This exclusive 14-day journey through the heart of Central Europe features a seven-night cruise on the legendary Blue Danube aboard one of the deluxe vessels of the prestigious Amadeus Fleet, followed by three nights in Prague and two nights in Kraków, Poland, in deluxe hotel accommodations. The carefully designed itinerary encompasses the former glorious realm of Habsburg Emperors, with visits to six countries and six UNESCO World Heritage sites. Specially arranged excursions include a private organ concert in Melk and a private music performance in Vienna. Cruise from Budapest, Hungary, to Passau, Germany, through the spectacular Wachau Valley. Enjoy a comprehensive program of guided excursions along the way: Bratislava’s medieval Old Town, imperial Vienna, magnificent Melk Abbey and the storybook village of Dürnstein. Explore the medieval gems of Prague, Cesk´y Krumlov and Kraków, virtual open-air museums of Central European history and architecture. Extend your Habsburg experience with the Budapest Two-Night Pre-Program Option and the Warsaw Two-Night Post-Program Option.

Program Highlights

  • Visit six Central European countries—Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, Germany, Czech Republic and Poland—during this custom-designed, comprehensive, 14-day journey—and at an exceptional value!
  • Cruise for seven nights on the legendary Danube River aboard one of the prestigious, deluxe Amadeus river fleet vessels, among the finest to ply the waterways of Europe.
  • Spend three nights in fascinating, medieval Prague, and two nights in the historic Polish city of Kraków, with deluxe accommodations in the heart of each city.
  • Explore the cultural treasures of the former Habsburg Empire with specially arranged guided excursions, including visits to six UNESCO World Heritage sites and private music performances in Melk and Vienna.
  • Traverse an enchanting landscape of exceptional natural and man-made beauty as you cruise from Budapest, Hungary, with port calls in Bratislava, Slovakia; Vienna, Melk, and Dürnstein, Austria; and Passau, Germany.
  • You can choose to begin with the Budapest Two-Night Pre-Program Option and/or extend your travels with the Warsaw Post-Program Option.


Eric Ramirez-Weaver, Professor of Art History

Eric Ramírez-Weaver studies the theological, philosophical, and scientific ideas that informed the creative decisions of artists living in eastern and western medieval cultures from the third to fifteenth centuries. His recent and forthcoming publications explore the intersection of art and science displayed by astronomical and philosophical illuminated manuscripts. His primary research interests include Carolingian manuscript illumination and late-Gothic painting at the Bohemian court in Prague, although he has also published work on Cistercian stained glass. Eric has participated in a number of museum exhibitions. Most importantly, he contributed to the catalogue for an exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Prague, The Crown of Bohemia, 1347–1437, for which he was co-author with Gerhard Schmidt of “Wenceslas IV’s Books and their Illuminators.”
Eric teaches courses on the social, intellectual, and cultural history of the middle ages. Examples of recent and upcoming lecture courses include: “History of Art I,” “Early Medieval Art,” “Romanesque and Gothic Art,” “Early Medieval Manuscript Illumination,” and “Paris and Prague: Twilight of the Middle Ages.” He took his degrees from SUNY, Syracuse and the Institute of Fine Arts at NYU.


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Budapest, Hungary

Arrive in Budapest, “Pearl of the Danube.” Embark the M.S. Amadeus Brilliant and attend the welcome toast and dinner this evening.

Accommodations: M.S. Amadeus Brilliant
Meals: Dinner

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Budapest, Hungary

For centuries, the twin cities of Buda and Pest have faced each other across the Danube River. When the Habsburg Archduke Joseph, son of Emperor Leopold II, became Palatine of Budapest in 1796, he undertook a building program on an unprecedented scale. By the time this “most Hungarian Habsburg” died in 1847, Budapest rivaled Vienna as an imperial capital. The Danube embankments and the Buda Castle Quarter are UNESCO World Heritage sites. Begin your tour in Pest, where the elegant limestone Parliament Building looms beside the river. Pass through Heroes’ Square and admire its monuments to the Magyar chiefs who conquered Hungary in A.D. 896. Cross the imposing Chain Bridge linking river-level Pest to the hillier Buda side of the Danube. On Castle Hill, visit the Gothic Matthias Church, built in the 1200s and renovated in the 17th and 19th centuries, and the neo-Romanesque Fisherman’s Bastion, which commands a panoramic view of the city.

