Sunrise Tours is a family owned and operated company that was started in 1993. The company has grown steadily over the years, and now consists of 20 fantastic employees and offices in St. Louis, Indianapolis and Kansas City. We pride ourselves on delivering extremely high quality tour experiences at a fair price, and we consider repeat Sunrise Tours customers our most important marketing “tool”.
Day 1: Overnight Flight (D, B in flight)
Day 2: Budapest A morning arrival in Budapest allows time for a short introductory tour of the city, the capital and largest city in Budapest, followed by lunch at Restaurant Karpatia (or similar). Check into the four-star Novotel Danube Hotel (or similar) for a restful start to your journey. L, D
Day 3: Lazar Equestrian Park Our morning exploration of Budapest will include spectacular views on a visit to Gellért Hill and the Panorama Terrace, the Dohany Street Synagogue and the Grand Market Hall. Take a short drive into the Hungarian countryside to the Lazar Equestrian Park. The Lazar Brothers, world champions in horse trotting and carriage driving, founded the Park in 2002 as an exercising facility and to share the talent of their horses with the world. Visit the stalls, awards museum, see a riding exhibition and enjoy lunch at this unique venue. Embark on the Silver II for your Danube River adventure. We cruised aboard the Silver II in May 2019 on the Rhine River to celebrate our 25th year in business, and she is a beautiful ship! B, L, D
Day 4: Budapest Join our local guides for another morning exploring in Budapest including a visit to Heroes Square with its famous statue of Archangel Gabriel, the State Opera House, Elisabeth Square, and some free time to shop and explore on your own. Return to the ship for lunch and begin cruising from Budapest towards Slovakia. [B, L, D included aboard ship for the duration of the cruise]
Day 5: Bratislava Explore the historic lanes of Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, including the old city walls, the summer residence of the archbishop and the current residence of the president of Slovakia. Continue a guided tour through the restored old town from Michael’s Gate to St. Martin’s Cathedral, a former coronation cathedral for Hungarian kings.
Day 6: Vienna Enjoy a guided tour of Vienna, the “city of music” which consistently ranks as one of the best places in the world to live, with a drive along the famous Ringstrasse, past the stunning opera house, the parliament, the Court Theatre and Vienna’s imposing city hall. The panoramic drive is followed by a guided walk through the city center to the Hofburg Imperial Palace, along the Kohl Market and to the iconic St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Before returning to the ship, enjoy free time to stroll and shop along the pedestrian area.
Day 7: Wachau Valley The romantic Wachau Valley is one of the most beautiful regions of Austria. Dock in Dürnstein, a town known for its first-class wines, which you can taste during a break on the morning sightseeing walk. Enjoy a delightful lunch aboard the Silver II while cruising the scenic Wachau Valley towards Melk. This afternoon explore the magnificent architecture and glimpses into history on a visit to the Benedictine Abbey of Melk, which is approximately 900 years old and is the largest Baroque abbey in Austria.
Day 8: Linz or Salzburg - Passau Choose between two included excursions. Discover the Renaissance villas, historic town square and the old cathedral of Linz, once an important provincial capital of the Holy Roman Emperor, on a guided walking tour. Or, enjoy a full day excursion to Salzburg, a UNESCO World Heritage site, to see the birth place of Mozart (exterior only) and the world-famous Baroque architecture of one of the best-preserved cities north of the Alps. Arrive in Passau, “Little Venice”, this evening for a walk in the winding streets of the Baroque city located at the confluence of three rivers. Excursion note: in choosing between the Linz and Salzburg excursions, note that the Salzburg option features a full day off the ship and more walking and is generally considered a more strenuous day.
Day 9: Regensburg One of the best-preserved medieval cities in Germany, Regensburg’s churches, monasteries, town hall and impressive 12th century bridge over the Danube harken to its days as a former trade hub to the Orient. Enjoy a guided tour and time to explore the quaint shops and cafes on your own before a special Bavarian themed dinner aboard the Silver II.
Day 10: Disembark - Prague Say “farewell” to the attentive staff of the Silver II and board a deluxe motor coach for Český Krumlov, a charming town in the Czech Republic whose ideal location at the crossroads of Czech, Austrian, Bavarian and Northern Italian cultures have resulted in a fascinating mix of architecture and character. Enjoy a guided tour of the medieval streets, picturesque townhouses and romantic nooks of Krumlov, including lunch at a local favorite. Continue to Prague, Czech Republic for a two-night stay at the four-star Hotel Grandior (or similar) whose ideal location near the city center ensures maximum opportunity to explore the historic capital of Bohemia. B, L, D
Day 11: Prague Left relatively untouched by the ravages of WWII, Prague is one of the most popular cities in Europe. Our guided tour includes a visit to the Strahov Monastery area, founded in 1140, views of UNESCO World Heritage Prague Castle and a walk across the world-famous Charles Bridge. Visit the Old Town Square and watch the automatons of the Astronomical Clock, the third oldest in the world, take the “Walk of the Apostles”. B, D
Day 12: Fly home B, D (dinner in flight)