Benefitting Midwest City Elks Lodge, October 18-25, 2019
Join The Joy of Travel and the Midwest City Elks Lodge as we sail the Danube!
Cabins starting at $3349 per person after our exclusive $250 group discount. Be one of the 1st five cabins booked and save an additional 5% on your stateroom! Your river cruise will include all meals (unlimited wine, beer and soft drinks provided at lunch and dinner), a daily happy hour, multiple excursion options at each port and nightly onboard entertainment. In addition, 5% of all proceeds* will be donated back to the Midwest City Elks Lodge by AmaWaterways.
Julia Gass, Incoming Exalted Ruler for the Midwest City Elks Lodge, will be personally escorting this tour.
River Cruising while giving back!
The Elks spend more than $80,000,000 every year for benevolent, educational and patriotic community-minded programs in such fields as benefitting special needs children, sponsoring Elks National Foundation scholarships, scouting, athletic teams, veterans' works, a national "Hoop Shoot" free-throw contest involving more than 3 million children, physical and occupational therapy programs and patriotic programs.
Your booking will help support the efforts of the local Elks organization and your community!
*Donation calculated on base fare.
If you would like any additional details please contact Heather Butler at 405-615-4805 or Heather@thejoyoftravel.net.
Here is the day to day itinerary:
Day by Day
Embark your cruise in Vilshofen. This evening meet your fellow passengers on board. (D)
Passau“City of Three Rivers” walking tour
OR Passau Castle hike
OR Danube Bike tour
Explore Vilshofen’s beautiful old town before cruising to Passau, known as the “City of Three Rivers." Join a walking tour or if you prefer to be more active, hike high into the hills for a visit to the “Veste Oberhaus,” Passau’s Castle Hill. (B,L,D)
Linz“UNESCO City of Media Arts” walking tour
OR Full-day Salzburg excursion
“Cultural Mile” bike tour
Half-day Salzburg excursion
OR Český Krumlov
OR Austrian Lake District excursion
The ship arrives in Linz where you’ll have several choices of excursions. Opt for a fullday excursion to Salzburg where you’ll tour the historic center, Mirabell Gardens, Residenz Square and the Old Market. En route to Salzburg, stop at Mondsee, home of the famed Basilica St. Michael and site of the wedding scene in The Sound of Music. Alternatively, you can join a morning walking tour through Linz’s old city center and by the Mozart House; or go on a guided bike tour along the city’s famed “Culture Mile” and the Danube. During the afternoon, you have three more choices of excursions. Choose a half-day in Salzburg or take a scenic drive through the beautiful Austrian Lake District with a stop in St. Wolfgang. You can also choose to visit the charming mountain town, Český Krumlov, located just over the Czech-Austrian border. (B,L,D)
Scenic cruising through Strudengau and UNESCO Wachau Valley
Dürnstein walking tour and Melk Benedictine Abbey
OR Dürnstein Fortress hike
OR Apricots and Sweets tasting
Evening wine tasting at local winery
Cruise through the Strudengau and Wachau valleys to Weissenkirchen, gateway to Dürnstein. Once here, you can choose to join a walking tour in Dürnstein along its cobblestone streets to the Baroque Stiftskirche, and then visit Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey. For the more active adventurer, you can opt to hike up to the fortress where Richard the Lionheart was once held, or take a bike ride along the Danube. As an alternative excursion, visit a local apricot grower, where you’ll enjoy the region’s finest apricot treats. Later in the evening, enjoy a special wine tasting of locally grown, world-renowned Riesling and Grüner Veltliner in Weissenkirchen. (B,L,D)
Vienna“Imperial Vienna” tour
OR Klosterneuburg Abbey bike tour
OR Free time
The “City of Waltzes” offers a treasure trove of gems and your city tour showcases them, including the majestic Opera House and the former Imperial Palace. Your tour concludes in the historic city center with a visit to St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Or if you prefer a more active tour, take a guided bike ride to the Klosterneuburg Monastery. During the afternoon, enjoy leisure time to further explore this iconic city. (B,L,D)
DAY 6Bratislava“Coronation City” walking tour
OR Tastes of Slovakia
OR Bratislava Castle hike
Host to the crowning ceremonies of 11 Hungarian kings and queens between 1536 and 1830, Bratislava certainly has earned the title “Coronation City of Kings,” as you’ll discover during your walking tour. Or join a special “Tastes of Slovakia” tour. For a more active adventure, hike up to Bratislava Castle, offering magnificent views of the city. (B,L,D))
*Please Note: Wine Cruise itineraries are modified and will not visit Bratislava. Instead of visiting Bratislava, guests will enjoy visiting the charming winemaking town of Gobelsberg.
Budapest“Queen of the Danube” tour
OR Castle Hill hike
Your city tour begins at Budapest’s Great Market Hall, where you’ll discover plenty of delicious food and shopping. Afterwards, you’ll visit both the Buda (hilly) and Pest (flat) sides of the Danube River. You’ll see the 19th-century Chain Bridge, which connects the Buda district with Pest; and the UNESCOdesignated Castle Hill district, which contains some of Budapest’s most important medieval monuments and museums. As an alternative choice, you can hike up to Castle Hill for breathtaking views of the city below. Spend your last evening on board cruising past the famed Parliament Building as the city turns on all her dazzling lights. (B,L,D)
Disembark the ship as you prepare for your flight home. (B)