Danube Explorer Cruise with Oktoberfest

September 24, 2025 thru October 4, 2025

Discover the heart of Europe on a captivating 11-day land tour and Danube River cruise, starting with the festive spirit of Munich’s Oktoberfest. Dive into the historic charm of Munich, marvel at the quaint beauty of Passau, and wander through the storybook lanes of Ceský Krumlov. Sail through the scenic Wachau Valley to the architectural splendor of Vienna and the romantic streets of Bratislava. Conclude your journey in Budapest, the “Pearl of the Danube,” with its stunning castles and vibrant cultural tapestry. This cruise blends guided excursions with leisurely exploration, offering a rich tapestry of Central European culture, history, and natural beauty. Join us for an unforgettable voyage through the Danube’s most iconic cities, where each stop is a new discovery and every moment a lasting memory.


Transportation

Roundtrip air transportation from ABQ

Transportation

Deluxe Motorcoach

Transportation

7 Night Cruise

Duration

11 Days, 10 Nights

Meals

All meals aboard ship included

23 meals (9 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 8 dinners) included

Availability

Available

Documents Required

Passport


Tour Highlights

  • Five countries: Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Slovakia, and Hungary
  • Iconic Sights of Munich, Germany
  • Oktoberfest
  • Passau, Germany
  • Linz, Austria
  • Ceský Krumlov, Czech Republic
  • Melk, Austria
  • Weissenkirchen, Austria
  • Vienna, Austria
  • Bratislava, Slovakia
  • Budapest, Hungary

View the Emerald Star-ship!

Inclusions

  • Roundtrip air transportation from ABQ (not including baggage & in-flight charges)
  • 7 night cruise on Emerald Starship
  • 2 nights in deluxe hotels with all service charges, taxes and porterage included
  • 23 meals (9 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 8 dinners)
  • Baggage handling (for one piece)
  • All meals aboard ship included
  • Shipboard gratuities (not including optional activities)
  • Government fees & air taxes
  • Your SUN TOURS escort (with 15 or more travelers)


Day 1

Depart the USA on your overnight flight to Munich, Germany.

Day 2 - Munich, Germany

Welcome to Germany! Upon arrival you will be met at the airport by a representative of Mayflower Cruises and Tours and transferred to your hotel in Munich. The day is at leisure to begin discovering your new surroundings.

Meals included: (D)

Day 3 - Munich

After breakfast a city tour showcases the highlights of Munich. See the former Olympic site, Nymphenburg Palace, Maximillianstrasse and the Parliament, the National Theater and Munich’s Residenz. During a walking tour, stroll through Marienplatz Square and see the famous Glockenspiel. Later today, enjoy the festive atmosphere of Oktoberfest with an included entrance to a beer tent at the fairground. Of course a sampling of the local beer and culinary delights will be served while partaking in the merriment of the live music and fun in the tent.

Meals included: (B, L at Oktoberfest)

Day 4 - Munich to Passau

Depart Munich and journey by motorcoach to Passau, Germany, where your friendly Captain and crew welcome you onboard your luxurious Emerald Cruises Star-Ship. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure to explore the ship and become acquainted with the onboard amenities. This evening join your fellow guests for dinner onboard.

Meals included: (B, D)

Day 5 - Passau

Narrow cobblestone streets welcome you to Passau, a town nestled on the confluence of three of Europe’s main waterways. On today’s excursion, venture out to a local farm to gain a fascinating insight into the life of local Bavarian farmers. Tour the farm, see the animals and learn how the family is utilizing methods of sustainable agriculture. Meet with the farmers and sample some of their homemade specialties during an included tasting. Alternatively, if you are feeling more active, participate in a guided hike to Veste Oberhaus where you can catch a site of the Mariahilf and St. Severin, an ancient church dating back to the Ottonian dynasty.

Meals included: (B, L, D)

Day 6 - Linz, Austria / Ceský Krumlov, Czech Republic

Today’s adventure takes you to the UNESCO World Heritage town of Ceský Krumlov. With its 13th-century castle, meandering river, and a maze of quaint alleyways, this town has one of the bestpreserved centers in Europe. Join your local guide to traverse a labyrinth of winding cobblestone lanes as you experience the charming atmosphere of Ceský Krumlov’s medieval buildings and iconic castle complex. During the excursion, visit the 15th-century St. VItus’ Church, a highlight of the town.

