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23 Day Luxury Danube River Cruise and Dalmatian Riviera

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23 Day Luxury Danube River Cruise and Dalmatian Riviera

From Prague's spectacular City of Spires to Mostar's famous Stari Most, see the very best of the Dalmatian Riviera and incredible Danube, including boutique cruising on-board the River Ambassador and staying in Dubrovnik's exceptional Hotel Croatia Cavtat.

 

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Day by day

First Day Welcome to Prague 

Enjoy your complimentary private VIP door-to-door transfer to your UK departure airport. Arrive at Prague Václav Havel Airport, where you will be transferred to your hotel.

Hotel:    Boscolo, Prague

Second Day its Sightseeing in Prague

Prague has been a centre of arts, commerce and politics for a thousand years. Mozart wrote his famous Prague Symphony here. The Habsburgs made it their capital for several centuries, drawing scientists and artists from all over Europe. You have the choice to enjoy a panoramic tour of the beautiful “City of Spires,” including the Prague Castle district. Or you can explore the Josefov district associated with the writer Franz Kafka. (BB)

Hotel:     Boscolo, Prague

Third Day Board your Ship and Cruise the Danube

Transfer to your boutique cruise ship, the River Ambassador, to begin your exploration of the mighty Danube. (DW)

Hotel:     Cruise Ship: River Ambassador

Fourth Day we stop off at Nuremberg for a City Tour

Head ashore in Nuremberg for a panoramic tour of the city. Alternatively, you can take a guided tour of the significant WWII sites, including Courtroom 600, the venue for the historic Nuremberg Trials. In the evening, enjoy a Captain's Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner. Note: Courtroom 600 is an active court. Visitors will only be permitted to see the courtroom during trial breaks. (BB),(L),(WR),(D)

Hotel:     Cruise Ship: River Ambassador

Fifth Day we Visit Regensburg

Regensburg is one of Europe's best-preserved medieval towns, and your walking discovery tour provides a concise overview of its fascinating 2,000-year history. For a different perspective, explore sites associated with Germany's oldest Jewish community, dating back more than a thousand years, or choose to tour the state-of-the-art BMW factory. (BB),(L),(DW)

Hotel:     Cruise Ship: River Ambassador

Sixth Day its Deggendorf and Theresienthal then onto Straubing

Board a traditional horse-drawn wagon through Deggendorf, the gateway to the magical Bavarian Forest. En route to a Theresienthal glass manufactory, enjoy freshly baked bread and schnapps. Perhaps bicycle along the Danube to Straubing, where you will meet up with your fellow travellers and explore the local brewing traditions or experience daily life in this enchanting town. (BB),(L),(DW)

Hotel:     Cruise Ship: River Ambassador

Seventh Day Explore Passau in many ways

You have three ways to experience Passau — strolling with a Local Expert through the medieval lanes lined with baroque buildings; taking a panoramic tour and a short walk through the heart of the charming city; or going active by cycling along the Danube's riverside bike path and through Passau's Old Town. (BB),(L),(DW)

Hotel:     Cruise Ship: River Ambassador

Eighth Day we Cruise the Wachau Valley then visit Weissenkirchen or Melk

After a scenic cruise through the spectacular Wachau Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you'll arrive in Weissenkirchen to enjoy a day full of wonderful activities - choose to stroll through the village, sample apricot-infused delicacies, experience a 'Go Active' hike through a vineyard and taste the local wines. Or, you can visit Melk's 900-year-old abbey, a significant centre of learning for many centuries and home to the extraordinary library that inspired the novel The Name of the Rose. In the evening, enjoy a Captain's Celebration Reception and Gala Dinner. (BB),(L).(CD)

Hotel:     Cruise Ship: River Ambassador

Ninth Day we Travel to Vienna

Choose to enjoy a stroll to the State Opera House for a guided tour of one of the most prestigious opera houses in the world. Alternatively, view the Gustav Klimt exhibit at the Belvedere, a remarkable collection that includes his most famous painting—The Kiss. (BB),(DW)

Hotel:     Cruise Ships: River Ambassador

Tenth Day Disembark your Ship and stay in Vienna

After breakfast, disembark your ship and transfer to your hotel in Vienna. In the evening, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception and a pleasant evening of dinner and wine. (BB),(WR),(D)

Hotel:   Hilton Vienna

Eleventh Day see the sights of Vienna

Join a Local Expert for a private tour of Maria Theresa's Schönbrunn Palace and formal gardens. Then get your cameras ready for a drive around the famous Ring Road. This grand boulevard, built along the lines of the old city walls, showcases many of the capital's architectural masterpieces, including the Hofburg Imperial Residence and Parliament building. (BB)

Hotel:      Hilton Vienna

Twelfth Day we Journey to Maribor then the City of Ljublijana 

In the morning, cross the border into Slovenia and journey to its second largest city, Maribor. After spending time in this charming location, head to the ‘beloved' city of Ljubljana. (BB)

