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Dates Embark Ship Air & Land Land Only
Regensburg Monarch Princess $6019* $5379
      Sale Price $5169* $4529
Apr 25  (Sold Out) Regensburg Monarch Princess $6229* $5589
      Sale Price $5379* $4739
May 09  (Sold Out) Regensburg Monarch Princess $6449* $5799
      Sale Price $5599* $4949
Regensburg Monarch Empress $6629* $5799
      Sale Price $5779* $4949
May 23  (Sold Out) Regensburg Monarch Princess $6519* $5699
      Sale Price $5669* $4849
Regensburg Monarch Princess $6379* $5489
      Sale Price $5529* $4639
Regensburg Monarch Empress $6529* $5589
      Sale Price $5679* $4739
Regensburg Monarch Empress $6469* $5589
      Sale Price $5619* $4739
Regensburg Monarch Princess $6039* $5219
      Sale Price $5189* $4369
Regensburg Monarch Empress $6209* $5329
      Sale Price $5359* $4479
Regensburg Monarch Princess $6419* $5219
      Sale Price $5569* $4369
Regensburg Monarch Princess $5999* $5219
      Sale Price $5149* $4369
Regensburg Monarch Empress $6059* $5329
      Sale Price $5209* $4479
Regensburg Monarch Princess $6069* $5279
      Sale Price $5219* $4429
Regensburg Monarch Princess $6259* $5379
      Sale Price $5409* $4529
Sep 05  (Sold Out) Regensburg Monarch Empress $6529* $5799
      Sale Price $5679* $4949
Regensburg Monarch Empress $6799* $6119
      Sale Price $5949* $5269
Regensburg Monarch Princess $6309* $5589
      Sale Price $5459* $4739
2019 Dates & Prices
Dates Embark Ship Air & Land Land Only
Regensburg Monarch Princess $6439* $5799
      Sale Price $5589* $4949
Apr 25  (Sold Out) Regensburg Monarch Princess $6639* $6009
      Sale Price $5789* $5159
May 09  (Sold Out) Regensburg Monarch Princess $6869* $6219
      Sale Price $6019* $5369
Regensburg Monarch Empress $7039* $6219
      Sale Price $6189* $5369
May 23  (Sold Out) Regensburg Monarch Princess $6919* $6119
      Sale Price $6069* $5269
Regensburg Monarch Princess $6709* $5909
      Sale Price $5859* $5059
Regensburg Monarch Empress $6819* $6009
      Sale Price $5969* $5159
Regensburg Monarch Empress $6899* $6009
      Sale Price $6049* $5159
Regensburg Monarch Princess $6459* $5639
      Sale Price $5609* $4789
Regensburg Monarch Empress $6629* $5749
      Sale Price $5779* $4899
Regensburg Monarch Princess $9309* $5639
      Sale Price $8459* $4789
Regensburg Monarch Princess $6839* $5639
      Sale Price $5989* $4789
Regensburg Monarch Empress $6389* $5749
      Sale Price $5539* $4899
Regensburg Monarch Princess $6899* $5699
      Sale Price $6049* $4849
Regensburg Monarch Princess $6489* $5799
      Sale Price $5639* $4949
Sep 05  (Sold Out) Regensburg Monarch Empress $6949* $6219
      Sale Price $6099* $5369
Regensburg Monarch Empress $10219* $6539
      Sale Price $9369* $5689
Regensburg Monarch Princess $6699* $6009
      Sale Price $5849* $5159
2019 Dates & Prices
Dates Embark Ship Air & Land Land Only
Regensburg Monarch Princess $6949* $6009
      Sale Price $6099* $5159
Apr 25  (Sold Out) Regensburg Monarch Princess $6719* $6219
      Sale Price $5869* $5369
May 09  (Sold Out) Regensburg Monarch Princess $7049* $6429
      Sale Price $6199* $5579
Regensburg Monarch Empress $7249* $6429
      Sale Price $6399* $5579
May 23  (Sold Out) Regensburg Monarch Princess $7149* $6329
      Sale Price $6299* $5479
Regensburg Monarch Princess $6859* $6119
      Sale Price $6009* $5269
Regensburg Monarch Empress $10399* $6219
      Sale Price $9549* $5369
Regensburg Monarch Empress $7109* $6219
      Sale Price $6259* $5369
Regensburg Monarch Princess $6679* $5849
      Sale Price $5829* $4999
Regensburg Monarch Empress $6849* $5959
      Sale Price $5999* $5109
Regensburg Monarch Princess $6729* $5849
      Sale Price $5879* $4999
Regensburg Monarch Princess $6759* $5849
      Sale Price $5909* $4999
Regensburg Monarch Empress $6599* $5959
      Sale Price $5749* $5109
Regensburg Monarch Princess $6699* $5909
      Sale Price $5849* $5059
Regensburg Monarch Princess $6709* $6009
      Sale Price $5859* $5159
Sep 05  (Sold Out) Regensburg Monarch Empress $7159* $6429
      Sale Price $6309* $5579
Regensburg Monarch Empress $7429* $6749
      Sale Price $6579* $5899
Regensburg Monarch Princess $6929* $6219
