Danube Cruise 2019
“Not all those who wander are lost.”
July 3-14, 2019
Some people wander with no point of view, not learning from what they see. Some people wander to see the mysteries of life. I invite you to wonder with me in Eastern Europe the summer of 2019. We will cruise the Blue Danube and experience:
- The history of our ancestors
- The magnificent cities and landscapes of Eastern Europe
- Blissful relaxation
- Fabulous food
Our ancestors who helped shape our being will become visible as we delve into the ancient architecture where they lived. Your history has created a map within you that is wonderful to explore. It is the foundation of your sense of sacredness within your society. We will voyage into our history, each of us different and unique. We will come back to the ship each evening and gather in sacred circle. Together we will journey, meditate, and share our days with each other. Register now to join me on this wonderful summer cruise down the Blue Danube. How exciting!
Join Lynn on the MS Monarch Empress!
Gather for nightly meditations with Lynn. Relish the ancestral history of area. Join Lynn and explore the glorious and exciting cities from Prague to Budapest!
We understand that asking for a deposit so quickly is a surprise. The reason for our request is due to the necessity to secure space on this particular ship in July. This amazing river cruise is extremely popular.
Gate 1 Travel Itinerary
DAY 1, Wednesday - Depart for the Czech Republic
Depart for the Czech Republic.
DAY 2, Thursday - Arrive in Prague
Arrive in the "Golden" city of Prague. The rest of the day is at leisure in Prague, considered one of Europe's most glorious and intriguing cities; its historic city center has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Drink and orientation meeting with your Tour Manager at the hotel.
DAY 3, Friday - Prague City Tour
Your morning tour of Prague includes a visit to the 1000-year-old Hradcany Castle grounds, former residence of the Bohemian Kings. Enjoy magnificent views of the Charles Bridge and Lesser Town below and see the elegant courtyards, St. George Basilica and the St. Vitus Cathedral. Continue to the Jewish Quarter, and the Old Town Square to view the world-famous Astronomical Clock and the Town Hall. The rest of the day is at leisure to visit the museums, galleries or wander along the banks of the Vltava River. Or, join the optional afternoon tour to Terezin, the infamous Nazi WWII concentration camp, now a memorial to those who perished. (Breakfast) Optional: Terezin (PM)
DAY 4, Saturday - Full Day in Prague
Today is free to further explore this beautiful city independently. Visit the museums, galleries or stroll along Parizska Street, the city's famous shopping district. This evening, perhaps try traditional Czech cuisine at a popular restaurant. Remember to sample Prague's national treasure - its world-renowned beer. (Breakfast)
DAY 5, Sunday - Embark in Regensburg
Time this morning for last minute sightseeing, or shopping in Prague before the early afternoon departure to Regensburg. Arrive at the port for embarkation. After arrival formalities, time to relax on board. Tonight, a gala Welcome Dinner sets the mood for your delightful river cruise. (Breakfast, Dinner)
DAY 6, Monday - Regensburg City Tour
This morning, explore Regensburg, one of Germany's largest and best preserved medieval cities, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The guided walking tour highlights the city's stunning architecture as you view the Old Town Hall, Dom St. Peter and the Porta Praetoria, gateway to an ancient Roman fort built in 179 AD. Marvel at beautiful churches and one of the oldest stone bridges crossing the Danube. Return to the boat for lunch or spend the afternoon at leisure discovering the delights of Regensburg on your own. At 3:00 pm, the ship will set sail for Passau. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 7, Tuesday - Morning in Passau
Dock this morning in 2500-year-old Passau, known for its pastel patrician houses, cafes, cobblestone lanes and riverfront promenade. Passau is a Bavarian town with a mix of Roman, Italian Baroque and Gothic architecture. Explore Passau independently in the morning, or, join the optional full day tour to picturesque Salzburg, birthplace of Mozart and setting for the Sound of Music. The walking tour will include some of Salzburg's most historic sites including the Mirabell Palace, the Abbey, Salzburg Cathedral, and St. Peter's Cemetery. After lunch at a local restaurant, there will be time to discover Salzburg on your own before returning to the ship. If you choose to remain on the boat, continue sailing during lunch and relax on board this afternoon. In the early evening, all passengers will rejoin the ship and continue sailing for Melk. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Optional: Full Day Tour of Salzburg
DAY 8, Wednesday - Melk Abbey
