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Journey to Prague and the Danube

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Includes airfare, hotel, baggage and transfers

Departs October 15 and October 30, 2014

About This Journey

Begin your Enrichment Journey with three nights in Prague, one of Europe’s most attractive cities, and then sample Budapest for two nights before joining your 8-day Melodies of the Danube cruise.  En route, you will discover a wealth of art, history and cultural treasures as you explore some of Europe’s most famous destinations. From Budapest, a haven for musicians, writers and artists, you will cruise to Bratislava, Vienna, Passau and Regensburg. Along the way, visit magnificent cathedrals and baroque abbeys with included shore excursions. Explore the charming Wachau Valley and traverse Europe’s continental divide, made possible by the Main-Danube Canal. You’ll end this trip with two nights in Munich with an optional excursion to picturesque Neuschwanstein Castle. From $4,399 per person.

Journey to Prague and the Danube

Itinerary
Day Port Arrival Departure
1 Depart USA
2 Arrive Prague – Transfer to Hotel
3 Prague
4 Prague
5 Prague – Transfer to Budapest Hotel
6 Budapest
7 Budapest – Transfer to Ship 9:00 PM
8 Budapest 5:00 PM
9 Bratislava 9:00 AM 1:00 PM
9 Vienna 8:30 PM
10 Vienna 11:59 PM
11 Durnstein 7:30 AM 1:00 PM
11 Melk 4:00 PM 9:30 PM
12 Linz 8:00 AM 11:59 PM
13 Passau 8:00 AM 12:00 PM
13 Vilshofen 3:00 PM
14 Vilshofen/Regensberg – Transfer to Munich
15 Munich
16 Return to USA

Land Package Highlights

  • Prague - Your morning sightseeing tour reveals why Prague is considered one of Europe’s most attractive cities, with a historic city center that’s recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the 1,000 year-old Prague Castle and St. Vitus before walking over the Charles Bridge to the Old Market Square. The balance of the rest of the day is at your leisure, perhaps to visit Wenceslas Square or enjoy yourself in one of the city’s many charming cafes. This evening, an optional “Folklore Dinner Show” provides an opportunity to learn about Czech music, dance and traditions. The next day provides a day at your leisure. Stroll through a museum or gallery, wander along the banks of the Vltava River, relax at an outdoor café, or shop for local handicrafts. This afternoon, participate in an optional excursion to Terezin, the infamous Nazi WWII concentration camp that is now a memorial to those who perished, or an optional excursion to Lobkowicz Palace.
  • Budapest – Your morning excursion includes sightseeing in Buda and Pest. From historic Buda Castle, enjoy a spectacular view of the twin cities spread over both banks of the river. Your tour also features the Fisherman’s Bastion, the Royal Palace, St. Stephen’s Basilica, the massive Heroes’ Square and more. The following day, take advantage of a free morning to explore Budapest on your own or join an optional excursion to Puszta, the great Hungarian Plain which stretches across eastern Hungary. This excursion includes a savory traditional lunch with delicious Hungarian goulash.
  • Munich - Enjoy a panoramic tour of Munich followed by a walking tour of the Old Town. You will see such iconic sights as the famous Glockenspiel at Munich’s New Town Hall and the Frauenkirche, the “Cathedral of Our Lady.” The afternoon is free for you to explore Munich on your own or to take an optional tour to visit the stunning Neuschwanstein Castle, inspiration for Walt Disney’s “Sleeping Beauty Castle.” The palace was built in the 19th century by “Mad” King Ludwig II of Bavaria as an homage to composer Richard Wagner. 

Port Highlights

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY – After checking out of your hotel in Budapest, you will have your choice of a free morning to explore Budapest on your own or join an optional excursion to Puszta, the great Hungarian Plain which stretches across eastern Hungary. This excursion includes a savory traditional lunch with delicious Hungarian goulash. Tonight, meet your fellow passengers at the Welcome Dinner as the ship cruises to Bratislava. (B,D)

BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA – This afternoon, arrive in Bratislava, capital of Slovakia. You have your choice of two tours today: a walking tour of the city’s major sites, including the Old Town Hall, Mirbach Palace and Gothic St. Martin’s Cathedral; or a “Communist History” tour that includes architectural landmarks such as the Radio Building, Liberty Square and the Soviet War Memorial. Spend the evening in Bratislava before the ship cruises to magnificent Vienna later tonight. (B,L,D)