      Sale Price $6079* $5369
2019 Dates & Prices
Dates Embark Ship Air & Land Land Only
Regensburg Monarch Princess $7139* $6429
      Sale Price $6289* $5579
Apr 25  (Sold Out) Regensburg Monarch Princess $10829* $6639
      Sale Price $9979* $5789
May 09  (Sold Out) Regensburg Monarch Princess $11029* $6849
      Sale Price $10179* $5999
Regensburg Monarch Empress $7669* $6849
      Sale Price $6819* $5999
May 23  (Sold Out) Regensburg Monarch Princess $7459* $6749
      Sale Price $6609* $5899
Regensburg Monarch Princess $7279* $6539
      Sale Price $6429* $5689
Regensburg Monarch Empress $7399* $6639
      Sale Price $6549* $5789
Regensburg Monarch Empress $7579* $6639
      Sale Price $6729* $5789
Regensburg Monarch Princess $7349* $6279
      Sale Price $6499* $5429
Regensburg Monarch Empress $7449* $6379
      Sale Price $6599* $5529
Regensburg Monarch Princess $7349* $6279
      Sale Price $6499* $5429
Regensburg Monarch Princess $7139* $6279
      Sale Price $6289* $5429
Regensburg Monarch Empress $7169* $6379
      Sale Price $6319* $5529
Regensburg Monarch Princess $7179* $6329
      Sale Price $6329* $5479
Regensburg Monarch Princess $7309* $6429
      Sale Price $6459* $5579
Sep 05  (Sold Out) Regensburg Monarch Empress $7579* $6849
      Sale Price $6729* $5999
Regensburg Monarch Empress $7849* $7169
      Sale Price $6999* $6319
Regensburg Monarch Princess $7349* $6639
      Sale Price $6499* $5789
2019 Dates & Prices
Dates Embark Ship Air & Land Land Only
Regensburg Monarch Princess $7579* $6639
      Sale Price $6729* $5789
Apr 25  (Sold Out) Regensburg Monarch Princess $7619* $6849
      Sale Price $6769* $5999
May 09  (Sold Out) Regensburg Monarch Princess $7709* $7059
      Sale Price $6859* $6209
Regensburg Monarch Empress $7819* $7059
      Sale Price $6969* $6209
May 23  (Sold Out) Regensburg Monarch Princess $7669* $6959
      Sale Price $6819* $6109
Regensburg Monarch Princess $7489* $6749
      Sale Price $6639* $5899
Regensburg Monarch Empress $7609* $6849
      Sale Price $6759* $5999
Regensburg Monarch Empress $8069* $6849
      Sale Price $7219* $5999
Regensburg Monarch Princess $7559* $6489
      Sale Price $6709* $5639
Regensburg Monarch Empress $7659* $6589
      Sale Price $6809* $5739
Regensburg Monarch Princess $7559* $6489
      Sale Price $6709* $5639
Regensburg Monarch Princess $7399* $6489
      Sale Price $6549* $5639
Regensburg Monarch Empress $7369* $6589
      Sale Price $6519* $5739
Regensburg Monarch Princess $7199* $6539
      Sale Price $6349* $5689
Regensburg Monarch Princess $7329* $6639
      Sale Price $6479* $5789
Sep 05  (Sold Out) Regensburg Monarch Empress $7789* $7059
      Sale Price $6939* $6209
Regensburg Monarch Empress $8059* $7379
      Sale Price $7209* $6529
Regensburg Monarch Princess $7559* $6849
      Sale Price $6709* $5999
2019 Dates & Prices
Dates Embark Ship Air & Land Land Only
Regensburg Monarch Princess $8219* $7279
      Sale Price $7369* $6429
Apr 25  (Sold Out) Regensburg Monarch Princess $8259* $7489
      Sale Price $7409* $6639
May 09  (Sold Out) Regensburg Monarch Princess $8349* $7699
      Sale Price $7499* $6849
Regensburg Monarch Empress $8459* $7699
      Sale Price $7609* $6849
May 23  (Sold Out) Regensburg Monarch Princess $8389* $7589
      Sale Price $7539* $6739
Regensburg Monarch Princess $8179* $7379
      Sale Price $7329* $6529
Regensburg Monarch Empress $8249* $7489
      Sale Price $7399* $6639
Regensburg Monarch Empress $8709* $7489
      Sale Price $7859* $6639
Regensburg Monarch Princess $8189* $7119
      Sale Price $7339* $6269
Regensburg Monarch Empress $8289* $7219
      Sale Price $7439* $6369
Regensburg Monarch Princess $8189* $7119
      Sale Price $7339* $6269
Regensburg Monarch Princess $8319* $7119
      Sale Price $7469* $6269
Regensburg Monarch Empress $7999* $7219
      Sale Price $7149* $6369
Regensburg Monarch Princess $7829* $7169
      Sale Price $6979* $6319
Regensburg Monarch Princess $7969* $7279
      Sale Price $7119* $6429
Sep 05  (Sold Out) Regensburg Monarch Empress $8429* $7699
      Sale Price $7579* $6849
Regensburg Monarch Empress $8689* $8009
      Sale Price $7839* $7159
Regensburg Monarch Princess $8199* $7489
      Sale Price $7349* $6639

