DAY 1: BUDAPEST
Boarding and settling into your cabin. Presentation of the crew. Welcome cocktail, dinner. Traditional evening in Budapest.
DAY 2: BUDAPEST
Breakfast on board. At 8:00 am, depart of the boat and guided tour of the city. Budapest, with its numerous edifices situated on each side of the river, is unspeakably rich in historic emblems. We will rejoin the boat in Esztergom for lunch. In the afternoon, free time to visit Esztergom. First capital of Hungary. The neoclassical basilica and the ancient royal palace make Esztergom a city rich in monuments. Back on board for departure of the boat at 7:00 pm for Vienna. Dinner and an evening's entertainment on board.
DAY 3: BUDAPEST – VIENNA
Breakfast on board. Arrival in Vienna around 2:00 pm. Lunch on board. Excursion to the Hofburg (residence of the Hapsburgs). Dinner on board and tour of Vienna by night.
DAY 4: VIENNA
Breakfast on board. Guided tour of Schönbrunn Castle and part of the city. Vienna, an imperial city and cradle of music, comes alive around the Cathedral, the Opera, Schönbrunn Castle, summer residence of the imperial family. Back to the boat for lunch. Free afternoon. Explore this marvellous city at your own pace. Back to the boat for dinner. After dinner, we have the chance to attend a concert of Viennese music (optional and dependent on availability)(1). Departure of the boat at midnight.
DAY 5: MELK – PASSAU
Breakfast on board. Cruise up the most beautiful section of the Wachau. Arrival in Melk around 10:00 am. Departure by coach for the tour of the picturesque village of Durnstein. Durnstein, the most famous town in the Wachau, is swathed in the legend of King Richard the Lionheart and has a church in the Baroque style. Back to the boat for lunch. In the afternoon, visit to the Abbey of Melk. Atop a rocky outcrop which overlooks the Danube from a height of more than 50 m, it is the symbol of the most complete expression of Baroque Art in Austria. Back on board and departure of the boat around 4pm for Passau. Evening and dinner with the crew.
DAY 6: PASSAU
After breakfast, explore Passau in the company of our hostess. This is a university city, full of music and theatre. In the winding streets you will see its Baroque patrician houses. Lunch on board and cruise to Regensburg. Dinner and accommodation on board.
DAY 7: REGENSBURG – HILPOSTEIN
Breakfast on board. Guided tour of Regensburg. The fourth largest city in Bavaria, Regensburg is an important industrial centre (BMW, SIEMENS, TRIUMPH). The historic centre nurtures memories accumulated over 2000 years of history. During this time, the boat will sail to Kelheim where we will join it at the end of the morning. Lunch on board. Cruise on the Rhine/Main/Danube canal, inaugurated on 25 September 1992, to Hilpostein. Dinner and accommodation on board.
DAY 8: HILPOSTEIN – NUREMBERG – BAMBERG
Breakfast on board. Arrival in Nuremberg around 9.00am. Tour of the city. Nuremberg seems to come straight out of the Middle Ages. “The little jewel of the Empire”, the old town gathers around the market place: Gothic edifices, half-timbered houses, merchants' residences. During the tour of Nuremberg, the boat will sail to Erlangen. Lunch on board and cruise to Bamberg. Dinner and accommodation on board.
DAY 9: BAMBERG – ROTHENBURG
Morning's sailing. Breakfast and lunch on board. Cruise to Schweinfurt. Departure by coach for the tour of Rothenurg. A magnificent town perched high on a hill, behind its ramparts huddle picturesque streets lined with half-timbered houses and craft shops. Rothenburg, a “must see” on the Romantics Trail. During this time, the boat will sail to Kitzingen. Continuation of the cruise, dinner and accommodation on board.
DAY 10 :WURTZBURG – WERTHEIM
Breakfast on board and tour of Wurtzburg (residence of the bishop princes). A town built on the right bank of the Main, Wurtzburg is a wonderful stop on the Romantics Trail. Reflections of the vineyards mingle with the imposing shade of the citadel, a symbol of the power of the Archbishop Princes. During the tour of Wurtzburg, the boat will sail to Karlstad where we will join it at the end of the morning. Lunch on board and cruise to Wertheim. Dinner and accommodation on board.
DAY 11: WERTHEIM – MILTENBERG – ASCHAFFENBURG
Breakfast on board. Tour of Miltenberg in the company of our hostess. Explore the market place surrounded by half-timbered houses, the High Street, the former Town Hall. All of them make Miltenberg the pearl of the Main. Lunch on board and cruise to Aschaffenburg. Dinner and accommodation on board.
DAY 12 : ASCHAFFENBURG – FRANKFURT – MAINZ
Breakfast on board. Departure of the cruise for Frankfurt. Tour of Frankfurt. A place of business, a commercial hub, the mixture of ancient and modern will be bound to surprise you. Back on board for lunch and cruise to Mainz. At the confluence of the Rhine and the Main, sheltering beneath its thousand year old cathedral, Mainz, the city of Gutenberg, is the link between past and present. Arrival at the end of the afternoon. Tour of the city in the company of our hostess. Dinner and gala evening. Accommodation on board.
DAY 13: MAINZ – STRASBOURG
Breakfast on board. Lunch on board and cruise to Strasbourg. We will go through the two biggest locks on the Rhine: Iffezheim and Gambsheim. Arrival in Strasbourg around 2:00 pm. Free afternoon. Dinner on board before setting off on a guided river boat tour of the old city (depending on availabilities).
DAY 14 STRASBOURG - RUDESHEIM
Breakfast on board while cruising up the Rhine towards the charming town of Rüdesheim, passing great towns like Speyer with its famous cathedral, the massive port facilities in Ludwigshafen, and on via Mannheim and Worms (old Episcopal city), Mainz (capital of Rhineland-Palatinate). Lunch on board before arriving in Rüdesheim at 4.00pm. Disembark and take an excursion to visit the musical instrument museum and have a ride on the miniature train. Dinner on board followed by a free evening in the lively Drosselgasse (with its open-air taverns and dance halls).
DAY 15 : RUDESHEIM - KOLN - DUSSELDORF
Sail off along the most beautiful stretch of the romantic Rhine where the lush vineyards are dotted with romantic castles, and on past the legendary Lorelei rock. Lunch on board before continuing on towards Koln, passing Koblenz and Bonn. Take advantage of a 2 hour stop to visit the town with your escort. Return to the ship and cruise on in the direction of Düsseldorf. Gala evening on board. Overnight stop.
DAY 16 DUSSELDORF - AMSTERDAM
Cross the border in Emmerich the sails on from Utrecht to reach Amsterdam in the evening. Dinner will be served on board before spending the evening on a canal cruise to see the city sights. Overnight stop.
DAY 17 AMSTERDAM
After breakfast, spend the morning touring Amsterdam and its diamond merchants. The Dutch capital is indeed a truly delightful city with a rich and fascinating past, offering its visitors a striking contrast between traditional Ducth architecture and other more unusual landmarks such as the Red Light district. Return to the ship for lunch. The afternoon is devoted to an excursion to Keukenhof gardens (open from 24 March to 16 May). Back for dinner on board before enjoying a free evening or ask to be dropped off in the center of Amsterdam for a walk around the Red Light district. Overnight stop.
DAY 18 AMSTERDAM
Breakfast on board. Free morning in Amsterdam. Lunch before disembarking around 1.00pm. End of our journey.