romantic castle ruins in Heidelberg Germany

Day 1 – Amsterdam (embark)

Arrive at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, where you will be transferred to the ship.

Day 2 – Cologne

FEATURED EXCURSION: Cologne walking discovery tour with Cologne Cathedral visit
Make your way through Cologne's Old Town to the city's beloved Gothic cathedral—a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.

Note: On Sundays and Catholic holidays, guided tours inside the cathedral are not allowed, but individual visits are still welcomed.

Day 3 – Cruising the romantic Rhine River, Rüdesheim

FEATURED EXCURSION: Gondola ride to the Niederwald Monument OR Siegfried's Museum of Mechanical Musical Instruments

Cruise the UNESCO World Heritage-designated Upper Middle Rhine Valley, famous for its castles and dramatic scenery. Later, take a cable car ride over Rheingau vineyards or experience a unique collection of self-playing musical instruments.

Day 4 – Frankfurt (Heidelberg or Frankfurt)

FEATURED EXCURSION: Choice of full-day Heidelberg visit OR exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Frankfurt walking tour

Discover the university town of Heidelberg, home to the most beautiful Renaissance castle ruins in Europe. Or, see Frankfurt on foot with a local expert.


Note: Lunch is not included with the full-day Heidelberg tour.

Day 5 – Wertheim

FEATURED EXCURSION: Wertheim walking discovery tour with exclusive Franconian pretzel-making demonstration and wine tasting at a private wine estate
After a stroll through Wertheim’s historic center, head to a boutique wine estate for a private wine tasting and pretzel-making demonstration.

Day 6 – Würzburg

FEATURED EXCURSION: Würzburg Residence

Venture ashore to the exquisite Würzburg Residence, a treasure trove of baroque art and architecture.

Day 7 – Cruising the Main River

Day at leisure onboard while cruising the scenic Main River.

Day 8 – Bamberg

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Bamberg walking discovery tour OR exclusive Franconian “Village Day” farm and village visit

Explore Bamberg, a UNESCO World Heritage city, or experience farm life in the German countryside.

Day 9 – Nuremberg, cruising the Main-Danube Canal

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

In Nuremberg, you can take either a city tour or a tour focusing on significant WWII sites, including the venue where the famous Nuremberg trials took place. Later, cross the European continental divide as you cruise through the Main-Danube Canal.


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

Day 10 – Kelheim, Regensburg

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of “2,000 Years in One Hour” Regensburg walking discovery tour OR "From Hops Field to Beer Stein" farm visit OR BMW factory visit

Choose your own adventure--a walking discovery tour of a well-preserved medieval town, a visit to a farm or a look at state-of-the-art German engineering.

Note: If the tour lands on a day when the BMW factory is closed, we will visit the Audi museum instead.

Day 11 – Passau, cruising the Danube River

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Passau walking discovery tour OR exclusive guided “Go Active” bike ride along the Danube river
The accessible city of Passau has a charming Old Town to explore on a guided walk, or you can choose to take a guided bike ride along the Danube.

Day 12 – Cruising the Wachau Valley, Weissenkirchen (Weissenkirchen or Melk)

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Weissenkirchen “Village Day” with exclusive guided “Go Active” vineyard hike with wine tasting OR Melk Abbey with library visit

After scenic cruising through the Wachau Valley, take a village stroll, taste apricot-infused delicacies and hike to a vineyard wine tasting. Or, opt for an excursion to Melk’s ninth-century abbey.


Day 13 – Vienna

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Vienna city tour with Winter Palace of Prince Eugene visit OR exclusive “Vienna, City of Arts” tour
Explore Vienna’s rich history with a city tour that ventures inside a magnificent palace, or see the Gustav Klimt art exhibit at the Belvedere.

Day 14 – Budapest

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 Budapest, a walking tour that features a popular market and public garden, or to see the sights by bicycle with an expert guide. 

Day 15 – Budapest

Enjoy a free day in Budapest.

