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Trans – European Cruise 

STRASBOURG – MAINTZ – FRANKFURT - WURTZBURG - NUREMBERG – REGENSBURG – PASSAU – LINZ –VIENNA - BUDAPEST

 

  


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, and Vienna

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

Itinerary

Day 1 STRASBOURG

Boarding between 6.00 pm and 7.00 pm and time to settle comfortably in your cabins before meeting the crew during a welcome cocktail reception. The ship sails off at 8.00 pm. Dinner on board.

   
Day 2 MAINTZ - FRANKFURT
 

Arrive in Maintz around 8.00 am. This city, the birthplace of Gutenberg, which lies at the confluence of the Rhine and the Main is a perfect blend of past and present with its thousand year old cathedral. Tour the city with your escort before we sail on around 11.00 am towards Frankfurt. Lunch on board. The afternoon will be spent on a sightseeing tour of Frankfurt, a major business hub. You will be struck by the unusual combination of ancient and modern architecture that this city has to offer. Dinner will be served on board. The ship continues cruising over night.

   
Day 3

MILTENBERG - WERTHEIM

 

Stop off in Miltenberg early morning. Time to visit this peaceful town with its market place lined with half-timbered houses, its fine main street, hotel Reisen and old Town Hall. Lunch on board before continuing on to Wertheim where we will call in at the end of the afternoon.  Enjoy some time to discover the town for yourselves before returning to the ship for dinner. Overnight stop.

   
Day 4

WERTHEIM – WURTZBURG - KITZINGEN

 

The ship sails early morning towards Karlstad and breakfast on board. On arriving at our destination, set off by coach to visit Wurtzburg on the right bank of the Main, which is famous for its baroque palace, former residence of the prince-bishops. In the meantime, the ship cruises on to Wurtzburg where we will join it late afternoon. Then on to Kitzingen. Dinner on board and an entertaining evening. Overnight stop.

   
Day 5 KITZINGEN – ROTHENBURG - BAMBERG
 

Early morning start cruising along the Main to reach Volkach. Breakfast on board before leaving on a guided tour to Rothenburg, a magnificent walled town set up high on the hills over the river, with its narrow streets lined with picturesque half-timbered houses and  craftsmen's workshops. It is indeed one of the most beautiful towns on the Romantic Road.  In the meantime the ship cruises on to Schweinfurt where we will join it, before continuing on to Bamberg. Dinner on board. Overnight stop.  

   
Day 6 BAMBERG – NUREMBERG - MUHLHAUSEN

Breakfast while cruising on the Rhine- Main-Danube canal, which was opened on 25th September 1992. Lunch on board before arriving in Nuremberg. Take a guided visit of the city which transports its visitors back to Medieval times.  This old town and is market place surrounded with gothic buildings, half-timbered houses and elegant burgher houses. A true imperial setting! Return to the ship during the afternoon and sail on to reach Muhlhausen in the evening. Dinner on board followed by a crew show.

   
Day 7 MUHLHAUSEN - REGENSBURG
 

Morning spent cruising, breakfast on board before arriving in Kelheim, from where to take an excursion to Regensburg, which is the fourth biggest town in Bavaria and also a major industrial hub – with major firms such as BMW, Siemens and Triumph. The historic centre of the city has kept all its original charm with souvenirs of over 2 centuries. In the meantime, the ship cruises on to join us in Regensburg. Dinner on board.

   
 Day 8

REGENBURG - PASSAU

 

Breakfast while cruising towards Passau where we will call in the end of the morning. Lunch on board. Visit the town on your own. Its baroque buildings and narrow romantic streets are unforgettable. Return to ship and sail on through the attractive region of Engelhartszell. Dinner and an entertaining evening on board.

   
 Day 9

PASSAU – MELK - VIENNA

 

Breakfast while cruising to reach Melk around 8.00 am from where an excursion is organised to the Benedictine abbey of Melk, perched on a rocky outcrop overlooking the Danube. It is the symbol of Austrian baroque at its finest.  Return to the ship at the end of the morning and sail on to Dürnstein, arriving there for lunch around 12.00 pm. Enjoy some free time to explore this picturesque village,and its baroque church, which is the most famous in the Wachau region thanks to the legend of King Richard the Lion Heart. Back on board around 3.30 pm before sailing on to Vienna. Dinner on board before putting in for the night in Vienna at around 8.30 pm. Disembark for a tour of the illuminated sights of the city. Overnight stop.

   
 Day 10

VIENNA - BUDAPEST

 

After breakfast, join the visit to the Palace of Schoenbrunn with its magnificent park  It used to be the summer residence of the Emperor of Austria and his family. Lunch on board before enjoying a free afternoon to tour this magnificent city on your own. Back on board by 7.00 pm before sailing on towards Budapest, passing Bratislava on the way. Dinner and gala evening on board. 

   
 Day 11 BUDAPEST
 

Breakfast on board before visiting Esztergom, the former capital of Hungary, under the reign of the Arpad kings. Today, it is still a prominent town and the seat of the Hungarian archbishops. Esztergom is decidedly full of treasures with its neo-classical basilica and former Royal palace. We set sail once again around 12.00 noon. Enjoy lunch on board before arriving in Budapest mid afternoon. The Hungarian capital which lies along the banks of the Danube, also known as the "pearl of the Danube" is one of the most attractive cities in Europe. Enjoy some free time to explore the city before returning to the ship for dinner. Visit of the Budapest by night.

   
 Day 12 BUDAPEST
 

Breakfast on board before having a day on your own, or join the sightseeing tour of the city. Budapest embodies the contrast between the twin cities of Buda and Pest, which were separated one from the other along each bank of the Danube before being reunited in 1872.  Buda, the higher of the two cities, with its winding cobble-stoned streets and baroque palaces, Turkish baths and Royal castles, and, Pest, the "fiery", which offers its visitors a marvellous display of  different architectural styles. Return to the ship for lunch. Have a free afternoon to stroll round this attractive city. After dinner, enjoy a free evening or attend a traditional folk evening in Budapest.

   
 Day 13 BUDAPEST
 

Breakfast on board. Disembark.

 
 

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.

   
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