Salzburg Austria

Day 1: Budapest

Arrive at Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport, where you will be transferred to the ship.

Day 2: Budapest

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Choice of Budapest city tour OR exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Budapest walking tour OR exclusive guided “Let's Go” Budapest bike tour

Choose one of three ways to discover the wonders of the “Queen of the Danube.” Savor the beauty of both Buda and Pest on a panoramic tour showcasing key highlights. If you prefer to experience the city as the locals do, then take a ride on the metro; stop at a lively market hall; visit the oldest and most beautiful garden in the city, Károlyi; and explore the National Museum. For a more active exploration, join “Green Budapest” with stops at various sites, such as the Hungarian Parliament Building, the Rose and Japanese gardens, the Olympic pool, Várkert Bazár and Gellert Baths, followed by a picnic on Margaret Island—complete with local wine and other typical delights. Cap your day off with the Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.
Optional Excursions:
Etyek - Champagne in the Countryside

Etyek - Champagne in the Countryside

  • Duration: 3.75
  • Intermediate:
  • Transportation:
  • Price: $93.50

Some people call Etyek Budapest’s vineyard. Just a short distance from the bustling city, the village stands among rollings hills and verdant rows of vines—that just happen to be at same latitude as France’s famous Champagne vineyards. Though Hungary’s best-known wines are Tokai and Bull’s Blood, this region is ideal for growing white wine grapes. It’s the country’s newest wine district, and yet it’s also an old wine district—Swabians settled here after the Turks withdrew in date tk and planted wine grapes—that was virtually abandoned. In the 1990s a few dedicated winemakers began renewing the vineyards and reinventing the kinds of wines they produced. Istvan Kalna is one of them: his limestone cellar dates to the 1850s; his vines are much younger. He grows sauvignon blanc and chardonnay grapes and transforms them into delightful sparkling wines. Join the winemaker himself for a tour of his cellars and learn about the fermentation process that puts the bubbles in bubbly, then gather around for a tasting of Kalna wines and rustic Hungarian nibbles that set off the fruit of the vines perfectly.

Exclusive Buda & Pest e-bike tour

Exclusive Buda & Pest e-bike tour

  • Duration: 3.5
  • Strenuous:
  • Price: $53.90

Let a local show you the city he loves from the back of a bike—but without the hard work of pedaling up Budapest’s hills. An e-bike gives you all the fun of biking through the city with none of the work—and this tour is both personal and varied. Start at one of the most popular gathering spots in Budapest, the Aquarium Club, where something is always happening: concerts, exhibits, performances—and, yes, a glass-roofed bar below the pool. Swing by Hunyadi Market, an old-fashioned farmers market where farmers near the city sell their seasonal produce under striped canopies during the summer or indoors in the only remaining original market hall in the heart of the city. Roll down tree-lined residential Benzur Street, stop at the memorial to 1956 revolution, sip the famous thermal waters at the Fountain of Youth under Elizabeth Bridge, pass the national opera house and St. Stephen’s basilica, and head up to the Castle District for a stunning view of the city across the river. It’s an eclectic survey of both quirky destinations (a coffee bar straight out of the 1950s) and celebrated city highlights, all illuminated by a personable, well-informed and charming host.

Ruin Pub Crawl

Ruin Pub Crawl

  • Duration: 3
  • Intermediate:
  • Transportation:
  • Price: $38.50

Cap off your day with a cocktail-hour pub crawl in the hippest—and formerly the shabbiest—neighborhood in the city. Budapest’s “ruin” pubs may be incredibly popular with the city’s 20-somethings but they are fun and lively places to grab a drink whatever your age. A cross between pop-up nightclubs, cultural centers and neighborhood hangouts, ruin bars get their name from their location—derelict buildings in the old Jewish Quarter. Puder puts the focus on art and theater, with wildly eclectic décor and plenty of performance pieces, along with a comprehensive bar menu. Nearby Szimpla Kert was the first ruin bar; put together with found or thrift-shop furniture in an abandoned building, it kicked off the entire craze almost 20 years ago. The enormous garden, complete with an old Trabant, is a great spot for a beer and a conversation with strangers. A short walk with your pub expert leads to other popular scenes: you might visit Csendes, which pays homage to traditional Hungarian coffee bars as well as to quirky décor, or Extra, which specializes in craft beers, before returning to the ship.

