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Indulge in a Travelmarvel European River Cruise.

Sail through Europe's waterways with Travelmarvel. Your tour begins with three indulgent nights in Paris and concludes with an exploration of Budapest. In between, cruise the tranquil waters of the Rhine, Main, and Danube rivers from Amsterdam. View complete itinerary

Trip code: EUTCPB18
Duration: 18 days
Accommodation: Premium Hotels & Deluxe River Ships
Journey: Paris to Budapest
Travel style(s): River Cruising, Land Journeys
Meals included: 45

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrive Paris

Representing the essence of France, Paris is a brilliant city in which to begin this European journey. Upon arrival at the airport, you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Reception, where you’ll meet fellow travellers and your Travelmarvel Tour Director.
Stay: Three Nights: Paris, Crowne Plaza Paris-République

    Day 2. Paris

    This morning, open the door to some of Paris’ best-loved sights on a city tour. Take in one of the world’s most iconic streets, the Avenue des Champs-Élysées, as well as the Arc de Triomphe. Head down to the Seine River to explore the impressive Gothic cathedral, Notre Dame. A Taste of Paris - you’ll then ascend to the first viewing level of the Eiffel Tower, where sweeping city panoramas and a lunch of delicious French cuisine await. With the rest of the day at leisure, you’re faced with near endless options for exploration.
    • Daily Meals Included:
    • • Breakfast
    • • Lunch

    Day 3. Paris

    A city of romance, culture and breezy boulevards, Paris is known to rejuvenate the senses and stimulate the soul. You may choose to enjoy an optional Culinary Walk today, strolling the charming Parisian streets, stopping to sample a range of French delicacies along the way. Perhaps take time to explore the Latin Quarter or the Louvre Museum. Tonight, an optional visit to world-famous Moulin Rouge, birthplace of the can-can, is on offer.
    • Daily Meals Included:
    • • Breakfast

    Day 4. Paris, Amsterdam

    Say au revoir to Paris after breakfast. Board your coach and traverse the beautiful landscapes of northern France, Belgium and The Netherlands on today’s journey to the colourful Dutch capital, Amsterdam, to board your river ship. On board tonight, meet your Travelmarvel Cruise Director and fellow passengers before dinner.
    Stay: 14 Nights: aboard your luxury river ship, Travelmarvel Diamond or Travelmarvel Jewel
    • Daily Meals Included:
    • • Breakfast
    • • Dinner

    Day 5. Amsterdam

    Clustered by historic houses and studded with low bridges, Amsterdam’s network of 17th-century canals lends the city its nickname - ‘The Venice of the North’. Today, you’ll board a glass-top boat and glide past the city’s impressive waterside facades. Back on land, travel by coach via Rembrandt’s Windmill, immortalised in the artist’s paintings, to Utrecht. From here, your ship will set off along the Rhine as you enjoy a Welcome Cocktail Reception and a Captain’s Gala Welcome Dinner.
    • Daily Meals Included:
    • • Breakfast
    • • Lunch
    • • Dinner

    Day 6. Cologne, Koblenz

    Having entered Germany, your cruise continues on to Cologne, a city geographically and spiritually centred around the twin spires of Kölner Dom - a cathedral that was once the world’s tallest building. Enjoy a locally guided tour, including a A Taste of Cologne - where you’ll visit a local brewery to sample regional beer. Then, re-board your ship to cruise to the 2,000 year-old city of Koblenz in the Rhine Valley. You might choose to take a post-dinner stroll with your Cruise Director to explore the city’s charming old town.
    • Daily Meals Included:
    • • Breakfast
    • • Lunch
    • • Dinner

    Day 7. Marksburg Castle, Rüdesheim

    Like a Local - visit Marksburg Castle for a Private Medieval Reception, as you enjoy a glass of honey wine followed by a tour of the castle. Re-board your ship to experience a true highlight of the holiday cruising through the Rhine Gorge, considered by locals to be the most beautiful section of the Rhine River. Watch in awe as steep slopes covered in vineyards and dotted with ancient castles drift past, before your ship docks in Rüdesheim, the perfect example of a Rhine Gorge wine town. Here, the Winzerexpress mini-train will take you through town to Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum, which houses the most beautiful collection of automated musical instruments in Germany.
    • Daily Meals Included:
    • • Breakfast
    • • Lunch
    • • Dinner

