Budapest to Amsterdam by Riverboat - Northbound Aboard ms Treasures

Tauck's two-week Budapest to Amsterdam river cruise takes you along the Danube, Main, and Rhine, transporting you on an amazing journey past ancient castles and soaring cathedrals, taking in great cities including Vienna, Koln, Nurnberg and Bratislava - and revered UNESCO World Heritage Sites like Schonbrunn Palace and Kolner Dom (Cologne Cathedral).

Our two-week Budapest to Amsterdam river cruise along the Danube takes you on an amazing journey past grand cathedrals, medieval monasteries, castles and vineyards. Pass through five countries including the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, and Hungary, and explore legendary cities such as Amsterdam, Vienna, Koln, Nurnberg, Bratislava and Budapest. Tauck's all-included private shore excursions take you to many UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the historic districts of Budapest, Vienna, and Bamberg, and the Wachau and Rhine valleys. In Vienna, take your choice of visits to Schonbrunn Palace or the Sisi Museum at the Hofburg, and attend a grand Imperial Evening in a traditional palace. In Amsterdam, tour the famed Rijksmuseum. Visit Koln Cathedral, Melk Abbey, medieval towns like Regensburg, Budapest's Heroes' Square and much more!

14-night all-inclusive river cruise features an exclusive evening at a private Viennese palace, private Amstercam canal cruise and guided tour of the Rijksmuseum, all meals included

Traveling Well Includes:
  • Gratuities to ship staff, drivers, local guides, Tauck Directors and Tauck Cruise Director
  • All private Tauck shore excursions - $3,212 Value!
  • A private Imperial Evening at a traditional palace in Vienna featuring dinner and Viennese performers
  • In Amsterdam, a guided tour of the famed Rijksmuseum, home to many masterpieces
  • Day exploring Nurnberg, the walled medieval town whose history is forever intertwined with World War II
  • Choice of sightseeing in Vienna - a visit to the Sisi Museum and the Imperial Apartments in the Hofburg or to Schonbrunn Palace
  • Memorable visits to Melk Abbey, Kolner Dom, and Siegfrieds Mechanisches Musikkabinett in Rudesheim
  • Guided sightseeing in the historic European capitals of Bratislava, Slovakia, and Budapest
  • Unlimited complimentary beverages aboard ship include regional wine, beer and premium spirits in addition to specialty coffee, water and soft drinks
  • Airport and train station transfers upon arrival and departure as noted
  • All meals included - 41 (14 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 14 dinners); select meals in local restaurants
  • Service charges, taxes, porterage, and applicable fuel surcharges

  • Day 1 - Arrive Budapest

    Tour begins: 5:30 PM, Budapest. Welcome to Budapest, Hungary's capital city. A transfer is included from the Ferenc Liszt International Airport or Keleti train station directly to the riverboat on the Danube River in Budapest; embarkation begins anytime after 4:00 PM. Enjoy a welcome briefing and a leisurely dinner as you settle into your floating hotel for a two-week cruise on the Danube, Main and Rhine rivers.

    Lodging: ms Esprit & ms Treasures
    Meals: D

    Day 2 - Both sides of Budapest on the Danube

    Standing on opposite banks of the Danube, Budapest's two distinct sections - Buda and Pest - were once independent cities that were linked together in the mid-19th century by the construction of the Chain Bridge to become a single city, today Hungary's capital. Explore both sides of the city on a guided tour featuring a mix of architectural masterpieces and monuments including Heroes' Square, dominated by statues of leaders from Hungarian history and surrounded by museums and stately embassy buildings; the Gothic-Revival home of the Hungarian Parliament, an iconic feature of the Budapest skyline along the Danube; Fishermen's Bastion, standing watch over the river; and the bustling Covered Market, a showcase of Hungarian specialties, from food to crafts. Spend the afternoon cruising past picturesque landscapes along the Danube en route to Slovakia and join us tonight for our welcome reception and dinner.

    Lodging: ms Esprit & ms Treasures
    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 3 - Bratislava & an Grand Evening in Vienna

    An ancient city with a modern pulse, Slovakia's dynamic capital is home to an Old Town brimming with life - and devoid of cars - along with one of the youngest populations of any city in Europe today. Our local expert shares insider anecdotes about Bratislava before you join a walking tour of the cobblestoned city center, the perfect place for ambling. Seventeen centuries of Slovak history are eloquently chronicled in its 13th-century Old Town Hall, Baroque Habsburg-era palaces, the Opera House, Slovak Philharmonic Hall, and St. Martin's Cathedral, site of the coronation of many Hungarian royals. Cruise this afternoon to Vienna, enjoying the passing scenery and shipboard activities. Tonight, nothing quite compares to the royal treatment you'll experience at a Tauck Exclusive - our private evening in the Palais Ferstel, a 19th-century palace in the heart of the city. Welcome precedes dinner and a live musical performance.

