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Program #20816RJ
15 Days | 14 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Itinerary for May 15 — May 29, 2014

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Day One: Thursday, May 15 - In Transit
In Transit: Depart US/Canada on international flights.

Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The Berlin Mark Hotel is situated centrally in Berlin's West City in Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf, just a few steps from the famous Kurfuerstendamm. Located in a side street off Ku’Damm, there are many major Berlin sights within walking distance, such as the Zoo, the Gedaechtniskirche, Käthe Kollwitz Musuem and the KaDeWe (Kaufhaus des Westens) department store. A subway station can also be found nearby.

Contact info:
Meinekestraße 18-19
Berlin, 10719 Germany
phone: +49 30 97808360
web: www.berlinmarkhotels.de/en/berlin

Room amenities: Each room features a minibar, telephone with voicemail, iron and ironing board, clock radio, television, wireless Internet access (for a fee), hair dryer, complimentary newspaper, and complimentary toiletries.

Facility amenities: This hotel features a 24-hour front desk, restaurant and bar, snack bar and deli, complimentary newspapers in the lobby, dry cleaning and laundry services (for a fee), wireless Internet access (for a fee), safe-deposit boxes at the front desk, currency exchange, room service, and use of a nearby fitness center (complimentary).

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: N/A
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. 1-800-241-1404.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Friday, May 16 - Berlin, Germany
Morning: Arrival at Berlin's Tegel Airport (TXL). Transfer to hotel.

Lunch: Explore local fare on your own.

Afternoon: Start your stay in Berlin with a guided bus excursion of the city followed by a Road Scholar orientation to the program at the hotel.

Dinner: Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant.

Lodging: Berlin Mark Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The Berlin Mark Hotel is situated centrally in Berlin's West City in Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf, just a few steps from the famous Kurfuerstendamm. Located in a side street off Ku’Damm, there are many major Berlin sights within walking distance, such as the Zoo, the Gedaechtniskirche, Käthe Kollwitz Musuem and the KaDeWe (Kaufhaus des Westens) department store. A subway station can also be found nearby.

Contact info:
Meinekestraße 18-19
Berlin, 10719 Germany
phone: +49 30 97808360
web: www.berlinmarkhotels.de/en/berlin

Room amenities: Each room features a minibar, telephone with voicemail, iron and ironing board, clock radio, television, wireless Internet access (for a fee), hair dryer, complimentary newspaper, and complimentary toiletries.

Facility amenities: This hotel features a 24-hour front desk, restaurant and bar, snack bar and deli, complimentary newspapers in the lobby, dry cleaning and laundry services (for a fee), wireless Internet access (for a fee), safe-deposit boxes at the front desk, currency exchange, room service, and use of a nearby fitness center (complimentary).

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: N/A
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. 1-800-241-1404.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Saturday, May 17 - Berlin, Germany
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Enjoy a guided boat excursion on the Spree River. Pass Museum Island; the Berlin Cathedral, once part of the destroyed Prussian Imperial Castle on the Schlossplatz, the topographical center of the capital; the government quarter with the German Parliament, the Reichstag; and Schloss Bellevue, the Berlin home of the Federal President.

Lunch: Lunch in a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Free time to relax or explore some of the sites close to the hotel. Later in the afternoon, attend a lecture about the history of Germany and its capital - spanning the creation of one German state from a loose league of sovereign duchies and kingdoms to the late 19th century reunification.

Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room.

Evening: Enjoy an evening at the Komischen Oper at the famous Boulevard unter den Linden.

Lodging: Berlin Mark Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The Berlin Mark Hotel is situated centrally in Berlin's West City in Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf, just a few steps from the famous Kurfuerstendamm. Located in a side street off Ku’Damm, there are many major Berlin sights within walking distance, such as the Zoo, the Gedaechtniskirche, Käthe Kollwitz Musuem and the KaDeWe (Kaufhaus des Westens) department store. A subway station can also be found nearby.

Contact info:
Meinekestraße 18-19
Berlin, 10719 Germany
phone: +49 30 97808360
web: www.berlinmarkhotels.de/en/berlin

Room amenities: Each room features a minibar, telephone with voicemail, iron and ironing board, clock radio, television, wireless Internet access (for a fee), hair dryer, complimentary newspaper, and complimentary toiletries.