Accommodations: M.S. Amadeus Brilliant
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Bratislava, Slovakia

Dock in Bratislava, capital of Slovakia, located in the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains overlooking the banks of the Danube River. Beautifully restored since the end of the Cold War, the city showcases its 21st-century life amid its 1,000-year-old history. Enjoy a morning walking tour of Bratislava’s Old Town, to see its medieval, Renaissance and 19th-century architecture, among the finest in central Europe. Visit the Romanesque 14th-century Cathedral of St. Martin, see the elaborate Primatial Palace and marvel at the beauty of the magnificent Slovak National Theater, one of Europe’s finest 19th-century opera houses. See the 14th-century St. Michael’s Gate, the only remaining portion of the city’s medieval fortifications.

Accommodations: M.S. Amadeus Brilliant
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Vienna, Austria

The former seat of the Habsburg Empire, Vienna is an open-air museum of Baroque architecture, designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. This remarkable city owes its present appearance to the Austro-Hungarian Emperor Franz Josef, who created the famous Ringstrasse to showcase the city’s finest landmarks—the impressive Vienna Opera House and the lavish Hofburg Palace. After a lecture on the Habsburgs by a local expert, visit the great 13th-century Stephansdom, renowned for its distinctive zigzagged roof tiles. The afternoon is at leisure. This evening, attend a performance of Mozart and Strauss’ music at a premier venue. Overnight aboard the ship in Vienna.

On your second day, further explore the cultural treasures of Vienna on the excursion to Schönbrunn Palace, the Habsburgs’ summer residence to learn about the lineage of the Austrian Empire. Enjoy a private Mozart Children’s Chorus performance on board this evening.

Accommodations: M.S. Amadeus Brilliant
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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The charming medieval village of Dürnstein sits below the hilltop ruins of Castle Kuenringer, where Richard the Lionheart was held prisoner after the Third Crusade. Walk through the tiny, picturesque village to the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Abbey Church. Then, cruise the Danube’s spectacular and fabled Wachau Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage site, where terraced vineyards blanket hillsides dotted with the haunting ruins of medieval castles.

This afternoon, visit Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey, showcasing Austria’s impressive Baroque architecture. A prestigious center of scholarship throughout the Middle Ages, the abbey’s library today is a repository of 100,000 medieval manuscripts, priceless relics and 16th-century “Danube School” masters’ works by Albrecht Dürer and Lucas Cranach. The tour concludes with a private organ recital in the abbey’s beautiful Stiftskirche (church).

This evening, cruise to Linz.

Accommodations: M.S. Amadeus Brilliant
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7Friday (9/7)

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Linz for Salzburg/Passau, Germany

From Linz, embark on a full-day excursion to Salzburg. Salzburg’s Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage site filled with wonderful Baroque architecture. The ship will continue on to Passau where passengers will rejoin the ship in time for dinner.

Accommodations: M.S. Amadeus Brilliant
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Passau/˘Cesk´y Krumlov, Czech Republic/Prague

Disembark and travel across the rolling, wooded German and Czech countryside to ˘Cesk´y Krumlov, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the best-preserved medieval city in the Czech Republic. Built during the 13th-century, the castle and surrounding village overlook the Vltava River. Enjoy lunch and a walking tour before continuing on to Prague. On arrival, check into the deluxe Hotel Intercontinental Praha, located near the historic Old Town.

Accommodations: Hotel Intercontinental Praha
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

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A guided tour showcases the diverse cultural legacy of Prague, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the “City of a Thousand Spires” of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture. Tour the fascinating Hradcˇany complex of castles, churches and museums, the former residence of Bohemian royalty, which dominates the city skyline. See St. Vitus Cathedral and walk through the “Golden Lane,” a street formerly full of goldsmiths that is today lined with small houses built in the Mannerism style at the end of the 16th century.

