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Engelhartszell |DANUBE

Trappist Traditions of Engelszell Abbey

Engelhartszell |DANUBE

Trappist Traditions of Engelszell Abbey

This leisurely walk up to the monastery begins at the Rococo Collegiate Church, whose steeple soars 249 feet (76 meters) into the sky. The 18th-century church is adorned with valuable works of art and a stunning mural painting on the nave ceiling. As you take in the splendor, your guide will unpack the abbey`s checkered past before inviting you to sample its Authentic Trappist Products, a designation held by only 10 remaining Trappist monasteries in the world. Each year, visitors flock to Engelszell Abbey to experience its exceptional liqueurs nad beers crafted according to the long traditions established by Trappist monks. Enjoy a tasting and time to shop for gifts before returning to your ship .

Bratislava |DANUBE

Magical Bratislava

Bratislava |DANUBE

Magical Bratislava

Meet an expert guide right as you disembark your ship and head out for a leisurely walk through Bratislava, capital of Slovakia. The striking castle, once the seat of Hungary`s king, will immediately greet you from its hilltop vantagepoint. Explore the charming Old Town, including the Main Square, the Old Opera House, St. Martin`s Cathedral, Michael`s Gate, and more. Also enjoy an inside visit of the magnificent neoclassical Primate`s Palace; meet Cumil the Sewer Worker, the city`s unofficial mascot; and watch for the cannonballs that remain lodged in several of the city`s historic buildings—the calling card of Napoleon`s army when they bombarded the city for 3 days in 1809.

Bratislava |DANUBE

Devín Castle on Two Wheels

Bratislava |DANUBE

Devín Castle on Two Wheels

Enjoy one of the locals` favorite day trips on this entertaining guided bike tour to the romantic ruins of 9th-century Devín Castle. Perched on a cliff just outside of town, where the Danube and Morava Rivers meet, the fortress stood sentry for centuries over an important trade route on the frontier between Slovakia and Austria. See the tiny watchtower balancing precariously on a rock—and hear the legends about imprisoned maidens leaping to their deaths. Then, stop at a local village known for its fruity currant wine. Enjoy refreshments and rest a bit before making your way back to the ship.NOTE: Participants will ride a bike 6 miles (10 km) each way along a mostly flat path.

Bratislava |DANUBE

Modern Art at the Danubiana Museum

Bratislava |DANUBE

Modern Art at the Danubiana Museum

Built to resemble a Roman galley in the shallow waters of a river, the unique Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum is a work of art itself. Join an expert guide and step inside the stunning gallery with its floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the river—and discover a wide assortment of pieces created by leading international artists. At the end of the tour, enjoy free time to check out more than 3 dozen magnificent sculptures in the fantastic 2-acre (.8-hectare) sculpture garden.

Bratislava |DANUBE

Jewish Bratislava

Bratislava |DANUBE

Jewish Bratislava

Accompanied by an expert guide, drive to Bratislava Castle and visit the Chatam Sofer Memorial at the foot of Castle Hill. This marks the only remaining part of a centuries-old Jewish cemetery where prominent rabbis and scholars were buried. Although it was destroyed in 1943, you`ll hear about its careful restoration in 2000 according to Jewish law—and how today it is visited by Orthodox pilgrims from around the world. Afterward, there`s time to walk through the store- and café-lined streets of the Old Town.

Budapest |DANUBE

A Visit to the Hungarian Parliament Building

Budapest |DANUBE

A Visit to the Hungarian Parliament Building

Meet your local guide at the pier and walk a short distance to streetcar stop #2. You`ll feel like a local as you ride along the Danube to the Hungarian Parliament, the city`s landmark with its gables, towers, and arches. Marvel at its sheer size and magnificent architecture, then enter for a guided tour. Afterward, stroll through Freedom Square; enjoy refreshments at the Strudel House, where the heavenly pastries are served in over a dozen flavors; and see St. Stephen`s Basilica, the city`s largest church.

Dürnstein |DANUBE

Charming Dürnstein and Its Wines

Dürnstein |DANUBE

Charming Dürnstein and Its Wines

Hailed as the “Pearl of the Wachau,” the village of Dürnstein is located right at the entrance to the Wachau Valley on one of the Danube`s most beautiful stretches. Part of the Wachau Cultural Landscape, everything about this UNESCO World Heritage Site is hospitable—even the vineyards extend right to the riverbanks to greet you. Meet your guide at the ship and proceed up the historic Anzuggasse for a stroll through the cobbledstoned historic district. Afterward, it`s off for a tasting at one of the excellent wineries that have made the Wachau world famous.

Dürnstein |DANUBE

Dürnstein Castle Hike & Wachau Food Tasting

Dürnstein |DANUBE

Dürnstein Castle Hike & Wachau Food Tasting

Lace up your hiking shoes and follow your guide on a challenging 50-minute hike up to the ruins of Dürnstein Castle. You`ll be rewarded by fantastic panoramic views over the river as your local expert regales you with the fascinating history of the valley and the legends about Richard the Lionheart`s imprisonment here. Back in town, taste some typical Wachau-produced delicacies, with the chance to purchase some of the culinary treats as gifts for friends and family back home.NOTE: This excursion requires a challenging uphill hike for 1.4 miles (2.3 km) on uneven terrain. Please wear appropriate footwear.

Dürnstein |DANUBE

Wachau Valley Helicopter Flightseeing

Dürnstein |DANUBE

Wachau Valley Helicopter Flightseeing

Climb in, buckle up, and off you go! Enjoy a 30-minute private helicopter flight for a completely unique perspective of the Wachau Valley. Along the way, take unforgettable photos of the Danube, castles and castle ruins atop steep hills, lush vineyards, charming villages, and more.NOTE: The helicopter can accommodate up to four guests, with one guest seated in the middle seat of the second row. The pilot will assign seats to best achieve a balanced weight distribution.

Linz |DANUBE

Fairytale Český Krumlov

Linz |DANUBE

Fairytale Český Krumlov

Spend the day in the Czech Republic on this unforgettable journey to Bohemia. During the comfortable coach ride, your expert guide will tell you stories and facts about your beautiful surroundings. Arrive at last in Český Krumlov, a city straddling the Vltava River, whose origins predate 1250. Walk with your guide to Český Krumlov Castle, one of the most important historical sites in Central Europe. Visit some of its courtyards, interiors, gardens, and the palace theater, the best-preserved Baroque stage in the world, on the 17-acre (7-hectare) castle grounds. Afterward, there`s time to explore on your own, do some shopping, or maybe enjoy a freshly baked traditional trdelnik (cinnamon-sugar pastry).NOTE: The coach ride to and from Český Krumlov is approximately 90 minutes each way.

Melk |DANUBE

Magnificent Melk Abbey, Jewel of the Wachau

Melk |DANUBE

Magnificent Melk Abbey, Jewel of the Wachau

Today, a true must-see landmark awaits: resplendent Melk Abbey, one of Europe`s best examples of Baroque architecture. With origins as a Benedictine monastery dating back to 1089, today the monks still farm the land and continue to operate what is now the oldest school in Austria. Marvel at the views from the semi-circular terrace overlooking the Wachau Valley and river below. Then, head inside for a tour that includes the library, whose main hall boasts 16,000 volumes and a gorgeous frescoed ceiling; the iconic spiral staircase, a photographer`s dream; and the breathtaking abbey church.

Melk |DANUBE

Artstetten Castle, a Family Affair

Melk |DANUBE

Artstetten Castle, a Family Affair

Dating back to the 13th century, medieval Arstetten, a fortress-turned-castle, changed hands many times—until Napoleon`s father-in-law, Emperor Franz I, acquired it in 1823. At the time, it was just one of 14 castles he owned within a 12-mile (20-km) radius, but it became the one his family kept for generations. The estate eventually passed to his nephew, Franz Ferdinand, whose granddaughter and her family now live there year-round to tend to its preservation and run its forestry and agricultural operations. This enriching guided tour introduces you to the castle with its early modern conveniences such as an indoor bathroom, elevator, swimming pool, and more. You`ll also have time to investigate its fascinating Museum of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, whose assassination in 1914 launched WWI.

Melk |DANUBE

Melk by Bike

Melk |DANUBE

Melk by Bike

Join fellow cycling enthusiasts on this fun round-trip bike tour between Melk and Pöchlarn. Along the way, your expert guide will explain the area`s history, including its human roots dating back to the Neolithic Age and ties to the Romans who left behind defensive “Limes” (walls, ditches, and forts) against the Germanic tribes of the north. Pöchlarn is an example of such a fort, and you`ll have time to explore there before your return trip to the ship.NOTE: This excursion requires participants to ride a bicycle between Melk and Pöchlarn. Distances may vary, according to the cruising schedule. Please dress appropriately.

Passau |DANUBE

Passau Walking Tour

Passau |DANUBE

Passau Walking Tour

Welcome to 2,500-year-old Passau, where the Danube, Inn, and Ilz Rivers meet. Join a local guide and set off on foot through the historic district, where people settled as early as the Neolithic Age. See the city`s most famous sights as you learn about its captivating past, legends, and lore, including its ties to the Romans and powerful Prince-Bishop rulers. Traverse the narrow cobblestone streets, passing the landmark Town Hall, whose façade is an art masterpiece. Don`t miss the highwater marks that at a glance tell the story of Passau`s frequent flooding events. Continue to the Baroque St. Stephen`s Cathedral, dating to 1688 and home to magnificent, green-domed towers and one of the largest organs in the world.

Passau |DANUBE

Passau |DANUBE

Regensburg Day Trip With Thurn & Taxis Visit

Ybbs |DANUBE

Artstetten Castle, a Family Affair

Ybbs |DANUBE

Artstetten Castle, a Family Affair

Dating back to the 13th century, medieval Arstetten, a fortress-turned-castle, changed hands many times—until Napoleon`s father-in-law, Emperor Franz I, acquired it in 1823. At the time, it was just one of 14 castles he owned within a 12-mile (20-km) radius, but it became the one his family kept for generations. The estate eventually passed to his nephew, Franz Ferdinand, whose granddaughter and her family now live there year-round to tend to its preservation and run its forestry and agricultural operations. This enriching guided tour introduces you to the castle with its early modern conveniences such as an indoor bathroom, elevator, swimming pool, and more. You`ll also have time to investigate its fascinating Museum of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, whose assassination in 1914 launched WWI.

Ybbs |DANUBE

Austrian Pastry Workshop & Bee Farm

Ybbs |DANUBE

Austrian Pastry Workshop & Bee Farm

Hop on a bus for a quick 15-minute ride to Barbara Braun`s confectionery. There, you will get hands-on with the dough, forming roll-shaped puff pastry under the helpful supervision of your instructor. Learn the secrets behind an old family recipe as you create the sweet, creamy filling for your freshly baked rolls. When they`re out of the oven, sit, relax, and enjoy these scrumptious still-warm treats. Then, continue to a local bee farm, where you`ll meet the apiarist and thousands of his busy co-workers! Get a glimpse into the fascinating world of bees and learn what it takes to produce high-quality honey, honey wine, honey vinegar, and even honey beer! Tastings of the various honey products round out this sweet experience!

Vienna |DANUBE

Panoramic Vienna

Vienna |DANUBE

Panoramic Vienna

Your exploration of the City of Music begins with a panoramic bus tour into the heart of Vienna, passing imposing monuments and palaces. Along the route, hear captivating stories about the many historical figures who called Vienna home: Strauss, Schubert, Klimt, Freud, Sisi, Marie Antoinette, and others. At Hofburg Palace, follow your guide on a walk to St. Stephen`s Cathedral, where you`re free to further explore, do a little shopping, or relax at a café before returning to the ship.

Vienna |DANUBE

Vienna |DANUBE

Highlights of Vienna

Budapest |DANUBE

Snapshot of Budapest

Budapest |DANUBE

Snapshot of Budapest

Get a quick and easy overview of some of Budapest`s most incredible sights on this enjoyable panoramic coach tour. Travel along Andrassy Boulevard and stop for photos at Heroes` Square— Hősök tere, as the locals call it. Here, you`ll see the Seven Magyar Chiefs and Tomb of the Unknown Soldier before continuing and passing by the Great Synagogue, Hungarian Parliament Building, and more.

Budapest |DANUBE

Dohány Synagogue & the Shoes on the Danube Bank

Budapest |DANUBE

Dohány Synagogue & the Shoes on the Danube Bank

Your tour begins with a short bus ride to the Great Synagogue, built in the Moorish style in 1854 and the second-largest synagogue in the world. Visit this impressive landmark with its twin onion-domed towers, built on the site of the childhood home of Theodor Herzl, father of modern political Zionism. The Hungarian Jewish Museum is also housed here, with exhibits focusing on the history of the Hungarian Holocaust. Afterward, walk through the old Jewish quarter, stop at a “ruins bar” for refreshments, and then pause at the poignant Shoes on the Danube Promenade—a trail of metal shoes on the riverbank to commemorate the thousands executed along the Danube during WWII.

Engelhartszell |DANUBE

Schütz Art Museum

Engelhartszell |DANUBE

Schütz Art Museum

Josef and Irene Schütz dedicated their life to art and previously founded galleries in Linz and Vienna. In November 2021, they crowned their achievement by commissioning a new museum in Engelhartszell, the first zero-energy art museum. Today, you have the chance to view their impressive collection, whose focus is classical modern art from Austria, framed by other works from the 19th and 20th centuries to the present. The museum is just a short walk from the pier, and you`ll have plenty of time to explore the exhibits independently and marvel at the impressive collection.

Vienna |DANUBE

Discover Vienna With Spanish Riding School Visit

Vienna |DANUBE

Discover Vienna With Spanish Riding School Visit

Begin with a panoramic tour through the heart of Vienna, where imposing historical architecture lines almost every street. Learn about the many famous figures who called the city home: Strauss, Schubert, Klimt, Freud, Sisi, Marie Antoinette, and others. From Hofburg Palace, follow your guide on foot to the Spanish Riding School, where you`ll be captivated by the horses` morning exercise routine and training to refine their intricate movements. Afterward, walk along the popular Graben shopping street, stopping for photos of St. Stephen`s Cathedral before heading back to your ship.

Avignon |RHONE

Discover Avignon Walking Tour

Avignon |RHONE

Discover Avignon Walking Tour

Join an expert guide to learn about the powerful popes of 14th-century Avignon—and what prompted their construction of the city`s massive fortress and impressive fortified walls. Immerse yourself in the elegant squares, tree-lined boulevards, and maze of narrow cobblestone alleyways as you encounter Old Avignon`s highlights, including remains of the famous St. Bénezet Bridge and the awe-inspiring Palace of the Popes, the largest gothic palace in Europe.

Arles |RHONE

Van Gogh`s Arles

Arles |RHONE

Van Gogh`s Arles

Led by an expert guide, begin with a stroll through the historical city center—few places boast such an astonishing collection of Roman ruins. See the theater where the famous Venus of Arles was discovered in 1651; city gates dating to the 13th century; the Town Hall, built with stone quarried from the Roman theater; and the 12th-century Church of St. Trophime. Also step inside the well-preserved 1st-century Roman amphitheater to visit the venue that even today hosts sporting events. Continuing walking in Van Gogh`s footsteps past the cheery yellow Café de Nuit—still open and the same shade of yellow as when he painted it. Visit the farmers` market for a full display of seasonal produce, herbs, and regional specialties, then enjoy free time to browse the shops or maybe try out the local food and drinks.

Arles |RHONE

Camargue & Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer Discovery

Arles |RHONE

Camargue & Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer Discovery

Embark on a comprehensive journey through the captivating Camargue, situated between Arles and the Mediterranean Sea, renowned for its pink flamingos, sandy beaches, and salt marshes. Your adventure begins with an expert guide leading you south through the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, offering ample photo opportunities. Discover the Camargue`s status as a Wetland of International Importance and its pivotal role in preserving Provençal culture and ecological diversity. Visit one of France`s most popular and pristine nature reserves on this memorable visit to a traditional black bull ranch of 500 Hectares in Camargue Regional Nature Park. Discover Camargue traditions and witness an entertaining cattle-sorting demonstration by skilled herdsmen before descending to the estate`s former wine cellar for a tasting of local products and wine Later, arrive in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, a charming marshland village that draws pilgrims from around the world. Stroll past ancient architecture with your guide, hear about history dating back to Biblical times, and learn about Sarah, patron saint of gypsies. Afterward, free time to explore on your own— perhaps indulge in an anise-flavored pastis while taking in the breathtaking views of sea and sky.

