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From Prague to Bucharest aboard a Premier River Vessel


Travel to legendary destinations, beginning with a 3-night stay in majestic Prague. After embarking upon your cruise, you will savor Wachau Valley wines, experience the beauty and history of Vienna and Budapest, traverse the narrow Iron Gates, and cruise along the Romanian-Bulgarian border to Bucharest, capital of Romania. We also offer this itinerary in the reverse, from Istanbul to Prague.

Note: This cruise is not exclusive to, nor operated by, Wilderness Travel, who acts solely as agent in booking your reservation with the ship operator. The itinerary, lecturers, and all other arrangements are subject to change at the discretion of the cruise line.


Nuremberg to Giurgiu Itinerary

Day 1
Nuremberg, Germany / Embarkation

Embark your cruise in Nuremberg. Tonight gather on board for a Welcome Dinner.

Day 2

You have two choices of excursions while in Nuremberg: one focusing on the medieval highlights and another focusing on WWII. Enjoy a guided tour through this medieval city, showcasing the Imperial Castle, famous town wall and Market Square’s legendary fountain. Or turn back the pages of a darker history with a guided tour of the city’s most important WWII sites, including the enormous Documentation Center. You’ll also visit the Nuremberg Trials Memoriam and Courtroom 600, if it’s not in session. En route to Regensburg, cruise through the man-made marvel, the Main-Danube Canal.

Day 3

Explore one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities, Regensburg, on a guided walking tour showcasing the city’s architectural highlights, including the Old Town Hall and the Porta Praetoria. Alternatively, sample some Bavarian specialties—beer, sausage and pretzels; and for those who wish to be more active, join a bike tour to Walhalla.

Day 4
Passau / Linz, Austria

Discover Passau in one of three ways. Enjoy a walking tour admiring the Gothic and Italian Baroque architecture and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Guests looking for a more active morning can choose between a guided bike tour or a hike up to the Veste Oberhaus Fortress for panoramic views of the city. Later in the day, enjoy a scenic cruise to Linz.

Day 5
Melk / Vienna

Cruise to Melk, known for its magnificent Benedictine Abbey, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Europe’s largest and most revered monasteries. Alternatively, you can join a guided bike tour that takes you through the UNESCO designated Wachau Valley; or go on a walking tour along Dürnstein's cobblestone streets to the Baroque Stiftskirche, one of the finest Baroque towers in Austria. Later in the day, set sail through the vineyard-rich Wachau Valley.

Day 6

The “City of Waltzes” offers a treasure trove of gems, and you'll discover them on a city tour showcasing its many regal splendors, such as the majestic Opera House and the former Imperial Palace of the Habsburgs before concluding in Vienna’s historic city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Prefer a more active adventure? Join a guided bike ride along the Danube. Later in the day, enjoy leisure time in Vienna or cycle to Klosterneuburg Monastery on a bike tour.

Day 7
Budapest, Hungary

Get to know Budapest on a city tour that begins at the vibrant Great Market Hall and takes you to such places as the UNESCO-listed Castle Hill district, Fisherman’s Bastion and St. Stephen’s. Prefer a more active exploration, hike to Castle Hill. During the evening, be treated to a special Illuminations cruise past the capital’s glittering river front.

Day 8

Tradition will be on full display in Puszta, the Great Hungarian Plain. Tour a genuine Hungarian csárda (farm) run by the world champion carriage-drivers, the Lazar brothers. Afterwards, be treated to an unforgettable performance of Hungarian horsemanship and then experience the Hungarians’ warm hospitality, along with a traditional lunch complete with typical Goulash.

Day 9

Enjoy a scenic morning cruise to Pécs, founded more than 2,000 years ago by the Romans. Visit the UNESCO-designated Christian Necropolis; St. Peter’s Basilica, the city’s main Catholic cathedral along with its catacombs; and Széchenyi Square, the heart of Old Town Pécs. You will also see the Mosque of Pasha Qasim the Victorious, one of the symbols of the city.

Day 10
Vukovar, Croatia / Novi Sad, Siberia

Vukovar is a Croatian symbol of resistance, which you’ll better understand on your city tour showcasing the Ovčara Memorial and the Baroque Eltz Palace. Alternatively, choose a wine tasting in Ilok, a center of wine production since Roman times, where you'll sample its famous Grasevina, Traminac and Frankovka wines. Back on board, cruise to Novi Sad, sometimes called the “Serbian Athens.” Discover Novi Sad on a walking tour to Dunavski Park and through Stari Grad, the old town center. If you prefer a more active exploration, join a guided biking or hiking tour. During the evening, visit Petrovaradin Fortress, a mighty stronghold no enemy has ever breached.

Day 11
Belgrade, Serbia

Explore Serbia’s capital, Belgrade, on a city tour, which includes the Kalemegdan Fortress and the Serbian Orthodox Temple of St. Sava. Later, choose from three intriguing excursions. Visit the Royal Palace, the official residence of the Serbian Royal Family; and then tour the House of Flowers, the mausoleum of Marshal Tito, who became the first President of Yugoslavia. Or enjoy a taste of the region by sampling Serbian plum brandy, Šlivovitz, and delicious local delights at the Quburich Distillery. For those wishing a more active adventure, join a guided bike tour.

