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Day 1,  Depart Australia

Join your flight from Australia to Moscow

Day 2,  Arrive in Moscow

Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax. Welcome dinner this evening. (D)

Day 3,  Moscow

Moscow, one of the largest cities in the world, is the symbolic heart and soul of the country. Sightseeing begins at the Red Square, dominated by St. Basil's Cathedral and by the massive red walls of the Kremlin. Visit the Armory Museum, proceed to see the Moscow University and the popular Arbat shopping district. Continue with a drive along the wide boulevards and then stroll through GUM, Russia's largest department store. Rest of the day is at leisure. You may take part in an optional tour by night of Moscow and its subway. (B)

Day 4,  Moscow  to Tver and Novgorod

After an early breakfast, depart for Tver, an ancient trading port nestled on the banks of the Volga River. The city offers fascinating treasures, including Putevoy Dvorets, built for Catherine II as a resting place on her journeys from Moscow to St. Petersburg. Enjoy a short sightseeing tour of this remarkable city. End the day in historic Novgorod, founded almost twelve centuries ago. (B,L,D)

Day 5,  Novgorod  to St. Petersburg

A morning sightseeing tour of Novgorod starts at the Kremlin with a visit to St. Sophia Cathedral. Then, cross the river via a pedestrian bridge to visit the Yaroslav Court. In the afternoon, travel north to St. Petersburg, the former capital of the Romanov Czars. Upon arrival enjoy a first sightseeing tour of the city starting with the visit of Peter and Paul Fortress, quarter of the City museum and its cathedral, which houses the crypt of the Russian emperors. Next, visit St. Isaac's Cathedral. (B,D)

Day 6,   St. Petersburg

There are not many cities in the world that can match the grace of St. Petersburg. When Peter the Great founded the city in 1703, he hired Europe's best architects, craftsmen and artists to build and decorate it. Spread over 100 islands linked by over 600 bridges, it is often referred to as "Venice of the North". This morning sightseeing tour will feature highlight: the world-famous Hermitage, which houses many treasures from the Czarist era. The rest of the day is free at leisure. An optional tour to visit Petrodvorets, Peter the Great’s Summer Palace, will be available. In the evening you may take part in an optional tour featuring a folklore performance. (B)

Day 7,  St. Petersburg to Tallinn

Journey to Estonia, where your first stop is Narva. Continue to Tallinn, capital of Estonia and situated on the southern coast of the Gulf of Finland. (B,D)

Day 8,  Tallinn to Riga

On a walking tour of the Upper and Lower Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, visit orthodox Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. Next, visit Toompea Castle and see the 14th century gothic Town Hall. This afternoon, on to Riga, the capital of Latvia. (B,D)

Day 9,  Riga

During your sightseeing tour, see Riga Castle, the magnificent Dome Cathedral, St. Jacobs Cathedral, St. Peter's Church, the Parliament building, Liberty Monument and the district of Art Nouveau houses. Your afternoon is free. (B)

Day 10,  Riga to Vilnius

Morning departure for Vilnius, capital of Lithuania. The rest of the day is at leisure. (B,D)

Day 11,   Vilnius

The city of Vilnius is located on the confluence of the Neris and Velnele Rivers. In Old Vilnius, visit Peter and Paul Church and St. Anna's Church. View Vilnius University, dating back to 1570, Gediminas' Tower in the Upper Town and Vilnius Castle. The afternoon is free or you may take an optional excursion to Trakai. (B)

Day 12, Vilnius to Warsaw

Cross the border into Poland and reach Warsaw at day's end. (B,L,D)

Day 13,  Warsaw

This 700 year old capital of Poland is a symbol of nationhood and the will to survive against great odds. A sightseeing tour here includes a drive along the famous Royal Route from magnificent Castle Square to Lazienki Park and Palace, summer residence of the last king of Poland. Pass by the Palace of Science and Culture (known as a "wedding cake"), the Saxon Gardens, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Monument to the Heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto and the Barbican. Continue with the walking tour of the Old Town, Old Market Square and St. John's Cathedral. The rest of the day is free for relaxing, shopping, a stroll through the city or an optional late afternoon Chopin concert. (B)

Day 14,  Warsaw to Krakow

This morning, journey to Czestochowa, known for the blackened picture of St. Mary in the Yasna Gora Monastery, popularly called the "Black Madonna". In the afternoon tour of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the infamous concentration camps from World War II. It is on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. (B, D)

