Grand European Explorer
Arrive at Prague Václav Havel Airport and transfer to the hotel.
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Prague city tour or exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of Prague’s Estates Theatre and Municipal House
Beauty and drama abound in the “City of Spires.” Enjoy a panoramic city tour, taking in such places as the State Opera House, Wenceslas Square, Charles Bridge, and the avant-garde Dancing House, before arriving at Prague Castle. Here, you’ll visit St. Vitus Cathedral, Vladislav Hall, and Golden Lane. You’ll cross Charles Bridge on foot to the beautiful Old Town Square, where you’ll see Tyn Church and the famous astronomical clock. Or go behind the scenes of Prague’s Estates Theatre for a delightful— and exclusive—encounter with Czech arts and architecture, including a visit to the elegant Mozart Salon. Then cross the cobblestones to the Municipal House; this delightful art nouveau building is home to one of the best concert halls in the city.
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Nuremberg city tour or Nuremberg WWII historical tour with Documentation Center visit
After cruising the most scenic parts of the Main- Danube Canal, a marvel of modern engineering, you’ll disembark the ship in Nuremberg. Discover the beautiful medieval city during a panoramic tour. Or take a guided tour of Nuremberg’s most important WWII sites, including the Nuremberg Trials Memorial, which houses Courtroom 600 (the actual venue of the trials). Later in the day, you’ll transfer to Prague via motorcoach.
Note: Courtroom 600 is an active court. Visitors will only be permitted to see the courtroom during trial breaks.
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of “2,000 Years in One Hour” Regensburg walking tour or Jewish Regensburg or BMW factory visit
Regensburg, one of the best-preserved medieval towns in Europe, captures 2,000 years of history with outstanding monuments like the 12th-century Stone Bridge and the towering Gothic cathedral. Your walking tour takes you past the architectural treasures of Old Town as well as the Cathedral of St. Peter, with its magnificent 14th-century stained- glass windows. For a different view of medieval Regensburg, tour sites associated with Germany’s oldest Jewish community, dating back more than a thousand years. Or visit the BMW factory for a fascinating look at how a well-engineered German car is built. Note: If the tour lands on a day when the BMW factory is closed, we will visit the Audi factory instead.
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Passau walking tour with choice of exclusive guided “Go Active” bicycle ride along the Danube River or guided “Go Active” hiking along the river Ilz
Located at the confluence of three rivers—the Danube, Inn, and Ilz—Passau was a key center of European trade for centuries. The city’s baroque buildings, erected after the fire of 1662, add Italian flair to the quintessentially medieval German town center (with its winding little streets and narrow alleyways), as you’ll discover on today’s walking tour. And, if you feel like “going active,” you have two great options: you can bike along the mighty Danube with a local guide, or you can hike along the beautiful Ilz River with a naturalist.
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Spitz village walk with wine tasting or Melk Abbey with library visit
Relax onboard this morning as you sail through the enchanting, UNESCO-designated Wachau Valley before visiting the charming wine village of Spitz. As you explore the town with a wine and nature expert, you’ll learn about everyday life in the Wachau Valley. And, of course, you’ll get to sample the wines and the many Marillen (apricot) treats for which the valley is famous, including schnapps, jams, and strudel. Or you can choose to visit Melk, where you’ll explore the town and the nine-hundred-year- old Benedictine abbey, with its famous library. (It inspired Umberto Eco’s acclaimed novel The Name of the Rose.)
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Vienna city tour with Vienna State Opera visit or exclusive “Vienna, City of Arts” tour
Your panoramic city tour showcases the Habsburg grandeur of stately Ring Street, taking you past the City Hall and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. You’ll then enjoy a lovely stroll to the Neorenaissance State Opera House, where you’ll be treated to a guided tour of this magnificent mid-19th-century structure. Or, you can follow a panoramic tour of the city with a walk through the majestic Belvedere, which was once the imperial capital and home to the Habsburg dynasty. Then head off to the famous Art History Museum, where you’ll see treasures collected by the Habsburgs on display in the newly reopened Kunstkammer (or “cabinet of curiosities”) Wing. Representing a microcosm of the world, the Kunstkammer contains the largest collection of its kind.
Note: The Art History Museum is closed on Mondays. If the tour lands on a Monday, Albertina Museum will be visited instead.
