Small 106-guest luxury river ship

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Danube River Cruise on Crystal

Exploring Medicine, Dentistry &
the European Healthcare Model

Budapest to
Vilshofen on Crystal Ravel
September 19 – 26, 2021

Join PES for 7 nights & discover the heart of Old-World Europe, exploring timeless imperial cities and the plentiful UNESCO World Heritage Sites along the regal & romantic Danube River aboard the luxurious, 106-guest all-inclusive, all-suite, butler-serviced Crystal Ravel.

CME/CE Overview

River Cruise Itinerary Highlights:

  • Overnight in Budapest to explore its dramatic history and treasure trove of architecture including the city’s iconic Parliament Building
  • Discover Vienna’s imperial palaces and Baroque streetscapes with two days in port, plus a Crystal Signature Event at the Belvedere Palace
  • Stroll Dürnstein’s cobblestone streets and see its historic fortress
  • Cruise the scenic Wachau Valley to see vineyards, castles & small villages
  • Visit Melk’s famous abbey, one of the most exquisite examples of Baroque architecture in Europe, and take a stroll around Old Town
  • Enjoy Bavarian beer tasting and Roman history in Passau
  • Explore Vilshofen’s historic quarter or take a day trip to Salzburg, the birthplace of Mozart and filming backdrop for “The Sound of Music”

All-Inclusive Crystal River Cruise Experience:

  • Extraordinary Michelin-inspired cuisine in a variety of elegant restaurants and cafés, all with open seating, and 24-hour room service
  • Unlimited fine wines, champagne, beer, and premium spirits, plus fresh juices, bottled water, soft drinks, specialty coffees, and tea
  • Choice of complimentary shore excursions in every port & use of bikes
  • Butler service in all categories, plus complimentary gratuities & Wi-Fi
  • Daily onboard entertainment including lectures, themed dinners, and cooking demonstrations, plus cultural and musical performances
  • Luxurious and modern public spaces including Palm Court, Vista Bar, Vista Deck, Crystal Life Fitness center, and Crystal Life Spa
  • $250 shipboard credit per couple
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Brief Itinerary

Date Day Port Included Excursions
Sep 19 Sun Budapest, Hungary Embark
Sep 20 Mon Budapest, Hungary Choice of Panoramic Budapest Tour or Parliament Building & the Great Market Hall Tour
Sep 21 Tue Vienna, Austria Choice of Imperial Schönbrunn Palace Tour or a Crystal Signature Event – Art & Music at the Belvedere Palace
Sep 22 Wed Vienna, Austria Choice of Vienna’s Highlights Tour or Danube Island Bike Discovery
Sep 23 Dürnstein, Austria Morning tour choices of Dürnsetin Castle Ruins Hike, Dürnstein Walking Tour & Abbey, or Wachau Valley by Bike
Thu Wachau Valley Scenic Cruise
Melk, Austria Afternoon tour choices of Artstetten Castle visit or Melk Abbey visit
Sep 24 Fri Passau, Germany Choice of Passau Walking Tour & Beer Tasting, Roman Times Walking Tour, or Ilz River Nature Walk
Sep 25 Sat Vilshofen, Germany Choice of Historic Salzburg Tour, Old Town Walk, Benedictine Abbey visit, or Underground Beer Cellar Tour
Sep 26 Sun Vilshofen, Germany Disembark

Detailed Itinerary:

Board the luxurious, all-inclusive Crystal Ravel in Budapest.

Commanding both sides of the Danube – with the Chain Bridge connecting hilly Buda with flat Pest – Hungary’s capital enchants with its magnificent architecture of domes and spires, 18th-century homes, bridges and lampposts. The UNESCO-listed Castle Hill welcomes all to explore Buda Castle, Trinity Square, Matthias Church and Fisherman’s Bastion.

Once the capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and forever known for its manicured gardens, ornate architecture – especially that of the famed Ringstrasse – and distinguished roster of composers who either were born or lived here, Vienna finds itself at the very center of European culture, even as it sits near the border of the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary.

Dürnstein: Considered one of the most visited tourist spots in the Wachau Valley, Dürnstein is in a robust wine-growing region sitting alongside the Danube river. Durnstein Castle, the region’s famous architectural highlight, sits atop a rocky mountain, high above the Danube, at its base. Durnstein’s beauty is enhanced by verdant forests, rolling hills, and thriving vineyards that surround the town. Sip some of the region’s local wines and enjoy a leisurely day in this postcard-worthy European town.

