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Romantic Danube: Budapest to Nuremberg

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Sail to charming cities and villages during this 8-day journey along the Danube River. Visit Budapest’s Castle District and cross the famous Chain Bridge. Explore Göttweig Abbey, one of Austria’s most revered monastic centers, and make dumplings with Wachau Valley apricots. See Europe’s largest pipe organ in Passau, or travel to Salzburg. Celebrate Vienna’s musical heritage at a concert featuring works by Mozart and Strauss. With medieval towns, grand cities and stunning scenery, this journey on the “Blue Danube” is one you are sure to love.

*This itinerary runs departures aboard multiple sister-ships. Contact us for more details.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Budapest, Hungary | Embark
Day 2 : Budapest, Hungary
Day 3 : Vienna, Austria
Day 4 : Krems, Austria
Day 5 : Passau, Germany
Day 6 : Regensburg, Germany
Day 7 : Nuremberg, Germany
Day 8 : Nuremberg, Germany | Disembark

Highlights

  • Visit the National Opera House in Budapest
  • Tour Schönbrunn Palace, erected in 1778 and known as the “Versailles of Vienna”
  • Explore the Old Stone Bridge in Regensburg
  • Discover Nuremberg's medieval castle

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Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Evening lights in beautiful Regensburg Budapest, the capital city of Hungary Explore the quaint streets of Passau Take a quiet moment in Passau A tranquil moment in Nuremberg

Day 1 Budapest, Hungary | Embark

Welcome to Budapest, capital of Hungary. After boarding, the afternoon is yours to relax or do a bit of exploring. Tonight, return to your ship for a traditional Hungarian dinner.

Day 2 Budapest, Hungary

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Your morning begins with a panoramic tour of the Pest side of the city. Journey along Andrássy Avenue and see the 19th- and 20th-century mansions, National Opera House, Parliament Building and Chain Bridge. Stop in Heroes’ Square to learn more about Hungarian history, then cross the Danube to Buda’s Castle District. Visit Matthias Church and enjoy brilliant views of the Danube and the beautiful Hungarian Parliament building from Fishermen’s Bastion. Rejoin your ship in Visegrád for lunch and cruise along the scenic Danube River. Enjoy a midafternoon Viennese coffee workshop, complete with apple strudel.

The Panoramic Budapest excursion is included.

Day 3 Vienna, Austria

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today tour the Austrian capital of Vienna. Ride along the Ringstrasse, which replaced the city walls in the mid-19th century. See some of the city’s baroque architecture, including the world-famous Opera House, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and Hofburg Palace. Return to the ship for lunch. The rest of the day is yours to further explore. As always, the Program Director can help you plan your free time. Or, you may choose to join an optional excursion. Perhaps visit Schönbrunn Palace, erected in 1778 and admired as the “Versailles of Vienna,” or go behind the scenes at the Spanish Riding School to see its famed Lipizzaner stallions. This evening, you might enjoy an optional classical concert or celebrate the bottling of this year’s wine vintage among the locals at a high-spirited optional Heurigen dinner. 

The Panoramic Vienna excursion is included. Optional excursions are available at an additional charge: Jewels of Vienna's Ring, Schonbrunn Palace, Heurigen DInner, Mozart & Strauss Concert, Behind the Scenes at the Lipizzaner Stallions, Historic Framer's Market Visit with Viking Chef, Paddle Through the Danube Wetlands.

Day 4 Krems, Austria

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, disembark in Krems and set off for Göttweig, a working Benedictine abbey that owns many of the vineyards along the Danube. See the splendid ceiling fresco in its imperial stairwell, one of the largest in the world. Visit the abbey church, a masterpiece of baroque architecture. Alternately, you may instead choose to explore your environs by bicycle, enjoying a ride along a riverside bike path considered one of Europe’s most scenic. Afterward, rejoin your ship and cruise leisurely through the captivating Wachau Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Taste some local Austrian specialties during lunch on board, taking in views of attractive towns and castle ruins along the way.

The following optional excursions are available for an additional charge: Gottweig Abbey, Wachau Valley by Bicycle.

