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Danube River Cruise: Budapest to Nuremberg
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8 days

from $4,745 AUD

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Travelers can choose light or moderate activities throughout the trip. They should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include city walking tours, visits to sites, game drives, and easy hikes, with options each day for more physical activities such as hiking, kayaking, snorkeling, or biking.

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Premium expeditions are led by a National Geographic expert, an expedition team, or top guides, and tap into National Geographic's worldwide resources to allow for in-depth exploration and special access to sites and experts in the field. Itineraries are fully planned, with some free time. Accommodations are high-end or best available. Ground transportation and most meals and activities are included in the trip price.

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Expedition Overview

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EXPEDITION OVERVIEW
  • Join a National Geographic expert to explore fascinating UNESCO World Heritage sites, such as Austria’s Wachau Valley, the Bavarian town of Regensburg, and the medieval Czech gem of Český Krumlov.
  • Take a specially arranged tour of Vienna’s renowned Museum of Natural History, and meet with Ludovic Ferrière, the National Geographic grantee who co-curator the museum’s meteorite exhibit.
  • Get guidance on technique and artistry from a National Geographic photographer, and capture a unique angle on iconic cityscapes from Budapest to Salzburg.
  • Enjoy a private classical concert in the gilded halls of Vienna’s Palais Liechtenstein.
Itinerary

From Gothic Hungarian spires to imperial Viennese treasures, discover the fairytale scenery and legendary landmarks of Central Europe. Aboard the Scenic Amber, cruise the fabled Danube River from Budapest through Austria's stunning Wachau Valley to Nuremburg. Explore gilded palaces and meticulously manicured gardens in Vienna and Salzburg; bike past charming red-roofed villages laced with lush vineyards; and witness the tapestry of medieval, Renaissance, and Roman architecture woven through old-world Europe.

Day 1: Budapest, Hungary

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Arrive in Budapest and embark the Scenic Amber. After settling into your spacious suite, enjoy a welcome dinner on board, complete with views of the city glittering under the night sky.

Day 2: Budapest or Szentendre

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Discover two distinct sides of the Hungarian capital—the cobbled hills of Buda and the grand boulevards of Pest, linked by eight stately bridges that span the Danube. Climb historic Castle Hill to see the Royal Palace and Matthias Church, the stunning setting for the coronations and weddings of the Habsburg royalty. Alternatively, you may wish to hike the Buda Hills that rise beyond the city center; explore Budapest through the lens of its Jewish history; or venture to the charming riverfront town of Szentendre, home to a thriving artist colony.

Day 3: Vienna, Austria

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Cruise the Danube toward Vienna, tracing the border of Hungary and Slovakia before crossing into Austria. Relax in the lounge, taking in views of colorful waterfront towns and hilltop fortifications; or join our National Geographic photographer on deck to learn techniques for capturing the splendid scenery on camera. This evening, arrive in Vienna for a private concert in the gilded halls of the Palais Liechtenstein, featuring the music of Strauss and Mozart.

Day 4: Vienna or Bratislava, Slovakia

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Choose from among several available excursions today. Take a special behind-the-scenes tour of Vienna’s Museum of Natural History led by Ludovic Ferrière, a National Geographic grantee and co-curator of the museum’s meteorite exhibit. For a glimpse at the city’s more opulent side, visit Schönbrunn Palace, the baroque summer residence of the imperial family; or peruse the ornate galleries of the Belvedere Museum, home to the world’s largest collection of Gustav Klimt paintings, including “The Kiss”. Or cross the Slovakian border and take a guided tour through Bratislava’s old town.

Day 5: Melk, Austria

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Glide into Austria’s lush Wachau Valley and dock at Melk for a tour of its Benedictine abbey, one of the world’s most magnificent baroque buildings. Or take a more active excursion, cycling along the Danube from Melk to Dürnstein, or hiking to the hilltop ruins of a medieval castle. There is also the option to visit a local winery for a guided tour of the cellars and vines, followed by a tasting of the region’s celebrated Grüner Veltliners and Rieslings. This evening, sip cocktails on deck as we wind our way beneath the valley’s vineyard-draped hillsides and iconic onion-domed churches.