Day 3: Cruising the Danube River, Bratislava, Vienna

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Bratislava walking discovery tour

Enjoy a day of leisure onboard as your ship cruises the Danube Bend, which is lined with scenic towns—some of the oldest settlements in the country—nestled at the foot of lovely wooded hills. Before arriving in Vienna, explore Slovakia’s capital city, a thriving commercial center with a village-like atmosphere and a fascinating mosaic of architectural styles.

Day 4: Vienna

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Choice of exclusive “Morning with the Masters” at Kunsthistorisches Museum OR exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Vienna walking tour, and exclusive “Royal Anniversary” Mozart and Strauss Concert at a Viennese Palace

You’re in for a real treat with “Morning with the Masters,” an exclusive early opening and art tour of the Kunsthistorisches Museum, showcasing the Habsburg’s imperial treasures as well as magnificent works of art by some of the world’s greatest artists, including Rubens, Rembrandt, Dürer, Titian and Tintoretto. Afterward, enjoy a Bellini cocktail on the stunning cupola terrace. If you prefer to experience the city as locals do, go on a guided walk that highlights Viennese essentials, such as coffee, sausages, wine, music and public transportation. No visit to the “City of Waltzes” is complete without music, so you’ll be treated to an exclusive private “Royal Anniversary” concert, celebrating Maria Theresa’s 300th birthday and legacy in a Viennese palace.
Optional Excursions:
Belvedere Palace

Belvedere Palace

  • Duration: 3
  • Intermediate:
  • Transportation:
  • Price: $49.50

An art historian provides expert guidance throughout this exciting tour, beginning with a panoramic ride along Prater Street and around part of the Ringstrasse on your way to the Belvedere, the lavish baroque palace complex built in the 1700s for Prince Eugene of Savoy, the brilliant general who won a great victory against the Ottomans in 1697. The two halves of the hillside complex are connected by splendid gardens that feature beautiful sculptures and fountains as well as incredible views of Vienna. It may be a little too chilly to spend much time in the gardens—but your focus is the Upper Belvedere, home to 24 exquisite works by Gustav Klimt. A founder of the Vienna Secession movement (as art nouveau was known in Austria), Klimt was a pivotal figure in early-20th-century avant-garde art. He spent most of his life in Vienna, and the exhibits at the Belvedere trace his development as an artist, from his early, almost conventional portraits to his highly stylized Gold Period, represented by his famous painting The Kiss. If you’re a fan of Klimt’s extraordinary (and, judging by recent art auctions, extraordinarily pricey) work, this tour should not be missed.

Exclusive "Meet the Music in Vienna"

Exclusive "Meet the Music in Vienna"

  • Duration: 4
  • Strenuous:
  • Transportation:
  • Price: $108.90

“My language is spoken throughout the world,” Joseph Haydn once wrote. Go behind the scenes and learn the international language of classical music as it is spoken in Vienna, which was home to Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Mahler, Strauss and Bruckner. A classical musician will take you backstage in a spectacular opera house, sharing some of the legends—and gossip—about the composers and performers who have appeared there. For more insight into the world of the classical musician, sit down for coffee at Café Bellaria with your musician guide and a few friends. Find out what it is like to live and breathe music in Vienna.

Day 5: Dürnstein, cruising the Wachau Valley, Melk

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Dürnstein “Village Day” with choice of exclusive Nikolaihof wine estate visit and tasting OR exclusive saffron workshop with village stroll OR exclusive guided “Let's Go” Wachau Valley bicycle ride, and Melk Abbey with library visit

Take a guided tour of the village of Dürnstein, where you have a choice of activities, depending on your tastes. Sample the organic wines at the historic Nikolaihof estate, perhaps the oldest winery in Austria, which produces some of the world’s best Rieslings. Prefer a tasting of a different type? Visit one of the world’s only bio-dynamically certified saffron producers, where you’ll educate your taste buds with flavorful delicacies as you taste saffron-infused chocolate and jams. You’ll then set sail through spectacular UNESCO-protected Wachau Valley to Melk. For a more active adventure, bike along the Danube through the scenic Wachau Valley to Melk. Once in Melk, visit its 900-year-old abbey, a significant center of learning over the centuries and home to the famous baroque library that inspired the novel The Name of the Rose.

