Make your own way to Dover (or Ashford - see below) to join our coach, you'll leave the UK and enjoy a night's comfortable accommodation en route to meet the ship.
Continue your coach journey to Vienna today. Board Sound of Music and settle in enjoying your first dinner on board.
Spend today in Vienna. Discover the Austrian capital's elegant arcades, St Stephan's Cathedral and magnificent Hofburg Palace on our optional morning sightseeing tour, and perhaps head to the former imperial summer home, the Schonbrunn Palace, on an afternoon optional excursion before returning to Sound of Music for her early evening sailing.
Step ashore in Grein, which nestles on the bank beneath a towering castle, to see its elegant theatre (housed in what was once the town hall's granary) and enjoy a coffee in a riverside cafe. From here, Sound of Music will cruise to Upper Austria's prosperous capital, Linz. Wander the city's medieval quarter before dinner on board.
Discover Passau, at the confluence of the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers, on today's optional walking tour, before Sound of Music sails into beautiful southern Germany.
Majestic Regensburg's skyline of ancient spires greets us today. Enjoy an optional walking tour of the city's altstadt (old town), or an optional tour to Weltenburg monastery and its ancient brewery.
Later, Sound of Music sails to Kelheim, beneath 'Mad' King Ludwig's spectacular Befreiungshalle, before leaving the Danube behind to enter the Main-Danube Canal.
Nuremberg's half-timbered houses and narrow lanes seem unchanged by centuries of history. But, as this morning's included tour will reveal, the city was heavily and lovingly rebuilt after WW2. See the Rathaus (city hall), Kaiserburg fortress and the magnificent main square.
Beautiful Bamberg welcomes us today. Take the shuttle bus from the ship into the city-centre and discover a beautiful, much-photographed altstadt of little bridges, little islands and waterside houses before Sound of Music sails into the River Main this afternoon.
This morning Sound of Music stops in Wurzburg, an ancient prince-bishopric nestled beneath steep, vine-covered slopes. Enjoy an optional guided tour of the UNESCO-listed Residenz, a magnificent Baroque palace overlooking the city's altstadt (old town).
Miltenberg, a picture-book town of cobbled squares and half-timbered houses, lies on a forested bend of the River Main. Step ashore to explore, then return to Sound of Music for an afternoon and evening cruise past the soaring modern skyline of Frankfurt and on towards the Rhine.
After a first morning on the Rhine Sound of Music arrives in Speyer. Join our Tour Manager for an included walking tour, or join the optional excursion to Heidelberg and explore the 'Student Prince' city and the twisting streets and lanes that shelter below its imposing castle.
Sound of Music's final call is a short coach ride away from the Alsace capital, Strasbourg. Head into the city to discover it's sights and secrets from the waterways on an optional canal cruise, before you return to the ship for a special Farewell Dinner.
Say a fond farewell to Sound of Music as you disembark and begin your journey home, breaking your journey with a night at a convenient hotel en route.
Continue your coach journey back to your original pick-up point, today.
Our flexible joining options allow you to travel on any date, and as an added convenience we've arranged two possible pre-departure options for you. Make your own way to the Holiday Inn Ashford North and stay the night (car parking is included), and our coach will call for you at the hotel on the way to the Channel.
Flexible joining options
Alternatively, make your own way to the Stop 24 Services in Kent (M20, Junction 11), and board the coach there. Parking is available (payable locally), and we'll confirm the exact meeting point and time in your Joining Instructions.
Optional excursions are available on all cruises, and we recommend that you book now to secure your place. If the number of bookings needed to operate any excursion is not reached, the excursion may be cancelled. In this case your payment will be refunded in full.
Optional shore excursions
Tipping is not compulsory, but from experience we know that many passengers like to leave gratuities for the crew. An envelope will be left in your cabin for this purpose.
The dress code on board and ashore is casual. After 7pm, in the lounge and restaurant, shorts are not permitted, and footwear and a shirt or T-shirt must be worn.
Where possible, non-rigid suitcases are easier to store within your cabin.
The tap water on board is safe to drink, but may not be to your taste due to the purification system.
On rare occasions, the Captain may need to alter the Cruise Itinerary. If this happens, the Cruise Manager will keep passengers informed.
The majority of cabins on board are 15.3m square. Single cabins are approximately 11.9m square. (These measurements include the bathroom.) Rhine Deck Suites are 18.11m square.