Excursion Information:
 

Some excursions involve a fair amount of walking, sometimes over uneven surfaces. The following coding system has been used to assist you with this. Please ask your cruise director for further advice.
 

1)  It is your choice whether you get off the bus during the excursion, to take pictures for example. You walk only short and even paths.
 

2)  The excursion by bus is followed by a moderate walking tour. It is also possible that you need to climb some stairs.
 

3)  The excursion by bus is followed by a longer walk. It is also possible that you need to climb several stairs.
 

4)  Moderate walking tour. It is also possible that you have to climb some stairs.
 

5)  Considerable walk with longer distances, this may include uneven surface and some

stairways.

Important Notice:
 

- All excursions can be booked in advance or on board.

- Minimum participation for excursion by bus: 20 people
- Minimum participation for excursion by bus: 12 people

- The schedule within the individual excursions can vary; this is partly due to the volume of traffic in the cities or the opening hours of facilities.


 

- Please bear in mind to wear sturdy shoes as well as comfortable, waterproof clothing when

attending the excursions.

- When exploring on your own, please remember to return to the vessel in time for its departure. If you miss the departure you have to get to the next port on your own expenses. You will find the time for the latest return on the daily program.

- Change of itineraries and prices are subject to alteration.

Inspirational Discoveries On Land
Excursions 2016-2017

Austria

City Tour of Vienna

It may take days or maybe weeks to fully discover Vienna. On this tour you will get an overall impression of the most important sights Vienna has to offer. First you drive along the famous Ringstrasse, passing by several magnificent buildings like the stunning opera house, the parliament or Vienna’s imposing city hall.  The bus tour is followed by a guided tour through the city centre. The walking tour passes the well known Hofburg Imperial Palace and ends at the emblem of Vienna, St. Stepan’s cathedral. Before you return to the ship you have the possibility to take a walk in the city center.

Price: $36.00 USD 
Duration: appr. 3,5 hrs
Walking grade: 2

City Tour Of Vienna With Concert

It may take days or maybe weeks to fully discover Vienna. On this tour you will get an overall impression of the most important sights Vienna has to offer. The tour takes you along the Ringstrasse, Schwarzenbergplatz, passing by Charles church (Karlskirche) as well as the stunning opera house. At this time you stop to take a guided tour from the State Opera to the Hofburg Imperial Palace. Before you return to the ship you have the possibility to take a walk in the city center and visit the emblem of Vienna, St. Stephan’s cathedral, which you can admire from the inside. The highlight of this excursion is a private concert in a traditional Viennese Palace.
 

Price: $36.00 USD
Duration: appr. 4,5 hrs
Walking grade: 2

Guided Tour Of The Schoenbrunn Palace

A coach takes you to one of the most beautiful monuments of Vienna, Schoenbrunn Palace. The castle was built on the template of Versailles, the residence of the Sun King Louis XIV. As one of the most important cultural heritage in Austria, the castle and its gardens were declared as a World Cultural Heritage Site. The reign of Maria Theresia signifies the most splendid era for Schoenbrunn. The castle and park were the centre of the courtly and political life. Under the personal guidance of the Empress, it was remodelled and expanded to become a Royal residence. A complex with a total of 1,441 rooms and halls had been created. You will visit most of the ceremonial rooms and then have the opportunity to walk around in the beautifully designed gardens of the palace.


Price: $52.00 USD
Duration: appr. 3,5 hrs
Walking grade:  2

"Vienna at Night" Excursion

You will drive through the Wienerwald to Kahlenberg, the best view point in Vienna. From here you can overlook the vineyards and the city of Vienna. Continue to the traditional wine village of Grinzing, where you visit a typical Heurigen pub. There is no better way to learn about the Viennese laid back atmosphere and cosiness, than by enjoying a glass of wine, trying spreads with bread, and listening to „Heurigen” music. At the end of this tour enjoy some of the beauties of Vienna at night, as we take you along the illuminated Ringstrasse where you can admire the gorgeous buildings.
 

Price: $46.00 USD
Duration: appr. 3,5 hrs 
Walking grade: 1

Concert Visit "Sound of Vienna"

In the very place where Johann Strauss himself used to direct his orchestra from the position of first violin, the absolute essence of Vienna's classical music can once again be heard daily.The “Salonorchester Alt Wien”, one of the best-known interpreters of classical Viennese music, presents an evening full of Viennese charm with the lilting sound of waltzes, polkas, arias and duets, as well as operetta and piano concerto melodies. Accompanied by excellent opera vocalists and enchanting ballet soloists, Vienna's classical music reveals itself as a living firework display for all senses.
 

Price Cat. B: $58.00 USD 
Price Cat A: 60,00 Euro (bookable only on board)
Duration:  appr. 3 hrs 
Walking grade: 1

City Walk Of Grein

Grein is a small and well-preserved city on the Danube, set against a natural backdrop of beautiful landscapes and rich history. The city was already a popular destination with day trippers around 1900 - and the city has managed to retain its old-world charm as well as its history and culture. The tour takes you past its most important sights, including the town square, parish church and town theatre - Austria’s oldest theatre.

