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  • (lead shot of castle on hill from Danube Odyssey page) As you glide along the fabled "Blue Danube," you'll call on baroque masterpieces such as Linz, where Mozart composed his famous Linz Symphony over four days in 1783 ...
  • Danube Odyssey Map or explore the pastoral scenery of Salzburg, where you may happily recall scenes from The Sound of Music ... and be dazzled by the gilded treasures of Vienna's Schönbrunn Palace. Voyage from Germany to Austria and from Slovakia to Hungary, in the most splendid way possible: by river ship!
  • (add slide with shot of Richard?) Welcome, thank you for joining this introduction to Danube Odyssey. I’m your narrator, Richard Harris. I am Vice President of Vantage Product Development and a traveler like you.
  • (another Danube shot) I’d like to show you the highlights of this Deluxe European River Cruise and tell you a bit about what makes traveling with Vantage so unique.
  • Shot of pax on deck (maybe shot of three ladies on River Explorer from last brochure) The simple joy of traveling by river ship is not having to spend time and energy packing and unpacking and checking in and out of hotels. After each fascinating city and charming town you discover, relax and watch history slip past from the deck of your “floating hotel”.
  • (shot of ship in Nuremberg) Your Odyssey begins with a transatlantic flight to Frankfurt where you’ll transfer to Nuremberg—the heart of the German renaissance during the 15 th and 16 th centuries…as well as the focal point during the Nazi Germany era.
  • (shot of ship in Nuremberg) Your Odyssey begins with a transatlantic flight to Frankfurt where you’ll transfer to Nuremberg—the heart of the German renaissance during the 15 th and 16 th centuries…as well as the focal point during the Nazi Germany era.
  • (first interior of ship) In Nuremburg, embark your deluxe river ship and get to know your surroundings as you settle in for your first night onboard!
  • (different suite shot?) Choose from a variety of staterooms, all with river views, some with french balconies, and others with oversized picture windows or large double windows. Add another touch of luxury to your tour with a 225-square foot deluxe suite as we see here, also featuring a french balcony.
  • New Stateroom shot? Regardless which type of stateroom you choose, you’ll have ample opportunity to enjoy one of the most delightful aspects of river cruising—the spectacular views. And you’ll be find plenty of room for your clothes and personal effects in your stateroom’s well-designed closet and drawer space.
  • (shot of Nuremburg Toy Museum or the Albrecht Dürer House) Start off your included tour with a Vantage Cultural Connection: a lecture on the “The Development of a German Town”. After your tour of Nuremburg, enjoy a lunch with local university students. Later, choose either an included visit to the Toy Museum or the Albrecht Dürer House This evening you’re invited to the Captain’s Welcome Party and Dinner to feast and celebrate your river cruise.
  • (Weltenberg—Gorge of Monastery shot? Alamy Stock Image 9290) Set sail for Kelheim, your first port of call and access point for Weltenberg. Today’s Cultural Connection takes you to the Weltenburg Monastery, perched on the very edge of the striking Danube Gorge. You’ll experience this wild, romantic stretch of river the best way: by small excursion boat.
  • (Passau – river/Passau coastline?) Today, explore the winding streets of the old city of Passau during an included walking tour. St. Stephen's Cathedral beckons in the distance as you conveniently dock close to the city center.
  • (interior of cathedral) Inside the cathedral, enjoy the next Vantage Cultural Connection. Enter this beautifully adorned cathedral and listen to an included concert on the world’s largest pipe organ. The organ has 17,388 pipes and 231 registers!
  • (appropriate food shot) Back onboard, each day’s tempting menu offers American and European favorites as well as healthy options. At dinner, you’ll sit down to a multi-course meal, elegantly served and expertly prepared.
  • (fade to close-up of ship interior) And what of those gourmet shipboard meals? The dining room comes alive with a shimmer of real crystal, china, and crisp linens. Meals are served in a single seating, so you’ll never feel rushed. And, there’s no seating plan so you can sit with whomever you like!
  • (staff shot) The warm and friendly dining staff—as well as the rest of the professionally trained crew--strive to make every moment of your cruise a pleasure. Our repeat river cruiser guests tell us the convivial atmosphere and exceptional service on board are the main reasons they keep coming back for more!
  • (Salzburg shot—Old Town? Residenz?) In Salzburg, choose one of two tours: opt for a full-day excursion to gorgeous Salzburg, with its baroque Old Town. Enjoy free time following a walking tour here, and your expert Vantage Program Director will provide you with money for lunch.
  • (Linz shot) Or, take a half-day walking tour of Linz, where the famous Linzer Torte is king of desserts. Sail for Melk this evening.
  • (shot of Abbey of Melk) Melk is home to one of the most splendid Benedictine monasteries in the world, the Abbey of Melk. On your guided tour, explore the two-towered Priory Church, a jewel of Baroque architecture.
  • (Scenic river shot w/pax on deck—Wachau Valley if available) Later, enjoy a scenic cruise through the Wachau Valley The most scenic portions of the river are often featured during vista-filled daylight sailings, like this one. So, relax comfortably on deck but don’t doze off for too long—you might miss the show!
  • (shot of ship interior w/lecturer or Bridge) [Frank, is there a different shot of this? Pax seem to have a different focal point than the actual lecturer ] Time onboard your deluxe River Cruise ship does not pass idly by. Expand your horizons with informative lectures, unwind and meet new friends in the lounge or take a tour of the Bridge or the Galley.
