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Emerald Deck Suite

AU $6,645

Ruby Deck Suite

AU $7,455

Diamond Deck Suite

AU $7,855

Inclusions

Enjoy a fabulous river cruise along the stunning Rhine, Main and Danube and enjoy escorted tours to the elegant cities of Budapest and Vienna

THE HEART OF EUROPE FLY CRUISE package includes:
- Return economy class airfare** from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide or Perth to Budapest and ex Cologne on return inc taxes
- One way private car transfer from Budapest airport to hotel
- 3 nights accommodation in a 5-star hotel, Budapest with breakfast
- Skip the Line Szechenyi Spa Entrance Ticket Includes: One day entry ticket, Medicinal natural hot spring waters in the 18 pools Skip the Line entrance 10 saunas / steam cabins private cabin usage (no transfers)
- One way private car transfer from Budapest hotel to port
- 14 night `Heart of Europe` River cruise aboard the ms Emily Bronte from Budapest to Cologne including sightseeing through out - Highlights include: Guided tour of 2,000 year-old Koblenz
Stop in picturesque Boppard
Rudesheim - a true Rhineland wine town
Visit to Mainz - once home to Gutenberg father of modern printing
See Miltenberg - one of Germany`s best preserved medieval towns
Experience Wertheim - one of the most attractive medieval towns in Germany
Guided tour of baroque Wurzburg
Walking tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bamberg
Tour of Nuremberg - steeped in ancient and modern history - Including visit of the site of the infamous Nuremberg Trials and Nazi rally grounds
Visit to the amazingly preserved medieval city of Regensburg
Stop in Passau - the confluence of the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers
Visit Melk Abbey - the majestic Benedictine monastery
Guided tour of Vienna - city of the Hapsburgs
Live classical quartet recital on board
Guided tour of Bratislava, capital of Slovakia
Day in Budapest with guided tour - absorb the unique atmosphere
- Cruise fare includes full-board from dinner on your day of arrival until breakfast on your final day and the services of a cruise director and tour manager
- Cruise fare includes complimentary onboard tea & coffee, Complimentary on-board Wi-Fi & port/govt charges
- One way private car transfer from Cologne port to hotel
- 1 nights accommodation at a 4-star hotel Cologne with breakfast
- One way private car transfer from Cologne hotel to airport

*Conditions Apply: All prices shown here are per person share twin (unless stated as single) in AUD, based on best available cruise fare at time of publication (14Aug17). All prices based on cash payment - credit card fees may apply. **All airfares/taxes are based on 2017 rates/schedules and subject to change until bookable approx 10 months prior. Once booked, all airfare/taxes are due in full 24 hours from reservation and strict cancellation/change fees apply. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. Travel agent service fees may apply. Special conditions apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry. All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from Australia. We reserve the right to correct errors without penalty. Offer ends 31Oct17 or until sold out/withdrawn from sale and is subject to availability at time of booking. River cruise does not include ships gratuities or beverages.

Valid: 14 Aug 2017 - 31 Oct 2017

Cruise Description

Fly, River Cruise & Stay 18 nights with ms Emily Bronte from Budapest to Cologne from just $6,645*pp twin share

14 Night River Cruise sailing from Budapest to Cologne aboard MS Emily Bronte.

DAY 1 ARRIVAL IN BUDAPEST
Moored in Budapest’s picturesque historic centre, the dedicated crew will welcome you aboard your first-class floating hotel, ensuring you settle into your comfortable and extremely well equipped cabin and familiarise yourself with the ship.

DAY 2 Bratislava
This morning we explore Slovakia’s fast emerging capital city, Bratislava. Until recently swathed in the drab uniformity of communism, the city has shrugged off its greyness, rekindling the splendour of its imperial past, so evident in its beautifully restored baroque old town. Wander the winding streets to the Main Square where you will find the former old town hall now housing a museum dedicated to the history of the cityand where you may climb the tower for some lovely views. Equally impressive is the great 17th century fortress which dominates the city with its commanding expansive views across the
Danube. Or head for the Primatial Palace with its fabulous Hall of Mirrors and rare collection of 17th century English tapestries or for something less strenuous perhaps enjoy a freshly ground coffee or homemade lemonade in one of the many bars of cafés.

