2017 SEASON
Sep 2017 - Dec 2017
2018 SEASON
May 2018 - Nov 2018

21 Day European Gems - Prague to Paris

Travelmarvel River Cruise starting in Prague and finishing in Paris

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Read 6 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Travelmarvel's 21 Day European Gems - Prague to Paris. Discover the fusion of historical and contemporary culture in Prague, a city home to the largest ancient castle in the world. Embark on a 14 night cruise from Budapest to...read more

Overview

Operator: Travelmarvel
Type: River Cruise (Premium)
Duration: 21 Days
From: Prague to Paris
Tour Code: EUTCRPP21
Visits: Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria, Germany, Holland, Belgium, France
Our Price From:
$ 8,004
Per Person ($AU)
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Day By Day

1

Arrive Prague

Be met at the airport in Prague and transferred to your hotel. Tonight, enjoy a Welcome Reception. Stay Three Nights: Prague, Grandior Hotel
2

Prague

Your morning starts with a guided tour of the Old Town. Visit St Vitus Cathedral then wander over Charles Bridge before time at leisure. (B)
3

Prague

A Taste of Prague - visit Nelahozeves Castle for a private tour and a special Welcome Lunch. (B/L)
4

Prague, Velké Bílovice, Budapest, Embark Ship

Make a stop in the charming Czech town of Velké Bílovice on your way to Budapest. Board your river ship and this evening, enjoy a Captain's Welcome Reception before a twilight cruise through the heart of Budapest. Stay 14 Nights: aboard your premium Travelmarvel river ship (B/D)
5

Budapest

See Budapest through the expert eyes of your local guide today as you explore the city. This evening, enjoy a Gala Dinner on board. (B/L/D)
6

Vienna

Drive around Vienna's Ringstrasse before joining a guided walking tour. Like a Local - pay a visit to Vienna's famous Naschmarkt and sample some local delicacies. (B/L/D)
7

Vienna

Enjoy the day at leisure to explore Vienna. (B/L/D)
8

Dürnstein, Melk

Cruise to the quaint town of Dürnstein to explore before heading to Melk. Here, join a local guide for a tour through Melk Abbey. (B/L/D)
9

Linz, Passau

Dock in the lovely town of Linz, then cruise on to Passau for a guided walk. A Taste of Bavaria - enjoy a traditional Bavarian experience on board. Sample local beer and snacks, accompanied by traditional folk music, song and dance. (B/L/D)
10

Regensburg

Cruise along the Danube to the enchanting medieval town of Regensburg. Enjoy a guided tour, followed by some leisure time. (B/L/D)
11

Nuremberg

Glide over the Main-Danube Canal to Nuremberg, the site of Hitler's infamous rallies. Learn about the city during a World War II tour. (B/L/D)
12

Bamberg

World Heritage-listed Bamberg beckons this morning. Disembark for a locally guided tour through the beautiful city centre. (B/L/D)
13

Würzburg

Verdant hills and rich vineyards sit on the fringe of Würzburg, where you'll have some time to take in the beautiful architecture. (B/L/D)
14

Miltenberg

Be greeted by the friendly locals of Miltenberg and learn about their culture as you are welcomed into their homes for coffee and cake. Explore this beautifully evocative town, perfectly positioned on the confluence of the Tauber and Main rivers. Return to your ship and enjoy time at leisure, taking advantage of the onboard facilities as you travel along the Main River. As the sun sets, watch the glittering lights of medieval towns glide past as you cruise onwards through the night. (B/L/D)
15

Rüdesheim, Rhine Gorge

Dock in Rüdesheim this morning where the Winzerexpress mini-train will take you through town to Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. Back on board, cruise through the awe-inspiring Rhine Gorge. (B/L/D)
16

Cologne, Augustusburg Castle

Like a Local - pay a visit to World Heritage-listed Augustusburg Castle and Falkenlust hunting lodge. Later this afternoon, return to Cologne and enjoy some time to drift through this enchanting city at leisure. (B/L/D)
17

Amsterdam

On arrival in Amsterdam, board a glass-top boat and glide past the city's waterside facades. This evening, enjoy a Captain's Farewell Dinner. (B/L/D)
18

Disembark Ship, Amsterdam, Paris

This morning board your coach and travel to spectacular Paris. Stay Three Nights: Paris,Les Jardins du Marais (B)
19

Paris

This morning, take in some of Paris's best-loved sights on a city tour. A Taste of Paris - ascend the iconic Eiffel Tower for lunch. (B/L)
20