    Day 8. Aschaffenburg

    Like a Local - A German Fairytale. Visit the charming historic Old Town of Hanau, birthplace of the Brothers Grimm, for a tour, followed by a visit to Mespelbrunn Castle. Explore this beautifully evocative medieval moated fortress, considered one of Germany's finest castles, surrounded by the sprawling Spessart Forest. Return to your ship and enjoy an onboard demonstration of the art of glass blowing as you glide along the Main River. As the sun sets, watch the glittering lights of medieval towns glide past as you cruise through the night to Würzburg.
    • Daily Meals Included:
    • • Breakfast
    • • Lunch
    • • Dinner

    Day 9. Wurzburg

    Verdant hills and rich vineyards sit on the fringe of Würzburg, while the Main River is a prominent feature of this stunning city. The architectural beauty that further defines Würzburg is on show today as you visit the Residential Palace and a number of local churches whose styles range from Romanesque, Baroque, Renaissance and Gothic to Modern. Later, you may wish to take an optional excursion along the Romantic Road to the beautiful well-preserved medieval town of Rothenburg. Here, a local guide will provide a unique resident’s perspective as you discover this quintessential German town.
    • Daily Meals Included:
    • • Breakfast
    • • Lunch
    • • Dinner

    Day 10. Bamberg

    One of the few German cities that wasn’t destroyed during World War II, World Heritage-listed Bamberg beckons this morning. You’ll gain great local insight during a locally guided tour of the beautiful city centre, which boasts historic churches and palaces, as well as a number of famous breweries and taverns. Later, your ship will reach the Main-Danube Canal.
    • Daily Meals Included:
    • • Breakfast
    • • Lunch
    • • Dinner

    Day 11. Nuremberg

    The site of Hitler’s now infamous Nuremberg rallies, held annually from 1927 to 1938, Nuremberg played a pivotal role for the Nazis during World War II. You’ll learn about the city and indeed the era during a fascinating World War II tour that includes such sites as the Zeppelin Field and the Palace of Justice. Afterwards, continue over the Main-Danube Canal, crossing Europe’s Continental Divide (435 metres above sea level) thanks to the canal’s series of stair-step locks.
    • Daily Meals Included:
    • • Breakfast
    • • Lunch
    • • Dinner

    Day 12. Regensburg

    Having reached the Danube River overnight, Regensburg awaits at the confluence of the Danube and Regen rivers. Here, a guided tour tells of the medieval city’s journey through the ages. See the ancient Stone Bridge, which gracefully arches across the water, as well as the Old Town Hall, the World Heritage-listed city centre and the Porta Pretoria - gates to a Roman fort built in 179 AD. A Taste of Bavaria - sample sausages at what is reputed to be the world’s oldest sausage kitchen. Then, perhaps head to Weltenburg Abbey near Kelheim.
    • Daily Meals Included:
    • • Breakfast
    • • Lunch
    • • Dinner

    Day 13. Passau, Linz

    Wake up this morning in the pretty ‘Three Rivers City’ of Passau - so-called because it’s here that the rivers Inn and Ilz join the Danube. Go for a stroll taking in the city’s impressive architecture, then cruise across the border into Austria on the way to Linz. As an alternative to today’s activities, you may opt to take a drive to Salzburg for a tour of the city’s ‘Sound of Music’ sights; or take an excursion to Ceský Krumlov in the Czech Republic.
    • Daily Meals Included:
    • • Breakfast
    • • Lunch
    • • Dinner

    Day 14. Melk, Dürnstein

    Dock in Melk and join a local guide for a tour through magnificent Melk Abbey, an active Benedictine monastery since 1089 that sits majestically atop a rocky outcrop overlooking the Danube River. After the tour, cruise to the quaint town of Dürnstein, where you can walk over cobbled streets past 16th-century town houses and taverns. You’ll find the town dominated by the hilltop ruins of the castle where King Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned in 1192.
    • Daily Meals Included:
    • • Breakfast
    • • Lunch
    • • Dinner

