Classical Music on the Danube

Resort: Classical Music on the Danube
Operator: Saga
Destination: Austria
Price From: £1849.00

Enjoy concerts, recitals and more as you sail from Vienna to Budapest

Join your music host for three days in the enchanting city of Vienna, followed by a music-themed cruise. Sail from Vienna to Budapest along the beautiful Danube, with stops at Esztergom, Bratislava and more. Look forward to performances on board ship from your expert hosts, together with concerts ashore. The programme will be revealed prior to departure.

Including…

3 nights in a hotel, 7 aboard the ship

26 meals: 10 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 10 dinners

Excursions

  • Sightseeing tour of Vienna
  • Vienna evening concert
  • Concert of chamber music at beautiful Annakirche
  • Walking tour and organ concert in Passau
  • Private concert at St Florians Abbey in Linz
  • Visit to Bruckner’s birthplace and museum
  • Tour of Budapest
  • Performance at the Slovak National Theatre 

Itinerary

Day 1
UK to Vienna

Fly to Vienna for a three-night stay at the 4-star Mercure Grand Hotel Biedermeier (4Q).

Day 2
Vienna

Enjoy an included half-day tour of Vienna.

Day 3
Vienna

Spend today at leisure in Vienna before an included evening concert in the city.

Day 4
Vienna to Dürnstein

Enjoy the morning in Vienna before embarking Filia Rheni ll. Cruise the Danube to Dürnstein, with a welcome reception and dinner on board tonight, together with music from your host.

Day 5
Dürnstein to Melk

Explore Dürnstein this morning, then set sail to Melk, arriving early afternoon. Explore independently or visit the Benedictine abbey on an optional excursion. Later in the afternoon depart Melk and sail via Ybbs overnight to Passau. Look forward to more on-board music this evening.

Optional excursions

Melk Abbey | Two-and-a-half hours

Set in a beautiful position on a promontory overlooking the Danube River, the wonderfully ornate Melk Abbey is a masterpiece of high baroque architecture. Formerly the site of a castle given to Benedictine monks by Leopold III von Babenberg in the 11th century, work on the present monastery began in 1702 to the plans of Jakob Prandtauer. The exterior is an imposing and majestic sight with symmetrical towers and a large octagonal dome, while the interior is lavishly decorated and contains innumerable artistic treasures. After visiting the abbey you can enjoy some free time in the beautiful garden, before returning to the ship.

Day 6
Passau to Linz

Arrive in Passau this morning and enjoy a walking tour. Depart from Passau after lunch and sail to Linz, arriving after dinner.

Day 7
Linz

This morning an included visit takes you to Ansfelden, the birthplace of the composer Anton Bruckner, to visit the Bruckner Museum. Returning to your ship, sail this afternoon for Bratislava, enjoying a Hungarian-themed concert from your host this evening.

Day 8
Bratislava

Arrive in Bratislava where you can explore the old town and early Cathedral. This evening look forward to a classical recital from your host as you sail overnight for Esztergom.

Day 9
Esztergom to Budapest

Esztergom is home to Hungary’s largest basilica. Perhaps join an optional excursion to the Szentendre artistic community before departing at lunchtime for Budapest.

Optional excursions

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.

Day 10
Budapest

Spend today and overnight moored in Budapest. An included city tour this morning reveals the highlights, followed by a concert performance this evening.

Day 11
Budapest to UK

Disembark your ship and travel to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

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