Melk: Best known for its fortified baroque Benedictine monastery, Melk Abbey, the town of Melk boasts an assortment of smaller gems. Among them, the city’s riverside location, serene and regal with a ribbon of wooded groves giving way to the lovely village. Cobbled lanes and a petite size make for a pleasant stroll with a chance to discover its 16th-century Town Hall, or Rathaus, in the center of town, and Haus am Stein, or House at the Rock. Built in the 15th century, the vine-covered abode is Melk’s oldest building.

At the confluence of the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers, Passau is also situated at a meeting of cultures. The town began as a Roman settlement, enjoying the rising tide of influence as the largest bishopric in the Holy Roman Empire and enduringly vibrant as a hub for various trade pursuits, including salt, swords and ideas. Wander the cobbled streets of Old Town, gaze upon arched bridges and Italianate manses and visit magnificent St. Stephen’s Cathedral and New Bishop’s Residence.

A skyline graced by the spire of a historic church and the arch of a more modern bridge reveals the essence of Vilshofen’s appeal. Here where three rivers meet – the Vils, Wolfach and Danube – you’ll enjoy cycling expeditions on pretty paths and hikes in the neighboring Bavarian forest.

Optional Crystal Cruises Post-Cruise:

3-Night Prague Discovery | September 26 – 29, 2021

Known as the “City of a Hundred Spires,” Prague rivals Paris in terms of beauty, history, and culture. Discover its storied past and present on this 3-night post-cruise land program. Package includes motorcoach transfer to Prague, luxury accommodations at The Mandarin Oriental Hotel, daily breakfast, full-day Kutná Hora town visit with lunch, half-day Prague Castle tour, and transfer to airport.

More Information

PES Suite Rates:

$250 shipboard credit per couple!

Book now with no deposit due until February 22, 2021!

About Crystal Ravel
Suite Descriptions
Deck Plan
Category Double
Per Person
Petite Suites with Balcony Window
S5 | Deck 2 | 188 sq. ft.$5,899 $7,699
S4 | Deck 3 | 188 sq. ft.$6,149 $9,224
Deluxe Suites with Balcony Window
S3 | Deck 2 | 237 sq. ft.waitlisted $6,999 $10,499
S2 | Deck 2 | 253 sq. ft.waitlisted $7,399 $11,099
S1 | Deck 3 | 253 sq. ft.waitlisted $8,149 $12,224
Premium Suites with Balcony Window
CP | 1-Bedroom Crystal Penthouse | Deck 3 | 506 sq. ft.$13,949 $27,898
CS | 2-Bedroom Crystal Suite | Deck 3 | 759 sq. ft.waitlisted $20,749 $41,498
CME/CE Professional Seminar Fee: $695
Seminar Attendance Fee: $450

Rates do not include port taxes of $196 per person.

Double pricing is based on double occupancy or two people per suite.

Single pricing is based on one person per suite and is capacity-controlled.

Cancellation Schedule: Cancellation penalties apply once deposit is paid, so please review policy below.

Reservation Booking Terms and Conditions:

Book now with no deposit due until February 22, 2021!

Reduced Deposit:
Cruise: 15% of cruise fare and a non-refundable Global Tracks administration fee of $100 per person
Seminar: $200 per person

Crystal Society Member Benefits: Additional Savings Apply.

Final Payment: May 14, 2021

Airfare is not included. PES will book your air arrangements for a $75 service fee, or you may choose to handle your own reservation.

Airport Transfers: Complimentary group transfers between airport and ship are included on embarkation and disembarkation days.

Passports: Passports are required for all guests and must be valid for six months after the end of the cruise.

PES offers optional travel insurance. Travel insurance is strongly suggested and will give you the opportunity to recover monies lost through cancellations. We offer Travel Guard insurance as an option. Premiums vary depending on your age and the cost of your trip. Purchase within 14 days of deposit for additional benefits.

Cancellation Penalties: All cancellations must be made in writing to Global Tracks. Travel insurance and airfare are non-refundable once purchased. Any payment to Global Tracks constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set herein, including but not limited to the cancellation terms. All cancellations are subject to the Global Tracks administration fee of $100 per person paid at deposit in addition to the below schedule:

From time of deposit until May 14, 2021 No Penalty
From May 15, 2021 to June 20, 2021 25% of the total package
From June 21, 2021 to July 20, 2021 50% of the total package
From July 21, 2021 to August 19, 2021 75% of the total package
After August 19, 2021 100% of the total package
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