Day 1 Bucharest–Fetesti (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception
Day 2 St. Gheorghe: excursion to Danube Delta; Km 0 celebration
Day 3 Cernavodă. Excursion to Constanta: guided sightseeing, visit the National History and Archaeological Museum in Constanta
Day 4 Rousse. Excursion to Veliko Târnovo & Arbanassi: guided sightseeing, visit Tsarevets Fortress in Veliko Târnovo, and the Ethnographical Museum and Church of the Nativity in Arbanassi; or guided sightseeing of Rousse
Day 5 Vidin–Belogradchik: guided sightseeing to Vidin’s fortress and see the rock formations in Belogradchik
Day 6 Iron Gates–Donji Milanovac: cruise through the Iron Gates gorge; visit Lepenski Vir archaeological site
Day 7 Belgrade: guided sightseeing; lecture on board
Day 8 Mohács. Excursion to Pécs: guided tour and organ concert in Pécs
Day 9 Budapest: day at leisure
Day 10 Budapest: guided tour, see Heroes’ Square
Day 11 Bratislava: guided sightseeing, visit St. Martin’s Cathedral
Day 12 Vienna: guided sightseeing
Day 13 Dürnstein–Wachau Valley–Melk: choice of guided walk, or hike up to the castle ruins in Dürnstein; cruise through the Wachau Valley; guided tour of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk; wine tasting
Day 14 Passau: guided walk
Day 15 Regensburg: guided walk
Day 16 Roth–Nuremberg: onboard lecture; choice of guided sightseeing in Roth; or guided sightseeing in Nuremberg, or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour
Day 17 Bamberg: guided walk, see the Old Town Hall; onboard lecture
Day 18 Würzburg: guided sightseeing, visit the Bishop’s Residenz
Day 19 Main River Village: guided walk
Day 20 Rüdesheim–Rhine Gorge: visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum; special treat; cruise through the Rhine Gorge
Day 21 Cologne: choice of Cologne highlights walking tour, or Jewish Heritage walking tour
Day 22 Amsterdam: canal cruise
Day 23 Amsterdam (Disembarkation): your vacation ends this morning
In the event of water level problems or any problems of a technical nature, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or to alter the program.Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change is necessary, a substitute will be offered.Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
This enchanting European river cruise from the Danube Delta to Amsterdam is truly an adventure. Glide past quaint towns, beautiful scenery, and historic buildings along the Danube, Main, and Rhine Rivers—and onshore enjoy guided sightseeing and free time to explore. From Romania’s capital of Bucharest, travel to Fetesti and set sail for the mouth of the Danube River and the exquisite Delta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There’s guided sightseeing in Constanta and Bulgaria’s ancient capital of Veliko Târnovo.
Visit the Ethnographical Museum, Church of the Nativity in Arbanassi, and take pictures of Belogradchik’s eclectic group of rock formations and the spectacular scenery of the Iron Gates. A local expert will introduce you to Serbia’s capital of Belgrade, home of the world’s largest Orthodox Church. In Pecs, Hungary, visit the Underground Tombs, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. On this fabulous river cruise, you’ll visit the capitals of three countries: Budapest, Hungary; Bratislava, Slovakia; and Vienna, Austria.
Located in the heart of the Wachau wine region is charming Dürnstein, where you’ll go on a guided walk, and later visit Melk’s famous Benedictine Abbey. In Germany, there is guided sightseeing in Passau, Regensburg, Nuremberg, Bamberg, and Würzburg. Cruise the Main Danube Canal, and pass through the dramatic Rhine Gorge—the most beautiful stretch of the Rhine River.
This river cruise vacation concludes in Holland’s popular, modern capital of Amsterdam where you get a unique perspective of the city on a canal cruise along the elegant Grachten lined with homes dating back to the city’s “Golden Age.”
- ST. GHEORGHE. EXCURSION TO THE DANUBE DELTA
- CERNAVODĂ. EXCURSION TO CONSTANTA
- ROUSSE, BULGARIA
- DONJI MILANOVAC, SERBIA–IRON GATES GORGE. EXCURSION TO LEPENSKI VIR
- BELGRADE, SERBIA
- MOHÁCS, HUNGARY
- BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA
- VIENNA, AUSTRIA
- DÜRNSTEIN —WACHAU VALLEY
- PASSAU, GERMANY
- MAIN RIVER VILLAGE
- RÜDESHEIM—RHINE GORGE
- AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND
- AMSTERDAM (DISEMBARKATION)
Visited Countries: Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, Germany, Netherlands
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