Arles |RHONE

Les Baux-de-Provence With Sound & Light Show

Arles |RHONE

Les Baux-de-Provence With Sound & Light Show

Spend time in medieval Les Baux-de-Provence, nestled in the scenic Alpilles mountains and officially designated as one of the most beautiful villages in France! Join an expert guide for an orientation walk to see and learn about the town, including the castle ruins sitting high atop a rocky outcrop. Legend says that the princes of Baux were descendants of Balthazar, one of the three wise men who traveled to Bethlehem. Conclude the day with a remarkable sound and light show at Carrières de Lumières (the Quarry of Lights), where images are projected onto the stone walls of an unused limestone quarry.

Arles |RHONE

A Taste of Aix-en-Provence

Arles |RHONE

A Taste of Aix-en-Provence

Mention Aix-en-Provence and artist Paul Cezanne springs to mind, along with the area`s remarkable light that influenced his work.Founded by the Romans in 123 BC, Aix emerged in the Middle Ages as capital of Provence. In time, it was hailed as the “City of a Thousand Fountains” and home to the charming shop- and tree-lined Cours Mirabeaux. Learn about the city`s ties to Louis XIV and to the French Resistance in WWII. Along the way, you`ll also sample a few of the tasty treats that made Aix famous: tapenade, freshly made from sun-drenched olives; cheese reminiscent of the famed Herbs de Provence; and Calissons, diamond-shaped confections made with almonds, candied melon, and orange peel.

Viviers |RHONE

Ardèche Truffle Farm and Château Grignan

Viviers |RHONE

Ardèche Truffle Farm and Château Grignan

This unique tour introduces you to the rarified world of truffles. A comfortable coach ride whisks you to an authentic French truffle farm, where the owner will explain the qualities and characteristics of this “black diamond” of the culinary world. Watch as the grower demonstrates “cavage” (how to harvest the mushrooms)—and marvel at the truffle-snuffing dog`s finely honed sense of smell. Then, delight in a curated truffle tasting and learn how this tiny treasure can elevate your own recipes back home!.

Viviers |RHONE

Hit the Trail: Hike in Ardèche Gorge

Viviers |RHONE

Hit the Trail: Hike in Ardèche Gorge

Lace up your hiking shoes and get back to nature on this exhilarating guided hike through the famed Grand Canyon of Europe! Join expert Rangers to trek through one of France`s most spectacular natural places, renowned for its stunning canyon between Vallon Pont d`Arc and Saint Martin d`Ardèche. Follow the river`s meandering route through the Mediterranean scrub high above the gorge, and make several stops along the way for photos and to marvel at the stunning panoramic views.NOTE: This hike requires participants to be in good physical condition, and is not suitable for pregnant women or people with health problems. Please wear suitable hiking shoes.

Avignon |RHONE

Discover Avignon Walking Tour With Palace of the Popes

Avignon |RHONE

Discover Avignon Walking Tour With Palace of the Popes

Explore the historical center of Avignon on this mesmerizing 3-hour guided walk. Led by an expert guide, learn about the powerful popes of 14th-century Avignon—and what prompted their construction of the city`s massive fortress and impressive fortified walls. Immerse yourself in the elegant squares, tree-lined boulevards, and maze of narrow cobblestone alleyways as you encounter Old Avignon`s highlights, including remains of the famous St. Bénezet Bridge and an inside visit of the awe-inspiring Palace of the Popes, the largest gothic palace in Europe.

Avignon |RHONE

Gardon River Kayak Adventure

Avignon |RHONE

Gardon River Kayak Adventure

Discover the magnificent landscapes and monuments of the Gardoise scrubland—from the water! Led by an expert guide, this unforgettable kayaking adventure takes you down the gentle Gardon River. Paddle past lush vegetation and rocky beaches, pausing to appreciate the highlight of the tour, Pont du Gard, the iconic 1st-century Roman aqueduct that today is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Avignon |RHONE

eBiking to Pont du Gard

Avignon |RHONE

eBiking to Pont du Gard

The incredible natural beauty surrounding Avignon awaits on this exhilarating eBike tour. Led by an expert guide, hop aboard an electric bicycle and explore Remoulins, nestled between the Gorges of the Gard nature reserve and the Rhône Valley. Along the way, pass beautiful villages such as Castillon-du-Gard and Vers-Pont-du-Gard, and stop for photos at Pont du Gard, the iconic 1st-century Roman aqueduct that today is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Lyon |RHONE

Panoramic Lyon & Old Town Walking Tour

Lyon |RHONE

Panoramic Lyon & Old Town Walking Tour

Discover the best of Lyon on this wonderful outing. Your adventure begins with a panoramic coach tour past many of Lyon`s most famous landmarks. See Roman ruins, medieval- and Renaissance-era churches, one of the largest town squares in Europe, and other wonders. Then, disembark from your coach and join an expert guide for a walk through the Old Town. Along the way, enjoy coffee and a tasting of the city`s famous praline brioche.

Lyon |RHONE

Into Beaujolais with Wine Tasting

Lyon |RHONE

Into Beaujolais with Wine Tasting

The “Tuscany of France” awaits on this superb half-day trip into the Beaujolais. Travel in comfort through rolling hills and valleys dotted with charming villages and striking chateaux. Disembark in medieval Oingt, one of the most beautiful villages in France, for a visit of the family winery at Château de la Chaize. Learn about long-held traditions dating back 350 years, how the family harvests the grapes by hand, and about the property`s century-old vines—then enjoy a tasting of the delicious wines produced here!

Lyon |RHONE

Lyon Walk With Fourvière Basilica & the Roman Amphitheatres

Lyon |RHONE

Lyon Walk With Fourvière Basilica & the Roman Amphitheatres

Discover the best of Lyon, starting with a panoramic coach tour past many of the city`s most famous landmarks. See Roman ruins, medieval- and Renaissance-era churches, one of the largest town squares in Europe, and other wonders. Then, join an expert guide for a walk through the Old Town. Along the way, enjoy the street art, learn about the canuts (Lyonnais silk workers), and discover the city`s traboules (secret covered passageways). Afterward, take a funicular ride up to visit Fourvière Basilica and the Roman Amphitheatres, a UNESCO World Heritage Site whose origins date back to around 15 BC.

Lyon |RHONE

Sights of Lyon by eBike

Lyon |RHONE

Sights of Lyon by eBike

Feel the fresh air in your face as you zoom through Lyon on this exhilarating guided eBike tour. Meet up with an expert guide right at your ship and hop aboard an electric bicycle to see the city effortlessly. Riding along the Rhône & Saône Rivers, you`ll pass the gorgeous urban Tête d`or Park; iconic Place Bellecour in the city center, one of the largest open squares in Europe; Place des Terreaux, home to the famed Hôtel de Ville and Musée des Beaux-Arts; and more.

Viviers |RHONE

A Walk in Viviers With Concert

Viviers |RHONE

A Walk in Viviers With Concert

Discover the smallest city in France (by area and population) on this unforgettable guided walk through Viviers. Stroll on ancient cobblestones through a maze of narrow streets and alleyways as a local expert regales you with tales of Viviers` fascinating history and how it transformed from a small market town to a powerful bishopric. See highlights that include the grand town hall that was formerly a priest`s palace; 18th-century Hôtel de Roqueplane, now the seat of the diocese; 16th-century Knights` House; and more. Arrive at Saint-Vincent for a visit of the smallest working cathedral in France, then enjoy a short concert at a local venue.

Viviers |RHONE

The Lavender & Nougat of Provence

Viviers |RHONE

The Lavender & Nougat of Provence

Stretching from the southern Alps to the Rhône Valley, the Drôme Provençale is known around the world for its picture-perfect beauty. From June to early August, when the vast fields of lavender bloom, the countryside becomes deep blue and entrancingly aromatic. Join an expert guide aboard a comfortable coach for this half-day encounter with quintessential Provence. Be sure to bring your camera because we`ll make plenty of stops to ensure you get show-stopping photographs. Before returning to your ship, stop at a local nougaterie to learn about—and sample—this delectable southern France confection.

Viviers |RHONE

The famous Cave Paintings of Chauvet 2

Viviers |RHONE

The famous Cave Paintings of Chauvet 2

Experience the wonders of prehistoric Europe during this unique visit to the largest cave replica in the world. This recreation of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Chauvet Cave in the Ardèche, which was discovered in 1994, includes its exceptional collection of cave art, created by people who roamed Central and Western Europe 36,000 years ago. From the moment you enter, you`ll be immersed in the cool, damp, dark underground atmosphere to experience what the discoverers of the original cave smelled, saw, and felt. Your adventure concludes with an awe-inspiring 360-degree sound and light show.

Viviers |RHONE

Viviers Evening Stroll

Viviers |RHONE

Viviers Evening Stroll

Spend the evening with a local guide, wandering through the charming lanes of Old Town Viviers. With live music harmonizing with the ancient surroundings, the setting sun casts a magical light on the cobblestone streets and centuries-old buildings. Your guide does the rest, regaling you with fascinating tales and humorous anecdotes about the town`s most colorful characters and events.

Tain L'Hermitage |RHONE

Hike & Wine Tasting in Tain l`Hermitage

Tain L'Hermitage |RHONE

Hike & Wine Tasting in Tain l`Hermitage

Experience the best of the Rhône Valley on this wonderful hiking and wine-tasting experience. Begin with an easy hike in Tain l`Hermitage, led by an expert guide. Marvel at the fresh air and incredible panoramic views, arriving at last at Cave de Tain at the foot of Hermitage hill. Here, you will enjoy a special tasting featuring wines, cheese, and chocolate—plus, a special memento!

Tain L'Hermitage |RHONE

Valrhona Chocolate Workshop

Tain L'Hermitage |RHONE

Valrhona Chocolate Workshop

For more than a century, Valrhona has supplied the world`s best chefs and culinary artisans with rich French chocolate in a wide range of flavors. This mouthwatering excursion takes you to Valrhona, the City of Chocolate. Step behind the scenes at the factory to learn the secrets of this incredible product, participate in a workshop to create (and taste!) a classic French sweet treat, then spend time perusing the fascinating Valrhona chocolate museum!

Chateauneuf-du-Pape |RHONE

Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cellar Tour & Tasting

Chateauneuf-du-Pape |RHONE

Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cellar Tour & Tasting

This half-day tour takes you to Châteauneuf-du-Pape, home to some of the best wines in southern France. Enjoy a scenic ride through the lovely, vineyard-filled countryside, arriving at your stunning destination. Hear the winery`s fascinating history and just what makes its wines special as you tour the property and get a behind-the-scenes look at the wine-creation process. Following the tour, head to the cellar for a sommelier-led tasting of several delectable Châteauneuf-du-Pape wines.

Vienne |RHONE

Vienne Discovery

Vienne |RHONE

Vienne Discovery

Led by an expert guide, take a walk through Vienne for an encounter with its rich culture and fascinating antiquities. Come face to face with the 1st-century Gallo-Roman Temple of Augustus and Livia, and the ornate Saint-Maurice Cathedral. Then, explore the Gallo-Roman Amphitheatre, one of the largest in Gaul (France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, and parts of Switzerland, Germany, and northern Italy), with a capacity of more than 13,000 spectators. Your tour ends with time on your own to visit the Fine Arts & Archaeology Museum, housed in the converted corn exchange building.

Vienne |RHONE

Vienne Gallo Roman Museum

Vienne |RHONE

Vienne Gallo Roman Museum

Come face to face with two millennia of history during this visit to Vienne`s fascinating Gallo-Roman Museum. This active archaeological site is a gateway to time as it reveals one of the most extensive Roman residential districts discovered in France. Learn about the wealth of the people who lived here in the 1st century AD—with luxury villas and adjoining thermal baths, paved streets, intricate murals and mosaics, warehouses and workshops, olive oil amphoras, marble sculptures and etched glass, a school, and more.

Tournus |SAONE

Tournus Walking Tour

Tournus |SAONE

Tournus Walking Tour

Situated in southern Burgundy, the history of Tournus dates back to Roman times, when its position above the Saône River made it easy to defend. This fascinating guided walk shows you the town`s vibrant medieval center, including the 10th-century Abbey of Saint-Philibert de Tournus with its unusual barrel vaulting roof; the historic Hôtel-Dieu hospital; the half-timbered buildings around Place Carnot; and the physics-defying Logis de la Teste Noire, whose upper level overhangs the main floor. Learn how this medieval building practice was a common way for homeowners to avoid taxes!

Chalon Sur Saone |SAONE

Tastings at the Louhans Market

Chalon Sur Saone |SAONE

Tastings at the Louhans Market

Experience the bustle and excitement of an authentic French market day on this fun outing to the city of Louhans. Discover picturesque Grande-Rue, the country`s longest arcaded street, and spend time checking out the colorful produce, fresh meats, artisan breads, honeys, jams, wines, and handmade craft items. Along the way, sample a variety of regional specialties, including corniottes (cheesy puff pastries), saucisson (herbed sausage), cheese, and more.

Tournus |SAONE

Hike to Solutre Rock

Tournus |SAONE

Hike to Solutre Rock

Join an expert guide and hike from Mâcon to the Rock of Solutrè, a unique limestone monadrock (orphaned hill, ridge, or mountain) created 160 million years ago from fossilized coral, when warm seas covered the region. As you wander past the lush Chardonnay vineyards, learn how the rock`s surroundings have been occupied since prehistoric times—and about its ties to the Roman Empire, medieval bandits, and the French Resistance during WWII!NOTE: This hike covers a distance of approximately 6.2 miles (10 km) on rugged and uneven terrain. Please wear appropriate shoes and clothing.

Avignon |RHONE

Pont du Gard

Avignon |RHONE

Pont du Gard

From your ship, enjoy a scenic drive to Pont du Gard, the highest Roman aqueduct bridge in the world. Spend time at the museum to learn about the bridge`s engineering and how it supplied the city of Nîmes with water under pressure for five centuries. This alone led to fountains, thermal baths, running water in the homes of the wealthy, and the city`s overall cleanliness and well-being. Then, follow a knowledgeable guide on a tour of Pont du Gard, with time afterward for photos and to soak in the awe-inspiring surroundings.

Tarascon |RHONE

Tarascon & Its Mighty Castle

Tarascon |RHONE

Tarascon & Its Mighty Castle

Situated between Avignon and Arles on the left bank of the Rhône is the delightful village of Tarascon. Led by an expert guide, you`ll hear the town`s interesting history as you stroll to the awe-inspiring castle, whose origins stretch clear back to the 9th century. Throughout the centuries, it served as everything from a fortress to monitor the border of Provence to a military prison in the 17th century. After time exploring the castle, continue through the city center for an encounter with its splendid ancient architecture and charming ambiance.NOTE: This excursion requires participants to climb stairs.

Arles |RHONE

Arles Evening Stroll & Aperitif

Arles |RHONE

Arles Evening Stroll & Aperitif

Embrace the twilight of Arles during this lovely evening walking tour. Begin at the iconic Roman Amphitheatre (Arènes d`Arles), where you can soak in the ancient ambiance. Then, meander through the charming Old Town with its unique medieval buildings. Conclude with a refreshing aperitif at a cozy cafe as you relax amid the enchanting surroundings.

Chalon Sur Saone |DANUBE

Beaune & the Burgundy Wine Road

Chalon Sur Saone |DANUBE

Beaune & the Burgundy Wine Road

Embark on a half-day adventure along the famed Route des Grands Crus (Burgundy Wine Road), traveling through some of the most prestigious parts of the Burgundy wine region. Your comfortable coach will whisk you past vine-covered hillsides that stretch as far as the eye can see and charming wine villages dotting the landscape. Learn how the vineyards were created a thousand years ago—and now enjoy a UNESCO World Heritage designation. Arrive at last in Beaune, situated between Lyon and Dijon and honorary Capital of Burgundy Wines. Here, an orientation walk reveals features from the pre-Roman, Roman, medieval, and Renaissance periods, including well-preserved battlements, ramparts, a moat, and the colorful, 15th-century Hôtel-Dieu charity hospital. Afterward, enjoy free time to shop or explore on your own.

Tournus |SAONE

A Stroll Through Brancion

Tournus |SAONE

A Stroll Through Brancion

Join an expert guide for a relaxing stroll through the medieval walled village of Brancion. Wander along the cobblestone streets, soaking up the remarkable atmosphere as you hear Brancion`s interesting history. See the beautifully frescoed Church of Saint-Pierre; Les Halles de Brancion, the magnificent 15th-century market hall that demonstrates the wealth of the Lords of Brancion and their Dukes of Burgundy protectors; and 10th-century Chateau de Brancion, the town`s most important monument.

