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Danube River Cruise, including Budapest & Vienna
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Danube River Cruise, including Budapest & Vienna

  • 7 Night Holiday
  • Full Board Cruise
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Take a Danube River Cruise holiday and discover some of the most beautiful towns and cities of Europe.

Before you even begin your river cruise journey, on the 4 Star MS Belvedere on a full board basis, you will take a guided tour of Passau, the ‘City of Three Rivers’ and one of the oldest cities in Bavaria.

Ports of call with half day guided city tours and free time sightseeing at leisure include Vienna, Budapest and Bratislava.  Each of these capital cities have so much to offer and are full of cultural gems and historical sights; such as the Hungarian Parliament Building, Hofburg Imperial Palace, Belvedere Palace and Bratislava Castle. 

There will also be an opportunity to explore some lesser known destinations, such Esztergom, once the capital of Hungary and one of the country’s oldest cities and Melk, home to one of the world’s most famous monastic sites. Plus a full program of optional excursions will be available for each port of call.

After disembarking your cruise and before heading home enjoy a city tour of Munich, the capital of Bavaria and rich in culture and heritage. 

Relax on board your cruise ship and travel from one remarkable place to another; a Danube River Cruise is one of the best ways to see the best sights in Europe.

 

 

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Food & Drink

The 7-night cruise during this holiday is full board; meals are served in the indoor restaurant on board the ship.

Lunch is a set menu and evening meals are composed of a 5-course menu featuring regional specialities of the countries through which you travel, classic favourites and vegetarian alternative dishes.

Wine is included with lunch and dinner.

 

Embarkation and Disembarkation

You will have a guided transfer to the exact mooring at the port of embarkation, and will also be met at the disembarkation point at the end of your cruise. While the ship is moored at each port of call, you are free to disembark as you wish. Before leaving the ship independently, please note the mooring point and the onward sailing time. Embarkation or disembarkation times may vary on particular cruise schedules (as described in the itinerary).

 

Dress Code

There is no specific dress code on board, but it is recommended that you dress smartly for dinner. By day and for shore excursions it is recommended you wear layered clothing and comfortable shoes. It is advisable to take a pullover or jacket for cooler evenings.

 

Tipping

In common with international customs, it is normal but not obligatory to tip staff. The amount of your tip is left to your discretion and should be seen as a reward for good service. If you would like a recommendation we suggest, as a guideline, € 5-7 per guest per day.

 

Currencies

- Euro (€)

- Germany (€)

- Austria (€)

- Slovakia (€)

- Hungary: Forint (Ft)

Passport
A valid passport is required for this holiday. EU citizens do not need a visa, however non-EU citizens should check requirements. 
Packing List
  • Dress code as above
  • Your valid passport
  • A continental plug adaptor
  • A rain jacket
  • A small backpack
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera

Holiday highlights

Budapest

Budapest became one city after the unification of the cities Buda and Pest on opposite sides of the river in 1873. Known as the ‘Pearl of the Danube’ Budapest is one of the most magnificent cities in Europe and during your panoramic city tour you will witness the glorious architecture of Hungary’s parliament building, the beautiful Crown Bridge and the gothic castle of Buda.

Vienna

Lying in the east of the country, along the Danube, Austria’s capital is packed with history and grandeur. A buzzing metropolis, where modern design sits side by side opulent palaces, Vienna is a city of music, coffee houses, culinary delights and rich history.

Bratislava

Located in a picturesque setting, between Austria and Hungary, along the banks of the Danube, the capital of Slovakia is surrounded by vineyards and the Little Carpathian Mountains. The city, especially the old town, is best explored on foot in order to appreciate the narrow streets of pastel coloured buildings and medieval architecture.

Mohács
A small town with huge historical significance, it's where the famous Battle of Mohács in 1526 between the Kingdom of Hungary and the Ottoman Empire took place. The second Battle of Mohács took place in 1687 and it was a defeat for the Ottomans. 

