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Danube Holiday Magic: Regensburg to Vienna

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Board the Crystal Mahler for an 11-day Danube river cruise adventure from Regensburg to Vienna. Visit the well-preserved medieval center and flourishing city of Regensburg. Wander the cobbled streets of Old Town in Passau, gaze upon its arched bridges and Italianate manses. Explore the historical city of Linz, see the fortified baroque Benedictine monastery at Melk and check out the buzzing city of Bratislava. Discover the magnificent architecture of domes and spires, 18th-century homes, bridges and lampposts at Budapest and marvel at the Esztergom Basilica, the largest church in Hungary. Finally, spend your magical New Year's Night in the romantic city of Vienna.
Evening in Vienna, AustriaAdmire the artistry of LinzMelk Abbey, Lower AustriaSunset over PassauBudapest, the capital city of HungaryVisit charming Passau
Highlights
  • View a well-preserved medieval center, charming Regensburg
  • Explore magnificent St. Stephen’s Cathedral and New Bishop’s Residence in Passau
  • Visit the Esztergom Basilica, the largest church in Hungary
  • Spend the New Year's Night in the beautiful city of Vienna
Trip Type:
  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Regensburg, Germany | Embark

Embark on the Crystal Mahler at the beautiful port of Regensburg.

Day 2: Regensburg, Germany

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Situated at the northernmost bend of the Danube and boasting a well-preserved medieval center, charming Regensburg finds itself not only a UNESCO World Heritage Site but also a traveler’s favorite destination. With its 1,400 or so ancient buildings standing as a regal testament to days gone by, this riverside treasure, complete with the elaborate cathedral, quintessential clock tower, multi-arched bridge, and multi-faceted personality, is a flourishing city.

Day 3: Passau, Germany

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
At the confluence of the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers, Passau is also situated at a meeting of cultures. The town began as a Roman settlement, enjoying the rising tide of influence as the largest bishopric in the Holy Roman Empire and enduringly vibrant as a hub for various trade pursuits, including salt, swords and ideas. Wander the cobbled streets of Old Town, gaze upon arched bridges and Italianate manses and visit magnificent St. Stephen’s Cathedral and New Bishop’s Residence.

Day 4: Linz, Austria

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Named the European Capital of Culture in 2009 and added to the roster of UNESCO Creative Cities as a City of Media Arts in 2014, Linz embraces the present and future, with reverence to its past. The city’s layout reflects its history, with an ancient medieval center encircled by neoclassical, neo-baroque and neo-Renaissance neighborhoods.

Day 5: Linz | Melk, Austria

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, your ship leaves for Linz city and then sail to Melk afterwards.

Best known for its fortified baroque Benedictine monastery, Melk Abbey, the town of Melk boasts an assortment of smaller gems. Among them, the city’s riverside location, serene and regal with a ribbon of wooded groves giving way to the lovely village. Cobbled lanes and a petite size make for a pleasant stroll with a chance to discover its 16th-century Town Hall, or Rathaus, in the center of town, and Haus am Stein, or House at the Rock. Built-in the 15th century, the vine-covered abode is Melk’s oldest building.

Day 6: Bratislava, Slovakia

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This buzzing capital city is the heartbeat of Slovakia; a historic gem that stirs the imagination. A maze of cobblestone streets winds around 18th-century buildings and a pulsating modern art scene. Explore the museums, cathedrals and palaces, and relax at a shade-covered sidewalk café. Photography buffs will want to snap images of the medieval castle looming high above the city.

Day 7: Budapest, Hungary

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Commanding both sides of the Danube – with the Chain Bridge connecting hilly Buda with flat Pest – Hungary’s capital enchants with its magnificent architecture of domes and spires, 18th-century homes, bridges, and lampposts. The UNESCO-listed Castle Hill welcomes all to explore Buda Castle, Trinity Square, Matthias Church, and Fisherman's Bastion.

Day 8: Budapest | Esztergom, Hungary

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, sail from Budapest to Esztergom.

Once the capital of Hungary, Esztergom still displays a regal appearance, situated beautifully on the Danube and capped by the Esztergom Basilica, the largest church in Hungary. Also one of the oldest cities in Hungary, this spot has been inhabited since the end of the Ice Age, over 20,000 years ago. Today you’ll discover a town that stays in touch with its past, with attractions including the grand Basilica, picturesque squares, fine gardens and, of course, the waters and bridges of the Danube.

Day 9-10: Vienna, Austria

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  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Meet the New Year in Vienna.

Once the capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and forever known for its manicured gardens, ornate architecture - especially that of the famed Ringstrasse - and distinguished roster of composers who either were born or lived here, Vienna finds itself at the very center of European culture, even as it sits near the border of the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary.
 

Day 11: Vienna | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast aboard the Crystal Mahler, disembark at the beautiful Vienna.

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Crystal Mahler

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Petite Suite Seahorse Deck (S5)
188 sqft. King-size bed or two twin beds, adjustable dining table, writing desk, vanity, and 40” flat-screen HD TV. Butler service is provided.
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Petite Suite Crystal Deck (S4)
188 sqft. King-size bed or two twin beds, adjustable dining table, writing desk, vanity, and 40” flat-screen HD TV. Butler service is provided.
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237 sqft. King-size bed or two twin beds, full-length mirror, writing desk, vanity, and flat-screen HD TV. Butler service is provided.
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253 sqft. Supreme comfort king-size bed with fine Egyptian cotton linens. Butler service is provided.
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Deluxe Suite (S1)
253 sqft. Supreme comfort king-size bed with fine Egyptian cotton linens. Butler service is provided.
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506 sqft. The master bedroom features a large king-size bed facing the panoramic balcony-window, walk-in closet, flat-screen HD TV, fine Egyptian linens. Butler service is provided.
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759 sqft. Two lavish bedrooms each feature king-size beds, fine Egyptian linens, large flat-screen HD TVs, spacious closets, and expansive panoramic balcony-windows. Nightstands include charging pads and USB outlets. Butler service is provided.

Notes

A wide selection of specially curated and optional shore excursions are available on every itinerary.  In each port visited, there will be complimentary adventures to choose from, other excursions will be available at an additional cost. 

Cruise Fares Include:
  • Beverages including fine wines, champagne, premium spirits and all non-alcoholic beverages such as bottled water, soft drinks, and specialty coffees
  • Gratuities for housekeeping, dining and bar staff
  • 24-hour self-service coffee tea, soft drinks, wines
  • 24-hour room service
  • Personal Butler service
  • Daily yoga and fitness classes
  • Onboard entertainment and enrichment programs
  • Choice of complimentary shore excursion in each port
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi for the duration of your voyage. 
Cruise Fares Exclude:
  • Airfare
  • Cruise port, security, navigation, berthing, stevedoring, and baggage handling/storage charges 
  • Fuel surcharges, fees or charges imposed by governmental or quasi-governmental authorities
  • Optional shore excursions
  • Sightseeing or meals ashore, taxes, gratuities
  • Visa fees
  • Laundry or valet service or any item or service whatsoever of a personal nature, such as medical treatment, expenses incurred on board or ashore in connection with medical treatment, medical condition, or medical debark
  • Massage, s­­­­­pa services or hairstyling for which separate charges may be imposed. 
  • Transfers between the airport and ship on the day of embarkation and disembarkation

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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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