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From Budapest, embark on a trans-European cruise to Berlin, an amazing 3-in-1 to discover 5 countries with diverse and fascinating traditions and cultures. While cruising the Danube, the Main, the Rhine and the Elbe, you will have the opportunity to visit exceptional cities and sites such as Vienna, Frankfurt, Amsterdam or Potsdam. We guarantee an unforgettable journey!

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Budapest, Hungary | Embark
Day 2 : Budapest, Hungary
Day 3 : Budapest, Hungary | Vienna, Austria
Day 4 : Vienna, Austria
Day 5 : Melk, Austria | Passau, Germany
Day 6 : Passau, Germany
Day 7 : Regensburg | Hilpoltstein, Germany
Day 8 : Hilpoltstein | Nuremberg | Bamberg, Germany
Day 9 : Bamberg | Rothenburg, Germany
Day 10 : Würzburg | Wertheim, Germany
Day 11 : Wertheim | Miltenberg | Aschaffenburg, Germany
Day 12 : Aschaffenburg | Frankfurt | Mainz, Germany
Day 13 : Mainz, Germany | Strasbourg, France
Day 14 : Strasbourg, France | Rüdesheim, Germany
Day 15 : Rüdesheim | Cologne | Düsseldorf, Germany
Day 16 : Düsseldorf, Germany | Amsterdam, Netherlands
Day 17 : Amsterdam, Netherlands
Day 18 : Amsterdam, Netherlands
Day 19 : Amsterdam, Netherlands
Day 20 : Amsterdam | Groningen | Delfzijl, Netherlands
Day 21 : Delfzijl, Netherlands | Papenburg | Oldenburg, Germany
Day 22 : Oldenburg | Bremen, Germany
Day 23 : Bremen | Nienburg | Stolzenau | Minden, Germany
Day 24 : Minden | Hanover | Anderten | Braunschweig, Germany
Day 25 : Braunschweig | Bülstringen | Magdeburg, Germany
Day 26 : Magdeburg | Brandenburg | Potsdam, Germany
Day 27 : Potsdam | Berlin, Germany
Day 28 : Berlin, Germany
Day 29 : Berlin, Germany | Disembark

Highlights

  • Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Budapest, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Tour on the Charlottenburg Palace, the biggest palace in Berlin
  • Explore and learn about all the must-see sites of Amsterdam on bike
  • Take the tourist train and stop at a wine tasting cellar at Rudesheim

Ship

MS Victor Hugo

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Budapest Cityscape Panoramic view of Budapest cityscape Melk Abbey, Lower Austria Vineyard underneath the Niederwald Monument, Rudesheim, Germany Berlin cityscape in the evening

Day 1 Budapest, Hungary | Embark

Passengers are welcome to board the ship at 6:00 p.m. Settle into your cabin then enjoy a welcome cocktail and meet the crews of the ship. After the dinner, tonight, have fun on a traditional entertainment in Budapest.

Day 2 Budapest, Hungary

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, the proposed excursions are:
CLASSIC: Guided tour of Budapest.
DISCOVERY: Budapest by bike.

In the afternoon, visit and explore the Esztergom at your own pace. The city is full of treasures such as the Neo-classical basilica and former Royal Palace. Then return on board in the evening and leave for Vienna. After dinner, enjoy an evening of entertainment.

Day 3 Budapest, Hungary | Vienna, Austria

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive in Vienna in the morning. Enjoy some free time or join and visit the Hofburg Palace. Tonight, you are free or you can also join a tour of Vienna.

Day 4 Vienna, Austria

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, the proposed excursions are:
CLASSIC: Guided tour of Schoenbrunn Palace.
DISCOVERY: The high art of Viennese living - Music and Viennese cafes. Tour of the Konzerthaus concert hall.

In the afternoon, you can explore this marvelous city at your own pace or take part in a horse-drawn carriage ride through Vienna. then return to the ship for dinner. This evening, join an optional excursion of experiencing a concert of Viennese music (subject to availability.)

The ship departs and continues to sail at midnight.

Day 5 Melk, Austria | Passau, Germany

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, the ship cruises along the most beautiful section of the Wachau Valley all the way to Melk. Then set off and visit the Dürnstein, the fortified village where Richard the Lionheart was once held, prisoner. Return to the ship for lunch. In the afternoon, join an excursion and Visit the Melk Abbey. Originally a Baroque-style palace built between 1702 and 1736, it is now a Benedictine monastery that hosts a prestigious coed school with more than 900 students. Then return on board and leave for Passau. Enjoy an evening of entertainment.