Facility amenities: This hotel features a 24-hour front desk, restaurant and bar, snack bar and deli, complimentary newspapers in the lobby, dry cleaning and laundry services (for a fee), wireless Internet access (for a fee), safe-deposit boxes at the front desk, currency exchange, room service, and use of a nearby fitness center (complimentary).

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: N/A
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. 1-800-241-1404.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Sunday, May 18 - Berlin, Germany
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: This morning you will be introduced by an expert to the famous Gemaldegalerie which houses major works by Dutch and Flemish masters, Rembrandt and Vermeer; the Italian painters Raphael, Caravaggio, Mantegna, and Titian; and the German masters Holbein, Durer, and Cranach.

Lunch: Lunch in a local restaurant.

Afternoon: A free afternoon to explore Berlin.

Dinner: Explore local fare on your own.

Lodging: Berlin Mark Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: AMAWATERWAYS has redefined the concept of luxury travel. From gorgeous contemporary artwork in the lobbies, to the inviting hallways, you will feel at home the moment you step onboard the MS Amacerto. The professional ship staff does their best to ensure that each day is filled with memorable experiences.

Ship Information: Built in 2012. Decks: 4 - Bottom to top; Piano Deck, Cello Deck, Violin Deck, Sun Deck Crew: 49 Passengers: 164 Registry: Switzerland Length: 443 ft; Width: 38 ft

Contact info:
21625 Prairie Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311 USA
phone: 800-626-0126
web: www.AmaWaterways.com

Room amenities: Deluxe down bedding, marble bathrooms w/multi-jet shower (bathtubs in Jr. suites), premium toiletries, plush terry bathrobes, hair dryer, safe, telephone, flat screen TV, individually controlled air-conditioning, an Infotainment System and ample closet space.

Facility amenities: With a design inspired by classic ocean yachts, the new 164-passenger MS Amacerto (2012) offers a distinctive river cruise experience on the Danube, Rhine, Main and Mosel. A member of the prestigious Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, guests on the MS Amacerto enjoy fine dining in the main dining room, an intimate Chef’s Table restaurant, two wine bars plus a casual al fresco bistro. The MS Amacerto also features a heated Sun Deck swimming pool with a “swim-up” bar; fitness center, Massage, Hair and Beauty salon; complimentary in-stateroom Internet access and first-run Hollywood movies; ship-wide Wi-Fi plus a fleet of bicycles.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Five: Monday, May 19 - Budapest, Hungary / Embark
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: After checking out of the hotel, transfer to the airport for a 8:35 AM flight to Budapest. Upon arrival, take a bus to the city center to stroll through Vaci utca and explore the Old Great Market. Embark the MS Amacerto in the early afternoon.

Lunch: Lunch on board.

Afternoon: Orientation to the ship and crew, followed by a welcome reception.

Dinner: Dinner on board.

Lodging: MS Amacerto

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: AMAWATERWAYS has redefined the concept of luxury travel. From gorgeous contemporary artwork in the lobbies, to the inviting hallways, you will feel at home the moment you step onboard the MS Amacerto. The professional ship staff does their best to ensure that each day is filled with memorable experiences.

Ship Information: Built in 2012. Decks: 4 - Bottom to top; Piano Deck, Cello Deck, Violin Deck, Sun Deck Crew: 49 Passengers: 164 Registry: Switzerland Length: 443 ft; Width: 38 ft

Contact info:
21625 Prairie Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311 USA
phone: 800-626-0126
web: www.AmaWaterways.com

Room amenities: Deluxe down bedding, marble bathrooms w/multi-jet shower (bathtubs in Jr. suites), premium toiletries, plush terry bathrobes, hair dryer, safe, telephone, flat screen TV, individually controlled air-conditioning, an Infotainment System and ample closet space.

Facility amenities: With a design inspired by classic ocean yachts, the new 164-passenger MS Amacerto (2012) offers a distinctive river cruise experience on the Danube, Rhine, Main and Mosel. A member of the prestigious Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, guests on the MS Amacerto enjoy fine dining in the main dining room, an intimate Chef’s Table restaurant, two wine bars plus a casual al fresco bistro. The MS Amacerto also features a heated Sun Deck swimming pool with a “swim-up” bar; fitness center, Massage, Hair and Beauty salon; complimentary in-stateroom Internet access and first-run Hollywood movies; ship-wide Wi-Fi plus a fleet of bicycles.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Tuesday, May 20 - Budapest, Hungary
Breakfast: Breakfast on board.

