This river cruise down the Danube begins in Germany with three days in Berlin, a city where turbulent past and vibrant present meet. A high-speed train will whisk you to Nurnberg when it’s time to embark on your seven-night river cruise. Along the way, step into historic towns like Bayreuth in Germany’s Bavaria region, once home to Hungarian musician Franz Liszt.
Next, cross into Austria, a country of musical traditions and imperial lifestyles, and visit Linz, a leading cultural center, before sailing past vineyards in the Wachau Valley. The cruise wraps up in Vienna, but the trip continues with a drive to Krakow, Poland, where you can tour Auschwitz with a local guide.
Days on trip: 14
Time to go: April–October