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 The Baroque & picturesque Danube

BUDAPEST - BRATISLAVA - VIENNA - DÜRNSTEIN - MELK - GREIN - PASSAU

 

 

 

Cultural cruise on the Danube from Hungary to Germany (or vv) affording a full discovery of Austria - calling at Linz, Grein, Melk, Dürnstein and Vienna before crossing of the Nibelungengau, Strudengau and Wachau three wonderful capitals : Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest

 

Days: 7 Days
Code -  BPA (reverse itinerary PBD Passau - Budapest)
NOTE: 2017 CRUISES INCLUDE THE "CLASSIC" SIGHTSEEING PACKAGE
Itinerary

Day 1 BUDAPEST

Boarding at the end of the afternoon in Budapest and settling into your cabin. Presentation of the crew. Welcome cocktail. Dinner on board. Optional traditional evening in Budapest.
   
Day 2 BUDAPEST - BRATISLAVA
 
Breakfast on board followed by departure for the optional guided tour of Budapest***, the belle époque city par excellence, the incarnation of the sharp contrast between twin cities divided by the Danube and united since 1872. You will discover: haughty Buda with its winding streets, its Baroque palaces, its Turkish bath establishments and its royal palace. And bustling Pest, which offers a proud mixture of architectural styles. Return on board for lunch. Departure on cruise at 1.00pm for Bratislava. Dinner and an evening's entertainment on board.
   
Day 3 BRATISLAVA - VIENNA
 
Arrival in Bratislava at 7.00am and breakfast on board. At around 8.30 am, departure for the optional guided tour of Bratislava**. Dominated in the north by the slopes of the southern point of the Small Carpathians, bathed by the Danube, Bratislava occupies a privileged geographical site. The charm of the Slovakian capital lies in its old city: splendid Baroque palaces, churches and pleasant squares. Back on board for lunch and departure of the cruise toward Vienna. Arrival in Vienna in the evening. Dinner on board and free evening or optional tour to Vienna by night.
   
Day 4 VIENNA
 

 

Breakfast on board. Free morning in Vienna or optional visit to the Schoenbrunn castle**, summer residence of the imperial family and part of Vienna***, imperial city and cradle of music. Back to the boat for lunch. Free afternoon in Vienna or optional visit to the Hofburg***, the Habsburg Palace houses the sumptuous imperial apartments. Return on board. After dinner, possibility to attend a concert of Viennese music (optional and depending on availability)(1). Departure of the boat at around midnight toward Dürnstein.

 

   
Day 5 DÜRNSTEIN - MELK
 
Breakfast on board and arrival of the boat in Dürnstein* at around 8.00 pm, which you will explore with your hostess. The town, steeped in the legend of Richard the Lionheart, contains an astonishing abbey, dazzling with light blue and white, which has one of the most beautiful Baroque bell towers in all Austria. Back on board for lunch and departure toward Melk. Crossing of the wonderful Wachau where Gothic ruins alternate with picturesque villages. The mildness of the climate here is conducive to wine and apricot production. Arrival in Melk in the middle of the afternoon. Optional guided tour to the benedictine abbey of Melk**. You will get the chance to admire the Baroque marble hall, library and abbey church. Back on board, dinner, overnight stop.
   
Day 6

MELK - GREIN - LINZ

 
Departure of the boat early in the morning. Breakfast during the cruise. Sailing on the Strudengau feared in the past for its whirlpools and arrival at Grein early in the the morning. Grein, a town dominated by its 15th century castle, is a jewel which conceals a curious feature: the smallest Rococo theatre still operating. Free time to discover the town at your own pace. Back on board and departure on cruise for Linz. Arrival in Linz in mid-afternoon and departure for the optional tour to the Baroque monastery of Saint Florian** where the composer Bruckner used to be a choirboy. Tour to the basilica, the library and the marble hall. Back to the boat for dinner and gala evening. Departure of the boat toward Passau** at the end of the evening.
   
Day 7 PASSAU
  Breakfast on board prior to disembarkation
   
 

This itinerary is a guide only. For reasons of navigational safety, the captain and crew of the boat alone may decide to modify the itinerary.

Please note Croisi cruises are bilingual with on board commentaries in both French & English. Sightseeing tours are guaranteed in English with either bilingual guides or audiphones.

   
INCLUSIONS





This offer includes: The cruise on full board from dinner on the first day to breakfast on the final day, local wine, beer and fruit juice at lunch and dinner (on board meals only), Open bar including a variety of French and regional wine and spirits  (excluding Champagne and premium drinks),  accommodation in a twin air conditioned cabin with shower and WC, entertainment, the assistance of our hostess on board, the welcome cocktail, the gala evening, port taxes and pre-paid English sightseeing (subject to minimum numbers)

   
EXCLUSIONS

This offer does not include:  insurance, personal expenses, Drinks - wine selected from the premium drinks list and those purchased on shore excursions, shore excursions.

   
FORMALITIES

Formalities: valid national identity card or passport compulsory. Non-EU nationals are requested to consult their embassy or consulate.

   
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