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Exceptional value, exceptional quality. This ship that will take you on this river cruise is amongst the most luxurious in Europe.
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When you arrive in Amsterdam your driver will pick you up at the airport and drop you at your top-class pre-cruise accommodation. Tomorrow you will board one of the newest and most luxurious river cruise ships in Europe. Prepare to be enchanted and spoiled from the moment you board. You only live once! This is the best value, 5-star Amsterdam to Budapest package that we know of. Compare to any cruise line and immediately see the value.
* Spacious bathroom and wardrobe, choice of bed configuration (double or twin bed), flat-screen television, individual climate control, en-suite bathroom with shower/WC, hair dryer, direct dial telephone and in-room safe. The included cabin type has a fixed window. Several cabin types are available.
The ships for this cruise feature spacious deluxe cabins and suites. Many have lowerable panoramic windows which extend across the entire cabin front and have been specially designed for this cruise line. All deluxe cabins and suites offer comfortable, spacious bathrooms, infotainment systems, flat screen television, telephone, cabin safe, minibar and air conditioning which can be individually regulated. Furthermore, many suites feature a comfortable corner sofa, luxurious bathroom and walk-out external balcony.
If the packaged cruise line departures are sold out, we will recommend an alternative cruise line that offers similar value.
If pictured or included hotel accommodation is not available for your travel dates, we will substitute for accommodation of the same or higher standard. Excursions are not included and may be selected and booked in advance based on your preferences.
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Spanning 2,000 kilometers across Europe, from Amsterdam at the North Sea to Budapest the “Queen of the Danube”, the castles lining the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers are testaments to the majesty of European history. The beauty of the Rhine with its castles and cathedral cities, the engineering feat of the Main-Danube canal and the wonders of the Danube River are all highlights along the way.
"People don't take trips, trips take people." - John Steinbeck
The following itinerary features both included and optional excursions. Included activities are shown. A full list of optional activities is available on request. All dining, meals and standard drinks aboard your cruise ship are included.
Arrive in Amsterdam and be picked up by your private car transfer driver. Arrive at your central hotel accommodation, check-in or drop your bags. Early check-in can be arranged (surcharge applies) if your flight arrives early in the day.
Depending on arrival time, you can enjoy some time in this exciting city. Your included Lonely Planet guide will give you some tips and ideas.
Your morning is free, so after breakfast and having sourced some ideas from your Lonely Planet guide, head out for a walk. There is a lot to see and do. Leave you bags at reception and return later to collect them them when ready to board your cruise ship.
Later in the afternoon, after boarding your cruise ship, enjoy a welcome cocktail and a delicious welcome dinner. A rousing performance by a traditional shanty choir completes the experience.
You'll stay on board in Amsterdam overnight. In the morning, enjoy a boat trip along the famous Amsterdam canals followed by a trip to the peaceful countryside areas of the Waterland region.
Enjoy the waterside of historic fishing villages and stroll along the long stretch of eateries, cafes, restaurants and fish stalls selling herring and smoked eel. Or choose, instead, to explore the art, history and culture of the Dutch on a tour of Haarlem. Visit the Cathedral of St. Bavo and enjoy the medieval atmosphere of the town's cobbled streets and gabled houses. Rejoin your ship in Utrecht for lunch.
In the morning, you will arrive in beautiful Cologne. Discover the highlights of the city on the guided city tour. End with a glass of typical Kolsch, a famed Rhineland beer.
After lunch, chocolate lovers will be able to visit the Cologne Chocolate Museum and find out more about the fascinating 500-year history of this much-loved cocoa treat. Nature lovers may prefer the alternate excursion to the Siebengebirge National Park, Germany's first nature reserve, and to Drachenfels castle ruins. With the Rhine sprawling below in all its splendor, the views from the top of the castle ruins are stunning. After an exciting day, return to the vessel to continue south along the river.
The morning starts on a high note with the passage of the Lorelei in the myth-enshrouded Upper Middle Rhine Valley. At lunchtime, the vessel arrives in Rüdesheim, a picturesque wine-making town in the Rhine Gorge, where the river landscape has enchanted visitors for centuries.
Discover the region's rich history on a walking tour and admire the magical collection of instruments at the Music Cabinet Museum. Or choose to take a tram ride through the vineyards of Rudesheim on the "Wine Express", enjoy some fine wine and stroll along the quaint "Drosselgasse".
After a tranquil morning on board, join the afternoon excursion to Miltenberg and Wertheim. Miltenberg is a town flanked by the river Main and an incredible, forested hillside and features Miltenberg Castle and one of the oldest inns in Germany, the Hotel "Zum Riesen".
Continue to Wertheim and explore the medieval streets with their half-timbered houses and the unique glass museum. This evening, enjoy another memorable meal as your ship heads toward our next stop.
