Travel Impressions Adds Blue Danube Sailing in September
Travel Impressions has added the Sept. 24 sailing of the eight-day Blue Danube Legendary River Cruise to its portfolio through a partnership with Mayflower Tours. Travel agents earn a 1 percent bonus commission when booking travel packages online with Quest for Agents.
Travel Impressions is offering savings up to $800 per couple (based on the Amadeus Suite accommodations) on reservations made by June 30 for the Sept. 24 sailing to Hungary, Slovakia, Austria and Germany. Rates range from $2,636 per person, double occupancy, in the Hayden Deck, to $3,236 per person, double, in the Amadeus Suite. Packages include roundtrip airport/hotel transfers, the eight-day cruise, shore excursions per the itinerary, 20 meals (seven breakfasts, six lunches and seven four-course dinners served with regional wines), afternoon tea and late evening snack served daily, port charges and taxes.
The itinerary begins with arrival in Budapest where passengers are met by a Mayflower Tours manager for a sightseeing tour of Hungary’s capital, which features the seven bridges of Budapest including the famous Chain and Elizabeth bridges. Upon completion of the tour, travelers board the MS Amadeus Diamond for the seven-night cruise on the Danube River. The first evening on the ship includes a Captain’s Welcome Reception followed by dinner and a Hungarian Folklore show.
On day two, the ship departs Budapest in the afternoon and sails to the 1,000-year-old city of Esztergom, which features a striking skyline dominated by the massive dome of the Basilica which is reminiscent of St. Peter’s in Rome. In the late evening, the ship departs Hungary and heads towards Bratislava, Slovakia’s capital.
Upon arriving in Bratislava on day three, travelers will experience a panoramic tour of the city which is highlighted by Bratislava Castle, built over 1,000 years ago, as well as the National Slovakian Theatre and Blumental Church. After passing through the Vienna Gate, tour participants can discover Bratislava’s old quarter on foot which includes St. Martin’s Cathedral, the coronation site of 11 Hungarian monarchs, and quaint central square with its fairytale Town Hall. The river cruise departs Bratislava in the late evening and heads to Vienna. Tour participants can spend the day at leisure exploring Vienna on their own or participate in an optional half-day excursion.
On day five, the cruise journeys to the medieval town of Durnstein, known as “The Pearl of Wachau,” set in Austria’s spectacular Wachau valley. After breakfast, set out on a guided walking tour along the cobblestone streets. The river cruise departs Durnstein and heads to Melk where travelers can join an optional excursion to visit the magnificent 900-year-old Benedictine Abbey, perched high above the Danube with its breathtakingly opulent Baroque interior. Other sites include the Marble Hall and Library featuring thousands of bound books and terraced gardens.
Day six on the itinerary travels to Linz, Austria, with historical attractions including a 15th century castle above the river and a fortified camp on the river bank as well as Baroque architecture surrounding an ancient market square. Optional excursions include Mozart’s Salzburg. In Old Town, visitors can walk the Getreidengasse shopping lane past Mozart’s birthplace. On day seven, the river cruise arrives in Passau, Germany, one of the oldest cities situated at the confluence of the Inn, Ilz and Danube rivers.
During a city tour, tour-goers can admire the city’s 2,000-year history including arcades, cobblestone streets and the Baroque cathedral of St. Stephan, which contains the largest pipe organ in the world with 17,000 pipes. The evening is highlighted by the Captain’s Farewell dinner. On the final day, guests will have breakfast and then will be transferred to Munich International Airport for the return flight home.