River Cruising: Scenic Jewels of Europe15 days & 14 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
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Day 1Arrive Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Upon arrival, you will be escorted to your luxurious ship.Scenic Space-Ship - 14 Nights (D)
Embark on a canal cruise or enjoy quintessential Holland at Zaanse Schans, with its windmills and open-air conservation area. Alternatively, walk or cycle through the city. This evening, join the captain for your official welcome dinner.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Day 3To Marksburg, Germany
In Cologne, explore the Neanderthal Museum or take a stroll through the city. Later, delight in an exclusive medieval feast at Marksburg Castle.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Enjoy the spectacular Rhine Gorge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then, alight in Rudesheim and board the Winzerexpress mini train for a guided visit of Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum before a cable car ride to the Niederwald Monument.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
In Freudenberg, celebrate our version of Oktoberfest. Look forward to joyous oom-pah-pah music, festive blue flags and an abundance of fine beer.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Visit the Bishop's Residenz Palace and sample some local wine, or explore the famous Romantic Road, an important medieval trade route. Then take in the beautiful walled town of Rothenburg, a medieval gem overlooking the Tauber River.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Immerse yourself in the old town of Bamberg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Visit moving World War II sites or choose a tour of culinary delights, including local bratwurst, beer and gingerbread.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Enjoy a walking tour of Regensburg or board a local ferry to Weltenburg Abbey to sample beer from one of the oldest monastic breweries in the world. Alternatively, cycle to the Walhalla monument.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Day 10To Salzburg, Austria
Attend the Best of The Sound of Music and Salzburg Show in the rolling hills of Salzburg. Enjoy an authentic Austrian lunch before an afternoon of humming along to the beloved classics.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Day 11To Durnstein
Experience Melk's magnificent 18th-century Benedictine Abbey. Alternatively, embark on a guided bike ride along the river from Melk to one of the most enchanting villages in the region, Durnstein. As the day ends, take in a fine sunset in the breathtakingly beautiful Wachau Valley.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
After exploring the grand Ringstrasse, indulge in a glass of fine Austrian Sekt while marveling at the opulence of Palais Liechtenstein. Then, be enthralled by an enchanting private Viennese evening concert.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Take a guided tour of Bratislava or Schonbrunn Palace to experience the riches of the former Habsburg Empire. Alternatively, visit the world-renowned Spanish Riding School for a tour of the stables or to see the Lipizzaner Stallions.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Day 14Budapest, Hungary
Make the most of a guided tour of one of Europe's oldest and prettiest cities, experience the labyrinths of the Hospital in the Rock, or relax at the Thermal Baths and Spa.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Day 15Depart Budapest
After breakfast, disembark and head to the airport for your onward flight.(B)
At Cox & Kings we believe that a good travel experience is not luck but judgment. We have compiled the following advice to outline the nature of travel in Europe and to help you prepare for your trip. Even with the most meticulous planning, however, minor problems can occur and, while our local representatives are always on hand to rectify such occurrences, we do request that you have a patient and broadminded approach to traveling in Europe.
Cruises & Train Tours
The river cruises and train tours in this brochure are offered subject to the conditions of carriage of the individual Train Company. PLEASE NOTE that in exceptional circumstances they may vary their itineraries with little or no notice, if water levels become unsafe, train lines become blocked or to avoid areas of dense traffic. Such changes are rare, but you should check the final itinerary at reception when you embark.
A number of flights within Europe arrive / depart early in the morning, and while we will endeavour to schedule your tour with a flight which arrives / departs at a reasonable time, sometimes there is little or no alternative and early check-in / check-out times may be required.
Accommodation standards vary dramatically throughout Europe, and hotels in Eastern Europe, Albania, Macedonia and regional Turkey, should not generally be compared to Western European standards. For our tours we have chosen hotels primarily for their location and the facilities available. We will endeavour to supply any extra information that you may require on these hotels. The hotels listed in the tour itineraries may occasionally be unavailable for the required dates. In this event, we will advise you of alternative hotels, which will, where possible, be of the same or of a higher standard than those featured in the itineraries. There are many new hotels being built in Europe and we may upgrade those featured in the brochure if better options in the same category become available. Please note all rooms reserved on your tour are standard; however, if you wish to upgrade your room (e.g. to a lake view or suite etc.), please speak to your tour consultant, who will be able to advise you about the options and the applicable supplements.
Check-in & Check-out Times: For all group and individual tours, hotel check-in/out time is normally 12 noon, but this does vary between hotels. Early check-ins and late check-outs cannot be pre-booked, but can sometimes be negotiated on site.
Many of the sites in Europe are quite spread out, and our tours consequently involve a reasonable amount of walking. Whilst the walking is normally easy going, a full-day’s sightseeing can be quite tiring and sometimes strenuous.
Although tourism is not a new concept in most parts of Europe, many of the areas visited are still extremely traditional. Therefore kindly respect local customs and dress codes.
Many countries require passports, visas to be presented before entry is permitted. Please ensure that all traveling members, including infants and children, are in possession of a passport, valid for at least 6 months, prior to departure. It is convenient and safe to have the visa process facilitated by Cox & Kings Limited from the concerned Consulates / Authorities on your behalf. Please note that it is totally at the discretion of the concerned Consulates / Authorities to grant / reject your visas. The consulate may require further documentation and / or personal appearance.
Area: 32,377 sq. miles
Official Language: German
What To See: Vienna is a splendid historical city, with its grand imperial palaces, museums flanking magnificent squares and, above all, the Hofburg - where the Habsburg rulers lived. Visit Salzburg for alpine beauty, an incredible fortress and some seriously scrumptious cakes. Suspended above the deep-green Inn River, the Alps are Innsbruck’s monumental attractions: creeping up on street corners, reflecting in glass façades and sneaking into every snapshot. Graz is an attractive place with verdant green parkland, red rooftops and a small, fast-flowing river gushing through its center. Zell Am See attracts travelers looking to relax and rejuvenate - and enjoy some excellent skiing in the winter.
River Cruising: Scenic Jewels Of Europe
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