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Central Europe: Trans-European Cruise

Budapest to Strasbourg - Example 13 Day Cruise aboard MS Symphonie
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Board the MS Symphonie in Budapest and fall in love with the rich history and traditions of Vienna, Melk, Passau, Frankfurt, Mainz, and Strasbourg. Experience a unique trans-European voyage designed to broadcast the perfect combination of history, tradition, and culture of this magical region. On this 13-day river, cruise adventure sail along the Danube and Rhine rivers, making stops to explore unique small towns, charming villages and vibrant cities. Join a guided tour of Budapest, explore Esztergom's neoclassical basilica and ancient royal palace, cruise through the most beautiful section of the Wachau Valley, cross the Rhine, Main, Danube canal, tour the medieval Nuremberg, and more!
Vienna Opera House, AustriaPassau at sunset, GermanyFrauenkirche church in NurembergHistoric old town StrasbourgHungarian parliament, Budapest
  • Enjoy a traditional evening in Budapest, the beautiful capital of Hungary
  • Sail through the 171-km-long Rhine-Main-Danube canal
  • Discover Regensburg's exceptional culture and medieval art
  • Experience the Benedictine abbey of Melk, a symbol of Austrian baroque
Trip Type:
  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed

Full Itinerary

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Day 1: Budapest, Hungary | Embark

Passengers are welcome to board the ship in Budapest in the evening. After comfortably settling into your cabin, enjoy a welcome cocktail with the crew. After dinner, join an evening of traditional entertainment in Belgrade.

Day 2: Budapest

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today choose from the options of proposed excursions:

CLASSIC: Enjoy a fun guided tour across the enchanting city of Budapest.

**DISCOVERY as a supplement: Budapest by bike. Discover this historic city while pedaling through its most emblematic destinations. 

In the afternoon, enjoy some time on your own exploring Esztergom, the former capital of Hungary. The city is full of treasures such as the Neo-classical basilica and former Royal Palace. Return on board in the evening and leave for Vienna. An evening of onboard entertainment.

Day 3: Budapest | Vienna

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive in Vienna early in the afternoon and visit the Hofburg Palace. You can have an evening on your own tonight or join one of the proposed excursions:

CLASSIC: Enjoy a breathtaking tour of the magical city of Vienna at night, delight yourself with all the heritage and beauty of the city.

**DISCOVERY as a supplement: Come to the lounge and learn to waltz with traditionally costumed dancers.

Day 4: Vienna

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Morning proposed excursions:

CLASSIC: Join a guided tour of the historic Schoenbrunn Palace.

**DISCOVERY as a supplement: Admire the high art of Viennese living their Music and world-famous Viennese cafes.

Return to the ship for lunch. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore this marvelous city at your own pace or join an optional excursion (not included in packages): Horse-drawn carriage ride though Vienna. Return to the ship for dinner.

Optional evening proposed excursions:

CLASSIC: Concert of Viennese music (subject to availability).

**DISCOVERY as a supplement: Leave by coach for Kahlenberg, one of the most popular destinations offering a panoramic view over the entire city of Vienna. The ship departs at midnight.

Day 5: Melk | Passau

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Cruise along the most beautiful section of the Wachau Valley this morning, arriving in Melk in the morning. Then set off on an excursion to Durnstein, the fortified village where Richard the Lionheart was once held prisoner. Return to the ship for lunch. In the afternoon, excursion for both packages: Visit the Melk Abbey. Originally a Baroque-style palace built between 1702 and 1736, it is now a Benedictine monastery that hosts a prestigious coed school with more than 900 students. Return on board and leave for Passau. Tonight's entertainment is provided by the crew.

Day 6: Passau

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, explore Passau in the company of your host/hostess, strolling the narrow romantic streets and admiring is Baroque-style buildings. Then cruise to Regensburg.

Day 7: Regensburg | Hilpostein

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning admire the beauty of Regensburg on a guided tour. The fourth largest town in Bavaria and a major industrial hub for giant firms such as BMW, Siemens, and Triumph, its historic center is seeping with 20 centuries of history. The ship continues on to Kelheim, where you can find it at the end of the morning. Cruise the Rhine–Main–Danube Canal to Hilpostein.

Day 8: Hilpostein | Nuremberg | Bamberg

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive in Nuremberg in the morning and take a guided tour of the city. Nuremberg is Bavaria’s second-largest city and an energetic place where the nightlife is intense and the beer is as dark as coffee. During your tour of the city, the ship sails to Erlangen. 

Day 9: Bamberg | Rothenburg

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend the morning cruising to Schweinfurt. Excursion for both packages: Rothenburg, a magnificent walled town set up high on the hills over the river—its narrow streets lined with picturesque half-timbered houses and workshops. It is one of the most beautiful towns on the historic Romantic Road. During your tour, the ship will sail to Kitzingen. You'll have dinner on board and cruise through the night.

Day 10: Wurtzburg | Wertheim

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Excursion for both packages: Guided tour of Wurtzburg, nestled in a beautiful, hilly location on the river and possessing a wealth of history. Then cruise to Wertheim.

Day 11: Wertheim | Miltenberg | Aschaffenburg

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Explore Miltenberg in the company of your host/hostess and discover this charming, very typical German village. Cruise to Aschaffenburg.

Day 12: Aschaffenburg | Frankfurt | Mainz

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Depart for Frankfurt. Proposed excursions:

CLASSIC: Tour of Frankfurt, the largest financial center in continental Europe.

**DISCOVERY as a supplement: “Mainhattan and the Main Tower"— a panoramic tour of Frankfurt and ascent of the Main Tower.

Return on board and cruise to Mainz. Mainz lies at the confluence of the Rhine and the Main is a perfect blend of past and present. Arrive in the late afternoon when and explore the city in the company of your host/hostess. Tonight is your exiting gala evening onboard.

Day 13: Mainz | Strasbourg, France | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
To help get your blood moving, join the crew in an aerobics class as you cruise to Strasbourg. After passing through two impressive locks on the Rhine, Iffezheim, and Gambsheim, arrive in Strasbourg at early morning and disembark after breakfast. 


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32 double cabins, equipped with TV, telephone (for internal calls only), bathroom with shower and toilet, towels, safe, independent air-conditioning, electricity 220V and Wi-Fi.
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Upper Deck
17 cabins (16 double cabin, and 1 cabin for people with reduced mobility), TV, telephone (for internal calls only), bathroom with shower and toilet, towels, safe, independent air-conditioning, electricity 220V and Wi-Fi.


For the safety of the passengers, the captain and crew of the boat may decide to modify the navigational itinerary.

This offer includes :
-All meals from dinner the D1 to lunch on D13
-drinks including water, wine, beer, fruit juices and coffee served during meals on board, drinks served at the bar (excluding champagne and wines on the wine list)
-Double-occupancy cabin with shower in private bathroom
-Onboard entertainment
-Assistance from our onboard multi-lingual host/hostess
-Classic excursions mentioned in the program except the concert of Viennese music or Grinzing evening
-Welcome cocktail
-Gala dinner and evening
-Travel assistance and repatriation insurance
-All port fees.

This offer does not include :
-Drinks on the wine list, champagne at the bar, drinks served during excursions or transfers
-Cancellation and baggage insurance
-Supplement for the DISCOVERY package**
-Concert of Vienne music or Grinzing evening
-Personal expenses.

valid passport compulsory. Non-EU nationals are advised to consult their embassy or consulate. Please note: Your passport must be valid for six months beyond the last day of your travels.



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