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12 day, first-class European river cruise package: FLY FREE! All airfares, luxury Danube river cruise, outside cabin, 1 night Budapest at one of the world's best hotels, 3 nights Prague staying in 5-star accommodation, all meals on cruise, hotel breakfasts, airport transfers, excursions and much more...

European River Cruising

YOU PAY FROM $6,995pp $4,999 AFTER GCASH

Click/tap to compare to Scenic cruise "Gems of the Danube with Prague" at $8,365 per person inc. return flights. Same first-class experience (minus the butler and shoe-shines), SAVE $6,732 per couple.

Enquire today to find out if your travel dates are available. Not yet a member? Just select "Not yet" from the drop-down list and we'll set you up with a 3-month free trail membership and $3,000 in Getaway cash travel credits. Plus we'll add $1,000 in bonus credits if you book this package before 15/04/2017.

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This exciting European holiday combines luxury Danube river cruising in luxury with great sight-seeing excursions as well as free time to explore Prague on completion of the cruise. This is the ultimate in river cruising.

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Click/tap to watch this short video and learn about life aboard these luxurious river-cruise ships. It's your home away from home.

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Package includes:

  • (BONUS) Return international flights
  • Private car airport transfer in Budapest on arrival
  • 1 night in Budapest staying at one of the world's best hotels
  • 7-night, 8-day Danube River cruise
  • 20 meals on cruise: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Shore excursions with entrance fees
  • Private car from Vilshofen to Prague
  • 3 nights, 5-star Prague accommodation with breakfast
  • Option of adding 4 days Amsterdam from $850 inc flights and 5-star hotel accommodation
  • Lonely Planet guides for Budapest, Prague and Austria
  • Package customisation service to suit your wants and needs
  • Personal travel consultant

Special included value:

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Lonely Planet is renowned for its first-hand approach, up-to-date maps and commitment to providing the best information for travelers. Lonely Planet authors are experienced, insightful travel experts. They personally research the places they write about - both in the first and in subsequent editions - and provide essential travel details along with a wealth of insider information and first-hand tips.

Budapest
Austria
Prague

You will receive these guides to to help you gain the most out of your holiday.

Sightseeing & destination highlights:

  • See magnificent panoramic views of Budapest from atop Fisherman's Bastion
  • Enjoy a city tour of Vienna and view Hofburg Palace, Vienna Opera House and St. Stephen’s Cathedral
  • Tour the historic Benedictine Melk Abbey, one of the finest examples of Baroque architecture
  • Visit Regensburg, one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities
  • Be transported by an expert local guide from Vilshofen (cruise port) to Prague via the scenic route with commentary
  • Spend three wonderful nights in Prague and use your Lonely Planel Guide to take you on a great adventure

River cruise features & amenities:

  • Captain's welcome dinner and farewell dinner
  • Unlimited wine and beer with dinners
  • Locally inspired recipes
  • Early riser breakfast in addition to buffet breakfast
  • Complimentary bottled water replenished daily in your stateroom
  • Late night snack
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access in public areas
  • Self-serve coffee and tea station
  • Lounge serving premium spirits
  • Daily entertainment including an on-board musician
  • Fitness center
  • Non-smoking ship interior
  • Cruise director & activities director throughout
  • Shore excursions conducted exclusively in English by licensed guides

Dining:

  • 7 breakfasts on cruise
  • 4 breakfasts at hotels
  • 6 lunches
  • 7 dinners

Other:

  • Add 3 nights, 4-days in Amsterdam from $850 per person incluing 5-star accommodation and airfares
  • Add extra nights wherever you want and pay the lowest member rates
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Variety of optional excursions
  • Price includes river port charges of $190 per person
  • Cruise porterage
  • Airport transfers are provided on the first travel day

* All prices are per-person on a twin-share basis and all bookings are subject to availability. Prices vary according to travel date. A flight cost provision (allowance) applies. Total price after Getaway Cash credits is payable as follows: Minimum $1,299 deposit, balance 90 days prior to departure. Travel loans available for approved customers from $195 per month. Package prices are correct as at 19/03/2017. Packages can be priced for families and groups on request. All prices are estimates only. A firm quote will be submitted for consideration prior to booking. Standard prices are for non-members for the same or similar package. Flight pricing included in packages or other estimates is based on travel from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane. Travel can be arranged from any other major centre and for any number of people. Full terms and conditions are available here.

