DANUBE RIVER EDUCRUISE WITH OBERAMMERGAU PASSION PLAY 2020
CREDIT UNION DEVELOPMENT FORUM
August 6 - August 17th, 2020
Budapest, Hungary to Munich, Germany
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Board this Credit Union EduCruise to attend one of the most unique educational programs you have ever experienced! Board this CU EduCruise to develop your leadership strengths, examine new growth models, and prepare for those seen and unseen forces that may impact your credit union’s future survival and thrival.
Meet together with fellow Credit Union Directors, Committee Members & Senior Management as you sail through Central Europe’s splendid capitals and charming towns in Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, and Germany on your Credit Union Danube River EduCruise. You’ll also be our guest in the Bavarian village of Oberammergau for the once-a-decade performance season of the world-renowned PASSION PLAY, which only occurs once every 10 years!.
Your Danube River cruise/conference begins in beautiful Budapest, Hungary to enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of Heroes’ Square and the
iconic sites of the “Pearl of the Danube.” Next, set sail for the Slovakian capital of Bratislava to see the Old Town and the gothic St. Martin’s Cathedral. You’ll cruise to Vienna, Austria to see the Habsburg Imperial Palace and Vienna Opera House. Later savor the spectacular views of the Wachau Valley through Austria’s picturesque wine country. Enjoy a local wine tasting, join a hike to Dürnstein’s castle ruins, and visit Melk’s stunning Benedictine Abbey.
Your Danube River EduCruise continues to Linz, where you will see Austria’s largest medieval square—the Hauptplatz, and the 1723 Trinity Column. Enjoy a guided city walk through the cobblestone streets of Passau, Germany and the magnificent St. Stephen’s Cathedral.
As the cruise portion of your Danube EduCruise concludes, you’ll begin an exciting guided tour of Austria and Germany, including Bavaria’s Neuschwanstein Castle, and Innsbruck’s St. James and Hofkirche Cathedrals. This guided vacation through Germany is highlighted by your visit to the idyllic Bavarian village of Oberammergau for the Passion Play. Performed only once a decade, the PASSION PLAY is a stunning theatrical event with a history dating back to 1634. Enjoy preferred seating and accommodations in Oberammergau for the PASSION PLAY. Then on to Munich for guided sightseeing, including Nymphenburg Palace, the Marienplatz, and gothic Frauenkirche. Sample Munich’s Biergärtens and cafés, and see the famous Glockenspiel.
The perfect blend of education, networking, adventure, relaxation, and inspiration—your Credit Union Danube River EduCruise, with the once-a decade performance of Oberammergau’s Passion Play—is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience, not to be missed!
*REGISTER ONLINE HERE TO SECURE YOUR CABIN AND BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CRUISE DISCOUNT! MUST MAKE INITIAL CABIN DEPOSIT IMMEDIATELY!
This CU EduCruise is packed with powerful topics and information, focused around these key strategic areas of concentration:
* What’s Ahead for Credit Unions —challenges and opportunities impacting credit unions
*Story Telling - the sharing of credit union success stories, and best practices
*The 3 Rx’s - recruiting, retaining & reenergizing your board
*Growth in a Digital Age – the costs and rewards of technology
*Strategic Issues for Credit Union Leaders – a discussion of problems, concerns and opportunities for your credit union
*The Leadership Challenge - finding & keeping the next generation of Volunteers and Staff
*What Credit Union Members and Potential Members Really Want—consumer trends and changing preferences
*Why Some Credit Unions Succeed, While Others Fail ... planning your success strategies
All Sessions are very interactive. Questions, discussion, and exchange of ideas are highly encouraged. Plenty of networking opportunities throughout this educational journey
Benefits To You & Your Credit Union:
• Receive Free Consultation with our on-board industry leader
• Participate in several networking opportunities
• Review new leadership concepts that can make a difference
• Discover how an effective Board/Management Team equals future success
• Learn from others about their Credit Union's leadership success strategies
• Discover how your credit union can thrive in times of change
• Create a strategic game-plan for future survival
• Find solutions to problems your CU is facing today
• Share with other CU volunteers and management staff
Speaker for the Course
Tony Robinson is President & Founder of Credit Union EduCruises, a credit union conference/cruise and training organization located in Birmingham, Alabama.
