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Vienna - Vienna (7 nights) MV BLUE DANUBE II
Time table
Date
Arrival
Departure
Stop
Ports of Call  
10.20.99       Vienna Embarkation
    18:00   Vienna  
  21:00     Bratislava  
10.21.99   12:00   Bratislava  
  21:00     Budapest  
10.22.99       Budapest  
10.23.99   13:00   Budapest  
  17:00     Esztergom  
10.24.99   4:00   Esztergom  
  23:00     Durnstein  
10.25.99   11:30   Durnstein  
  13:00     Melk  
    16:00   Melk  
  23:00     Linz  
10.26.99   14:00   Linz  
  23:00     Vienna  
10.27.99       Vienna Disembarkation


Vienna - Vienna (7 nights) MV BLUE DANUBE II

DAY 1 - Wednesday 10/20/99
Embarkation in the late afternoon. After all passengers are on board, the MV Blue Danube II will leave Vienna. Soon we will be passing the first lock during our cruise. Before dinner, we will invite you for a welcome cocktail in the bar, during which some general information will be given to you and we will introduce the crew to you. After dinner we will arrive in Bratislava, capital of Slovakia, where we will stay overnight.

DAY 2 - Thursday 10/21/99
Join the optional Bratislava City Tour this morning. During this tour, you will visit the castle above the city, landmark of Bratislava, from where you can enjoy a breathtaking view over three countries. You will explore the old center of town further on foot. The Blue Danube II is leaving Bratislava shortly before lunchtime. This afternoon you can enjoy the beautiful scenery as we sail towards Budapest. For a while the Danube forms the boarder between Hungary and Slovakia. Our navigation takes us also through the picturesque "Danube Bend". After dinner, we will arrive in Budapest. Do not miss the spectacular entrance by ship into Budapest!

DAY 3 - Friday 10/22/99
This morning you can join the optional Budapest City Tour. During this tour, you will get familiar with both the old part of the city "Buda", and with the modern "Pest", situated on the other side of the Danube. In Buda, you will see the Matthiaschurch and the Fisherman's Bastion in the Castle District as well as the Citadel on the Gellert Mountain. In Pest, you will see, among other things, the gothic House of Parliament and the Heroes' square You will have the afternoon at leisure in Budapest. Our berth is at the Pest side, not far from the center of town. After dinner, you can enjoy a local Hungarian Folklore show on board the ship.

DAY 4 - Saturday 10/23/99
All morning at leisure in Budapest. After an early lunch, the MV blue Danube II will leave Budapest, and we will sail towards Esztrergom. In the meantime, you will have the opportunity to join the optional "Danube Bend Tour". During this tour, you will visit the little handicraft town of Szentendre, and you can enjoy the magnificent view over the Danube from the fortress of Visegrad. You will then continue by bus towards Esztergom, where you will visit the famous largest Catheral of Hungary. Rejoin the ship in Eszergom where we will stay overnight.

DAY 5 - Sunday 10/24/99
A full day of navigation during which you can enjoy the facilities on the ship. Of course, we will also organize some entertainment for you, like morning gymnastics and various games. Late at night, the ship will dock in Durnstein, pearl of the "Wachau", the Austrian wine-growing region. The ruins of the medieval Castle Kuenringer where once Richard of Lionheart was imprisoned, dominate the town.

DAY 6 - Monday 10/25/99
In the morning, it is time to explore Durnstein at your own pace. Just before lunch the MV Blue Danube II will continue its navigation through the picturesque Wachau. After lunch, we will dock in Melk for a few hours. Here you can join the optional tour by bus to the Abbey of Melk, situated 57 meters above the Danube, and one of the most beautiful examples of Baroque architecture in Austria. Your guided tour through the Abbey takes approx. one hour; during which you will see the Marble Hall, the Library and the Church. From the terraces, you have a magnificent view over the Danube and the town of Melk. After we are back on the ship, we will leave for Linz, capital of Upper Austria. You will enjoy our Captain's Dinner this evening.

DAY 7 - Tuesday 10/26/99
Join the optional half tour by "Linzer Express", a yellow mini train which will take you over the cobble stoned street in the old center of town. Ideal to get a first impression of this fascinating city. After the tour, there is enough time to explore the city by yourself. Upon departure from Linz, enjoy he scenic navigation through the Strudengau towards Vienna, our last port of call, where we will arrive late at night.

