Travel | Berlin to Budapest

Itinerary, Inclusions and Costs

Berlin to Budapest with Danube Cruise Aboard the deluxe MS Amalegro

April 27 to May 13, 2007  (17 Days)

Berlin - Potsdam - Dresden - Prague - Nuremberg - Beilingries - Regensburg - Passau - Melk - Vienna - Bratislave – Budapest

Introduction

Start your tour in Berlin, where East meets West, the German capital, vibrant and cosmopolitan. Continue to Dresden known as  the "Florence of the North" and to historic Prague. Then enjoy a 7 days cruise along the history ladden Danube, one of the great  European rivers. Travel aboard the deluxe MS. AMALEGRO the newest 5-star cruise ships on the European waterways and behold the spectacular shores, lined with terraced vineyards, picturesque villages and historic towns. Spend the entire morning exploring on shore, before continuing to cruise around noon. Refresh in your comfortable cabin, then treat yourself to a  delectable buffet lunch in the Panoramic Restaurant. In the afternoon relax on the Sun Deck, sipping your favorite drink, and let the world float by. 

Itinerary

Day 1 – Flight from USA to Berlin
Board your overnight flight to Berlin    (in flight meals)

Day 2 –  Arrive in Berlin, Germany
Arrive in Berlin and transfer to your hotel. The balance of the day is free to start exploring this beautiful city. This evening enjoy a special German Welcome Dinner.  (B, D)

Day 3 – Berlin
A full day of sightseeing shows you the highlights of this fabulous city. You will see the Brandenburg Gate, Berlin Cathedral, Emperor Wilhelm Memorial Church, Reichstag, Charlottenburg Palace, the Museums Island and Olympic Stadium. Evening is free to explore more of this lively 24-hour city; after all it’s October Fest time and even if it’s not Munich Berliners also don’t miss out on this lovely tradition  --- may we suggest “Loretta im Garten” for beer, Bratwurst, Weisswurst and a famous local Berliner addition, Curry Wurst.   (B)

Day 4 – Berlin
Morning tour to Potsdam and a tour of Sanssousci palace, built by Frederic the Great as the Prussian version of Versaille. Afternoon is free.   (B) 

Day 5 – Berlin-Dresden
We drive through the Spreewald and its many little towns and villages along its many waterways to old trading town of Dresden.   (B) 

Day 6 – Dresden
A morning city tour includes the Old Town Hall, the4 Weigh-House, the Old Commercial Exchange and Thomas Church, which dates back to 1212. After lunch depart for  Dresden, the “Florence of the North”. Our afternoon city tour includes the Zwinger, the most important example of Late Baroque architecture in Germany, the Semper Opera house, the Royal Palace and the Catholic Court Church.   (B)

Day 7 – Dresden – Prague, Czech Republic
On our way we stop in Rathen, in the heart of the “Saxon Switzerland”, to enjoy from the Bastei Rock a spectacular view over the deeply cut Elbe valley. Late afternoon arrival in the Czech capital.   (B)

Day 8 – Prague
Morning sightseeing reveals why Prague is considered one of Europe’s most attractive cities. See thousand-year-old Hradcany Castle, the Old Town, the Jewish ghetto and many other major sights. The afternoon and evening are free to mix with the locals at Wenceslaus Square, shop for souvenirs or enjoy one of the charming cafés or restaurants.    (B)

Day 9 – Prague
A relaxing day to mix with the locals at Wenceslaus Square, wander along the banks of the Vltava River, relax at an outdoor restaurant, or shop for local handicrafts and art work.   (B)

Day 10 – Prague – Nuremberg, Germany
After breakfast, drive from Prague through the pastoral countryside to Nuremberg, the capital of Franconia. On the way there stop in Pilzen Tonight gather on board for a Gala Welcome Dinner. The ship will moor overnight in Nuremberg.   (B,D)

Day 11 – Nuremberg - Beilngries
Enjoy a morning tour of this historic city with its fabulous Gothic churches and elegant patrician houses. See the storybook 900-year old ramparts that surround the city, the Imperial Castle and the Justice Palace where the War Crimes Tribunal sat in 1946. At lunchtime, continue to transit the Main-Danube Canal as you arrive at the highest point of your cruise 1,332 feet above sea level. Then descend through stair-step locks to charming Beilngries.   (B,L,D)

