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Experience the history and culture of the vibrant cities along the Danube River. Your journey begins in Budapest, Hungary's captivating capital. Explore its stunning architecture and picturesque streets before embarking on your cruise. Along the way, you'll have countless opportunities to experience the highlights of the region: learn about medieval life at Visegrád castle, see Gustav Klimt’s renowned paintings, sip local vintages at an Austrian wine tasting, or join a canoe excursion. Disembark in Linz and visit the picturesque Bohemian town of Český Krumlov prior to your arrival in Prague, where you'll enjoy extra time for exploration. Whether you opt for guided tours or to wander on your own, the ornate architecture, fascinating history, and unique flavors of this incredible city are sure to delight. 
Cross the Vltava via the famed Charles BridgeTaste the delightful street treats of Prague, such as trdelnik, or chimney cakesBudapest, the capital city of HungaryAdmire the artistry of LinzEnjoy time in the cultural hub of ViennaWander the grounds of Belvedere Palace, Vienna
Highlights
  • Join a guided walking tour of Budapest to explore iconic sights
  • View the extensive Habsburg art collections in Vienna
  • Explore the long history and unique architecture of Prague
  • Get a taste of local wines and beers in Linz
  • Visit the picturesque town of Český Krumlov
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Budapest, Hungary

Welcome to Budapest, Hungary’s Captivating Capital. The day is yours to relax and enjoy Eastern Europe’s shining city on the Danube.

Day 2: Budapest, Hungary | Embark | Danube Bend

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
Today, see the sights from a different perspective by joining a guided bike tour along the bike paths and pedestrian areas of the city.  Or take a guided walking tour of Budapest to see the city’s most iconic sites. Later, spend free time shopping for Hungarian paprika or handcrafted souvenirs, or savor a piece of cream cake in one of the many cafés. Enjoy a Hungarian Dinner on board during a scenic cruise through the Danube Bend. Later, enjoy live entertainment onboard.

Active: See the sights from a different perspective by joining a Guided Bike Tour along the bike paths and pedestrian areas of the city, OR:

Discovery: Join the author of “Fabulous Budapest” for an unforgettable introduction to the local people, places, and experiences that makes Budapest so special," OR:

Classic: Take a Guided Walking Tour of Budapest to see the city’s most iconic sites.

Day 3: Visegrád

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, take a castle visit and scenic hiking tour to Count Dracula’s prison tower in Visegrád. Those looking for a more active experience can join a canoe excursion through the picturesque bend region of the Danube for a truly unique perspective of one of the river’s most beautiful stretches. Alternatively, join a guided visit to the Medieval Knights Tournament at Visegrád’s Lower Castle, featuring targeting and fighting demonstrations by members of the St. George Knightly Order.

Active: Visit Count Dracula’s prison tower on a Hiking Tour, OR:

Active: Take a Canoe Excursion through the picturesque Bend Region of the Danube for a unique perspective of one of the river’s most beautiful stretches, OR:

Discovery: Join a Guided Visit to the Medieval Knights Tournament at Visegrád’s Lower Castle, featuring targeting and fighting demonstrations by members of the St. George Knightly Order.

Spend your free time after your selected activities to explore Palotaház, where stonemasons, smiths, potters, and paper-makers produce their items using traditional techniques.

Day 4: Vienna

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Take a guided bike tour along the famed Ringstrasse and pedestrian avenues of Vienna to see the city’s highlights from a unique perspective. Or get your heart pumping with a guided jogging tour of the "city of music" and see highlights of the gilded architecture along the way. Alternatively, take an insider’s tour of Vienna to get behind the scenes of her sights and attractions. You will meet locals, have the chance to prepare some food, and enjoy other surprises. Or opt to take a guided sightseeing tour of Vienna, including a tour of Belvedere Palace to see Gustave Klimt’s renowned “Kiss” painting.

Active: Take a Guided Bike Tour along the famed Ringstrasse and pedestrian avenues of Vienna to see the city’s highlights from a unique perspective, OR:

Discovery: Take an Insider’s Tour of Vienna to get behind the scenes of her sights and attractions. You will meet locals, have the chance to prepare some food, and enjoy other surprises, OR:

Classic: Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Vienna, including a tour of 

Spend free time this afternoon strolling through the pedestrian Kärntnerstrasse then take a break for a piece of Sachertorte. This evening, consider joining an optional excursion to attend Royal Waltz Concert in an elegant hall.

Day 5: Vienna

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, enjoy a morning guided walking tour to see the city in her best light, along with breakfast at a Viennese café. Or dive into one of the world’s most important museums with a guided tour of the Habsburg family’s private art collection at the Museum of Fine Arts, and enjoy Italian or Dutch masterworks. Alternatively, take a guided tour of the Museum of Fine Arts, followed by the Military Museum, commemorating the past of the Habsburg Empire.

