Your grand European escorted vacation is an adventure from the mystic Transylvania to the modern capital of Germany. You’ll begin in the mysterious landscapes of Romania, with a visit to Bucharest and an excursion to Transylvania. You’ll tour the legendary home of Dracula, Bran Castle. Explore Brasov, take a sightseeing tour, and drive into the soaring Carpathian Mountains to Sinaia to visit Peles Castle. You’ll sail overnight to St. Gheorghe for an excursion to the Danube Delta at the entrance to the Black Sea. Enjoy a special “Kilometer 0” celebration of the mighty Danube’s 2,845km journey from the Black Forest to the Black Sea. Begin in Budapest, for guided sightseeing of the highlights of the vibrant capital of Hungary, including Heroes’ Square. Visit Gödöllö royal palace, beloved by Sissi. Take a guided walk through the delightful Old Town in Bratislava, Slovakia, and visit the gothic St. Martin’s Cathedral. Vienna, Austria, once center of the Habsburg Empire, is home to the lavish Habsburg Imperial Palace and neo-renaissance Vienna Opera House. Enjoy the magnificent views of the Wachau Valley wine region, visit Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey, and enjoy a wine tasting. In Linz, walk around the Hauptplatz, Austria’s largest medieval square, which forms the center of the city or take an excursion to the Austrian lake region where the Habsburg family members used to go. Take a guided walk around Passau, Germany, known for its maze of narrow cobblestone streets and St. Stephen’s Cathedral—a masterpiece of baroque architecture.Enjoy a guided sightseeing in Regensburg, before heading to beautiful Prague, capital of the Czech Republic. Here, you’ll be amazed at St. Vitus Cathedral and Old Town’s Astronomical Clock, a unique and intricate piece of art unlike anything else in the world.
Day 1 Bucharest: welcome to BucharestDay 2 Bucharest. Excursion to Transylvania–Brasov: guided visit of Dracula’s Bran CastleDay 3 Brasov–Bucharest: guided sightseeing in Brasov and Peles CastleDay 4 Bucharest–Fetesti (Embarkation): guided sightseeing in Bucharest; onboard welcome receptionDay 5 St. Gheorghe: excursion to Danube Delta: km 0 celebration Day 6 Cernavodă. Excursion to Constanta: guided sightseeing, visit the National History and Archaeological Museum in ConstantaDay 7 Rousse. Excursion to Veliko Târnovo & Arbanassi: guided sightseeing, visit Tsarevet’s Fortress in Veliko Târnovo, and the Ethnographic Museum and the Church of the Nativity in Arbanassi; or guided sightseeing of RousseDay 8 Vidin–Belogradchik: guided sightseeing to Vidin’s fortress; and see the rock formations in BelogradchikDay 9 Iron Gates–Donji Milanovac: cruise through the Iron Gates gorge; visit Lepenski Vir archaeological siteDay 10 Belgrade: guided sightseeing; lecture on boardDay 11 Mohács. Excursion to Pécs: guided tour and organ concert in PécsDay 12 Budapest: day at leisureDay 13 Budapest: guided tour, see Heroes’ Square; visit Gödöllö Royal PalaceDay 14 Bratislava: guided sightseeing, visit St. Martin’s Cathedral; lecture about royal dinasties in Europe, onboard Waltz lessonDay 15 Vienna: guided tour, see the Kuntskammer’s collection; choice of additional sightseeing, or a complimentary museum ticket; visit Schönbrunn PalaceDay 16 Dürnstein–Wachau Valley–Melk: choice of guided walk, or hike up to the castle ruins in Dürnstein; guided visit of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk; or visit Arstetten Castle; wine tastingDay 17 Linz: guided walk or full day excursion Romantic AustriaDay 18 Passau: guided walkDay 19 Deggendorf (Disembarkation)–Regensburg–Prague: transfer to Regensburg, guided sightseeing; travel by motorcoach to PragueDay 20 Prague: guided sightseeing, see the Astronomical Clock and visit Hradčany Castle groundsDay 21 Prague: your vacation ends this morning
In the event of water level problems or any problems of a technical nature, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or to alter the program.Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change is necessary, a substitute will be offered.Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.