Grand European Voyage Budapest to Basel

Resort: Grand European Voyage Budapest to Basel
Operator: Saga
Destination: Austria
Price From: £2449.00

An exciting journey from Budapest to Basel

Explore some of Europe’s most vibrant cities on this exciting cruise.

Including…

41 meals: 14 breakfasts, 13 lunches and 14 dinners

  • Optional travel insurance and additional cancellation rights, or a reduction if not required
  • UK travel service
  • Return flights and transfers
  • Wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Cocktail party and Captain’s dinner
  • Saga cruise director
  • Saga cruise escort on board
  • Entertainment and activities on the ship

Excursions

  • City tour of Budapest
  • Sightseeing tour of Vienna
  • Tour of Nuremberg

Itinerary

Day 1
UK to Budapest

Fly to Budapest and embark Regina Rheni II, or you might like to extend your holiday with a two-night pre-holiday stay in Budapest. Enjoy a welcome reception on board this evening.

Day 2
Budapest

An included excursion reveals Budapest’s wealth of attractions from the elaborate Hungarian State Opera House and grand Parliament Building, to a bustling market hall. Sail towards Bratislava this afternoon.

Day 3
Bratislava-Vienna

Spend the morning in historic Bratislava, Slovakia’s capital city. The Old Town has palaces, churches and cathedrals and is overlooked by two castles. In the afternoon sail into Austria, and on to Vienna arriving early evening. An optional concert of Mozart and Strauss is available this evening.

Optional excursions

Vienna evening concert | 2 hours

Travel to one of Vienna’s impressive palaces, near the famous Ringstrasse and parliament, for an uplifting concert of Strauss and Mozart. Details of performances will be provided on board.

Day 4
Vienna to Dürnstein

Spend the morning in Vienna where an included city tour reveals the Opera House and St Stephen’s Cathedral. Sail the Wachau Valley to Dürnstein.

Optional excursions

Dürnstein orientation and wine tasting | 2 hours

Visit the town’s bustling marketplace before heading to a local winery for a tasting.

Day 5
Dürnstein to Melk

Spend part of the morning in Dürnstein and maybe join an optional guided tour of Melk Abbey before setting sail for Melk, where you’ll spend the afternoon.

Optional excursions

Melk Abbey | 2½ hours

The wonderfully ornate Melk Abbey is a masterpiece of high baroque architecture. 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.

Day 6
Passau

Enjoy the afternoon in Passau, which stands at the confluence of the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers. You may like to explore St Stephen’s cathedral or join an optional walking tour.

Optional excursions

Passau City Walk | 2 hours

Also known as the ‘Venice of Bavaria’, Passau has a beautiful has a beautiful location at the confluence of the rivers Danube, Ilz and Inn, and the surrounding hills create a picture-postcard backdrop to the city’s towers, spires and red-roofed houses.

Day 7
Regensburg to Kelheim

Spend the morning in the cathedral city of Regensburg with time to explore. You may wish to join a tour of Weltenberg Abbey, famous for its old brewery. The excursion also includes a cruise through the Danube Gorge to see Weltenberg Abbey. Alternatively, continue cruising to the cathedral city of Kelheim where the ship will make a brief stop. 

Optional excursions

Weltenburg Abbey | 4 hours

Weltenburg Abbey is another fine example of German baroque architecture. It overlooks the Danube Gorge and is famous for the dark ale that’s been brewed here since the 11th century. Enjoy a 30-minute boat ride through the gorge and a visit to the abbey, where a guide will give a short talk.

Day 8
Nuremberg

Discover the Gothic churches and elegantly restored architecture of Nuremberg on an included excursion as part of a full day in this city.

Day 9
Bamberg

Today, explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bamberg, one of the best-preserved medieval towns in Germany and, like Rome, built on seven hills. Explore independently or join our optional excursion.

Optional excursions

Bamberg | 2½ hours

This enchanting Bavarian city sits on seven hills overlooking the Regnitz River Valley. During your tour you’ll visit the magnificent cathedral, see the Altes Rathaus on an island in the river and admire the quaint fishermen’s houses in the area of the city known as ‘Little Venice’.

Day 10
Würzburg

Sail to the university city of Würzburg where you can join an optional city tour this afternoon, including a visit to the Residenz Palace. The city flourished in the Middle Ages and has a wealth of beautiful Baroque buildings.

Optional excursions

Würzburg and the Residenz Palace | 3½ hours

Enjoy a guided tour of one of Europe’s most splendid baroque palaces, which dates back to the early 18th century and features frescoes by Tiepolo.

Day 11
Miltenberg

Spend the morning in medieval Miltenberg. Later, cruise along the Main River to Mainz where the Danube meets the Rhine.

Day 12
Mainz to Mannheim

This morning you can explore Mainz’ impressive cathedral or the famous Gutenberg Museum. You might like to join an optional excursion to Heidelberg, or spend the afternoon cruising to Mannheim where Regina Rheni II will make a brief stop.

Optional excursions

Visit Heidelberg | 4 hours

Visit the romantic city of Heidelberg, famed for its ancient university and castle. Rejoin your ship in Mannheim.

Day 13
Strasbourg

Spend a full day exploring Strasbourg’s many architectural treasures. Sitting on the border of France and Germany, the city is a wonderful combination of both countries.

Optional excursions

Strasbourg old quarter | 3 hours

Take a tour of this lovely city and enjoy a cruise on the canals.

Day 14
Breisach

Spend time in Breisach, situated on the beautiful Rhine Valley, perhaps visit its historic cathedral or join an optional excursion to Lake Titisee.

Optional excursions

Lake Titisee | 4 hours

Travel into the heart of the Black Forest to Lake Titisee, where you can enjoy a short boat trip. Take in bretahtaking views and enjoy a light lunch at the Alemannenhof Hotel.

Day 15
Basel to UK

Disembark after breakfast in the city of Basel where the French, German and Swiss borders meet. Travel to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

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