This timeless Europe river cruise vacation begins in vibrant Budapest, Hungary, then sail along the Danube River with exciting stops in Austria and Germany. Don’t miss the opportunity of getting to know this part of Europe while playing some of its nicest golf courses. A European golf expert will be cruising with you this week. Vienna, Austria, offers stunning St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the Habsburg Palace, and the Vienna Opera House. Alternatively to our offered tour, spend your day playing golf nearby the Austrian capital. In the heart of the Wachau wine region is Dürnstein, a 16th-century town with charming cobblestone streets and the baroque Stiftskirche with its luminous blue façade. In Melk, visit Austria’s majestic Benedictine Abbey, and sample Wachau Valley’s famous wines on board ship. Enjoy a guided walk through the narrow cobblestone streets of Passau, and cruise to see the medieval walls of Regensburg—the only German city not bombed during WWII. You can opt to join your fellow travelers and play golf here as well. Visit Nuremberg, with its medieval fortifications, extraordinary gothic churches, and the Imperial Castle. Your Germany vacation continues as you cruise to Nuremberg, and choose from two guided excursions—a classic sightseeing tour of Nuremberg, or a tour of the historic Nuremberg Rally Grounds of WWII notoriety. You’ll stay in Nuremberg for a full day excursion in Munich. You’ll enjoy a guided tour of King Ludwig’s Neuschwanstein Castle, and visit Oberammergau—known for its once-a-decade Passion Play. Sail to Frankfurt for your choice of two included guided tours, and on to Rüdesheim and the magnificent Rhine Gorge. Your river cruise on the Danube, Rhine, and Main Rivers comes to an end in Basel, Switzerland, but your memories of this tremendous adventure through many of Europe’s most beautiful destinations will last a lifetime.
Day 1 Budapest (Embarkation): onboard welcome receptionDay 2 Budapest—Vienna: cruising, or full day golf excursionDay 3 Vienna: guided sightseeing Day 4 Dürnstein—Wachau Valley—Melk: choice of guided tour, or hike up to the castle ruins in Dürnstein; scenic cruise through the Wachau Valley; guided tour of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk; wine tasting on boardDay 5 Passau: guided walkDay 6 Regensburg: guided walk; beer tasting on board, or full day golf excursionDay 7 Nuremberg: choice of guided sightseeing, or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour, or Roth sightseeingDay 8 Nuremberg—Munich excursion: full day guided tour in Munich Day 9 Bamberg: guided tour, see the Old Town Hall Day 10 Würzburg: guided tour, visit to the Bishop’s Residenz Day 11 Main River Village: guided tourDay 12 Frankfurt. Excursion to Seligenstadt: choice of guided tour in Frankfurt, or guided tour in SeligenstadtDay 13 Boppard—Rhine Gorge—Rüdesheim: time at leisure in Boppard; scenic cruise through the Rhine Gorge; visit to Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim; special treat Day 14 Strasbourg: guided tour, visit to La Petite France district and the gothic cathedralDay 15 Breisach. Excursion to Black Forest: choice of excursion to Black Forest, or guided tour in ColmarDay 16 Basel (Disembarkation): your vacation ends this morning
In the event of water level problems or any problems of a technical nature, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or to alter the program.Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change is necessary, a substitute will be offered.Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.