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Magnificent Europe – Westbound 2018

From Budapest to Amsterdam, and many exciting stops along the way, you’ll be immersed in the culture of Central Europe in a unique way on this timeless river cruise vacation.

Your river cruise adventure begins with visits to three of Europe’s vibrant capital cities: Budapest, Hungary; Bratislava, Slovakia; and Vienna, Austria. A Local Guide will show you the must-see sites in each city and you’ll have plenty of time to explore on your own. Admire …

Danube Christmas Markets

Roasted chestnuts, gluhwein and Christmas markets, what could be better? Soak up the Christmas atmosphere on an 8 day cruise from Nuremberg to Budapest.

Book by December 1, 2017, and receive up to $800 off per couple!

Itinerary

Day 1
All Aboard

Your cruise begins here, and you’ll get to toast the occasion at this evening’s welcome reception. Please book flights to arrive prior to 2pm in Munich and 3pm in Nuremberg.

Day 2
Nuremburg

The Legendary Blue Danube River Cruise

Experience the Danube River aboard the MS Amadeus Silver II, our exclusively chartered river ship, on a sevennight cruise through four countries. Includes two nights in Prague and escorted shore excursions in five cities with English-speaking guides.

2 for 1 Airfare Or Solo Travelers Free Airfare on select departures

Includes

22 Meals (7 dinners, 6 lunches, and 9 breakfasts) Airport transfers on tour dates International Cruise Director and expert staff onboard Two-night hotel stay and…

Austria’s Grand Park Hotel: Snow, Spa and Cuisine at Its Finest

If you are bored with the uniformity of five-star hotels and prefer personalized treatment, a daily gourmet food experience, sport followed by wellness to recover, you want to read on.
The 89-roomed Grand Park, with its understated elegance and obliging service staff, is Bad Hofgastein’s only five-star hotel. Its location is perfection, in the midst of the Alps, the gateway to world-class hiking and skiing. The hotel itself, Georgian in style, is located well for …

Grossarler Hof: Austria’s Winter Sports Hotel

Fifty-two miles south of Salzburg, surrounded by the imposing Austrian Alps, with their broad slopes and wide runs, is the piste-perfect ski resort of Grossarl – an idyllic winter sports mini break in a picture postcard setting.

The hotel to call home is the 4 star-superior Grossarler Hof, a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World group. They opened in 2009 and already have a host of awards and accolades.

Committed to nature

Castle Tours and Stays – Knights to Remember

Who has not been captivated by tales of knights and dragons, of medieval feuds, battles and betrayals? Serving as the backdrop for each of these stories is a castle. Visiting a castle can provide a playground for the imagination, allowing the mind to revel in legend and lore. Walking through grand halls past suits of armor, torches and tapestries, one cannot fathom so many stories embedded in stone. More than a getaway from the stresses …

Flachau: Austria’s Ultimate Winter Sports Destination

Austria,Salzburg Country,Flachau,Young man and woman carrying christmas tree in snow

In the 19th century, Flachau was Austria’s regional centre of iron smelting. Now though, it’s one of the largest ski resorts in Ski amadé with 270 lifts and 760km of slopes, snowboarding, tobogganing, tubing, cross-country and downhill skiing. The village has combined technology with top-class ski facilities and has modern lifts sweep skiers above manicured slopes, whisking them to the top of the mountain. Long …

Austria’s Gastein Valley: Three Villages, One Valley

View of hotels in the austrian spa and ski resort bad gastein

Considered the jewel of the Austrian Alps, the Gastein Valley lies an hour south of Salzburg, in the heart of the majestic Austrian Alps. Other than the fantastic thermal spa and panoramic views of the Hohe Tauern National Park, the mountains surrounding Gastein are what it’s all about.

From the west side of the valley, cable cars rise two miles to the summit …

Austria: Sensational Skiing

Austria’s Ski amadé is a sensory experience; a colourful explosion of blue sky, white snow and emerald green trees; interspersed with aromatic aromas of local cuisine and the silken taste of Austrian wine (their secret weapon!). It sharpens your senses – it’s chaotic, intoxicating, raw, in-your-face and utterly exciting.

Winter landscape in Grossarl, Austria

Like the perfectly groomed pistes which give you access to viewpoints such as the Kraftorte recovery point, where nature comes into …