Salzburg, the Sound of Music, $99 per person
Enjoy a scenic drive from Passau to Salzburg via the lake district to see the sights of the Sound of Music: Mondsee wedding church; lake district Salzkammergut, St.Gilgen, Lake Wolfgang; Hellbrunn Gazebo ; Leopoldskron Castle; Nonnberg Abbey; and Mirabell Gardens. Then enjoy a guided city tour of Salzburg, followed by free time to have lunch and shop before departing back to the ship.
The Mirabell gardens were laid out in the 18th century. Maria and the children were seen dancing around the statue of Pegasus, the winged horse, and throughout the gardens singing “Do-re-mi”.
The front side of the castle was used as the Trapp family home, the children were boating on the lake and fell into the water. The Venetian room was copied from this castle and used as the ballroom.
This hunting castle was built in the early 17th century by Prince- Archbishop Markus Sittikus. In the gardens the glass pavillon was reconstructed for the pleasure of those fans still returning after more than 35 years.
Nonnberg Abbey is the oldest convent in the German speaking part of Europe. Maria was a novice there. The Baron and Maria were married here in 1927. The scenes for the movie made here include the opening with the nuns going to Mass and Maria coming too late.
St. Gilgen and Lake Wolfgang
Scenery shown at the beginning of the movie was filmed at Lake Fuschl on the way to St. Gilgen. Like the Mozart family, visitors from all over the world appreciate the beautiful village in the the Salzkammergut. – Wedding church Mondsee the former Benedictine abbey dating back to the 12th century is one of biggest gothic churches in Austria with wonderful baroque interior.
Bicycle Tour - $75 per person
Melk to Durnstein
Enjoy a scenic bike tour from Melk to Durnstein on August 15, 2017. The ride is approximately 17.5 miles and it follows the river bank of the Danube. The route is generally flat and is surrounded by dramatic mountainous scenery. The ride will be leisurely, with plenty of time to stop to enjoy a snack or grab a drink at one of the small villages along the way. Schedule permitting, the bike tour will finish with a walking tour of Durnstein.
Optional Post Cruise Hotel - $266 per night/Double Occupancy, $246 per night/Single Occupancy
Optional post cruise nights in a Superior Room with river view, are available through Brand g at the InterContinental Budapest. The hotel is ideally located in the city center near the Budapest Parliament, Buda Castle and other popular attractions. The InterContinental’s 402 guest rooms all are elegantly appointed and offer luxurious bedding and all expected modern amenities. With breathtaking views of the vibrant life of Budapest, the InterContinental Lounge provides its guests with a superb feeling of exclusivity. This hotel’s convenient location and amenities make it the perfect travel destination.
Accommodations include taxes and deluxe buffet breakfast.