Grand Alpine Explorer with European Gems
Munich to Budapest
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Map & Itinerary
- 14 nights premium accommodation
- 14 nights cruising on a premium Travelmarvel river ship
- 64 meals - 28 breakfasts, 14 lunches and 22 dinners
- Explore 15 towns, villages and cities
- Daily bottled water, tea and coffee, as well as soft drink, beer and local wine during lunch and dinner on your cruise
- Services of a Great Rail Journeys Tour Escort, Travelmarvel Cruise Director and expert local guides
- Airport transfers, port charges and tipping
Travel & Accommodation
Take the historic Bernina Express railway from St Moritz to Tirano in Italy.
Take the iconic Jungfrau Railway to Europe's highest railway station, some 3,400 metres above sea level.
Map & Itinerary
- Itinerary and inclusions subject to change
- Rail itinerary operated by Travelmarvel’s partner Great Rail Journeys
- Porterage is not included on your rail journey
- Low or high water levels may cause disruption to cruising
- Alternative sightseeing will be provided in the event that castles in Brühl are closed
- Prices are for land/cruise/rail and flights as specified only
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You’ll be met on arrival in Munich and transferred to your hotel. Located within view of the Alps, lively Munich is the capital of Bavaria, as well as one of Germany’s best-loved cities.
Stay: Two Nights, Munich, Pullman HotelDaily :
Become immersed in the illustrious sights of Munich. With a rich culture and heritage, the city has a wonderful collection of museums, galleries and architecture. Enjoy a guided walking tour to introduce you to the highlights of Munich, before time at leisure.Daily :
Leaving Munich behind this morning, take the train into Austria. Arrive in Salzburg, a city known the world over as the birthplace of Mozart, and the setting for the classic film, ‘The Sound of Music’. On arrival, you will embark on a sightseeing tour with a local guide. Later, travel by coach to Lake Traunsee, a spectacular lake that resembles a fjord. The lovely lakeside village of Traunkirchen will be your home for the next three nights.
Stay: Three Nights, Traunkirchen, Hotel Post or similarDaily :
Today is free for you to relax in Traunkirchen. Perhaps go for a stroll around the village’s cobbled lanes and admire the authentic fishermen’s cottages and the Monastery of Traunkirchen.Daily :
Austrian Lake District
Discover the beauty of the Austrian Lake District today, heading first to Bad Ischl, before pressing on to St Gilgen, filled to the brim with baroque and rococo character. Continue to St Wolfgang and enjoy a lake cruise. Enjoy time at leisure in Wolfgansee before continuing to Mondsee for free time. Perhaps visit the town’s cloister church, used as the site of the wedding in ‘The Sound of Music’. Return to your hotel in Traunkirchen for dinner.Daily :
Prien am Chiemsee, Seefeld
This morning, travel to the Bavarian town of Prien am Chiemsee. Cruise across Chiemsee Lake to the royal island of Herreninsel, home to the fairytale castle of Herrenchiemsee. The castle was once the residence of King Ludwig II of Bavaria, who drew inspiration from the lavish Palace of Versailles in France. Enjoy free time to explore before continuing to Seefeld.
Stay: Two Nights, Seefeld, Hotel Residenz HochlandDaily :
Neuschwanstein Castle, Zugspitze Railway
Enjoy an enthralling journey on the Zugspitze Railway which ascends the summit of Zugspitze, the highest mountain in Germany.
Your travels today will take you to the glorious Neuschwanstein Castle. Nestled in the Alps, it is a stunning sight, with a storied history. Enjoy time at leisure in Hohenschwangau before journeying aboard the Zugspitze Railway to the summit of Zugspitze. The final leg is by cable car which takes you over the forests to the summit, where you will have free time to enjoy the views.Daily :
Innsbruck, Swiss Alps, St Moritz
This morning, enjoy a walking tour of Innsbruck and learn of life in the historic old town. Then it’s time for a rail journey through the spellbinding scenery of the Swiss Alps. Pass through Liechtenstein and into the Swiss town of Sargans. Here you change trains and travel alongside the Rhine to Chur, before continuing to the resort town of St Moritz.
Stay: Three Nights, St Moritz, Hotel SchweizerhofDaily :
Bernina Express, Tirano
Ride the Bernina Express, which passes glaciers, rushing mountain streams and flower-sprinkled alpine meadows.
Journey to the Italian town of Tirano aboard the Bernina Express. Here, you’ll have free time before the return journey.Daily :
Spend today as you please soaking up the glitz and glamour of St Moritz.Daily :
Glacier Express, Interlaken
Step aboard the famous Glacier Express for a journey from St Moritz to Brig, enjoying the incredible views through the panoramic windows of your First Class carriage.
Journey aboard the Glacier Express from St Moritz to Brig, enjoying a tasty two-course lunch at your seat. The train climbs steadily and steeply up and over the Oberalp Pass, then spirals downward past little villages on the way to Brig. Here you change trains and continue on to Interlaken.
