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zBlue Danube Discovery Jewish Heritage L&C 2013

13 days

13 Day Tour and Cruise

Our Exclusive Jewish Heritage Discoveries:

  • Our special Jewish Heritage walking tour in Budapest includes the Jewish District and the Holocaust Memorial Center.Visit the tomb of Chatam Sofer, Bratislava’s most famous rabbi.
  • Delve into Vienna’s Jewish Heritage during our special visits to the Jewish Museum, Judenplatz, Sigmund Freud’s house, the Jewish Cemetery and more.
  • Step ashore in the splendid medieval town of Regensburg to explore the oldest Jewish Ghetto in Germany, visiting the site of the Regensburg Synagogue, Oscar Schindler’s House and more.
  • Our special Jewish Heritage Tour in historic Nuremberg features infamous landmarks of the Third Reich, such as the Zeppelin Field and Party Rally Grounds.

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Day 1: Arrive Budapest, Hungary

Arrive in Budapest and transfer to your hotel. The remainder of the day is free to relax or begin exploring this beautiful city.


Day 2: Budapest, Hungary

This morning, your Jewish Heritage tour takes you to the Sankt Stephan Park where you can visit the statues of Raoul Wallenberg and Gabor Sztehlo, both credited with saving thousands of Hungarian Jews during WWII. Afterwards, you will visit the Jewish District for a walking tour featuring highlights such as the Tree of Life and the Temple of Heroes. You will also visit the Holocaust Memorial Center. In the alternative, you can choose a city tour of Budapest, with sightseeing in both Buda and Pest. From historic Buda Castle, enjoy a splendid view of the twin cities spread over both banks of the river. Your tour also features the distinctive Fisherman’s Bastion, the marvelous Royal Palace, St. Stephen’s Basilica, the famous Heroes’ Square, and much more. In the afternoon, stroll around Budapest on your own, or choose an excursion that takes you back to the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. See the Parliament Building still bearing bullet holes from the Soviet intervention. Also, visit the “House of Terror,” a feared location of the Hungarian secret police. Meals B


Day 3: Budapest - Embarkation

Enjoy a free morning in Budapest or join us on an optional Puszta excursion, where you will experience the revival of a 100-year-old tradition of Hungarian horsemanship. In the afternoon, transfer to your luxurious river cruise ship docked in the center of the city. Tonight, gather on board for a Welcome Cocktail and Dinner as your ship cruises overnight to Bratislava. Meals B,D


Day 4: Bratislava, Slovakia

This afternoon, a Jewish Heritage tour is highlighted by a visit to the tomb of Chatam Sofer, Bratislava’s most famous Rabbi. In the alternative, you may choose to join a walking tour of Bratislava. You will see such landmarks as the Old Town Hall, the stunning Mirbach Palace and Gothic St. Martin’s Cathedral. As you walk through town, admire some of the unique sculptures lining the Main Square and the historical National Theater. Yet a third option is to join the Bratislava Communist Tour. Discover the bizarre architecture of the “Slovenský Rozhlas,” (Slovak Radio) also known as the inverted pyramid, which is the national public-service radio broadcaster. Also visit Liberty Square and the memorial and cemetery for fallen soldiers of the Russian Army that helped liberate the city of Bratislava during WWII. Meals B,L,D


Day 5: Vienna, Austria

This morning, the Jewish Heritage tour includes the Jewish Museum, Judenplatz, Sigmund Freud’s House, Jewish Cemetery and the Jewish Quarter in Vienna’s 2nd District. You may choose instead the city tour of Vienna, with highlights such as the impressive Vienna Opera House, the majestic Ringstrasse, and the awe-inspiring St. Stephen’s Cathedral. The afternoon is free to stroll along the Kärtnerstrasse or sample Vienna's famous pastries. This afternoon, consider joining the optional tour of the Schönbrunn Palace, a fine example of Baroque architecture. Built originally as the summer residence of the Hapsburg Emperors, it became one of their favorite homes. Your tour will include the Imperial Apartments, still containing the furnishings of the Emperors. This evening join an optional Mozart & Strauss Concert. The concert will be held in one of the great formal concert houses of Imperial Vienna, such as the Hofburg Palace or Palais Auersperg. This unforgettable evening will be a mixture of both Mozart & Strauss; the most popular compositions of each. Following the concert, there will be an illumination tour of the Ringstrasse before returning to the ship. Meals B,L,D


Day 6: Durnstein - Melk

This morning reach the Wachau Valley for your walking tour of Dürnstein, one of the prettiest towns along the Danube. Marvel at the magnificent blue facade of the Baroque Stiftskirche and see the ruins of the castle where Richard the Lionheart, King of England, was imprisoned in 1192. Your walking tour through medieval cobblestone streets reveals 16th-century town houses and wine taverns and includes a wine tasting at a local vintner. After lunch, enjoy your scenic cruise to Melk. Here, you will tour the magnificent Benedictine Abbey, one of Europe's largest Baroque monasteries. Another option is a guided bicycle tour through Austria’s Wachau Valley (capacity controlled). Meals B,L,D


Day 7: Linz -Passau, Germany

After breakfast, take an optional full-day excursion to fascinating Salzburg, setting for the “Sound of Music.” In the alternative, remain on board and cruise through Upper Austria to Passau in Germany. Located where the rivers Inn and Ilz join the Danube, a walking tour will lead you through this fairy-tale city founded more than 2,000 years ago. Meals B,L,D


Day 8: Regensburg

After lunch, arrive in Regensburg, one of Germany's best preserved medieval cities. Your Jewish Heritage tour will explore the oldest Jewish Ghetto in Germany, visiting the site of the Regensburg Synagogue, Jewish Cemetery “Judenau” and Oscar Schindler’s House. Another option is to join the Regensburg walking tour. You will see the city’s architectural highlights, including the Old Town Hall and the Porta Praetoria - gates to a Roman fort built in 179 AD. Marvel at beautiful churches, the famous towers of the wealthy medieval families, and one of the oldest bridges crossing the Danube. An afternoon tour of the Audi Museum is also available as a third option. Meals B,L,D


Day 9: Nuremberg

Enjoy a morning of scenic cruising through the Main-Danube Canal and the beautiful Altmühl Valley. In the afternoon, arrive in Nuremberg, where you can choose between two different tours. The Jewish Heritage tour visits infamous landmarks of the Third Reich, such as the Zeppelin Field and Party Rally Grounds. Visit the Justice Palace where the War Crimes Tribunal sat in 1946, including the famous Court Room 600. The other available tour explores the medieval history of Nuremberg. Highlights include the storybook 900 year-old ramparts that surround the city and the Imperial Castle. Meals B,L,D


Day 10: Nuremberg - Disembarkation - Karlovy Vary - Prague

This morning, depart Nuremberg after breakfast and drive through the pastoral countryside to Karlovy Vary, better known by its German name, Carlsbad, and most famous for its Bohemian spa. After lunch, continue to Prague and check into your hotel. Meals B


Day 11: Prague

Today’s Jewish Heritage Tour begins with a tour of Josefov, the former Jewish Ghetto, which was the largest and oldest in Europe and now houses the second largest Jewish museum in the world. After a visit to the Old New Synagogue, the oldest working synagogue in the world, you will take a drive to the Jewish Cemetery in Zizkov. This cemetery, established in 1680, is the final resting place of a number of prominent Jews, including many Rabbis, scholars and novelist Franz Kafka. In the alternative, you may join a city tour of Prague featuring a scenic drive and visit to Prague Castle. Afterwards, walk over Charles Bridge to the Old Town Square. This evening, an optional Folklore Dinner Show provides an opportunity to learn about Czech music, dance and traditions. Meals B


Day 12: Prague

Today you are free to explore Prague on your own, perhaps stopping to frequent one of its many charming cafes or restaurants. Or, join the optional excursion to Terezin, the site of an infamous Nazi concentration camp during WWII. Meals B


Day 13: Depart Prague

Bid farewell to Prague and transfer to the airport for your homeward flight. Meals B


Note: Shore excursions and sightseeing tours on this program are offered by AMAWaterways and are not limited to 16 guests.

Port charges: $147 per person

Single Supplement for Cruise & Land: $650 per person
Single Supplement for Cruise Only: 50% of twin price; Jr. Suites: 100% of twin price

Budapest Hotel Accommodation: Sofitel Chain Bridge (or similar)
Prague Hotel Accommodation: InterContinental or Hilton Old Town (or similar)

Prices are per person in Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom with window.