Discover & Explore Danube River Cruise

with Elgin Area Chamber of Commerce

October 23, 2022 to November 01, 2022

Day 1: 10/23/2022 - Departure Day

Depart the USA for Munich today.

Day 2: 10/24/2022 - Arrival Day / Munich

Upon arrival in Munich you will be greeted at the airport and transported to your Munich area hotel. Located at the river Isar in the south of Bavaria, is famous for its beautiful architecture, fine culture, and the annual Oktoberfest beer celebration. Munich's cultural scene is second to none and the city center appears mostly as it did in the late 1800s.

Day 3: 10/25/2022 - Munich - Passau

Today you will enjoy a tour of the city of Munich. Admire architectural wonders like the Old Town Hall, St Peter's Church and the Munich Residenz; stroll through the lively Viktualienmarkt; and see the world-famous Hofbr%u00e4uhaus beer hall. Accompanied by an expert guide, you'll have ample opportunities to learn more about Munich's history, cultural heritage and beer-brewing legacy, while walking between the central squares of Marienplatz and Odeonsplatz. Continuing on you will enjoy a scenic drive to Passau, a fairy%u0002tale city founded more than 2,000 years ago, with its unique charm and atmosphere, Passau is one of the most beautiful and spectacular German cities on the Danube. Later this afternoon we will transfer you to the elegant Amadeus ship. Upon embarkation, you will be greeted with a welcome drink. The 5-star Amadeus Queen is sure to offer outstanding accommodations for your 7 night cruise. This evening enjoy a Welcome Aboard Dinner with your fellow travelers. (B, D)

Day 4: 10/26/2022 - Regensburg

Today enjoy a tour of the historic city of Regensburg. Founded by the Romans in 179 AD as Casta Regina (meaning Fortress by the River Regen), Regensburg is one of Germany's oldest towns. It was relatively spared from Allied bombings during World War II. Today, many flock to see the wonderfully intact old city and its many medieval structures. The 12th-century Stone Bridge was used by Crusaders en route to the Holy Land. The Regensburg Cathedral (or Dom St. Peter) is one of southern Germany's finest examples of Gothic architecture. This evening we will make our way back to Passau. (B, L, D)

Day 5: 10/27/2022 - Passau - Linz

he ship returns this morning for a short stop at the three-rivers city of Passau, lying at the confluence of the Danube, the Inn and the Ilz. In the morning, explore the city on your own or take a guided walking excursion. At St. Stephen's Cathedral, see an organ with 17,774 pipes and 233 registers, the second largest in the world. Passau is also the starting point for the full day optional Salzburg excursion. For those remaining on board, relax on the Sun Deck and take in the scenery as the ship moves toward its late afternoon visit to Linz - the third largest city in Austria. Join the walking tour and stroll down the main street which leads to the medieval town square. Enjoy the world famous Linzer Torte (Linzer Cake) in one of the local bakeries before returning to the ship. (B,L,D)

Day 6: 10/28/2022 - Durnstein - Melk - Vienna

This morning presents an opportunity to visit the beautiful Baroque Benedictine Abbey of Melk, which sits on a rocky outcrop overlooking the Danube. This Baroque jewel is filled with beautiful frescoes created by pre-eminent artists of the 18th century and a magnificent library with priceless manuscripts. During lunch onboard, the ship continues to Durnstein, a picturesque wine growers' village located in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Wachau Valley. Explore the village with a local guide or choose an excursion to a local vineyard to sample some of the region's famous Gruner Veltliner wines. The ship arrives in Vienna later this evening. (B,L,D) (Overnight in Vienna)

Day 7: 10/29/2022 - Vienna

After breakfast you will explore the fascinating city of Vienna on our included Vienna City Tour. Explore Vienna's magnificent Ring Boulevard with all its glorious sights such as the Vienna State Opera, Imperial Palace, Parliament and City Hall. You will fall in love with this city. This afternoon enjoy exploring on your own or join our optional Schonbrunn Palace Tour which affords a visit to the former imperial residence of Empress Maria Theresia. The palace is one of Austria's most significant cultural sights. This evening, after dinner, you might enjoy our optional Sounds of Vienna Concert. (B,L,D)

Day 8: 10/30/2022 - Bratislava

This morning we visit Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, which is situated at the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains on the banks of the Danube River. Enjoy an included City Walking Tour of this carefully restored old town. Stroll through Kapilus Lane, where you will be able see the seminar of the priests as well as the Gothic Church of the Clarissin Order. The market square features the highlights of the Old Town, the Roland fountain, the impressive townhouses of the former nobility and the `Primatial Palace` with its remarkable gallery of famous European artists. The 17th century Gobelin collection is particularly worth seeing. On the way back to the vessel, you will pass by the `Hviedaslav Square` with the Opera House, the Ganymed Fountain and the concert hall. (B,L,D)

