Gems of the Danube (almost full) July 8 - 18, 2019

European river cruising has long been among the W&L Traveller's most popular travel options. For our 2019 river journey, we're pleased to return to the Danube River. Cruising through the center of Europe on her most celebrated river, we'll visit the quaint river towns and old world capitals that have made a Danube River cruise such an appealing destination for travelers. As a special enhancement, this itinerary will begin with two days in Prague, the Czech Republic capital that boasts Europe's most impressive display of historic architecture.

Over 11 days, we'll visit four countries-the Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, and Hungary. After our days in Prague, we'll travel to Nuremberg, our point of embarkation on the Main-Danube Canal. Once aboard our ship, we'll sail through the heart of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire and into the resurgent nations of Central Europe, with a final call in the splendid city of Budapest.

One of the advantages of this cruise is that, in addition to the many sights, we'll enjoy learning about the history and culture of our destinations from W&L faculty and others. In addition to the Danube's magnificent scenery, we'll enjoy a private concert featuring the works of Strauss and Mozart in the grand splendor of the iconic Palais Liechtenstein, sample beer at one of the world's oldest breweries in Regensburg, explore powerful WWII history in Nuremberg, and marvel at the UNESCO World Heritage Sites Cesky Krumlov and Melk Abbey. Serving our program is W&L's consummate teacher/musician, pianist Tim Gaylard. W&L Alumni Executive Director Beau Dudley '74, '79L and his wife Julie will serve as tour hosts.

This special departure represents an outstanding travel value, with seven nights aboard the deluxe MS Scenic Amber, two nights in Prague's President Hotel, all meals on the river, daily sightseeing tours, gratuities to guides and ship's crew, with several cultural immersion events and lectures included in one very attractive price. If you haven't tried European river cruising yet, please consider joining the many aboard who have. Only a few cabins remain.