DAY 1: STRASBOURG
Passengers are welcome to board our ship at 6:00 p.m. After comfortably settling into your cabins, we’ll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail. We'll cruise to Mainz.
DAY 2: MAINZ - FRANKFURT
We’ll arrive in Mainz early morning. This city, the birthplace of Gutenberg, which lies at the confluence of the Rhine and the Main is a perfect blend of past and present with its thousand year old cathedral. We’ll tour the city with your escort before we sail on around in the morning towards Frankfurt. The afternoon, join us for the excursions proposed:
CLASSIC: Sightseeing tour of Frankfurt, a major business hub.
DISCOVERY: Frankfurt “Mainhattan” and the Main Tower: Panoramic tour of Frankfurt and ascent of the Main Tower.
DAY 3: MILTENBERG - WERTHEIM
We’ll stop off in Miltenberg early this morning. Join us to discover this peaceful town with its market place lined with half-timbered houses, its fine main street, hotel Reisen and old Town Hall. We’ll have lunch on board before continuing on to Wertheim. Enjoy some free time to discover the town on your own before returning to the ship for dinner.
DAY 4: WERTHEIM - WURZBURG - KITZINGEN
We’ll cruise towards Karlstad. In the afternoon, join us on an excursion for both packages: Visit Wurzburg on the right bank of the Main, which is famous for its baroque palace, former residence of the prince-bishops. In the meantime, the ship cruises on to Wurzburg where we will join it late afternoon. We’ll then cruise to Kitzingen. Enjoy an evening of onboard entertaining.
DAY 5: KITZINGEN - ROTHENBURG - BAMBERG
Early this morning we’ll start cruising along the Main to reach Volkach. Join us on an excursion for both packages: Guided tour to Rothenburg, a magnificent walled town set up high on the hills over the river, with its narrow streets lined with picturesque half-timbered houses and craftsmen’s workshops. It is indeed one of the most beautiful towns on the Romantic Road. In the meantime the ship will cruise on to Schweinfurt where we will join it, before continuing on to Bamberg.
DAY 6: BAMBERG - NURNBERG - MUHLHAUSEN
This morning will be spent cruising on the Rhine-Main-Danube canal, which was opened on 25th September 1992. We’ll have lunch on board before arriving in Nurnberg early afternoon. Join us on an excursion for both packages: Visit of Nuremberg We’ll enjoy a panoramic visit of the monuments found outside of the city’s medieval walls before arriving in the Marktplatz. On foot, you’ll see the gorgeous Schöner Brunnen and the Frauenkirche. During our tour, we’ll stop and taste one of the local specialties, Lebkuchen, the city's famous gingerbread. We’ll return to the ship during the afternoon and sail on to reach Muhlhausen in the evening. Enjoy an evening of onboard entertainment.
DAY 7: MUHLHAUSEN - REGENSBURG
This morning will be spent cruising to Kelheim. Join us on an excursion for both packages: Visit of Regensburg, which is the fourth biggest town in Bavaria and also a major industrial hub - with major firms such as BMW, Siemens and Triumph. The historic centre of the city has kept all its original charm with souvenirs of over 20 centuries. In the meantime, the ship cruises on to join us in Regensburg.
DAY 8: REGENSBURG - PASSAU
This morning will be spent cruising towards Passau. Enjoy some free time to visit the town on your own. Its baroque buildings and narrow romantic streets are unforgettable. Return to ship and sail on through the attractive region of Engelhartszell. Enjoy an evening of onboard entertainment.
DAY 9: PASSAU - MELK - VIENNA
The morning will be spent cruising to reach Melk early in the morning, join us on an excursion for both packages: Visit of the abbey of Melk, perched on a rocky outcrop overlooking the Danube. It is the symbol of Austrian baroque at its finest. We’ll return to the ship at the end of the morning and sail on to Dürnstein, arriving there for lunch around noon. Enjoy some free time to explore this picturesque village, and its baroque church, which is the most famous in the Wachau region thanks to the legend of King Richard the Lion Heart. We’ll return on board in the afternoon before sailing on to Vienna. Putting in for the night in Vienna. Join us for the excursions proposed:
CLASSIC: Tour of the illuminated sights of the city.
DISCOVERY: Come to the lounge and learn to waltz with traditionally costumed dancers.
DAY 10: VIENNA - ESZTERGOM
Join us for the excursions proposed:
CLASSIC: Visit to the palace of Schöbrunn with its magnificent park.
DISCOVERY: The high art of Viennese living: music and Viennese cafes. Tour of the Konzerthaus concert hall (1).
Enjoy a free afternoon to tour this magnificent city on your own or join us on an excursion proposed: Horse-drawn carriage ride though Vienna. We’ll then cruise towards Esztergom, passing Bratislava on the way. Tonight is our dinner and gala evening on board.
DAY 11: ESZTERGOM - BUDAPEST
Enjoy some free time to visit Esztergom on your own, the former capital of Hungary, under the reign of the Arpad kings. Today, it is still a prominent town and the seat of the Hungarian archbishops. Esztergom is decidedly full of treasures with its neo-classical basilica and former Royal palace. We’ll set sail once again around noon. Enjoy lunch on board before arriving in Budapest midafternoon. The Hungarian capital which lies along the banks of the Danube, also known as the “pearl of the Danube” is one of the most attractive cities in Europe. Enjoy some free time to explore the city before returning to the ship for dinner. Join us on an excursion for both packages: Visit of Budapest "by night".
DAY 12: BUDAPEST
Enjoy a day on your own, or join us for the excursions proposed:
CLASSIC: sightseeing tour of the city.
DISCOVERY: Explore Budapest by bike. Return to the ship. Have a free afternoon to stroll round this attractive city
This afternoon, enjoy some free time or join us on an optional excursion (not included in the packages): Discover Gellert baths and spa. After dinner, enjoy a free evening or join us on an excursion for both packages: traditional folk evening in Budapest.
DAY 13: BUDAPEST
Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking at 9:00 a.m. End of our services.