DAY 8 - Wednesday 10/27/99
Disembarkation after breakfast and return home. Or let us arrange your extended stay in this beautiful city!


Excursions
The following excursions can be booked and paid for on board the ship.

Day 2 Bratislava City Tour 08:30 - 11:30 DM 30.00

Day 3 Budapest City Tour 09:00 - 12:30 DM 30.00

Day 4 Danube Bend Tour 13:30 - 17:30 DM 45.00

Day 6 Abbey of Melk Tour 13:00 - 16:00 DM 35.00

Day 7 City Tour Linz by mini-train 09:00 - 09:30 DM 10.00


Deck Rates (50% discounted)
10/20/99 – 10/27/99 Vienna – Vienna (7 nights)

DECK STANDARD
50% DISCOUNTED
Strauss deck
US $1,625.00
$812.50
Mozart deck
US $1,905.00
$952.50
Promenade deck
US $2,195.00
$1,097.50
Suite
US $3,290.00
$1,645.00

All rates are per person, based on double occupancy


Vienna - Amsterdam (14 nights) MV BLUE DANUBE II
Time table 
Date
Arrival
Departure
Stop
Ports of Call
 
10.27.99       Vienna Embarkation
10.28.99   13:00   Vienna  
  20:00     Durnstein  
10.29.99   11:30   Durnstein  
  13:00     Melk  
    19:00   Melk  
10.30.99 13:30     Passau  
10.31.99   0:00   Passau  
  14:00     Regensburg  
11.01.99   4:15   Regensburg  
  8:00     Kelheim  
    12:15   Kelheim  
  18:00     Mulhaussen  
11.02.99   6:00   Mulhaussen  
      13:00 Nuremberg  
  18:30:00     Forchheim  
11.03.99   4:00   Forchheim  
      8:30 Bamberg  
      13:00 Hassfurt  
  17:00     Schweinfurt  
11.04.99   8:00   Schweinfurt  
      14:00 Volkach  
  19:00     Wurzburg  
11.05.99   5:00   Wurzburg  
      8:30 Karlstadt  
  17:00     Wertheim  
11.06.99   7:30   Wertheim  
  15:30     Aschaffenburg  
11.07.99   8:30   Aschaffenburg  
  18:30     Rudesheim  
11.08.99   8:00   Rudesheim  
  15:00     Cologne  
    23:00   Cologne  
11.09.99 13:00     Amsterdam  
11.10.99       Amsterdam Disembarkation


Vienna - Amsterdam (14 nights) MV BLUE DANUBE II

DAY 1 - Wednesday 10/2799
Embarkation in the late afternoon. Before dinner, you are invited for a welcome cocktail in the bar during which you will receive some general information and the crew will be introduced to you. Vienna is the city of music, so after dinner you can join the optional Vienna by night tour. You will be transferred by bus to the imperial Palais Liechtenstein. The "Vienna Residenz Orchestra" will play the most beautiful melodies by Mozart and Johann Strauss. After the concert the bus will drive you over the Ringenstrasse Boulevard, to see the illuminated sights, for example the Hofburg and the Opera. You will be back on the ship by 11:00 PM.

DAY 2 - Thursday 10/28/99
Since we have all morning in Vienna, you might as well take the opportunity to get to know the city a little better by joining the optional Vienna City tour. This guided tour by bus will show you the main sights of Vienna. You will see the gothic St.Stephans Cathedral in the very center of town; and Vienna's main boulevard the "Ring-Strasse"; the terraces of Belvedere Palace and you will have some free time to look around the pedestrian area Karntnerstrasse. During lunch the MV Blue Danube II will lift its anchors. Listen to the informative port-talk about the cruise, the ports of call and the excursion program this afternoon as we are sailing toward Durnstein. We will arrive in Durnstein just after dinner. This lovely little town is situated admidst the vineyards in the heart of the "Wachau" the Austrian wine-growing region. Durnstein is dominated by the ruins of the medieval Castle Kuenringer where once Richard of Lionheart was imprisoned.

