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Danube Rhapsody

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Visit: Passau, Melk/Emmersdorf, Dürnstein, Vienna, Budapest, Esztergom, Bratislava, Hainburg, Linz, Passau

Journey along the most beautiful stretches of the Danube into the heart of the once-illustrious Habsburg monarchy.  Explore the art and culture of historic Europe as your vessel travels through four countries, spectacular scenery. Visit three world-famous capital cities of Vienna, Budapest and Bratislava. Admire the majestic Melk Abbey, the beauty of the Hungarian countryside and taste the regional wines of the Wachau Valley as you discover the best of Europe.

 

EarlyBird Booking Discount: Book by 30 November 2021 and save 15% on 2022 departures

 

Day 1: Passau

This afternoon, embark on the vessel and get settled into your cabin. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Cocktail, followed by a specially-prepared Welcome Dinner.

Meals: Welcome Dinner

Day 2: Melk/Emmersdorf - Dürnstein - Vienna

Melk/Emmersdorf: Arrive 9am - Depart 11.30am | Dürnstein: Arrive 1.30pm - Depart 4pm | Vienna: Arrive at 9am

This morning presents an opportunity to visit the eye-catching Baroque Benedictine Abbey of Melk, which sits on a rocky outcrop overlooking the Danube. This Baroque jewel is filled with interior frescoes created by pre-eminent artists of the 18thcentury, and a magnificent library with priceless manuscripts.

During lunch on board, the ship continues to Dürnstein, a picturesque wine growers’ village located in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Wachau Valley. Explore the village on a guided tour or choose to sample some of the region’s famous Grüner Veltliner wines during an excursion to a local vineyard. After departure, enjoy dinner and an exclusive private concert on board. The ship arrives in Vienna later this evening and remains overnight.

Excursions:

  • Visit Melk Abbey
  • Dürnstein walking tour with wine tasting in a local cellar
  • OR Winzer Krems vineyard and winery

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Vienna

Depart 7pm

There is much to see and do in this Imperial capital city. Drive the Ringstrasse with its impressive buildings, see the famous Vienna State Opera House, the Museums Quarter with historic and contemporary buildings with works by Egon Schiele, Gustav Klimt and other artists, St Stephen’s Cathedral and numerous other important sites. In the afternoon continue your exploration or perhaps venture to Schönbrunn Palace, the sumptuous former summer palace and gardens of Empress Maria Theresia. After a full day of exploration, enjoy a relaxing dinner on board as the vessel departs.

Excursions:

  • Vienna – Imperial discovery tour
  • Visit Schönbrunn Palace
  • OR Visit the Museum of Fine Arts
  • OR Shuttle transfer into downtown Vienna

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Budapest

Arrive 11:30am

After a relaxing morning on board, arrive in Budapest shortly before lunch. Spend the afternoon in this capital city which uniquely straddles the Danube River. A large portion of this city is a World Heritage Site, including the banks of the Danube, Andrassy Avenue, the Buda Castle quarter, Heroes’ Square, and the Millennium Underground Railway. With 80 geothermal hot springs, the third largest Parliament building in the world, and the second-largest Synagogue, there is truly something for everyone to enjoy in this bustling metropolis. A special treat this evening awaits, as musicians come onboard to entertain with traditional music of Hungary, as the vessel cruises the Danube to see this beautiful city by night. Remain overnight.

Excursions:

  • Budapest - Capital of Hungary

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Budapest - Esztergom

Budapest: Depart 1.30pm | Esztergom: Arrive 7.00pm - Depart 7.15pm

This morning offers time to discover more of Budapest or an opportunity to explore rural Hungary with a visit out to the ‘Puszta’ or countryside. The vessel departs Budapest shortly after lunch and continues to Slovakia. Relax on board or join the optional excursion to visit Szentendre, an artist’s village with galleries and art museum and Esztergom, the seat of the Hungarian Catholic church and former capital city. Those on excursion rejoin the vessel in Esztergom before dinner. Watch the departing lights of the city as the vessel continues on its way.

Excursions:

  • Traditions of the Hungarian Puszta
  • OR Vibrant Budapest
  • Esztergom with basilica, Visegrad Castle and Szentendre

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Bratislava - Hainburg

Bratislava: Arrive 8am - Depart 2pm | Hainburg: Arrive 4pm - Depart 4.30pm

Awaken today in the capital city of Bratislava, Slovakia. Join the walking tour of Bratislava and see the home of the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, the old city walls, the summer residence of the archbishop and more.

After lunch, choose to visit the Imperial Schloss Hof Palace, a magnificent 18th-century complex once owned by Empress Maria Theresia. Or explore the ancient Roman city of Carnuntum with its reconstructed Roman Quarter and then rejoin the vessel in Hainburg. This evening, celebrate at the Captain’s Gala Dinner.

