European Capitals

As the name implies, this European tour features some of Europe’s capital cities. You’ll stay 2 nights in Paris, capital of France; Brussels, capital of Belgium; you’ll visit Amsterdam, capital of the Netherlands; Berlin, capital of Germany; Prague, capital of the Czech Republic; and Vienna, capital of Austria. You’ll also spend one night in Bremerhaven, Germany, an important Hanseatic port city.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive In Paris, France

Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore the French capital with your CosmosGO app. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers.

Hotel: Ibis Styles Paris Porte d’Orléans, 2 nights

Day 2: Paris

Paris is a world-class city with more familiar landmarks than almost any other city in the world. This morning, see these sites during the included city tour with an expert Local Guide. in the afternoon, feel like a French aristocrat on an optional walking tour through the opulent Palace of Versailles. Tonight, consider joining an optional dinner at a typical French restaurant.

Day 3: Paris – Brussels, Belgium

Enjoy a leisurely morning in Paris before heading to Brussels, capital of Belgium and major centre of European politics since WWii. Tonight, dinner is included at a local restaurant.

Hotel: Ramada, 2 nights

Day 4: Brussels

Join your Local Guide this morning and explore this vibrant city, headquarters of the European Union. Along the way, hear about the ornate Grand Place and see the tiny yet world-famous Manneken Pis statue. The afternoon is free to make your own discoveries.

Day 5: Brussels – Antwerp – Rotterdam, Holland – Amsterdam Area

Start the day by getting to know the international port city of Antwerp with a Local Guide. See the centuries-old Diamond Quarter, the largest diamond district in the world; the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, founded in 1663; the 14th-century Cathedral of Our Lady with its triptychs by Rubens; and much more. Cross the border into South Holland and arrive in Amsterdam, vibrant capital of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Hotel: Ibis Styles Airport or Best Western Plus Amedia Airport, 2 nights

Day 6: Amsterdam Area

Enjoy a Canal Cruise to see Amsterdam from water level, then watch skilled craftsmen cut and polish precious stones at a Diamond Centre. Continue the discovery with a Local Guide showing you the city’s highlights. Maybe get to know the beautiful Dutch countryside on an optional excursion.

Day 7: Amsterdam Area – Groningen – Bremerhaven, Germany

Depart Amsterdam and stop in Groningen, an important trade centre in the 13th century, which today is hailed as the “World Cycling City.” in the centre of town, admire the Martini Tower with its 62-bell carillon, the Spanish Moorish synagogue, and much more. Reach Bremerhaven for a guided visit of the interactive German Emigration Centre Museum, Europe’s largest museum about emigration, focusing on German emigration to the United States.

Hotel: Comfort Hotel

Day 8: Bremerhaven – Bremen – Berlin

Travel to the Hanseatic city of Bremen, which majestically straddles the Weser River. Attractions here include the opulent Town Hall, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; the massive, 15th-century statue of Roland, the city’s protector; the oldest wine cellar in Germany, the Ratskeller, whose wine list boasts more than 650 German wines; and the bronze sculpture of the Bremen Town Musicians from the Grimm Brothers’ famous fairytale. You’ll see the highlights on your included guided walking tour, then it’s on to Berlin!

Hotel: Abba or NH Berlin City West, 2 nights

Day 9: Berlin

On the included guided tour, learn how, since the fall of the wall, Berlin is no longer divided but every bit as fascinating. Once a city of stark contrasts, Berlin has developed into a harmonious blend of old and new. it has preserved the old buildings, such as the State Opera House and Brandenburg Gate; its neoclassic-style boulevards, such as the Kurfustendamm and Unter den Linden; and it has created brand new buildings in the most daring, contemporary architectural styles. it is once again Germany’s capital and one of Europe’s liveliest cities.

Day 10: Berlin – Dresden – Prague, Czech Republic

Travel southwest toward the Czech border to Dresden, hailed as the “Jewel Box” city for its splendid baroque and rococo centre. With four nature reserves and 63% of the city consisting of green areas and forests, Dresden is one of the greenest cities in all of Europe. On your included guided sightseeing tour, see the Zwinger Palace Glockenspiel with its bells made by the famous Meissen porcelain factory, as well as many other city highlights. Cross into the Czech Republic and head towards Prague. Tonight we offer an optional fun evening of traditional Czech music and entertainment.

Hotel: Mama Shelter, 2 nights

Day 11: Prague

The wealth of gothic and baroque architecture in the “Golden City” of Prague inspired local composers Dvorak and Smetana. Prague will inspire you, too, during your included guided sightseeing tour. See the Jewish Quarter, Charles Bridge, the Old Town Square with its fantastic Astronomical Clock, and more.

Day 12: Prague – Tabor – Vienna, Austria

Visit Tabor this morning, founded in 1420 as an egalitarian peasant commune. Walk through the pretty Old Town with its narrow cobblestone streets to its main square. in the afternoon, cross the Austrian border to arrive in Vienna, Austria’s capital.

