Lively cities contrast with traditional towns on this unique journey along the beautiful River Danube from historic Nuremberg to cosmopolitan Budapest.
Enjoy an overnight hotel stay in Nuremberg, before joining your ship and setting sail for medieval Regensberg, home to an impressive cathedral. There is a special Bavarian evening on board with traditional entertainment and delicacies whilst you are docked in this fascinating city.
Discover Passau's magnificent Baroque buildings, explore Melk's spectacular Benedictine Abbey which towers over the Danube, and wander along Durnstein's winding cobbled streets, past 16th-century town houses and traditional taverns. Continue to the enchanting city of Vienna for an overnight stop. Enjoy a drive around the renowned Ringstrasse, sample local specialties at the famous Naschmarkt and take the opportunity to visit the grand Schonbrunn Palace. See the sights of Hungary's diverse capital, Budapest, from the Hungarian Parliament to Fisherman's Bastion, before enjoying a twilight cruise through the heart of the city.
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Delightful Danube Itinerary
Day 1 - UK - Nuremberg (Germany)
Fly from the UK to Munich where you will be transferred to the Le Meridien Grand Hotel in Nuremberg for an overnight stay.
Day 2 - Nuremberg
This morning, embark the ship and settle in to your cabin, before joining a tour of the city with a focus on World War II. Enjoy a Welcome Reception on board this evening before the ship departs the illuminated city of Nuremberg. (B,L,D)
Day 3 - Regensburg
Your ship moors in medieval Regensburg. Explore this beautiful city with a local guide and admire some of the iconic sights, including the impressive Stone Bridge and soaring Regensburg Cathedral. Later, there is a special Bavarian evening on board with traditional entertainment and cuisine. (B,L,D)
Day 4 - Passau - Linz (Austria)
Passau is located at the confluence of the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers. A guided walking tour takes you past the Altes Rathaus or Old Town Hall as well as several of the city's finest baroque buildings. In 2018, there is the opportunity to join an excursion to Salzburg, the setting for "The Sound of Music". Rejoin your ship and cruise across the border into Austria en route to Linz. Spend time at leisure in the city this evening. (B,L,D)
Day 5 - Melk - Durnstein
Discover Melk's impressive Benedictine Abbey located on an outcrop overlooking the beautiful Danube. The abbey is home to several practising monks and ornate frescoes. Later, rejoin the ship and cruise to Durnstein with its winding cobbled streets, traditional taverns and 16th-century town houses. Overlooking the town are the ruins of the castle where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned. (B,L,D)
Days 6-7 - Vienna
An overnight stop in Vienna allows ample time to see the sights. After breakfast, enjoy a drive around the famous Ringstrasse, home to some of the city's renowned buildings including the Vienna State Opera and Museum of Fine Arts. Afterwards, join a guided walking tour which takes in St Stephen's Cathedral, Hofburg Palace and the Albertina. Later, visit the famous Naschmarkt and sample the local specialties including Kaiserschmarm. The following day is at leisure. Perhaps take the optional excursion to the magnificent Schonbrunn Palace or the Slovakian capital of Bratislava. (B,L,D)
Day 8 - Budapest (Hungary)
Arrive in the Hungarian capital of Budapest. A local guide will bring the city to life and show you the key sights, including the ornate Fisherman's Bastion, Mathias Church and Heroes' Square, as well as the iconic Hungarian Parliament. This evening, enjoy a twilight cruise past the city's illuminated buildings after the Captain's Farewell Dinner. (B,L,D)
Day 9 - Budapest - UK
After breakfast, disembark and transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. (B)
For navigational reasons, the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary.