18 Day Germany, Switzerland & Austria with Danube River Cruise

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*Not Included:
Optional shore excursions and gratuities.


Additional Information:
Land/Cruise only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.

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.


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.


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.



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River Cruise Package Includes

  • Flights New York-Frankfurt, Budapest-New York
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 16 nights accommodations
    • 1 night Mainz
    • 1 night Heidelberg
    • 2 nights Lucerne
    • 2 nights Innsbruck
    • 1 night Salzburg
    • 2 nights Munich
    • 7 nights outside cabin aboard the new 2016 Deluxe 5* MS Monarch Empress
  • River port charges of $190 per person
  • Cruise & hotel porterage
  • All transfers
  • 33 meals: 16 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 11 dinners
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager & cruise director
  • Shore excursions per itinerary
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring during excursions
 

Special Features

  • Enjoy a Rhine River Cruise, view hilltop castles, terraced vineyards and villages of timber-framed houses
  • See the thunderous Rhine Falls, one of Europe's largest and most powerful
  • View the Golden Roof, in the heart of historic Innsbruck
  • Visit Bavaria's "Mad" King Ludwig's fantasy castle of Neuschwanstein, a symbol of idealized romance
  • In sparkling Lucerne, in the heart of the Swiss Alps, visit the inspiring Lion Monument
  • Marvel at the beautiful churches and ancient stone bridges in Regensburg
  • Tour romantic Vienna with its magnificent Baroque palaces, parks and monuments
  • See magnificent panoramic views of Budapest from atop Fisherman's Bastion
 

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
  • Complimentary bottled water replenished daily in your stateroom
  • Late night snack
  • Complimentary basic Wi-Fi access
  • 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

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.