Day 6 Passau, Germany

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, explore Passau in the company of the hostess, strolling the narrow romantic streets and admiring is Baroque-style buildings. Then cruise to Regensburg.

Day 7 Regensburg | Hilpoltstein, Germany

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Join an excursion for a guided tour to Regensburg. The fourth largest town in Bavaria and a major industrial hub for giant firms such as BMW, Siemens, and Triumph, its historic center is seeping with 20 centuries of history. The ship continues to sail on to Kelheim, reach it at the end of the morning. Then cruise from the Rhine-Main-Danube Canal to Hilpostein.

Day 8 Hilpoltstein | Nuremberg | Bamberg, Germany

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive in Nuremberg in the morning. Join an excursion for a guided tour to the city and taste its famous gingerbread. Nuremberg is Bavaria's second-largest city and an energetic place where the nightlife is intense and the beer is as dark as coffee. During the tour to the city, the ship sails to Erlangen. And then cruise to Bamberg. The ship continues to sail through the night. 

Day 9 Bamberg | Rothenburg, Germany

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend this morning cruising to Schweinfurt. Then set off on an excursion a guided tour on Rothenburg, a magnificent walled town set up high on the hills over the river with narrow streets lined with picturesque half-timbered houses and workshops. It is one of the most beautiful towns on the historic Romantic Road. During the tour, the ship sails to Kitzingen. Enjoy your dinner on board and continue to cruise through the night.

Day 10 Würzburg | Wertheim, Germany

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Join an excursion for a guided tour on Würzburg and the Residenz, former residence of the prince-bishops. Ths city is nestled in a beautiful, hilly location on the river and possesses a wealth of history. The ship continues on to Karlstadt and reaches it at the end of the morning. Then start cruising to Wertheim.

Day 11 Wertheim | Miltenberg | Aschaffenburg, Germany

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Explore Miltenberg in the company of a hostess and discover this charming, very typical German village. After that, continue the cruise to Aschaffenburg.

Day 12 Aschaffenburg | Frankfurt | Mainz, Germany

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The ship departs for Frankfurt. The proposed excursions are:
CLASSIC: Join us for a 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.

Then 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. Arrive in the late afternoon and you can explore the city in the company of a hostess. Enjoy the gala dinner and evening.

Day 13 Mainz, Germany | Strasbourg, France

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
To help get your blood moving, join an aerobics class while cruising to Strasbourg. After passing through two impressive locks on the Rhine - Iffezheim, and Gambsheim - the ship arrives in Strasbourg in the afternoon. At this time, enjoy your free time in the city. Passengers are welcome to board the ship at 6:00 p.m. Settle into your cabin then enjoy a welcome cocktail and meet the crews. After the dinner, join an excursion for a canal boat tour on Strasbourg by night (depending on availability).

Day 14 Strasbourg, France | Rüdesheim, Germany

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The morning is spent on cruising to Rüdesheim. The excursions proposed are:
CLASSIC: Touristic train, tasting* of the famous wines of the region and guided tour of the Museum of Mechanical Musical Instruments.
DISCOVERY: Hiking through the vineyards in Rüdesheim

In the evening, enjoy time at leisure to discover the Drosselgassse famous for its numerous bands and cafes.

Day 15 Rüdesheim | Cologne | Düsseldorf, Germany

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning is spent cruising on the most beautiful part of the romantic Rhine towards Cologne, passing beautiful castles among reputable vineyards and the famous Lorelei Rock along the way. Join a tour to Cologne in the company of a hostess. Afterwards, cruise to Düsseldorf. Enjoy a gala dinner and evening.

Day 16 Düsseldorf, Germany | Amsterdam, Netherlands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The ship continues to sail the whole day then pass the border in Emmerich and sail towards Utrecht and Amsterdam. Join an excursion for a canal boat tour on Amsterdam by night.

Day 17 Amsterdam, Netherlands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The excursions proposed are:
CLASSIC: Guided tour of Amsterdam and visit to a diamond merchant.
DISCOVERY: Bike tour of Amsterdam. You'll be able to explore and learn about all the must-see and out-of-the-way sites.

This afternoon, join an excursion to Volendam and Zaanse Schans.