DAY 3 - Friday 10/29/99
Time to explore Durnstein at your own pace this morning. Just before lunch, we will continue our navigation through the picturesque "Warchau". After an early lunch, we will dock in Melk for the rest of the afternoon. Here you can join the optional tour by bus to the Abbey of Melk, situated 57 meters above the Danube, and one of the most beautiful examples of Baroque architecture in Austria. Your guided tour through the Abbey takes approximately 1 hour. From the terraces, you have a magnificent view over the Danube and the town of Melk. During dinner the MV Blue Danube II will leave for Passau, our first port of call in Germany.

DAY 4 - Saturday 10/30/99
Arrival in Passau during lunch. Passau is a very pleasant city, situated at the confluence of the rivers Inn, Ilz and Danube Join the optional tour, during which you will first explore the city by bus. You will drive to castle Veste Oberhaus on the mountain, overlooking the confluence of the three rivers. Then you will continue on foot through the old city center where you will visit the famous St. Stephans Cathedral. Inside is the largest church organ of the world. Before dinner, try a complimentary glass of Schnapps during our Schnapps-party to celebrate our arrival in Germany.

DAY 5 - Sunday 10/31/99
This morning peaceful navigation on the Danube towards Regensburg where we arrive just after lunch. Regensburg was the capital of Bavaria for 700 years. Therefore, many medieval buildings have been preserved. From picturesque old alleys, you step into wide streets flanked by Patrician palaces. During the optional walking tour, your guides will explain in detail the main sights of the city. Of course, you will also visit the famous St. Peter's Cathedral, built in gothic style, and you will see the old Stone Bridge.

DAY 6 - Monday 11/1/99
At night, you will leave Regensburg to sail across the last stretch of the Danube. Around breakfast we will arrive in Kelheim, situated at the beginning of the Main Danube Canal. This morning you can join the optional Danube Gorge Tour. This is a combined bus and boat tour. By bus, you will visit the famous Hall of Liberation, which was built under King Ludwig of Bavaria to commemorate the wars against Napoleon. You will then continue by bus to the Abbey of Weltenburg. Afterwards we will take a boat through the Danube Gorge back to Kelheim. The boat trip through the Danube Gorge is very scenic. Lunch will be served upon arrival back on board, and during the afternoon, you can enjoy our navigation through the scenic Altmuhl Valley. The MV Blue Danube II will dock in Mulhaussen for the evening.

DAY 7 - Tuesday 11/2/99
Early departure from Mulhaussen, this morning you can experience the wonders of the Main Danube Canal, opened in 1992. The locks on this stretch are very high, approx.82 ft each. Our ship will be raised in all these locks until we have reached the highest point at Hilpolstein, 1340 ft. above sealevel. From then on, ships are lowered in all the locks of the Main Danube Canal and the river Main to get back to North Sea level. During lunchtime, the ship will make a short stop in Nuremberg. You will have the possibility to join the optional City Tour through the principal city of Franconia. It was here that Hitler staged his largest Nazi rallies, and later it was the site of the Allies' war trials. Although the inner city was destroyed in the Second World War, a lot has been reconstructed afterwards. Rejoin the ship in Forchheim where we will stay overnight.

DAY 8 - Wednesday 11/3/99
Early departure from Forchheim, and during breakfast the Blue Danube II will stop in Bamberg, situated at the beginning of the river Main. Bamberg is one of the great historic cities in Germany, filled with lots of buildings and monuments that recall the days that the city was the seat of one of the most powerful ruling families in the country. The only way to see the city is by joining the optional tour after which you will reboard the ship in Hassfurt, just in time for lunch. Afternoon navigation towards Schweinfurt, center of the German ball-bearing industry.

DAY 9 - Thursday 11/4/99
Leisurely morning on the river Main, time to enjoy the facilities of the ship.After lunch, we will stop in Volkach for those passengers who have booked the optional tour to the romantic little town of Rothenburg, "the best preserved medieval town in Europe". In the meantime our ship will continue its navigation, and will dock for the evening in Wurzburg, a baroque city situated at the junction of two age-old trade routes. Explore the city after dinner.... Do not miss the old Main Bridge and the magnificent residential Palace from 1719.

DAY 10 - Friday 11/5/99
A full day of navigation on the river Main. We will pass several locks; this entire river has 34 locks in total. Today you can enjoy the peaceful scenery of the Spessart Forest combined with several age-old towns, like Karlstadt, Gemunden and Rothenfels, the smallest town in Bavaria. Our ship will reach the medieval city of Wertheim, situated at the confluence of the Tauber and Main rivers in the late afternoon.

