Budapest to Amsterdam by Riverboat – Northbound (15 Days)

Cruise Line: Tauck River Cruising
Ship: Varies by Departure
Budapest, Hungary to Amsterdam, Netherlands
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DAY 1
Budapest, Hungary

Your Danube, Main, and Rhine river cruise starts at 4 PM in Budapest. A transfer is included from Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport or Budapest Keleti Railway Station directly to your riverboat, docked right in the heart of Budapest. Tauck's two-week Danube, Main, and Rhine River cruise begins with dinner aboard ship tonight.

DAY 2
Budapest, Hungary

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; Fisherman'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 the captain's reception and welcome dinner.

DAY 3
Bratislava, Slovakia
Vienna, Austria

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, 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 and pageantry you'll experience at our private Imperial Evening in a beautiful Viennese palace. Welcome champagne and dinner precede an elegant spectacle of finery and a musical performance that celebrates the legacy of Mozart.

DAY 4
Vienna, Austria

Wake up in Vienna, evoking quintessential images of Old World Europe. Sightseeing today includes your choice of guided visits to the Habsburgs' illustrious Schönbrunn Palace, an architectural masterpiece and Austrian cultural treasure, or a tour of the Hofburg, Austria's official presidential residence. Spend the remainder of the day as you please in Vienna.

DAY 5
Dürnstein, Austria
Melk, Austria

Go ashore in Dürnstein this morning for an orientation walk, with an optional hike up to the hilltop ruins of Kuenringerburg – the castle where England's King Richard the Lionheart was held for ransom during the Crusades. Cruise into the heart of Austria's vineyard-covered Wachau Valley, having lunch as you view the passing scenery. An enjoyable afternoon in Melk includes a guided visit to its famous 900-year-old Benedictine abbey, where both its Baroque architecture and river views impress. Return to your riverboat late afternoon. Following dinner tonight, you'll be entertained by a talented musical trio.

DAY 6
Passau, Germany

After crossing the border from Austria to Germany, dock in the Bavarian town of Passau on the Danube and Inn rivers, a town 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; visit St. Stephan's Cathedral, where you'll see 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 Danube, Main, and Rhine river cruise continues to Regensburg.

DAY 7
Regensburg, Germany

With its roots as a Roman encampment on the Danube, the quintessential Bavarian town of Regensburg is home to more than 1,400 original historic buildings. Walking here is a delight and is the only way to view the sights up-close. A local guide will lead the way as you see the town's 12th-century Steinerne Brücke (Germany's oldest surviving stone bridge), the 15th-century Altes Rathaus (Town Hall, once the seat of the Imperial Diet), towering Dom St. Peter, and the remains of the Roman wall. Visit the palatial house of Thurn and Taxis, where 1,000 years of history in the complex of buildings include a palace, a Benedictine monastery, and a well-preserved Gothic cloister.

DAY 8
Main-Danube Canal, Germany
Nürnberg, Germany

Your Danube, Main, and Rhine river cruise negotiates the Main-Danube Canal, which ultimately links the North Sea with the Black Sea; learn about the canal's history from a local expert during your transit. The idea goes back as far as Charlemagne, but wasn't realized until the canal's completion in the 1990s; pass through 16 locks as the waterway traverses the mountains. After lunch on the riverboat, arrive in historic Nürnberg; take a walking tour through Nürnberg's medieval ramparts to the Imperial Castle and the old city, or visit sites associated with World War II and its aftermath, including the Courthouse (still active, so your visit is subject to availability), the Zeppelinfeld rally grounds, and the Documentation Center. You'll have some free time in the city before the riverboat charts its course once again.

DAY 9
Bamberg, Germany

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, during a walking tour of Old Town... and take some time to explore as you please.

DAY 10
Würzburg, Germany
Rothenburg Ob Der Tauber, Germany
Würzburg, Germany

Arrive this morning in charming Würzburg; you have two choices of sightseeing today. Accompanied by a local guide, explore Würzburg – see the ornate Alte Mainbrücke, 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. 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. Everyone will get a taste of life in the palace in Würzburg when you sample some excellent Franconian wines in the wine cellar of the Residenz, a Baroque masterpiece. Spend the evening aboard the riverboat following an early evening departure.

DAY 11
Main, Germany

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. Learning comes in all different forms on your Danube, Main, and Rhine river cruise... today you'll get insights into German traditions at a glassblowing demonstration aboard the riverboat. 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 Jacuzzi...

DAY 12
Rüdesheim am Rhein, Germany

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 Rüdesheim, part of the Rhine Gorge UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit Siegfried's Mechanical Music Museum, an eclectic museum displaying one of the world's largest collections of mechanical musical instruments in a centuries-old mansion. Have lunch in an old-world restaurant, a perfect opportunity to enjoy a taste of regional cuisine. You have the option this afternoon of walking back to the riverboat or riding the mini train. Your Rhine River cruise meanders through the scenic Rhine Gorge en route to Köln (Cologne).

DAY 13
Cologne, Germany

First up today – a morning visit to Köln (Cologne). Originally founded by the Romans, it is one of the oldest settlements in Germany. Visit the great Gothic cathedral, Kölner Dom, with a local guide then spend some time exploring as you please; Köln is a blend of sophistication and tradition. Return to the riverboat to sail to Amsterdam; your day concludes with the captain's dinner.

DAY 14
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam... the name itself conjures up images of the Dutch capital's myriad cultural treasures, from gabled houses, markets, and cafés 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.

DAY 15
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Your Danube, Main, and Rhine river cruise ends in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Disembark in Amsterdam; a transfer is included from the riverboat to Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport or Central Station. Allow three 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.

Budapest to Amsterdam by Riverboat – Northbound map

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