Trans-European Cruise: the Danube, the Main, the Rhine and the Elbe

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BUDAPEST - VIENNA - MELK - PASSAU - FRANKFURT - MAINZ - STRASBOURG - RÜDESHEIM - COLOGNE - DÜSSELDORF - AMSTERDAM - GRONINGEN - PAPENBURG - OLDENBURG - BREMEN - NIENBURG - HANOVER - MAGDEBURG - POTSDAM - BERLIN

DAY 1: BUDAPEST

Passengers are welcome to board our ship at 6:00 p.m. After comfortably settling into your cabin, we'll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail. After dinner, join us on an excursion for both packages: Evening of traditional entertainment in Budapest.

DAY 2: BUDAPEST

Our ship will depart in the morning. Join us for the excursions proposed:
CLASSIC: Guided tour of Budapest.
DISCOVERY: Budapest by bike.
In the afternoon, enjoy some time on your own exploring Esztergom, the former capital of Hungary. The city is full of treasures such as the Neo-classical basilica and former Royal palace. We'll return on board in the evening and leave for Vienna. After dinner, enjoy an evening of entertainment.

DAY 3: BUDAPEST - VIENNA

We'll arrive in Vienna early in the morning. Enjoy some free time or join us on an excursion for both packages: Visit the Hofburg Palace. You can have an evening on your own tonight or join in on one of the excursions proposed:
CLASSIC: Tour of Vienna by night.
DISCOVERY: Come to the lounge and learn to waltz with traditionally costumed dancers.

DAY 4: VIENNA

This morning, join us for the excursions proposed:
CLASSIC: Guided tour of Schoenbrunn Palace.
DISCOVERY: The high art of Viennese living - Music and Viennese cafes. Tour of the Konzerthaus(1) concert hall.
We'll return to the ship for lunch. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore this marvelous city at your own pace or take part in our excursion (not included in packages): Horse-drawn carriage ride though Vienna. We'll return to the ship for dinner. This evening, join us on an optional excursion for both packages: Concert of Viennese music (subject to availability.)
Our ship will depart at midnight.

DAY 5: MELK - PASSAU

This morning, we'll cruise along the most beautiful section of the Wachau Valley all the way to Melk. We’ll then set off on an excursion to Dürnstein, the fortified village where Richard the Lionheart was once held prisoner. We'll return to the ship for lunch. In the afternoon, join us on an excursion for both packages: Visit the Melk Abbey. Originally a Baroque-style palace built between 1702 and 1736, it is now a Benedictine monastery that hosts a prestigious coed school with more than 900 students. We'll return on board and leave for Passau. Enjoy an evening of entertainment.

DAY 6: PASSAU

After breakfast, explore Passau in the company of our hostess, strolling the narrow romantic streets and admiring is Baroque-style buildings. We'll then cruise to Regensburg.

DAY 7: REGENSBURG - HILPOLTSTEIN

Join us on an excursion for both packages: Guided tour of Regensburg. The fourth largest town in Bavaria and a major industrial hub for giant firms such as BMW, Siemens and Triumph, its historic center is seeping with 20 centuries of history. Our ship will continue on to Kelheim, where we'll find it at the end of the morning. We’ll cruise the Rhine–Main–Danube Canal to Hilpoltstein.

DAY 8: HILPOLTSTEIN - NUREMBERG - BAMBERG

We'll arrive in Nuremberg in the morning. Join us on an excursion for both packages: Guided tour of the city. Nuremberg is Bavaria’s second-largest city and an energetic place where the nightlife is intense and the beer is as dark as coffee. During our tour of the city, the ship will sail to Erlangen. We'll then cruise to Bamberg. Our ship will sail through the night.

DAY 9: BAMBERG - ROTHENBURG

We'll spend this morning cruising to Schweinfurt. We’ll then set off on an excursion for both packages: Guided tour of Rothenburg, a magnificent walled town set up high on the hills over the river with narrow streets lined with picturesque half-timbered houses and workshops. It is one of the most beautiful towns on the historic Romantic Road. During our tour, the ship will sail to Kitzingen. We'll have dinner on board and cruise through the night.

DAY 10: WÜRZBURG - WERTHEIM

Join us on an excursion for both packages: Guided tour of Würzburg, nestled in a beautiful, hilly location on the river and possessing a wealth of history. Our ship will continue on to Karlstadt, where we'll find it at the end of the morning and start cruising to Wertheim.

DAY 11: WERTHEIM - MILTENBERG - ASCHAFFENBURG

Explore Miltenberg in the company of our hostess and discover this charming, very typical German village. We'll cruise to Aschaffenburg.

DAY 12: ASCHAFFENBURG - FRANKFURT - MAINZ

Our ship will depart for Frankfurt. Join us for the excursions proposed:
CLASSIC: Join us for a tour of Frankfurt, the largest financial center in continental Europe.
DISCOVERY: “Mainhattan and the Main Tower" - a panoramic tour of Frankfurt and ascent of the Main Tower.
We'll return on board and cruise to Mainz. Mainz lies at the confluence of the Rhine and the Main is a perfect blend of past and present. We'll arrive in the late afternoon when you'll be able to explore the city in the company of our hostess. Tonight is our gala dinner and evening.

DAY 13: MAINZ - STRASBOURG

To help get your blood moving, join us for an aerobics class as we cruise to Strasbourg. After passing through two impressive locks on the Rhine - Iffezheim and Gambsheim - we'll arrive in Strasbourg at 2:00 p.m. This afternoon, join us for a panoramic tour and a guided tour of Strasbourg. Passengers are welcome to board the ship at 6:00 p.m. After comfortably settling into your cabin, we'll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail. After dinner, join us on an excursion for both packages: Canal boat tour of Strasbourg by night (depending on availability.)

