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Strasbourg to Budapest - Example 13 Day Cruise aboard MS L'Europe
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Fall in love with authentic European charm on this incredible 13-day adventure. This cruise offers the perfect combination of history, tradition, and culture. Visit Mainz, a city that in the past was the residence of bishops who had a major role in the history of the Saint-Empire. Explore the beautiful city of Miltenberg, with half-timbered houses still protected by ramparts and medieval doors. Discover Passau with its unforgettable baroque buildings and narrow romantic streets. Join an exclusive tour of Schönbrunn Palace as you become immersed in the heart of Austrian history.

Day-by-Day Summary

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

Highlights

  • Sail through the 171-km-long Rhine-Main-Danube canal
  • Enjoy Rothenburg, a magnificent walled town set up high on the hills
  • Discover Regensburg's exceptional culture and medieval art
  • Experience the Benedictine abbey of Melk, a symbol of Austrian baroque

Ship

MS L'Europe

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Historic old town Strasbourg Visit charming Passau Explore Vienna's beautiful gardens while touring through Europe Basilica Budapest, Hungary Budapest Cityscape

Day 1 Strasbourg | Embark

Board in Strasbourg from 6:00 PM. Enjoy a welcome cocktail and the crew presentation followed by dinner as you cruise to Mainz.

Day 2 Mainz, Germany | Frankfurt

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive in Mainz early morning. This city, the birthplace of Gutenberg, lies at the confluence of the Rhine and the Main. It is a perfect blend of past and present with its thousand year old cathedral. Tour the city with your escort before we sail on around in the morning towards Frankfurt. The afternoon, excursion options:

CLASSIC: Sightseeing tour of Frankfurt, a major business hub.
DISCOVERY: Frankfurt “Mainhattan” and the Main Tower: Panoramic tour of Frankfurt and ascent of the Main Tower.

Return to ship for dinner. 

Day 3 Miltenberg | Wertheim

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Early in the morning arrive in Miltenberg. Discover the peaceful town with a guide. It is a beautiful city, and its streets with half-timbered houses are still protected by ramparts and medieval doors. Cruise to Wertheim, situated in the confluence of the Tauber and the Main. There enjoy some free time to explore on your own.
 

Day 4 Wertheim | Wurzburg

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The ship sails early morning towards Karlstad. On arriving at our destination in the afternoon, visit Wurzburg on the right bank of the Main, which is famous for its baroque palace, the former residence of the prince-bishops. In the meantime, the ship cruises on to Wurzburg where we will join it late afternoon. Then on to Kitzingen. Enjoy entertainment this evening, along with dinner.  Overnight stop.

Day 5 Rothenburg | Bamberg

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Early this morning you'll start cruising along the Main to reach Schweinfurt. Join a guided tour to Rothenburg, a magnificent walled town set up high on the hills over the river, with its narrow streets lined with picturesque half-timbered houses and craftsmen's workshops. It is indeed one of the most beautiful towns on the Romantic Road. In the meantime the ship will cruise on to Schweinfurt where you will join it, before continuing on to Bamberg.

Day 6 Nuremberg | Muhlhausen

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Morning cruising on the Rhine-Main-Danube canal, which was opened on 25th September 1992. Lunch on board before arriving in Nurnberg early afternoon. Visit Nuremberg where we’ll enjoy a panoramic visit of the monuments found outside of the city’s medieval walls before arriving in the Marktplatz. On foot, you’ll see the gorgeous Schöner Brunnen and the Frauenkirche. During our tour, we’ll stop and taste one of the local specialties, Lebkuchen - the city's famous gingerbread. Return to the ship during the afternoon and sail on to reach Muhlhausen in the evening. Dinner on board followed by a crew show. Overnight stop.

Day 7 Regensburg

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Morning spent cruising to Kelheim. Visit Regensburg today, which is the fourth biggest town in Bavaria and also a major industrial hub – with major firms such as BMW, Siemens and Triumph. The historic centre of the city has kept all its original charm with souvenirs of over 20 centuries. In the meantime, the ship cruises on to join us in Regensburg.

Day 8 Passau

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive in Passau and discover the town with a guide. Its baroque buildings and narrow romantic streets are unforgettable. Return on board and cruise through the attractive region of Engelhartszell. Enjoy an evening of entertainment on board.

 

Day 9 Melk, Austria | Vienna

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The morning will be spent cruising to reach Melk early in the morning. Visit of the abbey of Melk, perched on a rocky outcrop overlooking the Danube. It is the symbol of Austrian baroque at its finest. Return to the ship at the end of the morning and sail on to Dürnstein, arriving there for lunch around noon. Enjoy some free time to explore this picturesque village, and its baroque church, which is the most famous in the Wachau region thanks to the legend of King Richard the Lion Heart. Return on board in the afternoon before sailing on to Vienna. Putting in for the night in Vienna. Tour of the illuminated sights of the city.

Day 10 Vienna | Esztergom

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Excursion options:

CLASSIC: Visit to the palace of Schœnbrunn with its magnificent park.
DISCOVERY: The high art of Viennese living: local music and Viennese cafes.  Tour of the Konzerthaus concert hall.

Enjoy a free afternoon to tour this magnificent city on your own or enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride though Vienna. You'll then cruise towards Esztergom, passing Bratislava on the way. Tonight is our dinner and gala evening on board.

Day 11 Esztergom, Hungary | Budapest

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit Esztergom on your own, the former capital of Hungary under the reign of the Arpad kings. Today, it is still a prominent town and the seat of the Hungarian archbishops. Esztergom is decidedly full of treasures with its neo-classical basilica and former Royal palace. We set sail once again around noon. Enjoy lunch on board before arriving in Budapest mid afternoon. The Hungarian capital which lies along the banks of the Danube, also known as the “pearl of the Danube” is one of the most attractive cities in Europe. Enjoy some free time to explore the city before returning to the ship for dinner. Arrive Budapest by night.

Day 12 Budapest

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Have this day on your own, or excursions proposed:

CLASSIC: Sightseeing tour of the city.
DISCOVERY: Explore Budapest by bike. Return to the ship. Have a free afternoon to stroll round this attractive city or take an optional excursion (not included in the packages) to discover Gellert baths and spa.

After dinner, enjoy a free evening or choose to join a traditional folk evening in Budapest.

Day 13 Budapest | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Enjoy your last buffet breakfast on board and disembark during the morning.‚Äč

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Notes

20% discount on children between 2-10 years
30% discount for 3rd person in triple cabin

For the safety of our passengers, the captain and crew of the boat may decide to modify the navigational itinerary. Availability is strictly limited on port-to-port packages. 

This offer includes :
-Your cruise with all meals from dinner on the first day to breakfast on the last day
-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
-Onboard entertainment
-Assistance from our onboard 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
-Personal expenses.

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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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