Christmas on the Danube

December 3-11, 2017

Lower Outside Double Rate $3,899*

Middle Outside Double Rate $4,299*

Upper Outside Double Rate $4,699*

Suite Double Rate $5,699*

Included in Price: Round Trip motor coach transportation from Grand Island, NE to Omaha, NE (to Eppley Airfield), Round Trip Air from Eppley Airfield, Air Taxes and Fees/Surcharges, Hotel Transfers

Not included in Price: Cancellation Waiver and Insurance of $350 per person

*All rates are Per Person and are subject to change, based on air inclusive package from Omaha

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Highlights: Vienna, Vienna Opera House, Hofburg Palace, Wachau Valley, Gluhwein Party, Passau, Regensburg, Nuremberg, Christmas Markets, Rothenburg, Wurzburg

Trip Itinerary:

Day 1: Sunday, December 3, 2017 Overnight Flight – Welcome the winter season with a timeless trip on the Danube River.  Your holiday tour begins with an overnight flight to Europe.

Day 2: Monday, December 4, 2017 Vienna, Austria Tour Begins Board Cruise Ship – Your tour opens in Vienna, Austria’s beautiful capital city.  Unpack once for a relaxing 6-night Danube River cruise aboard your lovely ship.  This beautiful vessel offers the newest technology; a panoramic deck terrace café; panorama salon and bar; excellent cuisine including unlimited wine, beer and soft drink with all dinners; and outstanding service.  This evening, enjoy a special welcome dinner onboard.  Afterwards, the orchestra aboard provides a musical Christmas concert for your enjoyment. (D)

Day 3: Tuesday, December 5, 2017 Vienna – Join a local expert exploring Vienna’s Imperial architecture including the lavish Hofburg Palace, the impressive Vienna Opera House, the majestic Ringstrasse, and awe-inspiring St. Stephen’s Cathedral.  The afternoon is at leisure to explore Vienna’s Baroque elegance, stroll along the Karntner Strasse, or sample some of Vienna’s famous pastries.  If you wish, you may join an optional excursion to the opulent Schonbrunn Palace, the summer retreat of the Hapsburg dynasty, and visit Vienna’s most famous Christmas market, located in front of the “Rathaus” (City Hall). (B, L, D)

Day 4: Wednesday, December 6, 2017 Vienna Emmersdorf Wachau Valley – This morning cruise through the romantic Wachau Valley, dotted with magnificent castles and small riverside towns.  View the picturesque landscapes as you cruise to the charming town of Emmersdorf.  Relax and enjoy the surrounding scenery before joining an excursion to the nearby town of Durnstein and the 900-year-old Benedictine Melk Abbey, one of Europe’s largest Baroque monasteries.  Next, enjoy a Gluhwein Party before returning to the ship. (B, L, D)

Day 5: Thursday, December 7, 2017 Passau – Amid the early morning light, cruise past scenic valleys and charming riverside towns to Passau, situated at the confluence of the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers.  Enjoy a leisurely paced walking tour of this 2,000-year-old fairy-tale city, exploring the ornate Baroque architecture, the quaint cobblestone streets, St. Stephen’s Cathedral – home to Europe’s largest church organ – and the charming Christmas market.  Then, enjoy free time to explore the town on your own. (B, L, D)

Day 6: Friday, December 8, 2017 Regensburg – A guided walking tour of magnificent Regensburg reveals one of Germany’s best-preserved medieval cities with nearly 1,400 historic buildings.  Some of the architectural highlights you may view include the first stone bridge built over the Danube, a 1,400-foot-long span built in the 12th century; the old Town Hall; and the Porta Praetoria, one of only two remaining Roman gates in German, built in A.D. 179.  This afternoon, take a stroll through Old Town to Regensburg’s charming Christmas market and marvel at the festive lights and decorations.  Browse and shop at the brightly lit wooden huts that sell Christmas tree ornaments, wooden toys and local handicrafts.  A wonderful evening of food, music and entertainment awaits you at Captain’s Gala Dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 7: Saturday, December 9, 2017 Nuremberg – Your cruise continues across the continental divide to Roth, where a short transfer ill bring you into picturesque Nuremberg.  A local expert provides an interesting city tour of historic Nuremberg featuring Old Town, the 900-year-old ramparts that surround the city, and the Imperial Castle.  Your city tour concludes with a visit to Nuremberg’s Christmas market, Germany’s most famous and oldest, dating back to 1628.  Nuremberg is a toy-making center and you will have the opportunity to shop for traditional handcrafted nutcrackers and sample its famous Lebkuchen (gingerbread). (B, L, D)

