EXPO CRUISES AND TOURS
Duration: September 18, 2019 - October 2, 2019

 

Day 1 — Wednesday, September 18, 2019                           CANADA – AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND
Meet your fellow travellers at the departure gate in Toronto airport for our flight to Amsterdam.

Day 2 — Thursday, September 19                                             ARRIVE IN AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND – EMBARKATION
Welcome to Amsterdam! Upon arrival to the ship, check‐in and explore our deluxe floating hotel.  Prior to dinner, meet your fellow passengers and Cruise Staff for a cocktail, crew introduction followed by an information meeting.  Then enjoy your first dinner on board.  Accommodation: Onboard MS RIVER NAVIGATOR (12 nights).  (D)

Day 3 – Friday, September 20                                                      AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND
Amsterdam city is known for its extraordinary network of tree‐lined canals, friendly multilingual people, bubbling nightlife, and sophisticated shopping.  When the sun goes down and the lights are switched on, a different Amsterdam emerges. Discover the city’s most beautiful sights by taking a coach guided city tour.   (B/L/D)  

Day 4 – Saturday, September 21                                                COLOGNE, GERMANY
Cologne has more than 2,000 years of history to its name and is Germany’s fourth largest city. Cologne is a center of multicultural spirit and lifestyle.  The city’s most famous landmark is its ‘Dom’ (Cathedral).  During a 2‐hour guided walking tour, explore the sights, historic monuments, Roman ruins, the charming Old Town, and picturesque river banks.  On our way to the Cathedral we will make a stop at Kölsch Brewery.  You will have the opportunity to taste their famous beer and our guide will give you more information about Kölsch tradition.  Germany’s most visited landmark, Cologne Cathedral, is a must see and after our guides give you an informative explanation about the Cathedral, you will have the opportunity to go inside and explore this stunning Cathedral on your own. The tour will end here, and you will have either the opportunity to stay in the city center or join our guide for a walk back to the ship.  (B/L/D)

Day 5 – Sunday, September 22                                                   RUDESHEIM, GERMANY
Rüdesheim is one of Germany’s most well‐known locations, although hardly 5,000 people live here.  The Winzerexpress will pick you up directly from the berth and after a short and interesting trip through the nearby vineyards, will drop you off in front of Musical Cabinet that holds an impressive collection of automated musical instruments.  From here your guide will show you the beautiful, little town of Rüdesheim or you can explore the town on your own.   (B/L/D)

Day 6 – Monday, September 23                                                 MAINZ – FRANKFURT, GERMANY
Mainz is known as the home town of Johannes von Gutenberg, the inventor of a process for mass‐producing movable type.  Johannes von Gutenberg is also known as “The father of book printing”.  The guides will take you on a city walk starting at your ship. Get to know the crooked streets of the old town and city center as well as the half‐timbered houses, the monuments of the Roman Catholic and Christian part of Mainz combined in the Cathedral and around the market place. Live to see the atmosphere of the carnival shaped town at the market place in the form of the ‘Heunensäule’ and the different combinations of the architecture eras.  You will be taken to Gutenberg Museum which is on the opposite side from the Cathedral.  It is one of the oldest museums of printing in the world and it keeps printing equipment as well as examples of the printed materials from many different cultures.  During your visit to the museum you will be able to see an old‐fashioned print demonstration.  After lunch, we sail to Frankfurt, where you will have the possibility to take an optional excursion (additional cost applies) and get vivid insight into the development of Frankfurt from a medieval trade fair town to the financial capital it is today.  All on board for the dinner time and we continue cruising.  (B/L/D)

Day 7 – Tuesday, September 24                                                 WERTHEIM, GERMANY
Welcome to Wertheim, the romantic and medieval town on the Main and Tauber rivers.  Impressive high‐water marks on gates, houses and walls are telling about wild spring, when the waters of the usually gentle Tauber and Main rivers are rising above the riverbed.  Its present importance owes to its location on the border between Baden and Bavaria.  Because of this remoteness, Wertheim the city kept its own flair with grown architecture and idyllic corners.  Imposingly “Wertheim Castle”, one of the largest stone castle ruins in southern Germany, looks out over the historic and picturesque old town with its narrow alleys and wonderful half‐timbered houses.  Check‐out all of this by joining our city walk guided tour and see the market place with typical Franconian charm, the former court of the royal family Löwenstein‐Wertheim‐Rosenberg, the Collegiate Church, and the Angel fountain.    (B/L/D)

