Multiple itineraries are available:
Fly to Vienna where you will be met and transferred to your cruise ship for five nights. Meet your crew at a welcome reception.
Included today: Guided sightseeing. Once the centre of the mighty Habsburg Empire, Austria’s magical capital on the blue Danube is a showcase of gilded architecture. This is home to the lavish Hofburg Imperial Palace complex with its Vienna Boys’ Choir and dazzling Lipizzaner stallions; the neo-renaissance Vienna Opera House; and awe-inspiring St. Stephen’s Cathedral, plus countless other sights your local guide will show you during an included city sightseeing tour. Stroll through the delightful pedestrian Kärntnerstrasse, and be sure to take a break and enjoy a piece of decadent Sachertorte or Apfelstrudel in one of the classic Viennese coffee houses; historic institutions that helped shape Viennese culture. An optional concert is available tonight.
Included today: Guided walk in Dürnstein; visit to Melk's Benedictine Abbey; wine tasting. Dürnstein, known for the magnificent baroque Stiftskirche with its blue façade, lies right in the heart of the Wachau wine region. Above town are the ruins of the castle where England's King Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned in 1192. A local guide will tell you the tale during your guided walk. Those seeking some sporting activity might like to climb up the steep hill to the castle ruins for spectacular views of the town and river. Alternatively, you may just want to stroll through the narrow streets on your own. Then, cruise through the beautiful Wachau Valley to reach Melk after lunch and the magnificent 11th-century Benedictine Abbey. Melk's abbey towers over the town and is one of Europe's largest. It houses an ornate library with over 80,000 printed books and 2,000 manuscripts. Words cannot describe the splendour of its church with its frescoed ceilings, stunning high altar, marble statues, and 210-foot-high cupola. This evening you'll be able to sample some of the region's famous wines.
This stunning listed building, built in the Wilhelminian style, offers first-class facilities and hospitality. With a convenient central location, the hotel offers architectural elegance mixed with contemporary amenities including two restaurants, a bar and a stylish spa. Official rating: 5 stars.
Centrally located - 3-minute walk to Munich train station.
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