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Christmas on the Danube * November 28 - December 6, 2014
Star MAGICAL WINTER TOUR Star
Offered By: Gad-About Tours
Featuring Nuremberg, Vienna, Hofburg Palace, Vienna Opera House & Christmas Markets

Operates: No scheduled departures
Tour Length: 9 Days, 8 Nights
Departs From: Cleveland, Ohio


Price:
Lower Outside Cabin - $3,249.00
Middle Outside Cabin - $3,449.00
Upper Outside Cabin - $3,549.00
Suite Cabin - $3,749.00

Tour Highlight:

 

Includes:  Wurzburg, Rothenburg, Nuremberg, Regensburg, Passau, Wachau Valley, Vienna, Hofburg Palace, Vienna Opera House and Christmas Markets.

 

 

 

Package Includes:

  • Round Trip Air from Cleveland Airport
  • Port Charges, Air Taxes and Fees/Surcharges
  • Book by March 28, 2014 and save $250.00 per person - WOW! 
  • 6-Night Danube River Cruise 
  • Hotel Transfers
  • 8 Nights Accommodations
  • 19 Meals:
    • 7 Breakfasts
    • 5 Lunches
    • 7 Dinners
  • Touring Mentioned Below
  • Luggage Handling and Taxes

Tour Itinerary:

 

 

Day 1: Overnight Flight

 

Welcome the winter season with a timeless trip down the Danube River.  Your holiday tour begins with an overnight flight to Europe.


Day 2: Wurzburg, Germany - Tour Begins

 

Your tour begins in the ancient town of Wurzburg, known as "the Jewel of the Main River," and reputed to be one of Germany's loveliest towns.  Meet your fellow travelers at tonight's welcome dinner.  (D)

 


Day 3: Wurzburg - Rothenburg - Nuremberg - Board Cruise Ship

 

This morning, join a local guide on a leisurely-paced walking tour of Wurzburg.  This ancient Franconian wine town is rich in historic sights, including the magnificent 18th century residence of the prince-bishops which boasts the largest ceiling fresco in the world, and the ornate Alte mainbruckle, the oldest bridge on the River Main.   Proceed to lovely Rothenburg, one of the most well-preserved medieval walled towns in all of Germany.  Enjoy free time to explore the town's hidden treasures.  Late afternoon you arrive in Nuremberg to meet your cruise ship.  Unpack once for a relaxing 6-night Danube River cruise aboard your lovely ship.  This beautiful craft offers the newest technology, a panoramic deck, terrace cafe', panorama salon and bar, fitness center, excellent cruiseing and outstandin service.  This evening, enjoy a special welcome dinner on board. (B, D)


Day 4: Nuremberg

 

Today a local expert provides an interesting city tour of historic Nuremberg featuring the old town, the 900-year-old ramparts that surround the city, the Imperial Castle, and the Justice Palace, where the War Crimes Tribunal sat in 1946.  Your city tour concludes with a visit to Nuremberg's Christmas Market, Germany's most famous and oldest, dating back to 1628.  Nuremberg is a toy making center and you will have the opportunity to shop for traditional handcrafted nutcrackers and sample its famous Lebkuchen (gingerbread).  Later in the day, your cruise continues across the continental divide and through the final stretch of the fascinating Main-Danube Canal to Regensburg.  today, enjoy a short lesson on the local language from your tour manager and learn key words and phrases that will help you communicate with the locals.  After a delightful dinner, the onboard orchestra provides a musical Christmas concert for your enjoyment.  (B, L, D)


Day 5:  Regensburg

 

A guided walking tour of magnificent Regensburg reveals one of Germany's best-preserved medieval cities with nearly 1,400-foot historic buildings.  Some of the architectural highlights include the old Town Hall and the old Town Hall and the Porta Pretoria, gates to an ancient Roman fort built in 179 AD.  From the 12th century 1,400-foot long medieval bridge, you will have spectacular views of the city and surrounding countryside.  this afternoon, take a stroll through the old town to Rengensburg's charming Christmas market and marvel at the festive lights and decorations.  Browse and shop at the brightly lit wooden huts that sell Christmas tree ornaments, wooden toys and local handicrafts.  Late evening your ship departs fro Passau. (B, L, D)


Day 6: Passau

 

Early morning you cruise past scenic valleys and charming riverside towns to Passau, situated at the confluence of the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers.  Enjoy a leisurely-paced walking tour of this 2.000-year-old fairytale city, exploring the ornate Baroque architecture, the quaint cobblestone streets, St Stephen's Cathedral, home to Europe's largest church organ, and the charming Christmas Market.  After dinner, enjoy a delightful music concert in the ship's panorama lounge.  (B, L, D)


Day 7: Wachau Valley, Austria - Emmerdorf - Vienna

 

View the picturesque landscapes as you cruise to the charming town of Emmersdorf.  Relax and enjoy the surrounding scenery or if you wish, join an optional excursion to the nearby town of Durnstein and the 900-year-old Benedictine Melk Abbey, one of Europe's largest Baroque monasteries.  This afternoon you continue cruising through the romantic Wachau Valley, dotted with magnificent castles and small riverside towns.  You arrive in Vienna, Austria's beautiful capital city, in the early evening.  After dinner you are invited to visit Vienna's most famous Christmas Market, located near the town hall . (B, L, D)


Day 8:Vienna

 

Join a local expert exploring Vienna's Imperial architecture including the lavish Hofburg Palace, the impressive Vienna Opera House, the majestic Ringstrasse and awe-inspiring St. Stephen's Cathedral.  The afternoon is at leisure to explore Vienna's Baroque elegance, stroll along the Kartnerstrasse or sample some of Vienna's famous pastries.  If you wish, you may join an optional excursion to the opulent Schoenbrunn Palace, the summer retreat of the Habsburg dynasty.  A wonderful evening of food, music and entertainment awaits you at the Captain's gala Dinner.  Celebrate the endo fo your trip with an enchanting musical performance in the Panorama Bar.  (B, L, D)

 


 

Day 9:  Vienna - Disembark Ship - Tour Ends

 

After breakfast you disembark the ship as you tour comes to and end.  But you will have wonder memories of your Christmas on the Danube Tour!


