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17 day Classic European River cruise with Emirates flights

17 day Classic European River cruise including return international Emirates flights, 14 nights on a luxury river cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam with all meals on-board, guided city tours, and more.

$6,999
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per person twin share | Typically $8,517!
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  • 17 day Classic European River cruise with Emirates flights
  • 17 day Classic European River cruise with Emirates flights
  • 17 day Classic European River cruise with Emirates flights
  • 17 day Classic European River cruise with Emirates flights
  • 17 day Classic European River cruise with Emirates flights
  • 17 day Classic European River cruise with Emirates flights
  • 17 day Classic European River cruise with Emirates flights
  • 17 day Classic European River cruise with Emirates flights
  • 17 day Classic European River cruise with Emirates flights
  • 17 day Classic European River cruise with Emirates flights
  • 17 day Classic European River cruise with Emirates flights
  • 17 day Classic European River cruise with Emirates flights
  • 17 day Classic European River cruise with Emirates flights
  • 17 day Classic European River cruise with Emirates flights
  • 17 day Classic European River cruise with Emirates flights
  • 17 day Classic European River cruise with Emirates flights
 

Highlights

 

 One of the most leisurely ways to see Europe is by river cruise. This 17 day Classic European River cruise takes you from Budapest to Amsterdam and ports at picturesque towns and ancient medieval cities along the way.

Budapest beckons with its cobblestoned streets, grand avenues and beautiful riverfront promenades. There’s even an opportunity for you to catch a glimpse at the Hungarian crown jewels. Journey to Slovakia and its young capital Bratislava to discover its incredibly rich history – more than 2000 years of it – and colourful culture. Be hooked by Hapsburg heritage in Vienna, a majestic and romantic city brimming with opulent palaces and sights.

See Melk Abbey and Durnstein before crossing the border into Germany. Wander around Passau or jump back into Austria for a day trip to Salzburg. Arrive in Regensburg and see this medieval city’s churches, old stone bridges and well-preserved buildings. Learn about the Nuremberg trials at the Palace of Justice or walk around the fortified walls of Nuremberg Castle. The boat ferries you to UNESCO World Heritage-listed Bamberg and also stops at Wurzburg, Wertheim and Miltenberg. Capture the beauty of the cathedral in Cologne and finish your river cruise in Amsterdam where you will see its tree-lined canals and fascinating sites from aboard a glass-topped boat

 
 

Day 1: Australia –airplane-takeoff– Budapest

Depart Australia and board a flight bound for Budapest, Hungary. 

Day 2: Budapest cruise-icon (D)

Land in Budapest and be transferred to the port. Embarkation begins at 2pm and a welcome gala dinner ensures you set sail in grand style.

Your cruise vessel: Monarch Duchess or Monarch Governess

Built in 2010, with a maximum capacity of 136 passengers each, both vessels feature 64 spacious cabins and 4 suites each fully air conditioned with private bath facilities, shower, telephone and flat screen satellite TV.

Day 3: Budapest cruise-icon (B,L,D)

The morning tour begins by discovering the Pest side of the River Danube. Expect to see the Hungarian Parliament Building, City Park and Heroes Square. Then cross to the other side of the river, the Buda side, to take in the Royal Palace, Matthias Church and the city’s grand medieval architecture. This afternoon is free time that can be used to wander Budapest’s streets. 

Optional Tour (additional cost applies): Parliament, Great Dohany Synagogue & Market Hall.

This half-day tour includes three highlight landmarks of Budapest. Begin at the impressive Hungarian House of Parliament and admire its stunning interior and the Hungarian Crown Jewels that are housed inside – the number of visitors allowed to view these glittering jewels each day is limited. Next, seek out the Dohány Street Synagogue, which ranks among the most significant Jewish sites in Europe. View the Tree of Life and the Raoul Wallenberg Memorial. Finally, this tour takes you to the Great Market Hall. Explore the more than 100 stalls at your leisure.

Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

Day 4: Bratislava cruise-icon (B,L,D)

The morning is spent relaxing on-board and mingling with fellow travellers as you cruise past the stunning scenery that fringes the banks of the mighty River Danube. The cruise ports in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, in the afternoon. Despite being a young capital city, Bratislava retains much of its rich heritage which spans back more than 2000 years. Travellers will love walking along the cobblestone lanes of the historic town centre and seeing St. Martin’s Cathedral, the coronation site of Hungarian kings; as well as the Franciscan Church and 13th century Old Town Hall. There is some free time before returning to the ship this evening for dinner. The cruise begins its journey to your next destination just before midnight.

Day 5: Vienna cruise-icon (B,L,D)

Vienna is a romantic city of grand architecture, marvellous palaces and a legacy of imperial opulence. While in Austrian capital, drive along Ringstrasse to take in the beauty of the city’s main boulevard. Take in the lavish Hofburg Palace and the Vienna State Opera. Continue to St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Austrian Parliament Building. This afternoon is leisure time, or there is an optional tour to Schönbrunn Palace. There is another optional activity tonight – a concert performance.

Optional Tour (additional cost applies): Schonbrunn Palace Tour (PM)

Take up an afternoon guided tour of the magnificent Schönbrunn Palace, the former summer residence of the Hapsburg emperors. Look inside the opulent Baroque apartments and wander about the impeccably manicured gardens.

Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.

Optional Tour (additional cost applies): Classical Viennese Concert (PM)

Attend a concert featuring classical works by Mozart and Strauss, two of Vienna’s most famous citizens. A performance is conducted by a chamber orchestra and is accompanied by a dance performance, recalling the golden age of 19th-century Viennese ballrooms.

Approximate tour duration is 2.5 hours.

Day 6: Melk Abbey cruise-icon (B,L,D)

Arrive in Durnstein this morning, one of the many pretty villages strung along the Danube. Make the most of free time to explore this town by roaming the cobblestone streets and admiring the 16th-century townhouses and wine taverns. Return to the boat and relax on deck as the cruise continues travelling through the Wachau Valley, a famous wine-producing region that is dotted with vineyards, castles, hilltop ruins and monasteries. Later in the day, the group disembarks for a guided tour of the historic Benedictine Abbey in Melk. The abbey clings to a rocky outcrop overlooking the river and visitors can view the Abbot’s chambers, the Kaiser’s walk and the library. 

Day 7: Passau cruise-icon (B,L,D)

Call into Passau today. There is an optional tour to Salzburg, birthplace of Mozart and the story behind ‘The Sound of Music’. Otherwise there is a free day to explore Passau at your own pace. As the city that intersects three rivers – Danube, Inn and Ilz – there are ample waterfront strolls and promenades lined with cafes. 

Optional Tour (additional cost applies): Full Day Tour of Salzburg

A full-day excursion to Salzburg. A walking tour encompasses some of Salzburg’s most historic sites including Mirabell Palace, Nonnberg Abbey, Salzburg Cathedral, St. Peter’s Cemetery, and an old house where Mozart once lives. The day includes lunch at a local restaurant and some free time.

Approximate tour duration is 9 hours.

Day 8: Regensburg cruise-icon (B,L,D)

Regensburg is your destination today. Arrive in the morning and take off on a guided tour to explore this beautifully-preserved medieval city, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Highlights along the walk include the Old Town Hall, Regensburg Cathedral and the Porta Praetoria, the gateway to an ancient Roman fort built in 179AD. Return to the boat in the afternoon or continue discovering the delights of Regensburg on your own.

Day 9: Nuremberg cruise-icon (B,L,D)

Get to know Nuremberg with a guided excursion that begins at the historic Palace of Justice – where the Nuremberg trials were held in 1945 and 1946 – and that also takes in the vibrant Market Square. Seek out the shops of the old town for a fix of retail therapy or walk along the fortified walls of Nuremberg Castle. 

