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  • Melk Abbey, Austria

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Save up to £10,000 per couple on 2019 departures and enjoy savings on these 15-day luxury European river cruises from Amsterdam to Budapest or vice versa, including flights, drinks, tours, meals, tips and more. Fares start from just £2,995pp. This is a secret sale so we can't tell you the cruise line, but we're sure you won't be disappointed!

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2019 Departure Dates

  • June 7, 8, 21, 22
  • July 5, 6, 19, 20

Included in the price:

  • Return economy flights
  • Unique cultural experiences in towns, villages and cities
  • All meals with selected beverages included on board the luxury river ship‡
  • Services of a Cruise Director and expert local guides
  • Overseas transfers, port charges and tipping

Exclusive trip highlights:

  • Sail in all-inclusive luxury along one of Europe's great rivers
  • Enjoy a private cocktail concert in Vienna
  • Board a mountain rail journey from Budapest
  • Enjoy a Cocktail reception and piano recital at a castle in Germany
  • Tour three of Europe’s great cities – Amsterdam, Vienna and Budapest

Amsterdam to Budapest itinerary

Day 1. Arrive Amsterdam

  • Fly from the UK to Amsterdam. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your ship, where you'll drop your bag in your cabin, before a welcome reception in the evening.
    • After your first dinner on board, you may like to explore the city at your own pace


    Explore Amsterdam's charming waterways and splendid architecture

    Day 2. Amsterdam

    • Choose from two activities today: a cruise of Amsterdam’s canals or visiting the beautiful Zaanse Schans. Tonight, attend a gala welcome dinner
    • Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

    Day 3. Cologne

    • Take a tour through the historic city centre, or sample local beers and snacks on a walking tour. Alternatively, embark on a bike ride to see City Hall and the remains from Roman times and the Middle Ages.
    • Tonight, rejoin your ship in Bonn and cruise to Andernach for an exclusive visit to Namedy Castle. This 14th-century residence is home to Princess Heide von Hohenzollern who has opened the doors of her castle just for you. Afterwards, enjoy some free time to wander about the castle’s rooms, hidden nooks and grounds, then enjoy a cocktail party in the ballroom, where a pianist sets the mood
    • Breakfast, lunch and dinner included


    Visit the historic city of Cologne

    Day 4. Rüdesheim

    • Glide past crumbling ruins that cling to rocky cliffs and rolling hillsides marked with perfectly planted vineyards
    • Dock in Rüdesheim, one of Germany’s most revered cultural and historic cities, and choose todays sightseeing activity. Take a tour of Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum, home to the world’s most beautiful collection of fascinating automated musical instruments.
    • Breakfast, lunch and dinner included


    Cruise past the beautiful vineyards of Rüdesheim

    Day 5. Miltenberg. Arrive in Miltenberg

    • Witness the skilful art of glass-blowing on board as you cruise toward the pretty Franconian town of Miltenberg this morning.
    • Watch on in wonder as a highly skilled expert creates beautifully crafted objects using traditional techniques, and learn more about this time-honoured tradition.
    • Spared from the destruction of World War II, the town of Miltenberg is much like a time capsule, revealing what old-world village life was like in Germany before the war. Featuring remarkably preserved buildings and lively town squares, this is a beautiful example of Germany’s pre-war history.
    • Sightseeing choice - Perhaps stroll along the winding cobblestone lanes, explore quaint half-timbered shops, mingle with friendly residents and sample some delicious local fare along the way. Alternatively, acquaint yourself with the German language during an interactive lesson on board your ship. Otherwise be guided through a picturesque Franconian vineyard as you learn about the specialty wines of the region during a hike.
    • Breakfast, lunch and dinner included


    Experience the pristine pre-war architecture of Miltenberg

    Day 6. Würzburg

    • The immense architectural beauty of Würzburg is on display today as you stroll through this fascinating city to the Würzburg Residence. An 18th-century palace that once belonged to the Prince-Bishops of Würzburg, this regal building is home to a number of historic wonders.
    • Marvel at the intricate tapestries, gilded stucco work and ceiling frescoes by famed Tiepolo
    • Sightseeing choice -If you prefer to see more of the countryside, embark on a journey along the Romantic Road, one of Germany’s original and most celebrated holiday routes. This beautiful thoroughfare takes you through lush wooden swathes of land to the marvellous medieval town of Rothenburg where you’ll stop for an insightful tour. Otherwise, visit a family-owned farm, where you’ll tour the property before sitting down to morning tea as you learn about local farming life.
    • Breakfast, lunch and dinner included


    Würzburg's hilltop castle is a sight to marvel

    Day 7. Bamberg

    • This morning your ship will arrive in World Heritage-listed Bamberg, another of the few German cities that wasn’t destroyed during World War II.
    • Here you will explore the Old Town, with a guide, to discover a range of historic churches and buildings, including the town hall on the River Regnitz.
    • Following your tour, rejoin your ship to cruise onto the Main-Danube Canal. Having taken 32 years to construct, the canal links the North and Black seas and is recognised as a feat of modern engineering.
    • Breakfast, lunch and dinner included


    The town of Bamberg, also spared from destruction, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site

    Day 8. Nuremberg

    • Choose your sightseeing activity today in Nuremberg.
    • A historic tour takes you to a selection of World War II sites, including the Reich Party Rally Grounds, the site of Hitler’s now infamous annual rallies that were held from 1927 to 1938. Discover medieval architecture, including the 900-year-old ramparts that surround the city, the Imperial Castle and much more.
    • Alternatively, walk in the footsteps of Swedish King Gustavus-Adolphus, with a hike through the Schwarzach Valley. Back on board, sample some delicious freshly baked gingerbread while cruising the Main-Danube Canal
    • Breakfast, lunch and dinner included


