Thursday, April 12, 2012

Danube River Cruise

We are going to take a European River Cruise along the Danube in May. We added on Copenhagen so we will leave April 30th and arrive on May 1 and spend some time on our own touring Copenhagen. We will then fly to Budapest and meet up with the tour.
We will cover 6 countries and 5 currencies.
Denmark, Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic.
With an overall length of over 1800 miles, the River Danube flows from its source in the Black Forest of Germany through eight countries to the Black Sea - it is the only major European river to flow from west to east. 
From Nuremberg the Main-Danube Canal leads to the River Danube. The river flows through Austria to its capital Vienna and on to Budapest in Hungary.
One of Europe’s most beautiful cities, seven bridges link the ancient hilltop city of Buda and its folk-filled taverns with the monuments and museums of more modern Pest.
Cruise to Bratislava, the Slovakian capital with its charming old town and castle.
Crossing into Austria visit the 900 year-old Benedictine Abbey of Melk with its architectural treasures. Cruise through the terraced vineyards of the Wachau wine region and explore Durnstein village with its medieval cobblestone streets and old burgher houses.
Further down the river reach Vienna, Austria’s capital and a centre of art, culture and history. Visit its spectacular Gothic, Baroque and neoclassical monuments and palaces - perhaps take in a music event. Try the famous pastries or explore the famous boutiques.
From the medieval city of Regensburg in Germany whose bridge was the first built over the Danube, continue to Passau. One of Germany’s oldest cities it lies at the confluence of the Inn, Ilz and Danube rivers.
Salzberg is also a stop we'll make.
The river cruise continues into the Czech Republic and ends with a transfer to Prague. The Czech capital with its castle and many bridges, and famous Wenceslas Square, is a fascinating place for the last couple nights of this exciting river cruise holiday.

 Breakfast is included in our hotel stays and then we have 25 meals aboard our ship while sailing. 
Friday May 4 we fly from Copenhagen to Budapest and we will be transferred to our hotel. Balance of the day at leisure. This evening,we will enjoy a welcome drink at the hotel.
Saturday May 5 we have a morning city tour of Budapest and then the afternoon at leisure.
Sunday May 6 we transfer to our ship. Embarkation begins at 3 pm.
Monday May 7 we are in Slovakia and visit Bratislava.
Tuesday May 8 we are in Austria with a full day in Vienna and a visit to Schonbrunn Palace.
Wednesday May 9 we are still in Austria and arrive in Durnstein where we will visit the town and Melk Abbey.
Thursday May 10 we have booked the optional full day tour of Salzberg Austria.
Friday May 11we are in Germany and will spend the full day touring this town.
Saturday May 12 we have a leisurely morning sailing and then tour the town of Nuremberg in the afternoon.
Sunday May 13 we disembark the ship and drive to Prague arriving early afternoon and have the rest of the day to ourselves.
Monday May 14 we take the Prague City Tour in the morning and then spend the afternoon at the optional tour of Terezin, a Nazi camp.
Tuesday May 15 we have booked the optional tour of Cesky Krumlov a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Wednesday May 16 we depart for home.

8 comments:

  1. Sounds like a great cruise. I can't wait to hear more about your trip. Enjoy!

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  2. We've been looking at Copenhagen too. I can hardly wait to hear about it. And I'm sure the cruise will be amazing!

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  3. quite a busy tour.. you should enjoy Copenhagen,, it's a very nice place.. thanks so much for your visit to my blog..
    Enjoy!
    Sandy

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  4. Would love to go on this cruise too!
    Thanks for sharing. And thanks for visiting and taking the time to comment;o)

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  5. sounds fabulous!
    (Now I want to go, too!)

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  6. Sounds wonderful! Keep us posted!

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  7. Thank you for sharing your great cruise experience! :) Budapest is indeed a great place to visit! :) And thanks to budget-friendly cruise deals, everything seems easier! :)

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