18 Day Spain with Danube River Cruise



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*Not Included:
Optional tours and gratuities.

Additional Information:
Land/Cruise only price does not include arrival/departure transfers, but does include flight Barcelona-Munich.

Due to physical constraints and space limitations, wheelchairs and walkers are not allowed on motor coaches and/or river cruises. The Monarch Empress is equipped with elevator access between the Empress and Countess decks, however passengers will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes while touring. Kindly refer to our Terms for additional information.

Entry Requirements:
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.

Is This Trip Right for You?

This moderately active trip covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking every touring day. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes.

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Flight Details

Accommodation Details

Escorted Package Includes

  • Flights New York-Madrid, Budapest-New York
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Intra-flight Barcelona-Munich
  • 16 nights First Class & Deluxe accommodations
    • 2 nights Madrid
    • 1 night Cordoba
    • 2 nights Seville
    • 1 night Granada
    • 1 night Valencia
    • 2 nights Barcelona
    • 7 nights outside cabin aboard the First Class Monarch Princess
  • River port charges of $190 per person
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges including Barcelona city taxes
  • Cruise & hotel porterage
  • All transfers
  • 34 meals: 15 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 13 dinners with wine
  • Sightseeing & shore excursions per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring during excursions

Special Features

  • At the renowned Prado Museum view the astonishing collection of Spanish masterpieces
  • Enter the Church of Santo Tomé with its magnificent masterpiece by El Greco in Toledo
  • Tour the astonishing Mosque of the Caliphs transformed into a soaring cathedral in Cordoba
  • Explore the Gothic Cathedral of Seville, the largest in the world
  • Tour the amazing Alhambra Palace & Gardens complex in Granada
  • Admire the City of Arts & Sciences buildings in Valencia
  • During the Bratislava City Tour, see St. Martin’s Cathedral, Old Town Hall and the Franciscan Church
  • Enjoy a city tour of Vienna and view Hofburg Palace, Vienna Opera House and St. Stephen’s Cathedral
  • Visit the historic Benedictine Melk Abbey, one of the finest examples of Baroque architecture

River Cruise Features & Amenities

  • Captain's Welcome Dinner and Farewell Dinner
  • Unlimited wine and beer with dinners
  • Locally inspired recipes
  • Early riser breakfast in addition to buffet breakfast
  • Late night snack
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access in public areas
  • Self-serve coffee and tea station
  • Lounge serving premium spirits
  • Daily entertainment including an on-board musician
  • Fitness center
  • Non-smoking ship interior
  • Cruise Director & Activities Director throughout
  • Shore excursions conducted exclusively in English by licensed guides

Know Before You Book - High & Low Water

European river cruising has gained in popularity for very good reason. It's a relaxing and convenient way to experience Europe while enjoying the comfort of a deluxe ship. However, before making the decision to reserve your vacation, please be aware of potential conditions which may impact your cruise. While most of the time river cruises operate exactly as planned, weather conditions may result in high or low water levels which impact a ship's itinerary and, on occasion, render a ship unable to sail at all. On very rare occasions, other events such as heavy fog, a damaged lock, or an incapacitated vessel blocking the river, may impact a sailing. These events typically occur with little or no notice. In the event that a cruise is partially or completely impacted, the itinerary will be operated by deluxe motor coach, accompanied by a Tour Manager, with overnights in hotels. The itinerary will include as many of the originally scheduled sightseeing features as possible, considering the travel time and distances required, as well as meals. While it is not possible to recreate the more leisurely comforts of sailings, we will endeavor to provide a comparable itinerary. These alternative services will be provided at no additional charge.

Is This Trip Right for You?

This moderately active trip covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking every touring day. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes.

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DAY 1, Saturday - Depart for Spain
Depart for Spain