Day 8 – Wednesday, September 25                                          WURZBURG, GERMANY
After breakfast, your guides will pick you up at the vessel from where the coach will transfer you directly to the magnificent 18th century Residence of the prince‐bishops.  Noteworthy is the stairway, the white hall, and the Emperors room.  After the inside visit, your walking tour will continue to the city center of Würzburg where you will explore the beauty of the Franconian wine town.  During your walking tour, you will see the Alte Mainbrücke (oldest bridge on the River Main), the Romanesque Cathedral ‘Chapel of St. Mary’ and its impressive sandstone sculptures created by Tilman Riemenschneider, the historic Town Hall (exterior view) and the fourth largest Romanesque cathedral in Germany, Cathedral St. Kilian.   (B/L/D)

Day 9 – Thursday, September 26                                               BAMBERG, GERMANY
Bamberg is in the upper Franconia region of Bavaria, Germany. The beautifully preserved historic town is nestled amongst rivers and forests and is justifiably a listed UNESCO world heritage site. The town is built over seven hills, atop each of which is a church, which often leads to its comparison to Rome.  Medieval architecture still exists through most of the streets, making this a delightful place to explore on foot. From your ship a short coach transfer takes you to the center, where you start your two‐hour walking tour including a beer tasting! Stroll amongst the charming houses lining the cobbled streets and see the unique Rathaus (Town Hall) which is located halfway across the Obere Bruke Bridge.  Visit Bamberg Cathedral, which has the tombs of Emperor Henry II and Pope Clement II and see Klein‐Venedig (Little Venice), a colony of picturesque fishermen’s houses from the 19th century along one side of the River Regnitz.   (B/L/D)

Day 10 – Friday, September 27                                                   NUREMBERG, GERMANY
The second largest city of Bavaria awaits you! This tour starts with a 45‐minute drive to Nurnberg.  The old imperial castle of emperor Friedrich I is nowadays the landmark of the former imperial city of Nurnberg.  In the Middle Ages, almost all emperors of the Holy Roman Empire lived in this important imperial palace.  From the castle, you will have a magnificent view over Nurnberg, where the bus will drop you off. On foot, your tour continues to the old city center, which is surrounded by a city wall.  After a walk by the “Dürerhaus” and the church of St. Sebald you will arrive at one of the largest Renaissance town halls in Germany.  The dungeons in its cellars show the cruel justice of former times.  From here you will walk across the marketplace with the beautiful fountain to the “Church of Our Lady”, built in 1355‐1362 as an imperial court orchestra.  Today this church is a Catholic city church, and with its delicate Gothic one of the most important churches of Nurnberg.  Your walk through the old town with its incomparable atmosphere will finish with some time free time to explore on your own.   (B/L/D)

Day 11 – Saturday, September 28                                              REGENSBURG, GERMANY
Regensburg is in the East of Bavaria on the confluence of the Danube and Regen Rivers and is one of the oldest towns in Germany. The towns’ early origins go back as far as the Stone Age.  It has been the capital of Bavaria, a key town during Charlemagne’s reign, and escaped relatively unscathed during Allied bombing in World War II.  During the two hours walking tour your guide will take you through the old part of the town, which is listed as UNESCO world heritage site since 2006.  Start your discovery tour with the famous stone bridge above the Danube River and continue to St. Peter Cathedral (from the outside) with its gothic architecture.  You will also walk by the Roman ruin of Porta Praetoria, the old town hall and the Patrician houses.  Amongst these sights, you may also find the residence of the prince house of Thurn and Taxis in Regensburg.  This tour will end at the ‘’historische Wurstküche’’ where you shouldn’t miss to taste a sausage sandwich) directly located on the river banks of the Danube.   (B/L/D)

