Majestic Rivers of Europe Wine Cruise: Castles, Cathedrals & Fairytales - 2022

14-night river cruise with Mainz, Cologne, Rüdesheim, Heidelberg, Wertheim, Marktheidenfeld, Würzburg, Bamberg, Nuremberg, Regensburg, Passau, Vienna, Budapest
  • The beautiful Wachau Valley with Danube River, mountains and a historic village
    TAKE IN THE PICTURESQUE VILLAGES AND VINEYARDS LINING THE UNESCO-LISTED WACHAU VALLEY
  • The small German village of Marktheidenfeld perches close to the Danube riverbank
    GET A TRUE TASTE OF BAVARIAN LIFE IN THE QUAINT VILLAGE OF MARKTHEIDENFELD
  • Loreley statue, Wachau Valley, Rhine River, Europe
    CRUISE THE UNESCO-LISTED UPPER MIDDLE RHINE VALLEY AND LEARN ABOUT THE LEGEND OF LORELEI
  • Musicians play string instruments and woodwinds at the Kursalon, Vienna
    A VANTAGE-EXCLUSIVE CONCERT AT THE KURSALON IN VIENNA DELIGHTS THE SENSES
  • The Danube River along the shore of Budapest, featuring the grand Parliament building
    FROM BEER TO GOULASH, DISCOVER WHAT MAKES BUDAPEST A UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE
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Paris, France (Pre-Trip Extension)

FROM $1,499 PER PERSON | 4 DAYS | $374 PER DAY

Paris never goes out of style. So, let Vantage return you — or introduce you — to this timeless capital on a romantic 3-night extension. You’ll be seduced by the city’s intoxicating allure, where every corner offers the chance to fall in love — whether with the Mona Lisa on a tour of the Louvre, or with the luscious food! You’ll enjoy the best location at Paris Marriott Opera Ambassador Hotel, as well as the the services of our worldwide Concierge to plan activities and make restaurant reservations. Take advantage of your intercontinental experience and linger a while longer! Embrace the Parisian way of life on this intimate tour in the City of Lights.

Your Price Includes:
  • 3 nights’ accommodations at the Paris Marriott Opera Ambassador Hotel (or similar)
  • 4 meals: 3 breakfasts and 1 dinner
  • 4 included features and Cultural Connections, including a half-day panoramic city tour and a visit to the Louvre
  • All transfers and baggage handling (where permitted)
  • Services of a City Host
  • Tipping for drivers and local guides
  • 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 to concierge@vantagetravel.com
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Day 1:

Fly to Paris

Fly overnight to Paris, France, arriving on Day 2.

Day 2:

Arrive in beautiful Paris

Welcome to Paris! If you purchased your flight from Vantage, you’ll be met upon arrival at the airport by a Vantage representative who will assist you with the transfer to your hotel. After checking in to your chic and central hotel, enjoy a Welcome Drink and Dinner.

Included meals:

Dinner

Day 3:

Enjoy a panoramic tour of Paris

The day will begin with a breakfast at the hotel before setting off on a panoramic city tour.  Immerse in the beauty of such an emblematic and romantic destination, including photo stops at Trocadero to see the Eiffel Tower up close and the Ile de le Cité, a city-centric island home to Notre Dame Cathedral. Later, indulge your evening at leisure to mingle among the Parisians, with dinner on your own.

Included meals:

Breakfast

Day 4:

See iconic works at the Louvre

Have breakfast at your hotel in the morning, then join in on a guided visit of the iconic Louvre Museum. The Louvre has one of the world's most important art collections, averaging 15,000 visitors per day. First constructed as a fortress in 1190 by King Philippe Auguste to protect Paris against Viking raids, it was then changed into a magnificent Renaissance style building. Throughout the centuries, French kings and emperors have improved and enlarged it, making it the impressive site you see today. With its 800 years of history, the Louvre is not only a museum but a palace with a centuries-old architectural evolution. After exploring some masterpieces like Venus de Milo, the Mona Lisa, and the Wedding Feast of Cana, transfer back to the hotel and have lunch on your own.