Walk down the narrow, picturesque lanes of the Staré M˘esto (Old Town) to the Orloj, the ornate, 15th-century astronomical clock of the Old Town Hall. Continue to Josefov, the Jewish Quarter, and visit Europe’s oldest Jewish house of worship, the Gothic Old-New Synagogue; walk among the moss-covered, 15th-century headstones of the Jewish Cemetery; and conclude at the famous Charles Bridge, lined with 17th- and 18th-century statues of saints.

Accommodations: Hotel Intercontinental Praha
Meals: Breakfast

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Prague/Kraków, Poland

This morning enjoy the scenic transfer to Kraków, stopping en route in Brno for lunch. The second largest city in the Czech Republic, Brno is located at the crossroads of ancient trade routes that have joined the North and South European civilizations for centuries. Upon arrival in Kraków, check into the deluxe, centrally located Radisson Blu Hotel.

Accommodations: Radisson Blu Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

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For more than one thousand years, Kraków has been the cultural and spiritual capital of Poland, serving as the country’s seat of government from 1038 to 1596. Kraków is the only major Polish city to have emerged from World War II unscathed, and its Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage site whose treasures have remained undiminished through the centuries.

Enjoy a walking tour of the grounds of Wáwel Hill. See the Royal Castle, the seat of the monarchy for 500 years, which blends 16th-century Florentine architecture with Polish motifs and houses the state art collection, and the 14th-century Cathedral of Sts. Stanislaus and Waclaw, where all of Poland’s kings were crowned and buried. Walk into the Old Town and to Rynek Glówny, or “Main Market Square.” Visit the 14th-century twin-spired Mariacki (St. Mary’s) Church, one of the finest Gothic structures in Poland, to see the famous medieval altar by Wit Stwosz. From the church’s tower, a lone trumpeter sounds a haunting call every hour on the hour, in commemoration of a warning of an impending attack by the Tatars in medieval times. Pass by the former residence of Pope John Paul II, where he lived while Archbishop of Kraków.

Embark on an excursion to visit Auschwitz-Birkenau, a UNESCO World Heritage site and poignant memorial to those who perished in the Holocaust.

Also, tour the Wieliczka Salt Mine, a UNESCO World Heritage site known as “The Underground Salt Cathedral of Poland,” featuring the richly ornamented Chapel of the Blessed Kinga, carved entirely from salt and the underground salt mining exhibition.

Attend a farewell reception and dinner this evening.

Accommodations: Radisson Blu Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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Continue onto the Warsaw Post-Program option or transfer to the airport for your return to the U.S.

Budapest Pre-Program Option

The Habsburg Empire’s influence can still be found in Budapest, one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Begin your travel program with this two-night prelude in the deluxe, Kempinski Cornivus Hotel, located in the heart of the city, a sightseeing tour and an excursion into Hungary’s fabled Puszta.

Warsaw Post Program Option

Warsaw, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is Poland’s political and cultural capital. Extend your journey with two nights in the deluxe Le Meridien Bristol Warsaw Hotel. Visit Czestochowa to view the famous Black Madonna icon. See Warsaw’s most famous landmarks, including the Old Town, and enjoy a Chopin recital at a historical venue.


On Board the Deluxe Amadeus Fleet

The elegance and romance of native son Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s music was inspiration in the meticulous crafting of the deluxe Amadeus River Fleet. The Fleet inaugurated a new generation of deluxe river cruising, setting new standards in design and technology and featuring the comforts of a floating five-star hotel.

Comfortable accommodations in an outside stateroom or suite with private bathroom facilities and air conditioning.

Hotel Intercontinental Praha, Prague

Radisson Blu Hotel, Kraków


All meals each day while aboard ship, featuring fine continental cuisine served at single, unassigned seatings—breakfast buffet, buffet lunch, afternoon tea, dinner and a late-evening snack.