Hotel: Star Inn Schonbrunn or Novum Kavalier, 2 nights

Day 13: Vienna

Once the seat of the mighty Habsburg Empire and home to Strauss, Brahms, Beethoven, Hadyn, and Mozart, Vienna blends ornate baroque architecture with an irresistible musical heritage. You can almost hear the classical music as you stroll its streets. There’s much to enthrall you today on your included guided sightseeing tour. Admire the fabulous State Opera House, Hofburg Palace, and Parliament. Later, maybe try some of Vienna’s heavenly Sachertorte at a traditional coffee house, but leave some space for tonight’s included dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 14: Depart Vienna

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
May: 01, 08$3,099.00$3,977.00
June: 05, 12$3,059.00$3,937.00
July: 03, 10$3,029.00$3,907.00
August: 14$3,029.00$3,907.00
August: 21, 28$3,069.00$3,947.00
September: 04, 18, 25$3,069.00$3,947.00
October: 02$3,069.00$3,947.00
October: 09$3,029.00$3,907.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 13 breakfasts, 4 dinners
Transport: First-class air-conditioned motorcoach while touring
Accommodation:13 nights accommodation
Guide: Professional Travel Director
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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European Rhapsody

Discover Europe’s grandeur and the legacy of the powerful Habsburg dynasty on this soul-stirring journey of Europe’s imperial cities. Be inspired by the family heritage of royalty as you meet a castle owner in the Rhine Valley and enjoy dinner at a family home in beautiful Budapest. Your journey culminates in timeless Venice with its romantic and lavish palaces.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Depart from London by Eurostar to Amsterdam

At 07:00, meet your Travel Director and transfer to London’s St. Pancras Station to board the high-speed Eurostar for a rail journey via the revolutionary Channel Tunnel. Once in Amsterdam, join your Travel Director in the evening for a Welcome Reception. Get to know your fellow guests during a cruise, along some of the many quaint, tree-lined canals. Admire the elegant merchant houses from the 16th and 17th centuries, their facades are a reflection of when trade flourished during Amsterdam’s Golden Age. Relax as you pass stunning gables, beautiful churches and the iconic Magere Brug, better known as the Skinny Bridge. Disembark and venture to Humphrey’s Restaurant for your Welcome Dinner.

Day 2: Würzburg

Relax with a scenic drive along the Rhine Valley to Würzburg. See the mighty Marienburg Fortress – the immense baroque palace of the Prince Bishops and one of the most important landmarks in Germany. On arrival, visit the imposing Würzburg Residenz, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with a Local Expert. Marvel at intricate decorations and lavish staterooms boasting with French, Austrian and Venetian influences.

Day 3: Rothenburg and Golden Prague

In the morning venture to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, the most well-preserved town on the Romantic Road. Continue east to the Czech border, passing the town of Pilsen renowned for its beer, before reaching the Golden City of Prague. In the evening, perhaps take a river cruise through the heart of the city?

Day 4: Prague, City of a Hundred Spires

Join a Local Expert in the morning for guided sightseeing of one of the most beautiful and intact historic centres in Europe. Start with the 1,000-year-old Prague Castle, to admire the stained glass of St. Vitus Cathedral and enjoy amazing views over the Old Town. Walk on the famous Charles Bridge and through the Old Town. An artisan baker shows you how the Trdelník or traditional Czech chimney cakes are made, and enjoy a tasting. Finish in the Old Town Square where the mechanical antics of the Astronomical Clock’s glockenspiel delights onlookers each hour. Then, the city is all yours to explore with the rest of the day at leisure. Perhaps you may choose to rummage through the renowned antique shops or shop for the finest Bohemian crystal?

Day 5: Through Bohemia to Budapest

Start the day with a journey through the beautiful forested countryside of Bohemia. Journey through Slovakia and travel on to Hungary, following the River Danube to Budapest. Stand atop Gellért Hill where the colossal Liberty Statue stands in front of the Citadella watching over the city. Marvel at extensive panoramic views as you look out over the famous river dividing Buda and Pest – the two sides linked by the mighty Chain Bridge and the newer, elegant Elizabeth Bridge. In the evening, join a Local Expert to enjoy a scenic dinner cruise and take in the city’s nighttime beauty as you float along the Danube.

Day 6: The flavours of Budapest

Stroll through the alleys of the Old Town of Buda and admire sweeping views from the Fisherman’s Bastion with a Local Expert. Drive along the beautiful Andrassy Avenue to Heroes’ Square. Then, enjoy free time to browse the boutiques of Vaci Street. Continue your travels, past the eagle overlooking the town of Tatabanya, to the Austrian border and through pleasant farming country to the imperial capital of Vienna.

Day 7: Vienna and the Habsburgs

In the morning, there is the option to join a private tour of Maria Theresa’s Schonbrunn Palace & formal gardens. Later, get your camera ready for a drive around the famous Ring Road. This grand boulevard, built alongside the lines of the old city walls, showcases many of the capitol’s architectural masterpieces, including the Opera House, magnificent Hofburg Imperial Residence and Parliament. Then join your Local Expert for a walk through Innere Stadt, the first district and historic core of Vienna. Explore Vienna with Insight Choice. Choose between a visit to a traditional Viennese Café to enjoy local specialities of coffee and sachertorte. Alternatively, listen to the musical masterpiece of Mozart as you take to the floor in a Viennese Waltz dance lesson.