This afternoon our cruise reaches another highlight as we navigate the dramatic Danube Bend, one of the most spectacular stretches of this mighty river. Winding its way through a narrow twisting valley, flanked by high mountains and verdant hillsides, have your camera at the ready for some quite exceptional river views as we pass ancient ruins of castles and historic towns. Our journey’s end is reached as we cruise into Budapest, enjoying spectacular views of this breathtaking city on our stately final approach.

DAY 3 VIENNA
Vienna, a truly elegant city, is one of the real gems of Central Europe, conjuring up an image in the mind of culture, ornate architecture, elegant cafés, aristocratic palaces, imposing cathedrals and everywhere the romantic music of the great composers. To be fair the reality is little different and as capital of the Hapsburg Empire, which held sway over much of Central and Eastern Europe for centuries, there is an absolute wealth of things to see. In its heart we have the lovely St Stephen’s cathedral, then the Hofburg, now home to the crown jewels and relics of the Holy Roman Empire, the Vienna Boys’ Choir and the famous Spanish Riding School. This morning we will have a guided tour and the afternoon is free.

DAY 4 MELK
On a striking and resplendent rocky bluff above the town of Melk is an enormous Benedictine Abbey which we visit this morning. This extraordinary building was originally a Hapsburg palace, and subsequently bequeathed to the Benedictine order during the 11th century. It has been a monastery ever since. Reconstructed in full Baroque style during the 18th century, the Abbey has many fine rooms and a stupendous library with more than 80,000 priceless volumes including many intricate medieval manuscripts.
As lunch is served we cruise downstream, through the delightfully picturesque Wachau valley, before approaching our destination, the city of Strauss – Vienna. To celebrate the city’s wonderful legacy we have arranged a classical recital on board by a quartet of talented musicians. To hear this exquisite music whilst in the city of its creation makes a wonderful finale to the day.

DAY 5 PASSAU
Passau is our last town in Germany, nestling as it does where the Danube gorge widens. Our fascinating journey continues into Austria, synonymous of course, with superb scenery but this beautiful section of the valley is something of a secret. Relax aboard the ship today, as we cruise through the narrowing valley.

DAY 6 REGENSBURG
This morning, we cruise along the Main- Danube canal to Kelheim and the Danube, one of the most famous and beautiful rivers in the world. We visit Regensburg, originally a Roman garrison guarding the most north-westerly point of their empire, dominated by its cathedral, the finest in Bavaria.

This afternoon, take a stroll into the historic city centre and visit the Altes Rathaus, the town hall with its great Gothic hall where many of the great events in Germany’s history were solemnised. Regensburg calls itself Germany’s best preserved medieval city, and it is hard to argue as you wander amongst the glorious winding streets and alleyways of the old town.

DAY 7 NUREMBERG
We call at Nuremberg, which sadly will always be associated with the Nazi period, where the Third Reich held court against a grandiose background of marching grounds and later with the international war crimes tribunal which brought down the final curtain on that notorious regime. What is less well-known is that Nuremberg is regarded as the capital of Germany’s First Reich, the era that lasted 1,000 years, and was central to the trade routes and power of the Roman Empire.

This morning, we include a guided tour taking in the great ramparts and many fine historic buildings from Nuremberg’s Imperial Age including the Kaiserburg Castle, Craftsmen’s Court, Church of St Lawrence and the Market Square with its beautiful fountain.