DAY 1, Thursday - Depart for Germany
Depart for Frankfurt, Germany

DAY 2, Friday - Arrive in Frankfurt
Arrive in Frankfurt and transfer to your hotel in nearby Mainz on the storied Rhine River. The remainder of the day is on your own to rest and relax. In the evening, a briefing by your Tour Manager introduces you to the delightful program that lies ahead, followed by a Welcome Drink and Dinner with your fellow travelers
Overnight: Mainz
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Saturday - Rhine River Cruise & Heidelberg City Tour
The morning begins with a cruise on the scenic Rhine. See stunning vistas of hilltop castles, terraced vineyards and villages of timber-framed houses along the course of the river. Pass the mighty Lorelei rock rising vertically from the waters named for the siren "Lorelei" who bewitched sailors passing by. In Heidelberg, home to the oldest university in Germany, view the imposing red sandstone ruins of Heidelberg Castle originally built in the 12th century. This hilltop Gothic masterpiece has encountered turbulent times but still stands as a dominant symbol of the city. Balance of the day is at leisure in Heidelberg to discover the enchanting alleys and lanes in the Old Town with its small gardens, museums and lovely galleries
Overnight: Heidelberg
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Sunday - Black Forest
Head south on a scenic drive through the Black Forest region, an area of unrivaled natural beauty with its dense forests of thick pine trees. Nestled in the forest, you will see some of the charming traditional homes with their long sloping roofs. Continue on a drive to Schaffhausen, surrounded by vineyards. Here, you will see the thunderous Rhine Waterfalls; one of Europe's largest and most powerful. Then, on to beautiful Lucerne, with its pristine lakeside setting and gorgeous mountainous panorama. Spend two relaxing nights here in the center of the Swiss Alps
Overnight: Lucerne
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Monday - Full Day in Lucerne
A full day to explore the heart of central Switzerland. Begin the day at the inspiring Lion Monument, one of the best-known monuments in the country, created in remembrance of the heroic death of Swiss guard killed in 1792. Continue to the 14th century medieval Chapel Bridge one of the oldest covered wooden bridges in Europe, forming the centerpiece of Lucerne's townscape. Later, time to shop for chocolate, watches and the famous Swiss and German cuckoo clocks or sip coffee at an outdoor cafe. In the afternoon, there is an opportunity to join the exciting optional tour to Mount Pilatus. Ascend the world's steepest cogwheel railway which winds up through lush meadows and sparkling mountain streams to the summit of Mt. Pilatus at nearly 7000 feet. After admiring the splendid panorama, descend by aerial cableway and return to your hotel
Optional: Mount Pilatus Tour
Overnight: Lucerne
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Tuesday - Neuschwanstein Castle
The first stop today is in the tiny storybook Principality of Liechtenstein and its capital Vaduz, a proud remnant of feudal Europe, sandwiched between Switzerland and Austria. Next, drive through glorious Alpine scenery to visit Bavaria's "Mad" King Ludwig's fantasy castle of Neuschwanstein perched high above the valley below. This is one of the most visited castles in Germany and a symbol of idealized romantic architecture. Among the castle's finest rooms are two magnificent halls with extravagant decorations dazzling in gold and blue. Cross into Austria via the mighty Fern Pass and journey to Innsbruck, the Tyrolean "capital" of the Austrian Alps
Overnight: Innsbruck
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Wednesday - Full Day in Innsbruck
Steeped in centuries of colorful history, Innsbruck features fine examples of Imperial splendor. Journey back in time with an array of splendid architectural gems from the Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Neoclassical period. On your orientation tour, stop at the Golden Roof, overlooking a bustling square in the heart of historic Innsbruck and the Wilten Basilica, one of the most splendid churches in Tyrol with its stunning rococo decorations. Innsbruck has also hosted two Olympic Winter Games (1964 and 1976). See the famous ski jump used in the winter Olympics. Enjoy the afternoon optional tour to charming Seefeld with Carriage Ride. Tonight, experience an authentic Tyrolean evening on the optional tour featuring a varied entertainment program including folk music, Tyrolean dances and yodeling
Optional: Seefeld with Carriage Ride (PM)
Optional: Tyrolean Evening with drinks
Overnight: Innsbruck
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Thursday - Salzburg City Tour
After breakfast, travel to Salzburg. This baroque jewel was the birthplace of Mozart. The guided walking tour takes you to view the house where Mozart was born, as well as to the squares and gardens of this beautiful city, crowned by the 11th century Hohensalzburg Fortress. The city is also known for the singing von Trapp family and the setting for the film, The Sound of Music. More time to explore charming Salzburg, or participate in the optional excursion into the surrounding countryside to the ruins of Obersalzberg, once a mountain retreat for senior Nazi SS officers. Then, transfer to special motor coaches adapted for the scenic mountain climb and ascend to Hitler's notorious "Eagle's Nest."
Optional: Eagle's Nest Tour (PM)
Overnight: Salzburg
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9, Friday - Explore Munich
This morning, continue to Munich. Arrive at Marienplatz square, cultural center of the city, dominated by the gothic New Town Hall housing Munich's world-famous Glockenspiel, which dates back to 1908. This colorful mechanical clock has life-size figures that dance to music with shows several times a day. In the afternoon, a guided city tour takes you past the Olympic Stadium situated in the heart of Olympia Park in northern Munich built as the main venue for the 1972 Summer Olympics. Continue for a photo stop at the breathtaking Nymphenburg Palace, once summer residence of the rulers of Bavaria, decorated with a gorgeous baroque façade. Driving through the city, you see countless museums, galleries, palaces and impressive historic monuments. A free evening perhaps to visit one of the famous beer halls!
Overnight: Munich
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10, Saturday - Full Day in Munich
A full day to enjoy Munich with its plethora of shops and restaurants and to explore at leisure. Perhaps, venture to the mountains on the optional tour to the fairytale village of Oberammergau and visit Linderhof castle. Tonight, toast your final night in Munich with a delicious dinner at a local restaurant
Optional: Linderhof & Oberammergau
Overnight: Munich
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11, Sunday - Embark in Vilshofen
Time this morning for last minute sightseeing, or shopping in Munich before the early afternoon departure to Vilshofen. Arrive at the port for embarkation. After arrival formalities, time to relax on board. Tonight, a gala Welcome Dinner sets the mood for your delightful river cruise
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 12, Monday - 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, Tuesday - 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. In the early evening, all passengers will rejoin the ship and continue sailing for Melk
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 14, Wednesday - 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, Thursday - 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. Set sail for Bratislava this evening
Optional: Schonbrunn Palace Tour (PM)
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 16, Friday - 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, Saturday - 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, Sunday - 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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Mount Pilatus Tour

