Fr. Kevin McCracken, C.M. Iconic Christmas Markets River Cruise Pilgrimage with 206 Tours, The Leader in Catholic Pilgrimages

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Iconic Christmas Markets River Cruise

Pilgrimage to Austria, Germany & Hungary

Spiritual Director: Fr. Kevin McCracken, C.M.

December 5 - 13, 2019

*Optional Post Tour to Prague  -  December 13 - 16, 2019

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Budapest · Vienna · Austria · Melk · Passau · Regensburg · Nuremberg

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Fr. Kevin McCracken, C.M.

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Your Trip Includes:

  • Round-trip airfare
  • Airport taxes & fuel surcharges
  • AMA Waterways River Cruise
      ~ Dec 6 - 13, AmaLea Budapest to Nuremberg (see cruise inclusions)
  • Prague Post Optional Pilgrimage
      ~ Dec 13 - 16, Prague, Century Old Town Prague MGallery by Sofitel
  • Tour Escort & Assistance during airport transfers and during Prague optional
  • English Speaking Cruise Director during Cruise (see cruise inclusions)
  • Transportation by modern motor coach
  • Sightseeing, admission fees per itinerary/Headsets
  • Mass daily
  • Luggage handling (1 piece per person)
  • Flight bag & portfolio of all travel documents
  • Cruise: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily, Wine and Beer with Lunch and Dinner on cruise (see cruise inclusions)
  • Land Portion Prague: Breakfast & Dinner daily, Wine with dinners - two dinners at local restaurants including wine
    Cruise Inclusions:
  • Accomodation during the cruise - AmaLea Ship
  • Port charges
  • All gourmet meals onboard (Early Riser Coffee and Croissants, a Rich Buffet Breakfast, a Festive Lunch Buffet, Afternoon Tea & Coffee with Cake, Cookies & Sandwiches and a Multi-Course Dinner
  • Free Flowing Red and White Wine from the local regions, Beer or Soft Drinks for lunch and dinner
  • Complimentary Happy Hour each night before dinner
  • Choice of dining options at no additional cost including the main dining salon and an intimate Chef's Table Restaurant where the Chef prepares the meal in person
  • Free Coffee, Tea, Ice Water and Ice Tea are included all day. Cappuccino, Latte and Espresso can be requested free of charge during all meals! Complimentary coffee & tea station available 24 hours a day.
  • Captain's Welcome Champagne Reception and Gala Dinner and Captains Farewell Champagne Reception and Gala Dinner plus several Theme Dinners
  • Bottled water, fluffy bathrobes and slippers are provided free of charge in each cabin
  • Use of the Heated Swimming Pool (as equipped) on the Sun Deck and the Wellness Center inside including Fitness equipment (free of charge)
  • Use of the Bicycles and helmets onboard free of charge
  • Complimentary use of the internet onboard (via flat-screen TV & keyboard in each stateroom and wireless in our two lounges)
  • Complimentary In Cabin Movies
  • Elevator on board operating between 4 different levels: Restaurant (Level 1), Staterooms (Level 2), Lobby and Panorama Lounge (Level 3) and Staterooms (Level 4); (elevator does not go to the lowest deck or Sun deck)
  • Nightly Piano Music and also during tea and coffee
  • Services of our professional English Speaking Cruise Director
Centrally located hotels or similar
hotel
River Cruise
AMA Waterways

7 Nights

hotel
Post Tour Hotel
Century Old Town Prague MGallery by Sofitel
Prague

4 Nights

Not included
  • Lunches while in Prague, beverages unless mentioned, tips to your guide & driver, items of a personal nature.


Optional
Travel Insurance

Providing you coverage for both pre-existing conditions and those that may arise during your trip, including medical and dental emergencies, loss of luggage, trip delay, and so much more.

Supplemental Cancellation Protection

A Cancellation Waiver - allowing you to cancel your trip and receive a refund anytime - up until 24 hours prior to departure. The “Waiver” expires once you are within 24 hours of departure.

Itinerary

Day1
Thursday, December 5 | Departure from USA

Depart for your overnight flights to Budapest!

Day2
Friday, December 6 | Embarkation - Budapest, Hungary

Arrive in Budapest and embark on your luxurious river cruise ship. During the evening, cruise along Budapest's famed illuminated riverfront.

Day3
Saturday, December 7 | Budapest

Savor the beauty of Buda and Pest on opposite sides of the Danube with a city tour that showcases many highlights, including Heroes' Square and Castle Hill, home to Fisherman's Bastion and Matthias Church. In the center of it all is the Christmas Market, where you can shop for traditional Hungarian wares and delightful holiday treats.