Tony has presented credit union educational sessions in numerous states across America, and also in 17 countries around the world. His sessions include such topics as Credit Union Leadership, Board/CEO Communication, Creating World Class Member Service, Understanding Why Some Credit Unions Fail, Credit Union Board/Management Succession Planning, and much more. Tony is known for his fast-paced, creative and fun presentation style!
Before founding Credit Union EduCruises, Tony had leadership positions with the CUNA Mutual Group, Tennessee Credit Union League, EPL Software & Data Processing, and two large credit unions. He was also the Founder of Masterful Events, Inc., a credit union training and consulting company.
Tony has a BS Degree in Business from the University of South Alabama. He is also a graduate of the Southeast CUNA Management School and the CUNA Graduate Management School.
About the Ship
Avalon ships were built with your comfort and pleasure in mind. Wherever you find yourself on the ship, elegant, contemporary spaces provide plenty of seating and cozy spots to relax. Meticulous millwork, hand-applied finishes, contemporary décor, and designer lighting surround you, providing a place you’ll enjoy just relaxing and immersing yourself in the wonders of your river cruise adventure.
Avalon Waterways has mastered the art of blending luxury with comfort, and now – blurring the line between outside and in. Not only are our Panorama SuitesSM on our Suite Ships® 30% larger than the industry standard staterooms, our wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling windows open wider than any other, creating river cruising’s only Open-Air BalconySM and an open invitation to discover and dream. And speaking of dreaming in our Panorama SuitesSM we’ve turned our beds to face the window, giving you a bed with a view for the sweetest visions ever. Even if you’re a seasoned traveler, you’ve never seen Europe like this.
We designed the industry’s first Open-Air BalconiesSM. These wall-to-wall windows – in every Panorama Suite – open 7-feet wide and invite the outside to come in. And unlike traditional balconies, you can enjoy them year-round – at any time of the day, in any weather condition.
From morning breakfast to elegant dinners, Avalon frees your taste buds from the ordinary. Using the freshest local ingredients, our talented chefs prepare mouthwatering recipes from the region through which you’re traveling and present them in a variety of inspiring settings. Our FlexDiningSM approach to onboard dining dispenses with strict seating times and limited restaurant options. Choose the onboard dining venue that suits your mood – from a breezy al fresco lunch at the Sky Grill to an elegant four-course dinner in the glass-walled dining room. For a less formal “sit-down” atmosphere, take a more casual approach to fine dining while mingling over several satisfying selections in our Panorama Bistro. Whichever table setting you choose, you’ll savor local flavors and the familiar favorites you may crave—as well as our Avalon Fresh® menu options—throughout your vacation. On an Avalon cruise, every meal is part of the journey.
Every lunch and dinner on board includes free-flowing regional wines as well as complimentary beer and soft drinks. In Europe, complimentary sparkling wine is also served with breakfast. There is a full service bar that offers a wide variety of spirits most of the day and well into the night.
Enjoy a wide array of music and song from local entertainers brought aboard the ship several evenings. Dance away the night while enjoying your favorite tune played by our onboard musician.
The complimentary Small Group Shore Excursions will take you to the heart of your destination, visiting its most famous landmarks as well as its hidden gems. You’ll find an intensive and immersive introduction to the culture and heritage of the region you are visiting. With Avalon Waterways, there is no waiting in line to visit famous landmarks, no getting lost as your bus drops you off within walking distance from your tour, and no language barrier as all Avalon Waterways guides and crew members speak English.
