Day 1 | Highlights: Welcome reception
Your journey into wonder begins here. Relax and raise your glass to the days ahead at this evening’s welcome reception.
Day 2 | Amsterdam Highlights: Quitessential Holland
Freechoice: Cruise the canals of Amsterdam, or enjoy a bit of quintessential Holland at Zaanse Schans.
Day 3 | Cologne Highlights: Cologne Cathedral
Freechoice: Explore the unique Neanderthal museum or discover Cologne.
Day 4 | Rhine Gorge > Rüdesheim Highlights: Rhine Gorge
Immerse yourself in charming Rüdesheim, then board the ‘Winzerexpress’ mini train for a guided visit of Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum.
Day 5 | Freudenberg >Tastes of ‘Oktoberfest’ Highlights: Tastes of 'Oktoberfest'
In Freudenberg you’ll get the chance to celebrate the Scenic version of ‘Oktoberfest’, Germany’s famously fun festival. Look forward to joyous oom-pah-pah music, bright festive blue flags, and an abundance of fine beer.
Day 6 | Würzburg Highlights: Romantic Rothenburg
Freechoice: Visit the Bishop’s Residenz Palace or follow the Romantic Road to Rothenburg.
Day 7 | Bamberg Highlights: Christmas Markets
Walk in the footsteps of the town’s medieval traders as an expert local guide gives you an insider tour of Bamberg. There is also time to wander through the Christmas markets and enjoy the festive atmosphere.
Day 8 | Nuremberg Highlights: Tastes of Nuremberg
Freechoice: Visit moving WWII sites or choose something lighter – the ‘Tastes of Nuremberg’, with its delicious local fare.
Later, relax and explore the city’s wonderful Christmas market.
Day 9 | Regensburg Highlights: Danube Gorge
Freechoice: Enjoy a walking tour of Regensburg or board a local ferry and sail the Danube Gorge to Weltenburg Abbey.
Day 10 | Passau > Salzburg Highlights: The Wonder of the Sound of Music
Let the ‘Best of The Sound of Music and Salzburg Show’ transport you to another time and place. Based on the timeless movie of the same name, this exclusive production is performed in the rolling hills of Salzburg.
Day 11 | Melk > Dürnstein Highlights: Magnificent Melk Abbey
Freechoice: Be guided through Melk’s Benedictine Abbey or cycle from Melk to Dürnstein.
Tonight perhaps attend Dürnstein’s beautiful Christmas Mass.
Day 12 | Dürnstein > Vienna Highlights: Merry Christmas
Merry Christmas. Celebrate with newfound friends as you cruise towards Vienna.
Day 13 | Vienna Highlights: Enrich Private Viennese Concert
Discover this elegant city with an enjoyable guided tour.
Breathe in the opulence and luxury of Palais Liechtenstein while enjoying a glass of fine Austrian Sekt. Then be enthralled by an enchanting private Viennese evening concert featuring the timeless music of Strauss and Mozart.
Day 14 | Vienna Highlights: Shop with a Chef
Freechoice: Tour Schönbrunn Palace or discover beautiful Bratislava. Alternatively, visit the world-renowned Spanish Riding School and either tour the stables or see Lipizzaner Stallions perfecting their skills during their morning exercise program. Or join our ‘Shop with a Chef’ option.
Day 15 | Budapest Highlights: Hospital in the Rock Museum
Freechoice: Let an expert guide you through this city of contradictory delights, or unwind at the Thermal Baths and Spa instead. Alternatively, brave the labyrinths of the Hospital in the Rock.
Day 16 | Budapest Highlights: Farewell
Depart after breakfast, Budapest is the end of your cruise, but it will be the start of a lifetime of wonderful memories.