A journey along the beautiful Upper Danube will provide rich rewards throughout this enlightening week-long break. The cultural, historical and architectural delights of a collection of incredible destinations are yours to uncover during time ashore to explore, while there are memorable sights to savour from on board Brabant as you sail through unspoilt countryside scenes too.
After meeting your smaller, friendlier river cruise ship in Regensburg, you’ll have the following morning to explore Germany’s ‘medieval miracle’ before setting sail. [ReadMoreMob]The almost entirely preserved historic centre of Regensburg is home to an impressive collection of listed buildings – such as the double 105-metre-high spires of St Peter’s Cathedral – that are easily taken in on foot. Along the Danube in Passau, a walking tour to the best way to discover the highlights of this Bavarian gem too. Wander the pretty streets of Passau to find soaring towers, stunning palaces and mighty churches and cathedrals including the iconic St Stephen’s Cathedral, which is a must-visit to marvel at its lavish interior, ornate pipe organ and grand bells alone. After Passau, Brabant heads for the heart of Austria’s breathtaking Wachau Valley, where you’ll be afforded opportunities to explore two of the region’s most enchanting destinations – Emmersdorf and Melk. You exploration of Wachau also includes scenic cruising through the valley’s gorgeous, world-renowned landscapes, which is sure to be a standout experience of your adventure. [ReadMoreDesk]
Sailing onwards, Vienna – the first of three magnificent capital cities on your itinerary – awaits. With a full day to explore, you could opt to take the highly recommended tour of the grounds and gardens of Schönbrunn Palace – a legacy of the Habsburg monarchy – or visit Hofburg Palace, home of the Austrian crown jewels. Stadtpark and Ringstrasse are worth a visit too, while the chance to immerse yourself in Vienna’s famous musical heritage at the neo-renaissance State Opera and museums such as the Haus der Musik museum is not to be missed. The diverse attractions of Slovakia’s capital await you next. An abundance of classic and contemporary architectural delights, medieval ruins and pretty parks and lakes vie for your attention in Bratislava, which is overlooked by the city’s majestic castle. Finally, it’s on to Budapest, to succumb to the charms of the UNESCO-listed Hungarian capital. After enjoying the scenic sail into the city, be sure to visit the Buda Castle complex and the historic Millennium Underground Railway and stroll along Andrássy Avenue towards Heroes’ Square during your time ashore. The thermal healing baths here are the perfect place to relax and reflect on your adventures before heading home.