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CRYSTAL RIVER CRUISE ALONG THE DANUBE RIVER
OCTOBER 28-NOV. 4, 2020

Description: Budapest-Hungary
Budapest Hungary – Regal, Grand & Beautiful

Marvel at fall colors along the beautiful Danube River and visit stunning Vienna Austria, PLUS FOUR more beautiful Austrian towns along the scenic Danube, PLUS a visit to Bratislava, the wonderful capital city of Slovakia AND 2 DAYS in Budapest Hungary to end the cruise – AND ALL WITH ONE FREE SHORE EXCURSION PER PERSON PER PORT, PLUS FREE DRINKS, FREE WIFI  AND FREE GRATUITIES FOR ALL!

Enjoy an optional 3 night pre cruise visit to Prague in the Czech Republic and an optional 2 additional post cruise days in Budapest.

Sail the magnificent Danube River to witness the beauty of the Wachau Valley, referred to by famed travel writer Rick Steves as ”The Most Beautiful On Any River” and discover such treasures as the Benedictine abbey perched atop the city of Melk and Bratislava's St. Martin's Cathedral, former coronation church for Hungary's royalty. Enjoy free excursions which visit such treasures as the Schonnbrun Palace in Vienna Austria, a beautiful monastery in Durnstein, the Artstetten Castle in Melk, The “Sound of Music” movie sites in Salzburg (a free excursion from the port of Linz), as well as a day in Bratislava, the beautiful capital of Slovakia and ending your cruise with an final night on the ship in stunning Budapest Hungary with a fabulous free excursion to see the many sights of this incredible city.

Crystal Cruise Line is known for its luxury and its all inclusive cruises – You will enjoy everything included on this cruise

  • First class ALL SUITE accommodations
  • All meals -INCLUDED
  • All drinks - INCLUDED
  • Daily shore excursions - INCLUDED
  • All wifi on the ship - INCLUDED
  • All gratuities - INCLUDED

Itinerary Overview:

Day

Date

Ports

Arrive

Depart



1

Oct 28, Wed

Vienna, Austria

Arrive Embark 12PM

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2

Oct 29, Thu

Vienna, Austria

 -

Depart 11:59pm

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3

Oct 30, Fri

Dürnstein, Austria

Arrive 9am

Depart Noon

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3

Oct 30, Fri

Cruising the Scenic Danube Wachau Valley

 -1pm

 -

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3

Oct 30, Fri

Melk, Austria

Arrive 3pm

Depart 8pm

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4

Oct 31, Sat

Linz, Austria   

Arrive 7am

Depart 11:30pm

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5

Nov 01, Sun

Krems, Austria

Arrive 11am

Depart 11pm

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6

Nov 02, Mon

Bratislava, Slovakia   

Arrive 9am

Depart 7pm

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7

Nov 03, Tue

Budapest, Hungary   

Arrive 8am                

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8

Nov 04, Wed

Budapest, Hungary   

 -

Depart Disembark
10 AM

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Detailed daily itinerary

All passengers get to enjoy their choice between two included (FREE) shore excursions in each port. (and choose between four free excursion choices in Budapest).  Passengers may choice to wait until onboard to make their free excursion choices or select them in advance beginning April 28th.

October 28th, 2020 – Our cruise begins in Vienna Austria, one of the grandest cities in Eastern Europe.

Port
Vienna
Once the capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and forever known for its manicured gardens, ornate architecture - especially that of the famed Ringstrasse - and distinguished roster of composers who either were born or lived here, Vienna finds itself at the very center of European culture.

We will enjoy an overnight docked in Vienna so all passengers can go into Vienna to explore this evening at their leisure if desired. Vienna is home to some of the finest classical entertainment, including opera, symphony and more.  It is also a beautiful city to simply see lit up at night along the shimmering Danube River.
Description: vienna-austria

Regal & Elegant Vienna Austria

 

October 29th , 2020 – enjoy a full day in Vienna with an INCLUDED (FREE) SHORE EXCURSION.

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  • Vienna/Austria in a Nutshell

On a comprehensive journey through the Austrian largest and capital city by motor coach and on foot, you'll be enchanted by the endless treasures of Vienna. After an approximately 45-minute drive aboard your motor coach, your first glimpse into the magnificence of Vienna will be at the legendary Ringstrasse, or Ring Road, known as one of the world's most beautiful boulevards. Here you'll find some of Vienna's most significant sites including the Imperial Palace, Vienna State Opera and Parliament, and the Natural History Museum.

You'll arrive at Burgtheater, the Austrian National Theater and one of the most important German-language theaters in the world. The theater's opening in the late 18th century marked the beginning of the heyday of German theater. It was redesigned and reopened in 1888 on the Ringstrasse, quickly becoming a world-famous attraction for its influence on theater and beautiful façade.

 

Following exploration of Burgtheater, embark on a walking tour of some of Vienna's coziest neighborhoods, marveling at the grandeur of sites like the thousand-year-old Gothic St. Stephen's Cathedral, juxtaposed with bustling modern-day cafes and social hubs. Visit Heldenplatz, the beautiful public space surrounding the Hofburg (Imperial) Palace, as well as Michaelerplatz, a famously popular square boasting neo-Baroque architecture and an open display of excavated Roman ruins.

