You embark on the vessel in the late afternoon. Our tour manager will
then welcome you with a cocktail before the welcome dinner on board.
The ship remains moored overnight in Amsterdam.
In the morning we have a city tour Amsterdam , highlighting
its vivid history. On this drive through the capital of the
Netherlands you will see its most important buildings and monuments and
you will get interesting background information.
Also you can enjoy the most popular attraction of The Netherlands – a
cruise through the canals of the city. The ship sails from Amsterdam
at midday and cruises south along the Amsterdam Rijnkanaal, through the
flat polder landscape of Southern Holland to the old Hanseatic city Nijmegen.
In the evening you enjoy a typical Dutch folklore show on board.
This morning you cruise past the great industrial cities of Duisburg
and nearby Essen, docking in Cologne in the early
afternoon. There is then a guided city walk of this city,
which was founded by the Romans and has long been an
important trading centre. It is dominated by its vast Gothic cathedral,
started in 1248 as a pilgrimage church to house the
relics of the three Magi. The two spires are 157 metres high, and were
not completed until 1880. Near the cathedral is the
Hohenzollernbrücke, Europe’s busiest railway bridge - crossed
on average by a train every two minutes. The vessel sails
from Cologne in the evening and continues south along the Rhine.
After passing Bonn, capital of West Germany from 1949 until 1999 when
Berlin was restored as the reunified country’s
capital, the vessel docks in Koblenz very early in the morning. This
city stands at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle
rivers. A walking tour shows you the highlights of the city.
The ship continues its journey already at forenoon and sails for Ruedesheim,
along what is probably the most famous and scenic stretch of the Rhine
Valley. You pass hilltop castles, terraced vineyards and attractive riverside
villages for 65 delightful kilometres. Your vessel docks in Ruedesheim
in the afternoon. This charming old wine town is popular with tourists,
and has a long narrow street, the Drosselgasse, lined on both sides with
wine taverns. You may join a walking tour of the town (€ 20), with
a visit to Siegfried’s Music Museum, where you can see all kinds
of mechanical instruments from barrel organs and music boxes to horn
gramophones. The ship sails from Ruedesheim in the early evening.
You’ll arrive in Miltenberg after midday. Miltenberg is a small
town on a bend in the river. A walking tour takes you along its
narrow cobbled streets with their gabled, half-timbered houses. Miltenberg’s
sights include the historic church of Saint
Johann Nepomuk, at the south end of the bridge, and the Gasthaus zum
Riesen, one of the oldest hotels in Germany.
Continue your excursion through Miltenberg and Wertheim with
a coach drive to Wertheim. There you can enjoy a
walking tour of this charming fairy-tale town situated at the confluence
of the Main and Tauber Rivers. Pause to admire the
imposing ruined castle that stands on a hill overlooking the town. You
will also have the opportunity to visit the famous glass museum. The
vessel leaves Miltenberg after lunch and reaches Wertheim in the evening.
The vessel sails from Wertheim in the evening.
You reach in the historic city of Wuerzburg in the morning. Here starts
a walking tour of the town, including a visit to
the Residenz, the beautiful Baroque palace built for the prince-bishops
by local architect Balthasar Neumann between 1720 to 1744. The palace
is famous for its great marble staircase, and for its frescoes by the
Venetian master, Giovanni Battista Tiepolo. During the city tour you´ll
also enjoy a wine tasting in a well-known wine estate. In the afternoon
it is possible to join an excursion to the worldwide known
town Rothenburg which is mostly famous for its well-preserved medieval
old town and of course the Christmas Store from Käthe Wohlfahrt.
Your ship sails from Wuerzburg before dinner.
In the early afternoon the sip moors in Bamberg. Bamberg is one of the
best-preserved medieval cities in Germany, and is
on the UNESCO World Heritage register, with 2,300 buildings of historic
interest. These include the Gothic cathedral, the old and new episcopal
palaces and the old town hall, which is a quaint half-timbered structure
on an island in the River Regnitz. A guided walking tour (€ 20)
of the old city is optional. You are leaving Bamberg in the evening and
spend the evening cruising south along the Main-Danube canal towards
In the very early morning you arrive in Nuremberg. Enjoy a sightseeing
tour of this historic city. See the storybook
900-year-old ramparts, the Imperial Castle and the Justice Palace where
the War Crimes Tribunal sat in 1946. The city tour leads you to the major
sites and sights of the city, from the medieval beginnings to the present.
