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Length:  8 days from Budapest to Nuremberg


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
22 April, 2016 29 April, 2016
06 May, 2016 13 May, 2016
07 May, 2016 14 May, 2016
20 May, 2016 27 May, 2016
24 May, 2016 31 May, 2016
03 June, 2016 10 June, 2016
09 June, 2016 16 June, 2016
10 June, 2016 17 June, 2016
14 June, 2016 21 June, 2016
17 June, 2016 24 June, 2016
28 June, 2016 05 July, 2016
30 June, 2016 07 July, 2016
05 July, 2016 12 July, 2016
07 July, 2016 14 July, 2016
12 July, 2016 19 July, 2016
21 July, 2016 28 July, 2016
22 July, 2016 29 July, 2016
26 July, 2016 02 August, 2016
05 August, 2016 12 August, 2016
16 August, 2016 23 August, 2016
18 August, 2016 25 August, 2016
26 August, 2016 02 September, 2016
06 September, 2016 13 September, 2016
16 September, 2016 23 September, 2016
20 September, 2016 27 September, 2016
27 September, 2016 04 October, 2016
01 October, 2016 08 October, 2016
11 October, 2016 18 October, 2016
13 October, 2016 20 October, 2016
15 October, 2016 22 October, 2016
24 October, 2016 31 October, 2016
25 October, 2016 01 November, 2016
29 October, 2016 05 November, 2016
04 November, 2016 11 November, 2016
07 November, 2016 14 November, 2016
11 November, 2016 18 November, 2016

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)

  • 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.