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Danube River Cruise

Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary

Passau, Germany
After arriving in Munich, Germany, transfer to Passau, one of Germany’s oldest cities situated at the confluence of the Inn, Ilz and Danube rivers. Passau is a beautiful and fascinating fairytale town with a history dating back more than 2,000 years. During an included city tour, admire graceful arcades, cobblestone streets and see the breathtaking Baroque cathedral of St. Stephan which contains the largest pipe organ in the world with 17,000 pipes. Enjoy an organ concert in the Cathedral and then some free time.

LinzLinz, Austria
In the 2nd century, Roman soldiers built a fortified camp on the riverbank, and in the 15th century, Emperor Frederick III built a castle high above the river. Today the city’s history is told through its Baroque architecture which surrounds an ancient market square. From Linz, you may choose to join an optional full-day excursion to Mozart’s Salzburg where in the Old Town you can walk the famous Getreidegasse shopping lane, past Mozart’s birthplace.

Melk and Dürnstein, Austria Arriving early in the morning in Melk, join an optional excursion to visit the glorious and magnificent 900-year-old Benedictine Abbey (UNESCO World Heritage Site). This 1,000-year-old golden abbey perched high above the Danube boasts a breathtakingly opulent Baroque interior. See the Marble Hall and Library with its thousands of identically bound books and also its terraced gardens, which command breathtaking views over the river. Later return to your cruise ship and sail to the pretty medieval town of Dürnstein “The Pearl of the Wachau” set in Austria’s spectacular vine-terraced Wachau valley. Dürnstein with its cobblestone streets and old burgher houses is dominated by the magnificent baroque Stiftskirche with its blue façade and the ruined hilltop Kuenringerburg Castle, which served as a prison to England’s Richard the Lionhearted in 1193.

Vienna, Austria
For over 600 years, the magnificent baroque capital city of Vienna was the seat of the mighty Habsburg Emperors, a heritage that has bestowed it with many dazzling palaces and monuments: the lavish Hofburg Palace, the impressive Vienna Opera House, the majestic Ringstrasse. The capital is also known as the “City of Music” for having once been the home of composers such as Beethoven, Schubert, Mozart and Johann Strauss. On an optional excursion, see the famous Kärtnerstrasse pedestrian street as well as the magnificent St. Stephen’s Cathedral, noted for its Gothic edifice. Next see the Mozart House, where Mozart lived and wrote his most important works, including The Marriage of Figaro. Continue on foot to the Hofburg Complex and the Treasury.Old Vienna is ideal for exploring independently. Or choose an optional excursion to the summer Palace of Schonbrunn with its magnificent interiors and landscaped gardens. We will stay overnight in Vienna so that the following morning you can explore more of the city on your own.

Danube RiverBratislava, Slovakia
Enjoy the views as your river ship sails to Bratislava, Slovakia’s capital (formerly known as Pressburg and for more than three centuries during the Middle Ages, capital of Hungary.) On an included panoramic tour of the city see the imposing Bratislava Castle built more than 1,000 years ago, the National Slovakian Theatre and Blumental Church. After passing through the Vienna Gate, discover Bratislava’s charming old quarter on foot, admiring St. Martin’s Cathedral, the coronation site of 11 Hungarian monarchs, and quaint central square with its fairytale Town Hall.

Esztergom, Hungary
The striking skyline of 1,000-year-old Esztergom is dominated by the massive dome of the Basilica. This magnificent cathedral is reminiscent of St. Peter’s in Rome.

Budapest, Hungary
Be on deck for a breathtaking morning cruise into Budapest, one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. The city straddles both banks of the Danube linked by seven bridges, including the famous Chain and Elizabeth Bridges. An included morning sightseeing tour presents you with a fantastic opportunity to become acquainted with Hungary’s beautiful capital. Enjoy a photo stop at Gellert Hill, see historic Buda Castle, 500-year-old Matthias Church, St. Stephen’s Basilica, the distinctive Fisherman’s Bastion and the marvelous Royal Palace.Enjoy some time in the afternoon to explore on you own and shop for renowned peasant embroidery, Herend porcelain and paprika. In the afternoon join an optional excursion to visit the Parliament with its lace-worked stone façade, the Opera House and Heroes Square. In the evening enjoy a Farewell Dinner on board followed by a Hungarian Folklore show.Your wonderful cruise comes to an end in the Hungarian capital of Budapest.

Swiss DiamondMS Swiss Diamond - Your Floating Hotel The 123-passenger fully air-conditioned MS Swiss Diamond is a delightful river cruise ship with an elegant touch. The interior is decorated with wood and brass furnishings and its warm colors and comfortable furniture offer a very inviting atmosphere. All cabins onboard are spacious and offer excellent outside views and convert from a sitting room by day to a bedroom at night. Each first-class cabin is fully equipped with comfortable furnishings which include private bathroom with shower, hair dryer, radio, color television, mini-bar, individual heating/air conditioning controls, safe and telephone.

All Meals Included on Board
Three meals daily are served graciously at one leisurely single seating in the exquisite dining room. While enjoying a fine variety of culinary delights, and complimentary wine, you can enjoy the splendid views of the passing Danube scenic landscapes through the large picture windows.

Ample Public Spaces The classic and inviting Panorama lounge furnished with large sofas and a cozy bar has floor to ceiling windows which guarantee gorgeous views of the passing river scenery. It is one of the many ideal places where passengers may choose to enjoy this unique river cruise. A piano player will entertain thus enhancing the classic environment and the relaxed atmosphere. Also enjoy the open sundeck where one can enjoy panoramic views of the ever-changing scenery.

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