Day 8: Along the shores of Lake Wörthersee to Venice

This day’s route takes you past quiet villages, through Styria’s forested mountains and into the Carinthian Lake District. Continue past Europe’s warmest lake, the Wörthersee, to cross into Italy near Tarvisio. Then follow mountain valleys and cascading streams down to the Veneto Plain en route to the unique city of Venice. This evening is truly a special experience, starting with a private boat to arrive at your central hotel. Stroll past the entrance doors of the famous Opera House to La Fenice restaurant for a magical Celebration Dinner. Indulge in traditional Venetian dishes that are enriched with inspiration from seasonal produce. Finish in true Venetian style – savour a cocktail at Café Florian at twilight whilst being serenaded by an ensemble of talented musicians, and admire the peace of St. Mark’s Square long after the day-trippers have gone to their mainland hotels. Return to your hotel along the Grand Canal.

Day 9: The magic of La Serenissima

Wake up to one of Europe’s most romantic cities. Admire the Doge’s Palace and its adjoining Bridge of Sighs. Witness the skill of glassblowers and learn how the Venetian gondola is made on a visit to a traditional arts centre. Only minutes away by private launch is St. Mark’s Square where the city’s former wealth and power is evidenced by the riches of St. Mark’s Basilica. With the rest of the day free, why not cruise along the Venetian lagoon to the island of Burano for a meal of local specialities and wine?

Day 10: Arrivederci Venice

Bid farewell to this enchanting city with departure transfers by water taxi, arriving at Venice Marco Polo Airport at 08:00 and 09:30.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 26$4,325.00$5,405.00
May: 10, 24$4,375.00$5,505.00
June: 07, 21$4,350.00$5,450.00
July: 05, 19$4,195.00$5,165.00
August: 02, 16$4,195.00$5,165.00
August: 30$4,375.00$5,505.00
September: 12$4,375.00$5,505.00
September: 27$4,325.00$5,405.00
December: 23$5,250.00$6,090.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 9 breakfasts, 1 morning tea, 4 dinners
Transport:Luxury air-conditioned coach
Rail:EuroStar Train: London - Amsterdam
Accommodation: 9 nights accommodation
Guide:An expert Tour Director and separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Highlights of Eastern Europe

Explore the capitals of Eastern Europe on this multi-country trip. Visit Austria, Germany, Poland and more. Explore ‘east’ and ‘west’ in the Croatian city of Zagreb, visit the Hungarian Sea, pay homage to those who lost their lives at Auschwitz, and discover the sights in Prague.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Vienna

Tune into the enchanting musical heritage of Vienna, your launch pad to a grand adventure through the highlights of Eastern Europe. After checking in, join a ‘Local Specialist’ for a sightseeing walking tour of Old Town Vienna, revealing insights into the Habsburg dynasty, once one of the most influential royal houses of Europe. Admire the Hofburg Palace, Imperial Boulevards and the beloved St. Stephen’s Cathedral, with its colourful tiled roof. This evening, we join our Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception to kick off our exciting holiday.

Hotel: Hilton Danube Waterfront

Day 2: Vienna – Lake Bled

We cross the Loibl Pass in the Karawanken Mountains and into the lush green hills of Slovenia. Arrive later at Lake Bled, an exquisite natural retreat set against the backdrop of forests and mountains. During your free time, you could consider taking a boat trip on its crystal clear waters to admire the castle, which clings dramatically to a cliff rising up from the lake’s edge. This evening, we dine at our hotel.

Hotel: Park, 2 nights

Day 3: Lake Bled

Spend the day at your leisure, up the romantic atmosphere of this Alpine lake setting. Perhaps take a boat ride along the lake’s tranquil waters, or consider joining an Optional Experience to the extensive maze of underground caves at Postojna.

Day 4: Lake Bled – Ljubljana – Zagreb

We leave the emerald waters of Bled behind and arrive in the Slovenian capital, Ljubljana, where we will join a ‘Local Specialist’ for a sightseeing tour to see its Opera House, Cathedral, National Museum, Three Bridges Square and Castle. We cross into Croatia and travel to its capital, Zagreb – our home for the next two nights. You’ll have a free evening to spend as you wish. Consider heading to Tkalčićeva Street to indulge in the flavours of traditional fruit brandy.

Hotel: International, 2 nights

Day 5: Zagreb

Explore a tale of two hilltop settlements and Zagreb’s scenic cityscape, to this day lit by gas lamps in the Upper Town. Join a ‘Local Specialist’ who will share the landmarks of the city’s Lower and Upper Town, including the Gothic Cathedral, the Archbishop’s Palace, the Opera House and St. Mark’s Church, with its exquisitely coloured roof. Spend the rest of the day on your own, paying homage to the patron saint of Zagreb at its Stone Gate, or enjoying the city views from Strossmartre.

