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Hosted By: Jon Vanderford
10/11 News Anchor & Pure Nebraska Co-Host
Hosted By: Taryn Vanderford
Explore the history and culture of central Europe from our luxurious ship, the Amadeus Riva. Arrive in Budapest, Hungary for an overnight stay and guided city tour before boarding our stunning cruise ship for seven nights of spectacular cities and breathtaking views along the romantic Danube River. Enjoy included daily shore excursions with ports of call in Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, and Germany. Look forward to incredible experiences including a Budapest evening illumination cruise, The Sound of Vienna concert at Kursalon Vienna, beer tasting at the world’s oldest monastery brewery, a day trip to Salzburg, touring the medieval village of Cesky Krumlov – a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and much more. Disembark in Prague and spend two evenings at opulent accommodations while exploring the city’s iconic attractions. All meals, a beverage package, and Wi-Fi are included aboard the ship!
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July 5th, 2024 - July 16th, 2024
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Day 1 : Fly to Hungary
Our trip begins with an overnight flight to Hungary.
Day 2 : Budapest
We arrive in Budapest and check in to our stunning hotel, perfect for relaxation and exploration with many historical landmarks within walking distance. Tonight, we come together and get to know our fellow travelers at a fantastic Welcome Dinner.
Day 3 : All Aboard!
After breakfast, we depart for a tour of Budapest, one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. We view all of the must-see attractions including the Parliament building, Millennium Monument in Hero’s Square, the towering dome of St. Stephen’s Basilica, Royal Castle Hill district, the neo-Renaissance Opera House, and the seven stone towers of the Fisherman’s Bastion. This afternoon, we board our luxurious ship, the Amadeus Riva, with opulent rooms and incredible amenities. All meals, a beverage package, free Wi-Fi, and daily shore excursions are included as part of this phenomenal cruise. After dinner on board, delight in an illumination cruise as the shimmering lights of this majestic city surround us.
Day 4 : Szentendre & Esztergom
Enjoy time to explore Budapest this morning or relax while sipping your coffee on the ship's River Terrace and take in the sublime landscapes of this region. Later, we begin our northbound cruise along the Danube River and go ashore to discover the artist village of Szentendre, followed by Esztergom, home to one of the largest basilicas in Europe.
Day 5 : Bratislava
Our morning begins in Bratislava with a delightful city tour. Bratislava Castle, standing on the Little Carpathian Mountain range, provides panoramic views of three countries simultaneously: Slovakia, Austria, and Hungary. The afternoon is yours to explore personal interests. You may indulge in a taste of the city’s world-class beer or take a stroll through its picturesque Old Town, a pedestrian-only town from the 18th century known for its lively bars and quaint cafes.
Day 6 : Vienna
We continue our cruise to Austria, where the grand sights of Vienna await us. Tour the historic city centre with famous St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the quirky Expressionist house known as Hundertwasserhaus, and the former imperial Hofburg Palace. After lunch, we admire Schönbrunn Palace. Boasting 1,441 opulent rooms and charming gardens, this palace is known as a paramount cultural monument in Austria. Tonight, we attend The Sound of Vienna concert at the Kursalon, one of Vienna’s most enchanting music venues, to hear the Alt Wien orchestra play waltzes and famous concert melodies.
Day 7 : Melk
Enjoy a leisurely morning aboard the ship to take in the spectacular views or indulge in onboard amenities. This afternoon, we arrive in the heart of picturesque Wachau Valley, internationally famous for its delicious wine and fruit. Docking in Emmersdorf, we begin our exploration of Melk. Visit the modern Abbey Museum and tour Prelature Hall, Marble Hall, Benedictine Abbey of Melk, and the world-famous Abbey library, known for its extensive historical manuscript collection.
Day 8 : Salzburg
We dock in Linz this morning, then take a scenic motorcoach ride to the beautiful City of Music, Salzburg. Enjoy a guided tour to admire the famous Baroque architecture and well-preserved city center in Old Town, a renowned World Heritage Site. We also view the birth house of Mozart, Salzburg Cathedral, and Getreidegasse, a quaint alley along the river with charming shops. After lunch together, our journey continues to the picturesque village of Mondsee, best known as a filming location for The Sound of Music. Later, our motorcoach brings us back to meet our ship in Passau.
Day 9 : Regensburg & Weltenburg Abbey
Today’s port of call is Regensburg, a medieval city brimming with historic stone buildings. Our walking tour includes a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Town with Stadtamhof, the iconic Stone Bridge, and impressive St. Peter’s Cathedral. After lunch aboard the ship, we are off on our included excursion to Weltenburg Abbey, an ancient Benedictine monastery. Founded around 620 AD, it’s the oldest monastery in Bavaria. Enjoy a tour of Abbey church and taste the famous dark beer of Weltenburg, the world’s oldest monastery brewery. We then take a boat ride through the picturesque Danube Gorge, a narrow section of the Danube River known for its soaring cliff edges. Later, we return to Regensburg and enjoy the Captain’s Gala Dinner onboard.
Day 10 : Cesky Krumlov
This morning, we disembark in Passau and take a comfortable motorcoach ride to one of the most beautiful cities in the Czech Republic, Cesky Krumlov. This medieval village and UNESCO World Heritage Site dates back to 1240, offering a plethora of history to discover. Enjoy its Bohemian charm and fairytale architecture during our guided walking tour through the historic inner city, including views of Krumlov Castle. Later, we travel to Prague and check in to the elegant Corinthia Hotel, followed by dinner together.
Day 11 : Prague
After breakfast at the hotel, you may choose to take a guided tour of Prague Castle and walking tour of Old Town or spend all of your time in Old Town with sights of the Royal Palace, historic churches, and panoramic views of the surrounding scenery. The afternoon is yours to explore more of this delightful city. Tonight, we reminisce about our incredible adventures with new friends at a delicious Farewell Dinner.
Day 12 : Fly Home
KOLN/KGIN TV Pickup Locations:
Grand Island, NE - Quality Inn And Conference Center Grand Island
Lincoln, NE - Country Inn & Suites Lincoln North Hotel And Conference Center
Omaha, NE - Eppley Airfield
York, NE - Best Western Plus York Hotel & Conference Center
The Vanderfords are an Emmy Award winning husband and wife team who work on various shows for 10/11 News. Together, they anchor the show Pure Nebraska. Jon also serves as the executive producer for this rural lifestyle show. Taryn anchors and produces the First at Four newscast, hosts Local Everyday programming, and reports for the 5 p.m. newscast. The Vanderfords also present a Golden Apple Award each month to a deserving educator.
Jon has worked as a reporter and anchor for stations in St. Joseph, Missouri, Knoxville, Tennessee and Lincoln, Nebraska. Taryn has an extensive radio background and has helped produce shows for HGTV, A&E, the Food Network and the DIY Network. The couple met playing saxophones in the Cornhusker Marching Band at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
They are the proud parents of a son and daughter.
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