Explore Central Europe on this 13-day cruise aboard the MS France. Visit Würzburg, a magic city situated on the right bank of the Main River and a city famous for its baroque palace. Enjoy a guided tour of Rothenburg, a magnificent walled town set up high on the hills over the river, a required stage of the Romantic Road. Sail on the Rhine-Main-Danube canal, which was opened on September 25, 1992. It took 70 years to build this 171-kilometer-long canal. Explore Melk, which is the symbol of Austrian baroque at its finest. Discover Esztergom, a town full of treasures with its neo-classic basilica and former royal palace.
Visit Frankfurt and its impressive Main Tower
Discover Melk Abbey, a true wonder of Baroque architecture
Enjoy the sights of Vienna and the heritage of the House of Habsburg
Passengers are welcome to board the ship at 6:00 p.m. After comfortably settling into your cabins, the crew members will be introduced at a welcome cocktail. Cruise to Mainz.
*Passengers will choose either the Classic or Discovery package to participate in for the duration of the voyage. Depending on the excursion, a minimum number of participants may be required for Discovery excursions and it needs to be booked at least 2 months prior to sailing.
Arrive in Mainz early in the morning. This city, the birthplace of Gutenberg, which lies at the confluence of the Rhine and the Main, is a perfect blend of past and present with its thousand-year-old cathedral. Tour the city with your escort before you set sail in the morning towards Frankfurt. In the afternoon, join the excursions proposed:
CLASSIC: A 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.
Stop off in Miltenberg early in the morning. Join and discover this peaceful town with its market place lined with half-timbered houses, its fine main street, hotel Reisen, and old Town Hall. Have lunch on board before continuing on to Wertheim. Enjoy some free time to discover the town on your own before returning to the ship for dinner.
Cruise towards Karlstadt. In the afternoon, join an excursion for both packages: 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 you can join late in the afternoon. Cruise to Kitzingen. Enjoy an evening of onboard entertaining.
Early this morning, start cruising along the Main to reach Schweinfurt. Join an excursion for both packages: 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 before continuing on to Bamberg.
This morning will be spent cruising on the Rhine-Main-Danube canal, which was opened on September 25, 1992. Have a lunch on board before arriving in Nuremberg in the early afternoon. Join an excursion for both packages: Visit Nuremberg and enjoy a panoramic tour of the monuments found outside the city's medieval walls before arriving at the Marktplatz. On foot, see the gorgeous Schöner Brunnen and the Frauenkirche. During the tour, 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. Enjoy an evening of onboard entertainment.
This morning will be spent cruising to Kelheim. Join an excursion for both packages: Visit Regensburg, which is the fourth-largest town in Bavaria and also a major industrial hub with major firms such as BMW, Siemens, and Triumph. The historic center of the city has kept all its original charm, with souvenirs dating back over 20 centuries. In the meantime, the ship cruises on to Regensburg.
This morning will be spent cruising towards Passau. Enjoy some free time to visit the town on your own. Its baroque buildings and narrow, romantic streets are unforgettable. Return to the ship and sail on through the attractive region of Engelhartszell. Enjoy an evening of onboard entertainment.
The morning will be spent cruising to reach Melk early in the morning. Join an excursion for both packages: 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. Join an excursion for both packages: A tour of the illuminated sights of the city.
CLASSIC: A visit to the palace of Schöbrunn with its magnificent park.
DISCOVERY: The high art of Viennese living: music and Viennese cafes. Tour of the Konzerthaus concert hall (1).
Enjoy a free afternoon to tour this magnificent city on your own or join an excursion proposed: Horse-drawn carriages ride through Vienna. Then cruise towards Esztergom, passing Bratislava on the way. Tonight is your dinner and gala evening on board.
Enjoy some free time to 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. 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 and is 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. Join an excursion for both packages: Visit of Budapest "by night".
Enjoy a day on your own, or join an excursion for both packages: Guided tour of Budapest.
This afternoon, enjoy some free time or join an optional excursion: Discover Gellert baths and spa (not included in the packages) or Budapest Market Halls (not included in the packages). After dinner, enjoy a free evening or join an excursion for both packages: a traditional folk evening in Budapest.
Day 13: Budapest | Disembark
Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking at 9:00 a.m.
Everything was amazing! The planning with Adventure Life went smoothly. The actual trip was fantastic! One of the best trips I have experienced. The cruise staff members were knowledgeable and attentive. I will be writing more about this on the blog!