Day 6: Linz (Salzburg or Linz)

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Choice of full day Salzburg* OR Linz town and country: opera house and cider farm visit

Salzburg or Linz—the choice is yours. In UNESCO-designated Salzburg, you’ll see Mozart’s childhood home and the garden where the famous “Do-Re-Mi” scene from The Sound of Music was filmed. If you wish, head to nearby Linz instead, a former Roman settlement that is now a vibrant center for the arts. After a guided walking tour that stops for coffee and a taste of Linzer torte, venture into the countryside to visit a local farm and sample another delicious treat— hard cider, a specialty of the region. *Note: Lunch is not offered with the full day excursion to Salzburg.

Day 7: Passau

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Choice of Passau walking discovery tour with St. Stephan’s organ concert OR exclusive guided “Let's Go” bicycle ride along the Inn River OR exclusive guided “Let's Go” hike along the Ilz River

Cruise the picturesque landscape and hairpin loop in the middle of the Danube, known as Schlögener Schlinge, appointed a “Natural Wonder of Austria.” Once at your first German port of call, Passau, discover the medieval city with a walking tour along the cobblestone streets to the baroque St. Stephan’s Cathedral, where you’ll have a rare opportunity to hear a concert played on Europe’s largest pipe organ. You then have two “Let's Go” choices. For cyclists, join a local guide for a bike ride along the Inn River; for hikers, go on a guided hike with a nature expert along the beautiful Ilz River. Spend your last night onboard at the festive Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner. Note: The organ concert is only available May 1 – October 31, excluding Sundays and Catholic holidays. An alternative venue will be organized before and after these dates.

Day 8: Depart Passau

Disembark in Passau and transfer to Munich Airport for your flight home, or extend your stay in Prague.

Day 1: Munich, transfer to Passau (embark)

Arrive at Munich Airport, where you will be transferred to the ship docked in Passau.

Day 2: Passau, cruising the Danube River

Cruise the picturesque landscape and hairpin loop in the middle of the Danube, known as Schlögener Schlinge, appointed a “Natural Wonder of Austria.” Once at your first German port of call, Passau, discover the medieval city with a walking tour along the cobblestone streets to the baroque St. Stephan’s Cathedral, where you’ll have a rare opportunity to hear a concert played on Europe’s largest pipe organ. You then have two “Let's Go” choices. For cyclists, join a local guide for a bike ride along the Inn River; for hikers, go on a guided hike with a nature expert along the beautiful Ilz River. Spend your second night onboard at the festive Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner. Note: The organ concert is only available May 1 – October 31, excluding Sundays and Catholic holidays. An alternative venue will be organized before and after these dates.
Optional Excursions:
Etyek - Champagne in the Countryside

Etyek - Champagne in the Countryside

  • Duration: 3.75
  • Intermediate:
  • Transportation:
  • Price: $93.50

Some people call Etyek Budapest’s vineyard. Just a short distance from the bustling city, the village stands among rollings hills and verdant rows of vines—that just happen to be at same latitude as France’s famous Champagne vineyards. Though Hungary’s best-known wines are Tokai and Bull’s Blood, this region is ideal for growing white wine grapes. It’s the country’s newest wine district, and yet it’s also an old wine district—Swabians settled here after the Turks withdrew in date tk and planted wine grapes—that was virtually abandoned. In the 1990s a few dedicated winemakers began renewing the vineyards and reinventing the kinds of wines they produced. Istvan Kalna is one of them: his limestone cellar dates to the 1850s; his vines are much younger. He grows sauvignon blanc and chardonnay grapes and transforms them into delightful sparkling wines. Join the winemaker himself for a tour of his cellars and learn about the fermentation process that puts the bubbles in bubbly, then gather around for a tasting of Kalna wines and rustic Hungarian nibbles that set off the fruit of the vines perfectly.