Day4
Sunday, December 8 | Vienna, Austria

The "City of Waltzes" offers a treasure trove of gems just waiting to be discovered. Join a tour showcasing its regal splendors, such as the majestic Opera House and the former Imperial Palace of the Habsburgs before concluding in Vienna's historic city center. Afterwards, you'll visit the Rathaus (Town Hall) Christmas Market. If you prefer a more active adventure, then join a guided bike ride along the Danube. During the afternoon, visit the Karlsplatz (Artisans) Christmas Market, a local favorite, and the market at Schonbrunn Palace with a giant sparkling Christmas tree. Cap the day off with "Vienna by Night" Christmas Markets at the beautifully decorated Maria Theresaplatz Christmas Market, set amongst the world-renowned sights of Vienna's majestic Ringstrasse, and at the illuminated Rathaus, Vienna's largest Christmas Market.

Day5
Monday, December 9 | Melk

High on a rocky outcrop lies the Melk Abbey, one of Europe's most revered Baroque monasteries. Visit this magnificent Benedictine Abbey, which now houses a museum chronicling its history and a famous library with countless medieval manuscripts. Alternatively, go on a guided bike ride along the Danube and through the scenic Strudengau Valley.

Day6
Tuesday, December 10 | Passau, Germany

Join a walking tour of this 2,000 year old city, noted for its Gothic and Italian Baroque architecture and St. Stephen's Cathedral. Go in search of Bavarian-style crafts at the Christmas Market. Alternatively, you can travel through the serene Austrian Alps to Salzburg, birthplace of Mozart. Your full-day excursion in Salzburg includes a walking tour of the UNESCO designated Old Town, its magnificent cathedral and Christmas Market, which is a feast for the senses. For the active adventurer, join a guided bike tour along the Danube.

Day7
Wednesday, December 11 | Regensburg

Regensburg is one of Germany's best preserved medieval cities, as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Join a guided walking tour showcasing the city's architectural highlights, including the Old Town Hall and the Porta Praetoria before visiting the Old Town Christmas Market. As an alternate option, sample some of Bavaria's specialties - beer, sausage and pretzels. Or bike to Walhalla where you will see the Neoclassical white marble temple inspired by the Parthenon in Athens. Later in the day, you'll be treated to one of Bavaria's most beautiful and romantic Christmas Markets at Thurn and Taxis Castle, where you can watch artisans make their unique arts and crafts.

Day8
Thursday, December 12 | Nuremberg

Enjoy a scenic morning cruise as the ship crosses the Continental Divide via the Main Danube Canal to Nuremberg. Join a city tour of WWII highlights and then walk through Nuremberg's cobblestone streets to the Imperial Castle and 900 year old city ramparts. Alternatively, you can taste your way through the city with a Franconian specialties tour, which introduces you to Bratwurst, Rotbier (red beer) and Lebkuchen (gingerbread). Later, you can visit Nuremberg's Christkindlesmarkt (Christmas Market), one of the world's largest and most famous Christmas Markets. Stroll along as the aroma of mulled wine and gingerbread fill the air and browse through over 100 red and white canvas-topped booths offering an assortment of unique treasures, toys and seasonal goodies.

Day9
Friday, December 13 | Disembarkation - Return to the U.S. OR POST TOUR TO PRAGUE

Disembark the ship and bid farewell to Nuremberg as you prepare for your flight home.

OPTIONAL POST TOUR TO PRAGUE
Day9
Friday, December 13 | Disembark at Nuremberg & Transfer to Prague

Arrive and hotel check in. Celebrate Mass before dinner. Overnight at your hotel in Prague.

Day10
Saturday, December 14 | Prague

This morning after breakfast, meet a local guide who will help you get acquainted with the magnificent city of Prague. It is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Your tour of Prague includes the castle district, Hradcany (entrance fee included) with St. Vitus′ Cathedral which was used for the inauguration of Presidents and where you can find the tomb of St. Wenceslas and former rulers of the Czech Kingdom. Continue on to the Basilica of St. George and visit the Prague Castle. You will also see the Golden Lane, a row of tiny artisan shops built outside the castle walls in medieval times. Stroll through Mala Strana with its beautiful architectural buildings. Celebrate Mass at the Carmelite Church of Our Lady of Victory, where the famous statue of the Infant Jesus of Prague is preserved and venerated (subject to confirmation). After lunch on your own, we cross the statue-lined Charles Bridge and walk to the Old Town, considered one of the best preserved old cities in Europe. Experience over a thousand years of history as you enjoy the architecture and visit the Old Town Square. See the famous Astronomical Clock that comes alive when the hour strikes and the twelve disciples appear to bless the crowd. You will also have the chance to visit the church of Our Lady before Tyn, and walk along the Prague alleys through the Powder Tower to St. Wenceslas Square (exterior views only). Dinner at a local restaurant including a glass of wine or beer and mineral water. Overnight in Prague.