Hotel:    Lev Hotel, Ljubljana

Thirteenth Day we Explore the Lovely Ljubljana

A Local Expert will reveal the Baroque elegance of the Slovenian capital. The medieval castle stands as ancient guardian, the City Hall and Cathedral of St. Nicholas testify to its historical importance, while the Triple Bridge spans the river adorned with cafés and restaurants. Spend time in the glorious Central Market, rich with the heady aromas of fresh fruits, vegetables, cheese, meat and spices. Your Local Expert will share insights into some of the Slovenian delicacies on display. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure. In the evening, you are invited to choose from a selection of restaurants on your Dine-Around evening. (BB),(DA)

Hotel:     Lev Hotel, Ljubljana

Fourteenth Day its onto Zagreb's Twin Towns

Journey into Croatia and on to the country's capital, Zagreb. On arrival, guided sightseeing will take you through the squares of the Lower Town to the Cathedral. Then walk through the medieval Upper Town to see the Stone Gate, St. Mark's Church and Lotršcak Tower. (BB)

Hotel:    Sheraton Hotel, Zagreb

Fifteenth Day the Sights of Zagreb at your Leisure

A free day to relax and enjoy a city that is bursting with culture. Perhaps spend time exploring one of the many museums or browsing the shops in the Lower Town (Donji grad) area. (BB)

Hotel:     Sheraton Hotel, Zagreb

Sixteenth Day we Tour Plitvice National Park

Journey south to visit one of Europe's great natural wonders. A Local Expert will lead you through zig-zagging timber footbridges and the crystal blue-green beauty of Plitvice National Park; a scenic wonderland of 16 interconnecting lakes, flanked by waterfalls and primeval forest. Visit Korana Canyon to see the 70-meter-high falls and Tomicevo Pogledalo for spectacular panoramic views. (BB),(DW)

Hotel:    Jezero Hotel, Plitvice Lakes

Seventeenth Day Travel along the Dalmation Coast to the Port of Split

The green forests give way to pebble-dashed shores lapped by turquoise waters as you travel to Trogir, a historic town founded by the Greeks in 400BC. Admire the Cathedral and Renaissance Cipiko Palace before continuing to the historic port of Split. 1,700 years ago, the Roman Emperor Diocletian built his palace here and today it forms the nucleus of the old town. A Local Expert will lead you through the labyrinthine streets and arcaded squares to see St. Duje's, (originally Diocletian's Mausoleum), the Temple of Jupiter (today, a Baptistery) and the Golden Gate, before venturing underground. (BB),(DW)

Hotel:     President Solin/Atrium Hotel, Split

Eighteenth day its Free Time in Split

A full free day to explore Split and see Dalmatian life as it's really lived. Always buzzing, this lively city has just the right balance of tradition and modernity. In the evening, don't miss the opportunity to have dinner in a traditional 'Konoba'. (BB)

Hotel:      President Solin/Atrium Hotel, Split

Nineteenth Day stop at Medjugorje en-route to Sarajevo

In the morning, cross the border into Bosnia and Herzegovina and and stop with at the small town of Medjugorje. A now famous religious site due to six children, who claim to have seen visions of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Continue to Sarajevo, a town with a turbulent past - in 1914 it was the site of the assassination that sparked WWI and more recently, it endured the longest siege in modern military history. (BB),(RD)

Hotel:    Hotel Bristol, Sarajevo

Twentieth Day Take in the Sights of Sarajevo

Morning sightseeing with a Local Expert introduces you to the Sarajevo War Tunnels Museum, housing part of the secret tunnel that was the city's lifeline during the Bosnian war. Talk to one of the survivors, for whom the siege of Sarajevo remains a defining moment in his life. You will also see the Latin Bridge where Austrian Crown Prince, Franz Ferdinand, was assassinated. Continue to the Bašcaršija, the cobbled old town market where Sarajevo was founded by the Ottomans in the 15th century. In the afternoon, relax during free time. (BB)

Hotel:     Hotel Bristol, Sarajevo

Twenty-first Day we Journey to Mostar then head for Dubrovnik

Journey to Mostar and with a Local Expert, walk across the famous Stari Most (Old Bridge), reconstructed after being almost completely destroyed during the war. The cobbled old town stretches on both sides of the bridge and is filled with shops selling Turkish-style souvenirs. Cross the border, back into Croatia and journey to the walled town of Dubrovnik. On arrival, join a Local Expert to explore the stone-paved streets inside the 16th century bastions of the old town. See Onofrio's Fountain and the Rector's Palace, as well as the Franciscan and Dominican monasteries. (BB)

Hotel:    Croatia Hotel Cavtat, Dubrovnik

Twenty-Second Day why not try the Montenegro Experience

In the morning, there is an optional visit to Montenegro. Start with Kotor, situated on the only fjord on the Adriatic coast. Capture forever on film one of the most beautiful parts of the bay, and learn some of the compelling history of this area. Then head to the picturesque town of Budva where there is free time for lunch before returning to Dubrovnik. The rest of the day is at leisure. In the evening, sit back and enjoy a relaxing cruise around the fabled bay of Dubrovnik. The mighty city walls rise straight from the cliffs that once upon a time were part of yet another island of the Adriatic. Enjoy a typical Dalmatian coast dinner, washed down with local drinks - wine and grappa being the most famous. Then moor in the old town harbour for another look at Dubrovnik (weather permitting). (BB)

