To make the most of your time, we highly recommend adding on one of their pre- or post-cruise land programs. For the Romantic Danube cruise, the options were Prague for three days pre-cruise and Budapest for 3 days post-cruise. We did them both. In both destinations, you stay at luxury hotels and are taken on grand city walking tours by knowledgeable tour guides. You are in great hands and always learn so much more than you would on your own.
During the bus transfer from Prague to Vilshofen, you get to explore one of Germany’s oldest medieval cities and UNESCO World Heritage Site, Regensburg. Here is your first introduction to the Bavaria and it’s quite a charming town.
Upon arrival, you are greeted with an Oktoberfest of your very own where you can enjoy pretzels and beer while listening to Bavarian folk music on the dock of Vilshofen — a 1200 year-old Bavarian town.
On your first day aboard, you get to enjoy a wine tasting brought to you by a featured winemaker (ours was from Arizona) and enjoy an afternoon in Passau – a 2000 year-old city with Gothic and Italian Baroque architecture.
The next four days are spent in Austria to soak up the beauty in the Wachau Valley. You get the opportunity to explore the one of the smallest towns in Austria, D‚àö¬∫rnstein, as well as the largest city, Vienna. You get to enjoy wine tasting in the Wachau Valley, explore the church where “The Sound of Music” was filmed, and see Mozart’s birthplace and churches where he had residence. Pending your choice of excursions, you can also enjoy the grand city of Linz, the majestic Austrian Lake Districts, and Melk’s Benedictine Abbey. Whatever your preference –quiet town or cosmopolitan city — they have an excursion that feels hand-picked for you. If you’d also like to skip a walking tour and explore the area on your own, you are also welcome to enjoy some local shopping, different sights, and get some land time to yourself.
The final day is spent on route to Budapest where you are met with an extraordinary view on the Danube — view of Buda on the right, Pest on the left. Without leaving your ship, you can view the Fisherman’s Bastion, the Hungarian Parliament, the Citadella, the
Sz‚àö¬©chenyi Chain Bridge,
and so much more. Budapest is such a grand, old city that you can’t help but marvel at the architecture all around you.