Grand Danube Passage Aboard Amadeus Brilliant
September 1 - 15, 2014
The legacy of the traders, travelers, artists and others who have traveled the Danube has materialized in marvelous Old World capitals, picturesque villages and the many facets of rich Eastern European culture. Begin with two nights in Sofia, Bulgaria, a city filled with Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman monuments. Continue with a nine night cruise to admire opulent palaces and elegant cathedrals and the splendor of cities such as Belgrade, Budapest, Bratislava and Vienna. Highlights include the formidable Iron Gate Gorge, the twists of Danube Bend and the breathtaking Wachau Valley. A three-night’s stay in Prague includes the Old Town, Jewish Quarter and more.
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September 1 Depart for Prague, Czech Republic
September 2: Arrive at Prague Ruzyně Airport. This evening, gather for a Welcome Reception.
September 3: Explore Prague; Pass the Archbishop’s Palace, At Prague Castle visit the cathedral, Royal Palace & St. George’s Basilica and Convent; See the Old Town square & the Charles Bridge
September 4: Visit the Prague National Jewish Museum, Klaus Synagogue & Maisel Synagogue
September 5: Transfer to Passau, Germany, for the start of your Danube River cruise. Welcome Aboard Reception & dinner
September 6: Marvel at the Benedictine Abbey; Travel the Danube as it winds through Austria’s spectacular Wachau Valley. Visit Dürnstein with its medieval charm and Baroque character. See the Stiftskirche.
September 7: Visit the Imperial Apartments of the Hofburg Palace in Vienna. Drive the Ringstrasse; View the University, City Hall; Burgtheater; Houses of Parliament; two State Museums & Opera House. See the Musikverein, the “Golden” Concert Hall, home of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, & the Stadtsoper–one of the premier opera houses in the world.
September 8: Guided walking tour of Bratislava, view St. Martin’s Cathedral; continue along Venturska ulica & Michalska ulica to view St. Michael’s gate; visit the Primate’s Palace and the old medieval town square
September 9: Budapest ranks as one of Europe’s most striking capitals. See the Buda hills, Castle Hill & the famous Gellert Hill. Tour both banks of the river. See Hero’s Square, the Opera House, the Gothic-style Parliament Building and enjoy a visit to Fisherman’s Bastion, located in the old Castle District.
September 10: Kalocsa is located on the dramatic Puszta steppe region the Hungarian plains. View the twin-towered Cathedral & golden-hued Baroque Archbishop’s Palace. Visit a csaida (farm) and see a horse show. The town of Mohács features captivating examples of Hungarian period architecture
September 11: In Belgrade see the Kalemegdan Citadel. Walking tour of the park and fortress, then embark on a panoramic drive through the main streets of Belgrade. Within the Old Town, view the Orthodox Cathedral, then visit St. Sava Cathedral. Enjoy a local folklore show
September 12: Continue on the Danube across the southern end of the Carpathian Mountains and along the Serbian-Romanian border. See the Iron Gate Gorge; Drobeta-Turnu Severin was completely renovated after the 1829 Treaty of Adrianople between Russia and the Ottoman Empire. See the remains of a bridge head that was once part of the largest bridge in the Roman Empire, built across the Danube , its remarkable span of 19 arches crossed from Dacia—as Romania was then known—to what is now Serbia.
September 13: In Vidin view the Mosque, Library of Osman Pazvantouglu, Cruciform Barracks and the Konak, St. Pantheleimon Church, the well-preserved 9th-century Baba Vida fortress and the 19-century synagogue. Lunch in the Rocks restaurant in Belogradchik
September 14: Tour of Sofia, Bulgaria’s capital. See the ancient ruins of Serdica, St. George Rotunda, Alexander Batenberg Square with its former Royal Palace, the Patriarchal Cathedral St.Alexander of Neva & Vitosha Boulevard; Farewell reception & dinner at local restaurant with a live folk show.
September 15: Return flights home.
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