 

 

SPECIAL NOTE:

 

This is aGold Card Program Tour, which can earn you $100 in Free Travel.

 

 

****The balance for all flight trips are due 90 days before departure, at which time it will become non-refundable.  Any bookings made within the last 90 days are subject to availability and will require full payment at the time of booking.****

 

 

All Fly Trips include airfare from Cleveland Airport , transfers and air taxes and fess (subject to increase until paid in full).  You will drive yourself to the airport.  Trip insurance is available, and will be sent to you upon making your reservation for your individual consideration.

 

 

IDENTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: A passport is required to take this tour.  Call the office and we will cheerfully mail you an easy application with instructions or see the following link on line to get one:  www.travel.state.gov/passport.  There are no refunds for improper identification.

   

  


Terms and Conditions:

PAYMENT:
For overnight tours, the deposit is based on the cost of the tour as follows:
  • Overnight Tours Under $150 > $25 Deposit
  • Overnight Tours $150-$800 > $75 Deposit
  • Overnight Tours $801-$1,500 > $100 Deposit
  • Overnight Tours over $1,501 > $250 Deposit
The balance of an overnight tour is due 30 days prior to departure (unless otherwise notified). A confirmation will be sent to you after we receive your deposit. For your convenience, we accept Visa, MasterCard and Discover if you are making your reservation by phone, or you can send a check to our office (please call first to check availability). If you are booking online, payment must be made in full.

REFUNDS:
Up to 30 days prior to departure date, a full refund will be made. *Air and cruise tours, and some longer tours, may be different—be sure to ask for details when making your reservation. Tours including tickets also generally have earlier non-refundable dates. There are no refunds for cancellations made within 30 days prior to your departure date. However, we will do our best to recover as much as we can, but cannot guarantee anything. There will be no refund, for any reason, for a “no-show” on the day of the tour. A “Refund Protection Plan” is available at our office at a minimal cost. This insures you a full refund in case of a death or illness in the immediate family up to 24 hours before the tour departs. (It does require a doctor’s written note or copy of death notice.) On longer tours, we have a special insurance plan available if you are interested, and it will be sent to you with your confirmation. We encourage you to take advantage of these protection plans. The Refund Protection Plan does not apply to Day Trips, nor are there any refunds for Day Trips, with a few exceptions.

CANCELED TOURS:
Gad-About Tours Inc. reserves the right to cancel any tour that has not reached a minimum number of reservations. We reserve the right to change tour prices and itinerary. Tours are prepared up to a year in advance and may be impacted by circumstances that arise which are beyond our control. We reserve the right to cancel or refuse service to anyone, in our sole discretion. We always avoid changes and cancellations if at all possible, as we realize the inconvenience to you, our valued customer.

TRANSPORTATION:
All of our tours are by late-model, deluxe wide-body motorcoach. They are equipped with air-conditioning, reclining seats, public address system, VCR, and emergency restrooms. Our intent is for all overnight tours to be professionally escorted for your convenience. Upon occasion, in order to avoid canceling a trip with a low passenger count, our driver may serve both positions of driver and escort, and all are professionally trained to do so. Also, on air trips with low passenger counts, we may not be able to provide an escort from our company. However, we will provide airport transportation*, plus a guide from our connecting company will meet you upon arrival at your destination and be with you throughout the entire tour. (*If only a few are going on a given air tour, we will pay your airport parking fee in lieu of using the coach.)

LODGING:
Your lodging is included on all overnight tours. All hotels are AAA rated. We never use second-rate hotels, restaurants, or activities on any tour, to the best of our ability to make that determination. Payment of telephone calls, room service, and other incidentals at places of lodging are the responsibility of the customer.

LUGGAGE:
One suitcase per person is included in the price of your tour. You are also permitted a carry-on, which is your responsibility. Additional luggage may be transported at the cost of $5.00 per bag, per day. It is wise to travel light. Luggage tags are provided and required for hotel identification, and are sent with the final letter with the phone numbers of your hotels.

TAXES AND GRATUITIES:
All taxes and gratuities for included meals and activities are included, unless otherwise mentioned by the Escort. Driver and Escort gratuities are not included in the price of the tour, and are optional. However, the suggested gratuity as posted by the American Bus Assoc. for a job well done is $2.00-$2.50 per person/per day for the tour escort, and $2.00-$2.50 per person/per day for the driver. We request that you express this on an individual basis, and let the quality of service received be your guide.

SEATING:
On all overnight tours, we use a daily seat rotation. The first day of a trip, we allow you to choose your seat when you get on, and rotate from there. We feel this is fair to all involved. If the coach is not full, a less formal rotation may be used at escort’s discretion.

SMOKING:
We make regular stops for restrooms and for the convenience of smokers; however, we have a NO SMOKING policy aboard all coaches. This policy also applies to e-cigarettes.

RESPONSIBILITY:
Gad-About Tours, Inc. is bonded, insured, and registered with the ICC, number MC 198451. We act only as agents and are not responsible to any person for any loss of time or money due to a change or delay beyond our control. Nor are we responsible for non-performance by those we have contracted with. Any claims against Gad-About Tours Inc. must be made, in writing, within 30 days of the trip.