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Classical Danube 3* River Cruise - 7 nights

  • 7 Night Holiday
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Discover the highlights dotted along the Danube on this week long River Cruise Holiday from Passau.

Begin your journey in the Bavarian capital of Munich, where you will enjoy a guided city tour before embarking the MS Amadeus Danubia for your seven-night cruise.  Ports of call include Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest, Linz, Esztergom & Melk / Emmersdof.  To enhance your cruise experience, walking tours of Bratislava and Linz, as well as guided city tours of Vienna and Budapest, are included. Finally, arrive back to Munich, where you will spend your last day in one of Germany’s most beautiful cities for some free time before returning home.

 

Enjoy wonderful views as you sail down Europe’s longest waterway. Much smaller than an ocean liner, the ship will take you into the heart of most cities you visit, giving you more time to visit the attractions and enjoy your time ashore.  Excursions are led by expert local guides who will share their wealth of knowledge and take you to the highlights of each destination.

 

Occasionally, river cruising can be affected by changes in the water level.  These changes may occur during the sailing, or shortly before departure, which means we may not be able to advise you in advance.  In the event of any change, the cruise operator will attempt to keep to the original itinerary in as far as it is possible.  In some instances, overnights on the ship may be replaced by hotel stays.  A river cruise will only be cancelled outright in the event of safety concerns, which are extremely rare.

 

Practical Information for this holiday

River Cruise Information

Food & Drink

The 7-night cruise during this holiday is full board; meals are served in the indoor restaurant on board the ship.

Lunch is a set menu and evening meals are composed of a 5-course menu featuring regional specialities of the countries through which you travel, classic favourites and vegetarian alternative dishes.

Wine is included with lunch and dinner.

 

Embarkation and Disembarkation

You will have a guided transfer to the exact mooring at the port of embarkation, and will also be met at the disembarkation point at the end of your cruise. While the ship is moored at each port of call, you are free to disembark as you wish. Before leaving the ship independently, please note the mooring point and the onward sailing time. Embarkation or disembarkation times may vary on particular cruise schedules (as described in the itinerary).

 

Dress Code

There is no specific dress code on board, but it is recommended that you dress smartly for dinner. By day and for shore excursions it is recommended you wear layered clothing and comfortable shoes. It is advisable to take a pullover or jacket for cooler evenings.

 

Tipping

In common with international customs, it is normal but not obligatory to tip staff. The amount of your tip is left to your discretion and should be seen as a reward for good service. If you would like a recommendation we suggest, as a guideline, € 5-7 per guest per day.

 

Currencies

- Euro (€)

- Hungary: Forint (Ft)

Passport
A valid passport is required for this holiday. EU citizens do not need a visa, however non-EU citizens should check requirements. 
Packing List
  • Dress code as above
  • Your valid passport
  • A continental plug adaptor
  • A rain jacket
  • A small backpack
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera

Holiday highlights

MS Amadeus Danubia 3*
The MS Danubia is a small and comfortable ship, with a more relaxed and intimate atmosphere compared to an ocean liner. All passenger cabins are outward facing with expansive windows offering clear views of the river and you can also enjoy incredible views on one of the sun decks, lounge or bar areas as you cruise past some of the best scenery in Europe.
Budapest

Budapest became one city after the unification of the cities Buda and Pest on opposite sides of the river in 1873. Known as the ‘Pearl of the Danube’ Budapest is one of the most magnificent cities in Europe and during your panoramic city tour you will witness the glorious architecture of Hungary’s parliament building, the beautiful Crown Bridge and the gothic castle of Buda.

Vienna

Lying in the east of the country, along the Danube, Austria’s capital is packed with history and grandeur. A buzzing metropolis, where modern design sits side by side opulent palaces, Vienna is a city of music, coffee houses, culinary delights and rich history.

Munich

The capital of Bavaria is located on the banks of River Isar, north of the Bavarian Alps. A city rich in culture and heritage, Munich is home to many major museums, universities and theatres, as well as playing host to numerous international sports events, conferences, exhibitions and most famously the annual Oktoberfest festival.

Bratislava

Located in a picturesque setting, between Austria and Hungary, along the banks of the Danube, the capital of Slovakia is surrounded by vineyards and the Little Carpathian Mountains. The city, especially the old town, is best explored on foot in order to appreciate the narrow streets of pastel coloured buildings and medieval architecture.

Practical Information for this holiday

River Cruise Information

Food & Drink

The 7-night cruise during this holiday is full board; meals are served in the indoor restaurant on board the ship.

Lunch is a set menu and evening meals are composed of a 5-course menu featuring regional specialities of the countries through which you travel, classic favourites and vegetarian alternative dishes.

Wine is included with lunch and dinner.

 

Embarkation and Disembarkation

You will have a guided transfer to the exact mooring at the port of embarkation, and will also be met at the disembarkation point at the end of your cruise. While the ship is moored at each port of call, you are free to disembark as you wish. Before leaving the ship independently, please note the mooring point and the onward sailing time. Embarkation or disembarkation times may vary on particular cruise schedules (as described in the itinerary).

 

Dress Code

There is no specific dress code on board, but it is recommended that you dress smartly for dinner. By day and for shore excursions it is recommended you wear layered clothing and comfortable shoes. It is advisable to take a pullover or jacket for cooler evenings.

 

Tipping

In common with international customs, it is normal but not obligatory to tip staff. The amount of your tip is left to your discretion and should be seen as a reward for good service. If you would like a recommendation we suggest, as a guideline, € 5-7 per guest per day.

