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From the rich history of Germany to the unique culture of Hungary, this Danube river cruise takes you to three countries, and the scenic beauty as you cruise past quaint towns can be experienced right from your stateroom or atop the sky deck of your ship. In Nuremberg, Germany, board your river cruise vessel docked on the Main Danube Canal and visit this thousand-year-old city with a Local Guide. Next, reach Regensburg, the only German city not bombed during WWII. Lovers of architecture will enjoy the many listed buildings of historic interest, and Porta Pretoria, gates to an ancient Roman fort built in 179 AD. Here you’ll taste local sausages at one of Germany’s oldest restaurants and your European river cruise vacation ends in Budapest, the capital of Hungary.
Visit historic NurembergGolden sunset lights the famous Fisherman's Bastion in BudapestMorning light in BudapestMelk AbbeyExplore beautiful ViennaStop in historic Regensburg on your Danube river cruise
  • Explore Nuremberg and see its medieval architecture in a guided tour
  • Join a guided city walk of the best preserved medieval cities, Regensburg
  • Have a guided sightseeing tour of the Bavarian town of Roth.
  • Take time to explore the city of Budapest
Activity Level: Relaxed
Involves minimal physical effort and is typically associated with leisurely activities. Activities are low-intensity or last less than a few hours each day.

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Day 1: Nuremberg | Embark

Welcome to Germany. Explore ship this evening and enjoy dinner on board.

Day 2: Nuremberg

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy a guided tour through Nuremberg's beautiful medieval city, showcasing the Imperial Castle, famous town wall, and the legendary fountain of the Market Square. Or explore a darker history with a guided tour of the city's most important WWII sites, including the enormous Documentation Center Nazi Party Rally Grounds. Visitors will also have the opportunity to visit the Nuremberg Trials Memoriam and Courtroom 600, if it is not in session. Alternatively, traditional Franconian specialties can be savored by sampling the famously delicious Nuremberger Bratwurst, Rot bier (red beer), and lebkuchen (gingerbread). En route to Regensburg, the cruise will pass through the man-made marvel, the Main-Danube Canal.

Day 3: Regensburg

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Explore one of Germany's best-preserved medieval cities, Regensburg, on a guided walking tour showcasing the city's architectural highlights, including the Old Town Hall and the Porta Praetoria. Alternatively, Bavarian specialties such as beer, sausage, and pretzels can be sampled. For those who wish to be more active, a bike tour to Walhalla is an option, where the neoclassical white marble temple inspired by the Parthenon in Athens can be seen.

Day 4: Passau | Linz

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  • 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. Alternatively, a venture to Salzburg, Austria, on a full-day tour that includes a stop in Mondsee in the Austrian Lake District, as well as the opportunity to see Mozart's Birth House and Mirabell Gardens, prominently featured in the movie, The Sound of Music. For guests looking for a more active morning, the choice is between a guided bike tour along the Inn River or a guided hike up to the Veste Oberhaus Fortress for panoramic views overlooking three rivers.


Day 5: Melk

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Explore Melk and the magnificent Melk Abbey, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Europe's largest and most revered monasteries. Within its walls, frescoes painted by Johann Michael Rottmayr and Paul Troger can be found, along with a famed collection of musical manuscripts. Alternatively, a walking tour along Dürnstein's cobblestone streets to the Baroque Stiftskirche, with its famed church tower, or a guided bike tour through the UNESCO-designated Wachau Valley can be chosen. Later in the day, sail through the vineyard-rich Wachau Valley.

Day 6: Vienna

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The "City of Waltzes" offers a treasure trove of gems, and on the city tour, many of them will be seen, including the majestic Opera House and the former Imperial Palace of the Habsburgs. The tour concludes in Vienna's historic city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and then afterwards, the grand St. Stephen's Cathedral is visited. For a more active exploration of the area, Vienna can be discovered on a guided bike tour. During the afternoon, leisure time is spent exploring this iconic city even more.

Day 7: Budapest

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Budapest, known as the "Queen of the Danube." The city tour begins with a visit to the vibrant Great Market Hall brimming with vendors selling everything from food to souvenirs. The remainder of this tour takes one to both the Buda (hilly) and the Pest (flat) sides of the river. As an alternative choice, hiking up to Castle Hill provides breathtaking views of the city below.

Day 8: Budapest | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Bid farewell to Budapest as preparations are made for the flight home.


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