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Budapest to Amsterdam | 15 Days
Date Range: Nov 2014 - Nov 2014Ships: River Empress, River Princess

Budapest to Amsterdam | 15 Days

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Program offerings are subject to change.
Day 1:
Budapest (embark) MotorcoachEmbark/Disembark
Arrive at Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport, where you will be transferred to the ship. (D)
Day 2:
Budapest UNESCOChoice Is YoursUniworld ExclusiveMotorcoachInsider
FEATURED EXCURSION: Choice of Budapest city tour or exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Budapest walking tour

A panoramic coach tour shows you the UNESCO-designated highlights of the city. Or discover the Budapest that locals love with a visit to the Grand Market, a walk to Károlyi Garden, and a stop at a famous coffee house. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner. (BB, L, WD)
Day 3:
Cruising the Danube River
Enjoy a leisurely day onboard with scenic sailing through Hungary, Slovakia, and Austria. (BB, L, D)
Day 4:
Vienna UNESCOChoice Is YoursUniworld ExclusiveMotorcoachMuseum
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Vienna city tour with National Library visit or exclusive “Vienna, City of Arts” tour with an art historian

Unearth Vienna’s imperial history during a tour that takes you along the Ringstrasse and to the Austrian National Library. Or opt to explore “Vienna, City of Arts” with an art historian who will give you an expert’s view of the Museum of Fine Arts. (BB, L, D)

Note: The Austrian National Library is closed on Mondays. If the tour lands on a Monday, Mozarthaus will be visited instead.
Day 5:
Cruising the Wachau Valley, Weissenkirchen (Weissenkirchen or Melk) UNESCOChoice Is YoursUniworld ExclusiveMotorcoachWinetastingVillage DaysGo Active
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Weissenkirchen village day with exclusive fruit brandy distillery visit or exclusive “Go Active” vineyard hike with wine tasting or Melk Abbey with library visit

Stroll through the lovely village of Weissenkirchen and sample the local apricot schnapps, or hike through a vineyard and taste the fine wine made there. Or visit Melk’s magnificent Baroque abbey. One of the day’s many highlights will be your cruise through the UNESCO-designated Wachau Valley. (BB, L, D)
Day 6:
Engelhartszell, cruising the Danube River, Passau Choice Is YoursUniworld ExclusiveConcertGo Active
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Passau walking tour with St. Stephan’s organ concert or exclusive guided “Go Active” bike ride along the Danube or Inn rivers

Passau boasts a delightful layer of Italian style on top of quintessential German foundations. Discover an accessible and charming town on your guided walking tour, and then hear the magnificent pipe organ at St. Stephan’s Cathedral. Or bike along the Danube or Inn rivers with an expert guide. (BB, L, D)

Note: St. Stephan’s organ concert is only available from May 2 to October 31, excluding Sundays and Catholic holidays. An excursion to an alternative venue will be organized if the organ concert is not available.
Day 7:
Regensburg UNESCOChoice Is YoursMotorcoach
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of “2,000 Years in One Hour” Regensburg walking tour or Jewish Regensburg or Audi factory visit

Discover one of Germany’s unspoiled, UNESCO-designated Medieval gems in Regensburg. To get a different view of Medieval Regensburg, tour sites associated with Germany’s oldest Jewish community. For a change of pace, you might choose to visit the Audi factory in Ingolstadt. (BB, L, D)
Day 8:
Cruising the Main-Danube Canal, Nuremberg Choice Is YoursMotorcoach
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Nuremberg city tour or Nuremberg WWII historical tour with Documentation Center visit 

Cross the European continental divide as you cruise through the three highest locks of the Main-Danube Canal en route to Nuremberg. Explore the highlights of this archetypal Medieval city, or tour the city’s most important WWII sites, including the Nazi Party Rally Grounds and Courtroom 600, where the famous Nuremberg trials took place. (BB, L, D)

Note: Courtroom 600 is an active court. Visitors will only be permitted to see the courtroom during trial breaks.