Meals included: (B, D)

Day 7 - Melk to Weissenkirchen

Relax as you cruise along the Danube River early this morning, passing delightful apricot orchards and beautiful terraced vineyards that produce some of the world’s best wine, before arriving in Melk. Enjoy an included tour of Melk Abbey, originally a lavish castle that was gifted to Benedictine monks during the 11th century. This opulent Baroque building features ornate gold leaf walls, seemingly endless spiral staircases and is home to some of the most important collections of medieval manuscripts in the world. After the tour, sail through the idyllic Wachau Valley, passing medieval villages, terraced vineyards and areas of natural beauty. Upon arrival in Weissenkirchen, you have the opportunity to join a hike. Alternatively, stay in Melk and cycle to Weissenkirchen, traversing a route that offers a different perspective on the region’s viticulture.

Meals included: (B, L, D)

Day 8 - Vienna

Welcome to Vienna, Austria’s capital and the capital of classical music. The city perfectly encapsulates the opulence of the Habsburg Monarchy and their ornate Baroque palaces. On the included city tour, see monuments and grand buildings as the coach drives along the famous Ringstrasse. During the walking tour, stroll with your guide through the city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Marvel at the classic architectural styles of the buildings, see St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Hofburg Palace, right in the heart of the city center. If you are feeling more active, opt to explore on two wheels, cycling along the serene trails on Danube Island.

Meals included: (B, L, D)

Day 9 - Bratislava, Slovakia

Today you sail into the capital of Slovakia. This graceful nation became an independent country in 1993, and since then, Bratislava has flourished as a new capital and made a name for itself as a cultural center. The romantic cobblestone lanes that weave through the city are explored with your local guide as you enjoy a walking tour of the ancient town center, seeing the Slovak National Theatre and a range of Gothic and Art Nouveau buildings. For the more active guests, embark on a guided hike to Bratislava Castle, a landmark steeped in legends that looks as though it came from the pages of a fairytale book.

Meals included: (B, L, D)

Day 10 - Budapest, Hungary

Welcome to the “Pearl of the Danube”. Explore Budapest’s cobbled medieval quarter as you embark on a coach tour through the UNESCO World Heritage city center. Your guide will highlight a number of architectural wonders and also talk about Budapest’s culinary scene. The tour will end at the Grand Market Hall, the city’s most expansive indoor food and craft market, where you’ll have time to explore on your own. If you are feeling more active, you may instead choose to hike to Gellert Hill. The surrounding area has been rebuilt several times, most recently following the air raids of WWII. Some 18th-century Baroque houses still stand, best explored by foot along the medieval paths and alleyways in the area around Buda Castle. This evening, join your fellow guests for a folklore performance onboard and a traditional Hungarian dinner. Relax on the Sun Deck and enjoy the fabulous view of the city, aglow in nighttime splendor.

Meals included: (B, L, D)

Day 11 - Budapest to USA

Bid a fond farewell to Europe and return home with wonderful memories of life enriching experiences from your cruise along the Danube River.

Meals included: (B)

Itinerary subject to change. Passport required.


Package Pricing

Category E - Emerald Stateroom DOUBLE per person

$7,735*

Deposit: 20% holds your space!

Category C - Panorama Stateroom DOUBLE per person

$8,675*

Deposit: 20% holds your space!

Category A - Panorama Balcony Stateroom DOUBLE per person

$9,075*

Deposit: 20% holds your space!

Category S - Grand Balcony Stateroom DOUBLE per person

$9,785*

Deposit: 20% holds your space!

Single occupancy upon request, limited availability

Call for single occupancy pricing

Deposit: 20% holds your space!

*Prices good until 2/25/24

Early Booking Sale

Deposit: 20% holds your space!

Final Payment Due:

June 19, 2025

Deposit: N/A

Price Includes

• Roundtrip air transportation from ABQ (not including baggage & in-flight charges)
• 7 night cruise on Emerald Starship
• 2 nights in deluxe hotels with all service charges, taxes and porterage included
• 23 meals (9 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 8 dinners)
• Baggage handling (for one piece)
• All meals aboard ship included
• Shipboard gratuities (not including optional activities)
• Government fees & air taxes
• Your SUN TOURS escort (with 15 or more travelers)


Booking Policy

**PASSPORT REQUIRED**

FINAL PAYMENT DUE: June 19, 2025

CANCELLATION FEES:

  • $400 – Until June 20, 2025
  • 100% after July 20, 2025

TRAVEL PROTECTION STARTS at $910!


ITINERARY

For your reference, we send to you a detailed itinerary approximately 3-4 weeks prior to the scheduled tour departure. This has day-by-day times and events, hotel information where you can be reached in case of an emergency, and airline information.

The times listed on the itinerary are all approximate. We cannot be held responsible for schedule changes due to unforeseen circumstances with the weather, transportation agents, highway conditions, hotels or contracting agents.

AIRLINE TICKETS

You will be issued your boarding pass the morning of our departure, after your arrival at the Albuquerque International Sunport. If you have a frequent flyer number, or a TSA number, please call our office at least 3 days prior to the tour to ensure we can note these in your reservation.

