Historic Cities of Europe

Resort: Historic Cities of Europe
Operator: Saga
Destination: Austria
Price From: £1949.00

Explore the past of central Europe’s most fascinating cities

Discover the impressive cities and picturesque scenery that line the Danube.

Including…

  • Travel insurance
  • Return flights and transfers
  • Full board during your cruise
  • Wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Four excursions
  • And more…

Itinerary

Day 1
UK to Budapest

Fly to Budapest and journey by coach to your ship, the Regina Rheni II. Look forward to a welcome dinner on board this evening, and moor here overnight.

Day 2
Budapest

This is a city made up of two parts: Buda and Pest, built on opposite banks of the Danube. This morning you can see the highlights on an included sightseeing tour. Spend the rest of the day and night cruising.

Day 3
Bratislava to Vienna

This morning you’ll arrive in the Slovakian capital, Bratislava, where you can admire the attractive Hapsburg baroque architecture. Soak up the atmosphere of this fascinating city before sailing to Vienna, arriving this evening.

Optional excursions

Bratislava city tour |

Get an overview of the Slovakian capital during a coach tour past the old city walls and up to Bratislava Castle, high above the Danube. Then explore the old city by foot and enjoy some free time to explore on your own.

Day 4
Vienna to Dürnstein

Join an included tour of Austria’s capital this morning, before departing at midday for a relaxing afternoon’s sailing to Dürnstein.

Day 5
Dürnstein to Melk

Spend the early morning in Dürnstein before cruising to Melk, where an optional excursion visits the baroque abbey.

Optional excursions

Melk |

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

You have the afternoon to explore Passau, the most easterly city in Bavaria. While here, there’s an optional walking tour with a local guide and, conveniently, most of the main sights are very close to the Danube.

Optional excursions

Passau city walk | half day

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

Regensburg is an attractive city with numerous medieval churches. During your visit, you may wish to join an optional excursion to Weltenburg Abbey. Pause briefly in Kelheim for excursion participants to rejoin the ship.

Optional excursions

Weltenburg Abbey | half day

Weltenburg Abbey is a 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 boaty ride through the gorge and a visit to the abbey, where a guide will give a short talk.

Day 8
Roth to Prague

Disembark Regina Rheni II and journey by coach to Prague in the Czech Republic. Spend the next two nights at the locally-rated 5-star Corinthia Hotel Prague (4Q) (or the locally rated 4-star Panorama Hotel Prague (4Q) for some 2016 departures), where dinner is included tonight.

Day 9
Prague

Characterised by cobbled streets, gothic spires and baroque facades, a maze of medieval alleyways lead to the Old Town Square, dominated by the 14th-century Old Town Hall with its astronomical clock. You are free to dine independently this evening, and you’ll certainly have many restaurants to choose from. 

Optional excursions

Prague city tour |

Pay a visit to Prague’s old town, Stare Mesto, characterised by cobbled streets, gothic spires and baroque facades. A maze of medieval alleyways lead to the Old Town Square, dominated by the 14th-century Old Town Hall with its astronomical clock.

Day 10
Prague to Dresden

Today you will travel into the Saxon Switzerland National Park to explore the dramatic Sandstone Mountains. Then enjoy free time in Dresden. Built along both sides of the Elbe it became a major manufacturing centre in the 17th and 18th centuries, when the many beautiful baroque buildings earned Dresden the nickname ‘the Florence of the Elbe’. While much was destroyed in World War II, a great deal of restoration has taken place and there is plenty to admire here. Tonight you’ll stay at either the NH Hotel Dresden, Altmarkt (4Q) or the Westin Bellevue Dresden Hotel (4Q), depending on departure date, with dinner included. (On some 2016 departures you’ll stay at the Hotel Dresden Newa (4Q)).

Day 11
Dresden to Berlin

Depart after breakfast and travel to Berlin where you’ll stay two nights at the locally rated 4-star Golden Tulip Berlin-Hotel Hamburg (4Q) or Maritim Hotel (4Q), with dinner included on the first night. 

Day 12
Berlin

Stylish, chic and unashamedly bohemian, Berlin has one of the most fascinating histories in Europe. This morning’s included sightseeing tour reveals the major sights in what was formerly West and East Berlin, including the rebuilt Reichstag, Tiergarten Park, the elegant Kurfürstendamm in the west, and the Brandenburg Gate, Unter den Linden and the huge TV Tower in the east.

Day 13
Berlin to UK

Travel by coach to Berlin airport for your return flight to the UK. 

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