Ascend the world's steepest cogwheel railway which winds up through lush meadows carpeted with Alpine flowers, past sparkling mountain streams and fascinating rock faces to Mt. Pilatus. After admiring splendid views of the Bernese Oberland and the snowcapped Swiss peaks from the summit at nearly 7000 feet, descend by aerial cableway and return to Lucerne.

Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.

*In the event of adverse weather, the cogwheel will be replaced by the cable car.

Day #5 01 Apr 2018 - 31 Oct 2018 $96.00
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Seefeld with Carriage Ride

Enjoy the spectacular alpine scenery as you travel by train high above the Inn Valley to Seefeld, the picturesque alpine village which hosted the skiing events of the Innsbruck Winter Olympics. Here the carriages await you for a leisurely ride through the town and around the lake. Afterwards, enjoy some time at leisure. Relax in the peaceful mountain atmosphere and sample some coffee and luscious "torte" cakes in one of the many sidewalk cafés.

Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

Day #7 01 Apr 2018 - 31 Oct 2018 $66.00
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Tyrolean Evening with drinks

Enjoy a varied entertainment program including authentic folk music, Tyrolean dances and "shoe-slapping" as well as typical Tyrolean songs and "yodeling." Pick-up details to be advised locally.

Approximate tour duration is 2 hours.

Day #7 01 Apr 2018 - 31 Oct 2018 $56.00
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Eagle's Nest Tour

Excursion into the surrounding countryside of Salzburg to the ruins of Obersalzberg, once an important mountain retreat for senior Nazi SS officers and top party members. Transfer to special motor coaches adapted for the scenic mountain climb to Hitler’s notorious "Eagle's Nest." Ascending with the original elevator to the Kehlsteinhaus, you’ll see dramatic views of the snowcapped peaks

Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.
This tour will not operate in April, May, October and November. In the event of inclement weather, the Eagle's Nest will be closed and the optional will not operate.

Day #8 01 Jun 2018 - 30 Sep 2018 $65.00
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Linderhof & Oberammergau Tour

Two of the highlights of southern Bavaria are visited during this excursion to the high Alps. First, admire the artistically decorated castle Linderhof built by "Mad" King Ludwig II along with a guided tour of the palace. Proceed via the Ettal Monastery to Oberammergau, world-famous for its Passion Play, the woodcarvers and the richly painted houses (Lüftl-paintings).

Approximate tour duration is 5.5 hours.

Day #10 01 Apr 2018 - 15 Nov 2018 $63.00
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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 2016 - 31 Dec 2018 $49.00
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16 Day Classic European River Cruise , November 2016
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We had a wonderful time!! Our trip was everything we hoped for and more. The Monarch Empress was a beautiful ship and the staff was so friendly and accommodating. We were very impressed with Gate 1 and will certainly book with you again.

Karen R. Ontario, Canada
8 Day Essential Germany (New York Special), November 2016
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Our trip was fantastic. The guides were wonderful, the group leader was great and everything went very smoothly. We learned a tremendous about of information along with having a great time.

Elizabeth B. Kiawah Island, SC
15 Day Danube River Cruise with Berlin, Dresden & Prague , November 2016
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Wonderful trip. Enjoyed the tours and loved the ship. Very nice. The staff and the crew were helpful and accommodating. Most of all, Adrien Kiss made the trip comfortable and pleasant. She is a caring and considerate person that is easy to approach with questions. She will always come back with an answer. Very helpful. Thank you.

