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20 Day Classic European River Cruise with Amsterdam & Budapest Amsterdam to Budapest, Monarch Baroness

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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

Countries Visited

Austria , Germany , Hungary , Netherlands , Slovakia

Cities Visited

Amsterdam , Budapest

DAY 1, Tuesday - Depart for the Netherlands
Depart for the Netherlands

DAY 2, Wednesday - Arrive in Amsterdam
Welcome to Amsterdam, Holland's sophisticated and modern capital; transfer to your hotel. The remainder of the day is free. Tonight, attend an orientation meeting with your local host at the hotel at approximately 6 PM. We recommend that you select flights which arrive no later than 4 PM
Overnight: Amsterdam

DAY 3, Thursday - Amsterdam City Tour
Today's panoramic tour of 700-year-old Amsterdam introduces you to both the old and the new sections of this city. View the Royal Palace on Amsterdam's Dam Square, the King's official home-away-from-home. On to the Dutch National Monument dedicated by Queen Juliana as a memorial to the victims of WWII and to the unusual Skinny Bridge, once so narrow that pedestrians could not pass each other. Then, board a glass-top boat and cruise the winding canals for an up-close view of the stately historic homes, 16th century warehouses and charming churches with striking bell towers
Overnight: Amsterdam
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Friday - Cruise Embarkation in Amsterdam
Time for personal exploration or shopping in Amsterdam this morning before the afternoon transfer to the port for embarkation. After arrival formalities, rest and relax on board. This evening, meet your Cruise Director and enjoy dinner as it sets the mood for your delightful river cruise
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Saturday - Leisure Morning in Amsterdam, Afternoon Cruising
Morning at leisure on board or pick up some last minute Dutch souvenirs. This afternoon, the ship sails south for Germany
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Sunday - Cologne City Tour
Today join a walking tour of Cologne, highlighted by the soaring twin-steeple Gothic cathedral that is the geographical and spiritual heart of the city. Known for its vibrant art scene, Cologne abounds with cafes, galleries, shops and taverns. After dinner on board, time to explore Cologne's vibrant nightlife before setting sail
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Monday - Morning in Koblenz & Afternoon Cruising
The ship docks this morning in Koblenz, located at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers. Join an orientation walk this morning and free time to explore the Romanesque architecture and imposing defensive towers of this 2000-year old city. Or, join the optional tour to the dramatic Marksburg Castle, the only hill castle on the Rhine that's never been destroyed and has been continuously occupied for over 700 years. During lunch, set sail and spend a relaxing afternoon on board, taking in the spectacular vistas as the ship sails past castles perched on lofty cliffs, terraced vineyards and tiny villages. Pass the mighty Lorelei Rock on the eastern bank of the Rhine rising vertically from the waters, named for the siren "Lorelei" who bewitched sailors passing by
Optional: Marksburg Castle Tour (AM)
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Tuesday - Miltenberg Walking Tour
After a leisurely morning on board, arrive in the picturesque Bavarian village of Miltenberg, a jewel on the banks of the Main River. Discover the Market Square with its Renaissance-era fountain, the Merchant Hall with its stunning Gothic architecture and the unique 14th and 15th century half-timbered houses. Rejoin the ship just before dinner and set sail for Wurzburg
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Wednesday - Wurzburg City Tour
Discover Wurzburg, named the "Pearl of the Romantic Road," with its dramatic Marienberg fortress, 15th century bridge and lush vineyards. Your tour takes you to the ornate Bishops' Residenz Palace, a stunning example of Baroque architecture, home to the largest ceiling fresco ever painted, named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This afternoon, explore the town on your own or relax on board
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10, Thursday - Bamberg City Tour
Today, dock in historic Bamberg, former residence of one of Germany's most powerful imperial dynasties and today a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Begin your walk in the medieval city center with its impressive 11th century Romanesque cathedral and gorgeous Rose Garden. After, view the very unusual City Hall built on a tiny island in the middle of the Regnitz River and Little Venice, an area of colorful fishermen's houses. This afternoon is free to explore Bamberg independently, before setting sail this evening while you dine on board
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11, Friday - Nuremberg City Tour
Today explore Nuremberg, an energetic city with a visible history of almost one thousand years. The guided excursion visits the historic Palace of Justice where the War Crimes Tribunal met in 1946 and continues to the vibrant Market Square. After lunch on board the ship, the afternoon is free to further discover this wonderful city on your own. Stroll through the shops that fill the Old Town or walk along the fortified walls of Nuremberg Castle. In the late afternoon set sail for Regensburg
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12, Saturday - Regensburg City Tour
This morning relax on board as the ship cruises the Danube River. Arrive to Regensburg in early afternoon, one of Germany's largest and best preserved medieval cities, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The guided walking tour highlights the city's stunning architecture as you view the Old Town Hall, Dom St. Peter and the Porta Praetoria, gateway to an ancient Roman fort built in 179 AD. Marvel at beautiful churches and one of the oldest stone bridges crossing the Danube. Return to the ship or spend the afternoon at leisure discovering the delights of Regensburg on your own. Tonight, after dinner, set sail for Passau
