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2021 Romantic Danube River Cruise

Romantic Danube with Berlin
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Danube River Cruise

Romantic Danube with Berlin Prague to Budapest 16 day cruise/tour - May 29, 2021

Europe’s Most Popular River Cruise Itinerary

The Romantic Danube Itinerary is likely more popular than all the other river cruises in Europe combined. It is a fantastic picturesque cruise with some of the best ports of call: Salzburg Austria, Vienna Austria, Bratislava Slovakia, and Budapest Hungary. These are the major cities you recognize. There are two additional stops that will compete with these big names: Ancient Passau with its 2,000-year-old cobblestone streets and the stunning Austrian Lake District with some of the most beautiful countryside you will ever see anywhere. The cruise alone would be great, but we didn’t just settle for great, we wanted FANTASTIC! We added a land tour that includes Berlin with all of its history, Dresden with its wonderful architecture and Nuremberg with its history, old town, and castle. That still wasn’t enough our groups, we are also including Prague, one of the truly great cities in the world. This is a lineup that can’t beat!!! To use the old cliché that has been overused – “this really is a home run tour and cruise!”

 

Package Price Includes:

Huge Savings Combined with Luxury Cruising

We charter all of our ships with AmaWaterways. By guaranteeing, upfront, to buy the cabins, we are given huge discounts not offered to travel agents. Those discounts are passed on to those that travel with Fun For Less Tours. Around a year out, we are allowed to return the few cabins we may have not sold as long as our number of cabins do not fall below a certain level. We are able to save our passengers $700 to $1,200 per person depending on the cabin of their choice. All of our ships for 2020 with AmaWaterways has already sold out. In order to get huge savings, you need to reserve your cabin early.

We had several goals when we started negotiating with river cruise lines, in Europe, to take our groups:

  • 8 day 7 night sailing on a 5-star luxury riverboat between Vilshofen and Budapest.
  • Cabin Category D with Two Large Port Hole Window Cabin. 160 Square feet.
  • All Shore Excursions.
    • One exception: an optional opera offered the evening the ship is in Vienna.
  • Special Guest Educator during your 8 days on the ship: Dr. S. Michael Wilcox.
  • Fun For Less Staff throughout.
  • Three quality meals onboard the ship every day.
  • Free Internet.
  • Free Movies.
  • Bottled water, fluffy bathrobes, and slippers in each cabin.
  • All bicycles and helmets on board are free to use.

Ships Package Price for Cat D Cabins: $4,098 minus $700 = $3,398 (our Package Price)
Plus Ship Port and Taxes added to everyone’s price: $182
OUR total special ship package Price: $3,580

Important Note: Your included category D cabins saves you $700 per person. Increase your total savings over the ship pricing when you upgrade to Balcony cabins – savings up to $1,200 per person. Complete information on the additional costs and the additional savings when you upgrade to Balcony cabins, including the location of the different cabins on the ship – can be found below.

Package #2: Our Special 8 day 7 night Land Package that includes Berlin, Prague, Dresden, and Nuremberg:

  • 2 nights 4-star Deluxe Hotel in Berlin Germany.
  • 3 nights 5 Star Luxury Hotel in Prague Czech Republic.
  • 2 nights 4 Star Deluxe Hotel in Nuremberg Germany.
  • Special Guest Educator: Jeff Lawson.
  • Transfers to and from hotels, airports, and ship.
  • All taxes and fees.
  • All tours, entrance fees, buses, guides throughout.
  • Fun For Less Tours Staff.
  • “Whisper Perfect” headset receivers.
  • Breakfast daily.
  • Land Package Total Price: $1,695.

Cruise Package: $3,580
Land Package: $1,695

Package Price: $5,275 Total of both Packages*

**Per person cash discount price, based on double occupancy.
Does not include airfare or tips.
ESTIMATED cost of airfares in 2020:
These are estimates only (they could go up or down) and they
will not be available to purchase until 10 months before tour.
(round-trip) SLC to Prague - Budapest to SLC: $1,650

This is a partial list, and subject to change as needed to accomplish everything we can in each area we visit. We will have local guides who will make sure we see the very best in the time we have.

Day 1: May 29: Fly to Berlin
Today we will fly from our home to Berlin.

Day 2: May 30: Berlin
After our arrival into Berlin, we will transfer to our hotel.

Day 3: May 31: Berlin
Once a city divided by hatred and mistrust, the city has come alive since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.  Our sightseeing tour will take us through what was once known as East and West Berlin.  You will see famous landmarks such as; Brandenburg Gate, the monumental buildings at Unter den Linden, Alexander Square, Museum Island, Check Point Charlie, the Reichstag, and the Castle Charlottenburg.

