Across Europe: Amsterdam to Budapest

Resort: Across Europe: Amsterdam to Budapest
Operator: Saga
Destination: Austria
Price From: £2549.00

Explore some of Europe’s most vibrant cities on this exciting cruise

A succession of enchanting waterside towns and cities will be revealed as Regina Rheni II follows the historic lifelines of Continental Europe – The Rhine, Main and Danube rivers – on this exclusive Saga river cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest. Marvel at such cultural treasures as the wine town of Würzburg, medieval Regensburg and the stunning Wachau Valley, plus enjoy included city tours of Nuremberg, Vienna and Budapest.

Including…

41 meals: 14 breakfasts, 13 lunches and 14 dinners

Excursions

  • Tour of Budapest
  • Visit to historic Nuremberg
  • Sightseeing tour of Vienna

Itinerary

Day 1
UK to Amsterdam

Fly to Holland’s capital, Amsterdam, where you embark your ship. 

Day 2
Amsterdam

Admire Amsterdam’s famous network of historic canals and pretty bridges, see the house where Anne Frank and her family hid, and take in the bustling cafe culture of this colourful capital city on an optional morning tour. Set sail for Cologne this afternoon.

Optional excursions

Amsterdam |

Take in the bustling cafe culture of this colourful capital city on an optional morning tour.

Day 3
Cologne

Enjoy the afternoon and evening at leisure in Cologne. Perhaps explore the oldest part of the city including the cathedral, built in the High Gothic style. 

Day 4
Koblenz to Rüdesheim

Spend a couple of hours in the pretty wine town of Koblenz before sailing along what is probably the most scenic stretch of the Rhine Valley. Late this afternoon you will arrive in the old wine town of Rüdesheim, which has a long street, the Drosselgasse, which is lined on both sides with wine taverns. An optional excursion is available to Siegfried’s Music Museum, where you can see all kinds of mechanical music machines, from barrel organs and music boxes, to horn gramophones. Sail overnight towards Miltenberg.

Optional excursions

Rudesheim |

An optional excursion is available to Siegfried’s Music Museum, where you can see all kinds of mechanical music machines, from barrel organs and music boxes to horn gramophones.

Day 5
Miltenberg

The ancient town of Miltenberg occupies an attractive location on the banks of the Main. Discover its old town’s 13th-century castle, timber-framed houses and old wine tavern, before sailing on through the night.

Day 6
Würzburg

Spend the afternoon in Würzburg, the centre of Franconia’s wine industry. An optional guided tour uncovers the impressive Residenz Palace. 

Day 7
Bamberg

Arrive in Bamberg after lunch. This UNESCO World Heritage city is characterised by quaint streets full of delightful old buildings. Take in the town’s well-preserved medieval treasures on an optional tour, including the breathtaking cathedral and the quirky historic town hall, set in the centre of a bridge. 

Optional excursions

Bamberg |

Founded in 973, this enchanting Bavarian cathedral city sits on seven hills overlooking the Regnitz River Valley. Its rich architectural legacy earned Bamberg UNESCO World Heritage status in 1993. Your tour visits the cathedral, a fine representation of the transition from Romanesque to Gothic architecture. This stunning building, with twin apses, four towers and an impressive ‘Prince’s Portal’, is home to the medieval equestrian statue of the Bamberg Rider, the tomb of Emperor Henry II and other fine examples of German Gothic sculpture (entry to the cathedral may not always be possible). Walk through the historic streets to discover the Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) located on an island in the middle of the river, the magnificent Renaissance building of Alte Hofhaltung and the quaint fisherman’s houses of ‘Little Venice’. Walking Grade 4

Day 8
Nuremberg

Arrive in Nuremberg, where you’ll spend the day and have the chance to join an included excursion to see the major sights of the city, from its medieval beginnings to the present. 

Day 9
Kelheim to Regensburg

Pause briefly in Kelheim this morning where you might like to join an optional trip to Weltenburg Abbey, said to have the oldest monastery brewery in the world. Alternatively, you may wish to stay on board and cruise to medieval Regensburg, arriving this afternoon. You can explore the city’s 2,000-year history and see its great Gothic cathedral.

Optional excursions

Kelheim |

This morning in Kelheim you might like to join an optional trip to Weltenburg Monastery, said to have the oldest monastery brewery in the world.

Day 10
Passau

Spend the early morning cruising east along the Danube, arriving early in elegant Passau with its cobbled streets and arcades, set at the confluence of the Danube, Inn and Ilz Rivers. Spend the day here or join a full-day optional excursion to Salzburg. 

Optional excursions

Passau city walk |

Also known as the ‘Venice of Bavaria’, Passau is set in the beautiful location at the meeting point of three rivers – the Danube, Inn and Ilz. The surrounding hills create a picture-postcard backdrop to the city’s towers, spires and red-roofed houses. A historic city full of culture,  Passau’s wealthy past is reflected in its many fine buildings, including the magnificent baroque St Stephen’s Cathedral as well as the old and new Bishop’s Palaces. Enjoy a walking tour through the charming streets to the banks of the Danube and riverside promenades, following on to Cathedral Square dominated by St Stephen’s Cathedral with its distinctive three towers. Maybe you’ll get lucky and hear Europes largest church organ which is housed in this great place of worship.

Day 11
Melk to Dürnstein

Melk is best known for its great baroque abbey, which has a magnificent church and a famous library with over 70,000 books. An optional tour of Melk Abbey will be available this morning. Cruise through the scenic Wachau Valley to Dürnstein, one of the most picturesque towns on the Danube River. Its ruined Kuenringer Castle is where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned during the late 12th century. Set sail again later this evening.

Optional excursions

Melk Abbey | Two-and-a-half hours

Set in a beautiful position on a promontory overlooking the Danube River, the wonderfully ornate Melk Abbey is a masterpiece of high baroque architecture. Formerly the site of a castle given to Benedictine monks by Leopold III von Babenberg in the 11th century, work on the present monastery began in 1702 to the plans of Jakob Prandtauer. The exterior is an imposing and majestic sight with symmetrical towers and a large octagonal dome, while the interior is lavishly decorated and contains innumerable artistic treasures. After visiting the abbey you can enjoy some free time in the beautiful garden, before returning to the ship.

Day 12
Vienna

You’ll have a full day to explore the beautiful Austrian capital. An included tour this morning reveals the highlights including the Ringstrasse and Opera House. Depart Vienna later tonight.

Day 13
Bratislava

Continue your cruise to Bratislava, capital of Slovakia. Stroll through ancient cobbled streets to Bratislava Castle for a bird’s-eye view of the city; the old town is easily explored on foot too. See the Gothic-style cathedral, where eleven Kings of Hungary were crowned while Turks occupied their capital. Or take an optional guided tour of the city. Cruise overnight to Budapest.

Optional excursions

Bratislava city tour | Two hours

Step aboard the miniature Bratislava City Train to explore the many highlights of this historic city. You’ll pass the 18th-century Slovak Philharmonic Hall and impressive National Theatre before your train slowly makes its way around the Old Town, arriving at Bratislava Castle, with its commanding hill-top setting, to admire magnificent views across the city. The train will then continue through Leopold Gate, back to the Old Town where you’ll disembark for a walking tour. A stroll through the narrow, cobbled streets will reveal sights such as the Archbishop’s Palace, St Martin’s Cathedral, the charming Main Square with its fountain and Old Town Hall, and a number of 18th-century palaces.

Day 14
Budapest

An included excursion shows you the capital’s highlights which include the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Buda Castle. Your ship remains moored here overnight. 

Day 15
Budapest to UK

Disembark after breakfast for your return flight to the UK.

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