EXPO CRUISES AND TOURS
Duration: May 4, 2019 - May 19, 2019

Delve into Europe’s past and present along three rivers and through five countries. The Rhine, Main and Danube yield way to countless UNESCO World Heritage Sites from Cologne’s cathedral to the Melk Abbey. Visit four capital cities—Amsterdam, Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest—along with towns seemingly lifted from the pages of fairytales such as Miltenberg, Bamberg, Nuremberg and Dürnstein. Discover the romance, intrigue, history and culture on this magnificent journey through time.


Day 1               Depart CANADA
Day 2               Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS   Embark           

Day 3               Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS   River Cruising 
Day 4               Cologne, GERMANY                 River Cruising
Day 5               Rudesheim, GERMANY            River Cruising
Day 6               Miltenberg, GERMANY             River Cruising 
Day 7               Wurzburg, GERMANY              River Cruising 
Day 8               Bamberg, GERMANY               River Cruising 
Day 9               Nuremburg, GERMANY           River Cruising 
Day 10             Regensburg, GERMANY         River Cruising 
Day 11             Passau, GERMANY                 River Cruising 
Day 12             Melk/Durnstein, AUSTRIA        River Cruising 
Day 13             Vienna, AUSTRIA                     River Cruising 
Day 14             Bratislava, SLOVAKIA              River Cruising 
Day 15             Budapest, HUNGARY              River Cruising 
Day 16             Budapest, HUNGARY            Disembark
Depart for Canada

 

Day 1 / May 04                                                 DEPART CANADA
Board your overnight flight to Amsterdam.  (In-flights Meals)

Day 2 / May 05                                                ARRIVE IN AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS – EMBARKATION
Arrive in Amsterdam and board your luxurious river cruise ship.    Accommodation: onboard MS AmaStella or similar (14 nights).  (D)

Day 3 / May 06                                                AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS
The famous canals of Amsterdam await discovery on your scenic canal cruise. Tall narrow homes along the water, the beautiful wooden Skinny Bridge and the Anne Frank House are a few of the highlights you will see. Later in the day, set sail out of Amsterdam.    (B/L/D)

Day 4 / May 07                                                COLOGNE, GERMANY
Enjoy cruising to Cologne, home to one of Germany’s most revered Gothic masterpieces, the Cologne Cathedral. Join a guided tour through the Old Town and explore the UNESCO-designated cathedral. Continue to the Cologne Rathaus, Germany’s oldest town hall, the Overstolzenhaus and the Festival Hall. For a different view of the city, visit a local tavern to taste its famous Kölsch beer, only made in Cologne, and Reibekuchen, potato pancakes typically served with apple sauce. Active adventurists will want to join a guided bike ride along the Rhine and through the historic Stadtgarten. (B/L/D)

Day 5 / May 08                                                RHINE GORGE – RÜDESHEIM, GERMANY
Cruise through the captivating UNESCO-designated Rhine Gorge, the most stunningly beautiful stretch of the river before reaching the winemaking town of Rüdesheim. Wine connoisseurs will want to go on a walking tour through the vineyards where you’ll stop to sample wines at three different tasting stations. Or choose to drink up the stunning views by soaring high above the vineyards with a gondola ride to the Niederwalddenkmal Statue. For a more active adventure, join a guided bike tour along the scenic Rhine River. Later in the day, let Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum charm you with its remarkable collection of self-playing musical instruments; or taste one of the town’s special delights, Rüdesheimer Coffee.   (B/L/D)

Day 6 / May 09                                                MILTENBERG – WERTHEIM, GERMANY
Enjoy a scenic cruise to Miltenberg, the “Pearl of the Main River.” While on your walking tour, you’ll discover why this medieval town seems to leap from the pages of a fairytale with its 14th- and 15th-century half-timbered, gabled houses; the famed Crooked House; and the venerable Royal Inn, which has been a working hotel since the 17th century. For those who would like a more active adventure hike to the Miltenberg Castle, offering majestic views of the town and river; or go on a guided bike ride along the Main River. Later in the day, set sail for Wertheim, considered to have one of Germany’s most beautiful city centers with precious half-timbered houses, each one more beautiful than the next. While here, join a walking tour or go to a pretzel bakery for a delicious tasting.  (B/L/D)

Day 7 / May 10                                                WÜRZBURG, GERMANY
Nestled along the “Romantic Road” lies Würzburg. Join a walking tour of this beautiful city, or visit its crown jewel, the Baroque Residenz, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Get more active with a hike up to the Marienberg Fortress, the most prominent landmark on the left bank of the Main River in Würzburg.   (B/L/D)

