2013: Austrian Highlights & Bavaria from Vienna to Munich (WVP) - Affinity
9 days from Vienna to Munich
On this marvelous cruise vacation, visit Austria's capital, Vienna, and be delighted by its charming small towns-like Melk, Durnstein, and Grein-before heading into Germany's Bavaria. First, enjoy Vienna, with its spectacular museums, awe-inspiring St. Stephen's Cathedral, and delightful music. In Durnstein, explore the small town above which stand the ruins of the castle where King Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned in 1192. Visit magnificent Melk Abbey, and Grein's quaint historical theater. In Germany, visit the Bavarian capital of Munich, the charming town of Oberammergau, and the fairytale castles of Neuschwanstein and Linderhof. All of this and much more await you on this wonderful cruise on the Danube River through Austria's highlights and Bavaria-it's a vacation of a lifetime!
Highlights & Sightseeing
Guided sightseeing; welcome reception
Guided walk, see the Stiftskirche
Guided visit of the Benedictine Abbey; wine tasting
Guided walk, visit the historical theater
Guided sightseeing, see the Marienplatz; excursion to Hohenschwangau & Oberammergau; visit Neuschwanstein Castle and Linderhof Palace
B: full buffet breakfast L: lunch D: dinner
Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast, soft drinks with lunch, and wine, beer, or soft drinks with dinner are included on board your vessel.
Munich Sofitel Munich Bayerpost (D)
NOTES:In the event of water level problems or any problems of a technical nature, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or to alter the program. Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change is necessary, a substitute will be offered.
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Day 1 Arrive in Vienna, Austria (Embarkation)
Welcome to Vienna, Austria's capital, known as the "City of Music" and a place that inspired the creative genius of Mozart, Beethoven, and Strauss. This afternoon, board your river cruise vessel and meet your crew at a welcome reception at 6 pm. (Dinner)
Day 2 Vienna
Once the center of the mighty Habsburg Empire, Austria's capital has much to offer: lavish Hofburg Palace, the impressive Vienna Opera House, the majestic Ringstrasse, and awe-inspiring St. Stephen's Cathedral, to name just a few of the sights on your included tour. Shop in the Karntnerstrasse and enjoy Sachertorte or Apfelstrudel in a neighborhood cafe. An optional concert is available tonight. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 3 Durnstein-Melk
Durnstein, known for the magnificent baroque Stiftskirche with its blue facade, lies right in the heart of the Wachau wine region. Above town are the ruins of the castle where England's King Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned in 1192. A Certified Local Guide will tell you the tale during your guided walk. Those seeking some sporting activity might like to join an optional bicycle excursion here (weather permitting), or you may just want to take a stroll through the narrow streets on your own. Then, cruise through the beautiful Wachau Valley to reach Melk after lunch. The magnificent BENEDICTINE ABBEY dominates the town from its commanding hill site, and is one of Europe's largest monasteries. This evening you'll be able to sample some of the region's FAMOUS WINES. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 4 Grein-Linz
This morning, arrive in the attractive country resort of Grein, which is nestled at the foot of a bluff in the shadow of its castle. Take a guided walk through the town and visit its unique historical THEATER, the oldest in Austria still holding regular performances. A behind-the-scenes peek to learn about some of the curiosities of this Rococo-style, 167-seat theater will certainly tell you much about life as it was, and as it now is, in this small town. Or, you may prefer to join one of a variety of optional excursions today. This afternoon, arrive in Linz, Austria's third-largest city and an important river port where culture plays a significant role in every day life. Composer Anton Bruckner lived here, and Mozart's Linzer Symphony was composed in the city. There is free time to explore on your own. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 5 Linz-Passau, Germany
Today, enjoy a relaxing morning of sailing along this most attractive stretch of the river from Linz. This afternoon, arrive in Passau, located at the confluence of the Rivers Inn, Ilz, and Danube. This is a city of graceful arcades and cobblestone streets. St. Stephen's Cathedral houses one of the world's largest church organs with more than 17,000 pipes. Join a Certified Local Guide for a walking tour through this charming town, and find out much more about the "City of Three Rivers." (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 6 Passau (Disembarkation)-Munich
Say goodbye to your crew this morning and drive to Munich, capital of Bavaria. The afternoon is free for your own explorations or you might like to take an optional excursion to Salzburg, which will bring you to Munich in the late afternoon. (Breakfast)
Day 7 Munich
This morning, a Certified Local Guide will show you the highlights of this fascinating city: Olympic Stadium, the 1,000-foot-high television tower, Nymphenburg Palace, MARIENPLATZ with its Old and New Town Halls, and the gothic Frauenkirche. Then, enjoy time on your own in this vibrant city. Why not visit the Viktualienmarkt with its Maypole that carries figurines featuring the arts and crafts of this region. This large market is popular for fresh produce, meats, cheeses, spices, baked goods, flowers, and more. Or, maybe relax alongside the locals at one of the many Biergartens or breweries to sample one of the Bavarian beer specialties. (Breakfast)
Day 8 Munich. Excursion to Neuschwanstein & Oberammergau
This morning, drive into the garden-like landscapes of the Bavarian Alps and visit King Ludwig's fairytale NEUSCHWANSTEIN CASTLE, situated high above the village of Hohenschwangau. Continue to the town of Oberammergau, famous for its once-a-decade production of the Passion Play. Enjoy free time here to stroll the streets and admire the typical Bavarian houses, many beautifully painted with scenes from fairytales. End your day with a visit to the smallest of King Ludwig's three castles-LINDERHOF PALACE, whose style was inspired by the Palace of Versailles outside Paris. (Breakfast)
Day 9 Munich
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)
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Prices shown are "starting at" prices and do not include airfare.
Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.
Extra nights per person in Vienna:
in single room $230, in twin room $137
Extra nights per person in Munich:
Departures June 10 & October 14: in single room $435, in twin room $240
Departure August 19: in single room $400, in twin room $220
Prices shown above include cruise in Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom on Indigo Deck.
To upgrade to a higher category, add per person:
Category / Decks / Price
B / Sapphire Deck / $392
A / Sapphire Deck / $428
P / Royal Deck / $535
Avalon Suite / Royal Deck / $928
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