Beginning in the Bavarian city of Passau, this delightful cruise aboard the stylish MS Serenade 1 will take you through Austria’s spectacular Wachau Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, stopping to visit Melk, crowned with its famous Baroque abbey and Dürnstein, set amongst the lush vineyards which produce some of Austria’s finest Riesling and Grüner Veltliner wine. Returning to Germany, you’ll discover the medieval treasures of Regensburg before the cruise ends in Nuremberg. Your holiday continues, however, with a two-night stay in the beautiful Czech capital, Prague, with plenty of time to experience the sights and sounds of this truly magical city at the heart of Europe.
- The Danube
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your flight to Munich. Upon arrival, transfer to Passau and embark MS Serenade 1 (4T), where light refreshments are available. A welcome cocktail and Captain’s gala dinner are served this evening.
This morning there will be free time in the small town of Melk, dominated by its spectacular Benedictine abbey which was completed in 1736. The grand interior displays exhibitions of religious art, while the abbey church is adorned with an abundance of gold, marble and colourful murals. We sail early afternoon to Vienna, where we dock overnight.
The Austrian capital is one of Europe’s most beautiful cities, and we embark on a guided tour today, taking in highlights such as St Stephen’s Cathedral, the State Opera House and the majestic Hofburg Palace. Later there will be free time for you to browse the shops along Kärtnerstrasse or just relax in a traditional Viennese coffeehouse and sample the excellent pastries. This evening we leave Vienna and sail back through the Wachau Valley towards the riverside town of Dürnstein.
One of the prettiest towns along the Danube, Dürnstein is watched over by the ruins of the hilltop castle where Richard the Lionheart was once held for ransom, and is surrounded by vineyards which produce some of Austria’s finest wines. Take a stroll along the cobbled lanes and maybe visit the Baroque Stiftskirche (abbey church), with its landmark powder-blue bell-tower. Or join an optional orientation tour and wine tasting.
With its wealth of Baroque and neoclassical architecture, Linz is a joy to explore. Today you might like to join an optional walking tour, or make your way around at leisure. Perhaps visit the two cathedrals or view the artworks on display at the riverside Lentos Art Museum, which include paintings by Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele. We depart this evening.
We cross the border back into Germany today with a visit to the ‘Three Rivers City’ of Passau, which stands on the confluence of the rivers Danube, Inn and Ilz. The Old Town is a pleasant place for a walk, and well worth a visit is the baroque St Stephan’s Cathedral, home to the largest church organ in the world.
This morning, our ship arrives in Regensburg, one of Germany’s best-preserved medieval cities and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, home to architectural treasures such as the Porta Praetoria, a Roman gateway built in AD 179 and the Gothic St Peter’s Cathedral. Our included excursion today is to the Benedictine Weltenburg Abbey, which was founded in the 7th century. It also houses what is said to be the oldest monastic brewery in the world, producing several high quality beers. Tonight, enjoy the Captain’s farewell gala dinner on board.
We disembark in Nuremberg this morning and transfer to Prague and our hotel, the Hotel Don Giovani (4T) or Hotel International Prague (4T), where we will be staying for two nights.
There is so much to see and do in the beautiful Czech capital that you will really be spoilt for choice today. Explore the lanes and squares of the Old Town, visit the centuries-old synagogues of the old Jewish Quarter, Josefov, or explore the magnificent Prague Castle, where kings and emperors once held court and which is still the official residence of the nation’s president. There are numerous museums and galleries and live music venues across the city.
We transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. Upon arrival, your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.
You will have the option to book your own flights independently with the operator.
25-Sep-2018 for 9 Nights
Why 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.