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Danube Waltz 

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SOLO GROUP DEPARTURE
8 August 2024

A wonderful waltz with the Danube’s drift, this classic cruise goes with the flow from Austrian Melk and Vienna to Slovakia’s capital, Bratislava; and sails the natural, national border to Hungary, to visit the Puszta prairie, beautiful Budapest, and Esztergom’s Basilica

Cruising in the contemporary style and comfort of the MS Beethoven, which sails mostly at night to maximise your sightseeing time ashore, this delightful Danube tour is a leisurely passage through history and the Habsburg Empire. It begins with perhaps the most beguiling miles of the river, those that run eastward across Austria, along Slovakia’s southern edge, and into Hungary. Our highest point on the river is Melk, its ancient abbey clinging to the cliff-side for nine centuries and boasting a lavish library, lit by a window for each day of the year. The route downstream is through the UNESCO listed Wachau Valley, sprinkled with historic towns and sculpted hills, and passing Dürnstein Castle, on its rocky ridge, as the Danube sweeps and swirls to Bratislava, its atmospheric Old Town clustered beneath massive fortress ramparts. Now the river forms the national border, drifting between bucolic banks and swerving south to Kalocsa for the timeless landscape of the Pannonian Plains; and our return upriver takes us to Budapest, lining both banks with character and culture; under the shadow of Esztergom’s grand Basilica; and back to innately elegant Vienna, its music, grandeur and palaces encapsulating the spirit of the river.

Overview

  • Day 1  - Vienna
  • Day 2  - Melk / Dürnstein
  • Day 3  - Bratislava
  • Day 4  - Kalocsa / Puszta
  • Day 5  - Budapest
  • Day 6  - Esztergom
  • Day 7  - Vienna
  • Day 8  - Return flight
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Tour Highlights

  • 5 UNESCO Heritage Sites
  • Excursions Included
  • Drinks Included
  • Jules Verne Representative

A wonderful waltz with the Danube’s drift, this classic cruise goes with the flow from Austrian Melk and Vienna to Slovakia’s capital, Bratislava; and sails the natural, national border to Hungary, to visit the Puszta prairie, beautiful Budapest, and Esztergom’s Basilica

Notes:

Cabins are available from 5pm on arrival and until 9am on departure (before/after this, luggage storage on board is possible).

Whilst the vessel carries more, the group size specified refers to transfers and excursions.

The programme may be altered due to navigational factors with locks, water levels or congestion at certain sites.

Vessels

MS Beethoven

Launched in 2004 and refurbished in 2010, MS Beethoven is registered in France with a mainly European crew and announcements in French and English. For 20 years Jules Verne has been the main UK partner of the innovative French cruise company, CroisiEurope, established over 40 years ago, now boasting the largest European river fleet (over 40 ships), yet still operated by the same family.

All drinks, except premium brands are included throughout the cruise. Enjoy International and French cuisine with a choice of wines in an elegant one-sitting dining room. Breakfast is a buffet, lunch and dinner waiter service with the occasional buffet. The vessel sails mostly at night.

Reception, lounge bar with small dance floor, large sun deck, lift and WiFi (free/limited). 90 air-conditioned cabins with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, satellite TV and picture windows. 42 twin/double cabins (145 sq. ft.) on the Upper Deck, 27 twin/double cabins (145 sq. ft.) on the Middle Deck, 21 twin/double cabins (145 sq. ft.) on the Main Deck.

Extension Options

Vienna Extension

Spend two nights in this magnificent city to explore the imperial heritage which is housed in a fine array of museums and palaces. Stay at the 4-star Lindner Hotel am Belvedere. Breakfast daily.

Lindner Hotel am Belvedere - Vienna

A modern 4-star hotel right next to Belvedere Palace and a short distance from Schwarzenbergplatz and Graben. Restaurant, bar, gym, sauna and WiFi (free). 219 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

Departures & Prices

per person in a twin/double Main Deck cabin 
Austrian Airlines from Heathrow

August
August 8 (Thursday)
  • Solo Group Departure
  • 4 Places Remaining
September
September 12 (Thursday)
  • 2 Places Remaining
Price Includes:

Air travel and taxes, all port charges, transfers, 7-night cruise, full board and drinks on cruise vessel, excursions, Jules Verne Representative, local expert guides and representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included:

Travel insurance, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

Supplements per person

Single Supplement
  • No Single Supplement (limited availability)
  • 2024: Aug 08
  • 2025: Aug 11

  • 2024: Sep 12
  • £535
  • 2025: May, Jun, Sep
  • £615
Upgrades
  • Middle Deck Standard Single Cabin No Single Supplement
  • £135
  • Middle Deck Standard Twin/Double Cabin
  • £135
  • Upper Deck Standard Single Cabin No Single Supplement
  • £155
  • Upper Deck Standard Twin/Double cabin
  • £155
  • Middle Deck Standard Single Cabin
  • £730
  • Upper Deck Standard Single Cabin
  • £760
Flight Options
  • Austrian Airlines Business Class
  • On request, please call
Optional Excursions
  • Gellert Baths & Spa Excursion (2025)
  • £105
  • Budapest Market Halls Walking Tour (2025)
  • £75
Tour Only
  • Save
  • £200
  • Arrival or departure transfer
  • £48
Extension Options
  • Danube Waltz Vienna Extension (2 nights)
  • £295
  • Single Supplement
  • £120

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