This tour begins with 1.5 days in Prague and ends with 1.5 days in Budapest, with walking tours in the historic sections of Prague, Český Krumlov, and Budapest sections during the land portions of the tour.
The 7 night river cruise portion begins in Passau, a German city on the Austrian border. Much of the tour is in Austria, with stops in Regensburg, Passau/Linz (or optional bus excursion to Salzburg), Emmersdorf and Durstein, and Vienna. It then stops in Bratislava, Slovakia, before ending with stops in Esztergom and Budapest, Hungary. The time in Hungary also includes an evening cruise along the beautifully lit Budapest skyline.
Passengers will choose their own daily excursions for the cruise stops (not included in pricing); the cruise ship offers an all-excursions package (approx. $550-$600/passenger) as well as individual excursions ($24-$128/passenger). The cruise portion includes breakfast daily, six lunches, and nine dinners with complimentary wine.
See the tour brochure [PDF] for all of the excursion options available in each city. Some examples include the Danube Gorge and Weltenburg Abbey, Melk Abbey, Schönbrunn Palace, the Small Carpathian Wine Route, and Visegrad Castle.
Ellen Monsma, Calvin director of off-campus programs and professor of French emerita, and George Monsma, professor of economics emeritus
The tour prices, after factoring in a $200 discount for registration before November 1:
* $5,994 per passenger on the Mozart deck (A-1 cabins, full)
* $5,754 per passenger on the Strauss deck (B-1 cabins, full)
* $4,974 per passenger on the Haydn deck (C-1 cabins, 5 available) (porthole-style windows)
Prices will increase by $200/person after November 1.
Learn more about cabins and layout for our ship, the Amadeus Silver III.
NOTE: Due to contracts with the cruise lines, cancellation fees will apply for this tour. The cancellation fee is $400/person from booking until 120 days (4 months) from the tour start, with higher fees closer to tour departure. See the "cancellations and refunds" fine print section for details. There is also a $75 non-refundable service fee for flights booked from departure cities other than Grand Rapids.
Optional travel protection is available through Travelex Insurance Services. See their website for an overview of what coverage is included or excluded related to COVID-19, and see the tour brochure for a link to the full policy.
This tour is planned for 36 participants and all registration will be on a first-come basis. Register via the Witte Travel website or mail your registration to Witte Travel.
Calvin tours are open to any friends of CALL and the Calvin Alumni Association who wish to travel with us. Explore other Calvin-sponsored tours, too.
Please register by Monday, November 1, 2021.