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Jewels of Europe with Prague 2019
(National Geographic Cruise)

18 days with Scenic  Rating: Deluxe

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River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1
Your journey into wonder begins in Prague, where you’ll stay three nights at one of our luxurious city central hotels.
 
Day 2 Prague
Today be guided through the wonders of Prague.
 
Tonight tuck into a delicious Czech highlight dinner.
 
Freechoice
Enjoy a walking tour of Prague’s communist-era history, or visit the beautiful Sternberg Palace. (Breakfast, Dinner)
 
Day 3 Prague
Enjoy exploring Prague at your leisure. (Breakfast)
 
Day 4 Prague > Budapest
Journey by coach to Budapest where you’ll board your Scenic Space-Ship. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
Day 5 Budapest
Freechoice: Discover the two distinct sides of this Hungarian capital—the cobbled hills of Buda and the grand boulevards of Pest, linked by eight stately bridges that span the Danube. Climb historic Castle Hill to see the Royal Palace and Matthias Church, the stunning setting for the coronations and weddings of the Habsburg royalty. Alternatively, choose to soak in one of the city’s traditional bathhouses, or descend into the Hospital in the Rock, a secret subterranean military hospital used during World War II.  If you wish, set out on a guided walk in the Buda hills, hiking up to Lions Rock.
 
Freechoice
Discover the two distinct sides of this Hungarian capital—the cobbled hills of Buda and the grand boulevards of Pest, linked by eight stately bridges that span the Danube. Climb historic Castle Hill to see the Royal Palace and Matthias Church, the stunning setting for the coronations and weddings of the Habsburg royalty. Alternatively, choose to soak in one of the city’s traditional bathhouses, or descend into the Hospital in the Rock, a secret subterranean military hospital used during World War II.  If you wish, set out on a guided walk in the Buda hills, hiking up to Lions Rock. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
Day 6 Vienna, Austria
Cruise the Danube toward Vienna, tracing the border of Hungary and Slovakia before crossing into Austria. Relax in the lounge in views of colorful waterfront towns and hilltop fortifications.
 
Enrich
This evening arrive in Vienna for a private concert in the gilded halls of the Palais Liechtenstein, featuring the timeless music of celebrated Austrian composers Strauss and Mozart. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
Day 7 Vienna or Bratislava, Slovakia
Freechoice: Choose from among several excursions today. Bike between Vienna’s magnificent palaces, parks, and cathedrals on a guided cycling tour; or tour the Schönbrunn Palace, the baroque summer residence of the imperial family and a World Heritage site. You may instead choose to take a guided tour of the Museum of Natural History for an inside look at its meteorite exhibit, curated by a National Geographic grantee. Alternatively, visit Bratislava for a guided tour through the cobbled streets of the old town.
 
Freechoice
Choose from among several excursions today. Bike between Vienna’s magnificent palaces, parks, and cathedrals on a guided cycling tour; or tour the Schönbrunn Palace, the baroque summer residence of the imperial family and a World Heritage site. You may instead choose to take a guided tour of the Museum of Natural History for an inside look at its meteorite exhibit, curated by a National Geographic grantee. Alternatively, visit Bratislava for a guided tour through the cobbled streets of the old town. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
Day 8 Melk, Austria
Freechoice: Glide into Austria’s lush Wachau Valley and dock at Melk for a tour of its Benedictine abbey, one of the world’s most magnificent baroque buildings. Or take a more active excursion, cycling along the Danube from Dürnstein to Melk or hiking to the hilltop ruins of a medieval castle. Or visit a local winery for a guided tour of the cellars and vines, followed by a tasting of the region’s celebrated Grüner Veltliners and Rieslings.
 
Sundowners
This evening, sip sundowners in a beautiful location in the Wachau Valley.
 
Freechoice
Glide into Austria’s lush Wachau Valley and dock at Melk for a tour of its Benedictine abbey, one of the world’s most magnificent baroque buildings. Or take a more active excursion, cycling along the Danube from Dürnstein to Melk or hiking to the hilltop ruins of a medieval castle. Or visit a local winery for a guided tour of the cellars and vines, followed by a tasting of the region’s celebrated Grüner Veltliners and Rieslings.
 
Sundowners
This evening, sip sundowners in a beautiful location in the Wachau Valley. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
Day 9 Salzburg
Enrich
Spend the day in Salzburg, a baroque beauty brimming with old-world European charm. Take in views of wildflower-dotted meadows and snow-capped Alpine peaks and stroll the storybook streets of the old town, lined with lively shops and cafés. Salzburg features prominently in the celebrated 1965 movie The Sound of Music, and we’ll see the film come to life during an exclusive music and dance show with fantastic sets performed in the rolling hills above Salzburg. Enjoy a traditional Austrian lunch as you hum along to the movie’s beloved classics.
 
Enrich
Spend the day in Salzburg, a baroque beauty brimming with old-world European charm. Take in views of wildflower-dotted meadows and snow-capped Alpine peaks and stroll the storybook streets of the old town, lined with lively shops and cafés. Salzburg features prominently in the celebrated 1965 movie The Sound of Music, and we’ll see the film come to life during an exclusive music and dance show with fantastic sets performed in the rolling hills above Salzburg. Enjoy a traditional Austrian lunch as you hum along to the movie’s beloved classics. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
Day 10 Regensburg, Germany
Freechoice: A World Heritage site set at the confluence of the Danube, Naab, and Regen rivers, Regensburg once served as a free imperial city of the Holy Roman Empire. On a guided visit, venture into the medieval center to see its splendid Gothic cathedral, 12th-century stone bridge, and the Porta Praetoria—the ancient Roman city gate. Alternatively, tour the historic Kuchlbauer Brewery and its whimsical tower—a tribute to modern art. Or take a local ferry across the Danube Gorge to Weltenburg Abbey, home to the world’s oldest monastic brewery. Explore the abbey, then head to the courtyard and sip on a pint of their popular Weltenburger Kloster Barock Dunkel. If you wish, join a biking tour to Walhalla, a hall of fame of famous Germans honoring artists, politicians, scientists and more.
 