    Day 15. Vienna

    Home to a range of striking architecture, classical music and a vibrant café culture, your river ship docks in Vienna today. Join an enthralling walking and coach tour of Austria’s celebrated capital, which treats you to an insider’s view of its best-loved landmarks. Take in a variety of architectural masterpieces, showcasing Baroque, Gothic and Romanesque design, including the city’s ornate tiled roof of St Stephen’s Cathedral. Like a Local - enjoy a Viennese tradition with a visit to an old Schnapps distillery for a tour and tasting.
    • Daily Meals Included:
    • • Breakfast
    • • Lunch
    • • Dinner

    Day 16. Vienna

    With the day at leisure, you may like to wander through Vienna’s Hofburg area, home to the Imperial Treasury, the Spanish Riding School and more. Alternatively, join one of our optional excursions, such as a visit to Schönbrunn Palace; a day trip to Bratislava; or a Mozart and Strauss classical music concert.
    • Daily Meals Included:
    • • Breakfast
    • • Lunch
    • • Dinner

    Day 17. Budapest

    Today, enjoy views of one of the Danube’s most enchanting riverside cities as your ship drifts right into the heart of Hungary’s capital, Budapest. See the city through the expert eyes of your local guide as you explore Matthias Church, the Fisherman’s Bastion, Heroes’ Square, Buda Castle and the Houses of Parliament. Learn all about the city’s colourful history as you discover its undeniable charm and beauty. After a special Farewell Dinner, set off on a lovely twilight cruise through the heart of Budapest as the magnificent monuments light up along the Danube River.
    • Daily Meals Included:
    • • Breakfast
    • • Lunch
    • • Dinner

    Day 18. Budapest

    After breakfast this morning, your unforgettable Travelmarvel European adventure concludes with a transfer to the airport.
    • Daily Meals Included:
    • • Breakfast

    Trip Highlights

    • See all the iconic sights of Paris
    • Visit the iconic Eiffel Tower for lunch at a restaurant on the first viewing level
    • Cruise along the canals of Amsterdam
    • Cruise through the scenic Rhine Gorge
    • Enjoy beer tasting at a Cologne brewery
    • Experience a Private Medieval Reception and tour at Marksburg Castle
    • Visit Hanau, birthplace of the Brothers Grimm, and tour Mespelbrunn Castle
    • Sample traditional sausages in Regensburg's historic sausage kitchen
    • Tour a Viennese schnapps distillery
    • Explore World Heritage-listed Bamberg
    • Join a local guide to explore Melk Abbey
    • Enjoy a twilight cruise along the Danube River as Budapest sparkles

    Photos

    Cruise past the amazing sights of Europe onboard the Travelmarvel Jewel.

    Click for larger version

    Included Experiences

    • Three nights immersed in Paris at the stylish and centrally located Crowne Plaza Paris-République
    • 14 nights cruising Europe’s majestic waterways on the Travelmarvel Diamond or Travelmarvel Jewel
    • 45 fine meals - 17 breakfasts, 14 lunches and 14 dinners
    • Daily bottled water, tea and coffee, plus soft drink, beer and local wine during lunch and dinner on your cruise
    • The services of a dedicated Travelmarvel Cruise Director during the entirety of your river cruise
    • The services of a Travelmarvel Tour Director during your land touring
    • Explore 14 different towns, villages and cities with an expert local guide, giving you remarkable insight into Europe’s history and culture

    Suite Floor And Ship Plan

    Travelmarvel Diamond & Travelmarvel Jewel

    Travel in complete comfort and style while you experience an indulgent, first class European holiday. Travel aboard is effortless and filled with momentous occasions. 

    Technical Data

    Built: 2007, Length: 135m, Crew Members: 43, Staterooms: 81, Suites: 4, Max. passengers: 170

    Suite Floor Plans

    See ship plans for Travelmarvel Diamond &Travelmarvel Jewel.

    Travelmarvel Sapphire

    Another one of the world-class sister ships, the Travelmarvel Sapphire delivers luxury Europe River cruising at unbelievable value. With an array of stylish public areas and premium facilities, your time on board will prove to be a highlight of your European journey.

    Technical Data

    Built: 2006, Length: 135m, Crew Members: 40, Staterooms: 80, Suites: 2, Max. Passengers: 164

    Suite Details

    • Owners Suite (French Balconies, 232 sq. ft.)
    • Rhine French Balcony Suites (Cat. A, 154 sq. ft.)
    • Danube French Balcony Suites (Cat. B & C, 154 sq. ft.)
    • Moselle Window Stateroom Suite (Cat. D & E, 147 sq. ft.)

