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17 Day Danube River Cruise with Germany, Switzerland & Austria


River Cruise Package Includes

  • Flights New York-Frankfurt, Budapest-New York
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 15 nights accommodations
    • 1 night Mainz
    • 1 night Heidelberg
    • 2 nights Lucerne
    • 1 night Innsbruck
    • 1 night Salzburg
    • 2 nights Munich
    • 7 nights outside cabin aboard an exclusive charter of the Deluxe MS Sound of Music
  • Hotel & cruise porterage
  • All transfers & port fees
  • 31 meals: 15 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 10 dinners
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager & cruise director
  • Shore excursions per itinerary
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Wireless audio system for excursions

Special Features

  • Rhine River Cruise
  • Rhine Falls
  • Golden Roof, Innsbruck
  • Neuschwanstein Castle
  • Lucerne Lion Monument
  • Nuremberg City Tour
  • Vienna City Tour
  • Budapest City Tour

River Cruise Features & Amenities

  • Captain's Welcome Dinner and Farewell Dinner
  • Unlimited wine and beer with dinners
  • Locally inspired recipes
  • Early riser breakfast in addition to buffet breakfast
  • Bottled water replenished daily in your stateroom
  • Late night snack
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access in public areas
  • Self-serve coffee and tea station
  • Lounge serving premium spirits
  • Daily entertainment including an on-board musician
  • Fitness center
  • Non-smoking ship interior
  • Cruise director for every 40 passengers
  • Shore excursions conducted exclusively in English by licensed guides

DAY 1, Friday - Depart for Germany
Depart for Frankfurt, Germany. Your international flight includes meals, drinks, and in-flight entertainment