Day 10: Bamberg cruise-icon (B,L,D)

Dock in historic Bamberg, a UNESCO World Heritage site that was the former residence of some of Germany’s most powerful imperial dynasties. A guided walk starts in the medieval city centre, taking in the 11th-century Romanesque cathedral and pretty rose garden. Admire the unusual City Hall, which was built on a small island in the middle of the Regnitz River, and Little Venice, an area of colourful fishermen’s houses. 

Day 11: Wurzburg cruise-icon (B,L,D)

Today’s itinerary takes you to Wurzburg, nicknamed ‘Pearl of the Romantic Road’. An introductory walk includes a trip to the Würzburg Residence, a World Heritage-listed site that was commissioned by an 18th-century Prince-Bishop. The Residence is a divine example of Baroque architecture and is home to a large ceiling fresco. Explore the town with free time in the afternoon or join an optional tour that ventures along Germany’s Romantic Road to Rothenburg.

Optional Tour (additional cost applies): Rothenburg City Tour (PM)

Drive from Wurzburg to Rothenburg, a town with storybook good looks that sits on a section of the famous Romantic Road. This 350-kilometres stretch of road is so named for its pretty-as-a-picture towns, villages and sights that are sprinkled along it. Rothenburg has retained much of its medieval heritage and visitors can explore the main square, look up at the Church of St. Jacob, and listen out for the daily chime of the Town Hall Clock.

Approximate tour duration is 5 hours.

Day 12: Wertheim & Miltenberg cruise-icon (B,L,D)

Stroll through Wertheim, a town known for its glassworks and Franconian wine. Continue by coach to Miltenberg, a picturesque village that sits on the banks of the Main River. Here, discover the Market Square with its Renaissance-era fountain; the Merchant Hall and its Gothic architecture; and the unique 14th- and 15th-century half-timbered houses. Enjoy free time in Miltenberg after lunch on-board the boat.

Day 13: Koblenz cruise-icon (B,L,D)

It is a relaxing morning on-board, looking out to castles, lofty cliffs, terraced vineyards and tiny villages as the ship leisurely makes its way toward Koblenz. Pass the Lorelei, a rock named for the siren who bewitched sailors, along the way. The boat docks in the afternoon and there is an orientation walk of the city. Admire the Romanesque architecture and imposing defensive towers of this 2000-year-old city. An optional tour to Marksburg Castle leaves in the afternoon.

Optional Tour (additional cost applies): Marksburg Castle (PM)

Journey to the dramatic Marksburg Castle on a guided tour. Known as the only hill castle on the Rhine that has never been destroyed, Marksburg Castle has also been continuously occupied for more than 700 years. It houses a collection of fascinating Middle Ages artefacts. 

Approximate tour duration is 2 hours.

Day 14: Cologne cruise-icon (B,L,D)

This morning, join a walking tour of Cologne, one of Germany’s largest cities and the capital of the Rhineland. The geographical and spiritual heart of Cologne is the twin-steeple Gothic cathedral, but the city also has a great range of cafes, galleries, shops and taverns to explore.

Day 15: Amsterdam cruise-icon (B,L,D)

Arrive in Amsterdam and fall for the magic of this city on a scenic tour. You will be introduced to the old and new sections of the city along the way, including the Royal Palace, Dam Square and Skinny Bridge. Clamber into a glass-top boat and cruise the winding canals to see the city from the water. Spot stately homes, 16th-century warehouses and charming churches on this excursion. Bid goodbye to your newfound friends with a dinner on-board this evening. 

Day 16: Amsterdam – airplane-takeoff– Australia (B)

Depart Europe today to head back to Australia. A transfer takes you to the airport after you disembark.

Day 17: Australia

Arrive home today.

