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Historic Cities of the Danube 2020

River Danube | Austria, Europe

6 days
from
£495
per person
  • Budapest Parliament Building
  • Budapest
  • Esztergom
  • Vienna
  • Wiessenkirchen
Budapest Parliament BuildingBudapestEsztergomViennaWiessenkirchen
Note that there may be small differences between our general Itinerary for this cruise and a specific departure. To view departure specific itineraries please go to the Dates and Prices tab and click "View Itinerary" on a specific departure.

Historic Cities of the Danube

Step aboard the stylish MS Arena and let our attentive captain and crew guide you on an unforgettable journey along the Danube. For those who are short on time, this is the ideal itinerary, encompassing some of the highlights that there are to see along Europe’s second longest river. Explore the birthplace of classical music in Vienna, fall in love with the world’s most beautiful city in Budapest and discover Slovakia’s unique and ancient capital city, Bratislava. This is how river cruising is meant to be.

Day 1: UK – Munich (Coach and Rail)
We travel by coach or rail to our overnight hotel in the Munich area.

Day 2: Munich – Passau (Coach and Rail) / UK – Passau (Air)
After breakfast, we’ll travel by coach and board our ship in Passau, where we’ll be joined by those who have travelled by air. Known as the ‘three rivers city’, Passau is situated where the rivers Danube, Inn and Ilz all meet, so there’s no better place to begin our cruise. This evening, enjoy a relaxing dinner onboard as we set sail towards Vienna.

Day 3: Vienna – Budapest
Arriving in the early afternoon, you have plenty of time to explore Vienna and the option to join a guided tour of the Austrian capital too. The birthplace of classical music boasts a UNESCO World Heritage historical centre, more than 150 grand palaces and no fewer than 27 baroque castles. Home to spectacular squares and magnificent monuments, it really is a magical city. After an afternoon of sightseeing, we return to the ship and begin our onward journey towards Budapest.

Day 4: Esztergom – Budapest – Bratislava
This morning, en route to Budapest, we’ll continue our relaxing cruise along the mighty Danube as we pass by the impressive Esztergom Basilica. Sitting atop Castle Hill, it’s the largest church in Hungary and has a 72-metre-high central dome that can be seen for miles around. Our captain will slow the ship right down as we drift by, so there’s plenty of opportunity to capture a stunning photograph of the sights from our vantage point on the water. Then its full speed ahead as we continue our journey to Budapest, where we arrive at around lunchtime. Here you can spend the afternoon exploring what many refer to as one of the most beautiful cities in the world. There’s an optional city tour available where you’ll get to take in all the key sights, such as the Royal Palace, Fishermen’s Bastion, the Parliament building and more. Divided into two by the flowing Danube, you’ll experience Castle Hill and the traditional Buda side of the city, as well as the cosmopolitan side of Pest too. We set sail for Bratislava in the evening.

Day 5: Bratislava – Weissenkirchen
At around lunchtime today we arrive into the ancient city of Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. The skyline is dominated by the striking Bratislava Castle and the city’s unique suspension bridge; demonstrating the blend of the traditional with the modern. Join our optional guided walking tour, where you’ll experience the city’s highlights , as well as sampling the sweet delicacy ‘Makovka’ too. Relax onboard this evening, as we cruise towards Weissenkirchen.

Day 6: Weissenkirchen – Passau
This morning, we arrive in the picturesque village of Weissenkirchen in the heart of Austria’s Wachau Valley. You’ll enjoy some free time here, where you can explore the village and wander along the banks of the river, before we continue to Passau.

Day 7: Passau – Germany (Coach and Rail) / UK (Air)
After breakfast, we bid farewell to our captain and crew and travel by coach or rail to our overnight accommodation in the Cologne area. Those travelling by air will be transferred to the airport for the return flight.

Day 8: Germany – UK (Coach and Rail)
After breakfast, we continue our return journey home to the UK.

 

• Discover the birthplace of classical music in Vienna

• Explore Budapest – one of the most beautiful cities in the world

• Sample Makokva and other local delicacies in Bratislava

• Sail by the pretty Austrian villages that lie along the river bank

• Spend some free time exploring the picturesque village of Weissenkirchen

• Take in the highlights along Europe’s second longest river

 

Ships

We offer a number of flexible travel options for you to join your cruise, whether you want to travel to the port of departure or directly to the ship. Please see below:

Coach via Dover

On many of our cruises you can take advantage of our convenient and FREE regional coach departures aboard our modern executive coaches from a town or city near you to the port of departure and onwards to meet the ship.

