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Grand Danube Passage Prague & Sofia

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  • Jun 17, 2019 - Jul 01, 2019


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Grand Danube Passage Prague & Sofia

Travel through eight European countries to discover old-world capitals, charming villages, and the storied Danube River. Enjoy three nights in Prague, eight nights cruising the Danube Aboard Amadeus Star, and two nights in Sofia, Bulgaria. View decorative facades, imposing castles and cathedrals, and step inside the Baba Vida fortress, Melk Abbey, and other architectural standouts. Wander Sofia’s Serdica ruins, and honor Drobeta’s World War I Memorial. Laud epic panoramas of Budapest at night, the lush Wachau Valley, and the immense Iron Gate Gorge. Engage in cultural experiences throughout and a choice of excursions in select ports.

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Day one In transit – Depart your gateway city for Prague, Czech Republic.

Day two – Prague, Czech Republic
Upon arrival, transfer to Art Deco Imperial Hotel. Free Time: The afternoon is at leisure in Prague. Tonight, gather for a special Welcome Reception.

Day Three – Prague
See the famous Clock Tower, whose 15th-century astronomical clock still works on its original system. Then stroll along the ornate Charles Bridge, Prague’s most familiar landmark. Free Time: The remainder of the day is at leisure to make your own discoveries in Prague.

Day Four – Prague

Choose one of these excursions:
•Lobkowicz Palace & Museum. Set within the Prague Castle complex, this 16th-century palace features stunning masterpieces, art, weapons, ceramics and musical instruments from the 12th-20th centuries. During your visit, learn about the legacies of the noble Lobkowicz family.

•Prague’s Jewish Quarter. Explore the Jewish Quarter and the Prague National Jewish Museum, a showcase of Jewish history and treasures. Housed in the quarter’s synagogues, the exhibits provide fascinating insight into Jewish history.

•Art Nouveau & Cubism. See Prague’s captivating 20th-century architecture including buildings built in the art nouveau and cubist fashions. Learn to recognize the different elements of these architectural styles, and listen to historical accounts.

Free Time: Spend your last afternoon in Prague pursuing individual interests.

Day Five – Prague | Passau, Germany
After breakfast, transfer to Passau, Germany. Passau has been called “one of the most beautifully situated towns in the world.” See many highlights, including St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Veste Oberhaus and Niedernburg Abbey. Embark your first-class river ship, and kick off your Danube cruise during a Welcome Aboard Reception and Dinner.

Day Six – Melk, Austria | Dürnstein
Visit Melk’s Benedictine abbey, an architectural jewel that dates from 1736, and admire spectacular views of the Danube from the abbey’s terrace. This afternoon, enjoy sailing through the Wachau Valley, one of Europe’s finest landscapes.

Choose one of these excursions:

•Dürnstein Walking Tour. This picturesque tour is steeped in baroque architecture and gorgeous scenery. Plus, visit the magnificent Stiftskirche, known for its blue tower.

•Cycling the Danube. Join an expert guide for a leisurely, scenic cycle along the Danube. Admire views of sprawling vineyards, and enjoy a stop for snacks and a tasting of local vintages.

•Wachau Winery. Travel outside of Dürnstein, passing undulating countryside en route to a local winery. Sample local wines from the cellar, and tour the property.

Day Seven – Vienna

Choose one of these excursions:

•Imperial Vienna. Explore the Imperial Apartments of Hofburg Palace, then drive along the Ringstrasse, one of the world’s most magnificent boulevards. See the University, the Houses of Parliament and the Opera House.

•Klosterneuburg Monastery & Wine. The 12th-century Klosterneuburg Monastery is home to the Verdun Altar. Explore its maze, learn about wine making and taste local vintages before delighting in a Vienna city tour.

•Schönbrunn Palace. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Schönbrunn Palace, the former summer residence of the imperial family. See the luxurious State Apartments, the Hall of Mirrors, and the estate’s vast gardens.

Free Time: During leisure time, try Viennese coffee or Sacher Torte, a tasty Austrian cake.