Morning: Enjoy a guided bus excursion through Budapest, passing Hero's Square, St. Stephan's Dom, the Parliament Buildings, and the Synagogue. Later, a walk through the Buda Castle District will pass by the Fisherman's Bastion and St. Michael's church.

Lunch: Lunch on board.

Afternoon: Free time to explore Budapest.

Dinner: Dinner on board.

Lodging: MS Amacerto

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: AMAWATERWAYS has redefined the concept of luxury travel. From gorgeous contemporary artwork in the lobbies, to the inviting hallways, you will feel at home the moment you step onboard the MS Amacerto. The professional ship staff does their best to ensure that each day is filled with memorable experiences.

Ship Information: Built in 2012. Decks: 4 - Bottom to top; Piano Deck, Cello Deck, Violin Deck, Sun Deck Crew: 49 Passengers: 164 Registry: Switzerland Length: 443 ft; Width: 38 ft

Contact info:
21625 Prairie Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311 USA
phone: 800-626-0126
web: www.AmaWaterways.com

Room amenities: Deluxe down bedding, marble bathrooms w/multi-jet shower (bathtubs in Jr. suites), premium toiletries, plush terry bathrobes, hair dryer, safe, telephone, flat screen TV, individually controlled air-conditioning, an Infotainment System and ample closet space.

Facility amenities: With a design inspired by classic ocean yachts, the new 164-passenger MS Amacerto (2012) offers a distinctive river cruise experience on the Danube, Rhine, Main and Mosel. A member of the prestigious Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, guests on the MS Amacerto enjoy fine dining in the main dining room, an intimate Chef’s Table restaurant, two wine bars plus a casual al fresco bistro. The MS Amacerto also features a heated Sun Deck swimming pool with a “swim-up” bar; fitness center, Massage, Hair and Beauty salon; complimentary in-stateroom Internet access and first-run Hollywood movies; ship-wide Wi-Fi plus a fleet of bicycles.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Wednesday, May 21 - Bratislava, Slovakia
Breakfast: Breakfast on board.

Morning: This morning enjoy a walking excursion through the old city center of Bratislava. Pass by the Opera, the Old Town Hall, the Gothic St. Martin's Cathedral, and the stunning Mirbach Palace.

Lunch: Lunch on board.

Afternoon: At sea. Sail towards Vienna while enjoying the beautiful scenery and attending a lecture on the History of Central Europe.

Dinner: Dinner on board.

Evening: Tonight, there will be the option to enjoy a musical performance in a wine village near Vienna.

Lodging: MS Amacerto

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: AMAWATERWAYS has redefined the concept of luxury travel. From gorgeous contemporary artwork in the lobbies, to the inviting hallways, you will feel at home the moment you step onboard the MS Amacerto. The professional ship staff does their best to ensure that each day is filled with memorable experiences.

Ship Information: Built in 2012. Decks: 4 - Bottom to top; Piano Deck, Cello Deck, Violin Deck, Sun Deck Crew: 49 Passengers: 164 Registry: Switzerland Length: 443 ft; Width: 38 ft

Contact info:
21625 Prairie Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311 USA
phone: 800-626-0126
web: www.AmaWaterways.com

Room amenities: Deluxe down bedding, marble bathrooms w/multi-jet shower (bathtubs in Jr. suites), premium toiletries, plush terry bathrobes, hair dryer, safe, telephone, flat screen TV, individually controlled air-conditioning, an Infotainment System and ample closet space.

Facility amenities: With a design inspired by classic ocean yachts, the new 164-passenger MS Amacerto (2012) offers a distinctive river cruise experience on the Danube, Rhine, Main and Mosel. A member of the prestigious Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, guests on the MS Amacerto enjoy fine dining in the main dining room, an intimate Chef’s Table restaurant, two wine bars plus a casual al fresco bistro. The MS Amacerto also features a heated Sun Deck swimming pool with a “swim-up” bar; fitness center, Massage, Hair and Beauty salon; complimentary in-stateroom Internet access and first-run Hollywood movies; ship-wide Wi-Fi plus a fleet of bicycles.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Thursday, May 22 - Vienna, Austria
Breakfast: Breakfast on board.