  • (Vienna/Ringstrasse?) Back on land, enjoy a lecture on “Vienna’s Musical Tradition”, an exclusive Vantage Cultural Connection. Then, marvel at the baroque grandeur of Vienna and it’s many beautiful fountains as you follow the Ringstrasse on an included city tour.
  • (Vienna/Ringstrasse?) Back on land, enjoy a lecture on “Vienna’s Musical Tradition”, an exclusive Vantage Cultural Connection. Then, marvel at the baroque grandeur of Vienna and it’s many beautiful fountains as you follow the Ringstrasse on an included city tour.
  • Schonbrunn Palace (to promote this tour option) Choose to explore one of Vienna’s most revered treasures with an included tour of magnificent Schonbrunn Palace and it’s unparalleled gardens. Or…
  • (statue of Mozart or similar…) … opt to delve deeper into the Classical traditions of Austria on an included Musical Vienna tour .
  • (Vienna—Kursalon) Cultural Connection: Tonight you are in for a real treat — a concert at Vienna’s famed Kursalon, where Strauss himself once performed. Next port: Bratislava, in Slovakia.
  • (Bratislava shot--Main Square, Roland Fountain, Old Town Hall, Michael Gate, National Theater, Dom of St. Martin) AMC50C – Alamy Royalty-free Grassakovich Palace in Peace Square in Bratislava Slovak Republic A walking tour of Bratislava’s Old Town takes you to historic Main Square, the Roland Fountain, Old Town Hall, the Michael Gate, the National Theater, and the Dom of St. Martin.
  • (Bratislava shot--Main Square, Roland Fountain, Old Town Hall, Michael Gate, National Theater, Dom of St. Martin) AMC50C – Alamy Royalty-free Grassakovich Palace in Peace Square in Bratislava Slovak Republic A walking tour of Bratislava’s Old Town takes you to historic Main Square, the Roland Fountain, Old Town Hall, the Michael Gate, the National Theater, and the Dom of St. Martin.
  • (shot of pax dining or pax w/captain) Celebrate your journey this evening at a Captain’s Farewell Party and Dinner. But this magnificent adventure is not over yet…Budapest awaits!
  • (Budapest—Fisherman’s Bastion, Chain Bridge, Matthias Church?) On an included tour, discover the city center along the Danube--a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On the Buda side of the river, you’ll visit historic Matthias Church, and storybook Fisherman’s Bastion.
  • (Szentendre—scenic or artist) This afternoon, enjoy an excursion to the picturesque artists’ village of Szentendre. The colorful Baroque buildings, cobblestone streets and narrow alleyways provide a backdrop for your explorations.
  • (Budapest – pax) Disembark your deluxe river ship and transfer to the airport for your flight home.
  • (pax on ship waving? Some other sort of concluding photo…) This comprehensive tour is truly an Odyssey. Trace some of the most important events of the 20 th century in Nuremberg and connect with Germany’s future during lunch with university students. Get a closer look at one of the most dramatic portions of the river during a Danube Gorge cruise. Witness the marriage of spirituality and architectural beauty during a guided tour of Melk Abbey, and explore some of the most significant places in Classical Music history in Vienna. And top it all off with a vista-filled city tour of Budapest, one of four UNESCO World Heritage Sites along your journey.
  • (poignant shot of ship on river at dusk?) The famous waltz, On the Beautiful Blue Danube, by Austrian composer Johann Strauss provides a fitting farewell to this enchanting river cruise as this world renown piece is used widely today as a lullaby. Let this delightful waterway lull you to sleep each night on Vantage’s Danube Odyssey.
  • (Prague for extension) On our tours you are afforded plenty of flexibility to customize your travel experience. For instance, add a dose of additional comfort to your flight by taking advantage of affordable Business Class upgrades. Or, choose a trip extension before and/or after your River Cruise. Extend your vacation before Danube Odyssey and you’ll discover cosmopolitan Czech capitol of Prague for 4 nights.
  • (Prague) On your included half-day tour, you’ll walk Prague’s Old Town and the Jewish Quarter, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll see the Old Town Hall’s famous astronomical Clock, the Powder Tower, Charles Bridge, and visit the Old Jewish Cemetery. And you’ll unwind each night at the centrally located Superior First-Class Hilton Old Town Prague .
  • (Budapest extension) Extend your vacation after Danube Odyssey and you’ll have more time to encounter the vibrant cultural traditions of Budapest during a 3-night stay.
  • (Budapest) You’ll take an included tour of Budapest’s elegant Opera House, then enjoy cake at Gundel restaurant. The rest of your time is free for independent exploration or to choose from a variety of Vantage optional tours. Cap off each day with a restful evening at the Deluxe Corinthia Grand Royal Hotel.
  • (picturesque shot of pax strolling in Nuremburg or Passau) Again, my name is Richard Harris and on behalf of the staff of Vantage Deluxe World Travel I invite you to discover the “ Beautiful Blue Danube” with us.
  • (final ship shot – no copy)
  • The simple joy of traveling by river ship is not having to spend time and energy packing and unpacking and checking in and out of hotels. After each historic city and charming town you discover, relax and watch history slip past from the deck of your “floating hotel”.
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