DAY 1: BUDAPEST
Passengers are welcome to board the ship in Budapest at 6:00 p.m. After comfortably settling into your cabin, join us for a welcome cocktail to meet the crew. After dinner, enjoy a free evening or attend an optional evening of traditional entertainment in Budapest.
DAY 2: BUDAPEST
Optional excursions proposed :
CLASSIC : guided tour of the city. Considered as one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Budapest is a surprising mix of historical ruins and modern living.
DISCOVERY : Budapest by bike. You'll see all the important sights of the city on an easy-paced ride, cycling through the historical center of Hungarian culture and many other legendary sites in Budapest.
We'll return to the boat in Esztergom. 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 and leave for Vienna. Evening of onboard entertainment.
DAY 3: BUDAPEST – VIENNA
We'll arrive in Vienna. The afternoon, enjoy time on your own or join us for an optional excursion for both packages: Hofburg Palace. Enjoy a free evening or optional excursions proposed:
CLASSIC: tour of Vienna by night.
DISCOVERY: waltzing lessons on board.
DAY 4: VIENNA
Optional excursions proposed:
CLASSIC: guided tour of Schoenbrunn Palace and part of the city. Vienna, the cradle of music, is streaming with activity around the cathedral, the opera, and Schoenbrunn Palace, the former summer residence of the Emperor of Austria and his family.
DISCOVERY : The high art of Viennese living: Music and Viennese cafes. We'll stroll through the city and visit back stage in the Konzerthaus concert hall. After our tour, enjoy a steaming cup of Vienna Coffee and a delicious pastry.
We'll return to the ship. You'll be free to explore the city on your own in the afternoon. Optional (not included in the packages): Horse-drawn carriage ride though Vienna.
After dinner, optional excursions proposed :
CLASSIC: a 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
We'll cruise along the most beautiful section of the Wachau Valley and we'll arrive in Melk. Optional excursion for both packages: excursion to Dürnstein, the fortified village where Richard the Lionheart was once held prisoner. We'll return to the ship. In the afternoon, optional excursion for both packages: guided tour of 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. Evening of entertainment by the crew.
DAY 6: PASSAU
In the morning, explore Passau in the company of our host/hostess, strolling the narrow romantic streets and admiring is Baroque-style buildings. Cruise to Regensburg.
DAY 7: REGENSBURG – HILPOSTEIN
Optional excursion for both packages: tour of Regensburg. The fourth biggest 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. Then, we’ll cruise the Rhine–Main–Danube Canal to Hilpolstein.
DAY 8: HILPOSTEIN – NUREMBERG – BAMBERG
We'll arrive in Nuremberg. Optional excursion for both packages: tour of Nuremberg. 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. Cruise to Bamberg.
DAY 9: BAMBERG – ROTHENBURG
We'll spend the morning cruising to Schweinfurt. Optional excursion for both packages: excursion to Rothenburg, a magnificent walled town set up high on the hills over the river its 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.
DAY 10 :WURTZBURG – WERTHEIM
Optional excursion for both packages: tour of Wurtzburg, nestled in a beautiful, hilly location on the river and possessing a wealth of history. Our ship will continue on to Karlstad, where we'll find it at the end of the morning. We'll spend the afternoon cruising to Wertheim.
DAY 11: WERTHEIM – MILTENBERG – ASCHAFFENBURG
You’ll explore Miltenberg in the company of our host/hostess and discovering this charming, very typical German village. Cruise to Aschaffenburg.
DAY 12 : ASCHAFFENBURG – FRANKFURT – MAINZ
Cruise to Frankfurt. Optional excursions proposed :
CLASSIC: tour of Frankfurt, the largest financial center in continental Europe.
DISCOVERY: Francfort Mainhattan and Main tower
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
We'll spend the morning cruising to Strasbourg. After passing through two impressive locks on the Rhine Iffezheim and Gambsheim we'll arrive in Strasbourg. In the afternoon guided visit of Strasbourg and free time to explore the city on your own. We'll enjoy dinner before setting off on an optional river boat tour (subject to availability).
DAY 14 STRASBOURG - RUDESHEIM
We'll spend the morning cruising to Rüdesheim. Enjoy some free time exploring the town on your own, or join us for an optional excursion for both packages: visit of the mechanical music instrument museum and tour on a tourist train. After dinner, we'll accompany you on foot to the famous Drosselgasse and its numerous cafés, bars and music.
DAY 15 : RUDESHEIM - KOLN - DUSSELDORF
Cruise along the most beautiful section of the romantic Rhine, passing the legendary Lorelei rock, where lush vineyards and castles stretch as far as the eye can see along both banks. Cruise to Cologne, passing Koblenz and Bonn. Take advantage of a 2-hour stopover to visit the city with your host/hostess. We'll then return to the ship and begin to cruise towards Düsseldorf. Tonight is our gala evening. We'll remain in port overnight.
DAY 16 DUSSELDORF - AMSTERDAM
After crossing the border in Emmerich, we'll continue cruising and reach Amsterdam in the evening. Enjoy some free time in the city, or spend the evening on an optional excursion for both packages: canal tour to see the city at night.
DAY 17 AMSTERDAM
Optional excursions proposed :
CLASSIC : guided visit of Amsterdam and a visit to a diamond merchant. The Dutch capital is indeed a truly delightful city with a rich and fascinating past, offering its visitors a striking contrast between traditional Dutch architecture and other more unusual landmarks such as the Red Light district.
DISCOVERY : Amsterdam by bike.
The afternoon, optional excursion for both packages: visit to the Keukenhof Gardens (open from mid-March until mid-May). During the rest of the year, we'll head out on an optional tour of Volendam and the Zaanse Schans. Free evening. Or why not discover the famous Red Light District through an optional tour? We'll remain in port overnight.
DAY 18 AMSTERDAM
Enjoy breakfast on board before disembarking at 9:00 a.m.