At every bend, your spectacular Danube cruise reveals new surprises - imposing fortresses, vine-laden hillsides and alluring forests. Explore three distinctive countries aboard your cruise ship and experience the Danube's harmonious blend of natural and cultural beauty with tours of elegant European cities on the way.
Fly into Munich airport from the UK today and transfer to your luxurious Five-Star hotel, Le Méridien Grand Hotel Nuremberg, where you overnight. The morning of Day 2 is an included guided tour of Nuremberg before transferring to the ship for lunch on board and to begin your cruise (Travelmarvel Jewel or Diamond).
Cruise this morning to Regensburg for a walking tour of the city. The city has one of the best-preserved medieval town centres in Europe, which boasts UNESCO World Heritage status. St Peter's Church, with its impressive stained glass windows from the Middle Ages, is the greatest Gothic cathedral in Bavaria and took over 600 years to build. Tonight you enjoy a 'Taste of Bavaria' introduction to local cuisine, enjoying traditional beer, snacks and entertainment.
Your ship arrives into Passau this morning. Here, enjoy a walking tour of this delightful town, situated on the Austrian border and dominated by the Veste Oberhaus. This castle, which has never been conquered by military force, offers commanding views of the mighty river and rolling countryside.
Passau is know in Germany as the City of Three Rivers, since it is the confluence of the Inn, the Ilz and, of course, the Danube. Thanks to thism Passau has long been a trade centre, and interestingly, was one of the largest manufacture hubs for the sword trade in the Renaissance era.
This morning arrive in Melk, situated in Austria's wine-growing region and gateway to the scenic Wachau Valley. Melk boasts a glorious Benedictine Abbey, which stands on a rocky outcrop overlooking the Danube and the town.
You enjoy a guided tour of the Abbey, including the prestigious Marble Room and the Abbey Church, generally considered one of the most beautiful Baroque churches north of the Alps. Following your time here, re-board the ship to enjoy lunch as you cruise down to Dürnstein.
Later, arrive in Dürnstein, an idyllic town set in the most scenic stretch of the Wachau Valley. Watched over by the ruins of its medieval castle, Dürnstein is a delight to explore, and you have time here to explore independently before re-joining the ship for dinner.
This morning you can explore glorious Vienna, on a guided coach tour. The city is an effortless blend of past and present, as the grand Imperial palaces sit alongside avant-garde art galleries.
Vienna has also played a vital role in the cultural development of both Austria and Europe. From its prestigious opera scene to its use as a setting in many of Shakespeare's plays, the Viennese streets are rife with all manners of cultural touches. As you meander around Vienna, the music of its famous inhabitants - Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn, Schubert, Strauss and Brahms - are resonant through its living streets, along with the aroma of its famous coffee. You also have the chance to visit the Naschmarkt where you can sample some of the local delicacies.
Today you are free to explore at your own pace. Vienna's glorious Gothic cathedral, the Stephansdom, is located at the very centre of the city. By climbing the 553 steps to the top of the cathedral you will be rewarded with one of the best views of the city.
Alternatively, a ride on the giant Ferris wheel in Prater Gardens offers a more laid back way to achieve a superb view. You could also visit Schönbrunn palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site and arguably one of Austria's greatest buildings.
You reach Budapest today, the lively Hungarian capital. This stunning city of two halves is divided by the majestic Danube and sewn together by a collection of beautiful, elegant bridges. On one bank attractive, historical Buda looks across to its younger neighbour, the bustling, flatter Pest.
Architecturally, Budapest is a gem, with enough Baroque, Neo-Classical and Art Nouveau buildings to satisfy anyone's appetite. A number of these buildings suffered significant damage during the Second World War, with others having stood for centuries.
Discover Budapest during a guided tour, seeing Matthias Church, Fisherman's Bastion, Buda Castle, and the Houses of Parliament, and later enjoy an evening cruise; be sure to admire the brilliantly illuminated landmarks of the city's magnificent skyline as you enjoy dinner on board.
Disembark your cruise ship in Budapest this morning, and transfer to the airport for your return flight. On arrival back in the UK, your tour concludes.
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