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Delights of the Danube (Fly & Cruise)

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(Tour code: DLZ20)

Sail on the beautiful Danube, discovering different countries and experiences.

On this marvellous cruise, experience the magic of the blue Danube from the elegance of Imperial Vienna, to the twin cities of Buda and Pest.

Step back in time to the eras of the Ottoman Empire and the Kingdom of the Habsburgs, all whilst enjoying the surroundings of your ultra modern and comfortable cruise ship. There are also lots of included opportunities to taste the specialties of each region you sail through, creating a cruise that is a real treat for all the senses.

Highlights
  • 7-night cruise on board the Amadeus Queen or Silver II
  • Budapest
  • Bratislava
  • Vienna
  • Salzburg and Austrian Lake District
  • Dürnstein
  • Melk Abbey
  • Regensburg
What’s Included
  • Breakfast Every Day
    Evening Meals
    6 Lunches
  • Exclusive Chartered Cruise
    7-night cruise on board the Amadeus Queen or Silver II
  • Optional excursions to Salzburg or the Austrian Lake District

Delights of the Danube (Fly & Cruise) 2020Tour Details

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Some departures run a reversed itinerary – View reversed Passau - Budapest itinerary (DDZ20)
Day 1 Amadeus Queen
Amadeus Queen

To Budapest

Fly from your choice of airport to Budapest, on arrival you'll be met at the airport for the transfer to your ship, the Amadeus Queen. We meet the Amadeus Queen or Silver II and are welcomed with a cocktail in the lounge before dinner. Later take in the illuminated sights as we sail around the city. We are also treated to a performance from a local Hungarian folk band in the lounge.

Includes:
  • Dinner
Day 2 Budapest Parliament Building
Budapest Parliament Building

Discovering Budapest

This morning we enjoy a guided coach and walking tour, introducing us to Budapest's main sights. We pass impressive buildings and monuments on both sides of the Danube, including the neo- Gothic Parliament building, the magnificent State Opera House and St Stephen's Basilica, Budapest Castle, Matthias Church and Fishermen's Bastion. We return to the ship for lunch, after which you have some free time before we begin cruising to Bratislava, passing through the splendid Danube Bend along the way. This section of the river has a long and fascinating history and from the sun deck or panoramic windows in the bar, you'll be able to see castle ruins, churches, pretty houses hidden in the hills and dense forests, all soaked in the golden glow of twilight.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3 Bratislava
Bratislava

Arrival in Bratislava

Your morning is at leisure aboard before we moor up early this afternoon. After lunch, we set out on a guided coach and walking tour of the Slovakian capital. Located in the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains, Bratislava straddles the Danube which neatly divides the city into two parts; the Baroque Old Town (Stare Mesto) and the new city. This picture-postcard destination boasts historic Gothic buildings, several universities, a wealth of museums and galleries, and a refreshing cosmopolitan atmosphere. The historic centre features delightful cobblestoned roads, pedestrianised plazas, 18th-century rococo buildings and street cafés galore. Following our excursion, you have plenty of free time to explore.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4 Vienna Opera House
Vienna Opera House

The history and music of Vienna

After a calm night of cruising, we arrive into glorious Vienna for a sightseeing tour. This is a chance to relish in Austria's Imperial heritage, one full of tradition and rich in architectural, artistic and musical heritage. You'll see many of Vienna's most ornate buildings, including the impressive Opera House - one of the leading opera venues in the world, as well as the grand Parliament Building. Tonight a real treat awaits us. After dinner we are joined by musicians from the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra for a private recital. Be whisked away by the music and immerse yourself in this singularly exceptional experience.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Days 5-6 Melk Abbey
Melk Abbey

Melk Abbey & Salzburg or the Austrian Lake District

Today we reach Austria's Wachau Valley, a famous wine-making region. We arrive in the idyllic village of Dürnstein where you have time at leisure. As we sit down to lunch on board, we begin cruising along the picturesque Wachau Valley, an extremely scenic area with green valleys and vineyards rising up from the river, picturesque riverside towns, and commanding fortresses with sweeping views. We then journey by coach to Melk Abbey, enjoying entrance to this 11th-century Benedictine Abbey which stands on a rocky outcrop overlooking the Danube. It is also home to the Abbey Church, considered one of the most beautiful Baroque churches north of the Alps.

On Day 6 we disembark in Linz this morning, where you have a choice of excursions. You could head further into the countryside for a day spent amidst the spectacular scenery of the Austrian lakes. Make stops at UNESCO listed Hallstatt, one of Austria's most photographed villages thanks to its traditional pastel-coloured houses, Hallstättersee Lake, and Mondsee. This pretty town is set on the lake of the same name and its most famous sight is the 15th-century parish church, which featured in the wedding scenes of 'The Sound of Music'. Otherwise, travel by coach to Salzburg, via Mondsee, one of Austria's most famous cities and known as the birthplace of Mozart. A guided sightseeing tour reveals the city's internationally renowned Baroque architecture, a well-deserved UNESCO World Heritage site. We rejoin the ship in Passau.

Includes:
  • Day 5 & 6 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Days 7-8 Regensburg
Regensburg

Regensburg and homeward bound

Regensburg is our port of call this morning, which we explore on foot. This medieval town contains many buildings that testify to its history as a trading centre which had a huge infl uence on the whole region from the 9th century onwards. Back on board tonight, we attend the captain's gala dinner, a chance to don our evening wear and celebrate our cruise experience.

On Day 8 after breakfast, we disembark in Passau and transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK.

Includes:
  • Day 7 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 8 - Breakfast

Departure Times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

What’s included
  • Escorted throughout your cruise by an on board Tour Manager and Cruise Director
  • Flights from London to Budapest and from Munich to London, with return transfers from the airport to your ship
  • 7-night cruise on board either the luxurious MS Amadeus Silver II or Queen featuring excellent amenities, spacious cabins and a dedicated crew
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner every day of your cruise with a 5-star dining experience held in a panoramic restaurant
  • 1 exclusive on board event
  • On board live music every night
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board
  • Tour Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna, Melk Abbey and Regensburg
  • Cruise the Danube Bend and through the Wachau Valley, two of the Danube's most beautiful natural stretches
  • Exclusive, private musical performance from members of the excellent Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Sail on a night time cruise through the illuminated lights and under the iconic bridges of historic Budapest
  • Unique flexible excursions allowing you to choose how you spend your day with options including: Tour of Salzburg and an excursion to the Austrian Lake District

Not Included

  • Although we pride ourselves on excellent service as standard, we also firmly believe that tipping should be at the discretion of the guest - therefore we don't include tips in the price of our cruises, nor do we add a daily gratuity to your bill. If you do wish to tip, an envelope will be left in your cabin on the final evening for your convenience.

Please note: This tour may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.

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Luke
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