Discovery: Enjoy a morning Guided Walking Tour to see the city in her best light, along with breakfast at a Viennese café, OR:

Classic: Dive into one of the world’s most important museums with a Guided Tour of the Habsburg family’s private art collection at the Museum of Fine Arts, and enjoy Italian or Dutch masterworks, OR:

Classic: Take a Guided Tour of the Museum of Fine Arts, followed by the Military Museum, commemorating the past of the Habsburg Empire.

Day 6: Krems | Grein

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, paddle a canoe on a guided tour to see the Austrian waterways and shoreline scenery from a unique perspective. Or opt to join a guided bike tour from Krems to Spitz, and enjoy a stop in Dürnstein to see the mesmerizing blue Stiftskirche, and to sample local specialties. Alternatively, you can join an interactive Wine World Experience with a wine tasting, or enjoy a guided visit that showcases the production of regional fruits, vegetables, wine, and other products.

Active: Paddle a canoe on a Guided Tour to see the Austrian waterways and shoreline scenery from a unique perspective, OR:

Active: Take a Guided Bike Tour from Krems to Spitz, and enjoy a stop in Dürnstein to see the mesmerizing blue Stiftskirche, and to sample local specialties, OR:

Discovery: Join an interactive Wine World Experience with wine tasting, OR:

Discovery: Enjoy a Guided Visit that showcases the production of regional fruits, vegetables, wine, or other products.

Relax on board this afternoon to enjoy the picturesque Wachau Valley scenery as you cruise to Grein. Here, see Burg Clam on a guided visit, and meet the Count of Clam during your tour.

Day 7: Grein | Mauthausen | Linz

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Take a guided walk of Grein, including its historic theater, the oldest in Austria still holding regular performances.

Later, take a guided bike tour along the Danube and discover how fertile this area is. Stop at a local farm and learn more about farming life and flood protection. Alternatively, visit the 9th-century St. Florian Monastery, the largest monastery in upper Austria and home to Augustine monks. Or  learn about more recent history when you join a sobering guided tour of Mauthausen Concentration Camp, one of the largest and most brutal Nazi camps of WWII.

This afternoon, arrive in Linz. You may choose to join a guided optional Pub Crawl through Linz to sample local libations and mingle with the locals.
Tonight, enjoy live entertainment onboard your ship.

Classic: Take a Guided Walk of Grein, including its historic theater, the oldest in Austria still holding regular performances.

Active: Take a Guided Bike Tour along the Danube and discover how fertile this area is. Stop at a local farm and learn more about farming life and flood protection, OR:

Classic: Visit the 9th-century St. Florian Monastery—the largest monastery in upper Austria and home to Augustine monks, OR:

Classic: Join a sobering Guided Tour of Mauthausen Concentration Camp, one of the largest and most brutal Nazi camps of WWII.
 

Day 8: Engelhartszell | Schlogen Oxbow

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Join a guided tour to the “House by the stream” (Haus am Strom) and walk across the Danube Power-Station Jochenstein. Or visit the stunning rococo-style Engelszell Abbey, and explore its Sensory Garden, complete with stone labyrinth, herb garden, and vineyard. Sample cheese and beer made by the resident Trappist monks.

This afternoon, opt for an active excursion and enjoy a scenic guided hike along the Danube’s Schlögen Oxbow bend that cuts a dramatic landscape made by centuries of natural elements. Or, for a more relaxing option, enjoy free time on the sky feck this afternoon while you sail through the amazing horseshoe bend of the Danube’s Schlögen Oxbow on your return to Linz.

Day 9: Deggendorf | Disembark | Cesky Krumlov, Prague

Today, disembark your ship and take a morning trip to visit the picturesque Bohemian town of Cesky Krumlov, before setting out for a late afternoon arrival in Prague.

Day 10: Prague

Choose your activity: an active guided urban hike that continues to the Prokopske Valley Nature Reserve, or a guided city sightseeing tour.

Active: Enjoy the natural wonders of Prokopské Valley Nature Reserve on this active, half-day Guided Hiking adventure on the outskirts of Prague, OR:

Classic: Take a Guided City Walk to visit Hradčany Castle Grounds; see St. Vitus Cathedral and Old Town’s Astronomical Clock.

Day 11: Prague

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

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  • 10 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
  • 7 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Bottled water replenished daily
  • Personal headset for excursions. 
  • Onboard Adventure Center with active gear, bikes, Nordic walking sticks, watercraft and maps. 
  • Wifi
  • Complimentary fresh fruit available daily
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions
  • Club Lounge with 24-hour self-serve beverage station with complimentary cappuccinos, lattes, tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees, as well as treats throughout the day
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  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Alcohol, beverages, and food outside of the contracted menu as presented at a hotel or restaurant or on board your vessel
  • Port Fees
  • Porterage
  • Passport or Visa fees

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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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