Tarascon |RHONE

Tarascon Guided Walk

Tarascon |RHONE

Tarascon Guided Walk

This captivating 2-hour tour takes you through Old Town Tarascon, a rich tapestry of history and culture. Led by a local expert, begin along the banks of the Rhône, stopping first at the castle whose origins date back to the 9th century. Then, meander through the Jewish quarter, the 17th-century Baroque Hôtel de Ville (Town Hall), and the vibrant market squares. Stroll by the old theatre; Souleïado, the Museum of Provencal Fabric; and visit the Museum of Art and History in a converted convent. The grand finale unfolds at St. Martha`s, the half Romanesque, half Gothic church where legend claims the Biblical figure Martha is buried.

Antwerpen |RHINE

Antwerp Pub Crawl

Antwerpen |RHINE

Antwerp Pub Crawl

Join a local guide at the ship and stroll through the Old Town`s Grote Market (market square) past the Town Hall, ancient guild houses, Gothic cathedral, and medieval Steen Castle. Along the way, hear about Belgium`s long history of beer production, which dates back to Roman times, and fascinating beer-related facts. For example, in 1900, the average Belgian consumed around 53 gallons (200 liters) of beer a year—and as of 2021, the country was home to more than 400 active breweries. Once you`ve worked up a thirst, stop at some popular local pubs to sample authentic Belgian beers for yourself!

Bamberg |MAIN

Bike Tour of Bamberg

Bamberg |MAIN

Bike Tour of Bamberg

Embark on an exciting guided bike tour of Bamberg that begins and ends right at your ship. See the city`s most charming sights at your own pace, including the iconic Old Town Hall with its unique origin tale; enchanting Little Venice, known for its quaint fishermen`s huts lining the canals; and Michaelsberg for lovely panoramic views from the hilltop monastery. Then, admire the historical Lock 100, the last of the Ludwig-Main-Danube Canal locks, built in 1836 and a technological masterpiece at the time. Over the course of 100-plus miles (172 km), ships had to pass 100 locks, rising around 656 feet (200 meters) in elevation. One final stop before the return ride to your ship—see the impressive house of Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg, the German officer who tried to kill Hitler in 1944.NOTE: This guided tour requires participants to ride a bike a distance of about 10 miles (16 km). The route is predominantly flat, except for the climb to Michaelsberg.

Bernkastel |MOSELLE

Bernkastel Walk & Wine Tasting

Bernkastel |MOSELLE

Bernkastel Walk & Wine Tasting

The Center of the Middle Moselle awaits your discovery on this fascinating walking tour through beautiful Bernkastel—complete with riverside wine tasting! This International City of Vines and Wines impresses romantics, oenophiles (wine enthusiasts), and history buffs alike with its medieval style, striking architecture, and atmospheric wine taverns. Led by a knowledgeable guide, stroll to the Graacher Tor, the city`s last surviving gate, and to the Church of St. Michael with its massive 600-year-old tower. Explore the cobblestoned market square, where the Renaissance-style Town Hall and gabled half-timber houses from the 17th century reveal centuries of proud history. Marvel at the unusual design of the Spitzhäuschen (pointed house). Built in 1416, its narrow base and large, overhanging upper level seem to defy physics! The tour ends with wine tasting along the Moselle River at the Dr. Pauly-Bergweiler winery.

Dordrecht |RHINE

Windmills of Kinderdijk

Dordrecht |RHINE

Windmills of Kinderdijk

Although traditional windmills are slowly vanishing from the Dutch landscape, this trip out into the countryside provides a wonderful face-to-face encounter with them. You`ll visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kinderdijk, home to 19 windmills, the largest collection in the Netherlands. Begin at the theater to learn the purpose of the windmills as they kept the surrounding water at bay and kept low-lying areas dry for cultivation. Hear the story of Kinderdijk, head out across the polder landscape to the windmills to tour the interior of a working mill, and interact with the onsite miller. Afterward, enjoy free time to explore on your own.

Gorinchem |RHINE

Gorinchem Walking Tour & VIP Concert

Gorinchem |RHINE

Gorinchem Walking Tour & VIP Concert

Begin at the impressive fortifications, a major stronghold in the Dutch Water Lines and the largest fully intact city walls in the country. Stroll along the ramparts past historical landmarks and admire the lovely view of the river. Then, on to the old harbour for a glimpse into Gorinchem`s nautical past. Along the way, hear about colorful characters like Hugo de Groot, who made a daring escape from Loevestein Castle, and Hendrick Hamel, whose adventures in Korea are legendary. Arrive at last at the Lutheran Hidden Church, which dates back to 1588 and provided a secret place of worship during the Reformation, when Catholic worship was forbidden. A special VIP organ concert completes your wonderful tour!

Melk |DANUBE

Magnificent Melk Abbey, Jewel of the Wachau

Melk |DANUBE

Magnificent Melk Abbey, Jewel of the Wachau

Today, a true must-see landmark awaits: resplendent Melk Abbey, one of Europe`s best examples of Baroque architecture. With origins as a Benedictine monastery dating back to 1089, today the monks still farm the land and continue to operate what is now the oldest school in Austria. Marvel at the views from the semi-circular terrace overlooking the Wachau Valley and river below. Then, head inside for a tour that includes the library, whose main hall boasts 16,000 volumes and a gorgeous frescoed ceiling; the iconic spiral staircase, a photographer`s dream; and the breathtaking abbey church.

Würzburg |MAIN

Rothenburg Excursion

Würzburg |MAIN

Rothenburg Excursion

If there`s a single must-see destination in all of Germany, Rothenburg on the banks of the Tauber River just might be it. Travel by comfortable coach along the famed Romantic Road to Rothenburg, whose medieval Old Town is almost completely preserved and will whisk you back in time. Begin with an hour-long guided walk along the charming cobblestone streets to see the city`s most important sights: the city wall with its tower houses, half-timbered buildings around every turn, and churches where important artists like Tilman Riemenschneider left their marks. The tour concludes with breathtaking views over the Tauber Valley, but then...it`s time to head out and explore on your own! Be sure to check out Rothenburg`s most famous shop, where every day is Christmas!

Wertheim |MAIN

Wertheim Castle Hike & Liqueur Tasting

Wertheim |MAIN

Wertheim Castle Hike & Liqueur Tasting

Wertheim, the city on two rivers and one Romantic Road, captivates with its unique medieval charm. Join an expert guide for a hike up to the ruins of majestic Wertheim Castle with its deep moat and extensive fortifications. Once the seat of the Counts of Wertheim, the original castle complex (expanded during the 15th to 17th centuries) is one of the largest and most beautiful castle ruins in Germany. Hear about its interesting history, including its partial destruction during the Thirty Years War. When you reach the keep at the top, an impressive view awaits of the town and rivers below, as well as a refreshing liqueur tasting!

Nürnberg |DANUBE

Sights of Nuremberg: Middle Ages to WWII

Nürnberg |DANUBE

Sights of Nuremberg: Middle Ages to WWII

The good and... . This immersive half-day tour shows you both sides of Nuremberg. You`ll travel first by coach to the former Nazi Party Rally Grounds, where a sobering walk channels ghosts from the past. This is where the National Socialists (Nazis) won over the people with grand displays of pageantry and passionate propaganda. Next, see the Palace of Justice, where the trials of Nazi war criminals took place from 1945–1946. Afterward, head to the breathtaking Old Town, one of Europe`s most important economic and cultural centers during the late Middle Ages. The castle, city walls, churches, patrician houses, and public squares still bear witness to Nuremberg`s glorious past. From the castle, symbol of the power of the Holy Roman Empire, stroll through the charming streets and ancient alleyways. Marvel at the magnificent half-timbered Dürer House, St. Sebaldus Church (dating back to 1225), and the main market square next to the Town Hall with its iconic Schöner Brunnen (Beautiful Fountain). Don`t miss the two brass rings in the fence surrounding the fountain—legend says that anyone who spins them will have good luck!

Avignon

A Taste of Aix-en-Provence

Avignon

A Taste of Aix-en-Provence

Mention Aix-en-Provence and artist Paul Cezanne springs to mind, along with the area`s remarkable light that influenced his work.Founded by the Romans in 123 BC, Aix emerged in the Middle Ages as capital of Provence. In time, it was hailed as the “City of a Thousand Fountains” and home to the charming shop- and tree-lined Cours Mirabeaux. Learn about the city`s ties to Louis XIV and to the French Resistance in WWII. Along the way, you`ll also sample a few of the tasty treats that made Aix famous: tapenade, freshly made from sun-drenched olives; cheese reminiscent of the famed Herbs de Provence; and Calissons, diamond-shaped confections made with almonds, candied melon, and orange peel.

Tain L'Hermitage

A Walk in Ancient Tournon

Tain L'Hermitage

A Walk in Ancient Tournon

Welcome to the heart of the Rhône Valley! This guided walk takes you through stately Tournon-sur-Rhône, home to an imposing feudal castle built into a rock overlooking the town. Led by an expert guide, see Tournon`s highlights, including the well-preserved Gothic Collegiate Church of Saint-Julien.

Tain L'Hermitage

The Unlikely Palace of Ferdinand Cheval

Tain L'Hermitage

The Unlikely Palace of Ferdinand Cheval

Discover the unlikely fairytale “palace” of 19th-century French postman Ferdinand Cheval on this visit to France`s second-favorite monument. Learn how Cheval`s “perfect palace” was the result of a dream and a stumble—and how he followed that dream through 33 years of construction. Spend time exploring the uninhabitable palace with its whimsical carvings of giants, fairies, waterfalls, and more, in architectural styles from every continent.

Lyon

Marvelous Medieval Pèrouges

Lyon

Marvelous Medieval Pèrouges

If you`ve ever watched a film portraying France in the past, there`s a good chance the director used Pérouges as the setting. Perched high on a hill with the French Alps as the perfect fairytale backdrop, this gorgeous walled town is medieval France at its timeless best. A fascinating orientation shows off Pérouges` tiny stone homes, narrow alleyways, main square, one of the oldest inns in France, and more. You may not actually encounter a fair maiden, brave knight, or fire-breathing dragon along the way, but such a sight here would hardly be surprising. After your walk enjoy a famous Galettes de Pérouges, a delicious sugar pastry, with tea or coffee.

Lyon

A Day in Chardonnay With Lunch & Wine Tasting

Lyon

A Day in Chardonnay With Lunch & Wine Tasting

Experience France`s delightful Chardonnay region, beginning with a leisurely guided walk through Mâcon. See the highlights, including Old Saint-Vincent Cathedral; Hôtel-Dieu`s Louis XV-era apothecary shop; the impressive Ursulines Museum; the Saint-Laurent Bridge; and more! Then, head to Le Moulin du Gastronome for a delectable lunch featuring fresh, seasonal ingredients. Afterward, a scenic drive whisks you past the iconic Rock of Solutré and vineyards dating back to the 6th century to Château de Pierreclos for a tasting of its fantastic wines and liqueurs.

Chalon Sur Saone

Beaune & the Burgundy Wine Road

Chalon Sur Saone

Beaune & the Burgundy Wine Road

Embark on a half-day adventure along the famed Route des Grands Crus (Burgundy Wine Road), traveling through some of the most prestigious parts of the Burgundy wine region. Your comfortable coach will whisk you past vine-covered hillsides that stretch as far as the eye can see and charming wine villages dotting the landscape. Learn how the vineyards were created a thousand years ago—and now enjoy a UNESCO World Heritage designation. Arrive at last in Beaune, situated between Lyon and Dijon and honorary Capital of Burgundy Wines. Here, an orientation walk reveals features from the pre-Roman, Roman, medieval, and Renaissance periods, including well-preserved battlements, ramparts, a moat, and the colorful, 15th-century Hôtel-Dieu charity hospital. Afterward, enjoy free time to shop or explore on your own.

Chalon Sur Saone

Tastings at the Louhans Market

Chalon Sur Saone

Tastings at the Louhans Market

Experience the bustle and excitement of an authentic French market day on this fun outing to the city of Louhans. Discover picturesque Grande-Rue, the country`s longest arcaded street, and spend time checking out the colorful produce, fresh meats, artisan breads, honeys, jams, wines, and handmade craft items. Along the way, sample a variety of regional specialties, including corniottes (cheesy puff pastries), saucisson (herbed sausage), cheese, and more.

Chalon Sur Saone

A Stroll Through Brancion

Chalon Sur Saone

A Stroll Through Brancion

Join an expert guide for a relaxing stroll through the medieval walled village of Brancion. Wander along the cobblestone streets, soaking up the remarkable atmosphere as you hear Brancion`s interesting history. See the beautifully frescoed Church of Saint-Pierre; Les Halles de Brancion, the magnificent 15th-century market hall that demonstrates the wealth of the Lords of Brancion and their Dukes of Burgundy protectors; and 10th-century Chateau de Brancion, the town`s most important monument.

Chalon Sur Saone

Hike to Solutre Rock

Chalon Sur Saone

Hike to Solutre Rock

Join an expert guide and hike from Mâcon to the Rock of Solutrè, a unique limestone monadrock (orphaned hill, ridge, or mountain) created 160 million years ago from fossilized coral, when warm seas covered the region. As you wander past the lush Chardonnay vineyards, learn how the rock`s surroundings have been occupied since prehistoric times—and about its ties to the Roman Empire, medieval bandits, and the French Resistance during WWII!NOTE: This hike covers a distance of approximately 6.2 miles (10 km) on rugged and uneven terrain. Please wear appropriate shoes and clothing.

Vienna

Imperial Schönbrunn Palace

Vienna

Imperial Schönbrunn Palace

Travel to Schönbrunn Palace, the opulent summer residence and hunting lodge of the Habsburgs, Austria`s imperial family. As you follow your guide from one stunningly decorated room to the next—including the Blue Chinese Salon, the Vieux Laque Room, and the Ceremonial Hall—immerse yourself in the world of Empress Maria Theresa, “Sisi,” and Emperor Franz Joseph I. Afterward, you might enjoy a walk through the Secret Garden, Labyrinth, or the arched Gloriette for incomparable views.

Vienna

Danube Tower Bike Adventure

Vienna

Danube Tower Bike Adventure

Meet your local guide at the pier and then set out by bike on this journey around the narrow, manmade Donauinsel (Danube Island), a hub of recreational and sports opportunities. Arrive at your destination, the Danube Tower, where an elevator whisks you up to the 492-foot (150-meter) observation deck for endless city views. Afterward, enjoy a refreshing drink before returning to your ship.NOTE: This excursion requires riding a bicycle approximately 9 miles (15 km). Please dress appropriately.

Bratislava

Magical Bratislava

Bratislava

Magical Bratislava

Meet an expert guide right as you disembark your ship and head out for a leisurely walk through Bratislava, capital of Slovakia. The striking castle, once the seat of Hungary`s king, will immediately greet you from its hilltop vantagepoint. Explore the charming Old Town, including the Main Square, the Old Opera House, St. Martin`s Cathedral, Michael`s Gate, and more. Also enjoy an inside visit of the magnificent neoclassical Primate`s Palace; meet Cumil the Sewer Worker, the city`s unofficial mascot; and watch for the cannonballs that remain lodged in several of the city`s historic buildings—the calling card of Napoleon`s army when they bombarded the city for 3 days in 1809.

Aschach

A Waltz Through Salzburg

Aschach

A Waltz Through Salzburg

Travel in comfort by coach to historic Salzburg, a dazzling UNESCO World Heritage Site at the foot of the Alps. See the notable sights with a local guide: 11th-century Hohensalzburg Fortress, one of the largest medieval castles in Europe; the incomparable gardens of Mirabell Palace; the Getreidegasse, Mozart`s birthplace and home; Salzburg Cathedral, where Mozart was appointed organist; and more. Afterward, there`s free time to explore on your own and maybe even sample the city`s famous Nockerln (dessert soufflé).

