This timeless Europe river cruise vacation begins with two nights in vibrant Budapest, Hungary, then sail along the Danube River with exciting stops in Austria and Germany. Don’t miss the opportunity of getting to know this part of Europe playing in some of its nicest golf courses. A European golf expert will be cruising with you this week.In Budapest, Hungary’s lively capital, marvel at the eight bridges spanning the river and enjoy an introduction to the city by a local expert who shows you the must-see sights. You may choose to play golf nearby. Vienna, Austria, offers stunning St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the Habsburg Palace, and the Vienna Opera House. Alternatively, spend your day playing golf nearby the Austrian capital.Visit Dürnstein, with its luminous blue façade on its baroque Stiftskirche. In Melk, visit Austria’s majestic Benedictine Abbey, and enjoy the Wachau Valley’s famous wines with an onboard wine-tasting. Take a guided walk through Passau’s cobblestone streets and Patrician houses, then sail to see the medieval walls of Regensburg—the only German city not bombed during WWII. You can opt to join your fellow travelers and play golf. Your Germany vacation continues as you cruise to Nuremberg. Choose from guided excursions, as wells as classic sightseeing tour of the city. Or you may select a tour of the historic Nuremberg Rally Grounds. Take a full day excursion to Munich and tour King Ludwig’s storybook Neuschwanstein Castle. You’ll also and visit the mountain village of Oberammergau—known for its once-a-decade Passion Play production. Sail to Frankfurt for guided tours, and on to Rüdesheim and through the magnificent Rhine Gorge. Your river cruise on the Danube, Rhine, and Main Rivers, ending in Basel, Switzerland, is a spectacular European river cruise with memories to last a lifetime.
Day 1 Budapest: welcome to Budapest! Day 2 Budapest: guided tour, see Heroes’ SquareDay 3 Budapest (Embarkation): full day golf excursion, onboard welcome receptionDay 4 Budapest—Vienna: cruising or full day golf excursionDay 5 Vienna: guided sightseeing Day 6 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; wine tasting on boardDay 7 Passau: guided walkDay 8 Regensburg: guided walk; beer tasting on board, or full day golf excursionDay 9 Nuremberg: choice of guided sightseeing, or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour, or Roth sightseeingDay 10 Nuremberg—Munich excursion: full day guided tour in Munich Day 11 Bamberg: guided tour, see the Old Town Hall Day 12 Würzburg: guided tour, visit to the Bishop’s Residenz Day 13 Main River Village: guided tourDay 14 Frankfurt. Excursion to Seligenstadt: choice of guided tour in Frankfurt, or guided tour in SeligenstadtDay 15 Boppard—Rhine Gorge—Rüdesheim: time at leisure in Boppard; scenic cruise through the Rhine Gorge; visit to Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim; special treat Day 16 Strasbourg: guided tour, visit to La Petite France district and the gothic cathedralDay 17 Breisach. Excursion to Black Forest: choice of excursion to Black Forest, or guided tour in ColmarDay 18 Basel: your vacation ends this morning
In the event of water level problems or any problems of a technical nature, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or to alter the program.Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change is necessary, a substitute will be offered.Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.