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 you sail on around in the morning towards Frankfurt. This afternoon's excursions are:
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.
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.
Cruise toward Karlstadand 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 Wurzburgand start your journey to Kitzingen. Join an exclusive evening of entertainment on board.
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 where you will join it, before continuing on to Bamberg.
This morning will be spent cruising on the Rhine-Main-Danube canal, which was opened on 25th September 1992. You'll have lunch on board before arriving in Nurnberg early afternoon. Join an excursion for both packages: Visit of Nuremberg. 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 your tour, you'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. Enjoy an evening of onboard entertainment.
This morning will be spent cruising to Kelheim. Join an excursion for both packages: 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 center 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.
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 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: Tour of the illuminated sights of the city.
Today's excursions are:
Classic: Visit 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.
Enjoy a free afternoon to tour this magnificent city on your own or join an excursion proposed: Horse-drawn carriage ride through Vienna. You'll 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 midafternoon. 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. Join an excursion for both packages: Visit of Budapest "by night".
Today's excursions are: Classic: sightseeing tour of the city. Discovery: Explore Budapest by bike. Return to the ship. Have a free afternoon to stroll around this attractive city
This afternoon, enjoy some free time or join an optional excursion (not included in the packages): Discover Gellert baths and spa. After dinner, enjoy a free evening or join an excursion for both packages: a traditional folk evening in Budapest.
Day 13: Budapest | Disembark
Enjoy your last buffet breakfast on board and disembark during the morning.
For the safety of the passengers, the captain and crew of the boat may decide to modify the navigational itinerary. For the port-to-port package, embarkation begins at 6:00 pm in Strasbourg on day one and disembarkation will be at 9:00 am on the final morning in Budapest. Availability is strictly limited on port-to-port packages.
This offer includes:
- All meals from dinner the D1 to lunch on D13
- 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
- Excursions mentioned in the program
- Onboard entertainment
- Assistance from an onboard multi-lingual host/hostess
- Welcome cocktail
- 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
Formalities: 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.
Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!