Vienna, Austria’s capital, is known as the “City of Music” and inspired the creative genius of Mozart, Beethoven, and Strauss. This afternoon, board your cruise vessel and meet your crew at an evening welcome reception.
Once the centre of the mighty Habsburg Empire, 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 you’ll see on your guided tour. Alternatively, we offer you a special culinary tour at the Viennese Christmas markets where you can taste all the best flavours that Austria has to offer during Christmastime. Be sure to enjoy a piece of decadent Sachertorte or Apfelstrudel in one of the classic coffee houses, historic institutions that helped shape Viennese culture! An optional concert is available tonight.
This morning sail through the picturesque Wachau Valley and arrive in Melk, where the magnificent 11th-century Benedictine Abbey, one of Europe’s largest monasteries, dominates the town and hosts an ornate library with over 80,000 printed books and 2,000 manuscripts. You’ll be captivated by the splendour of the church with its frescoed ceilings. Relax and enjoy on-board of your ship while sailing into Grein, a quaint little village, and after a walking tour, visit the oldest theatre of Austria.
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