Passengers planning to sail the Danube on Crystal River Cruises’ Mozart, that debuts next month (May 3) are in store for a symphony of perks including several free shore excursions. But even more than what the luxurious river boat has to offer they will get up close and personal time exploring the European capitals that line the Danube and the Wachau Valley, Christmas Markets along the Danube (beginning in late November) and a special singular holiday itinerary spanning Christmas and New Year’s – will offer distinct experiences designed to showcase the most popular highlights in each destination. For the first time on a Crystal voyage, most excursions (at least one per port) will be offered complimentary. A handful of more over-the-top Crystal Adventures will be available for booking on each cruise for an additional cost; private services and excursions can also be pre-arranged.
“While many of the charming ports along Crystal Mozart’s routes are easy to explore on foot or access at one’s leisure, travelers visiting for the first time will benefit from the detailed and expertly guided excursions crafted by our team,” says Edie Rodriguez, Crystal’s president and CEO. “It is our pleasure to offer Crystal Complimentary Adventures with our river voyages as part of the ‘All Inclusive’ Crystal Experience, as we know how greatly these shore-side adventures enhance our guests’ understanding and perception of the destinations.”
The enriching Crystal Complimentary Adventures will include offerings such as a full-day venture to Munich, highlighting Germany’s third-largest city’s Olympic grounds, BMW factory, and illustrious sites of the Friedensengel and National Theatre. Another Crystal exclusive tour takes guests to Vienna’s Belvedere Palace for a signature evening concert event and VIP access to the artists’ masterpieces in the museum.
Other side trips along the Danube,he Danube which is Europe’s second-longest river, after the Volga River, and also the longest river in the European Union region. It is located in Central and Eastern Europe, are:
- A tour through the Parliament and Great Market Hall, or exploration of the Dohány Synagogue and Jewish District in Budapest, Hungary
- Full-day ventures to either Salzburg, including visits to the city’s most iconic sites, or to the lovely Salzkammergut Lake District, both from Linz, Austria
- Exploring the culinary treasures of Vienna, offering tastings and pairings with local beers and wines, as well as an immersion into the pastry cafés, which are known as the heart of the city
- A trip to 13th century Červený Kameň Castle in Bratislava, Slovakia, for a guided exploration of the captivating interior including beautiful Sala Terrena, plus tasting wines from the region and a falconry demonstration.
For passengers who need to keep their action levels in full gear, Crystal is introducing its newest shore-side program called Active Exploration Adventures that range from a 1,700-foot hike to the top of Pöstlingberg for a birds-eye view of Linz, to 16-mile bike ride through the Wachau Valley, and two-mile treks through the vineyards of Vienna.
Holiday voyages will be decked out wiith extraordinary excursions to some of the most famous and quintessential Christmas markets in Austria, Germany and Slovakia, as well as special concerts and services in the region’s magnificent cathedrals. And here’s a cool extra, the Crystal Adventures will be boosted by four brand new luxury motor coaches that will follow the ships along each itinerary, and feature plush-seating accommodations for 42 guests, local guides, complimentary Wi-Fi so you can write home about it or surf the web when you’re bored with scenery, and beverages including an espresso machine..