Friday, May 4, 2012

14 Day Danube River Cruise

Since we will be in transit today from Copenhagen to join our Gate 1 tour in Budapest I am posting our schedule for the next fourteen days.

Friday May 4 - Fly to Budapest from Copenhagen
Fri 04/05/2012Norwegian Air ShuttleDY 3550
13:25 Copenhagen Airp.
Terminal 2
15:15 Budapest Ferihegy
Terminal 1

Arrive in Budapest
Arrive and transfer to your hotel. Balance of the day at leisure. This evening, enjoy a welcome drink at your hotel. 
Corinthia Hotel Budapest
Erzsebet Korut 43-49 : Budapest 1073 : HUNGARY

The Grand Royal is a carefully restored 18th century hotel with modern amenities. The public spaces offer unique historic grandeur with opulence and a wealth of architectural details. The Royal Spa offers a refurbished 19th century spa with all modern and deluxe amenities.
Situated in the heart of Budapest within a mile of sites such as: Heroes' Square, Budapest Castle, Gellert Thermal Baths, Jewish Quarter, Opera House, and Vaci Utca (pedestrian shopping street). The closest bus stop just a two minute walk away and the closest metro a ten minute walk.

Overnight: Budapest

Saturday May 5 - Budapest City Tour
Your morning tour of Budapest begins in Pest and views such sights as the Parliament, City Park and Heroes Square. Cross the river to Buda to see the Royal Palace, Matthias Church and the graceful medieval architecture that lines the traditional cobbled streets. Explore the city on your own this afternoon
Optional: Dinner & Show in Budapest
Overnight: Budapest
Meals: Breakfast

Sunday  May 6- Embarkation
Enjoy the morning at leisure before transferring to your ship. Embarkation begins at 3 pm. Tonight, enjoy a gala welcome dinner on board as you set sail from Budapest at 9pm
Optional: Budapest Jewish Interest Tour (AM)
MS Sound of Music
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Monday May 7- Bratislava City Tour
This morning enjoy scenic sailing and lunch onboard. Arrive in Bratislava this afternoon. Enjoy a guided tour of Bratislava, capital of Slovakia, which ranks among the youngest capital cities of Europe, yet retains a rich history dating back more than 2000 years. Walk through the historic town center, characterized by its Gothic-Baroque architecture, and view such sites as St. Martin’s Cathedral, the Town Hall and the Franciscan church, which dates to the 13th century. This evening set sail for Vienna.
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Tuesday May 8 - Full day in Vienna
Your morning tour of Vienna begins with a drive along the famed Ringstrasse, Vienna's main boulevard. View the hub of the Hapsburg Empire, and walk the courtyards to view sites such as the Vienna State Opera House, Parliament and St. Stephen's Cathedral. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure.
Optional: Schonbrunn Palace Tour (PM) - BOOKED
Enjoy a guided tour of Schonbrunn Palace, once the summer residence of the Hapsburg emperors. Our tour includes a visit to the magnificent baroque apartments and free time to stroll through the magnificent garden grounds. 
Optional: Classical Viennese Concert (PM)
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Wednesday May 9 - Melk Abbey
This morning arrive in Durnstein, and enjoy free time to stroll this quintessential village in the heart of the Wachau wine district. Continue cruising late this morning and relax on board as you sail through the scenic Wachau Valley. Later, enjoy a guided tour of the historic Benedictine Abbey in Melk, considered one of the finest examples of Baroque architecture in Europe. On the tour you will have the opportunity to view the abbot's chambers, the Kaiser's walk and the library. Depart this evening just before dinner.
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Thursday May 10- Afternoon in Passau
This morning the ship will make a brief technical stop to drop off passengers joining the optional tour to Salzburg. The ship will continue sailing, and arrive to Passau this afternoon where remaining guests will have the opportunity to explore the city independently. Most well known for St. Stephen's Cathedral and its historic Altstatd, or Old City district, the city boasts many fine examples of Baroque and Gothic architecture. In the early evening, all passengers will rejoin the ship and set sail for Regensburg just before dinner.
Optional: Full Day Tour of Salzburg - BOOKED
Full day excursion to Salzburg, the birthplace of Mozart and famous cultural setting for the Sound of Music. Once ashore, enjoy a walking city tour to see some of the most historic sights for which Salzburg is known, including Mirabella Palace, the house where Mozart lived, Nonnberg Abbey, Salzburg Cathedral, and St. Peter's Cemetery. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and time at leisure to explore the streets of Salzburg on your own. Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Friday May 11- Full Day in Regensburg
Enjoy a walking tour of Regensburg, built in 179 BC by the Romans, today it stands as one of the largest and most well preserved cities in Bavaria. The tour includes such sights as the Old Town Hall, the Dom St. Peter, the Roman Gates at Porta Pretoria, and one of the oldest stone bridges over the Danube. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure and depart for Nuremberg just after dinner.
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Saturday May 12 - Afternoon in Nuremberg
Today, enjoy the morning at leisure on board. After lunch, join a guided tour of Nuremberg that includes such sights as the Palace of Justice, the Market Square and the Church of Our Lady. After the tour, stroll through the shops on your own before returning to the ship for the Captain's Farewell Dinner.
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Sunday May 13 - Afternoon in Prague
This morning disembarkation will end at 9:30 am. Drive to Prague and arrive to your hotel in the early afternoon. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.
Marriott Hotel
V Celnici 10 : Prague 110 00 : CZECH REPUBLIC
Comfortable rooms are decorated in stylish and luxurious contemporary furnishings in rich colors. The Grand Royal is a carefully restored 18th century hotel with modern amenities. The public spaces offer unique historic grandeur with opulence and a wealth of architectural details. The Royal Spa offers a refurbished 19th century spa with all modern and deluxe amenities. 
The hotel is ideally located in the very heart of Prague only a short distance from Old Town Square and the beautifully restored Obecni Dum. The nearest metro station, the Namesti Republiky, is 1 block from the hotel and travels on mile into the center of Prague. The Masarykove Nadrazi is the nearest train station and is less than a mile from the hotel.

