Friday, July 17 - Overnight Flight
Saturday, July 18 - Budapest, Hungary - OVERNIGHT
Today you’ll depart your home city on your overnight international flight to Budapest. Upon arrival you’ll be meet at the airport and transferred to your home for the next 7 nights. After you get checked in and freshen up you can choose to go out and explore the area around you. You may even consider a bath! As an optional experience, Budapest is home to largest medicinal baths in Europe, the famous Szechenyi Baths. Dinner Included.
Sunday, July 19 - Budapest, Hungary
Today we’ll will get to spend the morning exploring the amazing city of Budapest. With more than 40 theaters and over 100 museums and galleries, Budapest has a lot to offer. Choose your travel method: bike or coach. Then hit the streets of the capital and most populous city of Hungary. You will get to explore landmarks including Liberty Bridge, Parliament, Hero Square, Castle Hill and more.
U TIME - COUNTRY SPARKLE: Head out to the Hungarian countryside to meet an aficionado of sparkling wines and enjoy a refreshing glass (or three) as he shares the secrets of making great bubbly.
U TIME - HOUSE OF TERROR MUSEUM: Pay homage to those who were held captive, tortured and killed in two of the bloodiest periods of Hungarian history. This fascinating museum offers an unforgettable look at fascism and communism in the 20th century.
U TIME - BUDAPEST'S JEWISH LEGACY: Pay tribute to Budapest’s rich Jewish culture with a visit to the Holocaust Memorial Center and Dohány Street Synagogue. With seating for 3,000 people, Dohány is the largest synagogue in all of Europe and second largest in the world.
U TIME - READ, SIP, REPEAT: Join your fellow bookworms and coffee addicts on a tour of Budapest’s most beautiful libraries and coffeehouses. Flip through antique pages and revel in Hungary’s unique literary culture. Caffeinate to your heart’s content with the pick-me-ups that fuel the city’s coffee scene.
Monday, July 20 - Bratislava & Vienna, Austria
Today we’ll take a delightful stroll through Bratislava, Slovakia’s small and charming capital. It’s located on the Danube and surrounded by vineyards and the Carpathian Mountains, so a fully charged phone for pictures is a must. Known for its lively bars and art deco cafes, it’s a great place for Czech beer and Bohemian eats. We can soak in the relaxed urban lifestyle of the pedestrian-only, 18th-century Old Town. Be sure to treat yourself to a croissant or an éclair from a Bratislava pastry shop. Or both. We're good with that. Tonight we’ll arrive into the historical city of Vienna.
U TIME - ABOVE VIENNA: Vienna’s giant Ferris wheel is the perfect place for a party in the sky—plush and roomy cabins where you can dine on street food and sparkling wine while enjoying incredible views over the city.
U TIME - RIVER WILD: Just a short way from the city center, you can do something completely different—wild white water rafting on the Cunovo River with an expert guide.
Brunch & Dinner Included
Tuesday, July 21 - Vienna, Austria
Today we tour the Austrian capital of Vienna. Ride along the Ringstrasse, which replaced the city walls in the mid-19th century. See some of the city’s baroque architecture, including the world-famous Opera House, St. Stephan’s Cathedral and Hofburg Palace. Return to your ship for lunch. The rest of the day is yours to further explore. As always, your Program Director can help you plan your free time.
U TIME - AFTER HOURS AT THE CASTLE: What’s better than poking around a baroque palace? Poking around after hours, when the crowds of tourists have all gone back home. Your guided tour of Schönbrunn Palace—the former summer residence of the imperial family—includes the state rooms and private apartments of Empress Maria Theresa. A little background: Emperor Leopold I commissioned architect Bernhard Fischer von Erlach to build a palatial hunting lodge for the throne to be at the end of the 17th century. Half a century later, Maria Theresa Schönbrunn made it the focus of court life. Today, it plays host to highest-level politicians in all of Europe. And now—you.
U TIME - ROCK ME, AMADEUS: If there’s one “must-do” in Vienna, the mecca of classical music, it’s attending a Mozart and Strauss concert. This isn’t your average concert. Head to Klosterneuburg Abbey, a 900-year-old Augustinian monastery, for a classical music performance by a professional chamber orchestra. After, mix and mingle with the wildly talented musicians at an exclusive reception.
U TIME - COOKING TO OPERA: Music and food go together like wiener and schnitzel. Enjoy a private opera show while you learn how to make delicious Viennese eats from one of the city’s esteemed chefs. Because if you want to cook like a Viennese chef, you should listen to Viennese music, too. Taste two classics—an intro to opera music and a Viennese cooking class. A fun opportunity to learn about arias and Apfelstrudel at the same time.
Brunch & Dinner Included
Wednesday, July 22 - Durnstein, Wachau Valley & Melk
Dürnstein, Austria is a tiny and beautiful town situated along the Danube River just northwest of Vienna. Explore its shops, restaurants and scenic views to discover why it's nicknamed the “Pearl of the Wachau.” Take a stroll through the town’s old and narrow cobblestone streets. Explore historical buildings like the Blue Monastery Church and Abbey. Last but definitely not least, hike up to the famous Dürnstein Castle ruins. The payoff? A photo op out of your dreams, with expansive views of the Danube River and Wachau Valley.
This afternoon we will arrive in Melk with it’s famous Melk Abbey.
U TIME - A VINTNER'S DINNER: The Nikolaihof wine estate is said to be the oldest in Austria, dating back some 2,000 years. The friendly owners are pioneers of organic winemaking, and they’ll be on hand to greet you and prepare a wonderful garden-to-table dinner for you this evening.