Exclusive Buda & Pest e-bike tour

Exclusive Buda & Pest e-bike tour

  • Duration: 3.5
  • Strenuous:
  • Price: $53.90

Let a local show you the city he loves from the back of a bike—but without the hard work of pedaling up Budapest’s hills. An e-bike gives you all the fun of biking through the city with none of the work—and this tour is both personal and varied. Start at one of the most popular gathering spots in Budapest, the Aquarium Club, where something is always happening: concerts, exhibits, performances—and, yes, a glass-roofed bar below the pool. Swing by Hunyadi Market, an old-fashioned farmers market where farmers near the city sell their seasonal produce under striped canopies during the summer or indoors in the only remaining original market hall in the heart of the city. Roll down tree-lined residential Benzur Street, stop at the memorial to 1956 revolution, sip the famous thermal waters at the Fountain of Youth under Elizabeth Bridge, pass the national opera house and St. Stephen’s basilica, and head up to the Castle District for a stunning view of the city across the river. It’s an eclectic survey of both quirky destinations (a coffee bar straight out of the 1950s) and celebrated city highlights, all illuminated by a personable, well-informed and charming host.

Ruin Pub Crawl

Ruin Pub Crawl

  • Duration: 3
  • Intermediate:
  • Transportation:
  • Price: $38.50

Cap off your day with a cocktail-hour pub crawl in the hippest—and formerly the shabbiest—neighborhood in the city. Budapest’s “ruin” pubs may be incredibly popular with the city’s 20-somethings but they are fun and lively places to grab a drink whatever your age. A cross between pop-up nightclubs, cultural centers and neighborhood hangouts, ruin bars get their name from their location—derelict buildings in the old Jewish Quarter. Puder puts the focus on art and theater, with wildly eclectic décor and plenty of performance pieces, along with a comprehensive bar menu. Nearby Szimpla Kert was the first ruin bar; put together with found or thrift-shop furniture in an abandoned building, it kicked off the entire craze almost 20 years ago. The enormous garden, complete with an old Trabant, is a great spot for a beer and a conversation with strangers. A short walk with your pub expert leads to other popular scenes: you might visit Csendes, which pays homage to traditional Hungarian coffee bars as well as to quirky décor, or Extra, which specializes in craft beers, before returning to the ship.

Day 3: Linz (Salzburg or Linz)

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Choice of full day Salzburg* OR Linz town and country: opera house and cider farm visit

Salzburg or Linz—the choice is yours. In UNESCO-designated Salzburg, you’ll see Mozart’s childhood home and the garden where the famous “Do-Re-Mi” scene from The Sound of Music was filmed. If you wish, head to nearby Linz instead, a former Roman settlement that is now a vibrant center for the arts. After a guided walking tour that stops for coffee and a taste of Linzer torte, venture into the countryside to visit a local farm and sample another delicious treat— hard cider, a specialty of the region. *Note: Lunch is not offered with the full day excursion to Salzburg.

Day 4: Melk, cruising the Wachau Valley, Dürnstein

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Dürnstein “Village Day” with choice of exclusive Nikolaihof wine estate visit and tasting OR exclusive saffron workshop with village stroll OR exclusive guided “Let's Go” Wachau Valley bicycle ride, and Melk Abbey with library visit

In Melk, visit its 900-year-old abbey, a significant center of learning over the centuries and home to the famous baroque library that inspired the novel The Name of the Rose. You’ll then set sail through spectacular UNESCO-protected Wachau Valley to Melk. For a more active adventure, bike along the Danube through the scenic Wachau Valley to Melk. Once in Durnstein, take a guided tour of the village where you have a choice of activities, depending on your tastes. Sample the organic wines at the historic Nikolaihof estate, perhaps the oldest winery in Austria, which produces some of the world’s best Rieslings. Prefer a tasting of a different type? Visit one of the world’s only bio-dynamically certified saffron producers, where you’ll educate your taste buds with flavorful delicacies as you taste saffron-infused chocolate and jams. 

