Our ten-country cruise vacation along the Rhine, Main, and Danube Rivers takes you through Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, and Romania. Sublime scenery, smooth waters, and exciting discoveries dot this itinerary. You’ll visit picturesque medieval cities such as Rothenburg, tour the major European capitals, and experience nature as you’ve never seen it before in Keukenhof Gardens and the Danube Delta. Join us for an unequaled trans-European trip through history-laden regions full of incredible tales and fantastic food.
Possibility of a transfer by coach(3) from Amsterdam to Antwerp for an extra fee. Passengers are welcome to board the ship in Antwerp at 6:00 p.m. After comfortably settling into your cabins, we'll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail. Dinner tonight will be followed by a tour of the old city in the company of our hostess.
ANTWERP - ROTTERDAM
Our cruise will cross small inland seas and immense locks to reach Rotterdam in the middle of the afternoon. Tonight is our gala dinner and evening.
ROTTERDAM - AMSTERDAM
Morning spent cruising to Utrecht. Join us on an excursion for both packages: The Keukenhof gardens(2). During this time, the boat will continue to Amsterdam. In the evening, join us on an excursion for both packages: Tour of Amsterdam by night on board a river boat.
Join us for the excursions proposed:
CLASSIC: Guided tour of Amsterdam and its diamond merchants.
In the afternoon, join us on an excursion for both packages: Volendam and Zaanse Schans. The evening is free to do as you please.
Enjoy the buffet breakfast on board. Free day and lunch in Amsterdam. Take the opportunity to discover the capital of Netherlands at your own pace. Return to the ship for dinner.
During the morning, discover by your own Amsterdam or join us for the excursion proposed:
DISCOVERY: Bike tour of Amsterdam. You'll be able to explore and learn about all the must-see and out-of-the-way sites.
The afternoon and the evening are free to do as you please. Our ship will cruise to Cologne through the night.
The morning will be spent cruising. The afternoon is free to do as you please, or take a tour of the old sections of Cologne. Enjoy an evening of entertainment. Our ship will cruise to Cologne through the night.
The morning will be spent cruising on the romantic Rhine. Join us for the excursions proposed:
CLASSIC: Touristic train, tasting of wines* and visit of the Museum of Mechanical Musical Instruments.
DISCOVERY: Hiking through the vineyards in Rudesheim
Free evening in the famous Drosselgasse, the little street famous worldwide for joyful athmosphere and Rhineland bands.
RÜDESHEIM - STRASBOURG
All the day will be spent cruising on the Rhine.
In the evening, join us on an excursion for both packages: tour by river boat through Strasbourg.
Tonight is our gala evening and dinner.
Enjoy the buffet breakfast on board. Free day and lunch in Strasbourg. Take the opportunity to discover the European capital at your own pace. After returning on board at the end of the afternoon, we'll cruise to Mainz.
MAINZ - FRANKFURT
We'll arrive in Mainz early morning. This city, the birthplace of Gutenberg, which lies at the confluence of the Rhine and the Main is a perfect blend of past and present with its thousand year old cathedral. We'll tour the city with your escort before we sail on around in the morning towards Frankfurt. The afternoon, join us for the excursions proposed:
CLASSIC: Sightseeing tour of Frankfurt, a major business hub.
DISCOVERY: Frankfurt "Mainhattan” and the Main Tower: Panoramic tour of Frankfurt and ascent of the Main Tower.
MILTENBERG - WERTHEIM
We'll stop off in Miltenberg early this morning. Join us to discover this peaceful town with its market place lined with half-timbered houses, its fine main street, hotel Reisen and old Town Hall. We'll have lunch on board before continuing on to Wertheim. Enjoy some free time to discover the town on your own before returning to the ship for dinner.
WERTHEIM - WURZBURG - KITZINGEN
We'll cruise towards Karlstadt. In the afternoon, join us on an excursion for both packages: Visit Wurzburg on the right bank of the Main, which is famous for its baroque palace, former residence of the prince-bishops. In the meantime, the ship cruises on to Wurzburg where we will join it late afternoon. We'll then cruise to Kitzingen. Enjoy an evening of onboard entertainment.
KITZINGEN - ROTHENBURG - BAMBERG
Early this morning we'll start cruising along the Main to reach Schweinfurt. Join us on an excursion for both packages: Guided tour to Rothenburg, a magnificent walled town set up high on the hills over the river, with its narrow streets lined with picturesque half-timbered houses and craftsmen's workshops. It is indeed one of the most beautiful towns on the Romantic Road. In the meantime the ship will cruise on to Schweinfurt where we will join it, before continuing on to Bamberg.
BAMBERG - NURNBERG - MUHLHAUSEN
This morning will be spent cruising on the Rhine-Main-Danube canal, which was opened on 25th September 1992. We'll have lunch on board before arriving in Nurnberg early afternoon. Join us on an excursion for both packages: Visit of Nuremberg We'll enjoy a panoramic visit of the monuments found outside of the city's medieval walls before arriving in the Marktplatz. On foot, you'll see the gorgeous Schöner Brunnen and the Frauenkirche. During our tour, we'll stop and taste one of the local specialties, Lebkuchen, the city's famous gingerbread. We'll return to the ship during the afternoon and sail on to reach Muhlhausen in the evening. Enjoy an evening of onboard entertainment.
MUHLHAUSEN - REGENSBURG
This morning will be spent cruising to Kelheim. Join us on an excursion for both packages: Visit of Regensburg, which is the fourth biggest town in Bavaria and also a major industrial hub - with major firms such as BMW, Siemens and Triumph. The historic centre of the city has kept all its original charm with souvenirs of over 20 centuries. In the meantime, the ship cruises on to join us in Regensburg.
