Amsterdam is Holland’s lively capital—both historical and modern. This popular city is set amongst sophisticated architecture and classic squares and canals. See the treasures of this 700-year-old city from a unique perspective—on a canal cruise along the elegant grachten. On to Germany where there’s a guided city walk in Cologne—a 2,000-year-old city known for its gothic architecture. Sail through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, the most beautiful stretch of the Rhine River, and stop in the charming wine town of Rüdesheim. There’s guided sightseeing in Würzburg, Bamberg, Nuremberg, and Regensburg, and you’ll sail the Main Danube Canal connecting the Main and Danube Rivers.
First stop in Austria is Melk for a visit of its magnificent Benedictine Abbey, then sail through the picturesque Wachau Valley to Dürnstein—famous for its blue and white baroque Stiftskirche. And in the last days of your vacation, local experts will introduce you to three capital cities: Vienna, Austria, also known as “The City of Music” for inspiring the creative genius of Mozart, Beethoven, and Strauss; Bratislava, Slovakia, where winding cobblestone streets twist and turn in the Old Town and you’ll visit St. Martin’s Cathedral; and lively Budapest, Hungary, with its unique energy and countless must-see sites.
From Amsterdam to Budapest, and many exciting stops along the way, you’ll be immersed in the culture of Central Europe in a unique way on this timeless river cruise vacation. This truly is a river cruise to remember!
DAY 01 AMSTERDAM (EMBARKATION)) Welcome reception
DAY 02 AMSTERDAM Canal cruise
DAY 03 COLOGNE Choice of guided walk or Jewish Heritage walk
DAY 04 RHINE GORGE–RÜDESHEIM Cruise through the Rhine Gorge; visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim; enjoy a special treat
DAY 05 MAIN RIVER VILLAGE Guided walk
DAY 06 WÜRZBURG Guided sightseeing, visit the Bishop’s Residenz
DAY 07 BAMBERG Guided sightseeing, see the Old Town Hall
DAY 08 ROTH–NUREMBERG Choice of guided sightseeing of Roth; or guided sightseeing of Nuremberg, or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour
DAY 09 REGENSBURG Guided walk; enjoy a snack at the Historische Wurstküche; beer tasting
DAY 10 PASSAU Guided walk
DAY 11 MELK–DÜRNSTEIN Guided visit of the Benedectine Abbey in Melk; cruise through the Wachau Valley; guided walk in Dürnstein, see the Stiftskirche
DAY 12 VIENNA Guided sightseeing
DAY 13 BRATISLAVA Guided sightseeing, visit St. Martin’s Cathedral
DAY 14 BUDAPEST Guided sightseeing, see Fishermen’s Bastion and Heroes’ Square
DAY 15 BUDAPEST (DISEMBARKATION) Your vacation ends this morning
Ask us about customizing this experience with optional pre and post tours.