In the afternoon, you're free to explore more on your own. There’s a Paris for everyone, whether you’re into haute couture shopping, poking around in flea markets, exploring the Latin Quarter, visiting museums, seeking out artistic treasures, or visiting some of the world’s most recognizable monuments — from the elegant ironwork of the Eiffel Tower to the “inside-out” architecture of the Centre Pompidou.

Included meals:

Breakfast

Day 5:

Transfer to your ship and stop in Metz

Depart the City of Lights and transfer via coach to your ship. On your way to join the base trip, enjoy a lunchtime stop in Metz, one of France's bustling university towns, with charming design and architecture. You'll have a short orientation walk around town with some free time on your own.

Upon arrival at your port, embark your ship and begin your river cruise.

Included meals:

Breakfast
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Bratislava, Slovakia & Prague, Czech Republic (Pre-Trip Extension)

FROM $1,399 PER PERSON | 6 DAYS | $233 PER DAY

Make the most of your included airfare by adding another wonderful European country to your passport — three nights in magnificent Prague, an elegant, Old World capital of the Czech Republic, 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 a stroll with your city host.

Then, in the capital city of 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 Dunaalmas, Hungary for a community hosted lunch, where you can help prepare the meal with guidance from your friendly hosts.

Your Price Includes:

  • 5 nights accommodations: 3 nights at the centrally located Superior First-Class Radisson Blu Hotel Prague (or similar); and 2 nights at the Sheraton Bratislava (or similar)
  • 7 meals: 5 breakfasts, 1 lunch, and 1 dinner
  • 3 included sightseeing tours: walking tours in Bratislava and of Prague’s Old Town and Jewish Quarters; visit to Prague Castle
  • All transfers and baggage handling (except in customs)
  • Services of City Host and experienced regional experts
  • Tipping for drivers and local guides (excluding City Host)
  • 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 Concierge@vantagetravel.com
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Day 1:

Fly overnight to Prague, Czech Republic

Today you will depart home on an overnight flight to Prague.

Day 2:

Arrive Prague and relax

Today, you’ll land in Prague. If you purchased your airfare from Vantage, a Vantage representative will meet you and arrange transfer to your hotel located in the heart of Prague. Settle in and relax, then perhaps you’ll join your City Host for an orientation walking tour in the neighborhood around your hotel. Then, meet your fellow travelers at a Welcome Reception and Dinner at the hotel.

Cultural Connection:

  • Prague orientation walk with City Host

Included meals:

Dinner

Day 3:

Prague's Old Town, Jewish Quarter, and Castle District

Your discovery of Prague begins with a walking tour featuring important sites like Kampa Park, the statue-studded Charles Bridge, and Old Town Square with its medieval Town Hall and famed Astronomical Clock. You have a choice of remaining here to explore on your own; or continuing with your City Host to the historic Josefov Jewish Quarter to see the Holocaust Memorial at the Pinkas Synagogue, and the Jewish cemetery which dates to the early 15th century. The area, of course, had a turbulent history, but throughout it all a rich culture thrived here. After lunch on your own, you'll tour Prague Castle. Now the official residence of the President of Czech Republic, it dates back to the 9th century. From here you can return on our coach to your hotel, or stay on to explore some more and enjoy dinner is on your own.

Included Features:

  • Walking tour of Old Town and Jewish Quarter
  • Prague Castle tour

Included meals:

Breakfast

Day 4:

Explore Prague on your own

Enjoy a day to explore as you wish, shop, or relax. Perhaps you’ll delve into Prague’s avant-garde side, admiring the ironic and bizarre sculptures of David Černý such as the upside down King Wenceslas in the Lucerna Palace, the giant crawling babies on the Zizkov Television Tower, or Sigmund Freud hanging off a building by a flagpole. You might peer into St. Vitus Cathedral, or the Alphonse Mucha Museum to admire some art nouveau treasures.

Later, enjoy a Farewell to Prague Drink and Dinner at your hotel. Afterwards, you can try some of Prague’s famous beer during a pub crawl organized by your City Host.

