Danube Dreams with Habsburg Royalty
Explore the Danube River from Budapest to Nuremberg following in the footsteps of the Habsburg Royal family. End with three nights in the energetic Czech capital of Prague.Begin this timeless European river cruise in Budapest, where guided sightseeing acquaints you with the highlights of Hungary’s vibrant capital of Hungary, and then visit beautiful Gödöllö Palace, a favorite of Empress Elisabeth of Austria. Set sail on the Danube, take pictures of the impressive Parliament Building as you leave Budapest, and head for Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. Here, enjoy a guided walk through the delightful Old Town and visit gothic St. Martin’s Cathedral. Vienna, Austria, the “City of Music,” makes an immediate impression with its lavish Hofburg Imperial Palace and neo-renaissance Vienna Opera House. Visit this magical city with a local expert, then visit Schönbrunn Palace, the Imperial summer residence. Enjoy the magnificent views as your river cruise takes you through the picturesque wine region of the Wachau Valley, with stops for a guided walk in Dürnstein, a visit to the impressive Benedictine Abbey of Melk, and a tasting of some of the renowned local wines. There’s a Habsburg Romantic Austria excursion from Linz and a Habsburg guided walk in Passau.Say goodbye to your ship’s crew and head for Regensburg, one of Germany’s best-preserved cities. Enjoy a tasting of local sausages before heading to beautiful Prague, capital of the Czech Republic, where this Danube river cruise vacation concludes. Known as the “Golden City,” a Local Guide will show you the must-see sights, such as St. Vitus Cathedral and Old Town’s medieval Astronomical Clock, a unique and intricate piece of art unlike anything else in the world.
Day 1 Budapest (Embarkation): welcome to Budapest; onboard welcome receptionDay 2 Budapest: guided sightseeing, see Fishermen’s Bastion and Heroes’ Square; visit Gödöllö Palace Day 3 Bratislava: guided sightseeing, visit St. Martin’s Cathedral; onboard lectureDay 4 Vienna: guided sightseeing; visit Schönbrunn PalaceDay 5 Dürnstein–Melk: guided walk in Dürnstein; guided visit of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk; wine tastingDay 6 Linz: choice between guided walk or “Habsburg Romantic Austria” excursionDay 7 Passau: Habsburg-themed guided walkDay 8 Deggendorf (Disembarkation)–Regensburg–Prague: transfer to Regensburg, guided sightseeing; enjoy a snack at the Historische Wurstküche; travel by motorcoach to PragueDay 9 Prague: guided sightseeing, see the Astronomical Clock and visit Hradčany Castle grounds; St. Vitus CathedralDay 10 Prague: your vacation ends this morning
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.