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 13, Sunday - Morning in Passau
Dock this morning in 2500-year-old Passau, known for its pastel patrician houses, cafes, cobblestone lanes and riverfront promenade. Passau is a Bavarian town with a mix of Roman, Italian Baroque and Gothic architecture. Explore Passau on a guided walking tour in the morning, or join the optional full day tour to picturesque Salzburg, birthplace of Mozart and setting for the Sound of Music. The walking tour will include some of Salzburg's most historic sites including Mirabell Palace, the Abbey, Salzburg Cathedral, and St. Peter's Cemetery. After lunch at a local restaurant, there will be time to discover Salzburg on your own before returning to the ship. If you choose to remain onboard the ship, continue sailing during lunch and relax this afternoon. In early evening, all passengers will rejoin the ship and continue sailing for Melk
Optional: Tour of Salzburg (PM)
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 14, Monday - Melk Abbey
Disembark in Melk this morning for a guided tour of the historic Benedictine Abbey, considered one of the finest examples of Baroque architecture in Europe. View the Abbot's chambers, the Kaiser's walk and the lavish library. Then, return to the ship and continue cruising through the scenic Wachau Valley. This afternoon, arrive in the village of Durnstein, one of the prettiest towns on the Danube. Free time to stroll this quintessential village in the heart of the Wachau wine district. Walk along medieval cobblestone streets revealing 16th century town houses and wine taverns
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 15, Tuesday - Vienna City Tour
Drive along the famed Ringstrasse, Vienna┬┤s main boulevard, lined with magnificent palaces, parks and momuments, as well as the Opera House and the Austrian Parliament. You will walk through the lavish Hofburg Palace on the way to St. Stephans Cathedral. Spend the afternoon at leisure, or, join the optional tour to the magnificent Schonbrunn Palace, once summer residence of the Habsburgs. Visit the gorgeous apartments and stroll through the world-famous manicured gardens. Tonight, perhaps take the opportunity to attend an evening of Viennese culture in the "City of Music" at an optional recital performance of the classical masterpieces of Mozart and Strauss
Optional: Schonbrunn Palace Tour (PM)
Optional: Classical Viennese Recital (PM)
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 16, Wednesday - Bratislava City Tour
This morning, enjoy the tranquil scenery as you sail along the scenic Danube. At noon, arrive in Bratislava, capital of Slovakia, a mix of modern and Baroque architecture. This capital city is among the youngest in Europe, yet retains a rich history dating back more than 2000 years. Walk along the cobblestone lanes of the historic town center; view St. Martin's Cathedral, coronation site of the kings of Hungary, the 13th century Old Town Hall and the Franciscan church. Time to explore this colorful city on your own before returning to the ship for dinner as you sail for stunning Budapest
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 17, Thursday - Budapest City Tour
Begin the morning tour on the Pest side of the city; view the Parliament, City Park and Heroes Square. Admire the Buda side with beautiful views of the Royal Palace, Matthias Church and the graceful medieval architecture. Explore the city's wonderful shops and cafes this afternoon on your own. Tonight, enjoy a lavish dinner on board
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 18, Friday - Disembarkation, Budapest Castle District Tour
This morning, bid farewell to your Cruise Director and meet your local host. Begin the day with a tour of the Budapest Castle District. Head to Philosophers' Garden, featuring bronze statues of philosophers and religious figures. Walk around the garden, offering beautiful views of the city. Stroll around cobbled streets of the Castle Hill quarter and learn about its fascinating history. View Royal Palace and from Fisherman's Bastion, admire panoramic views of the city. Free time to explore the area on your own before visiting the 13th century Matthias Church, the coronation site of Hungarian kings. Afterward, check into your hotel. Tonight perhaps, join the optional dinner and show in Budapest. Travel to the outskirts of Budapest for a traditional Hungarian dinner in a scenic forested location. While dining, you'll be entertained by colorfully dressed dancers performing a variety of spirited folk dances accompanied by a group playing live music
Optional: Dinner & Show in Budapest (PM)
Overnight: Budapest
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 19, Saturday - Full Day in Budapest
Today, discover the delights of Budapest independently. Immerse yourself in the heritage of the "City of Baths" and visit a traditional Turkish bath house with its thermal pools and spas or, stroll along the Danube Promenade, a walkway along the Danube that goes from the Elisabeth Bridge to Chain Bridge, offering stunning views of the capital. Another option is to head to Margaret Island, a quiet getaway within the city, that serves as a recreational park, located in the middle of the Danube River
Overnight: Budapest
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 20, Sunday - Depart Hungary
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Inclusions

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River Cruise Package Includes

  • Flights New York-Budapest, Amsterdam-New York or vice versa
    Other departure cities available.
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 18 nights First Class accommodations
  • 2 nights Amsterdam
  • 14 nights outside cabin aboard the Deluxe or the Superior First Class
  • 2 nights Budapest
  • River port charges of $380 per person
  • Cruise & hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 45 meals: 18 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 14 dinners
  • Cruise director & activities host throughout cruise
  • Local host in Amsterdam & Budapest
  • Services of local guides in all major cities
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring during excursions
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    Special Features

