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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
Meals included: 45

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrive Paris

Representing the essence of France, Paris is the perfect city to begin your European journey. Be met at the airport and transfer to your hotel in the historic centre, with the glamorous Parisian lifestyle of cultural icons, dining and shopping right at your doorstep. Tonight, get to know your fellow travellers at a Welcome Reception.
Stay: Three nights: Paris, Les Jardins du Marais

    Day 2. Paris

    This morning, open the door to some of Paris’ best-loved sights on a 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. Stroll along the Seine River to explore the impressive Gothic cathedral, Notre Dame. 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.
    • Daily Meals Included:
    • • Breakfast
    • • Lunch

    Day 3. Paris

    A city of romance and culture, be immersed in the Parisian culture with a visit to the Latin Quarter or the Louvre Museum.
    • Daily Meals Included:
    • • Breakfast

    Day 4. Paris, Amsterdam

    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 Cocktail Reception.
    Stay: 14 nights: aboard your luxurious Travelmarvel river ship
    • Daily Meals Included:
    • • Breakfast
    • • Dinner

    Day 5. Amsterdam, Utrecht

    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, enjoy some free time before travelling 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 special Gala Welcome Dinner.
    • Daily Meals Included:
    • • Breakfast
    • • Lunch
    • • Dinner

    Day 6. Bonn, Drachenburg Castle, Andernach


    Having entered Germany, cruise through Cologne and be astounded by the magnificent Cologne Cathedral on the river bank. Your cruise continues to Bonn, where you will be able to explore this picturesque city. One of Germany's oldest cities, it was discovered in the first-century BC as a Roman settlement. Like a Local – ride a scenic funicular train to the hilltops and enjoy a visit to the majestic 19th-century Drachenburg Castle, a highly favoured local treasure. During your private tour, absorb the impeccable gardens and have your camera ready to capture the superb views of the surrounding valleys. This evening, step off the ship for a romantic post-dinner stroll through the heart of the charming old town of Andernach.
    • Daily Meals Included:
    • • Breakfast
    • • Lunch
    • • Dinner

    Day 7. Rhine Gorge, Rüdesheim

    Continue cruising 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, a Rhine Gorge wine town. Here, the Winzerexpress mini-train will take you through the 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. Wertheim

    Like a Local – Be greeted by the friendly locals of Wertheim and learn about their culture as you are welcomed into their homes for coffee and cake. Explore this beautifully evocative town perfectly positioned on the confluence of the Tauber and Main rivers, as you discover the town's history dating back to the 7th century. Return to your ship and enjoy an onboard demonstration of the art of glass blowing as you glide along 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 ship passing through the Main River's 34 locks.
    • Daily Meals Included:
    • • Breakfast
    • • Lunch
    • • Dinner

    Day 9. Würzburg

    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 Würzburg Residence, a magnificent palace with its grand staircase, chapel and grand salon. Here, a walk through Würzburg Court Garden is a delight for both nature and art lovers, with its terraced gardens and water basin encircled by stunning yew trees. Reboard your ship this afternoon and relax as you sail into the night.
    • 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. Gain a great local insight during a locally guided tour of the beautiful city centre. 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 16 stair-step locks.
    • Daily Meals Included:
    • • Breakfast
    • • Lunch
    • • Dinner

    Day 12. Regensburg, Vilshofen

    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 – later tonight, enjoy your very own private ‘Oktoberfest’ with the locals in Vilshofen, and sample local beer and Bavarian snacks, accompanied by traditional folk music, song and dance.
    • Daily Meals Included:
    • • Breakfast
    • • Lunch
    • • Dinner

    Day 13. Passau, Linz

    Arise in the pretty ‘Three Rivers City’ of Passau, where the rivers Inn and Ilz join the Danube. On a guided walk, take in the city’s impressive architecture, then cruise across the border into Austria on the way to picturesque Linz. Here, spend time discovering this cultural and pretty city where the Danube changes direction.
    • 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. Proceed to the quaint town of Dürnstein, where you can walk over cobbled streets past 16th-century town houses and taverns. You will 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, Vienna is sure to delight as you drive around Vienna's Ringstrasse, housing numerous monumental buildings including the majestic Vienna State Opera and the exquisite Museum of Fine Arts. Join an enthralling walking tour, and be treated to an insider’s view of Vienna's best-loved landmarks, including the iconic St Stephen's Cathedral, Graben, Hofburg Palace and the Albertina. Like a Local – enjoy a Viennese tradition with a visit to a family owned and operated Schnapps distillery for an enthralling tour. You will have the opportunity to sample this local favourite.
    • Daily Meals Included:
    • • Breakfast
    • • Lunch
    • • Dinner