DAY 2, Sunday - Arrive in Madrid
Welcome to Madrid! Capital of Spain since 1562, this lively city is the birthplace to many of the world's greatest writers, painters and artists. Arrive and transfer to your hotel. Balance of the day is at leisure. Tonight, enjoy a Welcome Drink with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers followed by an orientation and a Welcome Dinner
Overnight: Madrid
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Monday - Madrid City Tour
Enjoy a morning sightseeing tour of Madrid. Drive along the Gran Via through the Opera District, Plaza de Colon, and view the Royal Palace. Pass through Puerta del Sol Plaza and Plaza de España with its monument to the author Cervantes. The tour will end at the Prado Museum, where you will be able to admire works of art by famous artists such as El Greco, Velázquez, and Ribera. Afternoon and evening at leisure to enjoy a walk in Retiro park, visit museums or join the optional tour to the Royal Palace. Visit the former residence of the Spanish Royal Family. Built in the 16th century, the palace forms one of the most beautiful palatial complexes of Europe with the Plaza de Oriente, the Sabatini Gardens, and the Campo del Moro. Inside, admire its beautiful porcelains, tapestries, furniture, armoires, and paintings
Optional: Royal Palace Tour (PM)
Overnight: Madrid
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Tuesday - Toledo Sightseeing En Route to Cordoba
This morning, travel to nearby Toledo, the former capital city of Spain that still retains its medieval atmosphere and charm, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy a walking tour among the most famous monuments, visiting the St. Tome Church with its El Greco masterpiece and Santa Maria la Blanca Synagogue with its beautiful Moorish architecture, the oldest synagogue in Europe still standing. Also admire its famous handcrafted work, the Damasquinado. Continue south to Andalucia via the region of La Mancha, legendary home of Don Quixote, featuring panoramic views of its famous windmills. Arrive in the former Roman city of Cordoba for dinner and overnight
Overnight: Cordoba
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Wednesday - Cordoba City Tour, Travel to Seville
Cordoba, due to its strategic location, was once an important port city. Visit the astonishing Mezquita de Cordoba, one of the largest mosques in the world, transformed into a soaring cathedral in the 16th century. A walking tour of the city reveals the ancient Jewish Quarter with its labyrinth of winding narrow streets, shady flower filled courtyards and picturesque squares; visit the beautifully restored 14th century Synagogue on Calle de los Judios. Afterwards, you proceed to Seville, capital of Andalucia. After dinner, opportunity to attend an optional Flamenco Show in this city known as the birthplace of Flamenco
Optional: Evening Flamenco Show (PM)
Overnight: Seville
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6, Thursday - Seville City Tour
This morning, admire the beautiful Plaza de España and the fragrant gardens of Maria Luisa Park by the Guadalquivir River. Visit the quaint Barrio Santa Cruz and explore the narrow winding streets and beautiful plazas of the Old Quarter. Continue with a visit to the Cathedral of Seville, the largest Gothic cathedral in the world and home to the burial site of Christopher Columbus. Built on the site of the former great Mosque, its original minaret, the Giralda Bell Tower, still stands. Afternoon is at leisure to explore Seville's shops, museums, and cafes
Overnight: Seville
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Friday - Travel to Granada, Visit Alhambra Palace
Morning drive to Granada. Here, your sightseeing of Moorish Granada is highlighted by a visit to the magnificent 13th century Alhambra Palace,* one of Spain's most celebrated monuments, dramatically perched atop Assabica Hill overlooking the entire city. This imposing hilltop fortress, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the world's finest examples of Moorish art and architecture. During the reign of the Moors, the Alhambra served as the summer residence of the royal family. Walk along the lanes of the serene Generalife Gardens with its beautifully designed courtyards, waterfalls and ponds and views of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Dinner together at a local restaurant
*Alhambra Palace visiting times, which may include evening hours, as well as which areas of the complex are accessible on the day of your visit, are determined solely at the discretion of the Alhambra Palace. Your itinerary will be arranged by your Tour Manager to accommodate the designated time of entry.
Overnight: Granada
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8, Saturday - Travel to Valencia, Valencia City Tour
Today head north through the groves of olives, almonds, lemons and oranges to the garden city of Valencia. Discover this treasure trove of Roman and Arabic architecture before continuing to the City Gates, City Hall and Gothic Cathedral. Arrive at the huge Arts and Science City designed by contemporary artist Santiago Calatrava, with its extraordinary avant-garde architecture that includes impressive buildings such as the Hemisfèric and Oceanogràfic. The rest of the day is yours to discover independently. Tonight, dinner together
Overnight: Valencia
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9, Sunday - Travel to Barcelona, Barcelona City Tour
This morning drive along the coastline of Catalunya to Barcelona. This afternoon's tour of Barcelona begins with a panoramic tour of the old Harbor, Plaza de España and Plaza Catalunya. You will also have a chance to pass by Gaudi's iconic Sagrada Familia, a colossal church that is legendary and still unfinished. Ascend Montjuic Hill, home to the Olympic Stadium built for the 1992 Olympics. Tonight, dinner at a local restaurant is a perfect way to end your tour
