Discover Europe in 2019
Features: WARSAW, KRAKOW, PRAGUE, BUDAPEST plus 14 night Danube and Rhine Cruise, from Budapest to Amsterdam.
Options to fly to Rome for our ANCIENT CIVILISATIONS 14 night cruise to Greece and Israel, or visit PARIS and LONDON
27 days/23 nights accommodated. Depart Auckland 22 September, 2019. Return 18 October, 2019.
Commences Amsterdam and Budapest (Prague add on option) 3-4 times weekly April - October, 2019
This tour can link from our BEST OF CHINA TOUR and TSARS GOLD BEIJING TO MOSCOW by private train tours.
THESE CRUISES ARE EXTREMELY POPULAR AND EARLY RESERVATIONS ARE ESSENTIAL.
Day 1. AUCKLAND DEPART.
depart Auckland this evening
<Day 2. WARSAW ARRIVE. (D)
Arrive Warsaw and transfer to our hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax.
Day 3. WARSAW - KRAKOW (BD)
Our tour of Warsaw includes the Royal Castle, Old Market Square, and Barbican, Presidential Palace, University of Warsaw, Holy Cross church, Copernicus Statue, Monument of Warsaw uprising, Mausoleum of Struggle and Martyrdom which includes the Nazi interrogation centre, Jewish Ghetto, Palace of Culture and Science,Lazienski Royal Park with Palace on the water and Chopin monument. Travel to Krakow, and transfer to our hotel. Krakow was capital of Poland for almost 500 years, and is now its cultural capital.
Day 4. KRAKOW (BD)
Our local guide will join us today for a sobering visit to Auschwitz and Berkenau.
Day 5. KRAKOW (BD)
Today enjoy ancient Krakow including Market Square, Jewish Quarter, Wawel Hill, the museum in Schindlers factory, and St Mary's church. Also visit the Wieliczka salt mine which produced salt continuously from the 13th century to 2007.
Day 6. KRAKOW DEPART (BD)
Free day to explore at your leisure. Depart this evening by sleeper train. Two berth cabins provided.
Day 7. ARRIVE PRAGUE (BD)
Arrive Prague and transfer to our hotel near the historic old city, or similar.
Day 8. PRAGUE. (BD)
Our morning sightseeing includes a panoramic tour of Prague including the 1,000 year old Hradcany castle, St Vitus and Golden Lane, the Jewish quarter, 15th century astronomical clock and Market Square. The afternoon is free to relax and explore as you wish. This evening go out on the town for a traditional Czech dinner.
Day 9. PRAGUE (BD)
Free day to relax and explore this beautiful and historic city at your leisure. Many optional tours are available to explore the surrounding countryside. Your escort will have some suggestions or just relax and enjoy one of Europe's most beautiful and interesting cities.
Optional day tour to Berlin on escorted departure
Day 10. PRAGUE - BUDAPEST (BD)
We travel to Budapest, capital of Hungary straddling the Danube River to board our luxury Viking cruise ship, home for the next 14 nights. You will have time to explore and enjoy the city this evening.
Day 11. BUDAPEST DEPART (BLD)
We disembark after breakfast for our tour of "Buda" and "Pest" including the National Opera House and Heroes Square, Fishermens Bastion and Matthias Church. Lunch is served on board and the afternoon is free to explore at your leisure. Optional tours are available. Sail this evening and our dinner will feature the cuisine of Hungary.
Day 12. DANUBE CRUISING (BLD)
Enjoy scenic cruising along the Danube River and become aquainted with the facilities of your ship before arriving in Vienna.
Day 13. VIENNA. (BLD)
After breakfast we set off to explore Austria's capital beginning with a drive along the Ringstrasse, lined with imposing Palaces and grand residences. Tour the baroque Belvedere Palace and see Vienna's world famous Opera House, Town Hall, St Stephans Cathedral, and Hofburg Palace. The afternoon is free to explore at your leisure or maybe take an optional tour of the magnificent Schonbrunn Palace. After dinner on board you have the option of a classical concert - extra expense.
Day 14. MELK. (BLD)
During the morning we cruise through the Wachau Valley, heart of Austria's wine country. We berth in Melk and take a tour of the 900 year old Benedictine abbey which features Austria's finest Italian baroque architecture and offers spectacular views of the Danube. Enjoy the interior highlights including the imperial rooms and ceiling frescoes. Reboard the ship for dinner.
Day 15. PASSAU. (BLD)
Late morning we arrive in the beautiful city of Passau with its cobblestone streets and graceful arcades. Our walking tour this morning will take us through the old town's narrow alleyways and see the hilltop Oberhaus fortress towering from the hill above. At St Stephen's Cathedral, home of Europe's largest church organ with more than 17,000 pipes we listen to a special organ concert before rejoining our ship.
