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Grand Europe: Budapest to Amsterdam

Example 17 Day Cruise aboard Crystal Mahler
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Board the Crystal Mahler and start your exciting 17-day grand Europe adventure from Budapest to Amsterdam. Marvel at Hungary’s capital enchants with its magnificent architecture of domes and spires, 18th-century homes, bridges, and lampposts. See the romantic Vienna which is known for its manicured gardens and ornate architecture. Discover museums, cathedrals, palaces, and relax at a shade-covered sidewalk café at Bratislava. Check out Durnstein, one of the most visited tourist spots in the Wachau Valley and visit the fortified baroque Benedict monastery at Melk. Explore the cities and towns of Germany such as Passau, Regensburg, Nuremberg, Würzburg, Koblenz, Cologne, Bamberg, and Miltenberg. Cap off your adventure at the lovely Amsterdam where you can see small boats gliding on the canals and locals wheeling on bikes.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Budapest, Hungary | Embark
Day 2 : Budapest | Scenic cruise from Budapest
Day 3 : Bratislava, Slovakia
Days 4-5 : Vienna, Austria
Day 6 : Durnstein | Cruising Scenic Wachau Valley | Melk
Day 7 : Danube Schleife Scenic Cruising | Passau, Germany
Days 8-9 : Regensburg, Germany
Day 10 : Nuremberg, Germany
Day 11 : Bamberg, Germany
Day 12 : Würzburg, Germany
Day 13 : Miltenberg, Germany
Day 14 : Cruising the Rhine Gorge | Koblenz, Germany
Day 15 : Cologne, Germany
Day 16 : Amsterdam, Netherlands
Day 17 : Amsterdam | Disembark

Highlights

  • Explore Chain Bridge connecting hilly Buda with flat Pest at Budapest
  • View Durnstein's beauty, enhanced by verdant forests and rolling hills
  • Wander the cobbled streets of Old Town at Passau
  • Visit House at the Rock, Melk’s oldest building
  • Discover impressive architectural wonders at Würzburg

Ship

Crystal Mahler

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Panoramic view of Budapest cityscape Take a quiet moment in Passau Night in Vienna. A tranquil moment in Nuremberg Western Church with water canal view in Amsterdam Explore historic Bamberg

Day 1 Budapest, Hungary | Embark

Embark on the Crystal Mahler at the beautiful port of Budapest.

Day 2 Budapest | Scenic cruise from Budapest

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Commanding both sides of the Danube – with the Chain Bridge connecting hilly Buda with flat Pest – Hungary’s capital enchants with its magnificent architecture of domes and spires, 18th-century homes, bridges, and lampposts. The UNESCO-listed Castle Hill welcomes all to explore Buda Castle, Trinity Square, Matthias Church, and Fisherman's Bastion.

Day 3 Bratislava, Slovakia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This buzzing capital city is the heartbeat of Slovakia; a historic gem that stirs the imagination. A maze of cobblestone streets winds around 18th-century buildings and a pulsating modern art scene. Explore the museums, cathedrals, and palaces, and relax at a shade-covered sidewalk café. Photography buffs will want to snap images of the medieval castle looming high above the city.

Day 4-5 Vienna, Austria

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Once the capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and forever known for its manicured gardens, ornate architecture - especially that of the famed Ringstrasse - and distinguished roster of composers who either were born or lived here, Vienna finds itself at the very center of European culture, even as it sits near the border of the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary.

Day 6 Durnstein | Cruising Scenic Wachau Valley | Melk

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Considered one of the most visited tourist spots in the Wachau Valley, Durnstein is in a robust wine-growing region sitting alongside the Danube river. Durnstein Castle, the region's famous architectural highlight, sits atop a rocky mountain, high above the Danube, at its base. Durnstein's beauty is enhanced by verdant forests, rolling hills, and thriving vineyards that surround the town. Sip some of the region's local wines and enjoy a leisurely day in this postcard-worthy European town.

