2019: September: European Gems

14 Night / 15 Day

European Gems
Departs 13 September 2019

AT - LOWER AUSTRIA: Duernstein and River Danube


(Based On lead In Cabin Type, Price Subject To Cabin Availability

✓ 14 nights cruising on a premium Travelmarvel river ship
✓ Services of a Travelmarvel Cruise Director, an Entertainment & Activities Coordinator, and local guides
✓ 41 meals – 14 breakfasts (B), 13 lunches (L) and 14 dinners (D)
✓ Daily bottled water, tea and coffee, as well as soft drink,
beer and local wine during lunch and dinner on your cruise
✓ Explore 14 towns, villages and cities
✓ Transfers, port charges and tipping

✓ Sample local delicacies on a tour of the Vienna Naschmarkt
✓ Enjoy a festive night of Bavarian beer, food and folk dancing
✓ Immerse yourself in German culture as you’re welcomed into the home of a local Miltenberg family for coffee and cake
✓ Explore World Heritage-listed Augustusburg Castle in Brühl, former home to the archbishop-elector Clemens August

✓ See the stunning city lights of Budapest come to life on a magical twilight cruise on the Danube
✓ Take a guided tour through magnificent Melk Abbey
✓ Explore the historic towns of Regensburg, Nuremberg, Bamberg, Würzburg and Rüdesheim
✓ Cruise the magnificent Wachau Valley and Rhine Gorge
✓ Criss-cross Amsterdam’s canals aboard a glass-top boat


Day 1. Arrive Budapest
Arrive in Budapest and be met at the airport. Board your river ship  hen enjoy an elegant Captain’s Welcome Reception. Set off on a twilight cruise along the Danube through the heart of Budapest. Pass under the Chain Bridge and glide by the Hungarian Parliament
Building perched right on the edge of the Danube River.14 Nights: aboard your premium
Travelmarvel river ship. D
Day 2. Budapest
Enjoy views of Budapest and learn how the twin cities of Buda and Pest were unified in the 19th century, bisected by the Danube. After breakfast, a local guide will lead your
discovery through the city. Learn the history of the regal Buda Castle and see the Hungarian Parliament Building. BLD

Day 3. Vienna
Embrace the splendour of the former Habsburg empire in Vienna. Pay a visit to the Naschmarkt, the most popular food and produce market in Vienna. Attend a wonderful concert featuring a range of different music through the ages, including some compositions by Mozart and Strauss as well as music from the movie ‘The Sound of Music’. BLD

Day 4. Vienna
Visit the Spanish Riding School, or head to the Hofburg area and the Imperial Treasury. You’ll be spoilt for choice in a city so rich in impressive historical buildings, great cafes, and fabulous shopping opportunities, so be sure to ask your expert Cruise Director for
any insider tips. Perhaps visit Schönbrunn Palace, to see one of Austria’s finest examples
of baroque architecture. BLD

Day 5. Dürnstein, Melk
In Dürnstein, you have free time to explore at your own pace. The town is overlooked by castle ruins perched dramatically on a hilltop. Continue to Melk for a tour of magnificent Melk Abbey. Back on your ship, cruise through the picturesque Wachau Valley. BLD

Day 6. Passau
Choose to disembark and ride a bike along the riverside to the ‘Three Rivers City’ of Passau, where the rivers Inn and Ilz join the Danube. Perhaps, travel to Salzburg and enjoy a tour of the sights from ‘The Sound of Music’. This evening, enjoy an authentic Bavarian experience on board as you are treated to local beer and snacks, accompanied by traditional folk music, song and dance. BLD

Day 7. Regensburg
Continue cruising along the Danube River to Regensburg. Join a guided walking tour which highlights the medieval city’s story through the ages. See the ancient Stone Bridge, the Old Town Hall, and the World Heritage-listed city centre. Re-board your river ship for lunch and relax on board. BLD

Day 8. Nuremberg
Enter the Main-Danube Canal and cross Europe’s Continental Divide. Continue to Nuremberg and learn about the city’s Nazi era as you see such sights as the Zeppelin Field and the Palace of Justice, before paying a visit to the site of the Nuremberg rallies, held annually from 1927 to 1938. BLD

Day 9. Bamberg
Cruise along the last stretch of the Main-Danube Canal before arriving at the World Heritage-listed city of Bamberg. Choose between an afternoon of free time or a guided tour, during which you’ll gaze upon such sights as the Old Town Hall and the Bamberg Cathedral. A visit to one of the historic taverns, complete with locals enjoying pretzels and steins of smoked ale, is a great way to get a taste for the Bavarian culture. BLD

Day 10. Würzburg
Board a coach and travel through green hills and rich vineyards on the fringe of the town of Würzburg. Admire its magnificent baroque palace, the Würzburg Residence. You might like to enhance your journey even further with an excursion to medieval Rothenburg. Discover the magical Christmas museum and shop, as well as narrow cobblestone streets and alleys, overlooked by imposing towers and ramparts. This evening, cruise towards Miltenberg. BLD

Day 11. Miltenberg
Disembark your river ship and travel through the town of Miltenberg. Get a glimpse into local life as you are welcomed into the home of a friendly Miltenberg family, eager to share stories of their town’s history and way of life. This evening, enjoy dinner on board before settling into the Lounge to watch the glittering lights of medieval towns and villages gliding past. BLD

Day 12. Rüdesheim, Rhine Gorge
In Rüdesheim, visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. Afterwards, admire the steep slopes and vineyards of the Rhine Gorge, as well as Lorelei Rock and Pfalzgrafenstein Castle. BLD

Day 13. Cologne, Brühl
In Cologne, behold the architectural masterpiece of its famous cathedral, the Kölner Dom. Visit the World Heritage-listed Augustusburg Castle and take a walk through its gardens. BLD

Day 14. Amsterdam
Cruise to Amsterdam. Enjoy free time at Museum Square and perhaps explore the canal-crossed streets of this cosmopolitan city. Back on board your river ship, enjoy a Captain’s Farewell Dinner. BLD

Day 15. Disembark Ship, Depart Amsterdam. 
After breakfast, disembark your river ship and transfer to the airport for your onward flight. B


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