Aschach

Aschach

Fairytale Český Krumlov

Passau

Passau Walk and A Taste of Bavaria

Passau

Passau Walk and A Taste of Bavaria

Welcome to 2,500-year-old Passau, where the Danube, Inn, and Ilz Rivers meet. Join a local guide and set off on foot through the historic district, where people settled as early as the Neolithic Age. See the city`s most famous sights as you learn about its captivating past, legends, and lore, including its ties to the Romans and powerful Prince-Bishop rulers. Traverse the narrow cobblestone streets, passing the landmark Town Hall, whose façade is an art masterpiece. Don`t miss the highwater marks that at a glance tell the story of Passau`s frequent flooding events. Continue to the Baroque St. Stephen`s Cathedral, dating to 1688 and home to magnificent, green-domed towers and one of the largest organs in the world. Finally, relax and toast your wonderful Riverside cruise with a frothy mug of refreshing Bavarian beer. Prost!NOTE: Guests must be at least 16 years old to participate in the beer sampling.

Regensburg

Classic Regensburg With Sausage Tasting

Regensburg

Classic Regensburg With Sausage Tasting

Embark on a fascinating journey through Regensburg`s rich history, where the legacies of aristocrats, bishops, and craftsmen come to life. Meet your local guide at the ship and then meander past the narrow alleyways, fortifications, noble houses, and impressive churches. Admire the Gothic architecture of the cathedral and the Stone Bridge that has spanned the Danube since the Middle Ages. Then, continue to the Historische Wurstkuchl (the Old Sausage Kitchen), a restaurant that has delighted visitors for centuries with its tantalizing bratwurst, freshly baked Brötchen (bread), and locally brewed beer. Pull up a bench and enjoy the al fresco experience—you`ll be in good company, because they serve about 6,000 sausages daily!

Regensburg

Weltenburg Abbey and Danube Gorge

Regensburg

Weltenburg Abbey and Danube Gorge

This popular excursion combines three seemingly unrelated things—a boat, Baroque, and beer—for one truly unforgettable day. Begin with a boat cruise from Kelheim to Weltenburg to explore the mesmerizing natural beauty of the Danube Gorge, nestled into the narrowest and deepest stretch of the Bavarian Danube. The importance of the gorge has been recognized since 1840, when Bavarian King Ludwig designated it as a protected area. Afterward, arrive at the Benedictine Abbey of Weltenburg. Dating back to the early Middle Ages, it sits dramatically on a peninsula jutting into a bend of the river. Admire its magnificent Baroque architecture, adorned with elaborate decorations and intricate artwork, and delve into the tales about why the monks began brewing beer here in 1050 AD.

Budapest

Panoramic Budapest

Budapest

Panoramic Budapest

Hop aboard a comfortable coach and head out for a panoramic city tour through beautiful Budapest. Drive along Andrassy Boulevard and admire the statue of the Seven Magyar Chiefs and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier during a photo stop at Heroes` Square. The highlight of the trip is an inside visit of the incomparable State Opera House, whose impressive neo-Renaissance façade is surpassed only by its grandiose red and gold interior and enormous chandelier. Afterward, your coach takes you to the Pest side of the Danube to see other great sights, like the Great Synagogue and Hungarian Parliament building.

Regensburg

Weltenburg Abbey and Danube Gorge

Regensburg

Weltenburg Abbey and Danube Gorge

This popular excursion combines three seemingly unrelated things—a boat, Baroque, and beer—for one truly unforgettable day. Begin with a boat cruise from Kelheim to Weltenburg to explore the mesmerizing natural beauty of the Danube Gorge, nestled into the narrowest and deepest stretch of the Bavarian Danube. The importance of the gorge has been recognized since 1840, when Bavarian King Ludwig designated it as a protected area. Afterward, arrive at the Benedictine Abbey of Weltenburg. Dating back to the early Middle Ages, it sits dramatically on a peninsula jutting into a bend of the river. Admire its magnificent Baroque architecture, adorned with elaborate decorations and intricate artwork, and delve into the tales about why the monks began brewing beer here in 1050 AD.

Budapest

Dohány Synagogue & the Shoes on the Danube Bank

Budapest

Dohány Synagogue & the Shoes on the Danube Bank

Your tour begins with a short bus ride to the Great Synagogue, built in the Moorish style in 1854 and the second-largest synagogue in the world. Visit this impressive landmark with its twin onion-domed towers, built on the site of the childhood home of Theodor Herzl, father of modern political Zionism. The Hungarian Jewish Museum is also housed here, with exhibits focusing on the history of the Hungarian Holocaust. Afterward, walk through the old Jewish quarter, stop at a “ruins bar” for refreshments, and then pause at the poignant Shoes on the Danube Promenade—a trail of metal shoes on the riverbank to commemorate the thousands executed along the Danube during WWII.

Budapest

Gödöllő - Sissi`s Palace

Budapest

Gödöllő - Sissi`s Palace

A peaceful town in Pest County, Gödöllo is known for its culture and historical legacy. Here, you`ll encounter its gorgeous 18th-century castle, which was purchased by the Hungarian state in 1867 as a coronation gift for Emperor Franz Joseph and Empress Elisabeth (“Sisi”). It became the couple`s summer home and the empress`s favorite palace. During your guided tour, stroll through the exquisite rooms and gardens, and hear fascinating stories about the life of Sisi, who was adored by Hungarians as “their” queen.

Nürnberg

Southern Old Town Discovery

Nürnberg

Southern Old Town Discovery

Experience the enchanting Lorenzer Altstadt section of Nuremberg on this guided walk through the Old Town`s vibrant southern district. Delve into the city`s past, starting at the Königstor (King`s Gate), a fortified tower and main entrance to the medieval city. Admire the impressive Mauthalle, a former customs house and showcase of fine Gothic architecture. Then, cross the Fleischbrücke, an important stone arch bridge spanning the Pegnitz River, and hear the dark history of the picturesque Henkersteg (Executioner`s Bridge), a footbridge once used to transport prisoners. Conclude your journey at the majestic Rathaus (Town Hall), a striking blend of Gothic and Renaissance styles.

Nürnberg

Sights of Nuremberg: Middle Ages to WWII

Nürnberg

Sights of Nuremberg: Middle Ages to WWII

The good and... . This immersive half-day tour shows you both sides of Nuremberg. You`ll travel first by coach to the former Nazi Party Rally Grounds, where a sobering walk channels ghosts from the past. This is where the National Socialists (Nazis) won over the people with grand displays of pageantry and passionate propaganda. Next, see the Palace of Justice, where the trials of Nazi war criminals took place from 1945–1946. Afterward, head to the breathtaking Old Town, one of Europe`s most important economic and cultural centers during the late Middle Ages. The castle, city walls, churches, patrician houses, and public squares still bear witness to Nuremberg`s glorious past. From the castle, symbol of the power of the Holy Roman Empire, stroll through the charming streets and ancient alleyways. Marvel at the magnificent half-timbered Dürer House, St. Sebaldus Church (dating back to 1225), and the main market square next to the Town Hall with its iconic Schöner Brunnen (Beautiful Fountain). Don`t miss the two brass rings in the fence surrounding the fountain—legend says that anyone who spins them will have good luck!

Nürnberg

Hiking tour through the Schwarzach Valley

Nürnberg

Hiking tour through the Schwarzach Valley

Get back to nature on this relaxing guided hike through the scenic deciduous forests of the Schwarzach Valley. Follow in the footsteps of Sweden`s King Gustav Adolf, who traveled through the valley after a battle victory in 1632. Gentle hiking trails will usher you along the banks of the Schwarzach River, past fascinating old sandstone formations and caves to the Schwarzachklamm, a protected natural monument since 1936. Near the town of Schwarzenbrück, leave the trail and hike to the old Ludwig`s Canal. Built between 1834 and 1846, this engineering feat was the forerunner of the Main-Danube Canal. Pass several old locks and reach an idyllically situated beer garden, where you can enjoy coffee and cake before the return hike.NOTE: This guided tour requires participants to hike for a distance of about 3.7 miles (6 km).

Nürnberg

Nuremberg`s Rock Beer Cellars

Nürnberg

Nuremberg`s Rock Beer Cellars

Since the 14th century, Nuremberg has been home to subterranean vaults and corridors chiseled into the sandstone rock under the Imperial Castle. This guided tour takes you through the underground maze, where over the centuries, the cellar system expanded to more than 6 acres (2.4 hectares) and four floors down. Hear about uses for the spaces, including air raid shelters during WWII, an art bunker to save priceless treasures during the bombings, and, more recently, to ripen and store beer and beer brandies. At the end of the tour, visit the Hausbrauerei Altstadthof craft brewery for the opportunity to sample the city`s original red beer.NOTE: The cellars are 46°–50°F (8–10°C) year round; please dress accordingly. They are not barrier-free and may be inaccessible to people with mobility challenges. Participants must climb stairs and walk on uneven surfaces—sturdy, non-slip shoes are recommended.

Bamberg

Medieval Bamberg

Bamberg

Medieval Bamberg

One of Germany`s true masterpieces awaits during a guided tour of Bamberg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and birthplace of Rauchbier (smoked beer)! Dating back to the 9th century, the city extends over seven church-capped hills, leading to its nickname as the Franconian Rome (although locals are fond of calling Rome the Italian Bamberg instead)! Join an expert guide and meander through the lovely medieval city center and visit the grand, four-towered cathedral, which was founded in 1004. Inside, see the masterfully crafted tombs of Holy Roman Emperor Henry II and Pope Clement II; the Bamberg Horseman statue, one of the city`s landmarks; and more. Also admire the charming fishermen`s huts lining the canal in Bamberg`s Little Venice and pause for photos of the unusual Old Town Hall, built in the middle of the river by residents in 1386 when the bishop refused to grant land for its construction.

Bamberg

Bamberg and its Beer Brewing Tradition

Bamberg

Bamberg and its Beer Brewing Tradition

For almost 900 years, Bamberg has been brewing beer. Join an expert guide on an interesting walking tour that reveals the city`s highlights and facts about its longstanding brewing tradition. Hear about where the city`s first brewing sites were located (hint: ask the monks), how the liquid gold has been a valuable export since the 12th century, and just what creates the dark, complex flavors of Bamberg`s world-famous smoked beer. Along the way, stop at cathedral square, a showcase of Romantic, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, and Rococo architectural styles, then visit the grand, four-towered Bamberg Cathedral, which was founded in 1004. Inside, see the ornate tombs of Holy Roman Emperor Henry II and Pope Clement II; the landmark Bamberg Horseman statue; and the inner courtyard rose garden. No visit to Bamberg is complete without seeing the unusual Old Town Hall, built in the middle of the river by residents in 1386 when the bishop refused to grant land for its construction. Afterward, stop to enjoy the ultimate local refreshment: a glass of the famous smoked beer and a pretzel.

Düsseldorf

Düsseldorf Sights & Foodie Walk

Düsseldorf

Düsseldorf Sights & Foodie Walk

From your Riverside ship, head to the inviting cobblestone streets of Düsseldorf`s Old Town to work up your appetite during a guided walking tour. See striking medieval monuments and admire the important cultural and historical sights such as the Town Hall, St. Lambertus Church, the castle tower, and the birthplace of poet Heinrich Heine. Then, on to the promenade to see the city`s splendid Medienhafen (harbor), filled with Postermodern and Modern architecture, some of the city`s most popular restaurants, and the iconic telecommunications tower looming above it all. By now, you`re ready for the main event: a culinary exploration of typical Rhenish specialties. Visit the farmers market at Carlsplatz; the famous Düsseldorf mustard store and museum, where more than a dozen varieties of mustard are available for sampling; and the 19th-century Hinkel Bakery, where you can sample some of the more than 60 different types of bread.

Würzburg

Würzburg`s Iconic Residenz & Old Town

Würzburg

Würzburg`s Iconic Residenz & Old Town

This tour includes one of Europe`s finest encounters—a guided visit of Würzburg`s resplendent Residenz. Starting in 1720, this former prince-bishop`s palace was built in a single generation, drawing inspiration around the continent. It is a true amalgam of the Western architecture of its time: French Château, Viennese Baroque, and the religious and secular stylings of northern Italy. As you wander through more than three dozen rooms, the rich 18th-century furnishings, tapestries, artwork, and treasures truly deliver a sense of place. See the stunning frescoed staircase, the Imperial Hall, Hall of Mirrors, Imperial Apartments, and more. On the walk back to the ship, stop to visit the seat of the Bishops of Würzburg at the striking twin-towered cathedral dedicated to St. Kilian. Afterward, continue to the Old Main Bridge, the city`s oldest, adorned with 15-foot (4.5-meter) statues of saints. From here, enjoy a glass of Franconian wine as you admire the view of Marienberg Fortress, the hilltop Käppele pilgrimage church, and the surrounding vineyards.

Würzburg

Würzburg Culinary Walk

Würzburg

Würzburg Culinary Walk

This culinary-themed walking tour through Würzburg is a perfect combination of Old Town attractions and local cuisine. Your first stop is Marienkapelle, a late-Gothic chapel in the heart of the Old Town known for its Tilman Riemenschneider sculptures of Adam and Eve. Just adjacent from the chapel are the best sausages in town. Take a quick break to sample a Knickte (folded sausage in a crispy roll) before continuing on to the bishop`s churches to learn why the Irish missionary Kilian lost his head in Würzburg. A stop at Germany`s oldest wine bar, the Markt Café, lets you taste a favorite local snack, a round New Year`s pretzel made from croissant dough. Afterward, stroll along the banks of the Main River to the Old Main Bridge to enjoy a glass of Franconian wine as you admire the view of Marienberg Fortress, the hilltop Käppele pilgrimage church, and the surrounding vineyards.

Gorinchem

Gorinchem Foodie Walk

Gorinchem

Gorinchem Foodie Walk

Join a local expert and set out on an enriching guided walking tour through Gorinchem`s lovely Old Town. Founded by fishermen and farmers in 1000 AD, this fortified town has plenty of stories, which your entertaining guide will tell as you stroll past the ancient sites. Along the way, stop to sample some local favorites, including artisanal bonbons and cream truffles, the finest Dutch cheeses, and coffee or tea accompanied by a decadent brownie!

Würzburg

Guided Hike to Marienberg Fortress

Würzburg

Guided Hike to Marienberg Fortress

Just a stone`s throw from the city center on the left bank of the Main, Marienberg Fortress has been enthroned like a lion on the hill for 3,000 years. Join an expert guide and hike through two scenic vineyards, where from various vantage points you`ll enjoy incredible views of Würzburg`s Old Main Bridge, the Käppele pilgrimage church, and more. Arriving at Marienberg, explore the various courtyards and complexes where fierce battles were fought, and the area where the Prince Bishops lived to protect themselves from their own people. After a short break, begin the return descent through the grounds of the 1990 State Horticultural Show, where gardeners from all of Würzburg`s twin towns converged to create gardens reflecting their homelands, including Africa, Japan, Ireland, France, Spain, and the U.S. Your hiking adventure ends in Old Town Würzburg, where you can choose to explore further on your own or return to the ship.NOTE: This guided tour requires participants to hike a distance of about 5 miles (8 km).

Würzburg

Bike Tour to Veitshöchheim Palace

Würzburg

Bike Tour to Veitshöchheim Palace

Hop on a bike and pedal your way to Veitshöchheim Palace, where the prince-bishops of Würzburg built their summer getaway in 1680. Led by an expert guide, you`ll travel along the picturesque Main Cycle Path to the impressive palace with its unique gardens. While the city`s parks were mostly transformed into natural English gardens in the 19th century, the garden around Veitshöchheim retained its Rococo style. Stroll through hedge rooms, pavilions, roundabouts, and arbors as your guide tells interesting stories about the opulent festivals and events that took place here to entertain the price-bishops and about what life was like living at court. Stop to admire the Great Lake with its water features and sandstone sculptures, then refresh yourself with coffee and cake before the return bike trip to Würzburg.NOTE: This guided tour requires participants to ride a bike a distance of about 11.2 miles (18 km).

Gorinchem

All About the Roosevelts Half-Day Discovery

Gorinchem

All About the Roosevelts Half-Day Discovery

Mention the Roosevelts, and Theodore and Franklin likely come to mind. This half-day excursion reveals the background of two great American presidents whose “Van Rosevelt” ancestors came from the Netherlands.Travel to the tiny village of Oud-Vossemeer, where the Rosevelt family was part of the local government for centuries. Begin with a warm welcome at the Huys van Roosevelt restaurant for a cup of coffee or tea and an authentic Zealandish bolus (twisted, cinnamon bread). Next, see sights that memorialize the family on your way to the Roosevelt Museum. Here, learn about Claes van Rosevelt, who emigrated to New Amsterdam (New York) in the mid-1600s with his wife and five children, and see where the Roosevelt forefather lived. Take a break for an authentic Zealandish lunch and a Roosevelt beer, then see the Dike on the Rosevelt, the plot of land that was the root of the family name, before the return to your ship.

