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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Danube Waltz

The classic Danube cruise through Austria, Slovakia & Hungary, visiting Vienna and its palaces, Melk Abbey, Dürnstein, Bratislava, the Puszta, Budapest and Esztergom Basilica

The Danube was a border between the Romans and the Barbarians, as well as linking the territories of the former Austrian and Holy Roman Empires. The ‘Blue Danube’ is also linked with music through Johann Strauss and his famous waltz, played annually at Vienna’s televised New Year’s Day concert by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.

This cruise waltzes through three countries, a journey into history that displays the architectural splendours of the Habsburg Empire.

The UNESCO listed Wachau Valley, perhaps the Danube’s most beautiful valley, is sprinkled with historic towns, fortified churches, sculpted hills, and castles such as Dürnstein where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned. Melk Abbey is a fine Baroque creation in an imposing position overlooking the Danube, it boasts a lavish library, lit by a window for each day of the year. The many fruit trees (blossom May) and famous vineyards (best in Sep/Oct) provide a wonderful backdrop to the voyage.

Key Features

5 UNESCO Heritage Sites
No Single Supplement
Excursions Included
Drinks Included
UK Tour Manager
Group Size: 6 – 28

Special Departure

Special Music Cruise
15 May 2021

A tailored musical heritage itinerary taking in concerts and visits to apartments of Beethoven, Liszt, Mozart and Strauss. Includes a performance of folk songs by the mixed choir of the ‘Trachtengruppe’ in Dürnstein, a violin concert in Bratislava, a private piano concert at the Liszt Museum, an organ concert at the Basilica in Esztergom, a Strauss and Mozart concert at the Golden Hall in the Musikverein and a private piano recital at the Mozarthaus in Vienna.

Day 1 Fly from London Heathrow to Vienna, capital of the Habsburg Empire that encompassed much of Europe and whose monarchs and nobility often resided in the imperial capital. Embark for seven nights. Welcome drink and crew introduction. Sail to Melk. (D)

Day 2 Arrive early at Melk to visit the magnificent Benedictine abbey and monastery, founded in the 11th century with current buildings dating back to the Baroque era, including the marble hall, the world famous library and the bedrooms where illustrious visitors have slept. Cruise through the scenic Wachau Valley. Visit the medieval riverside town of Dürnstein. Sail to Bratislava. Pre-dinner Jules Verne drinks party. (B, L, D)

Day 3  Morning tour of Bratislava, capital of Slovakia which was also capital of the Hungarian part of the Habsburg Empire for more than a century whilst the Ottomans occupied Budapest. Tour includes Bratislava Castle for a breathtaking view over the Danube and the city, Michael’s Gate, the only gate surviving from the Middle-Ages, the central square surrounded by buildings in Art Nouveau style and the old Bratislava Town Hall. Sail to Kalocsa. (B, L, D)

Day 4 Excursion to the Puszta, a traditional Hungarian landscape at the beginning of the Pannonian plains, including a horse show by the ‘gulyas’ Hungarian cowboys. (B, L, D)

Day 5 Morning tour of Budapest. It is indisputably the case that the Danube is at its most scenic when dividing the twin cities of Buda and Pest. The castle area of Buda contains unspoilt town houses and bastions, the Mathias coronation church, Royal Palace complex and Hungarian National Gallery, whilst bustling Pest reflects the 19th century with grand boulevards, the parliament and opera. Afternoon free. Evening folklore show. (B, L, D)

Day 6  Early arrival in Esztergom. Time to explore its imposing Basilica, the official seat of the Archbishop of Hungary. Cruise towards Vienna. Gala dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 7 Arrive in Vienna for a morning tour of the city and Schönbrunn Palace. Later, visit the Hofburg Imperial Palace. Enjoy a concert of Viennese music at a palace in the home town of Johann Strauss. (B, L, D)

Day 8  Transfer to Vienna airport for the return flight to London Heathrow. (B)

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner

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.

A cruise on the ‘Blue Danube’ in the favoured season (May) from Vienna to Bratislava and Budapest with a collection of visits relating to famous composers and performances by local expert musicians.

