Budapest to Amsterdam by Riverboat - Northbound Aboard ms Treasures

Take an amazing journey past ancient castles and soaring cathedrals, taking in great cities including Vienna, Koln, Nurnberg and Bratislava – and revered UNESCO World Heritage Sites like Schonbrunn Palace and Kolner Dom (Cologne Cathedral).



Cruise along banks of the River Danube as the river's breeze pushes you on an amazing journey past grand cathedrals, medieval monasteries, castles and vineyards. Pass through five countries including the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, and Hungary, and explore legendary cities such as Amsterdam, Vienna, Koln, Nurnberg, Bratislava and Budapest. Tauck's all-included private shore excursions take you to many UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the historic districts of Budapest, Vienna, and Bamberg, and the Wachau and Rhine valleys. In Vienna, take your choice of visits to Schonbrunn Palace or the Sisi Museum at the Hofburg, and attend a grand Imperial Evening in a traditional palace. In Amsterdam, tour the famed Rijksmuseum. Visit Koln Cathedral, Melk Abbey, medieval towns like Regensburg, Budapest's Heroes' Square and much more!

Cruise along banks of the River Danube as the river's breeze pushes you on an amazing journey past grand cathedrals, medieval monasteries, castles and vineyards. Pass through five countries including the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, and Hungary, and explore legendary cities such as Amsterdam, Vienna, Koln, Nurnberg, Bratislava and Budapest. Tauck's all-included private shore excursions take you to many UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the historic districts of Budapest, Vienna, and Bamberg, and the Wachau and Rhine valleys. In Vienna, take your choice of visits to Schonbrunn Palace or the Sisi Museum at the Hofburg, and attend a grand Imperial Evening in a traditional palace. In Amsterdam, tour the famed Rijksmuseum. Visit Koln Cathedral, Melk Abbey, medieval towns like Regensburg, Budapest's Heroes' Square and much more!

Traveling Well Includes:
  • TAUCK EXCLUSIVE - A private Imperial Evening at a traditional palace in Vienna featuring a gala dinner and Viennese performers
  • Gratuities to ship staff, drivers, local guides, Tauck Directors and Tauck Cruise Director
  • All private Tauck shore excursions - $1,948 Value!
  • In Amsterdam, a guided tour of the famed Rijksmuseum, home to many masterpieces

  • Day 1 - Arrive Budapest

    Tour begins: 5:30 PM, Budapest. A transfer is included from Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport or Budapest Keleti Railway Station directly to your riverboat, docked right in the heart of Budapest. Tauck's two-week Danube, Main, and Rhine River cruise begins with dinner aboard ship tonight.



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    Meals: D

    Day 2 - Both sides of Budapest on the Danube

    Standing on opposite banks of the Danube, Budapest's two distinct sections &;ndash; Buda and Pest &;ndash; were once independent cities that were linked together in the mid-19th century by the construction of the Chain Bridge to become a single city, today Hungary's capital. Explore both sides of the city on a guided tour featuring a mix of architectural masterpieces and monuments including Heroes' Square, dominated by statues of leaders from Hungarian history and surrounded by museums and stately embassy buildings; the Gothic-Revival home of the Hungarian Parliament, an iconic feature of the Budapest skyline along the Danube; Fishermen's Bastion, standing watch over the river; and the bustling Covered Market, a showcase of Hungarian specialties, from food to crafts. Spend the afternoon cruising past picturesque landscapes along the Danube en route to Slovakia and join us tonight for a welcome reception followed by dinner.



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    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 3 - Bratislava &; an Grand Evening in Vienna

    An ancient city with a modern pulse, Slovakia's dynamic capital is home to an Old Town brimming with life &;ndash; and devoid of cars &;ndash; along with one of the youngest populations of any city in Europe today. Our local expert shares insider anecdotes about Bratislava before you join a walking tour of the cobblestoned city center, the perfect place for ambling. Seventeen centuries of Slovak history are eloquently chronicled in its 13th-century Old Town Hall, Baroque Habsburg-era palaces, the Opera House, Slovak Philharmonic Hall, and St. Martin's Cathedral, site of the coronation of many Hungarian royals. Cruise this afternoon to Vienna, enjoying the passing scenery and shipboard activities. Tonight, nothing quite compares to the royal treatment you'll experience at a Tauck Exclusive &;ndash; our private evening in the Palais Ferstel, a 19th-century palace in the heart of the city. Welcome champagne precedes dinner and a live musical performance.



