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Danube River


and the Habsburg Empire
aboard the Deluxe Amadeus Fleet

June 14 to 27, 2012

This exclusive 14-day journey through the heart of Central Europe features a seven-night cruise on the legendary Blue Danube aboard one of the deluxe vessels of the prestigious AMADEUS FLEET, followed by three nights in Prague and two nights in Kraków, Poland, in deluxe hotel accommodations. The carefully designed itinerary encompasses the former glorious realm of Habsburg Emperors, with visits to six countries and six UNESCO World Heritage sites. Specially arranged excursions include a private organ concert in Melk and a private music performance in Vienna. Cruise from Budapest, Hungary, to Passau, Germany, through the spectacular Wachau Valley. Enjoy a comprehensive program of guided excursions along the way: Bratislava's medieval Old Town, imperial Vienna, magnificent Melk Abbey and the storybook village of Dürnstein. Explore the medieval gems of Prague, Cesk´y Krumlov and Kraków, virtual open-air museums of Central European history and architecture. Extend your Habsburg experience with the Budapest Two-Night Pre-Program Option and the Warsaw Two-Night Post-Program Option.

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Preliminary Itinerary
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FULL ITINERARY
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Day Date Destination
1 June 14 Depart from the U.S. or Canada
2 June 15 Budapest, Hungary/Embark ship
3 June 16 Budapest/Esztergom
4 June 17 Bratislava, Slovakia
5 June 18 Vienna, Austria
6 June 19 Vienna
7 June 20 Melk
8 June 21 Dürnstein
9 June 22 Passau,Germany/Disembark ship/
˘Ceský Krumlov, Czech Republic/Prague
10 June 23 Prague
11 June 24 Prague
12 June 25 Prague/Scenic journey
to Kraków, Poland
13 June 26Kraków
14 June 27 Kraków/Return to the U.S.
BUDAPEST PRE-PROGRAM OPTION

Begin your travel program with two nights in cosmopolitan Budapest in a deluxe hotel. Excursions include a walking tour of the vibrant Pest side of the city. Known as the cultural hub of Budapest, Pest became a center for architectural innovation after Budapest was unified in 1873 and has many magnificent fin-de-siècle buildings. Also, enjoy a specially arranged visit to the Béla Bartók Memorial House to learn more about Hungary's most famous composer.

WARSAW POST-PROGRAM OPTION

Extend your journey with two nights in Warsaw, Poland's political and cultural capital. During a special guided city tour, view the city's most famous landmarks, including the Old Town, the Royal Castle and the Monuments to the Heroes of the Ghetto and the 1944 Warsaw Uprising. Also visit Częstochowa, the most venerated Catholic shrine in Central Europe, and view the famous Black Madonna icon in the Pauline Monastery of Jasna Gora. Option available at additional cost. Complete details will be included with your reservation confirmation.

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Cost and Program Inclusions

(Preliminary)

From approximately $3,835 plus international air

Activity Level - Moderately Active

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visit six Central European countries—Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, Germany, Czech Republic and Poland—during this custom-designed, comprehensive, 14-day journey—and at an exceptional value!
  • Cruise for seven nights on the legendary Danube River aboard one of the prestigious, deluxe AMADEUS river fleet vessels, among the finest to ply the waterways of Europe.
  • Spend three nights in fascinating, medieval Prague, and two nights in the historic Polish city of Kraków, with deluxe accommodations in the heart of each city.
  • Explore the cultural treasures of the former Habsburg Empire with specially arranged guided excursions, including visits to six UNESCO World Heritage sites and private music performances in Melk and Vienna.
  • Traverse an enchanting landscape of exceptional natural and man-made beauty as you cruise from Budapest, Hungary, with port calls in Bratislava, Slovakia; Vienna, Melk, and Dürnstein, Austria; and Passau, Germany.

