Enjoy two nights in the quaint Bavarian ski town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Visit Linderhof Palace, the “Royal Villa” of King Ludwig. Embark on a relaxing cruise along the scenic Danube River. Your lovely state-of-the-art craft offers a special treat – unlimited wine at every dinner. Pause as you go discovering the quaint villages and lively cities with local guides. Discover Vienna’s historic sites as you are immersed in the city’s atmosphere of opulence and elegance. Behold Munich’s many charms including its world-famous Glockenspiel. Drift along the river through the Wachau Valley dotted with castles and small riverside towns on a 7-night cruise.
Esztergom, the former residence of the Hungarian kings and seat of the Archbishop, is one of the highlights of this excursion. Your tour starts with a visit of the vast domed basilica, the largest cathedral in Hungary. Built in the early 19th century, it incorporates an ornate red marble chapel from an earlier church. Continue along the Danube to the imposing ruined fortress of Visegrad for a glorious view of the “knee” of the Danube. Then drive along the banks of the Danube to the artists’ village of Szentendre, a charming little town with two main churches showing signs of Serbian Orthodox influence, and brightly painted Baroque houses in the town center. Szentendre has developed as a center for ceramics, thanks to the influence of the local artist Margit Kovacs, who lived from 1920 to 1977. Continue south to Budapest along the scenic west bank of the River Danube. Duration approximately 5 hour(s). Transportation is included. A minimum of 20 passenger(s) is required to operate this option. The above option is only available until 15 days prior to departure. After this time, the option may be purchased once you are onboard the cruise ship directly from the cruise line. Due to the nature of this option once purchased it will be nonrefundable Please note that the price is subject to change at any time prior to purchase.
Enjoy an evening full of music. A special orchestra event in a local venue sparks off a unique firework of the most beautiful compositions from the king of waltz, Johann Strauss, as well as beloved Mozart. Excellent musicians, opera singers and magical ballet dancers present an evening full of Viennese charm with beautiful waltzes, polkas and operetta melodies performed at their highest level. Duration approximately 3 hour(s). Transportation is included. A minimum of 20 passenger(s) is required to operate this option. This option is only available until 15 days prior to departure. After this time, the option may be purchased once you are onboard the cruise ship directly from the cruise line. Due to the nature of this option, once purchased it will be nonrefundable. Please note that the price is subject to change at any time prior to purchase.
Travel from the port via motorcoach to one of Vienna’s most beautiful buildings, Schönbrunn Palace. Schönbrunn Palace was modeled after the palace of Versailles, the residence of King Louis XIV (Le Roi Soleil) and was the long time summer residence of the Hapsburgs. You will have the opportunity to view the state apartments and ceremonial rooms, and then take a stroll through the palace’s beautiful gardens. The Schönbrunn Palace is one of Austria's treasures and a sight to be seen! Duration approximately 3.5 hour(s). Transportation is included. A minimum of 20 passenger(s) is required to operate this option. This option is only available until 15 days prior to departure. After this time, it may be purchased once you are onboard the cruise ship directly from the cruise line. Once purchased, this option will be nonrefundable. Please note that the price is subject to change at any time prior to purchase.
A coach brings you toward Weltenburg, with a brief detour to the “Hall of Liberation,” an historical classical monument upon Mount Michelsberg above the city of Kelheim. This impressive marble building was fashioned after the Parthenon in Athens and towers high above the Danube. Afterward, board an excursion boat, which takes you past the former city of the Wittelsbacher through the nature reserve ”Weltenburger Enge” to the Benedictine abbey of Weltenburg. The monastery, founded by Irish or Scottish monks in about 620 AD, is the oldest monastery in Bavaria. After a short tour of the abbey church you can taste the famous dark beer of Weltenburg, which is brewed on site in the oldest monastery brewery in the world. Duration approximately 5 hour(s). Transportation is included. A minimum of 20 passenger(s) is required to operate this option. This option is only available until 15 days prior to departure. After this time, it may be purchased directly from the cruise line once you are onboard the cruise ship. Due to the nature of this optional item, once purchased it will be nonrefundable. Please note that the price is subject to change at any time prior to purchase.
