Romantic Blue Danube: Budapest to Prague

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Departure Date: August 6, 2019
September 30, 2019
Duration: 15 Days / 14 Nights
Price from: $4,695
Single Room Supplement: Please call
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In order to bring you the greatest selection of destinations and itineraries, Gutsy Women Travel has worked with our partner GCCL to reserve space on this 2019 guided vacation. This trip is open to men and women, and will operate with a larger group size than our traditional Gutsy Women departures.


Highlights & Inclusions

  • Be sure to mention booking code G9-25972 to receive all the Gutsy benefits!
  • Airport transfers are included when you purchase our operator's International air to coincide with trip's day by day agenda.
  • Accommodations for 10 nights aboard a private river ship with wireless Internet access in all common areas and cabins, and 3 nights in Corinthia Hotel Prague or similar
  • 34 meals: Daily breakfasts, 10 lunches, 11 dinners—including 3 meals in local restaurants—plus all onboard house beer, wine, and soft drinks
  • 10 included tours with personal headsets and 3 exclusive Discovery Series events—Home-Hosted Visit • Student roundtable discussion • School visit
  • Local Program Directors, a Grand Circle Cruise Line exclusive: These dedicated experts are with you and your group of 38-45 travelers from beginning to end to provide insider’s knowledge and the perspective that will enrich your experience
  • Gratuities for local guides and motorcoach drivers
  • All port charges
  • Baggage handling for 1 piece of luggage per person, including tips
  • 5% Frequent Traveler Credit toward your next Grand Circle trip


Itinerary

Join us on our New & Enhanced Danube River Cruise Tour and discover the storied capital cities of Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, and the Czech Republic on this comprehensive four-country journey. Each former Imperial City of the Austro-Hungarian Empire offers its own unique blend of late 19th-century elegance and modern appeal. Witness the detailed Art Nouveau architecture of Budapest … explore Bratislava’s quirky art scene … taste the local flavors of Vienna’s famed Naschmarkt ... and stroll along the fairytale streets of Old World Prague. En route, you’ll cruise through the stunning Wachau Valley outside picturesque Krems, and visit the impressive Gottweig Abbey, one of Austria’s longest-running Benedictine monasteries. What’s more, you’ll experience the legendary Danube River’s beauty in comfort aboard our award-winning river ship.

DAY 1 Depart U.S.

Depart today for your flight to Budapest, Hungary.

DAY 2 Budapest, Hungary • Embark ship

Meals included: D Accommodations: Private Grand Circle River Ship

Arriving in Budapest, you'll be met at the airport by a Grand Circle representative and transferred to your ship, joining travelers who took our Budapest, Hungary, pre-trip extension.

Early this evening, gather onboard with your fellow travelers for a Port Talk—something you'll enjoy every evening throughout your Danube River Cruise Tour—to learn a bit about Budapest. Your Program Director will describe the approaching port area and town prior to arrival so you can prepare for the next day's activities, including any free time you may have. After dinner aboard ship, enjoy a scenic cruise as the ship crosses from the Buda side of the Danube to Pest.

DAY 3 Budapest • Captain's Welcome Dinner

Meals included: B L D Accommodations: Private Grand Circle River Ship

After breakfast, set off on a tour of Hungary's lovely capital, situated on both sides of the magnificent Danube River. In Buda, on the western bank of the Danube, you'll see Castle Hill, encircled by ramparts that protect the massive castle complex. Destroyed during World War II, the palace has been restored, approximating its previous splendor, and it is now a vast museum complex, where remains of the original structure are displayed. Later, cross the Danube and see Heroes' Square, with its Millennial Column set off by equestrian statues of historic ninth-century Magyar conquerors. The adjoining colonnade displays more statues of kings, dukes of Transylvania, and liberty fighters who influenced the history of Hungary.

Following lunch onboard, enjoy free time in Budapest to explore on your own. Perhaps you'll visit the Church of Our Lady, formerly used for the coronations of Hungarian kings. Its popular name of Matthias is in recognition of the Renaissance king who ruled in the 15th century and whose heraldic sign—a raven—is displayed on one of the towers of the church. Dating back to the 13th century, the structure is an interesting mix of architectural styles used during reconstruction of the building at different times in its history. Note that during the 150-year Turkish occupation of Hungary, the church served as Eski Djami (Old Mosque) for the Turks. Inside the church you can view art of Bertalan Szekely and Karoly Lotz, 19th-century Hungarian painters.

