Cruise the Face of Europe

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MAY 30 - JUN. 14, 2015 From $4,695
Amsterdam, Cologne, Koblenz, Miltenberg, Wurzburg, Nuremberg, Passau, Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest
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Cruise the Face of Europe

MAY 30 - JUN. 14, 2015
Amsterdam, Cologne, Koblenz, Miltenberg, Wurzburg, Nuremberg, Passau, Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest
Aboard Amadeus Silver

Winding through the peaceful countrysides, storybook villages and fairy-tale castles, the Rhine, Main and Danube waterways showcase the best of Europe. In the company of Professor Emeritus Fred Burwick, UCLA Department of English, cruise these three vital rivers aboard the award-winning MS Amadeus Silver. Begin your adventure in Amsterdam for a city tour and visit the Rijksmuseum. Continue to the world-famous cathedral in Cologne and explore historic Koblenz and Würzburg, whose 18th century residences were home to the city’s prince-bishops. Travel along the Romantic Road and admire the medieval towns that line the famous route. Tour Nuremberg, where the World War II trials were conducted. Your voyage concludes in Budapest, Hungary’s fascinating capital.

Cost: From $4,695
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Activity Level: Mild Activity
COVID-19 Information:
  • Unpack once and enjoy 14 nights aboard the aboard the exclusively chartered MS Amadeus Silver
  • Enjoy stops in some of Europe’s most historic and beautiful cities, including Budapest, Hungary; Bratislava, Slovakia; Vienna, Austria; Nuremberg, Germany; and Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Cruise through some of the most historic and beautiful stretches of theRhine, Main and Danube rivers, including the Wachau and Middle Rhine valleys, which are UNESCO World Heritage sites. Other UNESCO sites featured on this program are Kölner Dom, Würzburg Residenz and the cities of Bamberg and Regensburg in Germany; and Melk Abbey and the historic center of Vienna in Austria
  • Journey along Germany’s legendary Romantic Road
  • Sail through the Main-Danube Canal, an idea dating from the eighth century and realized in the early 1990s
  • Explore the Weltenburg monastery, the oldest in Bavaria

 

UCLA Faculty on Tour

Fred Burwick
UCLA Professor of English
Fred Burwick, research professor in the Department of English at UCLA, has published extensively on British and German Romanticism. He has been named a distinguished scholar by the British Academy and the Keats-Shelley Association. Burwick has enjoyed several visiting positions in Germany at the Universities of Würzburg, Siegen, Göttingen and Bamberg. He has also lectured at the universities of Cologne, Heidelberg, Leipzig and Munich in Germany as well as Oxford and Cambridge in England. On eight occasions, he has accompanied UCLA Alumni Travel tours through Central Europe and has received high praise from his many travelers.

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DAY 1 | May 30. Depart for Budapest, Hungary.

DAY 2 | May 31. Budapest
Upon arrival, transfer to the pier and embark the MS Amadeus Silver. In the evening, join your fellow travelers for a Welcome Dinner aboard the ship.

DAY 3 | June 1. Budapest
Excursion: Budapest. See Heroes’ Square, the Castle District, ParliamentBuilding, the Opera House and Fisherman’s Bastion.

DAY 4 | June 2. Bratislava
Excursion: Bratislava. See many highlights of the Slovakian capital, including St. Martin’s Cathedral and St. Michael’s Gate.

DAY 5 | June 3. Vienna
Excursion: Imperial Vienna. View the Houses of Parliament and the Ringstrasse. Visit the Imperial Apartments of the Hofburg Palace.

DAY 6 | June 4. Dürnstein / Melk
Excursion: Dürnstein Walking Tour. Dürnstein is considered one of the most beautiful towns in the Wachau
Valley. See baroque architecture, pass by gorgeous scenery and visit the magnificent Stiftskirche.
Excursion: Melk. Visit Melk’s Benedictine abbey, an architectural jewel with impressive interiors.

DAY 7 | June 5. Passau
Excursion: Picturesque Passau.Today’s tour showcases the Gothic town hall and St. Stephen’s Cathedral, home of Europe’s largest pipe organ.

DAY 8 | June 6. Regensburg / Kelheim
Excursion: Historic Regensburg. View the old Roman tower, the Roman gateway and the 12th-century Stone Bridge. See the old town hall and the stunning St. Peter’s Cathedral.
Excursion: Weltenburg Monastery. Discover the oldest monastery in Bavaria, founded in the first century. The opulent baroque church was built from 1716 to 1751.

DAY 9 | June 7. Nuremberg
Excursion: Nuremberg. See the courthouse where the World War II trials were held. Visit the city’s renowned hilltop castle. Stroll to the Hauptmarkt, an open square dominated by the Schoener Brunnen.

DAY 10 | June 8. Bamberg
Excursion: Bamberg. During a walking tour, wander under the grand rococo archway of the Obere Brücke.

