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Cruise the Danube to Vienna & Budapest 2020

River Danube | Austria, Europe

8 days
from
£795
per person
  • Belgrade
  • Belgrade
  • Budapest Castle
  • Budapest
  • Durnstein
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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

Set sail from the ‘three rivers city’ of Passau and embark on an unforgettable journey through the heart of Europe. Discover the delights of Strauss’ famous Danube from the comfort of MS Arena, taking time to explore scenic and historical stops along the way. Take in the beauty of the Wachau Valley as you visit the Austrian town of Melk; a cluster of terracotta rooftops among a forest of green. You can take advantage of a full day in the UNESCO World Heritage city of Vienna, plus another full day in the breathtakingly beautiful city of Budapest. Spend time in the Slovakian capital of Bratislava and wander the cobbled streets of Dürnstein on this enthralling river adventure.

Day 1: UK – Munich (Coach & Rail)
We travel by coach or rail to our overnight hotel in Munich.

Day 2: Munich – Passau (Coach & Rail) / UK – Passau (Air)
After breakfast we travel by coach or train 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 enjoy a relaxing evening onboard 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 our optional excursion visiting the Benedictine Abbey. This is one of the most famous monastic houses in Austria and has been occupied by monks for over 900 years. You can relax onboard for the remainder of the day as we cruise to Vienna for an overnight stop.

Day 4: Vienna – Budapest
We spend a full day experiencing the delights of Vienna. Grand palaces, baroque castles, magnificent squares and striking monuments are just some of the key features of this beautiful city, which is a world heritage site. In the morning you can join our optional city tour followed by lunch onboard. This afternoon you can take advantage of our optional excursion to Belvedere Palace, a stunning Baroque building made up of two palaces, an orangery and the palace stables. The palace is also home to an incredible collection of art, including the world’s largest collection of work by Gustav Klimt. In the early evening we cast off and cruise towards Budapest.

Day 5: Budapest
Today we arrive into Budapest. Enjoy lunch onboard the ship before joining our optional tour of this fascinating city. Budapest is one of the most beautiful cities in the world with an extensive area recognised as a world heritage site. We can explore both sides of Hungary’s capital which is divided by the meandering Danube – traditional Buda and the more cosmopolitan Pest. Most of the famous sites are concentrated around Castle Hill on the Buda side, in downtown Pest and along the riverside walkways. Look out for the Royal Palace, Fishermen’s Bastion, the Parliament building, St Stephen’s Basilica, Heroes’ Square and the Chain Bridge. We return to the ship for a relaxing dinner onboard then there’s the chance to join our optional excursion to experience Budapest by night with a traditional folklore show.

Day 6: Budapest – Bratislava
Enjoy a morning in Budapest or join our optional excursion which takes 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 spectacular live Puszta horse show. We set sail in the afternoon and cruise towards Bratislava.

Day 7: Bratislava – Dürnstein
We reach Bratislava this morning where there’s the opportunity to join our optional excursion taking in this historic capital city, which is dominated by its castle and unique suspension bridge. We’ll enjoy a walking tour with a local guide and sample ‘Makovka’ which is a sweet white chocolate with poppy seed filling. Lunch is served onboard and the afternoon is free to explore Bratislava at your leisure before we enjoy dinner onboard before cruising towards Dürnstein.

Day 8: Dürnstein – Passau
The town of Dürnstein nestles among Austria’s most famous vineyards and is crowned by the ruins of the castle that once imprisoned Richard the Lionheart. It’s a beautiful place filled with cobbled streets, pretty courtyards and 16th century houses. After some free time we set sail for the final time and cruise towards Passau.

Day 9: Passau – Germany (Coach & Rail) / UK (Air)
We disembark this morning and travel by coach or train to our overnight hotel. Those travelling by air depart today.

Day 10: Germany – UK (Coach & Rail)
After breakfast we continue our return journey home.

 

Discover the delights of Strauss’ famous Danube from the comfort of MS Arena

Take in the beauty of the Wachau Valley

Take advantage of a full day in the UNESCO World Heritage city of Vienna

Wander the cobbled streets of Dürnstein on this enthralling river adventure.

See the largest collection of work by Gustav Klimt at the Belvedere Palace

Explore beautiful Budapest – the city of two halves

Discover Makovka and other local delicacies in Bratislava

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.

Ferry crossing at Dover or Newcastle

When you travel by coach or car, you will join a ferry at Dover 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.

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 £55 per person per night on a bed and breakfast basis and include parking for one vehicle for the duration of your cruise.

Eurostar from London St Pancras

Enjoy the benefits of rail travel – boarding at London St Pancras International, you will be whisked effortlessly along by Eurostar whilst relaxing in your reserved seat. You have the freedom to stretch your legs whenever the mood takes you and purchase drinks and snacks from the buffet carriage.

