Cruise along the peaceful Danube River through Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, and Germany—stopping at some of Central Europe’s most splendid capitals and charming towns along the way. You’ll be joined by a local beer expert who will give lectures and tastings on board. He’ll take you on a pub crawl and host a food and beer-pairing dinner on board. And there are visits to family-owned breweries in Vienna and Passau, where you of course get to taste their beer!Begin this timeless European river cruise in Budapest, where guided sightseeing acquaints you with the highlights of the vibrant capital of Hungary, such as Heroes Square, Fishermen’s Bastion, and Chain Bridge. Set sail on the Danube, take pictures of the impressive Parliament Building as you leave Budapest, and head for Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. Enjoy a guided walk and visit gothic St. Martin’s Cathedral. Vienna, Austria, the “City of Music,” makes an immediate impression with its lavish Hofburg Imperial Palace and neo-renaissance Vienna Opera House. Enjoy the magnificent views of the picturesque Wachau Valley, with stops for a guided walk in Dürnstein, a visit to the impressive Benedictine Abbey of Melk, and a tasting of some of the renowned local wines. And lastly, a guided walk will take you around Passau, Germany, uniquely located where the Inn, Ilz, and Danube rivers converge, and known for its maze of narrow cobblestone streets lined with beautiful patrician houses and St. Stephen’s Cathedral, a masterpiece of baroque architecture.
Day 1 Budapest (Embarkation): welcome to Budapest; onboard welcome receptionDay 2 Budapest: guided sightseeing, see Fishermen’s Bastion and Heroes’ Square Day 3 Bratislava: Beer lecture; guided sightseeing, visit St. Martin’s CathedralDay 4 Vienna: guided sightseeing; visit Ottakringer family brewery; pub crawl accompanied by your beer expertDay 5 Dürnstein–Melk: guided walk in Dürnstein; guided visit of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk; wine tastingDay 6 Linz: guided walk; onboard Food and Beer Pairing DinnerDay 7 Passau: guided walk; visit Aldersbach BreweryDay 8 Deggendorf (Disembarkation): your vacation ends this morning
In the event of water level problems or any problems of a technical nature, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or to alter the program.Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change is necessary, a substitute will be offered.Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); the responsibility for obtaining a visa rests with the traveler.