Tonight, enjoy a Captain's Welcome Dinner.

DAY 4 Budapest • Optional Hospital in the Rock tour • Danube Bend Meals included: B L D Accommodations: Private Grand Circle River Ship

Head into the city or enjoy a morning at leisure. You may also choose to join an optional tour to discover the fascinating Hospital in the Rock. Connected to underground caves below Castle Hill in Buda, this hospital that tended to scores of sick and wounded during World War II, and again during the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. It was even concerted into a nuclear fallout shelter during the Cold War. Today, it is a museum, with wax figures in period clothing and vintage medical equipment giving visitors a feel for the intensity of the work performed here.

Then, return to the ship for lunch on board and begin your Central European River Cruise towards Bratislava. As you do, you'll enjoy scenic views of the historic city of Esztergom, along with riverside views of the remarkable 16th-century basilica that stands near the banks of the Danube.

Hospital in the Rock - $55/person

Below Castle Hill in Buda exists a network of underground caves, which were eventually mapped by engineers and connected to a hospital that tended to scores of sick and wounded during World War II, and again during the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. In the Cold War era, it was outfitted as a fallout shelter in case of potential nuclear disasters. Today, the hospital is a museum, with wax figures in period clothing and vintage medical equipment giving visitors a feel for the intensity of the work performed in this unique site. Your excursion includes a guided tour of the hospital and its exhibits, along with a scenic photo stop at the Gellert Hill Citadel.

DAY 5 Bratislava, Slovakia • Home-Hosted Visit • Student roundtable discussion

Meals included: B L D Accommodations: Private Grand Circle River Ship

Arrive in Bratislava this early morning, and after breakfast, set off on a city tour of Slovakia's capital known for its picturesque setting at the foot of the Little Carpathian Mountains.

This petite city—the smallest of the four capitals you'll visit on this itinerary—is full of irresistible charm and personality, and was once the seat of power for neighboring Hungary. As you stroll through Old Town, Bratislava’s historic heart, take in the beautiful St. Martin's Cathedral, built in the 14th and 15th centuries. Walk along the pedestrian zone, and you’ll find Michael's Gate with its 15th-century tower, offering excellent views of the city, including the massive Bratislava Castle. Despite, the its historical depths—with settlements dating back to Celtic and Roman times—whimsical public art installations, such as the photo-favorite “The Watcher” sculpture, serve as visual reminders of Bratislava’s eyes towards the future.

Following lunch onboard, join a local family for coffee, cake, and a glimpse of everyday life in this enchanting Danube city during an exclusive Discovery Series Home-Hosted Visit.

This evening, partake in an onboard exclusive Discovery Series roundtable discussion about Bratislava’s next generation.

DAY 6 Bratislava • School visit • Vienna, Austria Meals included: B L D Accommodations: Private Grand Circle River Ship

Disembark your river ship after breakfast, and start your day with an exclusive Discovery Series visit to a local school supported by the Grand Circle Foundation.

Please note: The school visit is not possible on weekends or during the summer and national holidays when school is not in session.

Return to the ship for lunch, and take in an afternoon of scenic cruising towards Vienna. Arrive in the Austrian capital this evening before dinner onboard.

DAY 7 Vienna • Optional Musical Vienna tour Meals included: B L D Accommodations: Private Grand Circle River Ship

Explore Vienna, Austria, this morning, starting at the Ringstrasse—Vienna's grand main boulevard—one of the many achievements of the Emperor Franz Joseph. In 1857, the Emperor ordered the demolition of the ancient city walls, which were no longer needed as fortifications and were impeding the growth of the city. In their place was constructed an elegant 2.5 mile-long boulevard, encircling the city center. The buildings that line the Ringstrasse bring together all the greatest architectural styles in an exuberant celebration of all that seemed possible during the Industrial Revolution. Continue on along the city sidewalks, passing by the well-known Imperial Palace, home to many generations of the Habsburg family, and the renowned Spanish Riding School.

