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Grand Danube River Cruise * featuring Vienna and Budapest
Star New Itinerary & Ship! Star
Offered By: Van Galder Bus Company
Featuring Vienna and Budapest

Operates: No scheduled departures
Tour Length: 9 Days
Departs From: Madison, WI * Janesville, WI * South Beloit, IL * Rockford, IL

Strauss Deck - French Balcony Stateroom(per person double occupancy) - $4,399.00
Mozart Deck - French Balcony Stateroom (per person double occupancy) - $4,699.00

Prices are per person.

Tour Inclusions:

Professional tour director, roundtrip motorcoach transportation, airport/port transfers, roundtrip air, port taxes, cabin accommodations, 4 excursions, onboard meals including breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner

Tour Itinerary

Cruise along the picturesque Danube River through Germany, Austria, Slovakia, and Hungary in sophisticated-chic fashion onboard the Amadeus Elegant. From the moment you board the ship, the traditional elegance and classy-contemporary interior provide a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere. The friendly staff and exquisite cuisine captivates this intimate style of river cruising! Visit historic city centers in 4 European countries,  3 UNESCO World Heritage sites that feature architectural styles of Roman, Gothic and Baroque.

Day 1:

Motorcoach to Chicago O’Hare International Airport for overnight flight to Germany.

Day 2:

Arrive in Munich, Germany and transfer to the Amadeus Elegant docked in Passau, known as the "Three River City, situated at the confluence of the Inn, Ilz and Danube Rivers in southeast Germany. Settle into your cabin in the afternoon and, at your leisure, join fellow guests for a welcome reception, followed by a fine dining experience.

Day 3:

Vienna: Welcome to the grand imperial city of Vienna, the cultural center and capital of Austria! Motor coach tour of the city's impressive Baroque and Gothic architecture includes the Ringstrasse, the Hofburg Palace and Saint Stephen's Cathedral, all examples of this distinguished UNESCO World Heritage site. Some of the City's fame comes from the renowned composers Strauss, Mozart, Schuber, and Beethoven.

Day 4:

Bratislava: In the morning, the ship welcomes you to the old-town charm found in the Slovakian capital, Bratislava. Sightseeing tour explores this city that borders Austria, Germany, and Slovakia. Tour one of the country's historic icons, Devin Castle.

Day 5:

Budapest: A city that is divided by the Danube and another UNESCO World Heritage site, first explore the newer, more cosmopolitan "Pest" side where you see Heroes' Square, the famous Opera House and the impressive buildings of the Parliament. Next, visit the "Buda" side of the city and savor the views from Fisherman's Bastion, see Matthias Church and the Buda Castle.

After dinner, we take a cruise along the Danube passing magnificently floodlit buildings on both sides of the river and under the illuminated Chain Bridge.

Day 6:

Budapest: Having already seen the Hungarian capital on the city tour, you are now free to explore the city further on your own or join optional excursions offered. After lunch, we depart Budapest and cruise upstream towards Vienna.

Day 7:

Vienna: Arrive around lunchtime and explore Vienna at your leisure or take optional excursions availabe, one of which is the Schoenbrunn Castle, one of Vienna's most beautiful buildings. After dinner onboard, you can participate in another optional excursion, "Sound of Vienna," a classical music interpretation.

Day 8:

Wachau Valley/Melk/Emmersdorf: Noted a UNESCO World Heritage site this valley is bordered by mountains rich in agricultural and cultivating principles. Today's port of call is Melk, Austria where we visit the impressive Baroque Benedictine Abbey, one of the region's most popular attractions. After lunch, the ship continues upstream.

Join the captain as he welcomes you to a festive farewell dinner during which the ship's orchestra will entertain everyone with its spirited playing.

Day 9:

Passau: Disembark the Amedeus Elegant after breakfast, say goodbye to the crew as we transfer to the airport for return trip home.

Ship Amenities:

SHIP AMENITIES: Intimate style of river cruising, exceptional service, superb dining, lounge area with panoramic windows, fitness room, beauty salon, souvenir shop, sun deck, daily musical performances by on-board musicians, Welcome and Captain's Gala Dinners.

FRENCH BALCONY STATEROOM (STRAUSS DECK): Situated towards the center and rear of the ship's middle deck with large panoramic window offering spectacular outside views with a French balcony. Tastefully furnished with twin or double bed, table and chairs, TV, air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms with shower, safety deposit box.

FRENCH BALCONY STATEROOM (MOZART DECK): Located on the uppermost cabin deck, these staterooms have large panoramic window with a French balcony offering spectacular outside views. Generously sized and tastefully furnished with two twin beds or double bed, TV, air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms with shower, safety deposit box.

