Journey to the heart of the once-illustrious Habsburg monarchy, along the fabled Danube River. Explore the art and culture of historic Europe as your vessel travels through four countries filled with spectacular scenery.
Visit grand European cities like Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest and admire the beauty of UNESCO protected Wachau Valley and the Danube-knee at Visegrad. Taste local specialities such as ”Linzer Torte”, ”Sacher Torte” and Austrian wines. Admire imposing architectural buildings along the banks, such as Melk Abbey and the Esztergom Basilica. Be romanced by the Danube with all her regal and romantic splendor as you cruise through the art and cultural landscape of Europe’s several thousand year history.
This afternoon, embark the vessel and get settled into your cabin. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Cocktail, followed by a specially-prepared Welcome Dinner.
In the early morning, dock in Emmersdorf, in the heart of the UNESCO-protected, cultural heritage landscape, of the Wachau Valley. Spend the morning discovering this typical small town in Lower Austria or travel across the river to nearby Melk and its magnificent Benedictine abbey - the largest in Austria. Back onboard, the vessel continues its journey to Dürnstein. In the afternoon you can choose between two optional excursions to discover the Wachau cultural landscape, which was inscribed on the UNESCO List of World Heritage Sites.
In the evening your ship will arrive in Vienna. Enjoy an onboard performance of classical music. Remain overnight.
There is much to see and do in this Imperial capital city. Drive the ringstrasse with its impressive buildings, see the famous Vienna State Opera House, the Museums Quarter with historic and contemporary buildings with works by Egon Schiele, Gustav Klimt and other artists, St Stephen’s Cathedral and numerous other important sites.
In the afternoon continue your exploration or perhaps venture to Schönbrunn Palace, the sumptuous former summer palace and gardens of Empress Maria Theresia. Or visit the Art History Museum, considered one of the most important art museums in the world. Alternatively, you can take the shuttle into the city and explore Vienna on your own. After a full day of exploration, enjoy a relaxing dinner onboard as the vessel departs.
After a relaxing morning onboard, arrive in Budapest shortly before lunch. Spend the afternoon in this capital city which uniquely straddles the Danube River. A large portion of this city is a World Heritage Site, including the banks of the Danube, Andrassy Avenue, the Buda Castle quarter, Heroes’ Square, and the Millennium Underground Railway. With 80 geothermal hot springs, the third largest Parliament building in the world, and the second largest Synagogue, there is truly something for everyone to enjoy in this bustling metropolis.
A special treat this evening awaits, as musicians come onboard to entertain with traditional music of Hungary, as the vessel cruises the Danube to see this beautiful city by night. Remain overnight.
This morning offers time to discover more of Budapest or an opportunity to explore rural Hungary with a visit out to the ‘Puszta’ or countryside.
The vessel departs Budapest shortly after lunch and continues to Slovakia. Relax onboard or join the optional excursion to visit Szentendre, an artist’s village with galleries and art museum and Esztergom, the seat of the Hungarian Catholic church and former capital city. Those on excursion rejoin the vessel in Esztergom before dinner. Watch the departing lights of the city as the vessel continues on its way.
Discover the Slovak capital of Bratislava, it’s home to the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, its old city walls, the summer residence of the archbishop and the current residence of the president of Slovakia. Take a leisurely stroll from Michael’s Gate through the historic city center and the Primatial Palace and St. Martin’s Cathedral. The Academia Istropolitana is the oldest university in the city, dating back to the 15th century. In the afternoon you can explore the Schloss Hof Palace and Estate in Austria, unique in Europe and a top destination for those who seek to delight in culture, nature and the fascinating world of the Baroque. Or, visit the Roman City of Carnuntum: Antiquity comes alive again in the Roman city quarter with its reconstructed ancient buildings as well as in the amphitheaters and the city’s treasure chamber.
Cruise the Danube this evening and enjoy the Captain’s Gala Dinner.
Enjoy a relaxing morning onboard before reaching Linz, the third largest city in Austria. See the Mozarthaus and the Renaissance villas here, along with the main street and square, which are marked with unique churches and concert venues. Back on board, taste a piece of the famous Linzer Torte. Alternatively, explore the Pöstlingsberg, Linz's local mountain.
Join your fellow travellers for your last evening onboard.
After breakfast, we bid you farewell. We hope to welcome you again soon!
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Cruise your way and choose from a carefully curated selection of immersive and inspiring excursions and adventures! Select one of our packages offered at a discounted rate when purchased in advance or book individual shore excursions at regular rates onboard your cruise.
Enjoy the flexibility to choose any shore excursion of the ones listed below for a discounted rate when purchased in advance.
When booking our new ALL-IN excursion package prior to departure we offer you maximum flexibility at a great value. Create your personalized shore excursion program by choosing your favorite tours from our list of exciting options in each port.
Enjoy a package of 6 pre-selected excursions for a discounted rate when purchased in advance:
Additional shore excursions can be purchased onboard at the below rate.
|Cruise Passau - Passau||Unit Price|
|Visit to Melk Abbey||$ 59.00|
|Dürnstein walking tour with wine tasting in a local cellar||$ 32.00|
|OR Winzer Krems vineyard and winery||$ 51.00|
|Hightlights of Vienna||$ 44.00|
|Visit to Schönbrunn Palace||$ 61.00|
|OR Visit to the Art History Museum||$ 69.00|
|OR Shuttle transfer into downtown Vienna||$ 21.00|
|Budapest - Capital of Hungary||$ 43.00|
|Traditions of the Hungarian Puszta||$ 78.00|
|OR Vibrant Budapest with Cafe Gerberaud||$ 46.00|
|Esztergom with basilica, Visegrad Castle and Szentendre||$ 53.00|
|Bratislava - Beauty on the Danube||$ 43.00|
|Visit to Schloss Hof Palace and Estate||$ 64.00|
|OR The ancient Roman city of Carnuntum||$ 20.00|
|Linz walking tour with Linzer Torte tasting||$ 26.00|
|OR Trip to the Pöstlingsberg||$ 34.00|
Prices per person if excursions are purchased onboard.