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Gems of the Danube

8
Days,
Starting At:
$2,745 per person
Discover various countries in Central Europe on this luxurious river cruise! The Gems of the Danube River Cruise allows you to explore the sights and scenery of Germany, the Czech Republic, Austria and Hungary. Some highlights include visiting one of the most famous monastic sights in Melk, guided sightseeing tour of Vienna and a traditional Hungarian folklore performance.

Itinerary Information

Day 1: Budapest

Your journey into wonder begins here. Raise your glass to the days ahead at this evening’s welcome reception.

Day 2: Budapest

Budapest is one of Europe’s oldest and prettiest cities. Make the most with a guided tour of this city of contradictory delights, see highlights such as Heroes’ Square, Matthias Church and the medieval town on castle hill before enjoying a splendid piano concert. Alternatively, relax and unwind at the Thermal Baths and Spa, famous for their naturally heated springs and healing properties. Or, if you choose, brave the labyrinths of the Hospital in the Rock, a relic of WWII and the 1956 uprising.

Day 3: Vienna

As you cruise the mighty Danube relax in one of the lounges and viewing areas, and enjoy the scenery as your Scenic Space-Ship sails towards majestic Vienna. Breathe in the opulence and luxury of Palais Liechtenstein while enjoying a glass of fine Austrian Sekt. Then be enthralled by an enchanting private Viennese evening concert featuring the timeless music of Strauss and Mozart. Even in elegant Vienna, Palais Liechtenstein is one of the grandest of all venues, and you’ll have ample opportunity to explore it.

Day 4: Vienna

Today you have options galore. Take a guided tour of the historic city of Bratislava or Schönbrunn Palace, and witness the sheer opulence of the Habsburg Empire. Alternatively, visit the world-renowned Spanish Riding School and either see the famous Lipizzaner Stallions perfecting their skills during their morning exercise program or take a tour of the stables. Alternatively, taste your way around the local market with your on board chef with our ‘Shop with a Chef’ option.

Day 5: Dürnstein to Melk

Be guided through Melk’s magnificent 18th century Benedictine Abbey, originally built as a palace. Explore the opulence of this grand abbey including the awe inspiring library and abbey church. Alternatively, if you’re feeling more active, embark on an enjoyable guided bike ride along the river from Dürnstein to Melk – at your own pace, of course. We’ll even pack you a picnic! As the day ends, you’ll get to take in fine scenery at the breathtakingly beautiful Wachau Valley. You’ll be in very fine company, and can expect a wonderful ending to a magnificent day. Of course, we don’t take all the credit for this one. It’s nature that’ll provide the view. We’re just bringing the drinks.

Day 6: Aschach to Passau

Take an excursion to the medieval Czech town of Cesky Krumlov and discover its World Heritage-listed old city, or journey to Salzburg and explore the birthplace of Mozart, and the city backdrop for ‘The Sound of Music’.

Day 7: Regensburg

At the confluence of three rivers, Regensburg offers a rich tapestry of experiences, from its medieval old town to the Bavarian Forest on its border. Join your insightful local guide for an enjoyable walk around Regensburg where you’ll discover the old town, with its array of wealthy merchant houses, the Old Bridge and the Porta Praetoria – a reminder of Regensburg’s Roman heritage. Alternatively, hop on a local ferry and sail the Danube Gorge to view historic Weltenburg Abbey, set on the shore of the Danube River. Explore the abbey and sample beer from one of the oldest monastic breweries in the world. You could also take a leisurely cycle with your Tailormade GPS device to the Walhalla temple, a memorial modeled on the Parthenon in Athens and built at the request of King Ludwig I of Bavaria.

Day 8: Nuremburg

After breakfast, prepare to head home. It may be the end of your journey, but it’s the beginning of a lifetime of fond memories.