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Day 1 – Prague

Arrive at Prague Václav Havel Airport, where you will be transferred to your hotel.

Day 2 – Prague

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Prague city tour OR exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of Prague’s Estates Theatre and Municipal House

Enjoy a panoramic city tour, then cross Charles Bridge on foot to the beautiful Old Town Square to see Tyn Church and the famous astronomical clock. Alternatively, get a behind-the-scenes look at Prague’s Estates Theatre and the art nouveau Municipal House, with its stunning concert halls.

Day 3 – Prague, transfer to Nuremberg (embark)

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Nuremberg city tour OR Nuremberg WWII historical tour with Documentation Center visit

Transfer to Nuremberg via motorcoach, where you'll discover this beautiful medieval city during a panoramic tour. Alternatively, take a guided tour of significant WWII sites, including the Nuremberg Trials Memorial, which houses Courtroom 600. 

Note: Courtroom 600 is an active court. Visitors will only be permitted to see the courtroom during trial breaks.

Day 4 – Cruising the Main-Danube Canal

Enjoy a leisurely day onboard as your ship makes its way through the Main-Danube Canal, a marvel of modern engineering. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.


Day 5 – Cruising the Danube River, Regensburg

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of “2,000 Years in One Hour” Regensburg walking discovery tour OR Jewish Regensburg walking discovery tour OR BMW factory visit

Regensburg is one of Europe's best-preserved medieval towns, and your walking discovery tour provides a concise overview of its fascinating 2,000-year history. For a different perspective, explore sites associated with Germany’s oldest Jewish community, dating back more than a thousand years. Or visit the state-of-the-art BMW factory.

Note: If the tour lands on a day when the BMW factory is closed, we will visit the Audi factory (weekdays) or the Audi Museum (weekends).

Day 6 – Engelhartszell, cruising the Danube River, Passau

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Passau walking discovery tour with choice of exclusive guided “Go Active” bicycle ride along the Danube River OR guided “Go Active” hike along the Ilz River

Located at the confluence of three rivers, Passau's medieval town center is a delight to explore on foot. You'll also have time to wander on your own or to catch a ride up to a fortress with fabulous views. Later, you can bike along the Danube with a local guide or hike along the Ilz River with an expert naturalist.

Day 7 – Cruising the Wachau Valley, Spitz

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Spitz village stroll with exclusive wine tasting OR Melk Abbey with library visit
Relax onboard as the ship cruises the scenic UNESCO-designated Wachau Valley en route to Spitz. Explore the town with a wine and nature expert and sample local wines and delicacies made with apricots—a specialty of the region. Or, explore Melk’s 900-year-old Benedictine abbey and its famous library, the inspiration for the novel The Name of the Rose.

Day 8 – Vienna

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Vienna city tour with Vienna State Opera visit OR exclusive “Vienna, City of Arts” tour
Enjoy a panoramic tour of Vienna’s grand architectural heritage before venturing inside the State Opera House, where you’ll be treated to a guided tour. Or, you can view the Gustav Klimt exhibit at the Belvedere, which includes his most famous painting—The Kiss


Note: A visit to the Musikverein concert hall may be substituted for the Vienna State Opera House



Day 9 – Budapest, cruising the Danube River

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Budapest city tour OR exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Budapest walking tour OR exclusive guided "Go Active" Budapest bike tour

Experience the beauty of Buda and Pest—situated on opposite sides of the Danube—with a panoramic tour of the city’s top sights. Or “Do as the Locals Do,” riding the metro to a lively local market before enjoying a coffee and seeing Károlyi Garden and the National Museum. Or you can choose to see the sites on a guided bike tour.

Day 10 – Budapest

Enjoy a day at leisure in Budapest to enjoy the sights.

Day 11 – Budapest, cruising the Danube River

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Budapest city tour OR exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Budapest walking tour OR exclusive guided "Go Active" Budapest by bike

Choose a panoramic tour of the city's top sites, or “Do as the Locals Do," riding the metro and stopping at a lively local market, Károlyi Garden and the National Museum. Alternatively, you can opt to see the sites on a guided bike tour.

Day 12 – Cruising the Danube River, Vukovar (Osijek)

FEATURED EXCURSION: Full-day tour of Vukovar and Osijek with exclusive farm visit and home-hosted lunch

Take a short walking discovery tour of Vukovar before departing for Osijek, where you’ll explore the Old Town on foot. Then venture into the Croatian countryside to experience a family-owned farm and enjoy a delicious tapas-style meal.

 

Day 13 – Belgrade

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Belgrade city tour with visit to the Royal Grounds of Karadjordjevic Dynasty Palace OR exclusive guided “Go Active” “I Bike Belgrade” tour

Explore Belgrade, Serbia’s capital and largest city, in one of two ways—a panoramic tour that includes a visit inside the Royal Palace, or a guided bike tour highlighting historic sites dating from WWII to the present day. 

Day 14 – Cruising the Iron Gates

Enjoy a day onboard cruising through the Iron Gates, a scenic stretch of the Danube marking the boundary between Romania and Serbia.

