Classic Europe: 15-Day River Cruise

Explore Europe’s most iconic sights across five countries and only unpack once. Spend 14 nights cruising the Danube River in first-class luxury as you visit three UNESCO World Heritage Sites and discover the wonders of Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna, Cologne, Amsterdam and more. Plus enjoy all onboard meals, unlimited beer and wine with dinner, shore excursions, guided city tours, onboard entertainment and much more.

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Take to the great rivers of Europe *on an enchanting *15-day cruise, travelling aboard your luxury ship – either the MS Monarch Duchess or MS Monarch Governess. Includes 14 nights of luxury cruise accommodation in an outside cabin, all onboard meals,** onboard entertainment, shore excursions** and more.

Your cruise will take you from Hungary's capital, Budapest **to the beautiful city of Bratislava in Slovakia, on to the Austrian cities of **Vienna, Durnstein, and Melk *before continuing to the enchanting German cities of *Passau, Regensburg, Nuremberg, Bamberg, Wurzburg, Wertheim, Koblenz and Cologne, and finally finishing the tour in Amsterdam.

This tour begins in either** Budapest or Amsterdam** (see ‘Fine Print’ for select departure dates).

The Sights – Discover famous cities, UNESCO World Heritage Sites and stunning natural wonders

Begin your tour in Budapest where you can explore this famous city with a guided city tour *to view *Parliament, City Park *and *Heroes Square, *as well as the *Royal Palace *and *Matthias Church. 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.

Your tour will take you to the** romantic city of Vienna, Austria** – famed for its** legendary opulence and elegance.** Here you'll have a 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.

Your European adventure next takes you to** Regensburg, *one of Germany's largest and best preserved medieval cities *and a *designated UNESCO World Heritage Site *that boasts stunning architecture and the gateway to an **ancient Roman fort built in 179 AD.

Explore more of Germany on your guided city tour of Bamberg, the former residence of one of Germany's most powerful imperial dynasties *and today a *UNESCO World Heritage Site. Begin at the medieval city centre with its impressive 11th century Romanesque cathedral *and gorgeous rose garden, before you view the unique *Bamberg Town Hall built on a tiny island in the middle of the Regnitz River.

See the mighty Lorelei Rock rising vertically from the waters on the eastern bank of the Rhine River, and named for the siren "Lorelei" who - according to legend - would bewitch passing sailors. Explore Koblenz, a 2,000 year old city with Romanesque architecture and imposing defensive towers, where the rivers Rhine and Moselle meet at a dramatic confluence.

After exploring the vibrant city of Colonge, 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

Depending on your departure date, your cruise will be aboard the MS Monarch Duchess or** MS Monarch Governess.**

Both ships were built in 2010 and feature** 64 spacious 172sqft. 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:

  • 14 nights accommodation aboard the MS Monarch Duchess or the MS Monarch Governess
  • 41 meals including 14 breakfasts, 13 lunches and 14 dinners
  • Entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring during excursions
  • River port charges
  • Cruise porterage
  • All tipping and gratuities

Upgrades available: Upgrade to a more spacious 258sqft. Suite or a Category A Cabin, both located on a higher deck of the ship.

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 Luxury Escapes Refund Policy applies.

Valid for the following tour departure dates:

Low Season:

11 April 2019 (departs Budapest)

25 April 2019 (departs Amsterdam)

18 July 2019 (departs Budapest)

1 August 2019 (departs Budapest)

24 October 2019 (departs Budapest and Amsterdam)

High Season:

9 May 2019 (Departs Budapest and Amsterdam)

23 May 2019 (Departs Budapest and Amsterdam)

6 June 2019 (Departs Budapest and Amsterdam)

20 June 2019 (Departs Budapest and Amsterdam)

4 July 2019 (Departs Budapest and Amsterdam)

15 August 2019 (Departs Budapest and Amsterdam)

29 August 2019 (Departs Budapest and Amsterdam)

26 September 2019 (Departs Budapest)

10 October 2019 (Departs Budapest and Amsterdam)

All departure dates are subject to availability and early bookings are highly recommended.

*Instant Booking: *To secure your dates at purchase, click 'Instant Booking' and select your preferred package. Once your preferred package is selected you'll click through to 'Choose Your Dates of Travel' and will be able to enter in your preferred tour commencement date.

