Four countries, three rivers, and the impressive Main Danube Canal are the basis of this delightful river cruise vacation. Start in Zürich, Switzerland, then travel to Basel to embark your river cruise vessel. Enjoy guided sightseeing in Strasbourg, Würzburg, Bamberg, Regensburg, Passau and Nuremberg. In Speyer, visit the Technology Museum or take an excursion to Heidelberg to visit its imposing castle. A stop in Melk includes a visit to the beautiful Benedictine Abbey. Guided orientations of the smaller towns show off their famous sights, and time in Regensburg includes the chance to sample some of Germany’s world-famous beers. Your journey concludes in Vienna with guided sightseeing and time at leisure to explore this extraordinary “City of Music” on your own.

City Highlights

Cruise: deluxe 11-night cruise in an outside stateroom with hotel-style beds Day 1 Zürich–Transfer to Basel (Embarkation): onboard welcome receptionDay 2 Strasbourg: guided sightseeing, visit La Petite France district and the gothic cathedralDay 3 Speyer: choice of Speyer guided sightseeing or full-or half-day excursion to HeidelbergDay 4 Wertheim: guided walk in Wertheim; special tastingDay 5 Würzburg: guided sightseeing, visit the Bishop’s ResidenzDay 6 Bamberg: onboard lecture; guided walk, see the Old Town HallDay 7 Nuremberg: choice of guided city sightseeing or Nuremberg Trials tour; onboard lectureDay 8 Regensburg: guided walk; enjoy a snack at the Historische Wurstküche; beer tastingDay 9 Passau–Linz: guided walk in PassauDay 10 Melk–Dürnstein: guided visit of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk; see the Stiftskirche in DürnsteinDay 11 Vienna: guided sightseeingDay 12 Vienna (Disembarkation): your vacation ends this morning

Meals

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

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.

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