Antwerpen

Antwerp, Cathedral & Diamonds

Antwerpen

Antwerp, Cathedral & Diamonds

This 4-hour guided tour is a wonderful introduction to one of Belgium`s most exciting cities! Led by an expert guide, take a walk through the Old Town`s Grote Market (market square) to see the newly renovated Town Hall, impressive guild houses, statue of Roman soldier Silvius Brabo (whose myth is tied to the city`s name), and the tiny Vlaeykensgang alley where shoemakers and cobblers resided in the 16th and 17th centuries. Stop at the Cathedral of Our Lady, the largest Gothic cathedral in Belgium and site of the world`s largest Rubens paintings. Afterward, head to the new DIVA diamond museum for a self-paced, audio guided look at the nearly 600-year history of diamonds in Antwerp.

Antwerpen

Antwerp City Walk & Chocolate Tasting

Antwerpen

Antwerp City Walk & Chocolate Tasting

Explore one of Belgium`s most exciting cities! Led by an expert guide, take a walk through the Old Town`s Grote Market (market square) to see the newly renovated Town Hall, impressive guild houses, statue of Roman soldier Silvius Brabo (whose myth is tied to the city`s name), and the tiny Vlaeykensgang alley where shoemakers and cobblers resided in the 16th and 17th centuries. Stop at the Cathedral of Our Lady, the largest Gothic cathedral in Belgium and site of the world`s largest Rubens paintings. Afterward, your walking efforts are rewarded as you stop for a tasting of some of the world`s finest chocolate!

Antwerpen

A Taste of Antwerp Culinary Walk

Antwerpen

A Taste of Antwerp Culinary Walk

Put on your walking shoes and be sure to bring your appetite on this enjoyable introduction to Belgian cuisine. Join an expert guide at your ship and head out! After a short walk, enjoy a genuine Belgian waffle at your first stop and learn what makes them different than waffles in other countries. Over the course of 3 hours, you`ll also sample Belgian chocolates, twice-fried Belgian frites (fries) and Antwerpse handjes (cookies).

Wertheim

Walk Through Wertheim with Glass Museum

Wertheim

Walk Through Wertheim with Glass Museum

Explore the highlights of Wertheim during a mesmerizing guided tour through the Old Town. Stroll through the winding streets, admiring the timeless fairytale beauty of the half-timbered houses. Explore the bustling market square, dotted with charming cafés and unique shops. Along the Tauber River, see the impressive historic flood mark, a testament to Wertheim`s resilience. Later, visit the Glass Museum, where thousands of exhibits trace more than 3,500 years of glass-making. In the museum workshop, watch in amazement as the expert glassblower masterfully shapes the molten glass.

Wertheim

Walk Through Wertheim with Pretzel Demonstration

Wertheim

Walk Through Wertheim with Pretzel Demonstration

Nestled between the Main and Tauber Rivers on the famed Romantic Road, Wertheim awaits with its rich history and unique culture. Led by an expert guide, wander through the Old Town, a showcase of meticulously preserved half-timber houses, atmospheric alleyways, and inviting squares. Standing proudly in the amidst of it all is the castle, one of Germany`s largest and most beautiful ruins. Later, head to the market square, home to Franconia`s narrowest house and the Frischmuth bakery. Here, the master baker will share the art of pretzel-making. Witness the skillful process and even try your hand at shaping these delectable treats. The demonstration concludes with a taste of a warm, freshly baked pretzel.

Dordrecht

Discover Delft With Factory Tour

Dordrecht

Discover Delft With Factory Tour

This half-day adventure delivers you to the congenial, 17th-century city of Delft. Here, led by an expert guide, you`ll stroll along narrow, cobblestone streets past historic canals and gabled houses, the ancient Oude Kerk (Old Church) and Nieuwe Kerk (New Church), City Hall, Oostpoort (Eastern Gate), and more. Although most famous for its porcelain, Delft is also the birthplace of painter Jan Vermeer and where William of Orange was assassinated in 1584. As you explore, hear about the city`s ties to printing and tapestries, how it became an important center among Italian glazed pottery makers, and about the tragic Delft Thunderclap (gunpowder explosion) that destroyed much of the city in 1654. Also visit the Delft Factory, where the distictive blue and white porcelain has been manufactured since 1653. During the guided tour, observe artists meticulously hand painting pieces. Finally, enjoy free time to shop or maybe just soak up the city`s unique atmosphere over a coffee.

Dordrecht

A Walk Through Dordrecht

Dordrecht

A Walk Through Dordrecht

With a history stretching back more than 800 years, Dordrecht is the oldest city in Holland. Join an expert guide and visit the charming Old Town, which has scarcely changed over the centuries. More than a thousand monuments testify to Dordrecht`s one-time role as one of the country`s most important trade centers for wood, grain, and wine. Admire the Grote Kerk (Great Church), City Hall, statue of the De Witt Brothers, and the ornate 14th-century Big Head`s Gate, where the Merwede, Noord, and Oude Maas Rivers join. Continue on to see the old harbor and the merchant houses with typical Dordtse facades. Afterward, spend some free time to explore, search of souveniers, or maybe sample the local fare.

Rotterdam

For the Love of Gouda

Rotterdam

For the Love of Gouda

This exciting half-day adventure is an equal part city and country! Marvel at the beauty of the Dutch countryside as you ride along the Ijssel River to the Hoogerwaard cheese farm, which dates back to the 17th century. Here, you will learn the steps involved with making cheese, followed by a tasting of creamy, mild Jong; savory Belegen; and strong, sharp Oud. Then, head to the outskirts of Rotterdam to splendid, 13th-century Gouda. Accompanied by an expert guide, explore the medieval Old Town with its picturesque canals, maze of narrow streets, and striking windmills, and hear fascinating facts, like how Gouda cheese was never actually made in Gouda—your guide will tell you how and why the connection exists!

Rotterdam

Architectural Wonders of Rotterdam

Rotterdam

Architectural Wonders of Rotterdam

Enjoy a 4-hour scenic drive and walking tour of the lovely port city of Rotterdam. Led by an expert guide, learn how the destruction of WWII led to a Renaissance of reconstruction, inspiring one of the Netherlands` boldest periods of modern architecture. See the captivating cube houses by visionary architect Piet Blom, walk through the Old Port and pass the central shopping district, which is partially underground. See the few historical buildings that survived the war: the Post Office, City Hall, and St. Laurens Church. Another highlight is the impressive Market Hall, the first covered market in the Netherlands and a place where good food and unique living harmoniously combine in a spectacular arch.

Rotterdam

Schiedam Jenever Museum, Roastery & Tasting

Rotterdam

Schiedam Jenever Museum, Roastery & Tasting

Learn all about jenever, Holland`s traditional juniper-flavored gin, on this enriching half-day tour. From the ship, transfer to Schiedam to begin with an inside tour of the world`s tallest windmill. Then, continue to the Jenever Museum to learn the history of the unique liquor and visit the roastery to see (and smell) how gin is distilled according to the old Dutch method. From the mash tanks and cooling vats to copper stills and aging barels, you`ll see the entire process—followed by the chance to sample a few delicious Old Schiedam jenevers in the tasting bar.

Amsterdam

Discover Amsterdam Canal Cruise & Rijksmuseum

Amsterdam

Discover Amsterdam Canal Cruise & Rijksmuseum

For centuries, Amsterdam has been celebrated as a center of art, and today, it is home to some of the world`s finest museums. This enriching half-day excursion includes time at one of the true greats as you visit the Rijksmuseum, the national museum of the Netherlands. Founded in 1798, the Rijksmuseum displays around 8,000 objects from its million-piece collection, and is dedicated to arts, crafts, and history from 1200 AD to modern times, including paintings by Vermeer, Hals, Rembrandt, and other masters. Afterward, head to the city`s waterways for a scenic cruise along its UNESCO World Heritage canals. Relax as you float past graceful merchant mansions, churches, and warehouses from the 16th and 17th centuries.

Amsterdam

Canal Cruise, Old Merchants Canal House & Cheese Tasting

Amsterdam

Canal Cruise, Old Merchants Canal House & Cheese Tasting

Get an inside look at an authentic canal house on this exciting 3-hour excursion. Begin with a delightful cruise along the UNESCO World Heritage canals of Amsterdam to the Willet-Holthuysen Museum, built for Amsterdam`s mayor in 1685. Enter the fashionable Louis XIV-style former home and admire the period furnishings and artwork in its souterrain kitchen and garden, bel-etage with long hallway, top-floor bedroom, and French-inspired hortus (garden). Afterward, stroll to a nearby local establishment for a tasting of five different Dutch cheeses.

Amsterdam

A Taste of Amsterdam Culinary Walk

Amsterdam

A Taste of Amsterdam Culinary Walk

Get ready to walk and to eat on this enjoyable introduction to Dutch cuisine. Join an expert guide at your ship and head out for the indie eateries, cozy pubs, and hip cafes of the trendy Jordaan district. Over the course of 3 hours, you`ll stop to sample a wide range of local treats, including Appeltaart (apple pie) and coffee, Dutch cheeses, Jenever (juniper-flavored Dutch gin), Bitterballen (meat croquette), and more.

Düsseldorf

Düsseldorf Bike Tour

Düsseldorf

Düsseldorf Bike Tour

Cosmopolitan, historic, modern, relaxed, active—Düsseldorf is all this and so much more! Discover the city`s many facets on this fun guided bike ride. See the former expo center at Ehrenhof, which today is home to a cluster of early 1920s buildings and two major art museums; the beautiful Japanese Gardens, donated by the largest community of Japanese immigrants in Germany; the relaxing open spaces of the Nordpark; the atmospheric Old Town; and the Hofgarten, established in 1769 and the oldest and first public garden in Germany. Also cycle along Königsallee, the famous canal- and tree-lined luxury shopping boulevard; the new media harbor with spectacular buildings by architect/designer Frank Gehry; and the Rheinturm (Rhine Tower) that soars 789 feet (240 meters) above the streets. Along the way, enjoy a refreshments break and fascinating commentary by your guides.NOTE: This guided bike ride covers a distance of approximately 12.4 miles (20 km).

Düsseldorf

Historical Düsseldorf

Düsseldorf

Historical Düsseldorf

Explore 730 years of history in just 2.5 hours during this interesting guided tour. Begin with the city`s founding by Count Adolf von Berg following the great Battle of Worringen in 1288, and meet the powerful rulers of the past: Jan Wellem, Wilhelm the Rich, Anna Maria Luisa de Medici—even Napoleon Bonaparte. Hear how the one-time small fishing village grew into an economic powerhouse, and pay a visit to Düsseldorf`s WWII Memorial to explore an original air raid shelter, learn about the SS headquarters here, and understand how the rise of National Socialism during the Nazi era impacted the people, especially the young.

Düsseldorf

Art of Düsseldorf

Düsseldorf

Art of Düsseldorf

With its 26 museums and 100-plus galleries, Düsseldorf is known as a city of art. Meet your expert guide in the Old Town and wander past some of the more than 150 pieces of outdoor public art that graces the city. Then, get to know the wonderful Düsseldorf Art Academy, founded in 1762 and built on the fame of the old Düsseldorf School of Painting. Hear about the famous artists who studied and taught there, including Joseph Beuys, Gerhard Richter, Sigmar Polke, Andreas Gursky, and Candida Höfer. Along the way, your guide will provide you with background information and trivia, explain which famous artists lived in this vibrant Rhineland city, and show you the best galleries to visit!

Düsseldorf

Düsseldorf Altbier Safari

Düsseldorf

Düsseldorf Altbier Safari

Embark on a fun journey of discovery into Düsseldorf`s celebrated beer culture. Discover the variety and uniqueness of original Düsseldorf Altbier and become an Altbier expert in just 2 hours. Visit five Old Town breweries and treat your senses to the delicious copper-colored Altbiers. Learn about the top-fermenting yeast method used, which gives the beer its fruitiness, and how a Düsseldorf brewery first branded the beer variety, which retains its association with Düsseldorf to this day.

Amsterdam

Waterland Bike Tour

Amsterdam

Waterland Bike Tour

For as long as anyone can remember, the Dutch people have had a love-hate relationship with the water that surrounds them. Frequent flood events made life challenging, but also created the lush, green scenery of today. Join an expert guide for an active bike tour that begins with a short short ferry ride north of Amsterdam. Then, hop on your bike and pedal your way past typical Dutch scenery with iconic windmills, flowering meadows, and grazing dairy cows. You`ll also encounter Waterland villages where time appears to have stood still, such as 17th-century Broek and tiny Zunderdorp.

Amsterdam

Living History at the Zaanse Schans Open-Air Museum

Amsterdam

Living History at the Zaanse Schans Open-Air Museum

This half-day excursion takes you through the peaceful Dutch countryside for a discovery of the country`s most cherished culture and traditions. Arrive at the country village of Zaandam, where you`ll be greeted by the dignified windmills that were once an important part of Holland`s industry—and often the subject of artist Monet`s masterpieces. Then, follow your guide into the past during an unforgettable visit to the Zaanse Schans Open-Air Museum. Here, everyday life from the 18th and 19th centuries is on full display, from cheese- and barrel-making to weaving and pewter casting. Stroll past the bakery museum, where the aroma of fresh bread invites a closer look, or take a look at the workshop where wooden shoes are carved. You`ll also have the chance to tour an authentic working sawmill. Afterward, enjoy coffee or tea and a fresh pastry, as well as free time to explore on your own.

Rüdesheim

Winzerexpress & Siegfried`s Mechanical Music Museum

Rüdesheim

Winzerexpress & Siegfried`s Mechanical Music Museum

The famous Winzerexpress train is the most relaxing way to explore the highlights of Rüdesheim. From the pier, hop aboard and settle in for a panoramic ride featuring the charming wine village, its surrounding vineyards, and the impressive Niederwald Monument. Afterward, disembark and head to the utterly unique Siegfried`s Mechanical Music Museum for a visit. There, housed in a 15th-century knight`s residence, you`ll embark on a musical journey featuring more than 400 self-playing musical instruments from the 18th to 20th centuries. After the tour, you can return to the ship or remain in Rüdesheim to explore further on your own!

Rüdesheim

Rüdesheim Cable Car Adventure & Rüdesheimer Coffee

Rüdesheim

Rüdesheim Cable Car Adventure & Rüdesheimer Coffee

Take a short guided walk from your Riverside ship to the valley cable car station, where you`ll board a gondola and glide above the lush vineyards and shimmering waters of the Rhine River below. Arrive at the Niederwald Monument, where the Germania statue proudly lifts up the imperial crown to honor the founding of the German Empire in 1871. After sufficient time to explore and take photos, the gondola returns you to town for a guided stroll through the Old Town along the quaint cobblestone lanes of the Drosselgasse. With its fairytale half-timbered buildings, atmospheric wine bar, and souvenir shops, this is a must-experience magnet for visitors from around the world. Before the walk back to the ship, you have the chance to taste a genuine Rüdesheimer coffee, complete with Asbach German brandy, vanilla sugar-sweetened whipped cream, and chocolate shavings!

Rüdesheim

Rheingau Vineyards & Wine Tasting by Land Rover

Rüdesheim

Rheingau Vineyards & Wine Tasting by Land Rover

Discover the Rheingau and its centuries-old traditions on this exhilarating Land Rover tour. A chauffeur will drive up to 4 passengers to the area`s most beautiful spots. See the impressive Niederwald Monument near Rüdesheim and toast the views with your first glass of local wine.Then, take off through the vineyards for wine tastings at the Johannisberg and Vollrads Castles, two of the oldest wineries in the world. Along the way, your chauffeur guide will provide you with entertaining stories and light snacks.

Miltenberg

Miltenberg`s Sights & Cuisine

Miltenberg

Miltenberg`s Sights & Cuisine

If the charming Bavarian town of Miltenberg has a single philosophy, it`s that good food and drink feed the body and the soul. This leisurely excursion shares the town`s intriguing history, shows you the highlights, and introduces you to a variety of its local delicacies. Accompanied by a local expert, cross between Schwertfeger Gate and the Market Square to explore the city`s oldest district, the Schwarzviertel (Black Quarter). Here, Greinberg mountain casts its shadow so that the sun can barely shine between the buildings leaning this way and that along the narrow alleyways. Be sure to note the impressive buildings and fountain built of pink sandstone, once a major part of Miltenberg`s economy. Finally, learn about the town`s (and region`s) exceptional wines, award-winning beers, exquisite schnapps and liqueurs, and hearty game, sausage, and breads—and try a selection yourself!