Overnight: Barcelona
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10, Monday - Full Day in Barcelona
Today enjoy a full day at leisure in Barcelona. Perhaps revisit some of the city's extraordinary sights or spend time at the shops and galleries
Overnight: Barcelona
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11, Tuesday - Depart Spain, Fly to Munich and Transfer to Vilshofen for Cruise Embarkation
Bid farewell to your tour manager in Spain and transfer to the Barcelona airport for your flight to Munich. Arrive in Munich and transfer to the port in Vilshofen. The group transfer will operate at approximately 9:00 am, 11:00 am, 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm. The port is a 1.5 hour drive from the Munich airport. Embarkation begins at 2 pm. After arrival formalities, meet your Gate 1 cruise directors and relax on board. Tonight, a gala Welcome Dinner sets the mood for your delightful river cruise
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 12, Wednesday - Passau & Regensburg City Tour
This morning cruise into 2500-year-old Passau, a Bavarian town with a mix of Roman, Italian Baroque and Gothic architecture. Tour this small city known for its pastel patrician houses, cafes, cobblestone lanes and riverfront promenade. Return to the ship for lunch before departing by coach to explore Regensburg, one of Germany's largest and best preserved medieval cities, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The guided walking tour highlights the city's stunning architecture as you view the Old Town Hall, Dom St. Peter and the Porta Praetoria, gateway to an ancient Roman fort built in 179 AD. Marvel at beautiful churches and one of the oldest stone bridges crossing the Danube. Return to the ship this evening and set sail for Austria
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 13, Thursday - Full Day in Linz
Early this morning cruise into Linz. Founded by the Romans, Linz has cultivated a strong artistic tradition, especially in the field of music. Today is free to explore the city independently, taking in such sites as St. Mary’s Cathedral and Linz Castle, or just relaxing at a café sampling the famous Linzer torte which was named after this quaint city. Alternatively, join the optional full day tour to picturesque Salzburg, birthplace of Mozart and setting for the Sound of Music. The walking tour will include some of Salzburg's most historic sites including the Mirabell Palace, the Abbey, Salzburg Cathedral, and St. Peter's Cemetery. After lunch at a local restaurant, there will be time to discover Salzburg on your own before returning to the ship. In the early evening, all passengers will rejoin the ship and continue sailing for Melk
Optional: Full Day Tour of Salzburg
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 14, Friday - Melk Abbey
Disembark in Melk this morning for a guided tour of the historic Benedictine Abbey, considered one of the finest examples of Baroque architecture in Europe. View the Abbot's chambers, the Kaiser's walk and the lavish library. Then, return to the ship and continue cruising through the scenic Wachau Valley on the way to Vienna, the Imperial city legendary for its opulence and elegance. Tonight, perhaps take the opportunity to attend an evening of Viennese culture in the "City of Music" at an optional concert performance of the classical masterpieces of Mozart and Strauss, two of Vienna's most famous citizens
Optional: Classical Viennese Concert (PM)
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 15, Saturday - Vienna City Tour
This sparkling city on the Danube has captivated travelers for years with its elegant shops, world-class museums, and beautiful gardens. Drive along the famed Ringstrasse, Vienna's main boulevard lined with magnificent Baroque palaces, parks and monuments. View the lavish Hofburg Palace, and the impressive Vienna Opera House. Continue to majestic St. Stephen's Cathedral and the Parliament building. Enjoy the afternoon at a café sampling the famous Viennese Sacher Torte, or, join the optional afternoon tour to the Imperial Schonbrunn Palace, once summer residence of the Hapsburgs. Visit the opulent baroque apartments and stroll through the world-famous manicured gardens. The ship will remain docked in Vienna this evening
Optional: Schonbrunn Palace Tour (PM)
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 16, Sunday - Bratislava City Tour
This morning, enjoy the tranquil scenery as the ship sails along the scenic Danube. At noon, arrive in Bratislava, capital of Slovakia, a mix of modern and Baroque architecture. This capital city is among the youngest in Europe, yet retains a rich history dating back more than 2000 years. Walk along the cobblestone lanes of the historic town center; view St. Martin's Cathedral, coronation site of the Kings of Hungary, the 13th century Old Town Hall and the Franciscan church. Time to explore this colorful city on your own before returning to the ship for dinner as you sail for stunning Budapest
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 17, Monday - Budapest City Tour
Your morning tour begins on the Pest side of the city, view the Parliament, City Park and Heroes Square. Cross to Buda to see the Royal Palace, Matthias Church and the graceful medieval architecture along the cobbled streets. Explore the city's wonderful shops and cafes this afternoon on your own. Tonight, enjoy a lavish Captain's Dinner on board
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 18, Tuesday - Depart Hungary
This morning, disembark and transfer to the airport for your departure flight. Disembarkation will end at 9:30 am
Meals: Breakfast

