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11 Days / 10 Nights
PhotoDecember 16 - 26, 2014

Celebrate the magic of the holiday season with a festive journey that kicks off in Budapest. After boarding your ship, you will cruise through the charming region where so many of today's most beloved Christmas traditions originated. Experience a number of enchanting Christmas markets in places such as Regensburg, Salzburg, and Vienna, each with its own local flavor and traditions. Conclude your holiday cruise in Prague.

Why a river cruise is perfect for women travelers especially solo travelers:

  • Meals with wine, beer and soft drinks included at lunch and dinner. No embarrassing solo traveler wine orders.
  • There are several dining venues, never eat alone unless you want to.
  • Cabins include bottled water, high speed internet access, Hollywood movies, plush robes, and wifi available in public areas.
  • River cruise ships are intimate with cozy public rooms where you can easily meet other passengers.
  • Lectures, cooking demonstrations, loaner bicycles make chatting with others a daily pleasure.
  • Because you dock near or in towns, you have freedom to wander when you wish.

Day 1 - BUDAPEST / EMBARKATION
Arrive in Budapest and embark your luxurious river cruise ship, moored near the city center. Start exploring Budapest's unique Christmas markets on your own before meeting your fellow travelers at the Welcome Dinner. After dining, enjoy a musical performance on board. Tonight, the ship sails a special "Illuminations Cruise" along Budapest's illuminated riverfront, then returns to moor overnight. (D)

Day 2 - BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
This morning, enjoy a brief panoramic tour of the city. You will see Buda Castle, the Fisherman's Bastion, the Royal Palace, St. Stephen's Basilica and the city's Christmas Markets. Rejoin the ship in Eszlergom and depart for Vienna. (B,L,D)

Day 3 - VIENNA, AUSTRIA
Start your day with a driving tour of Vienna that includes the Vienna Opera House, the Ringstrasse, and St. Stephen's Cathedral, followed by a walking tour of the historic city center. Afterwards, spend some time enjoying the festive Christmas Markets located around the Town Hall. This afternoon, you can join an optional tour to the Imperial Schonbrunn Palace, which features over 60 Christmas Market stalls and a truly magical holiday atmosphere, with the aroma of hot mulled wine, sizzling sausages, roasted chestnuts and freshly baked gingerbread. If you prefer, you can spend the afternoon on your own, perhaps strolling along the Kärntnerstrasse and sampling Vienna's famous pastries. An optional Mozart & Strauss concert is also available this evening. The ship heads towards Melk late tonight. (B,L,D)

Day 4 - MELK / LINZ
This morning, cruise through the narrow Strudengau en route to the incredibly scenic Wachau Valley. Your guided tour today takes you to Melk's magnificent Benedictine Abbey, one of Europe's largest baroque monasteries, with a medieval library that inspired Umberto Eco's novel The Name of the Rose. Rejoin the ship in Grein around lunchtime and continue cruising to Linz, arriving this evening. The ship moors overnight in Linz. (B,L,D)

Day 5 - LINZ / PASSAU, GERMANY
After breakfast, either stay aboard and enjoy a scenic cruise to Passau or join an optional excursion to Salzburg. Considered by many to be one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, Salzburg is truly an architectural and historical jewel. The birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, it is also the setting for the classic film "The Sound of Music." Join in the merriment at the lively Christmas Markets, renowned for local handicrafts and one-ofa- kind Old World gifts. If you prefer to stay aboard, you will arrive in Passau late this afternoon. Enjoy exploring this 2,000-year-old city, renowned for its lovely and well-preserved Gothic and Italian Baroque architecture. Walk the cobblestone streets of the Old Town, past the old city fortifications and St. Stephan's Cathedral, home to the largest pipe organ in the world. You will also have free time to wander around Passau's traditional Christmas Markets. Everyone rejoins the ship in Passau. Late tonight, we continue on towards Regensburg. (B,L,D)

Day 6 - REGENSBURG
Arrive in medieval Regensburg after lunch for a walking tour to see the city's highlights, including the Old Town Hall and the Porta Pretoria – gates to a Roman fort built in 179 AD. Visit the Old Kornmarkt Christmas market and shop amongst the festive stalls, or visit the "royal" Christmas markets at the Thurn
and Taxis Palace, a very traditional handicraft market where you can watch the craftsmen at work. This evening, the ship cruises to Nuremberg. (B,L,D)

