Discover the treasures of the Danube in the heart of Europe
After a stay in Budapest on the little-known island of Margitziget, cruise through awesome scenery along the mighty Danube and see how history unfolded in its cities, castles and vineyards.
2 nights in hotel, 6 aboard the ship
21meals: 8 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 8 dinners
UK to Budapest
Fly to Hungary’s capital and transfer to the Aquincum Hotel (4Q), for a two-night stay, with dinner included. Located alongside the Danube, amongst medieval streets, restaurants, wine bars and a peaceful park, the hotel has a restaurant offering Hungarian and international cuisine, and a bar. Guests can enjoy free entry to the Aphrodite spa, which has a swimming pool, two thermal pools, a jacuzzi, sauna and steam bath, with treatments available for an extra charge.
All 310 rooms have satellite television, radio, telephone, air conditioning, tea and coffee-making facilities, hairdryer, a safe, minibar for an extra charge and complimentary internet access. On 2018 departures you’ll stay at the locally rated 4-star Danubius Health Spa Resort Margitziget (4Q), instead.
Three cities became one when Buda, Pest and Óbuda merged in 1873 and though unified are still very different in character. There are magnificent sights for you to discover on your half-day sightseeing tour, including the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Buda Castle. After dinner, enjoy a relaxing evening in anticipation of tomorrow’s embarkation.
Budapest to Visegrád
This morning is at leisure. Perhaps explore more of Budapest independently or just immerse yourself in the tranquil atmosphere of the island. Alternatively, enjoy the hotel facilities – perhaps relax in a thermal bath.
You’ll embark Filia Rheni II this afternoon and enjoy a welcome drink and dinner tonight. Your cruise begins as you head to Visegrád, where the ship will moor for the night.
Visegrád to Esztergom
Spend the morning in Visegrád in Pest County on the Danube Bend. It’s famous for the remains of an early Renaissance summer palace and the medieval citadel. Perhaps take a walk to the castle and find out why the hexagonal Solomon Tower built in 1258 once held Dracula! Your ship departs at lunchtime for Esztergom, arriving earl afternoon with time to explore independently. Alternatively, you can explore Esztergom and Szentendre on an optional tour. Cruise towards Bratislava overnight.
Esztergom and Szentendre |
Begin your trip with a guided tour of the historic city of Esztergom, seat of the Archbishop and former residence of the Hungarian kings. It’s the site of many splendid buildings, crowning them is the vast domed basilica. The largest cathedral in Hungary, it houses many beautiful frescos, sparkling ecclesiastic treasures and an elaborate red marble chapel. Later visit the charming artists’ village of Szentendre, where the cobbled streets brim with fine galleries and museums – including one dedicated to Hungary’s celebrated ceramics artist, Margit Kovács. Occasionally this tour operates in reverse.
This morning, enjoy an included tourist ‘road train’ tour of the capital’s highlights, including, the historical Old Town and Bratislava Castle.
You arrive in Vienna in the early hours. This morning, enjoy an included half-day tour of this dynamic city – steeped in imperial history, yet brimming with contemporary attractions and museums.
After dinner there is an optional excursion to a Strauss and Mozart concert before your ship departs Vienna in the early hours.
Classical Concert | Evening
As the ‘Music Capital of the World’, everyone should attend a concert in Vienna at some point. The concert, held in one of the truly great formal concert houses of Imperial Vienna, such as the Hofburg Palace or Palais Auersperg, will feature music by both Mozart and Strauss.
Vienna to Krems to Weissenkirchen
Depart Vienna in the early hours. Arrive in Krems, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where the architectural influences over the centuries can still be seen in the quaint narrow streets and 16th-century houses. Depart at lunchtime, arriving at Weissenkirchen in the beautiful Wachau Valley mid-afternoon. The town, which is famous for producing fine wines, takes its name from the huge 14th-century ‘white church’ that dominates the landscape. Depart late this evening.
Filia Rheni ll arrives in Linz around lunchtime. The city was founded by the Romans and became an important trading point. Explore the city where Hitler spent his youth and the great mathematician Johannes Kepler discovered the ‘third law of planetary motion’, and soak up the vibrant atmosphere of this former European Capital of Culture. Attractions from past and present and a spectacular location where the Danube changes direction, makes it the perfect setting in which to end a memorable cruise through the heart of Europe.
Linz to UK
Disembark after breakfast and travel to the airport for your return flight to the UK.