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Ultimate European River Cruise: An Epic 22-Day Journey Along the Danube, Rhine & Main Rivers

Embark on the European adventure of a lifetime, taking you to eight, incredible countries in 22 days. Starting in either Giurgiu (Romania) or Amsterdam, you will cruise down the waters of the impressive Danube, Rhine and Main rivers through Bulgaria, Serbia, Hungary, Slovakia, Austria and Germany on a premium river cruise vessel, stopping along the way to discover beautiful cities and UNESCO World Heritage sites, with most meals included, late night snacks, access to a lounge serving premium spirits, the services of local guides in all major cities and so much more - all as you watch the beauty of Europe unfold right before your eyes.

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22 Days
RIVER CRUISE - DEP. GIURGIU
Inclusion Highlights:
  • Package valid for one person (twin share)
  • Departing Giurgiu on 31 May 2020
  • 21 nights of First-Class accommodation on board the Monarch Duchess in a Cabin C, located on the Sapphire Deck
  • 61 meals including daily breakfast, 19 lunches and 21 dinners, including welcome and farewell gala dinners
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22 Days
UPGRADE - DEP. AMSTERDAM
Inclusion Highlights:
  • Package valid for one person (twin share)
  • Departing Amsterdam 26 April 2020
  • Upgrade to a Cabin B, located on the Royal Deck
  • 21 nights of First-Class accommodation on board the Monarch Duchess in a Cabin B, located on the Royal Deck
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22 Days
UPGRADE- DEP. GIURGIU
Inclusion Highlights:
  • Package valid for one person (twin share)
  • Departing Giurgiu on 31 May 2020
  • Upgrade to a Cabin B, located on the Royal Deck
  • 21 nights of First-Class accommodation on board the Monarch Duchess in a Cabin B, located on the Royal Deck
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22 Days
VIP UPGRADE - DEP. AMSTERDAM
Inclusion Highlights:
  • Package valid for one person (twin share)
  • Departing Amsterdam on 26 April 2020
  • Upgrade to a Cabin A, in a premium position on the Royal Deck
  • 21 nights of First-Class accommodation on board the Monarch Duchess in a Cabin A, located in a premium position on the Royal Deck
Calendar
22 Days
VIP UPGRADE - DEP. GIURGIU
Inclusion Highlights:
  • Package valid for one person (twin share)
  • Departing Giurgiu on 31 May 2020
  • Upgrade to a Cabin A, in a premium position on the Royal Deck
  • 21 nights of First-Class accommodation on board the Monarch Duchess in a Cabin A, located in a premium position on the Royal Deck

There’s no better way to discover Europe than cruising in all luxury along three of its most important rivers: the mighty Danube, the Rhine and Main rivers. These three, majestic rivers flow through striking countries in Europe, offering some of the most picturesque scenery in the world. Embark on the adventure of a lifetime and embrace the elegance and history of Europe on this unforgettable, 22-day cruise, spanning across eight countries.

Want to start in Amsterdam and end in Giurgiu, or the other way around? No problem – the choice is yours. Browse the itineraries and choose which package suits you best, whether you’re taking the cruise on its own or adding it to another experience in Europe.

What You’ll Love...

The Experience – Elegant cities, splendid scenery and UNESCO World Heritage sites await

The first stop is Bulgaria's most elegant city, Ruse. Steeped in history, Ruse was one of the most important cities during the Ottoman Empire. Enjoy a tour of the city and admire the imposing belle epoque architecture, beautifully kept squares and Roman ruins.

Travel westward through the spectacular scenery of the Balkan mountain ranges, sailing through the famed Iron Gates, a spectacular gorge containing two hydroelectric dams, then reach Belgrade, the capital of Serbia. Here, you will discover more of the city’s history with a guided tour taking you to some of the most iconic sights including the Republic Square and more.

Cruise through Croatia and Hungary, stopping along the way to admire beautiful cities surrounded by striking natural scenery, UNESCO-listed sites and quaint rural villages.

Explore vibrant Budapest with a guided city tour to view Parliament, City Park and Heroes Square, then spend some time at leisure in this picturesque city. Perhaps wander the bustling cobbled streets which are home to many quaint shops and cafes or head to the top of Fisherman’s Bastion for magnificent panoramic views of the city.

Soak up the beauty of Bratislava – Slovakia's capital, offering over 2,000 years of history on display and a pedestrian-only, 18th century old town brimming with lively cafes and restaurants.

Your cruise will take you to the romantic city of Vienna, Austria – famed for its legendary opulence and elegance. Here you'll have the chance to drive along the famed Ringstrasse-Vienna's main boulevard - lined with palaces, parks and monuments and continue on to discover St Stephen's Cathedral and the Parliament building.

Cruise to Germany, where you will visit Regensburg, one of Germany's largest and best-preserved medieval cities; Bamberg, the former residence of one of Germany's most powerful imperial dynasties and today a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the Gothic city of Cologne.

Finish your trip of a lifetime in picturesque Amsterdam where you will board a glass-top boat to cruise the iconic winding canals for an up-close view of the city's many colourful and quirky homes.