Day 16 – Budapest, cruising the Danube River

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Budapest city tour OR exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Budapest walking tour
Savor the beauty of Buda and Pest, which lie on opposite sides of the Danube, with a panoramic coach tour. Marvel at St. Stephen’s Basilica, the Hungarian National Museum, and the UNESCO-designated Castle Hill district, where you’ll find the magnificent St. Matthias Church. Or, “Do as the Locals Do” by hopping on the metro to Lehel Market Hall, an enormous indoor food and fruit market. After enjoying a coffee break at a local coffee house and sweet shop, you’ll head to the oldest garden in Budapest, the beautiful Károlyi Garden, before ending at the National Museum. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.

Day 17 – Cruising the Danube River, Vukovar (Osijek)

FEATURED EXCURSION: Full-day tour of Vukovar and Osijek with 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 18 – 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 tour inside the Royal Palace, or a guided bike tour highlighting historic sites dating from WWII to the present day.

Day 19 – Cruising the Iron Gates

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

Day 20 – 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 writers and artists. 

Day 21 – 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. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.
 

Day 22 – 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-inspired architecture. Or, “Do as the Locals Do” with a guided walk through revitalized downtown neighborhoods.

Day 23 – 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, you can choose to head into the countryside to get a closer look at the lives of Romanian villagers and explore the 18th-century Mogosoaia Palace and the lakeside tomb of Vlad the Impaler.

Day 24 – Bucharest, fly to Istanbul, transfer to Istanbul hotel

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


Day 25 – 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 prevent 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 26 – Istanbul, transfer to the airport

Transfer to Istanbul Ataturk Airport for your flight home.

Day 1 – Istanbul, (Check in)

Arrive at Istanbul Ataturk Airport, where you will be transferred to the hotel.
Transfer from Ataturk Airport to 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 prevent 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 Bucharest, fly to Bucharest, transfer to Bucharest hotel

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


Day 4 – 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, you can choose to head into the countryside to get a closer look at the lives of Romanian villagers and explore the 18th-century Mogosoaia Palace and the lakeside tomb of Vlad the Impaler.

Day 5 – Bucharest, transfer to Giurgiu

FEATURED EXCURSION: Choice of Bucharest city tour OR exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Bucharest walking tour
Transfer via motorcoach to Giurgiu, where your panoramic tour highlights the city’s eclectic mix of Soviet- and French-inspired architecture. Or, “Do as the Locals Do” with a guided walk through revitalized downtown neighborhoods.

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 – 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 writers and artists. 

Day 8 – Cruising the Iron Gates

Spend 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 tour inside the Royal Palace, or a guided bike tour highlighting historic sites dating from WWII to the present day.

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

FEATURED EXCURSION: Full-day tour of Vukovar and Osijek with 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 – Budapest, cruising the Danube River

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Budapest city tour OR exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Budapest walking tour
Savor the beauty of Buda and Pest, which lie on opposite sides of the Danube, with a panoramic coach tour. Marvel at St. Stephen’s Basilica, the Hungarian National Museum, and the UNESCO-designated Castle Hill district, where you’ll find the magnificent St. Matthias Church. Or, “Do as the Locals Do” by hopping on the metro to Lehel Market Hall, an enormous indoor food and fruit market. After enjoying a coffee break at a local coffee house and sweet shop, you’ll head to the oldest garden in Budapest, the beautiful Károlyi Garden, before ending at the National Museum. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.

Day 12 – Budapest

Enjoy a free day in Budapest.

Day 13 – Budapest

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 Budapest, a walking tour that features a popular market and public garden, or to see the sights by bicycle with an expert guide. 

Day 14 – Cruising the Danube River

Day at leisure onboard while sailing on the scenic Danube River.