Day 6: Zagreb – Lake Balaton – Budapest

Crossing the border into Hungary, we enjoy a photo stop on the shores of Lake Balaton, the largest lake in Central Europe and affectionately known by locals as the ‘Hungarian Sea’. We continue to the romantic capital of Budapest – our home for the next two nights. Perhaps, sail along the Danube on a scenic river cruise, enjoy an evening of Hungarian wine tasting or relax in the healing waters of the Szecheyni Spa Bath as the sun sets.

Hotel: Danubius Margitsziget, 2 nights

Day 7: Budapest

Today, we join a ‘Local Specialist’ for a walking tour of the Castle district to admire picture-perfect views of the Danube and Fisherman’s Bastion with its towers representing the seven Magyar tribes who formed the Hungarian nation. See the imposing Parliament and the Great Synagogue, the largest in Europe. Later we meet the Schieszl family and ‘Connect With Locals’ over a ‘Be My Guest’ dinner.

Day 8: Budapest – Slovakia – Kraków

The exquisite natural landscape of Slovakia provides a scenic backdrop for our journey to Poland, past the foothills of the Tatra Mountains. We arrive in the enchanting city of Kraków. Consider an evening of lively Polish entertainment with dinner, or perhaps visit a traditional Polish Wódka Bar.

Hotel: Qubus, 2 nights

Day 9: Kraków

A leisurely walk through the beautiful streets of Kraków this morning with our ‘Local Specialist’ will include such highlights as the Royal Castle and Cathedral on Wawel Hill, recognised as the most historically and culturally significant site in Poland. We continue through the Old Town with a visit to the Mariacki Church and view of the Cloth Hall. Spend the afternoon exploring the city on your own or consider visiting a traditional milk bar. Enjoy a slice of Polish Sernik Babci in the Old Town Square or join an Optional Experience to the Wieliczka Salt Mine, where underground chambers are hewn out of rock salt. This evening, we dine at our hotel.

Day 10: Kraków – Auschwitz – Czestochowa – Warsaw

Our journey this morning takes us to the concentration camp at Auschwitz, a poignant reminder of the horrors perpetrated during the Holocaust. Travelling to Jasna Góra Monastery, we ‘Dive Into Culture’ and rub shoulders with Catholic pilgrims, who have journeyed to the famous shrine for centuries to see the iconic Black Madonna of Częstochowa. This evening, we arrive in the elegant Polish capital of Warsaw, where we will dine tonight at our hotel.

Hotel: Leonardo Royal, 2 nights

Day 11: Warsaw

Connect with the youthful energy of Warsaw, a city that has triumphed over the tragedy of war and the shackles of communism. This morning, we join a ‘Local Specialist’ visiting the Old Town, which the Nazis destroyed to retaliate against the Warsaw Uprising. You’ll also see the site of the Warsaw Ghetto, immortalised in the Roman Polanski film – The Pianist. Spend the rest of the day exploring the sights on your own, or celebrate the talents of Chopin during a private recital of Chopin’s works.

Day 12: Warsaw – Berlin

Journey across Poland’s patchwork countryside along the Autostrada Wolnośki (Motorway of Freedom) which was first initiated by Nazi Germany to connect Berlin with Poland and left unfinished for decades after World War II. Continue west into Germany and arrive in Berlin, a capital city with an enviable youthful verve and charisma. Here you’ll enjoy an evening at leisure to explore the city your way.

Hotel: Hampton by Hilton City Centre Alexanderplatz, 2 nights

Day 13: Berlin

Ascend an icon of reunification this morning as you witness spectacular panoramic views of the city from the Berlin TV Tower. Then join a ‘Local Specialist’ for a sightseeing tour through the city’s great landmarks, including the Neoclassical Brandenburg Gate, Unter den Linden Boulevard and the Reichstag Building, lovingly restored after it fell into disuse after World War II. Spend the afternoon people-watching on Friederichstrasse with an Fassbrause or join an Optional Experience to discover Berlin’s turbulent past.

Day 14: Berlin – Dresden – Prague

Travel through the Spreewald Forest to Dresden – its iconic domes and spires almost entirely rebuilt after the Allied Forces left their deep scars on the city during World War II. Hear about its restoration during your orientation tour as you stroll through its streets to see the Semper Opera, Zwinger Palace and fully reconstructed Frauenkirche. We leave Germany behind and travel to the Czech Republic, arriving later in glorious Prague, straddling the mighty Vltava. Spend your evening savouring hearty Czech flavours during a Regional Dinner at a local restaurant.

Hotel: Vienna House Diplomat, 2 nights

Day 15: Prague

Explore exquisite Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque façades as you ramble through the ancient streets of Prague with your ‘Local Specialist’ who will share insights into the city’s centuries-old history. Marvel at Prague Castle, the 14th-century Charles Bridge and Old Town Square, with its Astronomical Clock and hourly Walk of the Apostles. Visit the Cathedral of St. Vitus, then enjoy the rest of the day free to explore or relax. Perhaps indulge with some delicious sweet pastry Trdelník in the Old Town Square, admire the view from Petrin Hill or consider a relaxing cruise on the Vltava.

