14 Day Danube River Cruise with Munich & Budapest

3 Munich, 7 nights Cruise & 2 Budapest
Round trip airfare from NYC, 12 nights accommodation, all transfers, most meals and sightseeing
Price Includes
  • Flights New York-Munich, Budapest-New York
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 12 nights accommodations
    • 3 nights Munich
    • 7 nights outside cabin aboard the Deluxe Monarch Empress, the First Class Monarch Princess, the First Class Monarch Duchess, the First Class Monarch Countess or the First Class Monarch Governess
  • 2 nights Budapest
  • River port charges of $190 per person
  • Cruise & hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 25 meals: 12 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Cruise director & activities host throughout cruise
  • Local host in Munich & Budapest
  • Services of local guides in all major cities
  • Shore excursions per itinerary
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring during excursions

    Special Features

    • City tour of Bavaria's capital city, Munich
    • Visit Regensburg, one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities
    • 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
    • Stop in Durnstein, one of the prettiest towns on the Danube
    • During your Budapest City Tour, see the Parliament, Heroes Square, Royal Palace and Matthias Church

    River Cruise Features & Amenities

    • Welcome Dinner and Farewell Dinner
    • Wine and beer with dinners
    • Locally inspired recipes
    • Early riser breakfast in addition to buffet breakfast
    • Complimentary Wi-Fi access in public areas
    • Self-serve coffee and tea station
    • Lounge serving premium spirits
    • Fitness center
    • Non-smoking ship interior
    • Shore excursions conducted exclusively in English by licensed guides

    Know Before You Book - High & Low Water

    European river cruising has gained in popularity for very good reason. It's a relaxing and convenient way to experience Europe while enjoying the comfort of a deluxe ship. However, before making the decision to reserve your vacation, please be aware of potential conditions which may impact your cruise. While most of the time river cruises operate exactly as planned, weather conditions may result in high or low water levels which impact a ship's itinerary and, on occasion, render a ship unable to sail at all. On very rare occasions, other events such as heavy fog, a damaged lock, or an incapacitated vessel blocking the river, may impact a sailing. These events typically occur with little or no notice. In the event that a cruise is partially or completely impacted, the itinerary will be operated by deluxe motor coach, accompanied by a Tour Manager, with overnights in hotels. When the option exists, the operator will "swap ships" with another vessel sailing in the opposite direction, retaining the sailing experience. Crew, ship and cabin configuration may differ. The itinerary will include as many of the originally scheduled sightseeing features as possible, considering the travel time and distances required, as well as meals. While it is not possible to recreate the more leisurely comforts of sailings, we will endeavor to provide a comparable itinerary. These alternative services will be provided at no additional charge.

    †Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

    Day By Day Itinerary

    DAY 1, Monday - Depart for Germany
    Depart for Germany

    DAY 2, Tuesday - Arrive in Germany
    Arrive in Munich, the pride of Bavaria, known for its festive fun-loving spirit. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Drink and orientation meeting with your local host at the hotel at approximately 6 PM, followed by a briefing about the journey. We recommend that you select flights which arrive in your destination no later than 4 PM on Day 2 or earlier, if possible
    Overnight: Munich

    DAY 3, Wednesday - Munich City Tour
    This morning join a city tour of Munich beginning at the Olympic Stadium situated in the heart of Olympia Park in northern Munich built as the main venue for the 1972 Summer Olympics. Continue to the breathtaking Nymphenburg Palace, once the summer residence of the rulers of Bavaria, decorated with a gorgeous baroque façade. Driving through the city, you see countless museums, galleries, palaces and historic monuments. Arrive at Marienplatz square, the cultural center of the city, dominated by the gothic New Town Hall housing Munich's world-famous Glockenspiel, which dates back to 1908. This colorful mechanical clock has life-size figures that dance to music with shows several times a day
    Overnight: Munich
    Meals: Breakfast

    DAY 4, Thursday - Full Day in Munich
    Spend the day at leisure to further explore Munich on your own. Perhaps, head to BMW World, where you can view the latest concept of cars, motorcycles and more. Gain an insight into what made this Bavarian brand one of the world's leaders in the automotive industry. Tonight, don't miss the opportunity to visit the Hofbrauhaus, Bavaria's most celebrated beer hall
    Overnight: Munich
    Meals: Breakfast

