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Church of Our Lady in Prague
Danube in Passau, Bavaria
Departs: August 13th, 2022 Tour Dates & Pricing
Explore the history and culture of the romantic blue Danube from our privately chartered, luxurious ship, the Amadeus Star. Arrive in Budapest, Hungary and board our stunning cruise ship for seven nights on the beautiful Danube River. Cruise westward through Central Europe with ports of call in Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, and Germany. Look forward to daily included shore excursions, lush Wachau Valley, a Budapest evening illumination cruise, the medieval village of Cesky Krumlov, and two nights in Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic. All meals are included aboard ship!
Hosted By: Gary Sieber
Co-Anchor 16 News Now Saturday Morning
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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, ideally located within walking distance of historical landmarks. Our accommodations are perfect for both exploration and relaxation.
Tonight we join together at a Holiday Vacations Welcome Dinner.
Day 3 : All Aboard!
After breakfast, we depart for a tour of Budapest, known as one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. We view the Parliament building, 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 which symbolize the leaders of conquering tribes.
This afternoon we board our luxurious ship, the Amadeus Star.
Day 4 : Szentendre & Esztergom
In the morning, enjoy free time in Budapest or choose to relax while sipping your morning coffee on the ship's River Terrace while taking in the sublime landscapes of the region.
We go ashore this afternoon and discover the artist village of Szentendre and visit Esztergom, home to one of the largest basilicas in Europe.
Day 5 : Bratislava
We arrive in Bratislava for a delightful city tour. Bratislava Castle, standing on the Little Carpathian mountain range, provides panoramic views of three countries simultaneously: Slovakia, Austria and Hungary. Explore Bratislava at leisure in the afternoon.
Day 6 : Vienna
We continue to Austria where the grand sights of Vienna await us as we tour the historic city centre. Gaze over the famous Gothic St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the quirky Expressionist house known as Hundertwasserhaus, and the former imperial Hofburg Palace.
After lunch, become enchanted with Schönbrunn Palace. Boasting 1,441 opulent rooms and charming gardens, this palace is known as one of the most important cultural monuments in Austria.
Tonight we are guests at The Sound of Vienna concert at the Kursalon, one of Vienna’s most enchanting music venues. Listen as the Alt Wien orchestra plays waltzes and famous concert melodies.
Day 7 : Melk
Melk is located in the heart of the picturesque Wachau Valley and is internationally famous for its delicious wine and fruit.
We tour the Baroque style Benedictine Abbey of Melk. Visit the modern Abbey Museum and tour the Prelature Hall, the Marble Hall, and the world-famous Abbey library, known for its extensive historical manuscript collection.
Day 8 : Linz & Passau
This morning learn about Linz, Austria, once acknowledged as a European Capital of Culture. See St. Mary’s Cathedral and make time to try a Linzer torte.
The afternoon takes us into Germany and the city of Passau. We walk the City of Three Rivers and take in the Baroque masterpiece St. Stephen’s Cathedral, home to the largest cathedral organ in the world.
Day 9 : Regensburg & Weltenburg Abbey
We arrive at Regensburg for a walking tour of this charming city. Then we take an excursion by boat to the Benedictine Abbey of Weltenburg. The monastery, founded around 620 AD, is the oldest monastery in Bavaria. We tour abbey church and taste the famous dark beer of Weltenburg, the oldest monastery brewery in the world.
We return to Regensburg and enjoy the Captain’s Gala Dinner onboard.
Day 10 : Cesky Krumlov
This morning we'll disembark in Passau and board our motorcoach. 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.
Known for its Bohemian charm and fairytale architecture, this city offers amazing culture.
Day 11 : Prague
Learn why Prague is one of the best-preserved medieval cities with a walking tour. You may tour Saint Vitus Cathedral and/or go on a walking tour of the Old Town featuring the architecture of the Royal Palace, historic churches, and panoramic views. The afternoon is yours to explore this delightful city.
This evening, reminisce about your incredible adventures with new friends at a Holiday Vacations Farewell Dinner.
Day 12 : Return Home
August 13th, 2022 - August 24th, 2022
Price Per Person
Double Haydn Staterm
Double Strauss Staterm-Aft
Double Strauss Staterm-Fwd
Double Mozart Staterm
Double Mozart Suite
Single Haydn Staterm
Single Strauss Staterm-Aft
Single Strauss Staterm-Fwd
Single Mozart Staterm
Single Mozart Suite
Final Payment Date: 05/10/2022
Gary co-anchors 16 News Now Saturday Morning, and is known by most viewers as the poetic weatherman who does “The Weather Could Be Verse” before each forecast on WNDU-TV. He has been a local presence in both radio and TV for decades, and has served as master of ceremonies for many charitable functions over the years.
Gary has worked at Channel 16 since 1980. He served as Director of News and Public Affairs from 1985-91 and managed FCC regulatory and First Amendment legal matters. He ran the education program offered through WNDU-TV for the University of Notre Dame for many years, and still teaches Broadcast Journalism and Ethics in Journalism as an Adjunct Professor of Film, Television, and Theatre.
Gary has twice won finalist awards from the prestigious New York Festivals for his documentary writing. He is currently also Vice President of Sales at Welch Packaging in Elkhart. Join Gary and Linda Sieber on this beautiful vacation!
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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.