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Royal Palace Tour

Today visit the former residence of the Spanish Royal Family. Built in the 16th century, the palace forms one of the most beautiful palatial complexes of Europe with the Plaza de Oriente, the Sabatini Gardens and the Campo del Moro. Inside admire its beautiful porcelains, tapestries, furniture's, armoires and paintings.

Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

Day #3 16 Apr 2018 - 24 Dec 2018 $45.00
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Evening Flamenco Show

This evening, enjoy a drink and traditional Flamenco show. As performed by some of Seville's leading Flamenco artists, enjoy routines based on the cante jondo or "deep song," which describes the performer's profound emotions in ancient poetic phrases. Although the development of Flamenco has centered principally in the region of Andalucia, it has come to embrace many of the folk traditions of the northern provinces. As a result, it has become, along with the bullfight, a popular symbol of Spain.

Approximate tour duration is 2 hours.

Day #5 16 Apr 2018 - 31 Dec 2018 $60.00
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Tour of Salzburg

Enjoy a full-day excursion to beautiful Salzburg, birthplace of Mozart and setting for the Sound of Music. The walking tour will include some of Salzburg’s most historic sites including Mirabell Palace, the house where Mozart lived, Nonnberg Abbey, Salzburg Cathedral, St. Peter's Cemetery. Lunch is included at a local restaurant, and then there will be time to explore the streets of Salzburg on your own before returning to the boat.

Approximate tour duration is 9 hours.

*Tours operating from Nov 19 - Dec 26, 2017 will include the Christmas market in Salzburg.

Day #13 01 Mar 2016 - 31 Dec 2018 $105.00
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Classical Viennese Concert

Experience a delightful evening of Viennese culture in the "City of Music." Attend a concert featuring the classical masterpieces of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Johann Strauss, two of Vienna's most famous citizens. The musicians will bring to life the passionate strains of Mozart, a child prodigy who blossomed into one of history's greatest composers and Strauss, the Waltz King, who composed the Blue Danube, the world's most famous waltz. The chamber orchestra is accompanied by a professional dance performance, recalling the golden age of the 19th-century Viennese ballrooms.

Approximate tour duration is 2.5 hours.

Day #14 01 Mar 2016 - 31 Dec 2018 $62.00
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Schonbrunn Palace Tour

Enjoy an afternoon guided tour of the magnificent Schonbrunn Palace, once the summer residence of the Hapsburg emperors. Visit the gorgeous baroque apartments and stroll through the world-famous manicured and aromatic gardens.

Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.

*Tours operating from Nov 18 - Dec 26, 2017 will include the Schonbrunn Christmas Market

Day #15 01 Mar 2018 - 31 Dec 2018 $49.00
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16 Day Classic European River Cruise - Amsterdam to Budapest , April 2018
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We had an awesome river cruise. The weather was great! The Monarch Queen ship was great. All of the staff were amazing. The cruise director did a good job keeping things going when the ship encounter some technical difficulties. We did not miss a thing. It was a very peaceful, relaxing vacation. The ports were interesting and fun to visit. I will never forget sailing through all the castles--stunning. The food was excellent on the ship!! We could not have asked for anything to have been better!!!

James P. Lenoir, NC
9 Day Danube River Cruise, April 2018
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We had a great time. It exceeded our expectations. The crew was so efficient and pleasant. Katarina our tour director was amazing, keeping us in the know about the upcoming tours and daily events. Our activities director, Daniele was so much fun keeping us entertained in the evenings. This was our first Gate 1 trip and it won't be our last.

Mary P. Dunkirk, MD
12 Day Danube River Cruise with Prague, March 2018
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We were on the Danube River Cruise with Prague March 24th. Wonderful! Everything met or exceeded our expectations. The Monarch Baroness was beautiful and spotless. Lorin, our cruise director, was very personable and knowledgeable, as well as Saber, the activities director. Susannah and her hotel crew were wonderful. The meals were delicious and the presentation beautiful. Kris, our waiter, was great. The local guides were all knowledgeable about their areas. Our hotel in Prague, the Imperial, was beautiful and Mira was very helpful. Definitely the trip was tops on our list. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the trip and Gate1 to anyone.

Judy H. Atlanta, GA
9 Day Danube River Cruise - Budapest to Regensburg (Monarch Empress), November 2017
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Trip was perfect. Riverboat was spotless. Food delicious. Crew was friendly and always ready to assist. Entertainment in the evening was just enough. Towns were charming. Great tours and tour guides. A fair amount of free time everywhere. Christmas markets were so festive!

Liz M. Langhorne, PA
9 Day Rhine River Cruise - Basel to Amsterdam (Monarch Baroness), October 2017
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Our trip was great thanks. We really enjoyed our Rhine Cruise. The boat was comfortable, our room was good, the staff and food and entertainment were excellent. I will certainly recommend gate 1 travel to my friends.

