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From Holland to Romania, with a host of exciting stops along the way, this river cruise vacation across Europe is truly an adventure!Amsterdam, Holland’s lively capital, is set amongst sophisticated architecture and classic squares and canals with countless museums, cafés, shops, and restaurants to explore. See the treasures of this 700-year-old city on a canal cruise along the elegant grachten. In Germany, enjoy a guided city walk in 2,000-year-old Cologne. There’s guided sightseeing in Würzburg, Bamberg, Nuremberg, and Regensburg, and you’ll sail the Main Danube Canal connecting the Main and Danube Rivers. Melk, Austria, offers the magnificent Benedictine Abbey, and then sail through the picturesque Wachau wine region to Dürnstein, famous for its blue and white baroque Stiftskirche. Guided sightseeing introduces you to three capitals: Vienna, Austria; Bratislava, Slovakia; and Budapest, Hungary. Continue your river cruise adventure on the Lower Danube with an excursion to 2nd-century Pécs, Hungary, where you’ll visit underground burial chambers now part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stop in Serbia’s Belgrade and cruise through the dramatic Iron Gates Gorge. In Bulgaria, visit Belogradchik’s eclectic rock formations, the ancient capital of Veliko Tarnovo, and Arbanassi—with its Church of the Nativity housing an outstanding collection of frescoes.Leave your ship in Oltenita, and head for Romania’s vibrant capital of Bucharest, also known as the “Paris of the East.” A guided tour will show you many of its historical treasures. To round out this fabulous vacation, drive into Transylvania to visit Bran Castle, of Dracula Fame and spend a night in Brasov. Before returning to Bucharest, visit Peles Castle, considered to be one of the most breathtaking castles in Europe.
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Day 1 Amsterdam (Embarkation):Onboard welcome receptionDay 2 Amsterdam:Canal cruiseDay 3 Cologne:Choice of Cologne highlights walking tour, or Jewish Heritage walking tourDay 4 Boppard–Rhine Gorge–Rüdesheim:Scenic cruising through the Rhine Gorge; choice of visit to Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum; enjoy a special treatDay 5 Main River Village:Guided walkDay 6 Würzburg:Guided sightseeing, visit the Bishop’s ResidenzDay 7 Marktbreit:Guided tourDay 8 Kitzingen–Volkach:Guided toursDay 9 Bamberg:Guided tour, see the Old Town HallDay 10 Nuremberg. Excursion to Munich:Guided sightseeing in Munich, see the Marienplatz Day 11 Roth. Excursion to Nuremberg:Choice of guided tour in Roth, or guided tour in Nuremberg, or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tourDay 12 Regensburg:Guided walking tour; special treatDay 13 Passau–Linz:Guided walking tour in PassauDay 14 Melk–Wachau Valley:Guided tour of the Benedectine Abbey in Melk; scenic cruise through the Wachau ValleyDay 15 Vienna:Guided tourDay 16 Budapest:Guided tour, see Heroes’ SquareDay 17 Budapest:Day at leisureDay 18 Mohács. Excursion to Pécs:Choice of guided tour in Pécs, visit the underground tombs; or sightseeing in Mohács, visit St. Nicolas watermillDay 19 Osijek:Guided tour; concert performanceDay 20 Belgrade:Lecture on board; guided tourDay 21 Donji Milanovac–Iron Gates:Visit Lepenski Vir archaeological site; cruise through the dramaticIron Gates gorgeDay 22 Vidin. Excursion to Belogradchik:Guided tour in Vidin, excursion to Belogradchik, see the rock formationsDay 23 Excursion to Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanassi–Rousse:Choice of full day guided tour, visit to Tsarevet’s Fortress in Veliko Tarnovo, and the Ethnographic Museum and the Church of the Nativity in Arbanassi; or guided tour in RousseDay 24 Oltenita (Disembarkation)–Brasov:Transfer to Sinaia, visit Peles CastleDay 25 Brasov:Brasov guided tour; visit Bran Castle Day 26 Brasov–Bucharest:Transfer to Bucharest and guided tour Day 27 Bucharest:Your vacation ends this morning
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