Day 1, Thu: USA Prague. Board your overnight flight to Prague.
Day 2, Fri: Prague. Arrive in Prague and transfer to your hotel. Start exploring the town during the balance of the day.
Day 3, Sat: Prague. Morning sightseeing reveals why Prague is considered one of Europe's most attractive cities. See thousand-year-old Hradcany Castle, the Old Town, the Jewish ghetto and many other major sights. The afternoon and evening are free to mix with the locals at Wenceslaus Square, shop for souvenirs or enjoy one of the charming cafes or restaurants.
Day 4, Sun: Prague Pilsen Nuremberg. After breakfast continue on a guided motorcoach tour through the Czech Republic. Stop in Pilsen, probably the world's most famous beer brewing town. Tour a local brewery and then continue to Nuremberg to board your ship. Tonight gather on board for a Gala Welcome Dinner.
Day 5, Mon: Nuremberg. Enjoy a guided morning tour of this historic city with its fabulous Gothic churches and elegant patrician houses. See the storybook 900-year old ramparts that surround the city, the Imperial Castle and the Justice Palace where the War Crimes Tribunal sat in 1946. At lunchtime, continue to transit the Main-Danube Canal as you arrive at the highest point of your cruise1332 feet above sea level before your descend through stair-step locks to charming Beilngries, where Bavarian folklore entertainers will come aboard for some hearty Oompah music.
Day 6, Tue: Danube Gorge Regensburg. This morning takes you through the final stretch of the fascinating Main-Danube Canal. Arrive in Kelheim and embark on an exciting boat trip through the lovely Danube Gorge to Weltenburg Abbey. Return to your ship in magnificent Regensburg, one of Germany's best preserved medieval cities. A guided tour will show you the city's architectural highlights, including the Old Town Hall, and the Porta Pretoriagates to an ancient Roman fort built in 179AD. Marvel at beautiful churches and one of the oldest bridges crossing the Danube.
Day 7, Wed: Passau Salzburg Linz. Early this morning the ship takes you through scenic valleys past charming riverside towns. After breakfast, arrive in Passau, where the rivers Inn and Ilz join the Danube. During your walking tour gaze at this fairy-tale city founded more than 2000 years ago. After breakfast board your modern bus for an exciting full-day tour to Salzburg and its most popular Sound-of-Music sights including Nonnberg Abbey, the Wedding Church, the exquisite Mirabell Gardens, the monumental Domplatz, the Great Salzburg Festival Hall and much more. A festive lunch celebration in charming surroundings will further highlight this wonderful excursion. Also enjoy a stroll through Salzburg's narrow Getreidegasse or shop for souvenirs before returning to your cruise ship, which is docked in nearby Linz. After dinner, take a walk through this delightful town, Austria's third largest city.
Day 8, Thu: Melk Dürnstein Vienna. Cruise through the narrow Strudengau and reach the Wachau Valley early this morning. A guided tour takes you to Melk's magnificent Benedictine Abbey, one of Europe's largest baroque monasteries. At lunchtime, continue on a short cruise to Dürnstein. Marvel at the magnificient blue facade of the Baroque Stiftskirche. Above town you'll spot the ruins of the castle where Richard the Lionheart, the King of England, was imprisoned in 1192. Your walking tour through medieval cobblestone streets reveals 16th century town houses and wine taverns. Continue through the romantic Wachau Valley, dotted with magnificent castles and charming riverside towns. Tonight arrive in Vienna, the "City of Music".
Day 9, Fri: Vienna Bratislava. Enjoy a wonderful day to savor the captivating baroque elegance of romantic Vienna. A guided sightseeing tour includes the lavish Hofburg Palace, the impressive Vienna Opera House, the majestic Ringstrasse and awe inspiring St. Stephen's Cathedral. At lunchtime the ship continues to nearby Slovakia. A guided tour of Bratislava reveals the city's major sights, including the Old Town Hall, the stunning Mirbach Palace, the Gothic St. Martin's Cathedral. From 13th century Bratislava Castle you'll enjoy breathtaking views. Enjoy an evening filled with local folklore before your midnight departure for Hungary.
Day 10, Sat: Budapest. Morning sightseeing includes historic Buda Castle, from where you have a splendid view of the twin cities of Buda and Pest spread over both banks of the river. Your tour also features 500-year old Matthias Church, St. Stephen's Basilica, distinctive Fisherman Bastion, the marvelous Royal Palace and much more. Your afternoon is free to explore on your own. Tonight gather on board for a Gala Farewell Dinner with gypsy violins.
Day 11, Sun: Budapest USA. Your fascinating cruise comes to an end as you transfer to the airport and return home.
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