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One of the great water highways of the world is the beautiful Danube River. Important parts of Europe have grown and thrived due to the benefits of this magnificent water way. Webb Tours has teamed up with Emerald Cruises to offer this exciting vacation that will take you first to Munich with the dramatic scenery of Bavaria followed by 8 days on the tranquil, Blue Danube ending in Budapest for our flight home.
AND WE’LL DO IT IN DECEMBER TO ENJOY THE BEAUTY AND ATMOSPHERE OF THE INCREDIBLE CHRISTMAS MARKETS IN AUSTRIA AND GERMANY!
BUT TO BE INCLUDED, YOU HAVE TO ACT QUICKLY! Cruising the rivers of Europe is very popular, especially to enjoy the Christmas Markets! Also, riverboats are of course much smaller than cruise ships, welcoming several hundred guests instead of several thousand. And some of the most charming towns and scenery in Europe happen to be on the rivers. For all of these reasons, space is carefully monitored and often sold out 8-9 months before departure.
So COME ABOARD. We are holding guaranteed space with locked in pricing for our group until March 31, 2023. After that date, if there are unsold cabins, the price will increase. So read on. We think you’ll like what you see. And for this river cruise, AIRFARE FROM YOUR HOME CITY IN THE UNITED STATES IS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE as long as you register by the deadline.
We look forward to hosting to enjoy CHRISTMAS ON THE DANUBE!
Prices include cruise, taxes, port charges, government fees, AND AIRFARE!
Some optional excursions are additional. See detailed itinerary
IMPORTANT NOTE: TO BE INCLUDED, YOU HAVE TO ACT QUICKLY! Cruising the rivers of Europe is very popular and for good reason. Also, riverboats are of course much smaller than cruise ships, welcoming several hundred guests instead of several thousand. And some of the most charming towns and scenery in Europe happen to be on the rivers. For all of these reasons, space is carefully monitored and often sold out 9 months before departure. We are holding guaranteed space until March 31, 2023 – however some categories are already sold out. Call quickly for best cabin selection.
December 7: Depart the USA: Depart the USA on your overnight flight to Munich, Germany
December 8: Regensburg, Germany: Welcome to Germany! All flights must arrive by 2:00pm. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred from the airport to your Emerald Cruises Star-ship in Regensburg. After boarding, explore the ship and become acquainted with the amenities. Later, enjoy a welcome dinner onboard. Meal: D
Decembe 9: Regensburg, Germany: Your exploration of Germany begins in this historic city. On your guided walking tour, view one of the oldest bridges crossing the Danube and see the city’s architectural highlights including the Old Town Hall. Visit the famous Christmas Market at the Thurn & Taxis Palace grounds, try a mug of Glühwein and treat yourself to homemade gingerbread! Meals: B, L, D
NOTE: Optional excursion today to visit additional Christmas Market in Nuremberg
December 10: Passau: Cobblestone streets and graceful arcades welcome you in this beautiful city. During the walking tour, stroll through the old town’s narrow alleys and see the hilltop Oberhaus Fortress from the town below. The tour ends at St. Stephen’s Cathedral, where you’ll find a Chirstkindlmarkt filled with gingerbread-like stalls selling handmade gifts and tasty treats in an atmosphere of twinkling lights. Meals: B, L, D
December 11: Dürnstein – Krems, Austria: Take a stroll through the picturesque village of Dürnstein, decorated in holiday splendor. It’s also the site of the castle where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned after returning from the crusades in the 12th century. The cruise continues as you sail through the spectacular Wachau Valley, on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, to Krems. Upon arrival, depart for a guided tour of Göttweig Abbey. This Benedictine monastery, perched high atop a vineyard and forestcovered hill, offers stunning views over the Wachau Valley. Inside the abbey, admire its architectural highlights, antique decorations and furnishings. Meals: B, L, D
December 12: Vienna, Austria: This capital city is comprised of grand boulevards, ornate palaces, amazing architecture and storied history. Also famous for art exhibitions and museums, your included tour visits the Kunsthistorisches Museum, the largest art museum in the country. After the tour, enjoy free time to visit the wonderful Christmas Markets throughout the city. Meals: B, L, D
Note: Optional excursion this evening to enjoy an exclusive Viennese Concert.
December 13: Bratislava, Slovakia: Learn about Slovakian culture during a visit to Bratislava, capital of the Republic of Slovakia. Enjoy a sightseeing tour including the enchanting Old City with its Town Hall, Slovak National Theater and the Gothic Cathedral of St. Martin. Bratislava is also home to charming Christmas markets where you can shop for handmade ornaments and holiday craft items. Meals: B, L, D
December 14: Budapest, Hungary: Budapest, Eastern Europe’s most cosmopolitan capital, is known for the rich architecture and historic monuments along both sides of the Danube. This UNESCO World-Heritage listed city is a true delight during the season with its Christmas Market and festive display of holiday decorations. Your guided coach tour will introduce you to the city as it passes Buda Castle, the Chain Bridge and Andrássy Avenue – the main shopping area lined with spectacular Neo-Renaissance townhomes, cafés, boutiques and theaters, among them the State Opera House. This evening you’ll be delighted by a traditional Hungarian folklore show onboard. Meals: B, L, D
December 15: Budapest, Hungary / USA: After breakfast, bid farewell to your fellow travelers as you disembark the ship. Transfer to the Budapest airport, taking home warm memories of Europe at Christmastime. Meal: B
To make a reservation, simply fill out the attached reservation form and send it to us with a deposit of $400 per person. When we receive your deposit, we will mail you a receipt confirming that you are registered for the tour. A letter with instructions, hotel itinerary flight information (if applicable) and luggage tags will be sent 100 days prior to departure at which time the balance will be due. You do not need to pay the balance until after you receive that packet. We require final payments in the form of a check. If that is not possible, arrangements can be made to use a credit card. Webb Tours accepts Visa, Amex, Mastercard and Discover. A 2.5% surcharge will be added for final payments made by credit card. There is no additional charge for original deposits made with credit cards.
We understand that you may need to cancel your trip for whatever reason. Due to the high demand for river cruises and the rules enforced by our suppliers, the deposit is non refundable once paid. If it is 95 days or more before departure, all money will be refunded. Here is a summary of the cancellation penalties:
For airlines, specifically, tickets are generally non refundable when purchased. However, most airlines will allow the value of the canceled tickets to be reused for future travel, though a penalty may be assessed to reuse the tickets. If you have to cancel, Webb Tours will work with other providers to obtain as much refund as possible for our travelers. Our travelers know us to be very fair in this regard.
To avoid cancellation penalties, cancellation insurance may be purchased. Insurance will reimburse you for the non-refundable cancellation penalties imposed if you must cancel your trip for a covered reason like illness, injury or death to you, a traveling companion or an immediate family member. Other reasons for cancellation include Common Carrier-caused delays due to inclement weather, jury duty, or a documented traffic accident in route to departure. Price of the insurance depends on your stateroom category as follows:
Category D: Call for premium amount
Category C: Call for premium amount
Category B: Call for premium amount
Insurance is purchased through the cruise line and may be purchased any time up to the point you make your final payment. Insurance cannot be purchased after your final payment is made. Webb Tours is not the insurer and acts as agent for the insurance company. To activate your insurance, we need your premium and your birth date.
Mail deposit and enclosed reservation form to:
2378 Evergreen Avenue
Salt Lake City, UT 84109
Tel. (801) 278-3101
or Toll Free 1-800-658-8519