Day 1: Amsterdam (embark)
Arrive at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, where you will be transferred to the ship.
Day 2: Amsterdam
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Exclusive “Morning with the Masters” at the Van Gogh museum and choice of Amsterdam by canal OR exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Amsterdam walking tour
Delve into the glories of Amsterdam’s golden age: the doors to the Van Gogh museum open early just for you and your fellow passengers, and an art expert guides you through this remarkable collection (The Potato Eaters and Sunflowers are just two of its highlights), followed by one of two ways to experience the historic city. You may cruise the 400-year-old canals or stroll through the medieval Begijnhof, home to Amsterdam’s oldest wood houses, and visit the elegant 17th-century Van Loon mansion.
Day 3: Cologne
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Cologne walking tour with choice of cathedral OR Kölsch beer tasting OR Museum Ludwig
You have an array of choices for how you wish to experience Cologne’s many treasures. Those interested in history and architecture will want to stroll with a local expert through Old Town to the city’s iconic UNESCO-listed Gothic cathedral. For beer connoisseurs, you’ll wish to visit a brewery to taste the traditional local brew of the city, Kölsch. And for lovers of art, you won’t want to miss one of the most important contemporary museums in Europe, Museum Ludwig. Cap the day off at the Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.
Note: On Sundays and Catholic holidays, guided tours inside the cathedral are not allowed, but individual visits are still welcomed.
Day 4: Cruising the romantic Rhine River, Rüdesheim
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of gondola ride to the Niederwald Monument
Experience Rüdesheim from above on a cable car ride over Rheingau vineyards. Later, cruise through the UNESCO-designated Upper Middle Rhine.
Day 5: Frankfurt
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Frankfurt city tour OR exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Frankfurt walking tour.
Get an overview of modern-day Frankfurt as well as its charming Old Town, or experience Frankfurt as a local.
Day 6: Wertheim
FEATURED EXCURSION: Wertheim walking tour with pretzel making and wine tasting at a private wine estate
Stroll through Wertheim’s historic center and enjoy a private wine tasting and pretzel making with a baker.
Day 7: Würzburg
FEATURED EXCURSION: Würzburg Residenz visit
Art lovers will want to visit the Würzburg Residence.
Day 8: Cruising the Main River, Kitzingen (Rothenburg)
FEATURED EXCURSION: Rothenburg and Weikersheim village & castle tour
Fairytale lovers will enjoy an excursion to Rothenburg and Weikersheim, where you’ll visit a grand palace.
Day 9: Bamberg
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Bamberg walking discovery tour OR exclusive Franconian “Village Day”
City dwellers will wish to discover Bamberg—a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and country dwellers will wish to experience a Franconian village outing.
Day 10: Nuremberg, cruising the Main-Danube Canal
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Nuremberg city tour OR WWII historical tour with Documentation Center
Once in Nuremberg, join either a city tour or a tour focusing on significant WWII sites. Note: We are only permitted to see Courtroom 600 during trial breaks.
Day 11: Kehlheim - Regensburg
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of “2,000 Years in One Hour” Regensburg walking discovery tour OR “From Hops Field to Beer Stein” farm visit OR BMW factory visit OR exclusive guided “Go Active” bird’s-eye view of Regensburg
Discover Germany’s best-preserved medieval city on a walking tour; visit a Bavarian hops farm; or tour the state-of-the-art BMW factory. Note: If the tour lands on a day when the BMW factory is closed, we’ll visit the Audi factory. The Audi production line is closed on weekends, so if your visit is scheduled for a weekend, you’ll see the Audi museum.
Day 12: Passau, cruising the Danube River, Engelhartszell
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: A “trifecta” of choices to experience Passau—a walking discovery tour OR city tour with old town walk OR exclusive guided “Go Active” Bavarian river bike ride
Discover Passau with a variety of choices, either on an intimate walking tour, panoramic city tour or via a “Go Active” choice with a ride along one of the most beautiful stretches of the Danube and into the heart of Passau.
Day 13: Cruising the Wachau Valley, Weissenkirchen (Weissenkirchen or Melk)
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Weissenkirchen “Village Day” with exclusive guided “Go Active” vineyard hike with wine tasting OR Melk Abbey with library visit
Cruise through the UNESCO-designated Wachau Valley to Weissenkirchen, where you can sample fine local wine, along with a vineyard hike. Alternatively, you can visit the Melk Abbey and its extraordinary library.
Day 14: Vienna
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Vienna city tour with Winter Palace of Prince Eugene visit OR exclusive “Vienna, City of Arts” tour
Get acquainted with Vienna’s treasure trove of imperial gems on a city tour with a visit to Prince Eugene’s Winter Palace. If you prefer to experience the city’s artistic gems, join an art tour, featuring a Gustav Klimt exhibit at the Belvedere.
Day 15: Budapest
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Budapest city tour OR exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Budapest walking tour
Choose one of three ways to savor the beauty of Budapest: a panoramic tour showcasing key highlights, including Castle Hill; do as the locals do; or on an active exploration with biking on a “Green Budapest” tour. Enjoy the Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.
Day 16: Budapest, (disembark), transfer to the airport
Disembark the ship and transfer to Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport for your flight home, or extend your stay in charming Budapest.
Cabin onboard River Princess, River Duchess, River Queen or River Empress
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.