Danube River Cruise with Jim Kern

  • Dates:July 11 - 24, 2018

Discover the history, culture and cuisine along the Danube River with Jim Kern. Travel to Prague, Czech Republic and spend three nights there followed by a splendid 7-night Nuremberg to Vienna cruise and finally explore Vienna for two more nights. Opt into optional excursions onshore such as hiking, biking or special interest tours. You will be in awe of the castles and enjoy sampling many of the famous Czech and Bavarian beers and wine tastings. Don’t miss this luxurious river cruise along the Danube with Jim Kern!

THURSDAY, JULY 12
PRAGUE

Arrive in Prague, Czech Republic and transfer to your hotel. The day and evening are free for you to explore all that Prague has to offer. Several opportunities to enjoy Czech food, beer and culture throughout this city.

FRIDAY, JULY 13
PRAGUE

Discover Prague with a choice of a city tour or a castle hike. Both will reveal why Prague is considered one of Europe’s most attractive cities, with a historic city center that’s recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See all the key highlights, including the National Museum, Wenceslas Square, the 1,000 year-old Prague Castle and Old Market Square. (B)

SATURDAY, JULY 14
PRAGUE

Spend a day at your leisure. Wander through the city admiring its diversity of architectural styles: Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo and Art Nouveau. Meander through its colorful local markets or simply relax in a café to enjoy the many famous Czech beers. (B)

SUNDAY, JULY 15
PRAGUE—PILZEN—NUREMBERG

Depart from Prague via motorcoach and enjoy a stop in Pilzen, known for producing Pilsner beer. After a walking tour of local highlights, drive to Nuremberg where you will board your ship, the AmaSonata. (B, D)

MONDAY, JULY 16
NUREMBERG

Famous for its ancient castle, gingerbread and toy manufacturing, Nuremberg was also home to the infamous WWII-era Zeppelin Field and subsequent War Crimes Trials. You have two choices of excursions: one focusing on the medieval highlights and the second focusing on WWII. Enjoy a guided tour through this well-preserved medieval city, showcasing the Imperial Castle, famous town wall and the legendary fountain of the Market Square. Or turn back the pages of a darker history with a guided tour of the city’s most important WWII sites, including the coliseum. You’ll also visit the Nuremberg Trials Memoriam, and Courtroom 600 if the courtroom is not in session. Later in the afternoon, cruise through the manmade marvel, the Main-Danube Canal. (B,L,D)

TUESDAY, JULY 17
REGENSBURG

Regensburg is one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities, and you’ll discover why on a guided walking tour showcasing the city’s architectural highlights, including the Old Town Hall and the Porta Praetoria. As an alternative option, sample some Bavarian specialties—beer, sausage and pretzels. If you prefer a more active adventure, join a bike tour to Walhalla where you will see the Neoclassical white marble temple built to honor the memory of famous Germans. (B,L,D)

WEDNESDAY, JULY 18
PASSAU

Discover the 2,000-year-old city of Passau in one of three ways. Enjoy a walking tour and marvel at Gothic and Italian Baroque architecture and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Guests looking for a more active morning can choose between a guided bike tour along the Danube River, or a guided hike up to the Veste Oberhaus Fortress for panoramic views overlooking three rivers. (B,L,D)

THURSDAY, JULY 19
LINZ

Opt for a full-day excursion to Salzburg, Mozart’s birthplace, where you’ll tour such places as the historic center and Mirabell Gardens. En route to Salzburg, stop at Mondsee, home of the famed Basilica St. Michael and site of the wedding scene in “The Sound of Music.” Alternatively, you can choose two morning excursions in Linz. Join a walking tour through the old city center and by the Mozart House, where he composed the Linz Symphony in only three days. Or go on a guided bike tour along the city’s famed “Culture Mile” and the Danube. During the afternoon, you have three more choices of excursions. You can also choose to visit the charming mountain town, Český Krumlov, located just over the Czech-Austrian border. (B,L,D)

FRIDAY, JULY 20
MELK—WACHAU VALLEY—DÜRNSTEIN  —KREMS

Cruise to Melk, where you can visit its magnificent Benedictine Abbey, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Europe’s most revered monasteries. You can also join a guided bike tour through the UNESCO-designated Wachau Valley that will take you to Dürnstein where you’ll meet the ship. For those not biking, you’ll cruise through the Wachau Valley to Dürnstein. Once here, you have a choice of excursions. Join a walking tour along Dürnstein's cobblestone streets to the luminous blue facade of the Baroque Stiftskirche, before enjoying a local wine tasting. For a more active adventure, hike up to the fortress where Richard the Lionheart was once held. You may also choose to visit a local apricot grower, where you’ll enjoy the finest apricot treats in the region. Later set sail to Krems, where you can choose between wine tasting or a walking tour. (B,L,D)

SATURDAY, JULY 21
VIENNA

Experience the regal elegance of Vienna with one of three different excursions. Join a city tour that takes you by the majestic Opera House and the former Imperial Palace of the Habsburg Emperors. Afterwards, visit Vienna’s historic city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and see St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the world famous Spanish Riding School. Alternatively, join an exclusive tour to a famous Viennese café for a taste of sachetorte, a sinfully rich chocolate cake, and sekt, an Austrian sparkling wine. For those who prefer to get more active, you can cycle along the Danube and through the Donaupark. During the afternoon, enjoy free time or bike to the majestic twelfth-century Klosterneuburg Monastery. (B,L,D)

SUNDAY, JULY 22
VIENNA

Disembark your ship and transfer to your hotel. The day is yours to enjoy and explore the city of Vienna. (B)

MONDAY, JULY 23
VEINNA

Uncover “Vienna’s Royal Treasures” at the Hofburg Palace, the former residence of the Habsurgs.You’ll visit the lavishly decorated Imperial Apartments and Imperial Treasury, home to many of the Habsburg’s treasures, including the Crown of the Holy Roman Empire and the Austrian Imperial Crown. (B)

TUESDAY, JULY 24
RETURN HOME

Prepare for your return flight home. (B)

 

SPECIAL INCLUDED EXPERIENCES: 

  • Entertainment-On-Demand in all staterooms featuring free high-speed internet access, movies,
    a music library and English language TV stations
  • Fine dining, including unlimited complimentary hand-selected wines, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on board
  • Sip & Sail daily cocktail hour
  • Guided shore excursions in every port
  • Complimentary bicycles, helmets and Nordic walking sticks
  • Services of a professionally trained Cruise Manager throughout your cruise and land stay

 

Included:

  • Fully Escorted by Jim Kern
  • 12-night accommodations, taxes and luggage handling
  • Airport transfers
  • Sightseeing and admissions as per the itinerary
  • 12 full breakfasts (B), 6 lunches (L) and 7 dinners (D) as specified
  • Group travel documents, one travel tote bag

 

Not included:

  • Airfare (discounted group airfare available)
  • Airline baggage fees
  • Personal items
  • Meals not listed in itinerary
  • Tips and Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance

 

STATEROOM CATEGORY

GROUP PRICE*

D - Window: 160 sq ft $5,099
C - French Balcony: 170 sq ft $5,699
BB - French/Outside Balcony: 210 sq ft on Cello Deck $6,199
BA - French/Outside Balcony: 210 sq ft on Violin Deck $6,399
AB - French/Outside Balcony: 235 sq ft on Cello Deck $6,599
AA - French/Outside Balcony: 235 sq ft on Violin Deck $6,799

*Fares are per person only, based on double occupancy, subject to availability and capacity controlled.  Single rates can be quoted upon request.

 

Deposit:  $750 per person
is required to confirm your reservation.

Final Payment:  Due on or before March 23, 2018.

Cancellation Policy:  Deposit is non-refundable.

After March 24, 2018,  trip cost is non-refundable.

 

TRAVEL INSURANCE

Travel insurance is highly recommended and available through Travel Leaders / Destinations Unlimited. If the insurance premium is paid within 14 days of deposit, pre-existing conditions are covered, some limitations apply. If you decline the insurance offered by the agency, we strongly advise the purchase of travel insurance through another broker.

 

PROOF OF CITIZENSHIP

All passengers are required to have a passport valid through January 25, 2019. Non-US citizens must have a valid passport and advise Travel Leaders / Destinations Unlimited of your nationality at the time of deposit.

 

GROUP PHOTO POLICY

Travel Leaders / Destinations Unlimited reserves the right to take photos during any part of the tour and to use them for promotional purposes. By booking a reservation with Travel Leaders / Destinations Unlimited, group members agree to allow their images to be used in such photos. Group members who prefer that their images not be used are asked to advise their group escort at the beginning of the tour.

 

RESPONSIBILITY

Travel Leaders / Destinations Unlimited, escorts and hosts, selected air carrier, selected hotel, ground operators, AmaWaterways, and their affiliates, shall have no liability for loss or damage to baggage and property, or for personal injuries or delay due to the acts or omissions of any carrier, hotel operator, restaurant, or any other supplier of services or facilities caused by weather, strike, war, quarantine or for any other reason. Travel Leaders / Destinations Unlimited acts only as an agent for suppliers in selling travel-related services, accepting reservations, and booking services that are not directly supplied by this travel agency (i.e. air and ground transportation, hotel accommodations, meals, tours, cruises, etc.).

The itinerary, as published, will be followed as closely as possible. If, it is rendered necessary to make changes in this itinerary, the above named providers will not be responsible for any loss or expense caused to guests by reason of such change. The above named providers reserve the right to decline to accept or retain any person, whether with or without cause, at any time. It is understood and agreed that a refund may not be made to guests who do not complete a tour for any cause whatsoever.  Please note that information on this flyer is based on details available at the time of printing and is subject to change. Please read this contract carefully. Any payment constitutes your acceptance of these terms and conditions.

GROUP AIRFARE

Group air arrangements are available from Cedar Rapids at a special price of approximately $1,825 per person round trip. Departures from other cities and seat upgrade information is also available upon request.