The minimum age for the tour is 16 years. All children under 18 years must be accompanied by an adult.

The package is valid for ONE PERSON aged 16 years or older (based on twin share). If you are travelling with another person you must purchase TWO PACKAGES. Customers travelling on their own must purchase two vouchers.

Dining inclusions do not include beverages (unless otherwise stated) and menu options are subject to change.

The following optional attractions and activities are available on your tour for an additional cost:

Parliament, Great Dohany Synagogue and Market Hall Tour - AU$107

Schonbrunn Palace Tour – AU$65

Classical Viennese Concert – AU$83

Tour of Salzburg – AU$136

Rothenburg Tour – AU$68

Marksburg Castle Tour – AU$68

Travel insurance is recommended. We suggest purchasing travel insurance as soon as possible after purchasing this package.

Not valid in conjunction with any other offer or on existing reservations.

Any unused portion of the package is non-refundable and cannot be exchanged for other services or cash.

Please note: disability access is limited during the tour please consider this when making your booking. River cruise ships may not have ramps and wide entryways 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 cruise ships.

*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 vacation, 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 very 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. 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 endeavor to provide a comparable itinerary. These alternative services will be provided at no additional charge.

Package cannot be split.

Offer only available for consecutive nightly stays.

Your passport must be valid at least 6 months beyond your intended stay overseas. The value and comparative savings has been determined based on published rack rates and the value of inclusions. Please be advised that rack rates may not be reflective of actual rates being charged, dependent on the timing and manner of your booking and therefore are only indicative of the level of saving.

All activities and services are subject to availability.

Please note that full terms and conditions apply - refer to

DAY 1 - Arrive in Budapest

Arrive in Budapest, Hungary andmake your way to the port. Embarkation will begin at 2 pm. Tonight, a gala Welcome Dinner sets the mood for your delightful river cruise

Overnight: River Cruise

Meals: Dinner

DAY 2 - 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. Perhaps, take the optional half day tour of the Parliament, Great Dohany Synagogue and Market Hall. Begin at the impressive Hungarian House of Parliament, where you can view the Crown Jewels. Continue to the Moorish style Great Dohany Synagogue, the largest in Europe. View the magnificent Tree of Life and the stirring Raoul Wallenberg Memorial. Conclude the tour at the Great Market Hall and see the locals do their everyday shopping, the way they did hundred years ago

Optional: Parliament, Great Dohany Synagogue & Market Hall

Overnight: River Cruise

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3 - Bratislava City Tour

Relax on board today as you take in the tranquil scenery of the Danube River. In the late afternoon, arrive in Bratislava, the 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. This evening, the ship will set sail just before midnight

Overnight: River Cruise

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4 - Vienna City Tour

Your morning tour of romantic Vienna introduces you to this Imperial city with its legendary opulence and elegance. 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 leisure, or, join the optional tour to the magnificent Schonbrunn Palace, once summer residence of the Hapsburgs. Visit the gorgeous baroque apartments and stroll through the world-famous manicured gardens. Tonight, perhaps take the opportunity to attend an evening of Viennese culture in the "City of Music" at an optional concert performance of the classical masterpieces of Mozart and Strauss, two of Vienna's most famous citizens

Optional: Schonbrunn Palace Tour (PM)

Optional: Classical Viennese Concert (PM)

Overnight: River Cruise

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5 - Melk Abbey

This morning, arrive in the village of Durnstein, one of the prettiest towns on the Danube. Free time to stroll this quintessential village in the heart of the Wachau wine district. Walk along medieval cobblestone streets revealing 16th-century town houses and wine taverns. Continue cruising late this morning and relax on board as the boat cruises through the scenic Wachau Valley, with lovely storybook views of vineyards, castles, hilltop ruins and monasteries. Later, disembark in Melk 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. The ship will set sail as you dine on board this evening

Overnight: River Cruise

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6 - Afternoon in Passau

Today presents a wonderful opportunity to join the optional full day tour to beautiful 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 board, the day is free to explore the 2500-year-old Passau. Well known for its pastel patrician houses, cafes, cobblestone lanes and riverfront promenade, Passau is a town with a mix of Roman, Italian Baroque and Gothic architecture. In the early evening, all passengers will rejoin the ship and set sail for Regensburg