Morning: Enjoy the Baroque elegance of Vienna during a guided bus excursion which passes the Ringstrasse, Hofburg, the Museum District, Parliament buildings, Town Hall, and the Old Stock Exchange. Stroll through the Belvedere gardens. End the excursion with a walk beginning at the Albertine museum, walking through the Hofburg, and ending at St. Stephen's Cathedral.

Lunch: Lunch on board.

Afternoon: Take the shuttle bus to the Musikverein and enjoy a free afternoon in the city center.

Dinner: Dinner on board.

Lodging: MS Amacerto

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: AMAWATERWAYS has redefined the concept of luxury travel. From gorgeous contemporary artwork in the lobbies, to the inviting hallways, you will feel at home the moment you step onboard the MS Amacerto. The professional ship staff does their best to ensure that each day is filled with memorable experiences.

Ship Information: Built in 2012. Decks: 4 - Bottom to top; Piano Deck, Cello Deck, Violin Deck, Sun Deck Crew: 49 Passengers: 164 Registry: Switzerland Length: 443 ft; Width: 38 ft

Contact info:
21625 Prairie Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311 USA
phone: 800-626-0126
web: www.AmaWaterways.com

Room amenities: Deluxe down bedding, marble bathrooms w/multi-jet shower (bathtubs in Jr. suites), premium toiletries, plush terry bathrobes, hair dryer, safe, telephone, flat screen TV, individually controlled air-conditioning, an Infotainment System and ample closet space.

Facility amenities: With a design inspired by classic ocean yachts, the new 164-passenger MS Amacerto (2012) offers a distinctive river cruise experience on the Danube, Rhine, Main and Mosel. A member of the prestigious Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, guests on the MS Amacerto enjoy fine dining in the main dining room, an intimate Chef’s Table restaurant, two wine bars plus a casual al fresco bistro. The MS Amacerto also features a heated Sun Deck swimming pool with a “swim-up” bar; fitness center, Massage, Hair and Beauty salon; complimentary in-stateroom Internet access and first-run Hollywood movies; ship-wide Wi-Fi plus a fleet of bicycles.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Nine: Friday, May 23 - Durnstein and Melk, Austria
Breakfast: Breakfast on board.

Morning: Enjoy a train ride through the vineyards of Durnstein, the town known for its story of Richard the Lionheart and Durnstein castle. The morning concludes with a guided stroll through this charming town with its cobblestone streets and galleries.

Lunch: Lunch on board.

Afternoon: Sail along one of the beautiful stretches of the Danube, the Wachau valley, and end at Melk, a small town known for its breathtaking Baroque monastery, The Abbey of Melk. You will have the opportunity to bike along the Danube from Durnstein to Melk.

Dinner: Dinner on board.

Lodging: MS Amacerto

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: AMAWATERWAYS has redefined the concept of luxury travel. From gorgeous contemporary artwork in the lobbies, to the inviting hallways, you will feel at home the moment you step onboard the MS Amacerto. The professional ship staff does their best to ensure that each day is filled with memorable experiences.

Ship Information: Built in 2012. Decks: 4 - Bottom to top; Piano Deck, Cello Deck, Violin Deck, Sun Deck Crew: 49 Passengers: 164 Registry: Switzerland Length: 443 ft; Width: 38 ft

Contact info:
21625 Prairie Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311 USA
phone: 800-626-0126
web: www.AmaWaterways.com

Room amenities: Deluxe down bedding, marble bathrooms w/multi-jet shower (bathtubs in Jr. suites), premium toiletries, plush terry bathrobes, hair dryer, safe, telephone, flat screen TV, individually controlled air-conditioning, an Infotainment System and ample closet space.

Facility amenities: With a design inspired by classic ocean yachts, the new 164-passenger MS Amacerto (2012) offers a distinctive river cruise experience on the Danube, Rhine, Main and Mosel. A member of the prestigious Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, guests on the MS Amacerto enjoy fine dining in the main dining room, an intimate Chef’s Table restaurant, two wine bars plus a casual al fresco bistro. The MS Amacerto also features a heated Sun Deck swimming pool with a “swim-up” bar; fitness center, Massage, Hair and Beauty salon; complimentary in-stateroom Internet access and first-run Hollywood movies; ship-wide Wi-Fi plus a fleet of bicycles.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Ten: Saturday, May 24 - Linz, Austria
Breakfast: Late brunch on board.

