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Danube Dreams & Discoveries: Vienna Roundtrip

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Board the Crystal Mahler and start a great 8-day Vienna Roundtrip. On your way, visit Esztergom Basilica, the largest church in Hungary. Explore Buda Castle, Trinity Square, Matthias Church, and Fisherman's Bastion in Budapest. Make some beautiful photos in the buzzing city of Bratislava. Discover the storybook-beautiful Krems, cruise the scenic Wachau Valley as you head to the historic cities of Melk, and Linz. Finally, disembark at Vienna.
Discover the gorgeous architecture of BudapestDiscover the art and culture of ViennaMisty morning skyline of Linz, AustriaMelk Abbey, Lower AustriaExplore beautiful Vienna
Highlights
  • Walk at the famed Ringstrasse in romantic Vienna
  • Discover the Esztergom Basilica in Hungary
  • Cruise the Scenic Danube Wachau Valley
  • Explore the neoclassical, neo-Baroque neighborhoods of Linz
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Day 1: Vienna, Austria | Embark

Embark on the Crystal Ravel at the beautiful port of 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 2: Esztergom, Hungary | Scenic Cruise into Budapest

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.

Today, have a scenic cruise into Budapest.

Day 3: Budapest, Hungary | Scenic Cruise from Budapest

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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 4: 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 5: Krems, Germany | Cruising Scenic Wachau Valley | Melk, Germany

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Storybook-beautiful Krems marks the beginning of the Wachau Valley and showcases a true crisscross of old and new. Putting the old and new literally side by side is a preserved length of the old city walls, for instance, while designer shops housed in the regal 18th-century buildings of the Altstadt exist alongside modern department stores. The lower Old Town is an area for pedestrians and cafes, while one of the oldest parish churches in Lower Austria can be found in the upper Old Town.

Today, you will also cruise the scenic Danube Wachau Valley.

Next, your destination for this day is Melk. 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: 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 7: Vienna, Austria

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 8: Vienna | Disembark

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After breakfast aboard the Crystal Ravel disembark at the port of Vienna.

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253 sqft. Supreme comfort king-size bed with fine Egyptian cotton linens. Butler service is provided.

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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.  ‚Äč

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
Included
  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
  • 7 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Massage, s­­­­­pa services or hair styling for which separate charges may be imposed. 

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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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