DAY 14: STRASBOURG - RÜDESHEIM

Morning spent cruising to Rüdesheim. Join us for the excursions proposed:
CLASSIC: Touristic train, tasting of the famous wines of the region and guided tour of the Museum of Mechanical Musical Instruments.
DISCOVERY: Hiking through the vineyards in Rüdesheim
In the evening, enjoy time at leisure to discover the Drosselgassse.

DAY 15: RÜDESHEIM - COLOGNE - DÜSSELDORF

This morning will be spent cruising on the most beautiful part of the romantic Rhine towards Cologne, passing beautiful castles among reputable vineyards and the famous Lorelei Rock along the way. Join us on a tour of Cologne in the company of our hostess. Afterwards, we'll cruise to Düsseldorf. Tonight is our gala dinner and evening.

DAY 16: DÜSSELDORF - AMSTERDAM

We'll spend the whole day sailing. We'll pass the border in Emmerich and continue cruising towards Utrecht and Amsterdam. Join us on an excursion for both packages: Canal boat tour of Amsterdam by night.

DAY 17: AMSTERDAM

Join us for the excursions proposed:
CLASSIC: Guided tour of Amsterdam, one of the most unique cities in Europe and the world with its famous canals, museum and rich historic landmarks.
DISCOVERY: Bike tour of Amsterdam. You’ll be able to explore and learn about all the must-see and out-of-the-way sites.
This afternoon, join us on an excursion for both packages: Visit the gardens of Keukenhof(2). The other months, visit Volendam and Zaanse Schans.
Enjoy a free evening or ask to be dropped off in the center of Amsterdam for a walk around the Red Light district (transfer by coach with a supplement, to book and pay on board.)

DAY 18: AMSTERDAM

Enjoy buffet breakfast on board and a day-long stroll around Amsterdam today, an occasion to discover the city at your own pace. Passengers are welcome to board our ship at 6:00 p.m. After comfortably settling into your cabin, we'll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail before dinner. The evening is free to do as you please.

DAY 19: AMSTERDAM

Departure for an excursion for both packages: Visit the Rijkmuseum. In the afternoon, join us on an excursion for both packages: Discover the Hague and its hidden courtyards. Enjoy a free evening in Amsterdam tonight or join our hostess for a stroll around the Red Light district in the city center.

DAY 20: AMSTERDAM - GRONINGEN - DELFZIJL

This morning will be spent cruising to Groningen. Enjoy some free time in the main city of the northern region of Holland. Afterwards, our ship will depart towards Delfzijl.

DAY 21: DELFZIJL - PAPENBURG - OLDENBURG

Today we'll cruise to Papenburg. Join us on an excursion for both packages: Tour of the Meyer Werft shipyard. Afterwards, we'll return on board in Doerpen and start cruising to Oldenburg, reaching it during the night.

DAY 22: OLDENBURG - BREMEN

Enjoy some free time for a brief stroll around Oldenburg. Afterwards, our ship will depart for Bremen. Join us an excursion for both packages: Tour of the oldest maritime city in Germany and the second largest trading port in Germany after Hamburg. At the end of our tour, we'll return on board. Enjoy a free evening in the city.

DAY 23: BREMEN - NIENBURG - STOLZENAU - MINDEN

Early this morning, our ship will depart for Nienburg. Transfer by coach to the “red town” which has a magnificent Town Hall from the Weser Renaissance. During this time, the boat will sail to Stolzenau. We'll start cruising towards Minden.

DAY 24: MINDEN - HANOVER - ANDERTEN - BRAUNSCHWEIG

Early this morning, our ship will depart for Hanover. Join us on an excursion for both packages: Tour of the city. The capital city of Lower Saxony is one of the main economic centers in Germany. We'll return on board in Anderten and continue cruising towards Braunschweig. Tonight is our gala evening and dinner.

DAY 25: BRAUNSCHWEIG - BULSTRINGEN - MAGDEBURG

Departure of the boat early this morning for Bulstringen. Join us on an excursion for both packages: Tour of Magdeburg, a town located in the middle course of the Elbe and full of character. Afterwards, we'll return on board in Magdeburg. Enjoy a free evening tonight.

DAY 26: MAGDEBURG - BRANDENBURG - POTSDAM

Early this morning, our ship will depart for Brandenburg. This afternoon, join us on an excursion for both packages: Potsdam and the gardens of the Sanssoucis palace. We'll return on board in Potsdam.

DAY 27: POTSDAM - BERLIN

Our ship will sail to Berlin Spandau. Join us on an excursion for both packages: Tour of the city which was long divided, illustrating the division of the world into two blocks. Afterwards, we'll return on board and enjoy an excursion for both packages tonight: Tour of Berlin by night. 

DAY 28: BERLIN

Today, join us on an excursion for both packages: Tour of the Charlottenburg Palace, the largest in Berlin. Enjoy some free time in Berlin this afternoon and a free evening in the city.

DAY 29: BERLIN

Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking. End of our services.  

For the safety of our passengers, the captain and crew of the boat may decide to modify the navigational itinerary. (1) The tour of the Konzerthaus might be replaced by a tour of the Musikverein or the opera if it is booked for shows or not available. (2) The Keukenhof gardens are open from March 22nd to May 21st, 2018. Alcohol can be harmful to your health. Please drink in moderation.
Transport

Port-to-port cruise, no transfers included.

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