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Great river cruise right through Europe.

Between the North sea and the Black Sea.

29 days Passau-Danube Delta-Amsterdam-Cologne 2019

Discover the whole of Europe on this unique cruise! Between the Black Sea and the North Sea, there is a multitude of cultures and mindsets to give you fascinating insights into life along the great rivers of our continent. Admire the natural wonders of the UNESCO World Heritage Site to the Danube Delta, or the Middle Rhine Valley famous in many legends. Discover great cities such as Budapest or Amsterdam and let yourself be enchanted by the charm of historic cities such as Bamberg or Pécs. You can't find a holiday with more variety!

Why this river cruise?

  • Unique cruise from the Black Sea to the North Sea, right through Europe
  • So much to see on the Danube, Main and Rhine
  • Explore nine countries in a single cruise – culture doesn't come with more variety
  • Visit numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • The ultimate river cruise experience on a modern river cruise ship with a SPA

The first impressions of your trip.

Immerse yourself in the fascinating world along the banks of the Danube!

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The services provided during your trip

  • 29 day cruise in an outside cabin in the category booked
  • nicko cruises full board:
    • Generous breakfast buffet with coffee / tea and juices
    • Multi-course menus served at table for lunch and dinner
    • Optional light lunch buffet
    • Coffee / tea after lunch and dinner
    • Coffee / cake or midnight snack depending on the daily itinerary
    • Festive gala dinner
    • Welcome & farewell reception with the captain
    • Tables can be reserved on board
  • nicko cruise director and local tour guides
  • Comfortable Sennheiser Audio system for all excursions
  • On-board entertainment programme
  • Use of SPA with sauna, rest area and whirlpool
  • Luggage service from landing stage to cabin for embarking and disembarking
  • All port and passenger fees

Added optional services

  • Travel insurance
  • Extended hotel stay in 4-star hotel in Passau: from 74 € p.p.
  • Beverage package: 599 € p.p.
  • Excursion package with 10 excursions: 385 € p.p.

* Please note: If you require an extended hotel stay, please contact nicko cruises after booking on phone no.: +49 (0)711 / 248980 - 44 or at info@nicko-cruises.de

Important travel information

Please note that information and excursions will only be provided in German language for individual travelelers (except dates marked with guranteed English language). Different languages are available for groups and charterers. Minimum number of travellers required for this cruise by 30 days before the cruise begins: 160 persons (see Point 8.1. of out Travel Terms and Conditions).

Your itinerary

Day

1

Passau
Casting off 5:00 pm Embarh 4.00 p.m.

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Day

2

Vienna
Mooring 1:00 pm Casting off 5:30 pm City tour / walk Vienna Excursion Package

Join us on our sightseeing tour in the traditional Danube metropolis Vienna. The bus will take you along the Uno-City and Danube Island. You will see impressive buildings such as the state opera, the Burgtheater, the Hofburg, Parliament, town hall and Votive Church along the famous Ring Road. During a guided walk, you will experience the special atmosphere of this charming city. After some time of leisure, the bus will take you back to the vessel.

Trip duration:

03:30 h

Walking duration:

01:30 h

Day

3

Solt
Mooring 1:00 pm Casting off 1:30 pm Puszta-Rundfahrt

Erleben Sie eine Puszta-Rundfahrt mit traditioneller Reitvorführung.

Day

3

Solt
Excursion to Pécs

Pecs is one of the most beautiful cities in Hungary. The abundance of historical buildings and monuments are also the reason for being part of the UNESCO-World Heritage. During your guided walk you will see the Szecheny place, the plague pillar, the Cathedral, the Szsami Mosque and the Zsolnay fountain.

Trip duration:

05:00 h

Walking duration:

02:00 h

Slope:

Wenig

Day

3

Mohács
Mooring 6:30 pm Casting off 9:00 pm

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Day

4

Belgrad
Mooring 11:00 am Casting off 12:00 am City tour / walk through Belgrade Excursion Package

You will visit the Kalemegdan Fortress which is also the most famous landmark of Belgrade. Enjoy a wonderful panoramic view over the confluence of Save and Danube as well as New-Belgrade. You can admire some artifacts of the Museum of Military History as you pass by. During a guided walk, you have the opportunity to explore the city center with its pedestrian zone and Republic square and experience the vibrant atmosphere of the Serbian capital. The following bus tour will take you past the palace, town hall and the Church of the Holy Sava, one of the biggest Orthodox churches in the world.

