Day 1 - Arrive Budapest, Hungary
Arrive in Budapest, where you are met and transferred to your
hotel. In 1872, the three Hungarian settlements of Obuda, Pest
and Buda merged as one, and the illustrious capital of Budapest
was born. Following its unification, Budapest underwent rapid
growth and expanded its political sphere, setting the stage for the
city's golden age. Tonight, join fellow guests and your Resident
Tour Director for a welcome dinner.
Day 2 - Budapest
Join your intimate group, visiting Baroque Godollo Castle and its
gardens. During the reign of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the
palace became a favorite summer residence of the royal family.
Return to central Budapest with time for lunch at leisure. Then,
meet your ship for priority embarkation. This evening, cruise
through Budapest, passing under the illuminated Chain Bridge,
while a gypsy band performs on board.
Day 3 - Budapest
See Buda’s cobbled streets and Pest's 19th-century buildings.
Throughout the course of your tour, admire Matthias Church;
Fisherman's Bastion, oddly more decorative than defensive;
St. Stephen's Basilica, which stands just as tall as the Parliament
Building to symbolize the balance of church and state; and the
Parliament Building itself, whose undulating Grand Stairway
enchants with flowing crimson carpets and brilliant gold leaf. Enjoy a garden lunch ashore at a Buda villa and an afternoon
tour of Jewish heritage, where you visit the Great Synagogue
and the Hungarian Jewish Museum.
Day 4 - Bratislava, Slovakia & Vienna, Austria
Arrive in Bratislava and visit its old quarter. In intimate
company, visit the 18th-century Primate’s Palace, and view
St. Martin’s Cathedral and Grassalkovich Palace. Back on
board, enjoy a private cocktail party and an exclusive Chef 's
Highlights dinner. Cruise to Vienna.
Day 5 - Vienna
Enjoy a panoramic tour of Vienna, an imperial masterpiece
and the capital of Austria. Later, visit Schönbrunn Palace,
the summer residence of the Habsburgs. After leisure time,
experience a fantastic dinner ashore, and enjoy preferred seating
at a Sound of Vienna concert in the Kursalon.
Day 6 - Dürnstein & Melk
Take a walking tour of Dürnstein, followed by a wine tasting
and private lunch ashore at a restaurant in the Wachau
Valley. Visit Melk Abbey, then enjoy a guided tour of Schloss
Artstetten, home of the descendants of Emperor Franz Josef.
Among the famous castle owners interred here are Emperor
Franz I, the father-in-law of Napoleon Bonaparte; Duke
Maximilian, an established opponent of the Nazi political party and among the first Austrians to be deported to
the concentration camp at Dachau; and Archduke Franz
Ferdinand, whose startling assassination ignited
World War I.
Day 7 - Salzburg
Discover Salzburg during a walking tour and private cooking
class, which includes lunch and a hands-on strudel-making
lesson. Visit St. Michael's Basilica in Mondsee, which served
as the backdrop for the iconic wedding scene in The Sound of
Music. This evening, your captain hosts a gala dinner on board.
Day 8 - Nuremberg & Regensburg, Germany
In Nuremberg, visit the city’s altstadt (old town). See the
Imperial Castle and Palace of Justice, and have lunch ashore.
Later, privately tour a World War II art bunker, an A&K exclusive. Back on board your ship in Regensburg, enjoy a
Day 9 - Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic
Disembark in Passau and drive to Cesky Krumlov, where you
visit the city’s Old Town and stunning 13th-century castle.
Tucked away in the hills of the southern Czech Republic, Cesky
Krumlov delights with its medieval detailing and pastoral
countryside. Though occupied by German forces during World
War II, the town managed to avoid any serious conflict and
remains remarkably well preserved. After lunch, continue to
Prague for an evening at leisure.
Day 10 - Prague
Explore Prague’s Old Town and its Jewish Quarter, birthplace
of Franz Kafka. An integral part of the city's cultural history,
the Bohemian Jewish novelist spent many years in the Old
Town, where cobblestone streets, enchanting spires and cozy
pubs create a fairy-tale atmosphere. As a proper send-off,
there is even a memorial dedicated to Kafka on Dusni Street
— a peculiar bronze sculpture depicting the writer riding on
the shoulders of a headless figure. Take in the Town Hall’s
iconic astronomical clock, the Jewish Museum and the
Jewish Cemetery. Following an afternoon at leisure, gather
for a farewell dinner.
Day 11 - Depart Prague
Today, transfer to Prague Airport for your flight home.