Travel to Germany & Passau City Tour
Upon arrival in Munich, you will be met by your local guide who will assist you in the transfer to Passau port. A guided Passau city tour will be provided en-route. The setting of the old town, created by Italian baroque masters in the 17th century, shows soaring towers, picturesque places, enchanting promenades and romantic lanes. Take in highlights such as St. Stephen’s Cathedral, in which the world’s largest cathedral organ sounds, the majestic fortress Veste Oberhaus on the Danube’s side and the Pilgrimage Church "Mariahilf" on the Inn’s side.
Commence your River Cruise
In the afternoon you will be transferred to Passau port to join your River Cruise. Settle into your cabin and explore the range of facilities on board your ship as you embark on your 7-night cruise along the Danube. Sit back with a welcome cocktail in one of the lounge areas, followed by a tasty welcome dinner.
After lunch you will arrive into the Austrian capital of Vienna where you will embark on an included city tour. First you will drive along the famous Ringstrasse, passing several magnificent buildings like the stunning opera house, the parliament, the Court Theatre or Vienna’s imposing city hall. The tour is followed by a guided walk through the city centre where you will get to know Vienna at its fullest. You will start at the well-known Hofburg Imperial Palace, walk along the Kohl market and finish at Vienna’s iconic St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Before returning to the ship you have some free time to stroll along the pedestrian area or attend an optional classical music concert. (payable locally)
Arrive today in Esztergom, once the capital of Hungary and one of the country’s oldest cities. According to legend, the first Hungarian king and founder of Hungary, Stephan I. was born here. Don’t miss the chance to visit the imposing Basilica of Esztergom, the main Roman Catholic church of Hungary. You will have the afternoon at leisure to explore this town before setting sail towards Budapest in the late afternoon.
This evening, enjoy an evening at leisure in Budapest before sailing to Mohacs overnight. Alternatively take part in an optional Budapest by night tour and Hungarian folk performance. (bookable locally).
This morning arrive to Mohacs, the site of two major battles signifying the beginning and end of the Ottoman domination of Hungary. Wander the town and see sights such as the waterfront, the market square and the famous Chapel of St. Rochus. Also available is an optional excursion (payable locally) to the UNESCO World Heritage Site city of Pécs. Known for its fascinating museums and beautiful architecture such as the Mosque of Pasha Qasim, now renovated as a church, Pécs is one of the most pleasant and interesting cities to visit in Hungary.
This morning you will dock in Budapest and be escorted on an included guided tour of the historic centre of Hungary’s capita;. Take in highlights of this vibrant city such as Heroes Square, St Stephans Basilica and the Castle District. Walk by the Mathias Church with its colourful tiled roof and the Fishermen’s Bastion for photo opportunities, offering views over the Danube.
Have the rest of the day at leisure to explore this fascinating city before your ship sails for Bratislava this evening.
Arrive in Bratislava in the early afternoon. The city is small and best explored on foot and during your included walking tour you will get to know the capital of the young Slovakian Republic. The gorgeous old town has maintained its Gothic-Baroque style. The tour passes St. Martin’s Cathedral and the Grassalkovich Palace and continues up to the hill where you will have a stunning panoramic view of the city and surrounding areas. Afterwards, continue with a guided walking tour through the restored old town. From Michael’s Gate you will take a leisurely stroll through the historic city centre where you can admire sights such as the Primatial Palace and St. Martin’s Cathedral, a former coronation cathedral for Hungarian kings, as well as the Academia Istropolitana, the oldest university of the city, which dates back to the 15th century. In addition to numerous palaces, you will also walk past the main square with the old City Hall, the Opera House and Maximilian Fountain.
Optional Melk Abbey Excursion
Today you will wake up in Melk where you can enjoy an optional excursion to Melk Abbey (payable locally). Melk Abbey is an Austrian Benedictine abbey and one of the world’s most famous monastic sites. The impressive Baroque abbey was built between 1702 and 1736 and is the biggest monastery complex of the Austrian baroque period. The Abbey’s church features frescos by Johann Michael Rottmayr and the impressive library contains countless medieval manuscripts and frescos by Paul Troger. A guided tour takes you through the abbot’s chambers, along the Imperator’s walk, through the marble hall, the balconies and the library.
Munich City Tour
It is time to say goodbye after a full week of delights aboard your cruise vessel. You will be met by our local representative and transferred to Munich to enjoy a morning city tour. Highlights will include the Nymphenburg Palace, King's Square with its three temple buildings in the classical Greek style, the Bavarian National Museum, the Angel of Peace monument, the elegant buildings and shops along Maximilian Street, the Maximilianeum, the National Opera House, the Royal Palace, Stachus Square and the medieval city gates.
After some free time for further sightseeing or shopping in Munich, you will be transferred to Munich airport for your flight home, with guide assistance. (Luggage will be stored in coach)