These Journey Highlights have been hand-picked by our overseas Travel Planners, based on their intimate knowledge of the destination and their conversations with our travelers.
Private concert on “Musical Vienna” at the Kursalon Music Hall in Vienna. A Vantage exclusive!
Your choice of guided tours in Vienna: Schonbrunn Palace OR the Museum of Art History
A true slice of German life in the town of Marktheidenfeld, with a choice of a wine tasting tour
Sail past this “siren song” landmark
City tour of Budapest, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Scenic cruising through the Wachau River Valley, a UNESCO Heritage Site and world-famous wine region
Tour of the Residenz Palace in UNESCO-listed Würzburg, with included wine tasting
Sightseeing tour of Nuremberg, including the Documentation Center
Walking tour of Regensburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Go on a full-day tour to Heidelberg, with views from the castle and a walking tour of the Old Town
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Some of the richest culinary traditions in the world can be found in central Europe, and you’ll experience these firsthand on this journey. In addition to savoring delectable meals, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in intimate cooking classes with our world-class chefs, learning how to prepare local delicacies – and then savoring them! Here are just a few of the culinary treasures that await you on this journey:
Heidelberg: Rub elbows with the locals over lunch at a traditional lunch in the ancient town of Heidelberg, and enjoy an included drink.
Marktheidenfeld: Savor a delectable BBQ lunch after a tour of a local German village. The live traditional music here will add to the ambiance.
Vienna: You’ll enjoy several opportunities for culinary education while you’re in the Austrian capital. Learn how to make an authentic apfelstrudel (apple strudel), Styrian Pot Roast, and Tiroler Grostl (an Austrian breakfast hash) in separate culinary demonstrations by the ship’s chef. (Note: The actual dishes in any of our culinary demonstrations may be different, at the discretion of the chef.)
Nuremberg: Enjoy yet another captivating culinary educational session, as you learn to make the German equivalent of macaroni and cheese, called kasspatzle.
Cologne: You’ll sample local beer with regional specialties throughout your trip, but perhaps the most special experience will be a special tasting of Kölsch beer. The New York Times once stated that drinking a Kölsch is “more than just drinking a beer: it's like drinking an entire culture.”
You’ll want to have your camera ready at all times to capture the majesty of every castle, cathedral, and historic palace you’ll see on this cruisetour. Here are a few tips to help you along the way:
Architecture is the buzzword on this cruisetour that takes you to the greatest icons in Austria, Germany, and Hungary. Along the way, you’ll get a real feel for the unique cultures of these countries, enhanced by musical performances, lectures, and more. Here are just a few highlights:
Catholic monuments abound on this tour, but you’ll also confront Germany’s World War II history in the town of Nuremberg, once a center of the Nazi regime, and where a five-day battle between the U.S. and the Nazis once raged. Here are a few religious highlights on this cruise:
Stay active on your cruise along the Rhine, Main, and Danube Rivers! In addition to morning onboard stretching and yoga offerings (features vary by departure), you’ll enjoy a bevy of active endeavors. Here are but a few:
The Worldwide Concierge service will be available throughout your entire river cruise to help you customize your journey. Here are just a few services your Concierge can provide:
Take advantage of this free, start-to-finish service by making your requests prior to your journey or during your journey. We are one of the only companies to offer this level of service! Call 1-888-982-6824 or email Concierge@vantagetravel.com to speak to a Concierge today, or simply log into My Portfolio up to two weeks prior to departure.
Your solo-friendly river cruise has been enhanced with special features catering to independent travelers, including: