Danube River Cruise

danube river cruise
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My heart behind The Living Studio is that we will all learn to explore and create wherever we live.
I hope to inspire people to step out of the comfort of their studios and out into the world and boldly create based upon the beauty all around them.
This unique retreat combines my love of travel, creating and connecting with other creatives.
I don’t know how many times over the years I had walked past a person sketching in an art museum, painting in the gardens, practicing their watercolors in the mountains or writing at a cafe and I have stopped a moment to envy them.
They were doing it!
They HAD to be creative.
It is a practice and a preparedness that motivates you to create your studio wherever you go.
With practice and always having your tools with you…you live your creativity and the world becomes your studio.

danube river cruise

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danube river cruise
Lined with charming red-roofed villages, steeply terraced vineyards, picturesque churches and the crumbling ruins of medieval castles, the Danube River has captivated musicians, artists and poets throughout the centuries. Explore such legendary capitals as Prague, Vienna and Budapest, as well as remarkably preserved towns and villages that appear untouched by time. Imagine waking up and from your room seeing the beauty of European villages and landscape from your window, having gourmet food provided throughout your journey, relaxing by the pool, listening to lectures, taking a bike tour, creating art on the boat and throughout the villages, time on your own to write/photograph/paint/sketch, adventures along cobblestone streets, wine tasting, a concert in Vienna, castles, a Benedictine Abbey, the beauty of Budapest and so much more! Each day you will be given prompts that you can use if you choose to be open to the art all around you throughout the beauty of the Danube. Our hope is that this will not just be a retreat…it will be opening up of your heart and mind to creating your studio wherever you go.

danube river cruise

danube river cruise
danube river cruise

DETAILED ITINERARY

*This itinerary includes the land portion of exploring Prague for an additional $780

Day 1 ARRIVE IN PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
Arrive in Prague and check-in to your hotel. The balance of the day is free to start exploring this beautiful city.

Day 2 PRAGUE
Your morning sightseeing tour takes you to Prague’s historic city center, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy a panoramic tour of the city before visiting the 1,000-year-old Prague Castle. Afterwards, walk over Charles Bridge to the Old Town Square. This evening, an optional “Folklore Dinner Show” provides an opportunity to learn about Czech music, dance and traditions. (B)

Day 3 PRAGUE
Spend the day at your leisure or take an optional excursion to Terezin, the infamous Nazi WWII concentration camp that is now a memorial to those who perished. Or choose an optional excursion to Lobkowicz Palace. (B)

Day 4 PRAGUE – REGENSBURG, GERMANY – EMBARKATION – VILSHOFEN
Depart Prague this morning and stop in Regensburg for a guided walking tour of one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After lunch on your own, continue on to the charming 1,200-year-old Bavarian town of Vilshofen and board your luxurious ship. Later this afternoon, join your fellow passengers at a private “Oktoberfest” celebration in Vilshofen, with traditional beers and Bavarian folk music and dancing. Later, enjoy a festive Welcome Dinner aboard the ship. (B,D)

Day 5 VILSHOFEN – PASSAU
This morning you are free to explore Vilshofen’s beautiful old town before cruising to Passau. In the afternoon you will have a walking tour of this 2,000-year-old city, noted for its Gothic and Italian Baroque architecture, cobblestone streets, and St. Stephan’s Cathedral. (B,L,D)

Day 6 LINZ, AUSTRIA
The ship arrives this morning in Linz. Enjoy a walking tour of the second largest city in Austria. Later, you will have a choice of three different excursions. The first option is a visit to the Austrian Lake District, the scenic Salzkammergut region, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The second option is an excursion to the Czech town of Cesky Krumlov, a wonderfully preserved medieval town nestled in the hills just over the Austrian-Czech border. The third choice is an excursion to Salzburg, Mozart’s birthplace, where you will take a walking tour of the historic center made famous by the “Sound of Music.” (B,L,D))

