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

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

DAY 1: BUDAPEST

Passengers are welcome to board the ship in Budapest at 6:00 p.m. After comfortably settling into your cabin, enjoy a welcome cocktail with the crew. After dinner, join us for an optional excursion for both packages: an evening of traditional entertainment in Belgrade.

DAY 2: BUDAPEST

Our ship will depart in the morning. Join us for the optional 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 onboard entertainment.

DAY 3: BUDAPEST - VIENNA

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

DAY 4: VIENNA

Optional morning excursions proposed:
CLASSIC: Guided tour of Schoenbrunn Palace.
DISCOVERY: The high art of Viennese living: Music and Viennese cafes.
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. Optional evening excursions proposed:
CLASSIC: Concert of Viennese music (subject to availability).
DISCOVERY: An evening in Grinzing. You’ll have a seat in a famous Heuriger tavern, where you’ll be able to taste the local wines and other specialties from the region surrounded by authentic ambiance.
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 optional excursion to Durnstein, the fortified village where Richard the Lionheart was once held prisoner. We'll return to the ship for lunch. In the afternoon, optional 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. Tonight's entertainment will be provided by the crew.

DAY 6: PASSAU

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

DAY 7: REGENSBURG - HILPOSTEIN

Optional 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 Hilpostein.

DAY 8: HILPOSTEIN - NUREMBERG - BAMBERG

We'll arrive in Nuremberg in the morning. Optional 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 the morning cruising to Schweinfurt. We’ll then set off on an optional 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: WURTZBURG - WERTHEIM

Optional excursion for both packages: guided tour of Wurtzburg, 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 host/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. Optional 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 host/hostess. Tonight is our gala 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, enjoy a welcome cocktail with the crew. After dinner, join us for an optional excursion for both packages: a canal boat tour of Strasbourg by night (depending on availability).

DAY 14: STRASBOURG - RUDESHEIM

Morning spent cruising to Rudesheim. Optional 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 Rudesheim
In the evening, enjoy time at leisure to discover the Drosselgassse.

DAY 15: RUDESHEIM - COLOGNE - DUSSELDORF

Morning 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 Dusseldorf. Tonight is our gala evening. We'll remain in port overnight.

DAY 16: DUSSELDORF - AMSTERDAM

Day spent cruising. We'll pass the border in Emmerich and continue cruising towards Utrecht and Amsterdam. Optional excursion for both packages: canal boat tour of Amsterdam by night.

DAY 17: AMSTERDAM

Optional 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 optional excursion for both packages: 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 the ship at 6:00 p.m. After comfortably settling into your cabin, enjoy a welcome cocktail with the crew. The evening is free to do as you please.

DAY 19: AMSTERDAM

Departure for an optional excursion for both packages: the Rijksmuseum. In the afternoon, join us on an optional excursion for both packages: The Hague and its hidden courtyards. Enjoy a free evening in Amsterdam tonight or join our hostess for an optional 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 in the northern region of Holland. Afterwards, our ship will depart towards Delfzijl.

DAY 21: DELFZIJL - PAPENBURG - OLDENBURG

Today we'll cruise to Papenburg. Optional 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 optional 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. We'll remain in port overnight.

DAY 23: BREMEN - NIENBURG - STOLZENAU - MINDEN

Early this morning, our ship will depart for Nienburg. Optional 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 optional 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. We'll remain in port overnight.

DAY 25: BRAUNSCHWEIG - BULSTRINGEN - MAGDEBURG

Departure of the boat early this morning for Bulstringen. Join us for an optional 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. We'll remain in port overnight.

DAY 26: MAGDEBURG - BRANDENBURG - POTSDAM

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

DAY 27: POTSDAM - BERLIN

Our ship will sail to Berlin Spandau. Join us on an optional 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 optional excursion for both packages tonight: tour of Berlin by night. We'll remain in port overnight.

DAY 28: BERLIN

Today, join us on an optional 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. We'll remain in port overnight.

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) Optional excursions. Alcohol can be harmful to your health. Please drink in moderation.
Transport

Port-to-port cruise without transfers