Bohemia & The Danube - Europe

The Bohemia and the Danube (Summer 2017)

Duration: 17 days Visiting: Austria, Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary

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Walk in the footsteps of Prague's Bohemian Kings and fall under the spell of Český Krumlov. Testify to the legacy of the Habsburgs in Vienna and Budapest. This fantastic itinerary now includes all dinners and all sightseeing experiences.

  1. Day 1

    Your Journey Begins

    Board your overnight flight to Europe (please ask about our great deals).

  2. Day 2

    Welcome to Vienna

    At Vienna Airport, transfers for your hotel will leave at 10:00, 13:00 & 15:00. The Austrian capital is famous for coffee and delicious pastries so, why not stroll to a local café? Later, meet your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception and an opportunity to mingle over a pleasant evening of dinner and wine.

  3. Day 3

    Charming Český Krumlov and Golden Prague

    Once over the Czech border, head for picturesque Český Krumlov. Get your bearings with included sightseeing. Then have free time to explore this fairytale vision from the Middle Ages, nestled amid a loop in the Vltava River. Wander through the cobblestone, traffic-free streets, past colourful houses that lead up to the finest castle in the land. In the afternoon, continue through the green Bohemian countryside to ‘Golden' Prague.

  4. Day 4 - Relaxed Start

    Prague, City of a Hundred Spires

    (Relaxed Start) Join a Local Expert for a guided visit to one of the most beautiful and intact historical centres in Europe. Start with the 1,000-year-old Prague Castle, where you can admire the stained glass of St. Vitus Cathedral and take in amazing views over the Old Town. Finish in the Old Town Square where the mechanical antics of the Astronomical Clock's glockenspiel delight onlookers each hour. Later, your Freestyle Evening offers you the ultimate in dining choices!

  5. Day 5

    Reflect on Auschwitz then on to Kraków

    Enjoy a gentle drive through the stunning Czech landscapes before crossing into Poland where you will stop at Oświęcim, better known by its German name of ‘Auschwitz'. A guided visit to the memorial and museum of Auschwitz and a stop at Birkenau bears witness to the terrible atrocities of the Holocaust.

  6. Day 6

    The Damsels and Dragons of Kraków

    Journey into a glistening subterranean world at the 600-year-old Wieliczka salt mines. In a maze of tunnels deep below the surface, witness unique salt sculptures, sunken lakes and even a glorious cathedral carved entirely out of rock salt by the miners themselves. Back in Kraków, join a Local Expert for a morning tour. Ascend Wawel Hill to visit the cathedral. Walk past the courtyard of Jagiellonian University through the Old Town, to Europe's largest and most beautiful town square. See the medieval Cloth Hall and visit the 14th century St. Mary's Church (keep your eyes and ears peeled for the trumpeter in the tower). In the evening, choose from a selection of restaurants on your Dine-Around Evening.

  7. Day 7

    Through Sleepy Slovakia to Budapest

    Journey into the Slovakian region of Orava, where villagers still live in traditional wooden houses. See the picturesque Oravský Hrad Castle before continuing through the breathtaking Low Tatra Mountains. Cross into Hungary to arrive in Budapest. In the evening, dine at the elegant Gundel restaurant.

  8. Day 8 - Relaxed Start

    Budapest, the Queen of the Danube

    (Relaxed Start) Venture into the heart of Buda's medieval Castle District with a Local Expert to visit Matthias Church and take in the vista from the Fisherman's Bastion. Cross the Danube to the Pest district to visit Heroes' Square and drive down elegant Andrássy Boulevard. Then enjoy time in the Central Market Hall - its three storeys packed with aromatic food stalls offering Hungarian salamis, spicy paprika and sweet Tokaji wines. In the evening, cruise the mighty Danube followed by a delicious dinner.

  9. Day 9

    Stately Vienna and the Habsburgs

    Cross the border and move on to stately Vienna to join a Local Expert for a private tour of Maria Theresa's Schönbrunn Palace and formal gardens. Then get your camera ready for a drive around the ring road. This grand boulevard, built along the lines of the old city walls, showcases many of the capital's architectural masterpieces, including the Opera House, the magnificent Hofburg Imperial Residence and Parliament building. As night falls, experience an extraordinary concert of Viennese classical music. The best-loved works of Johann Strauss and Mozart, performed by highly acclaimed soloists and dancers, are combined with a delicious meal of traditional Austrian fare, with drinks included.

  10. Day 10

    Join your Cruise

    In the morning, transfer to your Uniworld boutique cruise ship, the River Ambassador to begin your exploration of the mighty Danube.

