Cruise the Danube to Vienna & Budapest

Join Bernard Magee to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Mr Bridge on this exclusive river cruise.

By coach: 5-14 October 2017; by air: 6-13 October 2017
10 days from £1099

Discover the delights of the Danube as you enjoy seminars and daily bridge* with Bernard Magee on one of the most scenic journeys through the heart of Europe. From the pretty city of Passau on the Austrian border to the Hungarian capital of Budapest, we cruise in comfort and style aboard the ms Serenity, passing through the beautiful scenery of the Wachau valley and dipping into the history and culture of amazing cities along the way. With a full day in the musical city of Vienna and Budapest as well as a visit to the Slovakian capital of Bratislava, this is a wonderful opportunity to sail the waters that are beautifully immortalised by the composer Strauss, in the classical waltz The Blue Danube

Day 1: UK – Germany (Coach)
Travel by coach to Dover from your chosen departure point and take the ferry to Calais, where we continue to the overnight hotel.

Day 2: Germany – Passau (Air)
After breakfast we travel by coach and board our ship in Passau, known as ‘the three rivers city’ due to its unique location where the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers meet. Those travelling by air join today. Safety briefi ng and welcome meeting from the ship and Mr Bridge as we set sail and cruise towards Melk.

Day 3: Melk – Vienna
This morning we arrive in the small town of Melk which lies in the beautiful Wachau valley. Here you can join an optional excursion to visit the most famous monastic house in Austria, the Benedictine Abbey, situated above Melk in the Wachau valley. Return to the ship late morning and enjoy afternoon bridge as we sail to Vienna for an overnight stop. This evening there will be a Mr Bridge pre-dinner drinks reception in the Lido Bar followed by dinner as we arrive in Vienna.

Day 4: Vienna
We spend a whole day in Vienna experiencing the delights of this beautiful city. In the morning you can join an optional city tour to experience its grand palaces, baroque castles, magnifi cent squares and striking monuments and after lunch on board we have an optional afternoon excursion to Schönbrunn Palace, or alternatively you may wish to join an afternoon bridge session. Enjoy evening bridge on board as we cast o and cruise towards Budapest.

Day 5: Budapest
After breakfast there will be a seminar with Bernard Magee in the Lounge Bar before we sail into Budapest with commentary on the city as we arrive. Then spend time in one of the world’s most beautiful cities and explore both sides of Hungary’s capital – traditional ‘Buda’ and cosmopolitan ‘Pest’. Start with an optional tour to become acquainted with the city known as the “pearl of the Danube” and in the evening you can choose to either play more bridge or experience Budapest by night on another optional excursion, enjoying a city tour, glass of wine and a folklore show in a local tavern.

Day 6: Budapest
Enjoy free time in Budapest or opt to take our excursion taking you through the sweeping plains of Hungary to Lajosmizse. Here we visit a traditional stud farm and enjoy a tour of the grounds in a horse-drawn carriage, before watching a live Puszta horse show. We then sail to Bratislava with a seminar and set hands in the afternoon followed by after-dinner bridge in the evening.

Day 7: Bratislava
Early morning arrival into Bratislava. After breakfast, join our optional walking tour to take in the sights of the Slovakian capital, dominated by its castle and unique suspension bridge, to experience its rich culture. Later in the day we set sail towards Dürnstein and there will be afternoon and evening bridge sessions.

Day 8: Durnstein
Dürnstein is crowned by the ruins of the castle that once imprisoned Richard the Lionheart. Join our optional walking tour to admire the pretty courtyards and buildings, before stopping at one of the Wachau valley’s wine cellars for some wine tasting. We then set sail for Passau with a bridge seminar to enjoy on the way and pre-dinner bridge in the Lounge bar. Preceding tonight’s 30th Anniversary Gala Dinner there will be a drinks party and prize-giving.

Day 9: Passau – Germany (Coach) / UK (Air)
Those travelling by coach disembark after breakfast and travel by coach to the overnight hotel. Those travelling by air also disembark this morning for their return flights to the UK.

Day 10: Germany – UK (Coach)
After breakfast you will continue by coach to Calais, taking the ferry to Dover for the return journey to your chosen pick-up/drop-off points.

*Bridge programme may be subject to change.

To book or for more information contact Mr Bridge on 01483 489961

MS Serenity

MS Serenity

This stylish 4-star vessel allows passengers to explore the great waterways of Europe whilst being under the care of a friendly and attentive crew.

Cruise the Danube to Vienna & Budapest Excursions

Enhance your holiday experience with a range of optional excursions that allow you to discover the history of our ports of call,