Morning: Dock in Linz. After brunch, in the late morning, you will have a small walk in the city center of the second biggest city of Austria. Later in the morning you can join one of the following three excursions: Salzkammergut region, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and stop in the historic town of Gmunden. Or you may choose to take an excursion to the Czech town of Cesky Krumlov, a lovely medieval town on the Austria-Czech border. Or you can discover Salzburg, the birthplace of Mozart and the city of "The Sound of Music."

Afternoon: Continue your full day excursion.

Dinner: Dinner on board.

Evening: Enjoy a musical performance highlighting the sounds of Austria, on board in the lounge.

Lodging: MS Amacerto

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: AMAWATERWAYS has redefined the concept of luxury travel. From gorgeous contemporary artwork in the lobbies, to the inviting hallways, you will feel at home the moment you step onboard the MS Amacerto. The professional ship staff does their best to ensure that each day is filled with memorable experiences.

Ship Information: Built in 2012. Decks: 4 - Bottom to top; Piano Deck, Cello Deck, Violin Deck, Sun Deck Crew: 49 Passengers: 164 Registry: Switzerland Length: 443 ft; Width: 38 ft

Contact info:
21625 Prairie Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311 USA
phone: 800-626-0126
web: www.AmaWaterways.com

Room amenities: Deluxe down bedding, marble bathrooms w/multi-jet shower (bathtubs in Jr. suites), premium toiletries, plush terry bathrobes, hair dryer, safe, telephone, flat screen TV, individually controlled air-conditioning, an Infotainment System and ample closet space.

Facility amenities: With a design inspired by classic ocean yachts, the new 164-passenger MS Amacerto (2012) offers a distinctive river cruise experience on the Danube, Rhine, Main and Mosel. A member of the prestigious Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, guests on the MS Amacerto enjoy fine dining in the main dining room, an intimate Chef’s Table restaurant, two wine bars plus a casual al fresco bistro. The MS Amacerto also features a heated Sun Deck swimming pool with a “swim-up” bar; fitness center, Massage, Hair and Beauty salon; complimentary in-stateroom Internet access and first-run Hollywood movies; ship-wide Wi-Fi plus a fleet of bicycles.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Eleven: Sunday, May 25 - Passau, Germany / Vilshofen an der Donau
Breakfast: Breakfast on board.

Morning: Upon arrival in Passau, take a guided walking excursion through this town that sits at the confluence of three rivers (the Danube, Inn, and Ilz). Highlights include St. Stephan's Cathedral, home of the largest cathedral organ in the world, and the Bishop's residence.

Lunch: Lunch on board.

Afternoon: The last stretch of sailing will bring us to Vilshofen an der Donau. Here you will have free time to stroll around this charming 1200 year old Bavarian town.

Dinner: Captain's dinner on board.

Lodging: MS Amacerto

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: The Carat Hotel Munich is located in the city center, close to Marienplatz and the main railway station. The pedestrian zone and many places of interest can all be accessed easily on foot. The Sendlinger Tor underground station is only 200 meters from the hotel, with connections to the following locations; Main railway station: 2 minutes, Marienplatz: 2 minutes, Olympic center: 13 minutes, New Exhibition Center/ICM: 18 minutes, airport: 45 minutes.

Contact info:
Lindwurmstrasse 13
Munich, D-80337 Germany
phone: +49 89 230 380
web: www.carat-hotel-muenchen.de

Room amenities: Each room has a television, telephone, mini bar, wireless LAN (for a fee) and a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a bar, 24-hour front desk, newspapers, terrace, safety deposit box, room service, laundry and dry cleaning services, wireless Internet hotspot in public areas (free of charge) and Internet access with printing facility in the lobby.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: N/A
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance in making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. 800-241-1404

Check out time: 10:00 AM

Day Twelve: Monday, May 26 - Disembark / Munich, Germany
Breakfast: Breakfast on board.

Morning: Disembark in Vilshofen and transfer to Munich. En route, stop in Regensburg for a guided walking excursion of this well preserved medieval town with a history that extends to the times of the Romans.

Lunch: Explore local fare on your own.

Afternoon: Continue to Munich and check in at the hotel upon arrival. Enjoy a guided walk up to Marienplatz, the very heart of the Bavarian capital.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Evening: Free time to relax or stroll through Marienplatz.

