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What to do while on vacation…

Did you ever wonder what to do while on vacation? As nice as it is to sip drinks on a beach and listen to the waves lapping the sandy beaches, is that all you want to do? There are many reasons to travel like relaxing but most people cannot walk 500 feet to go snorkeling when they wake up or jump on a horse to ride through the jungle in the afternoon. With so many options out there, do you really want to sit around and do nothing? Resorts have a plethora of activities to do on and off site.

There should be a list in the room of information of things going on around the resort or you can always speak with concierge. Depending on the resort, there could be morning yoga classes, afternoon volleyball tournaments or local performers in the evening.

Off site excursions are great because the resort has checked out the activity so you know it is safe and not going to rip you off. The resort has a reputation to uphold and wants to make sure you have a fantastic time while you are visiting.  They also can offer a discount because of their partnerships with local companies. It is best to check with the front desk or concierge to see what options they have available.

Many resorts have partnerships with off-site golf courses that rent their equipment so you don’t have to worry about shipping your clubs. There are shopping excursions that are always fun. Depending on your location of travel, this is a great option because in some places, there are areas that tourists may not want to explore by themselves. An example of this is in Montego Bay,  Jamaica. There are gated tourist shopping districts and straw marts that are guarded with police. As soon as you walk out of those gates, you are no longer protected. The items for sale may be a bit more expensive but the stores are clean, the people are friendly, and you know you are safe.

Water sports like snorkeling and scuba diving are always popular in Mexico and the Caribbean. There are many Nationally protected dive sites that are full of exotic species of coral and fish. Don’t forget to bring an underwater camera to capture those memories. Also, keep an eye out for booze cruises or tequila factory tours that include snorkeling. They are fun but remember to drink AFTER swimming…


The Legendary Danube from Prague to Budapest – 2012 ~ 11 days from Prague to Budapest or 12 days incl. travel



Vacation Overview

From the splendor of Prague to the Gypsy violins of Budapest, you’ll treasure every moment of this memorable Danube River cruise. Enjoy three nights in Prague with guided sightseeing as well as time to explore this marvelous city on your own. Discover the Hradcany Castle grounds, wander through Prague’s Jewish Quarter, shop for hand-cut crystal, savor authentic Czech dumplings, stand in the square where protestors demonstrated against Communism, or visit one of the many churches.

Then drive to Nuremberg and set sail for medieval Regensburg, Passau, Vienna, and Budapest, with guided sightseeing in each city. Sail through the fascinating Main Danube Canal and witness the scenic beauty as you cruise past quaint towns. Attend a beer tasting, tour Melk’s splendid Benedictine Abbey, and experience the music, art, culture, and historical sites in romantic Vienna—a memorable vacation!



Day 1 – Arrive in Prague, Czech Republic

Welcome to Prague, capital of the Czech Republic. The city straddles the Vltava River with domes, cupolas, spires and pinnacles highlighting its skyline. The remainder of the day is free to start exploring

Day 2 – Prague

Prague is a 1,000-year-old city preserved in time. See its best-known treasures such as the Old Town’s Astronomical Clock, once the envy of all of Europe; HRADCANY CASTLE GROUNDS, St. Vitus Cathedral, and the Charles Bridge. Browse the shops for hand-cut crystal or art books. Mix with the locals in Wenceslaus Square or stroll along the Vltava River. (Breakfast)

Day 3 – Prague

A free day for you to explore the city at your own pace. Your Cruise Director will have other suggestions for things to do. (Breakfast)

Day 4 – Prague–Nuremberg, Germany (Embarkation)

After lunch, drive to Nuremberg, where your river cruise vessel is docked. Before dinner meet your crew for a welcome reception. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 5 – Nuremberg

Although Nuremberg suffered extensive damage during WWII, much of it was restored to its original style. Marvel at this historic city with its fabulous gothic churches and elegant patrician houses. Nuremberg’s traditions include its famous Lebkuchen, toy making, and metal working. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6 – Regensburg

Regensburg is one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities. Architectural highlights included on your tour are the Old Town Hall and the Porta Pretoria—gates to an ancient Roman fort built in 179 AD. The city is the capital of Upper Palatinate, a bustling university town, and one of Bavaria’s cultural centers. Before dinner we’ll introduce you to some of Germany’s FAMOUS BEERS! (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7 – Passau–Linz, Austria

