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Budapest to Strasbourg - Example 13 Day Cruise aboard MS Gérard Schmitter
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Board the MS Gérard Schmitter 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!

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Budapest, Hungary | Embark
Day 2 : Budapest
Day 3 : Budapest | Vienna
Day 4 : Vienna
Day 5 : Melk | Passau
Day 6 : Passau
Day 7 : Regensburg | Hilpostein
Day 8 : Hilpostein | Nuremberg | Bamberg
Day 9 : Bamberg | Rothenburg
Day 10 : Wurtzburg | Wertheim
Day 11 : Wertheim | Miltenberg | Aschaffenburg
Day 12 : Aschaffenburg | Frankfurt | Mainz
Day 13 : Mainz | Strasbourg, France | Disembark

Highlights

  • 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

Ship

MS Gérard Schmitter

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Vienna Opera House, Austria Hungarian parliament, Budapest Passau at sunset, Germany Frauenkirche church in Nuremberg Historic old town Strasbourg
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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.

*Passengers will choose either the Classic or Discovery package to participate in for the duration of the voyage.
 

Day 2 Budapest

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today's excursions are:

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

Discovery: 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. Today's excursions are:

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: Come to the lounge and learn to waltz with traditionally costumed dancers.

 

Day 4 Vienna

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning's excursions are:
Classic: Guided tour of the Schoenbrunn Palace, the summer residence of the Imperial family, followed by a panoramic tour of Vienna.
Discovery: The high art of Viennese living, music and Viennese cafes. We'll stroll through the city and visit backstage in the Konzerthaus concert hall(1). After our tour, enjoy a steaming cup of Vienna Coffee and a delicious pastry.

Enjoy a free afternoon to explore this marvelous city at your own pace or take part in our optional excursion: Horse-drawn carriage ride through the old town and the famous Ring road in Vienna.

This evening, join an optional excursion (not included in packages): Concert of Viennese music (subject to availability.)
 

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 has 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. Today's excursions are:

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

Discovery: “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 in the early morning and disembark after breakfast. 
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MS Gérard Schmitter

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$4,013
Cabins aboard the MS Gérard Schmitter
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Main Deck
25 cabins (18 twins, 7 cabins with a double bed) equipped with shower and toilet, hairdryer, satellite TV, radio, safe.
Cabins aboard the MS Gérard Schmitter
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Middle Deck
21 cabins (16 twins, 4 cabins with a double bed, 1 cabin equipped of disabled with double bed). All cabins are equipped with shower and toilet, hairdryer, satellite TV, radio, safe.
Cabins aboard the MS Gérard Schmitter
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Upper Deck
41 cabins (39 twins, 2 cabins with a double bed) equipped with shower and toilet, hairdryer, satellite TV, radio, safe.

Notes

20% discount on children between 2-10 years
30% discount for 3rd person in triple cabin

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
-Excursions for the Classic or Discovery package. Passengers will need to choose one package to participate in for the duration of the voyage.
-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
-Concert of Vienne music or Grinzing evening
-Transfers
-Personal expenses.

Formalities
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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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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