INCLUDED FEATURES ON BOARD THE DELUXE AMADEUS FLEET

  • Seven-night cruise on the scenic Danube River from Budapest, Hungary, to Passau, Germany, with port calls at Esztergom, Hungary; Bratislava, Slovakia; and Vienna, Melk and Dürnstein, Austria.
  • Comfortable accommodations in an outside stateroom or suite with private bathroom facilities and air conditioning.
  • Welcome toast.
  • All meals served at single seatings—breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner and late-evening snack—featuring continental cuisine.
  • Complimentary house wine served with dinner.
  • Tour of Budapest, a UNESCO World Heritage site, including visits to the Matthias Church and the Fisherman's Bastion.
  • Guided tour of Bratislava's medieval Old Town.
  • Tour of Vienna, a UNESCO World Heritage site, featuring St. Stephen's Cathedral.
  • Musical performance in Vienna.
  • Cruise through the scenic Wachau Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Private lecture on the Habsburg Empire.
  • Tour of the magnificent Benedictine Abbey of Melk, a Baroque masterpiece.
  • Private organ concert in Melk.
  • Walking tour of cultural Dürnstein.

Full-day panoramic motorcoach transfer from Passau to Prague, featuring a visit to and lunch in the beautifully preserved medieval city of ˘Ceský Krumlov, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

IN PRAGUE

  • Three nights in a centrally located, deluxe hotel, with breakfast each morning.
  • Half-day city tour, highlighted by the Hrad˘cany Castle and featuring a visit to St. Vitus' Cathedral.
  • Half-day walking tour of Prague, a UNESCO World Heritage site, through the Staré M˘esto (Old Town) and Josefov (Old Jewish Quarter) and to the historic Charles Bridge.

Scenic motorcoach transfer from Prague, Czech Republic, to Kraków, Poland, including a stop and lunch in Brno, the second largest city in the Czech Republic.

IN KRAKÓW

  • Two nights in a deluxe hotel, with breakfast each morning.
  • Walking tour of historic Kraków, a UNESCO World Heritage site, featuring the Kazimierz district, the Wáwel Hill complex, the Rynek Glówny and the 14th-century Mariacki Church.
  • Farewell reception.

ENHANCED TRAVEL SERVICES

  • All transfers and luggage handling abroad for all participants who have purchased their international air tickets through Gohagan & Company and whose arrival(s)/departure(s) coincide with the scheduled group transfer(s).
  • All excursions and visits, as outlined in the itinerary, led by experienced, English-speaking local guides.
  • Gratuities for local guides and drivers on included excursions and transfers.
  • Experienced Travel Directors to accompany you throughout the travel program.
  • Hospitality desk aboard the ship.
  • Travel document wallet, name badge and pre-departure information.
  • Automatic $250,000 flight insurance policy for each participant ticketed on flights by Gohagan & Company.

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AMADEUS FLEET

The elegance and romance of native son Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's music was inspiration in the meticulous crafting of the deluxe AMADEUS River Fleet. The Fleet inaugurated a new generation of deluxe river cruising, setting new standards in design and technology and featuring the comforts of a floating five-star hotel.

Each ship offers approximately 76 outside, air-conditioned, stylishly appointed cabins (from 160 square feet, among the most spacious cabins on any river in the world) and suites (up to 323 square feet). Most accommodations feature a floor-to-ceiling sliding glass door with French balcony (iron railing) and all have two twin beds (convertible to one double bed), a private bathroom with shower (suites have bathtub with shower), individual climate control, satellite telephone and television, writing desk, safe and hair dryer.

Meals are served in single, unassigned seatings in the elegant Panorama Restaurant, where passengers can enjoy the passing landscape through floor-to-ceiling windows. Highly skilled chefs prepare continental cuisine featuring local ingredients. Meals include early-risers' coffee, buffet breakfast and lunch, afternoon tea and four-course dinner. Live piano music is played during afternoon tea, and complimentary wine is served with dinner.

Public facilities are spacious and typically include a lounge and bar that opens onto a Panorama Deck, a library, Internet Café, beauty salon, boutique and fitness studio with massage services and early morning exercise classes. The Sun Deck features the Lido Bar, an outdoor dipping pool, golf putting green and walking track. Guests will also appreciate the complimentary Quietvox audio system available to all passengers for listening enhancement during shore excursions. Laundry service is available.

The international English-speaking crew provides warm hospitality and personalized service. The next generation of European river vessels, the AMADEUS Fleet meets the highest safety standards and is the only fleet of European river ships to have been awarded the “Green Certificate” of environmental preservation.

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