Day 1: Budapest (embark)
Arrive at Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport, where you will be transferred to the ship.
Day 2: Budapest
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Budapest city tour OR exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Budapest walking tour OR exclusive guided “Let's Go” Budapest by bike Choose one of three ways to savor the beauty of Budapest: a panoramic tour showcasing key highlights, including Castle Hill; do as the locals do; or on an active exploration with biking on a “Green Budapest” tour. Enjoy the Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.
Day 3: Cruising the Danube River
Enjoy a leisurely day onboard with scenic cruising.
Day 4: Vienna
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Vienna city tour with Winter Palace of Prince Eugene visit OR exclusive “Vienna, City of Arts” tour Get acquainted with Vienna’s treasure trove of imperial gems on a city tour with a visit to Prince Eugene’s Winter Palace. If you prefer to experience the city’s artistic gems, join an art tour, featuring a Gustav Klimt exhibit at the Belvedere.
Day 5: Cruising the Wachau Valley, Weissenkirchen (Weissenkirchen or Melk)
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Weissenkirchen “Village Day” with exclusive guided “Let's Go” vineyard hike with wine tasting OR Melk Abbey with library visit Cruise through the UNESCO-designated Wachau Valley to Weissenkirchen, where you can sample fine local wine, along with a vineyard hike. Alternatively, you can visit the Melk Abbey and its extraordinary library.
Day 6: Engelhartszell, cruising the Danube River, Passau
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: A “trifecta” of choices to experience Passau—walking discovery tour OR city tour with old town walk OR exclusive guided “Let's Go” Bavarian river bike ride Discover Passau with a variety of choices, either on an intimate walking tour, panoramic city tour or via a “Let's Go” choice with a ride along one of the most beautiful stretches of the Danube and into the heart of Passau.
Day 7: Regensburg
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of “2,000 Years in One Hour” Regensburg walking discovery tour OR “From Hops Field to Beer Stein” farm visit OR BMW factory visit OR exclusive guided “Let's Go” bird’s-eye view of Regensburg Discover Germany’s best-preserved medieval city on a walking tour; visit a Bavarian hops farm; or tour the state-of-the-art BMW factory. Note: If the tour lands on a day when the BMW factory is closed, an alternative venue will be organized.
Day 8: Cruising the Main-Danube Canal, Nuremberg
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Nuremberg city tour OR WWII historical tour with Documentation Center Once in Nuremberg, join either a city tour or a tour focusing on significant WWII sites. Note: We are only permitted to see Courtroom 600 during trial breaks.
Day 9: Bamberg, cruising the Main River
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Bamberg walking discovery tour OR exclusive Franconian “Village Day” City dwellers will wish to discover Bamberg—a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and country dwellers will wish to experience a Franconian village outing.
Day 10: Würzburg (Rothenburg)
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Würzburg Residence visit OR Rothenburg and Weikersheim village & castle tour Art lovers will want to visit the Würzburg Residence, and fairytale lovers will want to go to Rothenburg and Weikersheim, where you’ll visit a grand palace.
Day 11: Wertheim
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Wertheim walking tour with pretzel making and wine tasting at a private wine estate Stroll through Wertheim’s historic center and enjoy a private wine tasting and pretzel making with a baker.
Day 12: Frankfurt
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Frankfurt city tour OR exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Frankfurt walking tour Get an overview of modern-day Frankfurt as well as its charming Old Town, or experience Frankfurt as a local.
Day 13: Rüdesheim, cruising the romantic Rhine River
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of gondola ride to the Niederwald Monument OR Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum Experience Rüdesheim from above on a cable car ride over Rheingau vineyards or visit a unique collection of self-playing musical instruments. Later, cruise through the UNESCO-designated Upper Middle Rhine.
Day 14: Cologne
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Cologne walking tour with choice of cathedral OR Kölsch beer tasting or Museum Ludwig You have an array of choices for how you wish to experience Cologne’s many treasures. Those interested in history and architecture will want to stroll with a local expert through Old Town to the city’s iconic UNESCO Gothic Cologne Cathedral. For beer connoisseurs, you’ll wish to visit a brewery to taste the traditional local brew of the city, Kölsch. And for lovers of art, you won’t want to miss one of the most important contemporary museums in Europe, Museum Ludwig. Cap the day off at the Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner. Note: On Sundays and Catholic holidays, guided tours inside the cathedral are not allowed, but individual visits are still welcomed.
Day 15: Amsterdam (disembark), transfer to the airport
Disembark the ship and transfer to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport for your flight home, or extend your stay in Amsterdam.