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  • Amsterdam to Budapest River Cruise

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  • Vienna

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  • Passau

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  • Amsterdam

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  • Budapest

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  • Cologne

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  • Amadeus Brilliant entrance

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  • Amadeus Brilliant Haydn Deck Cabin

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  • Amadeus Brilliant Strauss Deck Cabin

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  • Gourmet dining on Amadeus Brilliant

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  • Oberwesel

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  • Vienna

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  • Miltenberg

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  • Regensburg

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  • Wurzburg

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  • Amsterdam to Budapest River Cruise

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  • Vienna

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  • Passau

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  • Amsterdam

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  • Budapest

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  • Cologne

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  • Amadeus Brilliant entrance

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  • Amadeus Brilliant Haydn Deck Cabin

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  • Amadeus Brilliant Strauss Deck Cabin

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  • Gourmet dining on Amadeus Brilliant

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  • Oberwesel

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  • Vienna

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  • Miltenberg

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  • Regensburg

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  • Wurzburg

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  • OPTIONAL TASTE OF THE BALKANS EXTENSION: Sarajevo

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17 Day Amsterdam to Budapest

  • Cruise through Europe on a 5-star river ship
  • Discover The Netherlands, Slovakia & More
Includes Return International Flights

The history, the romance, the ever-changing vistas as you glide along the iconic Danube, Main and Rhine rivers of Europe; this 17 day fly and river cruise package is the perfect way to experience the diverse wonders of five incredible countries in comfort and style - at a price everyone can afford.

Fly to Amsterdam, the cosmopolitan capital of The Netherlands, and embark on a 14 night river cruise aboard the 5-star Amadeus Brilliant ship. Indulge with gourmet meals, free-flowing beer and wine with every lunch and dinner onboard, as well as special onboard entertainment as as you make your way along the scenic Danube, Rhine and Main rivers. Cruise to historic Cologne; visit Oberwesel, known as the ‘City of Towers’; visit the world-famous wine-growing area of Durnstein; admire the well-preserved medieval architecture of Regensburg; enjoy a day at leisure in cosmopolitan Vienna; soak up the charm of Slovakia’s vibrant capital, Bratislava; relax with two days at leisure in Budapest and much more! This incredible package includes return international flights, English-speaking onboard Cruise Director, 41 meals and more.

Want to tick more off your European bucket list? Choose the 26 day package with Taste of the Balkans extension to explore diverse countries including Croatia, Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina and more!

ITINERARY

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Itinerary - 1

Today depart from either Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth for Amsterdam, The Netherlands! Fly with either Emirates, Singapore Airlines, Etihad Airways or Cathay Pacific to name a few (subject to availability).


Meals included: In-Flight

Welcome to Amsterdam. Upon arrival make your own way to the cruise port, and board your home for the next 14 nights. Spend the afternoon settling in to your floating home docked in the canals of Amsterdam. Enjoy time free at leisure in the Netherlands’ capital, known for its artistic heritage, elaborate canal system and narrow houses with gabled facades, legacies of the city’s 17th century Golden Age. This evening, enjoy a welcome cocktail and dinner on board.

Overnight: Amadeus River Cruises – ‘Amadeus Brilliant’ ship
Meals included: Dinner

Today you will depart Amsterdam for Cologne, with a short stop in Utrecht. Begin your exploration with a relaxing cruise through a myriad of landscapes along the Rhine river.

Overnight: Amadeus River Cruises – ‘Amadeus Brilliant’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Discover this 2000-year-old city spanning the Rhine River in Western Germany at your leisure. It’s the region’s cultural hub, a landmark of High Gothic architecture set amid the reconstructed old town. The twin-spired Cologne Cathedral is also known for its gilded medieval reliquary and sweeping river views.

Overnight: Amadeus River Cruises – ‘Amadeus Brilliant’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Early this morning, join your fellow travellers on deck as you pass through the famous passage of the Lorelei. This narrow passage on the Rhine has inspired a modern-day folklore story of the siren (or water spirit) of the river. After breakfast the ship docks in Oberwesel, the “City of Towers”. You can either explore the city on your own or take the opportunity to join a walking tour around the wall that still surrounds much of the city (not included). There are a large number of churches, as well as many historic houses that showcase the architecture of the 17th and 18th centuries.

Overnight: Amadeus River Cruises – ‘Amadeus Brilliant’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Today you can choose to remain onboard for a relaxing day or take the opportunity to join an optional excursion to the historic townships of Miltenberg and Wertheim (not included). See the historic town of Miltenberg on the Main River. Some of Germany’s most beautiful timbered houses can be found in Miltenberg; considered a traditional village located in the Lower Franconia district of Bavaria. Wertheim, was founded between the 7th and 8th century, and is best known for its landmark castle and medieval town centre.