Carole C. Kahului, HI
8 Day Essential Germany (Chicago Special), November 2016
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Had a fantastic time.Noel took excellent care of us and his knowledge of German history prior to and after WW2 was amazing. I have been to Germany at least 10 times, hitting Munich each time, but never to Berlin. That was why I chose this trip. excellent choice.

Philip R. Santa Paula, CA
9 Day Danube River Cruise , November 2016
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We loved every minute and everyone from Gate 1 we had contact with on the River Cruise. The scenery was gorgeous and we had wonderful weather. The new ship was a dream. Everything went so well and was so enjoyable!

Susan H. Brentwood, CA
16 Day Classic European River Cruise , November 2016
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Fabulous! We enjoyed ourselves tremendously. Your staff was incredible. From the ship crew to the tour guides, we cannot say enough great things about them. Will definitely use Gate 1 again. You were recommended by friends and they were right.....

Lisa O. Show Low, AZ
12 Day Danube River Cruise with Prague, October 2016
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We absolutely loved our trip. The Monarch Empress was beautiful with well-planned spaces and an attentive, cheerful, well-trained crew. Our Tour Director, Mick, was exceptionally knowledgeable with regard to the ports we visited. The tours were well-planned. Both Mick and Adrien went out of their way to make sure we had everything we needed. We are already looking forward to another Gate 1 vacation.

Janet R. Cottonwd Hts, UT
9 Day Danube River Cruise , October 2016
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Just got home. It was a fabulous river cruise. Gate 1 delivered everything we expected. Great food, great service, great tour director. The number of guests on the boat made it very comfortable.

Don M. La Mesa, CA
9 Day Danube River Cruise , October 2016
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It was great! We enjoyed sailing the Danube on Sound of Music and the relaxed casual atmosphere. The ports were interesting and fun to visit. We will be looking forward to doing something like this again.

Frances J. Windsor, CO
9 Day Rhone River Cruise, October 2016
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I highly recommend the Gate 1 Rhone River cruise. The boat, itinerary, tours, guides were all great. And the fact that we paid thousands less made it sweeter. The food was what I would expect on any cruise. So you can book it with confidence, and maybe even take it yourself!

Judith W. Mount Juliet, TN
14 Day Danube River Cruise with Warsaw, Krakow & Budapest , October 2016
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It was well organized. Excellent tour director, Erika, interesting itinerary. We specially enjoyed the new ship with good service and delicious food. We will recommend this trip to our friends.

Enrique F. Rockville, MD
13 Day Classic Germany, October 2016
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The trip was wonderful! Cheers to everyone at Gate One for a job well done!!! Our Guide, Noel Perceval and our Driver, Imre did a simply fabulous job!

Bryan M. Brentwood, TN
16 Day Classic European River Cruise , October 2016
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The trip was great. We were very happy with every aspect of the cruise - particularly the tour directors (specially Herbert - a real champion!) who were outstanding. Peter, the Executive Chef and his team also produced superb meals and all the service and housekeeping staff were terrific - unfailingly friendly and incredibly helpful. Amelia's service and wine knowledge were impressive and Stefan's bar service (especially his bloody marys) was legendary. The Master and crew did a great job getting us through without falling prey to shallow and obstructed waterways. We'd happily very strongly recommend this cruise to anyone.

James H. ACT, Australia
21 Day Classic European River Cruise with Budapest, Bruges & Paris, September 2016
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Thank you for the trip of a lifetime. The entire staff on the boat made our trip exceptional and our tour directors were so knowledgeable and so helpful and organized. I cannot say enough good things from the meals to the rooms to the tours to the entertainment on board. Thank you thank you I will be recommending Gate 1 to all my friends, relatives, acquaintances and strangers.

Nancy K. Minneapolis, MN
12 Day Danube River Cruise with Prague , September 2016
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The trip was great! Loved the itinerary. Our travel director Soma was the best. He was very knowledgeable and did a great job keeping us entertained. The Monarch Empress staff were great. The ship itself is beautiful and the food very good. Would do Gate 1 again.

