Embark in Amsterdam at 16.00hrs.
Day 1: Amsterdam
Embark in Amsterdam this afternoon. Settle into your cabin, explore the onboard amenities and enjoy a Welcome Cocktail before your Welcome Dinner tonight. The ship remains moored in Amsterdam overnight.
Day 2: Amsterdam - Nijmegen
This morning you can join a memorable optional tour of Amsterdam, including a cruise on the city's famous canals. See the old merchants' houses and learn about the history of this old trading port. The ship sails from Amsterdam at midday and cruises south along the Amsterdam Rijnkanaal, through the flat polder landscape of Southern Holland to the old Hanseatic city of Nijmegen. This evening there is a typical Dutch folklore show on board and the ship departs from Nijmegen in the early hours.
Day 3: Cologne
Enjoy a leisurely morning cruise en route to Cologne, docking in the early afternoon. You may wish to join an optional walk through the Old Town to the impressive gothic cathedral that dominates the skyline. Depart from Cologne in the evening and continue south along the Rhine.
Day 4: Koblenz - Rüdesheim
Today's first port of call is Koblenz, strategically located at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers. An optional morning walking tour takes in the main highlights of the city. From Koblenz, take a memorable cruise south through the Rhine Gorge to see the ruins of numerous hilltop castles and the famous Loreley. Arrive at Rüdesheim in the afternoon and join an optional tour of the town, including a visit to Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum.
Day 5: Miltenburg - Wertheim
You will arrive at Miltenberg around lunchtime today. An optional walking tour takes you along the narrow, cobbled streets with their gabled, half-timbered houses. Your tour continues from Miltenberg to neighbouring Wertheim where you can enjoy a walking tour of this charming town, situated at the confluence of the Main and Tauber rivers. Re-board the ship in Wertheim in time for dinner on board.
Day 6: Wuerzburg
You reach the historic city of Wuerzburg this morning where you can join an optional walking tour, including a visit to the Residenz, the beautiful Baroque palace built for the prince-bishops by local architect Balthasar Neumann between 1720 and 1744. This afternoon you may decide to join a second excursion to Rothenburg, famous for its well-preserved medieval Old Town. The ship sails departs Wuerzburg before dinner.
Day 7: Bamberg
After a relaxing morning cruise, the ship docks in Bamberg in the early afternoon. Bamberg is one of the best-preserved medieval cities in Germany and has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with some 2,300 buildings of historic interest. An optional guided walking tour of the old city is recommended. As you depart from Bamberg, enjoy onboard lecture on the history of the Rhine-Main-Danube Canal.
Day 8: Nuremberg
Arrive in Nuremberg early in the morning. Today's optional city tour introduces you to the 900-year-old ramparts, the Imperial Castle and the Justice Palace, where the War Crimes Tribunal sat in 1946. In the afternoon you can join an optional excursion to Nuremberg World War II Documentation Centre.
Day 9: Kelheim - Regensburg
This morning takes you through the final stretch of the fascinating Main-Danube Canal to Kehlheim where you may disembark for an optional excursion to Weltenburg Monastery. The monastery, founded by Irish or Scottish monks around 620 AD, is the oldest in Bavaria. Meanwhile the ship sails towards Regensburg, where you can re-board at lunch time. Regensburg is one of Germany's best preserved medieval cities and this afternoon's optional sightseeing tour will introduce you to the city's architectural highlights, including the Old Town Hall and the Porta Pretoria. In the evening there will be a rousing Bavarian evening on board.
Day 10: Passau - Linz
Arrive into Passau this morning, where the rivers Inn and Ilz join the Danube, and enjoy an optional walking tour of the ancient city centre. During the tour, your knowledgeable guide will point out many buildings that bear witness to Passau's historical importance as the 'Three River City'. Alternatively you can join an optional excursion to Salzburg and the scenic Salzkammergut lakes and mountains region, starting in Passau and ending in Linz. The ship will make her way to Linz where you can participate in an optional city walk before dinner.
Day 11: Melk - Vienna
The ship arrives into Melk early today and from here you can take an optional tour of the scenic Wachau region, incorporating a visit to the impressive Benedictine Abbey at Melk and a wine tasting session. Return to the ship in time for lunch and set sail for the Austrian capital, Vienna. Upon arrival here you may choose to join an optional "Vienna by Night" tour.
Day 12: Vienna
Wake in Vienna this morning and choose from a variety of optional excursions. You may opt for a morning city tour, showcasing the main architectural highlights such as the Ringstrasse, Hofburg Palace and St Stephen's Cathedral. In the afternoon you may wish to visit Schoenbrunn Palace or simply spend the afternoon exploring independently. This evening you can choose to attend an optional classical concert performed by a Viennese orchestra.
Day 13: Vienna - Bratislava
The ship leaves Vienna in the early hours and cruises towards the Slovakian capital, Bratislava, where you disembark for an optional tour of the historic city centre. This afternoon's optional excursion brings you to the Imperial Festival Palace, Castle Hof, a magnificent Baroque complex, built in the early 18th Century. Return to the ship and prepare for the Captain's Gala Dinner, followed by a show performed by the crew.
Day 14: Budapest
Arrive into the Hungarian capital, Budapest, this morning. Join an optional sightseeing tour which leads you to historic Buda Castle for a splendid view of the twin cities of Buda and Pest, spread over both banks of the river. Your tour also takes you to the 500-year-old Matthias Church, St. Stephen's Basilica, the Fishermens Bastion and the Royal Palace. This afternoon choose from two optional excursions: Take a trip out to Castle Gödöllö, then see a display of the horsemanship for which the Puszta region is famous. Alternatively, join a tour to the small artists' settlement of Szentendre, in the picturesque Danube Bend region. This evening enjoy a scenic evening cruise along the Danube, 'Budapest by Night', with a Hungarian folklore group to entertain you.
Day 15: Budapest
Enjoy your final breakfast on board before disembarking in Budapest this morning.
Disembark in Budapest after breakfast on the last day.
- 14 nights' accommodation on board the ship
- Full board, including buffet breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner and late night snack
- 24 Hour coffee station
- Quality red and white wines served with dinner
- Welcome Cocktail
- Welcome Dinner
- Captain’s Gala Dinner
- Onboard evening entertainment programme including a Dutch folklore show and musical performances
- Evening cruise “Budapest by Night” and folklore show
- Services of an experienced, multilingual cruise director
- Port taxes and local taxes
- International travel and transfers
- Excursions other than those mentioned above (please ask for details of our optional excursion packages to complement your cruise itinerary)
- Passport and visa requirements
- Insurance and medical expenses
- Personal expenses and onboard purchases
- Beverages other than those already mentioned