Overnight: Amadeus River Cruises – ‘Amadeus Brilliant’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Arrive in Wurzburg - a Bavarian city at the centre of Franconian wine country, renowned for lavish baroque and rococo (late baroque) architecture. It’s home to numerous wine bars, cellars and wineries that are waiting to be discovered and sampled. Relax in the afternoon and enjoy a sumptuous dinner tonight.

Overnight: Amadeus River Cruises – ‘Amadeus Brilliant’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Relax this morning while cruising the beautiful Main River to the UNESCO protected Imperial city of Bamberg. Its old town preserves structures from the 11th to 19th centuries including the mural-adorned Altes Rathaus, which is on an island in the Regnitz and accessed by arched bridges. This evening, transit the Main and Danube Canal, and learn about this important waterway with an onboard talk.

Overnight: Amadeus River Cruises – ‘Amadeus Brilliant’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Following breakfast, enjoy your day in the romantic old town of Nuremberg. Though largely destroyed during WWII, it has been lovingly restored and is distinguished by its medieval architecture, including the fortifications and stone towers of its Altstadt (Old Town).

Overnight: Amadeus River Cruises – ‘Amadeus Brilliant’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

This afternoon the ship docks at one of Germany’s most well preserved medieval cities. Regensburg is located on the most northern point of the Danube River and is known for its UNESCO world heritage architecture from many different centuries. The 13th century Regensburg Cathedral, a twin-spired Gothic landmark, is home to the Regensburger Domspatzen choir, just one of the many highlights of this city. This evening enjoy a special Bavarian themed evening celebrating the wonderful region you have been cruising.

Overnight: Amadeus River Cruises – ‘Amadeus Brilliant’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Passau, a German city on the Austrian border, lies at the confluence of the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers, and is known as the ‘Three Rivers City’. The town is overlooked by the Veste Oberhaus, a 13th century hilltop fortress housing a city museum and observation tower. The old town below is known for its baroque architecture, including St. Stephen’s Cathedral, which features distinctive onion-domed towers and an organ with 17,974 pipes. Enjoy dinner as the vessel sets off toward the romantic Wachau Valley.

Overnight: Amadeus River Cruises – ‘Amadeus Brilliant’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Early this morning, dock in Emmersdorf, in the heart of the UNESCO protected cultural heritage landscape of the Wachau Valley. Travel to Melk, known for the 11th century Melk Abbey - a vast monastery built high above the town. Gold statuary adorns its domed Abbey Church, and the huge library houses medieval manuscripts. The Marmorsaal is a baroque hall with a ceiling fresco and red marble walls.

South of Melk, gardens surround the Renaissance Schallaburg Castle, which hosts cultural exhibitions. Durnstein is a small town on the Danube River and it’s one of the most visited tourist destinations in the Wachau region. Take the opportunity to join an optional walking tour and wine tasting in Durnstein (not included). The Wachau Valley is an Austrian region near the Danube River, west of Vienna. It’s known for its rolling hills, vineyards and fortresses. Arrive in Vienna this evening at approximately 7:30pm. Tonight, don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy the “Sound of Vienna” concert (not included).

Overnight: Amadeus River Cruises – ‘Amadeus Brilliant’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

There is much to see in Vienna, Austria’s capital city. It lies in the country’s east on the Danube River. Its artistic and intellectual legacy was shaped by residents including Mozart, Beethoven and Sigmund Freud. The city is also known for its imperial palaces, including Schonbrunn, the Habsburgs’ summer residence. In the Museumsquartier district, historic and contemporary buildings display work by Egon Schiele, Gustav Klimt and other artists.

Overnight: Amadeus River Cruises – ‘Amadeus Brilliant’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, is set along the Danube River by the border of Austria and Hungary. It’s surrounded by vineyards and the Little Carpathian Mountains and is crisscrossed with forested hiking and cycling trails. The pedestrian only, 18th century old town is known for its lively bars and cafes. Perched atop a hill, the reconstructed Bratislava Castle overlooks old town and the Danube. Tonight, you will enjoy the Captain’s Gala Dinner.

Overnight: Amadeus River Cruises – ‘Amadeus Brilliant’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

The beautiful Hungarian capital of Budapest is a perfect finale to your trip. One of the largest cities in the European Union, it’s bisected by the Danube River. Its 19th century Chain Bridge connects the hilly Buda district with flat Pest. A funicular (cable railway) runs up Castle Hill to Buda’s Old Town, where the Budapest History Museum traces city life from Roman times onward. Budapest offers many interesting sites, including the largest building in Hungary, the neo gothic Parliament building, Fisherman’s Bastion. This evening enjoy a Hungarian folklore show as the ship cruises the Danube to view the beautiful city by night.

Overnight: Amadeus River Cruises – ‘Amadeus Brilliant’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

This morning after breakfast you will disembark and make your own way to the airport for your return flight back to Australia. Please note: if your flight departs early, breakfast will be arranged for pick up from the hotel reception the night before.


