Europe & Baltic
Embark a cruise voyage in the historically important city of Nuremberg, going through the Rhine-Main-Danube canal and then downstream along the Danube to Budapest, Hungary's exuberant capital. Highlights are visits to Regensburg, Passau, Salzburg, Vienna and Bratislava along the way. A collection of optional group shore excursions can be added to your itinerary pricing upon request.
Cruise Departure Dates:
Nuremberg-Budapest: Jul 12 (2014)
Budapest-Nuremberg: Jun 21 (2014)
Meet your driver for a private airport transfer.
NH Deutscher Kaiser (4*) hotel is located very central in the heart of Munich. The main railway station (0,2km), the underground, rapid trains and trams on the doorstep, the city centre is 500m and the motorway is 3km. The room facilities include a safety deposit box, smoke detectors, work desk, minibar, iron and ironing board, and air-conditioning.
Enjoy a city tour with private vehicle and guide. Start your tour with the Old town. Visit Olympiaturm and enjoy the landscape. The view of Munich, its surroundings and, if the weather is good, the Alps from the Salzkammergut to the Allgaeu Alps is just as unique as the Olympic tower itself. On April 5, 2005 the Olympic tower has even grown by 1.75 meters. A Russian specialist helicopter under Swiss flag has been used to lift off the antenna’s top end and put up a new antenna piece by piece, which from now on will provide six million TV viewers in Munich and the south of Bavaria with digital TV broadcasting. The new height of the Olympic tower is now 291.28 meters. Up here on one of the highest towers in Europe you can get away from the bustle of the city. Take a deep breath, forget everything and then relax. From the viewing platforms of the tower at a height of 190 metres, the shiny silver tent roof silhouette of the Olympic park is a brilliant example of exceptional architecture. Entrance fees are included.
Continue your tour with BMW Museum and its distinctive architecture in the shape of a futuristic silver bowl, which is among the most attractive museums in Munich. Entrance fees are included in the tour cost.
Meet your driver for a private transfer from Munich to Nuremberg. The trip takes approximative 2 hours.
You embark in the late afternoon in Nuremberg. There’ll be a welcome cocktail party before dinner is served on board. The ship leaves Nuremberg in the evening.
The new Amadeus line of ships have set new standards in European river cruising. Whether it be the Amadeus Brilliant or Amadeus Diamond, these ships are nothing other than a floating luxury hotel, impressing passengers from the moment they step on board. Allow these grand vessels to lure you away from normality - perhaps by inducing you to read an absorbing book in a chaise lounge on the sundeck, or to sample a relaxing massage. Get to see fascinating countries and meet interesting people over a convivial cup of coffee in the Amadeus Club or, while practicing your golf on the putting green on the sundeck. Each ship accommodates around 110 guests, and employing a crew of 40, never losing that intimate ambience that makes the experience all the more special.
Optional Shared Excursion:(ask about including in your itinerary pricing)This morning takes you through the final stretch of the fascinating Main-Danube Canal. In Kelheim you can take an exciting optional boat trip called the "Danube Gorge to Weltenburg Abbey". The gorge is beautiful and the monastery, founded by Irish or Scottish monks in about 620 AD, is the oldest monastery in Bavaria. After a short tour of the abbey church you can sample some famous dark Weltenburg beer, which is brewed here in the oldest abbey brewery in the world. You rejoin the ship at midday in magnificent Regensburg, one of Germany’s best-preserved medieval cities, where an optional sightseeing tour will show you the city’s architectural highlights, including the Old Town Hall and the Porta Pretoria. In the evening there will be Bavarian entertainment on board the ship (included).
Regensburg is a city and port in Bavaria, Germany, located at the confluence of the Danube and Regen rivers, at the northernmost bend in the Danube. The large medieval centre of the city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with settlement dating back to the Stone Age.
Optional Shared Excursion:(ask about including in your itinerary pricing)After breakfast the ship arrives at Passau, the Bavarian city where the rivers Inn and Ilz join the Danube. During an optional walking tour around the old quarter of Passau, the guide will point out many buildings that bear witness to this charming city’s historical importance. Visitors are usually particularly impressed by St. Stephen's cathedral (which has the world's largest organ consisting of 17,974 pipes and 233 registers), the new Bishop's residence and the town hall.
Alternatively you can visit Salzburg, the city where Mozart was born, by taking an excursion starting here in Passau and ending in Linz (Austria’s third-largest city). The old quarter of Salzburg, with its world famous Baroque architecture, is one of the best-preserved city centres north of the Alps and was adopted by UNESCO on its World Cultural Heritage list in 1997. The excursion ends in Linz, where the ship has docked meanwhile. There’ll be an optional guided walking tour through the former cultural capital for those who have not taken the excursion to Salzburg. After dinner the vessel casts off downstream towards the Wachau district.
Passau is a city and port in Lower Bavaria, Germany. It is known as the "City of Three Rivers" because the Danube River is joined at Passau by the Inn from the south and the Ilz from the north. Tourism in Passau focuses mainly on the three rivers, the St. Stephen's Cathedral, and the "Old City".
Linz is a city and port located in the north centre of Austria, approximately 30 km south of the Czech border, split between both sides of the Danube River. Founded by the Romans prior to 800 AD, Linz is home to the oldest church in Austria, built in the early medieval period.