Paris

Soak up the romance and style of Paris with an entire day at leisure. You may like to visit the Latin Quarter and the Louvre Museum, or stroll along the beautiful Seine River. (B)
21

Depart Paris

Transfer to the airport for your onward flight. (B)

Day By Day

1

Arrive Prague

Fly into Prague, a city where stone bridges, Gothic cathedrals and golden towers are overseen by a commanding castle. On arrival be transferred to your hotel. Tonight, get to know your fellow travellers at a Welcome Reception. Stay Three Nights: Prague, Grandior Hotel
2

Prague

Today join a local guide to explore Prague's Old Town. Visit the impressive St Vitus Cathedral, which is considered to be the largest in the world. Wander across Charles Bridge, a Czech landmark that straddles the beautiful Vltava River. Finally, stop for some time to browse through the wooden stalls in Prague's Old Market Square. (B)

Insider Experience: Visit Nelahozeves Castle, a regal Renaissance residence set high above the Vltava River. On a guided tour, uncover the aristocratic world of the Lobkowicz family. After the tour, you'll be treated to afternoon tea.
3

Prague

Having become familiar with the layout of Prague, enjoy today as you please. Perhaps visit a rooftop bar for superb views over stunning cathedrals and churches with a local Fleki (black beer) in hand. (B)
4

Prague, Budapest

Bid farewell to Prague and continue south, where you will travel through an enchanting rural region steeped in wine making tradition. Continue through Slovakia and arrive in Budapest, Hungary. Board your Travelmarvel river ship and later this evening, enjoy a Captain's Welcome Reception. Afterwards, set off on a twilight cruise through the glittering heart of Budapest, passing under the Chain Bridge and past Parliament building, lit up and sparkling while Buda Castle and the Fisherman's Bastion shimmer in the distance. Stay 14 Nights: aboard your premium Travelmarvel river ship (B/D)
5

Budapest

Today, enjoy views of one of the Danube's most enchanting riverside cities as you wake up in the heart of Hungary's capital. After breakfast, the history, beauty and charm of Budapest are illuminated as a local guide leads you through the city. See Matthias Church, Fisherman's Bastion and Heroes' Square. Learn about the turbulent history of Buda Castle and see the spectacular Hungarian Parliament Building, perched on the edge of the Danube River. (B/L/D)
6

Vienna

Embrace the splendour of the former Habsburg empire in Vienna. Discover this city's elegance as you drive around the Ringstrasse. Learn about some of the city's most famous buildings - the Vienna State Opera House, the Museum of Fine Arts and more. Upon arriving in the city centre, enjoy a walking tour with your local guide, for an insider's view of St Stephen's Cathedral, the Graben, Hofburg Palace and the Albertina. Perhaps this evening, enjoy a concert of compositions of Mozart and Strauss through to the Sound of Music. (B/L/D)

Insider Experience: Pay a visit to the famous Naschmarkt. Browse the fresh produce stalls and sample some local delicacies.
7

Vienna

You'll be spoilt for choice in a city so rich in great cafes, impressive historical buildings and fabulous shopping opportunities, so be sure to ask your expert Cruise Director for any insider tips of how to spend your free time today. Otherwise embark on your choice of optional excursion today to Schonbrunn Palace or Bratislava. (B/L/D)
8

Durnstein, Melk

Dock in Durnstein, where you have free time to explore at your own pace. A walk through the cobbled streets leads to 16th-century town houses and taverns, while surrounding vineyards provide the opportunity to taste some of the local wine or the apricot schnapps this lovely little town is known for. Continue to Melk and join a local guide for a tour through the magnificent Melk Abbey, set atop a rocky outcrop overlooking the Danube River. After lunch ensure you are on the Sun Deck or in the Lounge as you cruise through the picturesque Wachau Valley, one of the most beautiful and famous in Austria. (B/L/D)
9

Passau

Arrive in the 'Three Rivers City' of Passau. On a guided tour, you'll soon see that Passau flaunts a distinctly Baroque character, as the town was rebuilt in the style after two catastrophic fires destroyed it in the 1600s. You also have the option to enjoy a fascinating day excursion to the city of Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic, or tour the sights from the classic movie 'The Sound of Music', including the famous Wedding Church. (B/L/D)

Insider Experience: Enjoy your very own authentic Bavarian experience on board your river ship, complete with local beer, fantastic food and folk dancing.
10