Nancy P. Ballina, NSW
14 Day Danube River Cruise with Budapest & Prague - Budapest to Regensburg, November 2017
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This river cruise down the Danube from Budapest to Prague was now one of our top three vacations ever. The picturesque towns we visited lent themselves so easily to photographs which was one of our major reasons for taking this particular river cruise. What made it even better was the attention to detail and service provided by Gate 1. At every juncture they made us feel almost like royalty; from the carefully planned tours to the transfers and chosen hotels to the unbelievable food service provided on board by Martin and his staff. Martin was particularly gracious every minute of our trip and it really made a difference. We are seasoned travelers and yet we were so impressed by Gate 1, that we have already decided that Gate 1 will plan our next vacation. Thank you so very much for making out trip such a delightful experience.

Patrick W. Menifee, CA
16 Day Classic European River Cruise - Amsterdam to Budapest , October 2017
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It was wonderful - more than exceeded our expectations. Great service, great food, wonderful crew. There were only 104 passengers on this cruise - it was very intimate and friendly. Loved it!!! Thanks Gate 1

Marilyn B. Currans Hill, AU
14 Day Danube River Cruise with Budapest & Prague - Budapest to Regensburg , October 2017
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We had a wonderful trip. The crew on board the Empress were fantastic. The activities well planned. The food enjoyable. We are looking forward to our two future trips booked with Gate1 next year.

Stephen G. Fishermans Paradise, NSW
9 Day Rhine River Cruise , September 2017
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My trip on Gate 1 on the Rhine was amazing and I would recommend it to anyone. The staff were courteous, hardworking and entertaining.

Wendy R. Victoria, Australia
14 Day Danube River Cruise with Budapest & Prague, September 2017
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The Gate 1 trip was great. The ship and staff met expectations. The cruise director and activities director both fun but in control. Great experience.

Joseph M. NSW, Australia
15 Day Northern Spain, Portugal & France, September 2017
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This is our third trip with Gate 1. Just when we think our tour could not be better we are presently surprised. The tour director Carmen was amazing, bus driver Oscar outstanding, accommodations, trip itinerary, destinations, all first rate. Gate 1 is the tour group of our choice. Never disappoints and always exceeds expectations.

Richard S. Neenah, WI
11 Day Crown of Spain , September 2017
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As a first time Gate 1 traveler I am extremely satisfied with the entire trip. There were 49 wonderful people in our group. I was the only solo traveler but had no trouble fitting in immediately. Our guide, Daniel, was simply the best guide ever! He called us Family and treated us as such. The local tour guides were terrific. Truthfully, I’ve never had a better art museum tour than the one at the Prada. I can’t remember his name but he was so passionate about explaining the art work. He did the same at the castle. Our group was exceptionally cooperative and considerate of each other - never a late person! We set up an e mail list that I volunteered to type up and we’ve already shared pic. I’ve already recommended Gate 1 to my friends.

Arlene E. Philadelphia, PA
8 Day Art Cities of Spain, August 2017
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We had a wonderful trip and are so glad we decided to go to Spain. Our guide Elio was fantastic. Our group of people was wonderful and we've made a few friends.

Carolyn S. Cedar Knolls, NJ
11 Day Crown of Spain , August 2017
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My experience was fabulous. Elio was an amazing tour manager that answered all my questions and made my experience that much better.

Rosa R. Glendale, NY
9 Day Danube River Cruise , August 2017
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My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed the river cruise. Your staff was superb, the cities at which we stopped were charming and the guides at each stop were terrific. While we had "below deck" accommodations we were very pleasantly surprised on the amount of light that entered the room and the overall design and cleanliness. I am very much looking forward to another opportunity to river-cruising with Gate 1 again.

Kathleen F. Alexandria, VA
11 Day Crown of Spain , August 2017
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My recent trip to Spain through Gate 1 was phenomenal! I would highly recommend (and already have) Gate 1 Travel to others. Victor, our tour manager, was excellent. He was patient and helpful, and he really went above and beyond to make sure our experiences in Spain were authentic and ran smoothly. The accommodations were great, and the bus was very comfortable. All of our local guides were very knowledgeable and polite. Overall, I couldn't have asked for a better experience. I will definitely be traveling with Gate 1 again in the future.

Jane W. Sheboygan, WI
11 Day Crown of Spain , August 2017
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Our trip was amazing, and our tour manager was phenomenal! Victor went above and beyond in making our trip go smoothly, and all our local guides were very knowledgeable and enthusiastic.

