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15 Day Danube River Cruise with Frankfurt, Wurzburg & Budapest

15 Day Danube River Cruise with Frankfurt, Wurzburg & Budapest

Operator: Gate1
Ship: Monarch Duchess
Starts: Frankfurt, Germany on Thu, Jun 24, 2021
Ends: Budapest, Hungary on Thu, Jul 08, 2021

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Itinerary

Countries Visited

Austria, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia

Rivers Visited

Danube

River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 (Thu, Jun 24, 2021): DAY 1, Thursday - Depart for Germany

Depart for Germany

Day 2 (Fri, Jun 25, 2021): DAY 2, Friday - Arrive in Frankfurt

Arrive in Frankfurt, the business and financial center of Germany. Transfer to the hotel. The reminder of the day is on your own to rest and relax. Tonight at approximately 6 PM, meet your Tour Manager and fellow travelers for an orientation meeting on the delightful journey that lies ahead, followed by a Welcome Dinner. We recommend that you select flights which arrive in your destination no later than 4 PM on Day 2 of the itinerary, or earlier if possible
Overnight: Frankfurt
Meals: Dinner

Day 3 (Sat, Jun 26, 2021): DAY 3, Saturday - Frankfurt City Tour

This morning, take a walking tour of the city with your local guide. Frankfurt is home of the European Central Bank and financial heart of Germany. Situated on the banks of the River Main, Frankfurt is a city of contrasts. Its famous modern skyline is a striking backdrop of the historical town center, or Römerberg, where you'll find wonderful examples of traditional half-timbered houses. Spend the afternoon at leisure
Overnight: Frankfurt
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 (Sun, Jun 27, 2021): DAY 4, Sunday - Heidelberg City Tour, Travel to Wurzburg

Depart Frankfurt this morning and drive to Heidelberg, home to the oldest university in Germany. Visit the imposing red sandstone ruins of Heidelberg Castle originally built in the 12th century. The castle perched on a hill, overlooks the historic Old Town and the Neckar Valley. This hilltop Gothic masterpiece has encountered turbulent times but still stands as a dominant symbol of the city. Continue with a walking tour of historic Heidelberg. Discover the enchanting alleys of the Old Town with its small gardens, museums and lovely galleries. Stroll down the main street, one of the longest pedestrian zones in Europe. After lunch, free time to explore on your own before traveling to Wurzburg for dinner and overnight
Overnight: Wurzburg
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 (Mon, Jun 28, 2021): DAY 5, Monday - Wurzburg Sightseeing Tour

Begin the day with a visit to Wurzburg Residence, a magnificent Baroque palace and one of the largest in Germany. Admire the Grand Staircase, the White Hall, the Chapel, the Imperial Hall with its impressive Tiepolo fresco and the gilded Mirror Hall covered with a unique mirror-like glass painted with floral and animal motifs. After your visit, take a stroll through Wurzburg's Old Town. Wander through the medieval town's streets and observe the unique architectural styles of its buildings. Learn about Wurzburg's history from medieval times to WWII to present. Afternoon is at leisure for individual explorations
Overnight: Wurzburg
Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 (Tue, Jun 29, 2021): DAY 6, Tuesday - Nuremberg City Tour, Cruise Embarkation in Regensburg

Today, travel to Nuremberg, an energetic city with a visible history of almost one thousand years. View the historic Palace of Justice where the War Crimes Tribunal met in 1946 and the chilling Nazi Rally grounds, where mass events were held to fuel the party propaganda. End the tour at lively Market Square in the Old Town before lunch on your own and free time to explore. Afterward, continue to Regensburg and transfer to the port for your cruise embarkation. After arrival formalities, time to relax on board. 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: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7 (Wed, Jun 30, 2021): DAY 7, Wednesday - Regensburg City Tour

This morning, 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. Return to the ship for lunch or spend the afternoon at leisure discovering the delights of Regensburg on your own. In the afternoon the ship will set sail for Passau
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 (Thu, Jul 01, 2021): DAY 8, Thursday - Morning in Passau

