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Lüftner Cruises - Danube & Prague - 2015 Season

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8 Day Cruise Budapest - Bratislava - Vienna - Wachau - Nuremberg
& 3 Day Land Program Pargue

2015 Rates in Euro per person
VESSEL
2015 Dates
A-1
Mozart
B-1
Strauss
B-1
Strauss
C-1
Haydn
CEK
Haydn
C-4
Haydn
Suite
Mozart

02 - 11 April

€2489
€2279
-
€1844
€1844
€1648
2873
14 - 23 Mayy
2627
€2438
-
2192
2192
€2003
€3025
16 - 25 July
2835
€2328
€2540
€2357
-
€2150
€3274
MS Amadeus Elegant
13 - 22 August
2627
2438
-
2192
2192
2003
€3025
MS Amadeus Elegant
16 - 25 July
2627
2438
-
2192
2192
2003
€3025

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

Category C-4 C-1 B-1 C-EK A-1 Amadeus
Suite
Deck Haydn Haydn Strauss Strauss Mozart Mozart
Location Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside
Type of bed Twin/Double Twin/Double Twin/Double Twin/Double Twin/Double Twin/Double
Facilities Shower/WC Shower/WC Shower/WC Shower/WC Shower/WC Shower/WC
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.

This journey is from Budapest, Hungary's lively capital, to the "Golden City" of Prague - through five European countries (Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic) with visits to four capitals (Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna and Prague). Other highlights are sightseeing tours of Regensburg, Passau, Salzburg, Vienna and Bratislava.
Your Amadeus Plus:
  • Accomodation in a 5-star hotel in Prague
  • City wakl Passau included
  • Lecture on Vienna's coffeehouse tradition - including how to make Apfelstrudel
  • Evening cruise in Budapest and Hungarian folklore program on board
Included Services :

CRUISE:

  • 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
  • 8-day river cruise with large, outside river-view staterooms, most with French balconies or walk-out balconies

LAND PROGRAM Prague:

  • 2 nights hote accommodation in the 5* Le Palais-Hotel (Member of the Leading Small Hotels of the world) in Prague, breakfast & farewell dinner included
  • Sightseeing program and transfers by deluxe motor coaches as outlined in the itinerary
  • Experienced English speaking tour director
NOT Included Services
  • excursions: please see our attractive EXCURSION PACKAGES on the following pages
  • tips, insurance, personal expenses

ARRIVAL & TRANSFERS:
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:

BUDAPEST:

  • Airport-Port: EUR 24 / USD 34
  • Budapest City Center-Port: EUR 18 ' / USD 26
  • Train Station-Port: EUR 18 / USD 26

PRAGUE:

  • Hotel-Airport: EUR 36 / USD 51
  • Hotel-Train station: EUR 31 / USD 44

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.
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EXCUSIONS / PACKAGES
Optional Excursions Prices
Package A
Package B Package C Package D
City tour Budapest  € 31.00
Excursion Esztergom-Szentendre  € 37.00
 
City tour Bratislava  € 31.00
Excursion Vienna at night  € 38.00
 
City tour Vienna  € 20.00
Visit Schoenbrunn Castle   € 43.00
 
Sound of Vienna (Cat. B)  € 48.00
 
City Walk Duerstein with wine tasting  € 23.00
Excursion Melk Abbey  € 43.00
City walk Linz   € 28.00
   
City tour Salzburg with Salzkammergut incl. lunch  € 88.00
   
Excursion Cesky Krumlov incl. lunch  € 77.00
   
City walk Passau  € 15.00
     
City walk Regensburg  € 15.00
 
Excursion Weltenburg monastery   € 54.00
City tour Prague  € 47.00
Total of the Excursions
€ 164.00
€ 289.00 € 519.00 € 530.00
Package Prices 
€ 139.00
€ 245.00 € 441.00 € 450.00
The Excursions can be booked as a Package in advance
Land Program Prague
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation in the 5* Le Palais-Hotel * (Member of the Leading Small Hotels of the world)
  • in Prague with buffet breakfast
  • welcome dinner
  • sightseeing programs and transfers by deluxe motor coaches as outlined in the itinerary
  • experienced English speaking tour guide
Day by Day Program from Budapest - Nuremberg - Prague


Day 1
You embark in the Hungarian capital Budapest on the vessel in the late afternoon. Our tour manager will then welcome you with a cocktail before the welcome dinner on board. The ship remains moored overnight in Budapest. In the evening a gypsy band and a Hungarian folklore group will entertain us as while cruise along Budapest’s impressive illuminations.

Day 2
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 morning we offer a tour of the city, while in the afternoon you can discover the small artist-settlement Szentendre . Szentendre became a creative place of an artist-settlement in 1926. Especially well worth seeing is the main place Foetér, surrounded by impressive buildings from the time of rococo and baroque. A culinary highlight is perhaps the marzipan museum – „Szabo”. The ship leaves Budapest in the afternoon.