Trip duration:

03:30 h

Walking duration:

02:00 h

Slope:

Wenig

Day

4

Belgrad
Belgrade by night

Enjoy a wonderful evening with Serbian folklore music and dance show and a short bus tour through the illuminated city. One of the best Serbian folklore ensembles presents you an entertaining show with music, dances and costumes from all parts of Serbia. Various influences, such as from Russia or Turkey, have shaped the Serbian folklore and made them so varied, colorful and spirited.

Trip duration:

02:30 h

Day

5

Iron Gate
Passage dthrough the Danube cataracts with the famous "Iron Gate".

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Day

6

Ruse
Mooring 11:00 am Casting off 2:00 pm City tour / guided walk of Rousse

The 5th biggest city of Bulgaria with the largest free port of Danube, was called once Sexaginta Prista – “the city with the 60 ships”. The city tour starts in the historic city center, passing the train station on its way to the Pantheon, a Christian memorial honoring Bulgarian heroes. The houses represent an interesting mixture of Baroque, Renaissance and other epochs. You will also see the Alyosha monument, the concert hall and the Trinity Church. The latter will be visited before a little walk through the city center, sightseeing of the memorial of freedom, the opera house and court. A small folklore show will show you the Bulgarian traditions before you’ll get back to the ship.

Trip duration:

03:00 h

Walking duration:

01:30 h

Stairs:

Wenig

Day

7

Tulcea (Mile 35)
Mooring 10:00 am Casting off 2:00 pm Excursion to the Romanian Danube Delta with large boats

After the journey through 10 countries the Danube is divided into three estuaries – Chilia, Sulina and Sfantu Gheorge, before the Danube opens into the Black Sea. Between those three arms of the river the Danube has sculpted a beautiful delta that attracts many visitors from all over the world and is part of the UNESCO World Natural Heritage. Big excursion vessels will take you through the canals of the delta and show you the beauty of this Natural paradise. Please note, that we cannot guarantee that you will see the fauna in all its beauty.

Trip duration:

03:00 h

Day

7

Tulcea (Mile 35)
Exclusive excursion to the Danube Delta in small boats

After the journey through 10 countries the Danube is divided into three estuaries – Chilia, Sulina and Sfantu Gheorge, before the Danube opens into the Black Sea. Between those three arms of the river the Danube has sculpted a beautiful delta that attracts many visitors from all over the world and is part of the UNESCO World Natural Heritage. In order to explore the uniqueness of the second largest delta in Europe and a UNESCO World Heritage site, you have the opportunity to go on a discovery tour with small boats of 6-8 people. Kindly note that we cannot guarantee that the animal world will show itself in all its splendor.

Trip duration:

03:00 h

Day

8

Oltenita
Mooring 10:00 am Casting off 11:00 am city tour Bucharest Excursion Package

You will be amazed during your visit of Bucharest with its wide alleys and impressing buildings. It is called "Little Paris of the East" for a reason! Experience the special atmosphere of the city during a stroll through the old-town (Lipskan), where you have the opportunity to visit one of the oldest Romanian-Orthodox churches „Stavropoleus“ and learn more about the history of the religion. After a short fotostop at one of the biggest buildings of the world, the Palace of Parliament, you´ll go back to the vessel.

Trip duration:

05:30 h

Walking duration:

01:00 h

Slope:

Wenig

Day

8

Giurgiu
Mooring 3:30 pm Casting off 5:00 pm

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Day

9

Iron Gate
Passage through the Danube cataracts with the famous "Iron Gate".

