Monday, May 23, 2016 PARIS - STRASBOURG
You’ll disembark the ship and be transferred by train from Paris to Strasbourg. Welcome to the city where it all began 40 years ago! We’ll set out on a guided tour of the capital of Europe. We’ll have lunch in the legendary Kammerzell House, and continue our visit at the Cathedral. We’ll then head to the Petite France quarter, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1988. In celebration of our 40th anniversary, we’ll take in a retrospective of the company. We’ll board the MS Gérard Schmitter, named after our founder, at 6 p.m. in Strasbourg, as we are greeted by musicians on the dock. After you have comfortably settled into your new cabin, join the Schmitter family for a special gala dinner.
Tuesday, May 24, 2016 STRASBOURG - RÜDESHEIM
We’ll cruise to the charming village of Rüdesheim, our arrival set to music. A tourist train will take us to the gondola lift, which will in turn bring us over the vineyards and up to the Niederwald Monument. From here, you’ll have an excellent view of the landscapes surrounding the Rhine. We’ll enjoy a tasting of wines before a visit to the mechanical music cabinet museum. Take advantage of some time on your own before returning to the ship. After dinner, we'll accompany you on foot to the famous Drosselgasse and its numerous cafés, bars and music. Have a cup of original Rüdesheim Coffee, a famous specialty composed of authentic Asbach Uralt and coffee, with a dollop of whipped cream.
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 RÜDESHEIM – COLOGNE - DÜSSELDORF
We’ll cruise along the magnificent Rhine Valley. In Cologne, we’ll visit the cathedral—a veritable Gothic masterpiece. After our tour, we’ll return on board and cruise to Düsseldorf. Tonight we’ll enjoy an evening of Schlager music.
Thursday, May 26, 2016 DÜSSELDORF - AMSTERDAM
Take advantage of the wide range of onboard activities proposed during our full-day cruise today. We’ll arrive in Amsterdam in the evening, where we’ll tour the celebrated canals by boat. Even today, they continue to define the city’s landscape, and in 2010 Amsterdam's canal ring was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Besides providing a stunning backdrop to the city’s historical center, cruising the canals is one of the most memorable ways to discover the city.
Friday, May 27, 2016 AMSTERDAM
We’ll leave for Volendam, a charming village that has preserved its character for over six centuries thanks to the tough vitality of its fishermen. We’ll visit a cheesemaker and taste some delicious Gouda cheese. We’ll then head for Zaanse Schans, an open air museum with wooden windmills, barns and houses. The afternoon will be spent in the city of Amsterdam. Our first stop will be the De Rieker Windmill, one of the eight windmills in greater Amsterdam. We’ll then visit one of the many factories in the Diamond District and enjoy a surprise cocktail together. The evening is free to do as you please.
Saturday, May 28, 2016 AMSTERDAM
We’ll leave by coach for the Rijksmuseum. The State Museum is more than two hundred years old and today is seen as having one of most breathtaking collections in the world. Alongside masterworks such as Rembrandt’s “Night Watch,” are several paintings by Vermeer, van Dyck and Jan Steen. Enjoy some free time in the city this afternoon. Afterwards, we’ll return to the ship by coach. We'll partake in a Dutch-themed evening on board and begin to cruise to Duisburg during the night.
Sunday, May 29, 2016 DUISBURG - DÜSSELDORF
We’ll spend the morning cruising the Rhine. In the afternoon we’ll travel by coach to Düsseldorf for a guided tour of the city. In this modern and dynamic city, take some time strolling the Konigsallee, an inimitable combination of extravagant luxury and joy of life that has turned it into a world-renowned trademark. After our visit, we’ll return on board and cruise to Bonn. This evening, join us for another CroisiEurope 40th anniversary quiz contest.
Monday, May 30, 2016 BONN – KOBLENZ and the ROMANTIC RHINE VALLEY
Once we arrive in Bonn, we’ll have a guided tour following the footsteps of Beethoven. The famous composer spent the first 20 years of his life in this vibrant city. The house where he was born is now a museum containing the largest collection of his works in the world. At the end of our visit, we'll return on board in Koblenz, and continue to Miltenberg. This afternoon, we’ll cruise along the most beautiful part of the river, known as the Romantic Rhine. Tonight is the Captain’s Dinner.
Tuesday, May 31, 2016 MILTENBERG - WERTHEIM AM MAIN
We’ll spend the morning cruising the Main. In the afternoon, we’ll arrive in Miltenberg. A popular stop for river cruises, this historical town is famous for its half-timbered houses. We’ll then continue on to Wertheim by coach. Once we return on board, we’ll begin to cruise towards Wurtzburg. Enjoy an evening of entertainment on board.
Wednesday, June 1, 2016 WURTZBURG
Our visit to Wurtzburg will include a tour of the Würzburger Residenz palace. Listed as a World Heritage Site, it is considered the most homogenous of Baroque palaces in the world. We’ll return to our ship and cruise towards Bamberg. Enjoy the onboard activities during this time.
Thursday, June 2, 2016 BAMBERG – THE RHINE–MAIN–DANUBE CANAL
Enjoy a guided tour of Bamberg, whose historic city center is listed as a World Heritage Site. Narrow alleys, cozy corners, medieval and baroque building fronts: Bamberg can be considered a unique work of art in itself. We’ll then spend the afternoon cruising on the Rhine-Main-Danube Canal. Enjoy the onboard activities during this time.
Friday, June 3, 2016 NUREMBERG
Join us for a guided tour of Nuremberg this morning. Despite having been severely damaged during WW2, many of the city's old medieval buildings have been painstakingly restored to their former glory. Afterwards, we’ll return on board and spend the afternoon cruising where many surprises await you!
