Day 1 - London - Amsterdam
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from your home, for your journey to London Heathrow Airport and a direct, scheduled British Airways flight to Amsterdam. On arrival, transfer to embark MS Serenade 1 (4T). A buffet is available on arrival, with time at leisure to settle in before a welcome cocktail and Captain’s gala dinner this evening.
Day 2 - Scenic cruising
Our journey starts with a leisurely day taking in the scenes of the northern Netherlands.
Day 3 - Cologne
We arrive in the wonderful city of Cologne for a full day in one of Germany’s most important trade centres. Home to numerous sites of interest, it is impossible to not be entranced by the city’s hallmark - the incredible Gothic cathedral with a vast stone façade. On our included guided walking tour we will visit this, one of the largest cathedrals in Europe, said to house the remains of the Three Wise Men. We sail late evening.
Day 4 - Koblenz
We arrive in Koblenz early this morning, and remain here overnight allowing a full day to explore this 2,000-year-old-city. Start with an included tour of Koblenz and a visit to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, climbing up to its hilltop position by cable car. This grand castle has been through a series of wars and sieges from its conception in AD 1000 to World War I. Spend the rest of the day making your own explorations of the town’s historic old quarter.
Day 5 - Koblenz - Lorelei Rock - Rüdesheim
Enjoy a morning sailing along the most beautiful part of the Rhine, passing castle after castle, renowned vineyards and the legendary Lorelei Rock - a stunning experience. Over lunch, we arrive in Rüdesheim, one of the Rhine Valley’s prettiest towns and famed for its winemaking tradition dating back to Carolingian times. You may like to spend your afternoon tasting the wines or visiting Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum, a delightful collection of imaginative music boxes.
Day 6 - Frankfurt
Frankfurt is immensely proud of its heritage, with a bustling city centre full of historical sites including the Kaiserdom (Cathedral) and the Paulskirche, the cradle of German democracy. We explore much of this on an included city tour, including Römerberg, the historic heart of the city that has been the site of markets, fairs, tournaments, executions and coronations. You may like to head to the Old Sachsenhausen, an area full of fountains and timber-framed houses and Epelwoi pubs which serve the local apple wine and delicious local food. The afternoon is free to explore before returning to our ship to take tonight’s dinner while sailing onwards.
Day 7 - Miltenberg
This morning we dock in Miltenberg to explore the attractive medieval town, viewing exquisite examples of the area’s gorgeous timber-framed houses, the small castle and surrounding wooded hillsides independently. The production of wine and beer contributed significantly to the town’s early wealth and you may choose to spend your morning on a beer tasting excursion. We continue the cruise this afternoon.
Day 8 - Würzburg
The Würzburg Residence Palace is a masterpiece of the southern German Baroque and one of the most important castles by Balthasar Neumann. It was built at the beginning of the 18th century for Prince-Bishop Johann Philipp Franz von Schönborn and the wonderful frescoes and magnificent staircase, with its unsupported vaulted ceiling, have been painstakingly restored. We visit the palace on an included walking tour before an afternoon of scenic cruising.
Day 9 - Bamberg
This afternoon we arrive in Bamberg, a UNESCO-listed town that had a huge influence on Germany from the 10th century onwards, by inspiring eminent philosophers who lived here and encouraging links with neighbouring countries. Explore the attractive narrow streets and squares independently or join an optional guided walk of its historic old quarter and the exquisite Rose Garden.
Day 10 - Nuremberg
We spend this morning in Nuremberg, with a city tour included to introduce its highlights from its medieval beginnings to the present. It was the preferred residence of many German kings and artists, and led the industrial revolution, but much of the city was destroyed in January 1945. Since WWII, it gained fame for the Nuremberg Trials and many of the classic buildings have been painstakingly restored.
Day 11 - Regensburg
We arrive in Regensburg early to spend the morning exploring the cathedrals, churches, monasteries and town hall of one of the best-preserved medieval cities in Germany at leisure. This was the first capital of Bavaria, a status that rewarded it with many fine sights. You may like to take an optional excursion to Weltenburg Abbey, a Benedictine monastery on a bend in the Danube, renowned for its beauty and for holding the world’s oldest monastic brewery.
Day 12 - Passau - Linz
This morning, we arrive in Passau, a largely Baroque city situated on the Austrian border at the confluence of three rivers - the Danube, the Inn and the Ilz. Visit majestic St Stephen’s Cathedral to see the world’s largest cathedral organ. We cross into Austria this afternoon as we sail to Linz.
Day 13 - Melk - Vienna
Spend this morning in the quiet town of Melk and perhaps join an optional visit the glorious Austrian Benedictine abbey, one of the world’s most famous monastic sites. Sitting at the entrance of the picturesque Wachau Valley, we spend this afternoon taking the leisurely journey along the meandering river this afternoon, winding our way to Vienna, where we dock this evening and remain overnight.
Day 14 - Vienna
Vienna is the city of the waltz, the Spanish Riding School, Sacher Torte and the famous Vienna Boys’ Choir. We enjoy an included city tour, taking you to the Ringstrasse and the famous St Stephan’s Cathedral. The final leg of our cruise commences this afternoon and tonight, enjoy the Captain’s farewell gala dinner on board.
Day 15 Budapest
Our cruise comes to an end in Budapest, where we disembark and transfer to our hotel, the Danubias Hotel Astoria (4T), Mamaison Hotel Andrassy (4T) or Mercure Budapest Korona (4T), where we stay overnight. The rest of the day is free to explore this delightful city.
Day 16 Budapest - London
Transfer to Budapest Airport for a direct, scheduled British Airways flight to London Heathrow. On arrival you will be met and guided to your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.