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Day

10

Novi Sad
Mooring 3:00 pm Casting off 11:00 pm Stadtrundfahrt / -gang Novi Sad

Vorbei an der Festung Peterwardein fahren Sie circa eine halbe Stunde durch die hügelige Landschaft von Fruska Gora (Heiliges Gebirge), einem Höhenzug von 80 km Länge und bis zu 20 km Breite. Die Heiligen Berge beherbergen 17 Klöster. Das bekannteste davon ist das Kloster Krusedol, welches mitten in einem Birkenwald gelegen ist. In diesem Kloster erhalten Sie detaillierte Erklärungen zur serbisch-orthodoxen Religion. Auf dem Rückweg bringt Sie der Bus zum Stadtzentrum, wo Sie aussteigen und während eines Spaziergangs die Altstadt erkunden, die wunderschön und sehr farbenfroh restauriert wurde.

Day

11

Aljamas
Mooring 8:00 am Casting off 9:00 am Kopački rit Natural Park

Approx. a 1-hour bus ride from our pier in the area between Danube and Drava lies the Kopacki rit Nature Park, one of the largest and best-preserved wetlands in Europe. The canals and lakes, which are covered with reeds and whose surface is covered with white water lilies, are mostly surrounded by white willow trees. These give numerous freshwater fish (carp, pike, perch), reptiles (fire salamander, pond turtle) and bird species (cormorants, storks) a home. Probably the most famous inhabitant is Europe's largest eagle: the white-tailed eagle. Experience the untouched nature on a boat trip and if you are lucky, you will also see some of the wildlife there. Kindly note that we cannot guarantee that the animal world will show itself in all its splendor. Afterwards you will visit the nearby Rural House, where you will learn more about the area, its tradition and culture in an interesting and humorous presentation. Tasting local products such as Ajvar and slivovitz is included as much as finding out what lies behind the fearsome "Busho" mask before going back to the ship.

Trip duration:

04:00 h

Day

11

Batina
Mooring 12:00 pm Casting off 2:00 pm

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Day

11

Mohács
Mooring 3:30 pm Casting off 5:30 pm

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Day

12

Budapest
Mooring 9:00 am Casting off 4:00 pm City tour / walk Budapest Excursion Package

Budapest is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe and is also called the "queen of the Danube". During your city tour by bus and by foot you will see for example the castle district with the fisherman’s bastion and the Matthias Church. Afterwards there will be a short photo-stop on Gellerthill to enjoy a wonderful view over the city.

Trip duration:

03:30 h

Walking duration:

01:30 h

Stairs:

Wenig

Slope:

Wenig

Day

13

Bratislava
Mooring 8:00 am Casting off 1:00 pm City tour / walk through Bratislava Excursion Package

Close to the border to Austria and Hungary, Bratislava lies in the fertile Danube plain south of the Little Carpathians. First you will have a short bus tour that will take you up to the Fortress. You will be impressed by the wonderful panoramic view over the city. Learn more about the interesting history of the fortress which used to be the residence of numerous Hungarian kings in the past. Afterwards you will explore the beautifully restored Old Town with its baroque buildings such as the Redoute, National theater, the Town Hall and palaces which remind the visitors of their glorious past during k.u.k. monarchy. Among other things, you will also get to know probably the most famous man of Bratislava, Gullimann Cumil.

Trip duration:

02:30 h

Walking duration:

01:30 h

Slope:

Wenig

Day

14

Linz
Mooring 2:00 pm Casting off 6:00 pm City tour / walk of Linz

Linz was voted Cultural Capital of Europe in 2009 and is definitely worth a visit. Thanks to the location at the Danube, Linz had an early economic advance. Even today you can still see how the appearance and culture in Linz was influenced. You will see magnificent houses and the Baroque market place during your guided walk. Not to forget the impressive Holy Trinity column. Afterwards the bus will take you up the Freyenhill where you will have an amazing panoramic view over the region.

Trip duration:

03:00 h

Walking duration:

02:00 h

Stairs:

Wenig

Slope:

Wenig

Day

15

Straubing
Mooring 1:30 pm Casting off 2:00 pm Guided walk through Regensburg

Guided walk through the beautiful old town of Regensburg. Time to make your own discoveries.

Day

15

Regensburg
Mooring 5:30 pm Casting off 6:30 pm

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Day

16

Nuremberg
Mooring 1:00 pm Casting off 6:00 pm City tour/walk through the medieval streets of Nuremberg. Excursion Package

City tour/walk through the medieval streets of Nuremberg.

