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Cruise the Danube to Vienna & Budapest

River Danube | Austria, Europe

10 days
from
£999
per person
  • Bratislava Castle
  • Budapest
  • Belvedere Palace Vienna
  • River Danube
  • River Danube
  • Durnstein
  • River Danube
  • Budapest
  • Belvedere Palace Vienna
  • Budapest
  • River Danube
  • Melk Abbey
  • Bratislava
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Note that there may be small differences between our general Itinerary for this cruise and a specific departure. To view departure specific itineraries please go to the Dates and Prices tab and click "View Itinerary" on a specific departure.

 

Cruise the Danube to Vienna & Budapest Itinerary 

Dip in and out of the fascinating history and culture of some of the most beautiful cities in the heart of Europe while travelling along the Danube. 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.

With time in Vienna as well as a visit to Budapest, this is a wonderful opportunity to sail the waters immortalised by the composer Strauss in ‘The Blue Danube’.

Day One: UK – Germany (Coach only)
We travel by coach to Dover and take the ferry to Calais, where we continue to our overnight hotel.

Day Two: Germany - Passau (Passengers by Air join us today)
We’ll 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. You can then relax as we set sail and cruise towards Melk.

Day Three: Melk – Vienna
You can join an optional excursion to visit the most famous monastic houses in Austria, the Benedictine Abbey, situated above Melk in the Wachau Valley. The remainder of the day can be spent relaxing on board as we sail to Vienna for an overnight stop.

Day Four: Vienna
We spend a whole day in Vienna seeing the key attractions of this city. In the morning you can join our optional City Tour and in the afternoon we have an optional excursion to Schönbrunn Palace. In the evening we cast off and cruise towards Budapest.

Day Five: Budapest
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 and in the evening you can choose to experience Budapest by night on another optional excursion.

Day Six: 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’ll then sail to Bratislava.

Day Seven: Bratislava
Join our optional walking tour to take in the sights of the Slovakian capital, dominated by its castle, and experience its rich culture. Later in the day we’ll set sail towards Dürnstein.

Day Eight: Dürnstein
Dürnstein is famed for 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.

Day Nine: Passau – Germany (Passengers by Air depart today)
We disembark and travel by coach to our overnight hotel.

Day Ten: Germany – UK (Coach only)
After breakfast we continue by coach to Calais, taking the ferry to Dover for our return journey.

• Sail the waters immortalised by the composer Strauss in the classical waltz ‘The Blue Danube’

• Enjoy a scenic river cruise through the heart of Europe

• Explore one of the most famous monastic houses in Austria

• Visit Vienna which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site

• Spend the best part of two days in the ‘Pearl of the Danube’, Budapest

• Take a lovely walking tour around the historic capital of Slovakia, Bratislava

• Sample some delicious local wines in the Wachau Valley

Ships

We offer a number of flexible travel options for you to join your cruise, whether you want to travel to the port of departure or directly to the ship. Please see below:

Coach via Dover

On many of our cruises you can take advantage of our convenient and FREE regional coach departures aboard our modern executive coaches from a town or city near you to the port of departure and onwards to meet the ship.

Join a Ferry crossing at Dover, Hull or Newcastle

When you travel by coach or car, you will join a ferry at Dover, Hull or Newcastle, depending on your chosen cruise, and cross over to Europe. Our coach will then take you to meet our ship at the embarkation point as shown in the cruise itinerary. Hull and Newcastle crossings take place overnight, adding 2 days to the cruise duration.

Overnight hotel in Dover or Ashford

Travel at your own pace, in the comfort of your own vehicle and stay overnight at Dover or Ashford, in accommodation close to the port of departure and be collected/returned by our coach. Prices start from £47.50 per person per night on a bed and breakfast basis and includes parking for one vehicle for the duration of your cruise.

By Air

Air travel is included on selected cruises, whereas on other cruises it is offered alongside our rail or coach options – please note a supplement will apply and transfers to the ship are not included.

Join at the Ship

You are of course free to make your own way to and from the ship by booking your flight/ferry or train tickets independently – a small reduction applies. With your joining instructions we will send you a map of where the ship is berthed and also a boarding time.

Dates and pricing

The details below show the travel options, pricing and the available departure dates for this itinerary. If you have any questions about this cruise please do not hesitate to call our Holiday Advisors.

Departures

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To

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2014-07-27
27 July 2014
for 10 days
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are now being finalised.
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2014-07-28
28 July 2014
for 8 days
The details for this holiday
are now being finalised.
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to check availability
2014-08-02
02 August 2014
for 12 days
The details for this holiday
are now being finalised.
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to check availability
2014-08-03
03 August 2014
for 10 days
The details for this holiday
are now being finalised.
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to check availability
2014-08-04
04 August 2014
for 8 days
The details for this holiday
are now being finalised.
Please call 0844 544 6581
to check availability
2014-08-16
16 August 2014
for 12 days
The details for this holiday
are now being finalised.
Please call 0844 544 6581
to check availability
2014-08-18
18 August 2014
for 8 days
The details for this holiday
are now being finalised.
Please call 0844 544 6581
to check availability
2014-09-20
20 September 2014
for 12 days


Coach
Ferries
Join ship at Passau
12 days from
£1149
Passengers
2014-09-21
21 September 2014
for 10 days


Coach
Ferries
Overnight hotel
Join ship at Passau
10 days from
£1099
Passengers
2014-09-22
22 September 2014
for 8 days


Flights
Join ship at Passau
8 days from
£1149
Passengers
2014-10-04
04 October 2014
for 12 days
Sorry, sold out
2014-10-05
05 October 2014
for 10 days
Sorry, sold out
2014-10-06
06 October 2014
for 8 days
Sorry, sold out

At a glance

Length: 10 Days

From: Passau, Germany

Ends: Passau, Germany

Travel options available:

  • Coach via Dover
  • Join a Ferry crossing at Dover, Hull or Newcastle
  • Overnight hotel in Dover or Ashford
  • By Air
  • Join at the Ship

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Included in the Price

  • Executive return coach travel from your chosen departure point
  • Return ferry crossing
  • Overnight hotel accommodation in Germany with breakfast on the outward and return journey
  • En-suite cabin accommodation aboard the ms Serenity
  • Full board during the cruise
  • Visits to Passau, Melk, Vienna, Budapest, Bratislava and Dürnstein
  • Entertainment on every night of your cruise
  • Services of our experienced and friendly Cruise Director and Cruise Manager

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