·  Level:  Moderate
·  Walking Type:  Medium
·  Approximate Duration: 4 Hours

 

free excursion choice 2)

Imperial Schönbrunn Palace

Explore Schönbrunn Palace, the UNESCO-recognized Baroque wonder with expansive gardens that are as masterfully designed as the palace itself.
Following a 45-minute motor coach drive from the ship, spend the day reveling in the royal lifestyle of the 18th century at the former Imperial Palace of Vienna, Schönbrunn Palace. This 1,441-room Baroque castle is one of the most important architectural, cultural and historically profound monuments in Austria, its storied past chronicling the dramatic six-century reign of the Habsburg dynasty.

The palace's humble roots as a hunting lodge are recalled within its now splendid walls, as well as its transition into a royal summer palace. So spectacular are the surrounding gardens, they share UNESCO World Heritage status with the palace itself. Originally used as hunting grounds by the Habsburgs, the gardens were transformed into an intricate wonderland of lush landscapes lining avenues and intersecting pathways during the reign of Maria Theresa in the 1760's.

Your immersive experience will include an hour-long tour of the palace, taking you through many of the well-preserved gilded rooms, then into the ethereal garden complex. Enjoy some leisure time to stroll the gardens and take in the expansive vistas, as well as some coffee and refreshments, then board your motor coach for the return to your Crystal ship.

October 30th, 2020 - Dürnstein, Austria  


Arrive 9am

Depart Noon

Port
Dürnstein

A Postcard-Worthy European Town

Considered one of the most visited tourist spots in the Wachau Valley, Durnstein is in a robust wine-growing region sitting alongside the Danube river. Durnstein Castle, the region's famous architectural highlight, sits atop a rocky mountain, high above the Danube, at its base. Durnstein's beauty is enhanced by verdant forests, rolling hills, and thriving vineyards that surround the town. Sip some of the region's local wines and enjoy a leisurely day in this postcard-worthy European town.

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Durnstein Walking Tour and Monastery

Become acquainted with the enchanting town of Dürnstein during a guided walk and visit to its stately landmark, Dürnstein Abbey.

Beginning from your docked river yacht, take a stroll through the beautiful village of Dürnstein. Pass its most significant sites and hear legends about the town, its ruined castle and King Richard I of England, also known as Richard the Lionheart. Reaching Dürnstein Abbey, enjoy an interior visit to this picturesque treasure.

Established in 1410 and rebuilt in 1710 in the elaborate Baroque style, the abbey is the centerpiece of the town’s photogenic riverside scene. The abbey’s most notable feature, its ornate blue tower, rises proudly above the city. Enjoy some time at leisure to browse the town’s shops or relax at a café to savor Dürnstein’s rich history and charming atmosphere before returning by foot to your Crystal vessel.

Important Notes:
As this excursion involves continuous walking over uneven surfaces in the old city, it is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties. Guests should be aware that this excursion involves substantial walking for a period of approximately 60 minutes over a distance of about one mile. It is recommended that guests dress in casual clothing and wear flat, comfortable shoes

·  Level:  Moderate
·  Walking Type: Medium
·  Approximate Duration: 2 Hours

 

Free excursion choice 2)  

Hike to Dürnstein Castle Ruins

A combination history lesson and exercise jaunt, this trek up to the ruins of Dürnstein Castle affords a chance to stretch your legs and gaze at views stretching out over the Wachau Valle

Setting out from your Crystal river yacht, follow your guide by foot along the riverbank and the ancient town walls before beginning the uphill hike to the castle. During the next 30 to 45 minutes, make some stops to admire the scenery and hear your guide regale you with tales of the town of Dürnstein, its ruined castle, and the story of Richard the Lionheart. Dürnstein was first mentioned in 1192, when Leopold V, Duke of Austria, held King Richard I of England, also known as Richard the Lionheart, captive after their dispute during the Third Crusade.

Today, only the whisper of the legend and the crumbling ruins of the castle remain, spellbinding reminders of a bygone time. The trail leads you through some of the most beautiful scenic outlooks of the Wachau Valley and up to the castle remnants, where you will marvel at its still-imposing stature and the Valley vistas. After taking in views from high above, take the walk back into town, passing the most important sites of Dürnstein, including Dürnstein Abbey, founded in 1410 and rebuilt in the grand Baroque style in 1710. Wrapping up your invigorating trek, pause for refreshments before returning to your Crystal river yacht.

 

October 30th – Cruising the Wachau Valley of the Danube.  1-3pm

The Wachau Valley is known for its rolling hills, vineyards and fortresses.  Enjoy scenic views of the hillsides, fortresses and the Fall Colors of the season, as we sail through the Wachau Valley

As the Danube literally squeezes itself through between cliffs and hills, the natural beauty of this valley is stunning. On top of this, imagine dry-stone terraces cut into the slopes, and you’ll find, arguably, the most scenic section of the Danube. Travel author Rick Steves  said the Wachau Valley along the Austrian Danube is “as pretty as river valleys come”.


Oct 30, Fri

Melk, Austria

Arrive 3pm

Depart 8pm

Port
Melk

Best known for its fortified baroque Benedictine monastery, Melk Abbey, the town of Melk boasts an assortment of smaller gems. Among them, the city’s riverside location, serene and regal with a ribbon of wooded groves giving way to the lovely village. Cobbled lanes and a petite size make for a pleasant stroll with a chance to discover its 16th-century Town Hall, or Rathaus, in the center of town, and Haus am Stein, or House at the Rock. Built in the 15th century, the vine-covered abode is Melk’s oldest building.
Description: Melk-Austria

Melk, Austria

 

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Artstetten Castle & Visit with Hohenberg Family Member

Visit charming Artstetten Castle, a site commemorating Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg. Meet with a member of the Hohenberg family.

