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Cruise Europe | Scenic Amber's Gems of the Danube

Sample Itinerary


Europe, Hungary, Budapest, Germany, Vienna, Austria

Trip Duration

7 nights / 8 days

Culturally rich and historically resonant, explore the heart of Bavaria as you set sail on the legendary Danube River from Nuremberg, Germany to Budapest, Hungary, discovering medieval cities, architectural wonders, fine wines, and the arts and music of the masters for an enthralling European cruise experience.

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Day 1: Nuremberg, Germany |

Transfer to your luxurious Scenic Amber cruise ship for embarkation. Raise a glass to your voyage as you meet your fellow travelers tonight at a welcome reception and dinner as the ship departs for its first port.

Day 2: Nuremberg, Germany |

Following a leisurely breakfast this morning, disembark to the fascinating 11th-century Bavarian city of Nuremberg, with your choice of experiences. Explore this fascinating medieval city by foot with your local guide, discovering the castle, stone towers and old churches in the Altstadt (Old Town) or witness remarkable WWII sites including the museum exhibition of the Documentation Centre Nazi Party Rally Grounds, a comprehensive reminder of the National Socialist regime. Return to the ship at any time to enjoy daily meals included onboard.

Day 3: Regensberg, Germany |

Wake up this morning in one of Germany's medieval gems, for a walking tour highlighting the charm of the city's historical architectural wonders including the Old Town Hall and Porta Praeroria, an arched stone gate to the Roman Castra Regina. For those who want to explore on their own, enjoy a leisurely bicycle journey with your customized GPS device to the neoclassical Walhalla monument, honoring the distinguished Germans of history or take a ferry to Weltenburg Abbey, one of the world's oldest monastic breweries for an opportunity to sample notable beers. Relax onboard tonight with a mouthwatering made-to-order culinary experience and follow the twinkling stars as you sail forward to your next port.

Day 4: Passau, Germany/Linz, Austria |

Known as a three-river city, Passau welcomes visitors with its commanding 13th century hilltop fortress and old town below housing St. Stephen's Cathedral, its distinctive dome-towers and 17,974 pipe-organ. Take a side excursion to the medieval Czech city of Cesky Krumlow, exploring its World Heritage old town and centuries-old castle. Or visit romantic Salzburg, the birthplace of Mozart, home to fairytale palaces and filming location for the Sound of Music. Later in the day, sail to the contemporary city of Linz, discovering its Main Square brimming with Baroque influences, backstreet shops and restaurants. Tonight, savor your choice of chef-prepared cuisine onboard for dinner and evening entertainment.

Day 5: Melk/Durnstein, Austria |

After your morning coffee or workout on board, go ashore to on a guided excursion to the magnificent Benedictine Abbey. Set high above the town of Melk, this 18th-century monastery houses an expansive collection of medieval manuscripts from the 12th to the 15th centuries and entombs members of Austria's first ruling dynasty. For an independent day of discovery, choose to embark on a leisurely, guided bike tour along the banks of the river to Durnstein, savoring magnificent views of the rolling hills, vineyards and fortresses of the stunning Wachau Valley. Return to the ship at any time to enjoy daily meals included onboard.

Day 6: Vienna, Austria |

Start your day with a tantalizing morning meal before your exciting shore excursion. From imperial palaces and masterpiece-filled museums to the musical piece de resistance of Mozart and Beethoven, there is much to see and do in this legendary, classical capital of Austria. Choose a guided excursion of historic Bratislava, Slovakia, or uncover the secrets and lavish lifestyle of the Habsburg Empire at the Baroque Schonbrunn Palace. Pedal your way through the city on a guided cycling tour or admire the exquisite collection of art including Monet, van Gough and the largest collection of Klimt paintings at the Belvedere Museum. If you prefer, immerse in the elegance of Palais Liechtenstein and its two distinct palaces: the Garden Palace and the City Palace, while enjoying a glass of fine Austrian Sekt, followed by a magical, private Viennese evening concert featuring the timeless music of Strauss and Mozart, for an unforgettable experience.

Day 7: Budapest, Hungary |

Begin your morning with a delicious breakfast before your final shore excursion. A cultural and historical hub, explore Hungary's vibrant capital city with a guided tour from Matthias Church and Heroes' Square to the Hospital in the Rock Museum and thermal spas, plus a piano concert, or delve into culture and heritage with a visit to the Jewish Quarter, home to Europe's largest synagogue and its memorial park. For an invigorating excursion, take a guided hike to Buda Castle Hill, reveling in panoramic views or head to Szentendre, marveling at its Baroque architecture, cobbled streets and alleys lined with art galleries, museums and shops.

This evening, gather for a final farewell featuring tantalizing culinary masterpieces and favorite wines, highlighting the cultures, flavors and traditions of the regions, followed by live entertainment onboard. Make a toast under the stars for a grand finale to an enchanting river voyage.

Day 8: Budapest, Hungary/Disembark |

Following breakfast this morning, disembark and transfer to your post-cruise destination or to the airport for your flight home. Until we meet again ... Bon Voyage! With many options across Europe, peruse Journese' elite portfolio for the ideal post-cruise resort stay and many activity and excursion options.

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