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Treasures Of The Danube

Europe
  • Duration: 9 days
  • Board Basis: Full Board
  • Tour Ref: D2TSHERAHUBEB

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Air
Treasures of the Danube

  • Enjoy an en route visit to Prague

  • Discover Bratislava’s Old Town and Vienna, the ‘City of Waltzes’

  • Visit Budapest, a truly unique city

  • Marvel at picturesque Cesky Krumlov


  • Full board basis starts after embarkation and first evening meal onboard your ship. Other meals may be included depending on travel type. Please see daily itinerary descriptions for included meals on each day.




Enjoy a journey of discovery on the Grand Danube, visiting the many treasures of this mighty river. Explore spectacular Vienna, the hidden gem of Bratislava and the magnificent city of Budapest. This is sure to be a unique tour and cruise experience.
PRICE FROM ? £1232 per person
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Day 1: UK to Budapest 

Fly from a local airport to Budapest. We are met and transferred to the MV Esmeralda where we embark and moor overnight. (Dinner)



Day 2: Budapest 

Join our included tour of Budapest, the ‘Queen of the Danube’. Learn more about the wonderful capital of Hungary with its stunning architecture, historical attractions and marvellous culture. Tonight, consider an optional Budapest Uncovered tour. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)



Day 3: Budapest to Esztergom 

We arrive in Esztergom by afternoon, with an optional tour of Esztergom and wine tasting available. We cruise overnight to Bratislava. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

 

Day 4: Bratislava 

Enjoy a day in beautiful Bratislava - why not join our optional panoramic Bratislava excursion to the top of the UFO Tower? Tonight enjoy a traditional Slovakian evening on board the MV Esmeralda. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

 

Day 5: Bratislava to Vienna 

We sail through splendid scenery to Vienna, departing this morning and arriving after lunch. Join us this evening on either an optional Vienna by night tour or a Mozart and Strauss concert. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

 

Day 6: Vienna to Krems 

This morning there is an optional excursion to beautiful Schonbrunn Palace. We depart Vienna and reach Krems by early evening, a town located at the confluence of the Krems and Danube rivers. Here you could choose to join our optional wine tasting. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)



Day 7: Krems – Melk – Durnstein – Linz 

A morning’s sailing to Melk, with its Baroque Benedictine monastery and Renaissance Schallaburg Castle. We sail to Durnstein, with an optional transfer available and then cruise overnight to Linz. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)



Day 8: Linz to Passau 

Join our included excursion to Cesky Krumlov, bisected by the Vltava River. It is dominated by its 13th-century castle with Gothic, Renaissance and baroque elements, an 11-hectare garden and an original 17th-century baroque theatre. Admire the panoramic views of the old town and river from the top of its round belltower. Enjoy a gala dinner this evening and we cruise overnight to Passau. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)



Day 9: Passau to UK

Time to disembark our cruise in Passau and then transfer to Munich Airport for our flight back to the UK. (Breakfast)

Cesky Krumlov - Included

We make the journey over the border into the Czech Republic and to the town of Cesky Krumlov. The place is one of those that seems to have been trapped in time centuries ago as its centre is filled with 18th century buildings and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Cesky Krumlov's main sight is perhaps the Castle and Chateau which sit above the town. Don't miss the chance while you're here to enjoy some local Czech cuisine with the best selection of places being found in the area around the main square, but usually not in it.

Panoramic Bratislava - Optional

Bratislava is a beautiful city, with a number of fantastic views to be seen across the city. On this tour we will visit some of these and see great sights while learning something of the history of this great Danube city. We’ll travel to the Slavin war memorial, at the top of a hill, from where you can see much of the city and beyond as well as seeing this solemn and impressive memorial to the Slovakian and Russian war dead. We’ll also head closer to the centre of the city for close up views of the old town, castle, pretty St Martins Church and the iconic UFO Bridge, the symbol of the city.

Budapest City Tour - Included

One of the most magnificent cities in the world, Budapest is filled with incredible sights and sounds. Join us as we take a city tour to learn more about this wonderful capital of Hungary, with its stunning architecture, historical attractions and marvellous culture.


