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From Beautiful Budapest to Stunning Vienna
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This exciting cruise brings together some of the most treasured riverside towns and cities of the Danube, sailing from Budapest to Vienna. From the comfort of the MS Serenade 1, travel along Europe’s second longest river, through beautiful riverscapes to four fascinating countries. Plus, hotel stays in the capitals of Austria and Hungary, with sightseeing tours included, will ensure you have plenty of time to absorb their ambience and culture to complete your magical experience.
- 3 nights in hotels and 7 nights cruise on MS Serenade 1 (accommodation as specified or similar)
- 23 meals: 10 breakfasts (days 2-11) 6 lunches (days 3-8) 7 dinners (days 2-8)
- Local wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch & dinner
- Welcome buffet, cocktail and evening gala dinner
- Captain’s farewell gala dinner
- A night of onboard entertainment
- Quietvox portable audio headset system on cruise excursions
Included excursions and visits: 4
- Budapest city tour
- Bratislava city tour and train ride
- Melk Abbey
- Vienna city tour
Plus all these benefits:
- Titan’s VIP Home Departure Service®
- Free connecting flights from regional airports
- Check-in service by Titan staff
- Services of an experienced Titan tour manager on board cruise
- Scheduled British Airways direct flights
- Porterage (one bag per person)
- Airport taxes, security charges and fuel surcharges
- Port Taxes
- UK Air Passenger Duty (APD)
11 Day Itinerary:
Day 1 London - BudapestTitan’s VIP Home Departure Service® collects you from your home, for your journey to London Heathrow Airport and a direct, scheduled British Airways flight to Budapest. On arrival, transfer to your hotel for the night, the Danubias Hotel Astoria (4T), Mamaison Hotel Andrassy (4T) or Mercure Budapest Korona (4T).
Day 2 BudapestAn included tour takes in the stunning highlights of Budapest, with many relics and monuments from over a millennium of settlements to choose from. We then transfer to embark MS Serenade 1 (4T), where a buffet will be available before a welcome cocktail and Captain’s gala dinner this evening, followed by evening entertainment.
Day 3 EsztergomWe wake in Esztergom for a morning of independent exploration. As the birthplace of Hungary’s first king, St Stephen, in AD 975, this small town was Hungary’s royal seat for two centuries and the centre of Roman Catholicism for a millennium. A visit to the immense neo-classical basilica is recommended - it is the largest in Hungary and contains the world’s largest alter-piece. We sail onwards this afternoon, crossing the border into Slovakia.
Day 4 Bratislava - MelkThis morning, join a city tour of uniquely charming Bratislava, including the lovingly-restored, compact Old Town and Bratislava Castle (Hrad) - where eleven kings and eight queens were crowned - which overshadows the city. Our city adventure continues by Presporacik, the leisurely train that winds through the city. We sail this afternoon to Melk, where we dock overnight.
Day 5 MelkThis morning we take an included tour of Melk’s imposing Benedictine abbey. Originally a palace, it was presented to Benedictine monks who turned it into a fortified abbey with an extensive library of priceless volumes and a richly embellished Abbey Church, its enormous dome decorated with elaborate frescoes by Johann Michael Rottmayr.
Day 6 PassauEnjoy a full day in Passau, a city best known for St Stephan’s Cathedral, home to the world’s largest cathedral organ. You may also like to take a path through the forest to Veste Oberhaus. Built for the prince-bishops in order to control commerce across the three rivers that converge here; the Danube, Inn and Ilz; the former castle enjoys fantastic views and the museum tells a history of repeated attacks and a stint as a military prison. We dock in Linz later tonight.
Day 7 Linz - Wachau Valley cruising - DürnsteinSpend this morning in the elegant, creative city of Linz, with the option to wander freely through the charming Old Town or to take an optional tour. The Old Town boasts many historic buildings with a mix of modern architecture, including Linzer Schloss. Or for a fresh look, the city has daring art installations and the Ars Electronica Centre, a museum of the future where you can interact with robots and take a virtual journey through space. This afternoon we cruise through Austria’s scenic UNESCO-listed Wachau Valley to Dürnstein, where we dock overnight.
Day 8 ViennaWe have arranged a tour of Vienna for you this morning, to orientate and convey the stories of this imperial city, before you have an afternoon to explore your favourite spots further, or take the opportunity to join an optional excursion to Schönbrunn Castle. The vast, elaborately adorned palace of the Habsburgs is still largely in its original condition. See many of the residential and ceremonial rooms, plus the sympathetically grand, Baroque gardens. Tonight, enjoy the Captain’s farewell gala dinner on board.
Day 9 ViennaOur cruise comes to an end in Vienna, where we disembark and transfer to our hotel, the Lindner Hotel am Belvedere (4T), where we stay for two nights. The rest of the day is free to explore this delightful city.
Day 10 ViennaThere is more time today, to explore Vienna. A vast number of classical composers were born or lived in Vienna, and many of them worked with the angelic Vienna Boys’ Choir, a cultural institution which can be traced back to 1498. You will be reminded of the city’s musical heritage in numerous sites, whether you choose to spend your days at Mozarthaus, where Mozart composed works including ‘The Impesario’ and ‘The Marriage of Figaro’, the acclaimed Vienna Burgtheater where Beethoven made his first public appearance or St Stephen’s Cathedral where Haydn was a choirboy. You may also enjoy spending time at the Rococo style Belvedere Palace.
From Beautiful Budapest to Stunning Vienna
11 days from
£1449 per person
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