River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 Overnight Flight
Board your overnight flight to Budapest, Hungary.
Day 2 Budapest, Hungary - Board Cruise Ship
Unpack for a relaxing 7-night Danube River cruise aboard your lovely ship. This vessel offers the newest technology, a panoramic deck, terrace café, panorama salon and bar, excellent cuisine, outstanding service and unlimited wine and beer with every dinner onboard. After a welcome aboard cocktail reception and dinner, take in the essence of the region during an evening cruise to view Budapest’s stunning night skyline followed by a fun-filled folklore show. (D)
Day 3 Budapest
Embark on a tour of Budapest, Hungary’s lovely capital, featuring the historic Buda Castle area, Fisherman's Bastion and the 500-year-old St. Matthias Church. Enjoy splendid views of the twin cities of Buda and Pest, nestled on opposing banks of the river. (B,L,D)
Day 4 Bratislava, Slovakia - Vienna, Austria
Tour Slovakia's remarkable capital, Bratislava, and discover the city’s most celebrated sites including the 13th-century castle, Old Town, St. Martin's Cathedral, Michael's Gate, and the Archbishop's palace. This afternoon, sail towards Vienna, Austria’s beautiful capital city. (B,L,D)
Day 5 Vienna
Join a local expert exploring Vienna's Imperial architecture including the lavish Hofburg Palace, the impressive Vienna Opera House, the majestic Ringstrasse, and the awe-inspiring St. Stephen's Cathedral. The afternoon is at leisure to explore Vienna's Baroque elegance, stroll along the Kartner Strasse, or sample some of Vienna's famous pastries. If you wish, you may join an optional excursion to the opulent Schönbrunn Palace, the summer retreat of the Hapsburg dynasty. (B,L,D)
Day 6 Emmersdorf - Wachau Valley
View the picturesque landscape as you cruise to the charming town of Emmersdorf. Relax and enjoy the scenery. This afternoon you continue cruising through the romantic Wachau Valley, dotted with magnificent castles and small riverside towns. (B,L,D)
Day 7 Linz - Passau, Germany
This morning, enjoy an included walking tour of the charming riverside town of Linz. Next, continue on to Passau which is set at the confluence of the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers. Enjoy a leisurely paced walking tour of this 2,000-year-old fairy-tale city, exploring the ornate Baroque architecture, the quaint cobblestone streets, and St. Stephan’s Cathedral, home to Europe’s largest church organ. Tonight, you are invited to attend the Captain's Gala Dinner with your fellow passengers. (B,L,D)
Day 8 Regensburg
A guided walking tour of magnificent Regensburg reveals one of Germany's grand medieval cities with nearly 1,400 historic buildings. Some of the architectural highlights you may view include the first stone bridge built over the Danube, a 1,400-foot-long span built in the 12th century; the old Town Hall; and the Porta Praetoria, one of only two remaining Roman gates in Germany, built in A.D. 179. This afternoon, take a stroll through Old Town. Tonight, partake in a delightful Bavarian evening onboard. (B,L,D)
Day 9 Passau - Disembark Ship - Munich - Ettal
Today, disembark your cruise ship and journey to Munich. Feel the energy of this lively and fascinating city during a tour that highlights Olympic Park, the world-famous Glockenspiel,* and Marienplatz, a beautiful square surrounded by shops, restaurants and cafés. After some free time, continue on to the quaint village of Ettal, known for its grand 14th-century Benedictine monastery. (B,D)
Day 10 Ettal - Linderhof Palace - Oberammergau - Ettal
Travel to nearby Linderhof Palace. This artistic "Royal Villa" was the only palace King Ludwig II of Bavaria was able to complete in his lifetime. Behind its Baroque façade you will find a world rich in Rococo ornamentation, with many sculptural elements that showcase an incomparable artistry. Later, spend time exploring Oberammergau, renowned for wood carvings and the Passion Play which takes place every ten years. (B,D)
Day 11 Ettal - Tour Ends
Today your tour comes to an end. (B)
River Cruise Highlights
Board a cruise to view Budapest’s stunning night skyline.
Partake in a fun-filled Hungarian folklore show.
Take a walking tour of Passau, a 2,000-year-old fairy-tale city.
Visit King Ludwig II’s ornate Linderhof Palace.
All This Included
Enjoy two nights in the quaint Bavarian village of Ettal. Visit Linderhof Palace, the “Royal Villa” of King Ludwig. Embark on a relaxing cruise along the scenic Danube River. Your lovely state-of-the-art craft offers a special treat – unlimited wine at every dinner. Pause as you go discovering the quaint villages and lively cities with local guides. Discover Vienna’s historic sites as you are immersed in the city’s atmosphere of opulence and elegance. Behold Munich’s many charms including its world-famous Glockenspiel. Drift along the river through the Wachau Valley dotted with castles and small riverside towns on a seven night cruise.
Centrally-located hotels provide a home away from home
Hotel-to-hotel baggage handling
A professional tour manager accompanies you throughout your trip
Expert local guides provide insightful, personalized tours
Unparalleled sightseeing includes all of the "must-sees"
Enriching cultural experiences bring the destination to life
Private climate-controlled motorcoach enhances your tour
Free round trip sedan service that takes you from your home to the airport when you purchase an air-inclusive Collette tour (within 50 miles of nearest airport gateway)
Accommodations on this Tour
Budapest: MS Amadeus Queen
Ettal: Klosterhotel Ludwig der Bayer
Pre and Post Add-ons
This tour includes moderate physical activity. The itinerary blends some longer days with shorter days and more leisure time. Walking tours, as well as walking slightly longer distances, up stairs or on uneven walking surfaces should be expected.
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.