Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Zagreb, Dubrovnik
Join our 15 day Adriatic Cruise & Central Europe Tour. Explore the Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary and Croatia by land and cruise the Dalmatian coast.
The MS Prestige, is a luxury ship with spacious cabins furnished to the latest global standards with free wifi. Cabins are equipped with ensuite, A/C, and LCD TV. There is an air conditions Salon, restaurant and bar. Stay in 1st Class Hotels and see Roman ruins to charming fishing villages, unique National Parks, beautiful coves for swimming, and taste gorgeous local Mediterranean cuisine.
7 nights in 1st class hotels - Vienna, Budapest, Zagreb and Plitvice Lakes
Then 7 nights cruising - Split, Bol, Hvar, Vis, Korcula and Dubrovnik
To start your Adriatic Cruise & Central Europe Tour, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. There’s time to relax before meeting your fellow travelers and Tour Director for a Welcome Dinner. (D)
Built on seven hills and both banks of the Vltava River, Prague is one of the most alluring cities in Europe. Your city tour starts with panoramic drive to see famous Wenceslas Square, Strahov Stadium and Castle Square. On a walking tour, visit the Royal Castle of Hradcany with the Cathedral of St. Vitus, the Old Royal Palace, St. George's Basilica and the Golden Lane with the Daliborka Tower. Cross the Charles Bridge and walk through the old quarter of Prague, viewing the Jewish Ghetto, the Town Hall and the world-famous Astronomical Clock. The rest of the day is free. Perhaps attend an optional cultural performance, shop, or just relax. (B)
Head to Vienna, the "City of Waltz." Your time is free to begin exploring Austria’s lovely capital or perhaps savor a Viennese pastry or two. (B)
On a morning sightseeing tour, visit Hofburg Palace, once the center of the Habsburg monarchy, see Belvedere Palace, Prater Amusement Park, the UN Buildings, St. Stephen's Cathedral and other remnants of the city’s imperial history. The afternoon is at leisure. Tonight, gather for a dinner in a local restaurant. (B, D)
Today, journey to Budapest. The afternoon is free to explore the “Paris of the East”, shop along the Vaci Utca, nibble a delicious slice of Dobosz cake, sip an excellent Hungarian wine, or perhaps join one of the optional excursions available. (B)
In 1873, the twin cities of Buda and Pest joined with ancient Obuda to form a new, unified city, Budapest. Charming and beautiful, the city was declared a World Heritage site in 1987. Your morning sightseeing tour includes views of all the main attractions: The Parliament, Royal Palace and the Castle Hill area, Fisherman's Bastion, Matthias Church, Heroes' Square, and Gellert Hill with its Citadel. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore this exciting city on your own. Tonight, enjoy dinner with entertainment in a typical Csarda restaurant. (B, D)
Journey along the banks of the Lake Balaton and cross the border to continue to Zagreb. Afternoon sightseeing tour of Croatian capital will take you through the historic Upper Town. See St. Mark’s Church, the Cathedral, Parliament, and the Government Palace. Diner in your hotel. (B, D)
Head south for a visit to magnificent Plitvice Lakes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery of this natural wonder with its 16 terraced lakes surrounded by forested mountains and lush vegetation. A walking tour takes you around several of the lower lakes.
On to Split and the port to embark on the cruise portion of your Adriatic Cruise & Central Europe Tour. Later, gather with your fellow “sailors” for a Welcome Reception on board. (B, WR)
Morning guided walking tour of Split shows us the historic inner city, built around the Roman Emperor Diocletian’s Palace, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. See the remnants of Split’s Roman heritage, it’s Renaissance and Gothic structures, Jupiter’s Temple, the Peristyle, and the
Cathedral. Set sail towards Bol, a small town on Island Brac, for a swim at the Golden Horn. Enjoy the 1740-foot-long golden pebble beach, said to be the best in Croatia. It is unique in that it changes shape and position depending on the winds. Afterwards head to Hvar, one of the most popular islands in the Adriatic and a meeting point for the international jet-set. The “Croatian Madeira” is also one of the longest islands stretching along the shores of Croatia. Spend evening and night at Stari Grad, one of the oldest towns in Europe. (B, L)
Quick sail towards town of Hvar for a sightseeing tour featuring the first public theatre in Europe (older than Shakespeare’s theatre in the UK), the Franciscan Monastery and many more historical sights. Cruise towards Island of Vis. The town Vis, the antique Issa, was founded around 397 B.C. Our tour of Vis features the town’s waterfront. Evening at leisure. (B, L)
After breakfast set sail for Korcula Island, thought to be the birthplace of the famous explorer Marco Polo. Our port of call for the day is Vela Luka (the “big harbor”) town, dating back to pre-historic times. After lunch onboard, disembark in Vela Luka and depart for an afternoon ‘Korcula island tour’, featuring the visit of the olive oil factory, Barilo ethno museum and local winery to taste some local wine and cheese. Return to your ship, for evening at leisure. (B, L)
There will be some time for swimming before we continue our cruise, heading for Korcula town. Take a walking tour through its narrow, cobbled streets and visit the majestic Gothic Baroque Cathedral of St. Mark. Your evening is free to discover the town and enjoy dinner on your own at one of many local restaurants. (B, L)
Today we set sail for Mljet Island. Mljet National Park encompasses five types of forest, many species of birds, and two deep lakes, Veliko Jezero (Big Lake) and Malo Jezero (Small Lake). This lovely island was supposedly a favorite holiday spot for the Greek hero Ulysses! Captain’s dinner with live entertainment aboard our ship tonight. (B, L, D)
In the morning sail to Dubrovnik, so called “Pearl of the Adriatic”, a UNESCO World Heritage site. While in Dubrovnik, take a walking tour of the old town and visit the Rector’s Palace and Franciscan Monastery with its Pharmacy. Remainder of the day is free; perhaps discover this lovely city on own. (B, L)
After breakfast it’s time to disembark your Adriatic Cruise & Central Europe Tour . You will be transferred to Dubrovnik airport or your hotel. (B)
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