    See ship plans for Travelmarvel Sapphire here.

    *Please note ship and suite floor plans are indicative only

    Trip Notes

    • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
    • Prices include transfers, port charges and tipping
    • Low or high water levels may cause disruption to cruising
    • Includes Land/cruising only. International Flights not included

    Indulge in a Travelmarvel European River Cruise.

    Sail through Europe's waterways with Travelmarvel. Your tour begins with three indulgent nights in Paris and concludes with an exploration of Budapest. In between, cruise the tranquil waters of the Rhine, Main, and Danube rivers from Amsterdam View complete itinerary

    Trip code: EUTCPB18
    Duration: 18 days
    Accommodation: Premium Hotels & Deluxe River Ships
    Journey: Paris to Budapest
    Travel style(s): River Cruising, Land Journeys
    Meals included: 45

    Itinerary

    Day 1. Arrive Paris

    On arrival at the airport, you’ll be met and transferred to your Parisian hotel. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Reception and meet your fellow travellers and Travelmarvel Tour Director.
    Stay: Three Nights: Paris, Crowne Plaza Paris-République

      Day 2. Paris

      Admire some of Paris’ best-loved sights on a city tour this morning. See the Avenue des Champs-Élysées and the iconic Arc de Triomphe. Stroll along the banks of the Seine and admire the spectacular cathedral of Notre Dame. A Taste of Paris - ascend to the first viewing level of the Eiffel Tower, where a lunch of delicious French cuisine awaits. With the rest of the day at leisure, Paris is at your doorstep.
      • Daily Meals Included:
      • • Breakfast
      • • Lunch

      Day 3. Paris

      Enjoy a full day in Paris to explore this spectacular city of romance, culture and impressive architecture as you choose.
      • Daily Meals Included:
      • • Breakfast

      Day 4. Paris, Amsterdam

      Bid Paris au revoir as you board your coach to Amsterdam. Board your ship this afternoon.
      Stay: 14 Nights: aboard your luxury river ship, Travelmarvel Diamond, Jewel or Sapphire
      • Daily Meals Included:
      • • Breakfast
      • • Dinner

      Day 5. Amsterdam, Utrecht

      Embark on a glass-top boat ride and glide past Amsterdam’s impressive waterside facades. Later, travel by coach via Rembrandt’s Windmill to Utrecht. Enjoy a Welcome Cocktail Reception and a Captain’s Gala Wel-come Dinner.
      • Daily Meals Included:
      • • Breakfast
      • • Lunch
      • • Dinner

      Day 6. Cologne, Koblenz

      Arrive in Cologne for a locally guided tour, including A Taste of Cologne - where you’ll visit a local brewery to sample regional beer. Later, cruise to the city of Koblenz.
      • Daily Meals Included:
      • • Breakfast
      • • Lunch
      • • Dinner

      Day 7. Marksburg Castle, Rüdesheim

      Like a Local - visit Marksburg Castle for a Private Medieval Reception. Cruise the Rhine Gorge to Rüdesheim, where the Winzerexpress mini-train will take you to Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum.
      • Daily Meals Included:
      • • Breakfast
      • • Lunch
      • • Dinner

      Day 8. Wertheim

      Like a Local - be immersed in the culture as you meet the locals in Wertheim.
      • Daily Meals Included:
      • • Breakfast
      • • Lunch
      • • Dinner

      Day 9. Würzburg

      Explore the stunning Residential Palace of Würzburg today.
      • Daily Meals Included:
      • • Breakfast
      • • Lunch
      • • Dinner

      Day 10. Bamberg

      World Heritage-listed Bamberg beckons this morning. Enjoy a locally guided tour and gain insight into this beautiful city.
      • Daily Meals Included:
      • • Breakfast
      • • Lunch
      • • Dinner

      Day 11. Nuremberg

      Learn about the city of Nuremberg as you take a fascinating World War II tour that includes the Zeppelin Field and the Palace of Justice.
      • Daily Meals Included:
      • • Breakfast
      • • Lunch
      • • Dinner