Day

17

Bamberg
Mooring 6:00 am Casting off 1:00 pm Guided themed walk through Bamberg in historic costume.

Guided themed walk through Bamberg in historic costume.

Day

18

Würzburg
Mooring 9:00 am Casting off 1:00 pm Guided walk through Würzburg Excursion Package

Guided walk through Würzburg with a visit to the late Baroque Residenz.

Day

19

Frankfurt
Mooring 6:00 pm Cosy evening excursion to Frankfurt with typical apple wine.

Leer

Day

20

Frankfurt
Casting off 12:00 pm Embark 3.00 p.m. Tour of Frankfurt, the metropolis on the Main, by bus and on foot with a visit to the Main Tower (Start 3:00 p.m. from Frankfurt main railway station). Excursion Package

Embark 3.00 p.m. Tour of Frankfurt, the metropolis on the Main, by bus and on foot with a visit to the Main Tower (Start 3:00 p.m. from Frankfurt main railway station).

Day

20

Mainz
Mooring 5:15 pm Evening guided walk through Mainz

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Day

21

Mainz
Casting off 7:00 am

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Day

21

Mannheim
Mooring 2:00 pm Casting off 10:00 pm Excursion to the historic cathedral city of Speyer. Time to make your own discoveries.

Excursion to the historic cathedral city of Speyer. Time to make your own discoveries.

Day

22

Rüdesheim
Mooring 4:00 am Casting off 2:00 pm Travel with the Winzerexpress train to “Siegfried‘s Mechanical Music Cabinet” with 350 automatically playing instruments.

Travel with the Winzerexpress train to “Siegfried‘s Mechanical Music Cabinet” with 350 automatically playing instruments.

Day

22

Middle Rhine Valley
Passing by the famous Lorelei

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Day

22

Koblenz
Mooring 6:00 pm Evening guided walk through Koblenz, the city on the "German Triangle", passing the Town Hall, the Schängel fountain and the Church of Our Lady.

Leer

Day

23

Koblenz
Casting off 8:00 am

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Day

23

Cologne
Mooring 1:00 pm Casting off 6:00 pm Guided tour of the cathedral city of Cologne with traditional Kölsch beer.

Guided tour of the cathedral city of Cologne with traditional Kölsch beer.

Day

24

Amsterdam
Mooring 11:30 am "Bright lights of Amsterdam": excursion with a tour of the "Grachten". Excursion Package

This excursion will show you all the delights the capital of Amsterdam has to offer. You will start at the pier, where your guide will await you. This excursion will begin with a walking tour through the city centre of Amsterdam. Your guide will tell you about all the insights of this magical city. Amsterdam has been famous around the world for hundreds of years. Amsterdam is indeed a beautiful city, and it is full of history, stories, legends, and places to explore. Walk past the canals and hear about the vibrant and sometimes tumultuous history of this Netherlands capital. From the city's most significant landmarks to everyday areas of interest. This walking tour has it all wrapped into one. Your guide will also explain many tips and insider hints at how to get around the city, local events, and the best places to go. You will make many scheduled stops at most of the city's most well-known landmarks and areas. With the history explained around every corner. Afterwards, or in between the walk, your guide will give you some free time for some exploration on your own or souvenir hunting. Then it is time to see the city from a different perspective. Enjoy a 1-hour cruise through the canals of Amsterdam. These canals have been awarded UNESCO's World Heritage status and taking this cruise will reveal why. Passing all of the city's highlights, this is simply the most relaxing and fun way to see the city. See the beautiful houses with their fascinating gables alongside the canals, have a peek inside the famous floating houseboats and feel why Amsterdam is also called Venice of the North. The Skinny Bridge, the Golden Bench, an old VOC ship and the Maritime Museum are only a few of the highlights you will see. An active and relaxing morning that will show you why Amsterdam is so popular and attractive.

Trip duration:

03:30 h

Walking duration:

01:30 h

Stairs:

Viele

Slope:

Viel

Day

24

Amsterdam
Tour on foot of Amsterdam including the famous red light district and Chinatown.