Excursions:

  • Bratislava - Beauty on the Danube
  • Visit Schloss Hof Palace and Estate
  • OR The ancient Roman city of Carnuntum

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Linz

Arrive 2pm - Depart 10pm

Enjoy a relaxing morning on board before reaching Linz, the third-largest city in Austria. See the Mozarthaus and the Renaissance villas here, along with the main street and square, which boast unique churches and concert venues. Alternatively, a tour on the Pöstlingberg narrow-gauge train or ‘mountain tramway’ awaits. The railway up Linz's highest hill was built in 1898 and reconstructed in 2009. This impressive rail system is one of the steepest adhesion railways in the world. After the ride to the summit, take a short walk to the church "Seven Sorrows of Virgin Mary" which was built from 1742 to 1747. This beautiful church is now a Linz landmark and a local pilgrimage destination. Located in one of the towers on Pöstlingberg, is a popular observation terrace providing magnificent views of Linz and the surrounding countryside. Enjoy dinner with your fellow travellers for your last evening on board.

Excursions:

  • Linz walking tour with Linzer Torte tasting
  • OR Trip to the Pöstlingsberg

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Passau

Arrive 7:30am

After breakfast, we bid you farewell. We hope to welcome you again soon!

Meals: Breakfast

 

Cruise Package Includes:

  • Fascinating river cruise in on outside river-view stateroom of your choice, most with French balcony or drop-down panoramic windows;
  • Walk-out balconies in Suites (except Amadeus Brilliant)
  • Complimentary state-of-the-art audio headsets for all excursions
  • Services of an experienced, multilingual Cruise Director
  • Gourmet dining with all meals included (buffet breakfast, lunch, dinner and midnight snack) in the elegant Panorama-Restaurant, which accommodates all guests in one seating
  • Free-flowing quality red & white wines from Europe’s famous wine regions with every dinner on board
  • Coffee and tea after lunch and dinner
  • 24-hour complimentary coffee and tea station
  • Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner and Captain’s Gala Dinner
  • Special onboard entertainment including lectures, cooking demonstration, onboard music performances and nightly music by the Amadeus Duo in the Panorama Bar
  • Fitness room (open 24 hours)
  • Complimentary use of onboard bicycles
  • Non-smoking environment (smoking permitted on the Sun Deck)
  • All port taxes and local taxes

 

Not Included:

  • Excursion Packages
  • Tips
  • Insurance
  • Personal expenses

 

Introductory Excursion Package from only $388.00 per person

Enjoy a package of 6 pre-selected excursions for a discounted rate when purchased in advance:

  • Visit Melk Abbey
  • Vienna – Imperial discovery tour
  • Budapest - Capital of Hungary
  • Esztergom with basilica, Visegrad Castle and Szentendre
  • Bratislava - Beauty on the Danube
  • Linz walking tour with Linzer Torte tasting

Additional shore excursions can be purchased on board at the below rate.

 

Unlimited Excursion Package from only $727.00 per person

Enjoy the flexibility to choose any shore excursion of the ones listed below for a discounted rate when purchased in advance.

When booking our new ALL-IN excursion package prior to departure we offer you maximum flexibility at a great value. Create your personalised shore excursion program by choosing your favourite tours from our list of exciting options in each port.

  • Visit Melk Abbey € 52.00
  • Dürnstein walking tour with wine tasting in a local cellar € 28.00
  • OR Winzer Krems vineyard and winery € 45.00
  • Vienna – Imperial discovery tour € 39.00
  • Visit Schönbrunn Palace € 54.00
  • OR Visit the Museum of Fine Arts € 61.00
  • OR Shuttle transfer into downtown Vienna € 19.00
  • Budapest - Capital of Hungary € 38.00
  • Traditions of the Hungarian Puszta € 69.00
  • OR Vibrant Budapest € 41.00
  • Esztergom with basilica, Visegrad Castle and Szentendre € 47.00
  • Bratislava - Beauty on the Danube € 38.00
  • Visit Schloss Hof Palace and Estate € 57.00
  • OR The ancient Roman city of Carnuntum € 18.00
  • Linz walking tour with Linzer Torte tasting € 23.00
  • OR Trip to the Pöstlingsberg € 30.00

Prices per person if excursions are purchased on board.

  

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Cruise Prices are per person twin share in Australian Dollars. Conditions apply and group tours are subject to change and availability. Prices are subject to currency fluctuations. (lc)

Package Information

  • Duration: 8 Days/7 Nights
  • Type: River Cruise
  • Departures: April - October 2022
  • Cities Visited: Passau, Melk/Emmersdorf, Dürnstein, Vienna, Budapest, Esztergom, Bratislava, Hainburg, Linz, Passau
  • Price From: $ 2,608