From Amsterdam to Budapest, 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 river cruise vacation. Amsterdam is Holland’s lively capital-both historical and modern. This colorful city is loved for its vibrant mix of 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 for a guided city walk in Cologne-the stunning 2,000-year-old city known for its gothic architecture. Sail through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, offering the most beautiful view of the Rhine River, and stop in the charming wine town of Rüdesheim. Enjoy guided sightseeing in Würzburg, Volkach, Bamberg, Nuremberg, and Regensburg, and sail the Main Danube Canal which connects the Main and Danube Rivers. Your first stop in Austria is the lovely town of Melk. Visit its magnificent Benedictine Abbey, then sail through the picturesque Wachau Valley. Your local experts will also introduce you to two capital cities: Vienna, Austria, also known as “The City of Music” for inspiring the creative genius of Mozart, Beethoven, and Strauss; and lively Budapest, Hungary, with its unique energy and countless must-see sites. This truly is a magnificent European river cruise to remember!
Day 1 Amsterdam (Embarkation): onboard welcome receptionDay 2 Amsterdam: canal cruiseDay 3 Cologne: choice of Cologne highlights walking tour or Jewish Heritage walking tourDay 4 Rhine Gorge–Rüdesheim: scenic cruise through the Rhine Gorge; choice of visit to Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum or cable-car ride to the Niederwald Monument in RüdesheimDay 5 Main River Village: guided walkDay 6 Würzburg: guided sightseeing, visit the Bishop’s ResidenzDay 7 Volkach: walking tourDay 8 Bamberg: guided tour, see the Old Town Hall; on board lecture Day 9 Roth. Excursion to Nuremberg: choice of guided tour in Roth, or guided tour in Nuremberg, or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour; on board lecture Day 10 Regensburg: guided tourDay 11 Passau–Linz: guided tour in Passau; free time in LinzDay 12 Melk–Wachau Valley–Vienna: guided tour of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk; scenic cruise through the Wachau Valley; free time in ViennaDay 13 Vienna: guided tourDay 14 Budapest: guided tour, see Heroes’ SquareDay 15 Budapest (Disembarkation): your vacation ends this morning
Amsterdam, Holland (Embarkation)
Rhine Gorge – Rüdesheim
Main River Village
Roth. Excursion To Nuremberg
Melk – Wachau Valley