Enchanted Europe (Westbound) 2021 - 16 Day River Cruise Budapest to Basel
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Enchanted Europe (Westbound) 2021

16 Day River Cruise Budapest to Basel

Starting at $6,248


Destinations & Sightseeing
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Your Danube River cruise begins with an evening cruise from Budapest to Vienna, followed by Dürnstein and Melk in Austria’s beautiful Wachau Valley. Cruise from Austria to Germany as you sail to Passau, then the Bavarian city of Regensburg to see the 12th-century Old Town Hall. Cruise to Nuremberg to choose from three guided excursions—a guided tour of Roth, a Nuremberg city sightseeing, or a tour of the notorious Nuremberg Rally Grounds of WWII. From Nuremberg, join a full-day excursion to Munich before sailing to Frankfurt for guided sightseeing. Cruise to Rüdesheim and through the magnificent Rhine Gorge. Your European river cruise stops in splendid Strasbourg, France, with its Gothic cathedral towering above its stained glass and murals, before cruising to Breisach, Germany—gateway to the magical Black Forest. Enjoy a day of storybook surroundings, sumptuous bakery specialties (such as Black Forest Cake), and a glimpse into generations of authentic Bavarian life. Your river cruise on the Danube, Rhine, and Main Rivers concludes in Basel, Switzerland.



Destination & Sightseeing

Day 1 Budapest (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception
Day 2 Vienna: scenic sailing, pass through Bratislava; free time in Vienna in the evening
Day 3 Vienna: guided sightseeing
Day 4 Dürnstein–Wachau Valley–Melk: in Dürnstein choice of guided tour or a hike up to the castle ruins with your Adventure Host; scenic cruise through the Wachau Valley; guided tour of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk; on board wine tasting
Day 5 Passau: guided walk
Day 6 Regensburg: guided walk, see the Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) and Porta Pretoria
Day 7 Roth. Excursion to Nuremberg: lecture on board; choice of guided tour in Roth, or guided tour in Nuremberg or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour; onboard beer tasting
Day 8 Nuremberg. Excursion to Munich: full-day guided tour in Munich
Day 9 Bamberg: guided tour, see the Old Town Hall
Day 10 Würzburg: guided tour, visit to the Bishop’s Residence
Day 11 Main River Village: guided tour
Day 12 Frankfurt: choice of guided tour in Frankfurt, or guided tour in Seligenstadt
Day 13 Boppard–Rhine Gorge–Rüdesheim: time at leisure in Boppard; cruise through the Rhine Gorge; special treat; visit to Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim
Day 14 Strasbourg: guided tour, visit to La Petite France district and the Gothic cathedral
Day 15 Breisach. Excursion to Black Forest: choice of excursion to Black Forest or visit to Badischer Winzerkeller
Day 16 Basel (Disembarkation): your cruise ends this morning
Notes:
  • In the event of technical or water level issues, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or alter the program, including hotel overnight when necessary.
  • Guided Tours, Optional Excursions, activities, sailing and docking schedules may be contingent on weather conditions or other issues outside of our control and could therefore be subject to change at any time.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.

ITINERARY

Day 1
ACTIVE Join a Hike up to the castle ruins with your Adventure Host for a spectacular view of the village, Danube, and the Wachau Valley below

Day 2
CLASSIC Explore the Habsburg empire this morning on a Guided City Tour of Vienna’s gilded landmarks. See the Imperial Palace complex—the winter residence of the Imperial Family, the iconic Vienna Opera House and stunning St. Stephen’s Cathedral

Day 3
CLASSIC Take a Guided Tour of Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey to marvel at its frescoed ceilings, statues, incredible library, and ornate pipe organ

Day 4
CLASSIC Join a Guided City Walk to learn more about this beautiful “City of Three Rivers.”

Day 5
CLASSIC Join a Guided City Walk and see Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) and Porta Pretoria—built in 179 AD as the entrance to Castra Regina fortress

Day 6
CLASSIC Take a Guided Tour of the historic Nuremberg Rally Grounds—used by the Third Reich

Day 7
CLASSIC Take a full-day Guided Tour of the highlights of fascinating Munich. See Nymphenburg Palace—a former residence of German monarchs, along with the old and new Town Halls of Marienplatz

Day 8
CLASSIC Take a Guided Walking Tour of the historic home to imperial dynasties, and see its Romanesque cathedral, Old Town Hall, and seven hills crowned with churches

Day 9
CLASSIC Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Würzburg with its Old Main Bridge, towering fortress, and baroque Bishop’s Residenz—with the largest known ceiling fresco

Day 10
CLASSIC Join a Guided Walking Tour of a picturesque Main River Bavarian village

