Danube Delights River Cruise during Oktoberfest 2020
Germany • Austria • Slovakia • Hungary
 11 Days • 22 Meals
River Cruise
Begin your adventure with an included two-night stay in Munich, Germany, during Oktoberfest. Embark a luxurious Emerald Waterways Star-Ship in Nuremberg and begin a relaxing seven-night cruise along the Blue Danube River. Visit iconic and picturesque ports of call, sample incredible cuisine onboard and absorb the local culture as you cruise through four countries.

 Highlights
  • 22 Meals (9 breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 7 dinners)
  • Airport transfers on tour dates when air is provided by Mayflower Cruises & Tours
  • Visit four countries
  • Two-night hotel stay and touring in Munich, Germany
  • Seven-night cruise
  • All gratuities included
  • First-class service by an English-speaking crew
  • Shore excursions with English-speaking local guides
  • Personal listening device for excursions
  • All meals included onboard with a variety of international cuisine
  • Complimentary regional wines, beer and soft drinks accompany onboard lunches and dinners
  • Complimentary bottled water in your stateroom
  • Complimentary WiFi onboard
  • Complimentary bicycles onboard for use ashore
  • All port charges included
  • $55 in Mayflower Money

 Itinerary
Day 1  Depart the USA
Depart the USA on your overnight flight to Munich, Germany, capital of Bavaria.
Day 2  Munich, Germany
Upon arrival in Munich, you will be met by a local representative and transferred to the hotel. The remainder of the day and evening are at leisure to begin exploring and attend the Oktoberfest activities.
Day 3  Munich
After breakfast, an included panoramic tour showcases the former Olympic site, Nymphenburg Palace, Maximilianstrasse and the Parliament, the National Theater and Munich’s Residenz. During a walking tour, stroll the Marienplatz Square and see the famous Glockenspiel. After the tour, the remainder of your time in Munich is at leisure. Meal: B
Day 4  Munich to Nuremberg, Germany
After breakfast, depart Munich by motorcoach for Nuremberg. After a brief orientation tour of Nuremberg, board your Emerald Waterways vessel, home for the next seven nights. Meals: B, D
Day 5  Regensburg, Germany
This morning takes you through the final stretch of the fascinating Main–Danube Canal to Regensburg, one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities. On a guided walking tour, see one of the oldest bridges crossing the Danube and see the city’s architectural highlights including the Old Town Hall. Meals: B, L, D EmeraldPLUS: Traditional Bavarian Band onboard.
Day 6  Passau, Germany to Linz, Austria
Cobblestone streets and graceful arcades welcome you in the beautiful city of Passau. On this morning’s walking tour, stroll through the old town’s narrow alleyways and see the hilltop Oberhaus Fortress from the town below. Visit St. Stephen’s Cathedral, a wonderful example of Baroque architecture and home to Europe’s largest church organ with more than 17,000 pipes. The afternoon is spent cruising along the Danube River to Linz, where the Salzburg excursion guests re-embark. Meals: B, L, D DiscoverMORE: Tour to Salzburg (extra expense) ***Please note, you can only choose either the included tour of Passau OR the DiscoverMORE option, as both tours operate at the same time.
Day 7  Melk to Dürnstein
Situated within Austria’s wine–growing region, Melk is home to an imposing 900–year old Benedictine Abbey featuring Austria’s finest Italian baroque architecture, with ornate gold-leaf walls, a 640ft Imperial Corridor and fresco ceilings. After visiting the Abbey, cruise along the Danube for a scenic journey through the picturesque landscape of the Wachau Valley en-route to Dürnstein. One of the most enchanting villages of the Wachau wine region, Dürnstein is also home to the ruins of the castle where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned. Meals: B, L, D EmeraldACTIVE: A guided biking tour along the Danube River from Melk to Dürnstein OR a guided hike to Dürnstein Castle
Day 8  Vienna, Austria
Welcome to Vienna, the capital of classical music. Today you have a choice of activities: explore Austria’s capital with a drive along the Ringstrasse to see the impressive Opera House, Burgtheater and Town Hall, followed by a walking tour through the city center to see St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Hofburg Imperial Palace. OR, if you feel active, join the guided bike tour of the city. Meals: B, L, D EmeraldACTIVE: Guided bike tour DiscoverMORE: Exclusive Viennese concert with music from Mozart and Strauss (extra expense)
Day 9  Bratislava, Slovakia
Set on the crossroads of ancient trade routes in the heart of Europe, Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, embodies various cultures – primarily Celtic, Roman and Slavic. Enjoy a sightseeing tour including the enchanting Old City with its Town Hall, Mirbach Palace and the Gothic Cathedral of St Martin. This afternoon, a highlight of the day will be a home-hosted visit where you are treated to tasty home-made specialties in the home of local Slovakians. What a unique opportunity to meet the locals and learn about life in Slovakia! Meals: B, L, D EmeraldACTIVE: Hike to Bratislava castle (this is instead of the city tour) EmeraldPLUS: Home-Hosted Coffee and Cake with Slovakians
Day 10  Budapest, Hungary
Budapest is Eastern Europe’s liveliest and most cosmopolitan city. Enjoy a guided panoramic tour seeing the city sights including the Hungarian Parliament Building, the Buda Castle and the Chain Bridge linking Buda and Pest. OR, choose an exciting hike to Buda Hill. This evening, enjoy a traditional Hungarian farewell dinner and complete the evening with a folk dancing and music performance onboard. The perfect nightcap is an evening cruise through the harbor, seeing the city illuminated in nighttime splendor. Meals: B, L, D EmeraldACTIVE: A guided hike to Buda Hill EmeraldPLUS: Traditional Hungarian Folklore Show & Budapest Evening Cruise DiscoverMORE: Budapest Jewish Heritage Tour (extra expense)
Day 11  Hungary / USA
It’s time to say farewell to the Captain and crew as you depart on the transfer to the airport for your flight home. Meal: B

 Accommodations
Days 2-3  Hotel Eurostars Book, or similar, Munich, Germany
Days 4-10  aboard an Emerald Waterways Star-Ship
 

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 Dates and Rates
Departure Date Stateroom Category Per Person twin Single Room Availability
September 24, 2020 Emerald Stateroom - E $4,599 add $2,989 Available
Emerald Stateroom - D $4,599 add $2,989
Panorama Balcony Suite - C $5,199 add $3,379
Panorama Balcony Suite - B $5,199 add $3,379
Panorama Balcony Suite - A $5,449 add $3,539
Grand Balcony Suite - S $6,099 N/A
Owner’s One-Bedroom Suite - SA $6,699 N/A
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Each U.S. citizen must have a valid passport. Expiry date of passports should be at least 6 months after the return date of tour. If you don’t have a passport, call our office and we’ll tell you how to apply for one. Some countries require visas for entry by U.S. citizens. We will send visa applications and instructions if a visa is required for your tour. Holders of non-U.S. passports should contact their nearest consulate and inquire about the necessary passport or visa documentation required for entry into the countries visited. NOTE: Due to airline security measures, your passport name must match your airline ticket name and your tour reservation name or you may be denied aircraft boarding.

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