Depart from your river ship for a short transfer by Crystal motor coach to Artstetten Castle.

Nestled in the forested hills of Artstetten-Pöbring, and historically used as a summer seat by the Austro-Hungarian Hapsburg dynasty, is Artstetten Castle. Now the final resting place of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg, it is also home to the Archduke Franz Ferdinand Museum.

A guided tour of the elegant castle will reveal the history of this aristocratic family through artwork and artifacts. You'll also visit the burial chamber containing the tombs of the Archduke and his wife, whose deaths on June 28, 1914 sparked the events that led to World War I. As you relax and sip a glass of sparkling wine, a member of the Hohenberg family will share insights into the family's history.

At the conclusion of your visit to Artstetten Castle, board the motor coach for a drive back to your Crystal river ship in Melk.

Important Notes:
As this excursion involves walking over uneven and cobbled surfaces, it is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties. It is recommended that guests dress in warm, layered clothing and wear flat, comfortable shoes

·  Level:  Moderate
·  Walking Type: Medium
·  Approximate Duration: 3 Hours

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Melk Abbey - A Baroque Masterpiece

Enjoy a visit to Melk Abbey, a Benedictine cloister overlooking the Danube, and one of the most exquisite examples of Baroque architecture in Europe. A guided walking tour of Melk's Old Town reveals its charm and history.
Depart from your river ship for a scenic drive by Crystal motor coach to Melk Abbey for a guided tour of the interior, where you'll be surrounded by the richest Baroque architecture north of the Alps.

Founded in 1089 and rebuilt in its current style in 1702, Melk Abbey was donated as a castle to Benedictine monks by the powerful Babenberg family. It was the site of an influential monastic school by the 12th century called Stiftsgynmasium Melk. In addition to the school, Melk Abbey also gained distinction for its extensive manuscript collection and scriptorium that helped to fill the impressive library housed within the cloister. You'll have the opportunity to tour the remarkable Melk Abbey Library, which includes gilded accents and stunning frescoes painted by Paul Troger.

Following your tour of Melk Abbey, you'll have a chance to stroll the cobblestone lanes of the Old Town, with its centuries-old buildings that look like they belong in a fairy tale. Some of the main sights include the parish church, the Old Bread Shop, the former post office, and the hidden Haus am Stein, the oldest building in Melk.

At the conclusion of your visit to Melk Abbey, board the motor coach for a drive back to your Crystal river ship in Melk, or time permitting, its a short walk through the village back to the ship. 

·  Level: Moderate
·  Walking Type: Medium
·  Approximate Duration: 3 Hours

 

Oct 31, Sat

Linz, Austria   

Arrive 7am

Depart 11:30pm

Port
Linz
Named the European Capital of Culture in 2009 and added to the roster of UNESCO Creative Cities as a City of Media Arts in 2014, Linz embraces the present and future, with reverence to its past. The city’s layout reflects its history, with an ancient medieval center encircled by neoclassical, neo-baroque and neo-Renaissance neighborhoods.
Description: linz-austria

Linz- City of Perpetual Creativity

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Linz City Walk & Tramway Ride

Explore on foot Linz's main square, the Hauptplatz, one of Europe's largest medieval squares. Enjoy a scenic ride by tram to the top of Pöstlingberg hill, with its commanding view of the city below.
Set out on foot from your Crystal river ship for a guided tour of Austria's third-largest city. A UNESCO City of Media Arts, Linz is one of the world’s most future-orientated metropolises. In addition to visionary media arts and innovative technology, it offers a variety of historical and cultural highlights.

On your walking adventure, discover the Hauptplatz, the Old City Hall, Mozarthaus, noted for its connection with the famed Linz Symphony, composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in just a few days, and the Landhaus, a magnificent renaissance building and seat of the Upper Austrian provincial government.

Then, step aboard the Pöstlingbergbahn mountain tramway for a scenic ride up to the top of the steep Pöstlingberg hill. You'll have free time to snap photos of the impressive Pöstlingberg church and the panoramic views of the city below before descending the mountain by tramway or by foot.

Your memorable visit to Linz concludes with a guided walk back to your Crystal river ship.

Important Notes:
As this excursion involves continuous walking over uneven surfaces, it is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties. It is recommended that guests dress in warm, layered clothing and wear flat, comfortable shoes

·  Level: Moderate
·  Walking Type: Medium
·  Approximate Duration 4 Hours

 

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Full-Day Adventure to Ceský Krumlov, Czech Republic

Enjoy a full-day excursion to the Czech city of Ceský Krumlov, an enchanting medieval town located on the Vltava River in the heart of Bohemia, where you'll delight at its maze of pastel-colored buildings and cobblestone streets. Visit the Old Town and its main square and witness the beauty and history of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Depart from your river ship for a scenic drive by Crystal motor coach to Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic. For guests who would like to visit an additional European country, this excursion is a perfect opportunity.

Upon arrival in Cesky Krumlov, begin your guided walking tour of the city. With delightful accents of Renaissance, Baroque and Gothic architecture and wonderfully preserved medieval foundations, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is a key element in European royal heritage. Acquired by the influential Bohemian noble family the Rosenbergs in 1302, Cesky Krumlov evolved into a prosperous, impressive municipality. Get acquainted with the impressive gardens and five courtyards of its dominating castle.

