Arrival Day – Set transfers have been arranged from Munich Airport to Nuremberg (1hr 40mins), where your river cruise vessel is docked. Before dinner, meet your crew for a welcome reception. (Dinner)
WEDNESDAY 11 JULY 2018 NUREMBERG, GERMANY
Tour This morning the choice is yours — Play your first round of golf or join a Certified Local Guide for a NUREMBERG RALLY GROUNDS tour, or GUIDED SIGHTSEEING of the nearby town of Roth. This delightful town, with its half-timbered houses and market square, is also an industrial center for textile manufacturing. Visit the interesting INDUSTRIAL MUSEUM and then in contrast, take pictures of Schloss Ratibor, an ancient hunting lodge, built in 1535, with a most picturesque inner courtyard. Roth is also the scene for one of Europe’s most important annual triathlons. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Golf Golf Club Am Habsberg. Golf Club am Habsberg has been consistently recognized as one of the top courses in Europe while at the same time remaining largely unknown and undiscovered. The course, designed by Graham Marsh, features large greens surrounded by closely mown approach areas requiring players to contemplate their method of approach: chip, pitch or putt.
THURSDAY 12 JULY 2018 REGENSBURG, GERMANY
Tour Arrive in Regensburg today. Dating back to the time of the Celts around 500 BC, Regensburg is one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities. Established during the Holy Roman Empire and the only German city not bombed during WWII, Regensburg has at least 1,300 listed buildings of “historic interest.” Architectural highlights of your GUIDED WALK include the Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall), built in the 13th century, and Porta Pretoria, gates to an ancient Roman fort built in 179 AD. Wander through the city’s lanes and alleys to discover the many mansions with high towers. Wealthy families built these towers to emphasize their status and wealth during the Middle Ages, and many still remain today. Walk across the 12th-century Steinerne Brücke (Stone Bridge), the oldest of its kind in Germany. Grab a beer and enjoy an included SNACK at the Historische Wurstküche (Old Sausage Kitchen), one of Germany’s oldest restaurants. Bask in the vibrant atmosphere and take in the remarkable views along the river. Before dinner we’ll introduce you to some of Germany’s FAMOUS BEERS! (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
FRIDAY 13 JULY 2018 PASSAU, GERMANY
Tour This morning, dock in Passau. Uniquely located where the Inn, Ilz, and Danube Rivers converge, Passau is a maze of narrow cobblestone streets lined with beautiful patrician houses. St. Stephen’s Cathedral, a masterpiece of Italian baroque architecture, houses one of the world’s largest church organs with 17,774 pipes. Take in the highlights on the included GUIDED WALK. Alternatively, choose from several full-day optional excursions while your ship continues to sail into Austria. Rejoin your vessel in the late afternoon. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Golf Hartl Golf Resort (Beckenbauer Course). Regal golfing pleasure on lush greens and perfect fairways – the championship course created with Bernhard Langer as the architect seems to be one with the meadow landscape of the small river Rott and was already awarded a 'world-class' rating the year it opened. It enchants with its attention to detail such as the stone walls which demarcate the greens or the small stone bridges over ditches and streams. Yet the challenge it presents to each and every golfer with its holes distributed over an expansive 80 hectare course is also not to be neglected. An array of ponds and flood plains on the completely level and easily accessible course require quite an amount of precision. Each round is most often completed with the satisfaction of having played a grand round of golf.
SATURDAY 14 JULY 2018 MELK • VIENNA, AUSTRIA
Tour This morning, enjoy an included GUIDED VISIT of Melk’s magnificent 11th-century BENEDICTINE ABBEY, one of Europe’s largest monasteries. The abbey houses an ornate library with over 80,000 printed books and 2,000 manuscripts. You’ll be captivated by the splendor of the church with its frescoed ceilings, stunning high altar, marble statues, and 210-foot-high cupola. The view from the terrace over the Danube and surrounding countryside is breathtaking! Then, cruise through the picturesque Wachau Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Pass the magnificent baroque Stiftskirche with its blue façade, the landmark of Dürnstein, before arriving in Vienna this evening. Known as the 'City of Music,' it inspired the creative genius of Mozart, Beethoven, and Strauss. An optional concert is available tonight. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
SUNDAY 15 JULY 2018 VIENNA, AUSTRIA • BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
Tour Once the center 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 shown to you by your LOCAL GUIDE during your included CITY TOUR. Shop in 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! In the late afternoon, leave Vienna for Budapest. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Golf Golf Club Adamstal. Situated amidst the impressive scenery of the Alpine foothills, Golf Club Adamstal is a true jewel—from the well-tended greens and fairways to the clubhouse, a renovated hotel from the turn of the last century. It is the love for details which fascinates every golfer and invites you to come again. The magnificent 27-hole golf course perfectly blends into the high forest, far away from the stress and noise of city life providing a place to feel at peace. The panoramic view and the pleasant atmosphere of this club guarantee a pure golf experience. Amongst its fans, Golf Club Adamstal has always ranked as one of the top golf courses in Austria.
MONDAY 16 JULY 2018 BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
Tour Spanning the banks of the Danube, Budapest is one of Eastern Europe’s liveliest cities. Whether you’re seeing the sights, shopping for handcrafted embroidery or Herend porcelain, or basking in the coffee house culture over a rich cream cake in the renowned Gerbeaud Café, Budapest’s unique energy is positively palatable. On your GUIDED SIGHTSEEING TOUR, see Heroes’ Square as well as the massive hilltop castle complex with its remarkable Fishermen’s Bastion and 11th-century Matthias Church, the coronation spot of several Hungarian monarchs. Be sure to take note of the city’s eight bridges — many famous sights in and of themselves — which connect ancient Buda on the right bank with Pest on the left.
You may even want to walk across Chain Bridge, built in 1849 and a symbol of Budapest. Perhaps visit St. Stephen’s Basilica; shop at the Great Market Hall and purchase paprika at one of its 180 vendor stalls; wander around the Royal Palace grounds; or stroll along Váci utca, the main shopping street. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Golf Pannonia GC. Rated as the Number 1 Course in Hungary. We travel into the Hungarian countryside to Pannonia Golf & Country Club, located on a site that was a country home for the Habsburgs over 180 years ago. Nestled in the beautiful Máriavölgy Valley, this course, designed by Doug Carrick, features generous fairways, special bunkers and imaginatively shaped greens. It is a wonderful closing round to our journey down the Danube.
TUESDAY 17 JULY 2018
We bid farewell to the captain and his crew as we begin transfers this morning for home bound flights or you may join us on the extension tour planned to Ireland – please enquire for further details.