There are no beaten paths when your road is the Blue Danube. Begin (where else?) in Vienna with an idyll in the Viennese Woods, followed by a sumptuous evening of champagne, dining and music at a Vienna palace. Spend two nights in the heart of the city at The Ritz-Carlton Vienna, a palatial landmark hotel steeped in marble, frescoed ceilings, wood paneling and murals, just steps from the Ringstrasse. From here your riverboat journey unfolds like a dream: dramatic river landscapes, fairy-tale castles, Roman ruins, and romantic villages... the epicurean delights of Wachau Valley, wine tastings, a private lunch at a Cesky Krumlov castle... a mountaintop abbey drenched in lavish Baroque art... a mad count’s romantic vision of a medieval castle, and the quirky, eclectic charm of Bratislava. Arrive in medieval Regensburg, Germany, then overland to Prague, an enchanting city of castles and spires, and stunning architectural wonders, where your five-star hotel is in the heart of it all beside the Vltava, a river with its own romantic reflections.