DAY 8 BAMBERG
Today we visit Bamberg, quite simply one of the most beautiful small towns in Europe, easily on a par with Prague. The masterpiece you see today began its artistic journey during the 11th century, when the Emperor Heinrich II planned a capital as grand as Rome and selected Bamberg as the location for this. Although it never became as large as Rome, for its size it has a wealth of fine buildings. Not only is it historic, it is stunning too with a network of canals like Venice and the fascinating tangle of lanes, lined with merchants' houses.

DAY 9 WÜRZBURG
Breakfast is taken whilst cruising towards Würzburg, situated at the head of Germany’s ’Romantic Road’ and we have a walking tour of this lovely city. A former seat of the Prince Bishops, their truly magnificent Residenz is one of Europe’s finest Baroque palaces, constructed to compete with the greatest courts of the day such as Vienna and Versailles, which in artistic terms they more than succeeded in doing.

DAY 10 MILTENBERG & WERTHEIM
This morning, we cruise between dense forests to the beautiful small town of Miltenberg. Developing through the Middle Ages under the powerful protection of the nearby castle, surrounded by walls, it is one of Germany’s best preserved medieval villages.
During lunch we cruise around the first of the many meandering bends which so characterise the River Main, pausing at Wertheim, one of those towns which is a joy to stumble across – completely unknown on the mainstream tourist trail.

DAY 11 MAINZ
This morning, we take the short cruise to the confluence of the rivers Rhine and Main at the fascinating town of Mainz. An important Roman city for 500 years, with the largest amphitheatre north of the Alps, it is home to the fine St Stephen’s church where light flickers through beautiful blue stained glass windows with their intricate biblical figures – a masterpiece by the great artist Marc Chagall. Mainz’s most famous son though is Gutenberg, father of modern printing, and there is an excellent museum where you can see two original Gutenberg Bibles, the earliest books ever printed in Europe. During dinner our ship cruises up the River Main.

DAY 12 RHINE GORGE & RÜDESHEIM
Today, you experience one of the real highlights of your cruise, the passage through the Rhine Gorge. Here the valley narrows, the current is swifter and the towering valley sides soar to more than 200 metres, crowned at every turn of the tortuous river by the precarious ruins of castles that once held sway over passing mariners. We pass rocky outcrops and around endless twisting bends to the famous Loreley Rock, where legend has it, enchanting maidens lured unsuspecting sailors to watery graves. Next we call at Rüdesheim, a true Rhine wine town with many famous wines available to sample, as you wander the typical backstreets.

DAY 13 KOBLENZ & BOPPARD
The first morning on a river cruise is always a thrill. Awakening to the gentle lapping of the water and the colourful valley sides slipping effortlessly past your cabin window, there really is no other holiday experience quite like it.

We call at historical Koblenz, dominated by its immense fortress overlooking the confluence of the Rhine and the Moselle. This morning we take a guided walk around the old town exploring its twisting streets and picturesque squares.
During a delightful lunch we cruise to Boppard, ‘Pearl of the Rhine’, wonderfully situated on a sweeping meander, it really is one of the most attractive villages in the Rhineland. Its delightful stone quayside is lined by boats of all descriptions against a backdrop of archetypical half-timbered buildings and cobbled streets, all surrounded by Germany’s finest Roman walls.

DAY 14 COLOGNE
You arrive in Cologne.

DAY 15 After breakfast it’s time to say goodbye to your crew.


* Ports of call may vary based on itinerary and departure dates selected

Terms & Conditions

*Conditions Apply: All prices shown here are per person share twin (unless stated as single) in AUD, based on best available cruise fare at time of publication (14Aug17). All prices based on cash payment - credit card fees may apply. **All airfares/taxes are based on 2017 rates/schedules and subject to change until bookable approx 10 months prior. Once booked, all airfare/taxes are due in full 24 hours from reservation and strict cancellation/change fees apply. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. Travel agent service fees may apply. Special conditions apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry. All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from Australia. We reserve the right to correct errors without penalty. Offer ends 31Oct17 or until sold out/withdrawn from sale and is subject to availability at time of booking. River cruise does not include ships gratuities or beverages.