Mandy Connell Cruise - Munich to Budapest Aboard the S.S. Maria Theresa
Please join Chuck and me, plus The Q and my mom, as we venture to Europe! We start our journey in my absolute favorite city in Germany, Munich! We’ll have a welcome party in one of Munich’s finest beer gardens, of course. Then we travel to Passau where we board the S.S. Maria Theresa, which is the most lovely and gorgeous boutique river hotel you’ve ever seen. With only 150 guests aboard, this is an intimate experience where we really have a chance to get to know one another. The best part is when you get on the ship, you put your wallet away, as EVERYTHING is included. From drinks and food to all gratuities and wifi, it’s all included. We will then cruise to Salzburg, Austria, cruise the Wachau Valley and visit Vienna before arriving in Budapest. I am finally visiting the land of my people in Hungary! In addition, we have events planned for the whole group throughout the trip where we can have some fun and mix and mingle.
We will be traveling with Uniworld, which is the #1 River Cruise Line in the world, and you MUST check out photos of the boat. The weather should be spectacular that time of year and so will the included excursions, which include things like walking tours of historic villages, bike tours, visits to a cider house, Vienna, Salzburg and LINZER TORTES! And I for one can’t wait to compare the chicken paprikash in Budapest with my mother’s version. There is far too much to write about here, but if you’ve never been to Europe, trust me when I say you will be absolutely amazed at the beauty and history you will see.
Per Person Double Occupancy
Single Supplement Available
July 20-30, 2018
11 Days / 10 Nights
Your Mandy Connell River Cruise begins in the Bavarian capital of Munich, often called the most livable and lovable city in Germany. This mecca of art, advanced technologies, finance, publishing, culture, innovation, education, business and tourism enjoys a high standard of living, making it one of the most prosperous and fastest growing cities in Germany. Join in a toast with your fellow travelers at a beer garden welcome party. Included: Munich city tour
Munich to Passau
Passau is a crossroads of three rivers and a mosaic of three cultures. Discover this medieval city on a walking tour along the cobblestone streets to the baroque St. Stephan’s Cathedral, where you’ll have the rare opportunity to hear a concert played on Europe’s largest pipe organ. Or get active with an invigorating riverside hike or bike ride. Spend your second night onboard at the festive Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner. Included options: Passau walking tour with St. Stephan’s organ concert, bike ride along Inn River, hike along Ilz River
Linz, Austria (Linz or Salzburg)
Linz may be best known for its famous Linzer torte, but it’s also a center for the arts. See the sights with a local expert, or go behind the scenes at the Linz opera house and taste cider at an apple and pear orchard. Or venture to the UNESCO-designated Austrian border city of Salzburg, the birthplace of Mozart, where he performed in public for the first time at the age of five and composed his first pieces. You’ll see Mozart’s childhood home and the garden where the famous “Do-Re- Mi” scene from The Sound of Music was filmed. Included options: Linz opera house & cider farm visit or Full-day Salzburg
Melk, Wachau Valley, Dürnstein – Austria
Today, discover the heart of Austria. First, explore the 11th-century Melk Abbey, a stunning 900-year-old hilltop monastery built high above the town that has served as a center of learning over the centuries and home to the famous baroque library that inspired the novel “The Name of the Rose.” Then find a comfortable seat as your ship cruises through the Wachau Valley, where the Danube cut a gorge through the Bohemian Mountains, resulting in a 19-mile stretch of scenery so beautiful that UNESCO declared it a World Heritage Landscape. Later, visit Dürnstein in the Wachau region, a well-known wine growing area. Sample the organic wines at Nikolaihof, the oldest winery in Austria, which produces some of the world’s best Rieslings. Included options: Dürnstein “Village Day” with Nikolaihof wine estate visit, saffron workshop with village stroll, Melk Abbey with library visit
Austria’s capital city is a cultural treasure trove and was the home of legendary figures Mozart, Beethoven and Sigmund Freud. Discover “Morning with the Masters,” an exclusive early opening and art tour of the Kunsthistorisches Museum, showcasing magnificent works of art by some of the world’s greatest artists including Rembrandt, Velazquez, Rubens, Titian, Tintoretto and Van Eyck. Take a city tour or walking tour and enjoy Viennese essentials such as coffee, sausages, wine, music and public transportation. Or experience the sort of entertainment Empress Maria Theresa once enjoyed herself with a private concert of classical music by Mozart and Strauss performed by chamber musicians in an exquisite Viennese palace. Included options: Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna city tour or walking tour, Mozart & Strauss concert at Viennese palace
Just up the Danube lies the Slovakian capital of Bratislava. Surrounded by vineyards and the Little Carpathian Mountains, this pedestrian-only, 18th-century town is known for its lively bars and cafes. Discover this thriving commercial center with a village-like atmosphere and a fascinating mosaic of architectural styles. Included: Bratislava walking discovery tour
Hungary’s capital city is known as the “Queen of the Danube.” Savor the beauty of both Buda (the hills) and Pest (the flatlands), divided by the Danube. This enchanting city presents a vibrant mix of East and West, medieval and modern. Tour the city by vehicle, on foot, or by bike. Visit its oldest and most beautiful garden, Károlyi, the National Museum, the Hungarian Parliament Building, the Rose and Japanese gardens and more. Included options: City tour, walking tour, bike tour
Spend an additional day and night right in the heart of Budapest with an included hotel stay, just for our group.
- International airfare
- One-night pre-cruise package including 4-star accommodations in Munich, welcome dinner & breakfast
- One-night post-cruise package including 4-star accommodations in Budapest
- Seven nights aboard the award-winning luxury river cruise line, Uniworld - S.S. Maria Theresa
- All dining aboard and unlimited beverages
- Gratuities aboard
- Complimentary Wi-Fi aboard
- Complimentary Shore Excursions
- Ground transportation and luggage handling
- All tours as described in itinerary
- Complete services of Cruise & Tour
Mandy Cruise Exclusives:
- One Night Munich Pre-Package
- Munich Beer Garden Welcome Party
- Munich City Tour
- One Night Budapest Post-Package
- Q&A with Mandy Connell
- KOA Cocktail Party
- Photo & Autograph Opportunities
- KOA Travel Club Gifts
- KOA Hospitality Desk
- Air taxes and port charges of $260 per person (subject to change)
- Travel insurance
- Items of a personal nature
- Four meals
- Single Supplement (available upon request)
|Category||Size||Complete Price (Per Person Double Occupancy)|
|Category 5||162 sq. ft.||$5899|
|Category 4||162 sq. ft.||$6099|
|Category 3||194 sq. ft.||$6699|
|Category 2||194 sq. ft.||$6899|
|Category 1||194 sq. ft.||$7499|
|Suite||305 sq. ft.||$8899|
|Taxes & Fees (Per Person)||$260|
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