Meals included: Breakfast;In-Flight

Please note: some flights may arrive in Australia +1 day later.

Itinerary - 2

Today depart from either Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth for Amsterdam, The Netherlands! Fly with either Emirates, Singapore Airlines, Etihad Airways or Cathay Pacific to name a few (subject to availability).


Meals included: In-Flight

Welcome to Amsterdam. Upon arrival make your own way to the cruise port, and board your home for the next 14 nights. Spend the afternoon settling in to your floating home docked in the canals of Amsterdam. Enjoy time free at leisure in the Netherlands’ capital, known for its artistic heritage, elaborate canal system and narrow houses with gabled facades, legacies of the city’s 17th century Golden Age. This evening, enjoy a welcome cocktail and dinner on board.

Overnight: Amadeus River Cruises – ‘Amadeus Brilliant’ ship
Meals included: Dinner

Today you will depart Amsterdam for Cologne, with a short stop in Utrecht. Begin your exploration with a relaxing cruise through a myriad of landscapes along the Rhine river.

Overnight: Amadeus River Cruises – ‘Amadeus Brilliant’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Discover this 2000-year-old city spanning the Rhine River in Western Germany at your leisure. It’s the region’s cultural hub, a landmark of High Gothic architecture set amid the reconstructed old town. The twin-spired Cologne Cathedral is also known for its gilded medieval reliquary and sweeping river views.

Overnight: Amadeus River Cruises – ‘Amadeus Brilliant’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Early this morning, join your fellow travellers on deck as you pass through the famous passage of the Lorelei. This narrow passage on the Rhine has inspired a modern-day folklore story of the siren (or water spirit) of the river. After breakfast the ship docks in Oberwesel, the “City of Towers”. You can either explore the city on your own or take the opportunity to join a walking tour around the wall that still surrounds much of the city (not included). There are a large number of churches, as well as many historic houses that showcase the architecture of the 17th and 18th centuries.

Overnight: Amadeus River Cruises – ‘Amadeus Brilliant’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Today you can choose to remain onboard for a relaxing day or take the opportunity to join an optional excursion to the historic townships of Miltenberg and Wertheim (not included). See the historic town of Miltenberg on the Main River. Some of Germany’s most beautiful timbered houses can be found in Miltenberg; considered a traditional village located in the Lower Franconia district of Bavaria. Wertheim, was founded between the 7th and 8th century, and is best known for its landmark castle and medieval town centre.

Overnight: Amadeus River Cruises – ‘Amadeus Brilliant’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Arrive in Wurzburg - a Bavarian city at the centre of Franconian wine country, renowned for lavish baroque and rococo (late baroque) architecture. It’s home to numerous wine bars, cellars and wineries that are waiting to be discovered and sampled. Relax in the afternoon and enjoy a sumptuous dinner tonight.

Overnight: Amadeus River Cruises – ‘Amadeus Brilliant’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Relax this morning while cruising the beautiful Main River to the UNESCO protected Imperial city of Bamberg. Its old town preserves structures from the 11th to 19th centuries including the mural-adorned Altes Rathaus, which is on an island in the Regnitz and accessed by arched bridges. This evening, transit the Main and Danube Canal, and learn about this important waterway with an onboard talk.

Overnight: Amadeus River Cruises – ‘Amadeus Brilliant’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Following breakfast, enjoy your day in the romantic old town of Nuremberg. Though largely destroyed during WWII, it has been lovingly restored and is distinguished by its medieval architecture, including the fortifications and stone towers of its Altstadt (Old Town).

Overnight: Amadeus River Cruises – ‘Amadeus Brilliant’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

This afternoon the ship docks at one of Germany’s most well preserved medieval cities. Regensburg is located on the most northern point of the Danube River and is known for its UNESCO world heritage architecture from many different centuries. The 13th century Regensburg Cathedral, a twin-spired Gothic landmark, is home to the Regensburger Domspatzen choir, just one of the many highlights of this city. This evening enjoy a special Bavarian themed evening celebrating the wonderful region you have been cruising.

Overnight: Amadeus River Cruises – ‘Amadeus Brilliant’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Passau, a German city on the Austrian border, lies at the confluence of the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers, and is known as the ‘Three Rivers City’. The town is overlooked by the Veste Oberhaus, a 13th century hilltop fortress housing a city museum and observation tower. The old town below is known for its baroque architecture, including St. Stephen’s Cathedral, which features distinctive onion-domed towers and an organ with 17,974 pipes. Enjoy dinner as the vessel sets off toward the romantic Wachau Valley.