Miltenberg

Miltenberg Witch Hunt

Miltenberg

Miltenberg Witch Hunt

Travel back in time to an era shrouded in superstition as we uncover the chilling history of witchcraft in Miltenberg. A local expert will regale you with spine-tingling tales from the Middle Ages, shedding light on this intriguing chapter in Miltenberg`s past. Hear how bad harvests, unexpected storms, and deadly epidemics fueled whispers and accusations, pitting neighbor against neighbor—and landing those suspected of witchcraft in prison, responsible for the financial burden of their own captivity. More than two dozen witch houses once lined the eastern side of the outer city wall. You`ll have the opportunity to step inside the last remaining witch`s cottage, hidden within the garden of a private residence.

Miltenberg

Jewish Miltenberg

Miltenberg

Jewish Miltenberg

Miltenberg`s long and rich Jewish heritage is the focus of this interesting 2-hour guided tour. Learn how the community has existed since the town`s founding, building its first synagogue in the late-13th century. Your expert guide will tell the unusual story of how the synagogue was transformed into a brewery fermentation cellar and then back into a synagogue. You`ll also head to Löwengasse (Lion Street) in the Schwarzviertel (Black Quarter), where Greinberg mountain casts its shadow so that the sun can barely shine between the buildings. There, beneath a four-story home, lies the mikveh (Jewish bath) used by the local Jews for ritual bathing until it was filled in during WWII. Excavated by the home`s new owners, the complex is now open for private tours. Finally, visit the Old Jewish Cemetery, located southeast of the city wall.

Miltenberg

Miltenberg Hike & Food Tasting

Miltenberg

Miltenberg Hike & Food Tasting

Lace up your hikers and get ready to GO on this small-group discovery into just what makes Miltenberg tick. Begin with a brisk forest trek up to the magnificent castle, continuing along a 2,000-year-old Roman path for breathtaking views of the nearby monastery and surrounding vineyards. Be sure to watch for resident wildlife along the way! On the hike back to town, hear all about the town`s remarkable half-timber architecture and fantastic ancient sights. Then, stop at a butcher shop dating back to 1615 to sample their famous sausages and the region`s popular Wildsautropfen herbal schnapps.NOTE: This guided tour is limited to just 10 participants and requires hiking up to the castle, a distance of at least 3 miles (5 km).

Karlstadt

Würzburg`s Iconic Residenz & Old Town

Karlstadt

Würzburg`s Iconic Residenz & Old Town

This tour includes one of Europe`s finest encounters—a guided visit of Würzburg`s resplendent Residenz. Starting in 1720, this former prince-bishop`s palace was built in a single generation, drawing inspiration around the continent. It is a true amalgam of the Western architecture of its time: French Château, Viennese Baroque, and the religious and secular stylings of northern Italy. As you wander through more than three dozen rooms, the rich 18th-century furnishings, tapestries, artwork, and treasures truly deliver a sense of place. See the stunning frescoed staircase, the Imperial Hall, Hall of Mirrors, Imperial Apartments, and more. On the walk back to the ship, stop to visit the seat of the Bishops of Würzburg at the striking twin-towered cathedral dedicated to St. Kilian. Afterward, continue to the Old Main Bridge, the city`s oldest, adorned with 15-foot (4.5-meter) statues of saints. From here, enjoy a glass of Franconian wine as you admire the view of Marienberg Fortress, the hilltop Käppele pilgrimage church, and the surrounding vineyards.

Karlstadt

Würzburg Culinary Walk

Karlstadt

Würzburg Culinary Walk

This culinary-themed walking tour through Würzburg is a perfect combination of Old Town attractions and local cuisine. Your first stop is Marienkapelle, a late-Gothic chapel in the heart of the Old Town known for its Tilman Riemenschneider sculptures of Adam and Eve. Just adjacent from the chapel are the best sausages in town. Take a quick break to sample a Knickte (folded sausage in a crispy roll) before continuing on to the bishop`s churches to learn why the Irish missionary Kilian lost his head in Würzburg. A stop at Germany`s oldest wine bar, the Markt Café, lets you taste a favorite local snack, a round New Year`s pretzel made from croissant dough. Afterward, stroll along the banks of the Main River to the Old Main Bridge to enjoy a glass of Franconian wine as you admire the view of Marienberg Fortress, the hilltop Käppele pilgrimage church, and the surrounding vineyards.

Karlstadt

Rothenburg Excursion

Karlstadt

Rothenburg Excursion

If there`s a single must-see destination in all of Germany, Rothenburg on the banks of the Tauber River just might be it. Travel by comfortable coach along the famed Romantic Road to Rothenburg, whose medieval Old Town is almost completely preserved and will whisk you back in time. Begin with an hour-long guided walk along the charming cobblestone streets to see the city`s most important sights: the city wall with its tower houses, half-timbered buildings around every turn, and churches where important artists like Tilman Riemenschneider left their marks. The tour concludes with breathtaking views over the Tauber Valley, but then...it`s time to head out and explore on your own! Be sure to check out Rothenburg`s most famous shop, where every day is Christmas!

Cochem

Behind the Curtain at Reichsburg Castle

Cochem

Behind the Curtain at Reichsburg Castle

Built in the 11th century, Reichsburg Castle, an ancient fortress atop a hill, has withstood the test of time. Once a noble residence, it was renovated during the Renaissance era, acquiring a grand appearance. Neglected and ruined in the 17th century, it was revived by a Berlin businessman in the 19th century, adding a romantic neo-Gothic touch. This fascinating guided tour takes you inside the castle to explore its chambers, including the Knights` Hall and the lavish living quarters. Admire the tapestries, furnishings, and artwork, offering glimpses into the castle`s opulent past and historical significance.

Cochem

Wine-Lover`s Hiking Adventure

Cochem

Wine-Lover`s Hiking Adventure

Your adventure begins with a glass of sparkling wine from a local winemaker before hopping aboard the only cable car on the Moselle River. The 7-minute journey in open double chairs ascends to 508 feet (155 meters) in altitude. Your reward is the most breathtaking view over Cochem from the Pinnerkreuz, named in memory of a local shepherd who perished here. Ooooh and aaaah at panoramas of Cochem, Reichsburg Castle, and the Moselle Valley before hiking back down to our starting point, where the winemaker awaits with a glass of vine juice. Afterward, you can choose to linger or enjoy free time in Cochem.

Cochem

Cochem City Walk & Peach Tasting

Cochem

Cochem City Walk & Peach Tasting

This delicious excursion introduces you to the extraordinary Persian apple the Romans brought to the Cochem area in ancient times. The fun begins in Old Town Cochem, where your expert guide will reveal the city`s rich history and alluring architecture. From the ancient gate and old watchtower to the welcoming market square with St. Martin`s Fountain and lovely half-timber houses, there`s something worth seeing in every directions! Afterward, depart this City of the Red Moselle Vineyard Peach and head out into the orchards themselves. Stop at the esteemed Haxel Winery to hear how the ruby-fleshed fruit is a boon to area winegrowers, champion of the environment, and even a valuable part of good health and nutrition...then taste it for yourself! Begin with a glass of Kir Moselle, a sparkling wine infused with peach liqueur. Then, try the pure peach liqueur by itself—absolute indulgence—followed by a sample of peach brandy. A fresh baguette paired with orchard-fresh peach jam complements the tasting. Before heading back to the ship, return to Cochem`s Old Town for free time to explore on your own.

Trier

Wines of Trier, Ancient Gift of Rome

Trier

Wines of Trier, Ancient Gift of Rome

Trier, Germany, has long been recognized for its phenomenal grape-cultivation potential. Its favorable climate, and slate and sandstone soils produce excellent terroir—especially for Riesling. As early as 30 BC, the Romans introduced viticulture to the region during their occupation of it. During this fascinating tour, you will explore historical vineyards and cellars, witnessing the Romans` lasting influence on Trier`s winemaking tradition. Learn about the advanced pruning and trellising techniques the Romans used, see the ancient stone terraces that still grace many vineyards, and savor the exquisite Rieslings and other varietals that thrive in this idyllic landscape.

Trier

Mysteries of the Porta Nigra

Trier

Mysteries of the Porta Nigra

Symbol of Roman rule and landmark of Trier, the Porta Nigra (Black Gate) will positively captivate you on this incredible tour. Join an expert local guide and learn all about this UNESCO World Heritage Site`s creation in 170 AD as one of four original gates in the city. Hear fascinating tales, puzzling mysteries, dark twists of fate, and amusing anecdotes about the legendary gate that guarded the northern part of Trier—and that even served as the dwelling of a hermit monk in the 11th century. Today, it is the oldest and best-preserved Roman gate north of the Alps and a magnet for visitors from around the world.

Trier

Trier Vineyards Hike

Trier

Trier Vineyards Hike

Lace up your hiking shoes and hit the trail on this exhilarating guided nature hike through Trier`s Olewig vineyards. Led by an expert guide, you`ll head out on a 2.5-mile (4-km) circular route that passes through pristine biotope areas and leads to breathtaking views over the beautiful Moselle Valley and Trier. Along the way, watch for resident wildlife as you hear interesting stories about Trier, the region`s long wine tradition, and Petrisberg mountain, which looms majestically 896 feet (273 meters) above the city.NOTE: This tour requires hiking on sometimes uneven terrain for a distance of about 2.5 miles (4 km).

Trier

Story of Villeroy & Boch

Trier

Story of Villeroy & Boch

This captivating tour visits the former Benedictine abbey in Mettlach, Germany, that now headquarters the world-famous House of Villeroy & Boch. After tea time in the abbey`s stunning surroundings, learn about the lives of iron master François Boch and faience manufacturer Nicolas Villeroy—and how their competing potteries merged in 1836 to create the iconic Villeroy & Boch ceramics brand, one of the first global corporations of the 19th century. Discover more than 275 years of history behind the V&B tradition, from Baroque to the modern designs sold today.

Trier

Full-Day Luxembourg Discovery & Tasting Tour

Trier

Full-Day Luxembourg Discovery & Tasting Tour

In just 60 minutes, travel by comfortable motorcoach to the neighboring country of Luxembourg! Here, an expert guide will introduce you to the tiny Grand Duchy`s many charms! You`ll explore Luxembourg City`s Old Town, perched dramatically on a cliff and home to European Union headquarters. See the Grand Ducal Palace; impressive Philharmonie concert hall; Place Guillaume square with its ties to Napoleon; Notre-Dame Cathedral, whose cornerstone was laid in 1613; and Place de la Constitution for endless panoramic views of the Pétrusse Valley. All along the way, your sightseeing will be accented with food tastings at local markets and shops. One last stop is included at the American Cemetery & Memorial, final resting place of 5,074 American soldiers who lost their lives in WWII, followed by free time to maybe enjoy a meal or coffee, do some shopping, or simply explore more of Luxembourg on your own.

Bernkastel

Landshut Castle Hike

Bernkastel

Landshut Castle Hike

High above the pretty town of Bernkastel looms the ruins of mighty Landshut Castle, one of the oldest structures along the Moselle River. Constructed in 1276, experts say it likely integrated an even older Roman fort dating back to the 4th or 5th century. With a barrier-free circular path around the castle grounds, this is the ideal place to get out and hike! Meet your expert guide right at the ship, and head out for an enjoyable round-trip trek. Pass through peaceful vineyards and forests as you make your way up to Landshut Castle for rewarding panoramic views over the verdant river valley below. Once you`ve arrived, relax on the castle terrace with a glass of sparkling regional wine and breathtaking scenery all around. NOTE: The hike ascends approx. 360 feet (110 meters) in altitude and covers a distance of about 3 miles (5 km).

Bernkastel

Vintage VW Bulli Auto Adventure

Bernkastel

Vintage VW Bulli Auto Adventure

Over the past 70 years, the VW Bulli—aka Bus, Combi, or Hippy Van—has become a cult classic among car enthusiasts and others. This nostalgic step back into yesteryear lets you discover the region aboard one of these quirky vehicles. Right from the ship, climb aboard an authentic VW Bus (Generation T1–T3), which comfortably accommodates 4–6 passengers. Then, sit back and relax as your chauffeur winds through the landscapes surrounding Bernkastel, regaling you with entertaining stories about the middle Moselle`s natural beauty, culture, and wines. Before returning to your ship, stop to experience for yourself some of the wines produced by local farmers.

Frankfurt

Frankfurt City Tour and Main Tower

Frankfurt

Frankfurt City Tour and Main Tower

Discover vibrant Frankfurt am Main, Germany`s inimitable Mainhattan, on an engaging city tour through one of Europe`s most important financial centers. With more than 300 global credit institutions, the European Central Bank, and Deutsche Börse, Frankfurt is a true hub of international finance. Despite the seeming ocean of modern skyscrapers, there`s a striking contrast as ancient architectural treasures persist in the midst of it all. In the historical center, see the Imperial Cathedral (852), St. Paul`s Church (1829), the iconic Römer city hall (1405), and several reconstructed half-timber houses that were destroyed during WWII. Later, ascend the Main Tower to an observation deck 656 feet (200 meters) high to appreciate the city`s breathtaking skyline.

Frankfurt

Following in Goethe`s Footsteps` Walk

Frankfurt

Following in Goethe`s Footsteps` Walk

This fascinating tour dives into the rich legacy of Frankfurt`s native son—writer, scientist, statesman, theatre director, and critic Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Begin at Paulsplatz and St. Paul`s Church, where Goethe`s presence is deeply intertwined with each location`s historical significance. See his aunt`s house, the Rossmarkt and Hauptwache squares, and St. Catherine` Church, where Goethe received his confirmation. Finally, arrive at the Goethe House, where he spent his formative years and penned his early masterpieces, including the original version of Faust and more.

Frankfurt

Städel Museum Frankfurt

Frankfurt

Städel Museum Frankfurt

Founded in 1815 by banker/businessman Johann Städel, the Städel Museum is Germany`s oldest and most renowned museum foundation, displaying European art from the early 14th century to today. Explore the collection`s highlights with a local expert who will guide you through the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque, classical modernism, and beyond. Immerse yourself in the fascinating stories and insights that bring the artwork to life as you marvel at just a few of more than 3,100 paintings, 660 sculptures, 4,600 photographs, and 100,000 drawings and graphics by master artists such as Botticelli, Monet, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Picasso, and others.

Koblenz

Night Watchman Tour of Koblenz

Koblenz

Night Watchman Tour of Koblenz

This whimsical tour whisks you back to 1870 Rhineland, which had fallen under Prussian rule. Shortly after the start of the Franco-Prussian War, the fortress of Koblenz and Ehrenbreitstein was besieged. Particular vigilance is required. Special care is taken by the military, police, and 10 night watchmen who patrol every night to ensure the safety of the citizens. As you join one on patrol around the Church of Our Lady, you`ll experience Koblenz from his unique historical perspective.

Koblenz

Koblenz Walking Tour

Koblenz

Koblenz Walking Tour

Take in the most important sights in Old Town Koblenz during this informative guided walk. Wander along the Kunstgässchen, the narrowest shopping street in the city. Just wide enough for two people to walk side by side, this tiny alley connects a picturesque medieval courtyard with the larger shopping streets around the block. Both alley and courtyard are part of the Jewish quarter, which has its roots in the 13th century. Also see the 9th-century Basilica of St. Kastor, and visit the famed Deutsched Eck (German Corner), where the Rhine and Moselle join together.

Cologne

Cologne City Tour & Cathedral Visit

Cologne

Cologne City Tour & Cathedral Visit

Meet your expert guide at the ship and embark on a guided stroll through Cologne`s remarkable Old Town. The city has endured for more than 2,000 years, and during the tour you will visit a few of its many ancient markets—the hay market, old market, fish market, and butter market, as well as Great St. Martin Church, which has towered over the banks of the Rhine since the Middle Ages, and the Rhine Promenade, the perfect spot for breathtaking panoramic views. Also see the 900-year-old City Hall, the country`s oldest town hall still in use; Heinzelmännchen Fountain, which tells the story of the little people who did all the work at night so the people of Cologne could relax during the day; and, of course, the 1248 AD Gothic cathedral—the world`s tallest twin-spired church, symbol of Cologne, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Hear about its damage during WWII and repairs that were completed in 1956, then enjoy free time to investigate its treasures, including the stunning stained glass, medieval bells, Shrine of the Three Magi, and more.

