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Hosted By: Lou Baxter
Retired News Director
Explore the history and culture of the beautiful blue Danube from our luxurious Amadeus Cruises ship. Explore Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, and the medieval village Cesky Krumlov before we board our relaxing cruise ship for seven nights along the Danube River. Travel eastward through Central Europe with ports of call in Germany, Austria, Slovakia, and Hungary. Look forward to daily included shore excursions, the lush Wachau Valley, a Budapest evening illumination cruise, and so much more. All meals are included aboard ship!
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September 21st, 2023 - October 2nd, 2023
Price Per Person
Double Haydn Staterm
Double Strauss Staterm-Fwd
Double Mozart Staterm
Double Mozart Suite
Single Haydn Staterm
Single Strauss Staterm-Fwd
Single Mozart Staterm
Single Mozart Suite
Final Payment Date: 06/18/2023
Day 1 : Depart USA
Journey to Prague overnight.
Day 2 : Arrive in Europe
We arrive in the Czech Republic for two nights in Prague. This evening get acquainted with your fellow traveling companions at a Holiday Vacations Welcome Dinner.
Day 3 : Prague
Learn why Prague is one of Europe’s best-preserved medieval cities on a walking tour with a local guide. Guests have their choice of a walking tour of Prague Castle followed by a guided walking tour of the Old Town or a guided tour of the Old Town only. Prague Castle is a breathtaking masterpiece of Baroque architecture that has been home to Bohemian kings, Roman emperors, and Czech presidents. The Castle looks down on the medieval Old Town which runs along the banks of the Vltava River. The afternoon is free to explore Prague at leisure.
Day 4 : Cesky Krumlov
Today we discover one of the most beautiful cities of the Czech Republic. The medieval village of Cesky Krumlov dates back to 1240 and is now recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy a guided walking tour through the historic inner city including views of Krumlov Castle. This afternoon we board our luxurious Amadeus Cruises ship in Passau.
Day 5 : Regensburg & Weltenburg Abbey
We arrive at Regensburg, Germany. Board an excursion boat and travel to the Weltenburg Abbey. The Benedictine monastery, founded around 620 AD, is the oldest monastery in Bavaria. We tour the abbey church and taste their famous dark beer brewed in the world’s oldest monastery brewery.
Day 6 : Passau & Linz
Today we float into the city of Passau, Germany. Walk the City of Three Rivers and take in the Baroque masterpiece, St. Stephen’s Cathedral, featuring the largest cathedral organ in the world. The afternoon takes us into Linz, Austria, once acknowledged as a European Capital of Culture. Step into dazzling St. Mary’s Cathedral, and after, make time to taste a Linzer torte.
Day 7 : Wachau Valley
This morning we dock in Emmersdorf, Austria, across the river from Melk. Go on an included shore excursion to the 900-year-old, Baroque-style Benedictine Melk Abbey. Visit the modern Abbey Museum and tour the Prelature Hall, Marble Hall, and the world famous Abbey Library. We return to our riverboat for lunch and an afternoon of sailing through the heart of the Wachau Valley, one of the most scenic parts of the Danube River. This evening we arrive in Vienna.
Day 8 : Vienna
The grand sights of Vienna await us as we tour the historic city center. Marvel at Vienna’s famous gothic St. Stephen’s Cathedral, see the quirky Expressionist Hundertwasser architecture, and view the impressive Hofburg Palace. After lunch, become enchanted with Schönbrunn Palace, the opulent 1,441-room summer residence of the Habsburg rulers. Tonight we are guests at The Sound of Vienna concert at the Kursalon, one of Vienna’s most exclusive and enchanting music venues. Listen as the Alt Wien orchestra takes the stage for an evening of waltzes, polkas, arias, and operettas.
Day 9 : Bratislava
Enjoy a full day in Bratislava, the capital city of Slovakia. Our included shore excursion and walking tour includes views of Bratislava Castle that stands on the Little Carpathian mountain range, offering panoramic views of Slovakia, Austria, and Hungary. Return to the riverboat for lunch before going ashore again with free time to explore Bratislava’s Old Town. This evening we enjoy the Captain’s Gala Dinner.
Day 10 : Esztergom & Szentendre
See the third largest basilica in Europe in Esztergom
before discovering the artists’ village of Szentendre. Enjoy the scenery as we approach Budapest. Regarded as the Queen of the Danube, the twin cities of Buda and Pest are linked by graceful bridges. After dinner on board, delight in an illumination cruise of this majestic city.
Day 11 : Budapest
After breakfast we leave the ship for a city tour of Budapest. See the Parliament Building, a neo-Gothic structure along the banks of the Danube and one of the world’s greatest legislative buildings. Then view the Millennium Monument in Hero’s Square and the neo-Renaissance Opera House. Highlights include the towering dome of St. Stephen’s Basilica, the Royal Castle Hill district, and the seven stone towers of the Fisherman’s Bastion. Have free time this afternoon to explore on your own. This evening we enjoy a farewell dinner with our fellow travelers.
Day 12 : Fly Home
WJET TV Pickup Locations:
Cleveland, OH - Cleveland Hopkins International Airport
Erie, PA - Home Depot
Meadville, PA - Holiday Inn Express
JET 24, FOX 66, and YourErie.com News Director Emeritus and Special Projects Coordinator Lou Baxter is one of the original members of the JET 24 Action News team.
Lou began his radio and television broadcasting career more than 45 years ago in Erie at WWYN Radio. He joined WJET-TV in 1980 as a reporter. During his tenure at JET 24 and FOX 66, Lou served as JET 24’s first-ever live morning show anchor; first weekend news anchor; and was named News Director in 2004.
The veteran broadcast journalist has enjoyed reporting stories from the White House and Capitol Hill; interviewing presidents, governors, celebrities and local officials.
Lou and his wife, Connie, enjoy ballroom dancing, jet skiing, and kayaking. They live in Girard and are the parents of five children and 11 grandchildren.
Join Lou and JET 24/FOX 66 viewers on this wonderful vacation.
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Tour days usually move at a leisurely pace. Some days’ scheduled activities last longer than others. Expect standing and walking for long periods of time on occasionally uneven terrain. You may experience changes in altitude or temperature.
Tour days tend to be long, move at a consistent pace, and may include long travel days. Expect standing and walking for long periods of time on uneven surfaces. Some destinations may have changes in altitude and/or temperature.
Tour days tend to be long, move at a brisk pace, and may include lengthy travel days. Expect long periods of walking and standing on uneven surfaces. Scheduled activities may require physical effort or have distinct changes in altitude or temperature.
Tour days tend to be long, move at a vigorous pace, and may include lengthy travel days. Expect long periods of walking and standing on rough surfaces. Scheduled activities may require physical effort or have distinct changes in altitude or temperature.