North Sea-Black Sea Cruise - Eastbound
About North Sea, Anywhere
The North Sea, the Black Sea, and the rivers in between are the focus of this memorable cruise along the magnificent Rhine, Main, and Danube Rivers. Relax and enjoy as you cruise past quaint villages, taking in the scenery and learning about the history. Cruise through Amsterdam’s lovely canals, past castles on the romantic Rhine and along the Main Danube Canal. Sail through the dramatic Iron Gates gorge, and take small boats to explore the Danube Delta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy included guided sightseeing in each city—Cologne, Würzburg, Bamberg, Nuremberg, Regensburg, Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest, Vukovar, Belgrade, Constanta, and Bucharest. Spend time in the charming wine village of Rüdesheim, enjoy a tasting of local specialties in Wertheim, and explore Bucharest, Romania’s lively capital. Other highlights include beer tasting in Bamberg, a visit to Belgrade’s Kalemegdan Fortress, wine tasting in Villány, Patriarch’s Church in Veliko Târnovo, and a visit to the Delta Museum in Tulcea. This is a vacation of a lifetime!
Cruise: deluxe 22-night cruise in an outside stateroom with hotel-style beds Days 1-2 Amsterdam (Embarkation): welcome to Holland; onboard welcome reception; canal cruise on Day 2Day 3 Cologne: choice of guided walk or Jewish Heritage walkDay 4 Rhine Gorge–Rüdesheim: cruise through the Rhine Gorge; visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim; enjoy a special treatDay 5 Wertheim: guided sightseeing, special tastingDay 6 Würzburg: guided sightseeing, visit the Bishop’s ResidenzDay 7 Bamberg: onboard lecture; guided walk, see the Old Town Hall; beer tastingDay 8 Nuremberg: choice of guided sightseeing or Nuremberg Trials tour; onboard lectureDay 9 Regensburg: guided walk; enjoy a snack at the Historische WurstkücheDay 10 Linz–Grein: guided walks in Linz and Grein; visit Grein’s historical theaterDay 11 Dürnstein: guided walk, see the StiftskircheDay 12 Vienna: guided sightseeingDay 13 Vienna–Bratislava: guided sightseeing of Bratislava, visit St. Martin’s CathedralDay 14 Budapest: guided sightseeing, see Fishermen’s BastionDay 15 Mohács: excursion to Pécs; wine tasting in Villány wine regionDay 16 Osijek & Vukovar: guided sightseeing in both citiesDay 17 Belgrade: guided sightseeing, visit Kalemegdan FortressDay 18 Iron Gates: visit Lepenski Vir archaeological site; cruise through the dramatic Iron Gates gorgeDay 19 Svistov–Excursion to Veliko Târnovo & Arbanassi–Rousse: guided sightseeing, visit the Patriarch’s Church in Veliko Târnovo, and the Ethnographical Museum and Church of the Nativity in Arbanassi; or guided sightseeing of Rousse.Day 20 Tulcea: onboard lectureDay 21 St. Georghe: Danube Delta excursion; Km 0 celebrationDay 22 Cernavodă: choice of full- or half-day excursion to Constanta; guided sightseeing, visit the National History & Archaeological MuseumDay 23 Oltenita (Disembarkation)–Bucharest: guided sightseeing in Bucharest, see the Parliament and visit the National Art MuseumDay 24 Bucharest: your vacation ends this morning
Bucharest Athénée Palace Hilton (SF)
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: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.Cruise-Only Available: This vacation can also be taken as a Cruise-Only option starting at the embarkation city and ending at the disembarkation city, and does not include overnight land stays. If you are interested in this option, please contact a Travel Consultant for more information.