Program Fees

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Port taxes are an additional $250 and must be added seperately and are subject to change.

Optional Budapest Pre-Tour:
$720 per person double occupancy
$975 per person single occupancy

Optional Warsaw Post-Tour:
$620 per person double occupancy
$820 per person single occupancy

Price includes:

All transfers and luggage handling abroad for all participants who have purchased their air tickets through Gohagan & Company and whose arrival(s)/departure(s) coincide with the scheduled group transfer(s).

All excursions and visits, as outlined in the itinerary, led by experienced English-speaking local guides.

All meals each day while aboard ship.

Wine with dinner.

Gratuities to local guides and drivers.

Gratuities to wait staff for included meals are included.

Hospitality desk aboard the ship and in the hotels.

Experienced Travel Director to accompany you throughout the travel program.

Automatic $250,000 flight insurance policy for each participant ticketed on flights by Gohagan & Company.

Does not include:

International Airfare;

Port Taxes of $250 per person (subject to change);

Other Taxes; passport fees; visas and fees for obtaining visas; personal expenses such as laundry and telephone calls; accident/sickness, trip cancellation, and baggage insurance; gratuities to ship personnel and hotel personnel; optional sightseeing excursions; excess baggage charges on aircraft; local departure air taxes; airfare and associated local taxes, airport facility taxes and federal inspection fees not listed in the “Included Features” section; transfers and baggage handling to/from airport/ship on day(s) of arrival and/or departure 1) if you have not purchased your air arrangements through Thomas P. Gohagan & Company, or 2) if you are arriving earlier or later than and/or departing earlier or later than the scheduled group transfer(s); meals and alcoholic beverages not listed in the “Included Features” section; and all other services not specifically mentioned in the “Included Features” section.

Reserve your spot with a deposit of $800 per person.

Cancellation Policy

$200 to 121 days – ($50 –pre/post)
$600 95 to 120 days – ($200 –pre/post)
40% 61 to 94 days
55% 45 to 60 days
70% 22 to 44 days
100% 21 days or less