Day 6: Salzburg or Český Krumlov, Czech Republic

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Today, choose between two excursions to World Heritage-listed cities. Explore Salzburg, strolling the storybook streets of the old town and visiting the Schloss Mirabell and its stunning manicured gardens. Or head to the Czech town of Český Krumlov—a labyrinth of cobblestoned streets with medieval, baroque, and Renaissance houses; lively cafés; and hidden squares. Alternatively, venture to the historic salt mines outside of Salzburg and learn about the life and work of the miners.

Day 7: Regensburg, Germany

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Set at the confluence of the Danube, Naab, and Regen Rivers, Regensburg once served as a free imperial city of the Holy Roman Empire. On a guided visit, see the town’s splendid Gothic cathedral, 12th-century stone bridge, and the Porta Praetoria—the ancient Roman city gate. Or explore Bavaria’s long tradition of brewing beer on one of two excursions: a tour of the historic Kuchlbauer Brewery; or a visit to Weltenburg Abbey, home to the world’s oldest monastic brewery.

Day 8: Nuremberg

Arrive in Nuremberg and transfer to the airport to catch your flight home.

EXTENSIONS

Day 1: Prague, Czech Republic

Arrive in Prague and settle into our centrally located hotel.

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Day 2: Prague

Trace centuries of history on a guided tour through this “city of a hundred spires.” Get acquainted with spacious plazas and magnificent cathedrals as you wind your way along the cobbled streets of the Old Town. Visit the lively Old Town Square, a focal point of the 15th-century conflict between the reformist Hussites and the ruling Roman Catholics, and see the statue commemorating Jan Hus, the religious reform leader and Czech national hero who was burned at the stake for heresy. Gaze up at the impressive Astronomical Clock, and catch its festive hourly performance. Later, choose to explore through the lens of its communist history, or step into the 12th-century Strahov Monastery, known for its extensive art and library collection. Gather this evening for a traditional Czech feast.

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Day 3: Prague

Set out to explore Prague at your leisure. Consider a visit to the historic Jewish Quarter, where the synagogues, museums, and cemetery tell an unforgettable story of struggle and perseverance. Cross the iconic Charles Bridge to see St. Vitus Cathedral and the courtyards and palaces that make up Prague Castle, the largest ancient castle in the world. Or delve into Prague’s modern history in Wenceslas Square, where citizens gathered during the Velvet Revolution to first demand, and then celebrate, the end of communism.

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Day 4: Prague

After breakfast, transfer to the airport or continue on to your next destination.

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What to Expect

This trip has an activity rating of light\/moderate and suits a range of interests and abilities. Travelers should be physically fit and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods, navigating uneven or slippery terrain, and climbing stairs without handrails. Choose from a variety of excursions, from short walking tours to options for extended hiking and biking.

Accommodations
This is an all-inclusive experience aboard a world-class river ship featuring fine dining, exceptional amenities, and butler service.

Expedition Team
A National Geographic expert and a National Geographic photographer will accompany the entire trip, and local experts will join us along the way.

ACCOMMODATIONS
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Constructed between 2015 and 2016, the state-of-the-art Scenic Amber and her sister ship Scenic Opal were custom built to navigate the inland waterways of Europe. The vessels each feature four decks and a variety of casual and upscale dining options; and a one-to-three staff-to-guest ratio ensures the highest level of service. A National Geographic expert and photographer accompany each departure.

Capacity: 169 guests in 85 outward-facing suites

Overall Length: 445 feet

Public Areas: Each vessel is outfitted with four decks, including a spacious all-weather sun deck with comfortable lounge furniture for relaxation and al fresco dining. The ship holds three elegant dining areas as well as indoor bar and lounge areas, all equipped with expansive panoramic windows.

