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10 days from £1,999 per person

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Summary

The river Danube is one of Europe’s best-loved waterways and sailing from Vienna to Budapest takes in some of the river’s treasured highlights. On this Danube river cruise, discover UNESCO-listed Göttweig Abbey in Krems, explore the pretty pastel houses in Bratislava and enjoy front-row seats to view part of the river’s most scenic stretch, the Wachau Valley. You’ll stay two nights in a Budapest hotel too, allowing you to explore the city to its fullest and edge out further to learn about pastoral Hungarian traditions.

Your holiday includes:

6 excursions and visits

  • City tours of Vienna and Budapest
  • Passau walking tour
  • Visits to Göttweig Abbey (with wine tasting), Puszta (with lunch), and Urban Betyár museum (with glass of wine)

Plus:

  • 2 nights in hotel and 7 nights cruise on MS River Discovery II (accommodation as specified or similar)
  • International flights. Prices are based on return flights with British Airways from London Heathrow. Supplements may apply from other airports
  • 23 meals: 9 breakfasts (days 2-10) 7 lunches (days 2-8) 7 dinners (days 1-7)

Plus

  • Unlimited wine, beer, soft drinks and mineral water during lunch & dinner
  • Welcome reception party and gala dinner
  • Farewell gala dinner
  • Onboard entertainment
  • Wi-Fi included on board
  • Portable audio headset system on excursions
  • Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service
  • Titan cruise director, tour manager and entertainer
  • Porterage

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  • VIP outbound 4

    Day 1 - UK - Vienna

    Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Vienna. Upon arrival, we transfer to embark our ship, where light refreshments are available.
    Elegant Vienna is often a highlight of a river cruise on the Danube. Its streets are lined with baroque architecture and opulent palaces, its museums are filled with priceless works of art, and its café windows are chock-full of delicate pastries, sugar-dusted apple strudel and slices of rich sachertorte. We remain in dock overnight.

    MS River Discovery II (4-star)

  • RDG DAY 2

    Day 2 - Vienna - Krems

    We start with a city tour in Vienna this morning, taking in all the highlights like Prince Eugene’s lavish Belvedere Palace, the State Opera, the sprawling Hofburg residence of Emperor Franz Joseph, and the Parliament buildings. We then set sail, spending a leisurely afternoon watching the riverscapes pass by until we reach Krems this evening.

    MS River Discovery II (4-star)

  • RDG DAY 3

    Day 3 - Krems

    Krems an der Donau is the gateway to the Wachau and one of the prettiest towns sitting astride the Danube. It’s a historic city full of character with a long history of wine production which we’ll learn about on our included excursion to Göttweig Abbey. The UNESCO-listed abbey complex boasts a walled courtyard and gardens, stunning baroque design and striking interior design. We’ll learn about the abbey’s wine production and at the end of the tour, head to a local vineyard for a wine tasting. If you get a chance, be sure to sample the local Marillenschnaps (apricot brandy).
    This afternoon we set sail again to meander through some of the incredible scenery of the Wachau Valley. This scenic stretch will treat you to rolling hills neatly laid out with riesling vines and spectacular natural beauty. We’ll pass old towns and villages and castle ruins as we go.

    MS River Discovery II (4-star)

  • RDG DAY 4

    Day 4 - Passau

    A town built on the confluence of the rivers Danube, Inn and Ilz, Passau is warmly referred to as the ‘City of Three Rivers’. On arrival this afternoon we take a city tour through the historic old town. We wind past the baroque architecture and along the cobblestone streets leading up to the magnificent St Stephen’s Cathedral, home to the world’s largest cathedral organ.

    MS River Discovery II (4-star)

  • RDG DAY 5

    Day 5 - Linz

    Spend your morning soaking up the elegance and creative buzz of Linz. Wander through the old town under your own steam, or perhaps join our optional city tour. The city offers a delightful mix of modern and historic architecture, including Linzer Schloss. For a better view of the city, perhaps take a ride on the Pöstlingbergbahn, a narrow-gauge railway that climbs up the steep incline of the Pöstlingberg hill to the north of the city. We set sail around midday for a leisurely afternoon enjoying the ship and passing views.

    MS River Discovery II (4-star)

  • RDG DAY 6

    Day 6 - Bratislava

    This morning, we dock in Slovakia. You might choose to join us on an optional excursion into Bratislava on the tourist train through the city. Wander through the charming old town and past the dominating Bratislava Castle (Hrad) - where 11 kings and 8 queens were crowned. After, take a wander for yourself - the old town is a perfect walkable size full of pretty pastel houses. We set sail this afternoon.
    Bratislava was once considered a suburb of Vienna and its café culture has certainly been inspired by the Austrian capital. If you have time, perhaps wander into one of the atmospheric coffee houses, stylish cafés or alfresco eateries to sit, sip and see as passers-by go about their day.

    MS River Discovery II (4-star)

  • RDG DAY 7

    Day 7 - Budapest

    The Danube divides this city into two: hilly Buda in the west and to the east, the flat plains of Pest. The two are interlinked by the famously beautiful chain bridge, which lights up each evening (perhaps find a spot up on deck after dinner this evening to watch the city light up around you). The beauty of this city has inspired writers, artists and musicians for centuries.
    On our city tour this morning, we’ll take in the Great Synagogue, St Stephen’s Basilica, the Parliament buildings, City Park, Heroes’ Square. You then have the afternoon all to yourself. Perhaps head up to Gellért Hill, which affords wonderful views of the city, river and mountains.

    MS River Discovery II (4-star)

  • RDG DAY 8

    Day 8 - Great Hungarian Plain - Budapest

    We disembark the ship after breakfast and make the journey to Puszta, the heart of pastoral Hungary. In these open plains, the skies are huge and blue and the open fields sprawl as far as the eye can see, interrupted only by free roaming cattle, horses, sheep and buffalo.
    The skilled herdsman control the animals and we’ll watch them in action - it’s a skill that dates back centuries and is a huge part of the area’s cultural tradition. We then enjoy a tasty local lunch to the sound of traditional Hungarian gypsy music.
    Back in the city, we’ll check into our hotel and enjoy the afternoon - you’re free to explore under your own steam.

    MS River Discovery II (4-star)

  • RDG DAY 9

    Day 9 - Budapest

    Today is free to explore Budapest. Later this afternoon, we wander from the hotel to the nearby Urban Betyár, an interactive ethnographic museum that gives an insight into the world of traditional Hungarian peasant culture. We’ll sample a glass of sweet Tokaji wine from Hungary’s wine-growing region. It was once coveted by royalty, making it one of the most important wines in the world.

    MS River Discovery II (4-star)

  • VIP Inbound 2

    Day 10 - Budapest - UK

    We transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. Upon arrival, your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.

    MS River Discovery II (4-star)

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Enchanting Danube River Cruise with a stay in Beautiful Budapest

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