Disembark in Melk this morning for a guided tour of the historic Benedictine Abbey, considered one of the finest examples of Baroque architecture in Europe. View the Abbot's chambers, the Kaiser's walk and the lavish library. Then, return to the ship and continue cruising through the scenic Wachau Valley on the way to Vienna, the Imperial city legendary for its opulence and elegance. Tonight, perhaps take the opportunity to attend an evening of Viennese culture in the "City of Music" at an optiona lconcert performance of the classical masterpieces of Mozart and Strauss, two of Vienna's most famous citizens. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Optional: Classical Viennese Concert (PM)
DAY 9, Thursday - Vienna City Tour
This sparkling city on the Danube has captivated travelers for years with its elegant shops, world-class museums, and beautiful gardens. Drive along the famed Ringstrasse, Vienna's main boulevard lined with magnificent Baroque palaces, parks and monuments. View the lavish Hofburg Palace, and the impressive Vienna Opera House. Continue to majestic St. Stephen's Cathedral and the Parliament building. Enjoy the afternoon at a café sampling the famous Viennese Sacher Torte, or, join the optional afternoon tour to the Imperial Schonbrunn Palace, once summer residence of the Hapsburgs. Visit the opulent baroque apartments and stroll through the world-famous manicured gardens. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Optional: Schonbrunn Palace Tour (PM)
DAY 10, Friday - Bratislava City Tour
This morning, enjoy the tranquil scenery as the boat sails along the scenic Danube. At noon, arrive in Bratislava, capital of Slovakia, a mix of modern and Baroque architecture. This capital city is among the youngest in Europe, yet retains a rich history dating back more than 2000 years. Walk along the cobblestone lanes of the historic town center; view St. Martin's Cathedral, coronation site of the Kings of Hungary, the 13th century Old Town Hall and the Franciscan church. Time to explore this colorful city on your own before returning to the ship for dinner as you sail for stunning Budapest. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 11, Saturday - Budapest City Tour
Your morning tour begins on the Pest side of the river, view the Parliament, City Park and Heroes Square. Cross to Buda to see the Royal Palace, Matthias Church and the graceful medieval architecture along the cobbled streets. Explore the city's wonderful shops and cafes this afternoon on your own. Tonight, enjoy a lavish Captain's Dinner on board. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 12, Sunday - Depart Hungary
This morning, your vacation ends after breakfast and disembarkation. Disembarkation will end at 9:30 am. (Breakfast)
All This is Included:
- 10 nights Deluxe accommodations
- River port charges of $190 per person
- Cruise & hotel portage
- 23 meals: 10 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
- Shore excursions per itinerary
- Entrance fees per itinerary
- Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring during excursions
- Prague: Hotel Imperial or Hotel Cosmopolitan
- Cruising: Cabin onboard Monarch Empress
PRE-REGISTER for $300 here BEFORE November 1, 2018
Cabin Type and Information:
Here are the different prices for cabin types:
All these rates are a per person rate based on double occupancy. Single rooms are about $1500 more. Rates quoted below are in USD.
This Price DOES NOT include Air fare which would be about $1,000 depending on where you would be flying from. You can set this up with Drew, your own travel agent or do it yourself.
|Cabin Type: E - Riverview with High Narrow Window||Guest 1|
| Per Person Total
|Cabin Type: C - Riverview with French Balcony||Guest 1|
| Per Person Total
|Cabin Type: A - Riverview with French Balcony||Guest 1|
|Per Person Total:||$4,3740|
|Cabin Type: Suite - Riverview with French Balcony||Guest 1|
|Per Person Total:||$4,774.00|
You are responsible for the cost of your airline tickets. Our journey starts in Prague and ends in Budapest. The airport code for Prague Czech Republic is PRG. The airport code for Budapest Hungary is BUD.
You can book your airline directly with our Travel Counselor. He will get you the best price possible for air. He can only accommodate flights from the United States. If you are booking your own travel he can help you with what times your flights should arrive and leave.
Vacations To Go
Office hours: Mon, Thu-Sun: 11am-8pm (US Central Time)
US and Canada: 1-800-510-4002 ext. 8310
For toll-free numbers from other countries, click here.
Here is the information that Drew and I would need from each individual that will be booking.
1. Name as it appears on passport
2. Expiration dates of passport
3. Date of Birth
5. Contact email, phone number, and address
6. Any dietary, mobility, or medical issues
Questions or Need Help?
If you have question regarding this Cruise, please contact the Cruise Coordinator, Suzanne Edison, below.