Day 1 Fly from London Heathrow to Vienna, capital of the Habsburg Empire which encompassed much of Europe and whose monarchs and nobility often resided in the imperial capital. Embark for seven nights. Welcome drink and crew introduction. Sail to Melk. (D)

Day 2 Arrive early in Melk. Optional visit to the magnificent Benedictine abbey and monastery, founded in the 11th century with current buildings dating back to the Baroque era, including the marble hall, the world famous library and the bedrooms where illustrious visitors have slept (£45). Cruise through the scenic Wachau Valley. At the medieval riverside town of Dürnstein enjoy a performance of local folk songs by the mixed choir of the ‘Trachtengruppe’ at the Augustinian Monastery. Sail to Bratislava. Pre-dinner Jules Verne drinks party. (B, L, D)

Day 3 Morning walking tour of Bratislava’s old town, capital of Slovakia which was also capital of the Hungarian part of the Habsburg Empire for more than a century whilst the Ottomans occupied Budapest. Tour focuses on the lives of famous composers in Bratislava such as Liszt, Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn and Bartok and concludes with a private violin concert. Sail to Kalocsa. (B, L, D)

Day 4 Optional excursion from Kalocsa to the Puszta, a traditional Hungarian landscape at the beginning of the Pannonian plains, including a horse show by the ‘gulyas’ Hungarian cowboys (£50). (B, L, D)

Day 5 Morning tour of Pest with a stop by the parliament followed by a guided tour of the Hungarian State Opera House and a visit to the Ferenc Liszt Museum where he lived (1881-1886) followed by a private piano concert. The afternoon will be spent in Buda, a stop at the citadel followed by a visit to the castle district including the Matthias Church, Fisherman’s Bastion and the Institute of Musicology. Evening classical concert. (B, L, D)

Day 6 Early arrival in Esztergom and explore the imposing Basilica, the official seat of the Archbishop of Hungary, followed by a short organ concert. Cruise towards Vienna. Gala dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 7 Arrive in Vienna for a visit to the apartments of Strauss on Praterstrassse and Beethoven in Heiligenstadt. Enjoy lunch with typical ‘Heurigenmusik’. Afternoon guided tour of Klosterneuburg monastery and a wine tasting at Austria’s oldest winery. Enjoy a concert of Strauss and Mozart at the Golden Hall in the Musikverein, the venue of the New Year’s Concert by the Vienna Philharmonics. (B, L, D)

Day 8 Walking tour of old Vienna and visit to Mozarthaus with a private recital. Transfer to Vienna airport for the return flight to London Heathrow. (B) 

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner

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.

Notes

Aug 5, Sep 16 2021 departures will cruise on the MS Beethoven.
May 15, Jun 14, Sep 16 2021 departures will cruise on the MS Symphonie.

2021

per person in a twin/double Main Deck cabin 
British Airways from Heathrow
(Austrian Airlines for 15 May)

Date Price
May 15 £2295
June 14 £2145
August 5 £1945
August 30 £2095
September 16 £1995
No Single Supplement

(limited dates/availability)

Early Booking Offer

For all 2021 bookings made by 30 September 2020, deduct £60 per person

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
(limited availability)
2021: May 15, Aug 5

Single supplement £495
(Aug 5 & Sep 16 £465, Jun 14 & Aug 30 £525)

Cabin Upgrades

MS Beethoven
Middle Deck - £165
Upper Deck - £195

MS Symphonie
Upper Deck - £245

Flight Options

British Airways Club Europe from £195

Extension Options

Extension - Vienna
Das Opernring Hotel
2 nights £215  (Jun & Sep £225, Aug £185)
Single supplement £125 (Aug £115)

Hotel Regina (15 May 2021)
2 nights £175
Single supplement £125

Independent Arrival

Save £150
Arrival or departure transfer add £35

Price Includes
Air travel and taxes, all port charges, transfers, 7-night cruise, full board and drinks on cruise vessel, excursions, UK Tour Manager, 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.

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