This is your opportunity to visit the Benedictine Melk Abbey, which has been home to a school since the 12th century and is home to an extensive medieval manuscript collection. The bluff on which Melk Abbey sits provides visitors with splendid views of the Wachau Valley and the Danube River. Drive from Emmersdorf to Weissenkirchen in der Wachau, a quaint town in the middle of this famous landscape. Here you will enjpy a traditional wine tasting before meeting your ship to continue sailing. Duration approximately 3 hour(s). Transportation is included. A minimum of 20 passenger(s) is required to operate this option. This option is only available until 15 days prior to departure. After this time, the option may be purchased once you are on board the cruise ship directly from the cruise line. Due to the nature of this option, once purchased it will be non-refundable. Price is subject to change at any time prior to purchase.
Your tour opens in the quaint Bavarian ski town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen. This evening, gather with your fellow travelers at a welcome dinner.
Travel to Ettal, home of Linderhof Palace. This artistic "Royal Villa" was the only palace King Ludwig II of Bavaria was able to complete in his lifetime. Behind its Baroque façade you will find a world rich in Rococo ornamentation, with many sculptural elements that showcase an incomparable artistry. Later, spend time exploring Oberammergau, renowned for wood carvings and the Passion Play which takes place every ten years.
Journey to Munich. Feel the energy of this lively and fascinating city during a tour that highlights Olympic Park, the world-famous Glockenspiel,* and Marienplatz, a beautiful square surrounded by shops, restaurants and cafés. Enjoy free time before continuing on to Vilshofen to meet your cruise ship. Unpack for a relaxing 7-night Danube River cruise aboard your lovely ship. This vessel offers the newest technology, a panoramic deck, terrace café, panorama salon and bar, excellent cuisine, outstanding service and unlimited wine and beer with every dinner onboard. This evening, enjoy a cocktail reception followed by a welcome aboard dinner.
A guided walking tour of magnificent Regensburg reveals one of Germany's grand medieval cities with nearly 1,400 historic buildings. Some of the architectural highlights you may view include the first stone bridge built over the Danube, a 1,400-foot-long span built in the 12th century; the old Town Hall; and the Porta Praetoria, one of only two remaining Roman gates in Germany, built in A.D. 179. This afternoon, take a stroll through Old Town. Tonight, partake in a delightful Bavarian evening onboard. Your ship departs for Passau late this evening.
Wake this morning surrounded by scenic valleys and charming riverside towns en route to Passau, set at the confluence of the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers. Enjoy a leisurely paced walking tour of this 2,000-year-old fairy-tale city, exploring the ornate Baroque architecture, the quaint cobblestone streets, and St. Stephan’s Cathedral, home to Europe’s largest church organ. You will have leisure time to independently explore the town. This afternoon, continue on to the charming riverside town of Linz where you will enjoy an included walking tour of the city with a local guide.
View the picturesque landscape as you cruise to the charming town of Emmersdorf. Relax and enjoy the scenery. This afternoon you continue cruising through the romantic Wachau Valley, dotted with magnificent castles and small riverside towns. Arrive in Vienna, Austria's beautiful capital city, in the early evening.
Join a local expert and explore Vienna's Imperial architecture including the lavish Hofburg Palace, the impressive Vienna Opera House, the majestic Ringstrasse, and the awe-inspiring St. Stephen's Cathedral. The afternoon is at leisure to explore Vienna's Baroque elegance, stroll along the Karntner Strasse, or sample some of Vienna's famous pastries. If you wish, you may join an optional excursion to the opulent Schönbrunn Palace, the summer retreat of the Hapsburg dynasty.
Tour Slovakia's remarkable capital, Bratislava, and discover the city’s most celebrated sites including the 13th-century castle, Old Town, St. Martin's Cathedral, Michael's Gate, and the Archbishop's palace. The afternoon is at leisure. Tonight, you are invited to attend the Captain's Gala Dinner before departing for Hungary.
Embark on a tour of Budapest, Hungary’s lovely capital, featuring the historic Buda Castle area, Fisherman's Bastion and the 500-year-old St. Matthias Church. Enjoy splendid views of the twin cities of Buda and Pest, nestled on opposing banks of the river. Tonight, gather onboard with your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner. After dinner, take in the essence of the region during an evening cruise to view Budapest’s stunning night skyline followed by a fun-filled folklore show.
After breakfast, disembark the ship as your tour comes to an end.
You will have the option to book your own flights independently with the operator.
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