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2018 The Great Rivers of Europe

The Netherlands: Amsterdam • Germany: Cologne, Koblenz, Rudesheim, Heidelberg, Wertheim, Wurzburg, Bamberg, Nuremberg, Regensburg, Passau • Austria: Melk, Vienna

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16 Days from only $3595 including international airfare

Activity Level:

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Amsterdam and the Netherlands

Witness Amsterdam’s canals, a wooden shoe shop, and other Dutch traditions with travel expert Rudy Maxa.

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The Beer of Bamberg

Trace the history and cultural influence of beer—and brewing—in this German town.

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Amsterdam's mouth-watering street food

Get a taste of Amsterdam’s charming culture—from exploring the savory restaurant scene to visiting a historic cinema.

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Brussels and Belgium

Join travel expert Rudy Maxa to preview the medieval and modern charm awaiting on our optional Belgium extension.

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36 Hours in Vienna

Discover the modern food scene, imperial heritage, and artisanal offerings that await in Vienna.

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NEW: Activity Level

Our NEW Activity Level rating system ranks our trips on a scale of 1 (easiest) to 5 (most difficult) to help you determine if a trip is right for you. The information below is a general guide to our rating system, but see our itineraries for much more detailed physical activity information about each trip.

Activity Level 1:

1 2 3 4 5

Easy

Travelers should be able to climb 25 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 1-2 miles over some uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last at least 1-2 hours at a time. Altitude can range from zero to 5,000 feet.

Activity Level 2:

1 2 3 4 5

Moderately Easy

Travelers should be able to climb 40 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 2-3 miles over some uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for at least 2-3 hours at a time. Altitude can range from zero to 5,000 feet.

Activity Level 3:

1 2 3 4 5

Moderate

Travelers should be able to climb 60 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 3 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 3 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 5,000 to 7,000 feet.

Activity Level 4:

1 2 3 4 5

Moderately Strenuous

Travelers should be able to climb 80 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 4 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 4 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 7,000 to 9,000 feet.

Activity Level 5:

1 2 3 4 5

Strenuous

Travelers should be able to climb 100 or more stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 8 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 4 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 10,000 feet or more.

Post-trip: Vienna, Austria

3 nights from: $695 Single Supplement: FREE

Trip Extension: Vienna

Visit the famed Spanish Riding School and sample local flavors on this optional extension.

Explore Vienna, Austria—a magnificent, culture-rich hub that retains the grace and charm that has helped it stand out among great European cities for centuries and walk the streets where Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, and Freud strolled. Once the capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Vienna came to symbolize the splendor of an age, one recaptured by wandering among the city’s Baroque palaces and other stunning architecture.

It's Included:
Accommodations for 3 nights
Daily breakfasts
Included tours: Schoenbrunn Palace • Spanish Riding School
Public transportation pass
Dedicated services of a local Program Director
Gratuities for local guides and motorcoach drivers
All transfers
  • When your journey along The Great Rivers of Europe comes to a close, you'll get the chance to spend more time exploring Vienna, Austria on this post-trip extension.

    This morning, you will receive a day pass for use on the city's public transportation, which you'll take to visit the well-manicured gardens of Maria Theresa's Schoenbrunn Palace on an included audio guided tour.

    The rest of the day is yours to do as you please. You may want to browse through one of the city's many museums.

  • You have the day at leisure to relax, shop, or explore this unique city on your own. Vienna has served as home and inspiration to some of the world's greatest artists, thinkers, and musicians. You'll see statues of Strauss, Mozart, Beethoven, and Mahler throughout the city, and see how music is such an integral part of Viennese life. The numerous performances of the Vienna State Opera House are the constant talk of the town, and its performers are treated like celebrities. The strains of waltz music emanate from the many cafes, and the entertainment moves outdoors to the sidewalks in good weather.

    Or, you may join us for an optional tour that delves deeper into the highlights of Vienna. Begin by visiting the world-famous Wiener Staatsoper (Vienna State Opera), built by the Emperor Franz Joseph and inaugurated in 1869 with a performance of Mozart’s Don Giovanni. Then, enjoy a short rest with coffee and cake at a local cafe. Your optional tour ends with a visit to Vienna's famous Prater Park, an old-fashioned amusement park. You'll enjoy a thrilling ride on the Riesenrad, the park’s giant Ferris wheel.

    Tonight, dinner is on your own.

  • The morning is yours to further sample the delights of Vienna. You might want to visit the Imperial Apartments at the Hofburg Palace. Formerly the residence of the Habsburg rulers, the Hofburg contains the 19-room state and residential apartments of Emperor Franz Joseph and Empress Elisabeth, which are open to the public. In an impressively staged exhibition, the Sissi Museum seeks to give the visitor an understanding of the myths and reality surrounding the empress.

    This afternoon, hop onto public transportation with your Program Director and fellow travelers to visit to the famous Spanish Riding School, known as much for its architecture as for the renowned Lipizzaner horses.

    Gather this evening to hear the details of your departure in the morning. Then share memories with your traveling companions during a Farewell Drink at your hotel before enjoying dinner on your own.

    • Meals included:

    After breakfast, you are transferred to the airport for your flight home.

Vienna, Austria is a post-trip extension on the Amsterdam to Vienna itinerary and a pre-trip extension on the Vienna to Amsterdam itinerary.

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