Up The Rhine & Down The Danube
- Duration: -1 days
- Board Basis: Full Board
- Tour Ref: D2TRIVUPRHI18/SR16R
- Travel Type: Eurostar
Join us for a voyage of discovery as we follow the course of the Dutch Waterways, Rhine, the Main, the Main-Danube canal and the Danube on an incredible journey from Amsterdam to Budapest. Cruising through five countries, we witness some of Europe’s greatest sights at a leisurely pace, from the spectacular natural landscape of the Rhine Gorge and the Wachau valley to the fascinating cities of Amsterdam, Cologne, Würzburg, Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest. Optional excursions are available so you can make the most of your time ashore, while our floating hotel is the perfect base to relax and admire the passing scenery.
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
- Return travel from the UK
- Welcome drink, Captain’s get-together & party night
- En suite cabin accommodation aboard the ms Serenity
- Fourteen nights’ cruise on a full board basis
- Early risers and mid morning tea/coffee
- Entertainment every night of your cruise
- Visits to Amsterdam, Cologne, Rüdesheim, Mainz, Miltenberg, Würzburg, Bamberg, Nuremberg, Regensburg, Passau, Linz, Melk, Vienna, Bratislava & Budapest
- Services of our experienced and friendly Cruise Director and Cruise Manager
Day 1: UK – Amsterdam
We travel to Amsterdam, the vibrant capital of the Netherlands, and enjoy a relaxing evening onboard our ship.
Day 2: Amsterdam – Cologne
This morning you are free to explore Amsterdam or join our optional city tour which takes in the main sights. We cast off this afternoon for Cologne.
Day 3: Cologne
Relax on the sun deck as we cruise along to the largest city on the Rhine, Cologne. Here you can join our optional walking tour which also visits the enormous gothic cathedral.
Day 4: Cologne - Rüdesheim
Relax on the sun deck as we cruise along the Rhine, which leads us through the spectacular Rhine Gorge and past the legendary Lorelei. We stop at the quaint wine town of Rüdesheim where you can enjoy many highlights on our optional excursion, including a cable car ride for panoramic views across the Rhine valley. Join our evening optional excursion visiting a traditional wine cellar to sample some of the region’s delicious wine.
Day 5: Rüdesheim - Mainz
Mainz, is a fascinating city heralded as the wine capital of Germany. Here you have the morning free to explore or join our optional coach excursion visiting the majestic city of Heidelberg, home of Germany’s oldest university. Later today we set sail for Miltenberg.
Day 6: Miltenberg
This morning you are can enjoy free time to explore the historic Miltenberg, the pearl of the river Main. The half-timbered houses fill the Old Market Place. The oldest part of the town sits between the Main River and the mountain Greinberg. This afternoon we set sail for Würzburg
Day 7: Würzburg
This morning you are free to explore the city of Würzburg, which served as the home of powerful prince-bishops for centuries. Join our optional excursion to visit Würzburg Palace – one of the finest pieces of baroque art in the world, its 8th century church and the Fortress Marienberg.
Day 8: Bamberg
We arrive in Bamberg in the afternoon, which is located at the start of the Main-Danube canal. Surrounded by seven hills, it boasts the most intact centre in Germany with the old town listed as a world heritage site because of its authentic medieval appearance. Join our city tour to enjoy the main sights including the cathedral, Altenburg Castle, the Old Town Hall and the former Benedictine Monastery. This evening we cruise along the Main-Danube canal towards Nuremberg.
Day 9: Nuremberg
Nuremberg is Bavaria’s second largest city after Munich. The majority of the city walls still stand and inside you can enjoy a wonderful atmosphere, which combines medieval and modern life in an area filled with gothic churches, aristocratic houses, fountains, memorials and romantic corners, all dominated by the Kaiser Castle. Our optional excursion is a great way to make the most of our visit, before we join the Danube and cruise towards Regensburg.
Day 10: Regensburg
We arrive in Regensburg around breakfast time, which lies at the northernmost point of the Danube. Our optional city tour takes you around the beautifully preserved medieval centre to admire the many sights. Later this afternoon we cruise towards Passau.