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Budapest city tour or exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Budapest walking tour
Savor the beauty of Buda and Pest, which lie on opposite sides of the Danube, with a panoramic coach tour that reveals all the highlights of this handsome city. Marvel at St. Stephen’s Basilica, the Dohány Street Synagogue, the Hungarian National Museum, the Opera House, and the Parliament Building. In the UNESCO-designated Castle Hill district, you’ll find magnificent St. Matthias Church. Or, “Do as the Locals Do” by hopping on the metro to Lehel Market Hall, an enormous indoor food and fruit market. After enjoying a coffee break at a local coffee house and sweet shop, you’ll head to the oldest garden in Budapest, the beautiful Károlyi Garden, before ending at the National Museum. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Budapest city tour or exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Budapest walking tour
Savor the beauty of Buda and Pest, which lie on opposite sides of the Danube, with a panoramic coach tour. Marvel at St. Stephen’s Basilica, the Hungarian National Museum, and the UNESCO- designated Castle Hill district, where you’ll find the magnificent St. Matthias Church. Or, “Do as the Locals Do” by hopping on the metro to Lehel Market Hall, an enormous indoor food and fruit market. After enjoying a coffee break at a local coffee house and sweet shop, you’ll head to the oldest garden in Budapest, the beautiful Károlyi Garden, before ending at the National Museum. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.
FEATURED EXCURSION: Full-day tour of Vukovar and Osijek with farm visit and home-hosted lunch
Begin the day in Vukovar with a short walking tour and a visit to the Green Market. As you depart Vukovar for Osijek, you’ll notice that many of the city’s buildings have been damaged—a powerful reminder of the devastation visited on Vukovar during the Croatian War of Independence. Then take a walk through Osijek’s Old Town, including an exploration of Tvrd¯a (the 18th-century baroque citadel) and the Church of the Holy Cross, before leaving the cities behind to explore life as it’s lived in the Croatian countryside. You’ll be welcomed to a third-generation family-owned farm, where you’ll be treated to a delicious tapas-style repast. On your drive back to the ship, you’ll enjoy spectacular views of the Kopac?ki Rit, one of the largest intact wetlands in Europe.
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Belgrade city tour with visit to the Royal Grounds of Karadjordjevic Dynasty Palace or exclusive guided “Go Active” “I Bike Belgrade” tour
Welcome to beautiful Belgrade, Serbia’s capital and largest city. Today you have your choice of two ways to see the “White City.” You could enjoy a panoramic tour, driving past the National Museum, Parliament, and Kalemegdan Fortress before touring the Royal Palace. Or, you could see Belgrade as few tourists do—from the seat of a bicycle. Your leisurely route will highlight sites relevant to the city’s more- immediate past, from WWII to today. After enjoying a refreshing stop at a traditional fishermen’s bar, you’ll end with a fantastic view of the city from Kalemegdan Fortress.
Spend a peaceful day cruising the majestic Iron Gates, a spectacularly scenic stretch of the Danube that marks the boundary between Romania and Serbia.
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Belogradchik rock formations or Romanian “Cetate Cultural Port” visit
Explore the lesser-known town of Vidin and visit the extraordinary Belogradchik rocks (their peculiar shapes have given rise to many legends). Or, visit a unique cultural center—the Cetate Cultural Port. Reconstructed from Cetate’s old port, it is now a residence for writers and artists, including Mircea Dinescu, a poet and journalist who was a key figure in the Romanian Revolution.
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanassi with authentic Bulgarian lunch or Rousse walking tour and Ivanovo and Basarbovo monasteries
In Veliko Tarnovo, see the majestic ruins of Tsarevetz Castle. Then visit the frescoed Nativity Church in Arbanassi before stopping at a village restaurant for a typical Bulgarian lunch, complete with live folk music. Or, enjoy a walking tour of charming Rousse, known as “Little Vienna” for its striking neobaroque and neorococo architecture. Then, tour the countryside, including the UNESCO- designated rock-hewn cave churches of Ivanovo and Basarbovo (located in the craggy precincts of a national forest). In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.
FEATURED EXCURSION: Bucharest city tour with People’s Palace visit
Disembark the ship and transfer via motorcoach to Bucharest. Enjoy a panoramic tour of this eclectic capital city, with its mix of monumental Communist buildings and French-influenced architecture, as you make your way to the extraordinary People’s Palace, the house of Parliament (and the largest civilian building in the world!).
Today you can explore Bucharest at your leisure. You might want to take in some of its most striking monuments and landmarks, such as the Arcul de Triump (the Triumphal Arch, modeled after the Arc de Triomphe in Paris) or the Romanian Athenaeum, the beautiful concert hall and home to the Romanian Philharmonic. Or, you could soak up some of the nation’s cultural history by visiting the National Museum of Art of Romania, which houses a collection of both medieval and modern Romanian art, as well as international pieces. You could even visit the Gheorghe Tattarescu Museum, which contains a highly specialized collection: portraits of Romanian revolutionaries in exile.
Transfer to Henri Coanda International Airport for your flight home.