General Terms & Conditions

RESPONSIBILITY: Thomas P. Gohagan & Company, the sponsoring associations/organizations, and its and their employees, shareholders, subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, directors or trustees, successors, agents, and assigns (collectively “Gohagan”), do not own or operate any entity which is to or does provide goods or services for your trip including, for example, lodging facilities, airline, vessel, or other transportation companies, guides or guide services, local ground operators, providers or organizers of optional excursions, food service providers, etc. All such persons and entities are independent contractors. As a result, Gohagan is not liable for any negligent or willful act or failure to act of any such person or entity of any third party. In addition and without limitation, Gohagan is not responsible for any injury, loss, death, inconvenience, delay, or damage to person or property in connection with the provision of any goods or services whether resulting from, but not limited to, acts of God or force majeure, acts of war or civil unrest, insurrection or revolt, animals, strikes or other labor activities, criminal or terrorist activities of any kind, sickness, illness, the lack of availability of or access to appropriate medical attention, overbooking or downgrading of accommodations, mechanical or other failure of airplanes or other means of transportation, or for any failure of any transportation mechanism to arrive or depart on time. If due to weather, flight schedules or other uncontrollable factors, you are required to spend an additional night(s), you will be responsible for your own hotel, transfers and meal costs. Baggage is entirely at owner’s risk. The right is reserved to decline to accept or retain any person as a participant on these trips at any time. Specific room/cabin assignments are within the sole discretion of the hotel/cruise line. Gohagan reserves the right to change the itinerary or trip features at any time and for any reason, with or without notice, and Gohagan shall not be liable for any loss of any kind as a result of any such changes. Ship schedules, port calls, hours of arrival and departure, sightseeing events, special programs and guest lecture series (if applicable), are subject to change or cancellation without prior notice. Gohagan is not responsible therefore and is not required to compensate passengers under these circumstances. Gohagan may cancel a trip (or an option) for any reason whatsoever; if so, its sole responsibility is to refund monies paid by the participant to it. Gohagan is not required to cancel any trip for any reason including without limitation, United States Department of State, World Health Organization or other Warnings or Advisories of any kind. Gohagan is not responsible for penalties assessed by air carriers resulting from operational and/or itinerary changes, even if Gohagan makes the flight arrangements or cancels the trip. Gohagan reserves the right to substitute vessels, hotels or attractions of a similar category for those listed in this brochure.
NOT INCLUDED: Taxes; passport, visas and associated fees; personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls and Internet access; accident/sickness, trip cancellation, and baggage insurance; gratuities to ship and hotel personnel; optional sightseeing excursions; excess baggage charges on aircraft; local departure air/airport tax(es); airfare and associated local taxes, airport facility and security taxes and federal inspection fees not listed as included in the travel program; transfers and baggage handling to/from airport/hotel/ship on day(s) of arrival and/or departure if you have not purchased your international air arrangements through Gohagan or if you are arriving earlier or later than and/or departing earlier or later than the scheduled group transfer(s); any overnight on land due to flight schedule(s); meals, alcoholic or other beverages and all other services not specifically mentioned as included in the travel program.
AIRFARE: Airfare is subject to change and availability and is nonrefundable. Your airline ticket constitutes a contract between you and the airline, even if purchased through Gohagan.
LUGGAGE: Luggage allowance policies are set by the airlines and may change without prior notice. Please contact your airline(s) for the most current luggage allowance policy.
HEALTH: Any physical or mental condition that may require special medical attention or physical assistance (for example, the need for a wheelchair) must be reported in writing when you make your reservation. Participants must be able to climb stairs and step over raised thresholds or bulkheads aboard the ship without assistance.
DISCOUNTED RESERVATIONS: Discounts apply only to those reservations received in the offices of Gohagan in writing, accompanied by the required deposit, by December 16, 2011. In the event a “discounted” reservation must be cancelled, no “replacement” reservation can be substituted at the discounted rate. A “replacement” reservation is a new reservation and can be substituted only at the full-fare tariff. Cancellation penalties may apply.
CANCELLATIONS: Cancellations for all or any part of the trip including Pre/Post Program(s) reservation(s) will not be effective until received in writing in the offices of Gohagan. Should you have to cancel, the following terms will apply: reservation cancellation(s) are subject to a $200 ($50 Pre/Post Program(s)) per person administrative fee from the time of booking through 121 days prior to departure; from 95 through 120 days prior to departure, $600 ($200 Pre/Post Program(s)) per person; from 61 through 94 days prior to departure, 40% of the published full regular tariffs; from 45 through 60 days prior to departure, 55% of the published full regular tariffs; from 22 through 44 days prior to departure, 70% of the published full regular tariffs; cancellations 21 days or less prior to departure, a no-show, or early return from the trip will result in forfeiture of 100% of the published full regular tariffs. In addition, any applicable airline cancellation fees, optional excursion cancellation fees and administrative fees may apply.
TRIP INSURANCE: Because our cancellation policies are strictly enforced, we strongly recommend that you purchase trip cancellation insurance. In the event that you must cancel your participation in a travel program, trip cancellation insurance may be the only source of reimbursement. Trip cancellation insurance is available through Thomas P. Gohagan & Company and others for comprehensive coverage of such expenses in conjunction with cancellation due to illness or accident, and damaged or lost luggage. We will send you an application upon receipt of your reservation.
RATES: Prices quoted are based on fares in effect at the time of printing and are subject to change at any time. Gohagan reserves the right to increase the tour price in the event of cost increases due to changes in airfares, currency fluctuations or fuel or energy surcharges and all such increases are to be paid to Gohagan upon notice to the tour participant of such increases.
REGISTRATION: CST#: 2031868-40, WST#: 601 767 666, OST#: TA 0905.
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ACCEPTANCE OF CONTRACT: By forwarding of deposit, the participant certifies that he/she does not have any mental, physical or other condition of disability that would create a hazard for him/herself or other participants and accepts the terms and conditions of this contract.
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