Gems of the Danube
Tour Name: Gems of the Danube
Tour Code: NBU
Welcome to Budapest (D)
Your journey into wonder begins here. Raise your glass to the days ahead at this evening’s welcome reception.
Budapest is one of Europe’s oldest and prettiest cities.
Freechoice: Make the most of a guided tour of this city including a 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.
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.
Today you have options galore.
Freechoice: 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. Or, taste your way around the local market with your on board chef with our Shop with a Chef option.
Dürnstein > Melk (B,L,D)
Freechoice: 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.
As the day ends, you’ll get to take in the 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 who’ll provide the view, we’re just bringing the drinks.
Linz > Passau (B,L,D)
Freechoice: 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’.
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.
Freechoice: 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 on your own with your Tailormade GPS device to the Walhalla Temple, a memorial modelled on the Parthenon in Athens and built at the request of King Ludwig I of Bavaria.
Depart after a wonderful farewell breakfast. Nuremberg is the end of your cruise, but it will be the start of a lifetime of wonderful memories.