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Lüftner Cruises - Beautiful Blue Danube - 2015 Season

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15 Days Cruise from Passau - Vienna - Budapest
- Belgrade - Danube Delta - Passau

2015 Rates in EUR per person
Vessel 2015 Cruise Dates A-1
Mozart
B-1
Strauss
B-4
Strauss
C-1
Haydn
C-EK
Haydn
C-4
Haydn
Suite
Mozart
02 - 16 July
€4173 €3796
-
€3304 €3304 €2927 €4970
29 Jul - 12 Aug
€3382 €3530
€3382
€3072 - €2722 €4622

Rates, additional charges and conditions are subject to change, and to
currency fluctuation, without notice - Errors and Omissions Excepted

Category C-4 C-1 B-1
B-4
C-EK A-1 Amadeus
Suite
Deck Haydn Haydn Strauss
Strauss
Haydn Mozart Mozart
Location Outside Outside Outside
Outside
Outside Outside Outside
Type of bed Twin/Double Twin/Double Twin/Double
Twin/Double
Twin/Double Twin/Double Twin/Double
Supplement Single Cabin (per person)
Haydn Deck
Strauss Deck
Mozart Deck
15% off cruise price
50% off cruise price
60% off cruise price
NOTE: No single cabin possible in the category Suite. All cabins are outside facing and equipped with shower and have two beds that can be linked together or set up separately, as you wish.

On this 15-day cruise we show you all the greatest treasures along what is probably Europe’s most beautiful river. From Passau the blue Danube flows for 2,000 km – down through eight countries and past five capital cities – to the Black Sea.

YOUR AMADEUS PLUS

  • Cruise downstream to the Danube's first kilometre post (to the Black Sea) and walk along the coast
  • Cruise along the passage of the famous "Iron Gates"
  • Lecture on the topic "Danube Delta and the Lipovans"
  • Evening cruise in Budapest with Hungarian folklore program on board

INCLUDED FEATURES

  • 15-day river cruise with large, outside river-view staterooms, most with French balconies or walk-out balconies
  • Complimentary state-of-the-art audio headsets for all excursions
  • Services of an experienced Cruise Director
  • Onboard Concierge Service, dedicated to the independent experience seeker
  • Gourmet dining with all meals included (buffet breakfast, lunch, dinner and midnight snack) in the elegant Panorama-Restaurant, which accommodates all guests in one seating
  • Free-flowing quality red & white wines from Europe's famous wine regions with every dinner on board
  • Coffee and tea after lunch and dinner
  • 24-hour complimentary coffee, tea, hot chocolate and water
  • Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner and Captain's Gala Dinner
  • Special onboard entertainment including lectures, cooking demonstration, onboard music performances and nightly piano music in the Bar
  • Complimentary use of onboard bicycles
  • All English language on board in a non-smoking environment (smoking permitted only on the Sun Deck)
  • All port taxes and local taxes
  • NOT INCLUDED
  • excursions (please ask for our excursion packages)
  • tips
  • insurances
  • personal expenses ;
  • ARRIVAL & TRANSFER
    You're in good hands with us from the start: Let us book you a transfer from the airport or train station to the ship port and back. The following prices apply per person per transfer:

    PASSAU:

    - Train station-Port: EUR 20 / USD 28
    - Airport Munich-Port: EUR 59 / USD 84

    You can book the transfer with your preferred travel agent

    CANCELLATION POLICY

    • 121 days or more - 20%
    • 120 - 90 days - 30%
    • 89 - 60 days - 50%
    • 59 - 30 days - 70%
    • 29 - 0 days - 100%
    • Cancellations must be made in writing.
    CRUISE MAP


    EXCUSIONS / PACKAGES
    Optional Excursions Prices
    Package A
    Package B Package C
    City Tour Vienna  € 32.00
    Excursion Esztergom – Szentendre   € 37.00
     
    City Tour Budapest  € 31.00
    Excursion Vukovar and Kopacki Rit  € 51.00
    City Tour Belgrade  € 20.00
    Excursion Topola & Oplenac  € 32.00
    Evening excursion Skadarlija  € 46.00
    Excursion Veliko Tarnovo   € 42.00
    City Tour Bucharest incl. lunch   € 66.00
    City Tour Novi Sad and Sremski Karlovci  € 32.00
    Excursion Puszta-Tour  € 57.00
    City Tour Bratislava (from Komarno / to Bratislava)  €41.00
    Excursion Wachau inkl. Melk Abbey and wine tasting  € 42.00
    RATE PER PERSON 
    € 202.00
    € 328.00 € 551.00
    SAVE 20% WITH OUR PACKAGES 
    €172.00
    € 279.00 € 468.00
    The Excursions can be booked as a Package in advance
    CRUISE ITINERARY

    Day 1
    You embark in Passau, the Bavarian city where three rivers meet. The ship casts off in the afternoon and takes you through the series of scenic bends along the Danube known as the Schloegener Schlinge, after which there'll be a welcome cocktail party before dinner is served on board.