Cologne

Jewish Cologne & EL-DE House Tour

Cologne

Jewish Cologne & EL-DE House Tour

Explore Cologne from a different perspective on this poignant look at the city`s deep-rooted Jewish history. From the ship, walk with a local expert to the Mikveh, the Jewish ritual baths, followed by Offenbach Square, where the synagogue once stood before its destruction during the Nazis` 1938 Kristallnacht. Continue to the EL-DE House, also known as the NS Documentation Center, which served as Gestapo headquarters and a wartime paperwork storage facility during WWII. Today, it is the country`s largest regional memorial site dedicated to victims of the Nazis, providing insight into Cologne`s history during the Nazi era. See the basement prison cells, where political enemies were tortured and executed—and where walls still bear inscriptions and drawings made by prisoners. Afterward, follow your guide for an uplifting stop at the cathedral, awe-inspiring Gothic symbol of Cologne.

Cologne

Cologne Bike Adventure

Cologne

Cologne Bike Adventure

For an active approach to Cologne sightseeing, hop on a bicycle and follow an expert guide past the fascinating sights of the Old Town. Pass through the Eigelsteintorburg, one of Cologne`s four preserved gates in the medieval city wall, then enjoy panoramic views of iconic Cologne Cathedral from the Herkulesberg pedestrian bridge. Hear stories about the UNESCO World Heritage Gothic cathedral, one of the largest and most beautiful in the world. Afterward, cycle through a peaceful park in the southern part of the city before returning to the historic district along the banks of the Rhine.NOTE: Participants must be able to ride a bike 8.7 miles (14 km) over 3 hours. Please wear appropriate clothing and shoes.

Cologne

TimeRide: Cologne City Tour for Time Travelers

Cologne

TimeRide: Cologne City Tour for Time Travelers

This extraordinary TimeRide tour opens up completely new perspectives of Cologne. Armed with mobile virtual reality glasses, you`ll become immersed in 360-degree scenes from Cologne`s distant past. Experience the Roman border town, medieval city, French and Prussian outpost, destruction during WWII, and other impressive past-to-present comparisons. With the help of your expert guide you`ll learn what is still visible and what is no longer there. For example, standing on the Domplatte, witness the construction of the cathedral in the 13th century—a tour you`ll never forget!

Cologne

Kölsch Beer Discovery

Cologne

Kölsch Beer Discovery

Join an expert guide for a true taste of Cologne—genuine Kölsch beer! Visit a brewery and pub in the heart of Cologne to learn about the beer`s interesting history dating clear back to the early 17th century. Hear about its strictly defined style, and how it`s only official Kölsch if it`s brewed in the greater Cologne area. Then, taste the delicious brew for yourself and savor the light-to-medium beer with a pale color and bright, hoppy taste. Prost!

Düsseldorf

Historical Düsseldorf

Düsseldorf

Historical Düsseldorf

Explore 730 years of history in just 2.5 hours during this interesting guided tour. Begin with the city`s founding by Count Adolf von Berg following the great Battle of Worringen in 1288, and meet the powerful rulers of the past: Jan Wellem, Wilhelm the Rich, Anna Maria Luisa de Medici—even Napoleon Bonaparte. Hear how the one-time small fishing village grew into an economic powerhouse, and pay a visit to Düsseldorf`s WWII Memorial to explore an original air raid shelter, learn about the SS headquarters here, and understand how the rise of National Socialism during the Nazi era impacted the people, especially the young.

Düsseldorf

Art of Düsseldorf

Düsseldorf

Art of Düsseldorf

With its 26 museums and 100-plus galleries, Düsseldorf is known as a city of art. Meet your expert guide in the Old Town and wander past some of the more than 150 pieces of outdoor public art that graces the city. Then, get to know the wonderful Düsseldorf Art Academy, founded in 1762 and built on the fame of the old Düsseldorf School of Painting. Hear about the famous artists who studied and taught there, including Joseph Beuys, Gerhard Richter, Sigmar Polke, Andreas Gursky, and Candida Höfer. Along the way, your guide will provide you with background information and trivia, explain which famous artists lived in this vibrant Rhineland city, and show you the best galleries to visit!

Bratislava

Pálffy Castle With Wine & Beer Tastings

Bratislava

Pálffy Castle With Wine & Beer Tastings

This exciting outing begins with a short, 30-minute transfer to the ancient town of Svätý Jur on the outskirts of Bratislava. Here, you will discover the resurrected Pálffy Castle, a Renaissance manor home with a centuries-old tradition of wine production, storage, and tapping. Learn about its noble owners, its many transformations over time, the fascinating archaeological findings, and how fire and uprisings impacted the property. Explore the large cellar—and enjoy a tasting of the wines produced there today. Finally, stop by the craft brewery in the courtyard to sample the manor`s very own refreshing artisan beer.

Krems

Stein Walking Tour & Apricot Schnapps Tasting

Krems

Stein Walking Tour & Apricot Schnapps Tasting

While the Old Town of Krems winds its way up into the hills, neighboring Stein an der Donau sits right on the river. The wealth of the former port town still impresses today with its richly decorated architectural treasures. Led by an expert guide, see the highlights such as the 11th-century Göttweigerhof, the St. John Nepomuk Monument, Baroque Town Hall, lovely 12th-century Parish Church, and more. Afterward, stop at the Bailoni distillery for a tasting of its famous apricot schnapps!

Krems

Sandgrube 13 Wachau Wine Experience

Krems

Sandgrube 13 Wachau Wine Experience

The delectable world of wine awaits during this fun and educational adventure at the Sandgrube 13 wine experience. Embark on an 8-station educational trail to learn about the Wachau`s famous wines. Begin with a short walk through the vineyards;watch a 4D movie showcasing the region`s wines, flora, and fauna; explore the fascinating holograms in the Wine Universe exhibit; and more. And since no visit is complete without a wine tasting, finish up at the wine cellar—Cheers!

Krems

Krems on Two Wheels

Krems

Krems on Two Wheels

Meet an expert guide at the pier and head out with your fellow cyclists to discover Krems and the surrounding area. Enjoy the fresh air and scenery as you pedal, with stops along the way to learn about the historical sites.NOTE: This excursion requires riding a bicycle approximately 6 miles (10 km). Please dress appropriately.

Krems

Krems Art Mile & State Gallery Visit

Krems

Krems Art Mile & State Gallery Visit

Join a local guide for a visual adventure along the famous Kunstmeile Krems, the Krems Art Mile! See the city`s numerous museums and galleries as you head to the award-winning State Gallery of Lower Austria. Take some time to explore the current exhibits by important Lower Austrian painters such as Friedrich Gauermann, Martin Johann Schmidt, Oskar Kokoschka, Egon Schiele, and others. Afterward, you`ll have the chance to relax, interact with a qualified art expert to chat about what you`ve seen, and savor a piece of cake with coffee!

Linz

St. Florian Monastery, Baroque Jewel of Austria

Linz

St. Florian Monastery, Baroque Jewel of Austria

Travel to Sankt Florian near Linz, where the Augustinian St. Florian Monastery has been the beating heart of the community since the early 9th century. This Baroque gem attracts pilgrims from around the world—and it`s easy to see why. During your guided tour, marvel at the imperial chambers, marble hall where visiting royals and dignitaries were entertained, the impressive library with its amazing frescoed ceiling and over 150,000 books, and other richly decorated rooms.

Linz

Linz City Walk With Cathedral Visit

Linz

Linz City Walk With Cathedral Visit

Follow your local guide into the heart of Old Town Linz, a European Capital of Culture, and see the highlights, including the Feichtinger House with its famous Glockenspiel. Then, visit the neo-Gothic Mariendom (New Cathedral) with its impressive stained-glass windows and 20,000-person seating capacity. The church is the largest but not the tallest in Austria due to a law at the time preventing any building from exceeding the height of St. Stephen`s Cathedral in Vienna.

Melk

Austrian Farm Experience

Melk

Austrian Farm Experience

Your day begins with a short 15-minute bus ride to Ornding in Lower Austria. There, you`ll visit two local farms and learn everything about a typical planting and growing cycle, from sowing to harvest. Chat with the hospitable farmers, taste their home-grown products, and visit the well-stocked stores for the chance to purchase some fresh-from-the-farm gifts.

Spitz

Spitz

Charming Dürnstein & Its Wines

Spitz

Spitz

Wachau Valley Wine Cruise

Spitz

Spitz

Guided Hike Up Tausendeimerberg

Spitz

Spitz

Danube Shipping Museum

Grein

Greinburg Castle

Grein

Greinburg Castle

Built between 1488 and 1495, imposing Greinburg Castle has been privately owned (and lived in) by the Ducal House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha since 1823. Follow your expert guide through this former hunting castle—through historic sections that include the Knights Hall, Castle Chapel, awe-inspiring “Stone Theater” lined with Renaissance-era pebbles from the Danube, the Diamond Vault with its fascinating play of light and shadow, and the romantic arcaded courtyard. Then, stop in Grein to visit Austria`s oldest theater—complete with a “jail seat” where prisoners could watch the performances!

Grein

Grein`s Natural Charms by Bike

Grein

Grein`s Natural Charms by Bike

After a short safety briefing at the ship, hop on a bike and follow your guide for an unforgettable cycling experience. First, head to Grein before crossing the Danube and pedaling about 4.3 miles (7 km) for views of the Old Town and your ship anchored majestically in front of Grein. At this point, you can choose to return to the ship—or challenge yourself and ride from the Strudengauklamm gorge over two scenic ridges to the highest point, about 1,968 feet (600 meters) above the river. Your reward? Grand panoramic views from relaxing summit terraces—a wonderful biking adventure.NOTE: The challenging option includes uphill cycling and requires participants to be fit. Please dress appropriately.

Grein

Klamm Gorge Hike with Fortress Visit

Grein

Klamm Gorge Hike with Fortress Visit

Your excursion begins with a short coach ride to the starting point of your hike, Klamm Gorge, where the Klammbach River has carved your course. Enjoy a challenging, hour-long hike past unique rock formations and shimmering waters as you ascend to your destination: Clam Castle, owned by the same family for 550 years. Along the way, hear its fascinating story dating back to 1149, when it consisted only of the 5-story residential tower and the keep (round tower). A second phase of construction during the Gothic period and a major renovation around 1640 gradually transformed the fortress into a livable castle. Admire the private collection of paintings, antiques, and armory as you stroll through the inner courtyard, Gothic chapel, residential quarters, and more.NOTE: This excursion includes a challenging uphill hike for 1.2 miles (2 km) on uneven terrain. Please wear appropriate footwear.

Linz

Hike up Pöstlingberg Hill

Linz

Hike up Pöstlingberg Hill

Lace up your hiking shoes and get ready to ascend Pöstlingsberg, a 1,768-foot (539-meter) hill rising above Linz on the left bank of the Danube. Led by an expert guide, see the Baroque Basilica of the Seven Sorrows of Mary pilgrimage church; marvel at the panoramas from the viewing platform; and enjoy refreshments in one of the cafés before returning to your ship.NOTE: This excursion requires hiking uphill on uneven terrain. Please wear appropriate footwear.

Passau

Two-Country Scenic Bike Tour

Passau

Two-Country Scenic Bike Tour

Experience the great outdoors in two countries—Germany and Austria—on this enjoyable guided bike tour from Passau. Hop on your bicycle and start pedaling as you travel along the banks of the mighty Danube. Pass through the city to the pedestrian bridge leading you over the Inn River, where you`ll enjoy a fantastic view of the Old Town, cathedral, and Veste Oberhaus fortress. On the other side of the river, the path continues past the university and out of the city. Ride about 25 minutes on a graveled forest path, arriving at the Mariensteg pedestrian bridge. Cross the river a second time to arrive in Austria! After a short break, ride back to your Riverside ship.

Linz

A Waltz Through Salzburg

Linz

A Waltz Through Salzburg

Travel in comfort by coach to historic Salzburg, a dazzling UNESCO World Heritage Site at the foot of the Alps. See the notable sights with a local guide: 11th-century Hohensalzburg Fortress, one of the largest medieval castles in Europe; the incomparable gardens of Mirabell Palace; the Getreidegasse, Mozart`s birthplace and home; Salzburg Cathedral, where Mozart was appointed organist; and more. Afterward, there`s free time to explore on your own and maybe even sample the city`s famous Nockerln (dessert soufflé).

Esztergom

Biking on Both Sides of the Danube

Esztergom

Biking on Both Sides of the Danube

Scenery, exercise, and fresh air…in two countries—this tour has it all! Join an expert guide for a bike tour that begins in pretty Esztergom. Then, cross the mighty Danube (and the border) and head to Štúrovo in neighboring Slovakia. Founded in the 16th century by the Turks as a base against the Habsburgs, the town`s former name meant “the fortress stabbing the enemy`s liver.” Thankfully, it was renamed after WWII in honor of a local Slovakian leader. As the Danube twists and bends, you`ll enjoy breathtaking views of the Basilica of Esztergom and the Kováčske and Pilišské Vrchy mountains. Cross back over the Danube for the return trip to your ship.

Esztergom

Esztergom Basilica & Treasury

Esztergom

Esztergom Basilica & Treasury

Travel up the short but steep Castle Hill by mini-train on this guided excursion to Esztergom Basilica. Before construction of the great basilica in 1822, several churches stood on the site, including St. Adalbert Cathedral (1010 AD), the castle chapel of King Béla III, and Bakócz Chapel (1507 AD), which in 1823 was moved and added to the present basilica. Follow your local guide inside, where the sheer size is sure to impress you. Visit the Treasury, created in 1886 to preserve and display liturgical instruments and outstanding works of art such as a 12-pound (5.4-kg) gold and gemstone-encrusted cross from France—one of Hungary`s greatest treasures.

Tarascon

Van Gogh`s Arles

Tarascon

Van Gogh`s Arles

Led by an expert guide, begin with a stroll through the historical city center—few places boast such an astonishing collection of Roman ruins. See the theater where the famous Venus of Arles was discovered in 1651; city gates dating to the 13th century; the Town Hall, built with stone quarried from the Roman theater; and the 12th-century Church of St. Trophime. Also step inside the well-preserved 1st-century Roman amphitheater to visit the venue that even today hosts sporting events. Continuing walking in Van Gogh`s footsteps past the cheery yellow Café de Nuit—still open and the same shade of yellow as when he painted it. Visit the farmers` market for a full display of seasonal produce, herbs, and regional specialties, then enjoy free time to browse the shops or maybe try out the local food and drinks.

Tarascon

Camargue & Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer Discovery

Tarascon

Camargue & Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer Discovery

Embark on a comprehensive journey through the captivating Camargue, situated between Arles and the Mediterranean Sea, renowned for its pink flamingos, sandy beaches, and salt marshes. Your adventure begins with an expert guide leading you south through the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, offering ample photo opportunities. Discover the Camargue`s status as a Wetland of International Importance and its pivotal role in preserving Provençal culture and ecological diversity. Visit one of France`s most popular and pristine nature reserves on this memorable visit to a traditional black bull ranch of 500 Hectares in Camargue Regional Nature Park. Discover Camargue traditions and witness an entertaining cattle-sorting demonstration by skilled herdsmen before descending to the estate`s former wine cellar for a tasting of local products and wine Later, arrive in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, a charming marshland village that draws pilgrims from around the world. Stroll past ancient architecture with your guide, hear about history dating back to Biblical times, and learn about Sarah, patron saint of gypsies. Afterward, free time to explore on your own— perhaps indulge in an anise-flavored pastis while taking in the breathtaking views of sea and sky.

Rüdesheim

Trenz Winery With Vineyard Hike & Wine Tasting

Rüdesheim

Trenz Winery With Vineyard Hike & Wine Tasting

A very special treat awaits in one of the most beautiful wine towns in the Rheingau. The Trenz Winery in Johannisberg has been family owned since 1670, and they look forward to introducing you to 350 years of wine tradition. Your adventure begins with a 60-minute hike through the vineyards to learn about the soil, climate, 50-year-old vines, and the typically mineral Rieslings that are pressed here. Later, you have the chance to sample the wine yourself—Prost!NOTE: Please wear shoes suitable for hiking through the vineyards on occasionally uneven terrain.

