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(Tour code: DLZ20)

Experience the magic of the blue Danube

Aboard the state of the art Amadeus Queen, which comes replete with its own swimming pool, experience the magic of the blue Danube from the elegance of Imperial Vienna, to the twin-cities of Buda and Pest. This tour is operated by our sister company Great Rail Journeys.

Highlights
  • MS Amadeus Queen or Silver II
  • Budapest
  • Bratislava
  • Vienna
  • Passau
  • Linz
  • Dürnstein
  • Melk Abbey
  • Regensburg
What’s Included
  • Breakfast Every Day
    Selected Lunches
    Evening Meals
  • 5* Cruise Ship
    MS Amadeus Queen or Silver II
  • On board recital from members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
    Hungarian folklore show

Delights of the Danube (Fly & Cruise) 2020Tour Details

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Some departures run a reversed itinerary – View reversed Passau - Budapest itinerary (DDZ20)
Day 1 Amadeus Queen
Amadeus Queen

To Budapest

Fly from your choice of airport to Budapest, on arrival you'll be met at the airport for the transfer to your ship, the Amadeus Queen or Silver II. Later take in the illuminated sights as we sail around the city. We are also treated to a performance from a local Hungarian folk band in the lounge.

Includes:
  • Day 1 - Dinner
Days 2-3 Budapest Parliament Building
Budapest Parliament Building

Discovering Budapest and Bratislava

This morning we enjoy a guided coach tour, introducing us to Budapest's main sights. We pass impressive buildings and monuments on both sides of the Danube, including the neo-Gothic Parliament building, the magnificent State Opera House and St Stephen's Basilica, Budapest Castle, Matthias Church and Fishermen's Bastion. We return to the ship for lunch, after which you have some free time before we begin cruising to Bratislava, passing through the splendid Danube Bend along the way. This section of the river has a long and fascinating history and from the sun deck or panoramic windows in the bar, you'll be able to see castle ruins, churches, pretty houses hidden in the hills and dense forests.

We moor up in the afternoon of Day 3. After lunch, we set out on a guided coach tour of the Slovakian capital. Located in the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains, Bratislava straddles the Danube which neatly divides the city into two parts; the Baroque Old Town (Stare Mesto) and the new city. This picture-postcard destination boasts historic Gothic buildings, several universities, a wealth of museums and galleries, and a refreshing cosmopolitan atmosphere. The historic centre features delightful cobblestoned roads, pedestrianised plazas, 18th century rococo buildings and street cafés galore. Following our excursion, we return to the ship for another delicious 5-course dinner.

Includes:
  • Day 2 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 3 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4 Vienna
Vienna

The history and music of Vienna

After a calm night of cruising, we arrive into glorious Vienna for a comprehensive sightseeing tour. Tonight a real treat awaits us on board, where after dinner we are joined by musicians from the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra for an exclusive, private recital. Be whisked away by the music and immerse yourself in this singularly exceptional experience, as the Vienna Philharmonic is one of the most popular and skilled orchestras in the world.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Days 5-6 Melk Abbey
Melk Abbey

Melk Abbey & Salzburg or the Austrian Lake District

Today we reach Austria's Wachau Valley, a famous wine-making region. We arrive in the idyllic village of Dürnstein where you have free time. As we sit down to lunch on board, we begin cruising along the Wachau Valley, a scenic area with vineyards rising up from the river, picturesque riverside towns, and commanding fortresses. We then journey by coach to Melk Abbey, enjoying entrance to this 11th century Benedictine Abbey.

On Day 6 we disembark in Linz, where you have a choice of excursions. You could head into the countryside for a day amidst the spectacular Austrian lakes. Make stops in UNESCO listed Hallstatt, one of Austria's most photographed villages thanks to its traditional, pastel-coloured houses perched between the mountains and Hallstättersee Lake, as well as Mondsee. This pretty town is set on the lake of the same name and its most famous sight is the 15th-century parish church, which featured in 'The Sound of Music'. Otherwise, travel by coach to Salzburg, via Mondsee, one of Austria's most famous cities and known as the birthplace of Mozart. A guided sightseeing tour reveals the city's renowned Baroque architecture, a well-deserved UNESCO World Heritage site. We rejoin the ship in Passau.

Includes:
  • Day 5 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 6 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Days 7-8 Regensburg
Regensburg

Regensburg and homeward bound

Regensburg is our port of call this morning, which we explore on foot. This medieval town contains many buildings that testify to its history as a trading centre which had a huge influence on the whole region from the 9th century onwards. Back on board tonight, we attend the Captain's gala dinner, a chance to don our evening wear and celebrate our cruise experience. On Day 8 we disembark after breakfast to start the journey back to the UK.

Includes:
  • Day 7 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 8 - Breakfast
What’s included
  • Escorted throughout your cruise by an on board Cruise Manager and Cruise Director
  • Flights from London to Budapest and from Munich to London, with return transfers from the airport to your ship
  • 7-night cruise on board the Amadeus Queen or Silver II with breakfast, lunch and dinner every day of your cruise
  • Tour Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna, Melk Abbey and Regensburg, cruise the Danube Bend and Wachau Valley
  • Enjoy an on board recital from members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra & a Hungarian folklore show
  • Unique flexible excursions allowing you to choose how you spend your day
  • Select your cabin number at no extra cost

Not Included

  • Cancellation & Travel Insurance is not included in the price of the tour but can be arranged.
  • Although we pride ourselves on excellent service as standard, we also firmly believe that tipping should be at the discretion of the guest - therefore we don't include tips in the price of our cruises, nor do we add a daily gratuity to your bill. If you do wish to tip, an envelope will be left in your cabin on the final evening for your convenience.

Please note: This tour may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.

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Luke
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