Danube Passage with Prague

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JUL. 30 - AUG. 13, 2015 From $4,595
Prague, Passau, Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest, Belgrade, Sofia
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Danube Passage with Prague

JUL. 30 - AUG. 13, 2015
Prague, Passau, Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest, Belgrade, Sofia
Aboard Amadeus Silver

Explore marvelous Old World capitals, picturesque villages and the many facets of rich Eastern European culture with UCLA English Professor Joseph Nagy on this journey aboard the MS Amadeus Silver. Begin your voyage with a three-night stay in elegant Prague. Then enjoy the formidable Iron Gates gorge, the twists of Danube Bend and the breathtaking Wachau Valley. Experience the splendor of Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest and Belgrade, and recall the majesty and power of the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman monuments in Bulgaria. Conclude the journey through eight countries with a two-night stay in Sofia, Bulgaria’s capital.

Cost: From $4,595
AHI Travel
Activity Level: Moderate Activity
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  • Enjoy a eight-night Danube River cruise aboard the exclusively chartered MS Amadeus Silver.
  • Luxurious hotel accommodations, renowned for every modern convenience and service, in Prague, capital of the Czech Republic and in Sofia, capital of Bulgaria.
  • Discover beguiling scenery in eight countries and 13 cities and towns.
  • Experience Eastern European culture and cuisine. See marvelous old-world capitals, medieval castles, beautiful churches, monumental cathedrals, picturesque villages and incomparable Danube River landscapes.
  • Cruise through some of the most historic and beautiful stretches of the storied Danube – the incredible Iron Gate Gorge, the twisting Danube Bend and the breathtaking Wachau Valley.
  • Four educational lectures offer insight into local history and culture

UCLA Faculty on Tour

Joseph Nagy
UCLA Professor of English
Joseph Nagy a leading authority on comparative mythology and folklore, has taught at UCLA since 1978, covering topics such as oral tradition, storytelling, national epic, myth and legend in opera, balladry and popular culture. He has also published several books and articles pertaining to Indo-European civilizations, particularly the ancient Celts of Europe who gave the Danube its name, including two prize-winning monographs, “The Wisdom of the Outlaw and Conversing with Angels and Ancients” and the edited “Writing Down the Myths.”

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DAY 1 | July 30.
Depart for Prague, Czech Republic.

DAY 2 | July 31. Prague
Upon arrival, transfer to the Art Deco Imperial Hotel. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure to explore or relax. Attend a welcome reception in the evening.

DAY 3 | Aug. 1. Prague
Excursion: Prague Castle and Old Town. Visit Prague Castle and the Old Town. See the Royal Palace, St. Vitus Cathedral, St. George Basilica and Charles Bridge.

DAY 4 | Aug. 2. Prague
Excursion: Prague’s Historic Jewish Quarter. Explore Josefov, Prague’s historic Jewish Quarter, and visit the National Jewish Museum.

DAY 5 | Aug. 3. Passau
Transfer to Passau, and embark the MS Amadeus Silver.
Excursion: Picturesque Passau. See the old town hall, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and royal residences. Attend a welcome aboard reception.

DAY 6 | Aug. 4. Melk / Dürnstein
Excursion: Melk. Marvel at Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey. Cruise through the Wachau Valley.
Excursion: Dürnstein. Visit the Stiftskirche, with its striking façade and baroque tower.

DAY 7 | Aug. 5. Vienna
Educational Focus: Vienna. Excursion: Imperial Vienna. See the historic sights of Vienna, including the Imperial Apartments of Hofburg Palace, the Houses of Parliament and the Vienna State Opera House.

DAY 8 | Aug. 6. Bratislava
Educational Focus: The Velvet Revolution.
Excursion: Bratislava. Tour this medieval capital of the Slovak Republic. See St. Martin’s Cathedral, St. Michael’s Gate and the Primate’s Palace.

DAY 9 | Aug. 7. Budapest
Educational Focus: The Velvet Revolution.
Excursion: Budapest. Tour both banks of this striking capital city. See Heroes’ Square, the Castle District, Parliament Building, the Opera House and Fisherman’s Bastion.