Angela L. Woodbury, NJ
10 Day Classic Switzerland, September 2016
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Our trip was great and especially our Tour Guide Panareo was amusing and very knowledgeable. We definitely will consider doing another trip through Gate 1.

Akhtar P. Tucson, AZ
10 Day Classic Switzerland, September 2016
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We thoroughly enjoyed our trip through Switzerland. Otmar was an excellent guide, very organized with lots of valuable information about the country. Hotels were very nice. Pace of activities was good and Otmar had good suggestions for activities and restaurants during our free time. Otmar was very helpful in arranging transportation to the airport from Lugano to Milan. We continue to be impressed by Gate 1's itineraries and value. We look forward to our next Gate 1 trip in May.

Kathy R. Vernon Hills, IL
11 Day Rhine River Cruise with Amsterdam, August 2016
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My trip was wonderful... I had a great time... From the moment that I stepped off the plane, until I got back on... Everything was taken care of for me... The hotel was lovely, the staff was friendly and sooooo helpful.. The tour guides both in Amsterdam, and on the trip were great. The ship and the crew were great.Enjoyed all the tours, and information about each location.. It was my first trip abroad, and first river cruise. I found it a very positive experience, and would recommend it, and Gate 1 to others.

Susan R. Nanuet, NY
10 Day Classic Switzerland, August 2016
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We had a wonderful time. While we have toured with other companies, this was our first time with Gate 1 and we were very pleased. We had an excellent tour guide, Remo Beretta, and we enjoyed the accommodations and the food, and it was a very good trip. Even the weather cooperated. So, thanks to you, and Gate 1.

Rene S. Warminster, PA
16 Day Classic European River Cruise , August 2016
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The trip was amazing, thoroughly enjoyed the cruise. The people were great, the food was great, entertainment and on board activities were well thought out and the crew were fantastic. A great choice of local tour guides, we really enjoyed their knowledge and sense of humour. All in all, a great time was had :)

Coleen N. Victoria, Australia
16 Day Classic European River Cruise , August 2016
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We have returned home after 5 weeks away in Europe The gate 1 river cruise was wonderful. The boat a little tried but the staff, crew & cruise director & guides were absolutely fantastic We could not fault anything The mix of Aussies, Canadians & Americans were a great bunch of people & everyone got on & we never had a problem with waiting for anyone which is usually The food was fantastic alway too much but you didn't have to eat all of it. Chef was a great guy, as was the Captain. Very approachable & knowable Lorin our cruise guide for the green team was so,so good. So much knowledge & history of the area we cruised & the beautiful old towns. He normally looks after the French rivers & if we ever did that area we would ask to be on his boat. That how good he was & had a great sense of humour Thank you Gate 1 for a very well organised 16 day cruise

Jan D. NSW, Australia
16 Day Classic European River Cruise , August 2016
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We had a fabulous time the itinerary was amazing the guides on board were extremely knowledgable but also witty and humorous as was the onboard Entertainment which I felt was a great time for all on board to relax and mingle. We also met some very nice people whom we hope to to stay in touch.

Helga P. NSW, Australia
16 Day Classic European River Cruise, August 2016
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We are still overseas,as we are catching up with family in Europe. Our cruise was really wonderful, the staff from the cruise directors, the chefs and service staff, reception staff, crew, cleaning, all personnel were exceptionally good. Thank you for your service too., we hope to travel again with you one day.

