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Berlin, Bavaria and Great Cities of the Danube

Program Number: 20816RJ
Start and End Dates:
10/17/2014 - 10/31/2014; 10/10/2015 - 10/24/2015; 5/11/2016 - 5/25/2016; 10/23/2016 - 11/6/2016;
Duration: 14 nights
Location: Germany/Austria/Hungary/Slovakia
Price starting at: $5,973.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; River Boats
Meals: 34; 12 Breakfasts, 1 Brunch, 10 Lunches, 11 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Vegetarian; Low Salt; Gluten Free    

Experience Gemütlichkeit — cheerfulness and peace of mind — on a voyage through the lands of Hohenzollerns and Habsburgs. Experience the capitals of Germany, Hungary, Austria and Slovakia. Absorb the beauty of the Danube River, the Wachau Valley and alpine Bavaria. Savor delightful music, stunning buildings and pure German beer.

Activity Particulars

Walking for up to two hours / two miles at a time, occasionally twice per day; cobblestones and unavoidable stairs.

The Oct 10, 2015 departure runs on the MS Amasonata.
The Oct 10, 2016 departure runs on the MS AmaViola and the May 11, 2016 departure runs on MS Amaserena.

Itinerary At-a-Glance

Berlin (Germany), 3 nights; aboard MS Amaviola, 7 nights; Munich, 3 nights.

Day 1: Overnight flight from the U.S.A.

Days 2-4: Arrival Berlin (Germany):

Discover Germany’s capital city on expert-led walks and a boat excursion on the Spree River. Enjoy an evening at the Komische Oper Berlin opera. Lodging: Centrally located hotel.

Days 5-6: Flight to Budapest (Hungary) / embark vessel:

Experience Budapest including Heroes’ Square and the Buda Castle Quarter.

Day 7: Bratislava (Slovakia):

An expert-led walk brings you to the 14th-century Town Hall and St. Martin’s Cathedral, where eleven Hungarian monarchs were crowned.

Day 8: Vienna (Austria):

Ride around the Ringstrasse and step inside Hofburg Palace, seat of the Habsburg Dynasty.

Day 9: Dürnstein & Melk:

Ride through a vineyard inthe picturesque Wachau Valley to medieval Dürnstein. Continue to Melk Abbey, a beautiful Baroque monastery.

Day 10: Linz:

Explore the riverside city of Linz, where highlights include the towering New Cathedral and the Pestsäule or “plague column.”

Day 11: Passau (Germany):

Discover the “City of Three Rivers” and see the St. Stephan’s Cathedral organ, the largest in Europe with 17,774 pipes.

Days 12-15: Vilshofen / disembark / coach to Munich / departure:

Journey through the Bavarian Forest to the medieval city of Regensburg, then on to Munich. Enjoy two days to experience this cosmopolitan city and venture to a fairytale alpine castle. Lodging: Centrally located hotel.


This brand new river vessel’s distinctive design is inspired by classic ocean yachts. At 443 feet long, it offers ample space for 164 passengers. It features a magnificent glass elevator, heated swimming pool, fitness center and bicycles for passenger use. Enjoy Chaine des Rotisseurs culinary creations in five dining venues.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Anne Hayner Hefner

Anne Hayner Hefner grew up in Saginaw, Michigan in a family that was steeped in German traditions. It was these traditions that inspired her to study European history, specifically the Renaissance and Reformation. She eventually used the skills she learned in her studies – analysis and writing – to work as an editor in the trade press. Her traditions also gave her the courage to say “yes” when her German husband proposed. She now lives in Nuremberg, Germany. Her move has allowed her to return to her roots: not only is she learning to love the (to quote Mark Twain) “awful” German language, but she uses her background in history to work as a guide. In Nuremberg, her focus has broadened to include the history of the Third Reich and, naturally, the Nuremberg Trials. Living permanently in another culture is challenging and fascinating for Anne. She has learned to value things which she only now recognizes as “American,” but realizes that she has grown “German” in the last 15 years. Being able to share this experience is one of the reasons she enjoys working with Road Scholar groups.
Balázs Füzesi

Balázs Füzesi was born and raised in the city of Pécs, in southwestern Hungary. He has earned bachelor’s degrees in communications and in business administration and has also completed a license for leading educational excursions in his native country. He has pursued study and work with members of other nationalities whenever possible, spending a high school year in Denmark and working abroad in Greenland, London and the U.S. He credits his grandmother for his love of travel and exploration; she was an avid traveler throughout her entire life.
Meals and Lodgings
   Berlin Mark Hotel
  Berlin, Germany 3 nights
   MS Amaprima
  MS Amaprima - At Sea, At Sea 7 nights
   Carat Hotel Munich
  Munich, Germany 3 nights
 Berlin Mark Hotel
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 Museum 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
  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 allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: 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