  11. Day 11

    Vienna

    Choose to enjoy a stroll to the State Opera House for a guided tour of one of the most prestigious opera houses in the world. Alternatively, view the Gustav Klimt exhibit at the Belvedere, a remarkable collection that includes his most famous painting—The Kiss.

  12. Day 12

    Cruising the Wachau Valley (Weissenkirchen or Melk)

    After a scenic cruise through the spectacular Wachau Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you'll arrive in Weissenkirchen and enjoy a day full of wonderful activities - choose to stroll through the village, sample apricot-infused delicacies and experience a 'Go Active' hike through a vineyard and taste the local wines, or, you can visit Melk's 900-year-old abbey, a significant centre of learning for many centuries and home to the extraordinary library that inspired the novel The Name of the Rose. In the evening, enjoy a Captain's Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.

  13. Day 13

    Engelhartszell, Passau

    You have three ways to experience Passau — strolling with a Local Expert through the medieval lanes lined with baroque buildings; taking a panoramic tour and a short walk through the heart of the charming city; or going active by cycling along the Danube's riverside bike path and through Passau's Old Town.

  14. Day 14

    Deggendorf (Theresienthal), cruising the Danube River, Straubing

    Deggendorf - gateway to the magical Bavarian Forest- awaits via a horse-drawn wagon. En route to a Theresienthal glass manufactory, enjoy freshly baked bread and schnapps. Alternatively, cycle along the Danube to Straubing, where you will meet up with your fellow travellers and explore the local brewing traditions or experience daily life in this enchanting town.

  15. Day 15

    Regensburg

    Regensburg is one of Europe's best-preserved medieval towns, and your walking discovery tour provides a concise overview of its fascinating 2,000-year history. For a different perspective, explore sites associated with Germany's oldest Jewish community, dating back more than a thousand years, or choose to tour the state-of-the-art BMW factory.

  16. Day 16 - Relaxed Start

    Cruising the Main-Danube Canal, Nuremberg

    (Relaxed Start) After cruising the most scenic parts of the Main-Danube Canal, head ashore in Nuremberg for a panoramic tour of the city. Alternatively, you can take a guided tour of the significant WWII sites, including Courtroom 600, the venue for the historic Nuremberg Trials. Note: Courtroom 600 is an active court. Visitors will only be permitted to see the courtroom during trial breaks. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.

  17. Day 17

    Depart Nuremberg

    After breakfast, disembark your ship and transfer via motorcoach to Nuremberg airport. Transfers available for flights departing between 06:00 & 18:00.

Highlights

 

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES

  • Prague: Bewitched by the gargoyles of St. Vitus Cathedral and ghosts of Bohemian Kings, experience a private tour with a Local Expert, through the atmospheric courtyards of Prague Castle.
  • Auschwitz: Experience a powerful and moving visit to the memorial and museum of Auschwitz and a stop at Birkenau, which bears witness to the terrible atrocities of the Holocaust.
  • Kraków: The medieval heart of Kraków is rich in legend, a kind of Polish Camelot. Join an expert historian for an in-depth exploration of this historic 'Holy Grail'.
  • Kraków: Journey into a glistening subterranean world at the 600-year-old Wieliczka salt mines.
  • Budapest: Visit the colourful Matthias Church and gaze out over the Danube to the giant domed Parliament from the heights of the Fisherman's Bastion.
  • Deggendorf: Choose from a Bavarian Forest village and Theresienthal glass manufactory visit or a guided 'Go Active' bicycle ride along the Danube River.
  • Regensburg: Choose from a Regensburg walking discovery tour, a Jewish Regensburg walking discovery tour or a BMW factory visit.
  • Nuremberg: Choose from a Nuremberg city tour or a Nuremberg WWII historical tour.
  • Vienna: Let the sheer opulence of Schönbrunn Palace indulge your senses. Stand beneath frescoed ceilings, crystal chandeliers and gilded Rococo frames where Mozart performed as a six-year-old prodigy.
  • Vienna: Choose from a guided tour of the magnificent State Opera House or view the Gustav Klimt exhibit at the Belvedere.
  • Wachau Valley: Choose from a Weissenkirchen 'Village Day' with an exclusive guided 'Go Active' vineyard hike and tasting or visit Melk Abbey and library.
  • Passau: Choose from a Passau walking discovery tour or a guided 'Go Active' Bavarian river bicycle ride.