Saturday, June 4, 2016 REGENSBURG
Walhalla, a memorial displaying some 65 plaques and 130 busts of the important people throughout 2,000 years of German history. Before our meal, join us for a traditional cocktail hour set to music with beer, pretzels and sausages. We’ll spend the afternoon cruising to our next destination. Tonight’s entertainment will be provided by the crew.
Sunday, June 5, 2016 PASSAU – LINZ (Austrian Danube)
Join us for a guided tour of Passau. Water has literally shaped this picturesque town at the confluence of the Danube, Inn, and Ilz rivers. We’ll spend the afternoon cruising to Linz, enjoying the onboard activities and arriving in the evening. After dinner, dance to the rhythm of the region's traditional music: Volksmusik.
Monday, June 6, 2016 LINZ
We’ll have a guided tour of the city. Since 2009, Austria’s third-largest city has seized the reins as the European Capital of Culture. After our tour, we'll return on board and continue our cruise on the Danube to Melk. Take advantage of this time to participate in the onboard activities or to laze about on the sun deck. We’ll arrive in Melk this evening.
Tuesday, June 7, 2016 MELK – KREMS – VIENNA – THE WACHAU VALLEY
We’ll set out on a guided tour of the Melk Abbey. Sitting majestically high on a bluff overlooking both the Danube River and the town of Melk, the massive building boasts 497 rooms and 1365 windows. After we return on board, we’ll cross the magnificent Wachau Valley, arriving in Krems in time to tour the Göttweig Abbey. To finish up our visit, we'll enjoy a glass of Austrian sparkling wine. We’ll return on board and continue our cruise to Vienna, arriving at the edge of one of the greatest symbols in the city. Take a spin on the Reisenrad in the Prater amusement park, made famous by a scene in “The Third Man” with Orson Wells and Joseph Cotton.
Wednesday, June 8, 2016 VIENNA – BRATISLAVA (Slovakia)
Enjoy a guided tour of Vienna, a city packed with imperial history and many quiet corners to explore. We’ll have lunch in a typical tavern in the Grinzing district. Afterwards, we’ll continue on to Bratislava for a guided visit of the capital of Slovakia. The charm of the Slovak capital is found in its old city: splendid baroque palaces, churches and lovely squares. Enjoy an evening of entertainment on board. Our ship will begin to cruise to Budapest.
Thursday, June 9, 2016 BUDAPEST (Hungary)
Join us for a guided tour of the metropole that was once two distinct cities, united only in 1873. After our visit, we’ll taste some local delicacies in the covered market. Take some free time this afternoon to explore the Hungarian capital at your own pace. Tonight we'll enjoy some Hungarian folklore on board. While you sleep, our ship will begin to cruise to Osijek.
Friday, June 10, 2016 OSIJEK (Croatia)
We’ll spend the morning cruising the illustrious Danube River. Take advantage of this time to admire the scenery from the sun deck. This afternoon, we’ll leave for a guided tour of Osijek. We’ll visit the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, whose multi-tiered spire provides the city with its defining visual trademark. Continue on to the old city (Tvarda) where we’ll visit the 18th-century fortress (superb panoramic view of the river) and then on to the large square where you can admire the Holy Trinity Statue. This evening, join us for the CroisiEurope 40th anniversary grand finale quiz. We’ll begin to cruise to Novi Sad. Our ship will cruise through the night.
Saturday, June 11, 2016 NOVI SAD - BELGRADE (Serbia)
Join us for an excursion to Novi Sad, a cheerful town with all the spoils but none of the stress of a large city. At the end of our visit, we'll return on board in Belgrade. This afternoon will be dedicated to a tour of the Serbian capital, where socialist blocks are squeezed between art nouveau masterpieces, and remnants of the Habsburg legacy contrast with Ottoman relics. We’ll enjoy a Serbian-themed evening on board.
Sunday, June 12, 2016 THE IRON GATES
We’ll spend the entire day cruising the river. In the morning, we’ll pass through the Iron Gates, the gorge on the Danube that forms part of the boundary between Serbia and Romania. A Roman memorial plaque commemorating the completion of the military road is located on the Serbian side. We’ll also see the modern sculpture of the Dacian king Decebalus, the tallest rock sculpture in Europe. Tonight is the Captain’s Dinner. Formal dress is required, and our crew will serve up some of our chefs' finest dishes for an unforgettable evening.
Monday, June 13, 2016 RUSE (Bulgaria)
Upon our arrival in Ruse, we’ll leave on an excursion to the canyon-shaped valley along the Rusenski Lom River. We’ll visit the Rock-hewn Churches of Ivanovo, a group of monolithic churches, chapels and monasteries hewn out of solid rock, as well as the Ivanovo rock monastery “St. Michael the Archangel.” Our day will continue with a visit to the Cherven fortress ruins and its fantastic panoramic views. In the afternoon, we’ll tour the city of Ruse. One of Bulgaria’s most elegant cities, its past is abundantly displayed in its ruined Roman fortress, standing guard high over the Danube. We’ll enjoy a Bulgarian-themed evening on board.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016 RUSE – GIURGIU –BUCHAREST – FETESTI (Romania)
We’ll spend the entire day in Bucharest (traditional lunch included). While much of the center is modern, you will find some splendid 17th- and 18th-century Orthodox churches and graceful art nouveau villas tucked away in smaller streets. We’ll visit the Village Museum, one of the most original and fascinating museums containing an amazing collection of original peasant homes from around Romania. We’ll return on board in Fetesti and continue our cruise to Tulcea. Many surprises await you during our dinner tonight!
Wednesday, June 15, 2016 TULCEA - Strasbourg
Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking at 9:00 a.m. You’ll be transferred to the airport in Constanta for your return flight to Strasbourg. (1)