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From Nuremberg to Giurgiu aboard a Premier River Vessel

Overview

Journey along paths forged by conquerors, crusaders, and kings through Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia, Hungary, Austria, and Germany. Step back in time to explore the history and mystery living in the hillsides while cruising the Danube and through the Iron Gates. Legends of all kinds are waiting to be uncovered—Belogradchik, one of Bulgaria’s natural wonders; the rock-hewn churches of Ivanovo, built into the side of a mountain showcasing well-preserved medieval frescos; and the Great Market Hall of Budapest, “Queen of the Danube.” Experience the Romans’ influence firsthand in Pécs, “the city of Mediterranean impressions,” and through the taste of wine in Ilok, a center of wine production since Roman times. From imposing capitals—Bucharest, Budapest, and Vienna—to towns lost in time, immerse yourself in the colorful folktales and traditions of the extraordinary people and places you visit along the way. You can add on an optional pre-cruise extension 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.

Itinerary

CRUISE PROGRAM
Nuremberg to Giurgiu Itinerary

Day 1
Nuremberg, Germany / Embarkation

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

Day 2
Nuremberg

You have three choices of excursions while in Nuremberg. Enjoy a guided tour through Nuremberg’s beautiful medieval city, showcasing the Imperial Castle, famous town wall, and the legendary fountain of the Market Square. 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 Nazi Party Rally Grounds. You’ll also visit the Nuremberg Trials Memoriam, and Courtroom 600 if the courtroom is not in session. En route to Regensburg, you’ll cruise through the manmade marvel, the Main-Danube Canal. Alternatively, savor traditional Franconian specialties by sampling famously delicious Nuremburger Bratwurst, Rot bier (red beer) and Lebkuchen (gingerbread).

Day 3
Regensburg

Explore Regensburg, one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities, 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 where you will see the Neoclassical white marble temple inspired by the Parthenon in Athens.

Day 4
Passau / Linz, Austria

Enjoy a walking tour along Passau's cobblestone streets admiring the Gothic and Italian Baroque architecture and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. For guests looking for a more active morning, you can choose between a guided bike tour along the Danube River, or a guided hike up to the Veste Oberhaus Fortress for panoramic views overlooking three rivers. Later in the day, set sail for 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, famed church tower. Later in the day, set sail through the vineyard-rich Wachau Valley.

Day 6
Vienna

The “City of Waltzes” offers a treasure trove of gems and you have two ways to discover them. Join a city tour showcasing its regal splendors, including 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, and then visiting St. Stephen’s Cathedral. For a more active exploration of the area, take a guided bike ride along the Danube. During the afternoon, you can enjoy leisure time or pedal your way to Klosterneuburg Monastery on a guided cycling tour.

Day 7
Budapest, Hungary

You cannot help but fall in love with Budapest, known as the “Queen of the Danube.” Your city tour begins with visit to the vibrant Great Market Hall brimming with vendors selling everything from food to souvenirs. The remainder of this tour takes you to both the Buda (hilly) and the Pest (flat) sides of the river. As an alternative, hike up to Castle Hill for breathtaking views of the city below. Spend your last evening on board cruising around the famed Parliament Building as the city turns on all her dazzling lights.

Day 8
Budapest

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
Mohacs / Pécs

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. For wine connoisseurs, you’ll want to go to the Szekszárd wine region, one of the oldest red-wine-growing areas in Hungary, established more than 2,000 years ago.

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 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
Scenic Cruising through the Iron Gates

The Iron Gates is one of Europe’s most awe-inspiring natural wonders. The Danube narrows as it winds through a series of magnificent gorges between the Carpathian and Balkan mountains. The banks of the river dazzle with sheer-faced rocks that stretch 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 a choice of excursions. Discover Baba Vida Fortress, 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 frescos revealing exceptional artistry of 14th-century paintings and Bulgarian medieval art.

Day 15
Giurgiu / Disembarkation

Disembark the ship in Giurgiu.

REVERSE CRUISE PROGRAM
Giurgiu to Nuremberg Itinerary

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

ADD ON A PRE-CRUISE AND POST-CRUISE LAND PROGRAM

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
Prague

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
Prague

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.

 

POST-CRUISE
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

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

Highlights

Highlights

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”

Details

Length: 15 days
Cost From: $6098  
Arrive: Nuremberg, Germany (or Giurgiu, Romania)
Depart: Giurgiu, Romania (or Nuremberg, Germany)
Lodging: 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:

14-day cruise, cultural explorations and walking tours
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