Majestic Rivers of Europe: Castles, Cathedrals & Fairytales - 2019

Austria • Germany • Hungary
  • ENJOY LOCAL BEER WITH REGIONAL SPECIALTIES
  • PRIVATE CONCERT AT THE KURSALON MUSIC HALL IN VIENNA
  • CITY TOUR OF BUDAPEST, A UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE
  • YOUR CHOICE OF GUIDED TOURS IN VIENNA: SCHONBRUNN PALACE OR THE MUSEUM OF ART HISTORY
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  • $199
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  • 15
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  • 29
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Activities & Entertainment

This trip is rated Moderate

Many of your included sightseeing tours on your European river cruise involve walking — occasionally on cobbled or uneven streets, or along unpaved vineyard paths. If you wish to extend your walks, your Cruise Director or local guide can suggest scenic routes nearby. You'll enjoy exploring the different ways towns have evolved along the route of your Rhine, Main, and Danube river cruise. At the same time, there is plenty of time to relax aboard ship, and should you wish to forego any activity, you are always at liberty to do so. For the fullest enjoyment of this river cruise, we recommend that you be in reasonably good health, and able to walk at least a mile unassisted.


Onboard Cooking & Cocktail Classes

Savor 5-star dining onboard Vantage river ships. Get ready to learn all the tricks of the trade — and enjoy face time with our world-class chefs — when you sign up for complimentary onboard cooking classes in our Captain’s Clubs. Depending on the season and region you’re sailing, you’ll be treated to hands-on presentations spotlighting local produce, as the chef whips up main dishes and savory soups, followed by a delightful tasting session. Held during lunch- or dinnertime depending on your sailing schedule, these meals will replace those served in the main dining room. Each cooking class meals comes with food for thought, too — the conversation of fellow passengers in an intimate group of just 30. Don’t miss out on your chance to raise a glass, either, in cocktail-making demonstrations and tasting in your ship’s bar. (Cocktails available for purchase.) Salut!



Let Us Entertain You

For your ultimate enjoyment aboard your deluxe European river ship, Vantage offers an array of handpicked performers, entertainment, and even Movie Night. Feel free to sing along to your favorite Broadway evergreens during a Best of Musicals show; take in a string concert by 4 Virtuosos; learn the basic steps of the foxtrot and cha-cha during dance lessons with a professional dance troupe; and savor an elegant ballet performance and history on the Viennese Waltz. On Movie Night, leave your dancing shoes behind and relax with a good flick.



Let's Go Biking!
Biking is not only a wonderful way to get some exercise, it is also a great way to explore. Your Deluxe river ship has complimentary bicycles on board for use during your free time, so just speak to your Cruise Director to reserve one. You can also rent these bikes for $150 a week for the duration of your cruise, simply reserve it as an optional tour in your MyPortfolio account. There are also bike rentals available in some ports along our route — you can rent bicycles at an additional cost (should those on board be unavailable). Click the links below for maps of many safe pathways open to cyclists. Your Cruise Director can point you in the right direction, which includes the routes below and those from www.bikemap.net.

Maps

View the Biking Route Map: Budapest: Picturesque round trip

Length: 5 miles

Difficulty level: easy & flat

This route will show you most magnificent sites of Budapest, including Freedom Bridge, Chain Bridge, and the Hungarian Parliament Building. From your ship, head to the Green Bridge (Freedom Bridge); make sure to take a look at Market Hall on your way, an excellent example of late 19th century Functionalist architecture. Between the White (Elizabeth) Bridge and Chain Bridge, you’ll enjoy excellent photo opportunities of the Parliament Building (designed by Gustav Eifel studios). Then, continue to Margit Island Bridge for an extended biking opportunity in the heart of Budapest. Cross the Danube on the Budapest side to for excellent pictures of Buda Castle and Gellert Hill. Then, continue towards the Chain and White bridges, where your ship is docked.



View the Biking Route Map: Vienna: Leisure & relaxation area of Vienna: Danube Island”

Length: 8 miles

Difficulty level: medium & flat

This bike tour is the perfect opportunity to explore spots where local Viennese go to relax. You can extend this route as much as you wish. Once off the ship, cross the Danube on Friedrich’s Bridge. Then, simply follow the marked paths on the island (either left or right). Along this bike route, you’ll enjoy panoramic sights of sky carpers. The lower carpers belong to the seat of the United Nations in Vienna.



View the Biking Route Map: Passau: Along the beautiful Ilz river”

Length: 10 miles

Difficulty level: medium & few up & downhill

As the smallest contributory of the Danube in Passau, the Ilz River originates in the Bohemian Forest along the border area of the Czech Republic and Germany. Just few miles outside of Passau, the scenery will gain get a pastoral feeling; the bike path winds gently along a small river with many opportunities for pictures. More adventurous bikers may enjoy bringing a swimsuit along for a dip in the mountain water. The return is downhill.



View the Biking Route Map: Regensburg: Walhalla memorial hall”

Length: 14 miles

Difficulty level: medium & flat

Walhalla is one of the monuments built in the second half of the 19th century all over Germany to commemorate the unification of the Germany. The path is mostly flat and leads you along scenic Danube, partly. At the end, you’ll need to go uphill for approximately half of a mile to get to the site, but the views of the site and surrounding area are well worth the trip.



View the Biking Route Map: Amsterdam: The best of Dutch traditional architecture & culture: Zaanse Schans

Length: 20 miles

Difficulty level: easy & flat

Discover a centuries-old way of life when you cycle past traditional Dutch homes and windmills in Zaanse Schans.



View the Biking Route Map: Cologne: “the best view” path

Length: 5 miles

Difficulty level: easy & mostly flat

Admire some of the most scenic paths of the iconic Rhine River through Deutz, opposite Cologne River. You’ve have the best view of the magnificent Cologne Cathedral & Hohenzollern Bridge, the busiest railroad bridge in the world.

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