Danube River Cruise: Budapest to Nuremberg

From Budapest to Nuremberg, every aspect of this itinerary will surprise and delight you. Explore the delights of Europe with your National Geographic Expert on city tours and specaial museum visits.

8 Days
Budapest to Nuremberg
From (USD)
$ 4,995
Dates & Pricing

2021 Budapest > Nuremberg

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. As we sail these storied waterways, enjoy the freedom and flexibility to tailor the itinerary to your interests, choosing from a variety of available excursions at each port of call—and benefit from the insights provided by the National Geographic Expert and the National Geographic photographer who accompany us on the journey.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
NBU
Duration:
8 days
Departure City:
Budapest
Return City:
Nuremberg

Selected Itinerary

National Geographic Expert, Teresa Fisher

Departure date: May 10, 2021

Teresa Fisher is a National Geographic author and freelance travel writer based in Portsmouth, UK. With a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Exeter University, she initially worked in London for Sotheby’s auction house; then in Europe as a cross-cultural communications trainer, living in Germany, Ireland, Italy, Switzerland and Taiwan. While residing in Bavaria, she commenced a career in travel writing, focusing initially on Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France and Italy – destinations which still hold a special place in her heart. Teresa has since penned more than 30 guidebooks and children’s educational books on a wide variety of destinations from Europe to Japan, for publishers such as Lonely Planet, Frommer’s and Fodor’s, and including National Geographic Traveler Switzerland. She specializes in European cities, adventure travel to far-flung destinations and all things Alpine, dividing her time between her family-oriented website, familyskinews.com, and photojournalism. Her stories have taken her round the globe, documenting wildlife and culture in some of the world’s more remote places. Highlights include tracking jaguars by dugout canoe in Guyana, tracking orangutan in eastern Sabah, backpacking round Japan, and being part of the first team of husky mushers to cross from Finland into Russia. When she’s not travelling or skiing, Teresa spends summer months aboard her houseboat in the world’s largest natural harbour, Poole Harbour. Teresa speaks French, German and some Italian, plays the violin and piano, and is a member of The British Guild of Travel Writers and The Arts Society. She has been leading expeditions for National Geographic in Europe for more than half a dozen years.

National Geographic - Alison Wright

National Geographic Photographer, Alison Wright

Departure date: May 10, 2021
Named a National Geographic Traveler of the Year as someone who travels with a sense of passion and purpose, Alison Wright photographs cultures and people around the globe while covering issues concerning the human condition. She is also a recipient of the Dorothea Lange Award in Documentary Photography and a two-time winner of the Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Award. Alison has traveled to more than 150 countries and was based in Asia for years. With family connections in Belgium and the United Kingdom, she has also extensively photographed throughout Europe, along with Africa, Canada, Latin America, and the Middle East. Alison’s work has been featured in National Geographic magazine, and she has produced ten books, including three for the National Geographic Traveler guidebook series. Her memoir, “Learning to Breathe; One Woman’s Journey of Spirit and Survival,” chronicles her inspirational story of survival and years of rehabilitation, and her ongoing determination to recover and continue traveling the world as an intrepid photojournalist. Alison’s experience and her work in post-disaster/conflict areas inspired her to establish a foundation called Faces of Hope, a non-profit that globally supports women and children’s rights by creating visual awareness and donating directly to grass-roots organizations that help sustain them through education and healthcare. She looks forward to sharing her photographic and storytelling expertise with travelers.

8 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Budapest, Hungary

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

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Budapest

    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, explore Budapest on a city tour, and opt to delve into bustling Great Market Hall, Budapest’s largest indoor market or explore Budapest through the lens of its Jewish history.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Vienna, Austria

    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, gather for a private concert in the gilded halls of the Palais Liechtenstein, featuring the music of Strauss and Mozart.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Vienna or Bratislava, Slovakia

    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.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Dürnstein/Melk, Austria

    Glide into Austria’s lush Wachau Valley and enjoy an early morning hike through the vineyards of Dürnstein before sailing to Melk; or take a more active excursion, cycling along the Danube from Dürnstein to Melk. Pay a visit to Artstetten Castle, the final resting place of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, and meet with direct descendants of the family who still live in the castle. Alternatively, tour of Melk’s Benedictine abbey, one of the world’s most magnificent baroque buildings. This evening, sip cocktails on deck as we wind our way beneath the valley’s vineyard-draped hillsides and iconic onion-domed churches.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Salzburg, Austria; Bavarian Alps, Germany; or Ceský Krumlov, Czech Republic

    Today, choose between three unique excursions. Explore Salzburg, strolling the storybook streets of the World Heritage-listed old town and visiting the Schloss Mirabell and its stunning manicured gardens. Alternatively, venture into the Bavarian Alps, learning about the region’s tradition of salt mining; and visit the scenic town of Berchtesgaden. Weather permitting, enjoy spectacular alpine views from the Eagle’s Nest—a lavish mountaintop lodge that was gifted to Adolph Hitler on his 50th birthday. Or, head to the Czech town of Ceský Krumlov—a labyrinth of cobblestoned streets with medieval, baroque, and Renaissance houses; lively cafés; and hidden squares.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Regensburg, Germany

    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 a visit to Weltenburg Abbey, home to the world’s oldest monastic brewery.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Nuremberg

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

    Please note: Pre–release itinerary, subject to change

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

The National Geographic Difference
  • 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 Ceský 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.

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