Optional Excursions:
Belvedere Palace

Belvedere Palace

  • Duration: 3
  • Intermediate:
  • Transportation:
  • Price: $49.50

An art historian provides expert guidance throughout this exciting tour, beginning with a panoramic ride along Prater Street and around part of the Ringstrasse on your way to the Belvedere, the lavish baroque palace complex built in the 1700s for Prince Eugene of Savoy, the brilliant general who won a great victory against the Ottomans in 1697. The two halves of the hillside complex are connected by splendid gardens that feature beautiful sculptures and fountains as well as incredible views of Vienna. It may be a little too chilly to spend much time in the gardens—but your focus is the Upper Belvedere, home to 24 exquisite works by Gustav Klimt. A founder of the Vienna Secession movement (as art nouveau was known in Austria), Klimt was a pivotal figure in early-20th-century avant-garde art. He spent most of his life in Vienna, and the exhibits at the Belvedere trace his development as an artist, from his early, almost conventional portraits to his highly stylized Gold Period, represented by his famous painting The Kiss. If you’re a fan of Klimt’s extraordinary (and, judging by recent art auctions, extraordinarily pricey) work, this tour should not be missed.

Exclusive "Meet the Music in Vienna"

Exclusive "Meet the Music in Vienna"

  • Duration: 4
  • Strenuous:
  • Transportation:
  • Price: $108.90

“My language is spoken throughout the world,” Joseph Haydn once wrote. Go behind the scenes and learn the international language of classical music as it is spoken in Vienna, which was home to Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Mahler, Strauss and Bruckner. A classical musician will take you backstage in a spectacular opera house, sharing some of the legends—and gossip—about the composers and performers who have appeared there. For more insight into the world of the classical musician, sit down for coffee at Café Bellaria with your musician guide and a few friends. Find out what it is like to live and breathe music in Vienna.

Day 5: Vienna

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Choice of exclusive “Morning with the Masters” at Kunsthistorisches Museum OR exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Vienna walking tour, and exclusive “Royal Anniversary” Mozart and Strauss Concert at a Viennese Palace

You’re in for a real treat with “Morning with the Masters,” an exclusive early opening and art tour of the Kunsthistorisches Museum, showcasing the Habsburg’s imperial treasures as well as magnificent works of art by some of the world’s greatest artists, including Rubens, Rembrandt, Dürer, Titian and Tintoretto. Afterward, be treated to a Bellini cocktail on the stunning cupola terrace. If you prefer to experience the city as locals do, go on a guided walk that highlights Viennese essentials, such as coffee, sausages, wine, music and public transportation. No visit to the “City of Waltzes” is complete without music, so you’ll be treated to an exclusive private “Royal Anniversary” concert, celebrating Maria Theresa’s 300th birthday and legacy in a Viennese palace.

Day 6: Vienna, cruising the Danube River, Bratislava

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Bratislava walking discovery tour

Enjoy a day of leisure onboard as your ship cruises the Danube Bend, which is lined with scenic towns—some of the oldest settlements in the country—nestled at the foot of lovely wooded hills. You will also explore Slovakia’s capital city, a thriving commercial center with a village-like atmosphere and a fascinating mosaic of architectural styles.

Day 7: Budapest

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Choice of Budapest city tour OR exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Budapest walking tour OR exclusive guided “Let's Go” Budapest bike tour

Choose one of three ways to discover the wonders of the “Queen of the Danube.” Savor the beauty of both Buda and Pest on a panoramic tour showcasing key highlights. If you prefer to experience the city as the locals do, then take a ride on the metro; stop at a lively market hall; visit the oldest and most beautiful garden in the city, Károlyi; and explore the National Museum. For a more active exploration, join “Green Budapest” with stops at various sites, such as the Hungarian Parliament Building, the Rose and Japanese gardens, the Olympic pool, Várkert Bazár and Gellert Baths, followed by a picnic on Margaret Island—complete with local wine and other typical delights. Cap your day off with the Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.

Day 8: Budapest (disembark)

Disembark the ship in Budapest and transfer to Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport for your flight home, or extend your stay in charming Budapest.