REGENSBURG - PASSAU
This morning will be spent cruising towards Passau. Enjoy some free time to visit the town on your own. Its baroque buildings and narrow romantic streets are unforgettable. Return to ship and sail on through the attractive region of Engelhartszell. Enjoy an evening of onboard entertainment.
PASSAU - MELK - VIENNA
The morning will be spent cruising to reach Melk early in the morning, join us on an excursion for both packages: Visit of the abbey of Melk, perched on a rocky outcrop overlooking the Danube. It is the symbol of Austrian baroque at its finest. We'll return to the ship at the end of the morning and sail on to Dürnstein, arriving there for lunch around noon. Enjoy some free time to explore this picturesque village, and its baroque church, which is the most famous in the Wachau region thanks to the legend of King Richard the Lion Heart. We'll return on board in the afternoon before sailing on to Vienna. Putting in for the night in Vienna. Join us on an excursion for both packages: Tour of the illuminated sights of the city by night.
VIENNA - ESZTERGOM
Join us for the excursions proposed:
CLASSIC: Visit to the palace of Schöbrunn with its magnificent park.
DISCOVERY: The high art of Viennese living: music and Viennese cafes. Tour of the Konzerthaus concert hall(4).
Enjoy a free afternoon to tour this magnificent city on your own or join us on an excursion proposed: Horse-drawn carriage ride though Vienna. We'll then cruise towards Esztergom, passing Bratislava on the way. Tonight is our dinner and gala evening on board.
ESZTERGOM - BUDAPEST
Enjoy some free time to visit Esztergom on your own, the former capital of Hungary, under the reign of the Arpad kings. Today, it is still a prominent town and the seat of the Hungarian archbishops. Esztergom is decidedly full of treasures with its neo-classical basilica and former Royal palace. We'll set sail once again around noon. Enjoy lunch on board before arriving in Budapest midafternoon. The Hungarian capital which lies along the banks of the Danube, also known as the "pearl of the Danube” is one of the most attractive cities in Europe. Enjoy some free time to explore the city before returning to the ship for dinner. Join us on an excursion for both packages: Visit of Budapest "by night".
Enjoy a day on your own, or join us for the excursions proposed:
CLASSIC: sightseeing tour of the city.
DISCOVERY: Explore Budapest by bike. Return to the ship. Have a free afternoon to stroll round this attractive city
This afternoon, enjoy some free time or join us on an optional excursion (not included in the packages): Discover Gellert baths and spa. After dinner, enjoy a free evening or join us on an excursion for both packages: traditional folk evening in Budapest.
Enjoy the buffet breakfast on board. Free day and lunch in Budapest. Take the opportunity to discover the Hungarian capital at your own pace. Tonight we'll enjoy dinner and start sailing towards Mohacs through the night.
MOHÁCS (Hungary) - OSIJEK (Croatia)
We'll sail towards Osijek in the early morning. To help get your blood moving, join us for an aerobics class and onboard entertainment.
This afternoon, join us for the excursions proposed:
CLASSIC: Guided tour of Osijek.
DISCOVERY: Osijek by bike.
Afterwards, we'll continue cruising towards Novi Sad. Enjoy an evening of onboard entertainment.
NOVI SAD (Serbia) - BELGRADE (Serbia)
Join us for an excursion for both packages: Guided tour of Novi Sad, the industrial and financial center of the Serbian economy and a major cultural center. We'll then drive to Sremski Karlovci for a visit. Afterwards, our ship will cruise to Belgrade.
Join us this afternoon for the excursions proposed:
CLASSIC: Guided tour of Belgrade.
DISCOVERY: Belgrade by bike.
Enjoy an evening of dancing on board. Our ship will cruise through the night.
THE IRON GATES
The whole day will be spent cruising. Our ship will pass through the Iron Gates, the gorge on the Danube that forms part of the boundary between Serbia and Romania. We'll cruise throughout the night.
We'll arrive in Ruse in the early morning and spend the day on an excursion for both packages: Discover Veliko Tarnovo, famously known as the historical capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire, and Arbanassi (lunch included).
RUSE - OLTENITA (Romania)
This morning, join us on an excursion for both packages: Discover Ruse with its wide avenues, large squares and gorgeous monuments bearing testament to national Renaissance architecture. We'll then begin to cruise to Giurgiu.
Join us this afternoon on an excursion for both packages: Bucharest and a visit to the Village Museum showcasing traditional Romanian village life. We'll then cruise to Cernavoda/Fetesti. Tonight is our gala dinner and evening. We'll cruise throughout the night.
CERNAVODA / FETESTI (Romania)
After our arrival in Cernavoda/Fetesti, we'll leave on a full-day excursion to Constanta (lunch included.) The oldest continuously inhabited city in Romania, it was founded in 600 BC. We'll discover its diverse architectural styles, most evident in the Orthodox cathedral (interiors) and the Grand Mosque (exteriors). We'll enjoy lunch in a local restaurant. Afterwards, we'll cruise to Murfatlar, where Romania produces its best wines and have a tasting in a wine cellar*. Enjoy an evening of onboard entertainment.
We’ll begin to cruise early in the morning towards Tulcea.
Join us for the excursions proposed:
CLASSIC: The Danube Delta, its fauna and flora.
DISCOVERY: The Danube Delta on a speed boat.
We’ll spend the afternoon cruising. Tonight is our gala evening and dinner.
Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking at 9:00 a.m. End of our services.