U TIME - DEAR ABBEY: The baroque-style Melk Abbey has a fascinating 900-year history and an extraordinarily beautiful library filled with priceless medieval manuscripts, optical illusions, cleverly concealed doors and other intriguing secrets. The abbey’s Marble Hall is a work of art, as is the impressive library, Emperors’ Gallery and the site's crown jewel—the incredible Abbey Church. Get ready to light up your social feed. It’s photo city here.
U TIME - STEP BACK IN TIME: The Mauthausen Concentration Camp was the main site of political, social and racial persecution by the National Socialist regime on Austrian territory from 1938 to 1945. A visit here offers a solemn and moving look back in time.
Brunch & Dinner Included
Thursday, July 23 - Engelhartszell & Passau
This morning we will make a brief stop in Engelhartszell to disembark those that would like to take today’s Optional Bike Tour.
The afternoon will be spent on Passau where we will tour this city full of beautiful scenery and architecture. Don't pass on Passau. Situated at the intersection of the Danube, Inn and llz rivers, the city boasts some of the best views on the German-Austrian border. Take a hike to the two best viewpoints: Veste Oberhaus and Mariahilf Pilgrimage Church. The views are storybook, allowing you to see the entire city of Passau as well as the surrounding countryside. Get lost in the city’s maze of old town alleys. Get your architecture fix at St. Stephen’s Cathedral, with its distinctive domed towers. Fun fact: The cathedral is also home to one of the largest organs in the world, with 17,974 pipes.
U TIME - BIKE THE DANUBE: Grab a bike and cruise on the famous Danube bike path, which is particularly scenic from Engelhartszell to Passau. Your expert guides will lead you on a flat 20-mile route. Reunite with the ship in Passau, where you can quench your thirst with beer made by Trappist monks.
Brunch & Dinner Included
Friday, July 24 - Straubing & Regensburg, Germany
Today join your host on a stroll or bike ride through the medieval streets of Straubing, a quintessential small town in Bavaria, Germany. Recommendations? We’ve got a few. Check out the count’s castle and the beautiful Renaissance cemetery behind the Church of St. Peter. Pose for a picture next to the best-preserved Roman shining armour north of the Alps. Explore the oval-shaped town square and enjoy a hearty Bavarian lunch in one of the surrounding inns. For dessert, try a slice of Agnes Bernauer cake. You can thank us after. Later this afternoon we will arrive in Regensburg. Regensburg, Germany is a Bavarian city nestled along the Danube River. Revel in 2,000 years of medieval history on an hour-long, host-escorted stroll through the city’s well-preserved Old Town. Visit landmarks like Regensburg Cathedral, Porta Praetoria and the famous Old Stone Bridge. Then make your way through crooked town alleys and stumbling stones before visiting the Händlmaier’s mustard store. Regensburg's got a lot.
Tonight, for those who are interested, we’ll head into Regensburg at sunset and experience the exciting buzz of Old Town, home to some of the best nightlife in all of Deutschland. Kick things off with a host-escorted walk, stopping at the city’s famous churches and aristocratic houses from the 13th and 14th centuries. Then if the weather’s nice, head to the Stone Bridge to eat, drink and mingle under the moonlight. Regensburg comes alive at night, as you will see.
U TIME - BEER AND MEAT: Treat yourself to a Bavarian cuisine and culture walk, visiting a craft beer brewery and a shop specializing in Bavarian meats. Meet a master brewer and a Bavarian butcher, sample beer served in champagne-style bottles and learn how to pair charcuterie with craft beers.
U TIME - REVVED ENGINES: For many gear heads, the epicenter of German engineering is Regensburg’s high-tech BMW factory, where you can observe how the Ultimate Driving Machine is made on a fascinating tour. Follow your host on a guided tour of BMW’s impressive facilities where you’ll walk into the middle of the action that’s setting the blueprint for the future of the automotive industry. Watch giant conveyors lift car bodies into place for automated welding by computer-controlled robots. Bear witness to the “wedding” of engines and car bodies. Observe engine installation and final assembly—remarkable displays of logistical efficiency. Whether you’re a car person or not, your mind will be blown.
Brunch & Dinner Included
Saturday, July 25 - Disembarkation in Regensburg - Transfer to Munich
Today as we disembark our lovely riverboat we being our journey into Germany. Upon arrival we’ll enjoy a guided bus tour of the city that will include lunch at the Olympic Tower. Afterwards we’ll check into our hotel and enjoy the evening at your leisure.
Breakfast & Lunch Included
Sunday, July 26 - Day in Munich
Today you get to explore Munich on your own. We will provide you with a “hop on/hop off” Tour Bus pass for the day to see the many highlights of this great city at your own pace and interest.
Monday, July 27 - Oberammergau & Bavaria, Germany
Today we’ll depart Munich and travel into the Bavarian countryside and visit Neuschwanstein and Linderhof Castles. These were the residences of King Ludwig II of Bavaria. An eccentric recluse, Ludwig depleted the treasury of his country building extravagant castles and died in mysterious circumstances. Neuschwanstein seems unreal in its romantic Alpine setting and Linderhof is certainly the most elaborate “hunting lodge” you will ever see! In the afternoon we will visit the fabulous Rococo Weiskirche—it looks somewhat plain and simple on the outside, but just wait until you see the interior.
Tuesday, July 28 - Oberammergau
This morning explore the small town of Oberammergau on your own. Later today we will attend the famous Oberammergau Passion Play that began in 1634. It will act out with music the last week of the Savior’s ministry. This will be a great follow-up to our studies in the Holy Land.
Breakfast & Dinner Included
Wednesday, July 29 - Munich - Home or onward bound
Bidding a fond farewell to Europe, we travel by coach back to Munich for our return flight to the U.S.A.