 MS Amaprima
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 Amaprima. The professional ship staff does their best to ensure that each day is filled with memorable experiences.
  Ship Information: Built in 2013. 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
  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 Amaprima (2013) 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 Amaprima 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 Amaprima 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. Laundry services are available onboard for a fee. Price lists will be available in your stateroom. Please note that clothes cannot be dry cleaned onboard.
  Smoking allowed: Yes

 Carat Hotel Munich
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
  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 allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: 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

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Berlin, Germany. Program starts at 4:00 PM with an introductory excursion to the city followed by an orientation to the program at the hotel. You will be staying at Berlin Mark Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
Munich, Germany. After breakfast on the last day. You will be staying at Carat Hotel Munich the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
To Start of Program
  Location:  Berlin
  Transportation to site: Take a taxi from the airport to the hotel. It costs approx. 30 Euro, and takes about 30 minutes. Take bus 109 towards S+U Zoologischer Garten via Kurfürstendamm. Get off at U Uhlandstr. and walk 5 minutes to the hotel. Walk down Kurfürstendamm and turn right onto Meinekestraße. This will cost approximately 3 Euros and will take about 30 minutes.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Munich
  Nearest highway: A8 Motorway, A9 Motorway.
  Nearest airport:  Franz Josef Strauss Airport Munich.
  Transportation from site: From the Carat Hotel Munich, walk to the München Karlsplatz station. Take the S1 Commuter train towards München Flughafen Terminal. The train ticket will cost approximately 10 Euros.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Daily Schedule

Day 1: In Transit
(Friday, October 17)
 In Transit: Depart US/Canada on international flights.

Day 2: Berlin, Germany
(Saturday, October 18)
 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.
Accommodations: Berlin Mark Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 3: Berlin, Germany
(Sunday, October 19)
 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 near Brandenburg Gate.
 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 a concert in the Konzerthaus by Concentus Musicus Vienna and director Nikolaus Harnoncourt, one of the great and most acclaimed musicians of Europe.
Accommodations: Berlin Mark Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Berlin, Germany
(Monday, October 20)
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: This morning, enjoy an expert-led excursion through the Jewish Museum. Besides the astonishing architecture by Daniel Libeskind, the two millennia of German-Jewish history lets the visitor see past and present Germany through the eyes of the Jewish minority. This point of view presents well known historical events with a new focus and greater complexity alongside the fates of individuals and families.
 Lunch: Lunch in a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: A free afternoon to explore Berlin.
 Dinner: Explore local fare on your own.
Accommodations: Berlin Mark Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Budapest, Hungary / Embark
(Tuesday, October 21)
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: After checking out of the hotel, board a 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 Amaprima in the early afternoon.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: Orientation to the ship and crew, followed by a welcome reception.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
 Evening: On board cocktail party.
Accommodations: MS Amaprima
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Budapest, Hungary
(Wednesday, October 22)
 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 Matthias church.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: Free time to explore Budapest.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
Accommodations: MS Amaprima
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Bratislava, Slovakia
(Thursday, October 23)
 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: This evening, there is the possibility to enjoy a musical evening in a wine village near Vienna.
Accommodations: MS Amaprima
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Vienna, Austria
(Friday, October 24)
 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.
 Evening: This evening, there is an optional concert in Vienna.
Accommodations: MS Amaprima
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Durnstein / Melk, Austria
(Saturday, October 25)
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Travel 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.
Accommodations: MS Amaprima
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Linz, Austria
(Sunday, October 26)
 Morning: Dock in Linz and enjoy a small walk through the second biggest city of Austria. Later in the morning, choose between three optional excursions: You may take a bus excursion to the scenic Salzkammergut region, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 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."
 Brunch: Today, a brunch will be offered to make it possible to leave in the late morning for your all day excursion.
 Afternoon: Continue your full day excursions.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
 Evening: Enjoy an onboard musical performance.
Accommodations: MS Amaprima
Meals Included: Brunch, Dinner

Day 11: Passau / Vilshofen an der Donau, Germany
(Monday, October 27)
 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 can join our guided walking excursions around this charming 1200 year old Bavarian town.
 Dinner: Captain's dinner on board.
Accommodations: MS Amaprima
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Disembark / Munich, Germany
(Tuesday, October 28)
 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 through the old town ending at the very heart of Munich - the Marienplatz with the Rathaus (the Gothic New City Hall).
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.
 Evening: Free time to relax or stroll through Marienplatz.
Accommodations: Carat Hotel Munich
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 13: Munich, Germany
(Wednesday, October 29)
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: Enjoy a guided bus excursion along the important landmarks outside of the old town and then attend an introductory lecture about the history of 20th century Germany, Bavaria, Munich, and the famous Bavarian "Gemütlichkeit" - 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.
Accommodations: Carat Hotel Munich
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 14: Munich, Germany / Bavarian Alps
(Thursday, October 30)

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.
Accommodations: Carat Hotel Munich
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Departures
(Friday, October 31)
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: Transfer to the Munich Airport (MUC) for departures.
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
  MS Amaprima - At Sea Bicycles
Each 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.
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Suggested Reading List

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The German Way

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The Germans

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