An exciting journey from Budapest to Basel
Explore some of Europe’s most vibrant cities on this exciting cruise.
41 meals: 14 breakfasts, 13 lunches and 14 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
- City tour of Budapest
- Sightseeing tour of Vienna
- Tour of Nuremberg
UK to Budapest
Fly to Budapest and embark Regina Rheni II, or you might like to extend your holiday with a two-night pre-holiday stay in Budapest. Enjoy a welcome reception on board this evening.
An included excursion reveals Budapest’s wealth of attractions from the elaborate Hungarian State Opera House and grand Parliament Building, to a bustling market hall. Sail towards Bratislava this afternoon.
Spend the morning in historic Bratislava, Slovakia’s capital city. The Old Town has palaces, churches and cathedrals and is overlooked by two castles. In the afternoon sail into Austria, and on to Vienna arriving early evening. An optional concert of Mozart and Strauss is available this evening.
Vienna evening concert | 2 hours
Travel to one of Vienna’s impressive palaces, near the famous Ringstrasse and parliament, for an uplifting concert of Strauss and Mozart. Details of performances will be provided on board.
Vienna to Dürnstein
Spend the morning in Vienna where an included city tour reveals the Opera House and St Stephen’s Cathedral. Sail the Wachau Valley to Dürnstein.
Dürnstein orientation and wine tasting | 2 hours
Visit the town’s bustling marketplace before heading to a local winery for a tasting.
Dürnstein to Melk
Spend part of the morning in Dürnstein and maybe join an optional guided tour of Melk Abbey before setting sail for Melk, where you’ll spend the afternoon.
Melk Abbey | 2½ hours
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.
Enjoy the afternoon in Passau, which stands at the confluence of the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers. You may like to explore St Stephen’s cathedral or join an optional walking tour.
Passau City Walk | 2 hours
Also known as the ‘Venice of Bavaria’, Passau has a beautiful has a beautiful location at the confluence of the rivers Danube, Ilz and Inn, and the surrounding hills create a picture-postcard backdrop to the city’s towers, spires and red-roofed houses.
Regensburg to Kelheim
Spend the morning in the cathedral city of Regensburg with time to explore. You may wish to join a tour of Weltenberg Abbey, famous for its old brewery. The excursion also includes a cruise through the Danube Gorge to see Weltenberg Abbey. Alternatively, continue cruising to the cathedral city of Kelheim where the ship will make a brief stop.
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.
Discover the Gothic churches and elegantly restored architecture of Nuremberg on an included excursion as part of a full day in this city.
Today, explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bamberg, one of the best-preserved medieval towns in Germany and, like Rome, built on seven hills. Explore independently or join our optional excursion.
Bamberg | 2½ hours
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’.
Sail to the university city of Würzburg where you can join an optional city tour this afternoon, including a visit to the Residenz Palace. The city flourished in the Middle Ages and has a wealth of beautiful Baroque buildings.
Würzburg and the Residenz Palace | 3½ hours
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.
Spend the morning in medieval Miltenberg. Later, cruise along the Main River to Mainz where the Danube meets the Rhine.
Mainz to Mannheim
This morning you can explore Mainz’ impressive cathedral or the famous Gutenberg Museum. You might like to join an optional excursion to Heidelberg, or spend the afternoon cruising to Mannheim where Regina Rheni II will make a brief stop.
Visit Heidelberg | 4 hours
Visit the romantic city of Heidelberg, famed for its ancient university and castle. Rejoin your ship in Mannheim.
Spend a full day exploring Strasbourg’s many architectural treasures. Sitting on the border of France and Germany, the city is a wonderful combination of both countries.
Strasbourg old quarter | 3 hours
Take a tour of this lovely city and enjoy a cruise on the canals.
Spend time in Breisach, situated on the beautiful Rhine Valley, perhaps visit its historic cathedral or join an optional excursion to Lake Titisee.
Lake Titisee | 4 hours
Travel into the heart of the Black Forest to Lake Titisee, where you can enjoy a short boat trip. Take in bretahtaking views and enjoy a light lunch at the Alemannenhof Hotel.
Basel to UK
Disembark after breakfast in the city of Basel where the French, German and Swiss borders meet. Travel to the airport for your return flight to the UK.