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European Jewels

This fantastic itinerary takes you through four magnificent countries to Europe's most scenic destinations, uncovering European art, history and culture. Includes guided excursions, unlimited complimentary drinks and gratuities

Fly Cruise
14 nights from £6449pp

River Cruise Holiday
  • Fisherman's Bastion, Budapest
  • Vienna
  • Melk Abbey
  • Regensburg

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Discover the jewels of Europe on this history-filled cruise through four countries and along three great rivers.

Cruise from Budapest along the Blue Danube to Vienna and through the vineyard-rich Wachau Valley. As your ship leaves Austria and cruises through the heart of Germany, visit the well-preserved town of Passau, the unspoiled gem of Regensburg and historic Nuremberg.

Continue on to Wurzburg and see some of Germany's most pristine Baroque architecture, explore the medieval city of Heidelberg and take a gondola ride to the Niederwald Monument in Rudesheim before your memorable cruise concludes in Amsterdam.

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European Jewels Itinerary

Day 1 - UK - Budapest (Hungary)

Fly from the UK to Budapest. Meet your representative on arrival and transfer to the port to embark your ship.

Day 2 - Budapest

In 2018, Budapest is a mix of East and West, and medieval and modern. Made up of two parts—Buda, the hills, and Pest, the flat lands—it is divided by the Danube and is an architectural dream. Choose a panoramic tour of the city, a walking tour that features a popular market and public garden. In 2019, enjoy a panoramic tour and the opera, go Highstreet shopping or see the city from a local perspective on a walking tour. Captain's Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner this evening.

Day 3 - Cruising the Danube

Enjoy a day of leisure on the ship as we make our way to Vienna, the "City of Waltzes".

Day 4 - Vienna (Austria)

In 2018, explore Vienna’s rich history with a city tour that ventures inside a magnificent palace, or see the Gustav Klimt art exhibit at the Belvedere. In 2019, spend the morning at the Vienna Art History Museum which concludes with a reception in the magnificent Cupola Hall. Later, choose from a sightseeing tour of Vienna or see the city from a local's perspective.

Day 5 - Weissenkirchen

Cruise from Vienna through the scenic vineyard-rich Wachau Valley. Stroll through the lovely village of Weissenkirchen and sample the local apricot schnapps. Alternatively, visit Melk's magnificent Abbey or take an exclusive 'Go Active' vineyard hike and wine tasting (2018 only).

Day 6 - Passau (Germany)

Passau has a delightful layer of Italian style on quintessential German foundations. Explore the well-preserved town and visit St. Stephan's Cathedral, home to Europe's largest pipe organ. Alternatively take a guided 'Go Active' bike ride along the Danube (2018) or panoramic tour with mini hikes (2019).

Day 7 - Regensburg

An unspoiled gem, Regensburg is a friendly town with quaint cobblestone streets, medieval alleys and historic Roman remnants. In 2018, on your tour, you will see the Cathedral of St. Peter, with magnificent stained glass windows dating from the 14th century, and the town's famous 12th-century Stone Bridge, spanning the Danube, bringing commerce to the city. Alternatively join a tour of the Audi or BMW factory (subject to availability). In 2019, learn about hops cultivation at a farm, join the Regensburg walking tour, enjoy a hiking experience or visit the BMW factory.

Day 8 - Nuremberg

Today's tour takes you though Nuremberg, an archetypal German Medieval city enriched by defensive walls and red-roofed buildings. Alternatively, go on a tour of the city's most important World War II sites.

Day 9 - Bamberg

Stroll through the World Heritage city of Bamberg, with your guide, and see the unique town hall, the imperial cathedral, and the fisherman's village known as "Little Venice". Alternative excursion: Get a taste of the countryside exploring a farm and village in the Franconian Hills.

Day 10 - Wurzburg

You visit Germany's most pristine example of Baroque architecture, the great Wurzburg Residenz, dating from 1744.

Day 11 - Wertheim

In 2018, after a stroll through Wertheim’s historic centre, head to a boutique wine estate for a private wine tasting and pretzel-making demonstration. In 2019, join a walking tour which includes pretzel-making and wine tasting at a private wine estate or opt for the bicycle tour from Wertheim to Freudenberg.

Day 12 - Frankfurt (Heidelberg or Frankfurt)

Disembark in Frankfurt to explore Heidelberg or Frankfurt (lunch not included with Heidelberg tour).

Day 13 - Rudesheim

Take a scenic cable car ride above the vineyards of Rudesheim to the Niederwald Monument.In 2019, there is an alternative excursion - a visit to Abbey Eberbach with Riesling tasting. Later, cruise the UNESCO World Heritage Site-designated Upper Middle Rhine Valley.

Day 14 - Cologne

Explore Cologne on a guided tour including a visit to the Gothic cathedral. Captain's Farewell Dinner this evening. Please note on Sundays and Catholic Holidays the visits to the Gothic Cathedral are unavailable.