  • In Amsterdam, board a glass-top boat and cruise the winding canals
  • Sail on the legendary Rhine to Cologne, capital of the Rhineland
  • View the mighty Lorelei Rock named for the siren "Lorelei" rising vertically from the waters
  • Walk in Bamberg's medieval center with its 11th century Romanesque cathedral
  • In Nuremberg, visit the historic Palace of Justice where the War Crimes Tribunal met in 1946
  • Marvel at the beautiful churches and ancient stone bridges in Regensburg
  • In Melk, join a guided tour of the historic Benedictine Abbey
  • Stop in Durnstein, one of the prettiest towns on the Danube
  • Tour romantic Vienna with its legendary opulence and elegance
  • Take a guided walking tour of charming Bratislava, capital of Slovakia
  • See magnificent panoramic views of Budapest from atop Fisherman's Bastion
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    River Cruise Features & Amenities

  • Welcome dinner and farewell dinner
  • Wine and beer with dinners
  • Locally inspired recipes
  • Early riser breakfast in addition to buffet breakfast
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access in public areas
  • Self-serve coffee and tea station
  • Lounge serving premium spirits
  • Fitness center
  • Non-smoking ship interior
  • Shore excursions conducted exclusively in English by licensed guides
  • Know Before You Book - High & Low Water

    European river cruising has gained in popularity for very good reason. It's a relaxing and convenient way to experience Europe while enjoying the comfort of a deluxe ship. However, before making the decision to reserve your vacation, please be aware of potential conditions which may impact your cruise. While most of the time river cruises operate exactly as planned, weather conditions may result in high or low water levels which impact a ship's itinerary and, on occasion, render a ship unable to sail at all. On very rare occasions, other events such as heavy fog, a damaged lock, or an incapacitated vessel blocking the river, may impact a sailing. These events typically occur with little or no notice. In the event that a cruise is partially or completely impacted, the itinerary will be operated by deluxe motor coach, accompanied by a Tour Manager, with overnights in hotels. When the option exists, the operator will "swap ships" with another vessel sailing in the opposite direction, retaining the sailing experience. Crew, ship and cabin configuration may differ. The itinerary will include as many of the originally scheduled sightseeing features as possible, considering the travel time and distances required, as well as meals. While it is not possible to recreate the more leisurely comforts of sailings, we will endeavor to provide a comparable itinerary. These alternative services will be provided at no additional charge.

    †Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

    Not Included:
    Optional shore excursions and gratuities.


    Additional Information:
    Land/Cruise only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.

    Due to physical constraints and space limitations, wheelchairs and walkers are not allowed on motor coaches and/or river cruises. There are no elevators or chair lifts on board. Kindly refer to our Terms for additional information.

    While sailing with Monarch Cruises, passengers are subject to the cruise's Terms & Conditions which can be viewed at:

    Know Before You Book - High & Low Water

    European river cruising has gained in popularity for very good reason. It's a relaxing and convenient way to experience Europe while enjoying the comfort of a deluxe ship. However, before making the decision to reserve your vacation, please be aware of potential conditions which may impact your cruise. While most of the time river cruises operate exactly as planned, weather conditions may result in high or low water levels which impact a ship's itinerary and, on occasion, render a ship unable to sail at all. On very rare occasions, other events such as heavy fog, a damaged lock, or an incapacitated vessel blocking the river, may impact a sailing. These events typically occur with little or no notice. In the event that a cruise is partially or completely impacted, the itinerary will be operated by deluxe motor coach, accompanied by a Tour Manager, with overnights in hotels. When the option exists, the operator will "swap ships" with another vessel sailing in the opposite direction, retaining the sailing experience. Crew, ship and cabin configuration may differ. The itinerary will include as many of the originally scheduled sightseeing features as possible, considering the travel time and distances required, as well as meals. While it is not possible to recreate the more leisurely comforts of sailings, we will endeavor to provide a comparable itinerary. These alternative services will be provided at no additional charge.

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    At Gate 1 we take your safety and security very seriously. We have a strong network of tour managers, local offices, ground operators and colleagues which help us stay informed in all the destinations that we operate. We closely monitor local situations which enable us to make the operational decisions necessary to keep our tours running safely. Millions of people travel the world each year and experience enjoyable and safe trips but crimes against people and property are sadly a fact of life. It is very important to be aware of your surroundings and avoid drawing attention to yourself. Please remember that you have the same responsibility for your personal safety and possessions as you do at home. It is essential to prepare for a safe and healthy travel abroad. Therefore before you travel, we strongly recommend that you visit the website of the US Department of State at https://travel.state.gov/content/travel.html for up-to-date travel advice on the countries that you are visiting. The website provides useful information on subjects such as safety and security information, health precautions and medications, health insurance and additional tips for traveling abroad. If you do not reside in the United States, we recommend you check your government's travel advisory website for any country you will be visiting. We recommend that you review the safety guidance that may be provided by us, our agents or suppliers, either before you go or when you arrive in your destination. You can also find helpful tips on our website in the "Trip Preparation" tab of each of our tour packages. We do know that in-spite of careful planning, things can sometimes still go wrong, so rest assured, we will be there to help and support you.

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