Cultural Connection:

  • Pub crawl with your City Host

Included meals:

Breakfast

Day 5:

Visit Brno en route to Bratislava, Slovakia

Transfer from Prague to Bratislava, with a stop in the charming Moravian city of Brno where you will enjoy a walking tour and lunch on your own. Continuing on to Bratislava, you’ll settle into your hotel and enjoy dinner on your own.

Cultural Connection:

  • Brno orientation walk with City Host

Included meals:

Breakfast

Day 6:

Explore Bratislava on a walking tour

Get to know Bratislava today during a wonderful walking tour led by expert local guide. Bratislava is quite compact so it will be easy to explore further on your own this afternoon.

Included Feature:

  • Bratislava walking tour

Included meals:

Breakfast

Day 7:

Dunaalmás community-hosted lunch, embark ship

Today you’ll transfer from Bratislava to Budapest to embark ship and commence your cruise. But along the way you’ll stop in the small town of Dunaalmás for a community-hosted lunch and strudel-making demonstration.

Cultural Connection:

  • Dunaalmás lunch and strudel-making demo

Included meals:

Breakfast  & lunch
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Paris, France (Post-Trip Extension)

FROM $1,499 PER PERSON | 4 DAYS | $375 PER DAY

Paris never goes out of style. So, let Vantage return you — or introduce you — to this timeless capital on a romantic 3-night extension. You’ll be seduced by the city’s intoxicating allure, where every corner offers the chance to fall in love — whether with the Mona Lisa on a tour of the Louvre, or with the luscious food! You’ll enjoy the best location at Paris Marriott Opera Ambassador Hotel, as well as the services of our worldwide Concierge to plan activities and make restaurant reservations. Take advantage of your intercontinental experience and linger a while longer! Embrace the Parisian way of life on this intimate tour in the City of Lights.

Your Price Includes:
  • 3 nights’ accommodations at the Paris Marriott Opera Ambassador Hotel (or similar)
  • 4 meals: 3 breakfasts and 1 dinner
  • 4 included features and Cultural Connections, including a half-day panoramic city tour and a visit to the Louvre
  • All transfers and baggage handling (where permitted)
  • Services of a City Host
  • Tipping for drivers and local guides
  • 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 to concierge@vantagetravel.com
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Day 16:

Journey toward Paris, with a stop in Metz

Your extension begins with breakfast aboard the ship. Then, you'll transfer via coach toward Paris. On the way, stop for lunch (on your own) in Metz, one of France's bustling university towns, with charming design and architecture. You'll also have a short orientation walk around town, with some free time on your own. Upon arrival in Paris, check into your chic and central hotel, and join an orientation walk. Enjoy an evening at leisure with dinner on your own. Feel free to ask your City Host for recommendations.

Day 17:

Enjoy a panoramic tour of Paris

Welcome to Paris! The day will begin with breakfast at the hotel before setting off on a panoramic city tour. Immerse in the beauty of such an emblematic and romantic destination, including photo stops at Trocadero to see the Eiffel Tower up close and the Ile de le Cité, a city-centric island home to Notre Dame Cathedral. Later, indulge your evening at leisure to mingle among the Parisians, with dinner on your own.

Included meals:

Breakfast

Day 18:

See iconic works at the Louvre

Have breakfast at your hotel in the morning, then join in on a guided visit of the iconic Louvre Museum. The Louvre has one of the world's most important art collections, averaging 15,000 visitors per day. First constructed as a fortress in 1190 by King Philippe Auguste to protect Paris against Viking raids, it was then changed into a magnificent Renaissance style building. Throughout the centuries, French kings and emperors have improved and enlarged it, making it the impressive site you see today. With its 800 years of history, the Louvre is not only a museum, but a palace with a centuries-old architectural evolution. After exploring some masterpieces like Venus de Milo, the Mona Lisa, and the Wedding Feast of Cana, transfer back to the hotel and have lunch on your own.

In the afternoon, you're free to explore more of "Gay Paree"! There’s a Paris for everyone, whether you’re into haute couture shopping, poking around in flea markets, exploring the Latin Quarter, visiting museums, seeking out artistic treasures, or visiting some of the world’s most recognizable monuments — from the elegant ironwork of the Eiffel Tower to the “inside-out” architecture of the Centre Pompidou.