Day 15,  Krakow

Your sightseeing tour starts with a visit to the Wawel Hill, viewing the Royal Castle and visiting the Royal Cathedral. Enjoy a walking tour of the Old Town where you will visit the Main Market Square, Renaissance Cloth Hall and St. Mary's Church. The afternoon is free for a stroll around the city. (B)

Day 16,  Krakow to Prague

After a drive through the Polish countryside, cross the borders of Slovakia and Czech Republic. Then, on to Prague, with its Baroque churches, promenades, parks and ancient city walls. (B,D)

Day 17,  Prague

Built on seven hills more than 1000 years ago and spread over both banks of the river Vltava, Prague is one of the most attractive cities in Europe. Your city tour starts with panoramic drive to the famous Wenceslas Square, the Strahov Stadium and the Castle Square. On a walking tour, visit the Royal Castle of Hradcany with Cathedral of St. Vitus, Old Royal Palace, St. George's Basilica and Golden Lane with Daliborka Tower. Cross the Charles Bridge and walk through the old quarter of Prague to view the Jewish Ghetto, the Town Hall and the world famous Astronomical Clock. The rest of the day is free. An optional visit to a cultural performance will be available. (B)

Day 18,  Prague to Vienna

Today's destination is Vienna, the "City of Waltz", and one of Europe's loveliest cities. (B)

Day 19, Vienna

On your morning sightseeing tour, visit the Hofburg Palace, once the seat of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and view the Belvedere Palace, Prater amusement park, the UN buildings, St. Stephen's Cathedral and other vivid reminders of the city's imperial history. Afternoon is at leisure. Farwell dinner in a local restaurant. (B,D)

Day 20,  Vienna to Budapest

Transfer to Budapest to join your River Cruise aboard the  Amadeus Silver. (B)

You embark in the Hungarian capital Budapest in the late afternoon. There’ll be a welcome cocktail party before dinner is served on board, after which the ship plies up and down, passing the magnificently floodlit buildings on both sides of the river and going under the illuminated chain bridge. A lively gypsy band will add to the local atmosphere later on. The ship remains moored overnight in Budapest.

Breakfast / Dinner

Day 21 Budapest

Budapest is a city made up of two parts: Buda and Pest, built on opposite banks of the Danube. Buda, with its cobbled streets and medieval architecture, is the older and more graceful part while Pest, with its wide avenues and impressive 19th - century public buildings, is the administrative and commercial centre. East meets West in this fascinating city, which has an amazing variety of shops and restaurants. This morning there’ll be a city sightseeing tour (included - $42 value), while in the afternoon you can visit Szentendre (included – $42 value). Szentendre began to be frequented by artists in 1926. Its main little square, the Foetér, surrounded by impressive rococo and Baroque buildings, is well worth seeing. There’s also the “Szabo”, a marzipan museum, and the Margit Kovács museum, which is one of Hungary’s most visited museums. The ship leaves Budapest later in the day.

Breakfast . Lunch and Dinner

Day 22   Budapest to Bratislava and Vienna

This morning we arrive at the capital of the Republic of Slovakia, Bratislava, which celebrated its 2000th anniversary in 1991. We will pass below the colossal new ‘SNP’ suspension bridge across the Danube, and then have a sightseeing tour (included - $42 value). The city’s attractive old quarter has maintained its gothic - baroque style. We pass St. Martin's cathedral and the Grassalkovich Palace and drive up to the hill from which there are stunning views of the city and surrounding areas. We then walk through the historic centre, past St. Martin’s cathedral, many palaces, and the Michael gate. At midday the vessel departs for Vienna, where it docks in the evening. After dinner you can join the “Vienna at night” (included - $50 value) excursion, on which you drive through the Wienerwald up to the Kahlenberg, Vienna’s best viewpoint, with a view of the city over vineyards. Then a drive through the traditional wine village Grinzing takes you to oldest champagne cellars in Austria. On a tour through the 300 year old basement of Schlumberger world you will learn interesting details about the "Traditional Method", that came from the region Champagne to Vienna.

