The Blue Danube Discovery
About Budapest, Hungary
The delightful Danube sets the stage for this incredible journey as you sail through beautiful scenery and quaint towns. Begin in Budapest, Hungary, with two overnights and guided sightseeing. In your free time enjoy Hungarian cuisine, explore its famous produce market—Central Market Hall, wander around the former royal palace grounds, explore its famous churches, or visit one of the many museums. Then, board your river cruise vessel and sail westward, with guided sightseeing in magical Vienna, Passau, medieval Regensburg and Nuremberg. Also take a guided walk in the charming town of Dürnstein and see the baroque Stiftskirche, and visit the awe-inspiring Benedictine Abbey in Melk. Enjoy wine tasting in Melk and beer tasting in fascinating Regensburg. Disembark your ship and travel to the “Golden City” of Prague for a final three overnights, guided sightseeing, and plenty of free time to discover the Hradcany Castle grounds, wander through Prague’s Jewish Quarter, shop for hand-cut crystal, savor authentic Czech dumplings, stand in the square where protestors demonstrated against Communism, or visit one of the many churches. All of this and more await you on this marvelous vacation!
Cruise: deluxe 7-night cruise in an outside stateroom with hotel-style bedsDay 1 Budapest: welcome to BudapestDay 2 Budapest: guided sightseeing, see Fishermen’s BastionDay 3 Budapest (Embarkation): onboard welcome receptionDay 4 Budapest–Vienna: cruisingDay 5 Vienna: guided sightseeingDay 6 Dürnstein–Melk: guided walk in Dürnstein, see the Stiftskirche; guided visit of the Benedictine Abbey and wine tasting in MelkDay 7 Linz–Passau: guided walk in PassauDay 8 Regensburg: guided walk; enjoy a snack at the Historische Wurstküche; beer tastingDay 9 Nuremberg: onboard lecture; choice of guided sightseeing or Nuremberg Trials tourDay 10 Nuremberg (Disembarkation)–Prague: travel to PragueDays 11-12 Prague: guided sightseeing, see the Astronomical Clock and visit Hradcany Castle grounds; free timeDay 13 Prague: your vacation ends this morning
Budapest InterContinental (SF)Prague Hilton (SF) or InterContinental (D)
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 14 is offered as an exclusive Wellness Cruise, including special features at no additional cost.Departure October 27 is offered as an exclusive Wine Cruise, including special lectures and tastings 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); the responsibility for obtaining a visa rests with the traveler.