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. Explore Passau independently in the morning, or, join the optional full day tour to picturesque 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 onboard the ship, continue sailing during lunch and relax this afternoon. In the early evening, all passengers will rejoin the ship and continue sailing for Melk
Optional: Full Day Tour of Salzburg
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 (Fri, Jul 02, 2021): DAY 9, Friday - Melk Abbey

Disembark in Melk this morning 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. Then, return to the ship and continue cruising through the scenic Wachau Valley. This Afternoon, 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
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 (Sat, Jul 03, 2021): DAY 10, Saturday - 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 11 (Sun, Jul 04, 2021): DAY 11, Sunday - Bratislava City Tour

This morning, enjoy the tranquil scenery as you sail along the scenic Danube. At noon, 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 as you sail for stunning Budapest
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12 (Mon, Jul 05, 2021): DAY 12, Monday - Budapest City Tour

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. Tonight, enjoy a lavish Captain's Dinner on board
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13 (Tue, Jul 06, 2021): DAY 13, Tuesday - Holloko City Tour

Travel to the charming village of Holloko (meaning raven-stone) hidden in the Cserhát hills in northeastern Hungary. Take a walking tour of the historic village, a fine example of a preserved traditional settlement and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Experience the typical rural life of the Palóc people and see craftsmen at work. Spend free time in the village and perhaps try some Palóc dishes for lunch before heading back to Budapest. Tonight, an optional dinner and show in Budapest. 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: Dinner & Show in Budapest (PM)
Overnight: Budapest
Meals: Breakfast

Day 14 (Wed, Jul 07, 2021): DAY 14, Wednesday - Full Day in Budapest

Today, enjoy the delights of Budapest independently. Immerse yourself in the heritage of the "City of Baths" and visit a traditional Turkish bath house with its thermal pools and spas or, stroll along the Danube Promenade, a walkway along the Danube that goes from the Elisabeth Bridge to Chain Bridge, offering stunning views of the capital. Another option is to head to Margaret Island, a quite getaway within the city, that serves as a recreational park, located in the middle of the Danube River. Perhaps, join the optional half day Taste of Budapest. Explore the local food scene, at the Hold Street Market Hall, while getting introduced to the history of Hungarian cuisine. Taste local cheeses from family farms around Budapest and salami delicacies, along with Hungarian meats and sausages served with fresh bread and mustard. End the tour with a sweet Budapest pastry - local strudel and a cup of coffee
Optional: Half Day Taste of Budapest (AM)
Overnight: Budapest
Meals: Breakfast

Day 15 (Thu, Jul 08, 2021): DAY 15, Thursday - Depart Hungary

This morning, transfer to the airport for your departure flight
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-Frankfurt, Budapest-New York
    Other departure cities available.
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 13 nights accommodations
  • 2 nights Frankfurt
  • 2 nights Wurzburg
  • 7 nights outside cabin aboard First Class
  • 2 nights Budapest
  • River port charges of $190 per person
  • Cruise & hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 28 meals: 13 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 9 dinners
  • Cruise director & activities host throughout cruise
  • Tour Manager in Frankfurt & Wurzburg
  • Local Host in 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

  • City tour of the striking city of Frankfurt, Germany's financial heart
  • In Wurzburg, visit the magnificent Baroque apartments of the Residential Palace
  • Explore Nuremberg, an energetic city with a rich one thousand year history
  • Visit Regensburg, one of Germany's best preserved medieval cities
  • Enjoy a city tour of Vienna and view Hofburg Palace, Vienna Opera House and St. Stephen's Cathedral
  • Tour the historic Benedictine Melk Abbey, one of the finest examples of Baroque architecture
  • Stop in Durnstein, one of the prettiest towns on the Danube
  • During your Budapest City Tour, see the Parliament, Heroes Square, Royal Palace and Matthias Church

  • 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.

    Due to physical constraints and space limitations, wheelchairs and walkers are not allowed on motor coaches and/or river cruises. There are no elevators or chair lifts on board. 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.

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