Day 11
CLASSIC Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Frankfurt to see the city’s cultural landmarks and gleaming financial headquarters combined with the cozy ambience of quaint neighborhoods, OR:

Day 12
CLASSIC Come along for City Sightseeing, including the city’s Gothic, stained-glass cathedral with its celebrated ancient murals and astronomical clock, as well as the magical La Petite France District

Day 13
DISCOVERY Enjoy the flavors of the Wachau Valley with a Wine Tasting on board

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DISCOVERY Later, indulge in a Beer Tasting on board

Day 15
DISCOVERY Take a Guided Tour to Seligenstadt—one of Germany’s oldest towns and home to the Einhard Basilika—dubbed “minor basilica” in 1925 by Pope Pius XI

Day 16
DISCOVERY Tour the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience; based on your departure enjoy a local special treat

Day 17
DISCOVERY Join a full-day Guided Tour to the magical Black Forest to experience the Vogtsbauernohf open-air-museum, visit an authentic water mill, and see a traditional butter-making demonstration, OR: DISCOVERY Visit to Badischer Winzerkeller, the largest German wine producer in Europe. Learn about German winemaking in the vineyards of Baden, and enjoy a wine tasting

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Your cruise ends this morning with breakfast. Departure flights should not leave Zürich airport before 10 am or Basel airport before 8 am

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BUDAPEST, HUNGARY

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MELK

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PASSAU, GERMANY

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REGENSBURG

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ROTH. EXCURSION TO NUREMBERG

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NUREMBERG–EXCURSION TO MUNICH

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BAMBERG

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WÜRZBURG

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MAIN RIVER VILLAGE

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FRANKFURT. EXCURSION TO SELIGENSTADT

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RÜDESHEIM–RHINE GORGE

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STRASBOURG, FRANCE

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BREISACH, GERMANY. EXCURSION TO BLACK FOREST

Day 49
BASEL, SWITZERLAND (DISEMBARKATION)

Day 50
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIENNA

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OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN VIENNA

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OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DÜRNSTEIN

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EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO PASSAU

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EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO REGENSBURG

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EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ROTH

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EVENING CRUISE TO NUREMBERG

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EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MAIN RIVER VILLAGE

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EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO FRANKFURT

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EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO STRASBOURG

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EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BREISACH