Practical Information for this holiday

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River Cruise Information

Food & Drink

The 7-night cruise during this holiday is full board; meals are served in the indoor restaurant on board the ship.

Lunch is a set menu and evening meals are composed of a 5-course menu featuring regional specialities of the countries through which you travel, classic favourites and vegetarian alternative dishes.

Wine is included with lunch and dinner.

 

Embarkation and Disembarkation

You will have a guided transfer to the exact mooring at the port of embarkation, and will also be met at the disembarkation point at the end of your cruise. While the ship is moored at each port of call, you are free to disembark as you wish. Before leaving the ship independently, please note the mooring point and the onward sailing time. Embarkation or disembarkation times may vary on particular cruise schedules (as described in the itinerary).

 

Dress Code

There is no specific dress code on board, but it is recommended that you dress smartly for dinner. By day and for shore excursions it is recommended you wear layered clothing and comfortable shoes. It is advisable to take a pullover or jacket for cooler evenings.

 

Tipping

In common with international customs, it is normal but not obligatory to tip staff. The amount of your tip is left to your discretion and should be seen as a reward for good service. If you would like a recommendation we suggest, as a guideline, € 5-7 per guest per day.

 

Currencies

- Euro (€)

- Germany (€)

- Austria (€)

- Slovakia (€)

- Hungary: Forint (Ft)

Passport
A valid passport is required for this holiday. EU citizens do not need a visa, however non-EU citizens should check requirements. 
Packing List
  • Dress code as above
  • Your valid passport
  • A continental plug adaptor
  • A rain jacket
  • A small backpack
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera

Trip Itinerary - Day by day

Day 1 – Travel to Germany

Morning

Travel to Germany & Passau City Tour

Upon arrival in Munich, you will be met by your local guide who will assist you in the transfer to Passau port. A guided Passau city tour will be provided en-route. The setting of the old town, created by Italian baroque masters in the 17th century, shows soaring towers, picturesque places, enchanting promenades and romantic lanes. Take in highlights such as St. Stephen’s Cathedral, in which the world’s largest cathedral organ sounds, the majestic fortress Veste Oberhaus on the Danube’s side and the Pilgrimage Church "Mariahilf" on the Inn’s side.

Afternoon

Commence your River Cruise

In the afternoon you will be transferred to Passau port to join your River Cruise. Settle into your cabin and explore the range of facilities on board your ship as you embark on your 7-night cruise along the Danube. Sit back with a welcome cocktail in one of the lounge areas, followed by a tasty welcome dinner.

Day 2 – Vienna

Afternoon

Vienna

After lunch you will arrive into the Austrian capital of Vienna where you will embark on an included city tour. First you will drive along the famous Ringstrasse, passing several magnificent buildings like the stunning opera house, the parliament, the Court Theatre or Vienna’s imposing city hall. The tour is followed by a guided walk through the city centre where you will get to know Vienna at its fullest. You will start at the well-known Hofburg Imperial Palace, walk along the Kohl market and finish at Vienna’s iconic St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Before returning to the ship you have some free time to stroll along the pedestrian area or attend an optional classical music concert. (payable locally)

Day 3 – Esztergom

Evening

Esztergom

Arrive today in Esztergom, once the capital of Hungary and one of the country’s oldest cities. According to legend, the first Hungarian king and founder of Hungary, Stephan I. was born here. Don’t miss the chance to visit the imposing Basilica of Esztergom, the main Roman Catholic church of Hungary. You will have the afternoon at leisure to explore this town before setting sail towards Budapest in the late afternoon.

Evening

Budapest

This evening, enjoy an evening at leisure in Budapest before sailing to Mohacs overnight. Alternatively take part in an optional Budapest by night tour and Hungarian folk performance. (bookable locally).

Day 4 – Mohacs

Full Day

Mohacs

This morning arrive to Mohacs, the site of two major battles signifying the beginning and end of the Ottoman domination of Hungary. Wander the town and see sights such as the waterfront, the market square and the famous Chapel of St. Rochus. Also available is an optional excursion (payable locally) to the UNESCO World Heritage Site city of Pécs. Known for its fascinating museums and beautiful architecture such as the Mosque of Pasha Qasim, now renovated as a church, Pécs is one of the most pleasant and interesting cities to visit in Hungary.

Day 5 - Budapest

Full Day

Budapest

This morning you will dock in Budapest and be escorted on an included guided tour of the historic centre of Hungary’s capita;. Take in highlights of this vibrant city such as Heroes Square, St Stephans Basilica and the Castle District. Walk by the Mathias Church with its colourful tiled roof and the Fishermen’s Bastion for photo opportunities, offering views over the Danube. Have the rest of the day at leisure to explore this fascinating city before your ship sails for Bratislava this evening.

Day 6 - Bratislava

Full Day

Bratislava

Arrive in Bratislava in the early afternoon. The city is small and best explored on foot and during your included walking tour you will get to know the capital of the young Slovakian Republic. The gorgeous old town has maintained its Gothic-Baroque style. The tour passes St. Martin’s Cathedral and the Grassalkovich Palace and continues up to the hill where you will have a stunning panoramic view of the city and surrounding areas. Afterwards, continue with a guided walking tour through the restored old town. From Michael’s Gate you will take a leisurely stroll through the historic city centre where you can admire sights such as the Primatial Palace and St. Martin’s Cathedral, a former coronation cathedral for Hungarian kings, as well as the Academia Istropolitana, the oldest university of the city, which dates back to the 15th century. In addition to numerous palaces, you will also walk past the main square with the old City Hall, the Opera House and Maximilian Fountain.

Day 7 - Melk

Full Day

Optional Melk Abbey Excursion

Today you will wake up in Melk where you can enjoy an optional excursion to Melk Abbey (payable locally). Melk Abbey is an Austrian Benedictine abbey and one of the world’s most famous monastic sites. The impressive Baroque abbey was built between 1702 and 1736 and is the biggest monastery complex of the Austrian baroque period. The Abbey’s church features frescos by Johann Michael Rottmayr and the impressive library contains countless medieval manuscripts and frescos by Paul Troger. A guided tour takes you through the abbot’s chambers, along the Imperator’s walk, through the marble hall, the balconies and the library.

Day 8- Munich & Return Home

Morning

Munich City Tour

It is time to say goodbye after a full week of delights aboard your cruise vessel. You will be met by our local representative and transferred to Munich to enjoy a morning city tour. Highlights will include the Nymphenburg Palace, King's Square with its three temple buildings in the classical Greek style, the Bavarian National Museum, the Angel of Peace monument, the elegant buildings and shops along Maximilian Street, the Maximilianeum, the National Opera House, the Royal Palace, Stachus Square and the medieval city gates.

Afternoon

Return Home

After some free time for further sightseeing or shopping in Munich, you will be transferred to Munich airport for your flight home, with guide assistance. (Luggage will be stored in coach)

* We aim to operate your tour itinerary according to the format shown. Occasionally, local conditions and unexpected events may result in adjustments to the planned schedule. We kindly ask for your understanding and flexibility in the event of any changes.

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MS Belvedere 4 Star

Enjoy the beauty of the Danube as you cruise on the MS Belvedere. Sail from port to port and watch the world go by from the ship’s sundeck or panoramic lounge. The on-board restaurant not only serves superb cuisine but its large panorama windows also offer stunning views of the r... read more read more read more

Enjoy the beauty of the Danube as you cruise on the MS Belvedere. Sail from port to port and watch the world go by from the ship’s sundeck or panoramic lounge. The on-board restaurant not only serves superb cuisine but its large panorama windows also offer stunning views of the river. After a busy days sightseeing return to rest in your spacious and stylish cabins, adding to an enjoyable cruise.

Please note this ship does not have a lift

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