At the conclusion of your Czech adventure, board the motor coach for a scenic drive through South Bohemia to return to our Crystal river ship back in Linz.

Important Notes:
As this excursion involves continuous walking over uneven surfaces, it is not recommended for guests with walking disabilities. Participants should be aware that this excursion involves substantial walking for a period of approximately 90 minutes. It is recommended that guests wear flat, comfortable shoes. As this excursion crosses both Austrian and Czech borders, all guests must carry their valid passport on this excursion. Guests who are citizens of a country other than the U.S. must also possess a visa and ship identification. Due to the popularity of the sights visited, dense crowding and lines can be anticipated. There will be no interior visits of the attractions listed. Guests should be aware that there is an approximately three-hour, round-trip drive. However, the fascinating sights included in this excursion are its main focus and will more than compensate for the length of the journey.

·  Level: Moderate
·  Walking Type: Strenuous
·  Approximate Duration: 8 1/2 Hours

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Full-Day Adventure to Salzburg

Marvel at the beauty of Salzburg, birthplace of Mozart and filming backdrop for "The Sound of Music," with this full-day excursion to the renowned Austrian city. Sample its famous chocolate-covered confection, the Mozartkugel, on a walking tour.

Depart from your river ship for a scenic drive by comfortable Crystal motor coach to Salzburg, Austria, the birthplace of famed composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the setting for "The Sound of Music."

Situated on the banks of the Salzach River, this UNESCO World Heritage Site, with the spectacular Alps to its south, is strongly influenced by the interaction of Italian and German cultures. Indeed, the Baroque magnificence of the buildings and structures in the center of town stands as a legacy to the vision of Italian architects.

Your guided walking tour of this city known as the "Rome of the North" will reveal several of the most important sights, including the imposing Hohensalzburg Fortress, the exquisitely-landscaped Mirabell Gardens at Mirabell Palace, Salzburg Cathedral, the Old Market Square, and Getreidegasse, Mozart’s birthplace and home.

You'll have ample leisure time to further appreciate the charms of this musical city.

At the conclusion of your Salzburg discovery, board the motor coach for a relaxed drive back to your Crystal river ship in Linz.

Important Notes:
As this excursion involves continuous walking over uneven surfaces, it is not recommended for guests with walking disabilities. Participants should be aware that this excursion involves substantial walking for a period of approximately two hours. It is recommended that guests wear flat, comfortable shoes. Due to the popularity of the sights visited, dense crowding and lines can be anticipated. There will be no interior visits of the attractions listed. Guests should be aware that there is an approximately four-hour, round-trip drive. However, the fascinating sights included in this excursion are its main focus and will more than compensate for the length of the journey. This excursion will operate in all weather conditions. Order of sights visited may vary.

·  Level: Moderate
·  Walking Type: Strenuous
 ·  Approximate Duration: 9 Hours

Nov 01, Sun

Krems, Austria

Arrive 11am

Depart 11pm

Port
Krems

Storybook-beautiful Krems marks the beginning of the Wachau Valley and showcases a true crisscross of old and new. Putting the old and new literally side by side is a preserved length of the old city walls, for instance, while designer shops housed in the regal 18th-century buildings of the Altstadt exist alongside modern department stores. The lower Old Town is an area for pedestrians and cafes, while one of the oldest parish churches in Lower Austria can be found in the upper Old Town.

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Krems - Cathedrals & Castles

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Krems Old Town & Confection Demonstration

Explore Krems, one of the oldest and loveliest cities in the Wachau Valley. During a guided walk, you will stop at a chocolate confectioner’s shop to meet the owner, watch a demonstration and enjoy a sweet treat.
A brief transfer by motor coach delivers you to the historic center of Krems, considered one of the most beautiful cities in Europe.

Over the centuries, builders and architects have created a unique cityscape that has been lovingly preserved. These efforts have not gone unnoticed. In 1975, Krems was singled out as a “Model City for Historical Preservation” and in 2000, it was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. With all its history, you might think that Krems is dominated by the past. In reality, the city is very open to modern life. Contemporary art and culture play an important role here, adding texture and vibrancy to public areas throughout the city.

Discover the appeal of Krems for yourself as you enjoy an approximately one-hour guided walk. Savor a taste of the sweet side of the city with a visit to a family-owned chocolate shop, called Confectionary Hagmann. Meet the owner and witness a chocolate demonstration, during which you will learn all about chocolate, including the different types of chocolate and how to make the perfect praline.

Relax over a cup of coffee or tea and a slice of cake before strolling through Krems on your own. Appreciate Krems’s stature as one of the oldest cities in the region, hosting quaint streets and squares, old monasteries and churches, and picturesque townhouses and fortifications.

Then it will be time to rejoin to your motor coach and return to your Crystal river yacht.

·  Level: Moderate
·  Walking Type: Medium
·  Approximate Duration: 3 Hours

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Herzogenburg Monastery & Wine Tasting

Discover Herzogenburg Monastery, a splendid baroque landmark set within a charming wine-growing region of Lower Austria. Complete your visit with a tasting of the monastery’s local wines.
fter a short drive from your river ship, arrive at Herzogenburg Monastery, a Roman Catholic monastery of the Augustinian Canons.

On your guided tour, learn about the interesting history of the branch of the Augustinian religious order known as the Augustinian Canons. The abbey is a centuries-old masterpiece of baroque design and also houses an outstanding art collection. During your visit, you will see some of the finest examples of baroque style and architecture, from grand halls to one of the last existing baroque art galleries.