VIENNA, AUSTRIA – This morning enjoy a guided tour of romantic Vienna that will include the majestic Opera House, the Ringstrasse and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. The afternoon is free to stroll along the Kärtnerstrasse or sample some of Vienna’s famous pastries in the historic city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Join an optional tour this afternoon to the Imperial Schönbrunn Palace and Gardens, a glorious example of Baroque architecture. Tonight, enjoy an optional Mozart and Strauss concert. (B,L,D)

DÜRNSTEIN – MELK, AUSTRIA – Reach the Wachau Valley early this morning for your walking tour of Dürnstein, one of the prettiest towns along the Danube, filled with cobblestone streets, 16th-century town houses and wine taverns. Marvel at the magnificent blue facade of the Baroque Stiftskirche and see the ruins of the castle where Richard the Lionhearted, King of England, was held for ransom in 1192. This afternoon, you can enjoy a guided bike tour from Dürnstein to Melk (capacity controlled) or relax onboard as you cruise the beautiful Wachau Valley. Your ship arrives in Melk late this afternoon, where you will tour the spectacular Benedictine Abbey that inspired the novel The Name of the Rose. Afterwards, enjoy free time to explore Melk, one of Europe’s great cultural heritage sites. (B,L,D)

LINZ – PASSAU, GERMANY – This morning the ship arrives in Linz, where you will have a choice of two excursions. The first is an optional excursion to Salzburg, where you will take a walking tour of the historic center, the setting for the “Sound of Music” and Mozart’s birthplace. As an alternative, remain on the ship and cruise through scenic Upper Austria to Passau, a 2,000-year-old city noted for its Gothic and Italian Baroque architecture. A walking tour of Passau will take you along the cobblestone streets of the Old Town, where you will see the city fortifications and St. Stephan’s Cathedral, home to Europe’s largest pipe organ. (B,L,D)

PASSAU, GERMANY – VILSHOFEN – Early this morning, cruise through Upper Austria to Passau in Germany, where the rivers Inn and Ilz join the Danube. Your city tour takes you around this charming city founded more than 2,000 years ago. Highlights include St. Stephan’s Cathedral, home to the largest pipe organ in the world. As an alternative, explore the city on a guided bike tour (capacity controlled). This afternoon, the ship cruises to the medieval town of Vilshofen, where you’ll enjoy a mini “Oktoberfest” with local food, beer and Bavarian folk music and dancing.

VILSHOFEN – DISEMBARKATION – REGENSBURG – MUNICH –

This morning, disembark your ship in Vilshofen and depart for Munich. Stop in Regensburg for a walking tour of one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities. You will have some free time afterwards to explore Regensburg’s old town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, before continuing your transfer to Munich. Enjoy the scenic countryside en route to your hotel in Munich, Germany’s third-largest city. With a history that dates back to the middle ages, Munich is an important industrial, educational and cultural center, renowned for its breweries, beer gardens and boisterous Oktoberfest celebrations.

Journey to Prague and the Danube

Included Features

  • Included round-trip airfare, transfers and baggage handling
  • Three nights at the four-star Grand Majestic Plaza in Prague (or similar) including daily breakfast
  • Two nights at the four-star Nemzeti Hotel (or similar) including daily breakfast
  • Two nights at the four-star Holiday Inn Munich City Center (or similar) including daily breakfast
  • Local tour hosts in Prague, Budapest and Munich with three complimentary tours during hotel stay
    • Prague – Half-day city tour with Hradcany Castle
    • Budapest – Half-day city tour
    • Munich – Half-day city tour
  • 7-night/8-day cruise aboard AMA Waterways AmaLyra, AmaPrima or AmaSonata
  • All meals while onboard
  • Selected Shore excursions included during cruise

Journey to Prague and the Danube

What to Expect on Your Trip

Pacing

During your 16-day Journey, you will first explore the city of Prague, Czech Republic, then Budapest, Hungary for four days. There will be a motor coach transfer between these two cities. Then step aboard an AmaWaterways river cruise with for an eight-day sailing through ports in Austria, Slovakia and Germany. Conclude the trip with a quick trip to Munich for two days to see the gorgeous sights. Optional shore excursions will allow for cultural immersion, exotic meals and numerous activities.