Dina N. Balcatta, Australia
12 Day Danube River Cruise with Prague , July 2016
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It was above expectations. Absolutely fabulous. We could have not asked for anything more. The ship was beautiful and absolutely spotless. The staff was always there, always in a great mood with a smile on their face. The food was gourmet and the presentation was worthy of a photograph We will definitely use Gate 1 on our next tour. Many, many thanks

Richard G. Montgomery, AL
14 Day Danube River Cruise with Budapest & Prague , July 2016
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We had an amazing trip! I can't tell you how impressed I was....from the hotel accommodations, the beautiful ship, our tour restaurants in Cesky Krumlov (Cave) and Salzburg (Monestary) were beyond our expectations, and most importantly our tour guide, Soma from Hungary was the best . For someone who is so young, he showed immense maturity and his knowledge and passion of all the ports and historical background was quite impressive. He had a great sense of humour and a lot of patience dealing with the varied age groups. Annick and Barbara were the guides who joined us on the boat and together they complemented each other so well and also worked seamlessly together. Our cabin steward was Kevin and he was most pleasant and attentive. We will definitely consider another Gate 1 river cruise or land tour. The crew of the ship were also great and we enjoyed the "talent show" that they put on for the guests. Our first Gate 1 trip......and it won't be our last

Katherine H. Ottawa, Canada
16 Day Classic European River Cruise , July 2016
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The Gate 1 Travel 16 day European River Cruise was absolutely fabulous! We had a brilliant time on the cruise, the staff, food, friends we made and the towns/cities we visited all contributed to our best European holiday ever and we have been traveling to European on a regular basis for more than 30 years. We will definitely undertake another holiday next year through your company!

Marianne G. NSW, Australia
16 Day Classic European River Cruise, July 2016
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We had a great trip. The crew and staff were fabulous. The tours were very well organized and implemented. Sabin, the waiter, was absolutely the best ever on all my sailings. He made a point of knowing all his passengers, their desires, and made each feel special. And, he was always helpful to the other waiters when they needed it. The 3 cruise directors were all excellent, especially, Mick, the head of the 3. Very knowledgeable and well planned. I was especially impressed with the silly ways they were able to host entertainment in the evenings. Always creative. It's nice to learn you opened in Australia. Guessing about 80% of the passengers were from there. All very friendly and interesting. Thank you for the opportunity. I am still a great fan of Gate 1.

Gail G. Laguna Woods, CA
13 Day Classic Germany, July 2016
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The trip was absolutely wonderful! Our first one with Gate 1 - first time ever to Europe, in fact - and could not have been better! Everything from transfers to our tour manager Julian and bus driver Willie to the towns and sights we visited to the hotels we stayed at were all first rate!! No complaints at all. My dad came from Germany, along with his family, as a teen so I have heard about Germany and wanted to go my entire life. This has been the trip of a lifetime for me!!! Still thinking back and remembering all we did! There will definitely be more trips with Gate 1 in our future and I have been telling friends, neighbors, and patients how happy we are and what a great trip it was. Gate 1 truly exceeded our expectations and gave us a wonderful time!

Nannette R. Indianapolis, IN
14 Day Danube River Cruise with Budapest & Prague , July 2016
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The trip was magnificent. The tour guides and the crew on the Monarch Empress excelled themselves with the friendless and service. We actually did not feel like leaving the boat after 7 days as we had settled in to the happy routine.

Peter H. Queensland, Australia
13 Day Classic Germany, July 2016
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It was wonderful. More than we expected. Jillian was an excellent leader/organizer who got us prepared for every stop and included many extras. We came home with many good memories. He even had the bus sing Happy Birthday and sign a card for me on my 75th birthday. Great 13 days.

Norma L. Mooreland, IN
10 Day Classic Switzerland, July 2016
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The trip was wonderful. would like to thank you all for meticulous planning. Ottoman, our guide, was excellent.

Jaswant G. Carmel, IN
20 Day Danube River Cruise with Warsaw, Krakow, Budapest, Prague, Dresden & Berlin, July 2016
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We thoroughly enjoyed our holiday with Gate 1 ship brand new so that was a bonus, food was fabulous and staff excellent. Our tour guide Sabi was wonderful, nothing was too much, his friendliness and knowledge was great and organisation skills brilliant. Would recommend Gate 1.