You'll have time to pursue your own interests before and after lunch at a local restaurant. You may want to head to the old Jewish Quarter to see the only Viennese synagogue to have survived the 1938 Kristallnacht. Or perhaps explore Austria's capital aboard a fiaker. These horse-drawn carriages have been in business since the 17th century, and drivers are happy to show you the sights and delight you with Viennese anecdotes. You'll also find out for yourself whether or not it's true that drivers whistle strains of Mozart's beloved Magic Flute as they conduct passengers through the city.

After an early dinner onboard, enjoy an evening at leisure. Or, perhaps you’ll experience our Musical Vienna optional tour to one of the city's famed concert halls to attend an enchanting performance of the classical Austrian music of Strauss and Mozart.

Musical Vienna - $90/person

Vienna without music wouldn’t be Vienna. So, you may want to join an optional evening excursion to one of Vienna’s concert halls, where you'll enjoy a classical music performance. You’ll be enchanted by the most beautiful melodies of classical Austrian music of Strauss and Mozart.

DAY 8 Vienna • Optional Schoenbrunn Palace tour • Naschmarkt visit Meals included: B L D Accommodations: Private Grand Circle River Ship

This morning, discover more of Vienna's charms on your own. Or, take an optional tour of the expansive summer estate of Habsburg royalty, Schoenbrunn Palace (whose name means “beautiful spring”). Featuring 1,400 rooms, meticulously maintained gardens, and an architectural legacy that stretches back to the 17th century, the palace is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your visit includes a tour of palace highlights and free time to spend exploring the palace's stunning park and gardens.

Rejoin the group for an onboard lunch this afternoon, then head over to Vienna's bustling Naschmarkt. You'll peruse the more than 100 permanent stalls of this centuries-old outdoor market, sampling local products—like candy apple red olives and fresh vegetables—along the way.

After dinner tonight onboard, relax with your fellow travelers as your ship cruises toward Krems.

Schoenbrunn Palace - $75/person

The expansive summer estate of Habsburg royalty, Schoenbrunn Palace (whose name means “beautiful spring”) features 1,400 rooms, meticulously maintained gardens, and an architectural legacy that stretches back to the 17th century. Your tour of this UNESCO World Heritage Site includes a selection of palace highlights and free time to spend exploring the palace’s stunning park and gardens.

DAY 9 Krems • Winery visit and tasting

Meals included: B L D Accommodations: Private Grand Circle River Ship

Discover Krems an der Donau, a large, charming town set at the confluence of the Krems and Danube rivers, on a morning walking tour. Then, get an introduction to the region's established wine heritage at Winzer Krems, a famed local producer where you'll also enjoy a tasting.

Return to the ship for lunch, the afternoon is yours to relax onboard or continue discovering the town's delights on your own.

DAY 10 Krems • Gottweig Abbey • Wachau Valley

Meals included: B L D Accommodations: Private Grand Circle River Ship

Disembark in Krems this morning after breakfast and set off for an included tour of the Gottweig Abbey.

In some form or another, the still-active monastery has been sitting on a hilltop overlooking the unspoiled Wachau Valley below since 1072. In the 470 years after its formal dedication in 1083, the abbey developed into a center of spiritual learning followed by a decade of near abandonment. Two major fires and several abbots later, the monastery was rebuilt in the grandiose style of the 18th century. The centerpiece of this Baroque gem is the Kaiserstiege, one of Europe’s largest and most striking imperial staircases. Ornate carvings and the busts of famous artists line this large, white structure. Above, a pastel-hued ceiling fresco depicts the Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI as a Greek god. In addition to its cosmetic treasures, the Benedictine monastery’s library is filled with more than 130,000 books, illustrated manuscripts, and religious engravings.

Following your tour, you'll have free time to explore the abbey on your own, before returning to the ship for lunch onboard.

Then, begin cruising along one of the most beautiful parts of the Danube—the Wachau Valley—this afternoon, taking in the stunning landscape of sculpted hills and medieval towns built along the river that comprise this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Dinner is onboard this evening.