 

Currencies

- Euro (€)

- Hungary: Forint (Ft)

Passport
A valid passport is required for this holiday. EU citizens do not need a visa, however non-EU citizens should check requirements. 
Packing List
  • Dress code as above
  • Your valid passport
  • A continental plug adaptor
  • A rain jacket
  • A small backpack
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera

Trip Itinerary - Day by day

Day 1 - Travel to Munich

Morning

Travel to Munich

Depart Dublin for Munich. On arrival in Munich you will be met by our local guide and begin your holiday with a city tour. Highlights of the tour will include The Nymphenburg Palace, King's Square with its three temple buildings in the classical Greek style, the Bavarian National Museum and the Angel of Peace monument, the elegant buildings and shops along Maximilian Street, the Maximilianeum, the National Opera House, the Royal Palace, Stachus Square and the medieval city gates.

Afternoon

Embark River Cruise

In the afternoon you will be transferred to Passau to join your River Cruise. Settle in to your cabin and explore the range of facilities on board the MS Danubia as you embark on your 7-night cruise along the Danube. Sit back with a complimentary cocktail in the lounge area followed by a Welcome Dinner.

Day 2 - Melk & Vienna

Morning

Emmersdorf

Arrive into the picturesque town of Emmersdorf in the Melk district of Austria. Here, you can take an optional excursion to visit Melk Abbey (payable locally). Alternatively, you can remain on board for the morning and relax on the ship.

Evening

Vienna

The ship will arrive into Vienna in the early evening where you will have the option to join an excursion, either ‘Vienna by Night’ or ‘Sound of Vienna’.

Day 3 - Vienna

Full Day

Vienna

This morning you will enjoy a city tour of Vienna. While it may take days or weeks to fully discover Vienna, this tour will give you an overall impression of the most important sights Vienna has to offer. First, you will drive along the famous Ringstrasse, passing several magnificent buildings like the stunning opera house, the parliament, the Court Theatre or Vienna’s imposing city hall. The tour is followed by a guided walk through the city centre where you will get to know Vienna at its fullest. You will start at the well-known Hofburg Imperial Palace, walk along the Kohl market and finish at Vienna’s iconic St. Stephen’s cathedral. Before returning to the ship you have some free time to stroll along the pedestrian area.

Day 4 - Budapest

Full Day

Budapest

Today you will enjoy a guided city tour of Budapest. Budapest, the “Queen of the Danube”, is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and has managed to retain a charm of its own with the help of renovations in recent years. The Danube flows through the heart of the city, dividing it into two parts, Buda and Pest. The tour takes you first through Pest, past the Great Market Hall with its outstanding gourmet shops and stalls. You will see splendid Baroque buildings such as the Hungarian State Opera in Neo-Renaissance style and the incomparable parliament building, which was finished in 1904 and has been an emblem of the city ever since then. There’s an opportunity for a photo stop at the Heroes’ Square, famous for its monuments to many Hungarian kings. You then cross one of the seven bridges into Buda and go up to Castle Hill, where you will visit St. Matthew’s Church and the famous Fisherman's Bastion (provided that it is open to the public). Enjoy the unforgettable view over the city before returning to the vessel.

Day 5 - Esztergom

Morning

Budapest

This morning, you will have some free time to further explore Budapest at your own leisure if you wish.

Afternoon

Esztergom

You will sail towards Esztergom. Esztergom was formerly the capital and is home to the Basilica, the main Roman Catholic church of Hungary.

Day 6 - Bratislava

Full Day

Bratislava

You will arrive in Bratislava in the early morning. The city is small and best explored on foot. Following breakfast, enjoy a walking tour of this compact city. During this tour you will get to know the capital of the young Slovakian Republic. The gorgeous old town has maintained its Gothic-Baroque style. The tour passes St. Martin’s Cathedral and the Grassalkovich Palace, and continues up to the hill, where you will have a stunning, panoramic view of the city and surrounding areas. Afterwards, you have the opportunity to participate in a guided walking tour through the restored old town. From Michael’s Gate you will take a leisurely stroll through the historic city centre, where you can admire sights such as the Primatial Palace and St. Martin’s Cathedral, a former coronation cathedral for Hungarian kings, as well as the Academia Istropolitana, the oldest university in the city, which dates back to the 15th century. In addition to numerous palaces, you will also walk past the main square with the old City Hall, the Opera House and Maximilian Fountain.

Day 7 - Linz

Full Day

Linz

Following lunch on board the ship, you will arrive into Linz where a walking tour is included. Linz was founded by the Romans. It was a provincial and local government city of the Holy Roman Empire, and an important trade centre, connecting several trade routes. There are many things worth seeing in Linz. Take a stroll down the main street leading to the main square. In addition to the medieval town square in the historic old town and the Mozarthaus, you can see Renaissance villas, the old cathedral with it’s Bruckner organ, or the new cathedral. Visits depend on the opening hours of the cathedral and/or if a mass is being celebrated. Visible from afar is the Poestling Berg, the famous hill overlooking the town. Modern sights include the Lentos Art Museum and the Ars Electronica Centre, its striking glass facade offering a diverse play of colour in the darkness. If time allows, you can taste a piece of the famous Linzer Torte (Linzer Cake) in one of the local bakeries.

Day 8 - Return Home

Morning

Return Home

Check out of your cabins as you arrive into the picturesque town of Passau and disembark the ship for your transfer to Munich city centre. There will some free time for shopping and/or lunch in the city centre before your transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

* Please note that the order of your excursions on the itinerary above is provisional and subject to change

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