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    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 4 - A visit to Schonbrunn Palace or the Hofburg

    Wake up in Vienna, evoking quintessential images of Old World Europe. Sightseeing today includes your choice of guided visits to the Habsburgs' illustrious Schonbrunn Palace, an architectural masterpiece and Austrian cultural treasure, or a tour of the Hofburg &;ndash; another former Habsburg royal palace that today is Austria's official presidential residence &;ndash; including the Sisi Museum and the Imperial Apartments. Spend the remainder of the day as you please in Vienna.

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    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 5 - Discover the Wachau Valley &; Melk Abbey

    Go ashore in Durnstein this morning for a choice of activities. You can either go for a walk through the village with your Tauck Director followed, if you like, by a hike to the hilltop ruins of Kuenringerburg &;ndash; the castle where England's King Richard the Lionhearted was held for ransom during the Crusades &;ndash; or take a bicycle ride* in the vineyard-covered Wachau Valley. Later, cruise to Melk for a guided visit to its 900-year-old Benedictine abbey; both its Baroque architecture and river views impress. Return to your riverboat late afternoon; onboard ship tonight, you'll be entertained by a talented musical group.



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    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 6 - A choice of Passau or Salzburg

    After crossing the border from Austria to Germany, dock in the Bavarian town of Passau on the Danube and Inn rivers, whose history dates back to the days of the Roman empire. Today, you have the choice of a walking tour revealing the Baroque treasures of this lovely riverside town, known for its stained glass and its many churches &;ndash; including St. Stephan's Cathedral, home to the largest pipe organ outside of the U.S., andthe biggest cathedral organ in the world (inside cathedral visit may not be available on all departures); a cycling excursion around Passau, suitable for more experienced riders; or a full-day excursion to the lovely Austrian city of Salzburg, birthplace of W.A. Mozart (and setting of The Sound of Music). This evening, your riverboat departs Passau and continues on to Regensburg.



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    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 7 - A visit to Regensburg mixes ancient times and today

    With its roots as a Roman encampment on the Danube, the quintessential Bavarian town of Regensburg is home to more than 1,400 original historic buildings. Walking here is a delight and is the only way to view the sights up-close. A local guide will lead the way as you see the town's 12th-century Steinerne Brucke (Germany's oldest surviving stone bridge), the 15th-century Altes Rathaus (Town Hall, once the seat of the Imperial Diet), towering Dom St. Peter, and the remains of the Roman wall; visit St. Emmeram Palace. This afternoon, choose among free time in Regensburg, a leisurely afternoon aboard ship, or a bicycle ride along the river to Kelheim.



    Lodging: ms Esprit

    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 8 - The Main-Danube Canal to Nurnberg

    Today, your Budapest to Amsterdam river cruise negotiates the Main-Danube Canal, which ultimately links the North Sea with the Black Sea; learn about the canal's history from a local expert during your transit. The idea goes back as far as Charlemagne, but wasn't realized until the canal's completion in the 1990s; pass through 16 locks as the waterway traverses the mountains. After lunch on the riverboat, arrive in historic Nurnberg; take a walking tour through Nurnberg's medieval ramparts to the Imperial Castle and the old city (including the house of 16th-century painter Albrecht Durer, and St. Sebaldus Church), or visit sites associated with World War II and its aftermath &;ndash; including the Courthouse (which is still active, so your visit is subject to availability), the Zeppelinfeld rally grounds and the Documentation Center. You'll have some free time in the city before the riverboat charts its course once again.



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    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 9 - An Old Town walking tour or bicycling in Bamberg

    Perched atop seven hills, Bamberg is home to a magnificent, four-towered Romanesque cathedral from the 13th century; see it, along with more of this charming medieval city's unique architecture and colorful gardens, when you choose between a walking tour of Old Town with your Tauck Director or a bicycle ride through town.



    Lodging: ms Esprit

    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 10 - Wurzburg or Rothenburg &; a wine tasting

    Dock latemorning in charming Wurzburg. Upon arrival, visit the town's 18th-century Residenz &;ndash; a lavish Baroque palace where the town's prince bishops once lived, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site &;ndash; and sample some excellent Franconian wines in the wine cellar (Hoffskeller). Then you'll have two choices of sightseeing. On one, explore Wurzburg's Old Town with a local guide; tour more of the Residenz, see the ornate Alte Mainbrucke (a bridge over the River Main), and spend some time on your own. Alternatively, depart on an excursion to the nearby town of Rothenburg; nestled on Germany's Romantic Road, it lives up to its reputation as Europe's most perfect fairy-tale town. View its Gothic cathedral, towered walls and gabled houses on a walking tour, followed by time at leisure. Spend the evening aboard the riverboat following an early evening departure.



