Magnificent Rivers Of Europe
From Budapest to Amsterdam, and in many exciting stops along the way, you’ll be immersed in the culture of Central Europe in a unique way on this timeless European river cruise vacation. You’ll begin by visiting three of Europe’s vibrant capital cities: Budapest (Hungary), Bratislava (Slovakia), and Vienna (Austria). A Local Guide will show you the must-see sites in each city and you’ll have plenty of time to explore on your own. See the famous Heroes’ Square in Budapest, stroll through Bratislava’s Old Town with its winding streets and bronze sculptures, and stop in a classic Viennese café for a decadent treat. Sail through the picturesque views of the Wachau Valley and the dramatic Rhine Gorge. Visit Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey and Würzburg’s baroque Bishop’s Residenz. Enjoy a tasting of wonderful local Wachau wines. Explore quaint towns like Dürnstein with its blue and white baroque Stiftskirche; Passau, known for its narrow cobblestone streets and the stunning St. Stephen’s Cathedral; and Bamberg, with its town hall straddling the River Regnitz. Enjoy guided tours in historic Nuremberg, Volkach, Würzburg, and Regensburg-one of Germany’s best-preserved medieval cities. In the charming Rhine Valley town of Rüdesheim, enjoy a stroll through its famous cobblestone Drosselgasse lined with shops, restaurants, and lively taverns. Straddling both sides of the Rhine River is Cologne, Germany-a 2,000-year-old city known for its Gothic architecture. Here, enjoy a guided walk and see its famous twin-spired cathedral. This European river cruise would not be complete without a visit to Holland’s lively capital of Amsterdam. See the treasures of this 700-year-old city from a unique perspective-on a canal cruise along the elegant grachten.
Day 1 Budapest (Embarkation): onboard welcome receptionDay 2 Budapest: guided tour, see Heroes’ SquareDay 3 Bratislava: choice of guided tour, visit St. Martin’s Cathedral or up hike to Bratislava-Castle with your Adventure HostDay 4 Vienna: guided tourDay 5 Dürnstein–Wachau Valley–Melk: choice of guided tour or hike up to the castle ruins in Dürnstein; scenic cruise through the Wachau Valley; guided tour of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk; on board wine tastingDay 6 Passau: guided tourDay 7 Regensburg: guided tour Day 8 Roth. Excursion to Nuremberg: on board lecture; choice of guided sightseeing of Roth, or guided sightseeing in Nuremberg, or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tourDay 9 Bamberg: guided walk, see the Old Town Hall; on board lectureDay 10 Volkach–Kitzingen: walking tour in Volkach; free time in KitzingenDay 11 Würzburg: guided sightseeing, visit the Bishop’s ResidenceDay 12 Main River Village: guided walkDay 13 Rüdesheim–Rhine Gorge: choice of visit to Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum or hike the vineyards with your Adventure Host; scenic cruise through the Rhine GorgeDay 14 Cologne: choice of Cologne highlights walking tour, or Jewish Heritage walking tourDay 15 Amsterdam: canal cruiseDay 16 Amsterdam (Disembarkation): your cruise ends this morning
Budapest, Hungary (Embarkation)
Dürnstein – Wachau Valley
Roth. Excursion To Nuremberg
Main River Village
Rüdesheim – Rhine Gorge