    Medieval architecutre and an imperial castle dominate the Nuremberg skyline

    Day 9. Regensburg

    • Choose your sightseeing activity today in Regensburg
    • On a guided walking tour taking in the city’s highlights, see such sites as the iconic Old Town Hall and the World Heritage-listed city centre.
    • Alternatively, learn how to polka during a fun Bavarian dance lesson.
    • Another option is a gourmet walking tour, where you will discover culinary secrets of past centuries. Then, gain an insight into the art of haute cuisine at the Michelin-starred restaurant Storstad, where you will enjoy a presentation and the chance to sample a variety of delights.
    • Or perhaps hear an informative talk on board from a student of the University of Regensburg.
    • Breakfast, lunch and dinner included


    Learn how to dance like a Bavarian in the quaint town of Regensburg

    Day 10. Passau, Salzburg, Linz

    • Explore Salzburg, where a city tour includes some of the sights from the classic film, The Sound of Music.
    • Or embark on a full-day journey to Český Krumlov in the Czech Republic, renowned for its World Heritage-listed status. With a stunning 13th-century castle above the Vltava River, its old town square and quaint lanes are teeming with ancient architecture.
    • Breakfast, lunch and dinner included


    Relive The Sound of Music in Salzburg

    Day 11. Melk, Dürnstein

    • Cruise through the Wachau Valley wine region today.
    • On arrival to Dürnstein, roam the village’s cobblestone lanes at your leisure and perhaps view the ruins of the castle where Richard the Lionheart, the King of England, was -imprisoned in 1192. On select autumn departures, perhaps participate in some vineyard work at a local winery as part of the wine harvest season.
    • Sightseeing choices - Disembark in Melk for a guided tour of Melk Abbey, one of the world’s most famous monastic sites. Or join a local guide for a tour of the town. You may then choose to ride a bike along the banks of the Danube River from Melk to -Durnstein, or rejoin your ship and cruise to -Durnstein instead.
    • Breakfast, lunch and dinner included


    Visit the castle where Richard the Lionheart was kept captive

    Day 12. Vienna

    • Arrive in Vienna, Austria’s capital, home to striking architecture, a rich classical musical culture and vibrant cafés.
    • Take in a number of the city’s most important landmarks as you enjoy an orientation tour along the Ringstrasse, Vienna’s famous ringed boulevard officially opened by Emperor Franz Joseph I in 1865. You’ll then embark on a guided walk to the impressive St Stephen’s Cathedral
    • Tonight, another experience awaits at the princely family of Liechtenstein’s City Palace in the heart of Vienna. Attend an exclusive Cocktail Reception and a private concert featuring members of the Mozart Boys’ Choir, a full orchestra performing classical masterpieces by Strauss and Mozart, and an operatic recital of some of the world’s most famous arias. In keeping with Viennese tradition, the evening draws to a close with a performance of the Radetzky March.
    • Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

    Day 13-14. Budapest

    • Arrive in Budapest and choose your sightseeing activity for the day
    • Follow in the footsteps of Elisabeth of Bavaria (Sisi) and embark on an imperial train journey. Enjoy a Welcome Reception at Budapest’s Royal Waiting Room, then board your elegant steam train, which features carriages from the early 1900s. A traditional game lunch worthy of royalty is served, before disembarking for a guided tour of Gödöllő Palace, a favourite of Sisi. Later, enjoy a Cocktail Reception at Budapest’s Royal Waiting Room before returning to the ship. Operates on all departures between May and September.
    • Perhaps embark on a city tour that offers the Fisherman’s Bastion, Heroes’ Square and more.
    • Should you be feeling energetic, perhaps hike to Castle Hill or for a more relaxed pace, embark on a culinary tour of the Great Market Hall.
    •  Enjoy one final highlight as your ship sets off on a twilight cruise through the city. Be enchanted by the lights of the remarkable Hungarian capital sparkling around you as you enjoy your last night aboard - the perfect end to an unforgettable journey.
    • Breakfast, lunch and dinner included


    Budapest's Parliament was modelled on our very own in London

    Day 15. Disembark ship and depart Budapest

    • After a final delicious breakfast on board, it is time to bid farewell to your new-found friends as you disembark your luxurious river ship for the last time in Budapest. Upon disembarkation, you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight to the UK

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    Terms and conditions:

    • Prices are per person, twin share and include saving where applicable
    • Savings are subject to availability
    • **Advertised from fare of £2,995 pp based on travel in cat E accommodation on all departures. Some dates have limited availability.
    • **Save up to £10,000 per couple based on OS+ Grades of accommodation - fares now from £5,047 pp, were from £10,095 pp

    ***All prices are per person twin share and include savings where applicable. Solo supplements apply, and are available upon request. Prices correct as at 16 April 2019. Offers valid on new bookings made from 16 April 2019 until sold out. Travel is valid on May – July 2019 departures only. Not combinable with any other offer unless specified, and can be withdrawn at any time. Full payment is required at the time of booking, Airfares are subject to availability of booking class at the time of booking; once booking class is sold out surcharges will apply. ‡Complimentary beverages exclude French Champagne, premium spirits and selected wines.  No cash alternative available. Standard booking terms and conditions apply.

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