Overnight: Amadeus River Cruises – ‘Amadeus Brilliant’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Early this morning, dock in Emmersdorf, in the heart of the UNESCO protected cultural heritage landscape of the Wachau Valley. Travel to Melk, known for the 11th century Melk Abbey - a vast monastery built high above the town. Gold statuary adorns its domed Abbey Church, and the huge library houses medieval manuscripts. The Marmorsaal is a baroque hall with a ceiling fresco and red marble walls. South of Melk, gardens surround the Renaissance Schallaburg Castle, which hosts cultural exhibitions. Durnstein is a small town on the Danube River and it’s one of the most visited tourist destinations in the Wachau region. Take the opportunity to join an optional walking tour and wine tasting in Durnstein (not included). The Wachau Valley is an Austrian region near the Danube River, west of Vienna. It’s known for its rolling hills, vineyards and fortresses. Arrive in Vienna this evening at approximately 7:30pm. Tonight, don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy the “Sound of Vienna” concert (not included).

Overnight: Amadeus River Cruises – ‘Amadeus Brilliant’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

There is much to see in Vienna, Austria’s capital city. It lies in the country’s east on the Danube River. Its artistic and intellectual legacy was shaped by residents including Mozart, Beethoven and Sigmund Freud. The city is also known for its imperial palaces, including Schonbrunn, the Habsburgs’ summer residence. In the Museumsquartier district, historic and contemporary buildings display work by Egon Schiele, Gustav Klimt and other artists.

Overnight: Amadeus River Cruises – ‘Amadeus Brilliant’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, is set along the Danube River by the border of Austria and Hungary. It’s surrounded by vineyards and the Little Carpathian Mountains and is crisscrossed with forested hiking and cycling trails. The pedestrian only, 18th century old town is known for its lively bars and cafes. Perched atop a hill, the reconstructed Bratislava Castle overlooks old town and the Danube. Tonight, you will enjoy the Captain’s Gala Dinner.

Overnight: Amadeus River Cruises – ‘Amadeus Brilliant’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

The beautiful Hungarian capital of Budapest is a perfect finale to your trip. One of the largest cities in the European Union, it’s bisected by the Danube River. Its 19th century Chain Bridge connects the hilly Buda district with flat Pest. A funicular (cable railway) runs up Castle Hill to Buda’s Old Town, where the Budapest History Museum traces city life from Roman times onward. Budapest offers many interesting sites, including the largest building in Hungary, the neo gothic Parliament building, Fisherman’s Bastion. This evening enjoy a Hungarian folklore show as the ship cruises the Danube to view the beautiful city by night.

Overnight: Amadeus River Cruises – ‘Amadeus Brilliant’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

This morning, after breakfast, you will disembark the cruise and begin the drive to Zagreb! Croatia’s capital city, Zagreb, is distinguished by its 18th and 19th century Austro-Hungarian architecture. Upon arrival, be transferred to the hotel.

Overnight: Hotel International or similar, Zagreb
Meals included: Breakfast

This morning after breakfast enjoy a half day guided tour and see the main city’s highlights such as the fortified Upper Town, the city’s historical centre, St Mark’s church with its multi-coloured roof, the Croatian National Theatre and the University (entrances not included). In the afternoon continue to Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Overnight: Hotel Radon Plaza or similar, Sarajevo
Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast enjoy a half day guided tour of Sarajevo. Ringed by mountains, Sarajevo is a city with an East-meets-West vibe . It was once renowned as a religious melting pot, earning it the epithet 'the Jerusalem of Europe'. Within a few blocks you will see large Catholic and Orthodox cathedrals, the famous Bascarsija, Old Bazaar and its historical and cultural city centre as well as Synagogue, Khosrov Bey and Ferhadija mosques. In the afternoon continue to Mostar, a city in southern Bosnia and Herzegovina, straddling the Neretva River. It’s known for the iconic Stari Most (Old Bridge), a reconstructed medieval arched bridge. Upon arrival enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure to relax or explore this remarkable city.

Overnight: Hotel Mostar or similar, Mostar
Meals included: Breakfast

This morning continue on to the spectacular old town of Dubrovnik. On the way make a stop to Počitelj, a historical village and open-air museum. The village is a medieval and Ottoman-Mediterranean wonder of nature and architecture. Upon arrival to Dubrovnik enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to take the opportunity to admire the UNESCO listed old town of Dubrovnik, the Pearl of the Adriatic. Have a walk through the narrow streets of the Old Town, introducing you to the history and culture of this magnificent city.

Overnight: Grand Hotel Park or similar, Dubrovnik
Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast depart for Budva a popular tourist spot in Montenegro. On the way stop at Kotor, one of the most beautiful cities in Montenegro and Balkan region. Continue on to Sveti Stefan, a small islet and 5 star resort on the Adriatic coast of Montenegro, approximately 6 kilometres southeast of Budva, with lush grounds and stunning sea views. Take in the stunning surroundings this resort has to offer before you continue on to Budva, a city known for its sandy beaches and vibrant nightlife. Upon arrival to Budva, enjoy a walking tour with your Tour Leader to see the cities highlights. Stone walls built by the Venetians surround the narrow streets of the medieval old town (Stari Grad).