Regensburg

Having reached the Danube River overnight, Regensburg awaits at the meeting point of the Danube and Regen rivers. Join a guided walking tour which tells of the medieval city's story through the ages. There are plenty of well preserved sights to see as Regensburg was lucky to escape most of the devastating bombings of World War II. See the ancient Stone Bridge, which gracefully arches across the water, as well as the Old Town Hall, the World Heritage-listed city centre and the Porta Pretoria - ancient gates to a Roman fort built in AD179. You will spend the entire day in this charming city, docked right in the heart of town, and there is an option of an express tour followed by extra free time. Alternatively organise a packed lunch and a bicycle and enjoy the freedom as you head out to explore the city and surrounding countryside on your own terms. (B/L/D)
11

Nuremberg

Glide over the Main-Danube Canal, crossing Europe's Continental Divide (435 metres above sea level) thanks to the canal's 16 stair-step locks. Continue to the site of Hitler's infamous Nuremberg rallies, Nuremberg played a pivotal role for the Nazis during World War II. Learn about the city's Nazi era as you visit such sights as the Palace of Justice. Nuremberg is also a great place to explore on foot, discovering hidden boutiques and artisan stores as you wander through the narrow cobblestone streets. (B/L/D)
12

Bamberg

Spend a leisurely morning cruising along the last stretch of the Main River before arriving at Bamberg. Here you can choose between taking an express tour to free yourself up for an afternoon of free time or take an indepth guided tour, during which you'll gaze upon such sights as the Old Town Hall and the Bamberg Cathedral. A visit to one of the historic taverns is perhaps the best place to get a taste and feel for the local Bavarian culture. This is where you can mingle with the friendly locals, enjoying pretzels and steins of local smoked ale. (B/L/D)
13

Wurzburg

After an early breakfast, board a coach and travel through the green rolling hills and rich vineyards which sit on the fringe of the pretty town of Wurzburg. The architectural beauty that defines Wurzburg is on show today as you admire its magnificent Baroque palace. A walk through the Court Garden is a delight, with its terraced gardens and water basin encircled by stunning yew trees. Enjoy free time to explore this enchanting wonderland. After lunch, you might like to enhance your journey even further with an excursion to medieval Rothenburg. This small fairytale village is one of the prettiest in Germany. This evening, sit down to dinner with your fellow travellers back on board your river ship as you cruise through the evening towards Miltenberg. (B/L/D)
14

Miltenberg

Disembark your river ship and see the evocative town of Miltenberg, with many half-timbered buildings dating from the 15th to 18th century. (B/L/D)

Insider Experience: Get a rare glimpse into local life as you are welcomed into the home of a friendly Miltenberg family. Enjoy coffee and cake made fresh for you that morning by your gracious hosts, who are eager to share with you stories of their town's history and way of life.
15

Rudesheim, Rhine Gorge

Dock in Rudesheim, and board the Winzerexpress mini-train, bound for Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. Admire delicate songbird boxes and curious musical dolls. Stroll back to your river ship, perhaps stopping for a Rudesheimer coffee along the way. Later see the ever-changing colours of the magnificent Rhine Gorge, with vineyards that turn from deep green, to red, to bare wood through the season as Pfalzgrfenstein Castle and Lorelei Rock stand unchanged by the passing of the centuries. (B/L/D)
16

Cologne, Brühl

As you cruise into the riverside Gothic city of Cologne, the sheer magnitude of the history of the region becomes apparent as your Cruise Director tells of how the twin spires of the famous cathedral, the Kolner Dom, took over six centuries to complete. Head to the Sun Deck as this magnificent architectural masterpiece comes into view. Disembark your ship in Cologne and take the short drive to Bruhl. Later, return to Cologne and enjoy free time to discover over 2,000 years of history at the Old City. (B/L/D)

Insider Experience: Imagine what life would have been like in the times of archbishop-elector Clemens August on a visit to World Heritage-listed Augustusburg Castle and Falkenlust hunting lodge. On a tour of the magnificent 8th-century castle, learn enthralling stories of its infamous former resident and enjoy a walk through the perfectly landscaped parks between the castle and the lodge, where the archbishop would come to practise falconry.
17

Amsterdam

Today, cruise to the eclectic city of Amsterdam. Clustered by historic houses and studded with low bridges, Amsterdam's network of 17th-century canals lends the city its nickname - The Venice of the North. A canal cruise with a local guide, ready to share stories of daily life in this fascinating city, is surely the best way to get to know Amsterdam and today, you'll board a glass-top boat and glide through the city's maze of waterways. Back on land, enjoy some free time, or join your local guide for a walking tour through some of Amsterdam's more colourful neighbourhoods. Perhaps grab a map to explore the canal crossed streets lined with unique tall and narrow buildings that epitomise this carefree, cosmopolitan city. Enjoy a myriad of great shopping opportunities, stopping to see the traditional blue and white Delfware pottery and making sure to visit one of the many artisan cheese makers or chocolatiers found in the traditional tall houses that line the canal shores. Perhaps visit the bustling Dam Square, or art lovers might want to explore the city's thriving art scene, being sure to stop in at the Van Gogh Museum, or get your photo taken at the 'I amsterdam' sign at the famous Rijksmuseum. Enjoy a delicious Captain's Farewell Dinner back on board your river ship later this evening. (B/L/D)
18

