Board your ship in Deggendorf, Germany, and cruise the peaceful Danube River through Germany, Austria, Slovakia, and Hungary—stopping at some of Central Europe’s most splendid capitals and charming towns along the way.Passau, Germany, is called the “City of Three Rivers” as it lies at the confluence of the Danube, Inn, and Ilz Rivers. Walk the city with a Local Guide and visit the Aldersbach microbrewery. In Linz, Austria, walk around the Hauptplatz, Austria’s largest medieval square and prepare your taste buds for an exclusive onboard food and beer-pairing dinner hosted by your beer expert. Enjoy the magnificent views of the picturesque Wachau Valley; in Melk, visit the magnificent Benedictine Abbey; and stop in Dürnstein, with its famous blue and white Stiftskirche. Vienna, the “City of Music,” makes an immediate impression with its lavish Hofburg Imperial Palace and neo-renaissance Vienna Opera House. Enjoy a guided tour of this magical city; then visit the Ottakringer family brewery; and in the evening, enjoy a pub crawl. In Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, a guided walk takes you through the delightful Old Town and a visit to gothic St. Martin’s Cathedral.Your last stop is Budapest, the vibrant capital of Hungary, where a local expert shows you all the must-see sights. A fitting end to a remarkable river cruise vacation!
Day 1 Deggendorf (Embarkation): onboard welcome receptionDay 2 Passau: guided walk; visit Aldersbach BreweryDay 3 Linz, Austria: guided sightseeing; onboard Food and Beer Pairing DinnerDay 4 Melk–Dürnstein: guided visit of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk; cruise through the Wachau Valley; guided walk in DürnsteinDay 5 Vienna: guided sightseeing; visit Ottakringer family brewery; local pubs tour accompanied by your beer expertDay 6 Bratislava: on board beer lecture; guided sightseeing, visit St. Martin’s CathedralDay 7 Budapest: guided sightseeing, see Fishermen’s Bastion and Heroes’ SquareDay 8 Budapest (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); the responsibility for obtaining a visa rests with the traveler.