Day 15 – Vidin, cruising the Danube River

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Belogradchik rock formations OR Romanian Cetate Cultural Port visit

Explore the lesser-known town of Vidin and the extraordinary Belogradchik rocks, whose peculiar shapes have given rise to many legends. Or, visit the Cetate Cultural Port, a residence for Romanian writers and artists.

Day 16 – Rousse (Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanassi or Rousse and Ivanovo)

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanassi with authentic Bulgarian lunch OR Rousse walking discovery tour and Ivanovo and Basarbovo monasteries

See the majestic ruins of Tsarevetz Castle in Veliko Tarnovo and the frescoed Nativity Church in Arbanassi, followed by a traditional Bulgarian lunch. Or, opt for a tour of Rousse and the UNESCO-designated cave churches of Ivanovo and Basarbovo. In the evening, enjoy a Captain's Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.

Day 17 – Giurgiu, transfer to Bucharest

FEATURED EXCURSION: Choice of Bucharest city tour OR exclusive "Do as the Locals Do" Bucharest walking tour

Disembark the ship and transfer via motorcoach to Bucharest, where your panoramic tour highlights the city's eclectic mix of Soviet- and French-influenced architecture. Or, "Do as the Locals Do" with a guided walk through revitalized downtown neighborhoods.

Day 18 – Bucharest

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of People's Palace visit OR Romanian countryside tour with visits to Mogosoaia Palace and Vlad the Impaler's tomb

Spend some time today in the lavish People’s Palace—the world’s largest civilian building, erected at enormous cost. Or, head into the countryside for an intimate glimpse into the lives of Romanian villagers and explore the 18th-century Mogosoaia Palace and the lakeside tomb of Vlad the Impaler.

Day 19 – Bucharest, fly to Istanbul, transfer to Istanbul hotel

Explore the fascinating crossroads of Istanbul at your leisure today.

Day 20 – Istanbul

FEATURED EXCURSION: Istanbul city tour with Grand Bazaar

Your panoramic tour of Istanbul features many of its most famous sites—including the Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace—followed by a visit to the legendary Grand Bazaar.

Note: The Blue Mosque is a place of active worship. Ceremonies may restrict visitors from entering at times. At all times, please obey mosque etiquette.

Note: Hagia Sophia is closed on Mondays and Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays. The city tour of Istanbul will be arranged in accordance with the days attractions are open. If your visit occurs on days when these attractions are closed, your full-day city tour may be split into two half-day tours and provided over the course of two days so that you can experience the attractions listed here. If Hagia Sophia is not available during your stay, we will offer a visit to the Topkapi Palace harem instead.

Day 21 – Depart Istanbul

Transfer to Istanbul Atatuk Airport for your flight home.

Day 1 – Istanbul

Arrive at Prague Václav Havel Airport, where you will be transferred to the hotel.

Day 2 – Istanbul

FEATURED EXCURSION: Istanbul city tour with Grand Bazaar

Your panoramic tour of Istanbul features many of its most famous sites—including the Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace—followed by a visit to the legendary Grand Bazaar.

Note: The Blue Mosque is a place of active worship. Ceremonies may restrict visitors from entering at times. At all times, please obey mosque etiquette.

Note: Hagia Sophia is closed on Mondays and Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays. The city tour of Istanbul will be arranged in accordance with the days attractions are open. If your visit occurs on days when these attractions are closed, your full-day city tour may be split into two half-day tours and provided over the course of two days so that you can experience the attractions listed here. If Hagia Sophia is not available during your stay, we will offer a visit to the Topkapi Palace harem instead.


Day 3 – Istanbul, fly to Bucharest, transfer to Bucharest hotel

Explore the fascinating cultural crossroads of Istanbul at your leisure today.

Day 4 – Bucharest

Today you can explore Bucharest at your leisure.

Day 5 – Bucharest, transfer to Giurgiu (embark), Rousse

FEATURED EXCURSION: Choice of People’s Palace visit OR Romanian countryside tour with visits to Mogosoia Palace and Vlad the Impaler's tomb

Visit the People’s Palace, the world’s largest civilian building. Or, head into the countryside to see rural Romanian life and explore Mogosoaia Palace and the tomb of Vlad the Impaler. In Giurgiu, board your ship and sail for Rousse. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.

Day 6 – Rousse (Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanassi or Rousse and Ivanovo)

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanassi with authentic Bulgarian lunch OR Rousse walking discovery tour and Ivanovo and Basarbovo monasteries
See the majestic ruins of Tsarevetz Castle in Veliko Tarnovo and the frescoed Nativity Church in Arbanassi, followed by a traditional Bulgarian lunch. Or, opt for a walking discovery tour of Rousse and tour the UNESCO-designated cave churches of Ivanovo and Basarbovo. 

Day 7 – Cruising the Danube River, Vidin

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Belogradchik rock formations OR Romanian Cetate Cultural Port visit
Explore the lesser-known town of Vidin and the extraordinary Belogradchik rocks, whose peculiar shapes have given rise to many legends. Or, visit the Cetate Cultural Port, a residence for Romanian writers and artists.