Breakfast . Lunch and Dinner

Day 23   Vienna

Here we are in wonderful Vienna - home of the waltz, coffee houses, the Prater park and one of the world's finest opera houses. Our Vienna sightseeing tour (included - $42 value) provides you with an overall impression of the city’s most important sights, taking you along the Ringstrasse, into the Schwarzenbergplatz, passing by the Karlskirche and Vienna’s stunning opera house. Later you also see the famous Hundertwasser apartment block, part of Vienna’s unusual modern architecture, with time available to visit the building or to shop for souvenirs. Last stop is at the city’s famous St. Stephan’s cathedral, where there will be time to see round inside. The coach then drives back to the vessel along the Danube canal. In the afternoon you can take an optional excursion to the Schoenbrunn castle (included - $62 value), one of Vienna’s most beautiful buildings. After dinner you could attend a music performance called “The Sound of Vienna” (Optional € 47) (subject to availability) where the Salonorchester „Alt Wien“, one of the famous interpreters of classical music, sparks off a unique firework of the most beautiful on its highest level. The vessel leaves Vienna after midnight.

Breakfast . Lunch and Dinner

Day 24  Vienna to Wachau Valley and Linz

This morning is at leisure, seeing the lovely scenery of the Wachau district from the sundeck. The ship moors in Melk / Emmersdorf at midday. There’ll then be an interesting coach excursion through the Wachau (included - $69 value), driving first to Dürnstein, one of the best - known wine villages in the Wachau and set in a glorious position. Then you drive through the district’s picturesque scenery to the 900 - year old Benedictine abbey of Melk. In the course of a guided tour you see the bishops’ rooms, the Emperor’s gallery, the marble hall, the altars and the library. Sometimes there will also be a short organ recital in the abbey church. At the end of the tour we invite you to have a glass of wine at a local restaurant. After dinner the vessel continues upstream to Linz.

Breakfast . Lunch and Dinner

Day 25  Linz to Passau and Regensburg

In the morning the ship ties up in Linz, Austria’s third - largest city. Comparatively few river cruise ships visit Linz, despite interesting features dating from when it was the country’s cultural capital. There’ll be a city walk (included - $22 value) where you can admire the most important sights of Linz. Alternatively you can visit Salzburg, the city where Mozart was born, by taking an excursion (Optional € 87) starting here in Linz and ending in the Bavarian city of Passau. The old quarter of Salzburg, with its world famous Baroque architecture, is one of the best - preserved city centres north of the Alps and was adopted by UNESCO on its World Cultural Heritage list in 1997. In the afternoon the vessels reaches Passau, Bavaria’s most eastern city, where those on the Salzburg excursion rejoin the vessel. Passau’s impressive Baroque cathedral houses the largest church organ in the world (with 17,388 pipes and 231 registers) and most of its main sights are very close to the Danube. If you have not taken the excursion to Salzburg you’ll have time to explore Passau on your own or join a walking tour (included - $22 value) to see the highlights with a local guide. The vessel will leave Passau in the evening and spend the night cruising upstream through Bavaria towards Regensburg.

Breakfast . Lunch and Dinner

Day 26  Regensberg to Kelheim

During the morning we arrive at Regensburg, one of Germany’s best -preserved medieval cities. Our sightseeing tour (Optional € 15) will show you some of the city’s many impressive architectural and historical highlights, including the Old Town Hall and the Porta Pretoria. After lunch you can take an exciting optional boat trip when you join our excursion to Weltenburg Abbey (included - $65 value).The gorge is beautiful and the monastery, founded by Irish or Scottish monks in about 620 AD, is the oldest monastery in Bavaria. After a short tour of the abbey church you can sample some famous dark Weltenburg beer, which is brewed here in the oldest abbey brewery in the world. Those who have taken this excursion then rejoin the vessel in Kelheim, from which it casts off during dinner.

Breakfast . Lunch and Dinner

Day 27 Nuremburg

In the very early morning you arrive in Nuremberg. Enjoy a sightseeing tour (included - $43 value) of this historic city. See the fairytale 900 - Year - old ramparts, the Imperial Castle and the Justice Palace where the War Crimes Tribunal sat in 1946. This tour shows you the city’s major sights, from its medieval origins to the present. In the afternoon there’ll be an optional excursion (Optional € 31) to the sites, to the southeast of Nuremberg, where Nazi party rallies were held from 1933 until 1938. The remains of the buildings with their immense proportions stand to this day as a vivid testimony to the megalomania of the National Socialist regime. The ship will continue from Nuremberg in the evening.

