This evening, enjoy a Welcome Reception with your fellow travellers and Cruise Director. (D)
★Signature Experience - Enjoy a guided tour of Budapest. Afterwards, re-board your ship and sail to Vienna. After your Budapest city tour, follow in the footsteps of Elisabeth of Bavaria (Sisi) and embark on an imperial train journey. Enjoy a Welcome Reception at Budapest’s Royal Waiting Room, then board your elegant steam train, which features carriages from the early 1900s. A traditional game lunch worthy of royalty is served, before disembarking for a guided tour of Gödöllo Palace, a favourite of Sisi (April – Sept only) (B, L, D)
This afternoon, arrive in Vienna, Austria’s capital, home to striking architecture, a rich classical musical culture and vibrant cafes. Take in many of the city’s most important landmarks during a tour along the Ringstrasse, Vienna’s famous ring boulevard officially opened by Emperor Franz Joseph I in 1865. You’ll also enjoy a guided walk to St Stephen’s Cathedral. (B,L,D)
Perhaps tour Schönbrunn Palace, the former summer residence of the imperial family. Wander through its lush, manicured gardens and marvel at sculptures representing deities and virtues. Alternatively, visit Slovakia's Bratislava, or perhaps enjoy a round of golf.
★Signature Experience: Tonight, visit the princely family of Liechtenstein’s City Palace in the heart of Vienna. Attend an exclusive Cocktail Reception and a private concert featuring members of the Mozart Boys’ Choir, a full orchestra performing classical masterpieces and an operatic recital (B, L, D)
★Freedom of Choice: Ride a bike along the banks of the Danube River from Dürnstein to Melk, or rejoin your ship and cruise to Melk instead. You may then choose to enjoy a guided tour of Melk Abbey, one of the world’s most famous monastic sites. Or join a local guide for a tour of the town. (B, L, D)
Disembark in Linz and travel to Salzburg, where a city tour takes you to several sights from Rogers and Hammerstein’s classic film, The Sound of Music. Alternatively, embark on a full-day journey to Český Krumlov in the Czech Republic. Discover its stunning 13th-century castle above the Vltava River, its old town square and quaint lanes teeming with ancient architecture. (B,D)
★Freedom of Choice: Enjoy a guided walking tour taking in the city’s highlights. Alternatively, learn how to Polka during a fun Bavarian dance lesson or enjoy a gourmet walking tour. Gain an insight into the art of haute cuisine at the Michelin-starred restaurant Storstad, where you’ll enjoy a presentation and the chance to sample a variety of delights, or join an informative talk on board from a student of the University of Regensburg (B, L, D)
★Freedom of Choice: A historic tour takes you to a selection of WWII sites, including the Reich Party Rally Grounds. Alternatively, join a hike through the Schwarzach Valley (B, L, D)
This morning, arrive in World Heritage-Listed Bamberg and explore the Old Town with a guide (B, L, D)
★Freedom of Choice: The immense architectural beauty of Würzburg is on display today as you stroll through this fascinating city to the Würzburg Residence. Alternatively, embark on a journey along the Romantic Road. Upon arrival in Rothenburg, enjoy an insightful tour. Or, visit a family-owned farm, where you’ll tour the property before sitting down to morning tea as you learn about local farming life (B, L, D)
Witness the skilful art of glass-blowing on board as you cruise toward the Franconian town of Miltenberg
★Freedom of Choice: Explore quaint, half-timbered shops and sample some local delicacies along the way. Alternatively, acquaint yourself with the German language during an interactive lesson on board your ship. Otherwise be guided through picturesque Franconian vineyards during a hike (B, L, D)
★Freedom of Choice: Tour Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum or sample wines from the Rhine Valley during an on board tasting
This evening, you will be treated to a special event as you arrive in the 2,000-year-old town of Andernach. Here, you will enjoy an exclusive visit to Namedy Castle, home to Princess Heide von Hohenzollern, who has kindly opened the doors of her castle just for you. Enjoy time to wander about the castle and grounds at your leisure, then savour dinner in the ballroom, accompanied by a special classical piano recital. (B, L, D)
★Freedom of Choice: Take a tour through the historic city centre of Cologne and sample local beers and snacks. Alternatively, embark on a bike ride to see City Hall and the remains from Roman times and the Middle Ages. (B, L, D)
★Freedom of Choice: Embark on a canal cruise and admire the city from a glass-top boat. Or, visit Zaanse Schans, a lovely village famous for its traditional Dutch houses. Otherwise, enjoy a relaxing morning on board sailing down the Rhine, while a local baker conducts a ‘stroopwafel’ demonstration. This evening, come together for the Captain’s Farewell Dinner.(B, L, D)
Although equally famous for its rebellious contemporary edginess, Amsterdam is a picturesque city with a fascinating history and rich artistic heritage.
* Prices shown are per person, based on two adults sharing a twin cabin and include all cruise offer discounts and savings.