    Day 2
    At midday, the vessel reaches Vienna, Austria's capital, a city of music and joie de vivre whose specialities of Sachertorte and Heuriger (new wine) are just as famous as St. Stephen's Cathedral and the Imperial Palace. You can see Vienna's most important sights on our sightseeing tour ) or explore this historic city on your own. The tour takes you along the Ringstrasse, into the Schwarzenbergplatz, passing by the Karlskirche and Vienna's stunning opera house. Last stop is the city's famous St. Stephan's cathedral, where there will be time to see round inside. The vessel leaves Vienna in the evening and cruises east towards Hungary overnight.

    Day 3
    The vessel arrives in Esztergom early in the morning and from here the excursion Esztergom-Szentendre (€ 35) starts. Esztergom, the former residence of the Hungarian kings and seat of the Archbishop, is one of the highlights of this excursion. After visiting the impressive cathedral (Hungary’s largest place of worship) the excursion continues along the Danube to the imposing ruined fortress of Visegrad from where you have a glorious view of the „knee” of the Danube. Then you drive along the banks of the Danube to the artists’ village of Szentendre. Following a stroll through this picturesque village you drive to Budapest to rejoin your ship at midday. Budapest is a city made up of two parts: Buda and Pest, built on opposite banks of the Danube. Buda is the older and more graceful part, with its cobbled streets and medieval architecture, while Pest is the administrative and commercial centre, with wide avenues and impressive 19th-century public buildings. East meets West in this fascinating city, and this can be seen in the variety of shops and restaurants. This afternoon there is a city tour (€ 30) or you may look around Budapest independently. In the evening you can enjoy a cruise, passing floodlit buildings on both sides of the river and going under the illuminated Chain Bridge. A gypsy band will be playing, and there will also be a performance on board by a Hungarian folklore group, before the vessel leaves Budapest in the evening and sails downstream overnight through Hungary.

    Day 4
    This morning is spent cruising through the south of Hungary into the former Yugoslavia, where the Danube now forms the border between Croatia to the west and Serbia to the east. Apart from occasional flowing through a large town or city, this stretch of the Danube is broad with wide, green banks, and the occasional phenomenon can be observed of long 'trains' of barges laden with goods plying upstream or downstream. You reach Vukovar at midday. This town often hit the headlines in 1991 owing to the savage and bitter fighting that took place when the city was besieged for three months during the Yugoslavian Civil War. There'll be an optional excursion starting with Vukovar itself, continuing to the town of Osijek and also visiting the 'Kopacki rit' nature reserve. After dinner the vessel leaves Vukovar and heads off downstream towards Serbia.

    Day 5
    We reach Belgrade, capital of Serbia and Montenegro, in the morning. This city is built at the junction of the rivers Danube and Save, and has been destroyed and rebuilt many times during its 2,000-year history. A city tour (€ 30) of Belgrade is available this morning, including a visit to the Kalemegdan fortress. First the tour takes you to the Kalemegdan fortress, where you visit the army museum as well as the Turkish bath. Afterwards you can see the National Museum, the parliament, the Terazije square and the palace of princess Ljubica. Another highlight is the St. Sava cathedral, the largest orthodox church in the world. After a refreshment break at the Hotel Majestic our tour ends with a visit to the pedestrian zone, where you find many shops and art galleries. In the afternoon you can join an excursion to Topola and Oplenac (€ 30). In the heart of Serbia you will see picturesque landscapes with endless clearings and valleys that used to be holiday resorts and the
    place where the Serbian kings were being buried. After dinner, the Belgrade evening excursion (€ 40) takes you to Skadarlija, the well-known artists´quarter. Before noon the vessel leaves the port of Belgrade and speeds on towards to Bulgaria.

    Day 6

    This morning we cruise along a particularly scenic stretch of the river, as the Danube passes through the Carpathians and the foothills of the Balkans to the “Iron Gates”. In ancient times the Iron Gates were a hazardous part of the journey along the Danube, as ships had to steer carefully through a narrow gorge with high cliffs on either side. Today, the water level has been raised and the shipping hazards removed, but the journey is still of interest, and you will be able to watch the manoeuvres as the ship passes through two locks by the Djerdap power stations. A little further on, the ship enters the narrow Kazan Gorge. A tablet with a Latin inscription commemorating the Roman Emperor Trajan can still be seen etched into the rock at this point. The vessel continues cruising overnight towards Bulgaria and Romania.

