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 Trans-European Cruise: The Danube, Main & Rhine

           BUDAPEST - VIENNA - MELK - PASSAU - FRANKFURT - MAINZ - STRASBOURG   (or vv)         

 
    
 

A perfect combination of history, traditions and cultures to be experienced on this 13 day cruise on the Rhine, Main and Danube.  Along the way from Strasbourg to Budapest you have the opportunity to visit the historic cities of Frankfurt, Rothenburg, Nuremberg, Ratisbonne, Vienna and Budapest with their varied architectural style from medieval, baroque and gothic.  You will experience the culinary fare of the region.

 
Days: 13 Days
Code -  BUS Budapest to Strasbourg OR SBU Strasbourg to Budapest
NOTE: 2017 CRUISES INCLUDE THE "CLASSIC" SIGHTSEEING PACKAGE
Itinerary

Day 1

BUDAPEST

 

Boarding and settling into your cabin. Presentation of the crew. Welcome cocktail, dinner. Free evening.

   
Day 2 BUDAPEST
 

Breakfast on board. At 8 am, depart of the boat or guided tour of the city. Budapest, with its numerous edifices situated on each side of the river, is unspeakably rich in historic emblems. We will rejoin the boat in Esztergom for lunch. In the afternoon, freedom to visit Esztergom. First capital of Hungary. The neoclassical basilica and the ancient royal palace make Esztergom a city rich in monuments. Back on board for departure of the boat at 7 pm for Vienna. Dinner and an evening's entertainment on board.

   
Day 3

BUDAPEST – VIENNA

  Breakfast on board. Arrival in Vienna around 2 pm. Lunch on board. Free time or excursion to the Hofburg (residence of the Hapsburgs). Dinner on board and free evening or optional tour of Vienna by night.
   
Day 4

VIENNA

 

Breakfast on board. Guided tour of Schönbrunn Castle and part of the city. Vienna, an imperial city and cradle of music, comes alive around the Cathedral, the Opera, Schönbrunn Castle, summer residence of the imperial family. Back to the boat for lunch. Free afternoon. Explore this marvellous city at your own pace. Back to the boat for dinner. After dinner, the chance to attend a concert of Viennese music (dependent on availability). Departure of the boat at midnight.

   
Day 5
MELK – PASSAU
  Breakfast on board. Cruise up the most beautiful section of the Wachau. Arrival in Melk around 10 am. Departure by coach for the tour of the picturesque village of Dürnstein. Dürnstein, the most famous town in the Wachau, is swathed in the legend of King Richard the Lionheart and has a church in the Baroque style. Back to the boat for lunch. In the afternoon, visit to the Abbey of Melk. Atop a rocky outcrop which overlooks the Danube from a height of more than 50 m, it is the symbol of the most complete expression of Baroque Art in Austria. Back on board and departure of the boat around 4 pm for Passau. Evening and dinner with the crew.
   
Day 6
PASSAU
  After breakfast, explore Passau in the company of our hostess. This is a university city, full of music and theatre. In the winding streets you will see its Baroque patrician houses. Lunch on board and cruise to Regensburg. Dinner and accommodation on board. 
   
Day 7
REGENSBURG – HILPOSTEIN
 

Breakfast on board. Guided tour of Regensburg. The fourth largest city in Bavaria, Regensburg is an important industrial centre (BMW, SIEMENS, TRIUMPH). The historic centre nurtures memories accumulated over 2000 years of history. During this time, the boat will sail to Kelheim where we will join it at the end of the morning. Lunch on board. Cruise on the Rhine/Main/Danube canal, inaugurated on 25 September 1992, to Hilpostein. Dinner and accommodation on board.

   
Day 8
HILPOSTEIN – NUREMBERG – BAMBERG
 

Breakfast on board. Arrival in Nuremberg around 9.am. Tour of the city. Nuremberg seems to come straight out of the Middle Ages. "The little jewel of the Empire", the old town gathers around the market place: Gothic edifices, half-timbered houses, merchants' residences. During the tour of Nuremberg, the boat will sail to Erlangen. Lunch on board and cruise to Bamberg. Dinner and accommodation on board.

   
Day 9
BAMBERG – ROTHENBURG 
 

Morning's sailing. Breakfast and lunch on board. Cruise to Schweinfurt. Departure by coach for the tour of Rothenurg. A magnificent town perched high on a hill, behind its ramparts huddle picturesque streets lined with half-timbered houses and craft shops. Rothenburg, a "must see" on the Romantics Trail. During this time, the boat will sail to Kitzingen. Continuation of the cruise, dinner and accommodation on board.

   
Day 10
WURTZBURG – WERTHEIM
 

Breakfast on board and tour of Wurtzburg (residence of the bishop princes). A town built on the right bank of the Main, Wurtzburg is a wonderful stop on the Romantics Trail. Reflections of the vineyards mingle with the imposing shade of the citadel, a symbol of the power of the Archbishop Princes. During the tour of Wurtzburg, the boat will sail to Karlstad where we will join it at the end of the morning. Lunch on board and cruise to Wertheim. Dinner and accommodation on board.

   
Day 11
WERTHEIM – MILTENBERG – ASCHAFFENBURG
 

Breakfast on board. Tour of Miltenberg in the company of our hostess. Explore the market place surrounded by half-timbered houses, the High Street, the former Town Hall. All of them make Miltenberg the pearl of the Main. Lunch on board and cruise to Aschaffenburg. Dinner and accommodation on board.

   
Day 12
ASCHAFFENBURG – FRANKFURT – MAINZ
 

Breakfast on board. Departure of the cruise for Frankfurt. Tour of Frankfurt. A place of business, a commercial hub, the mixture of ancient and modern will be bound to surprise you. Back on board for lunch and cruise to Mainz. At the confluence of the Rhine and the Main, sheltering beneath its thousand year old cathedral, Mainz, the city of Gutenberg, is the link between past and present. Arrival at the end of the afternoon. Tour of the city in the company of our hostess. Dinner and gala evening. Accommodation on board.

   
Day 13
MAINZ – STRASBOURG 
 

Breakfast on board.  Lunch on board and cruise to Strasbourg. We will go through the two biggest locks on the Rhine: Iffezheim and Gambsheim. Arrival in Strasbourg around 2 pm. Disembarkation. End of our journey.

   
 

This itinerary is a guide only. For reasons of navigational safety, the captain and crew of the boat alone may decide to modify the itinerary.

Please note Croisi cruises are bilingual with on board commentaries in both French & English. Sightseeing tours are guaranteed in English with either bilingual guides or audiphones.

   
INCLUSIONS:





This offer includes: The cruise on full board from dinner on the first day to breakfast on the final day, local wine, beer and fruit juice at lunch and dinner (on board meals only), Open bar including a variety of French and regional wine and spirits  (excluding Champagne and premium drinks),  accommodation in a twin air conditioned cabin with shower and WC, entertainment, the assistance of our hostess on board, the welcome cocktail, the gala evening, port taxes and pre paid English sightseeing (subject to minimum numbers).

   
EXCLUSIONS:

This offer does not include:  insurance, personal expenses, Drinks - wine selected from the premium drinks list and those purchased on shore excursions, shore excursions.

   
ESSENTIALS:

Valid national identity card or passport is compulsory.  Non EU nationals are requested to consult their embassy or consulate.

   
CHANGES TO ITINERARY:

NB: the imperatives of navigation related to meteorological conditions may disrupt the itineraries and, in some cases, ports of call may be cancelled. If this is the case, CroisiEurope will strive to find the most suitable solution to meet the expectations of its passengers.

   
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