|DAY||PORT/CITY||ABOUT EACH PORT|
|Day 1: Thurs., Aug. 6, 2020||EMBARKATION – ARRIVE IN BUDAPEST, HUNGARY||Welcome to Budapest, Hungary’s lively capital. This afternoon, board your river cruise vessel and meet your crew at an evening welcome reception. NOTE: Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.|
|Day 2: Fri., Aug. 7, 2020||BUDAPEST||Spanning the banks of the Danube, Budapest is one of Eastern Europe’s liveliest cities. Whether you’re seeing the sights, shopping for handcrafted embroidery or Herend porcelain, or basking in the coffee house culture over a rich cream cake in the renowned Gerbeaud Café, Budapest’s unique energy is positively palatable. Heroes’ Square is one of the many sights you will see on your GUIDED TOUR of the city. Be sure to take note of the city’s eight bridges—many famous sights in and of themselves—which connect ancient Buda on the right bank with Pest on the left. You may even want to walk across Chain Bridge, built in 1849 and a symbol of Budapest. During your free time this afternoon, perhaps visit St. Stephen’s Basilica, with marvelous views of the city from its viewing platform, or stroll along Váci utca, the main shopping street.
|Day 3: Sat., Aug. 8, 2020||BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA||This morning, enjoy the beautiful scenery on both banks of the Danube. As you cruise upriver, Hungary is on your left and Slovakia is on your right. The two countries share the Danube for a 58-mile stretch, with the border in the middle of the river. At the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains is Bratislava, the dynamic capital of Slovakia, which you reach in mid-morning. Join a LOCAL GUIDE to explore its fascinating Old Town, where winding cobblestone streets and narrow alleyways twist and turn to reveal the Town Hall, one of the oldest stone buildings in the city; and gothic ST. MARTIN’S CATHEDRAL, coronation church for the Kingdom of Hungary from the 16th to 19th centuries.|
|Day 4: Sun., Aug. 9, 2020||VIENNA||Known as the “City of Music,” Vienna inspired the creative genius of Mozart, Beethoven, and Strauss. Once the center of the mighty Habsburg Empire, Austria’s magical capital on the blue Danube is a showcase of gilded architecture. Join us for a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Vienna, including the Kuntskammer’s remarkable collection of more than 2,100 valuable objects, which were collected through the centuries by the emperors and archdukes of Habsburg. An optional concert is available tonight.|
|Day 5: Mon., Aug. 10, 2020||DÜRNSTEIN–MELK||Dürnstein, known for the magnificent baroque, Stiftskirche built in the 1700s, is right in the heart of the Wachau wine region. The main street of this small town—with a population of less than 1,000 people—is lined with 16th-century homes and charming cobblestone streets. This morning your Local Guide will take you on an included WALKING TOUR and tell you the tale of England’s King Richard the Lionheart, who was imprisoned in the castle whose ruins still stand above the town. Alternatively, you may choose to join a guided hike up to the castle ruins to take in the spectacular view of the village, Danube, and the Wachau Valley below. During lunchtime, sail the picturesque Wachau Valley and arrive in Melk in the early afternoon. Here, enjoy a GUIDED VISIT of the magnificent 11th-century BENEDICTINE ABBEY, one of Europe’s largest monasteries. The abbey houses an ornate library with over 80,000 printed books and 2,000 manuscripts. You’ll be captivated by the splendor of the church with its frescoed ceilings, stunning high altar, marble statues, and 210-foot-high cupola. The view from the terrace over the Danube and surrounding countryside is breathtaking! This evening, sample some of the Wachau Valley’s FAMOUS WINES.|
|Day 6: Tues., Aug. 11, 2020||LINZ||This morning, arrive in Linz, Austria’s third-largest city and enjoy a guided walk which shows you the highlights., Linz is an important river port where culture plays a significant role in everyday life. Composer Anton Bruckner lived here, and Mozart’s Linzer Symphony was composed in the city. See the 13th-century Hauptplatz, Austria’s largest medieval square, and the Trinity Column, built in 1723 as thanks for the city escaping the ravages of the plague, war, and fire. This afternoon there is free time to explore on your own. Perhaps wander around the old castle grounds and take in the beautiful views of the river, or visit the neo-gothic New Cathedral, Austria’s largest church, with capacity for 20,000 visitors. Alternatively, you might choose to join a full-day optional excursion to medieval Český Krumlov in the Czech Republic, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; or to Salzburg with its Sound of Music sites.