DAY 11 | June 9. Würzburg
Excursion: Romantic Road. Take a scenic drive to admire the walled, medieval towns that line this famous route. Stop in Rothenberg.
Excursion: Würzburg. Tour the city and visit the Residenz, an 18th-century palace that was once home to the prince-bishops of Würzburg.

DAY 12 | June 10. Miltenberg
Excursion: Miltenberg. The 13th-century castle that presides over the town is smaller than many others in Germany. Walk through Miltenberg and see local shops and half-timbered homes along its main street.

DAY 13 | June 11. Rüdesheim / Koblenz
Independent Exploration: In Rüdesheim, you will have time to explore the city at leisure.This afternoon, cruise through the Middle Rhine Valley. Independent Exploration. Explore the historic town center of Koblenz.

DAY 14 | June 12. Cologne
Excursion: Cologne’s Magnificent Cathedral Walking Tour. Visit Kölner Dom, the famous 12th-century cathedral. After World War II, the church was reconstructed, but some war wounds still are visible. In the evening, join your fellow travelers on the ship for a farewell reception.

DAY 15 | June 13. Amsterdam
Excursion: Amsterdam City Tour. Admire the Royal Palace, the Mint Tower and the Skinny Bridge. A visit to Rijksmuseum, featuring works by Rembrandt, completes your city tour.

DAY 16 | June 14.
Transfer to the Amsterdam airport for the return to your gateway city.

Accommodations
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MS Amadeus Silver
The state-of-the-art MS Amadeus Silver debuted in 2013 as a flagship of the innovative Lüftner cruise line. This stylish ship, named Kreuzfahrt Guide’s 2013 River Boat of the Year, offers the utmost in service, safety and comfort. Step into the elegant reception area and immerse yourself in an ambience reminiscent of a high-end hotel. Relax on the sun deck, challenge a friend to a game of chess or shuffleboard, browse in the boutique or connect with family at the Internet station. Practice your golf game on the putting green, exercise in the fitness room or treat yourself to a soothing massage.Savor international cuisine at the restaurant’s delicious breakfast and lunch buffets, and enjoy regional specialties served with wine at dinner. At the end of each day, return to the comforts of your cabin, appointed in bright, modern décor and featuring a river view, a satellite TV and a bathroom with a shower.

Pricing

Pricing: $5,045

Special Pricing Available: $4,795*

*Special Price valid if booked by 10/1/2014.
VAT is an additional $295 per person

Download Reservation Form Download Brochure (4.4 MB) Request Brochure In Mail
310.206.0613 (P)
310.209.4271 (F)
travel@alumni.ucla.edu
  • Professor Burwick’s knowledge and insights add so much enjoyment to the overall experience!"
    Jim Spielmann ’65, M.B.A. ’66 and Joyce Spielmann, Travelers
  • I enjoyed the smaller ship experience, getting into ports that larger ships cannot enter. A memorable trip that gave me memories for a lifetime."
    Betty Nealis, Traveler

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STEP 1
Download the tour Reservation Form here. This tour is booked quickly, so sign up early to reserve space.

STEP 2
Enclose a check or provide credit card information for $600 per person, per tour, as a deposit for the selected tour. Make check payable to AHI Travel. Deposits are provisional and fully refundable pending your acceptance of final brochure terms.

STEP 3
Mail completed reservation form and your deposit to:

UCLA Alumni Association
Attn: Alumni Travel
James West Alumni Center
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1397

A brochure will be mailed to you as soon as it is available.

Terms & Conditions

Written cancellations from time of booking up to 90 days prior to departure will be assessed a minimum administrative fee of approximately $250; within 90 days of departure, refunds vary according to the policies of each tour operator. Please download brochure for this tour here.

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Travel Insurance

We strongly recommend you purchase travel insurance to cover the possibility of trip cancellation or interruption, emergency medical evacuation, medical expenses and baggage loss incurred while traveling. All confirmed passengers will receive travel insurance information in your confirmation packet. It’s one of our many membership benefits! For information about travel insurance, visit alumni.ucla.edu/travel-insurance. Coverage for pre-existing medical conditions, terrorist incidents and travel supplier financial insolvencies will be provided if the insurance is purchased within 15 days of your trip deposit. Please read the insurance brochure carefully.

Download Reservation Form Download Brochure (4.4 MB) Request Brochure In Mail
310.206.0613 (P)
310.209.4271 (F)
travel@alumni.ucla.edu
  • Professor Burwick’s knowledge and insights add so much enjoyment to the overall experience!"
    Jim Spielmann ’65, M.B.A. ’66 and Joyce Spielmann, Travelers
  • I enjoyed the smaller ship experience, getting into ports that larger ships cannot enter. A memorable trip that gave me memories for a lifetime."
    Betty Nealis, Traveler