 

Price: $7.00 USD 
Duration: appr. 1,5 hrs
Walking grade: 4

City Walk Of Krems With Winetasting

Krems is famous for being at the centre of Austria’s apricot orchards. This town’s history goes back over one thousand years and it stands as an icon for Austria’s abundant wine growing tradition. A guided tour will take you through the Old Town to the famous sights of the town and take in the “Steiner Tor”, the preserved town gate, the 13th century Dominican church, the medieval Gozzo Castle in Hoher Markt, the oldest part of the town, and the Landstrasse with its old town houses and arcade courtyards. And it’s also worth taking a stroll through the pedestrian area of the town of Krems which is without doubt one of the most enticing shopping miles in Austria. You can round off the excursion by tasting a glass of regional wine, which is included in the trip.
 

Price: $55.00 USD
Duration: appr. 4 hrs
Walking grade: 4

City Walk of Linz

Linz was founded by the Romans, who called it "Lentia", but there was already a Celtic settlement called "Lentos"; probably their word for the winding of a river. It was a provincial and local government city of the Holy Roman Empire, and an important trading point connecting several routes. Being the city where the Habsburg Emperor Friedrich III spent his last years, it was, for a short period of time, the most important city in the empire. It lost its status to Vienna and Prague after the death of the Emperor in 1493.

There are many things to see in Linz. Take a stroll down the main street which leads to the main square. In addition to the medieval town square in the historic old town and the Mozarthaus you can see the Renaissance villas, the old cathedral with the Bruckner organ or the new cathedral. Visits depend on opening hours of the cathedral and/or if a mess is celebrated etc. If time allows, you can taste a piece of the famous Linzer Torte (Linzer Cake) in one of the local bakeries.


Price: $22.00 USD
 Duration:  appr. 2 hrs 
Walking grade:  4

City Walk of Linz from Aschach to Engelhartszell

A half-hour coach ride will bring you to Linz, which was founded by the Romans, who called it "Lentia", but there was already a Celtic settlement called "Lentos"; probably their word for the winding of a river. It was a provincial and local government city of the Holy Roman Empire, and an important trading point connecting several routes. Being the city where the Habsburg Emperor Friedrich III spent his last years, it was, for a short period of time, the most important city in the empire. It lost its status to Vienna and Prague after the death of the Emperor in 1493.  There are many things to see in Linz. Take a stroll down the main street which leads to the main square. In addition to the medieval town square in the historic old town and the Mozarthaus you can see the Renaissance villas , the old cathedral with the Bruckner organ or the new cathedral. Visits depend on opening hours of the cathedral and/or if a mess is celebrated etc. If time allows, you can taste a piece of the famous Linzer Torte (Linzer Cake) in one of the local bakeries before your coach brings you back to the ship in Engelhartszell.

 

Price: $34.00 USD  
Duration: appr. 4 hrs
Walking grade: 4

City Walk of Linz From Linz to Aschach

Linz was founded by the Romans, who called it "Lentia", but there was already a Celtic settlement called "Lentos"; probably their word for the winding of a river. It was a provincial and local government city of the Holy Roman Empire, and an important trading point connecting several routes. Being the city where the Habsburg Emperor Friedrich III spent his last years, it was, for a short period of time, the most important city in the empire. It lost its status to Vienna and Prague after the death of the Emperor in 1493.

There are many things to see in Linz. Take a stroll down the main street which leads to the main square. In addition to the medieval town square in the historic old town and the Mozarthaus you can see the Renaissance villas , the old cathedral with the Bruckner organ or the new cathedral. Visits depend on opening hours of the cathedral and/or if a mess is celebrated etc. If time allows, you can taste a piece of the famous Linzer Torte (Linzer Cake) in one of the local bakeries before your coach brings you back to the ship in Aschach.


Price: $34.00 USD
Duration: appr. 2,5 hrs
Walking grade: 4

Anton Bruckner Excursions With Organ Concert

Join us and follow the traces of the Austrian composer Anton Bruckner. The composer lived in and around Linz and influenced this region. A comfortable coach takes you to the Abbey of St. Florian, where Bruckner was a choirboy and later on ventured into the world of music as an organist. In the crypt under the organ he has his final resting place. The Bruckner Organ comprises of 4 manuals, 103 registers and 7,386 organ pipes. Enjoy the sound power and the special loveliness of this organ at a concert.
 

Price: $73.00 USD  
Duration: 3,5 hrs 
Walking Grade: 3

Full-day Excursion to Salzburg Incl. Salzkammergut and lunch

A two-hour coach ride will bring you to Salzburg, the city of music. The old town with its world famous baroque architecture is one of the best-preserved city centres north of the Alps. It was adopted by UNESCO in 1997 and is included on its list of World Cultural Heritage Sites. Salzburg is also the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. During the guided tour through the old town you will see the birth house of the musician from the outside as well as other well-known attractions, such as the Getreidegasse. This long yet narrow shopping-street runs parallel to the river in the centre of town. The street is famous for its old (or old-style) signage outside each store, each indicating the profession found within. You continue to the Mirabell Palace, a beautiful castle with gardens, built by an archbishop for his beloved courtesan. Watch out for the "Garden of Dwarfs" and the Garden of Roses.