|Day 7: Wed., Aug. 12, 2020||PASSAU, GERMANY||This morning, arrive in Passau, located at the confluence of the Rivers Inn, Ilz, and Danube. This is a city of graceful arcades and cobblestone streets dominated by St. Stephen’s Cathedral, a masterpiece of Italian baroque architecture. Join a Local Guide for a WALKING TOUR through this charming town, and find out much more about the “City of Three Rivers.”
|Day 8: Tues., Aug. 13, 2020||DEGGENDORF (DISEMBARKATION)–INNSBRUCK, AUSTRIA||This morning bid farewell to your crew after breakfast and take a scenic drive through the Bavarian Alps to Kind Ludwig’s fairytale NEUSCHWANSTEIN CASTLE, high above the village of Hohenschwangau. Continue to Innsbruck, capital of the Austrian region of Tyrol, for a 2-night stay.
|Day 9: Wed., Aug. 14, 2020||INNSBRUCK||Join your local guide for a morning GUIDED SIGHTSEEING of Innsbruck, visit ST. JAMES CATHEDRAL and the HOFKIRCHE. The afternoon is at your leisure to explore Innsbruck on your own, or take an optional excursion to the Swarowski Crystal World in the nearby Wattens. This evening a Tyrolean optional dinner will be on offer.|
|Day 10: Thurs., Aug. 15, 2020||INNSBRUCK–OBERAMMERGAU PASSION PLAY||This morning a motorcoach transfer will take you to Oberammergau for the highlight of the EduCruise: the original PASSION PLAY, which is performed every 10 years by the inhabitants of the village since 1634. Dinner will be served during intermission. (B, D)|
|Day 11: Fri., Aug. 16, 2020||OBERAMMERGAU–MUNICH||This morning, depart for Germany’s lively city – Munich. Although a large city, Munich oﬀers a small-town feel with its pedestrian- and bike-friendly atmosphere. With its historical museums, splendid English Garden, traditional cafés, and delightful shops, Munich oﬀers plenty to see and do. A LOCAL GUIDE will show you the highlights of this fascinating city, including Nymphenburg Palace, summer residence of the Bavarian monarchs; MARIENPLATZ with its Old and New Town Halls; and the gothic Frauenkirche, a prominent landmark for Munich. Then, enjoy time on your own in this vibrant city. Watch the famous Glockenspiel, which recreates a royal wedding from the 16th century; enjoy the pedestrian zone; linger at an outdoor café; or relax alongside the locals at one of the many Biergärten or breweries to sample one of the Bavarian beer specialties. An evening optional dinner is on offer.
|Day 12: Sat., Aug. 5|| (Disembark) MUNICH||Your EduCruise experience ends with breakfast this morning.|
| (NOTE) - Daily Itinerary is subject to change. In the event of water level problems or any problems of a technical nature, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or to alter the program. Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change is necessary, a substitute will be offered.
* MUST MAKE INITIAL CABIN DEPOSIT IMMEDIATELY!
The ships’ groundbreaking feature is our exclusive Suite Staterooms. Wall to Wall Windows is available on most staterooms, and consists of a French Balcony. Relax and enjoy a drink or your morning coffee from your full-size view of the passing landscape from your cabin
In-room furnishings include white-on-white plush down bedding, a cozy sitting area, flat-panel TV, hair dryer, safe, terry bathrobes, slippers, individually controlled air-conditioning, ample closet space and bottled water replenished daily. Your spacious bathroom features a shower with multi-jet shower heads, spa bath and body toiletries and a magnifying mirror.
