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A Tale of Three Cities
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As an inspiration to many, the majesty of the Danube and its great cities nestled along its route has been the creative trigger for great works of literature, art and music. This enchanting river presents the most romantic and scenic way to travel between central and eastern Europe and a week-long cruise, from Vienna to Budapest aboard MS Serenade 1, provides a lovely relaxing opportunity to do just that. It perfectly combines three exceptional capital cities - Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest - with the beautiful Danube scenery that unfolds as you sail, including the Wachau Valley, whilst stopping in charming towns along the way.
- 7 nights cruise on MS Serenade 1
- 20 meals: 7 breakfasts (days 2-8) 6 lunches (days 2-7) 7 dinners (days 1-7)
- 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: 3
- Excursion to Melk Abbey
- Vienna city tour
- Bratislava city tour and train ride
8 Day Itinerary:
Day 1 London - ViennaTitan’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 Vienna. On arrival, transfer to embark MS Serenade 1 (4T). A buffet is available on arrival, with time to settle in before a welcome cocktail and Captain’s gala dinner this evening.
Day 2 Dürnstein - cruising Wachau Valley - MelkOur first port of call is Dürnstein, cited as one of the country’s most beautiful towns. This morning you may choose to explore this small town at leisure or take an optional orientation walk to learn of a history, which includes tales of Richard the Lionheart who was captured on his return from a crusade and held in Dürnstein Castle, now sitting in ruins. Being surrounded by gently sloping vineyards, there will be an opportunity to visit a local vineyard for a wine tasting. We cruise through Austria’s scenic UNESCO-listed Wachau Valley, a particularly pretty stretch of river, to reach the sleepy town of Melk, dominated by its resplendent Benedictine abbey, which we will visit as an included excursion. The impressive Baroque monastery holds a particularly impressive church embellished with gold, marble and many frescoes.
Day 3 PassauEnjoy a morning of scenic cruising as we wind our way to Passau, the town built on the confluence of the rivers Danube, Inn and Ilz. Spend your afternoon in Passau discovering the city at leisure or on an optional guided walking tour. Through its Old Town, the 17th century creation of Italian Baroque masters, cobblestone streets take you up to St Stephen’s Cathedral, home to the world’s largest cathedral organ.
Day 4 Linz - ViennaSpend your morning discovering Linz, a city that combines its heritage with a healthy interest in the future. You may consider choosing to spend your morning on an optional walking tour of the city, taking in one of the most important collections of Austrian art history and folklore at the Schlossmuseum, or visiting the Ars Electronica Centre, a ground-breaking museum full of innovative ideas and perceptions. Our cruise continues over lunch, arriving in Vienna this evening.
Day 5 Vienna - BratislavaVienna is one of Europe’s most beautiful cities with a rich culture of arts and music, and proud to be able to list a large number of highly esteemed composers as past inhabitants, including Mozart, Brahms and Schubert. We embark on a city tour by coach that will introduce you to the fine Baroque churches, palaces and concert halls before continuing our cruise across the border into Slovakia. We dock in its capital, Bratislava, tonight.
Day 6 BratislavaFor this morning we have included a tour of Bratislava with a ride on the city’s train. See the lovingly-restored Old Town and the imposing Bratislava Castle (Hrad), which towers over the city. With a total of eleven kings and eight queens crowned within the castle’s white walls, and a communist legacy, the city has a full history. The last leg of scenic cruising commences this afternoon.
Day 7 BudapestYou have the choice to spend the day exploring Budapest at leisure, or to take an optional tour of this fascinating city. With many monuments reflecting its long history, from Roman, Turk and Ottoman occupation, as well as riverside promenades, flea markets and antique shops, there are many to choose from. Tonight, enjoy the Captain’s farewell gala dinner on board, followed by evening entertainment.
Day 8 Budapest - LondonDisembark and transfer to Budapest airport for a direct, scheduled British Airways flight to London Heathrow. On arrival you will be met and guided to your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.
A Tale of Three Cities
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£1399 per person
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