Day 9: 10/31/2022 - Esztergom - Budapest

Relax on board as the ship makes its way to Budapest, Hungary. For those interested in exploring the Hungarian countryside, the optional excursion departs in Esztergom, with its basilica dedicated to Saint Mary, and continues to Szentendre, known for its art galleries and museums. Rejoin the ship after it docks in Budapest in time for lunch. This afternoon, explore the beautiful Hungarian capital of Budapest on a panoramic tour. The unique Chain Bridge straddles the Danube, connecting the Buda side, with its Fisherman's Bastion, and the Pest side, with its iconic Hungarian Parliament building. (B, L, D) (Overnight in Budapest)

Day 10: 11/01/2022 - Budapest - USA

After disembarking, we will travel to the airport for your flight home, taking with you warm memories of new places and friends. (B)
LEGEND: ( ) = Included meal, B = Breakfast, D = Dinner, DB = Dinner Banquet, L = Lunch
· Roundtrip scheduled airfare<br/>· 7 nights aboard the 5-star Amadeus Queen Cruise Ship<br/>· 1 night in Munich<br/>· Superb dining with all meals included during your cruise (buffet breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner, midnight snack)<br/>· Coffee and tea after lunch and dinner<br/>· Quality red & white wines from <br/> Europe’s great wine regions and beer with every dinner onboard the ship<br/>· Welcome Dinner<br/>· Captain’s Gala Dinner<br/>· Daily onboard music performances<br/>· Chamber Discoveries staff<br/>· Non-smoking environment (smoking permitted only on the Sun-Deck)<br/>· Fuel Surcharges, air and port taxes<br/>· City Tours including: Munich, Passau, Regensburg, Linz, Melk Abbey, Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest
Prices are subject to Deck and Cabin Type
Book early to get the best pricing. Discounts will be applied after your online booking is received.
FULL-DAY EXCURSION TO SALZBURG WITH SALZKAMMERGUT
A two-hour coach ride will bring you to Salzburg - the city of music. The old town with its world-famous Baroque architecture is one of the best-preserved city centers north of the Alps. It was adopted by UNESCO in 1997 and is included on its list of World Cultural Heritage Sites. During the guided tour through the old town you will see the birth house of Mozart (exterior only), as well as other well-known attractions, such as the Getreidegasse. This long, narrow shopping street runs parallel to the river in the center of town. The street is famous for its old-style signage outside each store, indicating the profession found within. Continue to Mirabell Palace, a beautiful castle with gardens, built by an archbishop for his beloved courtesan. The Garden of Dwarfs and the Garden of Roses are especially beautiful. After Lunch on your own, head to the picturesque village of Mondsee, best known as a film location for the famous movie “The Sound of Music”. Enjoy the beautiful scenery as you return to the ship. Approx. 8:30-5 pm.
Per Person Price: $154.00
FOLKLORE DINNER
Offered for the Prague Pre-Cruise Tour: Celebrate an evening in Prague in traditional Czech style with dinner and a show, including unlimited wine, beer, and soda. Travel by coach to a typical Czech restaurant and take a seat for an evening of colorful Czech folklore and feasting. Sip on a complimentary glass of sparkling wine and savor a delicious 3-course dinner of signature Czech dishes as you enjoy a fast-paced show of live music, dancing, and singing. Clap along to the cheerful tunes, tap your feet and perhaps join in the fun on the dance floor!
Per Person Price: $75.00
SCHONBRUNN PALACE TOUR
Mozart performed to the court behind these walls, and Emperor Franz Joseph received news from the WWI trenches in his study. The corridors once echoed to the sound of Empress Maria Theresa’s strategic marriage planning, which helped determine the destinies of countries and continents. At the same time, so much opulence acts as a monument to royal decadence and the extreme inequality of times past. You find yourself wondering if they really needed all those rooms.
Per Person Price: $84.00
SOUNDS OF VIENNA CONCERT
Some of the best-known interpreters of classical Viennese music, present together with excellent opera vocalists and enchanting ballet soloists, an evening full of Viennese charm with the cheerful sound of waltzes, polkas, arias and duets as well as operetta and piano concerto melodies.
Per Person Price: $94.00
Prague Pre Cruise Tour
3 nights accommodation in a first class hotel in Prague, with breakfast each morning! • All transfers included • City Tour of Prague • Visit Old Town Square the heart of Prague, which is filled with houses, churches and other structures dating back to the 13th century. • Optional Tour to the Prague Library & Castle • Optional Prague Folklore Dinner • Prague is a fabulous city. What a great beginning to your Danube cruise!
Room Type
Price
Double
$799.00
Single
$1099.00
Twin
$799.00
*Optional Tours and Tour Extensions require minimum participation numbers and as such are subject to cancellation, change and price changes based upon participation rates.*
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Elgin Area Chamber of Commerce, 31 S Grove Ave, Elgin, Illinois, 60120
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