ADDITIONAL INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Cesky Krumlov: Explore the medieval streets of this fairy-tale town.
  • Prague: Visit the Old Town Square and Astronomical Clock.
  • Slovakia: See the picturesque Oravsky Hrad Castle.
  • Budapest: Visit Heroes' Square and drive down elegant Andrássy Boulevard.
  • Vienna: See St Charles' Church. Tour the Ring Road past the New Imperial Palace, Opera House, Parliament building.

AUTHENTIC REGIONAL FLAVOURS

  • Vienna: For your Celebration Dinner, savour a delicious meal of Austrian fare with drinks included, while being entertained by acclaimed soloists and dancers.
  • Budapest: Dine at the elegant Gundel restaurant.
  • Wachau Valley: Savour the superb wines of the Wachau Region on an exclusive guided “Go Active” vineyard hike and wine tasting.
  • 8 Buffet Breakfasts (BB); plus 1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 1 Restaurant Dinner (RD), 1 Freestyle Evening (FSD), 1 three-course table d'hôte Dinner (DW), 1 Dine-Around (DA), 1 Highlight Dinner (HD), 1 Signature Evening (SE) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) all with wine, plus tea or coffee.
  • 15 Buffet Breakfasts (BB); plus 6 Lunches (L), 2 Welcome Dinners (WD), 1 Restaurant Dinner (RD), 1 Freestlye Evening (FSD), 6 three-course table d'hôte Dinners (DW), 1 Dine-Around Evening (DA), 1 Highlight Dinner (HD), 1 Signature Evening (SE) and 2 Celebration Dinners (CD) all with wine, plus tea or coffee. While Cruising: You can enjoy unlimited beverages on-board, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, and mineral water.

STAY AT THE BEST ADDRESSES

  • Vienna: Set in the heart of Vienna and featuring contemporary decor, the award-winning Hilton Vienna is one of Austria's premier hotels.
  • Budapest: The Corinthia blends classic hotel opulence with the finest five-star luxury. Located in the heart of the city, its refurbished Royal Spa is simply stunning.
  • River Ambassador: Understated elegance makes the intimate 116-passenger River Ambassador an ideal place to savor Europe's renowned scenery and centuries-old cultural heritage. An eclectic art collection adorns the walls, and every stateroom and suite is beautifully and uniquely decorated, making for a truly luxurious and one-of-a-kind ship.

ADDITIONAL FIVE STAR SERVICES

  • An expert Insight Tour Director, at the pinnacles of their careers, will smooth your way throughout your journey. They are your ‘travelling concierges’, expert guides, consummate organisers and friends in a foreign land. Concierge services are also available on-board your cruise. Enjoy 24-hour room service while cruising.
  • Enjoy the unique comfort of Insight's luxury air-conditioned 40 seat coach with extended leg room and on-board restroom. It's business class comfort.
  • Personal radio headsets, gives you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights without missing any of your local expert's fascinating insights and commentaries.
  • Baggage handling everywhere, with seamless and prompt delivery to your door at every hotel. Hotel and restaurant tips included - you’ll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. Plus we include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels as well as port charges during your cruise.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel WiFi, also available on selected River Cruise ships.
  • Insight Flourishes - from time to time, your Tour Director will enchant you with local tidbits, each representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination.
  • Included airport transfers at scheduled times in Vienna. Complimentary transfer from your hotel to port to board your River Cruise. Included airport transfers available in Nuremberg for flights departing between 06:00 & 18:00.

Optional experiences

Most Insight trips already include a host of bonus highlights and comprehensive sightseeing. There may also be an exciting array of Optional Experiences which will turn an already amazing experience into the trip of a lifetime! These are entirely optional and can be booked through your Travel Director/Local Representative at the commencement of your trips. Please note, many Optional Experiences are operated by independent third party suppliers, not Insight Vacations. The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.

Accommodation

 

Hilton Vienna

Vienna (Central) - Austria

Complimentary Wifi

With views over the city and neighbouring Stadtpark, the Hilton Vienna is just a short walk from attractions like the Opera House and St. Stephen’s Cathedral.

Majestic Plaza Prague

Prague (Central) - Czech Republic

Complimentary Wifi

The Majestic Plaza is located in the historical centre of Prague, only a few steps from the famous Wenceslas Square, and consists of two interconnected buildings with rooms furnished in an art deco or biedermeier style.

Andels Krakow

Krakow (Central) - Poland

Complimentary Wifi

Corinthia Hotel Budapest

Budapest (Central) - Hungary

Signature Hotel

Corinthia Hotel, Budapest

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