The Cruise Ship – First-class river cruise luxury

Step aboard the beautiful Monarch Duchess, a first-class river cruise vessel with a maximum capacity of just 136 guests and exquisite facilities.

Built in 2010, the vessel features 64 spacious 16sqm cabins and four suites, each fully air-conditioned with French balcony, private bath facilities, shower, telephone and flat-screen satellite TV. The ships boast a bar-lounge, restaurant, sundeck with jacuzzi, complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas, 24/7 self-serve tea and coffee station, daily entertainment including an onboard musician and a fitness centre.

All onboard meals are included during your cruise, featuring a great range of options served in a single open seating setting for blissful water views. Enjoy a selection of delicious locally inspired European fare. Sit down to early bird breakfasts or hot self-service buffet breakfasts, buffet lunches and four-course meals for dinner. With complimentary beer and wine served at dinner, you’ll be able to raise a toast to great days of exploring and eating alike.

Your Package Includes:

  • 21 nights of First-Class accommodation on board the Monarch Duchess in a Cabin A, B (located on the Royal Deck) or Cabin C (located on the Sapphire Deck - 26 April departure excluded)
  • Cruise porterage and river port charges
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 61 meals including daily breakfast, 19 lunches and 21 dinners, including welcome and farewell gala dinners
  • Wine and beer with dinners
  • Early riser breakfast in addition to a full buffet breakfast, and access to late night snacks, coffee and tea and a lounge serving premium spirits
  • Cruise director and activities host throughout cruise
  • Services of local guides in all major cities
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring during excursions
  • Tips for Tour Managers

The '7 day change of mind guarantee' does not apply for Tour bookings. Due to the high demand and limited departures any cancellation / refund requests must be made within 48 hours of purchase. Otherwise, the standard Refund Policy applies.

Valid for the following departure dates:

Departing Amsterdam: 26 April 2020*

Departing Giurgiu (Romania): 31 May 2020

*Cabin C not available on this departure date.

Please note, departure dates mark the first day of the tour. Guests must make their own travel arrangements to ensure they are in Amsterdam or Giurgiu (according to the preferred departure location) on their chosen departure date.

Maximum tour group size is 136 passengers.

Package is valid for ONE PERSON aged eighteen years or older (based on twin share). If you are travelling with another person you must purchase TWO PACKAGES.

Single Travellers: Please note if you are travelling on your own you must purchase TWO packages and will be accommodated in your own full-size cabin.

Minimum Child Age: Children aged 16 years may travel when sharing with an adult. If a person under the age of 18 years will be travelling with an adult other than his/her parents, or with only one parent, a notarized letter written by the parents, or non-travelling parent, granting authorisation to travel, including the dates of travel should be carried.

Maximum Room Capacity: The maximum room capacity is two adults. Bedding configuration is double or twin beds.

Please note: No additional beds may be added.

Connecting rooms are not available.

All surcharges are payable directly to the tour company.

Giurgiu to Amsterdam: Passengers arriving to Bucharest on Day 1 should select flights that arrive early in the morning or the day before, to make their way to Giurgiu. Embarkation will begin at 2:00 pm however early arrivals may rest in the lounge if their assigned cabin is not ready upon check-in.

Amsterdam to Giurgiu: Passengers arriving to Amsterdam on Day 1 should select flights that arrive early in the morning, to make their way to the embarkation port. Embarkation will begin at 2pm however early arrivals may rest in the lounge if their assigned cabin is not ready upon check-in.

Please note tour involves around three to four hours of moderate walking each day and may involve uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and slopes.

Not recommended for travellers with disabilities. River cruises may not have ramps, wide entryways or elevators to accommodate disabled passengers or devices such as wheelchairs, walkers and motorised scooters. Due to physical constraints and space limitations, wheelchairs, walking frames and motorised scooters may not be taken aboard motor coaches and river cruises.

Dining inclusions do not include beverages (unless otherwise stated). Menus are subject to change without notice.

Know Before You Book - High & Low Water

European river cruising has gained in popularity for very good reason. It's a relaxing and convenient way to experience Europe while enjoying the comfort of a deluxe ship. However, before making the decision to reserve your holiday, please be aware of potential conditions which may impact your cruise. While most of the time river cruises operate exactly as planned, weather conditions may result in high or low water levels which impact a ship's itinerary and, on occasion, render a ship unable to sail at all. On rare occasions, other events such as heavy fog, a damaged lock, or an incapacitated vessel blocking the river, may impact a sailing. These events typically occur with little or no notice. In the event that a cruise is partially or completely impacted, the itinerary will be operated by deluxe motor coach, accompanied by a Tour Manager, with overnights in hotels (suite upgrades will not apply). The itinerary will include as many of the originally scheduled sightseeing features as possible, considering the travel time and distances required, as well as meals. While it is not possible to recreate the more leisurely comforts of sailings, we will endeavour to provide a comparable itinerary. These alternative services will be provided at no additional charge.

Travel insurance is highly recommended.

All services are subject to availability.

Please note that full terms and conditions apply. Refer to website's terms and conditions.

Please note this tour is not operated by Luxury Escapes. You will be contacted post-purchase with further details.

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