1 Arrive Zürich, Lucerne
Meet at Zürich Airport by midday and then enjoy an orientation tour of Zürich. Wander through the shop lined streets of this retail hotspot of Europe. Explore the famous shopping strip of Bahnhofstrasse and discover the Bürkliplatz flea market for a contrast to the high-end brands that feature in what is one of the world’s most expensive shopping streets. Admire the Gothic beauty of the Grossmünster Church, which is said to be built on the graves of the city’s patron saints, Felix and Regula. Your local guide will then take you to the picturesque boulevard of Limmatquai. This famous street follows the Limmat river from the historic Old Town, past modern fashion boutiques and numerous mouthwatering cafés, chocolateers and gourmet restaurants before arriving on the shores of Lake Zürich. Afterwards, travel through the undulating countryside to Lucerne. Stay Two Nights: Lucerne, Radisson Blu (D)
With its breathtaking Swiss Alps backdrop, this city is a delight to explore. On a guided tour, see the Lion of Lucerne, a monument that commemorates events of the French Revolution, and wander along the Chapel Bridge, with its octagonal Water Tower. (B)
Insider Experience: Travel to the peak of Mt Pilatus along the world’s steepest cog-wheel railway, enjoying sensational views of flower-filled pastures, rocky mountain ledges and snow-tipped peaks.
3 Lucerne, Zermatt
Embark on a scenic journey via Interlaken to Zermatt, set in the gaze of the world’s most photogenic mountain, the Matterhorn. This pretty, eco-friendly resort town is a car-free zone. Enjoy a relaxed evening breathing in the alpine air as you wander the streets. Stay Two Nights: Zermatt, Hotel Sonne (B/D)
Insider Experience: Indulge in a two-night stay at the Swiss chalet-style Hotel Sonne, which boasts a relaxing spa with incredible views of the stunning Matterhorn.
After breakfast, set out on a morning tour of the town, during which you will find it hard to tear your gaze from the spectacular Matterhorn. As part of your exploration, you’ll discover the charming Hinterdorf (Old Village), home to around 30 traditional chalet-style barns and shops constructed between the 16th and 18th centuries. Enjoy time at leisure this afternoon to explore this gorgeous city even further. (B)
5 Zermatt, Andermatt, Glacier Express, St Moritz
Travel to Andermatt and take the Glacier Express narrow-gauge train along the iconic route to St Moritz. Stay: St Moritz, Crystal Hotel (B/D)
Insider Experience: Through the panoramic windows of your the Glacier Express carriage you’ll enjoy incredible views of jagged mountains and lush meadows, sprawling vineyards and dense woodland along the hillsides.
6 St Moritz, Kitzbuhel, Salzburg
Travel via Kitzbuhel to Salzburg, the birthplace of the famed composer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Soak in the city’s atmosphere with an afternoon at leisure, perhaps visiting Mirabell Gardens, where scenes for the ‘Sound of Music’ were filmed back in the 1960s. Stay Two Nights: Salzburg, Hotel Imlauer and Brau (B)
Enjoy a tour of the city and the Old Town, where classical melodies drift from bustling coffee houses. This evening indulge in a Farewell Dinner with your fellow travellers tonight. (B/D)
8 Budapest, Embark Ship
Travel to Budapest via Mondsee. Arrive in the enthralling city of Budapest, where your premium river ship awaits on the Danube River. Enjoy a Captain’s Welcome Reception and meet your fellow travellers and Cruise Director before a relaxing twilight cruise following dinner. Stay 14 Nights: aboard your premium Travelmarvel river ship (B/D)
Awake to views of one of the Danube’s most enchanting cities this morning. Disembark and learn the vibrant history of Budapest as your local guide takes you to a host of impressive sights such as Matthias Church, the Fisherman’s Bastion, Heroes’ Square and Buda Castle. Back on board this evening, enjoy a delightful Gala Dinner while you cruise. (B/L/D)
Embrace the elegance of Vienna as you drive around the Ringstrasse, taking in some of the city’s most famous buildings - the Vienna State Opera House, the Museum of Fine Arts and more. On arrival in the city centre, a walking tour will provide an insider’s view of sights such as St Stephen’s Cathedral, the Graben, Hofburg Palace and the Albertina. (B/L/D)
Insider Experience: Visit the famous Naschmarkt and browse the stalls, sampling local delights.
