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Christmas Cruise on the Danube
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MS Amadeus Royal
December 6-14, 2012

9 days/8 nights
 

MS Amadeus Royal


Cruise Highlights:

Vienna * Emmersdorf * Wachau Valley * Passau Regensburg * Nuremberg * Rothenburg * Wurzburg Christmas Markets
 

Christmas MarketPassauHofburg Palace

Travel with Ray Roussin, Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Maryland, European Division, who has traveled extensively throughout Europe with well over 20 years with the Department of State spent primarily in Germany and Austria.  One of his favorite pastimes was visiting the colorful Christmas Markets.  He will accompany you through the intimate markets we visit to the granddaddy of all the markets - Nuremberg.  You can share the smell of the foods, the warmth of the gluehwein and the beauty of the Christmas decorations with friends and family.
 

Itinerary

Day 1 - COMMUNITY OF INDEPENDENCE/WILMINGTON/PHILADELPHIA AIRPORT
Afternoon departure for Philadelphia Airport to board your overnight flight to Vienna, Austria.
Meals Dinner in flight

Day 2 - VIENNA
Your tour and cruise begins in Vienna, Austria's beautiful capital city.  Unpack once for a relaxing 6-night Danube River cruise aboard the MS Amadeus Royal.  This lovely ship offers a panoramic deck, panorama salon and bar, excellent cuisine, and outstanding service. 
Meals D aboard ship
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Day 3 - VIENNA SIGHTSEEING
A local guide will join us to explore Vienna's imperial architecture.  See the lavish Hofburg Palace, the impressive Vienna Opera House, the majestic Ringstrasse and awe-inspiring St. Stephen's Cathedral.  Your city tour concludes at Vienna's Christmas Market near the town hall.  this afternoon is at leisure to explore Vienna's baroque elegance or perhaps sample some of her famous pastries.  Another delicious dinner this evening. 
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Day 4 - VIENNA/EMMERSDORF/WACHAU VALLEY
This morning cruise through the romantic Wachau Valley, dotted with magnificent castles and small riverside towns.  Arrive in the town of Emmersdorf for an optional excursion to the nearby town of Durnstein and the 900-year old Benedictine Melk Abbey, one of Europe's largest baroque monasteries.  While cruising this afternoon enjoy a short lesson on keywords and phrases that will help you communicate with the locals. 
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Day 5 - PASSAU
Early morning arrival in the town of Passau, situated at the confluence of the Danube, In and Ilz Rivers.  Experience a leisurely walking tour of this 2,000 year-old fairytale town with grand architecture, quaint cobblestone streets, Cathedral and its Christmas Market.  After dinner, enjoy on-board entertainment in the ship lounge. 
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Day 6 - REGENSBURG
Magnificent Regensburg is one of Germany's best preserved medieval cities with nearly 1,400 historic buildings including the old Town Hall and the Porta Pretoria, gates to an ancient Roman fort built in 179 AD.  You'll hae a morning walking tour of this fairytale city and an afternoon to explore the Christmas Market, where you can shop for tree ornaments, wooden toys and local handicrafts and marvel at the festive lights and decorations.  Tonight celebrate with wonderful food at the Captain's Gala Dinner followed by music and entertainment. 
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Day 7 - NUREMBERG
Cruise across the Continental Divide to Roth, where a short transfer takes us into picturesque Nuremberg.  A local guide will provide an interesting tour of this historic city featuring its 900-year old ramparts, the Imperial castle and the Justice palace, where the War Crimes Tribunal sat in 1946.  Ray will lead you through this world-famous Christmas Market. 
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Day 8 - NUREMBERG/DISEMBARK SHIP/ROTHENBURG/WURZBURG
Disembark ship in Nuremberg and continue to Rothenburg, an absolutely beautiful medieval walled town.  Ray will show you some of the town's hidden treasures and its charming Christmas Market dating back to 1628.  Late afternoon arrival in Wurzburg, an ancient Franconian wine town which boasts the largest ceiling fresco in the world and the oldest bridge on the River Main. 
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NOVOTEL HOTEL or similar

Day 9 - DEPART FOR HOME
Morning transfer to the Frankfurt Airport for your return to Philadelphia where a motorcoach will be waiting to transfer you to Wilmington and Independence. 
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Category

Deck Price Per Person
Lower deck, porthole Hayden $3064
Middle deck, window Mozart $3264
Upper deck, French balcony Strauss $3999

Tour Inclusions:
Roundtrip transportation from the community of Independence near , and Wilmington to Philadelphia Airport  *  Roundtrip air from Philadelphia/Vienna-Frankfort/Philadelphia  *  Airline taxes and fees (subject to change until ticketed)  *  Transfers between airports, cruise ship and hotel  *  Accommodations for 6 nights aboard the deluxe MS Amadeus Royal plus one hotel night based on double occupancy  *  1 breakfast, 1 dinner plus all meals aboard river cruise ship  *  More shore excursions (3 optional shore excursions are offered)  *  local guide gratuities  *  port taxes  *  luggage handling  *  Services of a Collette Vacations Tour Manager  *  services of a Tour Director, Ray Roussin, from 4 Seasons Tours with a minimum of 20 passengers. 

Not included:
Passport fee, gratuities to shipboard personnel and Collette Tour Director  *  three optional shore excursions and items of a personal nature such as phone calls, faxes, etc.
 

  Conditions:
Reservation deposit of $250 per person is due with each reservation no later than April 1, 20121.  Trip cancellation insurance is highly recommended at a cost of $305 per person and you may cancel without penalty.  Cost of insurance must be included with your deposit.
Balance due July 30, 2012. 
Cancellation:  Without insurance deposit is refundable until April 5, 2012.
Trip cancellation/interruption insurance is highly recommended and available through 4 Seasons Tours and Travel.

A VALID PASSPORT WILL BE REQUIRED FOR THIS CRUISE.

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