Day 11: Passau - Linz
Passau is known as the ‘three rivers city’ due to its unique location where the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers meet. You have free time to explore the old town which has a stunning display of Italian baroque-style architecture. Join us on an optional trip to Mozart’s famed birthplace, Salzburg, we return to the ship in Linz. We reach Linz in the evening where we berth for the evening.
Day 12: Melk & Wachau Valley – Vienna
This morning we arrive in the Austrian town of Melk, which is filled with cobbled streets and attractive buildings. It is also overlooked by one of the most splendid monastic houses in Austria – the Benedictine Abbey, which you can visit on our optional excursion. In the afternoon you can relax on deck as we cruise through the Wachau valley, which stretches 24 miles through stunning scenery, with many charming towns, terraced vineyards, castles and monasteries. We reach Vienna in the evening where we berth overnight.
Day 13: Vienna - Bratislava
Spend the morning experiencing the delights of Vienna, capital of Austria and birthplace of classical music. More than 150 grand palaces, over 27 baroque castles, impressive squares and striking monuments are just some of the key features of this magnificent city, whose historic centre is inscribed on the world heritage list. In the morning you can join our optional city tour. We cruise over the border into Slovakia, stopping at Bratislava, where you can join our walking tour or spend time exploring the old town which is centred on two squares, with winding streets, a hill top castle and many remarkable building.
Day 14: Budapest
We cruise this morning to Budapest, described as one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Join our optional city tour which introduces you to the highlights on both sides of the river, including the 700-year-old Matthias Church, Parliament building – a magnificent example of neo-gothic architecture, and Buda Castle, which rises 48 metres above the river.
Day 15: Budapest – Munich (Rail) / UK (Air)
This morning we bid farewell to our captain and crew and disembark our ship. Passengers travelling by air will be transferred to the airport for the return flight. Passengers travelling by rail travel to Munich , where we check into our overnight hotel.
Day 16: Munich – UK (Rail)
After breakfast we continue our return journey back to the UK.
This 4 star ship exudes luxury and style together with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, so you can enjoy an unforgettable cruise experience. Accommodation for 190 passengers is split over three decks which are all accessible by a lift. Excellent service and attention to detail are the priority of the captain and crew who are looking forward to welcoming you on board. Cabin Accommodation Main Deck cabins on the lower deck feature two small viewing windows, twin beds which are folded away during the day, allowing more space. Amenities include air-conditioning, en suite shower with wc, radio, satellite TV, safe and hairdryer. There is also a small desk and chair. Middle Deck cabins feature large sliding windows, two separate beds that are folded into sofas during the day, giving you space to relax in your cabin during the day. Amenities include air-conditioning, en suite shower with wc, radio, satellite TV, safe and hairdryer. Again there is a small desk and chair. Panorama Deck cabins which are the highest standard cabin aboard the ms Serenity are located on the upper deck and boast a French Balcony offering excellent river views. The cabins feature twin beds that are folded away during the day and amenities include air-conditioning, en suite shower with wc, radio, satellite TV, safe and hairdryer. As with all the other cabins there is a small desk and chair. Lounge Bar The spacious and attractive lounge is located on the main deck and ensures much cosiness on board. It’s a great place to meet your fellow guests and relax as you watch the scenery pass by. Lido Bar A unique feature aboard the ms Serenity is the lovely Lido bar situated to the rear of the Panorama deck which leads out to an outdoor terrace. Here you can sit and enjoy the fresh air whilst socialising over a drink or two! Restaurant The spacious Panorama Restaurant is the perfect place to enjoy your included meals, where you are looked after by the highly professional and friendly service team. Meals are served at a single sitting and the menus include international cuisine along with traditional local dishes, freshly prepared by your onboard chef. Sun Deck On the Sun Deck you can enjoy commanding views of the river whilst you relax in comfortable surroundings. The area is equipped with furniture including comfortable lounge chairs and awnings. There is also a lift on board which allows access to every deck on the ship.