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Trans-European Cruise: The Danube, Main and Rhine

14 days with CroisiEurope  Rating: Deluxe

River Cruise Itinerary

DAY 1: Strasbourg - SALZBURG
Early in the morning, meeting in Strasbourg (gare fluviale, rue du Havre). Departure by coach toward Salzburg. Stop for a free lunch. Arrival in Salzburg in the beginning of the afternoon. Guided walking tour of the town. This centuries-old jewel of a city has kept all of its charm. It has an incredibly rich past, and was named as a world heritage site by UNESCO for its Renaissance architecture. Dinner and accommodation in the surrounding of Salzburg, in a 3-star hotel. Free evening.

Breakfast in the hotel. Departure by coach to Budapest. Stop for a free lunch. Passing through customs at the Austria-Hungary border. Boarding from 6:00 p.m. Presentation of the crew and welcome cocktail. Dinner on board. Free evening or optional folklore evening in Budapest.

Full board on board. Optional guided visit of the city. Budapest, with its numerous edifices situated on each side of the river, is incredibly rich in historic emblems. Return on board in Esztergom. In the afternoon, discovery of Esztergom on your own. This city was Hungary's first capital, full of treasures with its neo-classic basilica and former Royal Palace. Return on board and departure of the boat in the evening to Vienna. Evening of entertainment.

Full board on board. Arrival in Vienna in the beginning of the afternoon. Free time or optional visit of the Hofburg (residence of the Hapsburgs). Free evening or an optional tour of Vienna by night.

Full board on board. Optional guided visit of Schönbrunn Palace and part of the city. Discover of the town, its Cathedral and its Opera house. Return on board. Free afternoon. Discovery this magnificent city on your own. Return on board. In the evening, possibility to attend a concert of Viennese music (optional and subject to availability). Departure of the boat during the night.

Full board on board. Cruise through the most beautiful part of the Wachau Valley. Arrival in Melk during the morning. Departure by coach for an optional excursion to Dürnstein, the most well-known picturesque village in the Wachau. Dürnstein is famous for King Richard the Lionhearted legend, and for its baroque style church. Return on board. In the afternoon, optional excursion to the Abbey of Melk. It sits atop a rocky outcrop overlooking the Danube River from a height of more than 164 feet, and is one of the most complete examples of baroque art in Austria. Return on board and departure of the boat toward Passau. Evening with the crew.

Full board on board. Discovery of Passau with our accompanist. This is a university city, full of music and theater. In the winding streets you'll discover its Baroque patrician houses. Return on board and cruise to Regensburg.

Full board on board. Optional guided visit of Regensburg. Regensburg is the fourth largest city in Bavaria, and an important industrial center (BMW, SIEMENS, TRIUMPH). The historic center nurtures memories accumulated over 2,000 years of history. Return on board in Kelheim. Cruise on the Rhine-Main-Danube canal, which was inaugurated on September 25, 1992, headed to Hilpoltstein.

Full board on board. Arrival in Nuremberg in the morning. Optional visit of the city. Nuremberg is a town that seems to come straight out of the Middle Ages. Known as the “Treasure Chest of the German Empire”, the old town is clustered around the old market square: Gothic buildings, half-timbered houses and merchants' residences. Return on board in Erlangen. Cruise to Bamberg.

Morning spend sailing. Full board on board. Cruise to Schweinfurt. Departure by coach for an optional visit of Rothenburg. Rothenburg is a magnificent town perched high on a hill. Behind its ramparts huddle picturesque streets lined with half-timbered houses and craft shops. It is a must-see on the Romantic Road. Return on board in Kitzingen. Cruise to Würzburg.

Full board on board. Optional visit of Würzburg (residence of the bishop princes). The town is built on the right bank of the Main. It has a truly idyllic setting among vineyards located under the shadows of its imposing citadel - a lasting symbol of the power of the bishop princes. Return on board in Karlstad. Cruise to Wertheim.

Full board on board. Guided visit of Miltenberg with our accompanist. Discovery of the historic old town with half-timbered houses and the oldest German inn. Such attractions are why Miltenberg deserves its nickname, the “Pearl of the Main”. Cruise to Aschaffenburg.

Full board on board. Departure of the boat to Frankfurt. Optional visit of the city. A bustling business city and major commercial center, Frankfurt's eclectic mix of ancient and modern astonishes and delights visitors. Return on board and cruise to Mainz. At the confluence of the Rhine and the Main, sheltering beneath its thousand-year-old cathedral, Mainz, the city of Gutenberg, is the link between past and present. Arrival in the end of the afternoon. Discovery of the city with our accompanist. Gala dinner and evening.

DAY 14: MAINZ - Strasbourg
Buffet breakfast on board. Exercise session. Lunch on board and cruise toward Strasbourg. Passing through the two largest locks on the Rhine, Iffezheim and Gambsheim. Arrival in the beginning of the afternoon. Disembark.

Tour Map
All This Included
  • Coach transport from Strasbourg to Salzburg to Budapest
  • 3-star hotel accommodation including dinner and breakfast near Salzburg
  • Guided tour of Salzburg
  • Assistance from a CroisiEurope guide on D1 and D2
  • Lunch on D2
  • Excursion in the lake region
  • Your cruise with all meals from dinner on D2 to breakfast on D14
  • Drinks including water, wine, beer, fruit juices and coffee served by CroisiEurope during meals on board, drinks served at the bar (excluding champagne and wines on the wine list)
  • Double-occupancy cabin with shower in private bathroom
  • Onboard entertainment
  • Assistance from our onboard multi-lingual host/hostess
  • Welcome cocktail
  • The gala dinner and evening
  • Coach transfer from Passau to Strasbourg
  • Travel assistance and repatriation insurance
  • All port fees.
Accommodations on this Tour
  • The combination of history, tradition and culture: a passionate encounter
  • Discover fantastic cities and sights including (1): Budapest, Vienna, Schönbrunn Palace, The Abbey of Melk, Regensburg, Nuremberg, Rothenburg and Frankfurt
Cruising: Standard cabin onboard MS Victor Hugo
  • Please note that CroisiEurope and the ship's captain reserve the right to modify the cruising itinerary to ensure the safe navigation of the vessel.
  • Your passport must be valid for six months beyond the last day of your travels.
  • 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.

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