*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. Kindly refer to our Terms for additional information.

While sailing with Monarch Cruises, passengers are subject to the cruise's Terms & Conditions which can be viewed at: Monarch Cruises Terms & Conditions.


Accommodation Details:
September 5 departure will stay at the Hotel Ramada Innsbruck instead of the Grauer Baer Hotel or Innsbruck Hotel


Know Before You Book - High & Low Water

European river cruising has gained in popularity for very good reason. It's a relaxing and convenient way to experience Europe while enjoying the comfort of a deluxe ship. However, before making the decision to reserve your vacation, please be aware of potential conditions which may impact your cruise. While most of the time river cruises operate exactly as planned, weather conditions may result in high or low water levels which impact a ship's itinerary and, on occasion, render a ship unable to sail at all. On very rare occasions, other events such as heavy fog, a damaged lock, or an incapacitated vessel blocking the river, may impact a sailing. These events typically occur with little or no notice. In the event that a cruise is partially or completely impacted, the itinerary will be operated by deluxe motor coach, accompanied by a Tour Manager, with overnights in hotels. The itinerary will include as many of the originally scheduled sightseeing features as possible, considering the travel time and distances required, as well as meals. While it is not possible to recreate the more leisurely comforts of sailings, we will endeavor to provide a comparable itinerary. These alternative services will be provided at no additional charge.

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.



Is This Trip Right for You?

This moderately active trip covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking every touring day. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. This is a Classic program. There is a potential for a small number of sailings to be impacted by river water levels, or other factors which may impact safe navigation. This may cause part or all of the cruise itinerary to be operated by motor coach and may also involve hotel accommodations. This is a Classic program. For more information, click here.