Optional: Full Day Tour of Salzburg

Overnight: River Cruise

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7 - Regensburg City Tour

Arrive in Regensburg this morning, 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, the 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 or spend the afternoon at leisure discovering the delights of Regensburg on your own

Overnight: River Cruise

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8 - Nuremberg City Tour

This afternoon, explore Nuremberg, an energetic city with a visible history of almost one thousand years. The guided excursion begins at the historic Palace of Justice where the War Crimes Tribunal met in 1946 and continues to the vibrant Market Square. Stroll through the shops that fill the Old Town or walk along the fortified walls of Nuremberg Castle. This evening set sail as you dine on board

Overnight: River Cruise

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9 - Bamberg City Tour

This morning, dock in historic Bamberg, former residence of one of Germany's most powerful imperial dynasties and today a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Begin your walk in the medieval city center with its impressive 11th century Romanesque cathedral and gorgeous rose garden. After, view the very unusual City Hall built on a tiny island in the middle of the Regnitz River and Little Venice, an area of colorful fisherman's houses. This afternoon set sail for Wurzburg

Overnight: River Cruise

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10 - Wurzburg City Tour

Discover Wurzburg, named the "Pearl of the Romantic Road," with its dramatic Marienberg fortress, 15th century bridge and lush vineyards. Your walk takes you to the ornate Bishops' Residenz Palace, a stunning example of Baroque architecture, home to the largest ceiling fresco ever painted, named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This afternoon, explore the town on your own, or join the optional tour along Germany's "Romantic Road" to Rothenburg, with its turreted city wall and impressive Gothic architecture

Optional: Rothenburg City Tour (PM)

Overnight: River Cruise

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11 - Wertheim & Miltenberg Walking Tours

This morning, stroll through Wertheim, a charming German town well known for its glassworks and Franconian wine. Continue by coach to the picturesque village of Miltenberg, a jewel on the banks of the Main River. Discover the Market Square with its Renaissance-era fountain, the Merchant Hall with its stunning Gothic architecture and the unique 14th and 15th century half-timbered houses. After lunch on board, enjoy free time in Miltenberg before the ship sails this evening

Overnight: River Cruise

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12 - Morning Cruising & Afternoon in Koblenz

Spend a relaxing morning on board, taking in the spectacular vistas as the ship sails past castles perched on lofty cliffs, terraced vineyards and tiny villages. Pass the mighty Lorelei Rock on the eastern bank of the Rhine rising vertically from the waters, named for the siren "Lorelei" who bewitched sailors passing by. This afternoon the ship docks in Koblenz, located at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers. Join an orientation walk with free time to explore the Romanesque architecture and imposing defensive towers of this 2000-year old city. Perhaps join the optional tour to the dramatic Marksburg Castle, the only hill castle on the Rhine that's never been destroyed and has been continuously occupied for over 700 years

Optional: Marksburg Castle (PM)

Overnight: River Cruise

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 13 - Cologne City Tour

This morning join a walking tour of Cologne, one of Germany's largest cities and capital of the Rhineland. The city is highlighted by the soaring, twin-steeple Gothic cathedral that is the geographical and spiritual heart of the city. Known for its vibrant art scene, Cologne abounds with cafes, galleries, shops and taverns. Set sail in the late afternoon for Amsterdam

Overnight: River Cruise

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 14 - Amsterdam City Tour

Today's panoramic tour of 700-year-old Amsterdam introduces you to both the old and the new sections of this city. View the Royal Palace on Amsterdam's Dam Square, the Queen's official home-away-from-home. On to the Dutch National Monument dedicated by Queen Juliana as a memorial to the victims of WWII and to the unusual Skinny Bridge, once so narrow that pedestrians could not pass each other. Then, board a glass-top boat and cruise the winding canals for an up-close view of the stately historic homes, 16th-century warehouses and charming churches with striking bell towers. This evening bid farewell to your traveling companions on your final night on board

Overnight: River Cruise

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 15 - Depart the Netherlands

This morning, make your way to the airport for your departure flight

Meals: Breakfast

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