River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1: Budapest
After you’ve refueled and gotten your jolly bearings, follow your host on a pub crawl through the city’s world-renowned ruin bars. Budapest has a reputation for being an epic party city, but we can’t be certain. If you could, please, follow your host through the city’s extensive scene of abandoned-buildings-turned-raves and report back to us. Once upon a time, there was an abandoned factory that had an appointment set with a wrecking ball. Its owners had another idea. They threw together old furniture and DIY decorations to create Szimpla Kert, the mother of all clubs. This laid the blueprint for every bar ruin after and now Budapest is crawling with them. Party your way through Budapest’s underground club scene, enjoying cheap drinks, techno beats and street art at every stop.
Day 2: Budapest
With more than 40 theaters and over 100 museums and galleries, Budapest has a lot to offer. Choose your travel method: bike or coach. Then hit the streets of the capital and most populous city of Hungary. Follow your chef to Market Hall, where you’ll sample delicious local fare and shop for fresh ingredients. Explore landmarks including Liberty Bridge, Parliament, Hero Square, Castle Hill and more.
Day 3: Bratislava & Vienna
Take a delightful stroll through Bratislava, Slovakia’s small and charming capital. It’s located on the Danube and surrounded by vineyards and the Carpathian Mountains, so a fully charged phone for pictures is a must. Known for its lively bars and art deco cafes, it’s a great place for Czech beer and Bohemian eats. Soak in the relaxed urban lifestyle of the pedestrian-only, 18th-century old town. Then treat yourself to a croissant or an éclair from a Bratislava pastry shop. Or both. We're good with that.
Day 4: Vienna
When you take a NENI cooking class, you know you’re learning from some of the best chefs in the world. Head to the flagship store in the heart of Vienna’s Naschmarkt. Take in the festive sounds and smells of the market stalls. Then work alongside the NENI experts to prepare some all-time classic holiday recipes. Spoiler Alert: you eat what you make.
Day 5: Dürnstein, Wachau Valley & Melk
Dürnstein, Austria is a tiny and beautiful town situated along the Danube River just northwest of Vienna. Explore its shops, restaurants and scenic views to discover why it's nicknamed the “Pearl of the Wachau.” Take a stroll through the town’s old and narrow cobblestone streets. Explore historical buildings like the Blue Monastery Church and Abbey. Last but definitely not least, hike up to the famous Dürnstein Castle ruins. The payoff? A photo op out of your dreams, with expansive views of the Danube River and Wachau Valley.
Day 6: Passau
Into beautiful scenery and arcthitecture? Don't pass on Passau. Situated at the intersection of the Danube, Inn and llz rivers, the city boasts some of the best views on the German-Austrian border. Take a hike to the two best viewpoints: Veste Oberhaus and Mariahilf Pilgrimage Church. The views are storybook, allowing you to see the entire city of Passau as well as the surrounding countryside. Get lost in the city’s maze of old town alleys. Get your architecture fix at St. Stephen’s Cathedral, with its distinctive domed towers. Fun fact: The cathedral is also home to one of the largest organs in the world, with 17,974 pipes.
Day 7: Passau, Straubing & Regensburg
Get acquainted with the Netherlands’ capital city in just 24 hours. Your host will help you get the lay of the land. From then on, Amsterdam is yours to discover. Experience the city’s charm and beauty on a pleasant canal cruise through Prinsen Keizers and Herengracht on your way to Prinsengracht. From there, you’ll be just a stone's throw away from Jordaan, Damrak and Kaiserstraat. Take a tram to the Van Gogh Museum or Rijksmuseum to discover the city’s history. Your host will give you a 24-hour public transportation ticket so you can explore at your own pace.
Day 8: Regensburg
All This Included
Relax. You’re cruising on the Danube, and worries don’t exist on this fine-looking waterway. Germany, Austria or Hungary? You don’t have to choose. You’ll get to explore all three on this 8-day cruise that is part small town, part big city and all parts good times. Regensburg’s Old Town has an open- air café feel and the highest density of pubs and bars in Germany (and that’s no small feat). Austria’s Wachau Valley is a UNESCO World Heritage site if we’ve ever seen one—its Benedictine Abbey houses the most famous library in Northern Europe. Hungary’s lively capital city o?ers double the fun, with Buda on one side and Pest on the other. And that’s just the beginning.
14 meals onboard
2 dedicated U Hosts
12 included excursions
Local celebrity DJ Party
Included onboard beer mixology class
Accommodations on this Tour
Cruising: The A ship
Cabin upgrades are available.
Pricing does not include port charges. Gratuities are included.
Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions
The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.