Hala U. Westbury, NY
14 Day Danube River Cruise with Prague & Budapest , August 2017
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Our river cruising experience with Gate 1 was excellent. It Far exceeded our expectations. The magnificence of the hotel Imperial in Prague, the comfort of our cabin, the Service from the ships crew, the first class meals and the general luxury of the boat. We enjoyed the towns that we visited, but would have appreciated a little more time to explore Melk. Overall, a wonderful experience where we have made many new friends. Now enjoying the beach and warmth of Montenegro.

Graeme A. New Plymouth, New Zealand
16 Day Classic European River Cruise, July 2017
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We had the best time, couldn't have asked for me. Great service, interesting ports of call, delicious food and best of all wonderful staff. Will certainly travel with Gate 1 in the future.

Vicky B. Sorell, Australia
11 Day Crown of Spain , July 2017
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My niece and I had a great experience travelling across Spain. We were able to take in the beauty, architecture and culture. Lots of pictures and memories created. The group was very diverse and the ranges in age made it even more interesting. New relationships were forged and hopefully maintained into the future.

Tanyia R. Pembroke, BM
15 Day Classic Spain & Portugal , July 2017
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We all had a marvelous time. Gate 1 has surpassed all of our expectations. It was a wonderful tour, beautiful in so many ways, and, our guide, Andres, was beyond amazing as well. He made this trip wonderful. I thank you all again for another wonderful Gate 1 experience.

Marian A. Tampa, FL
12 Day Classic Spain & Portugal , July 2017
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I truly loved the trip. Andres, our guide, made the tour enjoyable all along. We also had a very patient and skilled driver. Gate 1 chose knowledgeable and experienced guides for the various excursions. Accommodations were superb.

Marie B. Silver Spring, MD
14 Day Classic Spain & Portugal, July 2017
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Vera and her driver, Francisco, were fantastic!! She is unbelievably good at her job. So positive and happy. Always smiling. Has a n informative answer to any question thrown at her and is extremely knowledgeable regardless. She really made the trip special. We had a great group as well that added to the fun. Thank you for your part in the process as well. The traveling from Boston to Madrid and back again was practically flawless.

Matteo G. Lynnfield, MA
11 Day Crown of Spain , July 2017
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My trip was excellent, well planned tours, excellent hotels, good food and friendly/ knowledgeable guide. I plan to use Gate 1 travel again.

Emma V. Arlington, VA
11 Day Crown of Spain , July 2017
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It was wonderful. Everything was well planned. Our Tour Director Judith was very helpful, considerate and friendly. She kept every one of us in her sight and thought during the entire tour. Hotels were fantastic. Keep it up.

Ashraf Q. Silver Spring, MD
8 Day Art Cities of Spain, July 2017
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We had a fantastic time! Jesus and Danny were both awesome tour managers. Our local tour guides were very friendly and knowledgeable. The hotels were all very nice and even our driver, Jose, made us feel welcome and comfortable. This was our first international experience and I can't wait to book our next trip!

Ashley J. Sacramento, CA
16 Day Classic European River Cruise, July 2017
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We enjoyed it enormously and learnt a lot. The boat crew were charming and knowledgeable The food was wonderful. We will be looking at another trip with Gate 1 Travel.

Stephanie L. NSW, Australia
16 Day Classic European River Cruise , July 2017
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Loved every minute of the River Cruise. The staff were lovely, very accommodating and fun to be with. Mike organised all our tour visits beautifully and Amir made the activities fun. We grew very fond of Peter the musician on board...such a lovely man and always with a smile on his face. I hope to see him again on another cruise. We loved the staff show they put on for us and we were stunned to see how well George played the guitar! All in all I will be looking forward to another cruise with Gate 1.

Angela I. NSW, Australia
16 Day Classic European River Cruise, July 2017
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We had the most amazing time! We have talked to many friends about our experience and how wonderful it really was. We lacked for nothing on this trip. We were so well cared for and entertained that this made the whole trip memorable. I have to say that the staff was exceptional. Sunny the bartender was so personable and really did his job well. The others on the ship did all they could to accommodate us. I wish I could remember all their names because they left a lasting impression on both myself and my husband. I asked my friends who were traveling with us what they remember the most, she commented as well on the staff. We both thought they were exceptional. I would certainly travel Gate 1 again and look forward to it.

Robert R. Covington, KY
16 Day Classic European River Cruise , July 2017
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The river trip on the Monarch Queen from Amsterdam to Budapest surpassed our expectations. Our room was very nice, the bed comfortable. The food was out of this world. All of the tour guides were right on with their facts (I was a World History teacher), connected things to our present day situations and were amusing. You can't for any better cruise director than Mick (Miklos) nor piano player than Peter. What a bang for the buck! Thanks for a wonderful time. We look forward to more travels with Gate 1.

