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Monday - Friday 9am to 5pm

The Classic Danube Experience

Europe
  • Duration: 10 days
  • Board Basis: Mixed Board
  • Tour Ref: D2TJUSSKCDE

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Air

Discover grand architecture, medieval towns and idyllic river views as you cruise through Austria, Slovakia and Germany from the comfort of a 4-star ship.

Discover grand architecture, medieval towns and idyllic river views as you cruise through Austria, Slovakia and Germany from the comfort of a 4-star ship.

PRICE FROM ? £1549 per person
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What's Included

  • Just You Tour Manager as your host
  • Return flights from Heathrow with British Airways
  • 9 nights full board on 4-star ship MS Bellejour
  • 26 meals: 9 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 9 dinners 

PLUS...

  • Specialist Local Guides
  • Captain's welcome & farewell cocktail reception & dinner
  • Afternoon tea & late-night snacks
  • Overseas transfers & other transportation
  • Porterage
  • Dedicated Just You representative to greet you at all UK airports
  • Onboard entertainment 

Not Included

Itinerary

  • DAY 1 UK to Vienna
  • You'll fly to Vienna today, and on arrival we'll transfer you to your ship. Settle into your cabin and then get to know your travelling companions. Austria's capital, which boasts many architectural masterpieces and a wonderful musical heritage, is fascinating to explore. Maybe you'll step ashore to take in some of the sights, including the Ringstrasse – a smart boulevard lined with fine buildings including the State Opera, the Hofburg Palace and the Burgtheatre. Back on board, enjoy dinner in the restaurant followed by a musical evening in the ship's lounge.
  • DAY 2 Bratislava
  • ​Our journey on the River Danube takes us over the border into Slovakia today, and an optional tour of its capital, Bratislava, is highly recommended. A stroll with a Local Guide will introduce you to many grand historic buildings which form an interesting contrast to the more modern parts of the city. In the Old Town we'll see St Michael's Gate and Tower, the only one of four entrances to the medieval city that survives today. Other highlights are St Martin's Cathedral, the Old Town Hall, the ancient city walls and a host of impressive sculptures and ornate fountains.
    On board the ship this evening, we'll gather together for a welcome cocktail and dinner with the captain and crew.
  • DAY 3 Dürnstein & Melk
  • Today we cruise back into Austria, where our discoveries begin with a drive through the Austrian Wachau to Dürnstein. On this optional shore excursion you'll take in spectacular scenery as you journey through this vine-clad valley dotted with medieval castles, traditional villages and ancient churches. Towering above the town are the ruins of a fortified castle, where legend says Richard the Lionheart was held prisoner by Duke Leopold IV during the Third Crusade. During free time, take a stroll through streets boasting well-preserved medieval buildings and admire the Baroque abbey, with its blue and white tower. If there's time, why not sample a glass of Austrian wine or apricot liqueur, which is a local speciality, before we head back to the ship.
    We offer another optional excursion today, this time we'll head to Melk. The town has been a spiritual centre for more than 1,000 years, since Margrave Leopold I made Melk castle his residence in the 10th century. In the 11th century, the castle was given to Benedictine monks who transformed it into a fortified abbey, and this is our destination this afternoon. Highlights are its museum, the library, which boasts 16,000 volumes, and the Marble Hall, which has an exquisitely painted ceiling.
  • DAY 4 Passau
  • We arrive in the Eastern Bavarian city of Passau today, where three rivers – the Danube, Inn and Ilz – meet. An optional tour takes in the Old Town with the 14th century Cathedral of St Steven at its heart, which houses the world's largest church organ. As we stroll we'll take in the Baroque-style architecture which lines its winding lanes, squares and promenades. Cast your gaze upwards too for views of the Veste Oberhaus fortress and the Mariahilf Monastery, which loom overhead.  
  • DAY 5 Regensburg
  • If you choose to join an optional walking tour of Regensburg today you'll discover a wonderfully preserved medieval city with a great number of churches and monasteries, as well as a 12th century bridge spanning the River Danube. Its historical centre boasts nearly 1,000 listed buildings, with Regensburg Cathedral, the Collegiate Church of St John, the Cathedral Treasury Museum and the Adler Pharmacy among its most significant architectural sites.   ​
  • DAY 6 Nürnberg
  • ​Today you can step ashore in Nürnberg, whose medieval heart is located within ramparts dating from the 15th century. In the 1930s the city, which was known as the 'most German of German cities', . After the Second World War, during which it was severely damaged, it would also become the destination for the famous war trials. It was then that much of the city was redeveloped, in many instances using the original stone to bring back to life the main historical buildings, including the castle and churches in the Old Town. We'll discover all of this and more on an optional guided tour.
    Enjoy a relaxed evening back on board the ship as we sail towards Bamberg.
  • DAY 7 Bamberg
  • We'll find ourselves in Bamberg today, and an optional walking tour will introduce the very best of this beautiful city, which is crisscrossed by canals and rivers. Its UNESCO-listed Old Town is home to charming squares and narrow lanes lined with half-timbered houses, which we'll take in on a stroll. Built on seven hills, with each crowned by a church or a castle, Bamberg is also renowned for its beer. There are 10 breweries in the city and many atmospheric inns, so maybe you'll find time to try its famous smoked beer with your travelling companions.
  • DAY 8 Würzburg
  • ​Today we arrive at Würzburg, renowned for its art, architecture and wines. If you join an optional shore excursion you'll see all the main sights, starting with the stunning Falkenhaus, an 18th century guesthouse with a colourful rococo façade. As with much of the town, it was severely damaged during the Second World War, and was painstakingly restored to its former glory. Close by is the Gothic Chapel of St Mary with its striking red and white tower, and be sure to take in the views from the Old Main River Bridge, which is lined with Baroque statues. You'll see the imposing Fortress Marienberg, home to the area's prince-bishops for nearly five centuries, and the splendid architecture of Käppele Würzburg, a pilgrimage chapel. The acclaimed vineyards of the Franconia region are also a wonderful sight from this great vantage point.
  • DAY 9 Miltenburg
  • Spend a leisurely morning enjoying the ship's facilities before we sail along the Main River to Miltenberg. On arrival you've the chance to explore on an optional walking tour of this ancient walled town built on a slope beneath a fine castle.
    As you stroll you'll see delightful half-timbered houses, the Old Market Place, which is home to an ornate Renaissance fountain, and the twin towers of St Jakobus Church. You'll also take in the Old Town Hall, the Würzburg Gate and the Mainzer Gate, which mark the boundaries of the Old Town, and hear stories about the Thirty Years War, which devastated the area.
    Back on board the ship, head to the restaurant this evening for a special Captain's dinner with your travelling companions.
  • DAY 10 Mainz to UK
  • This morning we will disembark the ship and transfer to the airport in Mainz, one of Germany's oldest cities, for our flight back to the UK.
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Accommodation

    • MS Bellejour
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Optional Excursions

  • Bratislava walking tour
  • Dürnstein walking tour
  • Melk Abbey visit
  • Passau walking tour
  • Regensburg walking tour
  • Nürnberg walking tour
  • Bamberg walking tour
  • Würzburg walking tour
  • Miltenburg walking tour
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Further Information

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