Hotel:     Croatia Hotel Cavtat, Dubrovnik

Twenty-Third Day we Depart Dubrovnik

Your tour draws to a close after breakfast. Departure transfers arrive at Dubrovnik Airport at 09:00 and 11:30. On arrival at your UK airport, your driver will greet and escort you to your waiting car for your return private VIP transfer home. (BB)

Dining

Dubrovnik: Join your Tour Director for a palate-pleasing dinner cruise around the city walls of Dubrovnik, while gazing at the sunset.

Wachau Valley: Savour the superb wines of the Wachau Region on an exclusive guided “Go Active” vineyard hike and wine tasting.

Included Quality Dining: 22 Buffet Breakfasts (BB); plus 6 Lunches (L), 2 Welcome Dinners (WD), 7 three-course table d'hôte Dinners (DW), 1 Dine-Around Evening (DA), 1 Restaurant Dinner (RD) and 2 Celebration Dinners (CD) all with wine, plus tea or coffee. While Cruising: You can enjoy unlimited beverages on-board, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, speciality coffee and tea, and mineral water.

Travel Highlights

  • Vienna: Choose from a guided tour of the magnificent State Opera House or view the Gustav Klimt exhibit at the Belvedere. Enjoy the sheer opulence of Schönbrunn Palace with a Local Expert. See St Charles' Church. Tour the Ring Road past the New Imperial Palace and Parliament.
  • Wachau Valley: Choose from a Weissenkirchen 'Village Day' with an exclusive guided 'Go Active' vineyard hike and tasting or visit Melk Abbey and library.
  • Passau: Choose from a Passau walking discovery tour or a guided 'Go Active' Bavarian river bicycle ride.
  • Deggendorf : Choose from a Bavarian Forest village and Theresienthal glass manufactory visit or a guided 'Go Active' bicycle ride along the Danube River.
  • Regensburg: Choose from a Regensburg walking discovery tour, a Jewish Regensburg Walking Discovery tour or a BMW factory visit.
  • Nuremberg: Choose from a Nuremberg city tour or a Nuremberg WWII historical tour.
  • Ljubljana: Spend time with a Local Expert in the glorious Central Market and learn about some of the Slovenian delicacies on display. See the Castle, Cathedral of St Nicholas, Triple Bridge and City Hall.
  • Plitvice Lakes: Marvel at the water wonderland of Plitvice National Park as you walk along stunning cascades, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
  • Split: With a local historian, explore above and below ground within the walls of the Roman Emperor Diocletian's palace - now in the heart of modern day Split. See St. Duje's, the baptistery and the Golden Gate on your guided tour through the labyrinthine streets.
  • Sarajevo: Gain a personal insight into a city under siege! Visit the ‘Tunnel of Hope', and talk with a resident who lived through the 44-month blockade and was privy to the city's secret lifeline. Tour the Bacarsija to see the Mosque and Olympic Stadium.
  • Mostar: Learn the history and symbolic significance of the Stari Most Bridge and explore the old town.
  • Zagreb: See Roosevelt Square and Ban Josip Jelacic Square. Tour the Upper Town to view the Presidential Palace, Stone Gate, St Marks Church and the Lotršcak Tower.
  • Brac: Enjoy the beaches, old monasteries and lofty peaks from where there are magnificent views over the island.
  • Dubrovnik: See Onofrio's Fountain, Rector's Palace and city walls. Admire the Franciscan and Dominican monasteries.

The Difference

An expert Tour Director, at the pinnacles of their careers, will smooth your way throughout your journey. They are your ‘travelling concierges’, expert guides, consummate organisers and friends in a foreign land. Concierge services are also available on-board your cruise. Enjoy 24-hour room service while cruising.

Enjoy the unique comfort of our luxury air-conditioned 40 seat coach with extended leg room and on-board restroom. It's business class comfort.

Personal radio headsets, gives you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights without missing any of your local expert’s fascinating insights and commentaries.

Baggage handling everywhere, with seamless and prompt delivery to your door at every hotel.

Hotel and restaurant tips included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. Plus we include all taxes and porter-age charges at hotels as well as port charges during your cruise.

Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel WiFi, also available on selected River Cruise ships.

From time to time, your Tour Director will enchant you with local titbits, each representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination.

Included airport transfer available in Prague between 05:00 and 17:00 on first day of tour. Complimentary transfer from your cruise ship to hotel in Vienna. Included airport transfers in Dubrovnik at scheduled times.

Guarantees, Bonds and Awards

  • This tour is run by our outstanding travel partners who are award winners British Travel Awards Best Small Group.
  • All Tours are Guaranteed Departures.
  • Tours are fully bonded, protected and guaranteed and you pay the operator directly when booking.
  • ABTA protected

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