Passau, ideally located at the confluence of the Rivers Inn, Ilz, and Danube, is a city of graceful arcades and cobblestone streets. St. Stephen’s Cathedral houses the world’s largest church organ with more than 17,000 pipes. An optional full-day excursion to Salzburg takes in the popular Sound of Music sights. Linz, Austria’s third-largest town, lies on both banks of the Danube and is an important industrial town and busy river port. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8 – Melk–Vienna

Melk’s magnificent BENEDICTINE ABBEY dominates the town from its commanding hill site and is one of Europe’s largest monasteries. The view from the terrace over the Danube and surrounding countryside is breathtaking! This evening, arrive in Vienna, known as the “City of Music,” which inspired the creative genius of Mozart, Beethoven, and Strauss. An optional concert is available tonight. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 9 – Vienna

Once the center of the mighty Habsburg Empire, Austria’s capital has much to offer: lavish Hofburg Palace, the impressive Vienna Opera House, the majestic Ring Boulevard, and awe-inspiring St. Stephen’s Cathedral, to name just a few of the sights you will enjoy during your city tour. You do not rush through Vienna—you waltz, taking your time to savor each classic sight and sound. Shop in the Kärntnerstrasse and enjoy Sachertorte or Apfelstrudel in a neighborhood café. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 10 – Budapest, Hungary

Budapest, spanning the banks of the Danube, is Eastern Europe’s liveliest and most cosmopolitan metropolis. Seven bridges, including the famous Chain and Elisabeth Bridges, connect ancient Buda on the right bank with Pest on the left. The massive hilltop castle complex with FISHERMEN’S BASTION and the Matthias Church is among the many sights your Local Guide will show you. Shop for renowned peasant embroidery, Herend porcelain, and paprika. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 11 – Budapest (Disembarkation)

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

History of Apple Vacations

It All Started with An Idea…
One of the nation’s first charter vacation companies, Apple Vacations was founded in 1969. Our founders saw an opportunity to bring passengers to exotic locations at a fraction of the cost that the big airlines were charging. At that time, international travel was considered an expensive luxury. Apple Vacations believed that by providing quality vacations at affordable prices, we would fill an unmet need in the travel industry. To achieve our lowest prices, we assumed the risk, chartered aircraft and guaranteed hotels that we could fill their rooms, Apple Vacations began building the nation’s largest provider of vacations to Mexico, Caribbean and Hawaii. In the late 1970s, the company became one of the first to introduce the concept of “all-inclusive vacations” to the U.S. market. We were also one of the first to introduce three and four night vacations, in response to people’s desire for shorter, more frequent vacations.

In 1997, just after celebrating our one-millionth passenger arrival in Cancun, Apple Vacations saw an opportunity in a relatively young vacation destination known as Punta Cana. With our support and guidance on what the U.S. vacationer wanted, Punta Cana is now one of the hottest vacation spots in the Caribbean. In 2006, we brought passenger one million to Punta Cana, more than any other North American travel company.

And the Vision Continues.
Over the past 42 years under the same management, Apple Vacations has grown into a company of almost 2,000 energetic employees with the same entrepreneurial attitudes as its founders. Headquartered just outside Philadelphia with regional offices in Chicago and Boston, the Apple Vacations family is focused on providing quality vacations with the highest level of service. Apple Vacations carries more leisure travelers to Mexico and the Dominican Republic than any vacation company worldwide, and is one of the nation’s leading vacation companies to the Caribbean, Central America and Hawaii. Additionally, Apple Vacations offers European city stays, escorted tours and river cruises, and ski vacations to popular ski resorts in the US and Canada. With a full range of product including air-only, land-only and complete air/hotel vacations, Apple is an industry leader in selling all-inclusive vacation packages.

Apple Vacations has created the ultimate “beginning-to-end” vacation experience. Apple Representatives meet customers traveling on exclusive vacation value flights at their departure airport. Upon arrival in destination, Apple Vacations Resort Representatives are waiting outside the airport to guide customers to their hotel transfer. Apple Reps host welcome briefings and hold desk hours at most hotels, and are available all vacation long to help ensure the ultimate vacation experience.