Overnight: Hotel Budva or similar, Budva
Meals included: Breakfast

This morning head towards Tirana, the capital city of Albania. On the way, stop in Podgorica, the capital city of Montenegro, passed through the hands of everyone from the Romans to the Turks to the Austro-Hungarians, and twice been wiped off the map entirely. Upon arrival to the beautiful city of Tirana, enjoy a walking tour with your Tour Leader see the main highlights Ethem Bey Mosque, Historical Clock Tower and more (entrances not included). Tirana is the heart and capital of Albania, like all other European metropolises the city has never-ending movement and energy. With its clubs, bars, cafes, and taverns, Tirana is worth discovering by both day and night.

Overnight: Hotel Boutique Kotoni or similar, Tiarana
Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast depart to the capital City of Macedonia, Skopje, on the way stop on the shores of the UNESCO listed serene Lake Ohrid, the border between Albania and Macedonia. Arrive at Skopje and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Overnight: Hotel Bushi or similar, Skopje
Meals included: Breakfast

Today enjoy a half day guided tour of the city. Walk through the stone streets, historical buildings, the Turkish market and the jewellery streets in the Bazaar. See sites such as the Skopje Castle, Vardar River, Stone Bridge and the Turkish and Jewish quarters. A long the way you can admire the gigantic sculpture of the great Alexander the Great, see the Mother Teresa Monument and the Mother and the Mosques of the city (entrances are not included). Enjoy the afternoon at leisure.

Overnight: Hotel Bushi or similar, Skopje
Meals included: Breakfast

Enjoy today at leisure in the Macedonian capital city, Skopje.

Overnight: Hotel Bushi or similar, Skopje
Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast transfer to the airport for the return flight back to Australia. Please note: if your flight departs early, breakfast will be arranged for pick up from the hotel reception the night before.


Meals included: Breakfast;In-Flight

Tour Inclusions

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  • Discover The Netherlands, Germany, Slovakia, Austria and Hungary
  • Cruise along the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers
  • Discover Amsterdam and Budapest at leisure
  • Cruise to Cologne, Nuremberg, Passau, Emmersdorf/Melk, Bratislava and more
  • Experience Cologne, renowned for its High Gothic architecture
  • Visit the German city of Oberwesel, known as ‘The City of Towers’
  • Dock in the Bavarian cities of Wurzburg and Bamberg
  • See Nuremberg, heart of the German Renaissance
  • Explore Regensburg, one of the most well preserved medieval towns
  • Dock in Passau, known for its baroque architecture
  • See Emmersdorf and Melk in the beautiful Wachau Valley
  • Visit the well-known wine growing area of Durnstein
  • Witness the stunning scenery of the UNESCO-listed Wachau region
  • Enjoy a day at leisure in the Austrian capital of Vienna
  • Visit Bratislava, the vibrant capital of Slovakia
  • Enjoy 2 days at leisure in Budapest on the Danube River
  • Return international flights (economy class) ex SYD/MEL/BNE/ADL/PER
  • 14 night river cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest
  • Sail aboard the 5-star ‘Amadeus Brilliant’ ship
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi onboard
  • Complimentary use of onboard bicycles
  • 24-hour complimentary coffee, tea, hot chocolate and water onboard cruise
  • Enjoy special onboard entertainment including lectures,cooking demos and music
  • Free-flowing soft drinks, beer and wines from Europe’s famous wine regions with every lunch and dinner onboard
  • Enjoy a cocktail reception, welcome dinner and Captain’s gala dinner
  • Experience a Bavarian night and folklore show onboard cruise
  • Bottled water replenished daily
  • Enjoy 41 meals including all gourmet meals onboard ship
  • English speaking onboard Cruise Director
  • Airline, cruise taxes and surcharges
  • All local taxes, parking and check point fees
    All of the 17 Day Package plus the following:
    HIGHLIGHTS
  • Discover Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania and Macedonia
  • Travel through the great Balkan countries
  • Explore Zagreb on a guided tour
  • Enjoy a guided tour of Sarajevo, capital of Bosnia & Herzegovina
  • Admire the Old Bridge of Mostar a UNESCO listed site
  • Stop at Počitelj, an open air museum town
  • Discover UNESCO listed Dubrovnik, the Pearl of the Adriatic
  • See the medieval town of Kotor in Montenegro
  • Stop at Sveti Stefan an islet and 5-star resort on the Adriatic coast 
  • Enjoy a walking tour of Budva, a popular destination of Montenegro
  • Visit Podgorica, the capital city of Montenegro 
  • Stay in the vibrant Albanian city of Tirana
  • See Ohrid, on the shores of serene Lake Ohrid
  • Discover Skopje on a guided tour

  • DINING
  • Enjoy daily breakfast

  • ACCOMMODATION
  • 9 nights quality hotel accommodation 

  • TRIP ESSENTIALS
  • All local taxes, parking and check point fees

  • TRANSPORT
  • Transportation by A/C vehicles

  • TRANSFERS
  • Transfer Budapest to Zagreb (day 16)
  • Transfer hotel to airport (day 25)

Important info

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After purchase, you will receive a receipt and a Purchase Confirmation, directing you to an online Passenger Information Form. The Passenger Information Form must be completed within 72 hours of purchase.
 
