Expedition Overview

Expedition Overview


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  • Alongside a National Geographic expert, explore 11 UNESCO World Heritage sites, including medieval Bamberg, the Wurzburg Residenze, and the Gothic cityscape of Budapest.
  • Meet National Geographic grantee Ludovic Ferrière at Vienna’s Museum of Natural History for a behind-the-scenes look at the meteorite exhibit he co-curated.
  • With guidance from a National Geographic photographer, frame classic European scenes, from the canals of Amsterdam to the Alpine meadows surrounding Salzburg.
  • Enjoy a private concert in the opulent halls of Vienna’s Palais Lichtenstein and a medieval feast at enchanting Marksburg Castle, perched high above the Rhine.



  • Prague Extension
    4 days from $925
  • Paris Extension
    4 days from $1,895
Prague Extension

Having survived throughout the centuries with much of its architecture intact, Prague is considered one of the best-preserved medieval cities in Europe. Gain firsthand insights into the city’s turbulent history as you explore the cobbled streets that wind beneath the baroque domes and Gothic spires that grace the stunning skyline.

Day 1: Prague, Czech Republic

Arrive in Prague and settle into our centrally located hotel.

Accommodations:Art Deco Imperial Hotel
Day 2: Prague

Trace centuries of history on a guided tour through this “city of a hundred spires.” Get acquainted with spacious plazas and magnificent cathedrals as you wind your way along the cobbled streets of the Old Town. Visit the lively Old Town Square, a focal point of the 15th-century conflict between the reformist Hussites and the ruling Roman Catholics, and see the statue commemorating Jan Hus, the religious reform leader and Czech national hero who was burned at the stake for heresy. Gaze up at the impressive Astronomical Clock, and catch its festive hourly performance. Later, choose to explore through the lens of its communist history, or peruse the National Gallery in Sternberg Palace. Gather this evening for a traditional Czech feast.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations:Art Deco Imperial Hotel
Day 3: Prague

Set out to explore Prague at your leisure. Consider a visit to the historic Jewish Quarter, where the synagogues, museums, and cemetery tell an unforgettable story of struggle and perseverance. Cross the iconic Charles Bridge to see St. Vitus Cathedral and the courtyards and palaces that make up Prague Castle, the largest ancient castle in the world. Or delve into Prague’s modern history in Wenceslas Square, where citizens gathered during the Velvet Revolution to first demand, and then celebrate, the end of communism.

Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Art Deco Imperial Hotel
Day 4: Prague

After breakfast, transfer to Nuremberg for your cruise.

Meals Included:Breakfast