Your Itinerary

1. ARRIVE BUDAPEST (1 NIGHT PRE-CRUISE)

Welcome to Budapest. You are met on arrival and taken to the beautiful Prestige Hotel.

Prestige Hotel

After check-in spend the rest of the day relaxing or exploring the city.

2. BUDAPEST FREE TIME - JOIN CRUISE

Today after breakfast take your time to uncover some of the treasures of this beautiful city not covered on Day 3. Budapest is paradise for explorers. Keep your senses primed and you'll discover something wonderful at every turn. Cruise embarkation will begin at 3 pm. After arrival formalities there's time to relax on board. Tonight, a gala welcome dinner sets the mood for your delightful river cruise.

3. BUDAPEST - CITY TOUR

Your morning tour begins on the Pest side of the city, view the Parliament, City Park and Heroes Square. Cross to Buda to see the Royal Palace, Matthias Church and the graceful medieval architecture along the cobbled streets. Explore the city's wonderful shops and cafes this afternoon on your own. Set sail to Bratislava in the evening.

4. BRATISLAVA

This morning, enjoy the tranquil scenery as the ship sails along the scenic Danube. In the late afternoon, arrive in Bratislava, capital of Slovakia, a mix of modern and Baroque architecture. This capital city is among the youngest in Europe, yet retains a rich history dating back more than 2000 years. Walk along the cobblestone lanes of the historic town center; view St. Martin's Cathedral, coronation site of the Kings of Hungary, the 13th century Old Town Hall and the Franciscan church. Time to explore this colorful city on your own before returning to the ship for dinner. This evening, the ship will set sail to Vienna.

5. VIENNA

Your morning tour of romantic Vienna introduces you to this Imperial city with its legendary opulence and elegance. Drive along the famed Ringstrasse, Vienna's main boulevard lined with magnificent Baroque palaces, parks and monuments. View the lavish Hofburg Palace, and the impressive Vienna Opera House. Continue to majestic St. Stephen's Cathedral and the Parliament building. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure, or, join the optional tour to the magnificent Schonbrunn Palace, once summer residence of the Hapsburgs. Visit the gorgeous baroque apartments and stroll through the world-famous manicured gardens. Tonight, perhaps take the opportunity to attend an evening of Viennese culture in the "City of Music" at an optional concert performance of the classical masterpieces of Mozart and Strauss, two of Vienna's most famous citizens.
Optional: Schonbrunn Palace Tour (PM)
Optional: Classical Viennese Concert (PM)

6. MELK ABBEY

This morning, arrive in the Bavarian village of Durnstein, one of the prettiest towns on the Danube. Free time to stroll this quintessential village in the heart of the Wachau wine district. Walk along medieval cobblestone streets revealing 16th century town houses and wine taverns. Continue cruising late this morning through the scenic Wachau Valley, with lovely storybook views of vineyards, castles, hilltop ruins and monasteries. Later, disembark in Melk for a guided tour of the historic Benedictine Abbey, considered one of the finest examples of Baroque architecture in Europe. View the Abbot's chambers, the Kaiser's walk and the lavish library. The ship will set sail as you dine on board this evening.

