Start this incredible journey in Bucharest, Romania, sail to the mouth of the Danube where it flows into the Black Sea, explore the Danube Delta, and visit many exciting cities along the Danube River. From Budapest to Nuremberg, this river cruise focuses on wine and you’ll be joined on board by a Master of Wine who will share his knowledge and expertise at lectures, wine tastings, and an exclusive food and wine-pairing dinner.Your vacation starts in Romania’s capital, Bucharest, with a transfer to Fetesti where your ship is docked. Sail to the mouth of the Danube River, then visit the serene Danube Delta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There’s guided sightseeing in Constanta; Bulgaria’s ancient capital, Veliko Tarnovo; and Arbanassi; take pictures of Belogradchik’s eclectic rock formations and the spectacular scenery of the Iron Gates. A local expert introduces you to Serbia’s capital of Belgrade; and in Pecs, Hungary, visit the Underground Tombs, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. In lively Budapest, guided sightseeing shows you all the must-see sights. In Austria’s magical capital of Vienna, revel in the sights of Hofburg Palace, the Vienna Opera House, and much more. Your Europe river cruise continues to the charming towns of Dürnstein and Melk for a visit of the magnificent 11th-century Benedictine Abbey. Later, enjoy a tasting of the Wachau Valley’s famous wines. There’s guided sightseeing in Passau, Regensburg (where you’ll be treated to a tasting of German sausages), and Nuremberg, where this memorable river cruise vacation concludes.
Day 1 Bucharest–Fetesti (Embarkation): welcome to Bucharest; onboard welcome receptionDay 2 St. Gheorghe: excursion to Danube Delta; Km 0 celebration; onboard lectureDay 3 Cernavodă: excursion to Constanta; guided sightseeing, visit the National History & Archaeological MuseumDay 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 RousseDay 5 Vidin–Belogradchik: guided sightseeing to Vidin’s fortress; excursion to Belogradchik to see the rock formationsDay 6 Iron Gates: cruise through the Iron Gates gorge; visit Lepenski Vir archaeological exhibitionDay 7 Belgrade: guided sightseeingDay 8 Mohács: excursion to Pécs, organ concertDay 9 Budapest: guided sightseeing, see Fishermen’s BastionDay 10 Budapest–Vienna: cruising; onboard wine tasting and lecture by our Master of Wine Day 11 Vienna: guided sightseeing; onboard Food and Wine pairing dinner Day 12 Dürnstein–Melk: guided walk in Dürnstein, see the Stiftskirche; guided visit of the Benedictine Abbey; wine tastingDay 13 Passau: guided walkDay 14 Regensburg: guided walk; enjoy a snack at the Historische WurstkücheDay 15 Nuremberg: choice of guided sightseeing or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tourDay 16 Nuremberg (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.