History is brought to life in the quaint village of Melk. This morning, enjoy a guided tour of Melk’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed Benedictine abbey, stopping to admire beautiful relics in the museum and an extensive collection of ancient manuscripts in the library. Afterwards, your Star-Ship will sail through the fascinating Wachau Valley, part of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Wachau Cultural Landscape, and on to Dürnstein. If you are feeling active, join a guided hike to Dürnstein Castle, a medieval castle where Richard the Lionheart was held prisoner.
Alternatively, embark on a guided bike tour from Melk to Dürnstein, passing terraced vineyards, castles and ruins along the way, before arriving where your Star-Ship is docked in Dürnstein. EmeraldACTIVE A guided bike tour along the Danube River from Melk to Dürnstein EmeraldACTIVE A guided hike to Dürnstein Castle Included Excursion A tour of Melk Abbey (B/L/D)
A delightful scattering of Baroque palaces, Gothic architecture and blocks that tell tales of a communist past are yours to uncover as we sail towards Bratislava. Enjoy a guided tour of the city’s enchanting past, taking in the neo-Renaissance glory of the Slovak National Theatre and the Episcopal Summer Palace.
Alternatively, embark on a guided hike to Bratislava Castle and its idyllic Baroque gardens, offering the perfect backdrop to the Shakespeare festival that takes place during the summer months. This afternoon, enjoy a home-hosted coffee and cake with a Slovakian family before being welcomed to your Farewell Dinner. EmeraldPLUS Home-hosted coffee and cake with a Slovakian family EmeraldACTIVE A hike to Bratislava Castle Included Excursion A walking tour of Bratislava (B/L/D)
Welcome to Budapest, a city generously steeped in history and culture, where ancient architecture exists alongside contemporary buildings. Enjoy a guided tour, starting at the Liberty Statue and touching on many of Budapest’s highlights, including Heroes’ Square and the Buda Castle district, before a walking tour showcases Matthias Church and panoramic views best admired from the Fisherman’s Bastion.
Alternatively, enjoy a hike to Buda Hill and gaze over the Danube. EmeraldPLUS A traditional Hungarian folklore show EmeraldACTIVE A hike to Buda Hill Included Excursion A guided coach tour of Budapest DiscoverMORE Jewish Heritage tour (extra expense) DiscoverMORE Tour to Szentendre (extra expense) (B/L/D)