DAY 2, Saturday - Arrive in Frankfurt
Arrive in Frankfurt and transfer to your hotel in nearby Mainz on the storied Rhine River. The remainder of the day is on your own to rest and relax. In the evening, a briefing by your tour manager introduces you to the delightful program that lies ahead, followed by a welcome drink and dinner with your fellow travelers
Overnight: Mainz
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Sunday - Rhine River Cruise & Heidelberg City Tour
This morning begins with a cruise on the scenic Rhine. See stunning vistas of hilltop castles, terraced vineyards and villages of timber-framed houses along the course of the river. Pass the mighty Lorelei rock rising vertically from the waters named for the siren "Lorelei" who bewitched sailors passing by. In Heidelberg, home to the oldest university in Germany, view the imposing red sandstone ruins of Heidelberg Castle originally built in the 12th century. This hilltop Gothic masterpiece has encountered turbulent times but still stands as a dominant symbol of the city. Rest of the day at leisure in Heidelberg to discover the enchanting alleys and lanes in the Old Town with its small gardens, museums and lovely galleries
Overnight: Heidelberg
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Monday - Black Forest
Head south on a scenic drive through the Black Forest region, an area of unrivaled natural beauty with its dense forests of thick pine trees. Nestled in the forest, you will see some of the charming traditional homes with their long sloping roofs. Continue on a drive to Schaffhausen, surrounded by vineyards. Here, you will see the thunderous Rhine Waterfall; one of Europe's largest and most powerful. Then, on to beautiful Lucerne, with its pristine lakeside setting and gorgeous mountainous panorama. We spend two relaxing nights here in the center of the Swiss Alps
Overnight: Lucerne
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Tuesday - Full Day in Lucerne
A full day to explore the heart of central Switzerland. Begin the day at the inspiring Lion Monument, one of the best-known monuments in the country, created in remembrance of the heroic death of Swiss guard killed in 1792. Continue to the 14th century medieval Chapel Bridge one of the oldest covered wooden bridges in Europe, forming the centerpiece of Lucerne's townscape. Later, time to shop for chocolate, watches and the famous Swiss and German cuckoo clocks or sip coffee at an outdoor cafe. In the afternoon, there is an opportunity to join the exciting optional tour to Mount Pilatus. Ascend the world's steepest cogwheel railway which winds up through lush meadows and sparkling mountain streams to the summit of Mt. Pilatus at nearly 7000 feet. After admiring the splendid panorama, descend by aerial cableway and return to your hotel
Optional: Mount Pilatus Tour
Overnight: Lucerne
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Wednesday - Innsbruck City Tour
The first stop today is in the tiny storybook Principality of Liechtenstein and its capital Vaduz, a proud remnant of feudal Europe, sandwiched between Switzerland and Austria. Next, we cross into Austria and journey to Innsbruck, the Tyrolean "capital" of the Austrian Alps. Steeped in centuries of colorful history, Innsbruck features fine examples of Imperial splendor. Journey back in time with an array of splendid architectural gems from the Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Neo-Classical period. Stop at the Golden Roof, overlooking a bustling square in the heart of historic Innsbruck and the Wilten Basilica, one of the most splendid churches in Tyrol with its stunning rococo decorations. Innsbruck has also hosted two Olympic Winter Games (1964 and 1976); see the famous ski jump used in the last winter Olympics. Tonight, after dinner at the hotel, experience an authentic Tyrolean evening on the optional tour featuring a varied entertainment program including folk music, Tyrolean dances and yodeling
Optional: Tyrolean Evening with drinks
Overnight: Innsbruck
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Thursday - Neuschwanstein Castle
Drive through glorious Alpine scenery to visit Bavaria's "Mad" King Ludwig's fantasy castle of Neuschwanstein perched high above the valley below. This is one of the most visited castles in Germany and a symbol of idealized romantic architecture. Among the castle's finest rooms are two magnificent halls with extravagant decorations dazzling in gold and blue. Another well-known feature of Neuschwanstein is the grotto, whose little waterfalls and colored lighting create the impression of a mysterious cave. Afterward, we head towards picturesque Salzburg for overnight
Overnight: Salzburg
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Friday - Salzburg City Tour
Discover Salzburg today. This baroque jewel was the birthplace of Mozart. The guided walking tour takes us to view the house where Mozart was born, as well as to the squares and gardens of this beautiful city, crowned by the 11th century Hohensalzburg Fortress. The city is also known for the singing Trapp family and the setting for the film, The Sound of Music. Afternoon at leisure, or, participate in the optional excursion into the surrounding countryside to the ruins of Obersalzburg, once a mountain retreat for senior Nazi SS officers. Then, transfer to special motor coaches adapted for the scenic mountain climb and ascend to Hitler's notorious "Eagle's Nest." In the late afternoon, we travel together to the bustling city of Munich for overnight
Optional: Berchtesgaden & Eagle's Nest Tour (PM)
Overnight: Munich
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9, Saturday - Munich City Tour