Any special requests, preferences and optional extras MUST be clearly stated in your Passenger Information Form. Any change requested after submitting your Passenger Information Form cannot be guaranteed, is strictly subject to availability and will incur surcharges as outlined in the Schedule of Fees below.
 
On purchasing this Travel Offer you are bound by the General Terms and Conditions, in addition to the specific terms and conditions outlined in this Important Information.
 
Please note: all additional charges are payable direct to your Travel Consultant in AUD (unless otherwise stated).



Travel offer is valid for travel on the 5th May 2020.
 
This travel offer is priced for one person based on twin share.
 
Single Traveller Supplement
For solo travellers a mandatory single supplement applies.
17 Day Package:
- Haydn Deck: $1000 per person
- Premium Haydn Deck: $1200 per person
- Strauss Deck: $3200 per person
- Mozart Deck: $4500 per person
 
26 Day Taste of Balkans Extension Package
- Haydn Deck: $1800 per person
- Premium Haydn Deck: $2000 per person
- Strauss Deck: $4600 per person
- Mozart Deck: $5300 per person
 
Departure Dates
5th May 2020
 
Departure Cities
Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth



Full Service Airline(s) Used
Etihad Airways, Emirates, British Airways, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Virgin Atlantic, Royal Brunei, Lufthansa, Swiss Airways, Austrian Airlines, Scandinavian Airlines, Qatar Airways, Air France, KLM, Finnair, Virgin Australia, Thai Airways, Korean Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, China Southern Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Oman Air, Garuda Indonesia, Vietnam Airlines, Air China, China Airlines, Malindo Airlines plus codeshare partners (subject to availability).
Please note: One way flights can not be accommodated. Travellers must take all included flights within the package, and any flights intentionally forfeited will result in later flights being subject to cancellation.
 
Arrive early in Amsterdam, the Netherlands
$200 per person, subject to availability
Please note:
- This fee does not include extra nights accommodation, meals or airport transfers.
- No flight booking changes or cancellations permitted after air tickets have been issued.
- Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking.
 - Arrive Early is not permitted during and including the following dates: 28th March 2020 – 27th April 2020
 
Stay behind in Budapest, Hungary
$200 per person, subject to availability
Please note:
- This fee does not include extra nights accommodation, meals or airport transfers.
- No flight booking changes or cancellations permitted after air tickets have been issued.
- Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking.
- Stay Behind is not permitted during and including the following dates: 20th June 2020 – 19th July 2020
 
Stay behind in Skopje, Macedonia (26 Day Extension Package only)
$200 per person, subject to availability
Please note:
- If you are interested in this stay behind option, please contact our friendly reservations team at TripADeal to make this booking and provide your preferred travel dates. This stay behind option is not available through the online check out.
- This fee does not include extra nights accommodation, meals or airport transfers.
- No flight booking changes or cancellations permitted after air tickets have been issued.
- Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking.
- Stay Behind is not permitted during and including the following dates: 20th June 2020 – 19th July 2020
 
Stopover Packages
Twin share: $500 per person/one way
Solo Traveller: $750 one way
Locations:
* Doha
Includes:
- 2 Nights in 4 star accommodation
- Daily breakfast
- Return airport transfers
Please note:
- Only an outbound OR inbound stopover may be chosen, not both.
- Stopover packages are subject to availability.
 
Flight Class Upgrades
- Premium Economy: Not available.
- Business Class: Buy now $6999
Please note:
- *Starting from quotes will be processed and returned for your consideration.
- All Premium Economy and Business Class upgrades are subject to availability (if we are not able to fulfill your business class request the upgrade cost will be refunded).
- On any upgrade purchase, short haul flights and domestic flight sectors are not guaranteed in a Premium or Business cabin; subject to aircraft configuration.
- If Abu Dhabi, Dubai or Doha stopovers are offered, Premium Economy upgrades will not be available



Cabins
All cabins are subject to availability.
Haydn Deck 
Panoramic windows (cannot be opened), (15 m² / 161.5 sq.ft.), ample closet space double or twin bedding, flat-screen television, individual climate control, en-suite bathroom with shower/WC, hair dryer, direct dial telephone and in-room safe.
 
Premium Haydn Deck (Front Position) 
Panoramic windows (cannot be opened), (15 m² / 161.5 sq.ft.), ample closet space, double or twin bedding, flat-screen television, individual climate control, en-suite bathroom with shower/WC, hair dryer, direct dial telephone and in-room safe.
 