Stay: Three Nights, Hotel InterlakenDaily :
Journey to the Jungfraujoch, Europe’s highest railway station more than 3,400 metres above sea level.
Today’s adventure begins as you leave Interlaken and travel through the foothills of the Alps to Lauterbrunnen. You will then join the Wengeralp Railway to Kleine Scheidegg. It is here your journey on the iconic Jungfrau Railway begins. See spectacular views at two observation stops, hewn out of solid rock between the rail tunnel and the infamous north face of the Eiger. Your final destination is the Jungfraujoch, Europe’s highest railway station. Enjoy free time at the summit station and perhaps explore its Ice Palace.Daily :
Wake to the breathtaking mountain vistas of Interlaken – this beautiful town is all yours to explore today. Spend time as you like, perhaps exploring the glacier-fed lakes.Daily :
After breakfast, transfer to the airport in Zürich for your onward flight to Amsterdam. Check into your Amsterdam hotel today and enjoy the balance of the day at leisure to relax or explore as you please. Please note this day is unescorted.
Stay: Amsterdam, Movenpick HotelDaily :
Amsterdam, Embark Ship
Today be transferred from your hotel to your premium river ship. This evening meet your Cruise Director and fellow passengers at a Captain’s Welcome Reception.
Stay: 14 Nights, aboard your premium Travelmarvel river shipDaily :
Board a glass-top boat and glide through Amsterdam’s maze of waterways with a local guide before enjoying some free time to explore this lively city. Later travel by coach to Utrecht, via Rembrandt’s Windmill. From here, your ship will set off along the Rhine as you prepare for tonight’s special Gala Dinner.Daily :
Step back in time during a visit to the World Heritage-listed Augustusburg Castle. Listen to enthralling stories and enjoy a walk through the landscaped parks and gardens between the castle and the lodge.
Learn how the twin spires of Cologne’s famous cathedral, the Kölner Dom, took over six centuries to complete as you cruise into this picturesque city. Disembark and take the short drive to Brühl, where you will enjoy an Insider Experience.Daily :
Rhine Gorge, Rüdesheim
Dock in Rüdesheim, and board the Winzerexpress mini-train, bound for Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum.Daily :
Get a glimpse into local life as you are welcomed into the home of a friendly Miltenberg family. Enjoy coffee and cake made by your gracious hosts.
Discover Miltenberg’s half-timbered buildings dating from the 15th to 18th century.Daily :
Board a coach and travel through the rolling hills to Würzburg. Admire the Baroque palace and walk through the beautiful Court Garden. Later, perhaps enjoy an optional visit to medieval Rothenburg.Daily :
Cruise along the last stretch of the Main River before arriving at Bamberg. Here choose between an afternoon of free time or a guided tour. Later on this evening, your ship will reach the Main-Danube Canal.Daily :
Explore Nuremberg, the site of Hitler’s now infamous rallies. Wander the cobblestone streets discovering hidden boutiques and artisan stores. Finish your day cruising through the Main-Danube Canal, crossing Europe’s Continental Divide thanks to the canal’s 16 stair-step locks.Daily :
This evening, enjoy an authentic Bavarian experience on board as you sample local beer and snacks, accompanied by traditional folk music, song and dance.
Having reached the Danube River overnight, Regensburg awaits. Spend the day in this charming city, docked right in the heart of town, and join a guided walking tour to see its major sights.Daily :
As you enjoy your breakfast, arrive in the ‘Three Rivers City’ of Passau, where the rivers Inn and Ilz join the Danube. Today you can take part in a morning walking tour, or grab a bike and set out to explore. Alternatively, join an optional tour to Český Krumlov in the Czech Republic, or travel to Salzburg and enjoy the sights from ‘The Sound of Music’.Daily :
Join a local guide to see Melk Abbey, an active Benedictine monastery since 1089. Cruise through the picturesque Wachau Valley, then continue to Dürnstein, where you have a free afternoon to explore.Daily :
Pay a visit to the Naschmarkt, the most popular food and produce market in Vienna.
In Vienna join a walking tour of St Stephen’s Cathedral, the Graben, Hofburg Palace and the Albertina. This evening, perhaps enjoy an optional concert featuring music from Mozart to The Sound of Music.Daily :
Today you decide on how to shape your experience in glorious Vienna. Perhaps visit the Hofburg area and the Imperial Treasury, or head to a cosy coffee house where you can try a traditional sachertorte. Otherwise, embark on an optional excursion, visiting Schönbrunn Palace, or head to Bratislava to discover soviet history.Daily :
After breakfast, the history and charm of Budapest are illuminated as a local guide leads you through the city. After a Captain’s Farewell Dinner, set off on a magical twilight cruise through the glittering heart of Budapest.Daily :
Disembark Ship, Depart Budapest
After breakfast disembark and transfer to the airport for your onward flight.Daily :
In all we had a fantastic holiday. We would recommend Travelmarvel to all who'll ask.