Day 1 - London - Vienna
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your journey to London Heathrow Airport and your direct, scheduled British Airways or another leading airline flight to Vienna. On arrival we transfer to the river and embark our vessel, Filia Rheni II (4T). Our cruise begins late this afternoon, and this evening the Captain and crew formally greet you at the Captain’s welcome dinner.
Day 2 - Dürnstein - Wachau Valley cruising - Melk
This morning you may choose to take an optional orientation walk and wine tasting, in the attractive town of Dürnstein, or alternatively explore independently. Later today relax on board as we cruise through Austria’s scenic UNESCO-listed Wachau Valley, a particularly pretty stretch of river and well worth some photographs as the view unfolds around each bend. We reach the sleepy town of Melk, dominated by its imposing Benedictine abbey, which we will visit as an included excursion.
Day 3 - Passau
Spend the morning in Passau, known as the ‘City of Three Rivers’ being the confluence of the rivers Danube, Inn and Ilz. An optional guided walking tour is available to discover the town, with its cobblestone streets and St Stephen’s Cathedral, home to the world’s largest cathedral organ. Return to the ship for a leisurely lunch and this afternoon is spent gently cruising towards Vienna.
Day 4 - Vienna
After a morning on the river we arrive around lunchtime in Vienna, one of Europe’s most beautiful cities with a rich culture of arts and music, and of course home to Mozart. Here we include a city tour by coach that will introduce you to the highlights of the city and we remain here until late tonight, allowing you to make further explorations or perhaps enjoy a memorable concert performance.
Day 5 - Bratislava - Esztergom
Across the border into Slovakia, and this morning you can join an optional coach and walking tour excursion of the city, including the lovingly-restored Old Town and the imposing Bratislava Castle (Hrad), which towers over the city. We then continue our cruise to Hungary and the town of Esztergom.
Day 6 - Esztergom - Danube Bend - Budapest
This morning you can explore the town independently. A visit to the immense neo-classical basilica that towers over the city skyline is recommended. It is the largest in Hungary and contains the world’s largest alter-piece. This afternoon presents yet another cruising highlight as we navigate the spectacular Danube Bend, where the river turns and twists sharply south towards Budapest below forested hills and pretty riverside towns.
Day 7 - Budapest
A full day in Budapest is a fitting finale to this splendid itinerary. Divided into two parts separated by the river, both ‘Buda’ and ‘Pest’ are packed with interest. Of particular note is the Parliament Building on the Pest side, much photographed as it reflects in the river, and the Castle District on the Buda side that provides wonderful historical interest and commanding views. Also Heroes’ Square with its vast statues and architecture is a must see. We have arranged for an included morning excursion of Budapest to provide an orientation of this fascinating city, and this afternoon is at leisure for your own exploration. Tonight, enjoy the Captain’s farewell gala dinner on board.
Day 8 Budapest - London
This morning we bid farewell to Filia Rheni II and her crew, and transfer to Budapest Airport for our direct, scheduled British Airways or another leading airline flight to London Heathrow. On arrival you will be met and guided to your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.