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Day 81 BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
Welcome to Hungary. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding. Flights into Budapest must arrive by 2 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm. The day is yours to relax and enjoy the city with time for photographs, cafés, and confections. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIENNA
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Day 82 VIENNA, AUSTRIA
Viennese Waltzes on the Blue Danube Visit the Adventure Center for today's activities with your adventure host. Enjoy sailing the Danube, which shares dozens of miles with Hungary and Slovakia. Relax on the Sky Deck to see the rolling landscape and red-rooftops of the Slovakian capital of Bratislava come into view. This evening in Vienna, you may choose to join an Optional Excursion to attend a Royal Waltz Concert for an unforgettable evening of music in an elegant hall. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN VIENNA
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Day 83 VIENNA
Royal Collections and Amusing Attractions CLASSIC Explore the Habsburg empire this morning on a Guided City Tour of Vienna’s gilded landmarks. See the Imperial Palace complex—the winter residence of the Imperial Family, the iconic Vienna Opera House and stunning St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Join a Guided Optional Excursion to Schönbrunn Palace— summer home of the Habsburg Empire. Enjoy free time this afternoon to take a tram to visit Vienna’s Prater amusement park or one of the many museums nearby. You may also borrow a bike from the ship to explore Vienna’s square or the banks of the Danube. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DÜRNSTEIN
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Day 84 DÜRNSTEIN–WACHAU VALLEY
A King’s Ransom and Castle Ruins CLASSIC Join a Guided Walk, and hear the legendary tale of King Richard the Lionheart—who was imprisoned in the castle above the village during the Crusades, OR: ACTIVE Join a Hike up to the castle ruins with your Adventure Host for a spectacular view of the village, Danube, and the Wachau Valley below. Enjoy coffee or a cocktail on the Sky Deck as you sail through the picturesque Wachau Valley to Melk. MELK Frescoes Above and Vineyards Below CLASSIC Take a Guided Tour of Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey to marvel at its frescoed ceilings, statues, incredible library, and ornate pipe organ. DISCOVERY Enjoy the flavors of the Wachau Valley with a Wine Tasting on board. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO PASSAU
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Day 85 PASSAU, GERMANY
Where the Danube, Inn, and Ilz Rivers Meet CLASSIC Join a Guided City Walk to learn more about this beautiful “City of Three Rivers.” Alternatively, join a full-day Guided Optional Excursion to Salzburg—the city of Mozart—or to the picturesque Bohemian town of Cesky Krumlov. Meet your ship back in Passau after your full-day selected activity for sailing. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO REGENSBURG
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Day 86 REGENSBURG
Bavaria’s Medieval Miracle Join your Adventure Host for today’s special activities. CLASSIC Join a Guided City Walk and see Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) and Porta Pretoria—built in 179 AD as the entrance to Castra Regina fortress. You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to visit the Benedictine Monastery in Weltenburg. Alternatively spend a free afternoon exploring Regensburg on foot or by bike through its charming streets. This evening, enjoy live entertainment after dinner. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ROTH
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Day 87 ROTH. EXCURSION TO NUREMBERG
Legends and History Lessons DISCOVERY Enjoy an onboard Lecture about the Main-Danube Canal—linking these two rivers to make a vital connection enabling navigation between the North and Black seas. CLASSIC Enjoy a Guided Sightseeing Tour of the Bavarian town of Roth—with its half-timbered houses, market square, and 1535 hunting lodge Schloss Ratibor, OR: CLASSIC Choose a Guided Sightseeing of Nuremberg—with its medieval architecture, gilded fountain, gothic cathedral, and Kaiserburg Castle, OR; CLASSIC Take a Guided Tour of the historic Nuremberg Rally Grounds—used by the Third Reich. DISCOVERY Later, indulge in a Beer Tasting on board. EVENING CRUISE TO NUREMBERG
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Day 88 NUREMBERG–EXCURSION TO MUNICH
A King’s Palace and Town Halls CLASSIC Take a full-day Guided Tour of the highlights of fascinating Munich. See Nymphenburg Palace—a former residence of German monarchs, along with the old and new Town Halls of Marienplatz. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BAMBERG
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Day 89 BAMBERG
The City of Seven Hills Visit the Adventure Center for today’s activities with your Adventure Host. CLASSIC Take a Guided Walking Tour of the historic home to imperial dynasties, and see its Romanesque cathedral, Old Town Hall, and seven hills crowned with churches. After the tour, spend free time with a glass of German-style Rauchbier (smoked beer). AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO WÜRZBURG
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Day 90 WÜRZBURG
A Perfect Day in the Pearl of the Romantic Road CLASSIC Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Würzburg with its Old Main Bridge, towering fortress, and baroque Bishop’s Residenz—with the largest known ceiling fresco. You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to the beautiful Bavarian town of Rothenburg. See the local sights and enjoy the fairytale atmosphere that has inspired artists. Enjoy live entertainment on board while sailing tonight. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MAIN RIVER VILLAGE
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Day 91 MAIN RIVER VILLAGE
Beauty on the Main River CLASSIC Join a Guided Walking Tour of a picturesque Main River Bavarian village. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO FRANKFURT
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Day 92 FRANKFURT. EXCURSION TO SELIGENSTADT
Charm in Frankfurt CLASSIC Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Frankfurt to see the city’s cultural landmarks and gleaming financial headquarters combined with the cozy ambience of quaint neighborhoods, OR: DISCOVERY Take a Guided Tour to Seligenstadt—one of Germany’s oldest towns and home to the Einhard Basilika—dubbed “minor basilica” in 1925 by Pope Pius XI. Spend free time this afternoon exploring Frankfurt on your own. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BOPPARD
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Day 93 BOPPARD
A Peaceful Jewel in the Rhine Gorge Free time to explore the Rheinallee Promenade for delicious food and drink. This afternoon, relax on the Sky Deck with views of the spectacular Rhine Gorge en route to Rüdesheim. RÜDESHEIM–RHINE GORGE Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country DISCOVERY Tour the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience; based on your departure enjoy a local special treat. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO STRASBOURG
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Day 94 STRASBOURG, FRANCE
A Grand Cathedral and La Petite France Join your Adventure Host for today’s special activities. CLASSIC Come along for City Sightseeing, including the city’s Gothic, stained-glass cathedral with its celebrated ancient murals and astronomical clock, as well as the magical La Petite France District EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BREISACH
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Day 95 BREISACH, GERMANY. EXCURSION TO BLACK FOREST
German Winemaking and the Beautiful Black Forest DISCOVERY Join a full-day Guided Tour to the magical Black Forest to experience the Vogtsbauernohf open-air-museum, visit an authentic water mill, and see a traditional butter-making demonstration, OR: DISCOVERY Visit to Badischer Winzerkeller, the largest German wine producer in Europe. Learn about German winemaking in the vineyards of Baden, and enjoy a wine tasting. You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to visit the charming village of Colmar in the morning. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BASEL
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Day 96 BASEL, SWITZERLAND (DISEMBARKATION)
Your cruise ends this morning with breakfast. Departure flights should not leave Zürich airport before 10 am or Basel airport before 8 am.

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