Across Europe: Budapest to Amsterdam

Resort: Across Europe: Budapest to Amsterdam
Operator: Saga
Destination: Austria
Price From: £2649.00

Trace the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers across the heart of Europe

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

Including…

41 meals: 14 breakfasts, 13 lunches and 14 dinners

Excursions

  • Tour of Budapest
  • Sightseeing tour of Vienna
  • Historic Nuremberg

Itinerary

Day 1
UK to Budapest

Fly to Hungary’s capital, Budapest, where you embark your ship. 

Day 2
Budapest

An included excursion shows you the capital’s highlights which include the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Buda Castle. This afternoon, depart for Bratislava. 

Day 3
Bratislava to Vienna

Spend the morning exploring the capital of Slovakia. Stroll through ancient cobbled streets to Bratislava Castle for a bird’s-eye view of the city and see the Gothic-style cathedral, where 11 Kings of Hungary were crowned. Or take an optional guided tour of the city. Arrive in Vienna, this evening. 

Day 4
Vienna to Durnstein

An included tour reveals the highlights including the Ringstrasse and Opera House. Sail to Dürnstein this afternoon and moor overnight. 

Day 5
Dürnstein to Melk

Cruise through the scenic Wachau Valley to Melk and perhaps visit the impressive Benedictine abbey. 

Day 6
Passau

This afternoon you arrive in elegant Passau with its cobbled streets and arcades. Enjoy an optional afternoon city walk. 

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 7
Regensburg to Kelheim

Spend the morning in Regensburg discovering its 2,000-year history. Or join an optional excursion to Weltenburg Abbey. Pause in Kelheim where excursion participants rejoin the ship. 

Optional excursions

Weltenburg Abbey and the Danube Gorge |

A half-hour boat ride will bring you to Weltenberg Abbey, an 18th-century monastery and brewery! After a brief talk from your guide, be sure to try some of the cheese and ale for sale in the abbey’s restaurant.

Day 8
Nuremberg

Spend the day in Nuremberg and join an included excursion to see the major sights. 

Day 9
Bamberg

The UNESCO World Heritage city of Bamberg has quaint streets full of delightful old buildings. Take in the medieval treasures on an optional tour, including the cathedral and quirky historic town hall. 

Day 10
Würzburg

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

Day 11
Miltenberg

This ancient town has an attractive location on the banks of the Main. Explore Miltenberg’s old town with its 13th-century castle, timber-framed houses and wine taverns this afternoon.

Day 12
Rudesheim to Koblenz

An optional excursion visits Siegfried’s Museum of Mechanical Music in Rüdesheim, otherwise take a look around these picturesque towns in the heart of the Rhineland’s wine-producing region independently. Arrive in Koblenz late this afternoon.

Day 13
Cologne

Spend the morning in Cologne and perhaps explore the oldest part of the city, including the cathedral. 

Day 14
Amsterdam

Admire Amsterdam’s network of historic canals, see the house where Anne Frank and her family hid, and take in the bustling cafe culture of this colourful capital on an optional morning tour which includes a canal cruise. Enjoy a farewell dinner this evening. 

Optional excursions

Amsterdam City and Canals | Two-and-a-half hours

This cosmopolitan capital delights visitors with its pretty tree-lined canals – criss-crossed by over a thousand bridges – exquisite architecture and world-class art collections. Enjoy a canal cruise to view such treasures as the famous Skinny Bridge, the Montelbaanstoren tower and the Jewish Quarter, where Anne Frank’s house can be seen.

Day 15
Amsterdam to UK

Disembark your ship after breakfast for your return flight to the UK.

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