Discovery: Waltz. Watch professional dancers perform the Viennese waltz. Then learn the steps of this classic dance on the dance floor!

Day Eight – Bratislava, Slovakia

Choose one of these excursions:

•Old Town & Café. Discover Bratislava’s rich past. Marvel at St. Martin’s Cathedral, the Slovak National Theatre, St. Michael’s Gate and Primate’s Palace. Then visit a café for a pastry tasting.

•Old Town & Music. Explore venues associated with Beethoven and other composers who spent time in this city, and enjoy a performance by a talented young musician.

•Iron Curtain Bike Tour. Enjoy a leisurely bike tour along the Danube to explore the Slovak-Austrian border, once part of the Iron Curtain. Enjoy vistas of the marvelous Bratislava Castle, see a pre-WWII bunker and learn about the area’s urban transformation.

Day Nine – Budapest, Hungary

Choose one of these excursions:

•Highlights of Budapest. Enjoy a panoramic tour of the city, passing Heroes’ Square, the Opera House, the Gothic-style Parliament and Fisherman’s Bastion.

•Living Local. Browse food and craft stalls in the Great Market Hall, enjoy a strudel demonstration, and taste the local schnapps.

•Jewish Interest Tour. Explore the Jewish Quarter, and see the Great Synagogue, the Glass House and the Shoes on the Danube. Then visit the Holocaust Memorial Center.


Day Ten – Pécs
Discover Pécs, known for its Roman ruins and Ottoman mosques. Savor regional flavors during a wine tasting. Rejoin the ship in Mohács, and sail to Belgrade.

Day Eleven- Belgrade, Serbia

Choose one of these excursions:

•Highlights of Belgrade. This fourth-century capital is a hub of architecture and culture. Marvel at the ornate Orthodox cathedral, and step into St. Sava, a shining feature of Belgrade.

•Eating Like a Local. Take a sensory journey of Serbian gastronomy. From a dose of Turkish coffee to a taste of creamy kajmak, thrill to this fusion of spices and textures. Also, learn about Serbia’s customs and traditions along the way.

•Science & Scientist Tour. At the Nikola Tesla Museum, discover how this 19th-century inventor left his imprint on wireless technology while exploring interactive exhibits, original documents and short films.

Free Time: Enjoy the afternoon at leisure. A shuttle will be available. After dinner, delight in a local folk show on the ship.

Day Twelve – Iron Gate Gorge, Romania | Drobeta-Turnu Severin
Sail past the cliffs of the Carpathian Mountains. Enter the Iron Gate Gorge, one of Europe’s most magnificent natural wonders that serves as the boundary between Romania and Serbia.

All hands on deck for Frühschoppen, a German mid-morning tradition! Get to know your crew while enjoying a spread of warm pretzels, sausages and more. In Drobeta, savor a unique wine sampling complemented with tasty snacks. Then see the remains of the famous Trajan Bridge, built in A.D. 103-105, and the busts of King Decebal and Emperor Trajan. The nearby World War I Memorial was built in remembrance to fallen Romanian soldiers. Join a Farewell Reception and Dinner on the ship tonight.

Day Thirteen – Vidin, Bulgaria | sofia
After breakfast, disembark the ship in Vidin.  Tour one of Bulgaria’s oldest towns, and see the Osman Pazvantoglu Library and Mosque along with other highlights. Visit the 17th-century St. Panthaleimon Church and the medieval Baba Vida Fortress. Savor a memorable lunch and stunning views at The Rocks restaurant. After lunch, continue to Sofia and check in to Sheraton Sofia Hotel Balkan.

Day Fourteen – Sofia
Discover the many landmarks of Bulgaria’s capital. See the ancient ruins of Serdica, and admire St. George Rotunda, Alexander Battenberg Square and the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. Free Time: Craft your own itinerary in Sofia. In the evening, join your fellow travelers for a Farewell Reception and Dinner.


Day fifteen – in transit
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for the return flights to your gateway city. A Note: Itinerary may change due to local conditions.

Walking is required on many excursions, and surfaces may be uneven or unpaved.