Day11
Sunday, December 15 | Prague, Svata Hora, Plzen - Prague

After breakfast at your hotel, depart for a day trip. First drive to sanctuary of Svata Hora (entrance fee included), one of the most important places of pilgrimage in Central Europe. Thousands of pilgrims travel here every year to venerate the statue of Mary, the Mother of God - the most precious local gem, which, according to legend, was carved from pear wood by Archbishop Arnost of Pardubice himself – one of the foremost councilors in the court of Emperor Charles IV. Celebrate Mass at a Shrine (subject to confirmation). Continue on to Plzen. Upon arrival have lunch on your own. Venture to the Pilsner Urquell brewery (entrance fee & tour included), one of the most famous breweries in the world. It′s a massive beer producing complex that is spread out over 128 acres of land. During the two hour tour you will learn about the history of the pale lager variety of beer known as pilsner, which was named after the city itself. You will get a first-hand look at how the beer is brewed, what ingredients go into making it, and the technique for producing it that hasn′t changed since the company was founded. Return to Prague for dinner at a local restaurant with a folklore show. Overnight in your hotel in Prague.

Day12
Monday, December 16 | Return to the US

After breakfast, prepare for your departure and transfer to the airport for your return flights home.

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2019 Dates & Prices

Dates

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Dec 5
Thursday
Dec 13, 2019
Friday
Dec 6
Friday
Dec 13, 2019
Friday
Options & Upgrades

*All pricing is per person

Private Room / Single Supplement $1,399.00 (USD)

Business Class Trans-Atlantic (One-Way) $1,750.00 (USD)

Business Class Trans-Atlantic (Round-Trip) $3,500.00 (USD)

Room upgrade on the Cruise

*All pricing is per person

Upgrade to Room Category CA (Per Person) $400.00 (USD)

Upgrade to Room Category BB (Per Person) $850.00 (USD)

Optional Post Tour to Prague

*All pricing is per person

Optional Post Tour to Prague (Per Person) $999.00 (USD)

Optional Post Tour to Prague - Single Room (Per Person) $1,158.00 (USD)

*Please note, prices listed above are based on accommodation in Category D.



Would you like to arrive
earlier or stay later?

Let us know at the time of registration if you would like to arrive earlier, or stay later, than the scheduled tour dates, and pending availability, we will book your airline reservations accordingly, at no additional cost. Pre- and/or post-stays at the hotel will cost an additional fee. These options should be available to you when registering online, or simply contact us at: 800-206-TOUR (8687) or sales@206tours.com

Options and upgrades

*All pricing is per person

Private Room / Single Supplement $1,399.00 (USD)

Business Class Trans-Atlantic (One-Way) $1,750.00 (USD)

Business Class Trans-Atlantic (Round-Trip) $3,500.00 (USD)

Room upgrade on the Cruise

*All pricing is per person

Upgrade to Room Category CA (Per Person) $400.00 (USD)

Upgrade to Room Category BB (Per Person) $850.00 (USD)

Optional Post Tour to Prague

*All pricing is per person

Optional Post Tour to Prague (Per Person) $999.00 (USD)

Optional Post Tour to Prague - Single Room (Per Person) $1,158.00 (USD)

Special Clergy Discount

Discount is offered to ordained clergy in the Roman Catholic Church: deacons, priests, or bishops belonging to the diaconate, the presbyterate, or the episcopate, respectively as well, as Catholic Sisters.

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Would you like to arrive
earlier or stay later?

Let us know at the time of registration if you would like to arrive earlier, or stay later, than the scheduled tour dates, and pending availability, we will book your airline reservations accordingly, at no additional cost. Pre- and/or post-stays at the hotel will cost an additional fee. These options should be available to you when registering online, or simply contact us at: 800-206-TOUR (8687) or sales@206tours.com

About your trip

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  • Vilshofen
  • Linz
  • Weissenkirchen
  • Dürnstein
  • Vienna
  • Bratislava
  • Budapest

Framed by rolling hillsides, lush vineyards, and medieval castles, the Danube River has captivated musicians, artists and poets throughout the centuries. Travel to legendary destinations on a 7-night cruise from Vilshofen to Budapest. Explore a 2,000 year-old city, savor Wachau Valley wines, and experience the timeless beauty and fascinating history of Vienna and Budapest. discovery and wonder.

Know Before You Go

We promise to do all within our power to assist you with any questions or concerns you may have. Please feel free to contact us, please note should any problems arise during your trip you should first contact your local emergency contact in your destination country or the 206 Tours.

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