FEATURED TRIP: DANUBE'S CAPITALS AND WACHAU VALLE ABOARD THE
Crystal Cruises has launched its new river boats and has a fantastic line up of small luxury vessels floating through Europe’s capitals.
The mighty Danube and its myriad sights are truly breathtaking--especially amid the rare luxuries of a Crystal River Yacht. Cruise the scenic Wachau Valley, an Austrian wonderland and a UNESCO World Heritage Site of terraced vineyards and picturesque towns. Treat yourself to wine tasting in Durnstein. Explore Melk's stunning Benedictine Abbey. Tour Linz, Bad Ischl, or Salzburg, with its beautiful Cathedral Square. Visit charming Passau, where the Danube, Inn and Ilz Rivers converge. Then stroll through the enchanting lanes and churches of Bratislava, and delight in the imperial splendors of Budapest and Vienna, bursting with art, architecture, plus mouthwatering cuisine. Call Laura today to join an August 23 - Sep 2, 2017 group for a grand and epic experience you will never forget!
Danube's Capitals and Wachau Valley – Summer 2017!
Aboard the Crystal Mozart
August 23 - September 2, 2017
Fares start at $6,260* per person for a 10-day voyage
(More than half off the brochure fare!)
Subject to price change and based upon availability
S1 - Are located MidShip -
Pricing is $6260 per person for S1 Category -
Pricing is $6110 per person for Crystal Society Members (previous cruisers)
Crystal’s all-inclusive value provides:
• All meals included, featuring Crystal’s innovative and acclaimed six-star cuisine, highlighted by regional specialties
• Gratuities included for all shipboard staff throughout the River Yacht including housekeeping, bar, dining staff and butlers
• Unlimited soft drinks and premium beverages including champagne, fine wine and spirits throughout the River Yacht
• 24-hour self-service pantry featuring specialty coffees, teas, wines and nonalcoholic beverages
• 24-hour room service
• Complimentary culinary experience at highly renowned local establishments on many sailings
• Complimentary airport transfers to/from river yacht to airport
• 24-hour Wi-Fi access (via satellite) including free Wi-Fi/Internet usage of 60 minutes per person,
• State-of-the-art interactive TV system including in-suite movies on demand, extensive music
• Daily choice of electronic international newspapers
• Choice of complimentary curated Crystal Adventures shore excursions in every port
Danube’s Capitals and Wachau Valley Itinerary Detail:
Aug 23, Wednesday Vienna, Austria
Layered and elegant, with elements of cozy and grand,musical and visual might be the best way to characterize Vienna—or one of many ways, as this imperial city surely can inspire endless lines of poetic descriptions. Once the capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and forever known for its distinguished roster of composers who either were born or lived and worked here—including Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, both Strausses, Liszt and Brahms—Vienna finds itself at the very center of European culture, even as it sits near the border of the Czech republic, Slovakia and Hungary. Turn to a blank page to memorialize your own impressions of this grand city, remarking on its manicured gardens, ornate architecture—especially that of the famed Ringstrasse—intimate bistro pubs called beisln and a certain flourish that can only be called Vienna.
Aug 24, Thursday Dürnstein and Melk, Austria
Best known for its fortified baroque Benedictine monastery, Melk Abbey, the town of Melk boasts an assortment of smaller gems. Among them, the city’s riverside location, serene and regal with a ribbon of wooded groves giving way to the lovely village. Cobbled lanes and a petite size make for a pleasant stroll with a chance to discover its 16th-century Town Hall, or Rathaus, in the center of town, and Haus am Stein, or House at the Rock. Built in the 15th century, the vine-covered abode is Melk’s oldest building.
Aug 25, Friday Linz, Austria
Named the European Capital of Culture in 2009 and added to the roster of UNESCO Creative Cities as a City of Media Arts in 2014, Linz embraces the present and future, even as it remains reverential to its past. There is much to be proud of: Here on the gentle curve of the Danube, Linz rose to power as a political and economic hub for the Holy Roman Empire. Trade and influence extended in all four directions, from Hungary and Germany to the east and west and Poland and Italy to the north and south. Later, Linz sparkled as a city of the Habsburgs, the last home to German Emperor, Friedrich III. The city’s layout reflects its history, with an ancient medieval center encircled by neoclassical, neo-baroque and neo-Renaissance neighborhoods, a kind of tree-rings of age and architectural styles. Highpoints of old traditions and impressive landmarks include the Linzer torte, dating to 1653 and thought to be the oldest cake in the world, and St. Martin’s church, the oldest church in Austria. Likely all you will hear is the sound of your own gasps of delight as you experience storied locales of movies and emperors. Marvel at the beauty of Salzburg, birthplace of Mozart and filming backdrop of The Sound of Music. The spa town of Bad Ischl was a favorite of royalty and continues to draw visitors with its quaint charms and inspiring mountain setting. Hallstatt, a tiny village shouldered by a wall of mountains, is inched so close to the pretty lake that it looks like its quintessentially Austrian buildings might tip right in. And, simply, wow: The Czech Republic’s Cesky Krumlov unfolds as a picture-perfect medieval town crowned by a castle, embraced by the meandering Vltava River and laced with cobbled lanes. No wonder it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the second most popular travelers’ destination after Prague.
Aug 26, Saturday Passau, Germany (overnight)
Aug 27, Sunday Passau, Germany
At the confluence of the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers, Passau is also situated at a meeting of cultures. The town began as a Roman settlement, enjoying the rising tide of influence as the largest bishopric in the Holy Roman Empire and enduringly vibrant as a hub for various trade and manufacturing pursuits, including salt, swords and ideas. Experience Passau’s charm as you the wander the cobbled streets of Old Town, gaze upon arched bridges and Italianate manses and encounter magnificent St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the New Bishop’s Residence. Just southwest of Passau is Munich, one of the most beguiling cites anywhere. This capital of Bavaria embraces both its history and a live-for-today mantra, as witnessed in its fine examples of baroque and rococo architecture and shared in its trendy taverns, where German brew is hoisted in celebration of a quiet (and sometimes rollicking) Oktoberfest that can happen any day of the year.
August 28, Monday Bratislava, Slovakia
Slovakia’s capital city may be the country’s buzzing political and economic center, but it is also a historic gem that stirs the imagination. A maze of narrow, cobblestone streets wind around colorful 18th-century buildings, and shade-covered sidewalk cafes beckon weary—or simply hungry—travelers to linger over a meal and enjoy people watching. Museums, cathedrals and palaces are edifying locales to spend some time, while photography buffs will want to snap images of the medieval castle that looms over the city with a majestic grace. For those looking for more contemporary sights, Bratislava boasts a pulsating modern art scene, as well as some outstanding examples of Communist-era architecture.
August 29, Tuesday Budapest, Hungary (overnight)
August 30, Wednesday Budapest, Hungary
Cast your eye over the Budapest skyline, and you’ll see all the makings of a world-class city and striking photograph: domes and spires, bridges and lampposts, splendid architecture in the foreground, rolling hills in the back, and the Danube River placidly curving through it, providing a reflective surface for sunsets and city lights. Look closer, and the treasures of Budapest—Hungary’s capital and the largest metropolis—really come to light. Castle Hill is at the top of most visitors’ lists, a UNESCO-listed district hosting Buda Castle, Trinity Square, Matthias Church and Fishermen’s Bastion. The area is also residential, with 18th-century houses, cobblestone streets and few cars, thanks to a strict vehicular ordinance, giving you a real sense of what the city must have been like ages ago. Budapest is full of history, originally a Roman settlement, formed as a unified city when Buda and Pest joined in 1873, overtaken by various invading forces over the centuries, and today an interesting goulash of local culture and foreign influences. Take a seat in a Turkish-era bath or savor rich Esterházy torte in a gentile coffee house to experience the many sides of a city that charms from both sides of the Danube.
Aug 31, Thursday Vienna, Austria (overnight)
Sep 1, Friday Vienna, Austria
Layered and elegant, with elements of cozy and grand, musical and visual might be the best way to characterize Vienna—or one of many ways, as this imperial city surely can inspire endless lines of poetic descriptions. Once the capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and forever known for its distinguished roster of composers who either were born or lived and worked here—including Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, both Strausses, Liszt and Brahms—Vienna finds itself at the very center of European culture, even as it sits near the border of the Czech republic, Slovakia and Hungary. Turn to a blank page to memorialize your own impressions of this grand city, remarking on its manicured gardens, ornate architecture—especially that of the famed Ringstrasse—intimate bistro pubs called beisln and a certain flourish that can only be called Vienna.