From the “Paris of the East” in Bucharest, Romania, to the “Golden City” of Prague, in the Czech Republic, this Danube River cruise is an odyssey of new discoveries. Begin in Bucharest for a tour of the Romanian capital’s boulevards, Arc de Triomphe, Royal Palace Square, and historic sites from a dramatic history. Sail overnight to St. Gheorghe for an excursion to the Danube Delta at the Black Sea. Join a small-boat guided tour of the Danube Delta’s rivers, and enjoy the serene view of canals and marshes. Enjoy a special “Kilometer 0” celebration of the mighty Danube’s 2,845km journey from the Black Forest to the Black Sea.
On the second portion of your cruise a Master of Wine will travel with you to host lectures, tastings, and tips on food-and-wine pairing. Sail through the Balkans to the Hungarian capital city of Budapest for a visit to a local wine cellar. Enjoy guided sightseeing of Vienna’s historic Habsburg Empire—including the Imperial Palace, Vienna Opera House, and stunning St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Take a guided tour of delightful Dürnstein and explore Melk’s Benedictine Abbey above the vineyard-rich Wachau Valley, where you can taste some of the local wines. Visit Austria’s lovely city of Linz, then pass through the beautiful Schlögen Oxbow river bend on your way to Passau—Germany’s “City of Three Rivers.” Your Danube River cruise concludes in Deggendorf, Germany.
Next, spend two nights in the exquisite city of Prague; enjoy the “Golden City” on your own, in addition to a guided city walk to see Hradčany Castle, St. Vitus Cathedral, and the world-famous Astronomical Clock. This European river cruise adventure from the Black Sea Delta to the Golden City of Prague is not to be missed!