Day 15 – Vienna

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Vienna city tour with Winter Palace of Prince Eugene visit OR exclusive “Vienna, City of Arts” tour
Unearth Vienna’s imperial history during a tour that takes you along Ringstrasse and to Prince Eugene’s Winter Palace. Or, opt to explore “Vienna, City of Arts” with a visit to the Kunstkammer wing of the Art History Museum and Belvedere Palace. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.

Note: The Art History Museum is closed on Mondays. If the tour lands on a Monday, Albertina Museum will be visited instead.

Day 16 – Cruising the Wachau Valley, Weissenkirchen (Weissenkirchen or Melk)

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Weissenkirchen “Village Day” with exclusive fruit brandy distillery visit OR exclusive guided “Go Active” vineyard hike with wine tasting OR Melk Abbey with library visit
Stroll through the lovely village of Weissenkirchen and sample either the local schnapps or wine. Or, visit Melk’s magnificent baroque abbey. Later in the afternoon, relax onboard as you sail through the enchanting UNESCO-designated Wachau Valley.

Day 17 – Engalhartszell, cruising the Danube River, Passau

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Passau walking tour with St. Stephan’s organ concert OR exclusive guided “Go Active” bike ride along the Danube river
Discover accessible and charming Passau on your guided walking tour and then hear the magnificent pipe organ at St. Stephan’s Cathedral. Or bike along the beautiful Danube River with an expert guide.

Note: St. Stephan’s 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 18 – Regensburg

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of “2,000 Years in One Hour” Regensburg walking tour OR Jewish Regensburg OR BMW factory visit
Discover one of Germany’s unspoiled, UNESCO-designated medieval gems in Regensburg, or tour sites associated with Germany’s oldest Jewish community. For a change of pace, you might choose to visit the BMW factory.

Note: If the tour lands on a day when the BMW factory is closed, we will visit the Audi factory instead.

Day 19 – Nuremburg, cruising the Main-Danube Canal

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Nuremberg city tour OR Nuremberg WWII historical tour with Documentation Center visit
In Nuremberg, explore the highlights of this archetypal medieval city, or tour the city’s most important WWII sites, including the Nazi Party Rally Grounds and Courtroom 600, where the famous Nuremberg trials took place. Later, cross the European continental divide as you cruise through the Main-Danube Canal.

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

Day 20 – Bamberg, cruising the Main River

Day at leisure on board while sailing on the scenic Main River.

Day 21 – Würzburg

FEATURED EXCURSION: Würzburg Residenz
Visit the exquisite Würzburg Residenz, a treasure trove of baroque art and architecture.

Day 22 – Wertheim

FEATURED EXCURSION: Miltenberg walking tour with exclusive “Village Day”
Discover charming and historic Miltenberg with a walking tour followed by a beer tasting at one of Miltenberg’s famous breweries. Or, make an exclusive visit to a farm in a nearby village; learn about watercolor painting with an artist in her home; or enjoy a hike up to Helmstetter vineyard or the nearby castle ruins.

Day 23 – Frankfurt (Heidelberg or Frankfurt)

FEATURED EXCURSION: Choice of full-day Heidelberg visit OR exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Frankfurt walking tour
Visit Heidelberg, home to the most beautiful Renaissance castle ruins in Europe. Or, see Frankfurt as the locals do, with a guided walking tour.

Note: Lunch is not included with the full-day Heidelberg tour.

Day 24 – Cruising the romantic Rhine River, Rüdesheim

FEATURED EXCURSION: Gondola ride to the Niederwald Monument
Cruise the UNESCO World Heritage-designated Upper Middle Rhine Valley. Take a scenic gondola ride above the vineyards of Rudesheim to the Niederwald Monument.

Day 25 – Cologne

FEATURED EXCURSION: Cologne walking tour with Cologne Cathedral visit
Visit Cologne’s beloved Gothic cathedral—a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.

Note: On Sundays and Catholic holidays, guided tours inside the cathedral are not allowed, but individual visits are still welcomed.

Day 26 – Amsterdam (disembark), transfer to the airport

Disembark ship and transfered to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport