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Framed by rolling hillsides, well-tended vineyards and medieval castles, the Danube has been an inspiration for generations of Europeans. Experience its magic yourself: savor Wachau Valley wine, embrace the elegance and history of Vienna and Budapest, and traverse the legendary passage known as the Iron Gates. Disembark your ship and conclude your journey in Rousse, Bulgaria.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Embark | Nuremberg, Germany
Day 2 : Nuremberg
Day 3 : Regensburg
Day 4 : Passau | Linz, Austria
Day 5 : Melk | Vienna
Day 6 : Vienna
Day 7 : Budapest, Hungary
Day 8 : Budapest
Day 9 : Mohács | Pécs
Day 10 : Vukovar, Croatia | Novi Sad, Serbia
Day 11 : Belgrade
Day 12 : Scenic Cruising Through The Iron Gates
Day 13 : Vidin, Bulgaria
Day 14 : Rousse | Giurgiu, Romania
Day 15 : Giurgiu | Disembark

Highlights

  • Visit Melk's magnificent Benedictine Abbey
  • Hike up to Bratislava Castle, including visits to the Castle Upper Terrace
  • Cruise through the awe-inspiring Iron Gates as the Danube River narrows
  • Tour the ancient capital of Bulgaria, Veliko Turnavo

Ship

MS Amacerto

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Passau at sunset, Germany Column on Hauptplatz in Linz Johann Strauss statue, Vienna Morning view on Bratislava city Panoramic view of Budapest cityscape

Day 1 Embark | Nuremberg, Germany

Board the ship in Nuremberg for your Grand Danube Cruise. 

Day 2 Nuremberg

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy a guided tour through Nuremberg’s beautiful medieval city, showcasing theImperial Castle, famous town wall and the legendary fountain of the Market Square. Or turn the pages of a darkerhistory with a guided tour of the city’s most significant WWII sites, including the Documentation Center NaziParty Rally Grounds. Visit the Nuremberg Trials Memoriam and Courtroom 600, if the courtroom is not in session. Alternatively, savor traditional Franconian specialties including Nuremburger bratwurst, rotbier (red beer)and lebkuchen (gingerbread). En route to Regensburg, cruise through the man-made Main-Danube Canal. 

Day 3 Regensburg

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Explore one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities, Regensburg, on a guidedwalking tour showcasing the city’s architectural highlights, including the Old Town Hall and the Porta Praetoria. Alternatively, sample Bavarian specialties—beer, sausage and pretzels, or join a bike tour to Walhalla where you will see the neoclassical white marble temple inspired by the Parthenon in Athens.

Day 4 Passau | Linz, Austria

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy a walking tour along Passau’s cobblestone streets admiring the Gothic and Italian Baroque architecture and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. If you’re looking for a more active morning, choose between a guided bike tour along the Danube, or a guided hike up to the Veste Oberhaus Fortress. Later in the day, set sail for Linz. 

Day 5 Melk | Vienna

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Cruise to Melk, known for itsmagnificent Benedictine Abbey, a UNESCO WorldHeritage Site. Alternatively, join a guided bike tour thattakes you through the UNESCO-designated Wachau Valley;or go on a walking tour along Dürnstein’s cobblestonestreets to the famed Baroque church tower, Stiftskirche.Later in the day, set sail through the vineyard-richWachau Valley. 

Day 6 Vienna

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The “City of Waltzes” is a treasuretrove and your city tour showcases its regal splendors,including the majestic Opera House and the formerImperial Palace of the Habsburgs. Conclude your tourin the UNESCO-designated historic city center and visitSt. Stephen’s Cathedral. For a more active exploration,take a guided bike ride to Klosterneuburg Monastery.During the afternoon, enjoy leisure time exploring thisiconic city even more.

Day 7 Budapest, Hungary

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
You cannot help but fall in love with Budapest, known as the “Queen of the Danube.” Your city tour begins with a visit to the Great Market Hall. The remainder of this tour takes you to both the Buda (hilly) and the Pest (flat) sides of the river. Alternatively, hike up to Castle Hill for breathtaking views of the city. Cap the day off with an illumination cruise. 

Day 8 Budapest

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Tradition will be on full display in Puszta, the Great Hungarian Plain. Tour a genuine Hungarian csárda (farm) run by world-champion carriage-drivers. Afterwards, be treated to an unforgettable performance of horsemanship and then experience the Hungarians’ warm hospitality, along with a traditional lunch complete with authentic goulash. 

Day 9 Mohács | Pécs

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy a scenic morning cruise to Mohács and then visit Pécs, founded more than2,000 years ago by the Romans. Visit the UNESCO designated Christian Necropolis; St. Peter’s Basilica, the city’s main Catholic cathedral along with its catacombs; and Széchenyi Square, the heart of Old Town Pécs. You can also see the Mosque of Pasha Qasim the Victorious, one of the symbols of the city. For wine connoisseurs, you’ll want to go instead to the Szekszárd wine region, one of the oldest red-wine-growing areas in Hungary, established more than 2,000 years ago. 

Day 10 Vukovar, Croatia | Novi Sad, Serbia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Vukovar is a Croatian symbol of resistance, which you’ll better understand on your city tour showcasing the Ovčara Memorial and Eltz Palace. Alternatively, choose a wine tasting in Ilok, a center of wine production since Roman times, where you’ll sample its famous Grasevina,Traminac and Frankovka wines. Back on board, cruise to Novi Sad, sometimes called the “Serbian Athens.”Discover Novi Sad on a walking tour to Dunavski Park and through Stari Grad, the Old Town center. If you prefer a more active exploration, join a guided biking or hiking tour. During the evening, visit Petrovaradin Fortress. 

Day 11 Belgrade

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Explore Serbia’s capital, Belgrade, on a city tour that includes the Kalemegdan Fortressand the Serbian Orthodox Temple of St. Sava. Later, choose from three intriguing excursions. Visit the RoyalPalace, the official residence of the Serbian Royal Family; and then tour the House of Flowers, the mausoleumof Marshal Tito, who became the first President of Yugoslavia. Or enjoy a taste of the region by samplingSerbian plum brandy, Šlivovitz, and delicious local delights at the Quburich Distillery. For those wishing amore active adventure, join a guided bike tour. 

Day 12 Scenic Cruising Through The Iron Gates

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The Iron Gates is one of Europe’s most awe-inspiring natural wonders. The Danube narrows as it winds through a series of magnificent gorges between the Carpathian and Balkan mountains. 

Day 13 Vidin, Bulgaria

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Explore Vidin, one of Bulgaria’s oldest cities, and surrounding areas with a choice of excursions. Discover Baba Vida Fortress, the largest preserved medieval castle in Bulgaria. Continue on toBelogradchik, one of Bulgaria’s natural wonders, where you can hike around its most spectacular rock formations.Alternatively, visit a local home for a demonstration of traditional Bulgarian yogurt and Banitsa, a pastry youwill also get to make. You also have the choice to bike through Vidin and to the castle. 

Day 14 Rousse | Giurgiu, Romania

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit Bulgaria’s ancient capital, Veliko Tarnovo, with its medieval fortress and multiple orthodox temples. You can opt instead to go to Rousse, known for its 19th- and 20th-centuryNeo-Baroque and Neo-Rococo architecture, and then afterwards visit the UNESCO-designated Rock-HewnChurches of Ivanovo with frescos revealing exceptional artistry of 14th-century paintings. 

Day 15 Giurgiu | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark the ship and bid farewell to Giurgiu as you prepare for your flight home. 

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Included Features:
- 14 nights luxury accommodation in an outside stateroom (most with twin balconies)
- Computer for internet access
- Entertainment-On-Demand in all staterooms featuring free high-speed internet access, movies, a music library and English language TV stations
- Mini-fridge, desk and sitting area
- Bottled water replenished daily
- Wellness Program with a dedicated Wellness Host leading various exercise classes as well as discussions on healthy eating and relaxation techniques, both on board and on shore.
- Personalized service from a highly trained Cruise Manager during both cruise and land programs
- Internet and Wi-Fi access
- Sun deck pool with swim-up bar and walking track
- Fitness room, massage services and hair salon
- Main Lounge with panoramic views and bar
- Daily entertainment including cultural performances
- All onboard dining in a variety of venues
- Regionally inspired cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients
- The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant
- Welcome Cocktail, Welcome Dinner, La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Dinner, Captain's Cocktail and Gala Dinner
- La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs exclusive dining experience
- Unlimited fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
- Unlimited sparkling wine and fresh juice with breakfast
- Sip & Sail Cocktail Hour with complimentary wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks
- Tapas, sandwiches, snacks and refreshments served daily in the Main Lounge
- Immersive tours in every destination
- Gentle, regular, active and late-riser tour options
- Bike tours and hikes
- Special Interest Tours
- Knowledgeable guides
- Personal headset for easy exploration
- Airport transfers with purchase of air from the expedition company
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