The Blue Danube and Romantic Rhine
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Follow the story of Europes two greatest waterways. Float along the Danube, mooring in glimmering cities such as Budapest, Vienna and Bratislava. On the Rhine, gaze up in awe at Colognes towering cathedral. Between the big-name cities take a moment to indulge in a slower pace of life in the towns and villages dotted along the banks of these famed rivers. Amble cobbled streets, explore crumbling castles and venture through sprawling vineyards in the likes of Würzburg, Mainz and Rüdesheim.
6 excursions and visits
Day 1 UK – Budapest
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your flight to Budapest. Upon arrival, embark our ship, where light refreshments are available.
Day 2 Budapest
In Budapest, the Danube divides the hilly area of Buda from Pest in the east. Buda has inspired writers, artists and musicians for centuries. For a wonderful view over the city, river and mountains, wander to the top of Gellert Hill.
Day 3 Bratislava
Bratislava is characterised by its Gothic old town, baroque palaces and its crowning castle, which dominates the skyline. We arrive early this afternoon and you can wander through the city on your own, or take an optional tour aboard the tourist mini-train to explore the old town, including the castle. With 11 kings and 8 queens crowned within the castle’s white walls – and relics of communism – this city has a colourful history to discover.
Day 4 Vienna
Wake up this morning in elegant Vienna. Rich with culture, beautiful arts and world-renowned music, it’s one of Europe’s most spectacular cities. Mozart, Brahms and Schubert all called this city home – and you’ll soon discover their inspiration as you wander the squares and streets on our guided tour. We’ll take in the fine baroque churches, palaces and concert halls.
Day 5 Melk
Sitting on the curve of the Danube, the picture book pretty Melk has an enviable position. We arrive in this sleepy town this morning and stepping off the ship, you’ll immediately clap eyes on the grand Benedictine abbey that dominates the skyline. This iconic monastery is home to an impressive gold and marble-embellished church and you can visit on an optional excursion.
Day 6 Passau
A town built on the confluence of the Danube, Inn and Ilz, Passau is known as the ‘City of Three Rivers’. Explore on your own, or take an optional walking tour to amble past the baroque architecture and along the cobblestone streets – you’ll have the distinct feeling you’ve travelled back in time.
Day 7 Regensburg
We arrive in Regensburg early, so you have the whole morning to enjoy exploring the cathedrals, churches, monasteries and the town hall of one of the best-preserved medieval cities in Germany.
Day 8 Nuremberg
We waste no time in heading out to explore Nuremberg today on a guided walking city tour. As Bavaria’s second-largest city, the preferred residence of most German kings, and the scene of rallies in Nazi Germany, Nuremburg has quite the history behind it. After the tour, you’ll have some time to wander along the historic mile that runs through the city.
Day 9 Bamberg
Our third taste of Bavaria is the enchanting town of Bamberg. Head out bright and early to make the most of this UNESCO-listed old town before we set sail this afternoon. The town had a huge influence on Germany from the 10th century onwards, by inspiring the philosophers who lived there.
Day 10 Wrzburg
Würzburg is renowned for its art, architecture and delicate wines. But the highlight of this town? The Würzburg Residence Palace is undoubtedly a masterpiece of southern German baroque. Take in the wonderful frescoes and magnificent staircase as part of our tour.
Day 11 Wertheim – Miltenberg
Get a glimpse of traditional village life today as we explore Wertheim and Miltenberg. Take a morning stroll through Wertheim’s romantic medieval town centre. Wander the historical market square or perhaps explore the stone castle ruins.
Day 12 Mainz – Rdesheim
We moor up in Mainz around mid-morning. Take a lovely walk along the river bank to the heart of the old town, where the fairytale castle-looking cathedral sits prettily in the middle of the square. The timber-framed houses here are beautiful, but not original; much of the city has been rebuilt after World War II. This evening, we’ll sail away towards Rüdesheim.
Day 13 Rdesheim – Lorelei Passage – Boppard – Koblenz
Rüdesheim is small-town Germany at its best. Explore the weaving streets of the old town at your leisure and perhaps ascend up to the Niederwald Monument by cable car for fantastic views over the vineyards and river below. On the way back down, perhaps take the route through the sprawling vineyards. You’ll also enjoy the quirks of Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum on our included excursion.
Day 14 Koblenz – Cologne.
This attractive city holds millennia of history, and our exploration includes Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, the last-standing of several buildings that once guarded the confluence of the Moselle and Rhine. It has felt the force of many armies, including Napoleon’s, and once guarded the Holy Tunic, the robe said to have been worn by Christ.