After your tour of the monastery's interior treasures, a short drive takes you to their nearby winery. The historic building, surrounded by vineyards, offers the perfect setting for learning about the wine-making heritage of the Traisen Valley. To cap off your experience, you'll visit the wine cellar where five excellent locally produced wines will be featured in a tasting.

At the conclusion of your enriching experience, you'll board your motor coach for the short drive back to your Crystal river ship.


Nov 02, Mon

Bratislava, Slovakia   

Arrive 9am

Depart 7pm

Port
Bratislava

This buzzing capital city is the heartbeat of Slovakia; a historic gem that stirs the imagination. A maze of cobblestone streets winds around 18th-century buildings and a pulsating modern art scene. Explore the museums, cathedrals and palaces, and relax at a shade-covered sidewalk café. Photography buffs will want to snap images of the medieval castle looming high above the city.

Description: bratislava-slovakia

Bratislava - Modern & Medieval

This buzzing capital city is the heartbeat of Slovakia; a historic gem that stirs the imagination.

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Panoramic Bratislava & Beer Pub

Experience the magnificent architecture of Bratislava on a panoramic drive through the city. Then stroll through the Old Town with its charming squares, courtyards and narrow lanes, and cap it all off with a cold refreshing beer-tasting at a typical Slovakian pub.

Experience the beautiful architecture of Bratislava on a panoramic half-hour drive to the massive hilltop castle that dominates the city. After a short guided tour you’ll have some free time to explore on your own and take photos. Returning to city center, join your guide for a walking tour through the charming squares, courtyards and narrow lanes of the Old Town. You’ll see such major landmarks as the 13th century Michael’s Gate, and St. Martin’s Cathedral where 11 Hungarian Kings and Queens were crowned including the remarkable Maria Theresa of Austria. The Main Square is the center of the historical center where you’ll find the Old Town Hall dating from the 15th century, and at its center — Maximillian Fountain, also known as Roland’s Statue. In medieval times, the legendary character of Roland, an armored knight, was believed to protect the city. In Hviezdoslav’s Square there’s a statue of Hans Christian Andersen who described Bratislava as the 'most beautiful city in Europe’. Then join your guide for at a typical Slovakian pub and enjoy a snack a fresh cold samplings of three beers before your walk back to the ship. 

Important Notes:
This tour involves Moderate walking over flat, gravel and cobblestone terrain. There are some steps involved.

·  Level:  Moderate
·  Walking Type: Medium
·  Approximate Duration: 3 Hours

 

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Bratislava Castle, Old Town and Chafer Sofer Jewish Memorial

Explore the remaining sacred portion of Chatam Sofer Memorial, where hundreds of revered rabbis and teachers are buried from the golden age of Bratislava’s Jewish Heritage.

One of the most important Jewish heritage sites in Slovakia, the Chatam Sofer Memorial is the only remaining portion of a centuries-old Jewish cemetery, having narrowly survived the construction of an underground tunnel in 1943.

Today’s excursion ventures to this significant site, exploring the time of the rabbi for which it is named, who worked during the they heyday of the Jewish community in Bratislava during the 18th century. Having been further restored in accordance with the standards of Jewish law, the remainder of the gravestones at the site are now part of a beautiful new complex.

Continue on to Bratislava Castle, built in the 9th century on a hilltop overlooking the Danube River. Take in the views of Slovakia below, Austria and parts of Hungary, and you'll understand why this remarkable structure was the ideal vantage point for protecting territories throughout history.

Return to the Old Town, where you’ll tour the Holocaust monument and the oldest Jewish settlement in the city. As you meander through the cozy old town district, your expert guide will share the centuries of heritage found in Bratislava. Following your comprehensive introduction to the Jewish and other cultures of the city, return to your Crystal ship.

Important Notes:
It is recommended that guests wear flat, comfortable footwear due to the extensive walking involved in this excursion, as well as modest clothing that covers the knees and arms for the visit to the Chatam Sofer Memorial. This tour is not accessible for guests with physical limitations or in wheelchairs.

·  Level :  Soft
·  Walking Type:  Little
·  Approximate Duration:  3 1/2 Hours

 

Nov 03, Tue

Budapest, Hungary   

Arrive 8am                

Description: Budapest-Hungary

Budapest – Regal, Grand & Beautiful

 

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Parliament Building & the Great Market Hall

The sights, sounds and flavors of Budapest come alive with exterior and interior visits to the Hungarian Parliament Building, one of the world’s most stunning structures, and an exploration of the Great Market Hall, the largest and oldest indoor market in Budapest.

Board your motor coach and travel to the Hungarian Parliament Building, the iconic landmark of Budapest. Crowned by a magnificent central dome and hailed as the city’s tallest building, the Gothic Revival structure is impossible to miss. Marvel at its sheer size and splendid architecture with a walk around the building and a guided inside visit. As you will see, the interior is beautifully adorned. You may even have the opportunity to view the Holy Crown of Hungary in the central hall.

Following your Parliament Building discovery, make the motor-coach transfer to the Great Market Hall, the largest and oldest indoor market in Budapest. Built in 1897, it offers a wonderful assortment of stalls over three floors. The ground floor features an array of meats, spices, candies, pastries and caviar, while the second floor houses various eateries and souvenir shops. The three floors of the market also include the basement, where you can find the fish market and butcher shops.