Day 8 – Cruising the Iron Gates

Enjoy a day onboard cruising through the Iron Gates, a scenic stretch of the Danube marking the boundary between Romania and Serbia.

Day 9 – Belgrade

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Belgrade city tour with visit to the Royal Grounds of Karadjordjevic Dynasty Palace OR exclusive guided “Go Active” “I Bike Belgrade” tour
Explore Belgrade, Serbia’s capital and largest city, in one of two ways—a panoramic tour that includes a visit inside the Royal Palace, or a guided bike tour highlighting historic sites dating from WWII to the present day. 

Day 10 – Vukovar (Osijek), cruising the Danube River

FEATURED EXCURSION: Full-day tour of Vukovar and Osijek with exclusive farm visit and home-hosted lunch

Take a short walking discovery tour of Vukovar before departing for Osijek, where you’ll explore the Old Town on foot. Then venture into the Croatian countryside to experience a family-owned farm and enjoy a delicious tapas-style meal.



Day 11 – Cruising the Danube River, Budapest

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Budapest city tour OR exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Budapest walking tour OR exclusive guided "Go Active" by bike

Choose a panoramic tour of the city's top sites, or “Do as the Locals Do," riding the metro and stopping at a lively local market, Károlyi Garden and the National Museum. Alternatively, you can opt to see the sites on a guided bike tour.


Day 12 – Budapest

Enjoy a day at leisure in Budapest to enjoy the sights.

Day 13 – Budapest, cruising the Danube River

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Budapest city tour OR exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Budapest walking tour OR exclusive "Go Active" Budapest by bike

Savor the beauty of Buda and Pest, situated on opposite sides of the Danube, on a panoramic tour of the city's top sites. Or “Do as the Locals Do," riding the metro and stopping at a lively local market, Károlyi Garden and the National Museum. Or you can choose to see the sites on a guided bike tour.


Day 14 – Cruising the Danube River, Vienna

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Vienna city tour with Vienna State Opera visit OR exclusive “Vienna, City of Arts” tour

Enjoy a panoramic tour of Vienna’s grand architectural heritage before venturing inside the State Opera House, where you’ll be treated to a guided tour. Or, you can view the Gustav Klimt exhibit at the Belvedere, which includes his most famous painting—The Kiss


Note: A visit to the Musikverein concert hall may be substituted for the Vienna State Opera House


Day 15 – Cruising the Wachau Valley, Spitz

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Spitz village walk with wine tasting OR Melk Abbey with library visit
Relax onboard as the ship cruises the UNESCO-designated Wachau Valley en route to Spitz. Explore the town with a wine and nature expert and sample local wines and delicacies made with apricots—a specialty of the region. Or, explore Melk’s 900-year-old abbey and its famous library, the inspiration for The Name of the Rose.

Day 16 – Engelhartszell, cruising the Danube River, Passau

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Passau walking discovery tour with choice of exclusive guided “Go Active” bicycle ride along the Danube River OR guided “Go Active” hike along the Ilz River
Located at the confluence of three rivers, Passau’s medieval town center is a delight to explore on foot. You’ll also have time to wander on your own or to catch a ride up to a fortress with fabulous views. Later, you can bike along the Danube with a local guide or hike along the Ilz River with an expert naturalist.

Day 17 – Cruising the Danube River, Regensburg

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of “2,000 Years in One Hour” Regensburg walking tour OR Jewish Regensburg walking discovery tour or BMW factory visit
Regensburg is one of Europe’s best-preserved medieval towns, and your walking discovery tour provides a concise overview of its fascinating 2,000-year history. For a different perspective, explore sites associated with Germany’s oldest Jewish community, dating back more than a thousand years, or tour the state-of-the-art BMW factory. 


Note: If the tour lands on a day when the BMW factory is closed, we will visit the Audi factory (weekdays) or the Audi museum (weekends).


Day 18 – Cruising the Main-Danube Canal

Enjoy a leisurely day onboard as your ship makes its way through the Main-Danube Canal, a marvel of modern engineering. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.

Day 19 – Nuremberg, transfer to Prague

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Nuremberg city tour or Nuremberg WWII historical tour with Documentation Center visit

After cruising the most scenic parts of the Main-Danube Canal, disembark in Nuremberg for a panoramic tour of this medieval city. Alternatively, take a guided tour of significant WWII sites, including the Nuremberg Trials Memorial, which houses Courtroom 600. Later, you’ll transfer to Prague via motorcoach. 


Note: Courtroom 600 is an active court. Visitors will only be permitted to see the courtroom during trial breaks.


Day 20 – Prague

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Prague city tour OR exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of Prague’s Estates Theatre and Municipal House
Enjoy a panoramic tour of the “City of Spires,” then cross Charles Bridge to the Old Town Square to see Tyn Church and the famous astronomical clock. Alternately, get a behind-the-scenes look inside Prague’s historic Estates Theatre and the art nouveau Municipal House, with its stunning concert hall.

Day 21 – Prague, transfer to the airport

Transfer to Prague Václav Havel Airport for your flight home.