Danube Discovery Cruise & Stay Itinerary -
16 Jun 2018 on the ms Serenity

Day 1 UK – Munich

We journey aboard Eurostar from St Pancras International to Brussels and continue to Munich where we check in at our overnight hotel.

Day 2 Munich – Budapest

After breakfast we continue to Budapest and check in at the 4 star Novotel Hotel, which overlooks the Danube and the Parliament building on the Buda side of the city. It has all the facilities you would expect for a modern city centre hotel and is in the perfect location for you to really experience the Hungarian culture, with the freedom to come and go as you please.

Day 3 & 4 Budapest

Over the next two days you have plenty of time to explore Budapest. To help get your bearings, you could start by joining our optional city tour, which takes place on the morning of day 3 and introduces you to some of the most prominent highlights of the city known as the ‘pearl of the Danube’. These include the 700-year-old Matthias Church, Parliament building – a magnificent example of neo-gothic architecture, and Buda Castle, which rises 48 metres above the river.

Day 5 Budapest

Free time this morning before joining our ship this afternoon and settle onboard for a relaxing evening.

Day 6 Budapest

Enjoy a morning in Budapest or join our optional afternoon excursion which takes you through the sweeping plains of Hungary to Lajosmizse. Here we visit a traditional stud farm and enjoy a tour of the grounds in a horse-drawn carriage, before watching a spectacular live Puszta horse show. We set sail in the late afternoon and cruise towards Bratislava.

Day 7 Bratislava

Wake up in Bratislava, the historic capital of Slovakia which is dominated by its castle. There’s also the unique suspension bridge, another key landmark, announced as the building of the century when it opened in 1972. Join our optional guided tour to take in the main sights and experience the rich culture in and around the old town before our ship cruises towards Vienna.

Day 8 Vienna

We spend a full day experiencing the delights of Vienna, where grand palaces, baroque castles, magnificent squares and striking monuments are just some of many highlights. In the morning you can join our optional city tour and in the afternoon we have an optional excursion to Schönbrunn Palace, which takes you on a journey through time as we explore some of the 1,441 rooms. We cast off later this evening.

Day 9 Melk

Later this morning we arrive in the Austrian town of Melk, which is filled with cobbled streets and attractive buildings. It is also overlooked by one of the most splendid monastic houses in Austria – the Benedictine Abbey, which you can visit on our optional excursion. We continue cruising upriver towards Passau.

Day 10 Passau – Munich

This morning we bid farewell to our captain and his crew and set off according to your chosen travel option: those travelling by rail take the train to Munich for an overnight stay.

Day 11 Munich – UK

We set off this morning by rail for our return journey to the UK.