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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 Budapest followed by 8 days on the tranquil, Blue Danube ending in the dramatic scenery of Bavaria in southern Germany. We will then spend two nights in Prague before returning home.
BUT 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.
So COME ABOARD. We are holding guaranteed space with locked in pricing for our group until January 30, 2023. After that date, if there are unsold cabins, the price will increase. So read on. We think you’ll like what you see. We look forward to hosting your journey along the serene Danube River.
Prices include cruise, taxes, port charges, government fees, Prague hotel, transportation from Prague to Budapest.
Airfare and some optional excursions are additional – Air prices available in December of 2022. Air will be arranged for our group flying Salt Lake City. Airfare can also be arranged from any other gateway city upon request.
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 January 30, 2023 – however some categories are already sold out. Call quickly for best cabin selection.
June 29: Today we gather for our flight via Paris or Amsterdam to Budapest arriving around noon the following day. Flights are available from your home city to meet up with us along the way. Our once in a lifetime trip is underway.
June 30: Budapest, Hungary: Upon arrival, transfer to the ship, home for the next seven nights. The afternoon is at leisure to become acquainted with the ship or begin exploring the city on your own. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a traditional Hungarian dinner and a folk dancing and musical performance by local entertainers onboard. Meal: D
July 1: Budapest: Architecture from across the centuries shines a light on the history of the Hungarian capital. Originally two separate cities, Buda to the west and Pest to the east, offer incredibly different views on the culture of one of the liveliest cities in Eastern Europe. Today, you will have the opportunity to explore the city during a guided tour, including Heroes’ Square and the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Andrássy Avenue and Buda Castle District. Alternatively, enjoy a hike to Buda Hill for a postcard-worthy panorama of the Danube banks. Meals: B, L, D
July 2: Bratislava, Slovakia: This morning, relax onboard as the ship sails to Bratislava. Witness Bratislava Castle, perched atop a hill, as you arrive into port. During the guided walking tour, meander through the heart of the city as you view the lavish Episcopal Summer Palace, the neo-Renaissance façade of the Slovak National Theater, and charming streets lined with quaint shops and cafés. Alternatively, choose to join the hike to the castle for a look around the gardens and overview of the Danube. This afternoon, a highlight of the day will be a home-hosted visit where you are treated to tasty homemade specialties in the home of local Slovakians. What a unique opportunity to meet the locals and learn about life in Slovakia! Meals: B, L, D
July 3: Vienna, Austria: Welcome to Vienna, the capital of classical music and world-famous are exhibitions. Today we will show you the highlights of imperial Vienna and then you have a choice of activities: explore Austria’s art history on an included tour featuring a visit to the Kunsthistorisches Museum, the largest art museum in the country and one of the most important museums in the world. OR, explore on two wheels with a bike ride along the river, arriving at Danube Island. Tonight there is an option to see a Viennese concert with music from Mozart and Strauss. Meals: B, L, D.
July 4: Krems – Dürnstein: The day begins with a guided tour of Gottweig Abbey, one of Austria’s most important Benedictine abbeys. Sitting atop a hill near Krems, this architectural treasure overlooks the UNESCO World Heritage Wachau Valley. Upon returning to the ship, enjoy the breathtaking scenery of this beautiful valley enroute to Dürnstein – “The Pearl of the Wachau Valley” – dominated by the magnificent Baroque Stiftskirche. Alternatively, cycle past the terraced vineyards and castles as you join a guided bike tour from Krems to Dürnstein. Meals: B, L, D
July 5: Engelhartzell, Germany – Passau: After a relaxing morning onboard, the ship arrives in Passau where cobblestone streets and graceful arcades welcome you. On an included walking tour, stroll through the old town’s narrow alleyways and see the hilltop Oberhaus Fortress from the town below. St. Stephen’s Cathedral is a wonderful example of Baroque architecture and home to Europe’s largest church organ with more than 17,000 pipes. After a bit of free time, return to the ship for lunch and a leisurely afternoon sailing along the river to Regensburg. Meals: B, L, D
July 6: Regensburg: A morning arrival in Regensburg brings you to one of Germany’s best-preserved medieval cities and home to one of the oldest bridges crossing the Danube. As a local guide leads you through cobblestone lanes on a walking tour, discover the UNESCO World Heritage old town and see many of the city’s architectural highlights. The site affords a fascinating view of the surrounding landscape and the river below. This evening, enjoy a traditional Bavarian band onboard. The ship remains docked in Regensburg overnight. Meals: B, L, D
July 7: Today we will be transferred by coach to enchanting Prague, the political, cultural and economic center of the Czech state for over 1100 years. This is a special place and it is not to be rushed. We’ll begin to see the city today with w local guide that will show us the highlights including the Prague Castle regarded as the largest ancient castle in the world. We’ll also see the Astronomical Clock, Charles Bridge, the old town square and visit the Cathedral of St. Vitus. We’ll see the old and the new that comprise today’s Prague. You’ll have a chance to get dinner on your own tonight in the old city. Meals: B
July 8: This morning, we will have a poignant visit to the Terezin Concention Camp which was the largest in the Czech Repubic. An expert guide will share the history. We then return to Prague and you’ll have to explore on your own as we visit local outdoor markets, browse in the narrow streets and watch the artists creating their masterpieces. A farewell dinner is included this evening. Meals: B, D
July 9: Today we return to the airport in Prague for our flights home. Meals: B
To make a reservation, simply fill out the attached reservation form and send it to us with a deposit of $300 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 E: 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