Spanning 2,000 kilometers across Europe, from Amsterdam at the North Sea to Budapest the “Queen of the Danube”, the castles lining the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers are testaments to the majesty of European history.
The beauty of the Rhine with its castles and cathedral cities, the engineering feat of the Main-Danube canal and the wonders of the Danube River are all highlights along the way.
Traverse five countries (Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Slovakia & Hungary) with visits to numerous capital cities, while passing through the unique landscapes of the myth-enshrouded Lorelei, the “Schlögener Schlinge” below Passau, the picturesque UNESCO Wachau Valley region, and the Danube knee at Visegrad. Join us as we witness several hundred years of history in the heart of Europe.
The historic Dutch capital city of Amsterdam is a wonderful starting point for your 15 day European cruise across Europe. After embarkation, enjoy an evening Welcome Cocktail, followed by a carefully prepared Welcome Dinner. The vessel overnights in Amsterdam.
Begin your exploration with a relaxing cruise through a myriad of landscapes along the Rhine river. For more active pursuits, spend the morning exploring the canal city of Amsterdam and the surrounding countryside, rejoing the vessel in the town of Utrecht in time for lunch.
This evening join your fellow travelers for dinner.
After breakfast, view our arrival into the beautiful city of Cologne. Every year visitors from all over the world are drawn to the historical city and its 2000-year history.
Explore the historic Old Town and visit the famous twin-spired Cologne Cathedral, along with the twelve Romanesque Cathedrals that span the city. There are many medieval houses, bridges, and gates that will delight the historian in you, while the more modern skyscrapers that tower overhead are sure to impress. To sample a bit of local flora and fauna, the National Park lies a short ride from the city. Or, visit the Chocolate Museum, that offers not only deep insights into the history of chocolate, but also delicious samples of the popular sweet.
After an exciting day, return to the vessel spend the evening cruising the Danube.
Early this morning, join your fellow travellers on deck for the famous passage of the Loreley. This narrow passage on the Rhine has inspired a modern day folklore story of the siren of the river. After lunch the vessel docks in Rüdesheim. In the aternoon join us for a city walk that includes a visit to the famous "Siegfried Mechanical Music Cabinet” for a musical adventure. As alternative, enjoy a visit to a local vineyard before you explore the heart of the old town - the Drosselgasse - where wine houses and garden taverns invite you to linger.
Spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing on deck, with the passing of the beautiful Rhineland countryside, as the vessel continues its journey.
Today, choose to remain onboard for a relaxing day or join our optional excursion in the afternoon to Miltenberg and Wertheim, two towns famous for their architecture and museums. Both are unique in their own way and are reflective of the storied history of the area.
In Wertheim explore the medieval streets with its half-timbered houses and glass museum. In Miltenberg walk through the streets lined with half timbered houses and historic market square. This evening, enjoy another memorable meal as the ship plies the waters toward our next stop.
Welcome to the Bavarian city of Würzburg, located in the heart of the Franconian wine region! Experience the many beautiful sights of the town such as the marketplace, the Maria Chapel and the old main bridge, the Marienberg Fortress and the surrounding vineyards. As the central hub for wineries in this part of Germany, Würzburg is the perfect place to visit some of the local wineries for tastings. Or join us for a visit to the small city of Rothenburg ob der Tauber, often referred to as Germany’s well-preserved “Jewel of the Middle Ages”.
Relax onboard this afternoon and enjoy a sumptuous dinner.
The morning is spent cruising the beautiful Main. After lunch arrive in the UNESCO-protected Imperial city of Bamberg and see the New Residence, the unique Town Hall built on a bridge, and the Imperial Cathedral with its four towers. Overlooking the city are seven churches, each atop a hill, surrounding the town.
This evening, we transit the Main-Danube canal highlighted with a talk onboard about this important waterway.
Following breakfast, enjoy your day in Nuremberg. Consider a visit to the romantic Old Town of Nuremberg, lovingly restored after the destruction incurred during World War II. A hub for history, Nuremberg is home to many museums including the Documentation Center, which recounts the effects of the Nazi Regime and World War II on the city and surrounding areas.
Back on board, it’s full steam ahead before crossing the European watershed separating the Main and Danube Rivers.
In the afternoon, visit one of Germany’s most well preserved medieval cities. This UNESCO world heritage site boasts architecture from many centuries, reflective of its varied history throughout the centuries. The stone bridge, built in 1135-1146, the Church of St James, and the Schloss of Thurn and Taxis are a few of the highlights of this beautiful city.
This evening is a special Bavarian theme celebrating the wonderful region cruised thus far.
Arrive in time for lunch in the three-rivers city of Passau, lying at the confluence of the Danube, the Inn and the Ilz.
Explore the city with its St. Stephen’s Cathedral, home to one oft he largest pipe organs in the world. The imposing fortress Veste Oberhaus is located high on the hill, overlooking the town and the three rivers. Back onboard, enjoy dinner as the vessel sets off toward the romantic Wachau Valley.
In the early morning, dock in Emmersdorf, in the heart of the UNESCO-protected, cultural heritage landscape, of the Wachau Valley.