Savor the Great Market Hall’s panoply of offerings with a chance to sample its goods and relish about 30 minutes free time.

After delighting in the colorful sights and enticing aromas at the Great Market Hall, return to your Crystal river yacht on the Danube.

Important Notes: 
As this excursion involves a substantial amount of walking for a period of about 120 minutes, it is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties. It is recommended that guests dress in casual clothing and wear flat, comfortable shoes. Due to the popularity of sights visited, dense crowding and lines can be anticipated. Please note that the Hungarian government reserves the right to close the Parliament Building at any time with no advanced warning; should this become the case, an alternative program will be offered.

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Beautiful Budapest

Discover one of the most fascinating European metropolises by motor coach and by foot on an excursion that incorporates both sections of Hungary’s vibrant capital, Buda and Pest.

Departing your Crystal ship, enjoy your panoramic city introduction by motor coach. Travel along elegant Andrassy Boulevard to reach impressive Heroes’ Square, or Hosök tere, as it is known by the locals, recognized for its statue featuring the Seven Chieftains of the Magyars and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

You will also pass by the Great Synagogue, principally known as the Dohány Street Synagogue. Dating to 1854, the synagogue is the second-largest synagogue in the world and the largest functioning synagogue in Europe. Yet another amazing sight is the Hungarian Parliament Building, the massive Gothic Revival structure that is the iconic landmark of Budapest.

Continue to the Buda side of Budapest, venturing up the hills overlooking the Danube valley to Castle Hill, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, a short walk through the old part of Buda takes you around stunning Matthias Church and to Fisherman’s Bastion.

After becoming acquainted with Budapest, the Pearl of the Danube, return by motor coach to your Crystal vessel.

Important Notes:
As this excursion involves walking over uneven surfaces in the old city, it is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties. Guests should be aware that this excursion involves substantial walking for a period of approximately 75 minutes in the Castle District, with approximately 30 steps at Fisherman’s Bastion. Crowding can be anticipated at Heroes’ Square and the Castle District, including at Matthias Church and Fisherman’s Bastion. It is recommended that guests dress in casual clothing and wear flat, comfortable shoes. The order of sights visited may vary. This excursion will operate in all weather conditions.

·  Level

Moderate

·  Walking Type

Medium

·  Approximate Duration

4 Hours

INCLUDED (FREE) EXCURSION CHOICE #3

Horse Show & Carriage Ride at Lázár Equestrian Park

See an exquisite display of horsemanship, demonstrated by equestrian and human champions alike, with a visit to a farm and stable located in the hills outside Budapest. Your experience also takes you aboard a carriage for a charming ride in the woods and on a walk to meet some of Hungary’s unique, endemic animals.

Aboard your motor coach, transfer to Puszta, reaching the Lázár Equestrian Park after a scenic journey of about one hour. Nestled in the lower reaches of the Gödöllo Hills, the horse farm and resort is owned by coach-driving world champions, Vilmos and Zoltán Lázár. 

On arrival, you will be welcomed with refreshments of mineral water, fresh scones topped with crackling or cheese and seeds called pogacsa, and a fruit brandy called pàlinka. 

Then marvel at the grace and beauty of the farm’s steeds as you witness a fantastic horse show, featuring impressive feats of equestrian discipline. Highlights include a display of nomad warrior archery and various exhibitions of carriage driving. 

At the conclusion of the show, delight in a carriage ride around the farm and through the woods. A walk through the grounds and a visit to the stables and farm offers a chance to encounter such Hungarian endemic animals as the Mangalica hairy pig, the Hungarian “racka” sheep with long, curled horns, and Komondor dogs, also known as Puli. 

Your farm and stable experience drawing to a close, board the comfortable horseless carriage known as a motor coach for the return to your Crystal ship. 

Important Notes:
It is recommended that guests dress in casual clothing and wear flat, comfortable shoes. The order of sights visited may vary. This excursion will operate in all weather conditions. During the months of November and December, the horse carriage ride can’t operate, due to wintertime and early darkness. Show will take part in the covered hall in case of rain or fog. 

 

INCLUDED (FREE) EXCURSION CHOICE #4
 

Jewish Budapest

Experience the rich Jewish history of Budapest with a visit to the magnificent Dohány Street Synagogue, the largest functioning synagogue in Europe. Also enjoy a guided walk through the old Jewish District, where you will see significant structures and institutions relating to Jewish culture.
Depart your Crystal ship and travel by motor coach to the Dohány Synagogue, also known as the Great Synagogue. Dating to 1854, the synagogue is the second-largest synagogue in the world and the largest functioning synagogue in Europe. It also features prominently in Hungarian Holocaust history: This grand, Moorish Revival synagogue sits on Dohány Street, which formed the border of the Budapest Ghetto during World War II.

On arrival at the synagogue, enjoy a visit to this marvelous place of worship, including its onsite Jewish Museum and Memorial of the Hungarian Jewish Martyrs, known colloquially as the Memorial Tree. Resembling a weeping willow, this work of art features leaves with inscriptions of the names of the at least 400,000 Hungarian Jews who were murdered by the Nazis.

Continue your poignant look at Jewish history as you proceed by foot through the old Jewish District. Along the way, you may encounter the Gozsdu Courtyard, a popular meeting place for dining and socializing at the area’s restaurants and pubs. You may also see the Orthodox Kazinczy Synagogue and Rumbach Street Synagogue.

