You embark in the Hungarian capital Budapest in the late afternoon. There'll be a welcome cocktail
party before dinner is served on board, after which the ship plies up and down, passing the
magnificently floodlit buildings on both sides of the river and going under the illuminated chain
bridge. A lively gypsy band will add to the local atmosphere later on. The ship remains moored
overnight in Budapest.
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. This morning there'll be a city sightseeing tour , while in the afternoon you can
visit Szentendre . 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 museums. The ship leaves Budapest later in the day
This morning we arrive at the capital of the Republic of Slovakia, Bratislava, which celebrated its
2000th anniversary in 1991. We will pass below the colossal new SNP suspension bridge across the
Danube, and then have a sightseeing tour . The city's attractive old quarter has maintained its
gothic-baroque style. We pass St. Martin's cathedral and the Grassalkovich Palace and drive up to the
hill from which there are stunning views of the city and surrounding areas. We then walk through
the historic centre, past St. Martin's cathedral, many palaces, and the Michael gate. At midday the
vessel departs for Vienna, where it docks in the evening. After dinner you can join the Vienna at
night excursion, on which you drive through the Wienerwald up to the Kahlenberg, Vienna's
best viewpoint, with a view of the city over vineyards and 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
Here we are in wonderful Vienna - home of the waltz, coffee houses, the Prater park and one of the
world's finest opera houses. Our Vienna sightseeing tour 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. Later you also
see the famous Hundertwasser apartment block, part of Vienna's unusual modern architecture, with
time available to visit the building or to shop for souvenirs. Last stop is at the city's famous St.
Stephan's cathedral, where there will be time to see round inside. The coach then drives back to the
vessel along the Danube canal.
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.
This morning is at leisure, seeing the lovely scenery of the Wachau district from the sundeck. The
ship moors in Melk / Emmersdorf at midday. 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. After dinner the vessel continues upstream to Linz.
In the morning the ship ties up in Linz, Austria's third-largest city. Comparatively few river cruise
ships visit Linz, despite interesting features dating from when it was the country's cultural capital.
There'll be a city walk here with an opportunity to sample a piece of famous Linzer Torte.
Alternatively you can visit Salzburg, the city where Mozart was born, by taking an excursion
starting here in Linz and ending in the Bavarian city of Passau. 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. In the afternoon the vessels
reaches Passau, Bavaria's most eastern city, where those on the Salzburg excursion rejoin the vessel.
Passau's impressive Baroque cathedral houses the largest church organ in the world (with 17,388
pipes and 231 registers) and most of its main sights are very close to the Danube. If you have not
taken the excursion to Salzburg you'll have time to explore Passau on your own or join a walking tour
to see the highlights with a local guide. 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.
The vessel will leave Passau in the evening and spend the night cruising upstream through Bavaria
During the morning we arrive at Regensburg, one of Germany's best-preserved medieval cities. Our
sightseeing tour will show you some of the city's many impressive architectural and historical
highlights, including the Old Town Hall and the Porta Pretoria.
After lunch 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.
Those who have taken this excursion then rejoin the vessel in Kelheim, from which it casts off during
We arrive in Nuremberg very early in the morning. Disembarkation is after breakfast. End of the