A musical journey in Salzburg and on a Danube Cruise, now upgraded to the spacious MS Symphonie under the guidance of Professor Dr. Josef Wallnig of the Mozarteum, and accompanied by our Head of Product, David Deane
Days 1 & 2 - Salzburg
Day 3 - Lake District
Day 4 - Melk
Day 5 - Vienna
Day 6 - Esztergom
Day 7 - Budapest
Day 8 - Return Flight
At the age of only six Mozart was composing and travelling to Munich and Vienna where he performed a concert with his sister Nannerl before the Empress Maria Theresa at Schönbrunn Palace. By the age of seven he was in Paris and London! In later years, frustrated by his position as court musician he moved to Vienna for the last ten years of his life. Both in Salzburg and in Vienna his musical heritage is preserved in restored houses and exhibitions, displaying original manuscripts, scores, furniture and instruments, giving insight into the composition of great masterpieces.
Salzburg reveals narrow medieval streets contrasted with fine open squares. Mozart played regularly at the Archbishop’s Residence and Mirabell Palace. His violin concerto, K.219 in A minor for example, was first performed here in December 1775.
We are privileged to have the company and expertise of the accomplished conductor and professor of opera interpretation at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Professor Dr. Josef Wallnig. The Mozarteum was formed in 1848 to preserve Mozart’s legacy. On a more light-hearted ‘musical note’, Salzburg and the beautiful Salzkammergut reveal places and landscapes linked with and featured in the film ‘The Sound of Music’. Vienna and the Danube are inextricably linked with a fine musical heritage. The Habsburg Emperors ruled Budapest from Vienna, so a touch of the Magyar musical heritage complements the visit.
We are delighted that our Head of Product, David Deane, will be accompanying the group on this departure. After studying German at Cambridge University, David started his travel career living and working in Austria for 8 years, including visits behind the ‘Iron Curtain’ to Bratislava, Budapest and Prague, so he has plenty of experience and insight to offer on this tour. David has travelled extensively across the globe, but Austria is still his favourite country.
Free Cabin Selection
Jules Verne Sightseeing
5 UNESCO Heritage Sites
4 Lunches and 6 Dinners
Drinks Included on Board
UK Tour Manager
Group Size: 2 – 28
Day 1 Fly from London Heathrow to Munich or from London Gatwick to Salzburg. Transfer to the 4-star Imlauer Hotel Pitter for two nights. Welcome dinner at Pitterkeller and introductory lecture by Professor Dr. Josef Wallnig. (D)
Day 2 Morning walking tour of old Salzburg and visit to Mozart’s birth house. Transfer to Palace Frohnburg for an exclusive Matinee with music mainly from W. A. Mozart. Afternoon at leisure. (B)
Day 3 Tour of the Lake District with a short stop in St. Gilgen before continuing to Bad Ischl. Visit to the Lehár Villa and an exclusive concert at the Trinkhalle by Prof. Dr. Wallnig under the theme of ‘A musical journey from Mozart, Schubert, Haydn to Operetta’. Later, travel to Passau for embarkation on MS Symphonie for the five-night cruise. Welcome drink and crew introduction. After dinner, concert on board by Prof. Dr. Wallnig with the theme ‘The Danube from Schubert to Strauss and Gypsy Music’. (B, D)
Day 4 Arrive early at Melk to visit the magnificent Baroque abbey and monastery. The visit includes the marble hall and the world famous library. Cruise through the scenic Wachau Valley. Visit the historic riverside town of Dürnstein. Sail to Vienna. Afternoon lecture and music by Prof. Dr. Wallnig with the theme ‘Vienna & Budapest’. Evening arrival in Vienna. (B, L, D)
Day 5 Morning tour of old Vienna, includes a visit to the Kunsthistorisches Museum with the chance to view the magnificent cycle of paintings by the young Klimt in the stairway close-up. Afternoon tour of Schönbrunn Palace, the former imperial summer residence. The palace in its present form was built during the reign of empress Maria Theresa. Later, follow the life of Ludwig van Beethoven in Heiligenstadt including a wine tasting. During his time in Heiligenstadt Ludwig van Beethoven worked on his greatest creation: Symphony No. 9. (B, L, D)
Day 6 Early arrival in Esztergom and explore the Basilica, the official seat of the Archbishop of Hungary, followed by a short organ concert. Cruise towards Budapest. Pre-dinner drinks party. After dinner folklore and gypsy music performance on board. (B, L, D)
Day 7 Tour of Budapest, the morning is dedicated to 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. The afternoon will be spent in Pest with a guided tour and ‘arias’ at the Hungarian State Opera and Heroes’ Square. Gala dinner. (B, L, D)
Day 8 Transfer to Budapest airport for the return flight. (B)
Whilst the vessel carries more, the group size specified refers to transfers and excursions.
The cruise itinerary may vary according to local conditions, navigational factors and water levels.
This traditional 4-star hotel is close to the Mirabell Palace and Garden. Restaurants, bar, gym, sauna and WiFi (free). 198 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, minibar and satellite TV.
The premium ship, MS Symphonie is registered in France with a mainly European crew. Launched in 1997 it was refurbished in 2017, reducing the number of cabins and increasing the cabin size significantly. For 20 years Jules Verne has been the main UK partner of the innovative French cruise company, CroisiEurope established 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. Reception, lounge bar with small dance floor, large sun deck, lift and WiFi (free/limited). 55 air-conditioned cabins with private facilities, hairdryer, safe and satellite TV. 17 twin/double cabins (156 sq. ft.), 2 single cabins (105 sq. ft.) and 1 suite (250 sq. ft.) with picture windows and French balcony on the Upper Deck. 33 twin/double cabins (156 sq. ft.) and 2 single cabins (105 sq. ft.) with picture windows on the Main Deck.
Extend in Hungary’s captivating capital, sprinkled with hot springs, thermal baths and brimming with beautiful architecture. Stay at the 5-star Hilton Budapest in the castle district with great views of the Danube and the city. Breakfast daily.
Day 1 Transfer to 5-star Hotel Hilton Budapest for two nights. (B)
Day 2 Day at leisure. (B)
Day 3 Transfer to Budapest airport for return flight. (B)
A modern 5-star hotel in the castle district, next to the Fisherman's Bastion and Matthias Church, with impressive views over the Danube and the city. Restaurant, bar, gym, sauna and WiFi (free). 321 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.
per person in a twin/double room/Main Deck cabin
British Airways from Heathrow
per person in a twin/double room/Main Deck cabin
British Airways from Heathrow
Supplements per person
Twin cabin for sole use £495
Superior room/Upper Deck £195
British Airways/EasyJet Gatwick - Save £50
British Airways Club Europe from £195
Extension - Budapest
Hilton Budapest - 2 nights £325
Single supplement £245
Arrival transfer add £185 (from Munich airport)
Arrival transfer add £15 (from Salzburg airport)
Departure transfer add £25
Air travel and taxes, all port charges, transfers, 2 nights' hotel, 5-night cruise, breakfast daily, 1 dinner and full board and drinks on cruise vessel, itinerary as described, UK Tour Manager and services of a cruise director, guides and local representatives.
Travel insurance, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.
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