Shelia Y. Westmere, New Zealand
9 Day Rhine River Cruise, July 2016
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Sorry for the tardy reply, we were in Europe for quite a while and our trip culminated in a 10 day hike around Mont Blanc so we only had limited access to emails etc. We were extremely pleased with the Gate1 River Cruise from Basel to Amsterdam - having never heard of the company prior to booking. There is no doubt we will be looking for more travel opportunities with Gate1 as we felt that it was very good value for money (as did the majority of Americans who we met on the cruise). We were on board the "Sound of Music" and it was very comfortable - one thing that had been putting us off booking river cruise (beside the possibility of sea sickness) was having to get dressed up for dinner every night etc. We found the relaxed atmosphere of this boat very much to our liking (and the cabin was fabulous).

Helen B. WA, Australia
12 Day Danube River Cruise with Prague, July 2016
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It was fantastic!! Can't say enough good things about it!! The ship was wonderful, our tour guide, Soma, was terrific with a great sense of humor & a lot of knowledge about the areas we were visiting. I'm so glad we did it! I would highly recommend Gate 1 for travel!!!!

Ruth L. Williamstown, NJ
12 Day Danube River Cruise with Prague, July 2016
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Our trip was incredible! We had a marvelous time from start to finish and the Gate 1 and Monarch Empress crew were all very kind, extremely knowledgeable and helpful. The ship itself was beautifully appointed and quite comfortable. We wouldn't hesitate to schedule another Gate 1 river cruise in the future. Thanks for your help during the booking process and being so quick to respond to inquires. I'm sure I'll be talking to you in the future when it comes time to book another trip. :-)

Susan W. Helena, MT
9 Day Danube River Cruise , June 2016
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We are home and all was amazing on the trip. Special mentions should go out to the catering staff, as the food was way above our expectations. The shore excursions were great as expected. Well organized and friendly tour guides. (Jean was our "red group" leader and did a fantastic and entertaining job) The ship was clean (being less than a year old) and there seemed to be a genuine pride in working on the Gate 1 Monarch Empress from the captain to the cabin stewards. The onboard activities were good and Saber tried to keep everyone who wanted to be involved .... busy!! We have already talked to friends about the great trip, and hopefully will book another trip.

J. S. Toronto, Canada
14 Day Danube River Cruise with Prague & Budapest , June 2016
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What a terrific trip! It was great on all counts -- perfect weather, wonderful guides, a beautiful ship, delicious food, lovely traveling companions. I feel that we really made the most of our time in this beautiful, historical part of the world. Many thanks to Gate 1 and our guides Jean Pierre and Gary! Can't wait until the next Gate 1 trip!

Karen N. Hudson, MA
14 Day Danube River Cruise with Budapest & Prague, June 2016
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I must say that I had a wonderful time on my last cruise. The Gate 1 staff were wonderful, in particular Sabi our cruise coordinator. He has a lot of patience and he looked into all the fine details that would allow us to enjoy our cruise comfortably .He's always there to help . I am impressed with the information we got prior to all events so we knew what's going to happen on the next day and all the important issues that we needed to be aware of. The local tour guides were all very good and knowledgeable. I'll highly recommend Gate 1 travel to all my friends and relatives for sure whenever I have the chance ! Please convey my appreciation to Sabi and the rest of the cruise staff.

Sim-Ha C. NSW, Australia
16 Day Classic European River Cruise , June 2016
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Most enjoyable holiday. It was our first time on a cruise and hope it wont be the last one. A holiday very well catered for and great staff lets hope we can do another one in the near future. Chow for now

Peter M. Balgowan, Australia
16 Day Classic European River Cruise, June 2016
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We had a great time on the cruise. The high water gave the captain a few challenges but he got us through safely, we saw all the programmed attractions and we finished on time. The Tour Directors had to do many calls to the bus companies and local guides to cater for the time change effects of high water to our travels and again this worked out extremely well. The food and service was extremely good but the wine provided with the meals should have been local to the country rather than Italian and Spanish for many of the meals. The guided walking tours were very good both the guides and the towns except for Nuremberg which I was keen to see in detail the location of where the 2nd WW trials were held. We went past it in the bus and saw very little. Overall were were pleased we went with Gate 1 Travel, it does not provide as much as the other Australian tour companies but it is cheaper than them. We will recommend your company and this trip to our friends.

