Gems of the Danube - 201711 days & 10 nights, Private Journey
Handcrafted itineraries for one or more travelers with on-the-ground support, a private guide, and a private vehicle. Private Journeys represent the best of the custom programs we've designed over the years. Our insider knowledge and destination expertise make these innovative journeys truly unique experiences.Private Journey
Prague, Nuremberg, Regensburg, Passau, Linz, Melk, Durnstein, Vienna & Budapest
Perhaps it's hardly surprising that Europe's longest waterway has so many wonderful attractions along its banks. Even so, every aspect of this itinerary will surprise and delight you, perhaps starting with a 3-night hotel stay in Prague to help you prepare yourself for the wonder of your 5-star luxury river cruise. Explore Nuremberg, famous for so many landmark events in history; Vienna, with its remarkable array of elegant buildings; or Budapest, so often cited as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. You can look forward to enjoying it all from the deck of a Scenic Space-Ship.
A world of wonder awaits. Start your journey with a three night stay at one of our luxurious city central hotels such as the Marriott.Marriott Hotel - 3 Nights
This morning join your knowledgeable local guide on a fascinating walk through the city and view the famous Astronomical Clock. Afterwards you might wish to venture across the world-famous Charles Bridge. This incredibly beautiful structure was commissioned in 1357 by Charles IV after the Judith Bridge was destroyed by floods.Marriott Hotel (B)
Stroll this magnificent city at your leisure. Situated on the bank of the River Vltava in central Bohemia, the beautiful city of Prague is rich in history and is home to some of the world's most striking architectural wonders. There's no need to plan ahead - your Tour Director is on hand to take care of everything.Marriott Hotel (B)
Day 4Prague - Nuremberg
Today you'll journey by coach to fascinating Nuremberg in Bavaria, which dates back to the 11th century. Your cruise begins here, and you'll get to toast the occasion at this evening's welcome reception.Scenic Spaceship - 7 Nights (B, D)
Freechoice: Choose to visit moving WWII sites or try something a little lighter - the 'Tastes of Nuremberg', a tour of culinary delights that will help you discover a passion for local bratwurst, beer and gingerbread. We won't tell anyone if you loosen your belt a little.Scenic Spaceship (B, L, D)
At the confluence of three rivers, Regensburg offers a rich tapestry of experiences, from its medieval old town to the Bavarian Forest on its border.Scenic Spaceship (B, L, D)
Freechoice: Join the group for an enjoyable walk around Regensburg or hop on a local ferry and sail the Danube Gorge to view historic Weltenburg Abbey, where you can sample beer from one of the oldest monastic breweries in the world. Alternatively, you could take a leisurely cycle to the Walhalla monument with your Tailormade GPS device.
Day 7Passau - Linz
Freechoice: Take an excursion to the medieval Czech town of Cesky Krumlov and discover its World Heritage-listed old city, or journey to Salzburg and explore the birthplace of Mozart and the city backdrop for 'The Sound of Music'.Scenic Spaceship (B, L, D)
Day 8Melk - Durnstein
Freechoice: Be guided through Melk's magnificent 18th century Benedictine Abbey. Alternatively, if you're feeling more active, embark on an enjoyable guided bike ride along the river from Melk to one of the most enchanting villages in the region, Durnstein - at your own pace, of course. We'll even pack you a picnic.Scenic Spaceship (B, L, D)
As the day ends, you'll get to take in a fine sunset at the breathtakingly beautiful Wachau Valley. You'll be in very fine company, and can expect a wonderful ending to a magnificent day. Of course, we don't take all the credit for this one. It's nature who provides the view. We're just bringing the drinks.
Today you have options galore.Scenic Spaceship (B, L, D)
Freechoice: Take a guided tour of Bratislava or Schonbrunn Palace, and witness the sheer opulence of the Habsburg Empire. Alternatively, visit the world-renowned Spanish Riding School and either tour the stables or see the famous Lipizzaner Stallions perfecting their skills during their morning exercise program. Or why not taste your way around the local market on our 'Shop with a Chef' tour with your on board chef.
Breathe in the opulence and luxury of Palais Liechtenstein while enjoying a glass of fine Austrian Sekt. Then be enthralled by an enchanting private Viennese evening concert featuring the timeless music of Strauss and Mozart. Even in elegant Vienna, Palais Liechtenstein is one of the grandest of all venues.
We find ourselves in Budapest, one of Europe's oldest and prettiest cities.Scenic Spaceship (B, L, D)
Freechoice: Make the most of a guided tour of this city including a piano concert, or relax and unwind at the Thermal Baths and Spa. Or you can choose to experience the labyrinths of the Hospital in the Rock, a relic of WWII and the 1956 uprising.
Depart after a wonderful farewell breakfast. Budapest is the end of your cruise, but it will be the start of a lifetime of wonderful memories.(B)