY 14, Sunday - Cologne City Tour
    Sun, Sep 26, 2021
    This morning join a walking tour of Cologne, one of Germany's largest cities and capital of the Rhineland. The city is highlighted by the soaring, twin-steeple Gothic cathedral that is the geographical and spiritual heart of the city. Known for its vibrant art scene, Cologne abounds with cafes, galleries, shops and taverns. Set sail in the late afternoon for Amsterdam
    Overnight: River Cruise
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  15. Day 15
    DAY 15, Monday - Amsterdam City Tour
    Mon, Sep 27, 2021
    Today's panoramic tour of 700-year-old Amsterdam introduces you to both the old and the new sections of this city. View the Royal Palace on Amsterdam's Dam Square, the Queen's official home-away-from-home. On to the Dutch National Monument dedicated by Queen Juliana as a memorial to the victims of WWII and to the unusual Skinny Bridge, once so narrow that pedestrians could not pass each other. Then, board a glass-top boat and cruise the winding canals for an up-close view of the stately historic homes, 16th-century warehouses and charming churches with striking bell towers. This evening bid farewell to your traveling companions on your final night on board
    Overnight: River Cruise
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  16. Day 16
    DAY 16, Tuesday - Depart the Netherlands
    Tue, Sep 28, 2021
    This morning, transfer to the airport for your departure flight
    Meals: Breakfast

Countries Visited

Austria, Germany, Hungary, Netherlands, Slovakia

Rivers Visited

Danube, Main, Rhine

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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-Budapest, Amsterdam-New York or vice versa
    Other departure cities available.
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 14 nights outside cabin aboard the Deluxe , the First Class , First Class , First Class ,
  • River port charges of $380 per person
  • Cruise porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 41 meals: 14 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 14 dinners
  • Cruise director & activities host throughout cruise
  • Services of local guides in all major cities
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring during excursions
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    Special Features

  • See magnificent panoramic views of Budapest from atop Fisherman's Bastion
  • Tour romantic Vienna with its legendary opulence and elegance
  • In Melk, join a guided tour of the historic Benedictine Abbey
  • Marvel at the beautiful churches and ancient stone bridges in Regensburg
  • Cruise the Main-Danube Canal, considered a marvel of modern engineering
  • Walk in Bamberg's medieval center with its 11th century Romanesque cathedral
  • View the mighty Lorelei Rock named for the siren "Lorelei" rising vertically from the waters
  • Sail on the legendary Rhine to Cologne, capital of the Rhineland
  • In Amsterdam, board a glass-top boat and cruise the winding canals
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    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 Wi-Fi access in public areas
  • 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.

    Embarkation will begin at 2:00 PM however early arrivals may rest in the lounge if their assigned cabin is not ready upon check-in.

    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

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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.

    Customer Reviews

    Overall Rating
    4.6
    Accommodations
    4.5
    Itinerary
    4.4
    Professional Staff
    4.8
    Repeat with Operator
    4.4
    Value for Money
    4.7

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    Gate 1 Danube River cruise exceeded our expectations and provided terrific service AND value! Beautiful ship and fabulous staff. Don't let their 'travel for less' slogan mislead you: they deliver FULL VALUE and service. We would travel with them again in a heartbeat.

    We had a wonderful time on this trip (14 day Danube with Budapest and Prague). One thing we noticed in the cabin: 1. Lack of outlets/USB ports at bedside tables 2. WiFi was really too basic. Dining room: While the breakfast and desserts were good, the lunch and dinner items left much to be desired. There was a lack of vegetable variety. The soups were very salty and the fish was fishy.

    Greatly appreciated the sessions that included information on the next days ports. Also found the on site mini tours of each port very enjoyable. Although we elected to go on much of the optional paid tours, it was great to learn some background information of each site.

    I will only book Gare 1 going forward. This was an excellent experience.

    Although we had to cut our trip short due to an illness. Shannon was there to make sure everything was taken care of.

    GateOne did a great job in every detail. We were pleased with the food, events, tours and staff. The complete tour was delightful. Thanks for a great experience!

    The operator's staff was friendly, efficient, and professional. Would definitely travel with them again.

    An amazing trip in every way--staff, crew, and, in fact, all who worked on the boat gave A+++ service--have raved about the trip to all my friends. On-land accommodations were also commensurate with ship accommodations, including guides, bus drivers, and hotels and hotel staff. .

    We loved the casual atmosphere on the river cruise portion of the trip. Our guides throughout were exceptional in their knowledge and personal relations. The entire staff was always friendly and helpful. There were so many good experiences and trips. We were exhausted by the last day. Maybe too many good experiences with too little time to explore on our own. We were able to see so much for a very reasonable cost. Hopefully, another Gate 1 trip is in our future.


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