River Danube & City Discovery
Packed with some of Europe’s very best sights and highlights, from the historic landmarks and attractions of stunning destinations to the scenic delights of the River Danube, this is an epic eight-night journey of discovery. Aboard Brabant you’ll experience the spellbinding Wachau Valley, winding Schlögener Schlinge and the narrow Main-Danube Canal; while ashore there are chances to explore romantic Austrian towns, medieval German cities and vibrant capitals.
In beautiful Budapest, be sure to uncover the famous Millennium Underground Railway, stroll along Andrássy Avenue to Heroes’ Square, and stop-by Buda Castle during the first morning of your cruise. Explore at your leisure before you set sail, heading off for an afternoon of scenic cruising through the postcard-perfect mountain scenery of the Danube Bend. A day in Bratislava follows, allowing time to discover the Slovakian capital’s array of attractions. Classic and contemporary architecture, medieval ruins and pretty parks and lakes; this city has it all. Don’t miss the castle and the fantastic observation point at the Slovak National Bridge. Then it’s on to another of the Danube’s glorious capitals, Vienna. Again a day here will allow plenty of time for exploration and discovery. Perhaps take the highly recommended tour to Schönbrunn Palace, or opt to visit Hofburg Palace, home of the Austrian crown jewels; Stadtpark; or Ringstrasse, encircling the treasures of the Old Town. [ReadMore]
Your Austrian adventures continue in Dürnstein. Make the most of your morning here to explore the ruins of the castle where Richard the Lionheart was once imprisoned, then board your river ship once again for a scenic cruise through the mesmerising, vineyard-laden Wachau Valley en route to charming Emmersdorf and Melk. Your time in Austria will then come to an end in style as Brabant transits the Schlögener Schlinge, a winding passage shrouded by rich forest, before crossing the border into Germany. Passau makes for a rewarding start to the German leg of your cruise, with its impressive monuments and landmarks such as the towering St Stephen's Cathedral. You’ll then have the chance to marvel at the largest collection of listed buildings found anywhere north of the Alps in Regensburg – Germany’s ‘medieval miracle’ – and enjoy a memorable diversion though the locks of the historic Main-Danube Canal as you sail to Nuremburg. This may be your final stop, however its sure to impress. Attractions here including the Rallying Grounds Documentation Centre and Nuremberg Trials Memorium; the imposing Nuremberg Castle; and the legendary DB Railway Museum.