Physical Activity

The land portion of the trip should be considered moderately active, involving walking to several historical sites. Walking on different types of land, roads and landmarks will be part of the trip, especially in historical castles and through cobblestone streets of classic towns. Enrichment Journeys will do everything in our power to ensure comfort through our third-party providers, including air-conditioned buses and comfortable accommodations where applicable. For the cruise portion of the trip, passengers will board and leave the ship up stairways and gangways, and you may have to walk a moderate distance to transfer to train, bus and car stations. Time spent on the road and traveling can be long, so you will need to be prepared for stretches of down time in between destinations.

Cultural Focus

Dive deep into European city life starting in Prague, a stylish and forward-thinking destination with roots tied to historical and neighboring Slovenian and Austrian rule. Budapest, Hungary has overcome the adversity of a communistic past and is now a mecca for international travelers willing to put its reputation for being a culinary capital to the test. Be in awe as you explore the Danube River and this beautiful area of Europe. The continent’s second longest waterway has served as a major transportation hub as well as a cultural gathering place for centuries, and is lined with ornate churches and charming cafes.

A trip of a lifetime through the Czech Republic, Hungary, Austria, Slovakia and Germany will be unforgettable and very different than that you might be used to at home. Enrichment Journeys encourages an open mind when meeting people abroad and being in unique situations. Sometimes the attractions, beaches and the destinations themselves (like in Budapest, Vienna and Prague) can be crowded, so we will proceed with caution.

European culture is passionate and diverse. You will have the chance to hear many languages and interact with a wide range of people. Many people speak English in major cities, especially at tourist attractions. Keep in mind that some areas are more conservative than others, especially when visiting places of worship and historical landmarks.

Unique Factors

If you have special needs or physical limitations, you will need to check in with a Personal Vacation Manager before booking a trip. The weather can vary between destinations, so pack accordingly with a few colder weather items and more breathable, cotton items to suit the varying climate. Sturdy shoes will be needed during city walks.

Recommended Reading List

Looking to learn more about the cultures, lifestyle and fun found in foreign destinations you are about to visit? We recommend these following books:

Fiction/Personal Accounts

Budapest Noir, A Novel by Vilmos Kondor

Prague: A Traveler’s Literary Companion by Paul Wilson

Prague, Capital of the Twentieth Century: A Surrealist History by Derek Sayer

Children’s Books

The Story of the Trapp Family Singers by Maria Augusta Trapp

Hungary (Enchantment of the World) by Ann Stalcup

A Boy of Old Prague by Sulamith Ish-Kishor and Ben Shahn

Travel Guides

Vienna Under the Surface by Maximilian Just

Lonely Planet Munich Bavaria & the Black Forest by Marc Di Duca

Blue: Inventing the River Danube by Anton Holzer

All Things Austria by Andre Kasberger

Blogs

The Prague Thing: http://thepraguething.wordpress.com/

Alex Will Travel: http://www.alexwilltravel.com/

Five Things to Do on Danube Day (post): http://biofreshblog.com/2013/06/29/five-things-to-do-on-danube-day/

Videos

National Geographic’s Budapest videos: http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/city-guides/budapest-hungary/

Travel video TV, Vienna: http://www.travelvideo.tv/videos/austria/viennavideo.html

Mission: Impossible (partly filmed in Prague)

Transportation

Enrichment Journeys is committed to providing remarkable experiences at extraordinary value. As a result, airline routings are selected to maximize that value and may involve multiple stops and extended layovers versus non-stop or direct flights. Passengers wishing to utilize specific carriers, or direct, or non-stop, or Business Class flights may do so by contacting the Enrichment Journeys air department.

Routing Transportation Approximate Travel Time
New York – Prague Airplane 13 hours
Prague – Budapest Motorcoach 5 hours 30 minutes
Vilshofen – Regensburg Motorcoach 1 hour 20 minutes
Regensburg – Munich Motorcoach 1 hour 40 minutes
Munich – New York Airplane 13 hours