Day 16: Prague – Tábor – Vienna

Journey through the lush green and golden landscapes of southern Bohemia, stopping in Tábor, once a Hussite stronghold. Later, we travel to the imperial city of Vienna, where we’ll enjoy a final Farewell Dinner together with our fellow travellers and Travel Director.

Hotel: Hilton Danube Waterfront

Day 17: Depart Vienna

Say a fond farewell to your newfound friends and an epic adventure together through eastern Europe.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 17, 24$5,125.00$6,395.00
May: 01, 08, 15$5,125.00$6,395.00
May: 22, 29$5,150.00$6,420.00
June: 05, 12$5,125.00$6,395.00
June: 19, 26$5,095.00$6,365.00
July: 03, 10, 17, 24, 31$5,095.00$6,365.00
August: 07, 14$5,095.00$6,365.00
August: 21$5,195.00$6,465.00
August: 28$5,250.00$6,520.00
September: 04$5,250.00$6,520.00
September: 11, 18, 25$5,225.00$6,495.00
October: 02$5,125.00$6,395.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 16 breakfasts, 8 dinners
Transport:Luxury air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 16 nights accommodation
Guide:An expert Tour Director and separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Tour TypeTrip NameNo. DaysTour DetailsPrices
CruiseEuropean Gems15 On Application From $5,890.00
CruiseEastern Europe and European Gems24 On Application From $9,990.00
CruiseColours of Spain & Portugal with Douro Discovery21On Application From $10,190.00

 

Itinerary – European Gems

Discover the best of Europe on Travelmarvel’s 15 day European Gems cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam. Weave right through the centre of the charming towns, villages, and cities of Holland, Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary on your cruise.

Itinerary  
Day 1: Arrive Budapest, Embark ShipArrive in Budapest where your river ship awaits in the heart of the city. Enjoy a Captain’s Welcome Reception before a twilight cruise.
Stay: 14 Nights: aboard your premium Travelmarvel river ship
Day 2: BudapestAwake to views of one of the Danube’s most enchanting riverside cities this morning. Disembark and learn all about Budapest’s colourful history as your local guide takes you to Matthias Church, the Fisherman’s Bastion, Heroes’ Square and Buda Castle. You’ll also get to see the majestic Hungarian Parliament Building perched on the river. This evening, enjoy a Gala Dinner on board.
Day 3: ViennaEmbrace the sheer elegance of Vienna as you drive around the Ringstrasse this morning, taking in some of the city’s most famous buildings – the Vienna State Opera, the Museum of Fine Arts and more. Upon arriving in the city centre, join a walking tour for an insider’s view on a number of the best-loved landmarks, including St Stephen’s Cathedral, the Graben, Hofburg Palace and the Albertina. Like a Local – pay a visit to the famous Naschmarkt. Browse the fresh produce stalls and perhaps sample some local delicacies.
Day 4: ViennaWith the day at leisure, you may like to further explore the Hofburg area – home to the Imperial Treasury and the Spanish Riding School – or wander along Kärntnerstrasse, the city’s famous shopping strip.
Day 5: Dürnstein, MelkCruise to the quaint town of Dürnstein and enjoy a stroll over the cobbled streets past 16th-century town houses and taverns. The town is dominated by the hilltop ruins of the castle where King Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned in 1192. Later, dock in Melk and join a local guide for a tour through Melk Abbey. An active Benedictine monastery since 1089, it sits atop a rocky outcrop overlooking the Danube River.
Day 6: Linz, PassauVisit the town of Linz and later, cruise to Passau. A Taste of Bavaria – enjoy a traditional Bavarian experience on board. Sample local beer and snacks, accompanied by traditional folk music, song and dance.
Day 7: RegensburgContinue along the Danube River to the enchanting town of Regensburg, located in the southern region of the Bavarian Forest. Here, a guided tour along its cobblestone lanes tells of the medieval town’s journey through the ages. Afterwards, enjoy some time to perhaps wander the historic streets at your own pace.
Day 8: NurembergGlide over the Main-Danube Canal, crossing Europe’s Continental Divide through the canal’s series of incredible stair-step locks. The site of Hitler’s now infamous Nuremberg rallies, held annually from 1927 to 1938, Nuremberg played a pivotal role for the Nazis during World War II. You’ll learn about the city and indeed the era during a World War II tour today, which includes such sites as the Zeppelin Field, the Palace of Justice and much more.
Day 9: BambergOne of the few German cities that wasn’t destroyed during World War II, World Heritage-listed Bamberg beckons your attention morning. You’ll gain great insight during a locally guided tour of the historic city centre.
Day 10: WürzburgVerdant hills and rich vineyards sit on the edge of Würzburg, while the Main River is a prominent feature of this stunning city. The architectural beauty that further defines Würzburg is on show today as you admire its magnificent baroque palace, the Würzburg Residence. Here, a walk through Würzburg Court Garden is a delight, with its terraced gardens and serene water basin.
Day 11: MiltenbergArrive at the beautifully evocative town of Miltenberg, perfectly positioned on the confluence of the Tauber and Main rivers. Like a Local – discover true German hospitality as you are welcomed into the homes of friendly Miltenberg locals for coffee and cake. Return to your ship and enjoy time at leisure, taking advantage of the onboard facilities as you glide along the Main River. As the sun sets, watch the glittering lights of medieval towns slip past as you cruise through the night.
Day 12: Rüdesheim, Rhine GorgeIn Rüdesheim, the Winzerexpress mini-train will take you through town to Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. After, as you continue cruising, you will encounter a true holiday highlight – the spectacular Rhine Gorge, widely regarded as the most beautiful section of the Rhine River. Grab your camera and head to the Sun Deck for the best views, watching in awe as you drift past steep vine-covered slopes dotted with ancient castles and strongholds. Enjoy dinner this evening as your journey continues into the night.
Day 13: Cologne, Augustusburg CastleDisembark your ship in Cologne and drive to the town of Brühl. Like a Local – pay a visit to World Heritage-listed Augustusburg Castle and Falkenlust hunting lodge, the lavish rococo-style residences of archbishop-elector Clemens August. On a tour of the 18th-century castle, learn enthralling stories of its infamous former resident and enjoy a guided walk through the perfectly landscaped parks and flowering gardens to Falkenlust hunting lodge. Later this afternoon, return to Cologne and enjoy some time to drift through this enchanting city at leisure and perhaps inspect the exterior of the Cologne Cathedral up close.
Day 14: AmsterdamClustered by historic houses and studded with low bridges, Amsterdam’s network of 17th-century canals lends the city its nickname, ‘Venice of the North’. Upon arrival into Amsterdam, dock in the heart of the city and board a glass-top boat to discover the city’s impressive waterside facades. Back on land, enjoy some free time to explore the wondrous architecture before re-boarding your ship. Enjoy a Captain’s Farewell Dinner tonight.
Day 15: Disembark Ship, Depart AmsterdamDisembark your river ship for the final time and transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