Die Tour führt Sie zu dem Stadtteil, für den Amsterdam berühmt ist, dem Rotlichtbezirk De Wallen. Spazieren Sie durch schmale alte Gassen wie zum Beispiel die bekannte Zeedijk-Straße, wo Amsterdam entstanden ist, vorbei am ältesten Haus der Stadt, über Brücken aus dem Goldenen Zeitalter und sehen Sie Schleusen, die schon seit Jahrhunderten den Wasseraustausch in den Grachten und Kanälen regulieren.Der Zeedijk zählte einmal zu den gefährlichsten Straßen Amsterdams, in der Seeleute nach Unterhaltung suchten. Heutzutage finden Sie hier anstelle der düsteren Bars von damals lebensfrohe und einladende holländische Kneipen und Restaurants. Freuen Sie sich auf diesen besonderen Rundgang, der Amsterdam von einer anderen Seite zeigt. Erleben Sie, wie alte Geschichte mit aktuellen Themen vereint wird: Amsterdam zeigt sich traditionell und weltoffen zugleich – eine Mischung, die auch Sie begeistern wird.

Trip duration:

03:00 h

Walking duration:

03:00 h

Stairs:

Viele

Slope:

Viel

Day

25

Amsterdam
Casting off 8:00 am

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Day

25

Enkhuizen
Mooring 1:30 pm Excursion to Northern Holland, including visits to an open-air museum and a cheese dairy.

Excursion to Northern Holland, including visits to an open-air museum and a cheese dairy.

Day

26

Enkhuizen
Casting off 6:00 am Genießen Sie einen entspannten Flusstag an Bord von MS MAXIMA.

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Day

26

Rotterdam
Mooring 8:00 pm

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Day

27

Rotterdam
Casting off 1:00 pm City tour/walk through modern Rotterdam with its futuristic buildings.

Your guide and coach will be waiting for you at the harbour to start with this exciting excursion. First, it is time to relax, and you will go on board the Spido for a 75-minute harbour tour. Among the busy traffic of sea-going and inland ships, this trip is a unique voyage through one of the largest harbours in the world. You can see Rotterdam's impressive skyline with its imposing buildings glide by, and then get a unique view of the harbours shipyards, docks and last but not least 'De Rotterdam'. An old cruise ship which nowadays is used as a hotel. Afterwards, you will have a panoramic city tour through Rotterdam, which is known for its architecture. You will see some very lovely buildings which are known for its construction like the Cube Houses, the city hall due to his symmetrical design, the Erasmus Bridge, also known as the Swan, and of course the Euromast. You will also have some free time at the “Markthal”. Go shopping under the biggest work of art in the Netherlands on your own. What about trying some of the many culinary specialities? After the free time, you will be brought back to the ship.

Trip duration:

04:00 h

Walking duration:

01:45 h

Day

27

Nijmegen
Mooring 11:00 pm

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Day

28

Nijmegen
Casting off 2:00 pm Guided tour of the friendly Hanseatic city Nijmegen. Followed by time for your own discoveries.

Guided tour of the friendly Hanseatic city Nijmegen. Followed by time for your own discoveries.

Day

29

Cologne
Mooring 8:00 am Disembark by 9.00 p.m.

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The mooring and casting off times are approximate. We reserve the right to make changes to the itineraries and excursion programmes. If a route cannot be taken due to low / high water levels or a defect in the ship, the shipping company reserves the right to provide the guests with buses or hotel stays on this route, or to use another route. It may be necessary to transfer to another ship.

The itinerary of your river cruise on the map

Your ship on its journey: MS MAXIMA

 

Our MS MAXIMA is a classic comfortable ship. The spacious outer cabins are equipped in style and comfort. On the middle and upper deck, all cabins have a French balcony, on the main deck, large portholes. This gives a fantastic view of the landscape passing by. A whirlpool invites you to soothing relaxation in the wellness area. And there is one thing on the menu: enjoyment!

 

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    nicko modern 180 passengers 40 126,7 m 11,4 m 1,5 m 220 Volt

13.09. - 11.10.2019

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