The Legendary Blue Danube River Cruise

September 11, 2017 - September 21, 2017

Sponsored by Bismarck Art & Galleries Association and hosted by Bob & Linda Christman, experience the Danube River aboard our exclusively chartered river ship on a seven-night cruise through four countries.  Includes escorted shore excursions with English-speaking guides and two nights in Prague.


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Highlights
  • 23 Meals: 8 Dinners, 6 Lunches, 9 Breakfasts
  • MS Emerald Sun
  • Czech Republic
  • Germany
  • Austria
  • Slovakia
  • Hungary
  • Presentation on History of the Danube River
  • Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna
  • Much, Much More
Itinerary

Day 1: Depart the USA

Sept. 11, 2017

Today you'll depart the USA on your overnight flight to Prague, Czech Republic, one of the most beautiful cities in Europe.


Day 2: Prague, Czech Republic

Sept. 12, 2017

Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel in this city that offers a cultural and historic past. The day is at leisure for you to begin exploring your new surroundings. This evening, join your Mayflower Cruise Directors and traveling companions for an included dinner. (Dinner)


Day 3: City Tour of Prague

Sept. 13, 2017

After breakfast, an included tour highlights the famous sites of the city. Old Town Square is home to pastel-colored buidings, the Church of Our Lady of Tyn, the Town Hall and famous Astronomical Clock. Another focal point of this charming city is the 9th-century Prague Castle. We'll see Wenceslas Square, Old Town Square and the medieval Charles Bridge adorned with statues that each tell a story of Prague's colorful past. During free time this afternoon, discover the city on our own or join the optional excursion of the Jewish Quarter. (Breakfast)


Day 4: Nuremberg, Germany

Sept. 14, 2017

After breakfast, depart Prague by motorcoach for Nuremberg. After a brief city tour of Nuremberg, board Mayflower Tours' exclusively chartered river ship MS Emerald Sun, home for the next seven nights. (Breakfast) (Dinner and evening snack onboard)


Day 5: Regensburg, One of Germany's Best-Preserved Medieval Cities

Sept. 15, 2017

After a leisurely morning sailing on the Danube River, we arrive in Regensburg. Following lunch onboard, explore Regensburg on a guided walking tour. During a stroll through the historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, we experience its beauty and history firsthand. This evening the ship departs for Passau as we enjoy a welcome reception and dinner onboard. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner and evening snack onboard)


Day 6: Passau, Germany and Salzburg, Austria

Sept. 16, 2017

This morning we arrive in Passau, one of Germany’s oldest cities, situated at the confluence of the Inn, Ilz and Danube Rivers. Enjoy an included guided walking tour through this beautiful and fascinating fairytale town that has a history dating back more than 2,000 years. This afternoon enjoy an optional excursion to Salzburg, Austria. Travel by motorcoach from Passau to Mozart’s Salzburg where a guide will show us sights from The Sound of Music and walk us along the famous Getreidegasse Lane past Mozart’s birthplace. After the tour, drive from Salzburg to Linz, Austria to re-board our ship.  (Breakfast, lunch, dinner and evening snack onboard)


Day 7: Melk and Durnstein, Austria

Sept. 17, 2017

After breakfast, join an optional excursion in Melk to visit the glorious and magnificent 900-year-old Benedictine Abbey, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which boasts a breathtakingly opulent Baroque interior. See the Marble Hall and Library with its thousands of identically bound books and also its terraced gardens. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the Wachau Valley as we cruise along the Danube River before arriving in Dürnstein – “The Pearl of the Wachau.” Join our local guide for a stroll through this pretty, medieval town set in Austria’s spectacular vine-terraced Wachau Valley. With its cobblestone streets and old burgher houses, it is dominated by the magnificent baroque Stiftskirche with its lovely blue façade. The ruins of Kuenringerburg Castle, which served as a prison to England’s Richard the Lionheart in 1193, can be seen on the hilltop.  (Breakfast, lunch, dinner and evening snack onboard)


Day 8: Vienna, Austria

Sept. 18, 2017

Discover all Vienna has to offer with an included orientation tour. For over 600 years, the magnificent baroque capital city of Vienna was the seat of the mighty Hapsburg Emperors, a heritage that has bestowed it with many dazzling palaces and monuments: the lavish Hofburg Palace, the impressive Vienna Opera House and the majestic Ringstrasse. The capital is also known as the "City of Music" for having once been the home of composers such as Beethoven, Schubert, Mozart and Johann Strauss. On the included excursion, see some of the famous sights of this impressive city and visit Shönbrunn Palace, with its magnificent interiors and landscape gardens. Enjoy leisure time in the city center this afternoon. This evening, join an optional excursion for a musical concert in one of the famous music venues of the city. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner and evening snack onboard)