Today, you will also cruise the scenic Danube Wachau Valley.

Next, your destination for this day is Melk. Best known for its fortified baroque Benedictine monastery, Melk Abbey, the town of Melk boasts an assortment of smaller gems. Among them, the city’s riverside location, serene and regal with a ribbon of wooded groves giving way to the lovely village. Cobbled lanes and a petite size make for a pleasant stroll with a chance to discover its 16th-century Town Hall, or Rathaus, in the center of town, and Haus am Stein, or House at the Rock. Built in the 15th century, the vine-covered abode is Melk’s oldest building.

Day 7 Danube Schleife Scenic Cruising | Passau, Germany

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, cruise along the scenic Danube Schleife as your ship sails to Passau.

At the confluence of the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers, Passau is also situated at a meeting of cultures. The town began as a Roman settlement, enjoying the rising tide of influence as the largest bishopric in the Holy Roman Empire and enduringly vibrant as a hub for various trade pursuits, including salt, swords, and ideas. Wander the cobbled streets of Old Town, gaze upon arched bridges and Italianate manses and visit magnificent St. Stephen’s Cathedral and New Bishop’s Residence.

Day 8-9 Regensburg, Germany

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  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Situated at the northernmost bend of the Danube and boasting a well-preserved medieval center, charming Regensburg finds itself not only a UNESCO World Heritage Site but also a traveler’s favorite destination. With its 1,400 or so ancient buildings standing as a regal testament to days gone by, this riverside treasure, complete with the elaborate cathedral, quintessential clock tower, multi-arched bridge, and multi-faceted personality, is a flourishing city.

Day 10 Nuremberg, Germany

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Although this Bavarian city dates to the 11th century, it is probably best known for a more recent history centered on the Nuremberg Trials, the military tribunals that took place after World War II. Much of the city was destroyed by Allied bombs, but many of the buildings, including the medieval Nuremberg Castle, have been painstakingly restored—using the original stones, no less. Nuremberg today is a joyous city, famous for its bratwurst, dark beer and spectacular Christmas Market.

Day 11 Bamberg, Germany

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Unfolding over seven hills, each crowned by a church, Bamberg is often called Franconian Rome – though locals often claim Rome as the Italian Bamberg. Its entire Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, an open invitation to wander charming cobbled lanes lined with half-timbered buildings topped by steep roofs and bordered by the waters of the river. Arched bridges and summer-blooming flowers add to the storybook charm of this townhome to more breweries than Munich.

Day 12 Würzburg, Germany

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
A showcase of wealth for the resident prince-bishops, nearly 80 percent of Würzburg was destroyed in a single World War II bombing raid, rendering to rubble much of this old and lovely city. Now restored, Würzburg tells the tale of its 10th-century founding, the subsequent rise in prominence, and enduring traditions in winemaking. Impressive architectural wonders include the Residenz, one of the most splendid palaces in Europe.

Day 13 Miltenberg, Germany

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Most medieval towns are well preserved not because they’ve enjoyed centuries of peace and prosperity, but because they’ve been reconstructed after some manner of devastation. Miltenberg has escaped the damage of both roaring flame and raging war, remaining authentically historic in its full, fairytale bloom – a tale complete with truly ancient timber-framed buildings, fortified walls, forested glades, cobbled streets and hilltop castle.

Day 14 Cruising the Rhine Gorge | Koblenz, Germany

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, your ship will cruise at Rhine Gorge and heads to Koblenz.

Located where the Rhine and Moselle rivers and three mountain ranges meet, Koblenz’ scenery is unmatched. Add to that the city’s 2,000-year-old history, hilltop fortress and squares lined by classic Germanic architecture and you have a place ready-made for photos. Ambling along the town’s narrow lanes and river promenade, you might encounter medieval churches, flower-filled parks, sidewalk cafes and perhaps a weinstube, or wine tavern, ideal for sipping Riesling and drinking in the atmosphere.