Disembark Ship, Amsterdam, Paris

After breakfast this morning, disembark your ship in Amsterdam. Remaining guests board your coach and traverse the beautiful landscapes of the Netherlands, Belgium and northern France and say 'bonjour' to the spectacular French capital, Paris. Representing the essence of France, this is a brilliant city in which to concludeyour European journey. Arrive at your stunning hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Perhaps get your bearings by taking a twilight stroll before sitting down to a delicious meal in one of Paris's famous restaurants. Stay Three Nights: Paris, Les Jardins du Marais (B)
19

Paris

This morning, fling open the door to some of Paris' best-loved sights on a guided city tour. Feel the excitement of one of the world's most iconic streets, the Avenue des Champs-Elysees, and marvel at the impressive Arc de Triomphe, the famous archway at the intersection of 12 boulevards. The afternoon, perhaps relax in front of the Eiffel Tower at Champs de Mars park, or discover a cosy cafe to sample some of France's famously rich food. You also have the opportunity to enjoy dinner and cabaret at the iconic Moulin Rouge tonight. (B/L)

Insider Experience: Ascend the Eiffel Tower, where sweeping vistas and delicious French cuisine await.
20

Paris

Today, you're bound to fall head over heels for the 'City of Love' during a full day at leisure. Will you enjoy a whirlwind romance with the bohemian fervour of the Latin Quarter? Or cement an enduring devotion to the art of the Louvre Museum? Perhaps you'll become enamoured with the Seine River, as you take a stroll along its park-lined banks towards the legendary Gothic cathedral, Notre Dame. You may even like to take a tour to Montmatre and the Bascilica of Sacre Coeur followed by a Seine River cruise. (B)
21

Depart Paris

Say 'au revoir' to Paris as your adventure comes to an end this morning. After breakfast, you'll transfer to the airport for your onward flight. Homeward bound, your head and heart will be filled with endless happy memories of your journey through the magical countries of Europe. (B)

Trip Inclusions

Trip Highlights

  • Indulge in a private lunch at Nelahozeves Castle in Prague
  • Tour the famous Naschmarkt in Vienna and sample some local delicacies
  • Enjoy an authentic Bavarian experience with local entertainment
  • Experience Wertheim culture as you're invited into the home of a local
  • Explore World Heritage-listed Augustusburg Castle and Falkenlust hunting lodge in Brühl
  • Savour lunch at the Eiffel Tower with spectacular vistas of Paris 

Included Experiences

  • Three nights in enchanting Prague
  • 14 nights on a Travelmarvel river ship
  • Three nights immersed in Paris
  • The services of a Travelmarvel Tour Director and Cruise Director
  • Explore 20 different towns, villages and cities with an expert local guide

Dining

  • 49 fine meals - 20 breakfasts, 15 lunches and 14 dinners
  • Daily bottled water, tea and coffee, plus soft drink, beer and local wine during lunch and dinner on your cruise

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Low or high water levels may cause disruption to cruising
  • December itinerary will vary, enquire for details
  • Prices include transfers, port charges and tipping
  • Prices are for land and cruise only. Flights not included

Trip Inclusions

Trip Highlights

  • Ascend the Eiffel Tower for lunch with stunning views of Paris
  • Explore World Heritage-listed Augustusburg Castle and the legendary Falkenlust hunting lodge in Brühl
  • Immerse yourself in Miltenberg culture as you're invited into the home of a local family for coffee and cake
  • Enjoy a festive night of Bavarian food, music and folk dancing
  • Sample local delicacies on a tour of the Vienna Naschmarkt
  • Enjoy a private tour of Nelahozeves Castle in Prague

Included Experiences

  • 14 nights cruising on a premium Travelmarvel river ship
  • Three nights immersed in both enchanting Prague and Paris
  • Services of a Cruise Director, Tour Director and local guides
  • Explore up to 19 towns, villages and cities
  • Transfers, port charges and tipping

Dining

  • Includes 48 fine meals - 20 breakfasts, 14 lunches and 14 dinners
  • Daily bottled water, tea and coffee, plus soft drink, beer and local wine during lunch and dinner on your cruise

