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Classic Cruise on the Danube

Austria, Hungary and Slovakia in 8 Days, 7 Nights in Destination

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Discover Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest, and more enchanting cities in the Wachau valley, all aboard a cruise ship that features the creature comforts of a hotel.

Trip Highlights

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    Bratislava
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    Vienna
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    Budapest
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    Danube

Included

  1. All flights

  2. Accommodation

  3. Activities

  4. Full board

Availability

  1. Departures available until October 2024

  2. Available Group tours

  3. Solo travelers from + £ 600

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Categories available

  1. lower deck included

  2. main deck from + £ 300

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  • Accommodation in a cabin in Lower Deck.
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  • Accommodation in a cabin in Main Deck.

Accommodation: 7 Nights

Itinerary

Embark on a cruise of the Danube and discover Central Europe’s capitals: all with full board included! Begin your adventure in Vienna before heading into the Wachau valley, losing yourself in the sites of Dürnstein, Melk, and Linz. Double back towards Bratislava & Budapest, then end your trip by dining with the ship’s captain.

1st Day: UK/Ireland - Vienna

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Excited to take a journey through the heart of Central Europe? Grab your suitcase and arrive* at your chosen airport in the UK/Ireland ready for a flight to Vienna, Austria. Depending on what time you land, you may** have several hours at your disposal to explore the city before heading to our ship.

Begin boarding at Nussdorf Pier at 16:00. Get settled in your cabin and enjoy a welcome cocktail and your first dinner on board. The cruise includes full board, so three meals per day are served on the ship from this point onwards. Overnight on board.

*If either your outbound or inbound flights depart in the early hours (before 4:00 a.m.) you must arrive at the airport the night before the indicated departure day.

**A private transfer from the airport to the departure port of the cruise can be added in the next step of the booking process.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
MS Fidelio or similar
See our full selection

2nd Day: Vienna

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Full board included. After breakfast, enjoy the full day to explore Vienna independently. If you’d prefer to be accompanied by an experienced guide, be sure to reserve our optional panoramic tour of Vienna* in advance.

Discover the Austrian capital’s best-known buildings, including the world-famous Opera House, the Parliament Building, the Burgtheater, and of course the spectacular Hofburg Imperial Palace.

The afternoon will also allow you free time to explore the city. If you reserved the excursion package, head over to your tour of the Schonbrunn Palace, the summer residence of the Habsburgs. Return to the ship for dinner and overnight on board. Set sail for the Wachau valley!

*Optional excursions package: Add four guided visits through Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest, and the Melk Abbey to your tour. These excursions are not available for purchase separately.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
MS Fidelio or similar
See our full selection

Activities

Optional
Danube River Cruise Excursions Package
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3rd Day: Dürnstein - Melk

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Full board included. Wake up in the town of Dürnstein, known as the heart of the Wachau valley. Take time in the morning to explore the historic town centre, crossing through the mediaeval gates to reach Prange Square. Here, we can see a stone castle where Richard the Lionheart was famously imprisoned.

Re-embark in the afternoon to continue exploring the wonderful Wachau valley. Make a second stop of the day in Melk, a small city where you have the option to visit a Benedictine abbey* located atop a giant cliff. This privileged location offers spectacular views of the Danube and the whole valley below. Return to the ship for dinner and overnight on board.

*Optional excursions package: Add four guided visits through Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest, and the Melk Abbey to your tour. These excursions are not available for purchase separately.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
MS Fidelio or similar
See our full selection

4th Day: Melk - Linz

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Full board included. Find yourself in Linz, the capital of Upper Austria. Appreciate the exceptional architectural heritage of the 19th century in Austria’s third-largest city.

You have the day to spend here at your leisure, learning about the history of this magnificent city on the Danube. After lunch, set off once again, heading back towards Bratislava, Slovakia. Dinner and overnight on board.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
MS Fidelio or similar
See our full selection

5th Day: Linz - Bratislava

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Full board included. Arrive in Bratislava as you first awaken, ready to discover this enchanting new city. Enjoy breakfast and then set off to discover the city, either independently or as part of our optional excursions package.*

The guided tour will pass by Saint Martin’s Cathedral, Michael’s Gate, the old Town Hall, and the impressive mediaeval fortifications. In the afternoon, say goodbye to Bratislava as we make our way towards Budapest, Hungary. Dinner and overnight on board.

*Optional excursions package: Add four guided visits through Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest, and the Melk Abbey to your tour. These excursions are not available for purchase separately.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
MS Fidelio or similar
See our full selection

6th Day: Bratislava - Budapest

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Full board included. Have breakfast on board and pull into Budapest. The Hungarian capital is divided by the Danube in two parts: traditional ‘Buda’ and cosmopolitan ‘Pest’.