Day 9:
Bamberg, cruising the Main River UNESCOChoice Is YoursUniworld ExclusiveMotorcoachVillage Days
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Bamberg walking tour or exclusive Franconian farm and village visit

Wander through the UNESCO World Heritage city of Bamberg, which combines beautiful historic buildings with a lively student population, or get a taste of the countryside as you explore a farm and village in the Franconian hills. Then relax onboard as your ship wends its way down the serene Main River. (BB, L, D)
Day 10:
Würzburg UNESCOMotorcoach
FEATURED EXCURSION: Würzburg Residenz visit

Visit the exquisite Würzburg Residenz, a treasure trove of Baroque art and architecture. (BB, L, D)
Day 11:
Cruising the Main River, Wertheim Choice Is YoursUniworld ExclusiveWinetastingVillage DaysGo Active
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Wertheim village day with exclusive wine tasting and pretzel-making demonstration or exclusive guided “Go Active” vineyard hike

Enjoy cruising the Main on your way to Wertheim, where you will take in the Medieval castle, taste the local wines, and see a pretzel-making demonstration. Or opt to join an expert guide for a hike through a Franconian vineyard. (BB, L, D)
Day 12:
Miltenberg (Heidelberg or Aschaffenburg) Choice Is YoursMotorcoach
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of full-day Heidelberg visit* or tour of Aschaffenburg

Visit Heidelberg, home to the most beautiful Renaissance castle ruins in Europe. Or relax on-board in the morning before touring Aschaffenburg and the Pompejanum, a replica of a Roman villa located on the grounds of Castle Johannisburg. (BB, L, D)

*Note: Lunch is not included with the Heidelberg tour.

Day 13:
Rüdesheim, cruising the romantic Rhine River UNESCOMotorcoach
FEATURED EXCURSION: Gondola ride to the Niederwald Monument

Take a scenic gondola ride above the vineyards of Rüdesheim to the Niederwald Monument. Later, cruise the UNESCO World Heritage-designated Upper Middle Rhine Valley. (BB, L, D)

Day 14:
Cologne UNESCO
FEATURED EXCURSION: Cologne walking tour with Cologne Cathedral visit

Visit Cologne’s beloved Gothic cathedral—a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner. (BB, L, FD)

Note: On Sundays and Catholic holidays, guided tours inside the cathedral are not possible.
Day 15:
Amsterdam (disembark) Embark/DisembarkMotorcoach
Disembark the ship and transfer to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport for your flight home, or extend your stay in exciting Amsterdam. (CB/BB)
Note: Order of sightseeing may change throughout the itinerary.  Substitute visits to other sites may occur during your trip due to water levels or other uncontrollable factors.

Amsterdam to Budapest | 15 Days

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Program offerings are subject to change.
Day 1:
Amsterdam (embark) MotorcoachEmbark/Disembark
Arrive at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, where you will be transferred to the ship. (D)
Day 2:
Cologne UNESCO
FEATURED EXCURSION: Cologne walking tour with Cologne Cathedral visit

Visit Cologne’s beloved Gothic cathedral—a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner. (BB, L, WD)

Note: On Sundays and Catholic holidays, guided tours inside the cathedral are not possible.
Day 3:
Cruising the romantic Rhine River, Rüdesheim UNESCOMotorcoach
FEATURED EXCURSION: Gondola ride to the Niederwald Monument

Cruise the UNESCO World Heritage-designated Upper Middle Rhine Valley. Later, take a scenic gondola ride above the vineyards of Rüdesheim to the Niederwald Monument. (BB, L, D)
Day 4:
Offenbach (Heidelberg or Aschaffenburg) Choice Is YoursMotorcoach
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of full-day Heidelberg visit* or tour of Aschaffenburg

Visit Heidelberg, home to the most beautiful Renaissance castle ruins in Europe. Or relax on-board in the morning before touring Aschaffenburg and the Pompejanum, a replica of a Roman villa located on the grounds of Castle Johannisburg. (BB, L, D)

*Note: Lunch is not included with the Heidelberg tour.

Day 5:
Freudenberg, cruising the Main River, Wertheim Choice Is YoursUniworld ExclusiveWinetastingVillage DaysGo Active
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Wertheim village day with exclusive wine tasting and pretzel-making demonstration or exclusive guided “Go Active” vineyard hike

Enjoy cruising the Main on your way to Wertheim, where you will take in the Medieval castle, taste the local wines, and see a pretzel-making demonstration. Or opt to join an expert guide for a hike through a Franconian vineyard. (BB, L, D)
Day 6:
Cruising the Main River, Karlstadt, Würzburg UNESCOMotorcoach
FEATURED EXCURSION: Würzburg Residenz visit