Day 7 WEISSENKIRCHEN
Cruise through the narrow Strudengau this morning en route to Weissenkirchen. A guided tour will take you through Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey, one of Europe’s largest and most famous monastic sites, home to religious relics and a library filled with medieval manuscripts. From here, continue on to the enchanting town of Dürnstein. On your walking tour of this picturesque old town, you’ll see the magnificent blue façade of the local abbey church and the ruins of a castle where Richard the Lionheart was once imprisoned. Tonight, after dinner on board, enjoy a wine tasting at a local winery. (B,L,D)

Day 8 VIENNA
During your morning city tour of Vienna, you will see the famous Opera House, the Ringstrasse, and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. The afternoon is free to stroll through the historic city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or take an optional excursion to Schonbrunn Palace. This evening, you will have the opportunity to enjoy an optional Mozart and Strauss concert. The ship moors in Vienna overnight. (B,L,D)

Day 9 BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA
Enjoy a scenic morning cruise to Bratislava, where you will have a walking tour that includes the Old Town Hall, Mirbach Palace and St. Martin’s Cathedral. As an alternative, take a “Communist” tour that includes such architectural landmarks as the Radio Building, Liberty Square and Soviet War Memorial. The remainder of the day is free to explore on your own. (B,L,D)

Day 10 BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
This morning, your sightseeing tour takes you to the historic Buda Castle, which offers a splendid view of the river and the twin cities of Buda and Pest. Your tour also features the Fisherman’s Bastion, the Royal Palace, St. Stephen’s Basilica, and Heroes’ Square. After dinner, the ship will sail a special “Illuminations Cruise” past the illuminated river front of Budapest. (B,L,D)

Day 11 DISEMBARKATION – DEPART BUDAPEST
Your cruise comes to an end as you prepare for your homeward flight. (B)

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danube river cruise

What is included in your 10 night/11 day stay

*This itinerary includes the land portion of exploring Prague for an additional $780

  • 3 nights hotel in Prague at the InterContinental or Hilton Old Town (or similar), including daily buffet breakfast
  • Transfer from Prague to the ship in Vilshofen
  • 7 nights deluxe cruise accommodation in an outside stateroom
  • Most staterooms offer French balconies or revolutionary Twin Balconies
  • A sketchbook and portable studio with all of the art supplies you will need to make the Danube your Living Studio
  • Art classes with Jeanne Oliver
  • Daily creative prompts to inspire you to create in new ways while traveling
  • Life enriching tours and excursions daily
  • Entertainment on demand in all staterooms featuring free high-speed Internet access, hit Hollywood movies, extensive music library and English language TV stations
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access on board
  • Terry bathrobes and white-on-white plush bedding in all staterooms
  • Fine dining with all meals included during your cruise
  • Multiple dining venues on select vessels
  • Free-flowing red & white wines from Europe’s great wine regions, beer & soft drinks with every lunch and dinner on board
  • Bottled water in every stateroom replenished daily
  • Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner & Captain’s Gala Dinner
  • Special highlights including lectures, cooking demonstration, onboard music performances and piano music
  • Bicycles to explore on your own & guided bicycle tours
  • Services of professional Cruise Manager
  • All English language on board in a non-smoking environment (smoking permitted only on the Sun Deck)
  • Transfers between hotel and ship are included with the purchase of cruise and land package; airport transfers are included with the purchase of airfare from AmaWaterways
  • All local taxes

*This does not include airfare

 


Join me: October 6-16, 2016 /October

In US dollars: Starting at $3767 per person / double occupancy

You can upgrade your cabin for a fee and also add on the land portion of exploring Prague for an additional $780.

The room included in this package is cabin E (there are only a few available at this time) for $3767.00 per person and you can upgrade your cabin to include more square footage and/or a balcony for prices ranging from $4,066.00-$6,966.00 per person.  To view all cabins click HERE.

Deposit (non-refundable) due on contract signing $1,000

Payment Schedule:

We will set up a payment schedule just for you
Final payment due May 12, 2016

If you are interested in The Living Studio | Danube River Cruise please email Jeanne Oliver at contact@jeanneoliverdesigns.com to answer any questions and/or to place your deposit on this once in a lifetime art retreat.