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2020 Eastern Europe and European Gems river cruise with Travelmarvel

24 days

2020 Eastern Europe and European Gems river cruise with Travelmarvel

Your overall experience

Explore Prague, Berlin, Warsaw and Krakow, before cruising on a premium river ship through 5 countries, from Budapest to Amsterdam.

Inclusions

FLY FREE + SAVE UP TO $1,800 PER COUPLE*

Included

- Nine nights in premium, centrally located accommodation - three nights in Berlin; two nights in Prague, Warsaw and Kraków

- 14 nights cruising on a premium Travelmarvel river ship

- Services of a Travelmarvel Cruise Director, Tour Director, Entertainment and Activities Coordinators, and local guides

- 53 meals – 23 breakfasts, 13 lunches and 17 dinners

- Daily bottled water, tea and coffee, as well as soft drink, beer and local wine during lunch and dinner on your cruise - Explore 21 towns, villages and cities

- Transfers, port charges and tipping

- Key Sightseeing included, and Travelmarvel’s Insider Experiences for an in-depth discovery including a traditional folklore show and dinner in Krakow Trip Highlights

- Venture throught the historic cities of Eastern Europe before embarking on a captivating European river cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam

- See the historic Reichstag building and the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin

- During a traditional dinner you’ll discover the delights of modern Polish cuisine at Dom Polski – a highly regarded Warsaw establishment.

- Discover true German hospitality as you are welcomed into the homes of friendly Miltenberg locals for coffee and cake.

- Visit the famous Vienna Naschmarkt and browse the stalls, sampling local delights.

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrive Prague Be met at the airport and transfer to your hotel. Later this evening, enjoy a Welcome Reception. Two Nights, Prague, Grandior Hotel

Day 2. Prague Today, explore beautiful Prague with an expert guide. Discover the World Heritage-listed Old Town, St Vitus Cathedral, Charles Bridge and Prague’s Old Market Square. B

Day 3. Prague, Berlin This morning after breakfast, travel across the border into Germany. As you journey through the state of Saxony, stop in Saxon Switzerland National Park to see the rock formations of Bastei as well as the Bastei Bridge, which offers wonderful panoramic views over the mountains. Continue by coach to Germany’s capital, Berlin, and check in to your hotel. Three Nights, Berlin, Arcotel John F Berlin Park Inn by Radisson BD

Day 4. Berlin, Potsdam Once a city famously divided in two, modern-day Berlin now embodies a fascinating blend of the old and the new. Start your day with a guided tour that will take you past many of the must-see landmarks. See the historic Reichstag building and the Brandenburg Gate – a symbol of peace and a reunified Berlin. You’ll also visit a ruined section of the Berlin Wall. After enjoying free time for lunch, travel by coach to Potsdam where you’ll embark on a guided tour of the former royal summer palace, Sanssouci. B

Day 5. Berlin Take advantage of a full day at leisure to further explore Berlin. Perhaps make your way to the visitor platform of the prominent Fernsehturm to enjoy panoramic views of Berlin’s eclectic urban landscape. Or, if the sun’s out, you might like to grab a delicious currywurst, a traditional Berlin sausage, and head to one of the city’s leafy, lakeside parks to soak up the sunshine. B

Day 6. Berlin, Warsaw Today farewell the incredible city of Berlin and travel through the beautiful, rolling countryside of Germany’s east into Poland and on to Warsaw. Two Nights, Warsaw, Regent Hotel BD Insider Experience During a traditional dinner tonight, you’ll discover the delights of modern Polish cuisine at Dom Polski – a highly regarded Warsaw establishment.

Day 7. Warsaw The brutal events of World War II have indeed left their mark on the city, yet the Warsaw of today is diverse and progressive, filled with stylish boutiques, chic restaurants, new museums and modern buildings. An enthralling city tour takes you to the site of the Jewish Ghetto, which was home to the largest Jewish community in Europe. Also visit Lazienki Park where you will glimpse Lazienki Palace with its serene waters and ornate statues. B

Day 8. Warsaw, Auschwitz, Kraków Today you will journey through rolling farmland from Warsaw to Kraków. Along the way, you’ll visit the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum, where a tour will provide a haunting insight into the plight of the Jews who were sent to these infamous Nazi concentration camps. Afterwards, check in to your hotel in Kraków and enjoy an evening at leisure. Two Nights, Kraków, Andel’s Hotel B

Day 9. Kraków, Wieliczka Enjoy the sights of Kraków on a tour, taking in the Wawel Royal Castle and the famous Old Town. Afterwards, tour the Wieliczka Salt Mine. This ancient abandoned mine is a marvel, featuring a maze of underground chambers, grottoes and statues chiselled out of rock salt by miners hundreds of years ago. BD Insider Experience Enjoy a traditional folklore show and dinner.