DINING ON THE AMADEUS ELEGANT: Breakfast buffet, lunch, afternoon coffee or tea, dinner in a fine dining atmosphere with quality red and white wines from Europe, and mid-night snacks.

Important Notes:

  • Heavy level of walking involved
  • DEPOSIT: $500.00 at time of reservation; final payment due June 9, 2014. Once payments have been made stringent cancellation penalties apply
  • Travel insurance is highly recommended
  • Airline luggage fees, fuel surcharges (if applicable) and shipboard gratuities are additional
  • Passport valid for six months from departure from Munich is required

Departure Details:

Departure City
Location Address
Parking Info.
Madison, WI Shopko South Towne Mall
2101 W Broadway
Lot "G"
Janesville, WI Van Galder Terminal,
3120 N Pontiac Dr.
Parking pass provided.
South Beloit, IL Road Ranger / McDonald's
I-90 / Hwy 75 Interchange
Parking $3.00 Per Day.
Rockford, IL Van Galder Terminal
7559 Walton St
Parking Token Provided.


Terms and Conditions:

Van Galder Tour & Travel requires advance reservations on all tours. Reservations can be made by telephone at 800.747.7407 or 608.531.4545; in person at The Old Towne Mall - Van Galder Tour & Travel, 20 S. Main St., Ste. 26, Janesville, WI , or online at Office hours: Mon.-Fri. 8am-5pm. After Hours/Emergency: 800.747.0994, #6

Extended Motorcoach Tours:
require a $50.00 deposit per person within 7 days after making reservation and a final payment 45 DAYS prior to departure
One Day Tours:
require $00.00 deposit per person and a final payment 45 DAYS prior to departure
Flyaway & Cruise Packages:
Rules/regulations vary by vendor and package. Refer to tour description.
Payment types accepted:
Cash, personal check, money order, Mastercard, Visa, Discover, or American Express.
is strongly recommended on all motorcoach tours and is offered to safeguard your travel investment. Insurance details are available on page 26 and are optional. However, no representation or description of the insurance made by our staff constitutes a binding assurance or promise about the insurance. Travel Insurance premium is non-refundable. If insurance is not purchased, refund/cancellation policy is listed below:
PER PERSON PENALITIES (based on business days prior to departure)