Journey to Prague and the Danube

Journey to Prague and the Danube

Dates & Prices
10/15/2014 Retail Value EJ Price Savings Per Person Single Rate
E (Fixed Window) $5,749 SOLD OUT SOLD OUT SOLD OUT
D (Fixed Window) $5,999 SOLD OUT  SOLD OUT SOLD OUT
C (French Balcony) $6,249 SOLD OUT SOLD OUT SOLD OUT
BA (French Balcony and Outside Balcony) $6,624 SOLD OUT  SOLD OUT  SOLD OUT
10/30/2014 Retail Value EJ Price Savings Per Person Single Rate
E (Fixed Window) $5,374 SOLD OUT SOLD OUT SOLD OUT
D (Fixed Window) $5,409 SOLD OUT SOLD OUT SOLD OUT
C (French Balcony) $5,749 SOLD OUT SOLD OUT SOLD OUT
BB (French Balcony and Outside Balcony) $6,061 SOLD OUT SOLD OUT SOLD OUT
BA (French Balcony and Outside Balcony) $6,124 SOLD OUT SOLD OUT SOLD OUT
Air Add-Ons
City Add-On City Add-On City Add-On
Atlanta $300 Houston Intercontinental $250 Philadelphia $200
Boston $200 John F. Kennedy $0 Phoenix $400
Denver $400 Los Angeles $350 San Diego $400
Dallas-Ft. Worth $300 Orlando $300 Seattle $350
Newark $100 Miami $250 San Francisco $350
Washington – Dulles $250 Chicago $300 Tampa $300
- Business Class Air Available on Request
– Additional Gateways Available on Request
– Air Add-On Rates are subject to change without notice

All prices on our website and e-Journey Travel Guide are subject to change without notice. While we make every effort to provide you the most accurate and up-to-date information, occasionally, a trip or pricing category may be misprinted or unavailable at the time of booking. In the event of an incorrect price due to typographical, photographic, or technical error, or error in pricing information received from our suppliers, we retain the right to correct the price and to refuse or cancel any bookings placed at the incorrect price. In addition, all offers, prices, and conditions of sale may be subject to change without notice including tours, included features, highlights, minimum or maximum stays, itinerary, times in port, and/or other conditions/restrictions.

Journey to Prague and the Danube

The following hotel list is preliminary and subject to change. Although we contract for hotels a year or more in advance, unforeseen circumstances do occasionally require a change of hotel. Should it be necessary to change a hotel, one of equal quality or value will be substituted and you will receive confirmed hotel information with your final itinerary. Please note that hotel ratings are based on TripAdvisor ratings and are subject to change.

Accommodations
Grand Majestic Plaza

Truhlářská 1117/16, 110 00 Prague 1, Czech Republic

Telephone: +420 211 159 100

Only 570 yards from the Powder Gate and the Municipal House, Grand Majestic Plaza offers spacious rooms with free internet access and free coffee and tea-making facilities. Modern rooms come with air conditioning, minibar, safe, writing desk and flat-screen satellite TV. Fine Czech dishes are served at the open Atrium Restaurant, which includes a sitting area in the inner courtyard. Buffet breakfast is also available. Cocktails and snacks are served around a marble hall with a color-lit water fountain at the Grand Lounge cafe. Free Wi-Fi is available all public areas and there is an internet corner by the 24-hour front desk. Wellness facilities include a sauna and hot tub, and there are several treatment rooms where Thai massages and cosmetic therapies are available upon request. The Grand Majestic is only 400 yards from the Palladium shopping center and the nearest metro station, in Republic Square, is only a 5-minute walk away.

Nemzeti Hotel

Jozsef Korut 4, Budapest 1088, Hungary

Telephone: 011 36 1 477 4500

The Nemzeti Hotel is a boutique hotel located in the town center, close to historical places of interest and the business district. This beautiful hotel was renovated in 2012 and the traditional architecture of the exterior contrasts with the audacious interior design: as soon as visitors enter the lobby they are greeted by elegant wrought iron balustrades and a spectacular staircase. The decoration is a mixture of art nouveau, the eclectic movement, also known as ‘Rococo Baroque’, and contemporary touches. At the beginning of the 20th Century, the Nemzeti Hotel was already a cultural hotspot in Budapest, and today the suites are named, among others, after respected actors who performed at the National Theatre which used to stand nearby.

Holiday Inn Munich City Centre

Hochstrasse 3, 81669 Munich, Bavaria, Germany

Telephone: 011-49-8778-595095

Enjoy a relaxing stay at the contemporary Holiday Inn Munich City Centre hotel, just 10 minutes’ walk from Marienplatz central square, and only 45 minutes by S-Bahn from Munich Airport to the art-filled spaces of Holiday Inn Munich – City Centre. Revive with a swim in the indoor pool or catch up on emails with high-speed Internet (20.000 KBit/s) in your sleek Guest room. Discover Haidhausen’s upbeat bars and restaurants or take the 10-minute S-Bahn trip to Munich Central Station. Holiday Inn Munich City Centre is a convenient base for business with 500 covered parking spaces. Located in the same complex as Rosenheimer Platz transport hub, with direct links to Munich Airport, it’s a 20 minute drive to Messe Munich Trade Fair, and Gasteig exhibition venue is directly opposite the hotel.

