DAY 1: Strasbourg - BUDAPEST
Meeting point at the Strasbourg/Entzheim airport. Special charter flight(2) to 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 afternoon, enjoy some free time or join us for an optional excursion for both packages: A visit to 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: You'll leave by coach for Kahlenberg, one of the most popular destinations offering a panoramic view over the entire city of Vienna. Our ship will depart at midnight.
DAY 5: MELK - PASSAU
We'll cruise along the most beautiful section of the Wachau Valley this morning, arriving in Melk at 10:00 a.m. 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 at 4:00 p.m. 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 at 9:00 a.m. 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.
DAY 9: BAMBERG - ROTHENBURG
We'll spend the morning cruising to Schweinfurt. We’ll then set off on an optional excursion 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. 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 Karlstad, where we'll find it at the end of the morning. We'll find cruise 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. The optional excursions proposed are:
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. where you'll disembark.