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See the very best of Europe’s highlights and experience centuries of art, history, and culture. From Budapest, a famous haven for musicians, writers, and artists, cruise through the stunning cultural cities of Vienna, Bratislava, Passau, and Regensburg. Along the way, visit magnificent cathedrals and baroque abbeys. Explore the charming Wachau Valley and traverse by cruise ship Europe’s Continental Divide - made possible through the engineering masterpiece of the Main-Danube Canal. Treat yourself to fine cuisine and the great wines of the region. Take an optional excursion to Salzburg and celebrate the heritage of Mozart, one of the world’s greatest composers.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive In Budapest, Hungary
Day 2 : Budapest, Hungary
Day 3 : Budapest, Hungary | Embark
Day 4 : Bratislava, Slovakia
Day 5 : Vienna, Austria
Day 6 : Dürnstein | Melk, Austria
Day 7 : Passau, Germany
Day 8 : Regensburg, Germany
Day 9 : Nuremberg, Germany
Day 10 : Nuremberg | Disembarkation | Pilzen | Prague, Czech Republic
Day 11 : Prague, Czech Republic
Day 12 : Prague, Czech Republic
Day 13 : Depart Prague, Czech Republic

Highlights

  • Sightsee in Budapest, including Heroes’ Square and Castle Hill
  • Enjoy food and wine tastings from Austria's rich Wachau Valley region
  • Explore Nuremberg's medieval highlights, including Nuremberg Castle
  • Tour Prague's landmarks, historic sites, and museums on a guided tour

Ship

MS Amacerto

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Panoramic view of Budapest cityscape Morning view on Bratislava city Evening in Vienna, Austria Passau at sunset, Germany Vltava river and Charles bridge in Prague

Day 1 Arrive In Budapest, Hungary

Arrive in Budapest and transfer to your hotel. The remainder of the day is free to relax or to begin exploring this beautiful city.

Day 2 Budapest, Hungary

Savor the beauty of Buda and Pest on opposite sides of the Danube with a city tour that showcases many highlights, including the Great Market Hall, Heroes’ Square and Castle Hill. 

Day 3 Budapest, Hungary | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
Check out of your hotel to board your luxurious ship. During the evening, be treated to a special Illuminations cruise around Budapest’s famed Parliament building.

Day 4 Bratislava, Slovakia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Bratislava certainly has earned the title “Coronation City of Kings” as you can discover during your walking tour that includes the Old Town Hall, Mirbach Palace and St. Martin’s Cathedral. Or for more adventure, go high above the city by hiking up to Bratislava Castle. 

Day 5 Vienna, Austria

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The “City of Waltzes” offers a treasure trove of gems and you have two ways to discover them. Join a city tour showcasing its regal splendors, including the majestic Opera House and the former Imperial Palace of the Habsburgs before concluding in Vienna’s historic city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and then visiting St. Stephen’s Cathedral. For a more active exploration of the area, take a guided bike ride along the Danube. During the afternoon, you can enjoy leisure time or pedal your way to Klosterneuburg Monastery on a guided cycling tour.

Day 6 Dürnstein | Melk, Austria

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After reaching the Wachau Valley in the morning, have a choice of three excursions in Dürnstein. Partake in a walking tour along cobblestone streets to the luminous blue facade of the Baroque Stiftskirche, its famed church tower, before enjoying a wine tasting in a local cellar. For a beautiful view of the Wachau Valley, hike up to the fortress where Richard the Lionheart was once held. Alternatively, visit a local boutique, where you are treated to the region’s finest apricot products. After your morning excursions, you have a choice to cruise through the Wachau Valley to Melk or join a bike tour along the Danube. Upon reaching Melk, take a tour of the UNESCO-designated Melk Abbey.

Day 7 Passau, Germany

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy a scenic morning sailing to the medieval city of Passau. Join a walking tour through this 2,000-year-old city, noted for its Gothic and Italian Baroque architecture and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Guests looking for a more active morning can choose between a guided bike tour along the Danube, or a guided hike up to the Veste Oberhaus Fortress overlooking Passau.

Day 8 Regensburg, Germany

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Explore Regensburg, one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities, on a guided walking tour showcasing the city’s architectural highlights, including the Old Town Hall and the Porta Praetoria, gates to an ancient Roman fort built in 179 A.D. As an alternate option, sample some of Bavaria’s specialties— beer, sausage and pretzels; or bike to Walhalla where you can see the neo-Classical white marble temple inspired by the Parthenon in Athens. 