 

Itinerary – Eastern Europe and European Gems

On your affordable 24 days Travelmarvel tour of Europe, experience impressive highlights on your Eastern European Coach Tour from Berlin to Budapest, then from there continue with a river cruise to Amsterdam along the magnificent waterways of Europe.

Itinerary  
Day 1: Arrive PragueYour adventure begins upon arrival at the airport where you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Later this evening, enjoy a Welcome Reception.
Stay: Two Nights: Prague, Grandior Hotel
Day 2: PragueToday, you will explore the beautiful city of Prague with an expert guide. Discover the World Heritage-listed Old Town, St Vitus Cathedral, Charles Bridge and Prague's Old Market Square.
Day 3: Prague, BerlinThis morning after breakfast, travel across the border into Germany. As you journey through the state of Brandenburg, enjoy views of beech forests and pastures filled with colourful rapeseed and sunflowers. Continue by coach to the German capital of Berlin and settle into your room at the Sheraton Berlin Grand Hotel Esplanade, your home for the next three nights.
Stay: Three Nights: Sheraton Berlin Grand Hotel Esplanade
Day 4: Berlin, PotsdamOnce a city literally cleaved in two, modern-day Berlin now embodies a fascinating blend of the old and the new. Start your day with a guided tour that will take you past many of the must-see landmarks. See the historic Reichstag building and the Brandenburg Gate – a symbol of peace and a reunified Berlin. You'll also visit a ruined section of the Berlin Wall. After enjoying free time for lunch, travel by coach to Potsdam where you'll embark on a guided tour of the incredible Sanssouci.
Day 5: BerlinTake advantage of a full day at leisure to further explore Berlin. Perhaps make your way to the visitor platform of the prominent Fernsehturm to enjoy panoramic views of Berlin’s eclectic urban landscape. Or, if the sun’s out, you might like to grab a delicious currywurst, a traditional Berlin sausage and head to one of the city’s leafy, lakeside parks to soak up the sunshine.
Day 6: Berlin, WarsawToday you will farewell the incredible city of Berlin and travel through the beautiful, rolling countryside of East Germany to Warsaw. Enjoy an orientation walk through the charming capital of Poland, before relaxing over dinner, where you'll discover the delights of Polish cuisine.
Stay: Two Nights: Regent Hotel Warsaw
Day 7: WarsawThe brutal events of World War II have indeed left their mark on the city, yet the Warsaw of today is diverse and progressive, filled with stylish boutiques, chic restaurants, new museums and modern buildings. An enthralling city tour takes you to the site of the Jewish Ghetto, which was home to the largest Jewish community in Europe. You will also visit Łazienki Park where you will glimpse the elegant Łazienki Palace with its surrounding serene waters and ornate statues.
Day 8: Warsaw, Auschwitz, KrakówToday you will journey through rolling farmland from Warsaw to Kraków. You might be moved to tears on a tour of the haunting Auschwitz-Birkenau, where you'll learn about the plight of the Jews who were sent to these Nazi concentration camps. Afterwards, check-in to your hotel in Kraków and enjoy free time to explore.
Stay: Two Nights: Kraków, Andel’s Hotel
Day 9: Kraków, WieliczkaEnjoy the sights of Kraków on a tour, taking in the Wawel Royal Castle and the famous Old Town. Afterwards, tour the Wielickzka Salt Mine. This ancient abandoned mine is a marvel, featuring a maze of underground chambers, grottoes and statues chiselled out of rock salt by miners hundreds of years ago. Later, enjoy a traditional Kraków folk show and a delicious Farewell Dinner.
Day 10: Kraków, Banská Bystrica Budapest, Embark ShipTravel to Budapest via Banská Bystrica, Slovakia. Board your ship.
Stay: 14 Nights: aboard your premium Travelmarvel river ship
Day 11: BudapestAwake to views of one of the Danube’s most enchanting riverside cities this morning. Disembark and learn all about Budapest’s colourful history as your local guide takes you to Matthias Church, the Fisherman’s Bastion, Heroes’ Square and Buda Castle. You’ll also get to see the majestic Hungarian Parliament Building perched on the river. This evening, enjoy a Gala Dinner on board.
Day 12: ViennaEmbrace the sheer elegance of Vienna as you drive around the Ringstrasse this morning, taking in some of the city’s most famous buildings – the Vienna State Opera, the Museum of Fine Arts and more. Upon arriving in the city centre, join a walking tour for an insider’s view on a number of the best-loved landmarks, including St Stephen’s Cathedral, the Graben, Hofburg Palace and the Albertina. Like a Local – pay a visit to the famous Naschmarkt. Browse the fresh produce stalls and perhaps sample some local delicacies.
