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Budapest to Strasbourg - Example 13 Day Cruise aboard MS Victor Hugo
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Experience a unique trans-European cruise designed to broadcast the perfect combination of history, tradition and culture of Hungary, Austria, Germany and France. In 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 much more!

Day-by-Day Summary

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

Highlights

  • Enjoy a traditional evening in Budapest, the beautiful capital of Hungary
  • Join a tour of Vienna by night and visit the Schönbrunn Palace
  • Visit Dürnstein, a village marked by the legend of King Richard Li Heart
  • Explore Nuremberg, a city known as “The little jewel of the Empire”

Ship

MS Victor Hugo

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Hungarian parliament, Budapest Evening in Vienna, Austria Melk Abbey, Lower Austria Passau at sunset, Germany Frauenkirche church in Nuremberg

Day 1 Budapest | Embark

Board the MS Victor Hugo in Budapest, Settle in your cabin and attend to the crew introduction over a welcome cocktail. Then enjoy a traditional evening in Budapest.

Day 2 Budapest

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Depart in the morning. Join one of the proposed excursions:

CLASSIC: Guided tour of Budapest.

DISCOVERY: Discover Budapest by bike.  You'll bike down the streets of Budapest and past the most renowned sites and locations of the city.

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. Tonight enjoy an evening of onboard entertainment.

Day 3 Budapest | Vienna

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Upon arriving in Vienna, join a visit to the Hofburg Palace, former residence of the Hapsburgs. Tonight, tour Vienna by night.

Day 4 Vienna

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Morning proposed excursions:

CLASSIC: Guided tour of 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.  Stroll through the city and visit back stage in the Konzerthaus concert hall. After your 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 an optional excursion: Horse-drawn carriage ride through the old town and the famous Ring road in Vienna.
This evening, join us on an optional excursion (not included in packages): Concert of Viennese music (subject to availability.)
The ship will depart at midnight.

Day 5 Melk

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today feast your eyes on the most beautiful section of the Wachau Valley. Arrive in Melk during the morning and depart by coach for a tour of the picturesque village of Dürnstein, marked by the legend of King Richard Li Heart and which has a Baroque style church. In the afternoon, join an optional visit to Melk Abbey. It sits atop a rocky outcrop overlooking the Danube from a height of more than 164 feet and is one of the complete examples of baroque art in Austria. Return on board and depart toward Passau at the end of the afternoon. Tonight enjoy the Crew evening.

Day 6 Passau

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning get off the ship and discover Passau with your accompanist, a university city, full of music and theater. In the winding streets of Passau, discover its Baroque patrician houses. Then cruise to Regensburg through the night.

Day 7 Regensburg | Hilpoltstein

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, get off the ship and join an optional guided tour of Regensberg and the Walhalla hall of fame which overhangs the river. Return on board in Kelheim and cruise the Rhine-Main-Danube Canal to Hilpostein.

Day 8 Nuremberg

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive in Nuremberg in the morning and get off the ship for an optional guided tour of the city. Nuremberg is a town that seems to come straight out of the Middle Ages. “The little jewel of the Empire”, the old town gathers Gothic edifices, half-timbered houses, and merchants' residences around the marketplace. During the tour of Nuremberg, the boat sails to Erlangen. Return on board and cruise toward Bamberg. 

Day 9 Bamberg | Rothenburg

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend the morning sailing toward Schweinfurt. Once you have arrived departure by coach for an optional tour of Rothenburg. Rothenburg is a magnificent town perched high on a hill. Behind its ramparts huddle, picturesque streets lined with half-timbered houses and craft shops. It is a must-see on the Romantic Road. During the visit, the boat sails on to Kitzingen, where you must return on board. 

Day 10 Wurzburg | Wertheim

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning join a tour of Würzburg (residence of the bishop-princes). Built on the right bank of the Main, Würzburg is a wonderful stop on the Romantic Road. Reflections of the vineyards mingle with the imposing shade of the citadel, a symbol of the power of the bishop-princes. Return on board in Karlstadt. The ship will cruise through the night.

Day 11 Miltenberg | Aschaffenburg

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today discover Miltenberg with your accompanist, its market place, surrounded by half-timbered houses, as well as the High Street and the former Town Hall. All of them make Miltenberg the pearl of the Main. Get back on the ship and cruise toward Aschaffenburg. 

Day 12 Aschaffenburg | Frankfurt | Mainz

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Depart for Frankfurt. Excursions proposed:

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. We'll 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.

Return on board and cruise to Mainz. Gutenberg's hometown, Mainz lies at the confluence of the Rhine and the Main and is a perfect blend of past and present. Its age-old cathedral is not to be missed. You'll be able to explore the city in the company of your hostess. Tonight is your gala dinner and evening.

Day 13 Strasbourg | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board and join an exercise session. Lunch on board and cruise toward Strasbourg, passing by the two biggest locks on the Rhine : Iffezheim and Gambsheim. Arrive in Strasbourg in the afternoon and disembark. 

MS Victor Hugo

Per person starting at
$3,525
Cabins aboard the MS Victor Hugo
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Main Deck
29 cabins (26 twins, 3 double cabins) Shower and toilet, hairdryer, satellite TV, safe.
Cabins aboard the MS Victor Hugo
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Upper Deck
20 cabins (18 twins, 2 double cabins) Shower and toilet, hairdryer, satellite TV, 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 :
-Your cruise with 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
-On board entertainment
-Assistance from our on board multi-lingual host/hostess
-Welcome cocktail
-The gala dinner and evening
-Travel assistance and repatriation insurance
-All port fees
-Excursions for the Classic or Discovery package. Passengers will need to choose one package to participate in for the duration of the voyage.

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
-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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