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.
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.
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.
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’.
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.
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.
This morning, you will have some free time to further explore Budapest at your own leisure if you wish.
You will sail towards Esztergom. Esztergom was formerly the capital and is home to the Basilica, the main Roman Catholic church of Hungary.
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.
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.
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.