Jewels of Central Europe

Resort: Jewels of Central Europe
Operator: Saga
Destination: Austria
Price From: £2249.00

Visit stunning cities and picturesque towns strung along five wonderful rivers

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

Including…

44 meals: 15 breakfasts, 14 lunches and 15 dinners

  • Optional travel insurance and additional cancellation rights, or a reduction if not required
  • UK travel service
  • Return flights and transfers.
  • Wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Cocktail party and Captain’s dinner
  • Saga cruise director
  • Saga cruise escort on board
  • Entertainment and activities on the ship

Excursions

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

Itinerary

Day 1
UK to Budapest

Fly to Budapest and embark Regina Rheni II. Enjoy a welcome reception and dinner on board this evening.

Day 2
Budapest

Spend the morning in Budapest. Straddling the Danube and linked by seven bridges, it’s a cosmopolitan capital and a delight to explore. An included tour of the city encompasses Buda on the west bank and Pest on the east.

Day 3
Bratislava to Vienna

Enjoy part of the morning in Bratislava. Perhaps stroll through the ancient cobbled streets to discover the castle and Gothic-style cathedral before departing before lunch for Vienna. You arrive in the evening in time for an optional classical concert.

Optional excursions

Vienna evening concert | 2 Hours

Travel to the baroque Palais Auersperg, or one of Vienna’s other impressive palaces, near the famous Ringstrasse and parliament for an uplifting concert of Strauss and Mozart. Details of performances will be provided on board.
An optional Bratislava city tour is also available today.

Day 4
Vienna to Dürnstein

There’s an included sightseeing tour of Vienna before the ship sails after lunch. You arrive this evening at Dürnstein.

Day 5
Dürnstein to Melk

Depart late morning and cruise to Melk. Perhaps visit the Benedictine Melk Abbey on an optional afternoon excursion then set sail towards Passau.

Optional excursions

Melk Abbey | 2 hours 30 min

The wonderfully ornate Melk Abbey is a masterpiece of high baroque architecture. 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.

Day 6
Passau

Arrive around lunchtime and spend the afternoon exploring this graceful city. Depart early evening and cruise overnight to Regensburg.

Day 7
Regensberg to Kelheim

Arrive in Regensberg this morning. You may choose to explore, or join an optional excursion to nearby Weltenburg Abbey. Pause briefly in Kelheim for excursion participants to rejoin the ship, then continue sailing towards Nuremberg..

Optional excursions

Weltenburg Abbey | 4 hours

Weltenburg Abbey is another fine example of German baroque architecture. It overlooks the Danube Gorge and is famous for the dark ale that’s been brewed here since the 11th century. Enjoy a 30-minute boat ride through the gorge and a visit to the abbey, where a guide will give a short talk.

An optional tour of Regensburg is also available today.

Day 8
Nuremberg

You’ll have most of the day to spend here. Admire the restored architecture of medieval Nuremberg on an included tour, then discover more of the attractions at your leisure.

Day 9
Bamberg

Much of Bamberg is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Perhaps join an optional tour of this medieval city in the morning with the rest of the afternoon to explore independently.

Optional excursions

Bamberg | 2 hours 30 min

This enchanting Bavarian city sits on seven hills overlooking the Regnitz River Valley. During your tour you’ll visit the magnificent cathedral, see the Altes Rathaus on an island in the river and admire the quaint fishermen’s houses in the area of the city known as ‘Little Venice’.

Day 10
Würzburg

This afternoon you can explore Würzburg, set amid a backdrop of sloping vineyards; or choose to visit the magnificent Residenz Palace on an optional excursion instead.

Optional excursions

Würzburg and the Residenz Palace | 3 hours 30 min

Enjoy a guided tour of one of Europe’s most splendid baroque palaces, which dates back to the early 18th century and features frescoes by Tiepolo.

Day 11
Miltenberg

Historic Miltenberg has an abundance of pretty timber-framed houses which you can admire at your leisure this afternoon.

Day 12
Rüdesheim to Koblenz

Explore Rudesheim’s famous Drosselgasse, a medieval area full of restaurants, wine houses and garden taverns. Then cruise the most famous stretch of the Rhine, past Lorelei Rock and on to Koblenz, arriving late this afternoon.

Day 13
Koblenz to Cochem

Set sail this morning from Koblenz to Cochem. 

Optional excursions

Cochem, Reichsburg Castle and wine tasting | 2 hours 30 min

Take a guided tour of the fairy-tale Reichsburg Castle which overlooks the Moselle, home to a fabulous showcase of Renaissance and baroque furniture. Then head to a local vineyard for a talk and a tasting of white Rieslings, which you’ll have the opportunity to buy.

Day 14
Cochem to Bernkastel

Enjoy a leisurely cruise to Bernkastel-Kues, a wine-growing centre on the Middle Moselle.

Day 15
Schweich to Merzig

Cruise to Schweich, from where an included excursion visits the ancient city of Trier to see the Porta Nigra – one of the best-preserved Roman city gates in the world. There’s also a beautiful cathedral and market square to be explored. Cruise on, through the famous ‘Saar loop’ of the Saar River, to Merzig.

Optional excursions

Trier | 3 hours

This ancient city dates back the the first century BC and was home to a number of Roman emperors. The Porta Nigra is one of the best preserved Roman city gates in the world and along with it you’ll see cathedral and market square..

Day 16
Merzig to UK

Disembark Regina Rheni II and travel to Luxembourg for your return flight to the UK.

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