    DAY 5, Friday - Cruise Embarkation in Regensburg
    Time this morning for last minute sightseeing, or shopping in Munich before the early afternoon departure to Regensburg. Arrive at the port for embarkation. After arrival formalities, time to relax on board. Tonight, meet your Cruise Director and enjoy a gala welcome dinner as it sets the mood for your delightful river cruise
    Overnight: River Cruise
    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    DAY 6, Saturday - Regensburg City Tour
    This morning, 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. Return to the ship for lunch or spend the afternoon at leisure discovering the delights of Regensburg on your own. In the afternoon the ship will set sail for Passau
    Overnight: River Cruise
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY 7, Sunday - Morning in Passau
    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. Explore Passau independently in the morning, or, join the optional full day tour to picturesque 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. If you choose to remain onboard the ship, continue sailing during lunch and relax this afternoon. In the early evening, all passengers will rejoin the ship and continue sailing for Melk
    Optional: Full Day Tour of Salzburg
    Overnight: River Cruise
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY 8, Monday - Melk Abbey
    Disembark in Melk this morning 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. Then, return to the ship and continue cruising through the scenic Wachau Valley. This Afternoon, arrive in the 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
    Overnight: River Cruise
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY 9, Tuesday - Vienna City Tour
    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 Habsburgs. 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)
    Overnight: River Cruise
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY 10, Wednesday - Bratislava City Tour
    This morning, enjoy the tranquil scenery as you sail along the scenic Danube. At noon, 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 as you sail for stunning Budapest
    Overnight: River Cruise
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY 11, Thursday - 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. Tonight, enjoy a lavish Captain's Dinner on board
    Overnight: River Cruise
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY 12, Friday - Holloko City Tour
    Travel to the charming village of Holloko (meaning raven-stone) hidden in the Cserhát hills in northeastern Hungary. Take a walking tour of the historic village, a fine example of a preserved traditional settlement and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Experience the typical rural life of the Palóc people and see craftsmen at work. Spend free time in the village and perhaps try some Palóc dishes for lunch before heading back to Budapest. Tonight, an optional dinner and show in Budapest. Travel to the outskirts of Budapest for a traditional Hungarian Dinner in a scenic forested location. While dining, you'll be entertained by colorfully dressed dancers performing a variety of spirited folk dances accompanied by a group playing live music
    Optional: Dinner & Show in Budapest (PM)
    Overnight: Budapest
    Meals: Breakfast

    DAY 13, Saturday - Full Day in Budapest
    Today, enjoy the delights of Budapest independently. Immerse yourself in the heritage of the "City of Baths" and visit a traditional Turkish bath house with its thermal pools and spas or, stroll along the Danube Promenade, a walkway along the Danube that goes from the Elisabeth Bridge to Chain Bridge, offering stunning views of the capital. Another option is to head to Margaret Island, a quite getaway within the city, that serves as a recreational park, located in the middle of the Danube River. Perhaps, join the optional half day Taste of Budapest. Explore the local food scene, at the Hold Street Market Hall, while getting introduced to the history of Hungarian cuisine. Taste local cheeses from family farms around Budapest and salami delicacies, along with Hungarian meats and sausages served with fresh bread and mustard. End the tour with a sweet Budapest pastry - local strudel and a cup of coffee
    Optional: Half Day Taste of Budapest (AM)
    Overnight: Budapest
    Meals: Breakfast

    DAY 14, Sunday - Depart Hungary
    This morning, transfer to the airport for your departure flight
    Meals: Breakfast

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    Notes :
    • Land/Cruise only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.
    • Due to physical constraints and space limitations, wheelchairs and walkers are not allowed on motor coaches and/or river cruises.
    • There are no elevators or chair lifts on board.
    • Kindly refer to our Terms for additional information.
    • While sailing with Monarch Cruises, passengers are subject to the cruise`s Terms & Conditions which can be viewed at: Monarch Cruises Terms & Conditions.
    • Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates.
    • All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary.
    Not Included
    • Optional shore excursions and gratuities
    • Land/Cruise only price does not include arrival/departure transfers

    All prices are per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability at the time of booking. The from price reflects the lowest available price at time of publication, which is valid for a specific start date or dates and also based on availability at the time of booking.