    Day 16. Vienna

    With the day at leisure, you may like to further explore Vienna’s Hofburg area – home to the Imperial Treasury, the Spanish Riding School and much more.
    • 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 Captain's 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. Disembark Ship, Depart Budapest

    After breakfast, disembark your ship and transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
    • Daily Meals Included:
    • • Breakfast

    Trip Highlights

    • See all the iconic sights of Paris
    • Visit the iconic Eiffel Tower for lunch with spectacular vistas of Paris
    • Cruise Amsterdam on a glass –top boat
    • Cruise through the stunning Rhine Gorge
    • Explore the majestic 19th-century Drachenburg Castle
    • Immerse yourself in Wertheim culture and be welcomed into the home of a local
    • Enjoy ‘Oktoberfest’ in Vilshofen with local beer and Bavarian entertainment
    • Tour a Viennese schnapps distillery and enjoy a tasting 
    • Experience the grandeur of Melk Abbey
    • Enjoy a twilight cruise along the Danube River as Budapest sparkles 

    Map

    Photos

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

    Click for larger version

    Included Experiences

    • 3 nights immersed in Paris at the stylish and centrally-located Les Jardins du Marais
    • 14 nights on a Travelmarvel ship
    • The services of a Travelmarvel Tour Director and Cruise Director
    • 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 18 different towns, villages and cities with an expert local guide
    • Transfers, port charges and tipping

    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

    Additional Information

    Christmas Departures

    Experience Europe's unique Christmas Markets on selected departure dates. Enjoy dazzling villages illuminated by millions of Christmas lights, browse enchanting Christmas markets and enjoy Christmas festivities onboard your ship.

    Celebrate Christmas with Travelmarvel in 2015 on our special Christmas departure: Dec 16, 2015

    Please enquire for full itinerary details


    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
    • Christmas markets are normally open from 25 November until 23 December
    • Prices are for land/cruising only. Flights are 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
    Meals included: 45

    Itinerary

    Day 1. Arrive Paris

    Be met at the airport in Paris and transferred to your hotel. Tonight, enjoy a Welcome Reception.
    Stay: Three nights: Paris, Les Jardins du Marais

      Day 2. Paris

      This morning, see some of Paris’ best-loved sights on a city tour. A Taste of Paris - ascend the Eiffel Tower, where a delicious lunch of French cuisine awaits.
      • Daily Meals Included:
      • • Breakfast
      • • Lunch

      Day 3. Paris

      Be immersed in Parisian culture. Perhaps visit the Latin Quarter or the Louvre Museum.
      • Daily Meals Included:
      • • Breakfast

      Day 4. Paris, Amsterdam

      Board your coach and travel to Amsterdam to board your Travelmarvel river ship. Tonight, enjoy a Captain’s Cocktail Reception.
      Stay: 14 nights: aboard your luxurious Travelmarvel River Ship
      • Daily Meals Included:
      • • Breakfast
      • • Dinner

      Day 5. Amsterdam, Utrecht

      Today, board a glass-top boat and glide past Amsterdam’s captivating waterside facades. Later, travel by coach via Rembrandt’s Windmill to Utrecht. Tonight, enjoy a special Gala Welcome Dinner.
      • Daily Meals Included:
      • • Breakfast
      • • Lunch
      • • Dinner

      Day 6. Bonn, Drachenburg Castle, Andernach

      Cruise through Cologne and on to Bonn to explore this picturesque place. Like a Local - ride a scenic funicular train to the hilltops and take a tour of the majestic 19th-century Drachenburg Castle. This evening, step off the ship for a stroll through Andernach.
      • Daily Meals Included:
      • • Breakfast
      • • Lunch
      • • Dinner

      Day 7. Rhine Gorge, Rüdesheim

      Cruise through the spectacular Rhine Gorge, and dock in Rüdesheim. Here, 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 greeted by the friendly locals of Wertheim and learn about their culture, as you are welcomed into their homes for coffee and cake. Back on board, enjoy a glass-blowing demonstration.
      • Daily Meals Included:
      • • Breakfast
      • • Lunch
      • • Dinner

