Riviera Travel The Blue Danube
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Discover all that Europe’s most cultured river has to offer, from medieval cities to baroque palace and the sights that inspired Strauss and Mozart, making this the perfect river cruise for those who love culture, music and architecture.
Begin your journey in Budapest and travel through Hungary and Slovakia, visiting the historic towns of Esztergom and Bratislava. Heading into Austria, you’ll see the magnificent Melk Abbey and the old towns of Linz or Salzburg.
- Visit Esztergom Basilica and Melk Abbey
- Enjoy a Hungarian folklore show
- Live music performance onboard
- 7nts onboard a 5-star ship
- Return flights and transfers
- 7 visits & tours
- Full Board dining plus complimentary on-board tea & coffee
- Services of an expert cruise director and concierge
- All port charges and airport taxes
- Checked luggage
Day 1 – Arrival in Budapest
Fly to Budapest and transfer for your 5-star ship.
Day 2 – Esztergom
Overnight, you’ll have sailed upstream to Esztergom, one of Hungary’s oldest towns. Take a guided tour of the town’s famous basilica, which sits overlooking the Danube, and marvel at its priceless religious artifacts. Return to the ship for lunch as the ship begins its afternoon sailing.
Day 3 – Bratislava
This morning, explore Slovakia’s capital city on a guided tour, seeing its beautifully resorted Old Town and the 17th Century castle. In the afternoon, the ship cruises into Lower Austria, passing scenic views as you head to Durnstein.
Day 4 – Durnstein and Melk
Durnstein’s abbey and castle are the stars of today’s first guided tour. After lunch, visit the remarkable Melk Abbey before returning to the ship in time for dinner.
Day 5 – Salzburg or Linz
Upon arriving in Linz, you’ll have a choice to take a guided tour of the city, with its fine squares and fortress-like castle. Alternatively, you can venture to Salzburg and take a tour with a local expert before having free time to explore.
Day 6 – Vienna
Spend the day in the magnificent city of Vienna, with a guided tour in the morning and plenty of time to explore at your own pace in the afternoon. Some highlights of Vienna are St Stephen’s Cathedral, the Hofburg, the Kunsthistorisches Museum and the Schönbrunn Palace. In the evening, enjoy a Captain Dinner and a live musical experience onboard the ship.
Day 7 – Budapest
This morning, you’ll cruise through Hungary to arrive in Budapest around lunchtime. Enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city. The evening’s Gala Dinner is accompanied by a Hungarian folklore show.
Day 8 – Return home
Transfer to the airport for your return journey home.
MS Thomas Hardy
MS William Wordsworth
MS Emily Bronte
MS Oscar Wilde
- Currencies: Euro, Forint
- Flight Time: Approx. 2 hrs 25 mins to 3 hrs
- Languages: Hungarian, German
- Time Zone: GMT+1
- Countries: Austria, Hungary, Slovakia
Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the ship for the duration of your cruise. Please note that speeds may vary.
UK Citizens do not require a visa to enter Hungary, Austria or Slovakia however must have a valid passport.
Budapest Airport to Ship: 45 minutes
*All transfer times are approximate
City Stay in Vienna - 3nts
In 2023 - add four days to your holiday, staying at the centrally located Hotel Austria Trend Hotel Savoyen Vienna.
Budapest Extension - 3nts
On selected dates you can enjoy an additional three nights in Budapest in a carefully selected hotel. Explore the medieval cities of Buda and Pest into scenic Puszta with an expert guide
Prague Extension - 3nts
Extend your holiday in picture-perfect Prague, undoubtedly one of the world’s most enchanting and beautiful capitals. Spend three days exploring ‘The Magical City’, with its cobbled lanes, admiring the cheery pastel facades; stop for a locally brewed beer and absorb the ambience of yesteryear in this this fabulous fairy-tale city.
Vienna Extension - 3nts
Extend your holiday with three nights in Vienna. During this extension, we'll ride through the stunning natural beauty of Neusiedlersee on a horse and carriage. And explore Schönbrunn Palace on a guided tour, following in the footsteps of Emperors through the imperial apartments.
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