Day 1: Australia – – Budapest
Depart on your international flight to Budapest, the capital of Hungary.
Day 2: Budapest
Welcome to Budapest! Make your own way to the hotel and spend the rest of the day at your leisure. You may choose to immediately begin exploring the city, or you can opt to remain at the hotel and unwind after the flight. Meet up with your Tour Manager this evening for a briefing and welcome drink.
Day 3: Budapest (B) –
A city tour is the perfect way to begin to learn about Budapest’s rich history and culture. You begin on the Pest side of the river and will see Parliament, City Park and Heroes Square. Move across the river to Buda to tick off sights including the Royal Palace, Matthias Church and the city’s famed cobblestone streets.
Optional: Dinner and Show
Travel out to the fringe of Budapest, to a gorgeous forest setting, to enjoy a traditional Hungarian dinner and a culture performance. Watch on as dancers perform traditional folk music to live gypsy music. Tour duration is approximately 3 hours. Additional cost applies.
Day 4: Budapest (B, D) –
Head out to Holloko, a regional village in Cserhát whose name translates to “raven-stone” and enjoy a walking tour of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will gain insight into the life of the Palóc people and local craftsmen. There is some free time in the village that can be used to enjoy an authentic lunch, before the group travels back to Budapest. This afternoon, a transfer takes you to the port for the cruise. Once embarkation formalities are taken care of, there is a Welcome Dinner served aboard.
Day 5: Budapest – Bratislava – Vienna (B, L, D) –
The cruise sets sail for Bratislava and this journey will be your first taste of the spectacular scenery to expect from your days exploring the Danube landscape. You arrive in the capital of Slovakia in the late afternoon. Bratislava is one of the youngest capital cities in Europe although its history stretches back more than 2000 years. Set out on a city tour that covers the historic town centre, St. Martin’s Cathedral, and the 13th-century Old Town Hall. Keep exploring Bratislava with some free time before returning to the boat for dinner. The ship sails for Vienna tonight.
Day 6: Vienna (B, L, D) –
Vienna is a city synonymous with Imperial elegance and opulent architecture. Admire Vienna’s beautiful landscape on a city tour that sees you drive along Ringstrasse, the main palace- and park-lined boulevard. Pass Hofburg Palace, the State Opera house, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Parliament building. You have this afternoon and evening as free time.
Optional: Schonbrunn Palace Tour
Visit the magnificent Schonbrunn Palace on an afternoon excursion. This palace was the former summer residence of the Hapsburg emperors and is home to resplendent Baroque apartments and immaculate gardens. Tour duration is approximately 3 hours. Additional cost applies.
Optional: Classical Viennese Concert
Vienna is known as the ‘City of Music’ and tonight’s optional activity is a concert of works from Mozart and Strauss, two of Vienna’s most famous musicians. The masterpieces are accompanied by a professional dance performance, which brings to life the Golden Age of 19th-century Viennese ballrooms. Tour duration is approximately 2-and-a-half hours. Additional cost applies.
Day 7: Vienna – Durnstein – Linz (B, L, D) –
Travel to Durnstein this morning. Durnstein is an incredibly photogenic village located in the heart of the Wachau wine region. Use your free time in Durnstein to roam its medieval streets and admire the 16th-century town houses and wine taverns. The ship departs in the late morning to continue its travels through the Wachau Valley, arriving in Melk for a guided tour of the Benedictine Abbey. Your tour of the Abbey includes seeing the library, Abbot’s chambers and Kaiser’s walk. The cruise sets out for Linz this evening as you dine aboard.
Day 8: Linz – Passau (B, L, D) –
Arrive into Linz this morning. You have the day to explore the city at your leisure. Use this as your opportunity to see St. Mary’s Cathedral and Linz Castle, or sit down at a local café with a slice of Linzer torte and a cup of coffee.
Optional: Full-Day Tour of Cesky Krumlov
Cross into the Czech Republic, bound for the picturesque town of Cesky Krumlov. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a maze of alleyways and shops and is a popular destination for visitors who come to see the castle and chateau. The tour includes a guided walk through town. A hearty lunch is enjoyed at a local tavern. Tour duration is approximately 10 hours. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Additional cost applies.
Day 9: Passau – Regensburg (B, L, D) –
The cruise reaches Passau and passengers can spend the whole day to explore as they wish. Passau is a 2500-year-old German city located on the Austrian border and boasts a mix of Roman, Italian Baroque and Gothic influences. The ship sets sail for Regensburg in the evening.
Optional: Full-Day Tour of Salzburg
Travel to Salzburg, the birthplace of Mozart and the setting of the beloved ‘Sound of Music’ story. A walking tour around the city includes seeing Mirabell Gardens, Mozart’s former home, Salzburg Cathedral and St. Peter’s Cemetery. Lunch is enjoyed at a local restaurant and is followed by some leisure time. Tour duration is approximately 9 hours. Additional cost applies.
Day 10: Regensburg (B, L, D) –
Arrive in Regensburg today. This German city is one of the best preserved medieval locations in the country and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A guided walking tour takes you past the best of the city’s stunning architecture, including Old Town Hall, the St. Peter Cathedral and the Porta Praetoria. Return to the boat in the afternoon or keep uncovering Regensburg’s charms at your own pace. Tonight is your final evening spent aboard the ship.
Day 11: Regensburg – Prague (B) –
Disembark your Danube river cruise this morning and travel with the group by road to Prague. Upon your arrival you have the entire day as free time. Choose to begin your exploration of Prague’s historic streets and sites or wander along the banks of the Vltava River. This evening, head to Wenceslas Square to soak up the atmosphere.
Day 12: Prague (B)
There is a morning walking tour around Prague. Make a stop at Hradcany Castle (Prague Castle) to admire views over the Lesser Town and Charles Bridge, and to see the complex’s courtyards, St George Basilica and St Vitus Cathedral. The group continues to the Jewish Quarter and Old Town Square to appreciate the famous Astronomical Clock.
Optional: Half-Day Terezin Tour
Visit Terezin, the concentration camp used by the Nazis during World War II. It is now a memorial. This tour includes visits to the Memorial of National Martyrdom, the Small Fortress and the Museum of the Ghetto. Tour duration is approximately 4-and-a-half hours. Additional cost applies.
Day 13: Prague (B)
Make the most of your remaining full day in Prague by seeing any sights you missed or revisiting any favourite places from your time here.
Day 14: Prague – – Australia (B)
Arrange your transfer to the airport so you can catch the return flight to Australia.
Day 15: Australia
Arrive in Australia today.