Symphony on the Blue Danube
Prague to Budapest
Trip Type: By River
Group Size: 110 guests
Price: Starting from $5,995 per person
Activity Level: Moderately Active (see below)
Co-sponsored with: National Trust for Historic Preservation, Princeton, Washington University in St. Louis, Yale
This unique combination of river and land travel includes three nights in Prague and a seven-night cruise on the legendary Blue Danube from Passau, Germany, to Budapest, Hungary, aboard the deluxe Amadeus Silver II. The custom-designed itinerary has been carefully orchestrated to include private classical music performances and a comprehensive schedule of guided excursions featuring delightful Salzburg, magnificent Melk Abbey, the storybook village of Dürnstein, imperial Vienna and medieval Bratislava.
- Walking tour of Prague through the Staré M˘esto (Old Town) and Josefov (Old Jewish Quarter) and to the historic Charles Bridge.
- Private tour and brief performance of Mozart’s music in the Estates Theater, where the legendary composer performed.
- Seven-night cruise on the scenic Danube River from Passau, Germany, to Budapest, Hungary.
- Excursion to Schönbrunn Palace and Gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
- Tour of Budapest, a UNESCO World Heritage site, highlighted by a visit to the Hungarian State Opera House.
Schedule by day
- Oct 10: Depart the U.S. or Canada
- Oct 11: Prague, Czech Republic
- Oct 12: Prague
- Oct 13: Prague
- Oct 14: Prague/Passau, Germany/Embark Amadeus Silver II
- Oct 15: Linz, Austria, for Salzburg
- Oct 16: Melk/Dürnstein
- Oct 17: Vienna
- Oct 18: Vienna
- Oct 19: Vienna/Bratislava, Slovakia
- Oct 20: Budapest, Hungary
- Oct 21: Budapest/Disembark ship/Return to the U.S. or Canada
Per person double occupancy:
- Category 6: $5,995
- Category 5: $6,315 / single occupancy $10,815
- Category 4: $6,815
- Category 3: $7,415
- Category 2: $7,715 / single occupancy $12,815
- Category 1: $8,015
- Junior Suite: $9,015
- 3 nights at the Prague InterContinental Hotel in Prague
- 7 nights abaord the Amadeus Silver II
Optional Berlin pre-program extension
October 7-11, 2017
- One of Europe’s preeminent centers of history, art and music, Berlin is known for its world-class museums, grand opera house and eclectic architecture. Explore the Pergamon Museum on the UNESCO World Heritage-designated Museum Island; visit the Wall Museum at Checkpoint Charlie, the former border crossing between East and West Berlin; and enjoy a panoramic city tour cruise along the Spree River. En route to Prague, enjoy a walking tour through seldom-visited Dresden, known as the “Jewel Box of Germany” for its splendid Baroque and Rococo architecture and its cultural and artistic significance. Accommodations for three nights are in the ideally located, deluxe Westin Grand Berlin Hotel
- Per person double occupancy: $1,135
- Single occupancy: $1,535
Optional Budapest post-program extension
October 21-23, 2017
- Extend your stay in captivating Budapest, amid the majestic hills of Buda and the artistic, bohemian avenues of Pest on either side of the Danube River. Visit the stately, Gothic Revival-style Parliament Building, and enjoy an excursion into Hungary’s great protected Puszta (plains), including a display of master horsemanship and a traditional regional lunch. Accommodations are for two nights in the Five-Star Sofitel Budapest Chain Bridge Hotel.
- Per person double occupancy: $750
- Single occupancy: $1,150
Activity level: Moderately active
Many of the cities and towns being visited were founded centuries ago, and the terrain is rugged. Therefore, a fair amount of walking along narrow cobblestone streets, stone floors or uneven and/or slippery terrain and climbing several flights of stairs (some without railings) is to be expected. Walking excursions often cover distances of at least 2-3 miles and are approximately three hours in length.
Participants must be able to embark and disembark motor coaches alone or with minimal assistance from their travel companion. Participants must be able to climb stairs and step over raised thresholds or bulkheads aboard the ship without assistance.
Margaret Brooks Robinson Professor of Celtic Languages and Literatures; Chair of the Department of Celtic Languages and Literatures
Catherine McKenna will lecture on The Ancient Peoples of the Danube Valley; Origins and Achievements of Ancient Celtic Art; and The Shifting Politics of the European Common Denominator.
Mode of Travel
The meticulous crafting of the deluxe Amadeus Silver II, newly launched in 2015, sets new standards in ship design and technology and features the comforts of a deluxe floating hotel.
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