After the included lunch, you head to the picturesque village Mondsee which was a film location of the well known movie “The Sound of Music”. Enjoy the beautiful scenery as you are heading back to the ship.

Price: $106.00 USD
Duration: appr. 9,5 hrs
Walking Grade: 3

Full-day Excursion to Salzburg Incl. Mozarthaus, Salzkammergut and lunch

A two-hour coach ride will bring you to Salzburg, the city of music. The old town with its world famous baroque architecture is one of the best-preserved city centres north of the Alps. It was adopted by UNESCO in 1997 and is included on its list of World Cultural Heritage Sites. Salzburg is also the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. During the guided tour through the old town you will visit the birth house of the musician as well as other well-known attractions, such as the Getreidegasse. This long yet narrow shopping-street runs parallel to the river in the centre of town. The street is famous for its old (or old-style) sigange outside each store, each indicating the profession found within. You continue to the Mirabell Palace, a beautiful castle with gardens, built by an archbishop for his beloved courtesan. Watch out for the "Garden of Dwarfs" and the Garden of Roses.

After the included lunch, you head to the picturesque village Mondsee which was a film location of the well known movie “The Sound of Music”. Enjoy the beautiful scenery as you are heading back to the ship.
 

Price: $134.00 USD 
Duration: appr. 9,5 hrs
Walking grade:  3

Wachau Excursion Incl. Melk Abbey and Wine Tasting

Melk Abbey is an Austrian Benedictine abbey, and one of the world's most famous monastic sites. Today's impressive Baroque abbey was built between 1702 and 1736. Particularly noteworthy is the abbey’s church and the impressive library with countless medieval manuscripts and frescos. A guided tour takes you through the abbot’s chambers, along the imperator’s walk, through the marble hall, the balconies and the library.

Continue your tour to Dürnstein, one of the best-known wine villages in the Wachau. Situated in the heart of the magnificent valley, on the banks of the mighty river Danube, the charming town offers the unique combination of a breathtaking scenery, traditional architecture and places of historic interest. A walk through it allows you to appreciate its glorious position. At the end of the tour we invite you for a glass of wine in a local restaurant.

Price: $62.00 USD 
Duration:  appr. 4,5 hrs
Walking grade: 3

Wachau Excursion Incl. Melk Abbey and Gluehwein Party

Melk Abbey is an Austrian Benedictine abbey, and one of the world's most famous monastic sites. Today's impressive Baroque abbey was built between 1702 and 1736. Particularly noteworthy is the abbey’s church and the impressive library with countless medieval manuscripts and frescos. A guided tour takes you through the abbot’s chambers, along the imperator’s walk, through the marble hall, the balconies and the library.

Continue your tour to Dürnstein, one of the best-known wine villages in the Wachau. Situated in the heart of the magnificent valley, on the banks of the mighty river Danube, the charming town offers the unique combination of a breathtaking scenery, traditional architecture and places of historic interest. A walk through it allows you to appreciate its glorious position. At the end of the tour we invite you for a mug of Gluehwein in a local restaurant.


Price: $62.00 USD
Duration: appr. 4,5 hrs
Walking grade: 3

City Walk of Durnstein and Wine Tasting

Start your excursion in Dürnstein, one of the best-known wine villages in the Wachau. Situated in the heart of the magnificent valley, on the banks of the mighty river Danube, the charming town offers the unique combination of a breathtaking scenery, traditional architecture and places of historic interest. Your guide will show you the picturesque Old Town, the town walls and the Pranger Square with its lovely view of the castle ruins. You walk beside the Order of St Claire convent and past the baroque monastery to the town hall’s inner courtyard. After a walk through the pedestrian area, the tour ends at the charming Hotel Schloss Dürnstein. The journey then continues to a Wachau winegrower where you will be able to sample a selection of the region’s outstanding wines.

Price: $28.00 USD
Duration: ca. 2 hrs
Walking grade: 4

Excursion to Melk Abbey

Melk Abbey is an Austrian Benedictine abbey, and one of the world's most famous monastic sites. Today's impressive Baroque abbey was built between 1702 and 1736. Particularly noteworthy is the abbey’s church and the impressive library with countless medieval manuscripts and frescos. A guided tour takes you through the abbot’s chambers, along the imperator’s walk, through the marble hall, the balconies and the library.

Price: $52.00 USD
Duration: ca. 2 hrs
Walking grade: 3

Excursion to Melk Abbey and Wine Tasting

Melk Abbey is an Austrian Benedictine abbey, and one of the world's most famous monastic sites. Today's impressive Baroque abbey was built between 1702 and 1736. Particularly noteworthy is the abbey’s church and the impressive library with countless medieval manuscripts and frescos. A guided tour takes you through the abbot’s chambers, along the imperator’s walk, through the marble hall, the balconies and the library. The journey then continues to a Wachau winegrower where you will be able to sample a selection of the region’s outstanding wines.

Price: $62.00 USD
Duration: ca. 4 hrs
Walking grade: 3

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