      Day 9. Würzburg

      Visit Würzburg Residence, a grand palace with its wonderful staircase, chapel and salon.
      • Daily Meals Included:
      • • Breakfast
      • • Lunch
      • • Dinner

      Day 10. Bamberg

      World Heritage-listed Bamberg beckons this morning as you gain an insight during a locally guided tour of this beautiful city centre.
      • Daily Meals Included:
      • • Breakfast
      • • Lunch
      • • Dinner

      Day 11. Nuremberg

      The site of Hitler’s infamous Nuremberg rallies, Nuremberg played a pivotal role for the Nazis during World War II. Learn about the fascinating history of the city during a tour.
      • Daily Meals Included:
      • • Breakfast
      • • Lunch
      • • Dinner

      Day 12. Regensburg, Vilshofen

      During a guided tour of Regensburg, learn about the medieval city’s journey through the ages. A Taste of Bavaria - enjoy your very own ‘Oktoberfest’ in Vilshofen. Sample local beer and Bavarian snacks, accompanied by traditional folk music, song and dance.
      • Daily Meals Included:
      • • Breakfast
      • • Lunch
      • • Dinner

      Day 13. Passau, Linz

      Awake in pretty Passau for a guided walk. Later, cruise to picturesque Linz.
      • 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. Proceed to the quaint town of Dürnstein.
      • Daily Meals Included:
      • • Breakfast
      • • Lunch
      • • Dinner

      Day 15. Vienna

      Drive around Vienna’s Ringstrasse before joining a walking tour. Like a Local - take a tour through Naschmarkt and sample some local delicacies.
      • Daily Meals Included:
      • • Breakfast
      • • Lunch
      • • Dinner

      Day 16. Vienna

      With the day at leisure, you may like to further explore Vienna’s Hofburg area.
      • Daily Meals Included:
      • • Breakfast
      • • Lunch
      • • Dinner

      Day 17. Budapest

      Today, see Budapest through the expert eyes of your local guide. After a Captain’s Farewell Dinner, set off on a twilight cruise through the heart of Budapest.
      • Daily Meals Included:
      • • Breakfast
      • • Lunch
      • • Dinner

      Day 18. Budapest

      After breakfast, disembark your river ship for the final time as you transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
      • Daily Meals Included:
      • • Breakfast

      Trip Highlights

      • Visit the iconic Eiffel Tower for lunch
      • Explore majestic Drachenburg Castle
      • Immerse yourself in Wertheim culture and be welcomed into the home of a local
      • Indulge in a private ‘Oktoberfest’ with the locals in Vilshofen
      • Tour a Viennese food market
      • Enjoy a wine tasting and lunch at Nelahozeves Castle
      • Cruise along the canals of Amsterdam
      • Glide through the scenic Rhine Gorge
      • Join a local guide to explore Melk Abbey

      Map

      Photos

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

      Click for larger version

      Included Experiences

      • Three nights immersed in Paris
      • 14 nights on a Travelmarvel River Ship
      • The services of a Travelmarvel Cruise Director and Tour Director
      • Includes 45 meals - 17 breakfasts, 14 lunches and 14 dinners
      • 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

      Suite Floor And Ship Plan

      Travelmarvel Jewel & Travelmarvel Diamond.

      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

      Relax in the comfort of your Window Stateroom.

      Window Staterooms (Cat. E and D)

      With 172 square feet of floor space, your Window Stateroom features an ensuite and a desk/dresser.
      See Suite Plans for Window Staterooms here.



      Enjoy the comfort of your French Balcony Stateroom.

      French Balcony Staterooms (Cat. C, B and A)
      With 172 square feet of floor space, your suite features a floor to ceiling French Balcony. Allowing you to open the door and enjoy the fresh air whilst taking in the views.
      See Suite Plans for French Balcony Staterooms here.



      The Owner's Suite provides the ultimate indulgence.

      Owner’s Suites (Cat. OS)
      With 258 square feet of floor space your Owner's Suite offer the ultimate indulgence. These suites feature floor to ceiling windows and an al-weather French Balcony.
      See Suite Plans for Owners Suite here. 


      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
      • Christmas markets are normally open from 25 November until 23 December
      • Prices are for land/cruising only. Flights are not included

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      View a brochure online or request it be posted to you.

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