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Delights of the Danube 2018

River Danube | Austria, Europe

9 days
from
£1095
per person
  • Bratislava
  • Bratislava
  • Budapest
  • Budapest
  • Melk Abbey
  • Passau
  • Regensburg
  • Vienna
BratislavaBratislavaBudapestBudapestMelk AbbeyPassauRegensburgVienna
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.

 

Delights of the Danube Itinerary

Cruise along one of Europe’s finest rivers and step ashore to explore fabled towns and cities, including the great capitals of Austria, Slovakia and Hungary. We enjoy a full day in Vienna, whose style and grace inspired the creative genius of classical music’s greatest composers. Then it’s Bratislava, a cultural hotspot with rural charm and the friendliness to match. We finish with a full day in Budapest, where the Danube gives the city its split personality as it cuts through the heart, with ancient Buda on one side of the river and the modern area of Pest on the other. It’s the perfect end to a river cruise that offers new cultures and experiences every day.

Day 1: UK - Nuremberg
We travel by air or rail to Nuremberg and board our ship for a relaxing evening as we cruise along the Danube towards Regensburg.

Day 2: Regensburg
We arrive in Regensburg around breakfast time, which lies at the northernmost point of the Danube. Our optional Danube gorge cruise takes us to Weltenburg Abbey and then in the afternoon we cruise towards Passau.

Day 3: Passau - Linz
Passau is known as the ‘three rivers city’ due to its unique location where the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers meet. You have free time to explore the old town which has a stunning display of Italian baroque-style architecture. Join us on an optional trip to Mozart’s famed birthplace, Salzburg, we return to the ship in Linz. We reach Linz in the evening where we berth overnight.

Day 4: Melk & Wachau Valley – Vienna
This morning we arrive in the Austrian town of Melk, which is filled with cobbled streets and attractive buildings. It is also overlooked by one of the most splendid monastic houses in Austria – the Benedictine Abbey, which you can visit on our optional excursion. In the afternoon you can relax on deck as we cruise through the Wachau valley, which stretches 24 miles through stunning scenery, with many charming towns, terraced vineyards, castles and monasteries. We reach Vienna in the evening where we berth overnight.

Day 5: Vienna - Bratislava
Spend the morning experiencing the delights of Vienna, capital of Austria and birthplace of classical music. More than 150 grand palaces, over 27 baroque castles, impressive squares and striking monuments are just some of the key features of this magnificent city, whose historic centre is inscribed on the world heritage list. In the morning you can join our optional city tour. This afternoon we cruise over the border into Slovakia, stopping at Bratislava, where you can join our walking tour or spend time exploring the old town which is centred on two squares, with winding streets, a hill top castle and many remarkable building.

Day 6: Budapest
We cruise this morning to Budapest, described as one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Join our optional city tour which introduces you to the highlights on both sides of the river, including the 700-year-old Matthias Church, Parliament building – a magnificent example of neo-gothic architecture, and Buda Castle, which rises 48 metres above the river.

Day 7: Budapest – Munich (Rail) / UK (Air)
This morning we bid farewell to our captain and crew and disembark our ship. Passengers travelling by air will be transferred to the airport for the return flight. Passengers travelling by rail travel to Munich, where we check into our overnight hotel.

Day 8: Munich – UK (Rail)
After breakfast we continue by rail to Brussels where our Eurostar connection returns us to London.

 

Delights of the Danube

 

• Step ashore in three of Europe’s great capitals – Budapest (Hungary), Bratislava (Slovakia) and Vienna (Austria)

• Enjoy a full day in Budapest, ‘the pearl of the Danube’

• Enjoy a full day in the musical city of Vienna

• Cruise through the beautiful 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:

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 London Heathrow

Air travel is included as an air inclusive option with flights and return transfers to the ship included.

Meet at your cruise 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

From
To

Ship

DepartureTravel optionsBooking
2018-06-14
14 June 2018
for 9 days


Flights
Join ship at Nuremberg
9 days from
£1095
Passengers
Select Travel options and Passengers, then click Book.
2018-06-14
14 June 2018
for 9 days


Eurostar
Join ship at Nuremberg
9 days from
£1145
Passengers
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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!

Regensburg city tour & Danube Gorge

Danube Gorge Cruise & Weltenburg Abbey

£26

This excursion takes you by coach to Kelheim where you board a boat and cruise through Donaudurchbruch – the Danube Gorge. This beautiful area formed millions of years ago and is part of the Upper Jurassic, the richest fossil formation of Germany. We stop at Weltenburg Abbey, the oldest monastery in Bavaria, where you can step ashore to explore this historic site which is also the oldest beer-producing monastery in the world. We return to Regensburg by coach.

Salzburg

Salzburg

£34

Salzburg is the birthplace of Mozart and home to ‘The Sound of Music’, this enchanting city is set on the banks of the River Salzach, framed by the Kapuzinerberg and Mönchsberg mountain range. We have a guided tour of the famous sights in Salzburg.

Melk Abbey

Melk Abbey

£21

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

£25

This is the perfect introduction to Vienna, the city of music. Our tour focuses on the historic centre and its rich architecture. Please note: For The Danube to the Black Sea cruise, the Vienna city tour is combined with Schönbrunn Palace to create a full day excursion.

Bratislava

Bratislava city tour

£24

Explore the charming squares, courtyards and narrow lanes of Bratislava with the help of our guide. Our 2 ½ hour walking tour features interior visits to the city’s largest church, St Martin’s Cathedral, and Primate’s Palace.

Budapest

Budapest city tour

£21

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.

Excursion Package

Excursion Package Price

£130

SAVE £21 PER PERSON
Don't miss a thing by booking our special excursion package which includes all the listed excursions for this cruise. Not only can you take part in all the exciting trips we have organised, you can enjoy all this at a reduced cost!

At a glance

Length: 7 days

From: Nuremberg

Ends: Budapest

Travel options available:

  • Eurostar from London St Pancras
  • By Air London Heathrow
  • Meet at your cruise ship
9 days
from
£1095
per person

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Included in the Price

  • Return travel to the UK
  • Welcome drink, Captain’s get-together & party night
  • En-suite cabin accommodation aboard the ms Serenity
  • Six nights’ cruise on a full board basis
  • Early risers and mid morning tea/coffee
  • Entertainment on every night of your cruise
  • Visits to Nuremberg, Regensburg, Passau, Linz, Melk, Vienna, Bratislava & Budapest
  • Services of our experienced and friendly Cruise Director and Cruise Manager

 


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