DAY 1: Strasbourg - BUDAPEST
Rendezvous at the Strasbourg/Entzheim airport. Special charter flight(2) to Budapest. Boarding in Budapest from 6 pm and settling into your cabin. Presentation of the crew. Welcome cocktail, dinner. Free evening or optional traditional evening in Budapest.
DAY 2: BUDAPEST
Breakfast on board. At 8.00am, depart of the boat or optional 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, freedom 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 7.00pm for Vienna. Dinner and an evening's entertainment on board.
DAY 3: BUDAPEST - VIENNA
Breakfast on board. Arrival in Vienna around 2.00pm. Lunch on board. Free time or optional excursion to the Hofburg (residence of the Hapsburgs). Dinner on board and free evening or optional tour of Vienna by night.
DAY 4: VIENNA
Breakfast on board. Optional 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, the chance to attend a concert of Viennese music (optional and dependent on availability). 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 10.00am. Departure by coach for the optional 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, optional 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 4.00pm 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. Optional guided tour of Regensburg. The fourth largest city in Bavaria, Ratisbonne 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. Optional 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 optional 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 optional 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. Optional 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. Aerobics session. 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 2.00pm. Disembarkation. End of our journey.