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On this Europe river cruise vacation, you’ll sail along the Danube, Main, Rhine, and Moselle Rivers. Board your ship in vibrant Budapest, Hungary, then see some of the most intriguing cities of Austria and Germany, before ending your cruise in Luxembourg. Sail out of Budapest, past the impressive Parliament Building on the Danube River, to Austria’s elegant capital of Vienna. There’s a guided walk in the quaint village of Dürnstein, in the heart of the Wachau Valley, and a visit to the magnificent Benedictine Abbey of Melk. You’ll be introduced to the treasures of Passau, Regensburg, and Nuremberg, and take an excursion to Bavaria’s capital, Munich. On the banks of the Main River, you’ll find small towns tucked away behind defensive walls and towered gates. These picturesque Bavarian villages are a photographer's dream. Visit Würzburg and the impressive Bishop’s Residenz, then sail into the Rhine River and stop in Rüdesheim—a quintessential Rhine Valley town. Later, cruise the wide, peaceful curves of the Moselle River Valley, famous for its picturesque views, and arrive in the wine village of Bernkastel surrounded by Germany’s largest expanse of vineyards. Before you leave, we’ll introduce you to some of the famed Moselle wines. In Trier, Germany, believed to be even older than Rome—having been populated over a thousand years before the Romans arrived—a Local Guide will show you the sights, including the Porta Nigra, the only surviving fortified gate from the original Roman settlement. Disembark in Luxembourg and take home many happy memories of this fascinating European river cruise!
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Day 1 Budapest (Embarkation):Onboard welcome receptionDay 2 Vienna:Scenic sailing, pass through BratislavaDay 3 Vienna:Guided sightseeingDay 4 Dürnstein–Wachau Valley–Melk:Choice of guided tour, or hike up to the castle ruins in Dürnstein; scenic cruise through the Wachau Valley; guided tour of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk; wine tasting on boardDay 5 Passau:Guided walkDay 6 Regensburg:Guided tour; beer tasting on boardDay 7 Nuremberg:Choice of guided sightseeing in Nuremberg or Roth, or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour Day 8 Nuremberg. Munich excursion:Guided sightseeing in Munich, see the MarienplatzDay 9 Bamberg:Guided walk, see the Old Town Hall; lecture on boardDay 10 Würzburg:Guided sightseeing, visit the Bishop’s ResidenzDay 11 Main River Village:Guided walkDay 12 Rüdesheim–Rhine Gorge:Visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim; special treat; cruise through the Rhine GorgeDay 13 Bernkastel: Guided walk; wine tastingDay 14 Trier:Choice of guided city sightseeing, or “Roman Trier,” see the Porta NigraDay 15 Remich (Disembarkation):Your cruise ends this morning
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