LEARN more. EXPLORE more. DREAM more.
Enrich your vacation with Vantage's collection of deluxe optional tours, designed
exclusively for our guests. You’ll discover a world beyond the landmarks and gain
immeasurable insight into the culture and people of your destination. So join us
… and make the most of your journey!
$45 per person
Jewish Heritage Tour
Budapest’s Jewish heritage is an expression of one of the largest Jewish populations in Europe. On this tour, you will visit the Great Synagogue of Dohány Street, the second-largest synagogue in the world. Constructed between 1854 and 1859, the Great Synagogue is a fine example of Moorish Revival style, with twin onion-domed towers. Dohány Synagogue has a rich but tragic history. Up to 20,000 Jews took refuge inside the synagogue complex during the Nazi occupation and establishment of the Jewish Ghetto, but 7,000 did not survive the bleak winter of 1944-45. These victims are buried in the courtyard, where you can also see a piece of the original brick ghetto wall. The complex also houses the Jewish Museum and Holocaust Memorial.
$65 USD per person
Get a glimpse of life in the Hungarian countryside on this popular tour. You’ll visit a working horse ranch, which maintains a herd of up to 120 horses. Upon arrival, you’ll be welcomed with red and white wine, bread, and onion slices. You’ll then take in a magnificent horse show by authentic Hungarian csikós (cowboys), known across Europe for their daring and skill on horseback, followed by an opportunity to try out a horse, donkey, or two-in-hand carriage with the assistance of the riders.
Next, you’ll take a carriage ride into the puszta, Hungary's great plain, where you can get familiar with the countryside of the Hungarian “Kunság-Puszta” and the special flora and fauna of the region called ‘Sárköz’, horsemen and horses, and a farm family. As a special treat, a shepherd’s wife will have homemade scones (pogacsa) and brandy (palinka) for you to sample. You’ll then have some time to visit stables and walk around the barnyard to see rare native animals, including the Hungarian grey cattle, the long-haired “mangalica” pig herd, and a favorite of children — the cheeky, clamorous donkey foals.
$79 USD per person
Tito's Memorial and Royal Palace
The Royal Compound is situated on Dedinje Hill, the most luxurious of seven hills in Belgrade. The Royal Palace within the compound was built between 1924 and 1929 with the private funds of His Majesty King Alexander I Karadjordjevic. Today, the Royal Palace is the home of Crown Prince Alexander Karadjordjevic and his family. You’ll enjoy a guided walking tour of the grounds, including The Royal Palace, the residence of Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Alexander II and Princess Katherine, and the Church of Saint Andrej the First Called — the patron of the Royal family. During the visit, you’ll be treated to a drink.
Your next stop is Tito’s Memorial, where you will have opportunity to visit his grave, as well as a museum housing a collection of presents dedicated to Tito during his rule.
$65 USD per person
Full-day tour, including lunch
Discover Transylvania’s fairytale village of Sighisoara and the
birthplace of Vlad Tepes (better known as Dracula) that has become a
favorite location of Romania’s travellers and Dracula fans. Founded by
Transylvanian Saxons during the 12th century, Sighisoara still stands as
one of the most beautiful and best-preserved medieval towns in Europe.
Designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, this perfectly intact
16th century gem with nine towers, cobbled streets, burgher houses and
ornate churches rivals the historic streets of Old Prague or Vienna for
atmospheric magic. It is also the birthplace of Vlad Dracula, also known
as Vlad Tepes (Vlad the Impaler), ruler of the province of Walachia
from 1456 to 1462. It was he who inspired Bram Stoker’s fictional
creation, Count Dracula.
Among the most striking sights is the
14th-century Clock Tower. Passing under the 210-foot tall clock tower,
you will be mesmerized by the medieval architecture and buildings well
preserved and still in use. The Sighisoara Citadel was built in the 12th
century by Saxon colonists and is the last inhabited medieval citadel
in Europe. It was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999.
$99 USD per person
Evening tour, including dinner
The congenial atmosphere of cozy, family-style traditional wine
taverns, known as "Heurigens", is perfectly complemented by hearty food,
lively music, and locally produced vintages, of course. Although wine
taverns have existed for many centuries, they where given official
status in 1784 by Emperor Joseph II when he decreed that wine growers
within 10 kilometers of Vienna could sell their own wines. Heurigens
traditionally have rustic decor, and many have open courtyards with
outdoor seating. You’ll visit one of the oldest and most famous
Heurigens, the “Wolff”, in Neustift, which opened in 1609. The
restaurant is surrounded by vineyards, and in keeping with the theme of
this evening’s tour, you’ll learn about local wine-growing traditions
and sample some local vintages while you’re here. This tour includes
motorcoach transfers between the ship and the restaurant.
$65 USD per person
The Vienna Woods is an area of rolling, forest-covered hills just
outside of Vienna ... the last foothills of the Austrian Alps. This
morning tour takes you on a leisurely and scenic drive through the most
beautiful parts of the Vienna Woods, with visits to a medieval abbey, a
famous spa town, and a medieval wine village.
You’ll stop first at
Heiligenkreuz Abbey, which was built by Cistercian monks in the 12th
century. In the Abbey are the tombs of thirteen Babenbergs — Austria’s
first monarchs — who ruled during the medieval periods. A drive
through the romantic Helenen Valley takes you to the lovely spa town of
Baden, where the wealthy and the famous have been “taking the waters”
since Roman times.
$79 USD per person
Kutna Hora Excursion
Prague, Czech Republic
Following an hour-long motorcoach ride through the beautiful Bohemian countryside, you will reach the stunning town of Kutná Hora, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. The town grew up near the area's rich silver mines, ultimately becoming the second most important town in the Kingdom of Bohemia, after Prague. During this great excursion you will see all of the key medieval and Baroque monuments, including the former central royal mint, the interior of St. Barbara’s Cathedral, and the nearby Ossuary — famous for its elaborate decorations made out of human bones!
$89 USD per person
Red Stone Castle Tour with Wine Tasting
Travel by motorcoach through the scenic Little Carpathian region to Red Stone Castle, home to the biggest wine cellar in Europe. Inside the castle, you’ll see historic furniture as well as a unique collection of arms. After the castle tour, you’ll visit the wine cellar in the wine-growing village of St. George, where you'll enjoy a wine tasting with commentary and video about the Little Carpathian wine region. As the tour comes to an end, enjoy another scenic ride as you make your way back to the ship in Bratislava.
Please Note: All prices are per person and subject to change.
All optional tours are offered by Vantage Deluxe World Travel. Descriptions and
scheduling are subject to change. Minimum tour participation is required to operate
optional tours. Optional tours cancelled by passengers within 48 hours of the excursion