This morning drive past the Olympic Stadium situated in the heart of Olympia Park in northern Munich built as the main venue for the 1972 Summer Olympics. Continue for a photo stop at the breathtaking Nymphenburg Palace, once summer residence of the rulers of Bavaria, decorated with a gorgeous baroque façade. Driving through the city, we see countless museums, galleries, palaces and historic monuments. Arrive at Marienplatz square, cultural center of the city, dominated by the gothic New Town Hall housing Munich's world-famous Glockenspiel, which dates back to 1908. This colorful mechanical clock has life-size figures that dance to music with shows several times a day. Afterward, join the optional tour to Linderhof and Oberammergau. Two of the highlights of southern Bavaria are visited during this excursion to the high Alps. First, admire the artistically decorated Linderhof Castle on the guided tour and then proceed to Oberammergau, world-famous for the Passion Play. Tonight, toast your final night in Munich with a delicious dinner at a local restaurant
Optional: Linderhof & Oberammergau Tour (PM)
Overnight: Munich
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10, Sunday - Embark in Nuremberg
Enjoy the morning at leisure in Munich. In the early afternoon, transfer to your ship in Nuremberg. After arrival formalities, time to relax on board. Tonight, a gala welcome dinner sets the mood for your delightful river cruise
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11, Monday - Nuremberg City Tour
Today explore Nuremberg, an energetic city with a visible history of almost one thousand years. The guided excursion begins at the historic Palace of Justice where the War Crimes Tribunal met in 1946 and continues to vibrant Market Square where Germany's most famous Christmas Market is held. After the tour, time to stroll through the shops on your own before returning to the ship for lunch. Enjoy scenic sailing this afternoon as the ship continues on to Regensburg
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12, Tuesday - Regensburg City Tour
Arrive in Regensburg, one of Germany's largest and best preserved medieval cities, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The guided walking tour highlights the city's stunning architecture as we view the Old Town Hall, Dom St. Peter and the Porta Pretoria, gateway to an ancient Roman fort built in 179 AD. Marvel at beautiful churches and one of the oldest stone bridges crossing the Danube. Return to the boat or spend the afternoon at leisure discovering the delights of Regensburg on your own. Tonight, after dinner, the boat sets sail for Passau
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 13, Wednesday - Morning in Passau
Dock this morning in 2500-year-old Passau, known for its pastel patrician houses, cafes, cobblestone lanes and riverfront promenade. Passau is a Bavarian town with a mix of Roman, Italian Baroque and Gothic architecture. Explore Passau independently in the morning, or, join the optional full day tour to picturesque Salzburg, birthplace of Mozart and setting for the Sound of Music. The walking tour will include some of Salzburg's most historic sites including the Mirabella Palace, the Abbey, Salzburg Cathedral, and St. Peter's Cemetery. After lunch at a local restaurant, there will be time to discover Salzburg on your own before returning to the ship. If you choose to remain on the boat, continue sailing during lunch and relax on board this afternoon. In the early evening, all passengers will rejoin the ship and continue sailing for Melk
Optional: Full Day Tour of Salzburg
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 14, Thursday - Melk Abbey
Disembark in Melk this morning for a guided tour of the historic Benedictine Abbey, considered one of the finest examples of Baroque architecture in Europe. View the Abbot's chambers, the Kaiser's walk and the lavish library. Then, return to the ship and continue cruising through the scenic Wachau Valley on the way to Vienna, the Imperial city legendary for its opulence and elegance. Tonight, perhaps take the opportunity to attend an evening of Viennese culture in the "City of Music" at an optional concert performance of the classical masterpieces of Mozart and Strauss, two of Vienna's most famous citizens
Optional: Classical Viennese Concert (PM)
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 15, Friday - Vienna City Tour
This sparkling city on the Danube has captivated travelers for years with its elegant shops, world-class museums, and beautiful gardens. Drive along the famed Ringstrasse, Vienna's main boulevard lined with with magnificent Baroque palaces, parks and monuments. View the lavish Hofburg Palace, and the impressive Vienna Opera House. Continue to majestic St. Stephen's Cathedral and the Parliament building. Enjoy the afternoon at a café sampling the famous Viennese Sacher Torte, or, join the optional afternoon tour to the Imperial Schonbrunn Palace, once summer residence of the Hapsburgs. Visit the opulent baroque apartments and stroll through the world-famous manicured gardens. Set sail for Budapest this evening
Optional: Schonbrunn Palace Tour (PM)
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 16, Saturday - Budapest City Tour
Your morning tour begins on the Pest side of the river; view the Parliament, City Park and Heroes Square. Cross to Buda to see the Royal Palace, Matthias Church and the graceful medieval architecture along the cobbled streets. Explore the city's wonderful shops and cafes this afternoon on your own. Tonight, enjoy a lavish Captain's Dinner on board
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 17, Sunday - Depart Hungary
This morning, disembark and transfer to the airport for your departure flight. Disembarkation will end at 9:30 am
Meals: Breakfast