    Lodging: ms Esprit & ms Treasures
    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 4 - A visit to Schonbrunn Palace or the Hofburg

    Wake up in Vienna, evoking quintessential images of Old World Europe. Sightseeing today includes your choice of guided visits to the Habsburgs' illustrious Schonbrunn Palace, an architectural masterpiece and Austrian cultural treasure, or a tour of the Hofburg - another former Habsburg royal palace that today is Austria's official presidential residence - including the Sisi Museum and the Imperial Apartments. Spend the remainder of the day as you please in Vienna.

    Lodging: ms Esprit & ms Treasures
    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 5 - Discover the Wachau Valley & Melk Abbey

    Go ashore in Durnstein this morning for a choice of activities. You can either go for a walk through the village with your Tauck Director followed, if you like, by a hike to the hilltop ruins of Kuenringerburg - the castle where England's King Richard the Lionhearted was held for ransom during the Crusades - or take a bicycle ride* in the vineyard-covered Wachau Valley. Later, cruise to Melk for a guided visit to its 900-year-old Benedictine abbey, where both its Baroque architecture and river views impress. Return to your riverboat late afternoon; onboard ship tonight, you'll be entertained by a talented musical group.

    Lodging: ms Esprit & ms Treasures
    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 6 - A bit of Baroque in Passau and cruising the Danube

    After crossing the border from Austria to Germany, dock in the Bavarian town of Passau on the Danube and Inn rivers, whose history dates back to the days of the Roman empire. A walking tour reveals the Baroque treasures of this lovely riverside town, known for its stained glass and its many churches - including St. Stephan's Cathedral, home to the largest pipe organ outside of the U.S., and the biggest cathedral organ in the world (may not be available on all departures). Your Budapest to Amsterdam river cruise continues to Regensburg.

    Lodging: ms Esprit & ms Treasures
    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 7 - A visit to Regensburg mixes ancient times and today

    Growing from a Roman encampment on the Danube into a cultural and trading center, the quintessential Bavarian town of Regensburg boasts more than 1,400 original historic buildings. Walking here is a delight and is the best and only way to view the sights up-close. A local guide will lead the way as you see the town's 12th-century Steinerne Brucke (stone bridge, in continuous service for 800 years), the 15th-century Altes Rathaus (Town Hall), the towering Dom St. Peter, and the remains of the Roman wall. A guided visit inside St. Emmeram Palace, the royal residence for the Thurn und Taxis dynasty for close to 200 years, reveals a revival of historic styles from the past: the Romanesque-Gothic cloister from its days as a Benedictine abbey, a neo-Renaissance marble staircase and gilded throne room, a medley of Rococo design, a Baroque library, and more. This afternoon, choose among free time in Regensburg, a leisurely afternoon aboard ship, or a bicycle ride along the river to Kelheim.

    Lodging: ms Esprit & ms Treasures
    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 8 - The Main-Danube Canal to Nurnberg

    When it opened in the 1990s, the Main-Danube Canal made navigation between the North Sea and Black Sea possible. Hear insights about the canal this morning. Choose between guided excursions this afternoon. On an insider visit to the Courthouse (still active, so your visit is subject to availability), learn about the infamous trials, the Zeppelinfeld rally grounds and the Documentation Center - or take a walking tour through Nurnberg's medieval ramparts to the Imperial Castle and the old city (including the house of 16th-century painter Albrecht Durer, and St. Sebaldus Church).

    Lodging: ms Esprit & ms Treasures
    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 9 - An Old Town walking tour or bicycling in Bamberg

    Perched atop seven hills, Bamberg is home to a magnificent, four-towered Romanesque cathedral from the 13th century; see it, along with more of this charming medieval city's unique architecture and colorful gardens, when you choose between a walking tour of Old Town with your Tauck Director or a bicycle ride through town.

    Lodging: ms Esprit & ms Treasures
    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 10 - Wurzburg or Rothenburg & a wine tasting

    Arrive this morning in charming Wurzburg; you have two choices of sightseeing today. Accompanied by a local guide, explore Wurzburg - see the ornate Alte Mainbrucke, a bridge over the River Main, and visit the town's 18th-century Residenz, a lavish palace where the town's prince bishops lived in the 18th century; today it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Get a taste of life in the palace in Wurzburg when you sample some excellent Franconian wines in the wine cellar of the Residenz, a Baroque masterpiece. Alternatively, depart for Rothenburg; nestled on Germany's Romantic Road, it lives up to its reputation as Europe's most perfect fairy-tale town. View its Gothic cathedral, towered walls and gabled houses on a walking tour, followed by time at leisure. Spend the evening aboard the riverboat following an early evening departure.

