Majestic Rivers of Europe: Castles, Cathedrals & Fairytales - 2018

Austria • Germany • Hungary
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Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Bratislava, Slovakia & Prague, Czech Republic

5 DAYS FROM $799

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Amsterdam, Netherlands

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You'll already be in Europe for your river cruise, so why not add two more nights in Amsterdam? Your extension to this culturally rich hub features a guided walking tour, as well as free time to explore the historic streets and canals of Amsterdam at your own pace. Don’t miss this true Dutch treat!

Your Price Includes:

  • 2 nights accommodations at the Superior First-Class NH Barbizon Palace in Amsterdam
  • 2 meals: 2 breakfasts
  • Orientation walk of Dusseldorf
  • Canal Cruise with visit to Rijksmuseum
  • All transfers and baggage handling (where permitted)
  • Services of a City Host and experienced regional experts
  • Services of the Vantage Worldwide Concierge, to plan celebrations, activities, or provide regional expertise. Log in to My Portfolio and submit a request, or send an email any time up to two weeks prior to your departure at
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Day 1:

Depart Home

Tonight, embark on your overnight flight to Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Day 2:

Be charmed by Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Settle into The Netherlands’ capital today and this evening, enjoy a Welcome Briefing and drink at the hotel.

Day 3:

Amsterdam canal cruise, and a visit to the Rijksmusem

Embark on a canal cruise through this charming city — the canals are considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site — and also stop at the famed Rijksmusem. Spend the afternoon at your leisure in Amsterdam — or opt for a half-day trip to Zaanse Schans & Edam, a charming 17th-century living history village.

Included Meals:

Optional Tour: Zaanse Schans & Edam Excursion

Zaanse Schans & Edam Excursion

  • Approximate Cost: $79 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 4 hours
  • Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • When: Half-day Tour

The Dutch say, “if you only have one day to see Holland, then go to Zaanse Schans,” so we take you there on our “quintessential Holland” excursion. You’ll take a short scenic ride through the countryside to this “living museum” to admire the houses, hump-backed bridges, charming gardens, tradesmen’s workshops, and authentic, working windmills dating to the 17th century. You’ll get a lesson in cheese making, step inside a windmill, and see how a clog maker crafts those unique shoes. Next you’ll go on a guided tour of picturesque Edam, famous for its eponymous cheese. Before heading back to Amsterdam, you’ll try a typical Dutch treat, coffee and apple cake, at a local café.

Day 4:

Dusseldorf orientation walk on the way to Mainz

After breakfast this morning, you’ll depart for Mainz, Germany, stopping in Dusseldorf along the way for an escorted orientation walk.

While Dusseldorf is an economic powerhouse, it’s also famed for its arts scene and lovely location on the picturesque banks of the Rhine. Besides a charming Old Town (Altstadt), there’s also a famous beer to sip — Altbier — and it’s dark and plentiful, along with lots of shopping streets.

This afternoon, meet other travelers on your base tour when you arrive in Mainz.

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Bratislava, Slovakia & Prague, Czech Republic

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Make the most of your included airfare by adding two more European countries to your passport — two nights in magnificent Prague, an elegant, Old World capital boasting many grand castles, and two nights in Bratislava, the delightful capital of Slovakia.

In Prague, you'll enjoy a walking tour of the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the Jewish Quarter. En route to Bratislava, you'll stop in Brno, Czech Republic for an orientation walk.

Then, in Bratislava, a baroque city along the Danube River cruise portion of your journey, you'll be captivated by the many historic treasures on a walking tour. To conclude your journey, you'll stop in the village of Dunaalmás, Hungary, for a community hosted lunch, where you can help prepare the meal with guidance from your friendly hosts.

Your Price Includes:

  • 4 nights accommodations: 2 nights at the centrally located Superior First-Class Sheraton Prague (or similar); and 2 nights at the new Sheraton Bratislava (or similar)
  • 5 meals: 4 breakfasts and 1 lunch
  • 3 included sightseeing tours: walking tours in Bratislava and of Prague’s Old Town and Jewish Quarters; visit to Prague Castle
  • 2 optional tours: the town of Kutná Hora, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; and Red Stone Castle Tour with Wine Tasting
  • All transfers and baggage handling (except in customs)
  • Services of City Host and experienced regional experts
  • Services of the Vantage Worldwide Concierge, to plan celebrations, activities, or provide regional expertise. Log in to My Portfolio and submit a request, or send an email any time up to two weeks prior to your departure at
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Day 16:

Lunch in Dunaalmás en route to Bratislava, Slovakia

Transfer from Budapest to Bratislava, with a stop in Dunaalmás for a community-hosted lunch. Upon arrival in Bratislava, you'll be met by a Vantage representative who will help you transfer to your hotel. Enjoy a welcome briefing at the hotel this evening.

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Day 17:

Bratislava walking tour, or explore Cerveny Kamen Castle on an optional tour

Get to know Bratislava today during a wonderful walking tour led by your City Host. Enjoy the rest of your day to explore at your own pace, or set off on an optional tour of Cerveny Kamen Castle.

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Optional Tour: Red Stone Castle Tour with Wine Tasting

Red Stone Castle Tour with Wine Tasting

  • Approximate Cost: $65 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 4 hours
  • Location: Bratislava, Slovakia
  • When: Afternoon tour

Travel by motorcoach through the Little Carpathian mountain range, where vineyards have been sprawling since the Middle Ages, to Red Stone Castle, home to Europe’s largest wine cellar. Inside the castle, you’ll find period furniture as well as a unique collection of arms. After the castle tour, you’ll visit a wine cellar in the village of St. George, where you’ll enjoy a tasting of local vintages with commentary about the region’s wine production.

Day 18:

Head to Prague, but first an orientation walk in Brno

You’ll transfer from Bratislava to Prague today, stopping in the beautiful old town of Brno, Czech Republic for an orientation walk and lunch on your own.

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Day 19:

Prague's religious highlights, and a pub crawl

Enjoy a fascinating walking tour through Prague's famous Old Town and Jewish Quarters with your City Host. You'll have the afternoon to explore on your own, or join an optional excursion to Kutna Hora, one of Czech Republic's most-visited sites for its fascinating Bone Church. Here, you'll also visit beautiful St. Barbara's Church and the Royal Mint. Later, enjoy a farewell drink at the hotel, and embark on a fun pub crawl if you choose. Dinner is on your own.

Included Meals:

Optional Tour: Kutna Hora Excursion

Kutna Hora Excursion

  • Approximate Cost: $75 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 6 hours
  • Location: Prague, Czech Republic
  • When: Afternoon tour

Following an hour-long motorcoach ride through the beautiful Bohemian countryside, you will reach the stunning town of Kutná Hora, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The town grew up near the area’s rich silver mines, ultimately becoming the second most important town in the Kingdom of Bohemia after Prague. During this great excursion, you will see all of the key medieval and baroque monuments, including the former central royal mint, the interior of St. Barbara’s Cathedral, and the nearby Ossuary — famous for its elaborate decorations made out of human bones!

Day 20:

Return home

After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the local airport and return home.

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