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Itinerary & Activities

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Itinerary map of Melodies of the Danube (Wine Themed) (2015)

Day 1

ARRIVE IN BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - EMBARKATION Arrive in Budapest and embark on your luxurious river cruise ship. This evening, meet your fellow travelers at a Welcome Aboard Wine Toast. (D)

Day 2

BUDAPEST Your morning sightseeing tour takes you to historic Buda Castle, which offers a splendid view of the twin cities of Buda and Pest on both sides of the river. Your tour also features the Fisherman's Bastion, the Royal Palace, St. Stephen's Basilica, Heroes' Square and more. Departing Budapest in the afternoon, you will cruise through the Danube Bend and also enjoy an onboard lecture and sample various wines prior to dinner. (B,L,D)

Day 3

VIENNA, AUSTRIA This morning, enjoy an onboard wine lecture before arriving in Vienna. Your afternoon guided city tour will include the opulent Opera House, the Ringstrasse, and St. Stephen's Cathedral. The rest of the afternoon is free to stroll along the Kärtnerstrasse or sample Vienna's famous pastries in the historic city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. An early dinner will be served on board before this evening's exciting options: an optional Mozart and Strauss concert or an excursion to a rustic wine tavern to listen to folk music and sample newly pressed locally grown wine. (B,L,D)

Day 4

VIENNA - KREMS Spend a free morning in Vienna or choose to take an optional tour of Schönbrunn Palace before enjoying a scenic cruise through the Wachau Valley en route to Krems, wine capital of this region. Later this evening, you will discover that Krems offers a rich array of wine-related history and culture. After a light buffet dinner on board, head to a Wachau winery for drinks and hors d'oeuvres. The ship overnights in Krems. (B,L,D)

Day 5

DÜRNSTEIN - MELK This morning you will arrive in Dürnstein and take a walking tour along medieval cobblestone streets lined with 16th-century townhouses and wine taverns. One of Austria's smallest towns, home to only 1,000 inhabitants, regarded as the most romantic place in the Wachau, you'll marvel at the magnificent blue façade of the Baroque Stiftskirche and the ancient vineyards that surround the town. Looming overhead are the ruins of the castle where Richard the Lionhearted was imprisoned in 1192. The ship arrives in Melk this afternoon, site of a spectacular 900-year-old Benedictine Abbey atop a granite cliff overlooking the Danube. You will tour the Abbey this afternoon, followed by a visit to a local vineyard for an introduction to the famous wines of the Wachau. (B,L,D)

Day 6

LINZ We arrive this morning in Linz, the second largest city in Austria. Upon arrival, you may take a walking tour of Linz and enjoy some free time. Alternatively, take an excursion to the Czech town of Cesky Krumlov, a wonderfully preserved medieval town nestled in the hills just over the Austrian-Czech border. As a third option, enjoy an excursion to Salzburg, where you will have a walking tour of the historic center, famous as the birthplace of Mozart and the setting for the “Sound of Music.” Enjoy free time on your own before rejoining the ship in Linz. This evening, the Gala Captain's Dinner takes place on board. The ship departs for Passau. (B,L,D)

Day 7

PASSAU, GERMANY - VILSHOFEN Arrive this morning in Passau and take a walking tour through this fairytale city, where you will see Gothic and Italian Baroque architecture, ancient city fortifications and St. Stephan's Cathedral. Midday depart for Vilshofen, a quaint 1200-year-old Bavarian town. This evening, enjoy a special “Oktoberfest” presented by the townspeople of Vilshofen, with Bavarian folk music, songs, dancing, local beer and traditional pretzels. The Mayor and Beer Queen will be on hand to lead the festivities as the cruise portion of your journey comes to an end. The ship moors overnight. (B,L,D)

Day 8

VILSHOFEN - DISEMBARKATION - REGENSBURG - MUNICH This morning, disembark your ship in Vilshofen and depart for Munich. Stop in Regensburg for a walking tour of one of Germany's best preserved medieval cities. You will have some free time afterwards to explore Regensburg's old town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, before continuing your transfer to Munich. Enjoy the scenic countryside en route to your hotel in Munich, Germany's third-largest city. With a history that dates back to the middle ages, Munich is an important industrial, educational and cultural center, renowned for its breweries, beer gardens and boisterous Oktoberfest celebrations. (B)

Day 9

MUNICH This morning, enjoy a panoramic tour of Munich followed by a walking tour of the Old Town. You will see such iconic sights as the famous Glockenspiel at Munich's New Town Hall and the Frauenkirche, the “Cathedral of Our Lady.” The afternoon is free for you to explore Munich on your own. (B)

Day 10

MUNICH Today, you will visit the stunning Neuschwanstein Castle, inspiration for Walt Disney's “Sleeping Beauty Castle.” The palace was built in the 19th century by “Mad” King Ludwig II of Bavaria as an homage to composer Richard Wagner. After a tour of the castle, arrive in Fussen, where you will have free time for lunch on your own before returning to Munich. (B)

Day 11

DEPART MUNICH Bid farewell to Munich and prepare for your homeward flight. (B)

Things to Know

Preparing For Your Trip
  • Make Sure to Bring All of Your Important Documents: Passport, Foreign visa (if applicable), Itinerary, Trip confirmation, Airline ticket, Drivers license, Credit cards, Travel documents.

  • Vaccinations Are Required for Entry to Some Countries. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) can provide you their recommendations for vaccinations and other travel health precautions for your trip abroad.

  • Are You Taking Any Prescriptions or Other Medications? Pack enough to last your entire trip, including some extra in case you are unexpectedly delayed.

  • Insurance: Purchase travel insurance to cover yourself against unexpected situations. You never know when something might happen, so always be prepared.
While Traveling
  • Keep an eye on your belongings. Do not leave your belongings unattended in public spaces

  • Always have local cash. Not every place takes credit cards.
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