AmaWaterways

Award-winning river cruise line AmaWaterways continues to lead the industry with a fleet of 15 custom-designed vessels in Europe, Russia, Vietnam, Cambodia and Africa. With innovative ship designs, spacious and stylish staterooms, premium amenities, exceptional cuisine and impeccable service, AmaWaterways sets new standards in river cruising every year. AmaWaterways offers several exciting new itineraries in 2013, exploring the Seine in France and the Douro in Portugal. Whether you join on the great waterways of Europe and Russia, the Chobe River in Africa, or the exotic Mekong River in Vietnam and Cambodia, you will have the trip of a lifetime with an AmaWaterways river cruise vacation.

AmaLyra

AmaLyra

Introduced in 2009, the AmaLyra quickly earned a “Best New River Cruise Ship” distinction. Striking contemporary artwork is a hallmark of this luxurious vessel. Marvel at ever-changing scenery from a reclining wooden lounge chair on the Sun Deck, not far from an inviting outdoor whirlpool. Relax in spacious accommodations that range in size from 170-255 sq. ft., most featuring French balconies. Additional stateroom amenities include complimentary Internet and Wi-Fi, and first-run Hollywood movies on an in-room “Infotainment” System.

AmaSonata

AmaSonata

This 164-passenger vessel boasts spacious staterooms with our exclusive Twin Balconies, a choice of dining venues, a heated pool with swim-up bar, in-room Internet access and more. The AmaSonata – set to debut in 2014 – is a sister ship to the AmaCerto and features the most advanced design of any river cruise vessel currently in operation. Our exclusive Twin Balconies are available in most staterooms, which measure a spacious 210-235 sq. feet, with four suites measuring 350 sq. feet. Passengers will enjoy gourmet dining with free-flowing fine wines at multiple onboard dining venues; a heated sun deck swimming pool with a ‘swim-up’ bar; fitness center and spa; complimentary ship-wide Wi-Fi and in-room Internet and Infotainment; and a fleet of bicycles carried onboard for passengers to enjoy on their own or on guided bike tours.

AmaPrima

AmaPrima

This 164-passenger vessel incorporates the most advanced design offering spacious staterooms featuring exclusive twin balconies, multiple dining venues, heated pool, Internet/WiFi access and more. Inspired by classic ocean yachts, the AmaPrima provides the most distinctive river cruise experience. A magnificent glass elevator is one of the unique design elements found onboard. The beautifully-decorated and spacious accommodations range in size up to 350 sq. ft. Relax in a heated Sun Deck swimming pool with a “swim-up” bar; enjoy Chaîne des Rôtisseurs culinary creations in five dining venues. The ship also features a Fitness Center, Massage, Hair and Beauty salon; complimentary Internet access and first-run Hollywood movies; plus a fleet of bicycles to enhance your river cruise experience.

Journey to Prague and the Danube

Preparing for Your Trip

Money Matters

How you handle your own currency and financials is your choice while on the trip. Some people prefer to exchange all their money in advance, while others will rely solely on credit cards. Consider calling your bank ahead of time to have them aware of your international travel, especially when using cards or withdrawing money.

ATM Machines

These can be scarce in some more rural areas but more available in major cities and places like Budapest and Prague. Some will charge fees on top of what your hometown bank may charge for using ATMs abroad. Look for well-marked machines that have the Visa or MasterCard symbols.

Foreign Banks

Currency can be exchanged at most banks when in need of cash. Ask a local host or tour manager if there is a nearby bank that is open.

Credit Cards

Cards are now widely accepted all over the world, especially major brand names. Call your card company ahead of time to find out its specific limitations and benefits overseas. However, it is a good idea to carry cash in case of emergencies or when wanting to purchase items from local markets.

Incidentals

Do be aware that some additional charges for mini-bars, laundry and room service will not be included in the tour package. Plan accordingly for these extra charges.

Packing Guidelines

Keep packing as simple as possible for easy transfers and customs screenings. Ask your domestic carrier their own rules for baggage allowance, which might mean additional fees. All bags will be screened before boarding the cruise ship.

Luggage Screening Process

To pass through screening at the airport, have liquids either in small containers and bagged, or in checked luggage. All valuables necessary for the trip should be on your person at all times, if possible. This includes medications and documentation. We recommend one main bag and a carry-on, per airline guidelines with weight and size.