Freechoice
A World Heritage site set at the confluence of the Danube, Naab, and Regen rivers, Regensburg once served as a free imperial city of the Holy Roman Empire. On a guided visit, venture into the medieval center to see its splendid Gothic cathedral, 12th-century stone bridge, and the Porta Praetoria—the ancient Roman city gate. Alternatively, tour the historic Kuchlbauer Brewery and its whimsical tower—a tribute to modern art. Or take a local ferry across the Danube Gorge to Weltenburg Abbey, home to the world’s oldest monastic brewery. Explore the abbey, then head to the courtyard and sip on a pint of their popular Weltenburger Kloster Barock Dunkel. If you wish, join a biking tour to Walhalla, a hall of fame of famous Germans honoring artists, politicians, scientists and more. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
Day 11 Nuremberg
Threaded by medieval walls, crammed with half-timbered houses, and overlooked by an imperial castle, Nuremburg enjoys an abundance of charms—thanks in part to the meticulous reconstruction of the historic center following wartime devastation. The city also played center stage for German propaganda in the years leading up to World War II, and was the site of the historic trials where Nazi war criminals were brought to justice.
 
Freechoice
Later, choose between touring the city’s World War II sites, bicycling along Ludwig Canal, or joining a cooking class. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
Day 12 Bamberg
Disembark in enchanting Bamberg, where the entire old town has been distinguished as a World Heritage site. This architectural treasure sits where rolling hills descend into the Regnitz River valley, and is intersected by the serene flow of the Main-Danube Canal. Take a guided walk along Bamberg’s medieval streets to discover its colorful frescoes, covered bridges, and elaborate baroque buildings. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
Day 13 Würzburg
Freechoice: Explore Würzburg, a city set at the junction of two ancient trade routes, and enjoy a guided tour of its 18th-century Residenz—one of Germany’s most magnificent baroque buildings and a World Heritage site. Or take a ride along the Romantic Road, winding through bucolic scenery and red-roofed towns en route to the postcard-perfect Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Walk the town’s medieval ramparts and snap photos of its sherbet-shaded houses before returning to Würzburg.
 
Freechoice
Explore Würzburg, a city set at the junction of two ancient trade routes, and enjoy a guided tour of its 18th-century Residenz—one of Germany’s most magnificent baroque buildings and a World Heritage site. Or take a ride along the Romantic Road, winding through bucolic scenery and red-roofed towns en route to the postcard-perfect Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Walk the town’s medieval ramparts and snap photos of its sherbet-shaded houses before returning to Würzburg. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
Day 14 On the Main
on board today as you take in the scenery along the Main River. From the comfort of the lounge, spy castles of all kinds, from medieval ruins intertwined with forest foliage to perfectly preserved Bavarian palaces. We’ll pass through the heart of Frankfurt before joining the Rhine in Mainz. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
Day 15 Rüdesheim am Rhein
Ride into Rüdesheim on the Winzerexpress mini-train set out to explore the city or the surrounding Rheingau wine region.
 
Freechoice
Enjoy a guided visit to Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Cabinet, home to elaborate self-playing musical instruments. Then get a bird’s-eye view of the Rhine on a cable car ride to the Niederwald Monument—built to commemorate the 1871 unification of Germany. Or set out on a hike amid the vineyards of the Middle Rhine Valley, another World Heritage-designated region.
 
Enrich
Soak up the enchanting ambience of Marksburg Castle during an unforgettable medieval feast featuring local wines. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
Day 16 Cologne
Cruise through the Middle Rhine Valley to Cologne, a hub for visual arts and an architectural mosaic of Romanesque churches, modernist museums, and Gothic spires.
 
Freechoice
Take a walking tour of the city and its World Heritage-listed cathedral, Or enjoy a guided visit to the Neanderthal Museum in nearby Mettmann, Alternatively, stay on board for a culinary experience. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
Day 17 Amsterdam, The Netherlands
With its gabled roofs, squares cluttered with bicycles, and canal-lined streets, Amsterdam is bursting with unique character.
 
Freechoice
See this timeless city from the water during a canal cruise, and hear from your guide about its fascinating history as a center for art and seafaring trade. Or enjoy a guided visit to the Rijksmuseum, named by National Geographic as one of the world’s “Top Ten Museums and Galleries.” Alternatively, opt to ride bikes through the outskirts of the city or head to Zaanse Schans in the countryside, where we’ll see historic rural houses and a cluster of Dutch windmills. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
Day 18 Amsterdam
After breakfast, transfer to the airport to catch your flight home. (Breakfast)
Tour Map
All This Included
These departures will be accompanied by a National Geographic expert who will give talks throughout the week and join guests on off-ship excursions. Additionally, a National Geographic photographer will be on board to share techniques and help guests hone their photography skills. We've added extra choice excursions as well, from hikes and bike rides to in-depth learning experiences that focus on the natural world, culture, and history.
  • 5-star Scenic Space-Ships featuring Scenic Sun Lounges
  • 4 exclusive Enrich experiences
  • Your choice of Freechoice activities
  • 1 Sundowners event
  • Exclusive Scenic Tailormade
  • 46 meals – 17 breakfasts, 14 lunches and 15 dinners
Accommodations on this Tour
Prague: To be determined
Cruising: Cabin onboard Scenic Opal
Notes
  • Itinerary is subject to change.
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • 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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