Budapest

The Caves of Budapest

Budapest

The Caves of Budapest

Discovered in 1930, Szemlő-hegyi cave is affectionately known as Budapest`s underground flower garden and is a natural treasure formed by the very same water that creates the city`s famed thermal baths. This guided tour follows the 328-yard (300-meter) path through the most beautiful parts of the cave. See the stunning rock formations, illuminated by special lighting, and thick layers of white gypsum crystals, popcorn polymer, and calcite rafts covering the walls.NOTE: Cave temperatures are around 53°F ( 12°C); participants should wear sturdy, non-slip shoes and bring a jacket/sweater.

Tulln

Charming Dürnstein & Its Wines

Tulln

Charming Dürnstein & Its Wines

Hailed as the “Pearl of the Wachau,” the village of Dürnstein is situated right at the entrance to the Wachau Valley on one of the Danube`s most beautiful stretches. Everything about this UNESCO World Heritage Site is hospitable—even the vineyards extend right to the riverbanks to greet you. Meet your expert guide and stroll up to the cobblestoned historical district. Hear the captivating tales surrounding the foreboding castle ruins looming over the town and their legendary ties to England`s King Richard the Lionheart. Also pause to take photos of Dürnstein`s blue and white Stiftskirche tower, an icon of magnificent Baroque architecture. Afterward, enjoy a tasting at one of the excellent wineries that have made the Wachau world famous.

Tulln

Tulln Gardens׃ Gardening the Natural Way

Tulln

Tulln Gardens׃ Gardening the Natural Way

After a short, 15-minute transfer from your ship, arrive at Tulln Gardens, nestled in the Danube`s floodplain landscape. Here, the garden`s lovely grounds weave seamelessly into a natural backdrop of grass islands, flower seas, ponds, and footpaths. Join an expert guide and stroll among the 70 show gardens that were developed under the strictest guidelines, including no synthetic chemical pesticides or fertilizers, and no peat. Learn about the natural methods used, like compost fertilizers, beneficial organisms, and organic plant strengtheners. Afterward, enjoy free time to relax with coffee and cake as you admire the peaceful ambiance of the lily pond and its water features.

Tulln

Biking in the Austrian Countryside

Tulln

Biking in the Austrian Countryside

Join an expert guide and head out with your fellow cyclists to enjoy the fresh air and scenic countryside surrounding Tulln. Along the way, stop to learn about the historical sites, welcoming villages, and large floodplain along the river. You`ll also take a break at the Traismauer Restaurant for unbeatable views of the Danube.NOTE׃ Participants must be able to ride a bike approximately 37 miles (60 km) on mostly flat terrain. Please dress appropriately.

Tulln

Wines of Gobelsburg Castle

Tulln

Wines of Gobelsburg Castle

Just 50 miles northwest of Vienna in Lower Austria is Gobelsburg Castle, a Baroque wine-growing estate that produces both red and white wines. Its viniculture tradition dates back to 1138 AD, making it the oldest winery in the Danube region. After a short transfer from Tulln, arrive at the castle complex and tour its remarkable state rooms, impressive old vaults, and lush vineyards. Learn about the current owners, the Moosbrugger family, which has managed the vineyards according to organically integrated principles for nearly 30 years, then sample the wines yourself during a tasting.

Vukovar

Vučedol Culture Museum & Wine Experience

Vukovar

Vučedol Culture Museum & Wine Experience

Just 3 miles (5 km) downriver of Vukovar sits the remarkable Vučedol Culture Museum, one of Europe`s most significant archaeological sites. Here, you`ll get a proper introduction to the 5,000-year-old Vučedol people, whose large settlement of around 3,000 inhabitants thrived in this area between 3000 to 2200 BC—contemporary with the Sumer period in Mesopotamia, Egypt`s Early Dynastic period, and the earliest settlements in Troy. This guided tour takes you through the 19-room, state-of-the-art exhibit featuring their homes, pottery, tools, weapons, and more. Afterward, learn about the region`s centuries-old wine-growing tradition at a refreshing wine tasting.

Vukovar

Vukovar Discovery and Piano Concert at Eltz Manor

Vukovar

Vukovar Discovery and Piano Concert at Eltz Manor

During the Croatian War of Independence in the 1990s, the town of Vukovar was almost completely destroyed after an 87-day siege. But Vukovar rebuilt and after careful restoration, the Old Town is once again a magnet for guests from around the world. During a guided walking tour, your local expert will tell you about the long and rich history of Croatia`s easternmost city. Then, visit lavish Eltz Manor, the 18th-century Baroque home to the Vukovar City Museum. Your visit is topped off with a glass of sparkling wine and a beautiful piano concert.

Belgrade

Belgrade City Tour

Belgrade

Belgrade City Tour

Situated at the convergence of three historically important travel routes between Europe and the Balkans, the Serbian capital of Belgrade awaits your discovery on this superb guided tour. Travel first by coach for a visit of the copper-domed Temple of St. Sava, one of the largest Orthodox churches in the world. Learn how after more than a century of construction, the city`s crowning jewel remains unfinished. Then, enjoy a short panoramic drive to Republic Square, site of the National Theater and National Museum. Stroll along lively Knez Mihailo, a street bustling with cafés and shops, before continuing to Belgrade Fortress. During your visit, explore its walls, bastions, towers, and gates, as well as Kalemegdan Park, where the Ottoman army once trained, performed military reviews, and assembled troops before battles.

Belgrade

Tito - The Man and his Impact on Serbia

Belgrade

Tito - The Man and his Impact on Serbia

Serving in various positions of national leadership for nearly 40 years, Josip Tito was a defining figure in Yugoslavia`s communist history, serving as a resistance leader during WWII and president of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia from 1953 until his death in 1980. This tour visits the “House of Flowers,” the marshal`s winter garden that became his flower-filled final resting place. Wander among the memorial`s permanent exhibits that provide insight into Tito`s life and career.

Belgrade

Yugoslavian Heritage Tour

Belgrade

Yugoslavian Heritage Tour

Serbia`s checkered past is evident just by looking at the country`s many names. Established as the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes in 1918, it changed to the Kingdom of Yugoslavia (1929); Socialist Yugoslavia (1946); the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (1963); the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (1992); Serbia and Montenegro (2003); and the Republic of Serbia (2006). During your tour of the Yugoslav Museum, your knowledgeable guide will provide insights and historical context of this complex nation. Afterward, transfer by bus to the city center to meet a local who will tell you about life under socialism and what it was like to experience the transition to the Republic of Serbia. Listen his personal story as you enjoy homemade treats and the chance to ask questions.

Belgrade

Forest Hike to Avala Mountain

Belgrade

Forest Hike to Avala Mountain

Put on your hiking shoes and get ready to move on this exhilarating guided trek up Belgrade`s Mount Avala. Begin with a bus ride to the foot of the mountain that locals say was the peak mentioned in the King Arthur legends. Hike up to the 5,249-foot (1,600-meter) summit, home to two of Belgrade`s most important sites: the Tomb of the Unknown Hero and Avala AV Tower. Built in 1965, Avala AV Tower, the tallest structure in the Balkans, was destroyed in 1999 by NATO bombing. It was eventually rebuilt and reopened in 2010, a near-replica of the original. You`ll be rewarded with breathtaking views of Belgrade and nearby Vojvodina and Šumadija, as well as a refreshing drink before your return hike to the base of the mountain.NOTE: The coach ride to/from the base of the mountain is approximately 1 hour each way. Participants will hike both uphill and downhill for about 1.2 miles (2 km) Please wear appropriate footwear.

Belgrade

A Biking Exploration of Belgrade

Belgrade

A Biking Exploration of Belgrade

See the highlights of Belgrade in a completely different way on this enjoyable guided bike tour. Meet your local bike guides at the pier and set off on the mostly flat route. Along the way, pass numerous sights, including Brankov Bridge, the Sava Mala artists` quarter, old exhibition center, former Communist Party Central Committee, Palace of Serbia, and more. Pause at a café in the Zemun district for a refreshing drink and conversation with a local about how the district has changed over the decades.NOTE: Participants will ride a bike a distance of 8 miles (12 km) along a mostly flat path.

Belgrade

Morning Foodie Walk

Belgrade

Morning Foodie Walk

Start the day like a local on this guided breakfast. Begin with a cup of coffee in iconic Kalemegdan Park. Sit quietly as the city awakens, then try a traditional ustipak, a local pastry, as well as kajmak (salted cream) and an assortment of local cheeses. Continue through the oldest part of the city, passing the only preserved mosque, dating back to the 16th century, and the Jewish community center. Finally, walk through the Bohemian quarter and visit one of the city`s oldest restaurants for more local specialties before returning to your ship.

Novi Sad

`Salas` - Traditional Vojvodina Village Home

Novi Sad

`Salas` - Traditional Vojvodina Village Home

A short bus ride whisks you to the village of Čenej in the province of Vojvodina. Here, you`ll visit an authentic salaši, an ethno farm that`s part of the area`s protected cultural heritage. Nowhere else on Earth is the spirit of Serbia as evident as in its captivating ethno villages. Meet the farm`s owners, who have carefully modernized the 1904 homestead while preserving its historical elements. While you`re visiting, maybe help create traditional local pastries or simply dig into a traditional Vojvodin breakfast while listening to Serbian music.

Novi Sad

Biking in Novi Sad

Novi Sad

Biking in Novi Sad

Situated on the banks of the Danube, Novi Sad`s cityscape is dominated by 18th-century architecture—and you`ll see it all by bike on this enjoyable guided tour. While your local guide informs and entertains you with tales about the city`s history, see the charming squares and streets of Serbia`s second-largest city. Highlights include the Main Square, beautiful Dunavski Park, the Riverside and Novi Sad Bridges, the University of Novi Sad campus, Ribarac Island, the Old Cemetery, and more.

Mohacs

Day Trip to Pécs & Zsolnay Porcelain Factory

Mohacs

Day Trip to Pécs & Zsolnay Porcelain Factory

Founded by the Romans, Pécs is one of the oldest cities in Hungary. Discover its many wonders on this marvelous day trip. Your adventure begins with a stop at the Zsolnay Cultural Quarter, featuring exhibits, restaurants, event halls, and the world-famous Zsolnay Porcelain Manufactory, a Hungarian manufacturer of porcelain, tiles, and stoneware since 1853. Hear how Zsolnay pottery was exhibited at the 1873 World Fair in Vienna, how it was the largest company in Austro-Hungary by 1914, about its use by the military in WWI, and how the factory was nationalized by the communists in 1948. Afterward, you have time to wander through the exhibits on your own and marvel at the gorgous pieces. Next, travel by coach to the city center for an orientation of this European Capital of Culture. Pass by museums, the Bishop`s Palace, Lapidarium Cathedral, and the Modern Hungarian Gallery, arriving at St. Peter and Paul Cathedral for a private organ performance. Afterward, enjoy free time to soak up the local atmosphere or to maybe pop into a local café to try hearty Hungarian fare.NOTE: The coach ride to/from Pécs takes about 45 minutes each way.

Mohacs

Gemenc National Park by Canoe & Kalocsa Visit

Mohacs

Gemenc National Park by Canoe & Kalocsa Visit

Hop aboard a coach for a memorable trip to the scenic Gemenc Forest nature reserve. Begin with a ride on the historic narrow-gauge railroad to the starting point of your canoe adventure. A specially licensed guide will lead you through the park`s enchanted waterways, keeping watch for resident storks, herons, eagles, and deer. Afterward, enjoy a snack before the train returns you to your coach for the journey to Kalocsa. Situated on the legendary Puszta (Great Plains), Kalocsa was founded in 1001 and is one of the oldest cities in Hungary. Led by a local expert, see the cathedral and the Archbishop`s Palace with its amazing library, home to 150,000 books and manuscripts, including the Vizsolyi Bible, the oldest surviving Hungarian Bible.

Kalocsa

Kalocsa Discovery

Kalocsa

Kalocsa Discovery

From the pier, hop aboard a bus and drive to the 200-year-old Folk Art House, whose cozy rooms are decorated with colorful paintings created by local female artisans. Some of the artists will be there to greet you and demonstrate how to decorate eggs, furniture, and other household items in the traditional Hungarian way. Next, visit the Paprika House to learn all about the history, traditions, and uses of this legendary Hungarian spice. Finally, visit the Archbishop`s Palace with its amazing library, home to 150,000 books and manuscripts, including the Vizsolyi Bible, the oldest surviving Hungarian Bible.

Vienna

Vienna

Imperial Hofburg Palace and Treasury

Grein

Grein Historical Municipal Theater

Grein

Grein Historical Municipal Theater

Join an expert guide for a short walk through the charming village of Grein. Pause for photos of the mighty castle towering over the Danube, then on to visit the oldest still-active theater in Austria. Peruse its wood-seated auditorium and learn about the front row`s “lock seats,” which could only be used by the key-holding seat owners. Also hear how audience members who needed to use the toilet had only to duck behind an in-theater curtain, where they could continue following the action on stage without missing a thing; and all about the “jail seat,” where prisoners could watch the performances through a window.

Vienna

Vienna

Panoramic Vienna & Kunsthistorisches Museum

Visegrad

Visegrad

Visegrad

Visegrad

Visegrad

Visegrád Castle Hike

Esztergom

Esztergom

Das Erbe der Esterhazys in Tata

Lyon

Panoramic Lyon & Old Town Walking Tour

Lyon

Panoramic Lyon & Old Town Walking Tour

Discover the best of Lyon on this wonderful outing. Your adventure begins with a panoramic coach tour past many of Lyon`s most famous landmarks. See Roman ruins, medieval- and Renaissance-era churches, one of the largest town squares in Europe, and other wonders. Then, disembark from your coach and join an expert guide for a walk through the Old Town. Along the way, enjoy coffee and a tasting of the city`s famous praline brioche.

Rüdesheim

Rüdesheim

Abbey & Castle eBike Adventure

Vienna

Vienna

Bratislava Walking Tour and Slovakian Beer

Mainz

Frankfurt City Tour and Main Tower

Mainz

Frankfurt City Tour and Main Tower

Discover vibrant Frankfurt am Main, Germany`s inimitable Mainhattan, on an engaging city tour through one of Europe`s most important financial centers. With more than 300 global credit institutions, the European Central Bank, and Deutsche Börse, Frankfurt is a true hub of international finance. Despite the seeming ocean of modern skyscrapers, there`s a striking contrast as ancient architectural treasures persist in the midst of it all. In the historical center, see the Imperial Cathedral (852), St. Paul`s Church (1829), the iconic Römer city hall (1405), and several reconstructed half-timber houses that were destroyed during WWII. Later, ascend the Main Tower to an observation deck 656 feet (200 meters) high to appreciate the city`s breathtaking skyline.

Mainz

A Walk Through Mainz With Gutenberg Museum

Mainz

A Walk Through Mainz With Gutenberg Museum

Get to know the winding streets of Old Town Mainz with its half-timbered houses and important monuments, and learn about the Rhenish way of life, including its months-long Carnival celebration each year. Along the way, meet the city`s favorite son, Johannes Gutenberg, who changed the world by inventing the printing press in the mid-1400s. Stop at the 1,000-year-old Romanesque cathedral, then continue to the Gutenberg Museum to learn more about letterpress printing, how the printing press was used—and to make your own print. Afterward, enjoy time to explore the city center on your own.

Linz

Mauthausen Concentration Camp Memorial

Linz

Mauthausen Concentration Camp Memorial

No period of history affected as many people around the world as the rule of the Nazis during the Third Reich. Built after Germany`s annexation of Austria in 1938, the Mauthausen Concentration Camp in Upper Austria today serves as a memorial to the approximately 200,000 men, women, and children who were imprisoned and perished there during WWII. After a short coach ride, arrive at Mauthausen for an hour-long guided tour of the memorial—and learn how Austria commemorates the victims of the Nazi regime and deals with the painful past. Afterward, there`s free time to visit the exhibits at your own pace.

Tulln

Klosterneuburg Abbey With Wine Tasting

Tulln

Klosterneuburg Abbey With Wine Tasting

Towering majestically over the Danube Valley, just outside Vienna, is the 12th-century Klosterneuburg Augustinian monastery, the oldest and largest winery in Austria. Here, you will find part of the Habsburg treasury, including the Archduke`s hat, the Verdun Altar, St. Agnes`s seven-branched candlestick, and other important art pieces. Spend a fascinating part of your day exploring this huge monastic complex with an expert guide, then head into the cellar vaults for a tasting of its impeccably crafted wines.

Belgrade

Belgrade

Serbian Wetlands With Balkan Donkey Cheese Tasting

Novi Sad

Novi Sad

A Walk Through Novi Sad With Petrovaradin Fortress

Vienna

Vienna

Stadtführung und Training Hofreitschule
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