Depending on availability, you may make a stop at a café for refreshments, enjoy some time at leisure, or drive to the shores of the Danube to find the “Shoes on the Danube Bank,” a spot commemorating the Jews who were ordered to remove their shoes before being shot by the Nazis. Struck by bullets, the bodies of the Jews would fall into the water, to be carried away.

Pondering the sadness of such events and how Budapest continues to honor its Jewish past, return to your Crystal vessel by motor coach.

Important Notes:
As this excursion involves a substantial amount of walking over uneven surfaces for a period of about 120 minutes, it is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties. All guests who visit the synagogue should dress appropriately. Gentlemen are requested to cover their heads; ladies must cover their knees and shoulders, while gentlemen must wear pants. Shorts and miniskirts are not permitted. Bags of any kind are not permitted in the synagogue. Due to the popularity of sights visited, dense crowding and lines can be anticipated. It is recommended that guests dress in casual clothing and wear flat, comfortable shoes. On Fridays, Saturdays and Jewish Holidays the Great Synagogue is closed, you will visit the ‘Shoes on Danube Memorial’, the Raul Wallenberg Memorial and an outside visit of the Great Synagogue. The order of sights visited may vary. This excursion will operate in all weather conditions.


Wed. Nov 4th – Enjoy Included Transfers from the ship to the airport today.

 

Optional 2 night post cruise stay in Budapest Wed. Nov. 4-Fri. Nov. 6th

If you wish to see more of Budapest join us for an optional 2 night post cruise stay

Nov. 4th – We will be picked up at the cruise pier and taken to our hotel in Budapest for our 2 night four star hotel stay. Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure to explore this fascinating city.

This evening enjoy an included Budapest by night one hour river cruise.

View Budapest’s floodlit landmarks by boat on a 60-minute River Danube evening cruise. Settle on the glass-enclosed Duna Legend vessel, and admire the cityscapes as you cruise by the UNESCO-listed riverbanks, glass in hand. Admire the Hungarian Parliament and Buda Castle district twinkling with lights, and sail under the illuminated Chain Bridge and other bridges,  as they glitter with lights.. Your choice of a Champagne, wine, beer, soda, or mineral water, WiFi, and onboard film and commentary included.

 Budapest is stunning at night and there is no better way to see it at night than a 60 minute sightseeing cruise.

Cruise southward past the UNESCO-listed Danube riversides, absorbing the lamplit waterfronts of Buda and Pest, and sailing under the floodlit Elizabeth Bridge and Liberty Bridge.  Admire the panoramic views of the Buda Castle district, making out the twinkling Royal Palace, and learn about the sights from the onboard film and recorded commentary (available in 30 languages).

Finally, see Margaret Island before enjoying a second chance to take photos of the Chain Bridge and Parliament as you cruise past them again. Your 60-minute experience ends when boat arrives back at the departure pier.


Thursday November 5th – Enjoy a free day to explore  Budapest at your leisure one more time.

Friday November 6th – Make your way to the airport for your own arranged flight home.

Optional 3 night pre cruise stay in Prague Czech Republic

Prague is a beautiful city with many sights of its own and is only a 4 hour direct train ride from Vienna where our 7 night river cruise begins.

Sunday Oct. 25th – Arrive on your own arrangement into Prague.  Make your way to our 4 star hotel in Prague.  The rest of the day is at leisure to relax.  This

evening we will have a brief orientation in the lobby of our hotel

Monday October 26th -  Today we will enjoy a full day included tour.

Start your full-day tour from central Prague. Then, hop inside an air-conditioned coach for a panoramic tour of some of Prague’s major sights.  Take in landmarks such as the Powder Tower, one of the city’s medieval gateways; the National Theatre; and bustling Wenceslas Square, the scene of the protests that marked the 1989 Velvet Revolution.  After your drive, take a guided walking tour around the exterior of UNESCO-listed Prague Castle.

View the monumental walls as your guide shares the castle’s history and then head to a nearby restaurant.  Savor a delectable 3-course meal as you absorb the sweeping views, and afterward, see the delightful Valdstejn Garden, an Italian-style garden attached to the 17th-century Valdstejn Palace.

Then, explore the baroque neighborhood of Mala Strana and Kampa Island, home to the famous graffiti-covered Lennon Wall, before taking a sightseeing cruise along the Vltava River.  As you sail, admire the passing sights, including the Charles Bridge and other landmarks, and enjoy the complimentary refreshments provided on board.  Step ashore and walk to nearby Jan Palach Square, a grand square named after a 20th-century Czech student who gave his life here in the struggle again communist rule.  Next, stroll along stylish Parizska Avenue on route to the history-steeped Jewish Quarter.

Hear tales of Prague’s Jewish heritage as you view the elegant streets, and then continue to beautiful Old Town Square — Prague’s medieval heart.  Take snaps of the Old Town Hall and Astronomical Clock, and then walk to the Estates Theatre, where Mozart conducted the premiere of Don Giovanni in 1787. Your tour then finishes here


Tuesday October 27th – Today enjoy a free day to revisit sights you wish to see in more depth or visit sights our tour did not include yesterday.

Wednesday October 28th – Today we will check out of our hotel and head to the train station for our direct 4 hour train to Vienna. The train leaves at 11am and arrives Vienna at 3pm.  Upon arrival we will be picked up and taken to the Crystal Cruise ship for boarding.

Our cruise remains docked in Vienna overnight and all day tomorrow with your choice of an included tour of Vienna from two excursion choices tomorrow.

