Danube Discovery Cruise & Stay
- Duration: -1 days
- Board Basis: Full Board
- Tour Ref: D2TRIVDDISC18/SR9A
- Travel Type: Air
Experience the beauty of central Europe on the Danube Discovery Cruise 2018 from The River Cruise Line. From the riverbank to the water, see some of the greatest sights cradled by the blue Danube as we enjoy a three-night stay in the heart of Budapest before cruising all the way from Hungary to Germany.
Known as the ‘pearl of the Danube’, Budapest is an architectural paradise and our riverside hotel gives you the freedom to come and go as you please and really immerse yourself in the culture of this beautiful city. We then set our course along the river where you can discover the baroque wonderland of Bratislava, lose yourself in the waltzes and whirls of Vienna, gaze at the flawless beauty of the Wachau Valley, and wander along the cobbled streets of Melk.
See the full itinerary of our Danube Discovery Cruise below, or get some more holiday inspiration from our brochures. You can also check out our Danube page to find more ways you can experience this beautiful part of the world.
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
- Return travel from the UK
- Two night’s bed & breakfast (rail only)
- En-suite cabin accommodation aboard the MS Serenity
- Welcome drink, Captain’s get together and Party Night
- Five nights’ cruise on a full board basis
- Early risers and mid morning tea/coffee
- Entertainment on every night of your cruise
- Visits to Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna, Melk & Passau
- Three nights’ bed & breakfast in Budapest
- Services of our experienced and friendly Cruise Director and Cruise Manager
Day 1: UK – Munich (Rail)
We journey aboard Eurostar from St Pancras International to Brussels and continue to Munich wherre we check into our overnight hotel..
Day 2: Munich (Rail) – Budapest (Air)
After breakfast we continue to Budapest and check in at the 4 star Novotel Hotel, which overlooks the Danube and the Parliament building on the Buda side of the city. It has all the facilities you would expect for a modern city centre hotel and is in the perfect location for you to really experience the Hungarian culture, with the freedom to come and go as you please. Those travelling by air join today.
Day 3 & 4: Budapest
Over the next few days you have plenty of time to explore Budapest. To help get your bearings, you could start by joining our optional city tour, which introduces you to some of the most prominent highlights of the city known as the Pearl of the Danube. These include 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 5: Budapest
This afternoon we join our ship and settle ourselves onboard as we begin cruising along the Danube.
Day 6: Bratislava
Wake up in Bratislava, the historic capital of Slovakia which is dominated by its castle. There’s also the unique suspension bridge, another key landmark, announced as the building of the century when it opened in 1972. Join our optional guided tour to take in the main sights and experience the rich culture in and around the old town before our ship cruises towards Vienna.
Day 7: Vienna
We spend a full day experiencing the delights of Vienna, where grand palaces, baroque castles, magnificent squares and striking monuments are just some of many highlights. In the morning you can join our optional city tour and in the afternoon we have an optional excursion to Schönbrunn Palace, which takes you on a journey through time as we explore some of the 1441 rooms. You also have the option to see this beautiful city lit up at night, before we cast off later this evening.
Day 8: Melk
Later this morning we arrive in the Austrian city of Melk, which is filled with cobbled streets and attractive buildings, with the nearby Schallaburg Castle. It is also overlooked by one of the best known and most splendid monastic houses in Austria – the Benedictine Abbey, which you can visit on our optional excursion. We continue cruising upriver towards Passau.
Day 9: Munich (Air & Rail)
This morning we bid farewell to our Captain and his crew and sett off acording to your chosen travel option: those travelling by air take their return flight from Munich back to the UK; those travelling by rail take the train to Munich for an overnight stay.
Day 10: Munich (Rail) – UK
We set off this morning by rail for our return journey to the UK.
This 4 star ship exudes luxury and style together with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, so you can enjoy an unforgettable cruise experience. Accommodation for 190 passengers is split over three decks which are all accessible by a lift. Excellent service and attention to detail are the priority of the captain and crew who are looking forward to welcoming you on board. Cabin Accommodation Main Deck cabins on the lower deck feature two small viewing windows, twin beds which are folded away during the day, allowing more space. Amenities include air-conditioning, en suite shower with wc, radio, satellite TV, safe and hairdryer. There is also a small desk and chair. Middle Deck cabins feature large sliding windows, two separate beds that are folded into sofas during the day, giving you space to relax in your cabin during the day. Amenities include air-conditioning, en suite shower with wc, radio, satellite TV, safe and hairdryer. Again there is a small desk and chair. Panorama Deck cabins which are the highest standard cabin aboard the ms Serenity are located on the upper deck and boast a French Balcony offering excellent river views. The cabins feature twin beds that are folded away during the day and amenities include air-conditioning, en suite shower with wc, radio, satellite TV, safe and hairdryer. As with all the other cabins there is a small desk and chair. Lounge Bar The spacious and attractive lounge is located on the main deck and ensures much cosiness on board. It’s a great place to meet your fellow guests and relax as you watch the scenery pass by. Lido Bar A unique feature aboard the ms Serenity is the lovely Lido bar situated to the rear of the Panorama deck which leads out to an outdoor terrace. Here you can sit and enjoy the fresh air whilst socialising over a drink or two! Restaurant The spacious Panorama Restaurant is the perfect place to enjoy your included meals, where you are looked after by the highly professional and friendly service team. Meals are served at a single sitting and the menus include international cuisine along with traditional local dishes, freshly prepared by your onboard chef. Sun Deck On the Sun Deck you can enjoy commanding views of the river whilst you relax in comfortable surroundings. The area is equipped with furniture including comfortable lounge chairs and awnings. There is also a lift on board which allows access to every deck on the ship.