Labeling

Have your bags all labeled with name and address clearly marked. Add something recognizable in case bags are misplaced. Also mark bags with “Enrichment Journeys” for fluidity.

Carry-on items

In many countries, including the US, large liquid containers are not allowed in carry-ons. On the way back into the states, food or agriculture items are prohibited. If you are questioning a certain item, visit www.tsa.gov for a list of items that cannot be packed.

What to pack

Basics and layers are key to a comfortable Journey. Most regions will have pleasantly warm and sometimes rainy climates, so pack accordingly. There is always unusual variables as well, so make sure you have one sturdy jacket and an outfit for a formal occasion too, just in case.

Here are a few key items to take on your trip to Europe:

  • Raincoat/poncho
  • Hooded jacket/fleece pullover
  • Skirt/pants with pockets
  • Hat with visor & sunscreen/bug spray
  • Warm socks
  • Sturdy sandals
  • Practical shoes for walking/easy hiking
  • Extra pair of prescription sunglasses and/or glasses (if needed)

Cameras

Have back-ups for everything to avoid disappointment. Charge batteries in advance and bring extra film or digital memory cards. If bringing a high-end camera, consider investing in insurance to protect your asset.

Cell phones

Some cell phones will work overseas, but accrue additional charges for the use. Choose whether you would like to add an international plan by calling you carrier, or consider purchasing a pay-as-you-go phone overseas. However, many smartphones and tablets can pick up wireless internet for free or in internet cafes in places like Budapest, Vienna, Passau, Prague and other major ports.

Your Health and Comfort

Protecting the Value of Your Travel Investment

Enrichment Journeys offers a comprehensive travel insurance package you can purchase alongside your trip. It eases the mind and lets you cancel your trip beforehand up to the departure date with a full refund – that means 100% coverage at anytime.

This covers a wide variety of incidents, including travel delay, emergency medical services, baggage delay and medical consultations abroad. You will also receive a pre-existing medical conditions waiver if purchased 14 days prior to departure. For a full list of coverage provided, visit the FAQ section of the website.

Medical Issues and Handicaps

As with any extensive trip abroad, our excursions with Enrichment Journeys will require some physical capabilities, including transfers from cruise ships, walking on cobblestone streets and navigating through some busy cities with guides. Although we encourage all types of travelers to join us, we do ask you are aware of your own physical limitations. Unfortunately, we cannot provide individual care to those who may have walkers, wheelchairs or other aids. Enrichment Journeys also cannot accommodate pregnant women past their six month gestation period.

Please apply through our Personal Vacation Managers to see if certain itineraries are suitable for you and your needs. We are happy to suggest other viable options for you that are more accessible.

Per the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act, travelers have the right to be reasonably accommodated in terms of tours in public situations. However, the laws do not apply for trips and outside the United States. So you must let Enrichment Journeys know ahead of time of any physical limitations, including information added to our questionnaire that needs to be filled out by all passengers. Failure to inform Enrichment Journeys of these limitations could result in refusal to participate, whether it be at the airport through the airline, on board the ship or at the accommodations booked.

If you have any sort of prescription medication, this should be a number one priority in packing. Bring extra, just in case. A small medical kit is also advisable for quick access to remedy minor aches and pains.

While on Tour

Airport transfers

Airport transfers are included as part of your Enrichment Journeys package. Local representatives will advise you of the departure time from your hotel the night before departure. Generally speaking, arrangements have been made to have you at the airport approximately three hours in advance of departure, though this may vary depending on local circumstances. At the end of the cruise, an airport transfer will also be provided. Please advise your Personal Vacation Manager if you do not require transfer arrangements at the time of booking your Journey.

Briefing sessions

A local host or tour manager will be happy to guide you through the trip and answer all of your questions. Upon arrival to your destination, an Enrichment Journeys representative will have the group go over items such as the daily schedule, weather and local customs.

Hotels

All hotels booked by Enrichment Journeys are held to a high caliber of comfort and quality, in accordance to international accommodation standards and rating systems. However, each choice varies so you may experience various types of properties on your excursion.

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Regional Information

Travel documentation

Your identification is one of the most important things you will be carrying on your trip. Passports are required upon entry into Prague, Czech Republic from the U.S. and into subsequent countries. Have your passport and visas ready and available at all checkpoints. Scan and copy these documents to print out. It is recommended that you e-mail a copy to yourself and someone back home in case anything is misplaced. Also, it may be worth bringing an international ID or license.