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Itinerary

DAY 1, Thursday - Depart for Germany
Depart for Frankfurt, Germany

DAY 2, Friday - 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, an orientation meeting with 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, Saturday - Rhine River Cruise & Heidelberg City Tour
The 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. The balance of the day is 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, Sunday - 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. En route, stop at a local store featuring intricately carved cuckoo clocks crafted from the famous Black Forest wood, then continue on a drive to Schaffhausen, surrounded by vineyards. Here, you will see the thunderous Rhine Waterfalls; one of Europe's largest and most powerful. Then, on to beautiful Lucerne, with its pristine lakeside setting and gorgeous mountainous panorama. Spend two relaxing nights here in the center of the Swiss Alps
Overnight: Lucerne
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Monday - 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, Tuesday - Neuschwanstein Castle
This morning 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. Cross into Austria via the mighty Fern Pass and journey to Innsbruck, the Tyrolean "capital" of the Austrian Alps
Overnight: Innsbruck
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Wednesday - Full Day in Innsbruck
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 Neoclassical period. On your orientation tour, stop at the Golden Roof, overlooking a bustling square in the heart of historic Innsbruck and the St. James Cathedral, a spectacular example of Baroque architecture. Innsbruck has also hosted two Olympic Winter Games (1964 and 1976). See the famous ski jump used in the winter Olympics. Join the afternoon optional tour to charming Seefeld with Carriage Ride. Tonight, experience an authentic Tyrolean evening on the optional tour featuring a varied entertainment program including folk music, Tyrolean dances and yodeling
Optional: Seefeld with Carriage Ride (PM)
Optional: Tyrolean Evening with drinks
Overnight: Innsbruck
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Thursday - Salzburg City Tour
After breakfast, travel to Salzburg. This baroque jewel was the birthplace of Mozart. The guided walking tour takes you 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 von Trapp family and the setting for the film, The Sound of Music. More time to explore charming Salzburg, or participate in the optional excursion into the surrounding countryside to the ruins of Obersalzberg, 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.”*
*Austrian Alps & Sound of Music Tour is offered when Eagle’s Nest Tour is not available during April, May, and November
Optional: Eagle's Nest Tour (PM)
Optional: Austrian Alps & Sound of Music Tour
Overnight: Salzburg
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9, Friday - Explore Munich
This morning, continue to Munich. Arrive at Marienplatz square, the 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. In the afternoon, a guided city tour takes you past the Olympic Stadium situated in the heart of Olympia Park in northern Munich built as the main venue for the 1972 Summer Olympics. Then, visit the stunning Nymphenburg Palace with its gorgeous baroque facade, once the summer residence of Bavarian rulers. Driving through the city, you see countless museums, galleries, palaces and impressive historic monuments. A free evening perhaps to visit one of the famous beer halls!
Overnight: Munich
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10, Saturday - Full Day in Munich
A full day to enjoy Munich with its plethora of shops and restaurants and to explore at leisure. Perhaps, venture to the mountains on the optional tour to the fairytale village of Oberammergau and visit Linderhof castle. Tonight, toast your final night in Munich with a delicious dinner at a local restaurant
Optional: Linderhof & Oberammergau (AM)
Overnight: Munich
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11, Sunday - Embark in Regensberg
Time this morning for last minute sightseeing, or shopping in Munich before the early afternoon departure to Regensberg. Arrive at the port for embarkation. 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 12, Monday - Regensburg City Tour
This morning, explore 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 you view the Old Town Hall, Dom St. Peter and the Porta Praetoria, 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 for lunch or spend the afternoon at leisure discovering the delights of Regensburg on your own
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 13, Tuesday - 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. Continue sailing during lunch and relax on board this afternoon
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 14, Wednesday - 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, Thursday - 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 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
Optional: Schonbrunn Palace Tour (PM)
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 16, Friday - Bratislava City Tour
This morning, enjoy the tranquil scenery as the boat sails along the scenic Danube. At noon, arrive in Bratislava, capital of Slovakia, a mix of modern and Baroque architecture. This capital city is among the youngest in Europe, yet retains a rich history dating back more than 2000 years. Walk along the cobblestone lanes of the historic town center; view St. Martin's Cathedral, coronation site of the Kings of Hungary, the 13th century Old Town Hall and the Franciscan church. Time to explore this colorful city on your own before returning to the ship for dinner as you sail for stunning Budapest
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 17, 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 18, Sunday - Depart Hungary
This morning, disembark and transfer to the airport for your departure flight. Disembarkation will end at 9:30 am
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 1, Thursday - Depart for Germany
Depart for Frankfurt, Germany

