A Danube Rhapsody

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  • Admire scenic riverscapes along the River Danube
  • Discover the elegant city of Vienna
  • Take a tour of beautiful Budapest
  • Explore charming Bratislava

Enjoy a journey of discovery on the Danube and take in some of the very best sights the river has to offer as we visit a number of Europe’s most beautiful cities. Explore spectacular Vienna, the hidden gem of Bratislava and the magnificent city of Budapest – each proud of its individual character and heritage.

Excursions

A Taste of Linz


Durnstein Transfer

This charming town on the Danube River in Austria is a wonderful example of the traditional Austrian way of life. With its beautiful surrounding scenery and slow pace, we’ll enjoy excellent time at leisure to discover the sights here. The major attraction is the castle, perched high above the town it was the place in 1192 that Richard the Lionheart was captured by the Duke of Austria during the Third Crusade.


Imperial Budapest

Join us on our excursion of this historical city, which is actually two cities astride the Danube. Our guided tour of Budapest takes us by coach on a visit to both.

On the Pest side we see St Stephen’s Basilica, Vajdahunyad Castle and Heroes’ Square, which is dominated by the impressive Millenary Monument, home to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

We then cross to Buda and the Castle District, where we find the seven-hundred year-old Matthias Church, one of the jewels of Budapest. We also see the famous Fisherman’s Bastion, which offers great views over the city.

The city is home to the largest medicinal bath in Europe (Szechenyi Medicinal Bath) and the third largest Parliament building in the world, once the largest in the world. The city also contains the third largest church in Europe (Esztergom Basilica) and the second largest Baroque castle in the world (Godollo).


Evening Mozart and Strauss Concert

Vienna is undoubtedly Europe’s musical capital, and this excursion will give us the opportunity to enjoy the music of two of Austria’s favourite sons. Sit back and relax as we listen to the music of Johann Strauss, the Waltz King, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the infant prodigy. 

We make the short journey by coach to the concert hall for an evening full of Viennese charm, with the lilting sound of waltzes, polkas, arias and duets, as well as operetta and piano concerto melodies. Accompanied by excellent opera vocalists and our enchanting ballet soloists, Vienna's classical music reveals itself as a living firework display for all the senses taking us back to the days of old Vienna for a truly unforgettable evening.


Majestic Melk Abbey

Stift Melk (Melk Abbey) is a Baroque-era masterpiece, located above the town of Melk on a rocky outcrop overlooking the river Danube. Part palace, part monastery and part opera set, Melk is a magnificent vision thanks greatly to its upward-reaching twin towers. Capped with baroque helmets and cradling a 208-foot-high dome, this abbey is a true Baroque masterpiece.

Our tour of the abbey includes the Imperial rooms, Marble Hall, and the balcony, which offers fine views of the river. It’s likely that Napoleon probably used this room as a lookout when his headquarters were based in Melk for his campaign against Austria.

We also see the magnificent library, with more than 100,000 books, nearly 2,000 manuscripts, and a superb ceiling fresco by the master Paul Troger; the Marmorsaal, whose windows on both sides enhance the ceiling frescoes; and the glorious Stiftskirche (abbey church) of Saints Peter and Paul, an exquisite example of the Baroque style.

Following the tour you can enjoy some free time to wander around the abbey’s park with its impressive Baroque garden, the recently restored northern bastion. Or you may just wish to sit and relax in the abbey’s restaurant with a coffee and admire the beautiful views.

 


Panoramic Bratislava (Included)

Bratislava is a beautiful city, with a number of fantastic views to be seen across the city. On this tour we will visit some of these and see great sights while learning something of the history of this great Danube city. We’ll travel to the Slavin war memorial, at the top of a hill, from where you can see much of the city and beyond as well as seeing this solemn and impressive memorial to the Slovakian and Russian war dead. We’ll also head closer to the centre of the city for close up views of the old town, castle, pretty St Martins Church and the iconic UFO Bridge, the symbol of the city.


Verona (Included)

Verona is one of Italy’s most romantic cities, thanks to the fact that Shakespeare chose this city to set his romantic tragedy Romeo and Juliet. While the couple were purely fictional, there are many attractions which claim by local legend to have once set the scene for Romeo and Juliet. For example, there’s Juliet’s House, where we’ll find the balcony Romeo is said to have serenaded his love, as well as the Basilica di San Zeno where the two were supposedly married in secret. There’s also Juliet’s tomb, which is said to be located within San Francesco al Corso church.

Aside from this, there are many other attractions to enjoy in Verona, such as the Piazza delle Erbe, which was once the site of the Roman Forum in the city, and Lamberti Tower. There’s a Roman Theatre and Archaeological Museum to enjoy as well, and the impressive Verona Cathedral.

Destinations
  • Europe
  • Austria
  • Durnstein
  • Slovakia
  • Bratislava
  • Hungary
  • Budapest
  • Vienna
  • Melk
  • Linz
Tour Types
  • 50 plus
  • Cultural
  • Scenic
  • UK Coach Departures
Departure Points
  • South East
  • East Midlands
  • Yorkshire & Humberside
  • North East
  • North West & North Wales
  • West Midlands
  • South West


Day 1 Embark in Linz, cruise to Melk

Join the MV Esmeralda in Linz. We commence our cruise with an overnight sailing to Melk.



Day 2 Melk to Vienna

Arrival in Melk early during breakfast. Admire remarkable Melk Abbey on an optional excursion. We depart Melk at lunchtime and arrive in Vienna this evening, where you can join an optional Mozart and Strauss concert. 



Day 3 Vienna to Budapest



Day at leisure in Vienna. Explore this wonderful  city on our included excursion. We leave late Vienna afternoon and sail overnight to Budapest.



Day 4 Budapest to Bratislava

Arrive in vibrant Budapest, famous for its amazing architecture and attractions, which we can discover with our optional excursion. We leave before dinner and sail overnight to Bratislava.



Day 5 Bratislava to Durnstein

Take in splendid views of Bratislava as we arrive at midday. We take an included panoramic excursion by tourist train. Moor overnight in Bratislava.



Day 6 Durnstein to Linz

Depart Bratislava during the early hours of the morning and arrive in Durnstein, located in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Wachau Valley, by mid-afternoon. We moor in Durnstein overnight.



Day 7 Linz

Depart Durnstein during the early hours of the morning and sail onwards to reach Linz after lunch.



Day 8 Disembark in Linz

Following breakfast, we’ll disembark the MV Esmeralda and continue our journey home.

You will have the option to book your own flights independently with the operator.

Dates Price Single Availability
01-Jun-2021 for 9 Nights Visit Website
01-Jun-2021 for 9 Nights Visit Website
07-Sep-2021 for 9 Nights Visit Website
07-Sep-2021 for 9 Nights Visit Website

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