Premium Haydn Deck Single Cabin (Front Position)
Panoramic windows (cannot be opened), (10 m² / 107.5 sq.ft.), ample closet space, single bed, flat-screen television, individual climate control, en-suite bathroom with shower/WC, hair dryer, direct dial telephone and in-room safe.
 
Strauss Deck (Middle Deck)
Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors with French balcony, (15 m² / 161.5 sq.ft.), ample closet space, double or twin bedding, flat-screen television, individual climate control, en-suite bathroom with shower/WC, hair dryer, direct dial telephone and in-room safe.
 
Mozart Deck (Top Deck)
Floor-to- ceiling sliding glass doors with French balcony, (15 m² / 161.5 sq.ft.), ample closet space, double or twin bedding, flat-screen television, individual climate control, en-suite bathroom with shower/WC, hair dryer, direct dial telephone and in-room safe.



Accommodation Used


17 Day Package

5 Star (self-rated)

Amadeus Cruises – ‘Amadeus Brilliant’ Ship

 

26 Day Package

5 Star (self-rated)

Amadeus Cruises – ‘Amadeus Brilliant’ Ship

 

3-4 Star (self-rated)

- Zagreb (Croatia): Hotel International or similar

- Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina): Hotel Radon Plaza or similar

- Mostar (Bosnia and Herzegovina): Hotel Mostar or similar

- Dubrovnik (Croatia): Grand Hotel Park or similar

- Budva (Bosnia and Herzegovina): Hotel Budva or similar

- Tirana (Albania): Hotel Kotoni or similar

- Skopje (Macedonia): Bushi Resort or similar

Please note: Rooms offered are based on a lead-in room type, and are subject to availability based on seasonality. Properties will be confirmed, no later than two weeks prior to travel.

 

Extra Nights (26 Day Package only)
- Skopje (Post Tour): $195 per room including breakfast
Please note: extra nights are based on room only and subject to availability until the time of booking. Airport transfers are not included if you wish to arrive early or stay behind.
 
Maximum Room Capacity
2 people (subject to availability).
 
Child Policy
- No child discounts. Full price applies for all children travelling with their parents.
- Valid for Children/infants 2 years old and over.
Please note: Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years old and over to travel. No unaccompanied minors allowed.
 
Triple Share
Not available.
 
Bedding Configuration
Double or twin bedding (subject to availability).
 
Adjoining / Interconnecting Rooms
Subject to availability and at the cruise’s discretion. Please enquire on booking if you require this option.



Minimum group size 25, maximum group size 50 per vehicle.
 
Optional Tours / Activities
Shore Excursions
Package A: $460 per person
Package B: $615 per person
Package C: $1110 per person
 
Package A
- City tour of Amsterdam with canal trip and North Holland excursion
- Cologne walking tour
- Wurzburg walking tour including wine tasting
- City tour Nuremberg
- Excursion to Melk Abbey
- City tour of Vienna
- City tour of Bratislava
- City tour of Budapest
 
Package B
All of package A plus the following:
- Miltenberg and Wertheim walking tours
- Regensburg walking tour
- Guided tour of the Imperial Schlosshof Palace
 
Package C
All of package B plus the following:
- Excursion to the Siebengebirge National Park and Drachenfels Castle
- Oberwesel walking tour
- Bamberg walking tour
- Guided tour of the Documentation Centre of Nuremberg
- Passau walking tour
- Durnstein walking tour and wine tasting
 "Sound of Vienna"
- Guided tour of Schonbrunn Palace
- Excursion to the Royal Palace of Godollo  
Please note:
- some tours require minimum numbers to operate.
- prices are based on per person, are subject to availability, time permitting and weather conditions.
- The optional tours listed above must be purchased on checkout or over the phone prior to submitting your passenger information form (subject to availability).



- Visa fees and requirements (A visa is not required for Europe for stays up to 90 days, if travelling on an Australian passport)
- Meals/beverages not stated in the itinerary (including any specialty restaurants onboard cruise)
- Gratuities/Tipping Recommended: Cruise USD$12 per person per day (Approx. AUD$17)
- Optional activities/tours (including any 'onshore' excursions as part of cruise)
- Personal expenses
- Travel insurance (Mandatory)
- 26 Day Package tipping: Recommended Euro 5 per person, per day
Please note: A comprehensive travel Insurance policy must be organised BEFORE all details can be finalised.



TOUR GUIDE VS. TOUR LEADER
Tour Guide:
Often locals with intimate knowledge of an area, its culture, and history. Their role entails providing commentary, routing the tour, and seeing that people have a good time. They are a licensed, qualified expert who supplies specific information on history, art, architecture and culture of the city/village/attraction in which he or she is guiding the tour. The guide meets the group at the required place and leaves the group at the end of the tour, they do not travel with the group.
 