Ferry crossing at Dover

When you travel by coach or car, you will join a ferry at Dover, depending on your chosen cruise, and cross over to Europe. Our coach will then take you to meet our ship at the embarkation point as shown in the cruise itinerary.

Overnight hotel in Dover or Ashford

Travel at your own pace, in the comfort of your own vehicle and stay overnight at Dover or Ashford, in accommodation close to the port of departure and be collected/returned by our coach. Prices start from £55 per person per night on a bed and breakfast basis and include parking for one vehicle for the duration of your cruise.

Eurostar from London St Pancras

Enjoy the benefits of rail travel – boarding at London St Pancras International, you will be whisked effortlessly along by Eurostar whilst relaxing in your reserved seat. You have the freedom to stretch your legs whenever the mood takes you and purchase drinks and snacks from the buffet carriage.

By Air from London Heathrow

Air travel is included as an air inclusive option with flights and return transfers to the ship included. Regional flight options are available, call our Holiday Advisors for details.

Join at the Ship

Make your own travel arrangements at your convenience to join your selected cruise, simply board your cruise ship at the embarkation point.

Dates and pricing

The details below show the travel options, pricing and the available departure dates for this itinerary. If you have any questions about this cruise please do not hesitate to call our Holiday Advisors.

Departures

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2020-09-30
30 September 2020
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Eurostar
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2020-09-30
30 September 2020
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2020-10-01
01 October 2020
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2020-10-01
01 October 2020
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2020-10-01
01 October 2020
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2020-10-05
05 October 2020
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2020-10-05
05 October 2020
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2020-10-06
06 October 2020
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2020-10-06
06 October 2020
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2020-10-06
06 October 2020
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Enhance your holiday experience with a range of optional and included excursions that allow you to discover the history of our ports of call, experience the tradition of local regions and explore further afield. They’re the perfect complement to your cruise itinerary, but they are subject to availability so we recommend you book early!

Vienna City Tour

Vienna City Tour

£24

This is the perfect introduction to Vienna, the City of Music. Our tour focuses on the historic centre and its rich architecture, where we learn about the baroque castles and gardens, and the 19th century Ringstrasse which is lined with grand buildings, monuments and parks – all of which are inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site (entrances to attractions not included).

Budapest City Tour

Budapest City Tour

£20

Accompanied by a local guide, we discover the architectural gem of Budapest. Our coach city tour takes in some of the most beautiful areas, including Heroes Square, which is home to the iconic statue complex of the Millennium Memorial.

Bratislava Walking Tour & Chocolate Experience

Bratislava Walking Tour & Chocolate Experience

£24

Our guided tour of this magnificent city allows you to explore the charming squares, courtyards and narrow lanes of the Slovakian capital. The old town is filled with all the must-see sites and is a pedestrian zone which makes exploring on foot a safe and relaxing activity. You'll also get to sample the sweet delicacy 'Makova' as well!

Package Price

Package Price

£68 per person

You can book our excursions individually or as a package, but they are subject to availability so we recommend you book early!

Premium Package

Premium Package

£100 per person

Our Premium Package is a great way to add a touch of something special to your MS Arena river cruise experience. This exclusive package is a pre-bookable addition available across all cabin grades, and includes drinks with your meals, 10% off excursions, a welcome basket of fruit on arrival, water delivered to your cabin, a selection of complimentary toiletries and free use of the wellness and fitness suite aboard MS Arena. For more information call our Holiday Advisers.

At a glance

Length: 6 days

From: Passau

Ends: Passau

Travel options available:

  • Coach via Dover
  • Ferry crossing at Dover
  • Overnight hotel in Dover or Ashford
  • Eurostar from London St Pancras
  • By Air from London Heathrow
  • Join at the Ship
6 days
from
£495
per person

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Included in the Price

  • Five nights’ cruise on a full board basis
  • Welcome Drink
  • Afternoon tea/coffee and cake & late evening snack
  • Complimentary tea, coffee and WiFi
  • Visits to Passau, Vienna, Budapest, Bratislava & Weissenkirchen
  • Services of a Cruise Manager

 

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