Visit the exquisite Würzburg Residenz, a treasure trove of Baroque art and architecture. (BB, L, D)
Day 7:
Schweinfurt
Day at leisure on board while sailing on the scenic Main River.  (BB, L, D)
Day 8:
Bamberg UNESCOChoice Is YoursUniworld ExclusiveMotorcoachVillage Days
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Bamberg walking tour or exclusive Franconian farm and village visit

Wander through the UNESCO World Heritage city of Bamberg, which combines beautiful historic buildings with a lively student population, or get a taste of the countryside as you explore a farm and village in the Franconian hills. Then relax onboard as your ship wends its way down the serene Main River. (BB, L, D)
Day 9:
Nuremberg, cruising the Main-Danube Canal Choice Is YoursMotorcoach
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Nuremberg city tour or Nuremberg WWII historical tour with Documentation Center visit 

Cross the European continental divide as you cruise through the three highest locks of the Main-Danube Canal en route to Nuremberg. Explore the highlights of this archetypal Medieval city, or tour the city’s most important WWII sites, including the Nazi Party Rally Grounds and Courtroom 600, where the famous Nuremberg trials took place. (BB, L, D)

Note: Courtroom 600 is an active court. Visitors will only be permitted to see the courtroom during trial breaks.
Day 10:
Regensburg UNESCOChoice Is YoursMotorcoach
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of “2,000 Years in One Hour” Regensburg walking tour or Jewish Regensburg or Audi factory visit

Discover one of Germany’s unspoiled, UNESCO-designated Medieval gems in Regensburg. To get a different view of Medieval Regensburg, tour sites associated with Germany’s oldest Jewish community. For a change of pace, you might choose to visit the Audi factory in Ingolstadt. (BB, L, D)
Day 11:
Passau, cruising the Danube River Choice Is YoursUniworld ExclusiveConcertGo Active
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Passau walking tour with St. Stephan’s organ concert or exclusive guided “Go Active” bike ride along the Danube River

Passau boasts a delightful layer of Italian style on top of quintessential German foundations. Discover an accessible and charming town on your guided walking tour, and then hear the magnificent pipe organ at St. Stephan’s Cathedral. Or bike along the Danube River with an expert guide. (BB, L, D)

Note: St. Stephan’s organ concert is only available from May 2 to October 31, excluding Sundays and Catholic holidays. An excursion to an alternative venue will be organized if the organ concert is not available.
Day 12:
Weissenkirchen (Weissenkirchen or Melk), cruising the Wachau Valley UNESCOChoice Is YoursUniworld ExclusiveMotorcoach
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Weissenkirchen village day with exclusive fruit brandy distillery visit or exclusive “Go Active” vineyard hike with wine tasting or Melk Abbey with library visit

Stroll through the lovely village of Weissenkirchen and sample the local apricot schnapps, or hike through a vineyard and taste the fine wine made there. Or visit Melk’s magnificent Baroque abbey. One of the day’s many highlights will be your cruise through the UNESCO-designated Wachau Valley. (BB, L, D)
Day 13:
Vienna UNESCOChoice Is YoursUniworld ExclusiveMotorcoachMuseum
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Vienna city tour with National Library visit or exclusive “Vienna, City of Arts” tour with an art historian

Unearth Vienna’s imperial history during a tour that takes you along the Ringstrasse and to the Austrian National Library. Or opt to explore “Vienna, City of Arts” with an art historian who will give you an expert’s view of the Museum of Fine Arts. In the evening, enjoy a Captain's Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner. (BB, L, FD)

Note: The Austrian National Library is closed on Mondays. If the tour lands on a Monday, Mozarthaus will be visited instead.
Day 14:
Budapest UNESCOChoice Is YoursUniworld ExclusiveMotorcoachInsider
FEATURED EXCURSION: Choice of Budapest city tour or exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Budapest walking tour

A panoramic coach tour shows you the UNESCO-designated highlights of the city. Or discover the Budapest that locals love with a visit to the Grand Market, a walk to Károlyi Garden, and a stop at a famous coffee house. (BB, L, D)
Day 15:
Budapest (disembark) Embark/DisembarkMotorcoach
Disembark the ship and transfer to Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport for your flight home, or extend your stay in charming Budapest . (CB/BB)
Note: Order of sightseeing may change throughout the itinerary.  Substitute visits to other sites may occur during your trip due to water levels or other uncontrollable factors.
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