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions subject to change
  • Low or high water levels may cause disruption to cruising
  • Alternative sightseeing will be provided in the event that castles in Brühl are closed
  • On the Christmas departure, itinerary will vary
  • All prices include transfers, port charges and tipping
  • Prices are for land/cruise only. Flights not included

Operator Details

Region: Europe
Type: River Cruise
Airport Transfers: Included (Day of Arrival & Departure)
Tips: All Included
Shore Excursions: Some Included, Optionals Available
Flights: Earlybird Air Deals Available
Ship Style: Premium
Balconies: French Balcony
Free Onboard WiFi: Onboard
Drinks: Wine & Beer Included with Meals
* Source: Travelmarvel for river cruises in Europe. Some variances may occur on individual cruises and information is provided as a guide only. Refer to Trip Inclusions section for more details.

Reviews (6)

Trip reviews from past clients of Global Journeys who have travelled on European Gems - Prague to Paris with Travelmarvel.
Anna's Holiday

Australia
  “European River Cruise”
Trip Date: 04/08/2017
We booked the trip in order to visit some of the cities of eastern and central Europe, without the fuss of packing and unpacking and getting in and out of hotels every other day or so. From this perspective, the trip was excellent and we've achieved our goal, having seen Prague, Budapest, Vienna, several German cities including a glimpse of Cologne, Amsterdam in the Netherlands and Paris. It was a good mix of people and we became friends with several couples. Also there was evening entertainment on the ship and the food was good and plenty. We'd have liked to be able to explore more of some of the cities along the rivers Maine and Rhine (in Germany).

For us, the highlights of the trip were Prague and Paris. We stayed several days in each of these cities and enjoyed exploring their beauty, historical places and food. We enjoyed traveling by ship but were slightly disappointed by the lack of a balcony and restricted access to the sun deck and fresh air. Didn't quite like the air conditioning having to be used at all times. Some port locations such as the one in Cologne were rather unpleasant, with a wall in front of our window. Overall it was a good experience but I'm not sure if I want to do it again.
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Australia
  “Fantastic worry free trip”
Trip Date: 18/12/2016
I am a solo senior traveller & this was my first trip to Europe. Global Journeys set the high standard with the booking being made so easy, Hannah was so helpful. Travelmarvel Jewel was also of a high standard, all of the staff were so helpful, cheerful & always very professional (it was the little things they did that meant so much) The food was a culinary delight every meal, so much variety, very exciting meals of the region that we were passing through. I found the ships cleanliness was excellent throughout, along with the coaches we used on our city tours. The novelty towel creations in our cabins were a delight!

Our Cruise Director was fantastic, very easy to listen to at his 'coming events' talks, & his cruising commentary along the way. He was always so cheerful and made himself available onboard & on our land tours to anyone who needed his help or had a question to ask. I did all the land excursions I could and found the local tour guides were very passionate about their towns & it showed as they guided us around professionally, giving us commentary along the way. The age of the passengers on this cruise were mainly of senior years but everyone mixed in well together.

Travelmarvel Jewel did an excellent job of decorating the ship for Christmas & New Year, & made it a great celebration for us! River cruising was excellent & interesting (even when Mother Nature tried to upset things - low water level in canal & snow). Travelmarvel had everything under control at all times! The hotels used in our extensions (Prague & Paris) were also of a high standard. The trip to me was very full on, and we were always on the go, but a real pleasure & so many wonderful sights and attractions to see. (I wasn't going to miss out on anything). I would totally recommend Global Journeys and Travelmarvel for a real worry free holiday, where everything is taken care of for you. Thank you!
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Australia
  “Great trip!”
Trip Date: 23/09/2016
We think the length of the trip could be extended - river cruising for 20 days would allow an extra day in both Budapest and Amsterdam as well as a visit to Cologne, together with additional time in some of the cities along the river. We felt it was all a bit rushed in some places.
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Australia
  “A very well organised and relaxing experience”
Trip Date: 07/08/2015
I thoroughly enjoyed our holiday cruising the Rhine, Main and Danube. A very well organised and relaxing experience our cruise director bought invaluable experience and organizational skills with a choice of interesting day excursions.
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Australia
  “Thoroughly enjoyed our trip and all the guides”
Trip Date: 05/09/2014
We thoroughly enjoyed our trip and all the guides, bar one, were informative, enthusiastic and made us really feel a part of the culture in each place we visited. Should we be in the position to make another trip of this nature we would not hesitate in using Travel Marvel and will be recommending the company to any of our friends who may be considering travel.
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