William P. Victoria, Australia
16 Day Classic European River Cruise , June 2016
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The trip from Budapest to Amsterdam was perfect. Love Gate 1 travel , service on ship was above & beyond my expectation. Each meal had a variety of healthy choices, staff took care of all my needs, they were very professional, friendly and efficient. All of our tours guides were a wealth of information and were brilliant and funny. I have recommended the trip to others .

Karin V. Auburn, CA
9 Day Danube River Cruise , June 2016
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We had a very nice time. The staff was exceptional. Everyone was delightful. The food was excellent, especially the soups, and the chocolate cake. Kevin, who made up our rooms, knew our names by the first day, and always greeted us in the hallway with a smile. Adrian, our tour manger, was THE BEST EVER!! She ran circles around us, was so attentive, sweet, and extremely responsive to any questions and needs. We enjoyed the tours, and the pace was good for our older parents that came with us.

Leslie J. Plainwell, MI
11 Day Germany, Switzerland & Austria , June 2016
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Our trip was wonderful. We enjoyed it to the fullest. Was very happy with our tour guide, Clara, and bus driver, Michael. Clara was so very thoughtful, organized and well informed as were the step-on guides. The accommodations and daily breakfasts and included dinners excellent. All in all a wonderful trip.

Sara L. Birmingham, AL
13 Day Classic Germany, June 2016
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It was wonderful! Tour guide Sue was excellent!!! Loved her. Everything was sooo well planned. Coach driver very proficient. Sue had our safety & comfort in mind at every stop. I never would have seen as much of Germany on my own. The hotels were first class! Meals & servers were superb. I will definitely book a Gate 1 tour again!

Mariellen A. Geneva, IL
12 Day Danube River Cruise with Prague , June 2016
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We had a great trip. The ship was beautiful and the crew was fantastic. We especially enjoyed the waiter we were lucky enough to have for most of our meals. The food was first class in presentation and taste. This was our third year in a row to choose Gate 1 for our European trips and will definitely look to Gate 1 for more adventures in the future.

Eugene P Jr. O Fallon, IL
16 Day Classic European River Cruise, June 2016
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It was fantastic. Thank you for organising everything. Just trying to get over the jet lag and I am sure I am still rocking from the boat. I was just looking over the Gate 1 page to see where I may go next and I have already referred my sister to Gate 1 for her trip to Scotland.

Rosalyn G. Victoria, Australia
16 Day Classic European River Cruise , May 2016
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Fantastic and very relaxing holiday - loved cruising and seeing something new every day without touching a suitcase. Food was great, staff were brilliant and very friendly and helpful - all in all a great trip and I'd do a similar one again - maybe France. Overall, it was great value and was even better than I'd expected. Thanks for your help in putting it all together.

Peter J. VIC, Australia
9 Day Danube River Cruise , May 2016
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Thank-you for asking - we are still in Europe (Croatia) for another month. The cruise was fantastic - we were very happy with the quality of the ship, the assistance and service given by the staff/crew, the 5 star restaurant quality food and wine, the itinerary and tours (including the terrific local tour guides) and the opportunity to meet new people.

Jane S. VIC, Australia
16 Day Classic European River Cruise , May 2016
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We were really looking forward to this trip thinking that it would be one of the best trips we have ever taken. The trip was far beyond our expectations. The ship, crew, guides and tour directors were outstanding in all aspects. It was just a great two weeks on the river with Gate 1! When we got home, we said to each other, we could leave again tomorrow for the same trip. I would recommend this trip to anyone who would like to experience a trip of a life time.

Kenneth A. Grand Rapids, MI
16 Day Classic European River Cruise, May 2016
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It was fantastic and had a wonderful time, Gate 1 did a marvellous job and there was nothing to complain about. Overall, it was well managed, friendly staff, good food, and we would recommend this river cruise to all of my friends.

John U. ACT, Australia

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