Spend the morning discovering this typical small town in Lower Austria or travel across the river to nearby Melk and its magnificent Benedictine abbey - the largest in Austria. Back onboard for lunch, continue through the vineyards of the Wachau to the village of Dürnstein. Spend the afternoon in the romantic village with its iconic blue church and winding streets, and perhaps sample the local wines. Vienna.
After dinner, arrive in Vienna and opt for the “Sound of Vienna” and listen to the “Alt Wien” orchestra play popular pieces from Vienna’s classical era, at a local salon, as the vessel remains overnight.
There is much to see and do in this Imperial capital city. Drive the Ringstrasse with its impressive buildings, see the famous Vienna State Opera House, the Museums Quarter with historic and contemporary buildings with works by Egon Schiele, Gustav Klimt and other artists, St Stephen’s Cathedral and numerous other important sites.
In the afternoon continue your exploration or perhaps venture to Schönbrunn Palace, the sumptuous former summer palace and gardens of Empress Maria Theresia. Or visit the Museum of Art History, considered as one of the most important museums worldwide. After a full day of exploration, enjoy a relaxing dinner onboard.
Awake today in the capital city of Bratislava in Slovakia. Walk through the city, see the home of the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, the old city walls, the summer residence of the archbishop and the current residence of the president of Slovakia.
Traverse through the restored old town, from Michael’s Gate, and admire other impressive sights such as the Primatial Palace and St. Martin’s Cathedral, former coronation cathedral for Hungarian kings. Bratislava is a little jewel along the Danube. This evening celebrate with the Captain’s Gala Dinner.
The beautiful Hungarian capital of Budapest is a perfect finale to your trip. One of the largest cities in the European Union, Budapest offers many interesting sites, including the largest building in Hungary: the neo-Gothic Parliament building, Fisherman’s Bastion, Buda Castle and the Chain Bridge, which connects the two sides of the city – Buda and Pest.
Onboard this evening, enjoy a Hungarian folklore show as your vessel cruises the Danube to see the beautiful city by night. Remain overnight.
After breakfast, we bid you farewell. We hope to welcome you again soon!
Would you like to start your journey from the current disembarkation port? Then follow the link to the itinerary in reversed direction:Budapest → Amsterdam
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Cruise your way and choose from a carefully curated selection of immersive and inspiring excursions and adventures! Select one of our packages offered at a discounted rate when purchased in advance or book individual shore excursions at regular rates on board your cruise.
Enjoy the flexibility to choose any shore excursion of the ones listed below for a discounted rate when purchased in advance.
When booking our new ALL-IN excursion package prior to departure we offer you maximum flexibility at a great value. Create your personalized shore excursion program by choosing your favorite tours from our list of exciting options in each port.
Enjoy a package of 13 pre-selected excursions for a discounted rate when purchased in advance:
Additional shore excursions can be purchased onboard at the below rate.
Enjoy a package of 10 pre-selected excursions for a discounted rate when purchased in advance:
Additional shore excursions can be purchased onboard at the below rate.
|Cruise Amsterdam - Budapest||Unit Price|
|Amsterdam with canal trip and Holland waterland||£ 57.00|
|OR Haarlem - art, history and Dutch lifestyle||£ 33.00|
|Highlights of Köln with Kölsch tasting||£ 31.00|
|Visit to the Chocolate Museum (Cologne)||£ 24.00|
|OR Siebengebirge and Drachenfels castle ruins||£ 60.00|
|Rüdesheim walking tour with Music Cabinet Museum||£ 24.00|
|OR Visit to a vineyard with tasting & Drosselgasse in Rüdesheim||£ 37.00|
|Miltenberg walking tour and Wertheim with glass museum||£ 36.00|
|Würzburg with visit to the Residenz and wine tasting||£ 51.00|
|OR Medieval Rothenburg ob der Tauber||£ 33.00|
|Bamberg walking tour||£ 25.00|
|Nuremberg - capital of Franconia||£ 38.00|
|Visit to the Documentation Center of Nuremberg||£ 48.00|
|OR Visit to the World of Gingerbread||£ 35.00|
|Regensburg walking tour||£ 17.00|
|OR Excursion Thurn & Taxis Castle with brewery and tasting||£ 56.00|
|Passau walking tour||£ 17.00|
|Visit to Melk Abbey||£ 45.00|
|Dürnstein walking tour with wine tasting in a local cellar||£ 24.00|
|"Sound of Vienna" classical concert||£ 55.00|
|Hightlights of Vienna||£ 34.00|
|Visit to Schönbrunn Palace||£ 47.00|
|OR Visit to the Museum of Fine Arts||£ 53.00|
|Bratislava - Beauty on the Danube||£ 33.00|
|Visit to Schloss Hof Palace and Estate||£ 50.00|
|OR The Small Carpathian Wine Route||£ 45.00|
|Budapest - Capital of Hungary||£ 33.00|
|Visit to the Royal Palace of Gödöllö||£ 43.00|
|OR Vibrant Budapest||£ 36.00|
Prices per person if excursions are purchased on board.