Randy W. Waldorf, MD
16 Day Classic European River Cruise , July 2017
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Our trip was excellent. The company, weather, food, scenery was all up to standard. We had an enjoyable time, and saw and ate a lot. Many thanks.

Yolane B. QLD, Australia
16 Day Classic European River Cruise, June 2017
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It was the trip of a lifetime. I can't believe how friendly, informative, comfortable and well organized it was. Miklos, our Cruise Director, provided a wealth of historical and technical (locks and dams) information all along the way, bringing to life the richness of each location with colorful descriptions and tips about what to see. He kept all things organized which is impressive given the number of local guides and logistics (busses, tickets etc) at hand. Each night he prepared us with a talk for the next day. In between, he responded to the interests and needs of individual passengers. Our Entertainment Director, Amir, offered morning yoga and evening dance, games, and group activities that helped everyone have fun. Maitre d, Ivan, and all the dining room staff were delightful, responsive to individual diets, and served lovely meals with classy presentation. Our Hotel Director made sure all were welcomed and comfortable. Housekeeping was thorough, quick, and friendly. During meals we enjoyed the company of a diverse, fun, and interesting group. We chatted about our countries, cultures, and families. Did I mention drinking lots of good wine and local beers? I cannot emphasize enough what great service all provided on this spectacular trip. My only regret is that we had too little time in Vienna and Budapest. Thanks for your help on the front end and keep those trip brochures coming!

Claire J. Saint Paul, MN
16 Day Iberia, June 2017
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The trip was AMAZING!! Our guide Piotr made all the difference, and the local guides were very knowledgeable as well. It will be difficult to match such a wonderful experience in future tours. The food, the hotels, our group, everything was perfect. Thank you for your support in everything.

Michael V. Eastampton, NJ
10 Day Classic Portugal , June 2017
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Super great! I had no knowledge of Portugal before I left. What a great introduction to this country! The tour director was fantastic! As usual, I'm a very satisfied customer.

L W. Media, PA
15 Day Classic Spain & Portugal , June 2017
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Our trip was fantastic. Met lots of nice people and our tour guide, Andres, went above and beyond the call of duty. Portugal and Spain are both beautiful places to visit I would recommend them to everyone.

Patricia P. Manitoba, Canada
11 Day Crown of Spain , June 2017
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It was great! Our tour guide Ivan was fantastic! His love and knowledge of the history of his country were evident in his enthusiasm. All of the local tour guides were great as well. Looking forward to our next trip with Gate 1.

Leslie C. Santa Fe, TX
17 Day Danube River Cruise with Budapest, Prague, Dresden & Berlin , June 2017
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It was excellent, everything was first class and we were very well taken care of from start to finish. The hotels and tours were excellent, and the river cruise had excellent amenities, including great food and a comfortable lounge. We saw so many wonderful places. We definitely want to travel Gate 1 again and will recommend to all our friends.

Canberra, Australia
14 Day Danube River Cruise with Budapest & Prague , June 2017
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Our trip was everything we were hoping for. Very impressed with crew, food and activities. We are looking forward to 2018 to go on another River Cruise with Gate 1. We have been talking you up to everyone we met especially aussie. We are now on a land tour of Country roads of Croatia then after that we are going to Rome.

Jane S. NSW, Australia
11 Day Crown of Spain , June 2017
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It was amazing! Why didn't anyone tell us years ago how awesome Spain is? What an incredible country! We had a great time! Gained a couple of pounds from the paella (yum!); made new friends (going out with them tonight); and saw one of the most beautiful countries in the world! Our tour manager was wonderful, our guides were interesting and knowledgeable, and we had a good balance of together time and free time.

Maria P. Houston, TX
14 Day Danube River Cruise with Prague & Budapest , May 2017
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Our trip was wonderful! Everything went exactly to plan, our accommodations were terrific, guides were extremely knowledgeable, helpful and friendly, and the staff on board the ship were incredible. Even the weather was perfect! All in all we could not have expected anything more and had a fantastic time.

Sharon S. Queensland, Australia
10 Day Classic Portugal , May 2017
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Our trip was great! Gate 1 provided first class service! Our tour guide Odete was organized, accommodating and extended the finest Portuguese hospitality. Our driver, Helder, was courteous and provided comfort and safety while we were on the bus. We enjoyed the people, the food, the sights and every excursion we included on our trip. Thank you Gate 1 Travel!

Francis S. Dallas, PA
10 Day Classic Portugal , May 2017
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My trip to Portugal was excellent. Everything went smoothly from the flights, the weather and everything included in this tour. Our tour guide Odete was excellent. She was kind, friendly and so informative. She also has a great sense of humor....had us laughing every day. I also must give credit to Helder our driver, he also was very kind and friendly. He was a competent driver and made sure we were all safe. As always, I was completely satisfied with another Gate 1 tour. Thank you Gate 1 once again!

