Your European holiday begins with two nights in Berlin, capital of Germany, and two nights in Prague, capital of the Czech Republic. Guided sightseeing shows you its best-known treasures. See the Astronomical Clock, Hradčany Castle, and St. Vitus Cathedral. Also, enjoy a wine-and-cheese tasting visit in the village of Melnik. Cruise to Regensburg—one of Germany’s best-preserved medieval cities—and enjoy guided sightseeing in the Old Town Hall, the Porta Pretoria, and high-towered mansions. Transfer to Deggendorf where your river cruise journey begins. Passau, Germany, is called the “City of Three Rivers” as it lies at the confluence of the Danube, Inn, and Ilz rivers. Explore the city with a Local Guide and admire the Patrician houses and baroque St. Stephen’s Cathedral. A Master of Wine will travel with you on your cruise to host lectures, tastings, and tips on food–and-wine pairing.
See Austria’s largest medieval square, the Hauptplatz in Linz. Enjoy magnificent views through the picturesque wine region of Wachau Valley. In Dürnstein, see the famous blue and white Stiftskirche and taste some of the local wines in a 900-year-old wine cellar. Vienna, the “City of Music,” makes an immediate impression with its lavish Hofburg Imperial Palace and neo-renaissance Vienna Opera House. In Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, a guided walk takes you through the delightful Old Town and to the Gothic St. Martin’s Cathedral.
In Budapest, the vibrant capital of Hungary, see the must-see sights with a local expert and visit a local wine cellar. In your free time, stroll along the main shopping street of Vici utca, or take pictures from Fishermen’s Bastion, which provides the best panoramic views of Budapest. Experience your European holiday with a stay in fascinating Berlin, and relax on your Danube River cruise to discover the beauty and history of its destinations along the way.