Bavaria, Austria and Budapest

The best of the Main and Danube rivers

Base Fare:
$9,540 per guest, double occupancy

Your Journey includes

Locals guide tours of Würzburg, the Melk Abbey, Vienna with Schönbrunn Palace, Budapest, Bratislava and more.
All entrance fees during included excursions.
All meals daily while on board and while on shore excursion.
Wine, beer, juice with dinner.
15 night cruise aboard the DA VINCI.

Round trip air fare from Toronto. Air gateways available across Canada.
Private car home pick up service.

Bavaria, Austria and Budapest

Whether you love beautiful blooms, full-bodied beer, or breathtaking basilicas, your 17-day journey through Bavaria, Austria, and Budapest is sure to satisfy. Wander through the enchanting gardens of Würzburg. Savour local Bavarian beer during a tasting with our local expert. Be enraptured by a gala concert in Vienna, one of the most romantic cities in the world. Revel in the splendour of Schönbrunn Palace, Matthias Church, and Esztergom Basilica. Whatever your interests, this region of Europe will not only indulge them—it is sure to introduce you to many new delights.

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Base Fare:
$9,540 per guest, double occupancy

Experience, Learn and Discover on intimate excursions

  • Experience more of the stunning Altmühl Valley than any other river boat.
  • Locals guide tours of
    • Würzburg,
    • Bamberg,
    • Nürnberg,
    • Regensburg,
    • Passau,
    • Grein,
    • the Melk Abbey,
    • Vienna with Schönbrunn Palace,
    • Budapest,
    • Bratislava
    • and more
  • Entrance to the Bishops Residenz in Würzburg
  • The Danube Shipping Museum and the Stadt Theatre in Grein
  • Evening Concert in Vienna
  • Plenty of free time in all towns and attractions
  • Special tour of the Puszta
  • Many surprises along the way!
  • More time in Budapest!

Value

  • The Best value in River Cruising - add up all the extras found elsewhere and our value is incomparable. Our per day costs are lower than any other
  • Private car home pick up service – Your journey begins and ends at your door.
  • Round trip air fare from Toronto. Air gateways available across Canada
  • Services of professional Journey Managers in addition to your local guides and ship staff
  • Truly all inclusive – The fare you see includes everything.

The Da Vinci – Our two deck River boat offers huge advantages over larger, taller three deck boats.

  • Our Sun Deck is never closed. The Da Vinci glides under all bridges.
  • 360° views, all day, every day. You experience all the scenery, not half.
  • High water won’t turn your cruise into a coach tour.
  • Low water rarely interrupts your experience
  • Our unique 360° experience – Only with Jerry Van Dyke!
  • Only 90 guests on a 113 guest ship. Divine!
  • 100% non smoking, including the Sun Deck and entryways

The Journey

  • Longer journeys so you rarely cruise at night. Do you go to Europe to see it, or sleep through it?
  • Enjoy a leisurely combination of beautiful cruising and enchanting shore visits each day.
  • All Shore excursions – intimate discoveries
  • Overnight in lovely villages each evening.
  • All commentary in English
  • No formal nights
  • Wifi
  • Bottled water in your cabin daily
  • All gratuities to ship’s staff, local guides, coach drivers, porters, Journey Managers, attraction guides.
  • All admissions while on tour
  • Welcome reception and farewell dinner
  • Our famous little surprises!
  • Fares in Canadian funds
  • All taxes, (even the HST and VAT) port charges

The Food!

  • World class European cuisine in an intimate, open seating dining room
  • Wines of the region, beer, soft drinks and juices with dinner
  • All meals daily while on board and while on shore excursion
  • Meals while on excursions as mentioned in itinerary
  • 24 hour cappuccino, hot chocolate, coffee, tea and ice machine
  • Coffee and tea service morning and afternoon in the lounge

Meals – All, including day tours on land, except lunch last day at airport

DA VINCI CRUISE

CANADIAN DOLLARS PER GUEST

UPPER DECK:

  • TWIN: $9,790
  • SINGLE: $13,520

LOWER DECK:

  • TWIN: $9,540
  • SINGLE: $13,270

ALL FARES ARE FOR DEPARTURE FROM TORONTO. OTHER AIR GATEWAYS AVAILABLE.

