12 Day Danube River Cruise with Munich

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*Not Included:
Optional shore excursions and gratuities.


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

Budapest to Vilshofen: Passengers arriving to Budapest on Day 2 should select flights that arrive no later than 3:00 pm.

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.



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. There is a potential for a small number of sailings to be impacted by river water levels, or other factors which may impact safe navigation. This may cause part or all of the cruise itinerary to be operated by motor coach and may also involve hotel accommodations.

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Accommodation Details


River Cruise Package Includes

  • Flights New York-Budapest, Munich-New York
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 10 nights First Class accommodations
  • River port charges of $190 per person
  • Cruise & hotel porterage
  • All transfers
  • 23 meals: 10 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Shore excursions per itinerary
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring during excursions

 

Special Features

  • See magnificent panoramic views of Budapest from atop Fisherman's Bastion
  • Enjoy a city tour of Vienna and view Hofburg Palace, Vienna Opera House and St. Stephen’s Cathedral
  • Tour the historic Benedictine Melk Abbey, one of the finest examples of Baroque architecture
  • Visit Regensburg, one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities
  • City tour of Bavaria’s capital city, Munich

 

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 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 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. There is a potential for a small number of sailings to be impacted by river water levels, or other factors which may impact safe navigation. This may cause part or all of the cruise itinerary to be operated by motor coach and may also involve hotel accommodations.

Select departures may operate in the reverse direction.

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DAY 1, Monday - Depart for Hungary
Depart for Hungary

DAY 2, Tuesday - Cruise Embarkation in Budapest
Arrive in Budapest, Hungary and transfer to the port. Embarkation will begin at 3 pm. 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: Dinner

DAY 3, Wednesday - 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. Set sail to Bratislava in the evening
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, Thursday - Bratislava City Tour
This morning, enjoy the tranquil scenery as the ship sails along the scenic Danube. In the late afternoon, arrive in Bratislava, the 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. This evening, the ship will set sail to Vienna
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5, Friday - Vienna City Tour
Your morning tour of romantic Vienna introduces you to this Imperial city with its legendary opulence and elegance. 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 leisure, or, join the optional tour to the magnificent Schonbrunn Palace, once summer residence of the Hapsburgs. Visit the gorgeous baroque apartments and stroll through the world-famous manicured gardens. 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: Schonbrunn Palace Tour (PM)
Optional: Classical Viennese Concert (PM)
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Saturday - Melk Abbey
This morning, arrive in the village of Durnstein, one of the prettiest towns on the Danube. Free time to stroll this quintessential village in the heart of the Wachau wine district. Walk along medieval cobblestone streets revealing 16th-century town houses and wine taverns. Continue cruising late this morning through the scenic Wachau Valley, with lovely storybook views of vineyards, castles, hilltop ruins and monasteries. Later, disembark in Melk 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. The ship will set sail as you dine on board this evening
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Sunday - 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 beautiful Salzburg, the 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 set sail for Passau
Optional: Full Day Tour of Salzburg
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Monday - Passau & Regensburg City Tour
Dock this morning in 2500-year-old Passau, known for its pastel patrician houses, cafes, cobblestone lanes and a riverfront promenade. Passau is a town with a mix of Roman, Italian Baroque and Gothic architecture. 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. Tonight, enjoy a lavish Captain's Dinner on board
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Tuesday - Cruise Disembarkation, Munich City Tour
This morning disembark the ship and drive to Munich, the pride of Bavaria, known for its festive fun-loving spirit. This afternoon join a city tour of Munich beginning at 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 the summer residence of the rulers of Bavaria, decorated with a gorgeous baroque façade. Driving through the city, you see countless museums, galleries, palaces and historic monuments. Arrive at Marienplatz square, the 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
Overnight: Munich
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10, Wednesday - Full Day in Munich
Today is at leisure to independently enjoy the delights of this capital. This morning an optional tour shows you the dark history of the last century, with a chilling visit to the Dachau Memorial Concentration Camp, the first of the internment camps opened after Hitler’s rise to power in 1933. The camp became a symbol and model of the horrors of the Nazi period, until its liberation by American soldiers in 1945. It serves now as a memorial to the victims of this tragic period in history. The tour will give you the opportunity to reflect on the events that happened here and the more than 40,000 victims who lost their lives under the tyrannical Nazi regime
Optional: Dachau Memorial (AM)
Overnight: Munich
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11, Thursday - Full Day in Munich
Day at leisure to further explore Munich on your own or participate in the optional full day excursion to Oberammergau and the fairytale Neuschwanstein Castle. Leaving Munich, drive into the German Alps and onto the Romantic Road for a brief stop in the village of Oberammergau. Home of the world famous "Passion Play," this idyllic village is a picture perfect example of an Alpine village filled with wooden chalets, painted facades, and flowering window boxes. Continue 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 decorated in dazzling gold and blue. Tour the extravagant castle before returning to Munich
Optional: Full Day Oberammergau & Neuschwanstein Tour
Overnight: Munich
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 12, Friday - Depart Germany
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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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 #5 01 Mar 2016 - 31 Dec 2018 $49.00
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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 #5 01 Mar 2016 - 31 Dec 2018 $62.00
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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 #7 01 Mar 2016 - 31 Dec 2018 $105.00
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Dachau Memorial Tour

Dachau Concentration Camp was the first of the internment camps opened after Hitler’s rise to power in 1933. The camp became a symbol and model of the horrors of the Nazi period, until its liberation by American soldiers in 1945. It serves now as a memorial to the victims of this tragic period in history. The tour will give you the opportunity to reflect on the events that happened here and the more than 40,000 victims who lost their lives under the tyrannical Nazi regime.

Day #10 01 Apr 2018 - 31 Oct 2018 $32.00
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Full Day Oberammergau & Neuschwanstein Tour

Leaving Munich, drive into the German Alps and onto the Romantic Road for a brief stop in the village of Oberammergau. Home of the world famous "Passion Play," this idyllic village is a picture perfect example of an Alpine village filled with wooden chalets, painted facades and flowering window boxes. Continue 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 decorated in dazzling gold and blue. Tour the extravagant castle before returning to Munich

Approximate tour duration is 6-7 hours.

Day #11 01 Mar 2018 - 30 Nov 2018 $76.00
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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
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
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
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 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
9 Day Rhine River Cruise , April 2017
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It was wonderful! We loved the accommodation, food, service and Itinerary of the River Cruise and I would definitely recommend it to friends. It was great to have a day on board at Amsterdam so we could do some exploring. We look forward to taking other Gate 1 trips in the future.

Ruth H. Toronto, Canada
16 Day Classic European River Cruise , April 2017
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Our trip was amazing and the gate1 folks were fantastic. We especially enjoyed the guides at each city, they were well informed about sites and history and gave us a different view of each city we visited. The boat crew was amazing. Thank you!

Patrick O. Eugene, OR
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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

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