Magnificent Europe – Eastbound
From Amsterdam to Budapest, and many exciting stops along the way, you’ll be immersed in the culture of Central Europe in a unique way on this timeless European river cruise vacation. Amsterdam is Holland’s lively capital-both historical and modern-and this favorite city features sophisticated architecture and classic squares and canals. You’ll see the treasures of this 700-year-old city from a unique perspective-with a canal cruise along the elegant Grachten. Then, you’re off to Germany and a guided city walk in Cologne-a 2,000-year-old city known for its gothic architecture. Sail through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, perhaps the most beautiful and breathtaking stretch of the Rhine River, then stop in the charming wine-making town of Rüdesheim. Enjoy guided sightseeing tours in Würzburg, Rothenburg, Bamberg, Nuremberg, and Regensburg, and sail the Main Danube Canal connecting the Main and Danube Rivers. Your first stop in Austria is Melk, known for its magnificent Benedictine Abbey. You’ll see the fantastic frescoes, library, and pipe organ of this beautiful abbey, before sailing through the picturesque Wachau Valley. You’ll be introduced to two captivating capital cities-Vienna, Austria, and Budapest, Hungary. Vienna is known as the “City of Music,” and rightly so. You’ll explore the city that inspired works by Mozart, Beethoven, and Strauss. Known as the “Pearl of the Danube,” Budapest is a gleaming city on the river with a unique energy and countless must-see sites. This truly is a magnificent European river cruise to remember always!
Day 1 Amsterdam (Embarkation): onboard welcome receptionDay 2 Amsterdam: canal cruiseDay 3 Cologne: choice of Cologne highlights walking tour, or Jewish Heritage walking tourDay 4 Rhine Gorge–Rüdesheim: cruise through the Rhine Gorge; visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum, or cable car ride to the Niederwald Monument in Rüdesheim; enjoy a special treatDay 5 Main River Village: guided walkDay 6 Würzburg: guided sightseeing, visit the Bishop’s ResidenzDay 7 Marktbreit. Excursion to Rothenburg–Volkach: guided sightseeing in Rothenburg; walking tour in Volkach Day 8 Bamberg: guided tour, see the Old Town HallDay 9 Roth. Excursion to Nuremberg: choice of guided tour in Roth; or guided tour in Nuremberg, or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tourDay 10 Regensburg: guided walk tourDay 11 Passau–Linz: guided walking tour in PassauDay 12 Melk–Wachau Valley–Vienna: guided tour of the Benedectine Abbey in Melk; scenic cruise through the Wachau ValleyDay 13 Vienna: guided tourDay 14 Budapest: guided tour, see Heroes’ SquareDay 15 Budapest (Disembarkation): your vacation ends this morning
Amsterdam, Holland (Embarkation)
Main River Village
Marktbreit. Excursion To Rothenburg
Roth. Excursion To Nuremberg