If you are joining the tour from locations other than Albuquerque, we make other arrangements for you to join the tour. Please call our office for more details.

AIRPORT SECURITY

Do not forget to bring your government issued picture ID to show at the airport. A Driver’s License or Passport is preferred. If you do not have the proper ID, the airline will turn you away.

BAGGAGE

We have arranged for handling for one piece of luggage per person regarding the skycaps (where available) and hotels. If you check through luggage note that the maximum weight for the checked piece of luggage is 50 pounds and maximum size is 62 inches (length + width + height). If your bag weighs over 50 pounds the airlines will levy an extra fee that you will be responsible to pay. If you feel the need to lock your checked through luggage and your bag is searched, your lock could be damaged in the process. You can purchase a TSA (Transportation Security Administration) accepted and recognized lock at any luggage store. Make sure you ask for a TSA approved lock. These locks are the kind that TSA screeners can open by using a special tool without breaking. Passengers can carry-on 1 bag (dimensions are limited to 10x16x24 inches), plus a personal type bag, like a purse. We advise that you pack your carry-on lightly. There are restrictions regarding your carryon baggage and contents due to enhanced security measures. If you have further concerns, please visit the TSA's Web-site at www.tsa.gov. There is room inside the motorcoach for your hand carried bag.

CHECKED BAGGAGE FEES

On our airline for this tour, passengers are assessed a fee per checked in bag, by the Airlines, upon checking in for the flight.

EMERGENCY CONTACT

It is always a good idea to carry on your person a list of medications that you are taking and an emergency contact phone number while you are traveling. And we suggest making a copy of the itinerary and provide it to a friend or family member.

GRATUITIES/ITEMS INCLUDED IN PRICE

The traditional end-of-tour gratuity is included on this tour. All hotel porterage and airport skycap (when available) fees are included. We also include the gratuities for the coach drivers. Hotel housekeeping tips are not included. Tips for guides/services on optional excursions or individual on-ship services are not included.

LODGING REQUESTS

If you would like to request special accommodations at the hotel(s) where we are lodging, please call us as soon as possible and we will forward these requests for you. The phone numbers of the hotel(s) where we are staying are listed on the itinerary.

Many hotels around the country have instituted a "reconditioning fee" of $300 or more that is levied upon a guest that smokes in a non-smoking room. If this occurs during our tour you will be responsible for paying this fee to the hotel prior to check-out.

TRAVEL REQUESTS

We pay close attention to your requests but please realize that these are merely requests and cannot be guaranteed.

RESPONSIBILITY

SUN TOURS acts solely as an agent in arranging hotels, transportation, sightseeing, baggage-handling, and other services and does not assume any liability for injury, damage, loss or delay due to any act or default of any company or person. We, along with our subcontractors, reserve the right to make changes to an itinerary if it is necessary for the proper handling of a tour.

WEATHER AND CLOTHING/MISC. SUGGESTIONS

The weather in early October can vary significantly across the countries mentioned (Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Slovakia, and Hungary), as they all experience a transition from late summer to autumn during this period. Here's a general overview of the early October weather in these regions:

Germany
In early October, Germany typically experiences cool to mild temperatures, with averages ranging from 10°C to 15°C (50°F to 59°F). It's a period of transition, so weather can be quite variable, with sunny days but also an increased chance of rain and cooler evenings.

Czech Republic
The Czech Republic sees similar autumnal conditions with temperatures averaging between 8°C and 14°C (46°F to 57°F). The weather is generally cool, and there can be a mix of sunny and overcast days, with a possibility of rain.

Austria
Austria's weather in early October is also characterized by cool to mild temperatures, especially in the lowlands and cities like Vienna, where temperatures range from 8°C to 15°C (46°F to 59°F). In the Alpine regions, it can be significantly cooler, and higher altitudes may even see the first snowfall of the season.

Slovakia
Slovakia experiences autumn weather similar to the Czech Republic, with average temperatures ranging from 8°C to 14°C (46°F to 57°F). The weather can be quite pleasant with sunny days, but cooler temperatures and rain are also possible, especially in mountainous areas.

Hungary
Hungary, particularly in the low-lying areas like Budapest, tends to have slightly milder conditions compared to its more northerly neighbors, with average temperatures ranging from 10°C to 18°C (50°F to 64°F). Early October can still offer relatively warm and sunny days, but the evenings are cooler, and there's an increasing chance of rain as the month progresses.

For all these countries, early October is a time of changing foliage, with leaves turning vibrant shades of yellow, orange, and red, especially in forested and mountainous areas, making it a beautiful time for outdoor activities, albeit with the need for layered clothing to adapt to variable temperatures and weather conditions.

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