Day 7 - NUREMBERG
This morning your ship enters the Main- Danube Canal, a marvel of modern engineering that traverses the Franconian Alps via 16 locks. We arrive in Nuremberg mid-afternoon. Enjoy a tour of this historic city with its fabulous Gothic churches, elegant patrician houses, 900-year-old city ramparts, the Imperial Castle, and the Justice Palace where the War Crimes Tribunal sat in 1946. After your tour, visit the world's largest Christmas Market, with over 100 red and white canvas-topped booths offering an assortment of unique toys, tinsel angels, dolls, gingerbread and other treats, and an endless variety of other seasonal goodies. The ship overnights in Nuremberg. (B,L,D)

Day 8 - NUREMBERG
This morning your ship enters the Main- Danube Canal, a marvel of modern engineering that traverses the Franconian Alps via 16 locks. We arrive in Nuremberg mid-afternoon. Enjoy a tour of this historic city with its fabulous Gothic churches, elegant patrician houses, 900-year-old city ramparts, the Imperial Castle, and the Justice Palace where the War Crimes Tribunal sat in 1946. After your tour, visit the world's largest Christmas Market, with over 100 red and white canvas-topped booths offering an assortment of unique toys, tinsel angels, dolls, gingerbread and other treats, and an endless variety of other seasonal goodies. The ship overnights in Nuremberg. (B,L,D)

Day 9 NUREMBERG - DISEMBARKATION -PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
Spend the morning exploring the city's colorful Christmas markets. After lunch you will be transferred to Prague, where you will check in to your hotel. The afternoon is yours to explore this historic city on your own. This evening is also yours to spend as you wish, or you can experience an optional "Folklore Dinner Show" highlighting colorful Czech traditions, foods, music, dancing and world-famous Czech beers. (B)

Day 10 - PRAGUE
This morning's sightseeing tour reveals why Prague is considered one of Europe's most attractive cities. Visit the 1,000-year-old Prague Castle courtyard and the St. Vitus, and then cross the Charles Bridge to the Old Market Square. The remainder of your day is free to shop at the Christmas Markets with their tempting array of handicrafts, toys, wood carvings, and ornaments. Or, if you prefer, hang out with the locals at Wenceslas Square, or relax at one of the city's charming cafés or restaurants. This afternoon, you may take an optional tour to Terezin, the infamous Nazi WWII concentration camp that now serves as
a memorial to those who perished. (B)

Day 11 - DEPART PRAGUE
Bid farewell to Prague and you prepare for your homeward flight. (B)

2014  
Tour Prices (per person in double occupancy)
   
Category Cruise Price
E $2,799
D $3,048
C $3,448
BB $3,948
BA $4.048
AB $4,248
AA $4,448
AA+ $5,789
SS $5,448
Single Supplement for Cruise:  50% of twin price;
Jr. Suites & Suites 100% of twin price.
   
Port Charges: $161 per person
 
Bedding:  Please select bedding configuration at the time of booking. The Options are:
Option A: Two twin beds
Option B: One large bed (larger than queen size)
 
Prague Extension
2 Nights Intercontinental Prague
Double Occupancy - $500/person
Single Occupancy - $780/person
Includes:
  • 7 nights deluxe cruise accommodation in an outside stateroom
  • Most with French balconies or revolutionary Twin Balconies
  • Life enriching tours and excursions daily
  • State-of-the-art Infotainment System in all staterooms featuring free highspeed Internet access, hit Hollywood movies, extensive music library & English language TV stations
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access on board
  • Terry bathrobes and whiteon-white plush bedding
  • Gourmet dining with all meals included during your cruise
  • Multiple dining venues on select vessels
  • Free-flowing red & white wines from Europe's great wine regions, beer & soft drinks with every lunch and dinner on board
  • Bottled water in every stateroom replenished daily
  • Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner & Captain's Gala Dinner
  • Special highlights including lectures, cooking demonstration, onboard music performances and piano music
  • Bicycles to explore on your own & guided bicycle tours
  • Services of professional Cruise Manager
  • All English language on board in a non-smoking environment (smoking permitted only on the Sun Deck)
  • All local taxes
  • Transfer from the ship to Prague
  • 2 nights hotel in Prague at the InterContinental (or similar), including daily Buffet Breakfast
Not Included:
  • International Airfare (Call for quote)
  • Tipping/gratuities
  • Necessary inoculations
  • Items of personal nature such as telephone, laundry, beverages
  • Any items not listed above
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