Today, visit Wurzburg, a city in Bavaria known for lavish architecture, located in the center of the Franconian wine country. In the morning, experience the many beautiful sights of the town as well as the Residenz, a Baroque palace considered a masterpiece of its era. The tour concludes with wine tasting in the ancient wine cellar of a local vineyard.
As an alternate excursion, join the trip to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, whose towers, city gates, walls, and half-timbered gables have remained unchanged. Relax on board this afternoon and let our Chefs delight you with their culinary magic at dinner.
Spend the morning cruising the scenic Main river. After lunch, arrive in the imperial city of Bamberg, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site, which retains its medieval layout of three settlement areas, along with its historic buildings and Baroque facades.
It is ranked as one of Germany's most attractive towns and is known for its deliciously smoky beer. This German town is also the place to begin your crossing of the Rhine-Main-Danube canal. Join a presentation about the canal which allows free flow of traffic between the North Sea and the Black Sea.
The former imperial city of Nuremberg awaits you today with its impressive turbulent history and sights. After breakfast, explore Nuremberg on the morning tour, admiring the romantic old town, the Palace of Justice (the venue of the Nuremberg Trials), and more.
In the afternoon, visit the World of Gingerbread to taste fresh Lebkuchen from the oven and learn about this sweet treat made of honey and spices. If you prefer, learn more about World War II and the Nazi past at the Documentation Center of Nuremberg. Back on board, it’s full steam ahead before crossing the European Watershed separating the Main and Danube rivers.
Regensburg is one of Germany's best-preserved medieval cities. Choose to uncover the secrets of this remarkable UNESCO Site during a walking tour. Alternatively, visit the 18th century Thurn and Taxis Palace for a beer tasting in their traditional brewery. A special Bavarian themed evening celebrates this wonderful region.
Arrive in time for lunch in the three-rivers city of Passau, lying at the confluence of the Danube, the Inn and the Ilz.
In the afternoon, join the city walking tour, which showcases the most enchanting sights of this historic city including St. Stephen's Cathedral, home to one of the largest pipe organs in the world. Back on board, enjoy dinner as the vessel sets off toward the Wachau Valley.
In the early morning, dock in Emmersdorf, in the heart of the UNESCO-protected Wachau Valley. Spend the morning discovering this typical Lower Austrian town or travel across the river to Melk and its magnificent Benedictine abbey - the largest in Austria.
Back on board for lunch, continue through the vineyards to the village of Durnstein. Take a guided afternoon tour in the romantic village with its iconic blue church and winding streets, and sample the local wines. Upon arrival in Vienna, opt for the "Sound of Vienna" concert and listen to popular pieces from Vienna's classical era at a local salon. The vessel remains overnight.
There is much to see and do in this imperial capital city. Enjoy the sights of Vienna on the "Highlights of Vienna" tour, including the Ringstrasse, the Vienna State Opera House, the Museum Quarter and more.
In the afternoon, venture to Schonbrunn Palace, the sumptuous former summer palace of Empress Maria Theresia, or pay a visit to the Museum of Fine Arts, one of the most important art museums in the world with works by Rubens, Rembrandt and many more.
Awaken today in the capital city of Bratislava, Slovakia. Join the walking tour of Bratislava and see the home of the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, the old city walls, the summer residence of the archbishop and more.
Later in the day, opt for an excursion to the Imperial Hof Palace in Austria, a magnificent 18th-century complex once owned by Empress Maria Theresia. For those who enjoy wineries, choose the alternate scenic drive through the Little Carpathian mountain range with its winemaking tradition, dating back to Celtic and Roman times. This evening, celebrate at the Captain's Gala Dinner.
With its neo-Gothic Parliament, Fisherman's Bastion, Buda Castle and Chain Bridge, the Hungarian capital of Budapest is a perfect finale to your trip. This morning, explore the sites of the Hungarian capital Budapest on a city tour.
In the afternoon, food lovers can enjoy the alternate excursion "Vibrant Budapest" which starts at the market hall. Admire Budapest's famous thermal baths and, finally, make a stop at Cafe Gerbeaud, where you can order delicious Hungarian cakes and pastry.
Alternatively, roam further afield in Pest county to the Royal Palace of Godollo, one of the most important and imposing Hungarian palaces. On board this evening, enjoy a Hungarian folklore show as your vessel cruises the Danube to see this beautiful gem by night. Remain overnight in the "Queen of the Danube".
After breakfast, the entire crew bids you farewell and wishes you a safe journey home.
Take a taxi or Uber to your hotel and drop your bags there so you can spend some time exploiring the many wonders of Budapest to which you were introduced on the included city tour. Your Lonely Planet guide is the perfect resource for ideas.
Tonight you'll be staying at a gold standard, central hotel with breakfast included. If you want to be able to check in before 2pm, that can be arranged.
Today you'll be picked up for your transfer to the airport to return home.
What an adventure! You'll be sure to want to return for another river cruise very soon.
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