 

AIR CREDIT$1,700 PER GUEST

AIR CREDITS INCLUDE FLIGHTS AND TRANSFERS. THESE BECOME THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE GUEST.

These journey fares include the current known fuel surcharges. Additional charges may apply at final payment date. All fares are for departure from Toronto. Other air gateways available.

Travel Insurance 
Peace of Mind travel always involves the proper insurance coverage. We strongly recommend you have insurance coverage in place to proect you in the event of an unexpected incident. Cancellation / Interruption Emergency Medical Seniors Emergency Medical Annual Medical Plan All Inclusive Annual Plan Baggage and Personal affects Contact our office and speak with our friendly insurance experts.

Custom flight itineraries 
Do you want something different than our included air program? We are happy to help design a custom itinerary, just for you.

Pre Post overnights in Toronto 
We have a special agreement with our Toronto Airport hotel that includes 2 weeks of parking.

Journey Itinerary

This trip is also available with extension, check out the options .

Day 1

DEPART FOR EUROPE

We greet you at Toronto airport and assist with your check in. Meet your Journey Manager and fellow travelers and board your flight.

Day 2

KARLSTADT AND WÜRZBURG

Enjoy the 360° views from the sun deck as you cruise from Karlstadt to Würzburg. Overnight Würzburg

Day 3

THE BEAUTIFUL GARDENS OF WÜRZBURG

In Würzburg, your local guides share the Residenz Hof Kirche, its beautiful gardens and local culture during your walking tour. Free time here enables you to discover hidden secrets. This afternoon a lovely river cruise brings you to Schweinfurt. Overnight Schweinfurt

Day 4

BAMBERG, A 10TH CENTURY CITY, BAVARIAN BEER TASTING

In Bamberg, your local guides regale us in the beauty of this 10th century city. Discover the Cathedral Neue Residenz, its Rose Garden and the spectacular Old Town. Indulge in the local speciality during our Bavarian Beer Experience on board with our local expert. Overnight Bamberg

Day 5

NÜRNBERG, BRATWURST AND THE MAIN DANUBE CANAL

A fairytale castle stands watch over Nürnberg, one of the greatest German imperial cities that has become the crown jewel along the Pegnitz River. Your Nürnberg guides share its castle legends and the gorgeous medieval town square where you can spin the ring on the Schöner Brunnen (Beautiful Fountain) for good luck. Overnight Nürnberg

Day 6

THE ALTMÜHL VALLEY AND RIEDENBUR

Discover the beauty of the Altmühl Valley with our 360° views from our sun deck. This is the heart of Bavaria and one of the most scenic parts of river cruising in Germany. Instead of cruising through at night, your journey spends two days absorbing what many guests say is a highlight. Overnight Riedenburg, in the heart of the Altmühl Valley

Day 7
REGENSBURG

A lovely river cruise through the spectacular Altmühl Valley to medieval Regensburg. Your local guides walk you through this medieval city which many Bavarians consider one of the best kept secrets of Germany. We stay overnight so you can go ashore and spend some time with the locals. Overnight Regensburg
Day 8

CAPTIVATING PASSAU

Enjoy more of our 360° views from the sun deck as we cruise to the lovely city of Passau. One of our favourite places, Passau is sure to delight you. Our downtown mooring and no overnight cruising gives you unlimited access to the true culture of this town in the evening with the friendly locals. Overnight Passau

Day 9

BREATHTAKING SCENERY IN AUSTRIA

Depart Bavaria and cruise into Austria. The lovely village of Grein, seldom visited by river boats, remains a favourite because Andy and Harry, two local friends, share their love for this very special place during their walking tour. Overnight Grein – across from the ice cream shop, of course!

Day 10

MELK AND THE BENEDICTINE ABBEY

Melk, one of the earliest residences of the Austrian rulers, is dominated by the Benedictine Abbey. Local guides take you through the Abbey and give you time to explore the very quaint town square. During lunch we cruise into the Wachau Valley to Dürnstein for an afternoon wine tasting with a dear local friend. Overnight Dürnstein

Day 11

ROMANTIC VIENNA

Undoubtedly one of the most romantic and artistic cities in the world, Vienna is a true highlight. No one knows it better than your local guides who share the history and quirky culture of the Hapsburg Empire. Tonight, enjoy a special evening concert in a most memorable setting. Overnight Vienna

Day 12

SCHÖNBRUNN PALACE

Your private tour of Schönbrunn Palace will leave you speechless. Explore at your leisure during free time this afternoon and enjoy our included shuttle service. Overnight cruise to Budapest (We see this part of the river during the day on our return to Vienna.)

Day 13

BUDAPEST, THE STAR OF CENTRAL EUROPE 

Enjoy the beauty of the Danube as we cruise into Buda and Pest. Combined, they create one of the most beautiful cities in Central Europe. Your local guides introduce you to Fisherman’s Bastian, Matthias Church and Hero’s Square. Discover the local culture during our exclusive evening folklore show. Overnight Budapest

Day 14

HUNGARIAN COWBOYS AND THE PUSZTA 

Today’s excursion may well be your highlight as you venture into the Puszta region for a traditional horsemanship show and indulge in a very traditional Hungarian lunch. Overnight Budapest

Day 15

BUDAPEST AND ESZTERGOM

We listened to past guests and give you free time this morning to explore. A lovely river cruise brings us to the birthplace of Hungary’s first King, Esztergom. Today Esztergom boasts the country’s largest basilica and the medieval Royal Palace. Depart at midnight for Bratislava

Day 16

BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA

In the Slovakian capital, discover a city mixed with pastel 18th century rococo buildings and modern communist architecture. Bratislava is often a guest favourite. Our evening cruise takes us to Vienna. Overnight Vienna

Day 17

HOME

Bid ‘Auf Wiedersehen’ to your new friends as we make our way to the airport for our flights home.

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Journey Highlights






Nürnberg

Overlooked by a fairy tale castle, the city of Nürnberg, Germany, is the crown jewel of the Pegnitz River. As the second largest city in Bavaria, Nürnberg’s attractions are as varied as its fascinating history. Discover the legends of the castle and wander through the delightful main market square. Before you leave, be sure to spin the ring on the Shöner Brunnen, a 14th-century fountain, and wish for another visit to this idyllic city.

Schönbrunn Palace

The magnificent sunny yellow façade of Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna foretells of the splendor within its walls. A former imperial summer residence, the palace is as extensive as it is ornate, with more than 1,441 rooms and extensive grounds to explore. On your private tour of the palace, you’ll marvel at the Baroque architecture, amble through lush parks and gardens, and learn about the palace’s long history. There’s no shortage of sights to see here, so take you time and absorb the palace’s resplendent beauty.

Budapest

Formed by the unification of Buda on the west bank of the Danube and Pest on the east, the Hungarian capital of Budapest is one of the most beautiful cities in Central Europe. From the gleaming white towers of the Fisherman’s Bastion to the imposing gothic architecture of Matthias Church to the iconic statues of Hero’s Square, you’ll want to explore every inch of this ancient city. Your experienced local guides will help make sure you don’t miss a thing.

Bratislava

Often a guest favourite, the Slovakian capital of Bratislava presents a unique mix of 18th-century rococo buildings and modern communist architecture. As the political and cultural centre of Slovakia, Bratislava is home to many museums, galleries, and monuments. Whether you want to wile away a pleasant afternoon meandering through the lush Horský park or learning more about Slovakia’s rich history and culture at the Slovak National Museum, Bratislava offers experiences to suit any interest.

Prague, Jewel along the Vltava River

Having survived virtually untouched through many wars and disasters, the capital city of Prague boasts spectacular architecture and diverse cultural experiences. Explore Prague Castle with our famous local guides. Look out across the mosaic of hundreds of orange rooftops fanning out into the distance. Stroll across the glorious Charles Bridge to the Old Town Square. While Prague is often referred to as one of the most romantic cities in Europe, it is also one of the most historically and culturally rich. Space is limited as this Journey extension fills quickly!

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