DAY 11 Linz • Mauthausen • Captain's Farewell Dinner

Meals included: B L D Accommodations: Private Grand Circle River Ship or similar

Wake up this morning in Linz, the capital of Upper Austria (one of the country's nine states) that bestrides the Danube. Disembark after breakfast for an included walking tour followed by free time to explore the city independently.

Later, take part in a sobering visit to the Mauthausen concentration camp with a local guide. This complex was one of the Nazi's first large-scale concentration camps—and the last to be liberated. High-profile Jewish prisoners and captive Russian soldiers were brought to the camp to work as free labor for the local stone quarry, harvesting and hauling granite slabs.

After your tour of the camp, return to the ship. Lunch is onboard followed by free time to explore Linz.

Tonight, gather with your fellow travelers for a Farewell Drink and Port Talk, followed by the Captain's Farewell Dinner.

DAY 12 Linz • Disembark ship • Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic • Prague

Meals included: B L Accommodations: Corinthia Hotel Prague or similar

This morning, disembark in Linz and begin your transfer to Prague in the Czech Republic. Along the way, you'll stop in the medieval town of Cesky Krumlov, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for a walking tour, an included lunch at a local restaurant, and free time for independent discoveries.

You arrive in Prague in the late afternoon and check into your hotel. Your evening is at your leisure. Dinner tonight is on your own.

DAY 13 Prague

Meals included: B Accommodations: Corinthia Hotel Prague or similar

After breakfast, set out to explore Prague. During the reign of Charles IV, King of Bohemia and Moravia, Prague was the seat of the Holy Roman Empire. Later, it was the vital center of the Habsburgs. While other European capitals were leveled during World War II, Prague survived virtually intact.

Visit Stare Mesto, the Old Town, with its many wonderful Gothic and Baroque buildings, and see the famous 15th-century Astronomical Clock at the Old Town Hall. Every hour, crowds assemble below to watch Christ and the twelve Apostles appear at two little windows above the clock face, followed by the skeleton of Death tolling the bell. Stroll across the city's famed Charles Bridge, a 15th-century structure spanning the Vltava River that functions as a makeshift performance and gallery space for musicians, artists, dancers, and more.

The rest of the day is yours in Prague to spend as you please.

DAY 14 Prague • Optional Jewish Prague tour • Farewell Dinner Accommodations: Corinthia Hotel Prague

The day is yours to explore this beautiful city. As it was during the zenith of the Bohemian kingdom, Prague still ranks as the thriving center of the country, with an artistic community reminiscent of Paris in the 1920s. It boasts one of Europe's most notable Jewish quarters, world-class museums and cathedrals, architectural masterpieces that span a thousand years—and mighty Prague Castle. Perched regally over the Vltava River and offering stunning views of the city, Prague Castle is more than 1,000 years old and features residential quarters, chapels, galleries, gardens, and the bustling Castle District surrounding it.

Or you may choose to join an optional Jewish Prague tour during which you'll learn about the city's 1,000 years of Jewish cultural history.

Tonight, gather with your fellow travelers for a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant.

Jewish Prague - $80/person

Prague boasts 1,000 years of Jewish cultural history—including a period in the 18th century when more Jews lived here than anywhere else in the world. During this tour, you’ll visit several of the city’s seven synagogues (among them Europe’s oldest), as well as the Jewish Museum, displaying some 40,000 cultural artifacts. You’ll also explore the Old Jewish Cemetery, where observant Czech Jews have been buried for six centuries.

DAY 15 Prague • Return to U.S.

Meals included: B

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight home. Or, continue your discoveries with our Highlights of Poland or Dresden & Berlin, Germany, post-trip extensions.

Accommodations

Pricing Information

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Aug 6, 2019 Please call n/a $4,695
Class A single cabin $595
Class C single cabin $295
Class G single cabin $-105
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Please note this departure is not exclusive to women but will be comprised of Gutsy Women Travel participants co-sharing the overall trip capacity with members of GCCL resulting in a larger group size compared to the traditional Gutsy Women Travel trips designed exclusively for women.

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