Day 12 – Danube Gorge - Regensburg
This morning takes you through the final stretch of the fascinating Main-Danube Canal. Arrive in Kelheim and embark on an exciting boat trip through the lovely Danube Gorge to Weltenburg Abbey. Return to your ship in magnificent Regensburg, one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities. A guided tour will show you the city’s architectural highlights, including the Old Town Hall, and the Porta Pretoria ?gates to an ancient Roman fort built in 179 AD. Marvel at beautiful churches and one of the oldest bridges crossing the Danube.    (B,L,D)

Day 13 – Passau -  Linz, Austria
Early this morning the ship takes you through scenic valleys and past charming riverside towns. After breakfast, arrive in Passau, where the rivers Inn and Ilz join the Danube. During your walking tour, gaze at this fairy-tale city founded more than 2,000 years ago. Or, take an optional full day tour to Salzburg and its most popular “Sound of Music? sights including the Wedding Church, exquisite Mirabell Gardens, the Great Salzburg Festival Hall and much more. For those staying on board, enjoy a scenic cruise from Passau into Austria and on to Linz. After dinner, take a walk through this delightful town, Austria’s third largest city.   (B,L,D)

Day 14 – Melk - Vienna 
Cruise through the narrow Strudengau and reach the Wachau Valley early this morning. 
A guided tour takes you to Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey, one of Europe’s largest baroque monasteries. At lunchtime, continue through the romantic Wachau Valley, dotted with magnificent castles and charming riverside towns. Late this afternoon arrive in Vienna, the “City of Music? and Austria’s magnificent capital. Tonight explore the vibrant Austrian capital on your own, or come along for an optional Mozart and Strauss concert.   (B,L,D)

Day 15 – Vienna - Bratislava, Slovakia
A tour of Vienna includes Hofburg Palace, the Vienna Opera House, and awe-inspiring St. Stephen’s Cathedral. At lunchtime the ship departs Vienna and continues to Slovakia. A walking tour of Bratislava reveals the city’s major sights, including the Old Town Hall, Mirbach Palace and St. Martin’s Cathedral. An eventful day is followed by an evening filled with a music performance on board.    (B,L,D)

Day 16 – Budapest, Hungary
Morning sightseeing includes historic Buda Castle, from where you have a splendid view of the twin cities of Buda and Pest spread over both banks of the river. Your tour also features 500-year old Matthias Church, St. Stephen’s Basilica, distinctive Fisherman’s Bastion, the marvelous Royal Palace and much more. Your afternoon is free to explore on your own. Tonight gather on board for a Gala Farewell Dinner with gypsy violins.     (B,L,D)

Day 17 – Depart Budapest
Bid farewell to Europe and transfer to the airport for your return flight home.Your fascinating cruise comes to an end as you transfer to the airport your onward flight. Extra nights are available if you wish to extend your stay in Europe.    (B, in flight meals)

B = Breakfast provided, L = Lunch provided, D = Dinner provided

Included in the Tour

  • All hotel accommodation in Berlin, Dresden & Prague including daily buffet breakfast 
  • All ground transportation fro Berlin to ship by private deluxe motor-coach 
  • Seven nights deluxe cruise accommodation in outside cabin with hotel-style beds 
  • Superb dining with all meals included on cruise. One seating with open seating arrangements 
  • Quality wines with dinner on the cruise 
  • Cocktail Reception and Welcome Dinner 
  • Captain’s Gala Dinner 
  • Sightseeing as detailed in the itinerary 
  • Special highlights including folklore performances, lectures, theme dinners, local festivities and on board music performances 
  • Services of a professional Cruise Manager throughout your cruise
  • Nightly piano music on board 
  • On board amenities including fitness center, physician (Symphony only), beauty salon, massage, souvenir shop and Club Lounge 
  • All English language on board in a non-smoking environment (smoking only on the Sun Deck)
  • Led by Atlanta art & photography professor Stephen Grote
  • All local taxes 


Not Included in the Tour

  • Gratuities for guides & cruise personnel
  • Transatlantic air-fare (can be arranged by UET from any US city)
  • Items of personal nature & items not listed in the itinerary
  • Optional travel insurance
  • Port charges USD 84

Tour Price and Departure Date

April 27 – May 13, 2007

17 Days Land Tour Price which includes a 7 day Danube cruise in E-category cabins $3,349 per person.

Single Supplement $1,550 per person.

Cruise Cabins can be upgraded:
Category D  $ 99
Category C  $ 399
Category B  $ 499
Category A  $ 599
Junior Suite $1,199

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MS AMALEGRO DECKPLAN

The MS AMALEGRO operates for the English speaking market only and offers a long list of amenities, which no other river cruise ship in Europe can match. Please note that group size is limited to 22 participants.

 

Last updated Sunday November 26, 2006