You are free to do what you please in the evening.

Day 18 Amsterdam, Netherlands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After a buffet breakfast on board, enjoy time and lunch on your own today to discover Amsterdam at your own pace! Feel free to go shopping or visit some of the most famous museums such as the Rijksmuseum, Madame Tussauds or the Anne Frank House (entrance fees, guides, lunch and transfers not included). Passengers are welcome to board the ship at 6:00 p.m. Settle into your cabin then enjoy a welcome cocktail and meet the crews before dinner. You are free again in the evening.

Day 19 Amsterdam, Netherlands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Depart for an excursion and Visit the Rijkmuseum. In the afternoon, join an excursion to discover the Hague and its hidden courtyards. Enjoy Amsterdam in the evening on your own.

Day 20 Amsterdam | Groningen | Delfzijl, Netherlands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Depart early for Groningen. Enjoy your free time in the youngest Dutch city. Afterward, the ship will leave towards Delfzijl. Enjoy entertainment in the evening.

Day 21 Delfzijl, Netherlands | Papenburg | Oldenburg, Germany

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, the ship cruises to Papenburg. Join an excursion for a tour on the Meyer Werft shipyard. Afterward, you have to return on board in Doerpen and start cruising to Oldenburg, reaching it during the night.

Day 22 Oldenburg | Bremen, Germany

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy your free time for a brief stroll around Oldenburg. Afterward, the ship departs for Bremen. Join an excursion for a tour on Bremen, the oldest maritime city in Germany and the second largest trading port in Germany after Hamburg. At the end of this tour, return on board. In the evening, you are free to enjoy the city on your own.

Day 23 Bremen | Nienburg | Stolzenau | Minden, Germany

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Early this morning, the ship departs for Nienburg. There's an optional transfer by coach to the "red town” which has a magnificent Town Hall from the Weser Renaissance. During this time, the boat continues to sail to Stolzenau. Then start the cruise towards Minden.

Day 24 Minden | Hanover | Anderten | Braunschweig, Germany

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Early this morning, the ship departs for Hanover. Join an excursion for a tour of the city. The capital city of Lower Saxony is one of the main economic centers in Germany. Return on board in Anderten and continue cruising towards Braunschweig. Enjoy the gala dinner and evening.

Day 25 Braunschweig | Bülstringen | Magdeburg, Germany

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Depart the boat early this morning for Bulstringen. Join an excursion for a tour of Magdeburg, a town located in the middle course of the Elbe and full of character. Afterward, return on board in Magdeburg. You are free to enjoy the rest of the evening.

Day 26 Magdeburg | Brandenburg | Potsdam, Germany

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Early this morning, the ship departs for Brandenburg. This afternoon, join an excursion for a visit to Potsdam and the gardens of the Sanssoucis palace. Then return on board in Potsdam.

Day 27 Potsdam | Berlin, Germany

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The ship sails to Berlin Spandau. Join an excursion for a tour of the city which was long divided, illustrating the division of the world into two blocks. Afterward, return on board and enjoy an excursion for a tour on Berlin by night. 

Day 28 Berlin, Germany

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, join an excursion for a tour of the Charlottenburg Palace, the largest in Berlin. Enjoy your free time in Berlin this afternoon and a free evening in the city.

Day 29 Berlin, Germany | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking.

MS Victor Hugo

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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.
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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

This offer includes
Your cruise with all meals from dinner the first evening to breakfast on the final day (except for lunch on D18) - onboard drinks included (except for drinks from our special lists) - double-occupancy cabin with shower in bathroom - assistance from our onboard multi-lingual host/hostess - welcome cocktail - excursions included in the package selected - gala dinner - onboard entertainment - travel assistance and repatriation insurance - all port fees.

This offer does not include
Drinks from our special lists, or drinks ordered during excursions or transfers - cancellation and baggage insurance - optional excursions (must be reserved and paid for on board or at travel agency) - lunch on D18 - transfers/travel to and from departure/arrival points - personal expenses.

Requirements
Valid passport required. Non-EU nationals are advised to consult their embassy or consulate.

Mentions
For the safety of our passengers, the captain and crew of the boat may decide to modify the navigational itinerary.

(1) The tour of the Konzerthaus might be replaced by a tour of the Musikverein or the opera if it is booked for shows or not available.

*Alcohol can be harmful to your health. Please drink in moderation.Valid information for year 2020
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