DAY One - Today you'll depart the USA on your overnight flight to Budapest,Hungary, one of Europe's most beautiful cities.
DAY TWO – Arrive Hungary Transfer to Mayflower Tours' exclusively chartered river ship,vvyour home for the next seven nights. (Dinner onboard)
DAY THREE – Budapest, Hungary After breakfast enjoy an included city tour of Budapest. The city straddles both banks of the Danube linked by seven bridges, including the famous Chain and Elizabeth Bridges. The tour presents you with a fantastic opportunity to become acquainted with Hungary's beautiful capital. Enjoy a photo stop at Gellert Hill, see historic Buda Castle, 500-year-old Matthias Church, St. Stephen's Basilica, the distinctive Fisherman's Bastion and the marvelous Royal Palace. Enjoy free time before departing for Bratislava. This evening, enjoy a welcome reception and dinner onboard. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner and evening snack onboard)
DAY FOUR – Bratislava, Slovakia The day starts with an included panoramic city tour of Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia and the former capital of Hungary. 'All Aboard' the exclusively chartered Bratislava City Train for a unique touring experience. As the train winds its way through the streets up to Bratislava Castle, the guide will point out the beautiful buildings and historic sites along the way. See the Slovak Philharmonic Hall, the National Theatre, the Archbishop'sSummer Residence and the Blumental Church. Arriving at Vienna Gate, it's a short stroll to a panoramic overview of the city from atop Castle Hill. During a leisurely paced walking tour through the historical center, see the Archbishop Palace, St. Martin's Cathedral and the Main Square with its Old Town Hall, the Roland Fountain and the Opera House. Enjoy leisure time this afternoon in this remarkable town. This evening, enjoy a musical performance onboard by local artists. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner and evening snack onboard)
DAY FIVE – Vienna, Austria Discover all Vienna has to offer with an included orientation tour. For over 600 years, the magnificent baroque capital city of Vienna was the seat of the mighty Hapsburg Emperors, a heritage that has bestowed it with many dazzling palaces and monuments: the lavish Hofburg Palace, the impressive Vienna Opera House and the majestic Ringstrasse. The capital is also known as the "City of Music" for having once been the home of composers such as Beethoven, Schubert, Mozart and Johann Strauss. On your included excursion, see some of the famous sights of this impressive city and visit Shnbrunn Palace, with its magnificent interiors and landscape gardens. Enjoy leisure time in the city center in the afternoon. This evening, join an optional excursion for a musical concert in one of the famous music venues of the city. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner and evening snack onboard)
DAY SIX – Drnstein and Melk, Austria After breakfast, join your local guide for a stroll through the pretty, medieval town of Drnstein—"The Pearl of the Wachau"—set in Austria's spectacular vine-terraced Wachau Valley. With its cobblestone streets and old burgher houses, it is dominated by the magnificent baroque Stiftskirche with its lovely blue faade. The ruins of Kuenringerburg Castle, which served as a prison to England's Richard the Lionheart in 1193, can be seen on the hilltop. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the Wachau Valley as we cruise along the Danube River before arriving in Melk. Join an optional excursion to visit the glorious and magnificent 900-year-old Benedictine Abbey, UNESCO World Heritage Site, which boasts a breathtakingly opulent Baroque interior. See the Marble Hall and Library with its thousands of identically bound books and also its terraced gardens. Later this afternoon, the ship departs for Aschach - the drop off point for tomorrow's optional excursion. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner and evening snack onboard)
DAY SEVEN – Salzburg, Austria and Passau, Germany After breakfast join us on an optional excursion to Salzburg, Austria. You will travel by motorcoach to Mozart's Salzburg where a guide will show you the sights of The Sound of Music and walks you along the famous Getreidegasse Lane, past Mozart's birthplace. After the tour we drive to Passau, Germany where our ship has docked. Enjoy a walking tour of Passau prior to boarding your ship. This evening your ship departs for Regensburg. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner and evening snack onboard)
DAY EIGHT – Regensburg, one of Germany's best-preserved medieval cities After breakfast, we explore Regensburg on a guided walking tour. During a stroll through the historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, we will experience its beauty and history firsthand. This afternoon the ship departs for Nuremberg. Tonight, say goodbye to the captain and crew at the farewell reception and dinner. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner and evening snack onboard)
DAY NINE – Nuremberg to Prague, Czech Republic After breakfast onboard, disembark your ship and enjoy a tour of Nuremberg. Beginning with a panoramic tour by coach, your local guide will explain the importance of this city during the war as you explore a bit outside of the inner city and pass the Court House where the Nazi War Trials were held. Upon arrival in the city center, begin a walking tour through the Altstadt (old town) which stands in the shadows of the imperial castle. The local guide will lead you through this medieval city as you pass some of the amazing architecture, fortifications and stone towers from past centuries, including the Schner Brunnen – Nuremberg's star attraction: the gilded 'Beautiful Fountain' with its tiers of intricately carved figures. At the end of the tour, free time is provided for lunch on your own prior to the journey to Prague for a two-night stay. Dinner is included in Prague this evening. (Breakfast onboard) (Dinner)
DAY TEN – Prague One of the most beautiful cities in Europe, Prague also offers a cultural and historic past. On this morning's panoramic discovery, you'll get an overview of the city and learn of its history from the local guide. Drive by some of the famous squares of the city including Wenceslas, Charles and Lesser Town Square. You'll also see the National Museum, National Theatre and Prague Castle, among other famous towers and landmarks. The remainder of the day is at leisure, or join the optional excursion of the Jewish Quarter. Your adventure is concluded but you'll bring back memories of European history to last a lifetime. (Breakfast)
DAY ELEVEN – Prague / USA Bid a fond farewell to Europe and return home with memories of life enriching experiences from your cruise along the Danube River. (Breakfast)
This itinerary is approximate. The exact times, days and destinations may vary due to unforeseen circumstances.