Hilton Mainz, Mainz

This first class hotel is close to the Rhine River and the city center of Mainz.

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Crowne Plaza, Heidelberg

This first class hotel is well located in the city center close to Heidelberg Castle, the Old Bridge and other major attractions.

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Grand Europe Hotel, Lucerne

This first class hotel is situated in a prestigious location just 10 minutes away from the city center.

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Hotel Waldstaetterhof, Lucerne

This superior tourist class hotel is located in center of downtown near the train station and many attractions.

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Grauer Baer Hotel, Innsbruck

This first class hotel is a short walk from Innsbruck’s historic Old Town.

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Hilton Hotel, Innsbruck

This superior first class hotel is located in the heart of the city near to many attractions.

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Castellani Parkhotel Salzburg, Salzburg

This first class hotel is located just outside the city center in a picturesque garden setting.

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Holiday Inn Salzburg, Salzburg

This first class hotel is located just a short walk from the sights of Salzburg's historic Old Town.

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Holiday Inn Munich City Centre, Munich

This first class hotel is conveniently located and close to downtown Munich.

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Sound of Music,

This intimate ship features 64 spacious outside cabins (128-195 sq ft) each fully air-conditioned with private bath facilities, shower, telephone and flat screen satellite TV.

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Book your Optional Tours before you travel and see more, save time, save money, and protect your investment. Tours purchased while traveling may cost an extra 10% or even more! Tours often sell out - avoid disappointment! Save your cash - many countries do not accept credit cards. Travel insurance only covers services purchased prior to departure.

Mount Pilatus Tour

Day #5 01 Mar 2014 - 30 Nov 2014         $97
Ascend the world's steepest cogwheel railway which winds up through lush meadows carpeted with Alpine flowers, past sparkling mountain streams and fascinating rock faces to Mt. Pilatus. After admiring splendid views of the Bernese Oberland and the snowcapped Swiss peaks from the summit at nearly 7000 feet, descend by aerial cableway and return to Lucerne.

*Due to construction, the aerial cableway will be closed from September 1, 2014 through the Spring of 2015. During this time, the mountain descent will be completed by the cogwheel train.

Tyrolean Evening with drinks

Day #6 01 Mar 2014 - 31 Dec 2014         $55
Enjoy a varied entertainment program including authentic folk music, Tyrolean dances and "shoe-slapping" as well as typical Tyrolean songs and "yodeling." Pick-up details to be advised locally.

Berchtesgaden & Eagle's Nest Tour

Day #8 01 May 2014 - 30 Sep 2014         $67
Excursion into the surrounding countryside of Salzburg to the ruins of Obersalzburg, once an important mountain retreat for senior Nazi SS officers and top party members. Transfer to special motor coaches adapted for the scenic mountain climb to Hitler’s notorious "Eagle's Nest." Ascending with the original elevator to the Kehlsteinhaus, you’ll see dramatic views of the snowcapped peaks.

This tour will not operate in April, October and November.

Linderhof & Oberammergau Tour

Day #9 01 Apr 2014 - 30 Nov 2014         $65
Two of the highlights of southern Bavaria are visited during this excursion to the high Alps. First, admire the artistically decorated castle Linderhof built by "Mad" King Ludwig II along with a guided tour of the palace. Proceed via the Ettal Monastery to Oberammergau, world-famous for its Passion Play, the woodcarvers and the richly painted houses (Lüftl-paintings). Time for sightseeing and shopping before returning to Munich.

Classical Viennese Concert

Day #14 01 Mar 2014 - 31 Dec 2014         $73
Experience a delightful evening of Viennese culture in the "City of Music." Attend a concert featuring the classical masterpieces of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Johann Strauss, two of Vienna's most famous citizens. The musicians will bring to life the passionate strains of Mozart, a child prodigy who blossomed into one of history's greatest composers and Strauss, the Waltz King, who composed the Blue Danube, the world's most famous waltz. The chamber orchestra is accompanied by a professional dance performance, recalling the golden age of the 19th-century Viennese ballrooms.

Schonbrunn Palace Tour

Day #15 01 Mar 2014 - 31 Dec 2014         $59
Enjoy an afternoon guided tour of the magnificent Schonbrunn Palace, once the summer residence of the Hapsburg emperors. Visit the gorgeous baroque apartments and stroll through the world-famous manicured and aromatic gardens.

***Tours operating from Nov 23 - Dec 26 will include the Schonbrunn Christmas Market

Book your Optional Tours before you travel and see more, save time, save money, and protect your investment. Tours purchased while traveling may cost an extra 10% or even more! Tours often sell out - avoid disappointment! Save your cash - many countries do not accept credit cards. Travel insurance only covers services purchased prior to departure.

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    *Not Included:
    Optional shore excursions and gratuities.


    Additional Information:
    Land/Cruise only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.

    Due to physical constraints and space limitations, wheelchairs and walkers are not allowed on motor coaches and/or river cruises. There are no elevators or chair lifts on board. Kindly refer to our Terms for additional information.


    Accommodation Details:
    May 16 departure: Some passengers will be accommodated at the Waldstaetterhof Hotel in Lucerne, the Hilton Hotel in Innsbruck and the Holiday Inn in Salzburg.

    Oct 17 departure: Some passengers will be accommodated at the Waldstaetterhof Hotel in Lucerne and the Hilton Hotel in Innsbruck.

    Oct 31 departure: Some passengers will be accommodated at the Hilton Hotel in Innsbruck and the Holiday Inn in Salzburg.


    Entry Requirements:
    Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.




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