Day 16. REGENSBURG. (BLD)
Around breakfast time we arrive in Regensburg, a wonderfully preserved medieval city. Our walking tour will show us the 13th and 14th century churches and many beautiful patrician houses as well as the Old Town Hall and 12th century stone bridge, Europe's oldest bridge. We have free time to wander and enjoy and maybe visit the 12th century St Peter's cathedral or Alte Wurstkuche.
Day 17. NUREMBURG. (BLD
Late morning we arrive in Nuremburg. This afternoon we take a tour of this medieval city surrounded by 13th century walls. Visit the ruins of Zeppelin Field and see the Palace of Justice, site of the WW2 Nuremburg trials. Later we visit the imposing Imperial Castle and stroll through the Market Square. Time to shop and explore before dinner on board. There will be time go ashore again to sample the night life if you wish before sailing in the early hours of the morning.
Day 18. BAMBERG. (BLD)
Cruise this morning and we arrive Bamberg around lunchtime. Another walking tour this afternoon will show us one of Germany's most beautiful cities. See the beautiful architecture including the imposing 16th century Old Court and the New Residence. Sail late afternoon.
Day 19. WURZBURG. Rothenburg option. (BLD)
Disembark after breakfast in Wurzberg and tour the impressive Bishop's residence, one of Germany's largest and most ornate baroque palaces. Enjoy lunch on board or take an optional (extra expense) tour along Germany's "Romantic Road" to Rothenburg for a walking tour admiring the medieval half timbered houses. Rejoin your ship for dinner and an evening glass blowing demonstration.
Day 20. WERTHEIM. (BLD)
The beautiful city of Wertheim is situated at the confluence of the Main and Tauber Rivers. A highlight of our walking tour through the city will be a demonstration of the city's glassblowing tradition. Again there will be free time to wander as you will before returning to the ship and sailing.
Day 21. MIDDLE RHINE AND KOBLENZ (BLD)
Cruise past hilltop castles along the Rhine. This stunning stretch of river is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Pass the famous Lorelei Rock rising some 440 feet above the river.which marks the river's narrowest point . This afternoon stop to visit Marksburg, the only Rhine Castle never destroyed. Rejoin your ship in Koblenz and dine aboard.
Day 22. COLOGNE. (BLD)
Disembark for a guided tour of Cologne's magnificent Gothic cathedral and the old city. After free time return to the ship for dinner and departure.
Day 23. KINDERDIJK (BLD)
Enjoy your final leisurely cruise this morning travelling along the waterways of Holland. Arrive Kinderdijk (a World Heritage Site) around lunch time. Tour this fascinating network of windmills and other ingenious flood management technologies. Return to your ship for a special farewell dinner.
Day 24. AMSTERDAM (B)
Arrive Amsterdam and disembark after breakfast. Transfer to our hotel with sightseeing in Amsterdam en route.
Day 25. AMSTERDAM DEPART (B)
Passengers returning to New Zealand transfer to the airport for your flight home arriving Friday 18 October
Passengers joining our Holyland cruise to Greece and Israel fly to Rome.
|Tour cost per person for escorted departure 22 September Auckland-Auckland with French Balcony cabin||2 per room||Single room|
|Full tour 26 days||$16,400||$21,900|
Tour cost includes: (full tour)
** Return economy class air fares from Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch
** 1 night Warsaw with sightseeing
** 3 nights Krakow with sightseeing
** Overnight train Krakow - Prague. Sleeper cabins
** Three nights in Prague with 1 day sightseeing and transfer to Budapest.
** 14 nights aboard your cruise ship including all meals aboard and shore excursions.
** Services of tour escort from Auckland subject to a minimum of 10 travelling.
Deposits and payments
Non refundable deposit due when reserving $2,000 per person
Balance due 3 months prior to departure
PARIS AND LONDON EXTENSION
Day 25. AMSTERDAM DEPART (B)
Make your own way to the rail station and travel south to Paris. Make your way to a nearby hotel. (If any departure is escorted from Auckland transfers will be provided at no extra charge).
Day 26. PARIS. (BD)
Our full day sightseeing includes the Champs Elysees, Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dam Cathedral, Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Museum, and a cruise on the Seine.
Day 27. PARIS. (BD)
Free day to explore at your leisure.
Day 28. PARIS - LONDON.
Make your way to the railway station and join "Eurostar" for the fast ride under the channel to London. Make your way to our hotel on arrival. (If any departure is escorted from Auckland transfers are provided for no extra cost)
Day 29. LONDON (BD)
Our full day tour includes all the main sights of London. Westminster, Hyde Park, St Pauls, Buckingham Palace, Tower of London, a cruise on the Thames etc.
Day 30. LONDON (BD)
The day is free to explore at your leisure. Optional day tour to Paris.
Day 31. LONDON DEPART
Transfer to the airport for your flight home.
Day 32. AUCKLAND ARRIVE
Arrive Auckland this morning.
There are a huge number of options for exploring Great Britain, Ireland, Scandinavia, etc. We recommend a cruise of the Baltic or Scandinavia.