      Day 12. Regensburg

      Enjoy a fascinating tour of the medieval city of Regensburg today. A Taste of Bavaria - savour the famous local sausages.
      • Daily Meals Included:
      • • Breakfast
      • • Lunch
      • • Dinner

      Day 13. Passau, Linz

      Stroll through the pretty city of Passau before cruising into Austria.
      • Daily Meals Included:
      • • Breakfast
      • • Lunch
      • • Dinner

      Day 14. Melk, Dürnstein

      In Melk, join a local guide for a tour of one of the world’s most famous monastic sites. Later, cruise to one of the most iconic towns on the river, the quaint Dürnstein, to enjoy a stroll.
      • Daily Meals Included:
      • • Breakfast
      • • Lunch
      • • Dinner

      Day 15. Vienna

      Join a tour of Vienna for an insider’s view of its best-loved landmarks. Like a Local - enjoy a Viennese tradition with a visit to a Schnapps distillery for a tour and tasting.
      • Daily Meals Included:
      • • Breakfast
      • • Lunch
      • • Dinner

      Day 16. Vienna

      Enjoy the day at leisure in Vienna and perhaps wander the impressive Hofburg area.
      • Daily Meals Included:
      • • Breakfast
      • • Lunch
      • • Dinner

      Day 17. Budapest

      Discover the undeniable charm and beauty of Budapest today. After a special Farewell Dinner, set off on a twilight cruise.
      • Daily Meals Included:
      • • Breakfast
      • • Lunch
      • • Dinner

      Day 18. Depart Budapest

      This morning, your Travelmarvel journey comes to an end as you are transferred to the airport for your onward flight.
      • Daily Meals Included:
      • • Breakfast

      Trip Highlights

      • Visit the iconic Eiffel Tower for lunch
      • Enjoy beer tasting at a Cologne brewery
      • Experience a Private Medieval Reception and tour at Marksburg Castle
      • Meet the locals in Wertheim
      • Sample sausages in Regensburg
      • Tour a Viennese Schnapps distillery
      • Cruise the canals of Amsterdam
      • Explore World Heritage-listed Bamberg
      • Join a local guide to explore Melk Abbey
      • Enjoy a twilight cruise in Budapest

      Photos

      Cruise past the amazing sights of Europe onboard the Travelmarvel Jewel.

      Click for larger version

      Included Experiences

      • The services of a Travelmarvel Tour Director and Cruise Director
      • Explore 19 different towns, villages and cities with an expert local guide
      • Three nights immersed in Paris
      • 14 nights on a Travelmarvel River Ship
      • 45 fine meals - 17 breakfasts, 14 lunches and 14 dinners
      • Soft drink, beer and local wine during lunch and dinner on your cruise

      Suite Floor And Ship Plan

      Travelmarvel Diamond & Travelmarvel Jewel

      Travel in complete comfort and style while you experience an indulgent, first class European holiday. Travel aboard is effortless and filled with momentous occasions. 

      Technical Data

      Built: 2007, Length: 135m, Crew Members: 43, Staterooms: 81, Suites: 4, Max. passengers: 170

      Suite Floor Plans

      See ship plans for Travelmarvel Diamond &Travelmarvel Jewel.

      Travelmarvel Sapphire

      Another one of the world-class sister ships, the Travelmarvel Sapphire delivers luxury Europe River cruising at unbelievable value. With an array of stylish public areas and premium facilities, your time on board will prove to be a highlight of your European journey.

      Technical Data

      Built: 2006, Length: 135m, Crew Members: 40, Staterooms: 80, Suites: 2, Max. Passengers: 164

      Suite Details

      • Owners Suite (French Balconies, 232 sq. ft.)
      • Rhine French Balcony Suites (Cat. A, 154 sq. ft.)
      • Danube French Balcony Suites (Cat. B & C, 154 sq. ft.)
      • Moselle Window Stateroom Suite (Cat. D & E, 147 sq. ft.)

      See ship plans for Travelmarvel Sapphire here.

      *Please note ship and suite floor plans are indicative only

      Trip Notes

      • Price includes transfers, port charges and tipping
      • Low or high water levels may cause disruption to cruising
      • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
      • Prices are for land/cruising only. Flights are not included

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