    Lodging: ms Esprit

    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 11 - Pleasures of a day cruising the Main...

    It is no wonder that river cruising was the favored pastime of royalty throughout the centuries... and you'll revel in the experience on a full day cruise along the picturesque Main. Fortified towns with towering cathedrals dot the lush landscapes along the riverbank... and you'll take pleasure in all that you'll see, learn and savor today. Perhaps you'll visit the spa... or the fitness center... practice your putting on the putting green... or savor a little quiet time in the plunge pool...



    Lodging: ms Esprit

    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 12 - Cruise to Rudesheim for a little musical magic

    Relax and enjoy your riverboat's amenities as you cruise along the Main River, as it transforms into the Rhine River, to the wine-making town of Rudesheim, part of the Rhine Gorge UNESCO World Heritage Site. Ride a mini train or walk to lunch in town, followed by either a visit to Siegfried's Mechanisches Musikkabinett &;ndash; an eclectic museum displaying one of the world's largest collections of mechanical musical instruments in a centuries-old castle &;ndash; or a bicycle excursion along the river. This afternoon, your Budapest to Amsterdam river cruisemeanders through the scenic Lorelei Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, en route to Koln (Cologne).



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    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 13 - Koln, a.k.a. Cologne

    First up today &;ndash; a morning visit to Koln (Cologne). Originally founded by the Romans, it is one of the oldest settlements in Germany. Your choices today include a leisurely guided tour of the city or an active walking tour, followed by free time; a visit inside the city's great twin-spired Gothic cathedral, Kolner Dom, is included (subject to availability). Return to the riverboat to sail to Amsterdam; your day concludes with the Chef's signature dinner onboard in the Compass Rose.



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    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 14 - Great art, a canal cruise and more in Amsterdam

    Amsterdam... the name itself conjures up images of the Dutch capital's myriad cultural treasures, from gabled houses, markets and cafes to awe-inspiring museums housing a treasure trove of world-famous art &;ndash; and it's all yours to enjoy today. Your guided tour of the famed Rijksmuseum is really inspiring &;ndash; a firsthand look at Rembrandt's masterpiece The Night Watch is like meeting the artist himself, and you'll love seeing acclaimed works by other well-known 'Old Dutch Masters&;rdquo; including Vermeer and Hals. See the city's network of concentric, tree-lined 17th-century canals and view of Amsterdam's blend of architectural styles, dating back to medieval times, on a private sightseeing cruise by canal boat. A farewell dinner makes your last night on the riverboat memorable.



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    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 15 - Journey home

    Tour ends: Amsterdam. Disembark in Amsterdam; a transfer is included from the riverboat to Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport or Central Station. Allow 3 hours for departure flight check-in. A transfer will also be provided to the airport for guests enjoying a stay at Tauck's selected Amsterdam hotel following their cruise.



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    Cruise Line
    Tauck River Cruising
    Offer
    Offer valid through 12/31/2019
    Duration
    15 Days
    Cruise Ship
    ms Treasures

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    DayPortArriveDepart
    Day 1Budapest  
    Day 2Budapest  
    Day 3Bratislava  
    Day 4Vienna  
    Day 5Melk  
    Day 6Passau  
    Day 7Regensburg  
    Day 8Nurnberg  
    Day 9Bamberg  
    Day 10Wurzburg  
    Day 11En Route to Rudesheim  
    Day 12Rudesheim  
    Day 13Koln  
    Day 14Amsterdam  
    Day 15Amsterdam  
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    * Land / cruise price per person in U.S. dollars, based on double occupancy, includes cruise fare, most meals, port charges, shore excursions, applicable fuel surcharges, and gratuities to Tauck Directors, Tauck Cruise Director, ship staff, local guides & drivers, and on all included meals.

    Itinerary Changes - Although not expected, Tauck reserves the right to alter the sequence of ports or omit or substitute scheduled ports or attractions at any time without prior notice. Further, museums and attractions may be subject to closure due to state, local or religious holidays.

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