A Taste of the Danube - Budapest to Vienna

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Key inclusions

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Hungary

  • River cruise

Discover the Danube’s historic and cultural gems on an inspiring river cruise through Hungary, Austria and Slovakia. Tuck into Hungarian cuisine in Budapest and visit the impressive castle complex overlooking the city. Then, board your ship and discover Slovakia's vibrant capital of Bratislava, visit Melk's 11th century Benedictine abbey, and soak up the scenery of Austria's Wachau Valley. Finish your holiday exploring the elegant neo-classical boulevards of Vienna.

At a glance


Budapest Guided sightseeing of Hungary's cosmopolitan capital including Fisherman's Bastion and Matthias Church.
Bratislava Guided sightseeing, visit St Martin's Cathedral.

Melk – Dürnstein Explore the 11th century Benedictine abbey in Melk and cruise the Wachau Valley.

Vienna Guided sightseeing.

What's included

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a cruise director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Wine & beer with lunch and dinner
  • Excursions
  • Gratuities on cruise
  • All airport and port taxes
VIP home pick-up service

Our VIP home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

Overview

Total meals included:

  • 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners

Budapest

Day
1

Fly to Budapest where you will be met and transferred to your hotel (InterContinental Budapest or similar).

No meals included

Budapest

Day
2

Included today: Guided sightseeing, see Fishermen's bastion and Heroes' Square Spanning the banks of the Danube, Budapest is one of Eastern Europe’s liveliest cities. Whether you’re seeing the sights, shopping for handcrafted embroidery or Herend porcelain, or basking in the coffee house culture over a rich cream cake in the renowned Gerbeaud Café, Budapest’s unique energy is positively palatable. On your guided sightseeing tour, see Heroes’ Square as well as the massive hilltop castle complex with its remarkable Fisherman’s Bastion and 11th century Matthias Church, the coronation spot of several Hungarian monarchs. Be sure to take note of the city’s eight bridges’ famous sights in and of themselves, which connect ancient Buda on the right bank with Pest on the left. You may want to walk across Chain Bridge, built in 1849 and a symbol of Budapest.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Budapest (Embarkation)

Day
3

This morning is free for you to enjoy Hungary's exciting capital. Perhaps visit one of the many museums, take a walk to see some of the remaining statues from the communist era, shop at the Great Market Hall to purchase paprika and embroidery, or stroll along Vací Utca main shopping street. Later, transfer to your cruise ship for three nights and meet your crew at a welcome reception.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Bratislava

Day
4

Included today: Guided sightseeing. Relax on board this morning and marvel at the beautiful scenery on both banks of the Danube. As you cruise upriver, Hungary is on your left and Slovakia is on your right. The two countries share the Danube for a 58 mile stretch, with the border in the middle of the river. At the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains is Bratislava, the dynamic capital of Slovakia. Guided sightseeing will introduce you to the charming Old Town and its Town Hall, one of the oldest stone buildings in the city. Also visit the Gothic St Martin's Cathedral, coronation church for the Kingdom of Hungary from the 16th to 19th centuries.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Melk - Dürnstein

Day
5

Included today: Guided sightseeing. This morning our first stop is Melk. Enjoy a guided tour of the magnificent 11th century Benedictine Abbey, dominating the town from its commanding hill site and one of Europe's largest monasteries. The abbey church houses stunning frescoed ceilings, marvellous statues, a large organ, and an ornate library with a large collection of medieval manuscripts. The view from the terrace over the Danube and surrounding countryside is breathtaking. Grab a drink and relax on your ship's Sky Deck as you pass beautiful scenery on the way to Dürnstein, situated in the heart of the Wachau wine region and best known for the magnificent baroque Stiftskirche with its blue façade. Above town are the ruins of the castle where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned in 1192. Explore this picturesque little town on your own or you may prefer to join an optional excursion. You may want to walk up to the castle ruins for magnificent views over the town and river.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Vienna (Disembarkation)

Day
6

Included today: Guided sightseeing. Disembark and transfer to your hotel in Vienna, the InterContinental (or similar). Once the centre of the mighty Habsburg Empire, Austria’s magical capital on the blue Danube is a showcase of gilded architecture. This is home to the lavish Hofburg Imperial Palace complex with its Vienna Boys’ Choir and dazzling Lipizzaner stallions; the neo-renaissance Vienna Opera House; and awe-inspiring St. Stephen’s Cathedral, plus countless other sights you’ll see during your guided city tour. Stroll through the pedestrian Kärntnerstrasse, and be sure to take a break and enjoy a piece of decadent Sachertorte or Apfelstrudel in one of the classic Viennese coffee houses; historic institutions that helped shape Viennese culture.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Vienna

Day
7

A full day at leisure in this fascinating city. Perhaps visit one of the magnificent museums, stately Schönbrunn Palace, or opt for an optional outing to the Vienna Woods.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Vienna

Day
8

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hotels

It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.

InterContinental Budapest

You're spoilt for choice when it comes to panoramic views across the River Danube. Admire the Chain Bridge and the former Royal Palace from one of the hotel's beautifully appointed rooms, or treat yourself to a gourmet Hungarian dinner with views of Buda Castle. Official rating: 5 stars.

  • Location

    Just a leisurely stroll away from the historic Castle district, this luxurious hotel sits on the banks of the river Danube in the heart of Budapest. 

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant and bar
    • Gym
    • Spa
    • Indoor heated pool
    • Sauna and steam room
InterContinental Budapest

Sofitel Budapest Chain Bridge

The Sofitel Budapest Chain Bridge hotel has an enviable position overlooking the River Danube and Budapest's famous Chain Bridge, and many of the 357 rooms come with a view of the river. A Swarovski water fountain, luxury spa, original art and a French-Hungarian restaurant make this hotel a special base for your time in Budapest. Official rating: 5 stars.

  • Location

    The hotel boasts a prime location near the River Danube, Hungarian Parliament, Hungarian State Opera and Castle.

  • Facilities

    • Luxury spa
    • Atrium restaurant
    • Bistro restaurant
    • Bar
    • Luxury spa

InterContinental Vienna

The InterContinental Vienna is centrally located opposite the city park. Walking into the hotel's ornate lobby with its wooden panelling and chandeliers, you'll immediately get a sense of the building's history combined with modern facilities. Official rating: 5 stars.

  • Location

    Situated opposite the city park and just a short walk away from Vienna Hofburg; St Stephens Cathedral; MusuemsQuartier and the famous shopping streets of Kaerntner Strasse and Graben. 

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant and bar; Café bistro; Gym
    • Sauna
    • Solarium
    • Steam bath

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