Vienna and the Blue Danube Budapest to Vienna

Resort: Vienna and the Blue Danube Budapest to Vienna
Operator: Saga
Destination: Austria
Price From: £1699.00

Cruise along the beautiful Danube and discover the charms of Vienna

A full day in the vibrant city of Budapest provides a memorable start to your holiday, before you embark on an enchanting cruise through the tranquil riverscapes of Austria, Slovakia and Hungary. End your holiday with a three-night stay in the musical city of Vienna, giving you the chance to explore its many sights and enjoy an included city tour and concert with works by Strauss and Mozart.

Including…

3 nights in a hotel, 7 aboard the ship

26 meals: 10 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 10 dinners


Excursions

  • Tour of Budapest
  • Sightseeing tour of Vienna
  • Vienna evening concert

Itinerary

Day 1
UK to Budapest

Fly to Budapest, where you’ll embark Filia Rheni II. Once you’ve settled into your cabin, enjoy a welcome reception and dinner on board.

You’ll remain moored here for the next two nights.

Day 2
Budapest

Enjoy exploring the many treasures of Budapest. An included city tour will show you the highlights, including Buda, the western part of the city, and Buda Castle. You will also see the Hungarian Parliament buildings and Heroes’ Square in Pest, on the east bank of the Danube.

Day 3
Budapest to Esztergom

Begin your cruise along the Danube to Esztergom where an impressive basilica dominates the skyline.

Depart early this evening.

Day 4
Bratislava

Spend the day exploring the city’s old quarter, or join an optional excursion and discover the attractive Hapsburg architecture. Set sail before dinner.

Day 5
Linz

After a leisurely day cruising you’ll arrive in Linz this afternoon. Take the chance to explore this historic and cultural gem independently. You might like to visit the new cathedral with its towering spire or take in some culture at the striking Lentos Art Museum. Set sail late tonight and cruise towards Passau.

Day 6
Passau

Arrive this morning and spend a full day in Passau, which is set at the confluence of the Danube, the Inn and the Ilz. The city can be explored on an optional city walk this morning. Cruise overnight towards Melk.

Day 7
Melk to Dürnstein

Perhaps visit the Benedictine abbey on an optional excursion. Enjoy some free time to explore before setting sail for Dürnstein around midday, which is set in the stunning Wachau Valley. Spend the rest of the afternoon here at leisure before sailing this evening and into the early hours.

Day 8
Vienna

Disembark Filia Rheni II after breakfast and transfer to the 4-star Mercure Grand Hotel Biedermeier (4Q) for a three-night stay on a half-board basis, with one dinner at a local restaurant and two dinners at the hotel. Vienna is the artistic capital of Austria: home to the waltz, coffee houses, the Prater and one of the world’s finest opera houses. Enjoy exploring this beautiful city at leisure.

On 2019 departures: Enjoy a tour of this beautiful city en-route to your hotel. A panoramic coach tour includes the Ringstrasse and Opera House, a walking tour of the historic centre and a coffee and cake stop in one of the Viennese coffee houses. Tonight, a traditional three-course Austrian dinner will be served at the atmospheric Augustinerkeller restaurant, which is located in one of the monastery cellars of Vienna’s Old Town.

Day 9
Vienna

For 2018 departures: Today you can enjoy an included tour of of the city. A panoramic coach tour that includes the Ringstrasse and Opera House, a walking tour of the historic centre and a coffee and cake stop in one of the Viennese coffee houses.Tonight, a traditional three-course Austrian dinner will be served at the atmospheric Augustinerkeller restaurant, which is located in one of the monastery cellars of Vienna’s Old Town.

For 2019 departures: Today you can explore independently or opt to join an excursion to the Schonbrunn Palace, in the west of Vienna. The palace was transformed from a royal hunting lodge into the sumptuous Imperial Summer Palace of the Hapsburgs and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Leopold I commissioned Fischer von Erlach in 1695, after he was inspired by the glories of Versailles. The palace, set in beautiful formal gardens and parkland, has lavish interiors adorned with numerous priceless treasures. During your guided tour you will discover the riches contained inside, and have time to stroll through the grounds and perhaps visit the Coach and Carriage Museum or the zoo, founded in 1752 and the oldest existing zoo in the world. After dinner tonight you’ll be taken to an included classical music concert at one of Vienna’s impressive concert halls.

Optional excursions

Schonbrunn Palace |Three-and-a-half hours

The sumptuous Imperial Summer Palace of the Hapsburgs was the centre of royal life in the 18th century. Leopold I commissioned Fischer von Erlach to create it in 1695, after being inspired by the glories of Versailles. It lies in beautiful formal gardens and parkland and the lavish interiors are adorned with priceless treasures. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is bursting with fine examples of the decorative arts. Discover riches such as the Millions Room – panelled in rosewood with Persian miniature watercolours – and the Hall of Mirrors where Mozart played a recital for Maria Theresa. Stroll through the grounds with their vast flowerbeds and perhaps visit the Coach and Carriage Museum.

Day 10
Vienna

Enjoy the day at leisure.

On 2018 departures: After dinner this evening you’ll be taken to an included classical music concert at one of Vienna’s impressive concert halls.

Day 11
Vienna to UK

Spend your final morning in Vienna at leisure before travelling to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

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