Day 10. Kraków, Banská Bystrica, Budapest, Embark Ship This morning after breakfast you will travel to Budapest via the Tatra Mountains in Slovakia and board your ship. 14 Nights, aboard your premium Travelmarvel river ship BD

Day 11. Budapest Awake to views of one of the Danube’s most enchanting cities this morning. Disembark and learn the vibrant history of Budapest as your local guide takes you to a host of impressive sights such as Matthias Church, the Fisherman’s Bastion, Heroes’ Square and Buda Castle. Back on board this evening, enjoy a delightful Gala Dinner while you cruise. BLD

Day 12. Vienna Embrace the elegance of Vienna as you drive around the Ringstrasse, taking in some of the city’s most famous buildings – the Vienna State Opera House, the Museum of Fine Arts and more. On arrival in the city centre, a walking tour will provide an insider’s view of sights such as St Stephen’s Cathedral, the Graben, Hofburg Palace and the Albertina. This evening, perhaps enjoy an optional concert featuring music from Mozart to The Sound of Music. BLD Insider Experience Visit the famous Naschmarkt and browse the stalls, sampling local delights.

Day 13. Vienna With the day at leisure, perhaps explore the Hofburg area or wander along Kärntnerstrasse, the city’s famous shopping strip. Otherwise, embark on an optional excursion, to Schönbrunn Palace, or head to former soviet Bratislava. BLD

Day 14. Dürnstein, Melk Cruise to the town of Dürnstein and enjoy a stroll past rustic town houses and taverns. Along the way, gaze up to the hilltop ruins of the castle where King Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned. Later, dock in Melk and tour through Melk Abbey, an active Benedictine monastery since 1089. BLD

Day 15. Passau This morning after breakfast, cruise to beautiful Passau. Perhaps, join an optional tour to Český Krumlov in the Czech Republic, or visit Salzburg and enjoy the sights from ‘The Sound of Music’. BLD Insider Experience Tonight, enjoy a traditional Bavarian experience on board. Sample delicious local beer and snacks, accompanied by traditional folk music, song and dance.

Day 16. Regensburg Continue along the Danube River to the enchanting town of Regensburg, located in the southern region of the Bavarian Forest. Here, a guided tour along its cobblestone lanes tells of the medieval town’s journey through the ages. Afterwards, wander the historic streets at your own pace. BLD

Day 17. Nuremberg Arrive in Nuremberg, the site of Hitler’s now infamous rallies, which played a pivotal role for the Nazis during World War II. Take a city tour this afternoon, which includes sights such as the Zeppelin Field and Palace of Justice. BLD

Day 18. Bamberg One of the few German cities that wasn’t destroyed during World War II, World Heritage-listed Bamberg beckons your attention this morning. You’ll gain great insight during a locally guided tour of the historic city centre. BLD

Day 19. Würzburg Verdant hills and rich vineyards sit on the edge of Würzburg. Admire its magnificent Baroque palace, the Würzburg Residence and walk through Würzburg Court Garden, with its terraced gardens and serene water basin. Later, perhaps enjoy an optional visit to the medieval town of Rothenburg. BLD

Day 20. Miltenberg Arrive at the beautifully evocative town of Miltenberg. Here, enjoy an Insider Experience before returning to your ship to enjoy time at leisure. As the sun sets, watch the glittering lights of medieval towns slip past as you sit down to dinner and cruise through the night. BLD Insider Experience Discover true German hospitality as you are welcomed into the homes of friendly Miltenberg locals for coffee and cake.

Day 21. Rüdesheim, Rhine Gorge In Rüdesheim, the Winzerexpress mini-train will take you through town to Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. As you continue cruising, you will encounter a true holiday highlight – the spectacular Rhine Gorge. Watch in awe as you drift past steep vine-covered slopes dotted with ancient castles and strongholds. Enjoy dinner on board tonight, as your journey continues late into the evening. BLD

Day 22. Cologne, Brühl Disembark your ship in Cologne and drive to the town of Brühl, where you will enjoy an Insider Experience. Later, return to Cologne and enjoy some time at leisure. BLD Insider Experience Step back in time during a visit to the World Heritage-listed Augustusburg Castle, the lavish residences of archbishop-elector Clemens August. On a tour of the castle, learn stories of its infamous former resident and enjoy a walk through its gardens between the lodge and the castle.

Day 23. Amsterdam Amsterdam’s network of canals lends the city its nickname, ‘Venice of the North’. Dock in the city’s heart and board a glass-top boat to discover the city’s waterside façades, watching the bicycle-loving locals ride along as you drift by. Back on land, enjoy free time to explore, before a Captain’s Farewell Dinner back on board. BLD

Day 24. Disembark Ship, Depart Amsterdam After breakfast, disembark your river ship and transfer to the airport for your onward flight. B

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*Terms and Conditions apply. Prices are correct as at 10 September 2019. Prices are per person, twin share, include stated savings amounts and an Early Payment Discount of $400 pp. Prices based on EUTCRE24: 23 September 2020 (Cat E. Contemporary Class). ALL OFFERS: All offers are available until sold out. Limited suites/cabins/staterooms on set departures are available and are subject to availability. DEPOSITS & FINAL PAYMENTS: A first non-refundable deposit of $1,000 pp is due within 7 days of booking. EARLY PAYMENT DISCOUNT: Tour must be paid in full 10 months prior to travel. FLY FREE: Flights are based on wholesale airfares in (W) Class with Singapore Airlines or an airline of Travelmarvel's choosing. Includes taxes of up to $300 per person from Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington. Flights are available ex AKL/CHC or WLG. Once class is sold out surcharges apply. SAVE $1,000 PER COUPLE: Offer is not redeemable for cash and non-transferable.

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