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2017 European Wine Cruise

Join us for a 7 night wine cruise down the Danube River from Vilshofen, Germany to Budapest, Hungary. We will cruise together from November 13 thru November 20, 2017 visiting extraordinary cities, unique wineries and enjoying fantstic wines with each night's onboard dinner.

Delectable cuisine and fine wine abound on this special cruise, both on board and ashore. While on the ship, you’ll enjoy wine tastings led by a wine expert. You’ll also indulge in award-winning cuisine paired with hand-selected, premium wines. There are plenty of varieties, and you’ll have the opportunity to try different selections every day. And then, of course, there are exclusive excursions designed to bring the rich wine history and culture of Europe to life. You’ll visit private cellars, renowned wineries and stunning vineyards where more tastings and pairings await. All this while discovering all the wonderous sights and landmarks along the way.


Picture of Cruise Ship Map of Danube River Picture of Budapest at night

Cruise Features
Included
Optional
Spacious accomodations in an outside stateroom - most offer twin balconies PRE-CRUISE: 3 nights hotel in Prague at the InterContinental or Hilton Old Town (or similar)
Fine dining with all meals included on board Transfer from the hotel in Prague to the ship in Vilshofen, Germany
Complimentary local wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner Daily breakfast
Onboard entertainment Guided city tour
Complimentary WI-FI and in-room internet access Portage service
Fitness room & Sun Deck pool with swim-up bar
Bicycles for guest use
Variety of shore excursions in every port
Services of a professional Cruise Manager


For more information and booking, please contact LuAnn Lisell at Lisell Travel. 972.491.3960   Email: Travel@Lisell.com
Website: Travel.Lisell.com
Brief Itinerary
Day Destination Activites
Nov 13 Vilshofen Embarkation - Oktoberfest; Welcome Aboard Wine Toast
Nov 14 Vilshofen
Passau
Free Time, Walking tour OR Passau Castle hike
Nov 15 Linz Walking tour OR Castle and Culture bike tour OR Cesky Krumlov excursion OR Salzburg excursion. Chaìne Des Ròtissuers Dinner with wine pairing
Nov 16 Weissenkirchen Melk Benedictine Abbey, Vineyard visit with wine tasting, Captain's Dinner with wine pairing
Nov 17 Weissenkirchen
Krems
Walking tour OR Dùrnstein Fortress hike OR Danube bike tour
Wachau Valley winery visit
Nov 18 Vienna City tour OR Hidden Vienna tour OR Alte Danau bike tour
Viennese Wine and Music Evening
Nov 19 Budapest Onboard Wine Lecture
City tour; Farewell Dinner with Hungarian folk music
Illuminations Cruise
Nov 20 Budapest Disembarkation

Detailed Itinerary
Day 1   Embarkation - Vilshofen, Germany
This evening meet your fellow passengers on board for the Welcome Reception and Dinner. (D)
Day 2   Vilshofen - Passau
Picture of Vilshofen Germany
This morning you are free to explore Vilshofen’s beautiful old town before cruising to Passau. This afternoon you will have a walking tour of this 2,000-year-old city, noted for its Gothic and Italian Baroque architecture, cobblestone streets, Rathaus, Domplatz and Residenzplatz squares, as well as St. Stephen’s Cathedral. (B,L,D)
Day 3   Linz, Austria
The ship arrives this morning in Linz. Enjoy a walking tour of the second largest city in Austria or choose a guided bike tour that will show you around the Old City Center, along the Danube River, and past the ultra-modern Ars Electronica Center. Later, you will have a choice of three different excursions. The first option is an excursion to Salzburg, Mozart’s birthplace, where you will take a walking tour of the historic center made famous by "The Sound of Music.” The second option is an excursion to the Czech town of Cesky Krumlov, a wonderfully preserved medieval town nestled in the hills just over the Austrian-Czech border. The third option is a visit to the Austrian Lake District, the scenic Salzkammergut region. All three regions are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. (B,L,D)
Picture of Linz, Austria
Day 4   Weissenkirchen, Austria
Picture of Weissenkirchen
Cruise through the narrow Strudengau this morning en route to Weissenkirchen. You have three choices of how to explore Dürnstein today. The first is a walking tour along the town’s cobblestone streets followed by a visit to the magnificent Benedictine Abbey at Melk, one of Europe’s largest and most famous monastic sites, home to religious relics and a library filled with medieval manuscripts. Alternatively, you may join a hike up to the fortress where Richard the Lionheart was once held for ransom, or enjoy an Apricots and Sweets tasting instead. Tonight, after dinner on board, enjoy a wine tasting at a local winery. (B,L,D)
Day 5   Vienna, Austria
This morning, you will have a chance to savor the Baroque elegance of romantic Vienna through your choice of one of three different excursions. The first option is a panoramic tour of Vienna that guides you past the majestic Opera House, the former Imperial Palace of the Habsburg Emperors, Parliament, Town Hall and Vienna University. Afterwards, you will visit Vienna’s historic city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and see St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Graben and the world famous Spanish Riding School. The second option is a walking tour of Vienna’s hidden treasures that takes you to secret places and sights like Ankeruhr, a whimsical Art Nouveau clock. Your third option is a guided bike tour along the Danube and through the Donaupark. This afternoon, you can join a guided bike ride to Klosterneuburg Monastery, or explore at your leisure. Be sure to sample some Viennese coffee and pastries. (B,L,D)
Picture of Vienna, Austria
Day 6   Bratislava, Slovakia
Picture of Bratislava
Enjoy a scenic morning cruise to Bratislava, where you will have three choices of excursions. The first is a walking tour that includes the Old Town Hall, Mirbach Palace and St. Martin’s Cathedral. The second is a Slovakian Specialties tasting where you will enjoy a welcome glass of sparkling wine, sample a creamy soup made from sheep's cheese and learn how to prepare stuffed potato ravioli. Finally, you can also join a hike up to Bratislava Castle, which includes visits to the Castle Upper Terrace and Court of Honor. The remainder of the day is free to explore on your own. (B,L,D)
Day 7   Budapest, Hungary
Your morning excursion includes sightseeing in the cities of Buda and Pest spread over both banks of the river. You will see famed Heroes’ Square and Castle Hill, home to Fisherman’s Bastion, Matthias Church and spectacular views of the Danube. Alternatively, you may also opt to join a hike up to Castle Hill on which you will see Buda Castle, Fisherman’s Bastion and Parliament Square. After dinner, the ship will sail a special Illuminations Cruise past the glittering riverfront of Budapest. (B,L,D)
Picture of Budapest, Hungary
Day 8   Disembarkation - Budapest, Hungary
Your cruise comes to an end as you prepare for your homeward flight. (B)
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