Day 5 Passau, Germany

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive this morning in Passau, at the confluence of the Inn, Ilz and Danube Rivers. The guided walk along the town’s narrow streets takes you through Old Town and past traditional patrician houses. See the New Bishop’s Residence and see the impressive baroque St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Enjoy lunch on board your ship, and return to the city for further exploration on your own before departing. Alternately, you may instead journey into the countryside on an optional excursion to a local farm where get the opportunity to join a festive Bavarian party, experiencing traditional German music and food and tasting locally brewed beer. Or, choose a full-day optional excursion to explore glorious Salzburg; visit the Italianate Old Town, see settings from the film The Sound of Music and enjoy lunch at Austria’s oldest restaurant. Cruise through the night.

The Passau Walking Tour & Organ Concert excursion is included. Optional excursions are available for an additional charge: Salzburg Highlights, Bavarian Beerfest, Hike the Passau Hills, Fairy-tale Neuschwanstein Castle by Plane, Flightseeing over Passau, Bavaria by E-Bike.

Day 6 Regensburg, Germany

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, meet the local guide for a walking tour through the scenic town of Regensburg, considered one of Europe’s best preserved medieval cities. See one of the largest groupings of 13th- and 14th-century church spires, towers and patrician houses north of the Alps. You also encounter the 12th-century Old Stone Bridge, St. Peter’s Cathedral and a number of idyllic courtyards. Take time to stroll the streets, shop or visit Germany’s oldest restaurant, the Alte Würstküche. Lunch is served on board your ship.

This afternoon, enjoy scenic cruising along the Danube River, or take an optional excursion to visit Weltenburg Abbey and experience a short cruise through a stunning mountain pass, one of the most breathtakingly scenic bends in the Danube Narrows. Travel by road to Kelheim and board a ferryboat to explore the 400-foot chalk cliffs and dramatic scenery of the Danube Narrows. Visit Weltenburg Abbey*, renowned for the dark ale brewed here by monks since 1050, then rejoin your ship in Kelheim in time for dinner. Alternately, you may choose a full-day optional excursion to see the highlights of the grand city of Munich

The Regensburg Walking Tour excursion is included. Optional excursions are available for an additional charge: Munich Highlights, Weltenburg Abbey & the Danube Narrows, Microbreweries of Bavaria.

* Weltenburg Abbey tour is available from May – October only.

Day 7 Nuremberg, Germany

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
When you awake this morning, your ship will be on the Main–Danube Canal, an engineering marvel that stretches 106 miles from Kelheim on the Danube to Bamberg on the Main River. It began as Charlemagne’s dream in 793 and was completed in 1992 with 16 locks that raise the water level 1,332 feet. Today, it enables river travel from the North Sea to the Black Sea.

Disembark in Roth to take a shuttle directly to Nuremberg and begin exploring; or, stay on board to enjoy cruising this legendary canal and arrive in Nuremberg, Bavaria’s second largest city, around lunchtime. After lunch, take a city tour that features a drive to Zeppelin Field, the former Nazi parade grounds, and Congress Hall. Also drive by the Palace of Justice, the venerable vestige of the Nuremberg Trials. Then visit medieval Nuremberg Castle. Your tour comes to a close with a walk from the imperial palace grounds, past the Albrecht Dürer House and on to the Main Market Square with its elaborate Gothic fountain. Afterward you have some time on your own to explore.

Alternatively, you can join an optional World War II tour. Visit Zeppelin Field on foot, see Congress Hall and spend time at the illuminating Documentation Center Museum. After, visit Courtroom 600 at the Palace of Justice (unless court is in session) before heading to Nuremberg’s medieval Old Town, enclosed within ancient city walls.

The Nuremberg Through History excursion is included. Optional excursions are available for an additional charge: Nuremberg & World War II, Surviving the War: Art in Nuremberg.

Day 8 Nuremberg, Germany | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast aboard the ship, disembark in Nuremberg.

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Notes

*This itinerary runs departures aboard multiple sister-ships. Contact us for more details.

Cruise fares are per person and include the following:
  • One complimentary shore excursion in every port of call
  • Free Wi-Fi (connection speed may vary)
  • Visits to UNESCO Sites
  • Enrichment lectures & Destination Performances
  • Beer, wine & soft drinks with onboard lunch & dinner
  • 24-hour specialty coffees, teas & bottled water
  • Port taxes & fees
Cruise Fares Exclude:
  • ​Airfare
  • Gratuities onboard or on land
  • Travel protection plan, trip cancellation or travel health insurance
  • Optional shore excursions/ tours/concerts, 
  • Excess baggage charges, 
  • Drinks, beverages and meals not included in the package are additional costs to the passenger

*Shore excursions vary by departure and are subject to change.
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