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Length:  8 days from Budapest to Nuremberg

Overview

The delightful Danube sets the stage for this incredible journey as you sail through beautiful scenery and quaint towns. Board your vessel in Budapest and sail westward, with guided sightseeing in magical Vienna, Passau, and medieval Regensburg. Also take a guided walk in the charming town of Dürnstein and see the baroque Stiftskirche, and visit the awe-inspiring Benedictine Abbey in Melk. Enjoy wine tasting in Melk and beer tasting in fascinating Regensburg. Disembark in Nuremberg for the conclusion of this marvelous vacation!

Duration:  8 Days



Ships Serving this Tour:   Artistry II    Expression    Illumination    Impression    Luminary    Panorama    Passion    Visionary    Vista      

Start Date End Date
04 April, 2017 11 April, 2017
11 April, 2017 18 April, 2017
25 April, 2017 02 May, 2017
03 May, 2017 10 May, 2017
09 May, 2017 16 May, 2017
16 May, 2017 23 May, 2017
23 May, 2017 30 May, 2017
26 May, 2017 02 June, 2017
30 May, 2017 06 June, 2017
03 June, 2017 10 June, 2017
06 June, 2017 13 June, 2017
20 June, 2017 27 June, 2017
23 June, 2017 30 June, 2017
27 June, 2017 04 July, 2017
07 July, 2017 14 July, 2017
11 July, 2017 18 July, 2017
18 July, 2017 25 July, 2017
21 July, 2017 28 July, 2017
30 July, 2017 06 August, 2017
01 August, 2017 08 August, 2017
04 August, 2017 11 August, 2017
15 August, 2017 22 August, 2017
22 August, 2017 29 August, 2017
27 August, 2017 03 September, 2017
29 August, 2017 05 September, 2017
01 September, 2017 08 September, 2017
05 September, 2017 12 September, 2017
12 September, 2017 19 September, 2017
19 September, 2017 26 September, 2017
26 September, 2017 03 October, 2017
29 September, 2017 06 October, 2017
10 October, 2017 17 October, 2017
13 October, 2017 20 October, 2017
17 October, 2017 24 October, 2017
27 October, 2017 03 November, 2017
31 October, 2017 07 November, 2017
29 November, 2017 06 December, 2017
13 December, 2017 20 December, 2017





Day 1   Arrive in Budapest, Hungary (Embarkation). Welcome to Budapest, Hungary’s lively capital spanning the banks of the Danube. This afternoon, board your river cruise vessel and meet your crew at a welcome reception. (D)

Day 2   Budapest–Vienna, Austria. Enjoy a day of relaxation on board and marvel at the beautiful scenery on both banks of the Danube. Hungary is on your left as you cruise upriver 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. This evening, arrive in Vienna, Austria’s capital. Known as the “City of Music,” it inspired the creative genius of Mozart, Beethoven, and Strauss. An optional concert is available during your stay. (B,L,D)

Day 3   Vienna. Once the center of the mighty Habsburg Empire, Austria’s magical capital on the blue Danube is a showcase of gilded architecture. This is home to the lavish Hofburg Imperial Palace complex with its Vienna Boys’ Choir and dazzling Lipizzaner stallions; the neo-renaissance Vienna Opera House; and awe-inspiring St. Stephen’s Cathedral—plus, countless other sights your LOCAL GUIDE will show you during an included CITY SIGHTSEEING TOUR. Stroll through the delightful pedestrian Kärntnerstrasse, and be sure to take a break and enjoy a piece of decadent Sachertorte or Apfelstrudel in one of the classic Viennese coffee houses, historic institutions that helped shape Viennese culture! (B,L,D)

Day 4   Dürnstein–Melk. Dürnstein, known for the magnificent baroque, blue 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. 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. (B,L,D)

Day 5   Passau, Germany. Today, you might wish to choose from a couple of full-day optional excursions: to Salzburg, taking in some of The Sound of Music sights or to medieval Český Krumlov in the Czech Republic, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Alternatively, you may choose to stay on the ship and relax as you cruise to Passau, uniquely located where the Inn, Ilz, and Danube Rivers converge. Passau is a maze of narrow cobblestone streets lined with beautiful patrician houses. St. Stephen’s Cathedral, a masterpiece of Italian baroque architecture, houses one of the world’s largest church organs with 17,774 pipes. Take in the highlights on the included GUIDED WALK. (B,L,D)

Day 6   Regensburg. Dating back to the time of the Celts around 500 BC, Regensburg is one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities. Established during the Holy Roman Empire and the only German city not bombed during WWII, Regensburg has at least 1,300 listed buildings of “historic interest.” Architectural highlights of your GUIDED WALK include the Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall), built in the 13th century, and Porta Pretoria, gates to an ancient Roman fort built in 179 AD. Wander through the city’s lanes and alleys to discover the many mansions with high towers. Wealthy families built these towers to emphasize their status and wealth during the Middle Ages, and many still remain today. Walk across the 12th-century Steinerne Brücke (Stone Bridge), the oldest of its kind in Germany. Grab a beer and enjoy an included SNACK at the 17th-century Historische Wurstküche (Old Sausage Kitchen), one of Germany’s oldest restaurants. Here—where the locals congregate—feel the vibrant atmosphere and take in the remarkable views along the river. After dinner, we’ll introduce you to some of Germany’s FAMOUS BEERS. (B,L,D)

Day 7   Roth–Nuremberg. This morning the choice is yours—join a Local Guide for a RALLY GROUNDS tour in nearby Nuremberg, or a GUIDED SIGHTSEEING of Roth.This delightful Bavarian town, with its half-timbered houses and market square, is also an industrial center for textile manufacturing. Visit the interesting INDUSTRIAL MUSEUM and then in contrast, take pictures of Schloss Ratibor, an ancient hunting lodge, built in 1535, with a most picturesque inner courtyard. (B,L,D)

Day 8   Nuremberg (Disembarkation). Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)






Meals:  
  • Captain’s welcome & farewell receptions with sparkling wine and canapés
  • Welcome dinner
  • Daily Afternoon Tea
  • Daily Night Fare
  • Farewell dinner
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; soft drinks with lunch; and wine, beer, or soft drinks with dinner are included daily on board your vessel
Note: Flights are NOT included with the Tour and unless otherwise stated above transfers are also NOT included.