 

Inclusions

 
  • Return Emirates flights, including 30kg checked baggage 
  • Arrive early or extend your stay fee-free with Flexi Flights
  • 14 night deluxe river cruise on board the Monarch Duchess or Governess 
  • Daily breakfast, plus all meals on-board your cruise ship
  • River port charges of $380 per person
  • Cruise porterage
  • Return airport transfers 

Highlights: 

  • See magnificent panoramic views of Budapest from atop Fisherman’s Bastion
  • Tour romantic Vienna with its legendary opulence and elegance
  • In Melk, join a guided tour of the historic Benedictine Abbey
  • Marvel at the beautiful churches and ancient stone bridges in Regensburg
  • Cruise the Main-Danube Canal, considered a marvel of modern engineering
  • Walk in Bamberg’s medieval centre with its 11th century Romanesque cathedral
  • View the mighty Lorelei Rock named for the siren “Lorelei” rising vertically from the waters
  • Sail on the legendary Rhine to Cologne, capital of the Rhineland
  • In Amsterdam, board a glass-top boat and cruise the winding canals
 

Fine Print

 

How To Book:

To book your Tour:

  • Bookings essential
  • Voucher valid for 1 person (must purchase 2 vouchers)
  • Once booked and confirmed, no cancellations permitted
  • Must book by the 65 days prior to departure. 
  • Book early to secure your desired date and time

Deposit Information:

  • A deposit of $799 per person are due at the time of purchase in order to secure your date.
  • All peak season surcharges, interstate surcharges (if applicable) and single supplements (if applicable) are also due at the time of purchase and will be reflected at the checkout stage.
  • Final Payment is due 120 days prior to travel. If you book within 120 days of travel, you will be sent an invoice within 7 days for final payment. 
  • Up to 12 Months Interest Free available: https://exclusives.webjet.com.au/up-to-12-months-interest-free/ 
  • Invoices will be emailed to you in advance and it is your responsibility to ensure payments are made prior to the due date
  • Should payment not be received by the due date, your booking will be cancelled and all prior payments will remain strictly non-refundable. 
  • Your tour is subject to availability at the time of your booking. We advise you to book early to avoid disappointment.

Excludes: Travel insurance, Visas, Personal expenses, Anything not mentioned or “optional” or “own account” in the itinerary.

Single Supplement: 

Indigo Deck – $2,499 per person in addition to your twin share voucher 

Sapphire Deck – $2,899 per person in addition to your twin share voucher 

Royal Deck – $3,199 per person in addition to your twin share voucher 

To purchase this your single supplement please click here 

Triple Share: Not available

Group Sizes: This is an independent tour, accompanying guides are not provided except for guided excursions specified in the tour itinerary.

Shore Excursions: 

Parliament, Great Dohany Synagogue & Market Hall – $113 per person 
Schonbrunn Palace Tour (PM) – $69 per person
Classical Viennese Concert (PM) – $89 per person
Full Day Tour of Salzburg – $145 per person
Rothenburg City Tour (PM) – $72 per person 
Marksburg Castle (PM) – $72 per person 

To purchase shore excursions please click here 

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
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

Accommodation: 

Monarch Duchess or Governess 

Land Only: To purchase this tour land only (no flights) please click here 

Travel Insurance: We strongly recommend that all customers purchase Travel Insurance as soon as they make a purchase on our website. Help cover yourself for the unexpected with great value Webjet Travel Insurance, we highly recommend it. Click here for a quote.

Visas: Visas are not included. It is the traveller’s responsibility to ensure they meet the visa requirements for the country they are visiting. Webjet Exclusives is unable to provide visa advice.

For Visa assistance, please visit Webjet’s Travel Visa Service page

Any deposits paid at the time of purchase are non-refundable.

