Germany & The Legendary Danube River Cruise

12 days from $5 558 pp*
  • Choose to discover the home of Mozart and the Sound of Music with a trip to Salzburg.
  • Visit Vienna’s famous Opera house with expert guide.
  • Led by private guide, explore the historic Matthias Church.
  • Enjoy private transfers between airport and hotels.
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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.

Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Munich
    Munich
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver(3)
  • Day 2 Munich
    Munich
    • Private - 1/2 Day City Tour with Olympiaturm and BMW Museum (4 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide(7)
  • Day 3 Munich to Nuremberg to Nuremberg, Germany to Danube Cruise
    Munich to Nuremberg to Nuremberg, Germany to Danube Cruise
    • Transfer - Private - Train Station - Vehicle/Driver(3)
    • Munich - Nuremberg [1.5 hrs] - 1st Class Train Ticket
    • Transfer - Private - Port - Vehicle/Driver(7)
    • Embark (PM)
    • Dinner on Board
    • Port Charges
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 4 Nuremberg, Germany to Danube Cruise
    Nuremberg, Germany to Danube Cruise
    • Breakfast on Board
    • Shared: Medieval Nurmberg / WWII Nuremberg - Guide
    • Lunch on Board
    • Dinner on Board
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 5 Regensburg, Germany to Danube Cruise
    Regensburg, Germany to Danube Cruise
    • Breakfast on Board
    • Shared: City Walking Tour - Guide
    • Lunch on Board
    • Dinner on Board
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 6 Passau, Germany to Danube Cruise
    Passau, Germany to Danube Cruise
    • Breakfast on Board
    • Shared: Old Town Walking Tour - Guide
    • Optional: Shared - Salzburg Excursion - Guide
    • Lunch on Board
    • Dinner on Board
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 7 Melk, Austria to Danube Cruise
    Melk, Austria to Danube Cruise
    • Breakfast on Board
    • Shared: Benedictine Abbey Tour - Guide
    • Lunch on Board
    • Dinner on Board
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 8 Vienna, Austria to Danube Cruise
    Vienna, Austria to Danube Cruise
    • Breakfast on Board
    • Shared: City Tour - Guide
    • Lunch on Board
    • Optional: Shared - Schönbrunn Palace Tour
    • Dinner on Board
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 9 Budapest, Hungary to Danube Cruise
    Budapest, Hungary to Danube Cruise
    • Breakfast on Board
    • Shared: City Sightseeing Tour - Guide
    • Lunch on Board
    • Dinner on Board
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 10 Budapest, Hungary to Budapest
    Budapest, Hungary to Budapest
    • Breakfast on Board
    • Disembark
    • Transfer - Private - Hydrofoil Pier - Vehicle/Driver(3)
    • Private - 1/2 Day City Tour with Matthias Church & The Fishermen's Bastion (4hrs) - Vehicle/Guide(3)
  • Day 11 Budapest
    Budapest
    • Private - 1/2 Day Godollo Excursion - Royal Palace (4hrs) - Vehicle/Guide(3)
  • Day 12 Budapest
    Budapest
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver(3)
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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Day 1: Munich

Meet your driver for a private airport transfer.

Accommodation: NH Munchen Deutscher Kaiser (4*)

The NH München Deutscher Kaiser hotel is located in the heart of the city, a few minutes’ walk from the old town. The building itself was the first skyscraper in Munich and remains one of the tallest buildings downtown. Being located right in the center of the city makes it perfect for going out as there are lots of bars, restaurants and attractions close by. Each of the comfortable guest rooms provides all the amenities needed for a great vacation. The hotel breakfast room servers a selection of delicious items to kick start your day. There is also a snack bar where guests can grab a snack and drink while watching a sporting event on TV.

Munich
Munich
NH Deutscher Kaiser
NH Deutscher Kaiser

Day 2: Munich

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. 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.

Accommodation: NH Munchen Deutscher Kaiser (4*)
Olympic tower
Olympic tower

Day 3: Munich - Nuremberg - Nuremberg, Germany - Danube Cruise

Meet your driver for a private train station transfer.

Relax and enjoy the train ride from Munich to Nuremberg. Approximately 1.5 hours

Enjoy a private transfer between the Nuremberg port and your Nuernberg Hotel.

Tonight, meet your fellow passengers at the Welcome Dinner. The ship will moor overnight in Nuremberg.

Port charges are included in your itinerary pricing.

Accommodation: MS AmaDolce / AmaLegro / AmaLyra (BLD)

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.

Danube River
Danube River
MS AmaDolce / AmaLegro / AmaLyra
MS AmaDolce / AmaLegro / AmaLyra

Day 4: Nuremberg, Germany - Danube Cruise

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.

Accommodation: MS AmaDolce / AmaLegro / AmaLyra (BLD)
Imperial Castle
Imperial Castle

Day 5: Regensburg, Germany - Danube Cruise

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.

Accommodation: MS AmaDolce / AmaLegro / AmaLyra (BLD)
Old Town Hall
Old Town Hall

Day 6: Passau, Germany - Danube Cruise

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.

Accommodation: MS AmaDolce / AmaLegro / AmaLyra (BLD)
Optional: Salzburg Cathedral
Optional: Salzburg Cathedral

Day 7: Melk, Austria - Danube Cruise

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).

Accommodation: MS AmaDolce / AmaLegro / AmaLyra (BLD)
Benedictine Abbey
Benedictine Abbey

Day 8: Vienna, Austria - Danube Cruise

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.

Accommodation: MS AmaDolce / AmaLegro / AmaLyra (BLD)
Opera House
Opera House

Day 9: Budapest, Hungary - Danube Cruise

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.

Accommodation: MS AmaDolce / AmaLegro / AmaLyra (BLD)
Fisherman’s Bastion
Fisherman’s Bastion

Day 10: Budapest, Hungary - Budapest

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.

Accommodation: Buda Castle Fashion Hotel (4*)

Buda Castle Fashion Hotel 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.

Budapest
Budapest
Buda Castle Fashion Hotel
Buda Castle Fashion Hotel

Day 11: Budapest

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.

Accommodation: Buda Castle Fashion Hotel (4*)
Godollo Palace
Godollo Palace

Day 12: Budapest

A transfer between the airport and the city or your hotel with a private vehicle and driver is provided.

Accommodation:
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Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
  • Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at www.kensingtontours.com/terms-and-conditions
  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

NH Munchen Deutscher Kaiser (4*): Munich

The NH München Deutscher Kaiser hotel is located in the heart of the city, a few minutes’ walk from the old town. The building itself was the first skyscraper in Munich and remains one of the tallest buildings downtown. Being located right in the center of the city makes it perfect for going out as there are lots of bars, restaurants and attractions close by. Each of the comfortable guest rooms provides all the amenities needed for a great vacation. The hotel breakfast room servers a selection of delicious items to kick start your day. There is also a snack bar where guests can grab a snack and drink while watching a sporting event on TV.

NH Deutscher Kaiser
NH Deutscher Kaiser

MS AmaDolce / AmaLegro / AmaLyra (BLD): Danube Cruise

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.

MS AmaDolce / AmaLegro / AmaLyra
MS AmaDolce / AmaLegro / AmaLyra

Buda Castle Fashion Hotel (4*): Budapest

Buda Castle Fashion Hotel 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.

Buda Castle Fashion Hotel
Buda Castle Fashion Hotel
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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