DAY 2, Friday - 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, an orientation meeting with 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, Saturday - Rhine River Cruise & Heidelberg City Tour
The 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. The balance of the day is 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, Sunday - 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. En route, stop at a local store featuring intricately carved cuckoo clocks crafted from the famous Black Forest wood, then continue on a drive to Schaffhausen, surrounded by vineyards. Here, you will see the thunderous Rhine Waterfalls; one of Europe's largest and most powerful. Then, on to beautiful Lucerne, with its pristine lakeside setting and gorgeous mountainous panorama. Spend two relaxing nights here in the center of the Swiss Alps
Overnight: Lucerne
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Monday - 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, Tuesday - Neuschwanstein Castle
This morning 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. Cross into Austria via the mighty Fern Pass and journey to Innsbruck, the Tyrolean "capital" of the Austrian Alps
Overnight: Innsbruck
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Wednesday - Full Day in Innsbruck
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 Neoclassical period. On your orientation tour, stop at the Golden Roof, overlooking a bustling square in the heart of historic Innsbruck and the St. James Cathedral, a spectacular example of Baroque architecture. Innsbruck has also hosted two Olympic Winter Games (1964 and 1976). See the famous ski jump used in the winter Olympics. Join the afternoon optional tour to charming Seefeld with Carriage Ride. Tonight, experience an authentic Tyrolean evening on the optional tour featuring a varied entertainment program including folk music, Tyrolean dances and yodeling
Optional: Seefeld with Carriage Ride (PM)
Optional: Tyrolean Evening with drinks
Overnight: Innsbruck
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Thursday - Salzburg City Tour
After breakfast, travel to Salzburg. This baroque jewel was the birthplace of Mozart. The guided walking tour takes you 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 von Trapp family and the setting for the film, The Sound of Music. More time to explore charming Salzburg, or participate in the optional excursion into the surrounding countryside to the ruins of Obersalzberg, 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.”*
*Austrian Alps & Sound of Music Tour is offered when Eagle’s Nest Tour is not available during April, May, and November
Optional: Eagle's Nest Tour (PM)
Optional: Austrian Alps & Sound of Music Tour
Overnight: Salzburg
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9, Friday - Explore Munich
This morning, continue to Munich. Arrive at Marienplatz square, the 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. In the afternoon, a guided city tour takes you past the Olympic Stadium situated in the heart of Olympia Park in northern Munich built as the main venue for the 1972 Summer Olympics. Then, visit the stunning Nymphenburg Palace with its gorgeous baroque facade, once the summer residence of Bavarian rulers. Driving through the city, you see countless museums, galleries, palaces and impressive historic monuments. A free evening perhaps to visit one of the famous beer halls!
Overnight: Munich
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10, Saturday - Full Day in Munich
A full day to enjoy Munich with its plethora of shops and restaurants and to explore at leisure. Perhaps, venture to the mountains on the optional tour to the fairytale village of Oberammergau and visit Linderhof castle. Tonight, toast your final night in Munich with a delicious dinner at a local restaurant
Optional: Linderhof & Oberammergau (AM)
Overnight: Munich
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11, Sunday - Embark in Regensberg
Time this morning for last minute sightseeing, or shopping in Munich before the early afternoon departure to Regensberg. Arrive at the port for embarkation. 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 12, Monday - Regensburg City Tour
This morning, explore 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 you view the Old Town Hall, Dom St. Peter and the Porta Praetoria, 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 for lunch or spend the afternoon at leisure discovering the delights of Regensburg on your own
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 13, Tuesday - 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. Continue sailing during lunch and relax on board this afternoon
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 14, Wednesday - 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, Thursday - 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 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
Optional: Schonbrunn Palace Tour (PM)
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 16, Friday - Bratislava City Tour
This morning, enjoy the tranquil scenery as the boat sails along the scenic Danube. At noon, arrive in Bratislava, capital of Slovakia, a mix of modern and Baroque architecture. This capital city is among the youngest in Europe, yet retains a rich history dating back more than 2000 years. Walk along the cobblestone lanes of the historic town center; view St. Martin's Cathedral, coronation site of the Kings of Hungary, the 13th century Old Town Hall and the Franciscan church. Time to explore this colorful city on your own before returning to the ship for dinner as you sail for stunning Budapest
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 17, 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 18, Sunday - Depart Hungary
This morning, disembark and transfer to the airport for your departure flight. Disembarkation will end at 9:30 am
Meals: Breakfast

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Optional Tours

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.

