Day 1: Prague
Arrive at Prague Václav Havel Airport, where you will be transferred to the hotel.
Day 2: Prague
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Prague city tour OR exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of Prague’s Estates Theatre and Municipal House Welcome to the beautiful “City of Spires,” an inspiration for artists, poets and writers, and you’ll discover why on a panoramic tour that includes the Prague Castle district, St. Vitus Cathedral and the Golden Lane before strolling across Charles Bridge to the Old Town Square to see Tyn Church and the famous astronomical clock. Music lovers may wish to partake in an exclusive insider’s look at Prague’s historic Estates Theatre with its exquisite jewel-box theater, where operas are staged to this day. Be treated to a short music concert composed by Mozart and his contemporaries in the Mozart Salon before enjoying traditional Czech refreshments at the café in Municipal House, the premier art nouveau building in Prague.
Day 3: Prague, transfer to Nuremberg (embark)
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Nuremberg city tour OR Nuremberg WWII historical tour with Documentation Center visit Partake in a tour of Nuremberg, enjoying Old Nuremberg. WWll history buffs may wish to go on a guided tour of significant WWII sites, including Courtroom 600, the venue for the historic Nuremberg trials. Note: Courtroom 600 is an active court. Visitors will only be permitted to see the courtroom during trial breaks.
Day 4: Cruising the Main-Danube Canal, Regensburg
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of “2,000 Years in One Hour” Regensburg walking discovery tour OR Jewish Regensburg walking discovery tour OR BMW factory visit Discover Regensburg, one of Europe’s best-preserved medieval towns, whether walking through the cobbled lanes of the UNESCO-designated Old Town or exploring Germany’s oldest Jewish community. Should you wish to do something completely different, 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. Spend your first night on the ship with the Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.
Day 5: 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 You have a few ways how to experience Passau—strolling with a guide through its medieval lanes lined with baroque buildings; taking a panoramic tour followed by a shorter walk through the heart of the charming city; or going active by cycling along the Danube’s riverside bike path and ending in Passau’s Old Town; or joining a hike with a nature expert along the beautiful Ilz River.
Day 6: Engelhartszell, cruising the Danube River
Your ship leaves Germany behind today, sailing into Austria and cruising through the Schlögener Schlinge-a hairpin loop in the Danube that was once very hazardous for ships.
Day 7: Spitz (Spitz or Melk), cruising the Wachau Valley
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Spitz village stroll with exclusive wine tasting OR Melk Abbey with library visitExplore the town with a wine and nature expert and sample local wines and delicacies made with apricots-a specialty of the region. Or explore Melk's 900-year-old Benedictine abbey and its famous library, the inspiration for the novel The Name of the Rose. Cruise through the spectacular UNESCO World-Heritage-designated Wachau Valley.
Day 8: Vienna
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Vienna city tour with Vienna State Opera visit OR exclusive “Vienna, City of Arts” tour See the city of imperial architectural marvels on a discovery tour featuring the stately Ringstrasse lined by impressive buildings such as Parliament, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the State Opera. If you prefer to experience the sheer number of artistic gems, then partake in the “City of Arts” tour featuring a Gustav Klimt exhibit at the Belvedere, a remarkable collection that includes his most famous painting—The Kiss. Note: The Vienna State Opera House is occasionally closed to visitors for rehearsals or special events without advance notice. If we cannot visit the opera house, we will visit an alternative venue instead.
Day 9: Cruising the Danube River, Budapest
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Budapest city tour OR exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Budapest walking tourChoose one of two ways to discover the wonders of the “Queen of the Danube.” Savor the beauty of both Buda and Pest, on a panoramic tour showcasing key highlights. If you prefer to experience the city as the locals do, then take a ride on the metro; stop at a lively market hall; visit the oldest and most beautiful garden in the city, Károlyi Garden; and explore the National Museum. Cap the day off with the Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.
Day 10: Budapest (disembark)
Transfer to Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport for your flight home, or extend your stay in Budapest.