 

Travel Dates

 

Departure dates are available for travel from Budapest to Amsterdam or from Amsterdam to Budapest unless stated 

2019:

09 April – Budapest to Amsterdam only 
23 April – Amsterdam to Budapest only 
7 May
21 May
4 June
18 June
2 July
16 July
30 July
13 August
27 August
10 September –Amsterdam to Budapest only 
24 September – Budapest to Amsterdam only 
8 October 
22 October

Bookings not accepted when within 65 days of departure

Availability on Departure Dates listed in Fine Print is subject to change. Live availability is shown on the availability calendar after clicking on the BUY NOW button

 

 

Flight Information

 

Airline: 

  • Return economy airfares with Emirates from Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide & Perth
  • Including 30kg checked baggage per passenger (actual limit is subject to change according to airline policy).
  • One return airfare is supplied per voucher
  • Names cannot be changed once flights have been booked.
  • Flights cannot be used one-way only 

Flights:

  • Note that the total length of the package includes time spent in flight as specified in the itinerary
  • Some flights may depart a day before the itinerary and involve up to 2 transits. These changes are beyond our control and are subject to availability and airline schedule changes.
  • Full names (First, Middle & Surname) as per passport must be provided for ticketing. Passport Details are also required at time of booking in order to confirm your flights. 
  • Once your flights are confirmed and ticketed, flights are non-refundable and non-changeable.
  • Flight itineraries will not be provided until 30 days prior to departure, along with final documentation.
  • All flights have been booked to meet minimum connection times as per airline policy and fare rules.

Schedule Changes: 

  • Airline schedule changes or cancellations can happen from time to time and are beyond our control. The customer is responsible for reviewing their flight schedule prior to their departure. Webjet Exclusives endeavours to assist customers where possible, however should any change or cancellation occur, please contact your Travel Insurance provider to check whether you are covered by your policy.

Flight Variations:

Option 1: Arrive early and/or extend your stay post tour with the promotional airline

  • Please select how many days you want to arrive early and/or extend your stay by on your Booking Form. 
  • Flights will arrive into the city as per the tour itinerary and depart from the city as per tour itinerary. Customers cannot choose another airport or city for their arrival and/or departure.
  • All flights will be booked with the promotional airfare available at the time of booking – for your choice of preferred airline or cabin class, please see below.
  • Your flight request is subject to availability and if the promotional airfare is not available, you will be quoted the fare difference.
  • Your varied flight itinerary will not be provided in advance of ticketing and once your flights have been ticketed, no further changes can be made.
  • If you are wishing to arrange internal flights, this must be arranged at your own expense. Webjet Exclusives cannot assist with the purchase of additional flights outside of the itinerary.
  • Webjet Exclusives are unable to provide any additional accommodation outside of the tour itinerary and this will need to be arranged at your own expense. By arriving early and/or extending your departure date, you will also forfeit the included airport transfers (if applicable) and will need to make your own way to and/or from the airport at your own expense.

 Option 2: Upgrade to Premium Economy or Business Class (where available)

  • A flat fee of $350.00 per person, plus additional airfare and taxes will be quoted if choosing to upgrade your flights to another cabin class.
  • Please select your preferred cabin class from the drop down box on the booking form at the time of making your purchase.
  • If you have a preferred airline for your upgrade quote, please mention this in the Special Request field of your Booking Form. If no specific airline is requested, the best available fare will be quoted to you.
  • Your quote will not be provided immediately and will be processed in departure date order only after the final payment.
  • The quote will be sent via email only and will include clear instructions on how to make payment. Failure to pay by the stipulated date and time will cause the quote to expire, by which Webjet Exclusives will proceed to book the promotional airfare included in your packages.
  • If also choosing to arrival early and/or extend your stay, this will be quoted to you in conjunction with your preferred airline request.

 Should you be unsatisfied with the quote provided for your cabin upgrade, you can opt to:

1. Travel with the group as per the tour itinerary on the promotional airfare or;
2.Take the package as Land Only and receive a refund of the Land Only discount, if available.

Once your flights have been confirmed and ticketed, no further changes can be made and your booking will remain non-refundable.

 

 

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Package Inclusions
  • Return Emirates flights, plus return airport transfers
  • Arrive early or extend your stay fee-free with Flexi Flights
  • 14 night deluxe river cruise aboard the Monarch Duchess or Governess, including all meals on-board
  • Delicious daily breakfast
  • River port charges of $380 per person
  • Cruise porterage
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