Europe & Baltic
Celebrate the beauty and history of the Danube, Europe’s second largest river, as you cruise from Nuremberg through the Main-Danube Canal across the Continental Divide. Continue to centuries-old towns and marvel at the beautiful river side vistas unfolding around you. Enter Austria and cruise through the lush Wachau wine region. Then, conclude your European river cruise vacation with two grand capitals, magnificent Vienna and historic Budapest.
Available Cruise Departure Dates (2015):
Apr 7, Jun 2,16,30, Jul 7,14, Aug 11, Sep 8,15,22, Oct 6,13,20, Nov 3,10
*Please note cruise itinerary and activities may be subject to slight modifications based on seasonality.
Meet your driver for a private airport transfer.
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 train station transfer.
Relax and enjoy the approximately 2hr train ride from Munich to Nuremberg.
Meet your driver for a private port transfer.
Tonight, meet your fellow passengers at the Welcome Dinner. The ship will moor overnight in Nuremberg.
Port charges are included in your itinerary pricing.
Enjoy a scenic morning cruise as the ship crosses the Continental Divide via the Main-Danube Canal and leisurely cruises through the beautiful Altmühl Valley. This afternoon, you have a choice of two tours in Nuremberg. “Medieval Nuremberg” will give you a fascinating overview of this former unofficial capital of the Holy Roman Empire, an ancient city historians consider the epicenter of the German Renaissance. You will see the 900-year-old ramparts, towers and city walls of the Imperial Castle that surround the historic city center, as well as the house where artist Albrecht Dürer once resided. Another sightseeing option is the “World War II” tour that focuses on Nuremberg during the time of the Third Reich. You will visit the Zeppelin Field where Hitler once held Nazi rallies and the Justice Palace courtroom where the War Crimes Tribunal sat in 1946 (when available). The ship cruises to Regensburg this evening.
This morning’s scenic cruising takes you through the final stretch of the Main-Danube Canal en route to Regensburg, one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will have a guided group walking tour of the city’s architectural highlights, including the Old Town Hall and the Porta Praetoria, gates to an ancient Roman fort built in 179 A.D.
After breakfast, arrive in picturesque Passau, a 2,000-year-old city noted for its Gothic and Baroque architecture, where the Inn and Ilz rivers join the Danube. You will have a group walking tour of Passau’s Old Town, past the old city fortifications and St. Stephan’s Cathedral, home to Europe’s largest pipe organ.
Optional:As an alternative, you may join an optional excursion to Salzburg excursion, you will have a walking tour of the historic center, famous as the setting for the “Sound of Music” and as the birthplace of Mozart. Enjoy free time on your own before returning to the ship, now docked in Linz. After dinner, you may wish to take a walk through this delightful town, Austria’s third largest city and a major river port.To partake in an optional excursion, please speak with your travel consultant.
Early this morning, we cruise through the scenic and romantic Wachau Valley en route to Melk. Your guided tour takes you to Melk’s magnificent 900-year-old Benedictine Abbey, one of the world’s most famous monastic sites, located on a rocky outcropping overlooking the Danube. Return to the ship for lunch before cruising on through the Wachau region. Arrive in Vienna after dinner and explore the magnificent Austrian capital on your own, or enjoy an optional evening Mozart and Strauss concert (not included- speak with your travel consultant if this is of interest).
Savor Vienna’s Baroque elegance on a guided group city tour that includes the world famous Opera House, the Ringstrasse, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and more. The tour is followed by free time in the city center to shop for souvenirs or sample some of Vienna’s famous pastries.
Alternatively, join an optional (not included) excursion to the imperial Schönbrunn Palace, the former summer residence of the Habsburg emperors and a fine example of Baroque architecture. Tonight, the ship continues down the Danube en route to Hungary.
This morning, a group sightseeing tour takes you to historic Buda Castle, where you can enjoy a splendid view of the twin cities of Buda and Pest. Your tour also features the Fisherman’s Bastion, the Royal Palace, St. Stephen’s Basilica, Heroes’ Square and more. After dinner, the ship will sail a special “Illuminations Cruise” past the city’s glittering riverfront.
After breakfast this morning you'll disembark from your cruise ship in Budapest.
Enjoy your private transfer to the pier.
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.
Visit the former summer-residence of Queen Elisabeth (Sissi) and Francis Joseph in Godollo, one of the largest baroque palaces in the world. You will have a glimpse of the times under the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Take a break to enjoy coffee and cake at the Palace Cafe.
A transfer between the airport and the city or your hotel with a private vehicle and driver is provided.
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.
The MS AmaDolce, AmaLegro, and AmaLyra have all set a new standard in European river cruising and offer a number of features, which no other European river cruise ships can match. Each vessel carries 148 passengers in unequaled luxury, comfort and style and is staffed by a highly-trained professional crew, with an ongoing emphasis on personal service.
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.
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