Admire sights such as the Hungarian Parliament building and Liberty Square, with its mixture of art nouveau and historicist architecture. There’s also the beautiful St Stephen's Basilica and the neo-Gothic Fisherman's Bastion.

Budapest Uncovered - Optional

One of the most magnificent cities in the world, Budapest is filled with incredible sights and sounds. Join us as we take a city tour to learn more about this wonderful capital of Hungary, with its stunning architecture, historical attractions and marvellous culture.


Admire sights such as the Hungarian Parliament building and Liberty Square, with its mixture of art nouveau and historicist architecture. There’s also the House of Terror Museum, the beautiful St Stephen's Basilica and the neo-Gothic Fisherman's Bastion.

Cesky Krumlov - Optional

Perhaps most famous for its castle, the small town of Cesky Krumlov is a beautiful location. Its Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and, along with Cesky Krumlov Castle, the town’s narrow streets, churches and attractive architecture are a must-see.

Evening Mozart and Strauss Concert - Optional

Vienna is undoubtedly Europe’s musical capital, and this excursion will give us the opportunity to enjoy the music of two of Austria’s favourite sons. Sit back and relax as we listen to the music of Johann Strauss, the Waltz King, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the infant prodigy. 



We make the short journey by coach to the concert hall for an evening full of Viennese charm, with the lilting sound of waltzes, polkas, arias and duets, as well as operetta and piano concerto melodies. Accompanied by excellent opera vocalists and our enchanting ballet soloists, Vienna's classical music reveals itself as a living firework display for all the senses taking us back to the days of old Vienna for a truly unforgettable evening.

Explore Esztergom and Wine Tasting - Optional

Esztergom is one of the oldest cities in Hungary founded around 972 AD and was the capital of Hungary from the 10th till the mid-13th century. The most famous landmark of Esztergom is the Basilica situated on Castle Hill overlooking the city. 



Join us as we take the electric train 50 metres up to the impressive Basilica with its 72m-high central dome which can be seen for many miles around.



Inside the grandiose 19th century church we see where Franz Liszt used to play the organ and admire the renaissance chapel from the 15th century. We enjoy a glass of wine in the cellars of Basilica.



The city has a wonderful historical and architectural heritage that includes many Baroque buildings, the Primate's Palace, the Franciscan monastery and several chapels and churches. One the newest additions to Esztergom is the Mária Valéria Bridge, which connects the city with Slovakia. Esztergom is truly a beautiful city hence it is often referred to as the 'Hungarian Rome'.

Majestic Melk Abbey - Optional

Stift Melk (Melk Abbey) is a Baroque-era masterpiece, located above the town of Melk on a rocky outcrop overlooking the river Danube. Part palace, part monastery and part opera set, Melk is a magnificent vision thanks greatly to its upward-reaching twin towers. Capped with baroque helmets and cradling a 208-foot-high dome, this abbey is a true Baroque masterpiece.


Our tour of the abbey includes the Imperial rooms, Marble Hall, and the balcony, which offers fine views of the river. It’s likely that Napoleon probably used this room as a lookout when his headquarters were based in Melk for his campaign against Austria.


We also see the magnificent library, with more than 100,000 books, nearly 2,000 manuscripts, and a superb ceiling fresco by the master Paul Troger; the Marmorsaal, whose windows on both sides enhance the ceiling frescoes; and the glorious Stiftskirche (abbey church) of Saints Peter and Paul, an exquisite example of the Baroque style.


Following the tour you can enjoy some free time to wander around the abbey’s park with its impressive Baroque garden, the recently restored northern bastion. Or you may just wish to sit and relax in the abbey’s restaurant with a coffee and admire the beautiful views.


Schonbrunn Palace - Optional

We visit the summer palace of the Habsburg Dysnasty in the centre of Austria’s capital, Vienna. Schonbrunn Palace contains over 300 years of history as well as beautiful Baroque architecture and vast, lavish gardens. We’ll take the Imperial tour, which gives us a picture of the different stylish eras that have shaped the palace and the lives and history of the people who lived here. Our tour includes a visit to the State Rooms at the palace, designed to the tastes of Franz Josef I and his wife Elisabeth, who ruled Austria-Hungary during the latter 19th century and the early 20th century. At the time the couple was one of the most powerful and important in Europe.

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