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Sterling Vacations has a few space left on the spring 2017 departures of its Danube River Cruise FAM from Vienna to Budapest. (Photo credit: Larisa Birta)
Sterling Vacations has a few space left on the spring 2017 departures of its Danube River Cruise FAM from Vienna to Budapest. (Photo credit: Larisa Birta)

Limited space is still available on the spring 2017 departures of Sterling Vacations’ Danube River Cruise FAM from Vienna to Budapest. The 12-day all-inclusive trip makes stops in seven different countries and allows for plenty of free time to explore popular European cities.

For example, in Vienna, guests begin their first full day of the trip with a sightseeing tour of this former Imperial capital, visiting Hundertwasserhaus; Belvedere Palace for a tour of the gardens; the famous State Opera in the city center; Parliament; the Burgtheatre; and Votiv-Church. The afternoon is left open for leisure time or an optional tour of Schonbrunn Palace. The following day, in Bratislava, Slovakia, there’s a walking tour of city visiting Primate’s Palace and the Old Town where guests can view Michael’s Gate, Michael’s Tower, Main Square, Old Town Hall and the Slovak National Theatre. After a break to allow for free time, guests have lunch on the ship followed by a wine tasting party with live music. Mid-way through the FAM, guests have a day of sightseeing in Budapest visiting the Parliament Building, St. Stephen’s Basilica, the Opera House, and Vajdahundyad Castle, followed by a full day to explore the city on their own or take an optional excursion. Additional sightseeing takes place in Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania.

Rates start at $1,399 pp dbl for the April 16 departure; and $1,449 pp dbl for the May 6 departure. Both departures include river-view accommodations on a five-star vessel for 10 nights; a 1-night stay in a first-class hotel in Bucharest, and a welcome aboard cocktail, plus all meals on board; breakfast at the hotel, wine, beer and soft drinks with dinner (two glasses), daily sightseeing and shore excursions, as well as a wine tasting, a captain’s cocktail party, educational lectures on the Balkans, plus optional air and transfers is also available. Guests can also add an optional Dracula Extension in Romania starting at $399 pp dbl. For more information, call (512) 863-6100 or visit sterlingvacations.com.