By Air from Manchester, Birmingham or Heathrow

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. Regional flight options are available, call our Holiday Advisors for details.

Join at the Ship

Make your own travel arrangements at your convenience to join your selected cruise, simply board your cruise ship at the embarkation point.

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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2020-06-30
30 June 2020
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2020-07-01
01 July 2020
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Eurostar
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£1195
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2020-07-01
01 July 2020
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2020-07-02
02 July 2020
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2020-07-02
02 July 2020
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2020-07-02
02 July 2020
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2020-07-07
07 July 2020
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2020-07-08
08 July 2020
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2020-07-08
08 July 2020
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2020-07-09
09 July 2020
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2020-07-09
09 July 2020
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2020-07-09
09 July 2020
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2020-07-15
15 July 2020
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2020-07-15
15 July 2020
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2020-07-16
16 July 2020
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2020-07-16
16 July 2020
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2020-07-16
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2020-08-05
05 August 2020
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2020-08-05
05 August 2020
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06 August 2020
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2020-08-06
06 August 2020
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2020-08-06
06 August 2020
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2020-09-15
15 September 2020
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2020-09-16
16 September 2020
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2020-09-16
16 September 2020
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2020-09-17
17 September 2020
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2020-09-17
17 September 2020
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2020-09-17
17 September 2020
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2020-09-22
22 September 2020
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2020-09-23
23 September 2020
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2020-09-23
23 September 2020
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2020-09-24
24 September 2020
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2020-09-24
24 September 2020
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2020-09-24
24 September 2020
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Enhance your holiday experience with a range of optional and included excursions that allow you to discover the history of our ports of call, experience the tradition of local regions and explore further afield. They’re the perfect complement to your cruise itinerary, but they are subject to availability so we recommend you book early!

Melk Abbey

Melk Abbey

£28

Discover one of the world’s most famous monastic sites – Melk Abbey. Our guided tour shows you highlights such as the magnificent Marble Hall, Emperor’s Gallery and Abbey Church. There is also free time to explore the grounds and the gardens.

Vienna City Tour

Vienna City Tour

£24

This is the perfect introduction to Vienna, the city of music. Our tour focuses on the historic centre and its rich architecture.

Belvedere Palace

Belvedere Palace

£35

Take advantage of our optional excursion to Belvedere Palace, a stunning Baroque building made up of two palaces, an orangery and the palace stables. The palace is also home to an incredible collection of art, including the world's largest collection of work by Gustav Klimt.

Budapest City Tour

Budapest City Tour

£20

Accompanied by a local guide, we discover the architectural gem of Budapest. Our coach city tour takes in some of the most beautiful areas, including Heroes Square, which is home to the iconic statue complex of the Millennium Memorial.

Budapest By Night

Budapest By Night

£39

See this beautiful city light up against the night sky. Experience a piece of Hungarian culture at a folklore show and enjoy gypsy music and dancing with a glass of schnapps before taking a tour to admire the night-time views.

Puszta Horse Show

Puszta Horse Show

£40

We travel through the sweeping plains of Hungary to Lajosmizse, where we visit a traditional stud farm. We take a tour of the grounds in a horse-drawn carriage, before watching a spectacular live show performed in an open air arena.

Bratislava Walking Tour & Chocolate Experience

Bratislava Walking Tour & Chocolate Experience

£24

Our guided tour of this magnificent city allows you to explore the charming squares, courtyards and narrow lanes of the Slovakian capital. The old town is filled with all the must-see sites and is a pedestrian zone which makes exploring on foot a safe and relaxing activity. You'll also get to sample the sweet delicacy 'Makova' as well!

Package Price

Package Price

£210 per person

You can book our excursions individually or as a package, but they are subject to availability so we recommend you book early!

Premium Package

Premium Package

£140 per person

Our Premium Package is a great way to add a touch of something special to your MS Arena river cruise experience. This exclusive package is a pre-bookable addition available across all cabin grades, and includes drinks with your meals, 10% off excursions, a welcome basket of fruit on arrival, water delivered to your cabin, a selection of complimentary toiletries and free use of the wellness and fitness suite aboard MS Arena. For more information call our Holiday Advisers.

At a glance

Length: 8 days

From: Passau

Ends: Passau

Travel options available:

  • Coach via Dover
  • Ferry crossing at Dover or Newcastle
  • Overnight hotel in Dover or Ashford
  • Eurostar from London St Pancras
  • By Air from Manchester, Birmingham or Heathrow
  • Join at the Ship
8 days
from
£795
per person

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Included in the Price

  • Seven nights’ cruise on a full board basis
  • Welcome Drink
  • Afternoon tea/coffee and cake & late evening snack
  • Complimentary tea, coffee and WiFi
  • Visits to Melk, Vienna, Budapest, Braitslava & Durnstein
  • Services of a Cruise Manager

 

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