7 Day Danube
Budapest - Vienna - Passau
DAY 1: BUDAPEST
Boarding at the end of the afternoon and settling into your cabin. Presentation of the crew. Welcome cocktail. Dinner on board. Optional traditional evening in Budapest.
Breakfast on board followed by departure for the optional guided tour of Budapest, the belle ?poque city par excellence, the incarnation of the sharp contrast between twin cities divided by the Danube and united since 1872. You will discover: haughty Buda with its winding streets, its Baroque palaces, its Turkish bath establishments and its royal palace. And bustling Pest, which offers a proud mixture of architectural styles. Return on board for lunch. Departure on cruise at 1.00pm for Bratislava. Dinner and an evening's entertainment on board.
DAY 3: BRATISLAVA - VIENNA
Arrival at Bratislava at 7.00am and breakfast on board. At around 8.30am, departure for the optional guided tour to Bratislava. Dominated in the north by the slopes of the southern point of the Small Carpathians, bathed by the Danube, Bratislava occupies a privileged geographical site. The charm of the Slovakian capital lies in its old city: splendid Baroque palaces, churches and pleasant squares. Back on board for lunch and departure of the cruise toward Vienne. Arrival at Vienne in the evening. Dinner on board and free evening or optional tour to Vienne by night.
DAY 4: VIENNA
Breakfast on board. Free morning at Vienne or optional visit to the Sch?nbrunn Castle, summer residence of the imperial family and part of Vienne, imperial city and cradle of music. Back to the boat for lunch. Free afternoon in Vienne or optional visit to the Hofburg, the Habsburg Palace houses the sumptuous imperial apartments. Return on board for dinner and departure of the boat at around midnight toward D?rnstein.
DAY 5: DURNSTEIN - MELK
Breakfast on board and arrival of the boat at D?rnstein at around 8h, which you will explore with your hostess. The town, steeped in the legend of Richard the Lionheart, contains an astonishing abbey, dazzling with light blue and white, which has one of the most beautiful Baroque bell towers in all Austria. Back on board for lunch and departure toward Melk. Crossing of the wonderful Wachau where Gothic ruins alternate with picturesque villages. The mildness of the climate here is conducive to wine and apricot production. Arrival at Melk in the middle of the afternoon. Optional guided tour to the Benedictine Abbey of Melk. You will get the chance to admire the Baroque marble hall, library and abbey church. Back on board, dinner, overnight stop.
DAY 6: MELK - GREIN - LINZ
Departure of the boat early in the morning. Breakfast during the cruise. Sailing on the Strudengau feared in the past for its whirlpools and arrival at Grein at the start of the morning. Grein, a town dominated by its 15th century castle, is a jewel which conceals a curious feature: the smallest Rococo theatre still operating. Free time to discover the town at your own pace. Back on board for dinner and departure on cruise for Linz. Arrival at Linz in mid-afternoon and departure for the optional tour to the Baroque monastery of Saint Florian where the composer Bruckner used to be a choirboy. Tour to the basilica, the library and the marble hall. Back to the boat for dinner. Departure of the boat toward Passau at the end of the evening.
DAY 7: LINZ - PASSAU
Breakfast on board. Disembarkation and end of our journey.
**Please note that this is a bi-lingual ship with information provided in both English and French, & an international cruise host on board.**
2016 Per Person Cruise Only Fares
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Prices Include: Full board cruise from dinner of the first day to breakfast of the last day in a double cabin with showers and toilets, welcome drink, entertainment, the Captain's evening, the assistance of our hostess on board, and port taxes. DRINKS PACKAGE INCLUDED - Soft Drinks, as well as tea and coffee specialties, Beer, sparkling white wine, Cremant and Prosecco (in a glass), as well as open wines and daily recommendations from the wine menu (by the glass), Cocktails and long drinks throughout the day and evening.
Prices Do Not Include: Drinks, not listed above, insurance and optional excursions.
For reasons of navigation and passenger safety, the Captain of the ship reserve the right to modify the itinerary of the cruise.
There might not be any other english speaking guests on these dates.