    Lodging: ms Esprit & ms Treasures
    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 11 - Pleasures of a day cruising the Main...

    It is no wonder that river cruising was the favored pastime of royalty throughout the centuries... and you'll revel in the experience on a full day cruise along the picturesque Main. Fortified towns with towering cathedrals dot the lush landscapes along the riverbank... and you'll take pleasure in all that you'll see, learn and savor today. Perhaps you'll visit the spa... or the fitness center... practice your putting on the putting green... or savor a little quiet time in the plunge pool...

    Lodging: ms Esprit & ms Treasures
    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 12 - Cruise to Rudesheim for a little musical magic

    Relax and enjoy your riverboat's amenities as you cruise along the Main River, as it transforms into the Rhine River, to the wine-making town of Rudesheim, part of the Rhine Gorge UNESCO World Heritage Site. Ride a mini train or walk to lunch in town, followed by either a visit to Siegfried's Mechanisches Musikkabinett - an eclectic museum displaying one of the world's largest collections of mechanical musical instruments in a centuries-old castle - or a bicycle excursion along the river. This afternoon, your Budapest to Amsterdam river cruise meanders through the scenic Lorelei Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, en route to Koln (Cologne).

    Lodging: ms Esprit & ms Treasures
    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 13 - Koln, a.k.a. Cologne

    First up today - a morning visit to Koln (Cologne). Originally founded by the Romans, it is one of the oldest settlements in Germany. Your choices today include a leisurely guided tour of the city or an active walking tour, followed by free time; a visit inside the city's great twin-spired Gothic cathedral, Kolner Dom, is included (subject to availability). Return to the riverboat to sail to Amsterdam; your day concludes with the Chef's signature dinner onboard in the Compass Rose.

    Lodging: ms Esprit & ms Treasures
    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 14 - Great art, a canal cruise and more in Amsterdam

    Amsterdam... the name itself conjures up images of the Dutch capital's myriad cultural treasures, from gabled houses, markets and cafes to awe-inspiring museums housing a treasure trove of world-famous art - and it's all yours to enjoy today. Your guided tour of the famed Rijksmuseum is really inspiring - a firsthand look at Rembrandt's masterpiece The Night Watch is like meeting the artist himself, and you'll love seeing acclaimed works by other well-known Old Dutch Masters including Vermeer and Hals. See the city's network of concentric, tree-lined 17th-century canals and view of Amsterdam's blend of architectural styles - they date all the way back to medieval times - on a private sightseeing cruise by canal boat; you'll get a unique taste of daily life in this easygoing city today. A farewell dinner makes your last night on the riverboat memorable.

    Lodging: ms Esprit & ms Treasures
    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 15 - Journey home

    Tour ends: Amsterdam. Disembark in Amsterdam; a transfer is included from the riverboat to Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport or Central Station. Allow 3 hours for departure flight check-in. A transfer will also be provided to the airport for guests enjoying a stay at Tauck's selected Amsterdam hotel following their cruise.

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    Meals: B

    Call (345) 949-8182 for more information or to book today! Mention code 14484782

    Cruise Line
    Tauck River Cruising
    Offer
    Offer valid through 9/30/2019
    Duration
    15 Days
    Cruise Ship
    ms Treasures

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    DayPortArriveDepart
    Day 1Budapest  
    Day 2Budapest  
    Day 3Bratislava  
    Day 4Vienna  
    Day 5Melk  
    Day 6Passau  
    Day 7Regensburg  
    Day 8Nurnberg  
    Day 9Bamberg  
    Day 10Wurzburg  
    Day 11En Route to Rudesheim  
    Day 12Rudesheim  
    Day 13Koln  
    Day 14Amsterdam  
    Day 15Amsterdam  
    Dates/Pricing

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    DatePrice / DescriptionQuote
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    Disclaimer
    * Land / cruise price per person in U.S. dollars, based on double occupancy, includes cruise fare, most meals, port charges, shore excursions, applicable fuel surcharges, and gratuities to Tauck Directors, Tauck Cruise Director, ship staff, local guides & drivers, and on all included meals.

    Itinerary Changes - Although not expected, Tauck reserves the right to alter the sequence of ports or omit or substitute scheduled ports or attractions at any time without prior notice. Further, museums and attractions may be subject to closure due to state, local or religious holidays.

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