Cruise through the narrow Strudengau this morning
en route to Weissenkirchen.
A guided tour will take you through Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey, one of Europe’s largest
and most famous monastic sites, home to religious relics and a library filled with
Your Abbey tour will be followed by a visit to a local vineyard near Dürnstein for an introduction to the famous wines of the Wachau. (B,L,D)_____________________
This morning, you will have a chance to savor the Baroque elegance of romantic Vienna through your choice of one of two different excursions.
The first option is a panoramic tour of Vienna that guides you past the majestic Opera House, the former Imperial Palace of the Habsburg Emperors,
Parliament, Town Hall and Vienna University. Afterwards, you will visit Vienna’s historic city center,
a UNESCO World Heritage Site,
and see St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Graben and the world famous Spanish Riding School.
The second option is a guided bike tour along the Danube and through the Donaupark.
After dinner you will be treated to an excursion to a charming Viennese wine tavern to listen to folk music and sample newly pressed local wine. (B,L,D)
WEISSENKIRCHEN – KREMS
This morning, travel to nearby Dürnstein, one of Austria’s smallest towns with only 1,000 inhabitants, and regarded as the most romantic place in the Wachau. Marvel at the magnificent blue facade of the Baroque Stiftskirche and the ancient terraced vineyards that surround the town. Looming overhead are the ruins of the castle where Richard the Lionheart, King of England, was imprisoned in 1192. You will have the option to take one of three torus: a walking tour along Dürnstein’s cobblestone streets, a hike up to the fortress where Richard the Lionheart was once held for ransom, or a guided bike tour along the Danube. The ship will cruise to Krems after lunch, arriving in the early afternoon. Krems offers a rich array of wine-related history, culture and tasting opportunities. Learn about the town’s thriving wine culture during an afternoon visit to a Wachau winery. (B,L,D)
Your morning excursion includes sightseeing in the cities of Buda and Pest spread over both banks of the river.
You will see famed Heroes’ Square and Castle Hill, home to Fisherman’s Bastion, Matthias Church and spectacular views of the Danube.
Alternatively, you may also opt to join a hike up to Castle Hill on which you will see Buda Castle, Fisherman’s Bastion and Parliament Square.
After dinner, the ship will sail a special Illuminations Cruise past the glittering riverfront of Budapest. (B,L,D)
BUDAPEST – DISEMBARKATION
Your cruise comes to an end as you prepare for your homeward flight. (B)