If you’ve reserved the excursions package,* head off on your guided tour of the city. Explore Budapest’s grand boulevards with expert guidance, seeing iconic monuments like the Hungarian Parliament, the Opera House, Heroes’ Square, the market, the Széchenyi Chain Bridge, and the Fishermens’ Bastion (with the best views in the city!). 

*Optional excursions package: Add four guided visits through Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest, and the Melk Abbey to your tour. These excursions are not available for purchase separately.

 

 

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
MS Fidelio or similar
See our full selection

7th Day: Budapest - Esztergom

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Full board included. Make your final stop in Esztergom, the old capital of the Kingdom of Hungary, where the first Hungarian King Stephen I was crowned. Make sure to see the Esztergom Basilica, which is the largest in Hungary, and also contains an impressive organ inside.

Head back aboard for lunch, and start a course towards Vienna. Enjoy the comforts of the ship before closing this journey at a special dinner with the ship’s captain. Night on board.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
MS Fidelio or similar
See our full selection

8th Day: Esztergom - Vienna - UK/Ireland

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Breakfast on board.* Arrive back in Vienna in the morning and disembark the ship. Self-transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK/Ireland. If you prefer, you can also book your final transfer with us.**

Land back at your city of origin, and start planning your next adventure! 

*If you have an early return flight, you may not have time to enjoy the included breakfast on board.

**A private transfer from the boat to the Vienna airport can be reserved in the next step of the booking process.

Available Activities

Activities are subject to availability. The price for each optional activity will be shown in the next step of the booking process.
Optional
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Please note that you will not be able to participate in any of these 4 tours individually, as they are only available in this package. Departures of optional tours are subject to a minimum group of 10 participants.

Danube River Cruise Excursions Package

Suggested activity for day 2 in Danube

Make the most of your river cruise on the Danube with an optional excursions package. Add four guided visits to your itinerary, with city tours of Bratislava, Budapest, and Vienna plus entrance to the Melk Abbey.

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Physical rating:

Light

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The price includes

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  • Departures from main UK/Ireland airports.
  • International flights: UK/Ireland - Vienna - UK/Ireland.
  • 7 nights accommodation in a Lower Deck Cabin.
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  • 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners on board.*
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  • All air taxes and fuel surcharge.
  • Basic travel insurance.
  • Drinks Included: Welcome and farewell cocktail. Tea and coffee during meals on board.
  • Live music on board.
  • ATOL protection
  • Multilingual staff on board

*The cancellation policy applicable is according to the Terms and Conditions available and agreed at the time of your purchase

Not included

Please note: Gratuities are not included. The recommended amount is 13€ per person per day.

Airport transfers are not included. You will have the possibility to add a private transfer for an additional cost in the next step of the booking process.

Soft drinks or alcoholic beverages.

*Included: table water, tea, coffee, 1 glass of wine or beer per person in every lunch and dinner. 

Important: The guided visits to Vienna, Budapest, Bratislava and the Melk Abbey must be purchased together, they cannot be purchased separately. Departures of optional tours are subject to a minimum group of 10 participants.

  • Austria
  • Slovakia
  • Hungary
    • Entry requirements

      Passport with a minimum of 6 months validity required.

    • Visa

      No visa is required to enter the country.

    • Currency

      Euro.

    • Language

      German

    • Electricity

      220 V. No adapter required.

    • Health

      There are no mandatory vaccinations for travellers from EU countries.

    • Time zone

      UTC + 01:00.

    • Other useful information

      Meals are often eaten quite early in Austria.

    • Tourist Office website

      https://www.austria.info/us

    Remember to download your e-ticket to confirm the times of your flights and to complete online check-in using the airline’s website, or directly at the check-in desk at the airport.

    Accommodation at the hotels is as indicated. In the event of any changes to accommodation, they will always be of the same or a higher category. The category of hotels is not standardized across all countries in the world. For this reason, the criteria may differ depending on the destination country's own standards.

    Babies: 0-2 years.

    Children: 3-11 years.

    In the case of adverse weather conditions, for safety reasons or for any other reasons deemed appropriate, the order and duration of the excursions included in the itinerary may be changed or canceled without prior notice.

    If you have reduced mobility, require the use of a wheelchair, or you would prefer this tour to be a private experience for you and your group, you must contact our Experts at +44 20 8068 3176 before booking to ensure that your needs can be met.

    While on the road, it is highly unlikely that the vehicle will be equipped with wifi or bathroom facilities, though rest stops will be made for long trips. We recommend purchasing a new SIM card at the airport or placing an e-SIM before travel to guarantee internet connection.

    The Foreign & Commonwealth Office offer up-to-date travel advice by visiting https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

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    Pay only 60% today to reserve your trip.

    Rest is paid in instalments according to your departure date.

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