Grand Europe

26 December 2017 - 4 January 2018

Duration

9 Nights

Journey Type

Sailing from Germany

Ports

9 Ports

26 December

Setting sail from Nuremberg

Nuremberg, Bavaria's second city, first pops up in the history books in 1050 as a stronghold of the Franks, and later became the unofficial capital of the Holy Roman Empire. Nuremberg was also the centre of the German Renaissance, although in the 20th century it became associated with the Nazis; huge rallies were held here, and Nazi officials were later tried and convicted at the Nuremberg Trials. Happily Nuremberg has bounced back from these dark days, and nowadays the city is a tourist magnet thanks to the beautifully restored old town, Christmas markets and excellent beer.

Our tip

Nuremberg is completely rebuilt so has a bit of a Disneyesque feel to it. But this was a key centre for Hitler, so turn your back on toytown and visit the Documentation Centre (excellent exhibit) and Zeppelinfeld, where most of the big Nazi rallies took place.

27 December

Germany: Regensburg

28 December

Germany: Deggendorf

28-29 December

Germany: Passau

30 December

Austria: Melk

30 December

Austria: Dürnstein

31 December - 1 January

Austria: Vienna

2 January

Slovakia: Bratislava

3-4 January

Arriving in Budapest

Budapest is one of Eastern Europe's most appealing cities, a vibrant and welcoming capital that straddles the Danube. The history of Budapest has been somewhat turbulent - ransacked by the Mongols in 1241, occupied by the Ottoman Turks for over a century, and almost flattened by the Soviets in 1945 - but plenty of older buildings survive, including the imposing Parliament and iconic St Stephen's Basilica. Although a pedant might point out that Budapest has only really existed since 1873; up until then the city's two distinct halves, Buda and Pest, were separate towns.

Don't miss

If you are a music lover, you can’t miss a performance at the Opera House – affordable, and great music in a wonderful building.

The Ship

Your home from home

Crystal River Cruises - Crystal Bach, Mahler, Debussy & Ravel
Crystal River Cruises suite
Crystal Bach pool

The intimate Crystal Mahler and Crystal Bach launch in 2017, with sister ships Crystal Debussy and Crystal Ravel to follow in 2018. Each has a welcoming range of lounges and facilities, whilst staterooms are spacious and beautifully decorated.

What we love

The Crystal River Yacht difference is all in the pace of life - slowed down itineraries, plenty of overnights in port, and leisurely hours on board to make the most of the captivating scenery. Add to that the highest crew to passenger ratio on any European river cruise vessel, with crew trained to Crystal's usual high standards, and you have a winner.

Capacity 110 Guests
Crew 85 Crystal-trained European Staff
Style A relaxed pace with specially curated shore excursions, and Crystal's usual high standards on board.
Inclusions
  • All meals in all venues
  • Gratuities
  • Alcoholic beverages including premium spirits
  • Sightseeing and excursions
  • Tea and coffee throughout the day
  • WiFi and on-demand entertainment
  • Bicycles and fitness centre
  • Guest Laundry
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Tailor-make your trip

Ways to make it better
Hotel Drei Raben, Nuremberg

Where to stay in Nuremberg

We like the Drei Raben (Three Ravens) in the rebuilt old town.

Kaiserburg castle, Nuremberg

Explore Nuremberg's rich history

Nuremberg's medieval might and significance as part of the Holy Roman Empire becomes clear in a visit to the Kaiserburg.

Hotel Palazzo Zichy, Budapest

Our favourite hotel in Budapest

We like the Hotel Palazzo Zichy on the Pest side of the river, which used to be the residence of Count Nándor Zichy.

Tokaji aszú wine, Hungary

A taste of Hungary

If you’re a wine lover, you really should visit the world’s oldest classified wine region, known for its sweet Tokaji aszú dessert wine.

Get in touch & let us tailor-make your perfect cruise holiday

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