Passport and Visa

Your passport must be in good condition and expire no less than 6 months prior to departure on the trip. If traveling with a non-US passport, contact your local embassy to ensure this document is the only one needed for passage into Europe.

Visa requirements change frequently and for various reasons. As a result, our Personal Vacation Managers are not always able to provide the most current visa information. However, visitors can travel within the European Union [EU] for up to 90 days without a visa.

The best way to obtain up-to-date information regarding visa requirements is to visit the official US government website for Americans traveling abroad, Travel.State.Gov, which details specific information on the countries you would like to visit, including visa requirements.

Some cruise lines offer visa services for your cruise at an additional charge. However, this is not always available and your Journey will begin by land.

You may also use a third-party visa service, such as CIBT. These services require an additional service fee but make the process of applying for a visa much simpler.

Vaccinations

Vaccinations are not required by law, but it is recommended to protect one’s health from preventable diseases abroad. It is always good to have routine vaccinations up to date when traveling for ailments such as chickenpox, measles and the flu shot. Use your own discretion when deciding on what vaccinations to have and your personal medical history. During this excursion, the utmost care will be taken with prepared food, atmosphere and other elements, so the likelihood of contracting diseases is scarce, especially within the EU.

If you have more questions, feel free to contact the Center for Disease Control and Prevention at 1-800-232-4636 or visit the website at www.cdc.gov.travel.

Electric Current

Have an international electric outlet converter for this trip. All countries visited are on 220-230v for standard outlets. Most hotels will have two and three pronged outlets to use for various appliances. Ship cabins also have outlets for you to use with their converter.

Time Differences

All destinations are on Central European Time, or CET. This is six hours ahead of New York City.

Hungary, Austria, Slovakia, Germany and the Czech Republic – CET (Central European Time)

Money Matters

You will need several kinds of currency on this journey. This money is only needed for additional shopping, food or extra expenses, as much of this is included in the trip.

Here is current exchange rate for Hungary, Austria, Slovakia, Germany and the Czech Republic:

Czech Republic – Czech koruna

Banknotes in 100, 200, 500, 1000

Coins represent 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 koruna

Exchange – $1 USD to 19.3 koruna

Austria, Slovakia and Germany – Euro

Banknotes in 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500

Coins represent 1-50 ‘Euro cents’ and 1-2 ‘Euros’ (100 cents in a Euro)

Exchange – $1 USD to .75 Euros

Hungary – Hungarian forint

Banknotes in 500, 1000, 2000, 5000, 10,000, 20,000

Coins represent 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 forint

Exchange – $1 USD to 23.8 Hungarian forint

Tipping Guidelines

Tipping is always appreciated but not always required. European destinations, though, usually require less tipping than would be appropriate stateside. Expect several instances throughout the hospitality industry in Europe that allow for tipping. Have small bills ready for hotel staff, boat crew, restaurant servers and baggage handlers. Note the variances in currency between countries and plan accordingly.

Gratuities are included for group meals, at hotels and at airports. If you have a meal outside the itinerary or hire a resident driver, a few euros is customary. The host or tour manager can be tipped roughly $8.00-$12.00 USD per day, as can any ship staff member (which is often split at the end of the day by all).

Climate

With the tour covering various European regions, you will most likely come in contact with heat, occasional rain, wind and/or damp environments. Check the weather online before embarking for an up-to-date look at the conditions in major destinations (Budapest, Vienna, Prague, etc.).  Temperatures listed below (in Fahrenheit) can vary within the countries too.

JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
High/Low in Fahrenheit
Budapest 36/26 44/29 50/34 61/42 71/50 76/55 79/59 80/58 69/51 61/43 47/35 36/27
Vienna 36/26 43/29 60/34 69/41 74/49 78/55 78/58 67/58 59/51 45/44 36/34 34/27
Prague 35/26 41/29 47/33 57/39 67/47 71/52 75/56 76/55 65/49 56/42 43/33 36/27

Altitude (above sea level, in feet)

Hungary

Budapest – 495

Austria

Vienna – 746

Czech Republic

Prague – 1,309

Germany

Passau – 964

Practice the Local Language

Knowing a few phrases in the local native language can be a wonderful way to connect with people and feel immersed in the culture. Here are the top ten fun phrases in Hungarian, German (for Austria and Germany), Slovak and Czech.

Hungarian

Szia (SEE-ya): Hello

Hogy vagy? (hodj vådj): How are you?