|CABIN CATEGORY||CABIN RATES||CABIN TYPE|
|Category E Cabin:||$5,697.00 per person, double occupancy||(Small Windows)|
|Category D Cabin:||$5,896.00 per person, double occupancy||(Small Windows)|
|Category B Cabin:||$6,846.00 per person, double occupancy||(French Balcony)|
|Category A Cabin:||$6,896.00 per person, double occupancy||(French Balcony)|
|Category P Cabin:||$6,996.00 per person, double occupancy||(French Balcony)|
|Not Included: Airline imposed baggage fees; airport gratuities to baggage handlers, meals, unless noted; medical services; any other items of a personal nature. A valid passport is required. Travel insurance protection is not included. Ask your travel consultant about our reasonable options.|
Deposit: $400.00 per person at time of booking NON REFUNDABLE
2nd Deposit: $400.00 per person – May 15, 2019
Final payment date: May 1, 2020
Date of Booking to May 15, 2019: – $400.00 per person
May 15, 2019 – May 1,2020: $800.00 per person
May 2 – June 5, 2020: 50% of trip cost
June 6 – July 6, 2020: 75% of trip cost
July 7, 2020 to departure: – No refund
Airline tickets are non-refundable once issued.
(OPTIONAL) Trip Insurance – you must pay the premium with a check.
*REGISTER ONLINE HERE TO SECURE YOUR CABIN AND BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CRUISE DISCOUNT! MUST MAKE INITIAL CABIN DEPOSIT IMMEDIATELY!
What Your Rate Includes:
Above rates include stateroom, complimentary daily escorted land tours, all meals onboard ship, several nights hotel lodging, entrance into the PASSION PLAY, fascinating local entertainment, wine & beer with lunch and dinner, conference registration fee, conference materials, top industry speaker, free consultation time with our on-board industry leader, port charges, government fees and taxes. Rates are based on double occupancy, except when noted. Cabins are subject to availability. Rates do not include airfare, transfers or trip insurance. Will quote price and include in total fee, upon request.
To attend conference and/or to take advantage of these low group rates, all cabin reservations must be booked through “FOX World Travel”, our new 2019 – 2020 designated travel affiliate.
- Deluxe seven-night Avalon river cruise in a river view stateroom on an Avalon Suite Ship from Budapest to Deggendorf, Austria
- Two night hotel stay in Innsbruck, Austria
- One night hotel stay in Oberammergau
- One night hotel stay in Munich
- CU EduCruises Meetings on the River
- Sightseeing Highlights to include:
Budapest: Guided sightseeing, see Heroes’ Square
Bratislava: Guided sightseeing, visit St. Martin’s Cathedral
Vienna: Choice of guided sightseeing or museum visit
Dürnstein–Melk: Choice of guided walk or hike up to the castle ruins in Dürnstein; guided visit of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk; wine tasting
Linz: Guided walk
Passau: Guided walk
Travel from Deggendorf to Innsbruck, with visit to Neuschwanstein Castle
Innsbruck: Guided sightseeing
Oberammergau: Oberammergau, attend the Passion Play
Munich: Travel to Munich; guided sightseeing
- All meals onboard the ship with chef-inspired regional recipes
- Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner are included daily
- Complimentary shipboard gratuities to ship staff
- Shore excursions, hosted by English-speaking local experts, with a choice of Leisurely, Traditional or Essential sightseeing pace options
- Luxuriously appointed river view staterooms with hotel beds, hair dryer, safe and flat-screen TV with satellite for complimentary movie and entertainment options
- Remarkable service from your English-speaking crew and on-board Cruise Director
- Customized, informative travel documents containing all trip details and helpful planning information
Avalon Oberammergau Sailings – Special Conditions:
- Hotel name in Oberammergau will be advised in September 2019. The hotel will be located in the town of Oberammergau
- Final hotels are confirmed 30 days prior to departure
- Avalon ship name is not available at this time and will be confirmed in February, 2019
- Oberammergau ticket category is located in section TC1. Actual seat numbers are not available and cannot be requested
Requirements: A valid passport is required with a validity of at least six months beyond the return date of the trip.