The Ultimate Rhine & Danube Cruise Itinerary -
06 Jun 2019 on the ms Serenity

Day 1 UK – Amsterdam

We travel to Amsterdam, the vibrant capital of the Netherlands, and enjoy a relaxing evening onboard our ship.

Day 2 Amsterdam – Cologne

This morning you are free to explore Amsterdam. Famous for its canals network, take a relaxing boat trip to see the best views of the city. Visit one of the many museums on offer including the Anne Frank House or browse the vintage-filled shops. In the afternoon we set sail for Cologne.

Day 3 Cologne

Relax on the sun deck as we cruise along to the largest city on the Rhine, Cologne. You are then free to enjoy the remainder of the day in this beautiful city which is dominated by its huge gothic cathedral. We sail towards Rüdesheim this evening.

Day 4 Rüdesheim

Enjoy breakfast whilst we pass the legendary Lorelei and relax on the sun deck as we cruise along the Rhine, which leads us through the spectacular Rhine Gorge. We stop at the quaint wine town of Rüdesheim where you can enjoy many highlights on our optional excursion, including a cable car ride for panoramic views across the Rhine valley. Join our evening optional excursion visiting a traditional wine cellar to sample some of the region’s delicious wine.

Day 5 Mainz

Mainz, is a fascinating city heralded as the wine capital of Germany. Here you have the morning free to explore or join our optional coach excursion visiting the majestic city of Heidelberg, home of Germany’s oldest university. Later today we set sail for Miltenberg.

Day 6 Miltenberg

This morning you can enjoy free time to explore the historic Miltenberg, the pearl of the river Main. The half-timbered houses fill the Old Market Place. The oldest part of the town sits between the Main River and the mountain Greinberg. This afternoon we set sail for Würzburg.

Day 7 Würzburg

This morning you are free to explore the city of Würzburg, which served as the home of powerful prince-bishops for centuries. Join our optional excursion to visit Würzburg Palace – one of the finest pieces of baroque art in the world, its 8th century church and the Fortress Marienberg.

Day 8 Bamberg

We arrive in Bamberg in the afternoon, which is located at the start of the Main-Danube canal. Surrounded by seven hills, it boasts the most intact centre in Germany with the old town listed as a world heritage site because of its authentic medieval appearance. Join our city tour to enjoy the main sights including the cathedral, Altenburg Castle, the Old Town Hall and the former Benedictine Monastery. This evening we cruise along the Main-Danube canal towards Nuremberg.

Day 9 Nuremberg

Nuremberg is Bavaria’s second largest city after Munich. The majority of the city walls still stand and inside you can enjoy a wonderful atmosphere, which combines medieval and modern life in an area filled with gothic churches, aristocratic houses, fountains, memorials and romantic corners, all dominated by the Kaiser Castle. Our optional excursion is a great way to make the most of our visit, before we join the Danube and cruise towards Regensburg.

Day 10 Regensburg

We arrive in Regensburg around breakfast time, which lies at the northernmost point of the Danube. Our optional city tour takes you around the beautifully preserved medieval centre to admire the many sights. Later this afternoon we cruise towards Passau.

Day 11 Passau - Linz

Passau is known as the ‘three rivers city’ due to its unique location where the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers meet. Join us on an optional trip to Mozart’s famed birthplace, Salzburg, we return to the ship in Linz. We reach Linz in the evening where we berth for the evening.

Day 12 Melk & Wachau Valley – Vienna

This morning we arrive in the Austrian town of Melk, which is filled with cobbled streets and attractive buildings. It is also overlooked by one of the most splendid monastic houses in Austria – the Benedictine Abbey, which you can visit on our optional excursion. In the afternoon you can relax on deck as we cruise through the Wachau valley, which stretches 24 miles through stunning scenery, with many charming towns, terraced vineyards, castles and monasteries. We reach Vienna in the evening where we berth overnight.

Day 13 Vienna - Bratislava

Spend the morning experiencing the delights of Vienna, capital of Austria and birthplace of classical music. More than 150 grand palaces, over 27 baroque castles, impressive squares and striking monuments are just some of the key features of this magnificent city, whose historic centre is inscribed on the world heritage list. In the morning you can join our optional city tour. We cruise over the border into Slovakia, stopping at Bratislava, where you can join our optional afternoon tour or spend time exploring the old town which is centred on two squares, with winding streets, a hill top castle and many remarkable buildings.

Day 14 Budapest

We cruise this morning to Budapest, described as one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Join our optional city tour which introduces you to the highlights on both sides of the river, including the 700-year-old Matthias Church, Parliament building – a magnificent example of neo-gothic architecture, and Buda Castle, which rises 48 metres above the river.

Day 15 Budapest – Munich

This morning we bid farewell to our captain and crew and disembark our ship. We travel to Munich where we check into our overnight hotel.

Day 16 Munich – UK

After breakfast we continue our return journey back to the UK.