Day 12
Cruising / Iron Gates

The Iron Gates is one of Europe’s most awe-inspiring natural wonders. The banks of the river dazzle with sheer-faced rocks stretching high overhead along this natural border between Serbia and Romania.

Day 13
Vidin, Bulgaria

Explore Vidin, one of Bulgaria’s oldest cities, and surrounding areas with choice of excursions. Discover Baba Vida Castle, the largest preserved medieval castle in Bulgaria overlooking the Danube. Continue on to Belogradchik, one of Bulgaria’s natural wonders, where you can hike around its most spectacular rock formations. Alternatively, visit a local home for a demonstration of traditional Bulgarian yogurt and Banitsa, a pastry you will also get to make. You also have the choice to bike through Vidin and to the castle.

Day 14
Rousse / Giurgiu, Romania

Visit Bulgaria's ancient capital, Veliko Tarnovo, with its medieval fortress and multiple orthodox temples. You can opt instead to go to Rousse, known for its 19th- and 20th-century Neo-Baroque and Neo-Rococo architecture, and then afterwards visit the UNESCO-designated Rock-hewn Churches of Ivanovo with frescoes revealing exceptional artistry of 14th-century paintings and Bulgarian medieval art.

Day 15
Giurgiu / Disembarkation

Disembark the ship in Giurgiu, with the option to add the post-cruise Land Program.

Giurgiu to Nuremberg Itinerary

Day 1 Giurgiu, Bulgaria / Embark
Day 2 Giurgiu / Rousse
Day 3 Vidin, Bulgaria
Day 4 Cruising / Iron Gates
Day 5 Belgrade, Serbia
Day 6 Novi Sad / Vukovar, Croatia
Day 7 Mohacs
Day 8 Budapest
Day 9 Bratislava, Slovakia
Day 10 Vienna, Austria
Day 11 Durnstein / Melk
Day 12 Linz, Austria / Passau, Germany
Day 13 Regensberg
Day 14 Nuremberg, Germany
Day 15 Nuremberg / Disembarkation


Additional 3-night Prague pre-cruise, 2-night Bucharest post-cruise from $1680

Day 1
Arrive in Prague, Czech Republic

Arrive in Prague, Czech Republic, and transfer to your hotel. The balance of the day is free to start exploring this beautiful city.

Day 2

Experience the wonders of Prague, considered one of Europe’s most attractive cities, on a city tour. Visit the UNESCO-designated historic city center with its many gems, including the Old Town Square, Astronomical Clock, Charles Bridge, Wenceslas Square and the 1,000 year-old Prague Castle. Prefer a more active tour? Hike to the castle.

Day 3

Spend a day at your leisure, perhaps to stroll through a museum or gallery, wander along the banks of the Vltava River, relax at an outdoor café, or shop for local handicrafts. Overnight at hotel.

Day 4
Prague / Pilzen / Nuremberg / Embarkation

Depart from Prague via motorcoach and enjoy a stop in Pilzen, renowned for Pilsner beer. After a highlights tour, drive to Nuremberg where you will board your ship.

Days 4-18
Cruise-Only Program

The Cruise-Only Program begins with embarkation on Day 4 in Nuremberg and disembarks in Giurgiu on Day 18.


Day 19
Brasov, Romania / Transylvania / Bucharest, Romania

En route to Bucharest, stop in Sinaia to visit Peleș Castle, Transylvania's other enchanting castle, considered by many to be one of the most stunning in Europe. Tour the castle, which was once the residence of the royal family. Later in the day, check into your hotel.

Day 20

Bucharest, Romania’s capital, has earned its nickname, the “Little Paris of the East,” with its wide boulevards and Arc de Triomphe. Visit the city’s most impressive sites—including the historic city center and the Palace of the Parliament, second only to the Pentagon as the largest administrative building in the world.

Day 21
Bucharest / Depart

Bid farewell to Bucharest as you prepare for your homeward flight.

Please call for details on the pre- and post-cruise Land Program for the reverse itinerary



Delightful cuisine and wines, optional guided bike tours
Vienna, with its famed opera house
Evening river cruise in Budapest, walking tour of ancient Novi Sad, Serbia
Bucharest, the “Paris of the East”


Length: 15 days
Cost From: $5598  
Arrive: Prague, Czech Republic (or Bucharest, Romania)
Depart: Bucharest, Romania (or Prague, Czech Republic)
Lodging: 7 nights hotels, 14 nights aboard 164-passenger premium river vessel
Meals: All meals included aboard ship and with the group ashore, including house wine, beer or soft drinks with lunch and dinner onboard (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Cultural Adventures, Walking, River Cruising
Trip Level:

15-day cruise, cultural explorations and walking tours
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