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Walking the Blue Danube

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From splendid landmarks in historic cities to stunning landscapes of hills and valleys, this is a gentle journey of discovery, combining the delights of Danube cruising with unhurried tours of cultural capitals, and invigorating hikes in the glorious ‘great outdoors’

Cruising to the capitals and countryside of three countries, this fabulous tour is a cultural feast and a breath of fresh air, in fairly equal measure. Your floating hotel is the stylish MS Beethoven, which sails mostly at night to maximise your time ashore, follows the flow of the Danube from Austria’s capital, Vienna, to its counterparts in Slovakia and Hungary, and extends the voyage upstream to Melk, its ancient abbey clinging to the cliff-side for almost a millennium of monastic life; and down-river to Kalocsa for the timeless landscape of the Pannonian Plains. Between these two points, we cruise through the UNESCO listed Wachau Valley, seeing Dürnstein Castle on its rocky ridge, and hiking to the historic Aggstein Castle; moor in Bratislava to trek in the Little Carpathian Mountains to an ancient ocean, now filled with sand and fossils; and enjoy an enthralling Hungarian horse show. Our return upriver takes us to Budapest, for walking tours of Buda’s castle bastions and Pest’s graceful boulevards; to Esztergom, by the Danube Bend, for a hike to the hilltop Visegrad Fortress; and back to innately elegant Vienna, to see its sights up-close and from afar, with a city tour and scenic hike to Leopoldsberg.

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
  • New Tour
  • Excursions Included
  • Drinks Included
  • Qualified Mountain Guide
  • Jules Verne Representative

From splendid landmarks in historic cities to stunning landscapes of hills and valleys, this is a gentle journey of discovery, combining the delights of Danube cruising with unhurried tours of cultural capitals, and invigorating hikes in the glorious ‘great outdoors’

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.

The included walks require a moderate fitness level and include climbs on most days and might be over uneven ground.  

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.

Departures & Prices

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

There are currently no departure dates available for this tour. 

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

Tour Only
  • Arrival or departure transfer
  • £48
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