Optional Shared Excursion:(ask about including in your itinerary pricing)Early in the morning the ship reaches the Wachau district, having cruised through the narrow Strudengau, docking in Melk / Emmersdorf before breakfast. There’ll then be an optional coach excursion through the Wachau, driving first to Dürnstein, one of the best-known wine villages in the Wachau and set in a glorious position. Then you drive through the district’s picturesque scenery to the 900-year old Benedictine abbey of Melk. In the course of the guided tour you see the bishops’ rooms, the Emperor’s gallery, the marble hall, the altars and the library. Sometimes there will also be a short organ recital in the abbey church.
Melk is a port and city of Austria, in the federal state of Lower Austria, next to the Wachau valley along the Danube River. In a very small area, Melk presents a great deal of architectural variety from many centuries. The city is best known as the site of a massive baroque Benedictine monastery named Stift Melk.
During lunch the ship continues downstream to Vienna (Austria’s capital), where it ties up in the evening. Optional Shared Excursion:(ask about including in your itinerary pricing)After dinner on board you can take the "Vienna by night" group excursion on which you drive through the Wienerwald to the Kahlenberg, Vienna’s best viewpoint, with a view of the city over vineyards. Then a drive through the traditional wine village Grinzing takes you to oldest champagne cellars in Austria. On a tour through the 300 year old basement of Schlumberger world you will learn interesting details about the "Traditional Method", that came from the region Champagne to Vienna.
Optional Shared Excursion:(ask about including in your itinerary pricing)A shared sightseeing tour of Vienna provides you with an overall impression of the city’s most important sights, taking you along the Ringstrasse, into the Schwarzenbergplatz, passing by the Karlskirche and Vienna’s stunning opera house, where there’ll be time to visit the building or shop for souvenirs. Last stop is at the city’s famous St. Stephan’s cathedral, where there will be time to see round inside. In the afternoon you can take an optional excursion to the Schoenbrunn castle, one of Vienna’s most beautiful buildings. After dinner you could attend a music performance called "The Sound of Vienna" (subject to availability) where the Salonorchester "Alt Wien", one of the famous interpreters of classical music, sparks off a unique show.
Vienna is a port and the capital city of the Republic of Austria. Evidence of continuous habitation has been found since 500 BC, when the site of Vienna on the Danube River was settled by the Celts. Vienna is host to many major international organizations, such as the United Nations and OPEC. In 2001, the city centre was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.[
Optional Shared Excursion:(ask about including in your itinerary pricing)A shared sightseeing tour of Bratislava reveals the city’s major sights. From its 13th-century castle there are breathtaking views over the countryside where three countries - Slovakia, Austria and Hungary - meet. In the afternoon you can take our excursion to the Imperial Festival Palace Castle Hof. This complex of magnificent Baroque buildings was built in the early 18th century and its authenticity and diversity attracts Baroque enthusiasts from all over the world.
Bratislava is a port and capital city located in southwestern Slovakia, on both banks of the Danube River. Bordering Austria and Hungary, it is the only national capital that borders two independent countries. The history of the city has been strongly influenced by people of different nations and religions, namely by Austrians, Czechs, Germans, Hungarians, Slovaks, and Jews. One of the most prominent structures in the city is Bratislava Castle, on a plateau 85 metres above the Danube.
Optional Shared Excursion:(ask about including in your itinerary pricing)An optional group sightseeing tour takes you up to historic Buda Castle, from which there are splendid views of both Buda and Pest astride the Danube. The tour includes the 500-year-old Matthias Church, St. Stephen’s Basilica, the distinctive Fishermen’s Bastion, the marvellous Royal Palace and much more. In the afternoon you have a choice of two excursions: you can either visit 18th century Castle Gödöllö and attend a Hungarian horsemanship performance, or discover Szentendre, a renowned artists' village.
Budapest is a port and the capital city of Hungary. It became a single city occupying both banks of the Danube River with a unification in 1873 of west-bank Buda and Óbuda with east-bank Pest. The Celts were the first to settle in the territory of Budapest, followed by the Romans, and later several other civilizations, creating a layered cultural past. Budapest's Castle Hill, the River Danube embankments and the whole of Andrássy út have been officially recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
This morning you'll disembark from your cruise ship, and bid farewell to your fellow cruisemates.
Today you will visit Matthias Church and The Fishermen’s Bastion with your own private guide on a half day city tour. Located in the Buda’s Castle District, Matthias Church was originally built in 1015. Officially named ‘the Church of Our Lady’ the building is commonly known by the name 'Matthias Church', which refers to the Hungarian King Matthias Corvinus. The Fishermen’s Bastion was built between 1895 and 1902 and features impressive towers, colonnades and embrasures. Take the opportunity to admire and photograph the magnificent view from one of its towers overlooking the city and the Danube. Entrance fees to Matthias Church and the Fisherman's Bastion are included.
Buda Castle Hotel (4*) is located in the heart of the castle district, one of Budapest's more elegant quarters on the Buda side of the city. The local area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the historical streets, which were once the commercial and governmental centre of the city, provide a fascinating view of the city’s glorious past. The Holy Trinity Square, Mathias Church and the Fishermen’s Bastion are all just a few steps from the hotel. The 25 rooms of the Hotel Buda Castle are all generously sized and elegantly furnished in a modern style. Breakfast is served in the Orangerie lounge. There is also a café and snack bar that stays open daily until midnight.
A transfer between the airport and the city or your hotel with a private vehicle and driver is provided.
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