Day 15 Cologne, Germany

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Germany’s most visited landmark – the UNESCO-listed Cologne Cathedral – dominates the skyline here, its magnificent Gothic twin-spires reaching toward the heavens. Peel your eyes away from the Kölner Dom, its local name, to see the space needle-like Rhine Tower, ancient Roman ruins, a modern museum, cozy beerhalls and the arches of the Hohenzollern Bridge, reconstructed after the war.

Day 16 Amsterdam, Netherlands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Everyone has an image of Amsterdam. For some, it’s small boats gliding on the canals and locals two-wheeling on bikes to work and, as frequently, to meet friends for drinks. For others, it’s gabled buildings leaning, seemingly precariously, over cobbled streets and cozy taverns illuminated by candles. Still others imagine tulips in bloom and the paintings Vermeer, Van Gogh and Rembrandt. Each vision is even more beguiling when experienced in person.

Day 17 Amsterdam | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast aboard the Crystal Mahler, disembark at the port of Amsterdam.

Crystal Mahler

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Petite Suite
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Petite Suite Seahorse Deck (S5)
188 sqft. King-size bed or two twin beds, adjustable dining table, writing desk, vanity, and 40” flat-screen HD TV. Butler service is provided.
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Petite Suite Crystal Deck (S4)
188 sqft. King-size bed or two twin beds, adjustable dining table, writing desk, vanity, and 40” flat-screen HD TV. Butler service is provided.
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Deluxe Suite (S3)
237 sqft. King-size bed or two twin beds, full-length mirror, writing desk, vanity, and flat-screen HD TV. Butler service is provided.
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Deluxe Suite (S2)
253 sqft. Supreme comfort king-size bed with fine Egyptian cotton linens. Butler service is provided.
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Deluxe Suite (S1)
253 sqft. Supreme comfort king-size bed with fine Egyptian cotton linens. Butler service is provided.
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Crystal Penthouse (CP)
506 sqft. The master bedroom features a large king-size bed facing the panoramic balcony-window, walk-in closet, flat-screen HD TV, fine Egyptian linens. Butler service is provided.
Crystal Suite
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Crystal Suite (CS)
759 sqft. Two lavish bedrooms each feature king-size beds, fine Egyptian linens, large flat-screen HD TVs, spacious closets, and expansive panoramic balcony-windows. Nightstands include charging pads and USB outlets. Butler service is provided.

Notes

Solo Supplement: A select number of cabins are available for single use. The single supplement varies by cabin type, please contact us for details.
Child Discount: Children age 11 or under receive 50% off when sharing a cabin with two full paying guests. Children, regardless of age pay full rate in a double occupancy cabin.

A wide selection of specially curated and optional shore excursions are available on every itinerary.  In each port visited, there will be complimentary adventures to choose from, other excursions will be available at an additional cost. 

Cruise Fares Include:
  • Beverages including fine wines, champagne, premium spirits and all non-alcoholic beverages such as bottled water, soft drinks, and specialty coffees
  • Gratuities for housekeeping, dining and bar staff
  • 24-hour self-service coffee tea, soft drinks, wines
  • 24-hour room service
  • Personal Butler service
  • Daily yoga and fitness classes
  • Onboard entertainment and enrichment programs
  • Choice of complimentary shore excursion in each port
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi for the duration of your voyage. 
Cruise Fares Exclude:
  • Airfare
  • Cruise port, security, navigation, berthing, stevedoring, and baggage handling/storage charges 
  • Fuel surcharges, fees or charges imposed by governmental or quasi-governmental authorities
  • Optional shore excursions
  • Sightseeing or meals ashore, taxes, gratuities
  • Visa fees
  • Laundry or valet service or any item or service whatsoever of a personal nature, such as medical treatment, expenses incurred on board or ashore in connection with medical treatment, medical condition, or medical debark
  • Massage, s­­­­­pa services or hairstyling for which separate charges may be imposed. 
  • Transfers between the airport and ship on the day of embarkation and disembarkation
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