This memorable cruise brings together some of the most treasured riverside towns and cities of the Danube. As we sail from Budapest to Vienna, we’ll travel through four countries; pass rolling countryside, hilly vineyards and city scenes; and soak up plenty of local culture. At either end of the cruise, hotel stays and sightseeing tours allow you to make the most of your time in the Hungarian and Austrian capitals.
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from your home for your flight to Budapest. On arrival, transfer to your hotel for the night, the Aquincum Hotel Budapest (4T) or similar.
An included tour takes in the stunning highlights of Budapest, with many relics and monuments from over a millennium of settlements to choose from. We then transfer to embark MS Serenade 1 (4T), where light refreshments will be available before a welcome cocktail and Captain’s gala dinner this evening, followed by evening entertainment.
We wake in Esztergom for a morning of independent exploration. As the birthplace of Hungary’s first king, St Stephen, in AD 975, this small town was Hungary’s royal seat for two centuries and the centre of Roman Catholicism for a millennium. A visit to the immense neo-classical basilica is recommended - it is the biggest in Hungary and contains the world’s largest alter-piece. We sail onwards this afternoon, crossing the border into Slovakia.
This morning, join an included city tour of charming Bratislava, aboard the tourist train that winds through the city. See the lovingly-restored, compact Old Town and Bratislava Castle (Hrad) - where eleven kings and eight queens were crowned - which overshadows the city. We sail this afternoon to Melk, where we dock overnight.
This morning we take an included tour of Melk’s imposing Benedictine abbey. Originally a palace, it was presented to Benedictine monks who turned it into a fortified abbey with an extensive library of priceless volumes and a richly embellished Abbey Church, its enormous dome decorated with elaborate frescoes by Johann Michael Rottmayr.
Enjoy a full day in Passau, a city best known for St Stephan’s Cathedral, home to the world’s largest cathedral organ. You may also like to take a path through the forest to Veste Oberhaus. Built for the prince-bishops in order to control commerce across the three rivers that converge here; the Danube, Inn and Ilz; the former castle enjoys fantastic views and the museum tells a history of repeated attacks and a stint as a military prison. We dock in Linz later tonight.
Spend this morning in Linz, with the option to wander freely through the charming Old Town or to take an optional tour. This afternoon, we cruise through Austria’s scenic UNESCO-listed Wachau Valley to Dürnstein and dock overnight.
Early this morning we sail to Vienna, where an included city tour takes us to the highlights of this magical city. This afternoon an optional excursion to Schönbrunn Palace is available. Tonight, enjoy the captain’s farewell gala dinner on board and we dock overnight.
Our cruise at an end, we disembark and transfer to our hotel, the Austria Trend Parkhotel Schönbrunn (4T), where we stay for two nights.
There is more time today to explore Vienna. A vast number of classical composers were born or lived in Vienna, and many of them worked with the angelic Vienna Boys’ Choir, a cultural institution which can be traced back to 1498. You will be reminded of the city’s musical heritage in numerous sites, whether you choose to spend your days at Mozarthaus, where Mozart composed works including ‘The Impesario’ and ‘The Marriage of Figaro’, the acclaimed Vienna Burgtheater where Beethoven made his first public appearance or St Stephen’s Cathedral where Haydn was a choirboy. You may also enjoy spending time at the Rococo style Belvedere Palace.
You will have the option to book your own flights independently with the operator.
Touring with Titan Travel
Scooping 21 awards at the 2016 British Travel Awards, you can be sure that a touring holiday with Titan Travel will be something special. Among others, Titan received gold awards for Best Escorted Tours Holiday Company and Best Special Interest Holiday Company, so they are perfectly placed to provide that exceptionally epic tour to any corner of the globe.
A Titan holiday begins and ends at your front door with chauffeur-driven transfers, scheduled international flights and the most memorable form of touring transport. Where this is a coach, they provide the best available. Titan pride themselves in providing tours that enable you to see all the sights of the area you visit as well as giving you the option for plenty of free time, optional excursions and extra nights here and there to tailor-make your holiday and make it extra special. The choice of destinations and interests are extensive including gems such as a wildlife tour of Sri Lanka, exploring the musical history of the Deep South, grand tours of North America, China, South America, Italy, Asia and Kenya, searching for the Northern Lights in Iceland and Norway, and a cruise to discover Japan and Russia.
Escorted tours are not simply limited to coaches. Titan is also one of the UK’s leading rail specialists and a number of their holidays incorporate journeys on iconic trains that transport you not only through some of the most dramatic and beautiful landscapes in the world, but also back in time to a nostalgic ‘golden age’ of luxurious and stylish travel. If you are undecided between the elegance and relaxation of a cruise and the enthralling insight of an escorted tour, Titan’s Cruise & Tour holidays could be the perfect choice. You can cruise with some of the most respected names in the industry, including Fred.Olsen and Holland America, around regions of awe-inspiring beauty and then head ashore for an extra land-based touring adventure. The waterways of Europe, Egypt and China link the most spectacular cultural gems in picturesque fashion and a river cruise is an excellent way to appreciate wonderful destinations from a different and more relaxed perspective.