Magnificent Europe - Westbound
See the highlights of Central Europe on this enchanting cruise between Budapest and Amsterdam. Guided sightseeing in each city is conducted by Certified Local Guides and shows you the highlights. There’s beer tasting in Nuremberg, a traditional baking demonstration in Miltenberg, wine tasting in Austria’s Wachau Valley, and time in charming Dürnstein, Regensburg, Cologne, Rüdesheim, Bamberg, and Vienna. Also enjoy inside visits of Bratislava’s gothic St. Martin’s Cathedral, the amazing Benedictine Abbey in Melk, and Würzburg’s Bishop’s Residenz. Cruise through the dramatic Rhine Gorge past the legendary Lorelei rock, and glide past quaint towns, beautiful scenery, and historic buildings along the Danube. Your vacation concludes with a scenic cruise through the delightful canals of Amsterdam.
Cruise: deluxe 14-night cruise in an outside stateroom with hotel-style beds Day 1 Budapest (Embarkation): welcome receptionDay 2 Budapest: guided sightseeing, see Fishermen’s BastionDay 3 Bratislava: guided sightseeing, visit St. Martin’s CathedralDay 4 Vienna: guided sightseeingDay 5 Dürnstein–Melk: guided walk in Dürnstein, see the Stiftskirche; guided visit of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk; wine tastingDay 6 Linz–Passau: guided walk in PassauDay 7 Regensburg: guided walk; enjoy a snack at the Historische WurstkücheDay 8 Nuremberg: onboard lecture; choice of guided sightseeing or Nuremberg Trials tour; beer tastingDay 9 Bamberg: guided walk, see the Old Town; onboard lectureDay 10 Würzburg: guided sightseeing, visit the Bishop’s ResidenzDay 11 Miltenberg: guided walkDay 12 Rüdesheim–Rhine Gorge: visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum; special treat; cruise through the Rhine GorgeDay 13 Cologne: choice of guided walk or Jewish Heritage walkDay 14 Amsterdam: canal cruiseDay 15 Amsterdam (Disembarkation): your vacation ends this morning
Meals are indicated by breakfast (B), lunch (L), and dinner (D) in the day-by-day itineraryCaptain’s welcome & farewell receptions with sparkling wine and canapésWelcome dinnerDaily Afternoon TeaDaily Night FareLocal chef dinnerFarewell dinnerComplimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; soft drinks with lunch; and wine, beer, or soft drinks with dinner are included daily on board your vessel
NOTES:Departure July 23 is offered as an exclusive European History & Politics Cruise, including special lectures and features at no additional cost.In the event of water level problems or any problems of a technical nature, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or to alter the program.Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change is necessary, a substitute will be offered.Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.