7. LINZ

Early this morning cruise into Linz. Founded by the Romans, Linz has cultivated a strong artistic tradition, especially in the field of music. Today is free to explore the city independently, taking in such sites as St. Mary’s Cathedral and Linz Castle, or just relaxing at a café sampling the famous Linzer torte which was named after this quaint city. Alternatively, join the optional full day tour to beautiful Salzburg, birthplace of Mozart and setting for the Sound of Music. The walking tour will include some of Salzburg's most historic sites including the Mirabell Palace, the Abbey, Salzburg Cathedral, and St. Peter's Cemetery. After lunch at a local restaurant, there will be time to discover Salzburg on your own before returning to the ship. In the early evening, all passengers will rejoin the ship and set sail for Passau.
Optional: Full Day Tour of Salzburg

8. PASSAU & REGENSBURG

Dock this morning in 2500-year-old Passau, known for its pastel patrician houses, cafes, cobblestone lanes and riverfront promenade. Passau is a Bavarian town with a mix of Roman, Italian Baroque and Gothic architecture. Return to the ship for lunch before departing by coach to explore Regensburg, one of Germany's largest and best preserved medieval cities, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The guided walking tour highlights the city's stunning architecture as you view the Old Town Hall, Dom St. Peter and the Porta Praetoria, gateway to an ancient Roman fort built in 179 AD. Marvel at beautiful churches and one of the oldest stone bridges crossing the Danube. Tonight, enjoy a lavish Captain's Dinner on board.

9. VILSHOFEN - PRAGUE (3 NIGHTS)

Today after disembarking form your cruise and saying your "see-you-laters" to new-found friends, you'll take a private car trip from Vilshofen an der Donau to Prague with a local driver/guide. Make it unforgettable with one of our sightseeing stops along the way. For example: Cesky Krumlov, the jewel of South Bohemia. Taking its name from the German for 'crooked meadow' Cesky Krumlov is a perfectly preserved medieval town set within the tightly embracing meanders of the Vltava river. Or visit Budvar Brewery, a brewery tour like no other. The Czech Republic prides itself on its excellent beer and Budweiser Budvar leads the way in epitomizing the Czech love of life and beer. You'll arrive in Prague in the mid to late afternoon to start your self-guided tour.

10. PRAGUE FREE TIME

Prague is the equal of Paris in terms of beauty. Its history goes back a millennium. And the beer? The best in Europe. Prague's maze of cobbled lanes and hidden courtyards is a paradise for the aimless wanderer, always beckoning you to explore a little further. Just a few blocks away from the Old Town Square you can stumble across ancient chapels, unexpected gardens, cute cafes and old-fashioned bars with hardly a tourist in sight. One of the great joys of the city is its potential for exploration – neighbourhoods such as Vinohrady and Bubenec can reward the urban adventurer with countless memorable cameos, from the setting sun glinting off church domes, to the strains of Dvorak wafting from an open window. Refer to your Lonely Planet guide for things to do each day in this marvellous city.

11. PRAGUE FREE TIME

Here are a few suggestions for your stay in Prague starting with St Vitus Cathedral. Built over a time span of almost 600 years St Vitus is one of the most richly endowed cathedrals in central Europe. Strolling across Charles Bridge is everybody’s favourite Prague activity, however, by 9am it’s a 500m-long fairground, with an army of tourists squeezing through a gauntlet of hawkers and buskers. Prague Castle is Prague’s most popular attraction. Looming above the Vltava's left bank, its serried ranks of spires, towers and palaces dominate the city centre. The National Gallery's collection of 'Art of the 19th, 20th and 21st Centuries' is spread out over four floors and is a strong contender for Prague's best museum. Beer Geek, one of the most successful of a new generation of multi-tap pubs in Prague to offer the best beers from local Czech producers as well as brewers from around the world.

12. PRAGUE - BUDAPEST

Today you'll return to Budapest and then back to Australia after your unforgettable European holiday.
Optional: Extend your overseas holiday with a trip to Amsterdam for 3 nights or longer.

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FLIGHTS

(BONUS) Return economy flights included, limited time only. Flights can be arranged from anywhere in Australia.

PRICE BEFORE GCASH

From $6,995 pp

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28%

Use $3,992 GCash travel credits per couple.

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