Spain and the Danube River: 16-Night Tour and Cruise

Be blown away by the beauty of historic Europe with an unforgettable 16-night tour and river cruise. Take in the cultural sights of Spain – from the Royal Palace of Madrid to the architecture of Gaudi – before embarking on a scenic cruise of the Danube River through Germany, Austria and Hungary. Enjoy 16 nights’ accommodation, daily breakfasts, select lunches and dinners and sightseeing aboard both an air-conditioned coach and a deluxe ship for just $4,899 per person, valued up to $7,589.

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Awe-inspiring architecture, medieval cities and scenic river views await on this unforgettable 16-night experience. Take in the cultural sights of Spain before embarking on a cruise of the Danube River through Germany, Austria and Hungary. Includes nightly accommodation, a flight from Barcelona to Munich, daily breakfasts, select meals and more for just $4,899 per person, valued up to $7,589.

Lovers of art, culture and history will be in their element with this unforgettable tour, which incorporates several UNESCO World Heritage-listed sights, towns and cities with architecture dating back hundreds of years and museums filled with riches.

Enjoy 9 nights' accommodation in a series of specially selected hotels before checking into your own cabin with French balcony on the MS Monarch Empress – a deluxe river boat boasting a sundeck, putting green and fitness centre – for 7 nights, to cruise the River Danube in style.

Itinerary Highlights

See the Sights of Spain

Kick off this unforgettable experience with a sightseeing tour in Spain’s capital city, Madrid, taking in the Opera District, Plaza de Colon, the Royal Palace and more before arriving at the famous Prado Museum. Founded in 1819, Spain’s national art museum boasts an exceptional collection of European art and is acknowledged to be one of the greatest art museums in the world.

Immerse yourself in culture while in the medieval city of Toledo on a walking tour of famous monuments including St. Tome Church and the oldest synagogue in Europe, Santa Maria la Blanca. Continue to Andalucia via La Mancha, taking in panoramic views of the iconic windmills featured in the famous 17th-century Spanish novel, Don Quixote.

In Cordoba, marvel at the exquisite, UNESCO World Heritage-listed Mezquita de Cordoba – one of the largest mosques in the world – and enjoy a walking tour of the city with narrow streets and flower-filled courtyards.

Embark on a tour of Seville. Admire the beautiful Plaza de Espana, the gardens of Maria Luisa Park and stop at Seville Cathedral; the largest Gothic cathedral in the world and the site of Christopher Columbus’ tomb.

In Granada, admire another UNESCO World Heritage-listed site: the 13th-century Alhambra Palace, which is spectacularly located atop a hill overlooking the city.

Enjoy a scenic journey through groves of olives, almonds, lemons and oranges to the port city of Valencia to discover one of the 12 Treasures of Spain – the City of Arts and Sciences, designed by architect and artist Santiago Calatrava and home to incredible avant-garde architecture.

Enjoy an orientation tour of Barcelona then spend the day in the city as you please, whether that’s discovering the jaw-dropping works of Gaudi, taking in the works of art housed in the city’s museums or simply relaxing at the beach.

Cruise the Danube - Germany, Austria and Hungary

Board a flight to Munich, Germany, where the second phase of your trip, a river cruise of Europe’s second-largest river, the Danube, will commence.

Enjoy a tour of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed medieval city of Regensburg with its beautiful old churches and stone bridge over the Danube dating back to the 12th century.

Disembark in ‘Three Rivers City’, the Bavarian town of Passau on the border of Austria. Explore its cobblestone lanes, pastel buildings, historic architecture and riverfront at your leisure or join an optional full day tour to Salzburg, the birthplace of Mozart and the setting for The Sound of Music.

Stop in the Austrian town of Melk and admire its beautiful 11th-century Benedictine Abbey.

Continue to Vienna, the capital of Austria which was once home to famous composers Mozart and Beethoven. Enjoy a tour of the city, taking in its baroque palaces, parks, cathedral, parliament building and Vienna Opera House.

Next stop: Bratislava. Discover the capital of Slovakia with a tour of the city, incorporating sights that marry old with new. Stroll down the cobblestone lanes, visit the 13th-century town hall and marvel at St Martin’s Cathedral.

To complete this epic adventure, you’ll embark on a tour of Budapest, the capital of Hungary. See the sights of the city including Parliament, City Park, Heroes Square, the Royal Palace and more before browsing the shops and cafes at your leisure.

Your Package Includes

16 nights’ accommodation across the duration of the tour and cruise, including nine nights in specially-selected hotels and seven nights aboard the deluxe MS Monarch Empress in an A or B cabin on the Empress Deck with your own French balcony (see 'Fine Print' tab for further details).

Daily breakfasts, six lunches and thirteen dinners with wine, including a Captain's welcome dinner and farewell dinner on board the MS Monarch Empress. Enjoy unlimited wine and beer with meals served on the boat.

A transfer flight from Barcelona to Munich.

Sightseeing and shore excursions as listed in a modern, air-conditioned coach, with wireless earphones for enhanced touring.

River port charges, hotel taxes, fees, service charges, cruise and hotel porterage, entrance fees as required and all tips and gratuities.

Important Information

All bookings must be made by 13 January 2017.

