Legendary Waterways of Europe
From $6,119* pp | 15 Days • 41 Meals *Rate is per person, land only, double occupancy.
Relax on a boat cruise while the waters of the Rhine, Moselle, Main, and Danube carry you gently through the heart of Europe.
- Explore the famous Franconian wine region.
- Discover Wertheim and the famous glass museum.
- A city walk of Regensburg reveals one of Germany’s best-preserved medieval cities.
- See the famous Rhine Gorge, dotted with hilltop castles.
Cruise through the Heart of Europe
Cruise through five countries in the heart of Europe on this relaxing 14-night cruise. Let the waters of the Rhine, Moselle, Main, and Danube carry you gently through Holland, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, and Hungary, exploring striking vistas rich with history, culture, lore, and traditions. Sail by castles, fortresses, villages, and vineyards and through the dramatic Rhine Gorge. Explore Amsterdam, Cologne, Koblenz, Rudesheim, Bamberg, Bratislava, Budapest, Melk, Vienna, and much more.
Meals as per itinerary
Activities as stated
Please note: Accommodation is subject to change.
Meals not indicated on the itinerary
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Day 1. Budapest, Hungary – Tour Begins – Board Ship
Join us on the legendary waterways that define the true soul of Europe. Your tour opens in Budapest, Hungary’s capital city. Board your ship for a relaxing 14-night river cruise. Your vessel offers the newest technology; panoramic deck; panorama salon and bar; excellent cuisine including unlimited wine and beer with dinners; and outstanding service. Meet your fellow travellers at a welcome cocktail reception. Later, enjoy an evening cruise to see Budapest’s stunning night skyline before enjoying a folklore show.
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Embark on a tour of Budapest featuring its historic Buda Castle area, Fisherman’s Bastion and 500-year-old St. Matthias Church. Enjoy splendid views as you sail between the twin cities of Buda and Pest, nestled on opposing banks of the river.
Day 3. Bratislava, Slovakia – Vienna, Austria
Arrive in Slovakia’s remarkable capital, Bratislava. Discover the city’s celebrated sites on a city tour highlighting its 13th-century castle, the old town, St. Martin’s Cathedral, Michael’s Gate and the Archbishop’s palace. This evening, cruise to Austria’s beautiful capital city, Vienna.
Day 4. Vienna
Relax and enjoy the surrounding scenery as you cruise through the Wachau Valley, dotted with magnificent castles and small riverside towns. Cruise past Melk Abbey, a magnificent 900-year-old Benedictine Abbey and one of Europe’s largest Baroque monasteries.
Day 6. Linz – Passau, Germany
Arrive in stunning Linz, a favourite city of Mozart, who dedicated his Linz Symphony to this town. Take a stroll through the city with a local expert and discover its many treasures. Later, cruise to Passau, where the rivers Inn and Ilz join the Danube. Have time to explore this beautiful city. Discover the gems of the city including St. Stephan’s Cathedral and the world’s largest church organ.
Day 7. Regensburg – Kelheim
Today, arrive in magnificent Regensburg, one of Germany’s best-preserved medieval cities. A city walk features the old Town Hall, 12th-century Stone Bridge, St. Peter’s Cathedral and the Porta Pretoria. Tonight, the ship enters the first stretch of the fascinating Main-Danube Canal as you make your way towards medieval Kelheim.
Depart on a guided tour of picturesque Nuremberg, Bavaria’s second largest city. You will be awed by 900-year-old ramparts, the Imperial Castle and the Justice Palace. Later, continue sailing and arrive at the impressive stair-step locks where you will ascend to the highest point of your cruise.
Day 9. Bamberg
Cruise through the final stretch of the Main-Danube Canal to Bamberg, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Disembark and enjoy a guided tour to discover the history of this medieval gem, founded in 902. Tonight, feel like a local at a typical Bavarian evening onboard the ship.
Day 10. Würzburg
Arrive in Würzburg, the “Pearl of the Romantic Road.” Nearly destroyed during WW II, Würzburg has been rebuilt into a beautiful Franconian town. Visit fascinating sights including the magnificent Prince-Bishops Residence, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Continue cruising through the pastoral Franconian wine region.
Day 11. Wertheim and Miltenberg
Today you disembark in Wertheim where you will get to know the city on a walking tour through its cobblestone streets lined with gabled, half-timbered houses, followed by a visit to the famous Wertheim Glass Museum. Next, continue to Miltenberg with time to explore the city including its enchanting market square before returning to the ship.
Day 12. Rüdesheim – Koblenz
Cruise along a beautiful stretch of the Rhine. Sail through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, dotted with hilltop castles. You will see the legendary Lorelei Rock before arriving in Rüdesheim, a charming Rhine Valley wine town. The “Winzerexpress” mini-train takes you to Siegfried´s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum for a guided tour. Time is made for you to explore the pedestrian street, Drosselgasse, on your own. Later, cruise to Koblenz, at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers. Enjoy an early evening walk of this charming town surrounded by vine-covered hills.
Day 13. Koblenz – Cologne
Cruise the scenic Rhine River to Cologne, one of Germany’s oldest cities. A guided tour through the old part of the city highlights the twin steepled, 13th-century Gothic cathedral. Tonight you are invited to attend the Captain’s Gala Dinner before departing for the Netherlands.
Day 14. Amsterdam, Netherlands
A local expert leads you on a leisurely paced tour of Amsterdam highlighting its 500 bridges, intricate canal system, charming churches and 16th-century homes. Later, glide along the canal on a cruise through the city centre. Tonight, gather onboard with your fellow travellers for a farewell dinner followed by a typical Dutch folklore show.
Day 15. Amsterdam – Disembark Ship – Tour Ends
- The countries visited on this tour 8 hours behind Australian Eastern Standard Time.
- The currency in these countries is the Euro, except for Hungary, where it is the Forint.
- The elevation on this tour will not exceed 1,000 feet above sea level
- Voltage for the countries visited is 230 Volts.
- Why not consider a pre and post tour extension. Start and end your holiday rested.
This tour includes moderate physical activity. The itinerary blends some longer days with shorter days and more leisure time. Walking tours, as well as walking slightly longer distances, upstairs or on uneven walking surfaces should be expected
Jun 22, 2017 – Jul 6, 2017. $6,529
Oct 12, 2017 – Oct 26, 2017. $6,119