Cruise the Danube to Vienna & Budapest Itinerary -
13 Oct 2019 on the ms Serenity

Day 1 UK – Passau

We fly to Passau, known as the ‘three rivers city’ due to its unique location where the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers meet. You can then relax onboard our ship as we set sail and cruise towards Melk.

Day 2 Melk – Vienna

This morning we arrive in the small town of Melk, which lies in the beautiful Wachau valley. Here you can join our optional excursion visiting the Benedictine Abbey. This is one of the most famous monastic houses in Austria and has been occupied by monks for over 900 years. You can relax onboard for the remainder of the day as we cruise to Vienna for an overnight stop.

Day 3 Vienna

We spend a full day experiencing the delights of Vienna. Grand palaces, baroque castles, magnificent squares and striking monuments are just some of the key features of this beautiful city, which is a world heritage site. In the morning you can join our optional city tour and in the afternoon we have an optional excursion to Belvedere Palace, a stunning Baroque building made up of two palaces, an orangery and the palace stables. The palace is also home to an incredible collection of art, including the world’s largest collection of work by Gustav Klimt. In the early evening we cast off and cruise towards Budapest.

Day 4 Budapest

Today we have a full day in Budapest, one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Here you can explore both sides of Hungary’s capital – traditional Buda and the more cosmopolitan Pest. Start the day by joining our optional city tour which introduces you to the highlights and helps you get your bearings in the city known as the ‘pearl of the Danube’. In the evening you can join our optional excursion to experience Budapest by night with a traditional folklore show.

Day 5 Budapest

Enjoy a morning in Budapest or join our optional 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 afternoon and cruise towards Bratislava.

Day 6 Bratislava

We reach Bratislava in the early morning. This historic city is dominated by its castle and unique suspension bridge. Join our optional excursion to take in the sights of this Slovakian capital and experience its rich culture, before we set sail in the afternoon and cruise towards Dürnstein.

Day 7 Dürnstein

The town of Dürnstein nestles among Austria’s most famous vineyards and is crowned by the ruins of the castle that once imprisoned Richard the Lionheart. It’s a beautiful place filled with cobbled streets, pretty courtyards and 16th-century houses. After some free time we set sail for the final time and cruise towards Passau.

Day 8 Passau – Germany

We disembark this morning and are taken to the airport for our flight home.

Day 9 Passau – Germany

We disembark this morning and travel by train to our overnight hotel. Those travelling by air depart today.

Day 10 Germany – UK

After breakfast we continue by rail for the return journey to the UK.