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 The beautiful blue Danube

PASSAU – MELK – VIENNA – BUDAPEST – BRATISLAVA – VIENNA – MELK – PASSAU

 
  

  

On this 11 day Danube cruise experience a marvellous combination of history, traditions and culture, through visits to the Abbey of Melk, the Palaces of Schonbrunn , enthnographic museum of Skanzsen, and the historic cities of Vienna, Budapest, and Bratislava.


Days: 11 Days
Code -  PUC
NOTE: 2017 CRUISES INCLUDE THE "CLASSIC" SIGHTSEEING PACKAGE
Itinerary

Day 1 PASSAU

Board the ship at 4.00 pm and enjoy some time to settle comfortably in your cabins before meeting the crew. At 5.00 pm we set off cruising along the Danube towards the border between Austria and Germany through the attractive region of Engelhartszell.  A welcome cocktail reception will be organised on board before dinner. Evening on board.

   
Day 2 PASSAU – MELK - VIENNA
 

Arrive in Melk and breakfast on board before leaving on an excursion to the Benedictine Abbey of Melk which is perched up high on a rocky outcrop overlooking the Danube. It is the symbol of Austrian baroque at its finest.  Return to the ship around 11.00 am and sail on to Dürnstein, arriving around 12.30 pm. Lunch on board. Take time to explore this picturesque village, which is the most famous in the Wachau region thanks to the legend of King Richard the Lion Heart. Back on board around 3.30 pm before cruising on to Vienna. Dinner on board before reaching our destination at around 8.30 pm. Disembark and leave on a tour of the illuminated sights of Vienna. Overnight stop.

   
Day 3 VIENNA – BUDAPEST
 

After breakfast, take part in the guided visit to the Palace of Schoenbrunn and Vienna, and its magnificent park, formerly the summer residence of the Emperor of Austria and his family. Lunch on board before enjoying a free afternoon to visit this magnificent city on your own. Back on board by 7.00 pm before sailing on towards Budapest, passing Bratislava on the way. Dinner and evening on board.

   
Day 4 BUDAPEST
 

Breakfast on board before discovering on your own Esztergom, the former capital of Hungary, under the reign of the Arpad kings. Today it is still a prominent town as it is the seat of the Hungarian archbishops. Esztergom is decidedly full of treasures with its neo-classical basilica and former Royal Palace. We set sail once again around noon to arrive in Budapest around 4.00 pm. The Hungarian capital, which lies along the banks of the Danube, also known as the "pearl of the Danube" is one of the most attractive cities in Europe.  Enjoy some free time to explore the city before returning to the ship for dinner. Visit of the Budapest by night.

   
Day 5 BUDAPEST
 

Breakfast on board before having a day to yourselves, or join the morning sightseeing tour of Budapest. This city embodies the contrast between the twin cities of Buda and Pest, which were separated one from the other along each bank of the Danube before being reunited in 1872.  Buda, the higher of the two cities, with its winding cobble-stoned streets and baroque palaces, Turkish baths and Royal castles and Pest, the "fiery", which offers its visitors a marvellous display of different architectural styles. Return to the ship for lunch. Enjoy a free afternoon to stroll in the city on your own or join the optional tour of Szentendre, a charming little Hungarian town which lies on the banks of the Danube, to the north of Budapest. It was founded by Serbian colonies who settled there in the 17th century when fleeing from the Turks. However, there are traces of settlements dating right back to the Neolithic period.  We continue to visit Skanzsen, which boasts the largest open-air ethnographic museum in Hungary, spread over 46 hectares, it regroups monuments from all over the country…

Return to the ship for dinner. After dinner, free evening or attend a traditional folk evening in Budapest. 

   
Day 6 BUDAPEST

Breakfast on board before either having the day for yourselves (lunch not included) or, leave on a day trip to Puszta. Return to the ship early evening for dinner.

   
Day 7 BUDAPEST
 

Breakfast on board and morning at leisure in Budapest. Back on board for lunch and cruising at 1.00 pm towards Bratislava. Dinner and an entertaining evening on board.

   
Day 8 BRATISLAVA – VIENNA
 

Arrive in Bratislava around 7.00 am and breakfast on board before departing at 8.30 am on a guided tour of the city. Dominated to the north by the slopes of the Southern tip of the Little Carpathians, bathed by the Danube, Bratislava enjoys a privileged position. The charms of the Slovakian capital are to be found essentially in its old quarters with their splendid baroque palaces, churches and pleasant squares. Return to the ship for lunch before continuing on to reach Vienna by 8.00 pm. Dinner on board then enjoy an evening at leisure.

   
Day 9 VIENNA
 

Breakfast on board followed by a free morning for individual sightseeing around Vienna. This imperial city, famous for its cathedral and opera house, is the cradle of Austrian music. Return to the ship for lunch. Choose a free afternoon, or, join the excursion to Hofburg to visit the former palace of the Hapsburgs and admire the crown jewels and splendid imperial apartments. After dinner on board, take this wonderful opportunity to attend a concert of Viennese music (subject to availability). The ship cruises on after midnight.

   
Day 10

MELK – PASSAU

 

Breakfast on board before cruising along the most beautiful stretch of the Wachau region to arrive in Melk around 9.00 am. Depart by coach on an excursion to the quaint village of Dürnstein. Return to the ship for lunch. In the afternoon, set off by coach on an excursion to the Abbey of Melk. Return to the ship before cruising off around 4.00 pm towards Passau. Dinner and a gala evening on board.

   
Day 11 PASSAU 
 

Breakfast on board and disembarking. End of our services.

   

 

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.

   
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