Overnight: Prague
Meals: Breakfast

Monday May 14 - Prague City Tour
A morning tour of Prague includes a visit to the Royal Hradcany Castle district, former residence of the Bohemian Kings. Enjoy magnificent views of the Charles Bridge and Lesser Town below and see the elegant courtyards, St George Basilica and the St. Vitus Cathedral. Continue to the Jewish Quarter, and the Old Town Square to view the famous Astronomical Clock and the Town Hall. Balance of the day at leisure.
Optional: Terezin (PM) - BOOKED
Visit the site of the Nazi camp of Terezin, a place of suffering and inhumanity for over 150,000 prisoners. On arrival, walk the camp's ghettos where more than 35,000 Jews lost their lives. The tour includes visits to the Memorial of National Martyrdom, the Small Fortress, and the Museum of Ghetto. Overnight: Prague
Meals: Breakfast

Tuesday May 15- Day at leisure in Prague
Enjoy the day at leisure to explore Prague on your own
Optional: Full Day Cesky Krumlov - BOOKED
This morning, travel through the picturesque landscape of Southern Bohemia to Cesky Krumlov, a fairy-tale town with a maze of narrow cobbled streets. Declared by UNESCO a World Heritage Site in 1992, Cesky Krumlov has earned an international reputation for its State Castle* and Chateau, one of the largest in Central Europe equipped with historical furniture, art, tapestries and richly decorated weapons. Admire the worlds oldest preserved baroque theatre in the castle garden. Enjoy a guided walk through the town and its Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance houses that originated as mansions of noblemen families - the RoÅūmberks, the Schwarzenbergs and the Eggenbergs. Lunch is included in a medieval tavern. 
Overnight: Prague
Meals: Breakfast
Wednesday May 16- Depart for home
This morning, transfer to the airport for your departure flight

Meals: Breakfast
Depart Prague 1:55PM to Frankfurt arriving 3:05 PM Terminal 1.
Depart Frankfurt 5:00PM arriving Toronto 7:35PM

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