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European Gems

Paris to Budapest

Trip Code: EUTCPB18
18 Days
45 Meals
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Trip Inclusions

  • Three nights in the heart of Paris at the stylish and centrally located Les Jardins du Marais
  • 14 nights cruising Europe's majestic waterways on a premium Travelmarvel river ship
  • The services of a dedicated Travelmarvel Cruise Director for the duration of your river cruise
  • The services of a Travelmarvel Tour Director during your land touring
  • 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
  • Explore 19 different towns, villages and cities with an expert local guide
  • Transfers, port charges and tipping

Map & Itinerary

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions subject to change
  • All prices include transfers, port charges and tipping
  • December itinerary may vary
  • Low or high water levels may cause disruption to cruising
  • Price is for land and cruise only. Flights not included
Europe Map EUCTPB18 2017

Paris to Budapest

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Representing the essence of France, Paris is the perfect city in which to begin your European journey. Be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel in the city centre, with the cultural icons, dining and shopping right at your doorstep. This evening, get to know your fellow travellers at a Welcome Reception.

Stay: Three Nights: Paris, Les Jardins du Marais

Open the door to some of Paris’s sights on a guided city tour. Feel the excitement of one of the world’s most iconic streets, the Avenue des Champs-Élysées, and marvel at the impressive Arc de Triomphe, the city’s famous monumental archway intersected by 12 boulevards. A Taste of Paris – ascend the Eiffel Tower, where sweeping vistas and delicious French cuisine await. The rest of the day graces you with near endless options for exploration. Perhaps relax in front of the Eiffel Tower at Champ de Mars park or explore the beautiful Montmarte district.

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Soak up the romance and style of Paris with an entire day at leisure. You may like to visit the Latin Quarter and the Louvre, or take a leisurely stroll beside the Seine River.

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Say ‘au revoir’ to Paris after breakfast as you board your coach and traverse the beautiful landscapes of northern France, Belgium and the Netherlands. Arrive in Amsterdam to board your river ship, where you will dock overnight in the heart of the city within easy strolling distance to the iconic sights. On board tonight, enjoy a Captain’s Welcome Reception.

Stay: 14 Nights: aboard your premium Travelmarvel river ship

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Clustered by historic houses and studded with low bridges, Amsterdam’s network of 17th-century canals lends the city its nickname, ‘Venice of the North’. Today, you’ll board a glass-top boat and glide past the city’s impressive waterside facades. Back on land, enjoy some free time before travelling by coach via Rembrandt’s Windmill, immortalised in the artist’s paintings. Meet your ship in Utrecht and set off along the Rhine River as you enjoy a special Gala Dinner.

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As you cruise into the riverside city of Cologne, head to the Sun Deck and watch as the magnificent twin spires of its famous cathedral, the Kölner Dom, appear on the horizon. Disembark your ship and take a short drive to the town of Brühl. Like a Local – pay a visit to World Heritage-listed Augustusburg Castle and Falkenlust hunting lodge, the lavish rococo-style residences of archbishop-elector Clemens August. On a tour of the 18th-century castle, learn enthralling stories of its infamous former resident and marvel at the ornate staircase, with marble and stucco work by Balthasar Neumann. Afterwards, enjoy a guided walk through the perfectly landscaped parks and flowering gardens to Falkenlust hunting lodge, where archbishop would come to practise his favourite sport, falconry. Later this afternoon, return to Cologne and enjoy some time to drift through this enchanting city at leisure and perhaps inspect the facade of the Cologne Cathedral up close.

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Experience a true holiday highlight as you cruise through the Rhine Gorge, known 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. Here, the Winzerexpress mini-train will take you through the town to Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum, which houses one of the most beautiful collections of automated musical instruments in all of Germany.

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Today, explore the evocative town of Miltenberg, perfectly positioned on the confluence of the Tauber and Main rivers. Like a Local – discover true German hospitality as you are welcomed into the homes of friendly Miltenberg locals for coffee and cake. After learning about the town’s history, which dates back to the 7th century, return to your ship and enjoy some time at leisure on board as you cruise the Main River. Later this evening, enjoy a superb dinner on board your ship then watch the glittering lights of medieval towns glide past as you cruise through the night. Along the Main River, your ship is able to cruise the entire journey with ease, courtesy of the Main River’s 34 locks.

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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 admire its magnificent baroque palace, the Würzburg Residence. Here, a walk through the Court Garden is a delight, with its terraced gardens and water basin encircled by stunning yew trees. Re-board your ship after your discovery and relax before dinner.

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One of the few German cities that wasn’t destroyed during World War II, World Heritage-listed Bamberg beckons this morning. You’ll be treated to a guided tour, during which the history will come to life as you gaze upon such sights as the Old Town Hall and the Bamberg Cathedral. While a visit to one of the historic taverns is the best place to get a taste for the local Bavarian culture. Later, your ship will reach the Main-Danube Canal.

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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 World War II tour, which includes such sites as the Zeppelin Field and the Palace of Justice. After, continue over the Main-Danube Canal, crossing Europe’s Continental Divide (435 metres above sea level) thanks to the canal’s 16 stair-step locks.

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Having reached the Danube River overnight, Regensburg awaits at the confluence of the Danube and Regen rivers. 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 – ancient gates to a Roman fort built in AD179. A Taste of Bavaria – enjoy a Bavarian experience on board. Sample local beer and snacks, accompanied by traditional folk music, song and dance.

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Awake in the pretty ‘Three Rivers City’ of Passau, where the rivers Inn and Ilz join the Danube. On a guided walk, stroll past the city’s colourful buildings, such as the Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) on the riverbank. Later, cruise across the border into Austria on the way to the picturesque city of Linz.

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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, cruise to Dürnstein, where a walk through the cobbled streets leads to 16th-century town houses and taverns. The town is dominated by the hilltop ruins of the castle where King Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned in 1192.

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Embrace the splendour of the former Habsburg empire and the sheer elegance of Vienna as you drive around the Ringstrasse. You’ll learn about some of the city’s most famous buildings – the Vienna State Opera, the Museum of Fine Arts and more – as well as the rich classical music culture and history. Upon arriving in the city centre, join a walking tour for an insider’s view on a number of landmarks, including St Stephen’s Cathedral, the Graben, Hofburg Palace and the Albertina. Like a Local – pay a visit to the famous Naschmarkt. Browse the fresh produce stalls and perhaps sample some local delicacies, including Kaiserschmarrn and Palatschinken.

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With the entire day at leisure, you may like to further explore Vienna’s beautiful Hofburg area – home to the Imperial Treasury, the Spanish Riding School and much more.

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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. After breakfast, the history, beauty and charm of Budapest is illuminated as a local guide leads you through the city. Explore Matthias Church, the Fisherman’s Bastion, Heroes’ Square and Buda Castle. You’ll also have the chance to see the city’s most famous structure, the spectacular Hungarian Parliament Building, perched on the edge of the Danube River. After a Captain’s Farewell Dinner tonight, set off on a magical twilight cruise through the heart of Budapest and relish views of the glittering monuments lining either side of the river.

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Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

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