Meals: Fare served on board is inspired by regional cuisine from the destinations visited along your journey. The main dining area offers buffet and à la cart options three times daily, and exquisite multi-course meals with wine pairings are served upon invitation in two intimate dining rooms. The more casual café offers light meals and snacks, and a bar and lounge has a robust menu of wine, beer, and spirits.

Suites: Each ship holds 72 suites and 13 staterooms with a range of in-room amenities. All rooms face outwards and are equipped with en suite bathrooms, and most have private balconies that can be converted into all-weather sun lounges. Select suites offer spacious lounge areas and larger bathrooms and balconies. Each accommodation is equipped with a high-definition television and complimentary Wi-Fi.

Special Features: Plunge pool, wellness center, fitness center and rooftop walking track, and gift shop. A National Geographic expert and photographer accompany each voyage.

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Constructed between 2015 and 2016, the state-of-the-art Scenic Amber and her sister ship Scenic Opal were custom built to navigate the inland waterways of Europe. The vessels each feature four decks and a variety of casual and upscale dining options; and a one-to-three staff-to-guest ratio ensures the highest level of service. A National Geographic expert and photographer accompany each departure.

Capacity: 169 guests in 85 outward-facing suites

Overall Length: 445 feet

Public Areas: Each vessel is outfitted with four decks, including a spacious all-weather sun deck with comfortable lounge furniture for relaxation and al fresco dining. The ship holds three elegant dining areas as well as indoor bar and lounge areas, all equipped with expansive panoramic windows.

Meals: Fare served on board is inspired by regional cuisine from the destinations visited along your journey. The main dining area offers buffet and à la cart options three times daily, and exquisite multi-course meals with wine pairings are served upon invitation in two intimate dining rooms. The more casual café offers light meals and snacks, and a bar and lounge has a robust menu of wine, beer, and spirits.

Suites: Each ship holds 72 suites and 13 staterooms with a range of in-room amenities. All rooms face outwards and are equipped with en suite bathrooms, and most have private balconies that can be converted into all-weather sun lounges. Select suites offer spacious lounge areas and larger bathrooms and balconies. Each accommodation is equipped with a high-definition television and complimentary Wi-Fi.

Special Features: Plunge pool, wellness center, fitness center and rooftop walking track, and gift shop. A National Geographic expert and photographer accompany each voyage.

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Constructed between 2015 and 2016, the state-of-the-art Scenic Amber and her sister ship Scenic Opal were custom built to navigate the inland waterways of Europe. The vessels each feature four decks and a variety of casual and upscale dining options; and a one-to-three staff-to-guest ratio ensures the highest level of service. A National Geographic expert and photographer accompany each departure.

Capacity: 169 guests in 85 outward-facing suites

Overall Length: 445 feet

Public Areas: Each vessel is outfitted with four decks, including a spacious all-weather sun deck with comfortable lounge furniture for relaxation and al fresco dining. The ship holds three elegant dining areas as well as indoor bar and lounge areas, all equipped with expansive panoramic windows.

Meals: Fare served on board is inspired by regional cuisine from the destinations visited along your journey. The main dining area offers buffet and à la cart options three times daily, and exquisite multi-course meals with wine pairings are served upon invitation in two intimate dining rooms. The more casual café offers light meals and snacks, and a bar and lounge has a robust menu of wine, beer, and spirits.

Suites: Each ship holds 72 suites and 13 staterooms with a range of in-room amenities. All rooms face outwards and are equipped with en suite bathrooms, and most have private balconies that can be converted into all-weather sun lounges. Select suites offer spacious lounge areas and larger bathrooms and balconies. Each accommodation is equipped with a high-definition television and complimentary Wi-Fi.

Special Features: Plunge pool, wellness center, fitness center and rooftop walking track, and gift shop. A National Geographic expert and photographer accompany each voyage.