    Day 7
    Early this morning the ship crosses the Wallachian Plain, reaching the small Bulgarian port of Svistov in the morning. It stops here simply to allow participants to join an excursion to Veliko Tarnovo (€ 40). With a comfortable bus we’re hading towards Veliko Tarnovo, which is located on the picturesque setting of the two steep banks of the river Jantram on the bottom of the Balkan Mountains. The vessel then continues from Svistov to Giurgiu. Those who have taken the excursion to Veliko Tarnovo rejoin the ship there. We sail from the harbour in the afternoon, and continue downstream towards the
    Danube Delta.

    Day 8

    Today the vessel reaches the Danube Delta, which covers an area of about 4,340 square kilometres. It is famous for the diversity of its wildlife, which includes 20 pairs of white-tailed eagles and 3,000 meadow vipers. In total, there are 5,140 species of flora and fauna residing in the delta, including 300 species of birds and 30 of fish. We continue along St George’s Channel to the very first kilometre of the Danube, almost to the point where it meets the Black Sea. You will have some time to enjoy a walk in St. Gheorge.

    Day 9
    This morning you arrive in the Danube port Chiciu. From here our tour of Bucharest (€ 55) starts this morning. The tour shows you the main city centre sights, including the parliament and the Memorial to Freedom, followed by a highlight visit to the open-air village and folk art displays in Herastrau Park on the outskirts of Bucharest. Here you can see reconstructions of old farm houses from all over the country, complete with their furniture and fittings, and other buildings such as barns, granaries and windmills. Also a typical lunch in a local restaurant is included. The coach continues to Giurgiu. This is where excursion partcipants rejoin the ship. Giurgiu is a busy industrial town directly opposite the Bulgarian city of Rousse, and takes its name from an old castle of St George, erected in medieval times by Genoese merchants.

    Day 10
    We spend the day at leisure, cruising back through the scenic stretch of the Iron Gates (retracing the route taken on Day 6). In the afternoon our ship passes through more lovely countryside where the Danube flows through the Carpathians and into the foothills of the Balkans.

    Day 11
    By midday we are back in Belgrade, where there is an opportunity to take the 'Novi Sad and Sremski Karlovci' excursion. A stroll through the city of Novi Sad recalls the era of the Austro- Hungarian monarchy. The tour passes the catholic St. Mary's church, the orthodox church of St. George, and the home of Albert Einstein. On the road to Sremski Karlovci we pass the 18th century Peterwardein fortress, which was built by the French architect Vauban as one of Europe's largest defensive positions. . There'll be a tour of Sremski Karlovci, which offers a series of cultural and historical monuments and includes a visit to the the cathedral in the old Baroque town as well as the Patriarch's Palace and the school of theology. You rejoin the vessel at Novi Sad and the cruise continues back towards Hungary.

    Day 12

    The ship docks at the town of Mohacs in the morning, from which our optional Puszta-excursion starts. This excursion takes you through part of the Great Plain of Hungary to a Csarda for a memorable display of superb Hungarian horsemanship. After tasting some regional wines, the tour continues past some of the region's famous red pepper fields and ends up with a short organ recital in the cathedral of the charming little town of Kalocsa. Before rejoining the ship you can visit the world's only 'paprika' museum and a folklore museum selling, among other things, traditional knitwear. The ship sails from Fajsz and moors briefly in the evening at the small town of Ordas to allow those on the excursion to rejoin it. The rest of the evening is spent cruising upstream through Hungary.

    Day 13
    Before lunch the vessel docks at the 'divided' town of Komarno, which is Slovakian north of the Danube and Hungarian south of it. Passengers may disembark here to join our coach excursion to Bratislava , which includes a guided tour of the city. Those on this excursion will rejoin the ship in Bratislava. The ship meanwhile continues westward through a flat area known as the Lesser Hungarian Plain, where the Danube splits into three, forming two large islands now used as farmland. In the evening the ship ties up at Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, which was founded over 2,000 years ago. It was the capital of Hungary for a while during the late Middle Ages, which is a good illustration of how the chequered histories of these central European countries are intertwined. You will pass below the colossal modern 'SNP' suspension bridge that crosses the Danube. The ship leaves Bratislava after dinner and continues overnight to Austria. On this penultimate evening of your Danube cruise, the captain welcomes all the passengers to a special dinner and the ship's orchestra will, as always, make this evening one to treasure with its spirited playing.

    Day 14

    This morning the ship moors at Durnstein, from which an interesting excursion through the Wachau district is planned. It starts with a walk through Durnstein, one of the Wachau's best-known wine villages in a glorious setting. Then you drive through the district's picturesque scenery to the 900-year old Benedictine abbey of Melk. In the course of a guided tour you see the bishops rooms, the Emperor's gallery, the marble hall, the altars and the library. Sometimes there will also be a short organ recital in the abbey church. At the end of the tour we invite you to have a glass of wine at a local restaurant before rejoining the ship at Melk / Emmersdorf, where it has meanwhile arrived. Later this afternoon the ship continues upstream back to Passau.

    Day 15
    Arriving in Passau in the morning. Disembarkation after breakfast. End of the program.

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