Day 15 - Amsterdam

Enjoy an exclusive visit to the Van Gogh museum which is opened early just for you and your fellow passengers where an art expert will guide you through the remarkable works of art, then choose to either cruise the beautiful canals, stroll through the medieval Begijnhof and visit the 17th-century Van Loon mansion (2018) or opt for the walking tour of the sights from a local perspective (2019)..

Day 16 - Amsterdam (Holland) - UK

Disembark the ship and transfer to Amsterdam airport for your return flight to the UK.

For navigational reasons the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary.

Price Includes

  • 14-night full board cruise
  • Return flights from the UK or Eurostar and overseas transfers
  • Unlimited beverages on board, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, speciality coffee, tea and bottled water, plus many premium wines and spirits
  • 11 included shore excursions with English speaking guides, as per itinerary (subject to change)
  • State-of-the-art 'Quietvox' portable audio headset systems for all excursions, and complimentary internet access and Wi-Fi on board
  • All gratuities onboard and onshore
  • Captain's Welcome and Farewell Dinners
  • Onboard entertainment and insightful lectures
  • All airport taxes, security charges and UK Air Passenger Duty
  • All port charges and Airline imposed fuel surcharge

Cruise Extensions

  • Amsterdam Extension Extend your stay in Amsterdam at the 4 star Hotel Amsterdam De Roode Leeuw or similar. Please contact us for more details and prices.
  • Budapest Extension Extend your stay in Budapest at the 4 star Hotel Queens Court or similar. Please contact us for more details and prices.
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2019 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • May
    • May 1st - Budapest to Amsterdam - Sailing on: River Duchess From: £6449
      Classic Deluxe Window Cabin French Balcony Suite
      Brochure Price from: £6499 Brochure Price from: £7249 Brochure Price from: £7949 Brochure Price from: £10049
      Blue Water Price from: £6449 Blue Water Price from: £7199 Blue Water Price from: £7899 Blue Water Price from: £9999
    • May 30th - Budapest to Amsterdam - Sailing on: River Duchess From: £6949
      Classic Deluxe Window Cabin French Balcony Suite
      Brochure Price from: £6999 Brochure Price from: £7749 Brochure Price from: £8449 Brochure Price from: £10549
      Blue Water Price from: £6949 Blue Water Price from: £7699 Blue Water Price from: £8399 Blue Water Price from: £10499
  • June
    • Jun 14th - Amsterdam to Budapest - Sailing on: River Duchess From: £6949
      Classic Deluxe Window Cabin French Balcony Suite
      Brochure Price from: £6999 Brochure Price from: £7749 Brochure Price from: £8449 Brochure Price from: £10549
      Blue Water Price from: £6949 Blue Water Price from: £7699 Blue Water Price from: £8399 Blue Water Price from: £10499
  • July
    • Jul 13th - Budapest to Amsterdam - Sailing on: River Duchess From: £6549
      Classic Deluxe Window Cabin French Balcony Suite
      Brochure Price from: £6599 Brochure Price from: £7349 Brochure Price from: £8049 Brochure Price from: £10149
      Blue Water Price from: £6549 Blue Water Price from: £7299 Blue Water Price from: £7999 Blue Water Price from: £10099
    • Jul 28th - Amsterdam to Budapest - Sailing on: River Duchess From: £6549
      Classic Deluxe Window Cabin French Balcony Suite
      Brochure Price from: £6599 Brochure Price from: £7349 Brochure Price from: £8049 Brochure Price from: £10149
      Blue Water Price from: £6549 Blue Water Price from: £7299 Blue Water Price from: £7999 Blue Water Price from: £10099
  • August
    • Aug 26th - Budapest to Amsterdam - Sailing on: River Duchess From: £6549
      Classic Deluxe Window Cabin French Balcony Suite
      Brochure Price from: £6599 Brochure Price from: £7349 Brochure Price from: £8049 Brochure Price from: £10149
      Blue Water Price from: £6549 Blue Water Price from: £7299 Blue Water Price from: £7999 Blue Water Price from: £10099
  • September
    • Sep 10th - Amsterdam to Budapest - Sailing on: River Duchess From: £6649
      Classic Deluxe Window Cabin French Balcony Suite
      Brochure Price from: £6699 Brochure Price from: £7449 Brochure Price from: £8149 Brochure Price from: £10249
      Blue Water Price from: £6649 Blue Water Price from: £7399 Blue Water Price from: £8099 Blue Water Price from: £10199
  • October
    • Oct 9th - Budapest to Amsterdam - Sailing on: River Duchess From: £6649
      Classic Deluxe Window Cabin French Balcony Suite
      Brochure Price from: £6699 Brochure Price from: £7449 Brochure Price from: £8149 Brochure Price from: £10249
      Blue Water Price from: £6649 Blue Water Price from: £7399 Blue Water Price from: £8099 Blue Water Price from: £10199

Price Information

  • Flight supplement may apply in peak season.
Map for European Jewels