Your vacation begins with an included panoramic tour of the Pest side of the city. See the National Opera House, Parliament Building, Chain Bridge and the 19th-century mansions of Andrássy Avenue. Then, venture through Heroes’ Square before crossing the river to Buda’s Castle District. Visit Matthias Church and enjoy sweeping views of the Danube and the beautiful Hungarian Parliament building from Fishermen’s Bastion. Rejoin your ship in Visegrád for lunch before continuing your scenic cruise along the Danube River.
With this itinerary, you’ll enjoy two full days to explore the Austrian capital of Vienna. Ride along the Ringstrasse, which replaced the city walls in the mid-19th century and tour some of the city’s baroque architecture, including the world-famous Opera House, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and Hofburg Palace. Choose from a variety of optional excursions, such as a bike tour of Vienna, an all-day excursion to the Slovakian capital of Bratislava or a guided tour of Schönbrunn Palace, known as the “Versailles of Vienna.” Spend the evening enjoying a concert of Mozart and Strauss or celebrate the bottling of this year’s wine vintage among the locals at a high-spirited Heurigen dinner.
While in Krems, don’t miss your chance to visit Göttweig. This working Benedictine abbey owns many of the vineyards along the Danube. See the splendid ceiling fresco in its imperial stairwell, one of the largest in the world, and marvel at the stunning abbey church, a masterpiece of baroque architecture. Alternately, you may choose an optional bicycle tour, enjoying a ride along a riverside path considered one of Europe’s most scenic. Back on board, savor some local Austrian specialties as you meander through the captivating Wachau Valley, taking in views of enchanting towns and castle ruins along the way.
Nestled at the confluence of the Inn, Ilz and Danube Rivers, Passau is a charming village with narrow streets and traditional patrician houses. Take a guided walking tour past the New Bishop’s Residence and the impressive baroque St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Alternately, you may opt for an excursion journeying into the countryside to a local farm where you will have the opportunity to join a festive Bavarian party, experiencing traditional German music and food and tasting locally brewed beer. Or, you spend the day exploring glorious Salzburg, where you can wander the Italianate Old Town, marvel at the breathtaking scenery featured in the film The Sound of Music and enjoy lunch at Austria’s oldest restaurant.
Considered one of Europe’s best-preserved medieval cities, Regensburg is the perfect destination for a walking tour. Along the way, you’ll encounter the 12th-century Old Stone Bridge, St. Peter’s Cathedral and a number of idyllic courtyards, 13th- and 14th-century church spires, towers and patrician houses. Take time to stroll the streets, shop or visit Germany’s oldest restaurant, the Alte Würstküche. In the afternoon, you might join an optional excursion to visit Weltenburg Abbey, experiencing a scenic cruise through a stunning mountain pass, one of the most famous bends in the Danube Narrows.