Day 4: June 1: Dresden – Prague
This morning we will drive to Prague. Along the way, we will make a stop at one of the most beautiful cities in Germany, Dresden. We will enjoy a 2-hour walking tour before continuing to Prague, which is our second favorite city in Europe.

Day 5 & 6: June 2 & 3: Prague
Over the next two days, we will explore the castle area, take a cruise on the Moldau River, and explore the old town.  You will also have free time to explore the ancient streets on your own.

Day 7: June 4: Regensburg – Nuremberg
Today we will drive to Nuremberg. On our way, we will stop at Regensburg. Regensburg is one of Germany’s best-preserved medieval cities, as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. When we finish touring we will continue to Nuremberg.

Day 8: June 5: Nuremberg
Today we will do a tour of the WWII highlights and then walk through Nuremberg’s cobblestone streets to the Imperial Castle and its 900-year-old city ramparts.

Day 9: June 6: Nuremberg – Vilshofen
This morning we will drive 2.5 hours to Vilsofen. This afternoon transfer to the 5-star AmaWaterways Ship. Tomorrow morning, we will set sail on the Danube for Budapest.

Important information: The owners of Fun For Less Tours experienced an AmaWaterways sailing between Vilshofen, Germany and Budapest, Hungary in 2018. They were more than impressed. Having sailed with other river cruise companies they were worried they would have to arrange or change all of the shore excursions. Other companies, give few choices, have additional fees for some of their shore excursions and often include several wineries where they can get extra commissions from the sales. To their surprise, AmaWaterways far exceeded their expectations. In many of the ports of call they had several choices of tours, none of which cost extra. The owners were so pleased with AmaWaterways selection of shore excursions, they found there was very little they would change. The Fun For Less Tours owners have tweaked and made slight improvements to a couple of shore excursions. AmaWaterways already included premium tours at no additional cost. There was very little we needed to change. In many of the ports of call, the ship may offer different shore excursions, often including a bicycle tour. Our owners have selected, what they felt to be the best shore excursion for each port. After you arrive at the ship, if you decide that you would like to make a change to a different tour you can make that change onboard.

Day 10: June 7: Passau
This morning you will have additional free time in Vilshofen. The cruise will sail to Passau during lunch. Passau is a beautiful town in Lower Bavaria.  It is known as the city of three rivers because the Danube is joined by the Inn River from the south and the Ilz River from the north.  This afternoon you will enjoy a walking tour of Passau along with free time to explore more on your own.

Day 11: June 8: Linz – Salzburg
This morning you drive to the Austrian Alps. The plan is to visit the church where Maria was married in the Sound of Music. Then it is on to Salzburg for an afternoon tour.

Day 12: June 9: Weissenkirchen – Melk
The morning is spent sailing through one of the most beautiful sections of the Danube – the Wachau region.  This afternoon we will travel by bus to the charming Durnstein “Pearl of the Wachau”.  After our guided walking tour of Durnstein, we will head to Melk Abby, one of the most famous and visited cultural sights in Austria, which is sure to be a big highlight of your Danube Cruise.

Day 13: June 10: Vienna
Vienna is a truly elegant and romantic city.  We will do a city tour that will allow you to fully appreciate the grandeur of Vienna.  AmaWaterways, did not include the Schonbrunn Palace as part of their normal touring.  We plan on adding the Schonbrunn Palace in the afternoon at no additional charge.  This is the one time we felt we needed to improve the AmaWaterways shore excursion package.  The ship will dock overnight in Vienna.  AmaWaterways offers Strauss & Mozart Concerts in the evening for an additional cost.  Fun For Less owners felt it was not fantastic but it was good and you may want to consider it as an option while in Vienna. You are able to sign up for this when you are on the ship.

Day 14: June 11: Bratislava
Enjoy Bratislava, Slovakia through an Old Town Walking Tour.  During free time you can take the easy hike up to the castle overlooking the town with great views of the city and river.  We did not find the castle worth going into, it is much like any other building, not what you would think the inside of the castle should look like.

Day 15: June 12:
 Budapest
This morning we will tour Budapest where we visit Buda Hills and St. Mathias Church and the Fishermen’s Bastions. Continuing on to the elegant part of Pest, we stop at the Hero’s square. Later we will return to our ship.

Day 16: June 13: Fly home
Today we say goodbye to the beautiful AmaWaterways ship and travel to the airport for your flight back to the US and home.  You will arrive home on the same day.