Day 3

This morning we arrive at the city of Bratislava, capital of the Republic of Slovakia, which celebrated its 2000th anniversary in 1991. We will pass below the colossal new ‘SNP’ suspension bridge across the Danube, and then have a sightseeing tour . The gorgeous old town has maintained its gothic-baroque style. The tour takes you past St. Martin's cathedral and the Grassalkovich Palace up to the hill from where you have a stunning panoramic view of the city and surrounding area. A walk through the historic old centre leads you past St. Martin’s cathedral, many palaces, and the Michael gate. At midday the vessel starts cruising towards Vienna where you already moor in the evening. After dinner you can join the excursion“ Vienna at night” . You will drive through the Wienerwald to the Kahlenberg, the best view point in Vienna. From here, you can overlook the vineyards and the city of Vienna. Continue to the traditional wine village of Grinzing, where you visit a typical Heurigen pub. There is no better way to learn about the Viennese laid back atmosphere and coziness, then enjoying a glass of wine, trying spreads with bread, and listening to „Heurigen” music.

Day 4
After breakfast we offer a tour of this wonderful city Vienna - home to the waltz, coffee houses, the Prater park and one of the world's finest opera houses. This is where Marie-Antoinette grew up and where Mozart died, and for 600 years it was the hub of the vast Hapsburg Empire. In the afternoon you can participate in the optional excursion to Schoenbrunn castle , one of Vienna’s most beautiful buildings. Alternatively you can book the visit to the Hofburg Imperial Palace . For more than seven centuries, the great empire of the Habsburgs was ruled from the Imperial Palace. After your dinner on board you can book the “Sound of Vienna” where the Salonorchester „Alt Wien“, one of the famous interpreters of classical music, sparks off a unique firework of the most beautiful on its highest level.

Day 5
In the morning you can enjoy the beautiful stretch of the Wachau from the sundeck. The ship moors in Melk/Emmersdorf at midday. An interesting excursion through the Wachau is planned. A coach takes you to Duernstein, one of the best- known wine villages in the Wachau. A walk through it allows you to appreciate its glorious position. Thereafter you drive through the picturesque landscape of this district to the 900-year old Benedictine abbey of Melk. During a guided tour you see the rooms of the prelature, the emperor aisle, the marble hall, the altars and the library. Afterwards you can, depending on the availability, listen to an organ concert at the church. At the end of the tour we invite you for a glass of wine at a local restaurant. In the afternoon a local farmer will give you a lecture about the most famous fruit of the Wachau, the apricot, and you will get the opportunity to try and buy different products made of apricots, such as chocolate, soap or schnapps. After dinner the vessel continues this journey to Linz.

Day 6

The ship ties up in the large riverside city of Linz in the morning. This is an interesting city, though visited by comparatively few river cruise ships. You can participate in a city walk through the former cultural capital and enjoy a piece of the famous “Linzer Torte”. Afterwards you can get to know the Mozart-City Salzburg during an excursion , starting in Linz and ending in Passau. The old town of Salzburg with its world famous baroque architecture is one of the best-preserved city centres north of the Alps and was adopted by UNESCO in 1997 in the list of World Cultural Heritages. Salzburg is also the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. In the afternoon the vessels reaches Passau, Bavaria’s most easterly city, where the excursion participants rejoin it. This city’s impressive Baroque cathedral houses the largest church organ in the world (with 17,388 pipes and 231 registers), and most of its main sights are very close to the Danube. You can explore on your own, or join a walking tour of the highlights with a local guide. The vessel will leave Passau in the evening and spend the night cruising through Bavaria towards Regensburg.

Day 7
We arrive in Regensburg at forenoon, one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities. A Regensburg sightseeing tour will show you the city’s architectural highlights, including the Old Town Hall and the Porta Pretoria. Regensburg is one of the best –preserved medieval cities in Germany and its many historic buildings are most impressive. After lunch embark on an exciting optional boat trip through the lovely "Danube Gorge to Weltenburg Abbey". The monastery, founded by Irish or Scottish monks in about 620 AD, is the oldest monastery in Bavaria. After a short tour of the abbey church you can taste the famous dark beer of Weltenburg, which is brewed here in the oldest monastery brewery in the world. In Kelheim the participants of the excursion rejoin the vessel. The vessel leaves Kelheim during dinner.

Day 8
In the very early morning you arrive in Nuremberg. Enjoy an included sightseeing tour of this historic city, before continuing towards Prague. The tour leads you to the major sites and sights of the city, from the medieval beginnings to the present. Afterwards you will drive through the lovely countryside of Southern Bohemia en route to Prague. In the late afternoon you will check-in at the exclusive Le Palais Hotel (Small Leading Hotel of the World).

Day 9
In the morning, there is a sightseeing tour of Prague, "The Golden City"! Visit the magnificent castle area with St. Vitus Cathedral and stroll down Golden Lane before going on a panoramic tour of the city that Goethe called "the jewel in the world's crown". Spend the afternoon at leisure, perhaps visiting the fascinating Jewish quarter or browsing through some of Prague’s many excellent shops. In the evening a farewell dinner is served at the hotel.

Day 10
Check-out from the hotel. End of the program.

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