DAY 10 | Aug. 8. Pécs
Excursion: Pécs. The ship arrives in Kalocsa. Transfer to the historic city of Pécs. Founded by the Romans, this pretty Hungarian city has an excellent collection of Roman ruins. The city grew in importance during the Middle Ages, and it fell under Ottoman rule in the mid-16th century.

DAY 11 | Aug. 9. Belgrade
Educational Focus: Modern Serbia.
Excursion: Belgrade. Discover one of Eastern Europe’s oldest capitals. Explore the Cathedral of St. Sava, the Orthodox cathedral and the Old Town. Enjoy a folk show onboard the ship.

DAY 12 | Aug. 10. Iron Gate Gorge / Drobeta-Turnu Severin / Orsova
During the afternoon, cruise by the dramatic cliffs of the stunning Iron Gate Gorge.
Excursion: Drobeta-Turnu Severin and Orsova. The three hamlets — Drobeta, Turnu and Severin — that compose this village date from Roman times. Tour the city center, then drive through the scenic Iron Gate region to Orsova for an organ concert at the Catholic cathedral.

DAY 13 | Aug. 11. Vidin / Sofia
Excursion: Vidin. Explore one of the oldest towns along the Danube’s Bulgarian banks. Visit the Baba Vida fortress and St. Pantaleimon Church. Disembark the ship and transfer to the Sofia Hotel Balkan in Sofia.

DAY 14 | Aug. 12. Sofia
Educational Focus: A Prologue to the Bulgarian Revival.
Excursion: Sofia. Tour the highlights of Bulgaria’s capital, including the ruins of Serdica, Alexander Batenberg Square, St. Alexander of Neva Cathedral and chic Vitosha Boulevard. Tonight, attend a Farewell Reception and Dinner, featuring a lively folk show.

DAY 15 | Aug. 13.
Transfer to the Sofia airport for the
return flight to your gateway city.

Accommodations
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Art Deco Imperial Hotel
Combining modern technology and luxury, this hotel is located in the heart of Prague’s historic city center, making it the perfect starting point for an exciting day of sightseeing, browsing the fashionable shops or exploring the city’s nightlife. The hotel features a fitness center, spa, steam bath, sauna and whirlpool, as well as the swank Prime Bar and the famous Café Imperial restaurant. Each guest room features a marble bathroom with heated mirrors and floors.

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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 and comfort. Step into the elegant reception area and immerse yourself in an ambiance 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 massage. Savor international cuisine at the restaurant’s breakfast and lunch buffets, and enjoy regional specialties served with wine at dinner. At the end of each day, return to your cabin, featuring a river view, a satellite TV and a bathroom with a shower.

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Sofia Hotel Balkan 
This elegant hotel offers luxury and the finest amenities within walking distance of Sofia’s historic town center. Dine on international selections at Stardust Restaurant, or enjoy a piano bar atmosphere at Lobby Bar Pliska. The hotel also has a fitness center, sauna, salon, casino, gift shop and laundry service.

Pricing

Pricing: $4,845

Special Pricing Available: $4,595*

*Special Price valid if booked by 10/1/2014.
VAT is an additional $395 per person

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310.206.0613 (P)
310.209.4271 (F)
travel@alumni.ucla.edu
  • The UCLA Alumni travelers that I met on board made the trip on the Danube so much more meaningful and memorable."
    Bonnie Lewis ’60, Traveler
  • One of the best UCLA Alumni Travel trips we have ever taken. All was taken care of with an amazing itinerary along with some unexpected surprises along the way."
    Ellen Schlosberg ’60, 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 read the cancellation clauses contained within the brochure for this tour carefully.

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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 (3.0 MB) Request Brochure In Mail
310.206.0613 (P)
310.209.4271 (F)
travel@alumni.ucla.edu
  • The UCLA Alumni travelers that I met on board made the trip on the Danube so much more meaningful and memorable."
    Bonnie Lewis ’60, Traveler
  • One of the best UCLA Alumni Travel trips we have ever taken. All was taken care of with an amazing itinerary along with some unexpected surprises along the way."
    Ellen Schlosberg ’60, Traveler