Join us on our 6-night cruise down the Danube and explore all the treasures the river has to offer! We’ll start our tour in Vienna, Austria and wind our way to Melk, Durnstein, and Linz before entering Germany to visit Passau, Regensburg, and Nuremburg. We’ll see cathedrals and monasteries, palaces and gardens, medieval castles and roman forts, and more!
When: March 30-April 5, 2018
Where: Vienna, Austria to Nuremberg, Germany
Where: Optional Add-On in Prague, Czech Republic
Registration Deadline: July 15, 2017
(Note: Families who register and pay in full in March or April 2017 will get a discount.)
- Tour of Vienna to include its historic city center*
- Visit to Melk’s Benedictine Abbey*
- Scenic drive through the beautiful Austrian Lake District with a stop in Mondsee, home of the Basilica St. Michael and site of the wedding scene in The Sound of Music
- Hike through the Wachau Valley* and to the fortress where Richard the Lionheart was once held
- Excursion to Salzburg to see Mozart’s birthplace, Mirabell Gardens, Residenz Square, and the Old Market
- Tour of Passau, a medieval city noted for its architecture, cobblestone streets and squares, and St. Stephen’s Cathedral, home to Europe’s largest pipe organ
- Tour of Regensburg*, one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities, including the Old Town Hall and the Porta Praetoria, gates to an ancient Roman fort built in 179 A.D.
- Choice of two excursions in Nuremburg – one with a medieval focus, the other with a World War II focus.
- And more (some ports will have multiple excursion options, with different activity levels, so you can personalize your experience!)
*These are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Our itinerary may change due to unforeseen events, but this is what we’re planning, plus a few more things! The recommended age is 4 and up, but if you have younger children, let me know and I’ll see if we can add them. (There are no discounts or free spots for young children, though.)
Cabins, Cost, and What’s Included
Your cost depends on the cabin type and how many people are in your party. Prices are heavily discounted, include almost everything outside of airfare, and are based on a full ship (this is a private sailing, created just for our group).
We have only 5 months to fill the ship or we’ll have to cancel, so families who register and pay in full in March or April 2017 will get a $200 per-cabin discount for double cabins and a $100 per-cabin discount for single cabins. Cabins with three people will receive a $300 discount.
Cabins have two twins or one queen bed and can hold two or three people. There must be at least one person age 18 or above in each cabin. If there are three people in a cabin, at least one must be age 10 or younger, and the third person must sleep on existing bedding (one queen or two twins for all three people – no additional bedding is allowed in the cabins). Age is determined as of March 30, 2018, and passports must be presented as proof of age.
If you have a party of 3, 5, 7, etc., and all are age 11 and above, you’ll have to pay for an unused spot in a cabin (minus port charges and tips). Bring a grandparent, aunt, or uncle along to get the best value. (We do have two single cabins with a twin bed in each, first registered, first served, 18 and older only).
Price quotes are double occupancy or triple occupancy in the cabins. Cabins are described from least expensive to most expensive. Total prices are per cabin (not per person). To increase your chances of getting the price/cabin you want, register as soon as you’re sure you want to go.
Cabins are on Decks 1-3. Deck 1 is lowest, mostly below the waterline except for windows. Deck 2 starts a little above the waterline, and Deck 3 is well above the waterline.