Day 8 / May 11                                                BAMBERG, GERMANY
Explore enchanting Bamberg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in one of three ways. Join a guided walking tour of this medieval gem to see its cathedral, Old Town Hall and elegant old mansions. Or taste your way through the city with tastings of smoked beer, licorice root and Hornla, a pastry. And for a more active adventure, join a guided bike tour. (B/L/D)

Day 9 / May 12                                                NUREMBERG, GERMANY
You have three choices of excursions while in Nuremberg.  Enjoy a guided tour through this well-preserved medieval city, showcasing the Imperial Castle, famous town wall and the legendary fountain of the Market Square. Or turn back the pages of a darker history with a guided tour of the city’s most important WWII sites, including the coliseum. You’ll also visit the Nuremberg Trials Memoriam and Courtroom 600, if the courtroom is not in session.  Alternatively, partake in a traditional Franconian specialties tasting of famous Nuremburger Bratwurst, Rotbier (red beer),  Lebkuchen (gingerbread).  Later in the day, cruise through the manmade marvel, the Main-Danube Canal, en route to Regensburg. (B/L/D)

Day 10 / May 13                                               REGENSBURG, GERMANY
Explore one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities, Regensburg, on a guided walking tour showcasing the city’s architectural highlights, including the Old Town Hall and the Porta Praetoria. As an alternate option, sample some of Bavaria’s specialties—beer, sausage and pretzels. And for a more active adventure, bike to Walhalla where you will see the neo-Classical white marble temple.   (B/L/D)

Day 11 / May 14                                               PASSAU, GERMANY
Discover Passau in one of three ways. Enjoy a walking tour and marvel at Gothic and Italian Baroque architecture and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Guests looking for a more active morning can choose between a guided bike tour along the Danube, or a guided hike up to the Veste Oberhaus Fortress. (B/L/D)

Day 12 / May 15                                               MELK, AUSTRIA – DÜRNSTEIN, GERMANY
Cruise to Melk, known for its magnificent Benedictine Abbey, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can also join a guided bike tour along the Danube, and if you would like, you can bike later in the day further along the Danube through the UNESCO-designated Wachau Valley that will take you to Dürnstein. For those not biking, you’ll cruise through the Wachau Valley to Dürnstein. Once here, you have a choice of excursions. Partake in a walking tour along cobblestone streets to the Baroque Stiftskirche, before enjoying a local wine tasting. For a more active adventure, hike up to the fortress where Richard the Lionheart was once held. You may also choose to visit a local apricot grower, where you’ll be treated to the finest apricot products in the region.   (B/L/D)

Day 13 / May 16                                               VIENNA, AUSTRIA
The heart of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Vienna, remains as renowned today as it has throughout history. The entire city center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site awash with Baroque treasures. Your city tour showcases its regal splendors, including the majestic Opera House and the former Imperial Palace of the Habsburgs, before concluding in Vienna’s historic city center. You’ll then visit the majestic St. Stephen’s Cathedral, which has stood watch over Vienna for 700 years and is one of the most important and beloved landmarks in Austria.   (B/L/D)

Day 14 / May 17                                               VIENNA – BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA
Sail to the “Coronation City of Kings,” where you can join a walking tour or choose instead to taste local Slovakian specialties and learn how to prepare stuffed potato ravioli. For those who wish a more active exploration, hike up to Bratislava Castle for magnificent views of the city.  (B/L/D)

DAY 15 / May 18                                              BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
Discover the “Queen of the Danube” on your city tour beginning with a visit to the Great Market Hall followed by a panoramic tour of both the Buda and the Pest sides of the river. As an alternative choice, hike up to Castle Hill. Spend your last evening on board cruising around the famed Parliament Building as the city turns on all her dazzling lights.  (B/L/D)

Day 16 / May 19                                               DISEMBARKATION – DEPART BUDAPEST
Bid Farewell to Budapest and prepare for your flight home.  (B)

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DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FARES:                                           SINGLE OCCUPANCY FARES:
Outside Category “E”                        $9,195                        Outside Category “E”                        $12,995
Outside Category “D”                        $9,895                        Outside Category “D”                        $13,995
French Balcony Category “CB”        $10,595                      French Balcony Category “CB”        $14,995
French Balcony Category “CA”        $11,295                      French Balcony Category “CA”        $15,995
Full Balcony Category “BB”              $12,495
Full Balcony Category “BA”              $12,895
Full Balcony Category “AB”              $13,295                                  

Deposit of $1,000 per person is required – Final Payment is due by DECEMBER 27, 2018
Please Note: Cancelation penalty of $500 per will apply if canceled prior to final payment due date.
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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
15 Day luxury river cruise aboard AMAStella
All shore excursions during your cruise
All your meals during your river cruise
All gratuities for the shipboard crew
Wine, beer, soft drinks with lunch and dinner
All port taxes/fees and surcharges
Fully hosted by Expo Cruises & Tours*