Arrive at Vienna International Airport, where you will be transferred to the ship.
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Vienna city tour with Winter Palace of Prince Eugene visit or exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Vienna walking tour Encounter the highlights of Vienna’s Habsburg heritage, including the principal staterooms of Prince Eugene’s magnificent Winter Palace, a stunning example of baroque architecture. Or explore Vienna’s historic town center by foot and subway as the locals do, stopping for a treat at a traditional Viennese coffee house. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.
Dürnstein, cruising the Wachau Valley
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Dürnstein “Village Day” or exclusive saffron workshop and village stroll Walk with your guide through the lovely baroque village of Dürnstein and sample the local apricot schnapps. Or discover another longtime agricultural treasure of the region, saffron, which has grown here for eight hundred years; a grower and chef will teach you about this exotic spice and invite you to taste various saffron-flavored foods. Then cruise the enchanting UNESCO-designated Wachau Valley.
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of private visit to Engelszell Abbey or exclusive guided “Go Active” bike ride along the Danube river, and Passau walking tour You have many delightful options today. Enjoy a scenic sail through the Schlögener Schlinge—a beautiful oxbow in the Danube—and then visit Engelszell Abbey for a beer and cheese tasting. Or bike along the Danube with a local guide. Complete the day’s adventures with an exploration of Passau, with its surprising Italian baroque flair.
Regensburg, cruising the Main-Danube Canal
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of “2,000 Years in One Hour” Regensburg walking tour or Jewish Regensburg or BMW factory visit On your tour of Regensburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, marvel at the town’s famous 12th-century Stone Bridge, Porta Praetoria (a Roman gateway), the Cathedral of St. Peter, and other treasures. For a different view of medieval Regensburg, tour sites associated with Germany’s oldest Jewish community, which date back more than a thousand years. Alternatively, visit the BMW factory. Note: If the tour lands on a day when the BMW factory is closed, we will visit the Audi factory instead.
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Nuremberg city tour or Nuremberg WWII historical tour with Documentation Center visit Discover Nuremberg, a medieval gem, during a panoramic city tour. Or see the city’s most important WWII sites, including the Nazi Party Rally Grounds and Courtroom 600, venue of the Nuremberg Military Tribunal. Note: Courtroom 600 is an active court. Visitors will only be permitted to see the courtroom during trial breaks.
Bamberg, cruising the Main River
FEATURED EXCURSION: Bamberg walking tour Explore the UNESCO-designated core of Bamberg (which has retained its medieval layout), admiring its Renaissance palaces and baroque houses.
Würzburg (Rothenburg and Würzburg)
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Tour of Rothenburg and Würzburg Residenz Explore Rothenburg, the best-preserved medieval town in Germany. Then advance from the Middle Ages to the 18th century with a tour of the Würzburg Residenz, a UNESCO-designated baroque palace.
FEATURED EXCURSION: Wertheim walking tour with exclusive Franconian pretzel and wine tasting demo at private wine estate Today you will visit medieval Wertheim, a gorgeous castle town at the confluence of the Tauber and Main rivers. After strolling through its charming Old Town, you’re in for another special treat: a delicious pretzel and wine tasting at a local village winery.
Cruising the Main River, Aschaffenburg
FEATURED EXCURSION: Leisure stroll to Castle Johannisburg and Gardens In Aschaffenburg, begin with a walk up to the grounds of its central landmark—the gorgeous red-sandstone Johannisburg Castle. You’ll tour both the castle’s opulent neoclassical interiors and its extensive garden grounds before discovering more of Aschaffenburg’s charming Old Town, wandering down narrow alleys and passing timber-frame houses.
Rüdesheim, cruising the romantic Rhine River
FEATURED EXCURSION: Siegfried’s Museum of Mechanical Musical Instruments Visit Rüdesheim, for a lighthearted trip to a museum full of “magical” (self-playing) musical instruments. Then, cruise the Upper Middle Rhine Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage landscape.
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Cologne walking tour with Cologne Cathedral visit Stroll through Old Town as you make your way to Cologne Cathedral. From every angle, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is a masterpiece. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner. Note: On Sundays and Catholic holidays, guided tours inside the cathedral will not be possible.
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Amsterdam by canal with either Van Gogh Museum or Rijksmuseum visit Experience the highlights of Amsterdam on a cruise through its 17th-century canals, and then choose to visit one of two world-famous museums: the Van Gogh Museum or the Rijksmuseum.
Disembark the ship and transfer to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport for your flight home, or extend your stay in exciting Amsterdam Note: Order of sightseeing may change throughout the itinerary. Substitute visits to other sites may occur during your trip due to water levels or other uncontrollable factors.