Köszönöm, jól (KØ-sø-nøm, yoal): Fine, thank you

Örvendek (ØR-ven-dek): Nice to meet you

Kérem (KEY-rem): Please

Köszönöm (KØ-sø-nøm): Thank you

Szívesen (SEE-ve-shen): You’re welcome

Igen (EE-gen): Yes

Nem (nem): No

Bocsánatot kérek (BO-cha-nå-tot KEY-rek): Excuse me.

German

Good day (Hallo): Hallo

Wie geht’s? (Vee GATES?): How are you?

Gut, danke (Goot, DAN-keh): Fine, thank you

Danke schön (DAN-kuh shurn): Please

Danke (DAN-kuh): Thanks

Bitte schön! (BEE-tuh shurn): You’re welcome.

Ja (yah): Yes

Nein (Nine): No

Auf Wiedersehen (Owf VEE-dur-zane): Goodbye

Hilf mir! (HEELF-meer): Help!

Slovak

Dobrý deň (DOH-bree deñ): Hello

Ako sa máte? (AH-koh sah MAA-teh?): How are you?

Ďakujem, dobre (JAH-koo-yehm DOH-breh): Well, thanks

Prosím (PROH-seem): Please

Ďakujem (JAH-koo-yehm): Thank you

Prosím (PROH-seem): You’re welcome

Hej (HAY): Yes

Nie (NYEE_eh): No

Do videnia (doh VEE-deh-nyah): Goodbye

Hovoríte po anglicky? (HOH-voh-ree-teh poh AHN-glits-kih?): Do you speak English?

Czech

Ahoj (Ahoy): Hello

Jak se máte? (Yahk seh MAA-teh?): How are you?

Dobře, děkuji. (DOH-brzheh, DYEH-koo-yih.): Fine, thank you

Těší mě. (TYEH-shee myeh.): Nice to meet you

Prosím (Proseem): Please

Děkuji (Dyekooyih): Thank you.

Rádo se stalo (Raado seh stulo): You’re welcome

Ano (AH-noh): Yes

Ne (Neh): No

Ztratil jsem peněženku (ZTRAH-til yeh-sehm PEH-ehh-zhehn-koo): I’ve lost my wallet

Facts and Figures

Explore some unusual and fascinating facts about Hungary, Austria, Slovakia, Germany and the Czech Republic before you embark on your Journey.

Czech Republic

  • The landlocked country has a population of 10.5 million people.
  • The Czech Republic is castle capital of the world. Over 2,000 of them are in the country today.
  • The first Czech who became a Nobel Prize recipient was Jaroslav Heyrovský. He was recognized for his work and discovery in the field of polarography.
  • The Czechs’ national passion is mushroom hunting. Thousands of Czech nationals gather yearly during the St. Václav Day to head to the forest and participate in mushroom hunting.

Hungary

  • In a country with nearly 10 million people, about 1.7 million live in the capital city of Budapest.
  • Hungary is one of the thirty most popular tourist destinations in the world, attracting 10.2 million tourists a year.
  • In Hungary, the first national nature reserve was the Hortobágy National Park, opened in 1973.
  • Hungary is known in Eastern Europe for its spicy food. Everything is heavily seasoned and with paprika, tomatoes, and peppers of every shape, color, size, and flavor.

Austria

  • About 8.4 million people reside in Austria, and 1.7 million people are in the capital city of Vienna.
  • Built in 1752, the Tiergarten Schönbrunn in Vienna is the world’s oldest zoo.
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger, former Hollywood actor and current governor of California, grew up as an Austrian citizen.
  • Over 60 percent of Austria’s electricity is supplied by renewable sources.

Slovakia

  • The population of Slovakia is about six million, with 85% Slovak and 10% Hungarian.
  • There is a 99% literacy rate.
  • The language is Slovak, a Slavic language related to Czech, Russian and Polish. A few people speak English, especially in the cities, and some older citizens speak German.
  • Sweet wine is the favorite beverage of the Slovakians.
  • Slovakia has been called a European Tiger Economy, along with the Czech Republic.

Germany

  • There are about 82 million people in the country of Germany, with each drinking about a pint of beer each day.
  • In the 4th grade, German kids are placed into Hauptschule, Realschule or Gymnasium, which pretty much determines if you will go to university or straight to the work force.
  • The longest word published in the German language is Donaudampfschifffahrtselektrizitätenhauptbetriebswerkbauunterbeamtengesellschaft.
  • The Cologne Cathedral took 632 years to build.

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