EMBARKATION – NUREMBERG, GERMANY. Embark your ship in Nuremberg. Tonight, meet your fellow travelers ob board.
NUREMBERG. Famous for its ancient castle, gingerbread and toy manufacturing, Nuremberg was also home to the infamous WWII-era Zeppelin Field and subsequent War Crimes Trials. You have two choices of excursions: one focusing on the medieval highlights and the second focusing on WWII. Enjoy a guided tour through this well-preserved medieval city, showcasing the Imperial Castle, famous town wall and the legendary fountain of the Market Square. Or turn back the pages of a darker history with a guided tour of the city’s most important WWII sites, including the coliseum. You’ll also visit the Nuremberg Trials Memoriam, and Courtroom 600 if the courtroom is not in session. Later in the afternoon, cruise through the manmade marvel, the Main-Danube Canal.
REGENSBURG. Regensburg is one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities, and you’ll discover why on a guided walking tour showcasing the city’s architectural highlights, including the Old Town Hall and the Porta Praetoria. As an alternative option, sample some Bavarian specialties—beer, sausage and pretzels. If you prefer a more active adventure, join a bike tour to Walhalla where you will see the Neoclassical white marble temple built to honor the memory of famous Germans.
PASSAU. Discover the 2,000-year-old city of Passau in one of three ways. Enjoy a walking tour and marvel at Gothic and Italian Baroque architecture and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Guests looking for a more active morning can choose between a guided bike tour along the Danube River, or a guided hike up to the Veste Oberhaus Fortress for panoramic views overlooking three rivers.
LINZ, AUSTRIA. Opt for a full-day excursion to Salzburg, Mozart’s birthplace, where you’ll tour such places as the historic center and Mirabell Gardens. En route to Salzburg, stop at Mondsee, home of the famed Basilica St. Michael and site of the wedding scene in “The Sound of Music.” Alternatively, you can choose two morning excursions in Linz. Join a walking tour through the old city center and by the Mozart House, where he composed the Linz Symphony in only three days. Or go on a guided bike tour along the city’s famed “Culture Mile” and the Danube. During the afternoon, you have three more options of excursions. Choose a half-day tour in Salzburg or take a scenic drive through the beautiful Austrian Lake District with a stop in St. Wolfgang. You can also choose to visit the charming mountain town, Český Krumlov, located just over the Czech-Austrian border.
MELK – DÜRNSTEIN – KREMS. Cruise to Melk, where you can visit its magnificent Benedictine Abbey, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Europe’s most revered monasteries. You can also join a guided bike tour through the UNESCO-designated Wachau Valley that will take you to Dürnstein where you’ll meet the ship. For those not biking, you’ll cruise through the Wachau Valley to Dürnstein. Once here, you have a choice of excursions. Join a walking tour along Dürnstein's cobblestone streets to the luminous blue facade of the Baroque Stiftskirche, before enjoying a local wine tasting. For a more active adventure, hike up to the fortress where Richard the Lionheart was once held. You may also choose to visit a local apricot grower, where you’ll enjoy the finest apricot treats in the region. Later set sail to Krems, where you can choose between wine tasting or a walking tour.
VIENNA. Experience the regal elegance of Vienna with one of three different excursions. Join a city tour that takes you by the majestic Opera House and the former Imperial Palace of the Habsburg Emperors. Afterwards, visit Vienna’s historic city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and see St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the world famous Spanish Riding School. Alternatively, join an exclusive tour to a famous Viennese café for a taste of sachetorte, a sinfully rich chocolate cake, and sekt, an Austrian sparkling wine. For those who prefer to get more active, you can cycle along the Danube and through the Donaupark. During the afternoon, enjoy free time or bike to the majestic twelfth-century Klosterneuburg Monastery.
VIENNA – DISEMBARKATION. Bid farewell to Vienna as you prepare for your homeward flight.