PRICES ARE PER CABIN, NOT PER PERSON
A] Deck 1: lowest deck; high and small fixed windows; 170 square feet (limited availability)
2 people/1 cabin: $3,198 (per cabin, not per person)
3 people*/1 cabin: $4,797 (*at least one person must be age 10 or younger)
3 people/2 cabins: $6129 (per 2 cabins, not per person)
B] Deck 1: same as A; more centered on the deck (limited availability)
2 people/1 cabin: $3,468
3 people*/1 cabin: $5,202
3 people/2 cabins: $6,669
C ] Decks 2 & 3: at end of the deck; French balcony (full sliding windows open, but no extra floor space); 170 square feet (limited availability)
2 people/1 cabin: $4,012
3 people*/1 cabin: $6,018
3 people/2 cabins: $7,757
D] Decks 2 & 3: same as C, but cabins are more centered on each deck
2 people/1 cabin: $4,196
3 people*/1 cabin: $6,294
3 people/2 cabins: $8,125
E] Deck 2: single cabin; one twin bed; French balcony; 140 square feet (no more available)
1 person/single cabin (2 available, first-paid, first-served): $2098
F] Deck 3: cabins are more centered; French balcony; 170 square feet
2 people/1 cabin: $4,286
3 people*/1 cabin: $6,429
3 people/2 cabins: $8,305
G] Deck 3: cabin is central on deck; French balcony; sitting area; 255 square feet (limited availability)
2 people/1 cabin (only 1 available): $5,194
3 people*/1 cabin: $7,791
H] Deck 3: same as G, but have a tub in addition to a shower (limited availability)
2 people/1 cabin: $5,376
3 people*/1 cabin: $8,064
3 people/2 cabins: $10,485
Your total includes a group airport transfer from Vienna to our ship (must arrive during one of our transfer times – will be announced), port charges, tips for ship staff/crew, and all meals, excursions, and site admissions during the cruise. (Tips for local guides are at your discretion.)
Meals include early riser breakfasts, full buffet breakfasts, lunch buffets, afternoon drinks, desserts, and sandwiches, and multi-course dinners. Drinks include pre-dinner drinks (choice of alcoholic and non-alcoholic), regional wines, beer, and soft drinks for lunch and dinner, with cappuccino, latte and espresso available upon request. Coffee, tea, and water are available all day, and bottled water is provided in the cabins.
Prices don’t include airfare, any extra/optional tours or excursions you do on your own, any meals while off the ship, trip insurance, and a possible optional extension to Prague. (I’ll start planning that after the trip confirms.)
Payment Schedule, Cancellation, and No-Refund Policy
Due to the custom nature of this trip and strict contract terms, there will be no refunds for any payments, for any reason (medical, job lay-off, whatever). Once I sign the contact, I have to pay for the entire ship, regardless of whether all cabins are filled.
Please make sure you understand this before you register – no refunds, no matter what. I can’t afford to pay for empty spots. Your signed waiver, registration form, and payment acknowledges your understanding and agreement with my no-refund policy for this trip.
Half of your total for the cruise portion will be due 7 days from my confirmation of your registration, and the rest will be due by July 15. Families who register and pay in full in March or April 2017 will receive a discount.
If we can’t fill the ship by the deadline, I’ll cancel the trip and refund all payments made to me. However, you’re responsible for your airfare and any cancellation penalties the airlines charge, so please wait until I confirm the trip before you purchase airfare.
Travel insurance that covers your expenses if you cancel the trip is highly recommended. Thoroughly research policies to make sure of the reasons you can cancel, and that it covers emergencies and any unforeseen circumstances such as sickness, death of a loved one, and acts of God (natural disasters, etc.). I’ll refund the cruise fare you pay me if I cancel the trip, so wait to purchase travel insurance until I confirm the trip.
Food Allergies, Special Needs
Make sure you list any food allergies or other special needs on your registration form. I’ll check to see if your needs can be accommodated before you mail payment. (No money will be refunded, and special accommodations can’t made due to allergies or other special needs if you don’t tell me about them when you register.)
Multi-city airfare (arriving on March 30, 2018* and departing on April 5, 2018**) is not included in the price.
*Most flights to Vienna are overnight, so you’ll probably need to depart on Thursday, March 29 to arrive in Vienna to start our cruise on Friday, March 30.
**I’m working on an optional 2-night extension in Prague and will post details about that as soon as possible.
Want to go?
- To register for this trip, click here.
- If you don’t receive an email confirmation within 3 days, please email me.
- Your payment will be due within 7 days of receiving my confirmation email.
- I’ll email a confirmation when I receive your payment, and send you periodic trip updates via email.
- And that’s it! Email me if you have any questions.