Day 13: ViennaWith the day at leisure, you may like to further explore the Hofburg area – home to the Imperial Treasury and the Spanish Riding School – or wander along Kärntnerstrasse, the city’s famous shopping strip.
Day 14: Dürnstein, MelkCruise to the quaint town of Dürnstein and enjoy a stroll over the cobbled streets past 16th-century town houses and taverns. The town is dominated by the hilltop ruins of the castle where King Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned in 1192. Later, dock in Melk and join a local guide for a tour through Melk Abbey. An active Benedictine monastery since 1089, it sits atop a rocky outcrop overlooking the Danube River.
Day 15: Linz, PassauVisit the town of Linz and later, cruise to Passau. A Taste of Bavaria – enjoy a traditional Bavarian experience on board. Sample local beer and snacks, accompanied by traditional folk music, song and dance.
Day 16: RegensburgContinue along the Danube River to the enchanting town of Regensburg, located in the southern region of the Bavarian Forest. Here, a guided tour along its cobblestone lanes tells of the medieval town’s journey through the ages. Afterwards, enjoy some time to perhaps wander the historic streets at your own pace.
Day 17: NurembergGlide over the Main-Danube Canal, crossing Europe’s Continental Divide through the canal’s series of incredible stair-step locks. The site of Hitler’s now infamous Nuremberg rallies, held annually from 1927 to 1938, Nuremberg played a pivotal role for the Nazis during World War II. You’ll learn about the city and indeed the era during a World War II tour today, which includes such sites as the Zeppelin Field, the Palace of Justice and much more.
Day 18: BambergOne of the few German cities that wasn’t destroyed during World War II, World Heritage-listed Bamberg beckons your attention morning. You’ll gain great insight during a locally guided tour of the historic city centre.
Day 19: WürzburgVerdant hills and rich vineyards sit on the edge of Würzburg, while the Main River is a prominent feature of this stunning city. The architectural beauty that further defines Würzburg is on show today as you admire its magnificent baroque palace, the Würzburg Residence. Here, a walk through Würzburg Court Garden is a delight, with its terraced gardens and serene water basin.
Day 20: Miltenberg Arrive at the beautifully evocative town of Miltenberg, perfectly positioned on the confluence of the Tauber and Main rivers. Like a Local – discover true German hospitality as you are welcomed into the homes of friendly Miltenberg locals for coffee and cake. Return to your ship and enjoy time at leisure, taking advantage of the onboard facilities as you glide along the Main River. As the sun sets, watch the glittering lights of medieval towns slip past as you cruise through the night.
Day 21: Rüdesheim, Rhine GorgeIn Rüdesheim, the Winzerexpress mini-train will take you through town to Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. After, as you continue cruising, you will encounter a true holiday highlight – the spectacular Rhine Gorge, widely regarded as the most beautiful section of the Rhine River. Grab your camera and head to the Sun Deck for the best views, watching in awe as you drift past steep vine-covered slopes dotted with ancient castles and strongholds. Enjoy dinner this evening as your journey continues into the night.
Day 22: Cologne, Augustusburg CastleDisembark your ship in Cologne and drive to the town of Brühl. Like a Local – pay a visit to World Heritage-listed Augustusburg Castle and Falkenlust hunting lodge, the lavish rococo-style residences of archbishop-elector Clemens August. On a tour of the 18th-century castle, learn enthralling stories of its infamous former resident and enjoy a guided walk through the perfectly landscaped parks and flowering gardens to Falkenlust hunting lodge. Later this afternoon, return to Cologne and enjoy some time to drift through this enchanting city at leisure and perhaps inspect the exterior of the Cologne Cathedral up close.
Day 23: AmsterdamClustered by historic houses and studded with low bridges, Amsterdam’s network of 17th-century canals lends the city its nickname, ‘Venice of the North’. Upon arrival into Amsterdam, dock in the heart of the city and board a glass-top boat to discover the city’s impressive waterside facades. Back on land, enjoy some free time to explore the wondrous architecture before re-boarding your ship. Enjoy a Captain’s Farewell Dinner tonight.
Day 24: Disembark Ship, Depart AmsterdamDisembark your river ship for the final time and transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