Additional tours are available in some locations, bookable directly with the tour company. See the 'Fine Print' tab for further details.

Weather conditions may impact the cruise itinerary – please see 'Fine Print' for further details.

No need to worry about getting your preferred dates. The Booking Guarantee means that if you try to make a booking within 14 days from purchase and can't get your preferred dates within the validity period, you can get a full refund.

Click on the 'Fine Print' tab above to read all the terms and conditions relating to this offer.

Departure Dates: Tours depart on 26 May 2017, 9 June 2017 (sold out, updated 5.12.16 at 3:45pm), 15 September 2017, 29 September 2017, 13 October 2017 and 27 October 2017.

Please note, departure dates mark the first day of the tour. Guests must make their own travel arrangements to ensure they are in Madrid on their chosen departure date.

IMPORTANT: All bookings must be made by 13 January 2017.

Voucher 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 VOUCHERS, otherwise an additional single traveller surcharge will apply.

Single Traveller Surcharge: Guests travelling alone must pay a single traveller surcharge of $3,650 per person and will get their own room throughout the tour, payable directly to the tour company.

These packages are for luxury accommodation and one transfer flight from Barcelona to Munich only. Other flights are not included and need to be purchased separately.

Booking Guarantee: Make a booking within 14 days from the date of purchase and if you don't get your preferred dates within the validity period of the deal then we will give you a FULL refund. Please note that evidence of an attempted booking must be provided to our Support Team via email no more than 2 days after the 14 day period. At this point, we will escalate with management to try and secure your preferred dates and if they are still unavailable, a full refund will be payable (bookings must be made before 13 January 2017).

Strictly subject to availability and please book early to lock in your preferred dates. After the booking guarantee period, bookings for specific dates during the validity period will be accepted on a first in, best-dressed basis.

2 nights at Meliá Madrid Princesa or Hotel Miguel Angel by BlueBay in Madrid
1 night at Hotel Macià Alfaros in Cordoba
2 nights at NH Collection Sevilla in Seville
1 night at Hotel Carmen in Granada
1 night at Hotel Primus in Valencia
2 nights at Ayre Hotel Caspe in Barcelona
7 nights aboard the MS Monarch Empress

Maximum Room Capacity: The maximum room capacity is two adults.

Please note, connecting rooms are not available.

Bedding configuration in all rooms is either a queen bed or twin beds – please specify your preference to the tour company at the time of booking.

No additional guests may stay and no additional beds may be added.

Accommodation on board the MS Monarch Empress is in an A or B cabin on the Empress Deck with a French balcony. Allocation to an A or B cabin is on a first come, first served basis.

Facilities on board the MS Monarch Empress include a bar/lounge, restaurant, sundeck, putting green, fitness centre, Wi-Fi on board, an email station, an on-board musician and a 24-hour tea and coffee station.

The maximum tour group size during the Spain section of the tour will be 42 people. The maximum group size on board the MS Monarch Empress will be 144.

Due to physical constraints and space limitations, wheelchairs and walkers are not allowed on motor coaches and/or river cruises. The Monarch Empress is equipped with elevator access between the Empress and Countess decks, however passengers will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes while touring.

Please note that weather conditions may unavoidably impact the itinerary for the cruise segment of the tour. In the event that the cruise is unable to go ahead either in part or in its entirety, the affected segment will take place by deluxe motor coach accompanied by a tour manager, with overnights in hotel accommodation. The itinerary will include as many of the originally scheduled destinations as possible, considering the travel and distances required, and any meals that were included in the original itinerary.

Voucher must be presented at check-in.

All surcharges are payable directly to the hotel.

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

"Unlimited wine and beer" applies only to dinner periods on board the MS Monarch Empress.

Optional additional tours are available and priced per person as follows, bookable directly with the tour company in advance:
Madrid – El Escorial Tour, $109
Seville – Evening Flamenco Show, $82
Salzburg – Tour of Salzburg, $143
Vienna – Classical Viennese Concert, $85
Vienna – Schonbrunn Palace Tour $67

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

Departure dates are subject to availability and early booking is highly recommended.

Strictly no refunds for this voucher for amendments and change of date - fees are at the tour company’s discretion/policy. Tour company’s cancellation and change policy applies. Voucher is not refundable after purchase other than in accordance with the Booking Guarantee.

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.

Additional expenses such as (but not limited to) international flights are not included with this voucher.

The 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.

A visa may be required to the countries you are visiting and transiting. It is your responsibility to ensure you are holding a current visa.

The value and comparative savings have been determined based on the tour company’s 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 (including late checkout) are subject to availability.

Please note that full terms and conditions apply - refer

Redemption instructions can be found on your voucher.

Facilities on-board MS Monarch Empress

Captain's welcome dinner and farewell dinner
Unlimited wine and beer with dinners
Locally inspired recipes
Early riser breakfast in addition to buffet breakfast
Complimentary bottled water replenished daily in state rooms
Late night snack
Complimentary Wi-Fi access
Self-serve coffee and tea station
Lounge serving premium spirits
Daily entertainment including an on-board musician
Fitness centre
Non-smoking ship interior
Cruise director & tour managers throughout
Shore excursions conducted exclusively in English by licensed guides

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