With the day at leisure, perhaps explore the Hofburg area - home to the Imperial Treasury and the Spanish Riding School - or wander along Kärntnerstrasse, the city’s famous shopping strip. Otherwise, embark on an optional excursion, to Schönbrunn Palace, or head to former soviet Bratislava. (B/L/D)
12 Dürnstein, Melk
Cruise to the town of Dürnstein and enjoy a stroll past rustic town houses and taverns. Along the way, gaze up to the hilltop ruins of the castle where King Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned. Later, dock in Melk and tour through Melk Abbey. An active Benedictine monastery since 1089, it sits atop a rocky outcrop overlooking the Danube River. (B/L/D)
13 Linz, Passau
This morning after breakfast, cruise to beautiful Passau. Perhaps, join an optional tour to Český Krumlov in the Czech Republic, or visit Salzburg and enjoy the sights from ‘The Sound of Music’. (B/L/D)
Continue along the Danube River to the enchanting town of Regensburg, located in the southern region of the Bavarian Forest. Here, a guided tour along its cobblestone lanes tells of the medieval town’s journey through the ages. Afterwards, wander the historic streets at your own pace. (B/L/D)
Arrive in Nuremberg, the site of Hitler’s now infamous rallies, which played a pivotal role for the Nazis during World War II. Take a city tour this afternoon, which includes sights such as the Zeppelin Field and Palace of Justice. (B/L/D)
One of the few German cities that wasn’t destroyed during World War II, World Heritage-listed Bamberg beckons your attention this morning. You’ll gain great insight during a locally guided tour of the historic city centre. (B/L/D)
Verdant hills and rich vineyards sit on the edge of Würzburg. Admire its magnificent Baroque palace, the Würzburg Residence and walk through Würzburg Court Garden, with its terraced gardens and serene water basin. Later, perhaps visit medieval Rothenburg. (B/L/D)
Arrive at the beautifully evocative town of Miltenberg. Return to your ship and enjoy time at leisure. As the sun sets, watch the glittering lights of medieval towns slip past as you sit down to dinner and cruise through the night. (B/L/D)
Insider Experience: Discover true German hospitality as you are welcomed into the homes of friendly Miltenberg locals for coffee and cake.
19 Rüdesheim, Rhine Gorge
In Rüdesheim, the Winzerexpress mini-train will take you through town to Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. As you continue cruising, you will encounter a true holiday highlight - the spectacular Rhine Gorge. Watch in awe as you drift past steep vine-covered slopes dotted with ancient castles and strongholds. Enjoy dinner on board tonight, as your journey continues late into the evening. (B/L/D)
20 Cologne, Brühl
Disembark your ship in Cologne and drive to the town of Brühl. Later, return to Cologne and enjoy some time at leisure. (B/L/D)
Insider Experience: Pay a visit to Augustusburg Castle and Falkenlust hunting lodge, the lavish residences of archbishop-elector Clemens August. On a tour of the castle, learn stories of its infamous former resident and enjoy a walk through its gardens between the lodge and the castle.
Amsterdam’s network of canals lends the city its nickname, ‘Venice of the North’. Dock in the city’s heart and board a glass-top boat to discover the city’s waterside façades, watching the bicycle-loving locals ride along as you drift by. Back on land, enjoy free time to explore, before a Captain’s Farewell Dinner back on board. (B/L/D)
22 Disembark Ship, Amsterdam, Paris
This morning, disembark your ship and board a coach and traverse the beautiful landscapes of the Netherlands, Belgium and northern France and say ‘bonjour’ to spectacular Paris. Representing the essence of France, this is a brilliant city in which to conclude your European journey. Arrive at your stunning hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Perhaps get your bearings by taking a twilight stroll before sitting down to a delicious meal in one of Paris’s famous restaurants. Stay Three Nights: Paris, Les Jardins du Marais (B)
This morning, fling open the door to some of Paris’ best-loved sights on a guided city tour. Feel the excitement of one of the world’s most iconic streets, the Avenue des Champs-Élysées, and marvel at the impressive Arc de Triomphe, the famous archway at the intersection of 12 boulevards. This afternoon, perhaps relax in front of the Eiffel Tower at Champs de Mars park, or discover a cosy cafe to sample some of France’s famously rich food. With a dedicated Hop-On Hop-Off service escorted by your Tour Director you can easily make your way around Paris, with the flexibility of spending as much or little time at each of the iconic attractions as you wish. (B/L)
Today, you’re bound to fall head over heels for the ‘City of Love’ during a full day at leisure. Will you enjoy a whirlwind romance with the bohemian fervour of the Latin Quarter? Or cement an enduring devotion to the art of the Louvre Museum? Perhaps you’ll become enamoured with the Seine River, as you take a stroll along its park-lined banks towards the legendary Gothic cathedral, Notre Dame. You may even like to take an Enhance Your Journey tour to Montmatre and the Bascilica of Sacre Coeur followed by a Seine River cruise. Tonight, you also have the opportunity to enjoy and optional evening of colourful cabaret and dinner at the iconic Moulin Rouge. (B)
25 Depart Paris
Say ‘au revoir’ to Paris as your adventure comes to an end this morning. After breakfast, you’ll transfer to the airport for your onward flight. (B)