Lucy B. Freeport, NY
15 Day Northern Spain, Portugal & France, May 2017
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The trip was great! I've done several Gate 1 escorted tours, and loved (almost) every Tour Manager, but Lisa was stellar! She really went above and beyond her duties. Every evening that we arrived at a new town, she was eager to take the group on a walking orientation tour that wasn't on our itinerary but was greatly appreciated. She is a jewel. I'm already looking forward to my next Gate 1 tour, even though it's not until November. :)

Patricia H. Olney, MD
14 Day Danube River Cruise with Budapest & Prague , May 2017
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After completing the Gate 1 trip, my travelling companion and I extended our travel and we are now in Berlin airport awaiting the long flight home to Sydney. Everything about the Gate 1 package was fabulous! It's certainly a well-oiled machine that assists guests in every way possible. The Monarch Empress, ALL of the staff, the excursions and local tour guides and tour managers could not be faulted. I hope to travel again with Gate 1 and have already recommended the company to friends and family who ate likely to travel.

Kim H. NSW, Australia
16 Day Classic European River Cruise , May 2017
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Our trip was fantastic! There is not one thing we could recommend that would have made our trip anymore enjoyable. Your attention to details was faultless. The crew and all Gate 1 travel personnel went out of their way to insure our every needs and desires were taken care of prior to our need to ask. The food was gourmet quality, the variety was appreciated and the service was excellent! The pace and organization of the trip was perfect. The included tours at each stop covered all the important highlights and then the free time we had to do as we wished were in perfect balance. Our days were full without being rushed and of course we could opt out of anything we didn't want to do. We very much appreciated the option to stay in town for lunch and added free time rather than having to go back to the boat and go back with the group. This was our first trip with Gate 1. We met other couples who have taken up to 9 previous Gate 1 tours. We now understand why they choose Gate 1 and we'll follow in their footsteps!

James W. Albuquerque, NM
16 Day Classic European River Cruise , May 2017
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We had an awesome time thanks. Everything about the cruise was fantastic and we had an amazing holiday. We would definitely book through Gate 1 again.

Stephen S. QLD, Australia
9 Day Rhine River Cruise , May 2017
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The trip was excellent. The staff were friendly and helpful and the cruise was brilliant. We will be recommending Gate 1 to others.

Peter F. Plympton Park, South Australia
9 Day Rhine River Cruise , May 2017
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We had a fantastic trip! We had previously done the 15-day land tour of (Romantic) Italy with Gate 1, but this was our first river cruise. The countryside along the Rhine is so beautiful, that any free time we spent viewing the scenery, whether from the upper deck or lounge, was a highlight of our cruise. We enjoyed sightseeing in the charming cities, villages, and towns, and the daily tour guides provided us with lots of information, each in their own unique style. The entire crew on the Monarch Baroness were outstanding and they all should be commended! They were friendly, cheerful, knowledgeable, extremely accommodating, and solicitous. They really helped to make our trip a memorable experience!! Our cabin was quite comfortable, despite its compact size; we thought it was great that there was actually room for a comfortable armchair near our French balcony, in addition to the desk chair. And, the public spaces on our river boat were kept immaculately clean. In short, we loved this trip - it was such a nice way to travel! In fact, I'm already starting to plan our next European river cruise for 2018 in my head! Thank you Gate 1 Travel. You never disappoint!!

Joan K. Nyack, NY
11 Day Crown of Spain , April 2017
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We had a wonderful tour and definitely will be returning to Gate 1 in the future. Luis was an excellent tour leader--very organized, personable and a delight to be around. The guides at each site were also very good. Especially Jose??? who took us through the Prado museum in Madrid; his passion for the art was effusive. Our driver Juan was very good, always had the bus under control and was very skilled at negotiating narrow ramps and streets. The hotel selections were also very good, putting us near the most active city areas for good walking access. The provided meals were excellent. The itinerary was a bit rushed at times but I think that it had to be to cover seven cities in nine days on the ground.

George O. Austin, TX
11 Day Danube River Cruise with Budapest , April 2017
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The trip was wonderful. It was my fourth trip with Gate 1 and my first river cruise. River cruises are the way to go!! Everything went smoothly from the initial booking with Judith, to the flights and connections, to the cruise itself. We were pampered from the moment we stepped on board. The whole staff was very attentive and the cruise director, Soma, was unflappable as was the activity director, Amir, who had the most amazing energy. In Budapest, Adrien was most helpful and full of suggestions. I have been singing Gate 1's praises to anyone who will listen.

Shannon D. Alexandria, VA


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