DAY 11 - Saturday 11/6/99
Early departure from Wertheim and navigation towards Aschaffenburg, once the residence of the Mainzer Archbishops. During the optional walking tour, you will see the main sights in town. Our berth is close to the beautiful castle Johannisburg, built in Renaissance style.

DAY 12 - Sunday 11/7/99
Today we will sail the last stretch of the river Main during which we will traverse Frankfurt. See the skyline of the modern center of finance, and marvel at the highest skyscraper of Germany. In the afternoon we will pass Mainz, situated at the confluence of the Rhine and Main rivers where we will enter the most popular town along the Rhine: Rudesheim. Famous because of the Drosselgasse, a narrow street with lots of winebars and tavern's with live music. Everywhere you can taste the Rhine wines and you can try the famous Rudesheimer Coffee, made with the local Asbach Uralt Brandy. You will have the possibility to join the optional tour by mini-train in the evening. This train will take you to the Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum of Siegfried. Here you will find one of the largest collections of self-playing instruments.

DAY 13 - Monday 11/8/99
This morning we sail the most beautiful stretch of the Rhine, known as the "Romantic Rhine". You will see picturesque villages amidst steep slopes covered with vineyards, lots of castles and castle ruins, all connected to different legends and we will of course pass the famous Lorelei. Do not miss anything; be out on the deck with your camera! In the afternoon we will arrive in Cologne, join us on a walk to the landmark of Cologne, the gothic Cathedral with its two towers of 518 ft. high. Afterwards more time to explore the city on your own. You will enjoy the Captain's Dinner this evening. The MV Blue Danube II will lift its anchors in the late evening.

DAY 14 - Tuesday 11/9/99
During the night, we have crossed the border between Holland and Germany and this morning we will sail over the Amsterdam Rhine Canal, which connects Amsterdam with the Rhine. Around lunchtime, we will arrive in Amsterdam, our final destination. Our berth is conveniently situated behind the railway station. A 15 minutes walk will take you to the center of town. You will have all afternoon to explore by yourself, time to go shopping or maybe you want to visit one of the many museums... After dinner there is the opportunity to join, the Canal cruise during which you will see the historical center of town around the concentric ring of canals built in the 17th Century. The beautiful merchant houses from these days remain, so the best way to get some idea of the city's character and history is by these glass topped boats. At nighttime, the houses and the bridges are beautifully illuminated.

DAY 15 - Wednesday 11/10/99
Disembarkation after breakfast an return home. Or let us arrange your extended stay in this beautiful city!

Please note that this program is subject to change


Excursions
The following excursions can be booked and paid for on board the ship.

Day 1 Vienna Concert Palais Liechtenstein 20:00 - 23:00 DM 65.00
+ drive over Ringenstrasse by night

Day 2 Vienna City Tour 09:00 - 12:30 DM 40.00

Day 3 Abbey of Melk 14:30 - 16:30 DM 35.00

Day 4 Passau 14:30 - 16:30 DM 20.00
Combined bus & walking tour

Day 5 Regensburg Walking tour 14:30 - 16:00 DM 12.00

Day 6 Danube Gorge Kelheim 08:30 - 12:00 DM 50.00

Day 7 Nuremberg City tour 13:30 - 18:30 DM 40.00

Day 8 Bamberg walking tour 08:30 - 13:00 DM 25.00
Incl. transfer by bus from center

Day 9 Romantic Road to Rothenburg 14:00 - 19:00 DM 45.00

Day 11 Aschaffenburg Walking tour 15:30 - 17:00 DM 12.00

Day 12 Rudesheim, by mini-train to 20:30 - 22:00 DM 17.00
Siegried's Music Museum

Day 13 Walk through the old city center to 15:00 - 16:00 Free
The Cathedral of Cologne

Day 14 Canal cruise Amsterdam 20:30 - 22:00 DM 18.00


Deck Rates (50% discounted)
10/27/99 – 11/10/99 Vienna – Amsterdam (14 nights)

DECK STANDARD
50% DISCOUNTED
Strauss deck
US $3,250.00
$1,625.00
Mozart deck
US $3,810.00
$1,905.00
Promenade deck
US $4,390.00
$2,195.00
Suite
US $6,580.00
$3,290.00

All rates are per person, based on double occupancy


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