European Gems Paris to Prague River Cruise

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21 Days | Eight Countries

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Prices start from $7395 per person twin share (including early payment discount)

Your Holidays Price Includes:

  • 14 nights cruising on a premium river ship
  • Three nights immersed in both enchanting Paris and Prague
  • Services of Cruise Director, Tour Director and local guides
  • 49 Meals – 20 breakfasts, 14 lunches and 14 dinners
  • Daily bottled water, tea and coffee, as well as soft drink, beer and local wine during lunch and dinner on your cruise
  • Explore up to 17 towns, villages and cities
  • Transfers, port charges and tipping
Day 1 Arrive Paris
Be met at the airport and transfer to your hotel in the historic centre. Tonight get to know your fellow travellers at an elegant welcome reception.
Day 2 Paris
Open the door to some of Paris’s sights on a guided city tour. Feel the excitement of one of the world’s most iconic streets, the Avenue des Champs-Élysées, and marvel at the impressive Arc de Triomphe, the city’s famous monumental archway intersected by 12 boulevards. A Taste of Paris – ascend the Eiffel Tower, where sweeping vistas and delicious French cuisine await. The rest of the day graces you with near endless options for exploration. Perhaps relax in front of the Eiffel Tower at Champ de Mars park or explore the beautiful Montmarte distric
Day 3 Paris
Soak up the romance and style of Paris with an entire day at leisure. You may like to visit the Latin Quarter and the Louvre, or take a leisurely stroll beside the Seine River.
Day 4 Paris, Amsterdam, Embark Ship
Say ‘au revoir’ to Paris after breakfast as you board your coach and traverse the beautiful landscapes of northern France, Belgium and the Netherlands. Arrive in Amsterdam to board your river ship, where you will dock overnight in the heart of the city within easy strolling distance to the iconic sights. On board tonight, enjoy a Captain’s Welcome Reception.
Day 5 Amsterdam, Utrecht
Clustered by historic houses and studded with low bridges, Amsterdam’s network of 17th-century canals lends the city its nickname, ‘Venice of the North’. Today, you’ll board a glass-top boat and glide past the city’s impressive waterside facades. Back on land, enjoy some free time before travelling by coach via Rembrandt’s Windmill, immortalised in the artist’s paintings. Meet your ship in Utrecht and set off along the Rhine River as you enjoy a special Gala Dinner.
Day 6 Cologne, Bruhl
As you cruise into the riverside city of Cologne, head to the Sun Deck and watch as the magnificent twin spires of its famous cathedral, the Kölner Dom, appear on the horizon. Disembark your ship and take a short 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 marvel at the ornate staircase, with marble and stucco work by Balthasar Neumann. Afterwards, enjoy a guided walk through the perfectly landscaped parks and flowering gardens to Falkenlust hunting lodge, where archbishop would come to practise his favourite sport, falconry. Later this afternoon, return to Cologne and enjoy some time to drift through this enchanting city at leisure and perhaps inspect the facade of the Cologne Cathedral up close.
Day 7 Rhine Gorge, Rudesheim
Experience a true holiday highlight as you cruise through the Rhine Gorge, known to be the most beautiful section of the Rhine River. Watch in awe as steep slopes covered in vineyards and dotted with ancient castles drift past, before your ship docks in Rüdesheim. Here, the Winzerexpress mini-train will take you through the town to Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum, which houses one of the most beautiful collections of automated musical instruments in all of Germany.
Day 8 Miltenberg
Today, explore the 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. After learning about the town’s history, which dates back to the 7th century, return to your ship and enjoy some time at leisure on board as you cruise the Main River. Later this evening, enjoy a superb dinner on board your ship then watch the glittering lights of medieval towns glide past as you cruise through the night. Along the Main River, your ship is able to cruise the entire journey with ease, courtesy of the Main River’s 34 locks.
Day 9 Wurzburg
Verdant hills and rich vineyards sit on the fringe 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 the Court Garden is a delight, with its terraced gardens and water basin encircled by stunning yew trees. Re-board your ship after your discovery and relax before dinner.
Day 10 Bamberg
One of the few German cities that wasn’t destroyed during World War II, World Heritage-listed Bamberg beckons this morning. You’ll be treated to a guided tour, during which the history will come to life as you gaze upon such sights as the Old Town Hall and the Bamberg Cathedral. While a visit to one of the historic taverns is the best place to get a taste for the local Bavarian culture. Later, your ship will reach the Main-Danube Canal.
Day 11 Nuremberg
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, which includes such sites as the Zeppelin Field and the Palace of Justice. After, continue over the Main-Danube Canal, crossing Europe’s Continental Divide (435 metres above sea level) thanks to the canal’s 16 stair-step locks.
Day 12 Regensburg
Having reached the Danube River overnight, Regensburg awaits at the confluence of the Danube and Regen rivers. A guided tour tells of the medieval city’s journey through the ages. See the ancient Stone Bridge, which gracefully arches across the water, as well as the Old Town Hall, the World Heritage-listed city centre and the Porta Pretoria – ancient gates to a Roman fort built in AD179. A Taste of Bavaria – enjoy a Bavarian experience on board. Sample local beer and snacks, accompanied by traditional folk music, song and dance.
Day 13 Passau, Linz
Awake in the pretty ‘Three Rivers City’ of Passau, where the rivers Inn and Ilz join the Danube. On a guided walk, stroll past the city’s colourful buildings, such as the Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) on the riverbank. Later, cruise across the border into Austria on the way to the picturesque city of Linz.
Day 14 Melk, Durnstein
Dock in Melk and join a local guide for a tour through magnificent Melk Abbey, an active Benedictine monastery since 1089 that sits majestically atop a rocky outcrop overlooking the Danube River. After, cruise to Dürnstein, where a walk through the cobbled streets leads to 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.
Day 15 Vienna
Embrace the splendour of the former Habsburg empire and the sheer elegance of Vienna as you drive around the Ringstrasse. You’ll learn about some of the city’s most famous buildings – the Vienna State Opera, the Museum of Fine Arts and more – as well as the rich classical music culture and history. Upon arriving in the city centre, join a walking tour for an insider’s view on a number of 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, including Kaiserschmarrn and Palatschinken.
Day 16 Vienna
With the entire day at leisure, you may like to further explore Vienna’s beautiful Hofburg area – home to the Imperial Treasury, the Spanish Riding School and much more.
Day 17 Budapest
Today, enjoy views of one of the Danube’s most enchanting riverside cities as your ship drifts right into the heart of Hungary’s capital. After breakfast, the history, beauty and charm of Budapest is illuminated as a local guide leads you through the city. Explore Matthias Church, the Fisherman’s Bastion, Heroes’ Square and Buda Castle. You’ll also have the chance to see the city’s most famous structure, the spectacular Hungarian Parliament Building, perched on the edge of the Danube River. After a Captain’s Farewell Dinner tonight, set off on a magical twilight cruise through the heart of Budapest and relish views of the glittering monuments lining either side of the river.
Day 18 Budapest Disembark Ship, Prague
Board a cpoach and pass through the striking landscapes of Slovakia before crossing the board into the Czech Republic.
Day 19 Prague
Your exploration of this extraordinary capital commences with a guided tour of the Old Town. Travel across the Vltava River to St Vitus Cathedral.
Day 20 Prague
Visit Nelahozeves Castle, a Renaissance residence set high above the Vltava River.
Day 21 Depart Prague
Your adventure comes to an end with a transfer to the airport.
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