Indulge your passion for majestic art, architecture, music and history on an all-encompassing journey through four countries along three great rivers—the Danube, Main and Rhine—and to countless UNESCO World Heritage sites.
From exotic Budapest, “Queen of the Danube” to imperial Vienna, “City of Waltzes,” to the sky-high spires of Cologne’s Gothic cathedral—centuries of intriguing history and culture unfold before your eyes. The Melk Abbey’s great library overlooking the Danube, the Würzburg Residence’s soaring ceiling fresco by Tiepolo, and the Winter Palace of Prince Eugene will leave you mesmerized. Step back in time to villages out of the pages of fairytales—Miltenberg, Nuremberg, Bamberg and Heidelberg. Tantalize your senses with exclusive wine, apricot brandy and beer tastings, along with the regional culinary delicacies throughout your journey. Experience it all on a magnificent, all-inclusive Rhine River cruise showcasing Europe’s greatest treasures and off-the-beaten-path gems.
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Day 1 – Budapest (embark)
Arrive at Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport, where you will be transferred to the ship.
Day 2 – BudapestFEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Budapest city tour OR exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Budapest walking tour OR exclusive guided “Go Active” Budapest by bike
Choose a panoramic tour of Budapest, a walking tour that features a popular market and public garden, or to see the sights by bicycle with an expert guide. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.
Day 3 – Cruising the Danube River
Enjoy a leisurely day onboard with scenic cruising through Hungary, Slovakia and Austria.
Day 4 – ViennaFEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Vienna city tour with Winter Palace of Prince Eugene visit OR exclusive “Vienna, City of Arts” tour
Explore Vienna’s rich history with a city tour that ventures inside a magnificent palace, or see the Gustav Klimt art 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
After scenic cruising through the Wachau Valley, take a village stroll, taste apricot-infused delicacies and hike to a vineyard wine tasting. Or, opt for an excursion to Melk’s ninth-century abbey.
Day 6 – Engelhartszell, cruising the Danube River, PassauFEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Passau walking discovery tour OR exclusive guided “Go Active” bike ride along the Danube River
The accessible city of Passau has a charming Old Town to explore on a guided walk, or you can choose to take a guided bike ride along the Danube.
Day 8 – Cruising the Main-Danube Canal, NurembergFEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Nuremberg city tour OR Nuremberg WWII historical tour with Documentation Center visit
Cruise through the Main-Danube Canal to Nuremberg, where you can take either a city tour or a tour focusing on significant WWII sites.
Note: Courtroom 600 is an active court. Visitors will only be permitted to see the courtroom during trial breaks.
Day 9 – Bamberg, cruising the Main RiverFEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Bamberg walking discovery tour OR exclusive Franconian “Village Day” farm and village visit
Explore Bamberg—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—or experience farm life in the German countryside.
Day 10 – WürzburgFEATURED EXCURSION: Würzburg Residenz visit
Visit the exquisite Würzburg Residenz, a treasure trove of baroque art and architecture.
Day 11 – Miltenberg (Wertheim)FEATURED EXCURSION: Wertheim walking discovery tour with exclusive Franconian pretzel-making demonstration and wine tasting at a private wine estate
After a stroll through Wertheim’s historic center, head to a boutique wine estate for a private wine tasting and pretzel-making demonstration.
Day 12 – Frankfurt (Heidelberg or Frankfurt)FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of full-day Heidelberg visit OR exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Frankfurt walking tour
Discover the university town of Heidelberg and its romantic castle ruins, or see Frankfurt on foot with a local expert.
Note: Lunch is not included with the full-day Heidelberg tour.
Day 13 – Rüdesheim, cruising the romantic Rhine RiverFEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of gondola ride to the Niederwald Monument OR Siegfried’s Museum of Mechanical Musical Instruments
Take a cable car ride over Rheingau vineyards or experience a unique collection of self-playing musical instruments. Later, cruise the Upper Middle Rhine, famous for its castles and dramatic scenery.
Day 14 – CologneFEATURED EXCURSION: Cologne walking discovery tour with Cologne Cathedral visit
Make your way through Cologne’s Old Town to the city’s UNESCO-designated Gothic cathedral. In the evening, enjoy a 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 (disembark), transfer to the airportDisembark the ship and transfer to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport for your flight home, or extend your stay in Amsterdam.