Included meals:

Breakfast & dinner

Day 19:

Fly home from Paris

After a sumptuous breakfast buffet at your hotel, you'll check out and transfer to the Paris-Charles De Gaulle Airport and depart France on a flight back home to the U.S.

Included meals:

Breakfast
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Bratislava, Slovakia & Prague, Czech Republic (Post-Trip Extension)

FROM $1,399 PER PERSON | 6 DAYS | $233 PER DAY

Make the most of your included airfare by adding another wonderful European country to your passport — three nights in magnificent Prague, an elegant, Old World capital of the Czech Republic, 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 a stroll with your city host.

Then, in the capital city of 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 Dunaalmas, Hungary for a community hosted lunch, where you can help prepare the meal with guidance from your friendly hosts.

Your Price Includes:

  • 5 nights accommodations: 3 nights at the centrally located Superior First-Class Radisson Blu Hotel Prague (or similar); and 2 nights at the Sheraton Bratislava (or similar)
  • 7 meals: 5 breakfasts, 1 lunch, and 1 dinner
  • 3 included sightseeing tours: walking tours in Bratislava and of Prague’s Old Town and Jewish Quarters; visit to Prague Castle
  • All transfers and baggage handling (except in customs)
  • Services of City Host and experienced regional experts
  • Tipping for drivers and local guides (excluding City Host)
  • 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 Concierge@vantagetravel.com
View Extension Details
Expand All

Day 16:

Dunaalmás community-hosted lunch

Today you’ll transfer from Budapest to Bratislava. Along the way you’ll stop in the small town of Dunaalmás for a community-hosted lunch and strudel-making demonstration. You’ll reach Bratislava afterward and check into your hotel.

Cultural Connection:

  • Dunaalmás lunch and strudel-making demo

Included meals:

Lunch

Day 17:

Explore Bratislava on a walking tour

Get to know Bratislava today during a wonderful walking tour led by expert local guide. Bratislava is quite compact so it will be easy to explore further on your own this afternoon.

Included Feature:

  • Bratislava walking tour

Included meals:

Breakfast

Day 18:

Visit Brno en route to Prague

Transfer from Bratislava to Prague, with a stop in the charming Moravian city of Brno where you will enjoy a walking tour and lunch on your own. Continuing on to Prague, you’ll settle into your hotel and enjoy dinner on your own. Afterwards, you can try some of Prague’s famous beer during a pub crawl organized by your City Host.

Cultural Connections:

  • Brno orientation walk with City Host
  • Pub crawl with your City Host

Included meals:

Breakfast

Day 19:

Prague's Old Town, Jewish Quarter, and Castle District

Your discovery of Prague begins with a walking tour featuring important sites like Kampa Park, the statue-studded Charles Bridge, and Old Town Square with its medieval Town Hall and famed Astronomical Clock. You have a choice of remaining here to explore on your own; or continuing with your City Host to the historic Josefov Jewish Quarter to see the Holocaust Memorial at the Pinkas Synagogue, and the Jewish cemetery which dates to the early 15th century. The area, of course, had a turbulent history, but throughout it all a rich culture thrived here. After lunch on your own, you'll tour Prague Castle. Now the official residence of the President of Czech Republic, it dates back to the 9th century. From here you can return on our coach to your hotel, or stay on to explore some more and enjoy dinner is on your own.

Included Features:

  • Walking tour of Old Town and Jewish Quarter
  • Prague Castle tour

Included meals:

Breakfast

Day 20:

Explore Prague on your own

Enjoy a day to explore as you wish, shop, or relax. Perhaps you’ll delve into Prague’s avant-garde side, admiring the ironic and bizarre sculptures of David Černý such as the upside down King Wenceslas in the Lucerna palace, the giant crawling babies on the Zizkov Television Tower, or Sigmund Freud hanging off a building by a flagpole. You might peer into St. Vitus Cathedral, or the Alphonse Mucha Museum to admire some art nouveau treasures.

Included meals:

Breakfast & dinner

Day 21:

Return home

Today you’ll fly home from Prague’s airport.

Included meals:

Breakfast

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