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Blue Danube: Nuremberg to Budapest

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Visit: Nuremberg, Regensburg, Passau, Emmersdorf, Wachau, Durnstein, Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest

This cruise includes a trip along the Rhine-Main-Danube canal (a masterpiece of engineering), and along the Danube River.

Pass through four of Europe’s most important countries (Germany, Austria, Hungary and Slovakia), three world-famous capital cities (Vienna, Budapest and Bratislava), and through diverse landscapes such as the “Schlögener Schlinge” below Passau, the picturesque, myth-enshrouded Wachau region, and the Danube-knee at Visegrad (the Hungarian Wachau), with imposing architectural buildings along the banks of the rivers, such as Melk Abbey and the Esztergom Basilica.

 

EarlyBird Booking Discount: 15% off 2022 departures when you book by 30 November 2021

 

Day 1: Nuremberg

Your journey along the beautiful blue Danube begins in the Bavarian town of Nuremberg, where you check into your river cruise ship during the afternoon. Get to know the cruise director at a Welcome Cocktail and enjoy your first evening with a Welcome Dinner on board, while your ship sets course for Regensburg.

Meals: Welcome Dinner

Day 2: Regensburg

Arrive 1pm - Depart 10pm

Regensburg is one of Germany's best-preserved medieval cities. Choose to uncover the secrets of this remarkable UNESCO Site during a walking tour this afternoon.  Alternatively, visit the 18th century Thurn and Taxis Palace for a beer tasting in their traditional brewery. A special Bavarian-themed evening celebrates this memorable region.

Excursions:

  • Regensburg walking tour
  • OR Excursion Thurn & Taxis Castle with brewery and tasting

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Passau

Arrive 12pm - Depart 4pm

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 includes 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, with its endless expanse of rolling hills, historic fortresses and vineyards.

Excursions:

  • Passau walking tour

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Melk/Emmersdorf - Dürnstein - Vienna

Melk/Emmersdorf: Arrive 6:30am - Depart 11am | Dürnstein: Arrive 12:30pm - Depart 3pm | Vienna: Arrive 7:30pm

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 of the Wachau to the village of Dürnstein. Spend the afternoon in this romantic village with its iconic blue church and winding streets, and perhaps sample the local wines. After dinner, arrive in Vienna. In the evening, 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.

Excursions:

  • Visit Melk Abbey
  • Dürnstein walking tour with wine tasting in a local cellar
  • "Sound of Vienna" classical concert (Cat. B)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Vienna

Depart 11:45 pm

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 Schönbrunn 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. After a full day of exploration, enjoy a relaxing dinner on board.

Excursions:

  • Vienna – Imperial discovery tour
  • Visit Schönbrunn Palace
  • OR Visit the Museum of Fine Arts

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Bratislava

Arrive 7am - Depart 8pm

Awaken today in the capital city of 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, choose the excursion to the Imperial Hof Palace in Austria, a magnificent 18th-century complex once owned by Empress Maria Theresia. For those who enjoy wineries, take a scenic drive through the Little Carpathian mountain range with its winemaking tradition dating back to Celtic and Roman times. This evening, you celebrate at the Captain’s Gala Dinner.

Excursions:

  • Bratislava - Beauty on the Danube
  • Visit Schloss Hof Palace and Estate
  • OR The Small Carpathian Wine Route

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Budapest

Arrive 8:30am

With its neo-Gothic Parliament, Fisherman’s Bastion, Buda Castle and Chain Bridge, Budapest is a perfect finale to your trip. This morning, explore the sites of the Hungarian capital 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 Café Gerbeaud, where you can order delicious Hungarian cakes and pastry.

Alternatively, roam further afield to the Royal Palace of Gödöllő in Pest county, one of the most important and imposing Hungarian palaces. Onboard this evening, enjoy a Hungarian folklore show as your vessel cruises along with Budapest’s sparkling panorama with stunning views of the Parliament and the Citadel. Remain overnight in the “Queen of the Danube’.

Excursions:

  • Budapest - Capital of Hungary
  • Visit the Royal Palace of Gödöllö
  • OR Vibrant Budapest

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Budapest

After breakfast, the entire crew bids you farewell and wishes you a safe journey home. We hope to welcome you again soon!

Meals: Breakfast

 

 

Cruise Package Includes:

  • Fascinating river cruise in on outside river-view stateroom of your choice, most with French balcony
  • Complimentary state of the art audio headsets for all excursions
  • Services of an experienced, multilingual Cruise Director
  • Gourmet dining with all meals included (buffet breakfast, lunch, dinner and midnight snack) in the elegant Panorama-Restaurant, which accommodates all guests in one seating
  • Free-flowing quality red & white wines from Europe’s famous wine regions with every dinner on board
  • Coffee and tea after lunch and dinner
  • 24-hour complimentary coffee and tea station
  • Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner and Captain’s Gala Dinner
  • Special onboard entertainment including lectures, cooking demonstrations, onboard music performances and nightly music by the Amadeus Duo in the Panorama Bar
  • Complimentary use of onboard bicycles
  • Non-smoking environment (smoking permitted on the Sun Deck)
  • All port taxes and local taxes

 

Introductory Excursion Package for only $250.00 per person

Enjoy a package of 5 pre-selected excursions for a discounted rate when purchased in advance:

  • Regensburg walking tour
  • Passau walking tour
  • Vienna – Imperial discovery tour
  • Bratislava - Beauty on the Danube
  • Budapest - Capital of Hungary

Additional shore excursions can be purchased on board at the below rate.

 

Unlimited Excursion Package for only $775.00 per person

Enjoy the flexibility to choose any shore excursion of the ones listed below for a discounted rate when purchased in advance.  When booking our new ALL-IN excursion package prior to departure we offer you maximum flexibility at a great value. Create your personalized shore excursion program by choosing your favourite tours from our list of exciting options in each port.

  • Regensburg walking tour € 20.00
  • OR Excursion Thurn & Taxis Castle with brewery and tasting € 64.00
  • Passau walking tour € 20.00
  • Visit Melk Abbey € 52.00
  • Dürnstein walking tour with wine tasting in a local cellar € 28.00
  • "Sound of Vienna" classical concert (Cat. B) € 63.00
  • Vienna – Imperial discovery tour € 39.00
  • Visit to Schönbrunn Palace € 54.00
  • OR Visit to the Museum of Fine Arts € 61.00
  • Bratislava - Beauty on the Danube € 38.00
  • Visit to Schloss Hof Palace and Estate € 57.00
  • OR The Small Carpathian Wine Route € 52.00
  • Budapest - Capital of Hungary € 38.00
  • Visit to the Royal Palace of Gödöllö € 50.00
  • OR Vibrant Budapest € 41.00 

Prices per person if excursions are purchased on board.

 

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Cruise Prices are per person twin share in Australian Dollars. Conditions apply and cruises are subject to change and availability. Prices are subject to currency fluctuations. (lc)

Package Information

  • Duration: 8 Days/7 Nights
  • Type: River Cruise
  • Departures: 15 May 2022
  • Cities Visited: Nuremberg, Regensburg, Passau, Emmersdorf, Wachau, Durnstein, Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest
  • Price From: $ 3,432