Day 9: Bratislava, Siovakia

Sept. 19, 2017

The day starts with an included panoramic city tour of Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia and the former capital of Hungary. "All Aboard" the exclusively chartered Bratislava City Train for a unique touring experience. As the train winds its way through the streets up to Bratislava Castle, the guide will point out the beautiful buildings and historic sites along the way. See the Slovak Philharmonic Hall, the National Theatre, the Archbishop’s Summer Residence and the Blumental Church. Arriving at Vienna Gate, it’s a short stroll to a panoramic overview of the city from atop Castle Hill. During a leisurely paced walking tour through the historical center, see the Archbishop Palace, St. Martin’s Cathedral and the Main Square with its Old Town Hall, the Roland Fountain and the Opera House. Enjoy leisure time this afternoon in this remarkable town. This evening, enjoy a musical performance onboard by local artists. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner and evening snack onboard)


Day 10: Budapest, Hungary

Sept. 20, 2017

After breakfast enjoy an included city tour of Budapest. The city straddles both banks of the Danube linked by seven bridges, including the famous Chain and Elizabeth Bridges. The tour presents us with a fantastic opportunity to become acquainted with Hungary’s beautiful capital. Enjoy a photo stop at Gellert Hill, see historic Buda Castle, 500-year-old Matthias Church, Heroes Square, St. Stephen’s Basilica, the distinctive Fisherman’s Bastion and the marvelous Royal Palace. Enjoy free time in the afternoon to explore and shop for porcelain or other local specialties before the farewell reception and gala dinner onboard. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner and evening snack onboard)


Day 11: Budapest/USA

Sept. 21, 2017

Bid a fond farewell to Europe and return home with memories of life enriching experiences from our cruise along the Danube River. (Breakfast)

Pricing and Information

Pricing Per Person:

 

Cabin Location   Double   Single Add-On
Riviera Deck   $4,224   $1,799
Vista Deck   $4,524   $2,039
Horizon Deck   $4,724   $2,159
Grand Balcony Suites   $4,924   N/A
Owners Suites   $5,324  

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Air Pricing from Bismarck, Minot & Fargo:  $950 per person (2 for 1 Airfare special)

Free airfare for solo travelers when single supplement paid; $600 savings per person on Guaranteed Share reservations.

 

MS Emerald Sun

The 180-passenger MS Emerald Sun is a deluxe river cruise vessel providing a stylish, spacious and unique ship from which to enjoy your river cruise! In addition to providing some of the largest staterooms and suites on river vessels, the ship also offers one-bedroom suites which boast a seperate bedroom, spacious lounge area and full balcony. Other unique features onboard are a heated swimming pool (with a retractable roof) that transforms into a cinema in the evening. With the friendly staff and remarkable ship it's sure to be a relaxing and enjoyable holiday.

 

Owner's One Bedroom Suite (315 sq ft): Horizon Deck
Features outdoor private balcony with sliding glass door; seperate bedroom and lounge area with sofa, chair, coffee table, two dressers and walk-in closet; large bathroom with two basins, shower, hair dryer, bathrobes and slippers; Complimentary WiFi; Two twin beds that can be put together; Telephone; Safe; Individual climate control; TV; Mini-fridge.

 

Grand Balcony Suite (210 sq ft): Horizon Deck
Features outdoor private balcony with sliding glass door; bathroom with shower, hairdryer, bathrobes and slippers; complimentary WiFi; two twin beds that can be put together; dresser; closet; writing desk; telephone; safe; individual climate control; TV; mini-fridge.

 

Panorama Stateroom (180 sq ft): Vista and Horizon Decks
Features an indoor balcony with open-air system; Bathroom with shower, hair dryer; Complimentary WiFi; Two twin beds that can be put together; Dresser; Closet; Writing Desk; Telephone; Safe; Individual Climate Control; TV; Mini-fridge.

 

Stateroom (162 sq ft): Riviera Deck
Features a small window (doesn't open); Bathroom with shower and hair dryer; Complimentary WiFi; Two twin beds that can be put together; Dresser; Closet; Writing desk; Telephone; Safe; Individual Climate Control; TV; Mini-fridge.

 

Public Areas and Ship Amenities

  • Dining Room
  • Hospitality Desk
  • Lounge with dance floor 
  • Evening mini-cinema
  • Sun Deck featuring deck chairs
  • Fitness room, hairdresser, massage, Therapy Room
  • Elevator
  • Daytime Heated Pool and Bar
  • Voltage: 220V
  • Reception Lobby
  • Complimentary WiFi