Arrive Budapest, Hungary
Arrive in Budapest, where you are met and transferred to your hotel. In 1872, the three Hungarian settlements of Obuda, Pest and Buda merged as one, and the illustrious capital of Budapest was born. Following its unification, Budapest underwent rapid growth and expanded its political sphere, setting the stage for the city's golden age. Tonight, join fellow guests and your Resident Tour Director for a welcome dinner.
Budapest | Evening City Cruise
Join your intimate group, visiting Baroque Godollo Castle and its gardens. During the reign of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the palace became a favorite summer residence of the royal family. Return to central Budapest with time for lunch at leisure. Then, meet your ship for priority embarkation. This evening, cruise through Budapest, passing under the illuminated Chain Bridge, while a gypsy band performs on board.
Budapest | Two Cities in One
See Buda’s cobbled streets and Pest's 19th-century buildings. Throughout the course of your tour, admire Matthias Church; Fisherman's Bastion, oddly more decorative than defensive; St. Stephen's Basilica, which stands just as tall as the Parliament Building to symbolize the balance of church and state; and the Parliament Building itself, whose undulating Grand Stairway enchants with flowing crimson carpets and brilliant gold leaf. Enjoy a garden lunch ashore at a Buda villa and an afternoon tour of Jewish heritage, where you visit the Great Synagogue and the Hungarian Jewish Museum.
Bratislava, Slovakia & Vienna, Austria
Arrive in Bratislava and visit its old quarter. In intimate company, visit the 18th-century Primate’s Palace, and view St. Martin’s Cathedral and Grassalkovich Palace. Back on board, enjoy a private cocktail party and an exclusive Chef 's Highlights dinner. Cruise to Vienna.
Vienna | Opulent Schönbrunn Palace
Enjoy a panoramic tour of Vienna, an imperial masterpiece and the capital of Austria. Visit Schönbrunn Palace for a strudel-making demonstration. After leisure time, experience a fantastic dinner ashore, and enjoy preferred seating at a Sound of Vienna concert in the Kursalon.
Dürnstein & Melk | Treasure Along the Danube
Take a walking tour of Dürnstein, followed by a wine tasting and private lunch ashore at a restaurant in the Wachau Valley. Visit Melk Abbey, then enjoy a guided tour of Schloss Artstetten, home of the descendants of Emperor Franz Josef. Among the famous castle owners interred here are Emperor Franz I, the father-in-law of Napoleon Bonaparte; Duke Maximilian, an established opponent of the Nazi political party and among the first Austrians to be deported to the concentration camp at Dachau; and Archduke Franz Ferdinand, whose startling assassination ignited World War I.
Salzburg | Beauty & History
Discover Salzburg during a walking tour of the old town. Birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart — widely considered one of the greatest classical composers of all time — Salzburg served as a fervent center of music for centuries and still plays host to a prestigious summer festival. Pay a visit to the Eagle's Nest, Hitler's wartime getaway, where you pause for lunch. Inside, admire the fireplace, a gift from Benito Mussolini, crafted from expensive Italian marble. This evening, the captain hosts a gala dinner on board.
Nuremberg & Regensburg, Germany
In Nuremberg, visit the city’s altstadt (old town). See the Imperial Castle and Palace of Justice, and have lunch ashore. Later, privately tour a World War II art bunker, an A&K exclusive. Back on board your ship in Regensburg, enjoy a Bavarian-themed evening.
Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic | Radiant City
Disembark in Passau and drive to Cesky Krumlov, where you visit the city’s museum, Old Town and stunning 13th-century castle. Tucked away in the hills of the southern Czech Republic, Cesky Krumlov delights with its medieval detailing and pastoral countryside. Though occupied by German forces during World War II, the town managed to avoid any serious conflict and remains remarkably well preserved. After lunch, continue to Prague for an evening at leisure.
Prague | Bohemia’s Historic Capital
Explore Prague’s Old Town and its Jewish Quarter, birthplace of Franz Kafka. An integral part of the city's cultural history, the Bohemian Jewish novelist spent many years in the Old Town, where cobblestone streets, enchanting spires and cozy pubs create a fairy-tale atmosphere. As a proper send-off, there is even a memorial dedicated to Kafka on Dusni Street — a peculiar bronze sculpture depicting the writer riding on the shoulders of a headless figure. Take in the Town Hall’s iconic astronomical clock, the Jewish Museum and the Jewish Cemetery. Following an afternoon at leisure, gather for a farewell dinner.
Today, transfer to Prague Airport for your flight home.
NOTE: High or low water levels may impact sailing and require changes to the itinerary.