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'River Cloud II' - Holland and the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers

European Canal Barge Cruises: Tranquil voyages along Europe's scenic canals and rivers


Day 1

Your sojourn on Europe's beautiful Danube River begins in Vilshofen, where you embark the luxurious ‘River Cloud II.’ Gather for a gala welcome dinner in the elegant dining room as the ship begins cruising toward Passau.

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Day 2

After a leisurely morning cruise, arrive in Passau. Known as the "City of Three Rivers," Passau is situated where the Danube meets the Inn & Ilz Rivers. A shining example of Baroque architecture, the town's St. Stephen’s Cathedral is home to one of the world's largest cathedral organs, with more than 17,000 pipes. 'River Cloud II' then cruises a lovely route downstream toward Melk.

'River Cloud II'   |   Meals: B L D
Day 3

This morning, visit magnificent Melk Abbey, one of the world's most famous monastic sites. Built in the early 18th century, it is situated atop a rocky cliff that affords splendid views. Black-robed Benedictine monks still stroll past the marble sculptures and frescoed walls. The resplendent church and 12-room library house celebrated works of art and historical manuscripts. A lunchtime cruise through the lovely Wachau Valley passes vineyards and picturesque villages. In the afternoon, 'River Cloud II' calls at Krems, a 1,000-year-old Austrian jewel. The charming old center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is dotted with many shops and cafés.

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Day 4

In Vienna today, you may visit Gothic St. Stephen's Cathedral, containing a wealth of art treasures, including a winged altar dating from the 15th century. More famous composers have lived in Vienna than any other city, including Beethoven, Haydn, Mozart, Schubert and Strauss. In this "city of music," live classical performances take place almost every evening.

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Day 5

Take in the lingering magnificence of the Habsburg empire today. The family's Imperial Palace was inhabited until 1918, and you may visit their chapel and private apartments. The family’s impressive summer residence at Schönbrunn is a Baroque masterpiece with extensive grounds. This evening affords another opportunity to attend a concert or other performance.

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Day 6

'River Cloud II' arrives in the Slovakian capital of Bratislava this morning. Take a stroll through the traffic-free Old Town, enjoying a glass of locally produced beer or wine in an atmospheric café. Visit St. Martin's Cathedral that was built into the town walls as a fortification; it was once the site for coronations of Hungarian monarchs. The ship leaves Bratislava after dinner this evening, cruising toward Budapest.

'River Cloud II'   |   Meals: B L D
Day 7

Admire the impressive skyline of the Hungarian capital as 'River Cloud II' enters Budapest this morning. The banks of the Danube in Budapest are protected by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. On one side lies hilly Buda with its romantic Castle Quarter (also on the UNESCO Heritage List); on the other side is Pest, home to Europe's largest parliament building. After a day of delightful exploration, celebrate your journey during a gala farewell dinner.

'River Cloud II'   |   Meals: B L D
Day 8

Disembark in Budapest this morning.

Meals: B

Canal Barge Cruising in Europe is a relaxed way of travel that is inherently flexible and subject to change. The above itinerary is an example of the places you may see and visit during your cruise; your actual itinerary may vary.

Cruise itinerary operates in reverse direction on alternate weeks.

2014 Alternate Routes:
Budapest to Nuremberg May 31, Sep 25
Nuremberg to Amsterdam Jun 7
Basel to Amsterdam: Jul 12, Aug 09
Amsterdam to Amsterdam Jul 19, Jul 26
Amsterdam to Basel Aug 2
Amsterdam to Nuremberg Aug 16
Nuremberg to Budapest Aug 23, Sep 18, Oct 16
Nuremberg to Strasbourg Oct 2