Day 1: Budapest (embark)
Arrive at Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport, where you will be transferred to the ship.
Day 2: Budapest
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Budapest city tour OR exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Budapest walking tour
Savor the beauty of Budapest in one of two ways today: a panoramic tour showcasing Castle Hill and other key highlights, or a walking tour that lets you experience the city from a local's perspective. Tonight, enjoy the Captain's Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.
Day 3: Cruising the Danube River
Enjoy a leisurely day onboard with scenic cruising.
Day 4: Vienna
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Vienna city tour with Winter Palace of Prince Eugene visit OR exclusive “Vienna, City of Arts” tour
Get acquainted with Vienna’s treasure trove of imperial gems on a city tour with a visit to Prince Eugene’s Winter Palace. If you prefer to experience the city’s artistic gems, join an art tour, featuring a Gustav Klimt exhibit at the Belvedere.
Day 5: Cruising the Wachau Valley, Weissenkirchen (Weissenkirchen or Melk)
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Weissenkirchen “Village Day” with exclusive guided “Go Active” vineyard hike with wine tasting OR Melk Abbey with library visit
Cruise through the UNESCO-designated Wachau Valley to Weissenkirchen, where you can sample fine local wine, along with a vineyard hike. Alternatively, you can visit the Melk Abbey and its extraordinary library.
Day 6: Engelhartszell, cruising the Danube River, Passau
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: A “trifecta” of choices to experience Passau—walking discovery tour OR city tour with old town walk OR exclusive guided “Go Active” Bavarian river bike ride
Discover Passau with a variety of choices, either on an intimate walking tour, panoramic city tour or via a “Go Active” choice with a ride along one of the most beautiful stretches of the Danube and into the heart of Passau.
Day 7: Regensburg
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of “2,000 Years in One Hour” Regensburg walking discovery tour OR “From Hops Field to Beer Stein” farm visit OR BMW factory visit OR exclusive guided “Go Active” bird’s-eye view of Regensburg
Discover Germany’s best-preserved medieval city on a walking tour; visit a Bavarian hops farm; or tour the state-of-the-art BMW factory. Note: If the tour lands on a day when the BMW factory is closed, we’ll visit the Audi factory. The Audi production line is closed on weekends, so if your visit is scheduled for a weekend, you’ll see the Audi museum.
Day 8: Cruising the Main-Danube Canal, Nuremberg
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Nuremberg city tour OR WWII historical tour with Documentation Center
Once in Nuremberg, join either a city tour or a tour focusing on significant WWII sites. Note: We are only permitted to see Courtroom 600 during trial breaks.
Day 9: Bamberg, cruising the Main River
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Bamberg walking discovery tour OR exclusive Franconian “Village Day”
City dwellers will wish to discover Bamberg—a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and country dwellers will wish to experience a Franconian village outing.
Day 10: Würzburg (Rothenburg)
FEATURED EXCURSION: Choice of Würzburg Residence visit OR Rothenburg and Weikersheim village & castle tour
Art lovers will want to visit the Würzburg Residence, and fairytale lovers will want to go to Rothenburg and Weikersheim, where you’ll visit a grand palace.
Day 11: Wertheim
FEATURED EXCURSION: Wertheim walking tour with pretzel making and wine tasting at a private wine estate
Stroll through Wertheim’s historic center and enjoy a private wine tasting and pretzel making with a baker.
Day 12 – Frankfurt
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Frankfurt city tour OR exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Frankfurt walking tour
Get an overview of modern-day Frankfurt as well as its charming Old Town, or experience Frankfurt as a local.
Day 13: Rüdesheim, cruising the romantic Rhine River
FEATURED EXCURSION: Choice of gondola ride to the Niederwald Monument
Experience Rüdesheim from above on a cable car ride over Rheingau vineyards. Later, cruise through the UNESCO-designated Upper Middle Rhine.
Day 14: Cologne
FEATURED EXCURSION: Cologne walking discovery tour with Cologne Cathedral visit OR Kölsch beer tasting or Museum Ludwig
You have an array of choices for how you wish to experience Cologne’s many treasures. Those interested in history and architecture will want to stroll with a local expert through Old Town to the city’s iconic UNESCO Gothic Cologne Cathedral. For beer connoisseurs, you’ll wish to visit a brewery to taste the traditional local brew of the city, Kölsch. And for lovers of art, you won’t want to miss one of the most important contemporary museums in Europe, Museum Ludwig. Cap the day off at the Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.
Note: On Sundays and Catholic holidays, guided tours inside the cathedral are not allowed, but individual visits are still welcomed.
Day 15: Amsterdam
Day 16: Amsterdam (disembark), transfer to the airport
Disembark the ship and transfer to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport for your flight home, or extend your stay in Amsterdam.
The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.