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17 Day Danube River Cruise with Warsaw, Krakow, Budapest & Prague Monarch Duchess

17 Day Danube River Cruise with Warsaw, Krakow, Budapest & Prague Monarch Duchess

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Ship: Monarch Duchess
Starts: Warsaw, Poland on Wed, Jul 28, 2021
Ends: Prague, Czech Republic on Fri, Aug 13, 2021

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River Cruise Itinerary

  1. Day 1
    DAY 1, Wednesday - Depart for Poland
    Wed, Jul 28, 2021
    Depart for Poland
  2. Day 2
    DAY 2, Thursday - Arrive in Warsaw
    Thu, Jul 29, 2021
    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 6 PM, followed by a briefing about the journey and dinner at your hotel. We recommend that you select flights which arrive in your destination no later than 4 PM on Day 2 or earlier, if possible
    Overnight: Warsaw
    Meals: Dinner
  3. Day 3
    DAY 3, Friday - Warsaw City Tour
    Fri, Jul 30, 2021
    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
  4. Day 4
    DAY 4, Saturday - Jasna Gora Monastery
    Sat, Jul 31, 2021
    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
  5. Day 5
    DAY 5, Sunday - Krakow City Tour & Auschwitz
    Sun, Aug 01, 2021
    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
  6. Day 6
    DAY 6, Monday - Scenic Drive to Budapest
    Mon, Aug 02, 2021
    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: Dinner & Show in Budapest (PM)
    Overnight: Budapest
    Meals: Breakfast
  7. Day 7
    DAY 7, Tuesday – Holloko City Tour & Cruise Embarkation
    Tue, Aug 03, 2021
    This morning, 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. This afternoon, transfer 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
    Overnight: River Cruise
    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  8. Day 8
    DAY 8, Wednesday - Budapest City Tour
    Wed, Aug 04, 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. Perhaps participate in the optional tour that 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
  9. Day 9
    DAY 9, Thursday - Bratislava City Tour
    Thu, Aug 05, 2021
    This morning, enjoy the tranquil scenery as you sail along the scenic Danube. 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. 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
  10. Day 10
    DAY 10, Friday - Vienna City Tour
    Fri, Aug 06, 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. 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
  11. Day 11
    DAY 11, Saturday - Melk Abbey
    Sat, Aug 07, 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 boat cruises 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
  12. Day 12
    DAY 12, Sunday - Full Day in Passau
    Sun, Aug 08, 2021
    Today presents a wonderful opportunity to join the optional full day tour to beautiful Salzburg, the 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. 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
  13. Day 13
    DAY 13, Monday - Regensburg City Tour
    Mon, Aug 09, 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 boat or spend the afternoon at leisure discovering the delights of Regensburg on your own. The ship will remain docked in port this evening as you enjoy your final night on board
    Overnight: River Cruise
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  14. Day 14
    DAY 14, Tuesday – Pilsen
    Tue, Aug 10, 2021
    This morning, bid farewell to your Cruise Director and meet your local host as you disembark from the river cruise and drive to the "Golden City" of Prague. On your way, stop in the city of Pilsen for a delightful city tour of where you will visit Republic Square, one of the largest medieval squares in the Czech Republic, and gaze upon the gothic style of St. Bartholomew's Cathedral & Old Town Hall. View the onion domes of the Great Synagogue before your free time to explore Pilsen on your own. Tonight, mix with the locals at Wenceslas Square, shop for local handicrafts, enjoy one of the many charming cafes or dine at a world-class restaurant
    Overnight: Prague
    Meals: Breakfast
  15. Day 15
    DAY 15, Wednesday - Prague City Tour
    Wed, Aug 11, 2021
    Discover Prague this morning with a city tour. Visit the 1000-year-old Hradcany Castle grounds, former residence of the Bohemian Kings and enjoy breathtaking views of the Charles Bridge and Lesser Town below. Walk though the elegant courtyards and see St. George Basilica and the St. Vitus Cathedral. Continue to the Jewish Quarter, and the Old Town Square to view the world-famous Astronomical Clock and the Town Hall. This afternoon, join the optional tour to Terezin, the infamous Nazi WWII concentration camp, now a memorial to those who perished
    Optional: Terezin (PM)
    Overnight: Prague
    Meals: Breakfast
  16. Day 16
    DAY 16, Thursday - Full Day in Prague
    Thu, Aug 12, 2021
    Today is free to further explore this beautiful city independently. Visit the museums, galleries or stroll along Parizska Street, the city's famous shopping district, or perhaps join the optional tour of Malá Strana, also known as Lesser Town, one of Prague's most historic districts. Explore this enchanting part of Prague, filled with important cultural landmarks such as the Charles Bridge with its 30 Baroque statues of various saints, and beautiful Kampa Island which is full of quaint restaurants and a lovely park. This evening, perhaps try traditional Czech cuisine at a popular restaurant. Remember to sample Prague's national treasure - its world-renowned beer
    Optional: Mala Strana Tour (AM)
    Overnight: Prague
    Meals: Breakfast
  17. Day 17
    DAY 17, Friday - Depart the Czech Republic
    Fri, Aug 13, 2021
    Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
    Meals: Breakfast

Rivers Visited

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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, Prague-New York
    Other departure cities available.
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 15 nights accommodations
  • 2 nights Warsaw
  • 2 nights Krakow
  • 1 night Budapest
  • 7 nights outside cabin aboard the First Class or First Class
  • 3 nights Prague
  • River port charges of $190 per person
  • Cruise & hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 30 meals: 15 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 9 dinners
  • Cruise director & activities host throughout cruise
  • Tour manager in Warsaw & Krakow
  • Local host in Budapest & Prague
  • 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
  • During your Budapest City Tour, see the Parliament, Heroes Square, Royal Palace and Matthias Church
  • View Vienna with its magnificent Baroque palaces, parks and monuments
  • Visit Regensburg, one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities
  • Visit Pilsen's medieval Republic Square and the onion domes of the Great Synagogue
  • City tour of Prague, "The City of a Thousand Spires"
  • 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
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    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.


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    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.

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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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