Breakfast . Lunch and Dinner

Day 28  Bamberg

We cruise north along the Main – Danube - Canal to Bamberg, where we arrive in the morning. Bamberg is one of the best - preserved medieval cities in Germany. Its very large number of historic buildings (2,300 of them) has brought it on to the UNESCO World Heritage register. These include the Gothic cathedral, the old and new episcopal palaces and the old town hall, which is a quaint half - timbered structure on an island in the river Regnitz. A guided walking tour (Optional € 23) of Bamberg is available. The ship leaves Bamberg after lunch and starts cruising up the Main. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Breakfast . Lunch and Dinner

Day 29  Würzburg

This morning you reach the historic city of Würzburg. Würzburg was an important city in the Middle Ages but owes its present appearance to the prince - bishops of the Schönborn family, who built many wonderful Baroque buildings in the 17th and 18th centuries. There’ll be a sightseeing tour (included - $62 value) of the city and the fabulous Rezidenz palace that ending with a wine tasting at a well – known vineyard. In the afternoon you could take an excursion (Optional € 30) to Rothenburg, a town justly famous for its well - preserved medieval quarter and, of course, for its Käthe Wohlfahrt Christmas store. After this evening’s dinner on board, local musicians will entertain you in the Panoramabar while the ship leaves Würzburg.

Breakfast . Lunch and Dinner

Day 30   Wertheim - Miltenberg

We are arrive at Wertheim during breakfast. This old town is dominated by the ruins of a 13th - century castle that was destroyed during the Thirty Year War. There’ll be an excursion (included - $43 value) covering Miltenberg as well as Wertheim. First you’ll stroll through Wertheim’s market square and visit its famous glass museum; then it’s on to Miltenberg, where a walking tour takes you along its narrow cobbled streets with their gabled, half - timbered houses. This attractive historic town is delightfully set by the river and backed by wooded hills. The vessel leaves  Miltenberg in the early afternoon and continues north along the Main in the evening.

Breakfast . Lunch and Dinner

Day 31  Mainz - Rüdesheim - Coblenz

Early this morning the ship passes through Frankfurt, with its numerous bridges and through Mainz, at the confluence of the Rhine and Main. At Mainz we join the Rhine for the next stage of our journey. The ship arrives at the old wine town of Rüdesheim in the morning. This charming town is popular with tourists and has a long narrow street, the Drosselgasse, lined on both sides with wine taverns. There’ll be a walking tour (included - $37 value) here, including a visit to Siegfried’s Music Museum, which displays all kinds of mechanical musical ins truments from barrel organs and music boxes to horn gramophones. The vessel leaves Rüdesheim before lunch, heading for Coblenz along what is probably the most famous and scenic stretch of the Rhine, passing hilltop castles, terraced vineyards and attractive waterside villages. The vessel moors in Coblenz in the afternoon. This city stands at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle. A walking tour (Optional € 15) will enable you to see the city’s highlights. Your cruise ship remains moored in Coblenz overnight.

Breakfast . Lunch and Dinner

Day 32  Coblenz - Cologne

Early in the morning the ship departs from Coblenz and reaches Cologne during breakfast, where it moors within easy reach of the city centre. Founded by the Romans, Cologne has long been an important trading centre. It is dominated by its vast Gothic cathedral, started in 1248 as a pilgrimage church and now housing the relics of the three holy kings. The two lofty spires (which were not completed until 1880) are 157 metres high. Near the cathedral is the Hohenzollernbrücke, Europe’s busiest railway bridge -crossed by a train approximatley every two minutes. A walking tour (included - $23 value) of Cologne is available before we set sail in the afternoon and cruise north overnight past the busy industrial conurbations of Duesseldorf, Duisburg and Essen. On the penultimate evening of this Danube cruise, the captain welcomes everyone to a special dinner, during and after which the ship’s wonderful orchestra will, once again, be entertaining everyone with its spirited playing.

Breakfast . Lunch and Dinner

Day 33  Cologne - Amsterdam

The vessel continues this morning across the Dutch border, taking the Amsterdam Rijnkanaal north through the flat polder landscape of southern Holland and in due course reaching Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands, where it remains moored for the rest of the day. There’ll be a city tour (included - $63 value) during which you’ll see Amsterdam’s most important buildings and monuments and learn much about this city’s vivid history before the very attraction of cruising through its canals. In the evening there’ll be a typical Dutch folklore show on board.

Breakfast . Lunch and Dinner

Day 34  (Wednesday 23 JUL 2014)

We thank you and farewell your from ship with the best wishes and fond memories of your time with us. Disembarkation is after breakfast in Amsterdam. End of the programme.

Breakfast

 

 

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