Day 9 Nuremberg, Germany

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy a scenic morning cruise as the ship crosses the Continental Divide via the Main-Danube Canal to Nuremberg. Explore the medieval city center with a tour that showcases the Imperial Castle and the famous town wall, as well as Albrecht Dürer’s home and Market Square with its legendary fountain. Or you can take a guided tour of the city’s WWII history, including a visit to the infamous Zeppelin Field, a museum built on the site of former Nazi rallies and the site of the Nuremberg Trials when not in session. Alternatively, savor traditional Franconian specialties by sampling famously delicious Nuremburger Bratwurst, Rot bier (red beer) and Lebkuchen (gingerbread).

Day 10 Nuremberg | Disembarkation | Pilzen | Prague, Czech Republic

Depart the ship after breakfast and drive through the countryside to Pilzen, a city perhaps best known for producing Pilsner beer. You will have free time to explore this lovely town and have lunch before continuing to Prague and checking into your hotel.

Day 11 Prague, Czech Republic

Discover Prague with a choice of a city tour or a castle hike. Both reveal why Prague is considered one of Europe’s most attractive cities, with a historic city center that’s recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See all the key highlights, including the National Museum, Wenceslas Square, the 1,000 year-old Prague Castle and Old Market Square, where you will find the famous Astronomical Clock.

Day 12 Prague, Czech Republic

Spend a day at your leisure, perhaps to stroll through a museum or gallery, wander along the banks of the Vltava River, relax at an outdoor café, or shop for local handicrafts. 

Day 13 Depart Prague, Czech Republic

  • 1 Breakfast
Bid farewell to Prague and prepare for your homeward flight. 

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Notes

2017 Included Features:
- 2 nights hotel in Budapest at the Sofitel Chain Bridge (or similar), including daily buffet breakfast
- Transfer from the hotel to the ship in Budapest
- 7 nights deluxe cruise accommodation in an outside stateroom - most staterooms offer French balconies or revolutionary twin balconies
- Shore excursions in every port with personal headset included
- Limited Edition Tours
- Entertainment on demand in all staterooms featuring free high-speed internet access, hit Hollywood movies, extensive music library, and English language TV stations
- Complimentary Wi-Fi access on board
- Terry bathrobes and white-on-white plush bedding in all staterooms
- Fine dining with all meals included during your cruise
- Multiple dining venues
- Unlimited red and white wines from Europe’s great wine regions, beer and soft drinks with every lunch and dinner on board
- Bottled water in every stateroom replenished daily
- Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner and Captain's Gala Dinner
- Transfer from ship to hotel in Prague
- 3 nights hotel in Prague at the InterContinental or Hilton Old Town (or similar), including daily buffet breakfast
- Special highlights including lectures, theme dinners, cooking demonstration, onboard music performances and afternoon/evening piano music
- Bicycles to explore on your own and guided bicycle tours
- Services of professional Cruise Manager
- All English language on board in a non-smoking environment (smoking permitted only on the Sun Deck)
- Transfers between hotel and ship are included with the purchase of cruise and land package; airport transfers are included with the purchase of airfare from the expedition company
- All local taxes

2018 Included Features:
- 7 nights luxury accommodation in an outside stateroom (most with twin balconies)
- Computer for internet access
- Entertainment-on-Demand system featuring, movies, TV shows, news and music
- Mini-fridge, desk and sitting area
- Bottled water replenished daily
- Personalized service from a highly trained Cruise Manager during both cruise and land programs
- Internet and Wi-Fi access
- Daily entertainment including cultural performances
- All onboard dining in a variety of venues
- Regionally inspired cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients
- The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant
- Welcome Cocktail, Welcome Dinner, La Chaine des Rotisseurs Dinner, Captain’s Cocktail and Gala Dinner
- La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs exclusive dining experience
- Unlimited fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
- Unlimited sparkling wine and fresh juice with breakfast
- Sip & Sail Daily Cocktail Hour with complimentary wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks
- Tapas, sandwiches, snacks and refreshments served daily in the Main Lounge
- Immersive tours in every destination
- Gentle, regular, active and late-riser tour options
- Bike tours and hikes
- Special Interest Tours
- Knowledgeable guides
- Personal headset for easy exploration
- Airport transfers with purchase of air from the expedition company
- Land Program
- 2 nights hotel in Budapest at the Sofitel Chain Bridge (or similar), including daily breakfast"
- Transfer from the ship in Nuremberg to Pilzen with highlights tour and then on to Prague
- 3 nights hotel in Prague at the InterContinental (or similar), including city tour and daily breakfast.

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  • 12 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
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