About our ship – The Crystal Mahler – An All Suite, All River View cruising experience

The Crystal Mahler is an All Suite cruise ship.  Every guest receives a suite and every suite offers a panoramic view of the stunning riverfront scenery

With the highest staff-to-guest ratio among all European river lines, and professionals chosen for the expertise and friendly demeanor, our genuine hospitality sets the stage for a journey beyond compare..

SAVOR THE EXTRAORDINARY

Cuisine transcends mere excellence and enters the sublime. Menus of Michelin-level envy are sourced with the freshest ingredients and paired with the finest wines. Every meal is a celebration of the ever-changing riverscape.

SERENITY & CALM

The Crystal Life Spa finds a natural home on the rivers of Europe, as do complimentary yoga classes on deck, fitness centers and swimming pools on every ship.  Take advantage of state-of-the-art cardio equipment and free weights as well as daily yoga and stretching classes.
A heated indoor pool with a swim-against-the-current feature helps to burn more calories while taking a dip. Spa treatments and products combine in-depth knowledge of botanical ingredients with cutting-edge science to deliver health, beauty and anti-aging therapies.
Surrounded by picturesque scenery, take in a complimentary yoga class, or choose to jog, walk or stroll on the open-air top deck. 

LIVE & SLEEP

A king-size bed or twin beds, adjustable dining table, writing desk and vanity, and 40” flat-screen HD TV highlight this popular suite. Enjoy an Espresso coffee as you watch the sunrise from your Panoramic Balcony-window, or in-suite canapes or tea at any time

REFRESH

A soothing glass-enclosed shower with overhead and handheld showerheads and single vanity with halo-lit mirror highlight this exquisite bath. Enjoy plush ETRO robes, slippers and bath amenities from the renowned Italian fashion house.

RELAX

Relax and allow the tireless efforts of your European-trained butler to elevate your journey into the sublime. Enjoy 24-hour room service, twice-daily housekeeping and a host of other services in this popular suite.

ENJOY
Enjoy a champagne reception and effortless digital check-in in this elegant glass-enclosed social space hosting daytime lectures and evening entertainment including a vibrant piano bar, dancing and cabaret-like performances.

Scenic river cruising feature sommelier-hosted wine tastings, chef-led culinary classes and destination enrichment lectures hosted by local historians and professors.

RHYTHM OF THE RIVER

VISTA BAR

A Crystal exclusive, the “pop-up” Vista Bar on the open-air top deck is the perfect spot to meet for cocktails, conversation and picturesque views, from the spectacular to the sublime.

VISTA DECK

With its 360-degree promenade and comfortable loungers, here is the perfect spot to relax, wrap yourself in a tartan and watch the heart of Europe unfold before your eyes – the rolling vineyards, the castles, the villages and iconic landmarks. Individual audio guides offer a narrative of sights along the rivers.

 

Trip Pricing:  Cruise October 28th-Nov. 4th, 2020

All cabins are suites and have a river view: - Category S5 junior suite with panoramic balcony style window
Suite Size: 188 square feet
 

The largest standard suites in all of European river cruising, these accommodations feature king-size beds (convertible to twin beds) facing Panoramic Balcony-windows, walk-in closets, gorgeous bathrooms with double vanity sinks and glass-enclosed showers, a host of high-tech amenities and Crystal’s acclaimed butler service.

Only $3299 per person with a non-smoking roommate of the same gender assigned
Plus tax of $175 per person
Rates include:

  • First class ALL SUITE accommodations
  • All Meals -INCLUDED
  • All Drinks - INCLUDED
  • Daily Shore Excursions - INCLUDED
  • All WiFi on the ship - INCLUDED
  • All Gratuities – INCLUDED
  • Airport/Ship/Airport Transfers - INCLUDED

 

Optional single room supplement: Only $689 (single rooms are very limited so book early)

Optional 3 night pre cruise package in Prague:

  • Includes 3 nights 4 star hotel with breakfast daily
  • Full day tour of Prague including guided walk, bus and river segments and lunch
  • One way train from Prague to Vienna

 

Only $599 per person with a non-smoking roommate of the same gender assigned
Optional single room supplement: only $249

Optional 2 night post cruise in Budapest
Includes

  • 2 nights 4 star hotel with breakfast daily
  • 1 hour Budapest by night sightseeing cruise
  • Group transport from the ship to the hotel

Only $399 per person with a non-smoking roommate of the same gender assigned
Optional single room supplement: $199

A cruise deposit of $900 is due within 7 days of making your reservation

All deposits must be made on our secure payment server and a $25 discount will be applied at the time of your balance payment if your deposit is made at the time of booking your reservation

Balance payments are due June 25th, 2020

Cancelations:

If you have traveled with us before and are travelling with a friend as your roommate or booking single occupancy, you can cancel for a full refund of your $750 deposit by March 1st, 2020

If you have traveled with us before and are requesting we assign you a roommate, you can cancel by Feb. 1st, 2020 for a full refund of your $750 deposit

If you have not traveled with us before and are travelling with a friend as your roommate or booking single occupancy, you can cancel by March 1st 2020, for a full future trip credit of your $750 deposit toward any trip we offer departing within one year of your canceled trip date

If you have not traveled with us before and are requesting we assign you a roommate, you can cancel by Feb. 1st 2020 for a full future trip credit of your $750 deposit toward any trip we offer departing within one year of your canceled trip date

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