Day 8: Sunday, December 10, 2017NurembergDisembark ShipRothenburgWurzburg – Disembark your ship in Nuremberg.  Proceed to lovely Rothenburg, one of the most well-preserved medieval walled towns in all of German.  Enjoy free time to explore the town’s hidden treasures and its charming Christmas market, plus the chance to meet the locals during a Christmas ornament-making demonstration.  Late afternoon you arrive in Wurzburg where you will join a local guide on a leisurely paced walking tour of the city and surrounding sights.  Wurzburg is an ancient Franconion wine town rich in historic sites, including the magnificent 18th-century residence of the Price-Bishops which boasts the largest ceiling fresco in the world, and the ornate Alte Mainbrucke, the oldest bridge on the River Main.  Celebrate the end of your trip at dinner with your fellow travelers.  Tonight’s accommodations are at the Maritim Hotel Wurzburg. (B, D)

Day 9: Monday, December 11, 2017WurzburgTour Ends – Your Tour ends in Wurzburg this morning. (B)

Please Note Book Now rates valid until Apr 21, 2017, valid on air inclusive packages only. Economy air rate and schedule are applicable for groups of 10 or more traveling on the same flights and dates. Cabins are available on lower (Hadyn), middle (Strauss) and upper (Mozart) decks. Please note that river cruises are smaller ships and only have a finite number of each cabin category available. Specific categories are available on a first come first served basis. Every effort will be made to accommodate your cabin choice at time of booking; however, if that cabin category is no longer available, the closest available category will be offered. Please inquire through Customer Care Center for any upgrade fees which will apply for different cabin categories. Suites are available (Amadeus Suites) on a very limited basis and are not available to guests traveling as singles. To complete your tour, we include roundtrip airport-to-hotel transfers when purchasing our airfare with your tour. If you have arranged for your own air, we are pleased to provide you the option of purchasing these transfers. Please note that all transfers will leave at prescheduled times. Single accommodations are extremely limited. Triple and child accommodations are not available. Ports of call are subject to change based on pier availability and weather conditions. Smart casual wear is recommended throughout the trip. For the welcome and farewell dinners, a dinner dress for the ladies and jacket and tie for the gentlemen is recommended. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended throughout the trip. Gratuities for cabin stewards, bus boys and waiters onboard the ship are not included. Coffee or tea is included at all meals. Wine, beer and soda are included with each dinner onboard the ship. This itinerary is subject to change due to unforeseen changes in water levels, delays at the locks and other circumstances that may arise along the waterways. These changes may include items being missed during the trip; however, every effort will be made to substitute another attraction if possible. Embarkation on Day 2 is after 4:00 p.m.; on Day 8, disembarkation is normally at 9:00 a.m. The cruise line reserves the right to charge a supplemental fuel charge. Should this charge be incurred, you will be notified in advance. Please be advised many airlines do not provide advance seat assignments until check-in at the airport. Advance seating will be subject to the airline’s terms and conditions. Air passengers will arrive into Vienna, Austria airport and depart from Frankfurt, Germany airport. All transfers will depart from/return to these airports. Due to tour scheduling, flights must arrive prior to 4:00 p.m. Return flights should not be booked prior to 10:00 a.m. on the last day of your tour. This tour requires moderate physical activity. You should be in good health, able to climb stairs and walk reasonable distances, possibly over uneven grounds and cobblestone streets.

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