Day 12 – Sunday, September 29                                                 LINZ, AUSTRIA
Welcome to the 2009 European Capital of Culture, the city of Linz! Enjoy a walking tour through the stunning Old Town district with great architecture, fascinating attractions, and historic sites. Pass Landhaus, a Renaissance tower, and Kremsmünstererhof, a historic hotel. See the Old Market and the impressive Main Square, with its Baroque column.  You’ll visit Konditorei Jindrak, too, with possibility to sample its Linzer torte, the famous lattice‐topped pastry of Linz.  Located behind Landhaus, Mozarthaus is where the Austrian composer Wolfang Amadeus Mozart lived in 1783.  The place where he composed Linz Symphony, this building is a 16th century construction with a beautiful Baroque facade. Be sure not to miss this historic house, which has been the residence of several notable figures over time.  The Old City Hall, a 16th century building, is one of Linz’s most important attractions. Trinity Column, in the center of the Main Square, is a Baroque structure completed in 1723.  Designed by Pietro Francesco Carlone, Ignatiuskirche, also known as the Old Cathedral, was built between 1669 and 1678.   For Mozart lovers, we will also offer a full day optional excursion (additional cost applies) to Mozart’s hometown SALZBURG.  In the evening, we dock for overnight in the small picturesque town of Grein, where you will have a chance to stroll around and experience some of local famous specialties.    (B/L/D)

Day 13 – Monday, September 30                                               MELK – DURNSTEIN, AUSTRIA
Your motor coach will bring you for a sightseeing tour of the magnificent Benedictine Abbey of Melk, founded by Leopold Margrave III in the 12th century.  The Abbey Church is considered the finest Baroque church north of the Alps and is famous for its twin towers surmounted by helm roofs, along with its outstanding interior with superb 18th century ceiling paintings; ornate choir stalls and confessional chair; and the artistically carved pulpit and high altar with figures of the patron saints of the church, St. Peter, and St. Paul.  You will visit the library, church, and some of the rooms, where monks used to live and work. The tour will end at the terrace with a fabulous view to the Danube.  After lunch, we sail to Durnstein, the medieval castle town, located in the heart of the Wachau Valley (UNESCO world cultural heritage site).  The town is overlooked by a medieval castle, where Richard the Lionheart was held captive during the Third Crusade.  Enjoy a guided walking tour including Klarissinnen square, pass the Baroque Choir Monastery, town hall, lively pedestrian zone the castle meadow and castle hotel.  (B/L/D)

Day 14 – Tuesday, October 1                                                       DISEMBARKATION – VIENNA, AUSTRIA
Bid our lovely crew goodbye as you disembark after breakfast and continue with your city sightseeing tour which will introduce you to the most attractive sights of this “Imperial” capital.  Starting with Hundertwasserhaus, you will continue to Belvedere Palace for a tour of the grounds and gardens. Then it is on to the city center, via the Vienna Ringstrasse to view famous architectural gems such as the State Opera, the Parliament, the Burgtheatre, the Votiv‐Church and others. The next stop will be in the old center of Vienna to view St. Stephan’s Cathedral and take a walk through the pedestrian zone from Graben and Kohlmarkt to Michaela Square ending at the entrance of the Hofburg (Imperial Palace).  From this point, continue past the Spanish Riding School to Albertina Square, where you will see the State Opera and the famous Hotel Sacher.  Then transfer to your hotel for a final overnight.  Enjoy a farewell dinner at hotel tonight.   Accommodation: AUSTRIA TREND HOTEL SAVOYEN VIENNA or similar (1 night).    (B/D)

Day 15 – Wednesday, October 2                                                                DEPART VIENNA – CANADA
After breakfast at your hotel, you will transfer to the airport for your flight home.   (B) 

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All prices are in Canadian dollars (per person) and include:

Return airfare from TORONTO, please call for departures from other cities in Canada
1 Night hotel stay in Vienna, Austria
12 Night first class cruise aboard r/v River Navigator
Full buffet breakfast at the hotel
All your meals during your river cruise
Farwell Dinner while in Vienna, Austria
Wine, beer, soft drinks with lunch and dinner
Guided city tour of Vienna
Guided shore excursions during the cruise
All taxes/fees and surcharges
Individual Quiet Vox Boxes
All gratuities for the shipboard crew
Fully Hosted by Expo Cruises & Tours*
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DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FARES:                                SINGLE OCCUPANCY FARES:                               
Outside Category “C”            $6,695                         Outside Category “C”            $8,795
Outside Category “B”            $7,195                         Outside Category “B”            $9,295
Outside Category “A”            $7,395                         Outside Category “A”            $11,495
Junior Suite                            $7,995  

Initial deposit of $1,000 per person is required.  Final payment is due by:  MAY 12, 2019.
Please note a cancellation fee of $250 per person will apply for any cancellations prior to the final payment.