VIENNA & DANUBE RIVER CRUISE

Immerse yourself in the fascinating history and culture of the heart of Europe on the Danube to Vienna and Budapest cruise. With time in Vienna, this is a wonderful opportunity to sail the waters immortalised by the composer Strauss in The Blue Danube.

The MS Serenity

This four star ship sails the great waterways of Europe and provides unforgettable memories whilst exuding luxury and style in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Excellent service and attention to detail is a priority of the captain and crew. Cabins are split over three decks which are all accessible by lift. The spacious and attractive lounge is located on the Panoramic Deck and provides a great place to watch the scenery pass by.

Itinerary

Saturday We travel from Cornwall to Dover and board an afternoon ferry for Calais. We then travel onto The Altia Hotel, Lille for an overnight stay.

Sunday After breakfast we make our way to our second overnight break at The Mercure Hotel at Stuttgart.  

Monday Our journey today will take us across Germany and into Austria. Later in the afternoon we arrive at Vienna and board The MS Serenity. We settle in and familiarise ourselves with this beautiful ship.

Tuesday We have a day in Vienna to enjoy this magnificent city including a one hour guided coach tour of the city followed by a one hour walking tour. In the afternoon we visit Schonbrunn Palace, a World Cultural Heritage site and Austria’s most-visited place. Early this evening we set sail for Linz.

Wednesday A relaxing morning sailing along the beautiful Danube River. We arrive in the lovely Austrian city of Linz. There will be a few hours to explore the wonderful architecture and impressive riverside before we set sail for Melk.       

Thursday This morning we visit one of the most famous monastic houses in Austria, Melk Abbey. It is one of the biggest and most beautiful European Baroque Ensembles and its splendid architecture is a famous part of UNESCO´s World Cultural Heritage. In the afternoon we cruise to Bratislava.   

Friday After breakfast we have a bus ride up to the castle. Set in an imposing position on a hill above the old town it dominates the city of Bratislava and overlooks the Danube. The castle houses collections from the Slovak National Museum. At lunchtime we return to the ship for lunch as we set sail for Budapest.

Saturday Today we spend time in one of the world’s most beautiful cities and explore both sides of Hungarys capital – traditional ‘Buda’ and cosmopolitan ‘Pest’. We have a three hour guided tour on a local coach including a visit to The Fishermans Bastion. The present day lookout towers are a decorative fortification of the Fisherman’s Bastion and were built in the 19th century to serve as a lookout tower for the best panoramic views in Budapest. In the evening we have a visit to the Puszta Horse Show to be thrilled by the breathtaking and exhilarating stunts. The ship sails overnight to Esztergom.

Sunday Our morning is spent in Esztergom and we visit the famous Basillica. This magnificent neoclassical building is the mother church of the Archdiocese of Esztergom-Budapest, and the seat of the Catholic Church in Hungary. We return to the ship to enjoy lunch as we sail for Vienna.

Monday We say a sad goodbye to our ship at Vienna and make the journey back to Wuerzburg, Germany where we have an overnight break at the Mercure Hotel.

Tuesday After breakfast we continue through Germany and on into France to the Altia Hotel, Lille for our last overnight.

Wednesday Leaving Lille we travel to Calais for a ferry to Dover. We make our way back to Cornwall and arrive home during the evening.

Term

Limited number of single rooms available at a supplement of £441 per person

Middle deck supplement £105 per person

Panorama deck supplement £210 per person

It may be necessary to use gangways to access dockside so a reasonable degree of mobility is required

At some ports a degree of walking to coach or town centre may be involved

For navigational and safety reasons cruise route may be modified

Dress code on board will be informal but shorts and denim are not permitted attire for dinner

Tipping is at passengers discretion (more details will be issued in final details)

A £100 non-refundable deposit is required when booking

Balance payable 12 weeks prior to departure

Tour subject to loading

Passports are required for this tour

Total Price Includes:

Free optional travel insurance

Premier Class coach travel

Return ferry crossings

11 Nights dinner, bed & breakfast

Welcome sparkling wine on arrival at ship

Lunch provided on six days on board ship

Captain’s party on one night

Grand farewell dinner on ship

Live nightly entertainment on ship

In-house entertainment some nights

Porterage on ship

Excursions as detailed

1 Hour step on guided tour of Vienna

Guided walking tour of Vienna

Admission & tour of Schonbrunn Palace

Admission & guided tour of Melk Abbey

Admission to Bratislava Castle

3 Hour step on guide of Budapest

Admission to Fishermans Bastion

Ticket to Puszta Horse Show

Entrance to Esztergom Basillica

Home pick up in designated area

Free parking at depot

Saturday 17th to

Wednesday 28th August 2019

12 Day Tour

£1549

For more details

please phone

01209 717152