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

*From November to May and in the event of adverse weather, the cogwheel will be replaced by the aerial cable car.

Day #5 01 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2020 $99.00
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Enjoy the spectacular alpine scenery as you travel by train high above the Inn Valley to Seefeld, the picturesque alpine village which hosted the skiing events of the Innsbruck Winter Olympics. Here the carriages await you for a leisurely ride through the town and around the lake. Afterwards, enjoy some time at leisure. Relax in the peaceful mountain atmosphere and sample some coffee and luscious "torte" cakes in one of the many sidewalk cafés.

Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

Day #7 01 Nov 2018 - 31 Dec 2020 $68.00
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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.

Approximate tour duration is 2 hours.

Day #7 20 Apr 2019 - 31 Dec 2020 $58.00
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Excursion into the surrounding countryside of Salzburg to the ruins of Obersalzberg, 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

Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.
This tour will not operate in April, May, late October and November. In the event of inclement weather, the Eagle's Nest will be closed and the optional will not operate.

Day #8 01 Jun 2019 - 31 Oct 2019 $67.00
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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).

Approximate tour duration is 5.5 hours.

Day #10 16 Nov 2018 - 02 Nov 2019 $63.00
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Enjoy a full-day excursion to beautiful Salzburg, birthplace of Mozart and inspiration for the Sound of Music. The walking tour will include some of Salzburg’s most historic sites including Mirabell Gardens and a stop outside the house where Mozart lived. Lunch is included at a local restaurant, and then there will be time to explore the streets of Salzburg on your own before returning to the boat.

Approximate tour duration is 9 hours.

Day #13 01 Mar 2019 - 31 Dec 2019 $105.00
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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.

Approximate tour duration is 2.5 hours.

Day #14 01 Mar 2019 - 31 Dec 2019 $64.00
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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.

Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.

Day #15 01 Mar 2019 - 31 Dec 2019 $50.00
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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.

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

*From November to May and in the event of adverse weather, the cogwheel will be replaced by the aerial cable car.

Day #5 01 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2020 $99.00
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Enjoy the spectacular alpine scenery as you travel by train high above the Inn Valley to Seefeld, the picturesque alpine village which hosted the skiing events of the Innsbruck Winter Olympics. Here the carriages await you for a leisurely ride through the town and around the lake. Afterwards, enjoy some time at leisure. Relax in the peaceful mountain atmosphere and sample some coffee and luscious "torte" cakes in one of the many sidewalk cafés.

Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

Day #7 01 Nov 2018 - 31 Dec 2020 $68.00
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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.

Approximate tour duration is 2 hours.

Day #7 01 Nov 2018 - 18 Apr 2019 $58.00
20 Apr 2019 - 31 Dec 2020 $58.00
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Excursion into the surrounding countryside of Salzburg to the ruins of Obersalzberg, 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

Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.
This tour will not operate in April, May, late October and November. In the event of inclement weather, the Eagle's Nest will be closed and the optional will not operate.

Day #8 01 Jun 2019 - 31 Oct 2019 $67.00
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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).

Approximate tour duration is 5.5 hours.

Day #10 16 Nov 2018 - 02 Nov 2019 $63.00
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Enjoy a full-day excursion to beautiful Salzburg, birthplace of Mozart and inspiration for the Sound of Music. The walking tour will include some of Salzburg’s most historic sites including Mirabell Gardens and a stop outside the house where Mozart lived. Lunch is included at a local restaurant, and then there will be time to explore the streets of Salzburg on your own before returning to the boat.

Approximate tour duration is 9 hours.

Day #13 01 Mar 2019 - 31 Dec 2019 $105.00
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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.

Approximate tour duration is 2.5 hours.

Day #14 01 Mar 2019 - 31 Dec 2019 $64.00
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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.

Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.

Day #15 01 Mar 2019 - 31 Dec 2019 $50.00
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