Be thrilled by vibrant Vienna and stately Budapest
Begin your holiday with a three-night hotel stay and a local concert in vibrant Vienna, then cruise along the Danube to stately Budapest, through the tranquil riverscapes of Austria, Slovakia and Hungary where you’ll visit a host of delightful towns that cluster on the Danube Bend.
UK to Vienna
Fly to Vienna for a three-night stay at the locally rated 4-star Imperial Riding School Renaissance Hotel(4Q). Your stay is on a half-board basis, with one dinner at a local restaurant and two dinners at the hotel.
Enjoy an included half-day tour of Vienna, the legendary city of the Hapsburgs. Your tour includes a drive around the Ringstrasse, a wide avenue encircling the old city, taking in all its historic buildings. Tonight, enjoy a meal at the atmospheric Augustinerkeller restaurant, which is located in one of the last monastery cellars of Viennas Old Town.
Enjoy a day at leisure in Vienna. This evening, savour an included concert at one of Vienna’s famous concert halls featuring works by Mozart and Johan Strauss.
Vienna to Drnstein
Spend a final morning in Vienna before embarking Filia Rheni ll. Begin your cruise along the Danube to Drnstein and enjoy a welcome reception and dinner on board tonight before arriving at 11.30pm.
Drnstein to Melk
Spend a couple of hours in Drnstein, set in the beautiful Wachau valley, before setting sail to Melk where you’ll have the opportunity to visit the Benedictine Abbey.
Arrive in Passau shortly after breakfast. Enjoy the morning exploring the ‘Venice of Bavaria’, set at the meeting point of three rivers the Danube, Inn and Ilz, and surrounded by wooded hills. Or, to make the most of your visit why not join an optional city walk and hear the history of this attractive town? Filia Rheni ll departs at lunchtime and cruises from Germany, right across Austria and into Slovakia.
Passau city walk |
Also known as the Venice of Bavaria, Passau is set in the beautiful location at the meeting point of three rivers the Danube, Inn and Ilz. The surrounding hills create a picture-postcard backdrop to the citys towers, spires and red-roofed houses. A historic city full of culture, Passaus wealthy past is reflected in its many fine buildings, including the magnificent baroque St Stephens Cathedral as well as the old and new Bishops Palaces. Enjoy a walking tour through the charming streets to the banks of the Danube and riverside promenades, following on to Cathedral Square dominated by St Stephens Cathedral with its distinctive three towers. Maybe you’ll get lucky and hear Europes largest church organ which is housed in this great place of worship.
Arrive in Slovakia’s capital, Bratislava. Spend an enjoyable afternoon exploring the citys old quarter, overlooked by the massive rectangular castle, and admiring the attractive Hapsburg architecture.
Esztergom is perhaps the most beautiful of the cluster of small towns on the Danube Bend, and home to Hungary’s largest basilica, the dome of which can be seen for miles around. Explore here and the artistic community of Szentendre on an optional excursion. Depart at lunchtime and cruise to Kalocsa.
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. Its 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 Hungarys celebrated ceramics artist, Margit Kovcs. Occasionally this tour operates in reverse.
Today you arrive in Kalocsa during breakfast, giving you the morning to explore the picturesque town founded by Hungary’s first king, St Stephen, on the Great Hungarian Plain. The town is famous for its folk art and its Paprika Museum! An optional excursion explores the Pustza. Depart at lunchtime and cruise to Budapest, arriving late tonight.
Pustza plain excursion |
An optional excursion explores the Pustza plain region.
Awake in Budapest for a full day and overnight stay. An included city tour reveals the highlights, including Buda, the western part of the city including the castle. Pest on the east bank contains the Hungarian Parliament buildings and Heroes’ Square.
Budapest to UK
Disembark your ship and travel to the airport for your return flight to the UK, or you may wish to extend your holiday with a two-night hotel stay.