PRICES & DATES

  • date Jun 11-18 Jun
  • Prices From $4,745 AUD Per Person
  • Ship Scenic Amber
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Trip PricesPer Person

Accommodations
Double Occupancy
Single Occupancy
Single Balcony Suite (BS)
Double Occupancy
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Single Occupancy
$7,245 AUD
Standard Suite (E)
Double Occupancy
$4,745 AUD
Single Occupancy
$9,040 AUD
Standard Suite (D)
Double Occupancy
$4,940 AUD
Single Occupancy
$9,430 AUD
Balcony Suite (C)
Double Occupancy
$5,890 AUD
Single Occupancy
$11,330 AUD
Balcony Suite (BA)
Double Occupancy
$6,170 AUD
Single Occupancy
$11,890 AUD
Balcony Suite (BB)
Double Occupancy
$6,220 AUD
Single Occupancy
$11,990 AUD
Balcony Suite (A)
Double Occupancy
$6,240 AUD
Single Occupancy
$12,030 AUD
Balcony Suite (PA)
Double Occupancy
$6,290 AUD
Single Occupancy
$12,130 AUD
Balcony Suite (PP)
Double Occupancy
$6,320 AUD
Single Occupancy
$12,190 AUD
Deluxe Balcony Suite (BD)
Double Occupancy
$6,320 AUD
Single Occupancy
$12,190 AUD
Junior Balcony Suite (B1J)
Double Occupancy
$6,340 AUD
Single Occupancy
$12,230 AUD
Junior Balcony Suite (BJ)
Double Occupancy
$6,470 AUD
Single Occupancy
$12,490 AUD
Deluxe Balcony Suite (PD)
Double Occupancy
$6,640 AUD
Single Occupancy
$12,830 AUD
Junior Balcony Suite (RJ)
Double Occupancy
$6,840 AUD
Single Occupancy
$13,230 AUD
Royal Balcony Suite (RR)
Double Occupancy
$8,140 AUD
Single Occupancy
$15,830 AUD
Royal Panorama Suite (RP)
Double Occupancy
$8,840 AUD
Single Occupancy
$17,230 AUD
Royal Owners Suite (RO)
Double Occupancy
$9,340 AUD
Single Occupancy
$18,230 AUD

Deck Plans

Jewel Deck
Sapphire Deck
Diamond Deck

All trip prices are per person based on double occupancy, are subject to change without notice and do not include airfare.

  • Transfers upon arrival and departure
  • Accommodation aboard a world-class ship operated by Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours
  • All meals, from dinner on the first night to breakfast on the final morning
  • Daily activities and excursions as indicated in the itinerary
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • All gratuities

What's Not Included

  • Airfare to and from destination
  • Trip cancellation insurance or any other travel insurance
  • Visas
Mark Baker
Author
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Mark Baker is a freelance journalist and travel writer based in Prague. He has written articles on the Czech Republic and Austria for National Geographic Traveler magazine. Mark has also authored more than a dozen guidebooks on Eastern and Central Europe for publishers such as Lonely Planet, Frommer’s, and Fodor’s, and has written for BBC World News, the Wall Street Journal, and Wanderlust. Before embarking on a freelance career, Mark worked as a correspondent for The Economist Group, Bloomberg News, and Radio Free Europe. When he’s not traveling, Mark teaches courses in journalism and Central European history at Anglo-American University in Prague.

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  • Jun 11-18, 2020 - Scenic Amber
Jay Dickman
Photographer
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Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Jay Dickman's career has spanned a multitude of experiences. As a photojournalist for more than 40 years, Jay has covered topics as diverse as the Salvadoran civil war, Olympics and Super Bowls, national political conventions, and the 40th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima. Among his more than 25 assignments for National Geographic, he lived in a Stone Age village in Papua New Guinea and spent a week under the Arctic ice in a nuclear attack submarine. Jay has been joining National Geographic Expeditions for over a decade and has traveled to all seven continents. A popular photography instructor, he has also published a best-selling guide called Perfect Digital Photography, as well as numerous articles for National Geographic, LIFE, Sports Illustrated, Time, and Forbes.

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  • Jun 11-18, 2020 - Scenic Amber