 

Itinerary – Colours of Spain & Portugal with Douro Discovery

Delights in the best of Spain and Portugal, beginning in Barcelona and ending with a stunning Douro river cruise. Delve into large cities like Madrid, Lisbon, and Porto, and leave enamored by small villages and towns.

Itinerary  
Day 1: Arrive BarcelonaOn arrival at the airport in Barcelona, be met and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy a Welcome Dinner tonight.
Stay: Two Nights: Barcelona, NH Podium
Day 2: BarcelonaExplore Barcelona’s famous landmarks on a city tour today. Drive to the famous hill of Montjuoc, stop at the Catalunya National Art Museum and continue down to Placa d’Espanya on your way to the iconic Sagrada Familia. On foot, your guide will take you through the Old Town and show you the wonders of this beautiful city.
Day 3: Barcelona, MadridToday, travel by train to Madrid, Spain’s lively capital. On arrival, enjoy free time to explore before sitting down to a tapas dinner at a local restaurant.
Stay: Two Nights: Madrid, NH Paseo del Prado
Day 4: MadridOn a guided tour this morning, visit Palacio Real, residence of the Spanish Royal Family, as well as a selection of Madrid’s best-loved attractions. With the rest of your day at leisure, perhaps wander the lawns of Parque del Retiro or browse the Prado Museum.
Day 5: Madrid, Toledo, CórdobaToday, travel to Toledo for a guided tour. Explore the Old Town’s winding cobbled streets and its majestic 13th-century cathedral before continuing to Córdoba.
Stay: Córdoba, NH Amistad
Day 6: Córdoba, GranadaEnjoy a guided tour of Córdoba during which you’ll visit the Mezquita of Córdoba, a medieval mosque converted to a cathedral. Continue to Granada, where you’ll pay a visit to the magnificent Alhambra. Tonight you’ll experience a revival of grand Spanish hospitality at Hotel Alhambra Palace.
Stay: Granda, Alhambra Palace Hotel
Day 7: Granada, MarbellaTake a guided tour of Granada and learn about its enthralling ancient history. Then, you'll enjoy a picturesque drive to Marbella. On the way, stop to savour a lovingly home-cooked meal with a local Spanish family.
Stay: Two Nights: NH Marbella
Day 8: Marbella, GibraltarToday, journey to the British overseas territory of Gibraltar for a guided tour. Here, you’ll marvel at the famous Rock of Gibraltar and discover its fascinating history.
Day 9: Marbella, Ronda, SevilleThis morning after breakfast, travel to Ronda and see the Puente Nuevo and the Plaza de Toros. Then, continue to Seville.
Stay: Two nights: Seville, Meliá Lebreros
Day 10: SevilleToday you will experience the beauty of Seville with a local guide. Then, you will enjoy the remainder of your day at leisure.
Day 11: Seville, Evora, LisbonJourney to Lisbon, stopping to admire the architecture of Evora.
Stay: Three Nights: Lisbon, Hotel Altis
Day 12: LisbonExplore the Alfama district and marvel at the World Heritage-listed Jerunimos Monastery. Then, visit the gorgeous Belem Tower and see the Castelo de São Jorge.
Day 13: LisbonToday, is yours to enjoy a full day at leisure in Lisbon.
Day 14: Lisbon, Vila Nova de Gaia, Embark ShipAfter breakfast, travel by coach to Vila Nova de Gaia and board the MS Douro Serenity.
Stay: Seven Nights: aboard your river ship, the MS Douro Serenity
Day 15: Régua, Pinhão Take part in a Portuguese lesson. Later, visit the Douro Museum in Regua, then embark on a sunset sailing with fado music. Tonight, enjoy dinner at a local quinta.
Day 16: Vega de Terron, Castelo RodrigoCruise to Vega de Terron in Spain, before a trip to Castelo Rodrigo.
Day 17: Salamanca, Barca d’Alva Enjoy a guided tour and lunch in Salamanca. Later, delight in a special Captain’s Dinner.
Day 18: Régua Enjoy a Portuguese cooking demonstration. Later, visit a Quinta do Seixo winery for a port tasting. Re-board your ship in Régua.
Day 19: Régua, Lamego, Entre-os-RiosToday, enjoy time in Regua and visit a museum in Lamego. Later, rejoin your ship in Entre-os-Rios.
Day 20: Vila Nova de Gaia, PortoArrive in Vila Nova de Gaia and join a tour in Porto. Tonight, enjoy a Farewell Dinner.
Day 21: Disembark Ship, Depart PortoAfter breakfast, transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
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