Cruise the beautiful Danube with plenty of time to explore
Enjoy a two-night hotel stay in Prague before cruising along the beautiful Danube visiting a string of historic towns and vibrant cities.
7 nights aboard the ship, 2 in a hotel
23 meals: 9 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 8 dinners
- Tour of Budapest
- Sightseeing tour of Vienna
UK to Prague
Fly to Prague and enjoy two nights at the locally rated 5-star Corinthia Hotel Prague (4Q), including dinner tonight.
The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Prague is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. This afternoon, explore independently – you might like to visit the castle or Jewish quarter, or stop by the fascinating astrological clock situated in the Old Town Square – one of the oldest working astrological clocks in the world, the elaborate striking of the hour tends to draw large crowds.
Prague city tour |Four hours
Virtually unscathed by the great wars of the 20th century, Prague is blessed with an illustrious past and an eclectic mix of architecture. Visit the Lesser Town – Malá Strana – which is dominated by the church of St Nicholas. Next, your local guide will lead you across the famous Charles Bridge to the Staré MeË‡ sto, or Old Town. See the church of Our Lady of Tyn, the Royal Way, the famous Astronomical clock and the Jewish Quarter. You may have some free time to explore independently – perhaps visit one of the city’s famous coffee houses.
Nuremberg or Roth
Check out after breakfast and travel by coach to Nuremberg or Roth, depending on your departure date, to embark Regina Rheni II.
Kelheim to Regensburg
Pause briefly in Kelheim to join an optional excursion to Weltenburg Abbey or stay on board and cruise to Regensberg. This attractive city has been a religious centre since the 7th century and has a large number of medieval churches. This evening, cruise towards Passau.
Weltenburg Abbey & The Danube Gorge |
Weltenburg Abbey is a 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.
Passau, the most easterly city in Bavaria, is home to an impressive baroque cathedral containing the largest church organ in the world. You can join an optional short walking tour of the highlights, most of which are close to the Danube. Alternatively, enjoy a full-day optional excursion to Salzburg, famous for being Mozart’s birthplace – perhaps sample one of the city’s sweets that bear his likeness.
Melk to Durnstein
From Melk you can join an optional tour of the Benedictine abbey and Wachau region before continuing to Dürnstein. Sail for Vienna later tonight, arriving in the early hours.
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.
Enjoy an included sightseeing tour of elegant Vienna, where the old city is encircled by a wide avenue known as the Ringstrasse.
Explore Bratislava independently this morning before cruising towards the culture-rich Hungarian capital of Budapest.
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.
Budapest is a city made up of two parts: Buda and Pest, built on opposite banks of the Danube. The cities have been officially united since 1873, but they are still very different in character. Buda is the older and more graceful, with its cobbled streets and medieval architecture, while Pest is the administrative and commercial centre, with wide avenues and impressive 19th-century public buildings. East meets West in this fascinating city, and this can be seen in the variety of shops and restaurants.
An included city sightseeing tour will reveal the capital’s highlights, including the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Buda Castle, Matthias Church and Fisherman’s Bastion.
Budapest to UK
Disembark Regina Rheni II and travel to the airport for your return flight to the UK.