Tour Leader:
An experienced person tasked with ensuring the smooth operation of tours, as well as providing practical support to passengers throughout the whole trip. Their role primarily includes assisting with accommodation, transportation between locations, and communication with tour guides in each stop. A tour leader may provide general guidance around a city or village, and offer information on the place visited on the bus, however they are not required to have specific knowledge on art, architecture, or history. They are not allowed to provide a guided tour or commentary of a city/village/attraction once there and if caught doing so, can be fined.
 
Please note: Tour leaders/guides are not a standard inclusion in all travel offers. Tour leaders/guides will only be made available when particularly required to enhance the experience of the destination featured.
 
CLIMATE & AVERAGE TEMPERATURES
May is one of the best times to travel. The weather is warmer, a fair bit of sunshine is likely, and the days are long. The countryside is green and verdant and covered in flowers and the daylight lasts long into the evening. The weather is warm and often sunny. It's the spring time of Europe.
 
FLIGHTS
Seat Selection & Frequent Flyer Points:
At TripADeal we do not arrange seat selection. It is important to highlight that some Airlines do not allow pre-selected seats. We strongly suggest you contact the Airline directly with seating allocation requirements and or arrive at the airport earlier to arrange your seating. While we do not add frequent flyer member details to bookings, you can do this directly with the Airline once you have your flight information.
 
Passport Validity:
Customers are required to provide valid passport details either at the time of purchase, or no later than 45 days prior to departure date. Failure to do so may result in cancellation of the booking. In this instance customers will be responsible for any costs and fees incurred.
 
CRUISE
Disembarkation:
- Begins approximately 2 hours after docking.
- Due to security reasons, all guests must be on board 2 hours before sailing.
- Itineraries are subject to change at any time without notice.
- Check your specific sailing for exact departure and arrival times. All times are local to the port.
 
Cruise Loyalty Discounts:
Please note: Travellers booked via TripADeal will not be entitled to receive any cruise line customer loyalty discounts. Similar to airline frequent flyer programs, this is outside of the TripADeal booking process. However, customers may contact the cruise line direct upon receiving their TripADeal travel documents to request any membership benefits they are entitled to.
 
COACH TOUR
Meals:
Daily breakfast is included in the tour on the 26 Day extension package, for all other meals; lunches and dinners the tour leader (when available) will offer assistance with reservations, suggestions and directions to local restaurants. It is your responsibility to notify TripADeal of any dietary requests/requirements. Please note; we will do our best to meet your requests/requirements, however cannot guarantee that we will always be able to.
 
Luggage:
You will be responsible for all your personal belongings whilst on the tour. With regards to luggage, you must carry your own luggage from the coach to the hotel room and back to the coach. The driver will assist with the uploading and off-loading of the luggage from the coach.
 
OTHER
Fitness Level Required / Mobility:
Our vehicles are not equipped with wheelchair access, so unfortunately our tours are currently not suitable for wheelchair users and those less mobile.
Please note: a general level of fitness will be required. If you have any concerns please consult your healthcare provider prior to purchase/travel.
 
Gratuities / Tipping:
Gratuities (tips) are not included in the tour price for services of the tour leader (when available) and driver throughout the tour The recommended tip for cruise is USD12 per person per day (Approx. $17 AUD).
 
For the 26 Day Extension package Gratuities (tips) are not included in the tour price for services received whilst not on the cruise, these are approximately €5 per person per day payable on tour (Approx. $8 AUD).
 
Sightseeing:
Please note: In the event entrance to a site is affected by changes in operating hours or public holiday closures, your itinerary will be adjusted to ensure you do not miss out on the experience.
 
Shopping:
Shopping overseas can be a daunting and confusing experience, especially when there is a language barrier. Please be very cautious when foreign currencies and prices are involved. If paying by credit card, please pay close attention to the amount you are being charged and keep all of your receipts.
Do not make any purchases you are not comfortable with or feel pressured into. If you are uncertain or need assistance with the language barrier, please seek assistance from your Tour Guide/Leader.
Please refer to our Terms and Conditions in regards to shopping for further information.



A tourist visa for Europe is not required for stays up to 90 days if travelling on an Australian passport.
Please note: Passengers who are not Australian citizens must check with the respective consulate or visa agency to determine what their visa requirements are and what personal identification is required. It is also important to note, some areas of employment such as journalism, government authorities and charity organisations may have additional restrictions in applying for Visas. This may in turn affect the type of application required.



We are proud to offer a range of travel insurance products - please ask your Travel Consultant for more information.



Voluntary Changes


This includes booking changes requested by you, including but not limited to those changes requiring an airline ticket or a Purchase Confirmation reissue.



·      1st Change - $100.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.

·      2nd Change - $150.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.

·      Subsequent changes - $250.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.

·      Changes within 30 days of departure $350.00 person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.

·      Changes within 14 days of departure $500.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.

 

Name Changes Due To Passenger Error
·      If the incorrect name has been advised to TripADeal, charges of $150.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.
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