Day 1 – Basel (embark)
Arrive at EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg Airport, where you will be transferred to the ship.
Day 2 – StrasbourgFEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Strasbourg by canal OR exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Strasbourg walking tour
Admire picturesque Strasbourg on a canal ride through the city’s historic center, filled with half-timbered houses adorned with colorful flower boxes, or see the sights on foot with a local expert. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.
Day 3 – Cruising the Rhine River, Mannheim (Heidelberg or Nierstein), Nierstein
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Exclusive Nierstein “Village Day” with vineyard tractor ride, Riesling wine tasting and naturalist-led vineyard hike, and Heidelberg tour with castle visit
Spend the day in Nierstein, where white wines have been produced for centuries. Ride a tractor through scenic vineyards, sample Rieslings and learn about the region’s viniculture from an expert naturalist. Then head to Heidelberg, where you'll see the ruins of the Heidelberg Castle courtyard and the city's Old Town.
Day 4 – Cruising the Main River, Miltenberg
FEATURED EXCURSION: Miltenberg walking discovery tour with exclusive “Village Day”
Get a glimpse of village life in Miltenberg with a choice of excursions—meet an artist at her atelier, taste beer at a local brewery, try your hand at lawn bowling or visit a nearby family-owned vineyard. For a more active adventure, take a bike ride along the Main or hike up to the castle ruins.
Day 5 – Cruising the Main River, WürzburgFEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Würzburg Residence visit OR exclusive Franconian “Village Day”
Relax onboard during a scenic cruise. Later, tour the Würzburg Residence—a magnificent example of baroque architecture and a UNESCO World Heritage Site—and see its lovely Court Gardens. Alternatively, meet the friendly residents of a Franconian village and learn more about daily life in the region.
Day 6 – Kitzingen (Rothenburg) cruising the Main RiverFEATURED EXCURSION: Tour of medieval Rothenburg
Go ashore for a guided tour of Rothenburg, a well-preserved medieval town, followed by free time to explore on your own. After dinner onboard, stroll through ancient Würzburg, crossing the old stone bridge over the Main River for a superb view of the city lights.
Day 7 – BambergFEATURED EXCURSION: Bamberg walking discovery tour
Today’s walking discovery tour of Bamberg—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—will take you past the Cathedral of St. Peter and St. George, the 17th-century New Palace and its glorious rose garden and the colorful fishermen’s houses of Little Venice.
Day 8 – Nuremberg
Leisure day in Nuremberg
Shuttles will be available to take you to and from the historic center of Nuremberg. Walk up to the castle grounds, visit the house where Dürer lived and worked, stop at the farmers’ market, browse the city's charming shops, or perhaps borrow one of the ship’s bikes for a spin along the river.
Day 9 – Nuremberg, cruising the Main-Danube CanalFEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Nuremberg city tour OR Nuremberg WWII historical tour with Documentation Center visit
>Head ashore in Nuremberg for a panoramic tour of the city. Or, you can take a guided tour of significant WWII sites, including Courtroom 600, the venue for the historic Nuremberg Trials. Later, cruise the most scenic parts of the Main-Danube Canal, a marvel of modern engineering.
Note: Courtroom 600 is an active court. Visitors will only be permitted to see the courtroom during trial breaks.
Day 10 – RegensburgFEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of “2,000 Years in One Hour” Regensburg walking discovery tour OR Jewish Regensburg walking discovery tour OR BMW factory visit
Regensburg is one of Europe’s best-preserved medieval towns, and your tour provides a concise overview of its 2,000-year history. For a different perspective, explore sites associated with Germany’s oldest Jewish community, dating back more than a thousand years, or tour the state-of-the-art BMW factory.
Note: If the tour lands on a day when the BMW factory is closed, we will visit the Audi factory (weekdays) or the Audi museum (weekends).
Day 11 – Deggendorf (Theresienthal), cruising the Danube River, Passau
FEATURED EXCURSION: Choice of exclusive Bavarian Forest village and Theresienthal glass manufactory visit OR exclusive guided "Go Active" bicycle ride along the Danube River, and Straubing, "A Day in Town"
Ride through the Bavarian Forest in a horse-drawn wagon, stopping to visit a renowned glassmaking workshop. Or, opt to take a guided bike ride along the Danube. Return to the ship and savor the beautiful scenery on the way to Straubing, where you’ll spend the day and have a choice of activities.
Day 12 – Passau, EngelhartszellFEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Passau walking tour OR exclusive guided “Go Active” Bavarian river bicycle ride
Your guided walking discovery tour of Passau is a fine introduction to this charming and well-preserved town, strategically situated at the confluence of three rivers. You will also have free time to roam on your own. Or, cycle along one of the most scenic sections of the Danube’s riverside bike path with an expert guide.
Day 13 – Weissenkirchen (Weissenkirchen or Melk), cruising the Wachau Valley
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Weissenkirchen “Village Day” with exclusive guided “Go Active” vineyard hike with wine tasting OR Melk Abbey with library visit
Enjoy a day full of activities in Weissenkirchen—stroll through the village, sample local delicacies and wines, and hike through a vineyard. Or, visit Melk Abbey, home to the famous library that inspired The Name of the Rose. Later, relax onboard during a scenic cruise through the Wachau Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Day 14 – Vienna
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Vienna city tour with visit to Vienna State Opera OR exclusive “Vienna, City of Arts” tour
See Vienna’s top sights on a panoramic tour, followed by a stroll to the State Opera House for a guided tour. Or, view the Gustav Klimt exhibit at the Belvedere, a remarkable collection that includes his most famous painting—The Kiss.In the evening, enjoy a Captain's Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.
Day 15 – Vienna (disembark), transfer to the airportDisembark the ship and transfer to Vienna International Airport for your flight home, or extend your stay in Vienna.
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Embrace Europe’s old-world heritage on a majestic journey along three rivers.
Travel along three majestic rivers—the legendary Rhine, the meandering Main and the enchanting Danube—and find inspiration at every turn. Encounter some of the prettiest towns in Europe—Strasbourg, Heidelberg and Bamberg—and tour Austria’s imperial capital, Vienna. Taste the Rheingau’s famous Rieslings in the vineyards where the grapes are grown, and ramble the medieval lanes of Regensburg. Explore legendary landmarks, including Melk Abbey and the Würzburg Residence. Tradition, history, art and a host of irresistible flavors are yours to discover on one grand journey.