In the afternoon you can join an optional excursion to the Nazi party
rally grounds, that form a site in the southeast of Nuremberg,
where the Nazi party rallies were held from 1933 until 1938. To this
day, the remains of the buildings with their immense proportions are
a vivid testimony to the megalomania of the National Socialist regime.
The ship will continue from Nuremberg in the evening.
This morning takes you through the final stretch of the fascinating Main-Danube
Canal. Embark on an exciting optional boat trip through the lovely "Danube
Gorge to Weltenburg Abbey in Kelheim. 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 taste the
famous dark beer of Weltenburg, which is brewed here in the oldest monastery
brewery in the world. Return to your ship at midday in magnificent Regensburg,
one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities. A Regensburg 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 a Bavarian evening on board.
After breakfast the ship arrives at Passau, the Bavarian city where the rivers Inn and Ilz join the
Danube. During our walking tour around the old quarter of Passau our 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. After an included lunch we drive on to St. Gilgen
- birthplace of Mozart's mother. This village is close to the Wolfgangsee, the best known and largest
lake in Austria's beautiful Salzkammergut region, more of which is seen as we drive on to Linz, where
the ship has docked meanwhile. There'll be a 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.
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 interesting coach
excursion through the Wachau , driving first to Durnstein, 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 a 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. At the end of the tour we invite you to have a
glass of wine at a local restaurant. During lunch the ship continues downstream to Vienna (Austria's
capital), where it ties up in the evening. After dinner on board you can take our Vienna by night excursion on which you drive through the Wienerwald to the Kahlenberg, Vienna's best
viewpoint, with a view of the city over vineyards. You continue to the traditional wine village of
Grinzing, where you visit a typical Heurigen (new wine) pub. There is no better way to experience
Vienna's relaxed atmosphere as you sample the wine, try various local snacks, and listen to what is
known as Heurigen music
Our 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 performance by The
Vienna Mozart Orchestra concert (subject to availability). Internationally renowned singers
and soloists - all attired in magnificent historical costumes and wigs - will create a special atmosphere
and recreate an authentic Baroque era concert.
The vessel continues the cruise downstream to Slovakia during the early hours, docking at Bratislava
for the day. A sightseeing tour of Bratislava reveals the city's major sights. From its 13
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. On
this penultimate evening of the cruise the captain will be delighted to welcome you to a special
dinner during which the ship's orchestra will, as usual, entertain everyone with its spirited playing.
We arrive at Budapest, Hungary's famous capital, in the morning. Budapest is a city made up of two
parts: Buda and Pest, built on opposite banks of the Danube. Buda, with its cobbled streets and
medieval architecture, is the older and more graceful part while Pest, with its wide avenues and
impressive 19th-century public buildings, is the administrative and commercial centre. East meets
West in this fascinating city, which has an amazing variety of shops and restaurants. Our 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 Castle Godollo or discover
Szentendre, the little artists village . Castle Godollo is about 30 km from Budapest and was
built in the 18th century. During the imperial monarchy the castle was closely associated with
Empress Elisabeth, who was nick-named Sisi and much loved by the Hungarians. The excursion
continues to a Csarda where there will be a memorable performance of superb Hungarian
Szentendre began to be frequented by artists in 1926. Its main little square, the Foeter, surrounded
by impressive rococo and Baroque buildings, is well worth seeing. There's also the Szabo, a
marzipan museum, and the Margit Kovacs museum, which is one of Hungary's most visited
After dinner there'll be an included cruise, passing the magnificently floodlit buildings on both sides
of the river and under the illuminated chain bridge. A gypsy
Disembarkation after breakfast in Budapest. End of the program.