Lodging: Carat Hotel Munich

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: The Carat Hotel Munich is located in the city center, close to Marienplatz and the main railway station. The pedestrian zone and many places of interest can all be accessed easily on foot. The Sendlinger Tor underground station is only 200 meters from the hotel, with connections to the following locations; Main railway station: 2 minutes, Marienplatz: 2 minutes, Olympic center: 13 minutes, New Exhibition Center/ICM: 18 minutes, airport: 45 minutes.

Contact info:
Lindwurmstrasse 13
Munich, D-80337 Germany
phone: +49 89 230 380
web: www.carat-hotel-muenchen.de

Room amenities: Each room has a television, telephone, mini bar, wireless LAN (for a fee) and a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a bar, 24-hour front desk, newspapers, terrace, safety deposit box, room service, laundry and dry cleaning services, wireless Internet hotspot in public areas (free of charge) and Internet access with printing facility in the lobby.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: N/A
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance in making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. 800-241-1404

Check out time: 10:00 AM

Day Thirteen: Tuesday, May 27 - Munich, Germany
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Enjoy a guided bus excursion along the important landmarks outside of the old town. Back in the hotel attend a lecture about the history of 20th century Germany, Bavaria, Munich, and the famous Bavarian "Gemutlichkeit" - a special sense of informality and coziness, which is said to characterize Munich.

Lunch: Lunch in a local beer hall.

Afternoon: Free time to explore of the famous picture galleries (Pinakothek) or the Residenz Palace. Enjoy a drink in the English Garden or in a beer garden in the old town.

Dinner: Explore local fare on your own.

Lodging: Carat Hotel Munich

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: The Carat Hotel Munich is located in the city center, close to Marienplatz and the main railway station. The pedestrian zone and many places of interest can all be accessed easily on foot. The Sendlinger Tor underground station is only 200 meters from the hotel, with connections to the following locations; Main railway station: 2 minutes, Marienplatz: 2 minutes, Olympic center: 13 minutes, New Exhibition Center/ICM: 18 minutes, airport: 45 minutes.

Contact info:
Lindwurmstrasse 13
Munich, D-80337 Germany
phone: +49 89 230 380
web: www.carat-hotel-muenchen.de

Room amenities: Each room has a television, telephone, mini bar, wireless LAN (for a fee) and a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a bar, 24-hour front desk, newspapers, terrace, safety deposit box, room service, laundry and dry cleaning services, wireless Internet hotspot in public areas (free of charge) and Internet access with printing facility in the lobby.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: N/A
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance in making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. 800-241-1404

Check out time: 10:00 AM

Day Fourteen: Wednesday, May 28 - Munich, Germany / Bavarian Alps
Note: There is a steep, 15 minute downhill walk on paved, smooth dirt paths to the entrance of the Neuschwanstein Castle. Inside the castle, there are many stairs.

Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: This morning we begin an all-day excursion to the Bavarian Alps and Neuschwanstein Castle. En route you will have an introduction to Murnau, a charming little town that was the cradles of the early Expressionist group, "Der Blaue Reiter" (the Blue Rider), which includes painters such as Wassily Kandinsky, Gabriele Munter, Alex ej Jawlensky, and Franz Marc. Discover the picturesque landscapes that inspired these painters and enjoy a guided field trip of the town.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Continue the full day excursion to Schwangau and Neuschwanstein Castle. This palace was built in the 19th century by the eccentric King Ludwig II of Bavaria as an homage to the grandiose operas of composer Richard Wagner. Many of the castle's rooms were inspired by Wagner's characters. In the afternoon, transfer back to Munich.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Lodging: Carat Hotel Munich

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Fifteen: Thursday, May 29 - Departures
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Transfer to the Munich Airport (MUC) for departures.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


MS Amacerto - At Sea
BicyclesEach ship has plenty of bicycles with helmets and locks onboard which can be used by passengers, free of charge, to explore the small towns. Most regions offer well-maintained bicycle paths along the river.

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

Our Value Promise To You

You won't find a better value.

Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
13 nights of accommodations
34 meals: 13 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 11 dinners
4 Expert-led lectures
18 Field trips
2 Performances
1 Flights during the program

Ratings

4.8
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