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Trans-European Cruise

Strasbourg to Budapest - Example 13 Day Cruise aboard MS France
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Explore Central Europe from the comfort of your luxury ship during this 13-day voyage aboard the MS France. Visit Würzburg, a magic city situated on the right bank of the Main River, a city famous for its baroque palace. Enjoy a guided tour to 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-km-long canal. Explore Melk and join an excursion to the Benedictine abbey of 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.
La Petite district in StrasbourgFrauenkirche church in NurembergPassau at sunset, GermanyMelk Abbey, Lower AustriaPanoramic view of Budapest cityscape
Highlights
  • CRUISE HIGHLIGHTS
  • A unique cruise combining history, tradition and culture, a passionate encounter
  • EXCURSIONS INCLUDED:
  • Frankfurt and its impressive Main Tower
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Strasbourg, France | Embark

Passengers are welcome to board our ship at 6:00 p.m. After comfortably settling into your cabins, enjoy a welcome cocktail with the crew before dinner. 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, 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 we sail on around 1in the morning towards Frankfurt. The afternoon, excursions proposed:

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 on board.The ship continues cruising overnight.
 

Day 3: Miltenberg | Wertheim

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Early in the morning, arrive in Miltenberg. Discover the peaceful town with an accompanist. 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 time to explore on your own. 

Day 4: Wertheim | Wurzburg

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Cruise toward Karlstad and visit Würzburg. Situated on the right bank of the Main, the city is famous for its baroque palace, the former residence of the bishop-princes. Return on board in Wurzburg and start your journey to Kitzingen. Join an exclusive evening of entertainment on board.

Day 5: Rothenburg | Schweinfuhrt

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Early this morning 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
Sail the Rhine-Main-Danube canal, which was opened on September 25, 1992. It took 70 years to build this 171-km-long canal. Arrive in Nuremberg and visit the city. Nuremberg is a former free imperial city, and the old town gathers Gothic buildings, timbered houses, and bourgeois homes. Return on board and start your journey to Muhlhausen. Enjoy an entertaining evening provided by the crew. 

Day 7: Regensburg

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Cruise to Kelheim, and join an excursion to Regensburg. Visit of Regensburg, 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 you 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
Morning cruising to reach Melk early morning, excursion common 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. Back on board in the afternoon before sailing on to Vienna. Putting in for the night in Vienna. 

Day 10: Vienna | Esztergom

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Excursions proposed:

CLASSIC: visit the palace of Schœnbrunn with its magnificent park.

DISCOVERY: The high art of Viennese living: music and Viennese cafes. Free afternoon to tour this magnificent city on your own or Optional (not included in the packages): Horse-drawn carriage ride through Vienna. Back on board before sailing on towards Esztergom, passing Bratislava on the way. Dinner and gala evening on board.
 

Day 11: Esztergom, Hungary | Budapest

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit of 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, 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. Excursion common for both packages: visit of Budapest by night.

Day 12: Budapest

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Having a 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 through this attractive city or Optional (not included in the packages): discover Gellert baths and spa. After dinner, enjoy a free evening or Optional excursion common for both packages: a traditional folk evening in Budapest.

Day 13: Budapest | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking at 9:00 a.m.
 


 

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2 double cabins 2 PRM cabins - equipped with shower and toilet, hairdryer, satellite TV, radio, safe.
Included
  • 12 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches, 12 Dinners
  • 12 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Port Fees
  • Captain’s Welcome Cocktail and Gala Dinner
  • Onboard drinks included (except for drinks from the special lists)
  • Tips paid in full to the local staff of the country of destination
  • Assistance from our onboard multi-lingual host/hostess
  • Travel assistance and repatriation insurance
Excluded
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Arrival & Departure Transfers
  • Drinks from the special lists, or drinks ordered during excursions or transfers
  • Passport or Visa fees
  • Cancellation and baggage insurance
  • Tips for the Boat and Lodge staff

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