Extended Motorcoach:
30 + days prior to departure, there will be a $00.00 per person penalty. 29-4 days prior to departure, there will be a $100 per person penalty plus any unrecoverable fees. 3-0 days (72 business hours) prior to departure, there will be no refund.
One Day Motorcoach:
30 + days prior to departure, there will be a $00.00 per person penalty. 29-4 days prior to departure, there will be a penalty of 50% of the tour cost or the cost of the ticketed event (whichever is higher). 3-0 days (72 business hours) prior to departure, there will be no refund.
Flyaway/Cruise Packages:
Rules/regulations vary by vendor and package. Refer to tour description. **Cancelling passengers on most motorcoach tours can provide a replacement person(s) for the seat(s.) The office must be notified of the name replacement at the time of cancellation or within the timeline provided by tour office. No one is permitted to board the motorcoach whose name is not on the manifest.
One Day Tours: An invoice with timing will be issued at time of reservation and emailed to client (or sent via US Mail if no e-mail is available.) Multi-Day Motorcoach Tours: An invoice will be issued at time of reservation and emailed to client (or sent via US Mail if no e-mail is available.) A tour itinerary and bag tags will be issued at least 2 weeks prior to departure and sent via US Mail. Flyaway and Cruise Offerings: An invoice will be issued at time of reservation and emailed to client (or sent via US Mail if no e-mail is available.) A tour itinerary and bag tags will be issued at least 2 weeks prior to departure and sent via US Mail. Exceptions, due to outside vendors, will be explained at time of reservations.
A valid U.S. Passport for travel outside the United States via land, air, or sea is required. All International travel requires a U.S. Passport valid for 6 months beyond departure date from foreign country.
Each tour participant is pre-registered by advance reservation. Upon arrival, room keys will be obtained by the tour director or driver and distributed accordingly. Arrangements will be made for your luggage to be delivered to your room and returned to the motorcoach at check-out time unless otherwise indicated. Room assignments are made by the hotel in an impartial manner. All nonsmoking rooms are requested. If any special service (ex: smoking room, ADA accessible room) is required, please advise at time of reservation.
Our “Single Share Program” is offered on most of Van Galder Tour & Travel's motor coach extended day tours (exceptions will be listed on individual tour outlines.) If travelling alone and you would like to share a room with another person of the same sex, please advise the Van Galder staff member assisting you at the time of reservation. The tour MUST be booked at least 45 days prior to departure to take advantage of this offer. Tour & Travel will try and match you with another tour participant traveling alone who would like to share. If there is a match, you and your roommate will travel at the double rate. If no potential roommate is available, you still travel at the double rate. If you CHOOSE not to travel with the tour participant selected, you will travel at the single rate. Van Galder Tour & Travel is not responsible for the personal habits of our clients
Any disability requiring special attention must be reported to Van Galder Tour & Travel at time of reservation. Van Galder will make reasonable efforts to accommodate the special needs of tour participants, but are not responsible in the event we are unable to do so, or if any of the vendors deny services. We strongly advise persons with special needs to travel with a qualified and physically able companion. Van Galder tour directors and/or drivers are not to act as a travel attendant to any client with special needs, or physically lift or assist clients into transportation vehicles. A minimum of 48 hours advance notice in writing is required for a wheelchair accessible bus. ** Please note: the Americans with Disabilities Act is not applicable outside of the United States and facilities for disabled individuals may be limited.
Motorcoach tours include most necessary tips for bellman, doorman, and dining room meals as noted on itineraries, plus all taxes unless otherwise indicated. Gratuities /taxes may vary for flyaway/cruise tours and will be noted on tour itinerary. Tips are appreciated by the tour directors and drivers who work diligently to ensure your trip is enjoyable. Suggested per person amount is $3.00 per day for each tour director and driver, however are optional and at client discretion.
We use state-of-the-art motorcoaches, which are climate controlled with comfortable reclining seats, footrests, overhead storage, rest rooms, public address system, GPS units, seat belts and large panoramic windows for your viewing enjoyment. Although seat belts are not required at this time, Van Galder strongly suggests the use of seat belts at all times. Note: It is difficult to maintain the motorcoach at a temperature that is comfortable for everyone, a light jacket is suggested.
Smoking, including the use of electronic simulated smoking materials, e-cigarettes, and smokeless cigarettes is prohibited in all workplaces, facilities and vehicles of Coach USA and its affiliates.
Alcohol is not permitted on board any Van Galder Tour & Travel retail tour. If you wish to bring alcohol, coolers will be allowed and stored under the motorcoach in the luggage bay, only to be taken out and consumed off of the motorcoach upon arrival at the destination.
Each person is permitted to bring one large piece of luggage to be stowed in the luggage bay. Also, a small carry-on size bag is allowed to be stowed in the overhead bin on the motorcoach, and is the responsibility of the client.
Take sufficient supply of prescription medication to last duration of the tour. It is very difficult to get prescriptions refilled while enroute. Keep medications on your person at all times.
Seat assignments are made on extended day tours only and are assigned based on booking date order from the front of the motorcoach back. No special requests for seats will be honored. All passengers on a three or more day tour will participate in daily rotation. Note: On extended tours, all passengers are required to sit in assigned seats until all clients are on board. If there are ample seats empty in the rear of the motorcoach, the tour director will ask the group if anyone wants to be left out of the seat rotation. If there are enough seats for ALL clients that would like to move, at that time they will be able to switch seats. However, if there are not enough seats in the back for all clients that want to be out of the rotation, then no one will move and everyone will be required to participate in seat rotation.
Van Galder Tour & Travel gift certificates are available year-round for any denomination. They are attractively packaged and are available online at
Most Van Galder retail motorcoach tours grant a $3.00 per person, per day, travel dollar to all paid tour participants. Travel Dollars can be used on any future Van Galder retail tour and do not expire. Note: Chicago Fun Days, Casino Tours, Cruises and all Flyaway tours are excluded.
*JANESVILLE, WI Van Galder Terminal 3120 N. Pontiac Dr. *SOUTH BELOIT, IL Road Ranger / McDonald’s ($3 per day) Hwy 75 & I90 *ROCKFORD, IL Van Galder Terminal 7559 Walton St. *MADISON, WI Shopko South Towne Mall 2101 W. Broadway, Lot “G”
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Children under the age of 18 years old are welcomed to travel on any of our tours, however must be accompanied by an adult. Van Galder Tour & Travel reserves the right to accept or reject any person as a tour participant. Van Galder Tour & Travel reserves the right to substitute hotels of equal or better grade, the right to alter sightseeing schedules, or substitute the type of transportation when operationally necessary, and reserves the right to cancel any tour up to seven days prior to departure. Tour prices include only the meals, accommodations, etc... that are listed in the individual tour itinerary. Maid, laundry service, telephone calls, room service, alcoholic beverages, souvenirs, and other items of a personal nature are not included. No responsibility will be accepted for lack of appropriate medical facilities, weather, losses, strikes, criminal acts, war, terrorism, computer difficulties, delay or other complications not under the supervision of Van Galder Tour & Travel.